Category: Andro(id)meda

Update 1: See a nice video tutorial about installing apps to SD card HERE.

Update 2: A bad news for owners of Google Edition of Samsung Galaxy S4.

Mike is crazy about apps. He likes to pack his android phone with many of the coolest apps out there in the marker. But there is one problem – curse his device manufacturer, his device has so little internal memory that he can barely install few of his favorite apps.

Sounds familiar? This is an inevitable problem faced by most Android users. You can make more space to install your apps by deleting the stock apps that came with the device when you purchased it (most of which will definitely be useless). But in most cases you will have to root your phone to uninstall these ‘bloatwares’ and in the process you will void the warranty of your device. An alternate option is to set the install location of the apps to your SD card. Many people this that this process requires rooting.

The truth is it doesn’t. Here’s how to do this:

Here’s what you will need:

1. An Android device, of course.

2. Android SDK (Download it here). It is quite a big file, so Relax!

3. Windows PC or a Mac.


1. Download Android SDK and unzip the contents to a folder.

2. Enable “USB debugging Mode” in your android device. To do this, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable ‘USB debugging’

3. Connect your device to your computer in “charge only” or similar modes but NOT in ‘USB Storage’ mode.

4. Go to the folder where you have unzipped Android SDK and navigate to to ‘sdk’ folder

5a. Windows users: Go to ‘platform-tools folder. Hold down SHIFT key and right-click anywhere in the folder. From the pop-up menu, select ‘Open command window here’. This will open up a command prompt screen.

5b. Mac users: right-click ‘platform-tools and choose [New Terminal At Folder]

6. Now, in the command prompt window, Windows users:

type: adb devices

Mac users:

type: ./adb devices

and press enter. You will see the name of the device connected at the moment.

8. Then windows users type:

adb shell

Mac users type:

./adb shell

and press enter

9. Next, type:

pm setInstallLocation 2

and press enter. (If this command fails, use this: pm set-install-location 2)

Install Apps to SD

10. Done!

11. To verify, type:

pm getInstallLocation

and press enter. If you see an output ” 2 [external] ” means that the process is successful.

Now, in your device, go to settings->Applications->Manage Applications->On SD card (in some devices it may be USB Storage), and check the apps that you would like to move to your SD card.

Also see:

If you are a Samsing Galaxy S Duos and like install games on your SD card, XDA Developers has got a nice post on this.

Also, if you are a Samsung Galaxy 5 user and won’t mind to root your phone, this guide should help you.

If you like to use an app to do this, try AppMgr III (App 2 SD) or Link2SD (Note: Some apps will work only with rooted devices).

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The new Google+ Hangout has failed to incorporate many of the handy features of Talk

The new Google+ Hangout has failed to incorporate many of the handy features of Talk

Google just did a stupid thing recently.  They replaced Google Talk app for Android (and iOS) completely with the new Hangout app. And why exactly is this stupid?? Here is the answer from me (people may differ).

1. I can not see which of my friends are online..In Talk, I used to see a green/red/yellow icons next to their names so that I know their status (available/busy/idle, respectively). With the new Hangout app, I am completely blind about this..heck, I don;t have any idea about who’s online.

2. I can’t set my status (available/busy) in Hangout. Forget about being invisible – that’s not at all possible which means you are exposing yourself to that nagging friend/co-worker of yours!

How do I get back my Talk app?? I can’t find it in Play Store..

Interestingly, this is what some of the people at Google had to say about this. Read it, it is very funny:

“We’re upgrading Gmail video chat to Hangouts for all Gmail users over the course of the next few weeks. If your account has already been upgraded, there isn’t a way to return to the old video chat, as we are now going to be using a more modern video calling technology.

Thanks for your understanding!”
Here’s another one:
“I’m sorry to say but Hangouts is going to replace talk at all once it has been rolled-out globally.

Don’t worry that much about who’s online or offline, the great thing on Hangouts is, your messages are delivered for sure – no matter if the person is online or offline!
However, on your mobile you see friends that are currently not “online” at that time grayed out. Online members are displayed in “full” color and on the web extension you’ll see a green line below their photo.
Hope that helps.”
Yeah, really that was ‘really helpful’.
So, THIS is WHAT you SHOULD do TO GET BACK YOUR TALK APP in ANDROID phone. BTW, I am using and HTC device.
1. Go to Settings and then to Applications.
2. Select Manage Applications
3. Select ‘ALL’ to see the list of all the applications installed in your phone.
4. Scroll down and find the ‘Hangout’ app.
5. Click it
6. Select ‘Uninstall’
7.  You will be asked to confirm your command, say yes.
8. That’s it!!!
Now, go back to where you saw ‘Hangout’ app in your device and voilà!! there the old Talk guy sitting!!
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