Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nexus 4 headphone jack not working issues

When I plug in headphone into the headphone jack on my new LG nexus 4, the icon appears on my phone but I can't hear anything except  fizzle sound. If I take it out, the speakers will come out noise while I am playing some type of audio. Try the set in some other device and it is working. Then I use different headphones from cheap to expensive and each of them doesn't snugly into the Nexus 4 and I still lost the sound. Should I have a replacement or how can I fix the flakey headphone jack issues?

A couple of users complain about popping and cracking with headphones. It is no an issue, you need to fit tightly with a little more effort. For new device, I always push a little harder at first  so that it could click into place and have good solid connection.

How to unlock Developer Options in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

If you have got a Nexus 4 phone or a Nexus 10 tablet, or just update your Android device to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, you probably notice the developer options menu that includes USB debugging and others is missing in the setting. Yes, you can't find it by default. Because the Developer item has been disabled by Google.

How to unlock/restore Developer Options listing on Nexus 4/7/10 Jelly Bean 4.2
* Tap "Setting" app and scroll down to select "About Phone".
* Scroll to the bottom of screen and tap on "Build Number" with 7 times. Then a message will talk you that you have unlocked and restored the Developer Options menu successfully. Now you would be able to access it within Setting menu.

Toyota Avalon car Qi wireless charging for nexus4

Qi has became the most popular standard in the world since 2012. Many smartphone users have to buy 12V adapters to power up in the car. Now Toyota will integrate Qi wireless charging technology to in-console installation of their first production car flagship sedan in 2013.

With the upgraded center stack, you are able to get wireless charging for Qi-enabled mobile phones and tablet devices, such as LG Nexus 4, Nokia Lumia 920, so that the console wouldn't be cluttered. Toyota's gas-only Avalon Limited with the package is sold at $42,195 and a hybrid costs $43,945.

Here is the video about the 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited. Check it out below to view.

Source: Toyota

Friday, December 28, 2012

How to fix water-damaged Nexus 4 phone

Many smartphone owners have suffered the dropped phone in water syndrome yet. Today my Nexus 4 fell into the sink real quick while I am using it at home. How can I dry out and repair the water-damaged device with lower speaker/mic issues?

Water damage is not covered by any warranty. If liquid like coffee damaged the the android N4 phone, here is temporary workaround for fixing it. Note: That are no guarantees for everyone, but you need a try.

* First take it out of the water immediately and power it down.
* Remove the SIM card and use a towel to dry it off including the inside of the handset.
* Fill a Ziploc bag with uncooked white rice and put it into the rice and cover it up for a day or two. Then see if it powers on. If not working, you need to replace new one.

Nexus 4 stuck on edge and 3G not working


Today when I attempt to use my LG nexus 4 phone under t-mobile, the 3G/4G is not working and it stucks on Edge. I also can't find a way to get it back to regular hspa+. Try restarting the android devive and re-inserting the SIM card but it just lose the network data.

If it stays on edge or you have slower speeds, your apn or data settings may be changed probably. Here is step by step to fix the issues.
* Go to Setting > Wireless and networks > Mobile Networks, change the Network Mode to GSM/WCDMA (Auto Mode).
* Call tmobile to refresh the signal and get help.
* Use Dialer code *#4636# to put the phone to wcdma only.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Connect Nexus4 phone to HDTV/monitor/projector with Slimport

Are you looking for accessories that support for tethered display sharing. Slimport to HDMI adapter, made of DisplayPort-based standard, allows you to connect from the Nexus 4's micro-USB port to an HDMI TV, monitor, or projector.

Miracast feature streams the device's display to a compatible HDTV over wifi and you always need to troubleshoot the configure. However, Slimport to HDMI adapter (SP1002) bring up multi-screen productivity without any setup. You just need to plug in the adapter and connect with the cable, then audio and video, even 3D content, will  output onto HDTV or projector.

It is great to use SP1002 to watch video or play a game. I have test 1080P movie and everything works fine without lag. It also let you charge the phone at the same time.

Nexus 7 For Dummies manual book for beginner

When you take Google Nexus 7 out of box, there is only a quick start guide and a quasi-manual file. If you really need to learn how to use the tablet, a manual is the best thing. I have bought some N7 manuals, but it is disappointed that they are missing important information and also wihout up-to-date.

After making searching, I find that "Nexus 7 For Dummies book (Google Tablet) [Paperback] by Dan Gookin" from Amazon is what I am looking for. It is very helpful when you drive yourself nutty trying to figure out function on your own.

The book includes the 5 page Chapter 20 with tutorials, such as setup steps, typing and apps management tips, advice and etc. If you don't familiar with android devices, recommend purchasing it.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Nexus 4 GPS lock location slowly issues

I have got the GPS problems on my LG nexus 4 phone. When I use GPS Status in Maps, it often locks in on my location with a long time. Showing 3/20 satellites after 10 seconds, and loading 12 per 20 after 45 seconds, then it is solid. Trying FasterGPS app doesn't fix the issues. However, other devices like my HTC One X 16G and iPhone 4s lock location accurately and quickly with no problem. Is there a software or hardware issues?

To solve the GPS issues on android phone, you could try doing a factory reset. Note: This will erase all your data.
* Press and hold the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power key combinations to boot the device into recovery mode, and then release them if Android lying photo shows up.
* You will see a lot of options. Select "Recovery mode" from the lists by pressing Volume Up/Down. To confirm that, press the Power button.
* Select "wipe data / factory reset" > "Yes–erase all user data". Once the processing has finished, it should lock within 10 seconds and faster than before.

USBFever 3-in-1 Magnetic/Detachable Lens for Nexus 4 camera

If you are a mobile photographer, carrying a bag of camera equipment is impossible. To take more beautiful photos with your android phone, a camera Lenses is must-have accessory for LG Nexus 4. It can bring up the utmost optical perfection and each set is removable.

USBFever 3-in-1 Magnetic / Detachable system is a lens solution for your phone. The lens, making of top-grade aluminum and high-class glass, provides a 180-degree view and 0.68X wide angle shots. When you need to use it, just attaching lens to your device without losing flash light.

USBFever Lens includes Regular Rings for Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, and iPhone 4s. Now buy it from Amazon and capture shockingly high quality photos.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Official outlook.com app for android Downlaod

There are some issues while setup outlook mail within android built-in app, exact same as Hotmail app. Now the official Outlook.com app for Android has been released by Microsoft and offer simple way to access your outlook email account directly.

With the app, it is eays to confiure Outlook.com on Nexus 7/10 tablet and N4 phone, just entering email address and password. Once done, you are able to start sending and receiving mail and get syncing. It works Android OS 2.1-2.3.3 and 4.0-4.1.

It has many useful features, such as push notifications, view attachments, add multiple accounts. However, you can't mark emails as spam.

How to disable lockscreen widgets on android 4.2


When you manually or automatically lock your Android phone, the screen will disable many main feature and provide certain function like showing date, time and battery status information. But there is some changes on Android 4.2. The Lock screen widgets allows users to access to camera and also get an access way to calendar or Gmail.

If you don't like the new feature and want to disable or turn it off, free app called Lockscreen Policy does what you need. After tapping "activate" button in Activate device administrator tab, you are able to turn off undesired functions and get rid of the irritating sidebar flash.

Lockscreen Policy is so cleaner to use without stupid random box. It works fine on my Nexus 7 tablet, Samsung Galaxy and LG Nexus 4 phone. Hope Google add all of these into the stock system.

Mute android Nexus4 phone with easymute

On a public silence place, it is embarrassed if your android Nexus 4 phone starts ringing. When you are listening to music and then remove headphone, you also get the same situation. To instantly solve it, you have to power down the device.

With an Android app easyMute, it is easy to mute every sound with android phone by moving your hand near it, even working on locked screen. It is very helpful for me. When I listening to podcast at the office and talk to someone, just moving one of your hand to smartphone to pause, instead of removing your headphones

Unfortunately, easyMute app doesn't support lower versions of Android OS and is incompatible with Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.


How to Install Flash Player on Nexus 4 Android 4.2


Adobe Flash Player doesn't been included in Android 4.2 system, so you are unable to get Amazon Instant Video working and view flash on Nexus Family like LG nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet. However, here is a simple step by step to install Flash Player on Android 4.2.

* On your Phone, tap Settings > Applications, and check "Unknown sources" option.
* Connect N4 to your PC vie USB cable. On your computer, download com.adobe.flashplayer-2.apk from xda developers forum. Then sideload the file onto your SD card.

* Download and install ASTRO File Manager from Google Play store. Go to the directory within ASTRO and tap on the installation of Flash.

That works fine on both dolphin browser and mozilla firefox beta, but doesn't support the Stock Browser Chrome.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Transfer photos from camera to nexus 10

I have Pentax SLR camera with regular SD cards and micro USB slot. I am wondering to buy a tablet for previewing and backuping photos. How can I transfer photos from my camera onto Samsung Nexus 10 without using PC computer?

The Nexus 10 android 4.2 doesn't have this basic feature by default. However, a paid app from Google Play store called "Nexus Media Importer" can help you directly copy and stream music/video/photos and documents from a USB flash drive or SD card connected to your device without any hassle. It is very useful while I am traveling.

Stickmount app also allows users to read memory card and flash drive, but only works on rooted device. It bring up an option for hooking up with external more storage.

How to block Phone Numbers on Nexus 4

I constantly get calls from someone to bug me on my LG Nexus 4 and it is irritating. The phone ring and I have to repeat the process  or turn off the Android device. Is there a way to block unwanted calls, like my jailbreak iPhone with iBlacklist app?

* To automatically reject the incoming calls from the specific contact, the simple way is to sent it directly to voicemail. Open the contact with built-in contacts app, press Menu, tap Options and check "Incoming calls" selection.
* Set up a blocklist to block unless calls number. "Mr Number" is a great free android app that blocks suspected spam calls and texts in history, reverse lookup phone numbers, send straight to voicemail and etc. It is easy to use and does lots of things basically.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Add custom notification sounds on Nexus 4


When a new text message or new email comes on your LG Nexue 4, you should receive a notification appearing in the top of the screen and hear a sound. If you don't like the default ones and attempt to figure out how to add custom notification sounds onto the device, the following steps will tell you what directories you place the music.

* First you need to have .wav file on your computer or convert other media file to .wav.
* Turn on your N4 and connect it to your PC via USB cable. Open the device from Windows explorer and go to the location "Internal storage\media\audio", and copy your custom file into Notifications folder.
* On the N4, tap Settings > Notifications and choose your new notification.

This method also works on other Android phones.

Turn Nexus4 phone into LED flashlight


I have just got a LG Nexus 4 phone and I always need to camping outside using lighting a candle. Now I want to use the android device's camera LED or flash as a torch. Is there a android app that turns my phone into a flashlight and works with 4.2 Jelly Bean?

Galaxy Nexus Flashlight by nionsoftware is a simple flashlight application using the LED of the camera at the back of the phone to  start the LED flash without stupid permissions. The app responses  pretty quickly and works exactly as designed on my N4, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson WT19i and Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE.

One of the best features is that you don't need to open an app. Tapping the 4.2 lockscreen widget for the led to turn on or off briefly. It is very clean without ads and functional.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to Mount Nexus 4 in Linux Ubuntu

If you want to transfer important data files from LG Nexus 4 to your Ubuntu computer server or laptop, just pluging it into linux may be not working. Because you need to mount the storage SD card of phone. Here is the tutorial about how to connect Android to your Ubuntu.

* On your smartphone. go to Settings > about phone > Developer Options and enable USB debugging.
* Launch the Linux terminal window and enter listed below to the end of the file and save it.
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="1004", MODE="0666"
* Type in the following commands from the terminal window.
 sudo chmod +x /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
 sudo service udev restart
* Change the device's permissions.
sudo mkdir /media/nexus4
chmod 755 /media/nexus4
* Connect your LG N4 to Linux systems via USB cable and turn MTP model on.
* Type the command in the terminal.
sudo mtpfs -o allow_other /media/nexus4
If you are using Samsung Nexus 10 tablet, just change the device name to nexus10. Now the smartphone should be mount successfully with your Ubuntu or other Linux computers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unable to delete home screen on Nexus 4

My Nexus 4 (AT&T) phone cames with multiple home screens to choose from and move between . Most of them have with apps and folders. There are three home screens that I don't use, so I want to remove blank or unnecessary pages. However, when I select menu button, I couldn't find any option to edit and delete as usually. How can I solve the problem?

* You can not modify or delete the home screens on stock Android 4.2.1. Google have decided five screens. There is no way to change the stock without modification or other additional software.
* To get how many screens you want to have, installing a launcher like Apex, nova from Google Play store should fix the issues. I have used GO Lancher for two weeks and it pinches the feature. Very happy with the app.

How to put music to Nexus 10-inch

When I hook my nexus 10-inch up via USB cable and try to open it up in my computer running Windows 7, I am able to view all files and have loaded music into the stock folder, but can't get the device to find the music and play it. Try using the app like stock Play music, Amazon MP3 player, Music folder player are not working at all. However, the Astro file manager does show up the songs. My music files are .wma format. That works fine on my honeycomb Samsung tab 10.1. How do I directly transfer them to tablet without WiFi network?

You can try the methods below to fix the issues.
* Making a reboot and then let the app re-scan for media files.
* The last android devices doesn't support .wma within these apps. You need to convert them to MP3 or  flac files first.
* Download Poweramp trial version from Google Play and install it. Then you are able to listen music without any conversion.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nyko Playpad Bluetooth Controllers for Nexus 10

Android tablets like Samsung Nexus 10 inch with 2560 X 1600 resolution is very good for playing games, but many games need the joysticks on the screen to control movement and do others. Don't worry. Nyko's PlayPad and PlayPad Pro Bluetooth controllers can prop your tablet up and let you have a console-like experience.
This travel sized wireless Bluetooth controller uses the layout as xbox 360, especially the pro, and has all the buttons you really need. It is compatible with almost devices and has optimized the HID (human interface device) mechanic and optimized for Tegra 3. When I input from the controller, the Playpad could respond quickly.

It also brings up some great features, such as Keyboard Mapping, Mouse emulation and Touch Event Mapping. The Battery life is about 30 hours. However, the accessory seems to have some issues. It pairs successfully with my N10, but doesn't connect after Android 4.2.1 system update. Now it is available in black and white models on Amazon.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Nexus 10 no recognized as storage device when connecting to computer

I am unable to transfer videos and music media files from my computer to Nexue 10. When I try to connect the tablet to Windows 7 via USB cable, drivers installed fine but it doesn't show up as a portable storage device, just adb interface. I have to use dropbox cloud to upload stuff and download them over. How can I fix the android issues?

* First disable USB debugging on the tablet by going to Setting >  developer option.
* Tap Settings > Storage, select the three dots (Menu) > USb mass storage, and check MTP.
* On the computer, uninstall the related drivers and re-install them manually.

AT&T APN settings for Nexus 4 phone

I have got a LG Nexus 4 on AT&T. When I connect the phone to internet with default settings, everything loads slowly and the speeds are fairly poor. Downloading any apps or games from Google Play store gets around 3 to 5 Mbps. How can I fix the network issues?

It is caused by the APN settings. To get the best 3G data speeds on the phone, you need to change/edit the appropriate AT&T APN settings.
* Tap Menu, go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Mobile Networks, and select "Access Point Names".
* Write the settings down for backing up if the new one is not working for you, and delete all APN's.
* Tap Menu > New APN, and enter the following settings. That work on many ROM's.
APN: phone
MMSC: http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
MMS Proxy: proxy.mobile.att.net
MMS port: 80
MCC:310
MNC:410
APN type: default,supl,mms,hipri
Then press save button, select it to use, and restart your Nexus 4.

After making the the new APN changes with at&t, I get the download speed with 8 to 15 Mbps.