Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

The Xiaomi Mi 4 android smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a 330 Adreno GPU and GB of RAM. But all of us know the the phone is from the Chinese market and If the phone is flashed with the developers ROM to get the root access without losing the warranty, then the Google Apps and services do not open. Or if you bought the phone directly from the chinese market then you can’t find any Google services on your phone. To use all those Google Service you need to install them manually. Here in this guide we’ll show you how you can install Google Play and other Google apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate, Google Maps etc on your Xiaomi smartphones.

You can use the same guide to Install Google Play Store on other Xiaomi smartphones including Mi3, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 and Redmi 1S. The guide is pretty simple and only takes a few minutes to install all the Google application on your phone.

Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

INSTALL GOOGLE PLAY STORE ON MI4

Step 1. On your Xiaomi device, tap Settings > Security and check the Unknown sources option.

Step 2. Download the “Google Installer.apk” here and move the file on your phones internal storage.

Step 3. Open the file manager on your phone and install the “Google Installer.apk” on your MI 4.

Step 4. Once the app is installed, Open the application. There, you will find Google Play Store.

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Step 5. Tap on Install. Now this step is little bit trick, so read it carefully and follow all the steps below.

Step 6. Now you will see a prompt as below. Tap on OK. You need to install Google Service Framework on your phone to install Play store.

Google-Service-Framework

Step 7. Tap on OK. On next screen, you will see 4 apps. Install all 4 apps on your phone by clicking on install icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 8. Once the installation process is completed, exit all the way and reboot the phone.

Step 9. Now back to the Google Installer app and look for Google Play Store again. This time, go ahead and Install.

Now you have successfully installed Google Play Store on your Xiaomi Mi 4. Enjoy !!!

Source: Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

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[Review]The Avantek BC-L6 Bluetooth Receiver – £19.99 @AmazonUK

I was sent this to review by Avantek and give my honest opinion.

 

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I found the Avantek BC-L6 Bluetooth Receiver much smaller than expected, and that is a good thing. It as big as half a golf ball, made out of a good quality black plastic. It should easily fit in almost all cars (that have AUX IN of course). I have tried it with Google’s Voice search and it works great. It should work with Siri without any issues.

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One little drawback with the product is that it comes without an internal battery. This means you have to keep it plugged into the car for it to work. A bonus is that the charger that comes in the box is a two-port USB one, so it means you can use the extra charging port for another device.

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In terms of design, the Avantek BC-L6 Bluetooth is very simple, circular and black, equipped with a permanently attached wire for audio and power connections.The external wire is about 3 feet long and splits for power and audio segregation.

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The Avantek Bluetooth receiver is mountable with the support of a magnetic back. Mounting and detaching is very easy and simple.

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If the top part of the device is twisted, it helps to turn the volume up or down or you can skip tracks. By pushing the centre button down and holding it, it activates the Google Voice search on your phone (or Siri). It can also be used to stream music via Bluetooth from a compatible device. I have tried it with 2 Android powered phones (OnePlus One and a Xiaomi Redmi 2) and it works great.

The sound quality when on the phone or when listening to music is really great, with no stutter or interruptions. The Avantek BC-L6 is priced at just £19.99 which means that as a whole, this gadget is worth buying.

Conclusion :The AVANTEK Portable Bluetooth Receiver comes with more features than many similar products and a clever means of remotely controlling playback from your phone, but it will involve running wires to a power outlet and an auxiliary input in a car.

Check it out here : Avantek on Amazon UK

[REVIEW] #ZTE Blade S6 5” HD Screen 4G Smartphone – 5.0 #Lollipop

In the last year or so, budget-friendly smartphones have become a huge part of the Android landscape, with OEMs not compromising on elements like build quality and performance, even with the devices boasting price tags that are less than $300, or even $200 in a few cases. It is also a testament to how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, when you consider that a lot of these smartphones pack specifications that were thought of as flagship only a couple of years ago. (via AA)

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The curved design might remind you of a certain Cupertino phone but any scrutiny whatsoever will leave you asking why anyone thought copying the iPhone 6’s design was a good plan – when all it would bring is comparison. The phone feels fairly well balanced in the hand, but the materials used in construction are certainly not lovingly crafted from a block of aluminium.

The ZTE Blade S6 comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display, with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294 ppi. This resolution may be a little low for pixel junkies, but the experience on the display was very good, with everything, including videos and games, looking great. The display brings with it all the loved features of IPS LCD panels, including vibrant but not overly saturated colors, great brightness, and good viewing angles. While not at the level of some AMOLED screens out there, the black levels provided by this display were also surprisingly good, and might be the best I’ve seen on an LCD without exhibiting light bleed.

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As you probably heard, the Blade S6 packs an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. This is one of best mid-range processing packages currently available, that allows for a performance that is quite similar to its more high-end counterparts in every day tasks.

The front-facing camera (5MP wide-angle), is pretty good and the main 13MP camera coped okay – although the flash may not be the brightest out there.

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the ZTE Blade S6 is one of the few phones that runs the latest iteration of the OS. You get all of the great features of Lollipop with a few additions from ZTE, and while the custom launcher does have its unique features, a lot of the stock elements of Android 5.0 are available. Elements like the lockscreen, notification shade, overview, and applications like the settings, dialer, and clock still preserve the material design from Google.

A standard suite of sensors and connectivity options are available, including support for 4G. These are the frequencies supported by the Blade S6 :

2G network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz ;

3G network: WCDMA 900/2100MHz;

4G network: LTE B3/B7/B8/B20 (1800/2600/900/800MHz)

So there you have it – the ZTE Blade S6! While the design and build quality could have been slightly better, once you get past that, what you get with the Blade S6 is a device that offers a best-in-class processing package, a solid camera experience, and the latest iteration of Android, all in a very affordable package. (Via AA)

The ZTE Blade S6 is now available from Amazon UK for just under £170.00 inc delivery.

 

[ROM] OnePlus #OneRomAWeek – DarkoBass PSD ROM [AOSPA 5.0.1]

Welcome to Darkobass ParanoidSabreDroid Lollipop ROM

Your warranty is now NOT VOID. However if you screw something up its not covered, don’t hold me responsible for anything… Whatever is wrong with your phone, you did it yourself !!!

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Credits to : Hrishi21007 for the Youtube video

Base: Paranoid Android 5.0
Tree: CM12
Toolchain: SaberMod*graphite with floop, mem opt, sabe

Standard features:
All that’s in PA

Extra features:
– Dark material theme in settings by Darkobas
– Centre clock with colour picker from Slim
– increasing ring from CM
– Advanced reboot options
– ADB over WiFi
– ime selector hide
– volume cursor control
– statusbar brightness control
– keyguard per app notification control
probably more

Install:
– on first install wipe data
– wipe system, cache and Dalvik
– install ROM
– install gapps. (pa recommended)
– install SuperSU from ChainFire

Downloads:
SUPERSU
PA GAPPS
Rom on AndroidFileHost
ROM on mediafire

PSD Bootanimation (replaces your normal One+ Powered by Android one):

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Download by clicking the image above the zip and unzip it (in your CM11 fastboot folder)
Go to the folder and open a cmd prompt  and execute the following 2 commands while your phone is in fastboot mode:

1. fastboot flash LOGO logo-modified.bin

2. fastboot reboot

Source: Github

All thanks go to:
AOSPAL (R.I.P)
Paranoid Android
CyanogenMod
SaberMod
OmniRom
SlimRoms

Via: XDA Forums

If you likethe ROM please Donate to Darkobas

[ROM] OnePlus #OneRomAWeek – FIUI Beta 2.0.1

● Chinese name: The Future Interface
● English name: FIUI
● Relevant models: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Xiaomi Mi2s, OnePlus One and many other mainstream models
● Development team: AZ Fuga team

 FIUI (Future Interactive UI) is a highly customised ROM built from CM11 source. The ROM is meant to be a simple, clean, fast and fluid.

  • December Changelog 2014
    12.07 Beta 2.0.1 Emergency Repair mobile network settings FC issue beta2.0.1
    
    ● Emergency Repair mobile network settings option to enter the FC bug;
    
    ● Repair 1+ default camera does not show the problem;
    
    12.07 beta 2.0.0 shock upgrade 4.4.4 | 1+ beta release of the first editionbeta 2.0.0
    
    ● Upgrade for CM11 4.4.4 source;
    
    ● Join T9 dialing support (attribution later versions added);
    
    ● add back you need developer mode;
    
    ● Add the menu button, home button Custom Function settings (only entity key phone);
    
    ● By clicking on the status bar operators to enter engineering mode function;
    
    ● Task Manager to add more memory, display, and depending on the hardware memory size, automatically change the statistical unit;
    
    ● Add the call recording feature (audio file is saved by default sdcard / CallRecordings);
    
    ● Add the notification filter;
    
    ● Update calculator UI interface and functionality;
    
    ● Update shortcut buttons to adjust the default sort;
    
    ● Update icon support nearly 200 applications;
    
    ● optimized dialing application, problem solving FC;
    
    ● Status bar code optimization fantasy, color and smoother;
    
    ● Optimize UI resources, modify some ICON, problem solving burrs;
    
    ● optimization lock screen, smoother;
    
    ● optimize more to do in their own experience;
    
    ● Fixed desktop dual icon bug;
    
    ● Fixed desktop under certain circumstances FC's bug;
    
    ● Edit mode time clock repair discoloration problem;
    
    ● repair alarm clock 10 minutes show bias problem;
    
    ● repair several SystemUI lead FC's bug;
    
    ● many bug fixes beta group feedback;
    
    ● fix more to do in their own experience;
    
    ● Other details please experience itself;
    
    ● Thanks to all the beta group members;

    Credits: Official FIUI site
    About:   About FIUI
    ROM:    FIUI Download

    How to install:
    Download zip and copy to your device

    Wipe Data/Cache/Dalvik and System (Clean Wipe)

    Install FIUI.zip and Reboot

    Flash CM Gapps if needed

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[#Lollipop vs. #KitKat] What’s New Inside Android L?

Android Lollipop (5.0) marks a big improvement for the operating system. It’s the first time Google has put a big emphasis on beautiful design – or as they call it, “material design.”

To illustrate what the changes look like, I loaded a developer preview edition of Lollipop onto a Nexus 5 and put it side by side with a Moto X (not 100% stock but pretty close). Remember, this is not the final edition of the Lollipop operating system and things can change before it’s released.

 


Note: KitKat is on the left, Lollipop on the right.

1. Homescreen

You’ll notice the status bar has a slightly different look, as does the Google Search bar, Google Now and the menu buttons at the bottom of the screen. The shapes are now much simpler and clean looking. Also, notice the home screen dots – they are no longer bigger to indicate which screen you are on, just bolder.

2. Google Now

You’ll see some of the most dramatic changes here. On the right, Lollipop information is easier to grasp in an instant, with the most important stuff in strong text and highlighted in bold colors. (Side note, what a terrible loss)

 

3. Dialer

 

Dialer looks cleaner, numbers are spaced out a bit more for more comfortable dialing. Also, there are less choices on screen. Gone are the recent and menu options. There is no doubt where to press the call button.

 

 

4. Quick Settings

 

Some excellent and useful changes here. Everything is clean looking and you get instant access to your most important toggles including brightness. On the right in Lollipop you’ll notice the addition of a flash-light (yay!) and Cast Screen is now part of the defaults for easily screen slinging to Chromecast. The “user” toggle is now smaller and up near the top of the screen.

 

 

5. Notifications Pull Down

 

Here’s what it looks like after you just took a screenshot and pull down on the notifications bar. Material design is apparent on the right in Lollipop as you can clearly see the distinction between the three parts of the notification: the explanation at the top, the snippet in the middle and the action option at the bottom. Also, notice the toggle to clear all notifications has moved below them, which makes it easier to clear them using one hand on a giant phone screen (Nexus 6 et al).

 

 

6. Battery

 

Battery stats are a bit easier to understand on the right, plus Android Lollipop will give you an approximation of how much time you have left to use your phone. Apparently, battery life is much improved in this update. Additionally, while you charge your phone both this screen and the lock screen tell you how much time it will take until your phone is fully charged.

 

 

7. Clock

 

Just a little cleanup here, plus I noticed the background color seems to change based on the time you’re looking at the clock. Also, the globe icon at the bottom has changed to match Material Design standards.

 

 

8. Storage

 

Not too many visible changes here, but an overall clean and clear look. Also, gone is the “gear” icon since it doesn’t seem to match the simplicity of Android 5.0 Material Design.

 

 

9. Interruptions

 

One of the more useful additions to Lollipop (both screenshots are from 5.0). It’s their version of Apple’s “Do Not Disturb,” but offers even more functionality (BTW, if you aren’t getting Lollipop anytime soon check out a fantastic Android app called Agent that does some of this). You can schedule quiet times for your phone or allow only certain “priority” callers and messages to ring your device. There are various ways you can customize here. Additionally, when you adjust the volume on your device, you now have the option to toggle “interruptions” (aka notifications) off for an indefinite or timed amount of time, or only allow interruptions from your priority list.

 

 

Conclusion

This is by no means a full review of Lollipop, just a fun look at some of the changes in store for Android users. Overall, the look and feel is best described as a combination of clean and useful. There isn’t a lot of unnecessary stuff floating around – until, of course, OEM’s get their hands on it!

It feels more like a modern day operating system, and less like an “operating system”.

Source : en.miui.com

[ROM] OnePlus #OneRomAWeek – VANIR AOSP

As promised last week, I will present you a custom ROM for our beloved OnePlus on every Wednesday. This week’s ROM is none other than Vanir AOSP!!!

Enjoy !!!

Welcome to VanirAOSP

Our mission is to deliver a clean optimized version of Android with subtly improved versions of the features you love to as many devices as possible. We’ve tried to incorporate and improve our features in a way that makes them more cohesive to improve the overall user experience while correcting any performance regressions and improving functionality..

What to expect:
– This is not a McCopy ROM. What goes into our build is well thought-out and not a bunch of stuff duck taped together because we could.
– maximum optimization. We do our research. We test hard. We build -fstrict -O3 globally and include a massive array of code optimizations and memory leak fixes that we write ourselves and eventually submit to AOSP or Linaro.
– originality in our source. We generate a lot of new commits being features or general code improvements. We are open source to share and improve the community but we also try to make sure we offer a unique experience.
– aesthetics.. hopefully in your opinion 😛

General features:

  • SU, busybox etc
  • Enhanced performance.. longer uptime with less slowdown
  • Custom written CRON and init.d etc
  • UI and graphics improvements
  • Custom navbar, navring, and hardware key features
  • Hover,Active Display & lockscreen notifications
  • Usability improvements like power reboot menu and sound
  • Animation control
  • Improved Vanir keyboard
  • CM’s profiles & quicksettings
  • Additional quicksetting tiles
  • Immersive mode
  • Statusbar mods
  • Clock & battery mods
  • Lockscreen blur and other mods
  • embedded root, init.d, cron etc

Join our Google+ community for news/updates

Downloads:

Rom:
Official Builds here : VanirAOSP-Nightly Server
Latest (Test)Builds : Android File Host

GApps:
Build by DHO for Vanir

How to install:

  • Download Rom
  • Download prefered GApps
  • Boot into Recovery (TWRP or CWM)
  • Wipe Data (Only when you come from different rom, not needed if you update)
  • install vanir update.zip
  • install gapps (only when you come from different rom, not needed if you update)
  • reboot
  • be amazed

Additional Links:
Link to source : VanirAOSP @ github
Link to kernel : Cyanogenmod @ github

XDA:DevDB Information
VanirAOSP Bacon, ROM for the ONEPLUS ONE

Contributors
Martin_Ro, PrimeDirective, nuclearmistake, DHO
ROM OS Version: 4.4.x KitKat
ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x

Version Information
Status: Nightly
ALL CREDITS GO TO THE VANIR TEAM : GOOGLE+