Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Android APK download straight from Play Store

Evozi provide a service that lets you download app APK's directly from play store.  

http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/

All you need to do is paste the play store URL of the App from its page and paste it into given textbox. 
Then press Generate download button. 

You also can paste the package name directly and get the APK. 

When compared to the websites providing APK files the advantage of this is that you usually get latest version of the app. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Online COD of battery for Samsung Omnia W

This online purchase on tradus.in cost me 469 INR only. I also got one battery for the same phone from local dealer for reference which cost me 700 INR.

Well, sometimes you get great deals shopping online!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Battery replacements

Recently my Samsung's battery died after two and half years of use. After searching for a fair amount of time, I came across a seller who had some in stock. This listing I found on www.tradus.in. I promptly ordered one for the total cost of 469 INR.
Couple of days later when I got some time to look in local market, I searched for the battery for my phone. After going through 3-4 shops I got one at a shop for 700/-. Since the tradus order was at least 3-4 days to reach mw, I got it. Also since I wanted to check the one ordered online against this one.
So today on 18th Nov '13 the tradus order shipped. Its manufacturing date is later than the one I procured locally. It looks fairly standard. So now I have two batteries and my Sammy Omnia W's future looks bright.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Resetting the Omnia W

My Omnia W completed two and a half years in my hands this month. It has been a great journey so far. The phone has been great in my hands, the timely updates added to its charm and made it speedier. And its tough body has held through ay least half a dozen falls.
Recently though I was experiencing some hiccups and slight lag once in a while. So being the adventurous soul, I decided to go ahead and reset the phone.
Having gone through about half a dozen resets, I didn't miss any data and settings. Managed to get all the important stuff backed up.
So I reset it and after it restarted and came back with the initial setup, I went through the steps and added the accounts back. Its fairly straight forward process. And in about 20 minutes the phone was up and I was into the marketplace hunting my favorite apps.
After couple of hours of installing the various apps and setting up things to my liking, I noticed 10 updates. And to my pleasure, they were all to the Samsung supplied apps. So I got the WP8 screen lock, some Unicode support and a call block list. Impressive.
Plus I also noticed that the phone is running buttery smooth. Awesome WP, MS, and Sammy.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Moving image on dialog resize


A side effect as observed in one of the apps I'm currently working on. The size of the image is bigger than the label in which it's shown. So when we increase the dialog size, the label size changes changing the amount of image displayed. It's a surprising side-effect!