Useful Android Apps


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File Manager

Use this app to open any media file / pdf file/ text file /
Folders or zipped files etc. etc.

You can connect it with pc/ laptop on same-wifi network on browser to transfer small files.



X-plore File Manager

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● Dual-pane tree view
● Root, FTP, SMB1 / SMB2, Sqlite, Zip, Rar, 7zip, DLNA/UPnP explorer
● Disk Map - see which files consume most space on your disk - xplore:disk_map [LCG Wiki]
● Cloud storage access: Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Amazon cloud drive, ОБЛАКО,, OneDrive, Flickr, Webdav, Yandex.disk, MediaFire, IDrive, Owncloud, PCloud, SugarSync, Dump Truck, pCloud, Picasa
● SSH File Transfer (SFTP) and SSH Shell - xplore:ssh [LCG Wiki] ***
● Music player ***
● App manager
● PDF viewer (on Android 5.0+)
● WiFi file sharing *** - xplore:wifi_share [LCG Wiki]
● Manage files from a PC web browser *** - xplore:in_web [LCG Wiki]
● Favorite folders
● Built-in viewers for images, audio, text
● Video player with subtitles ***
● Hex viewer
● Fast Image viewer with zoom and slide to previous/next images
● Thumbnails for images and video as well as for various file types (depending on associated application)
● Multi-selection - always available, yet not disturbing
● View APK files as ZIP
● Share - send files by Bluetooth, email, or whatever the device supports, from any location
● Configurable buttons and key shortcuts
● Seamless work with Zip (as if it was normal folder)
● Vault for encrypting sensitive files - xplore:vault [LCG Wiki] ***

*** marked features are paid - they require donation

X-plore allows you to see inside of your Android device. And also outside.

This is a dual-pane explorer, there are two folders shown at same time, and common operation such as copying files are done from one pane to another.
And X-plore shows folder hierarchy in a tree view for clear orientation and fast switching to other location.

You may explore internals of the device, and if you're power user and have your device rooted, you can make changes to system data - backup files, remove unwanted applications, etc.

If you're standard user, you may choose to hide internal memory from view and be sure not to mess with system.
You can comfortably see contents of mass memories on your device, or possibly attached USB memory stick.

Simple app manager allows to see, run, copy, share, uninstall and further explore installed applications.

WiFi file sharing
Access files on your Android device from other Android devices over WiFi.

Access from a PC web browser
Manage files on your Android device from your PC.

Access to FTP and FTPS (secure FTP) servers is supported.
Multiple servers may be configured.

X-plore can display shared folders on other computers in LAN.

X-plore can access various web storage "Cloud" servers, and access their files.
You need to have account in supported web service, then you can access your files stored online through X-plore.

Supported is also SSH File Transfer (SFTP) and Terminal shell emulator.

X-plore contains music player that can play music tracks from any available location.

With Vault function, you can encrypt sensitive files, even by your fingerprint.

Main operations are related to managing files and folders - viewing, copying, moving, deleting, compressing to Zip, extracting, renaming, sharing, and more.

SQLite database viewer
X-plore can show SQLite database files (those with .db extension) as expandable list of tables, each table containing list of rows and columns with database entries.

Main interaction is done by touch screen, clicking on folders or files to open files, or long-click to open context menu which contains options which can be done on particular clicked item, or multiple selected items.
Multi-selection allows to do operation on more files at once.

Opening file may mean to use one of built-in viewer for most popular file types: images, audio, video and text.
Or you may configure X-plore to use system application for opening files, in which case system-predefined application that can open particular file is launched.

Archives (currently supported are Zip, Rar and 7zip) are displayed as other folders.
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These Popular Android Apps Have Been Marked as Malware by India’s Government
Saruni MainaNovember 30, 2017

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has blacklisted quite a number of apps on Android’s Google Play Store that it terms as either Malware or Spyware. It is not entirely surprising that majority of these apps are well-known apps that come from Chinese companies. Although the Indian ministry has not released the criteria they used to label these apps as Malware or Spyware, some of these apps have been blacklisted before by other organizations as well.

If you are wondering what the big crime is, well these apps collect data from your smartphone and send it to remote servers. Some of the information collected is considered private, including your phone number, IMEI, location and which other apps you’re using.

Well, here are all the apps that have been blacklisted by India’s government:

  1. Weibo
  2. WeChat
  3. SHAREit – Transfer & Share
  4. Truecaller
  5. UC News (Only available in certain regions)
  6. UC Browser
  7. BeautyPlus – Easy Photo Editor
  8. NewsDog
  9. Viva Video
  10. Parallel Space
  11. Apus Browser
  12. YouCam Perfect – Seflie Photo Editor
  13. YouCam Makeup – Magic Selfie Makeovers
  14. Virus Cleaner – Antivirus, Booster
  15. CM Browser
  16. Mi Community – Xiaomi Forum
  17. DU Recorder – Screen Recorder, Video Editor, Live
  18. Vault-Hide SMS,Pics & Videos,App Lock,Cloud backup
  19. Mi Store (Only available on Xiaomi devices)
  20. CacheCleaner – DU Speed Booster (booster & cleaner)
  21. DU Battery Saver – Battery Charger & Battery Life
  22. DU Cleaner Memory cleaner & clean phone cache
  23. DU Privacy
  24. 360 Security
  25. DU Browser
  26. Clean Master – Space Cleaner & Antivirus
  27. Baidu Translate
  28. Baidu Map (Only available in certain regions)
Aside from, Baidu Translate and the other region-specific apps, all the other apps have more than 10 Million installs with some boasting of the possibility of 1 Billion installations. If you have been using any of the apps above, best start looking for alternatives.

These Popular Android Apps Have Been Marked as Malware by India's Government


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How to Use Google Pixel’s Camera App For Other Android Phones

Nov 12, 2018 7:53 PM

Google’s Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras on a phone right now. Almost all media reviews of the Pixel 3 talk about its quality, in comparison to the iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9 and even Huawei’s P20 Pro.

But very few people, especially in India would be keen on spending close to Rs 75,000 on a phone. So what if you just want the benefits of the Pixel 3 camera on any of the lesser priced Android phones?

Turns out you can, with Google’s Pixel 3 stock camera app available in the form of an Android Package Kit (APK) that can be installed (more like side-loaded) to any Android device in the market. These APKs aren’t available in the Google Play Store though.


Google Camera app can be easily used on different Android phones.(Photo: The Quint)

That’s the best part about Android, no feature is exclusive, especially when developers start working on mods that can be used on affordable devices. How can you side-load these developer mods? We’ve got you covered. We tried it out successfully on a OnePlus 6T.

Side-load Pixel Camera to Android Phones

Download APKs for OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T

Transfer the APKs to your phone

Open File Explorer, then Download on the phone

Allow phone to access third-party apps and click on the APK

You’ll be able to use Pixel camera mods on a OnePlus or Xiaomi phone.

Pixel 3 and 3XL get a 12.2 megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, but Google has played heavily on the software side to give you a compelling photography package. These mods are well received by developers and even the geeks who like fiddling with their phones.

Pixel phones are expensive, but since it runs on stock Android, the features it has more or less trickle down to mid-range phones sooner than later. Hopefully, Google too may realise that a mid-range Pixel phone in the near future could change its fortunes rather than just relying on its high-priced Pixel series. After all, it’s hard and pointless to try and become another Apple.

How to Use Google Pixel’s Camera App For Other Android Phones - The Quint


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Google removes these two popular Android apps from Play store: Here's why

2018-12-05 12:01:13 IST By Rohit KVN

Last week, a report emerged that two apps—CM File manager and Kika keyboard—made by Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech, respectively are involved in ad fraud. Though both the companies denied any wrongdoing on their part, Google conducted its own investigations and concluded that there was illegality in those aforementioned apps and hence, removed from the Play Store.
It is believed that the CM File manager and Kika keyboard had malicious codes to create fake click impressions via users to generate ad revenue. That was just one of the technique, they had several other methods and did them without obtaining the user consent. Prior to the investigation, they were downloaded more than 50 million and 100 million times, respectively, which is pretty massive and
Google failed to notice the fraud.
BuzzFeed News first reported the alleged ad fraud citing Kochava, an app analytics firm last week and since then Cheetah Mobile, one of the biggest Chinese Android developer company voluntarily removed two apps- Battery Doctor and CM Launcher from Google Play .
But claims were not related to ad fraud. "The Target APIs employed in those two apps are obsolete and would require some time to update, " the company said in a press release.
Cheetah Mobile in a press release has put the blame on third-party SDK developers who use the former's platform and have no control over it. However, Google has found that the Cheetah Mobile is guilty of being deceptive in its operation.
"We take these allegations very seriously and our Google Play Developer policies prohibit deceptive and malicious behaviour on our platform. If an app violates our policies, we take action," Google said to
International Business Times, India Edition .
In response, Cheetah Mobile said—" The Company takes the current matter very seriously and is in continuous communication with Google Play to resolve any issues that may arise."
On the other hand, Kika Tech has vehemently denied any wrongdoings and claims Kochava's report is false as there is no substantial evidence of ad fraud.
"These allegations have adversely impacted the company's reputation and business. Kika reserves the right to take legal actions against such false accusations," Kika Tech said in a statement.

Google removes these two popular Android apps from Play store: Here's why


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Is there an app for Android Oreo (One Plus 5T) that switches data on and off as per schedule (say every 15 min interval)?


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Is there an app that allows wireless transfer of files between a PC and cellphone, ofcourse without using the internet.


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Is there an app that allows wireless transfer of files between a PC and cellphone, ofcourse without using the internet.
For Android Mobile,
I will recommend Shareit.
You have to be on same wifi both on PC & Mobile.

Download Shareit app for PC (Windows 7/8/10)
SHAREit - Download
SHAREit - Download

Download Shareit app for Mobile from Playstore.

You can check posts here:
Android Mobiles : Tips & Tricks

If you want to shift data as FOLDER to PC / Laptop from Android then
I use Shareit.
Shareit on PC / Laptop is best to transfer a Folder.
Files can be transferred easily via any method.
Only some apps transfer Folders as it is to PC / Laptop.

Superbeam is another app.
Try it.

Those who want to transfer files and folders via old wimdows
can use AIRDROID app in browser.
Files can be downloaded easily.
Folders are downloaded in compressed/zip from only.
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Is there an app for Android Oreo (One Plus 5T) that switches data on and off as per schedule (say every 15 min interval)?

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AutoDataOnOff (For Rooted device)
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Auto Data On Off is a free application which control the mobile data network 2G/3G/4G/LTE on & off automatically. From version 1.7.0, it requires rooted device from Android 5.0 or above, if you device is Android 4.X. run normal installation is OK.

The data network on when screen on. For screen off, it keeps the cycle off & on in the background (e.g. 15 minutes off then 1 minutes on.....) in order to save the battery and data cost but keep data update.

Installation (Android 5.0 or above):
Your Android must be rooted before install, after installation AutoDataOnOff, please use the app "/system/app mover" (you can download it from Play Store) to move the app to /system/app folder. It is very easy to do that by clicking the AutoDataOnOff, "/system/app mover" helps you to move the AutoDataOnOff as system app.

For Android 4.X, run normal installation is OK.

How it work:
The app is activated per 5 minutes to check the screen off. If the screen is off, it turns off the mobile data network and refer the setting Cycle Off & Cycle On to control the data network on & off continuously in the background. If the current time reach the period in Night Time Setting, it will not turn on the data network and also turn off the Wi-Fi. For screen on, it keeps on the mobile data network even in night time. If Wi-Fi is connected, the mobile data will not on and take Wi-Fi as data path.

- Turn off mobile data automatically within 5 minutes when screen off.
- If screen off for a long time, the app can keep the data off for a specific minutes and turn on automatically for a while and then turn off again. (e.g. 15 minutes off and 5 minutes on)
- Provide night time setting to turn off data network in the background.(e.g 1:00am - 7:00am)
- Support turn off Wi-Fi during night time.
- Support auto restart even you reboot the phone after installed
- If WiFi is connected, the mobile data will not be turned on to save cost of mobile data

Default setting:
- Cycle off:15 minutes, Cycle on 1 minutes, Night Time: 1:00 am - 7:00 am

How to use:
- Tick the "Enable" check box at upper left corner and click "Apply" button to use default setting.

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There is another app in Play Store, the name is AutoWiFiOnOff to control the Wi-Fi and work well together with AutoDataOnOff. Both app can be coexisted in single phone to control both Wi-Fi and Mobile data automatically.

Reference from the following web: 2 Apps to Regulate Android's Connectivity to Save Battery Life

Thanks To Amme Chan as Technical Consultant
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