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Archive | November 17, 2011

How to enable WiFi mobile hotspots on AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II / Skyrocket without a tethering plan

If you got a new AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II or Skyrocket, you might know that these smartphones have the capability to create a WiFi mobile hotspot capable of providing an Internet connection to 5 WiFi devices simultaneously via tethering. If you do not have a tethering plan though, when trying to enable the tethering and portable Wi-Fi hotspot, you will get the following error message:

Tethering/Mobile AP is unavailable – A Tethering/Mobile Hotspot plan is required to Read More…

Kindle Fire benchmarks – performance testing score in Quadrant, AnTuTu and more

From all the Kindle Fire reviews I read, none of them put the device to the test to see how it compares against other Android devices in terms of raw speed. The reason? You’ll need to root and install the Android Market to be able to install the test suites. We did all that (see our Android Market Install tutorial) and the results are here for your enjoyment! The applications used for benchmarking are Quadrant, AnTuTu, RealPi, GLBenchmark and System Test. Read More…

How to take screenshots with Kindle Fire

So you want to take screen shots from your brand new Kindle Fire? Unfortunately, Amazon didn’t make it that intuitive, unless you are a developer and now how to use Android SDK. It is not that complicated but requires a certain amount of work, at least to get it started.

This tutorial will assume that you meet the prerequisites. That means you need to have Android SDK Read More…

How to install Google Android Market on Kindle Fire

Got a new Kindle Fire and want access to the entire Google Android Marketplace instead of the puny Amazon App Store? You came to the right place. In this tutorial we will cover in detail how to install Google Android Market on Kindle Fire. Before starting this tutorial, you will have to have your Read More…

How to sideload apk on Kindle Fire (Tutorial)

If you just received your brand new Kindle Fire and you are coming from a full featured Android phone, you’ll probably miss a number of features including the ability to side load apps on it. Wait no more, there is a very simple way to go around it!

Fortunately for us, Amazon didn’t go out of their way to make sideloading terribly difficult, it only takes 5 minutes to have everything in place and enable sideloading on your brand new Kindle Fire if you follow this quick tutorial.

Note: After you enable sideloading, you can proceed with Android Market install tutorial

Step 1: Navigate to Settings->More->Device->Allow Installation of Applications and set it to ON Read More…