How To Install Oreo Launcher On Any Android Device

Recently Google announced the Android 8.0 Oreo with Google’s Pixel and Nexus devices getting the initial updates. One’s who own other Android devices it’s just a mystery as to when Oreo will come on their devices.
There’s no need to worry. Developers have figured out a way to get Oreo Launcher on any Android device with NoRoot required.

Installation:

1: Allow Installation from Unknown Sources (Settings->Security->Unknown Sources)

2:  Go to GitHub page at this link. Search for the Rootless Pixel Launcher 2.1 and then click on Launcher3-aosp-debug.apk and download it

3: Once the launcher is installed , make the  Launcher3 as your default launcher and allow the notification access when prompted.

Undo-Installation:

1: For Uninstalling go to

Settings>Apps->Launcher3 and click on the uninstall button.

Google’s ARcore for Android

Augmented Reality always had a upper hand over Virtual Reality . The ability to be present across millions of devices without buying any seperate device.

Apple realised the potential of AR first and it revealed the ARkit on iOS 11  during WWDC 2017.

Google realised it and came up with its very own AR platform called ARcore for Android

AR Core Gif

This isn’t Google’s first attempt at AR , earlier it had introduced Project Tango which requires specialized hardware like cameras and sensors while ARcore doesn’t.

According to Google, ARcore has 3 features:

1: Motion Tracking:Determining position and orientation of device as it moves.

2: Environmental Understanding: Using camera to detect flat surfaces.

3:Light Estimation: Which allows the virtual objects to cast accurate shadows and fit in with the surroundings.

As Google said it is targeting 100 million Android devices starting today with Google’s flagship Pixel and Samsung S8 , running Nougat 7.0 and above.

Along with ARcore , Google has introduced Blocks and Tiltbrush to easily create 3D content for AR apps.

Also it has released prototype browser allowing web developers to create AR enhanced websites.

Let us know what you think about AR. Peace!

[How To] Make Video Calls Using Whatsapp 

It’s Live. Video calling from Whatsapp is now possible.

Here is how you can make video calls from Whatsapp?

    1. First of all, You will need to upgrade your whatsapp from a relevant app store. Or you can visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download/ to download the latest version on your phone.
    2. Select a contact that you want to connect with over a video call.
    3. Make sure your Whatsapp Contact also has an updated version or else you may get an error as given below.
    4. Press the call button next to the contact name & a pop-up will open from there . it will give  you 2 options to select from as given below. Select the video call option & you will be connected over the video call.

 

Skype has dominated the video calling market for a long time. In fact for a lot of us Skype is a synonym to video calling. It will be interesting to see how video whatsapp calling feature is being used.

One thing is for sure, if this feature works out well, it will definitely eliminate the need of using multiple apps for mobile communications.

Here are a few quick questions that might help you to make sure a great video call experience.

Q. Can you make a Whatsapp video call on a 2G network?
A. Technically yes, but considering the speed limitations – don’t expect the call experience as impressive.

2. What type of Internet is recommended for Video Calls?
A. If you are using WiFi – about 100 KBPS of download & upload speed should be good enough for a video call.

B. If you are on a 3g network or a 4g network (Jio 4g, Vodafone 4g, Airtel 4g or Idea 4g) – you can expect to have a great video calling experience.

3. Is the call realtime? How fast is the call?
Video calls on whatsapp appear a lot more faster than Duo & Skype.

A. We tried making a video call on a relatively slower WiFi network (100 KBPS upload/download speed) – there was a delay of about 2 seconds in the call.

B. On a 4g network the delay was only of about 1 second.

Go give it a try & do share your first whatsapp video call experience.