April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Show Your HotSpot App Who’s Boss with HotSpot Control
HotSpot functionality: the forbidden apple of mobile telecommunications. Being able to share your Internet connection with others or even with your own multiple devices is something that we did have always desired, particularly those who hate the idea of paying a “convenience/access fee” to a carrier. The feature/idea of tethering from our mobile devices is not new, and in fact has been around since well before the PDA Phone came to be. However, ever since its implementation, both manufacturers and carriers have been on a crusade to limit or flat out eliminate this functionality from our devices. Android comes with native wireless tethering capabilities, which again, are disabled, blocked, or removed from the OS for a wide variety of reasons. Well, if you fall under this category, XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire can help you with his latest work.
HotSpot Control will allow you to use this functionality as long as it is present on the device (meaning, it was not removed from the OS). Normally, the native app can be disabled or hidden to favor other things such as carrier apps, which could prompt you to sign up for tethering monthly services. What’s more, there are times when the functionality will be blocked regardless of whether you have a carrier or not. In this particular case (and what really prompted Chainfire to work on this app), the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a “feature” which disables the option to create a tethered connection to other devices if the SIM card is missing from the device. This app will allow you to activate and configure your hotspot regardless of whether you have a SIM card in there or not, or even if the native component is hidden from sight. Oh, and unlike other apps for tethering, root is not a requirement here.
Do keep in mind that this app was intended to allow the connection to be established between the devices. This app was not created as a means to bypass any software locks your carrier may have implemented to charge you for hotspot usage. There are various practical uses for this, so if you have something that requires a tethered connection to your device, now you can do it. As always, if you have any feedback or run into any bugs, please leave the information in the thread. Logs welcome.
THIS IS NOT DESIGNED TO BEAT YOUR CARRIER’S TETHERING PROTECTION – For some people it does (it depends on how that protection is implemented) but this is not what the app was made for. It’s no use complaining that it doesn’t do this for you.
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
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