AllCast Receiver from ClockworkMod Now Available, Can Turn Any Android Device into a Media Streaming Box

AllCast Receiver from ClockworkMod Now Available, Can Turn Any Android Device into a Media Streaming Box

May 19, 2014

Koushik Dutta of ClockworkMod has released his latest nifty Android tool: AirCast Receiver. This turns any Android device into a receiver for the AirCast app, which lets users beam media from their device, Google Drive, Dropbox, or a local media server to a variety of streaming protocols. This now lets any Android device, such as a device with TV output, microconsole, or TV stick become an AllCast receiver. The Receiver app is free: AllCast‘s base app is free, and AllCast Premium runs for $4.99.

Helium Review

Helium Review

Jul 29, 2013

Helium, formerly known as Carbon before trademark disputes, most likely with the Twitter app of the same name, forced a name change, sounded like an extremely interesting app, promising app backups without rooting. However, I never really had much of a reason to give it a shot until a second primary Android device came in to my life. Now that I do have one, I must say: Helium is amazing.

This is an app backup and restore tool that works without root, by using a backdoor method with PC app backups. Setting up initially will require following instructions and connecting to a PC running a special app. Then, apps can be backed up, either just their data or the APK file as well for compatible apps (some require Google Play downloads), and then restored from either local storage or from connected cloud storage. It’s all simple to use and very seamless. Multiple devices attached to the same Google account can share backups, too. This app does what it says and does it well.

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The app’s backdoor method of doing all this without rooting is the one annoying thing about it: Helium won’t work after a restart until it is plugged in to a computer again, and the initial setup steps repeated. This is relatively painless, as the app explains what the user needs to do in which settings page, but it’s still a bit of a hassle. Granted, on unrooted devices this is a necessity. Rooted users can use it without any problems, and I recommend it over Titanium Backup for most users. Helium is just so much more simple, though Titanium Backup has more advanced options.

The app works perfectly fine for backing up to the device and to the cloud, but the premium key is necessary to restore from the cloud. This isn’t inherently ‘necessary’ per se and it’s probably possible to circumvent this by copying from Dropbox to the Helium directory on the device, but it’s just so much simpler with the premium key. As well, restoring apps from different devices is extremely easy with this. Want to copy game progress from one device to another? This is the trick, unless something goes wrong and it doesn’t work. Technology can always screw up.

For those who want to ensure that their apps are backed up or even want to make game progress transfer wirelessly, this is the must-have app.

ClockworkMod’s Carbon Hopes to Bring App Backups to Everyone

ClockworkMod’s Carbon Hopes to Bring App Backups to Everyone

Jan 17, 2013

Koushik Dutta of ClockworkMod, known for things like ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, has a new app in beta that could prove to be extremely handy for Android users concerned about backing up their data. Tentatively named Carbon, this backup app for Android 4.0 and up devices will let users backup their app data to Google Drive or Dropox, and restore to any device. In fact, it will be possible to easily restore apps from another device that is on and set up with Carbon, in order to sync between devices. Yes, this means that it will be possible to sync game saves between devices. As well, backups can be saved to the SD card.

While the app in beta currently requires a rooted device, Koushik Dutta is planning on making it not require root, so everyone should hopefully be able to get into the app backup game, unlike the current state of affairs with Titanium Backup. The Carbon beta can be downloaded from Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post about the app.

TabletSMS: ClockworkMod’s Way to Text from Tablets

TabletSMS: ClockworkMod’s Way to Text from Tablets

Sep 4, 2012

ClockworkMod (not to be confused with custom ROM creator CyanogenMod) has released a new extension for its DeskSMS service for tablets: TabletSMS.

TabletSMS was inspired by Koushik Dutta, member of the ClockworkMod team and creator of DeskSMS, wanting to send text messages from his Nexus 7. So, he wrote an app to do just that. Users install TabletSMS on their tablet, like the Nexus 7, and the DeskSMS app on their phone. Once both accounts are logged in to with the same Google account, it's possible to view and send messages from an Android tablet. Technically, this could be used on another phone or similar device. Want to use the Galaxy Player 5.8 to send texts from that prepaid Android phone? Use TabletSMS. Note that at least in my tests, there appeared to be a delay in getting text notifications on TabletSMS, and through the Google Talk and email notification options. Like other CyanogenMod works, the apps are open-source. The DeskSMS service comes with a 14 day trial, and is $4.99 for one year of service.