Fix for Droid Explorer ‘Unable to locate Android SDK directory’

October 3rd, 2012 b0ddu Posted in Android, fixes No Comments »

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Droid Explorer is a simple windows application designed to simplify the process of managing rooted Android devices. It provides a number of useful features which can be accessed on your PC to execute on your phone.

The program uses the Android SDK to allow viewing and organizing the device contents. In addition to this, you need to have the corresponding OEM drivers and Busybox installed and the USB debugging feature enabled on your rooted device.

You can download this application for here: Download Droid Explorer 0.8.8.7 Beta

The problem with this latest version is – Droid Explorer removed the option to install Android SDK automatically. Links for “Set up Android SDK for me” doesn’t seem to work except for downloading it. So, it has to be manually downloaded and install prior to installing Droid Explorer.

Droid Explorer - Android SDK path

If you’re getting the error :  "Unable to identify the specified path as a valid Android SDK directory", follow below simple steps to get it working.

  • Download and install Android SDK from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
  • Go to the installed directory ("C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\ ") and launch ”SDK Manager.exe" with admin rights. ( Select it ; Shift + Right Click and Select Run as Administrator )
  • In the next window ( below ) , select Tools>Android SDK Plaftform-tools and Android 4.1 (API16)>SDK Plaftform and install both.
  • Once done, now setup Droid Explorer and it’ll automatically detect the Android SDK on your computer.

Android SDK Manager for Droid Explorer


Download SeekDroid Android App free – Security, Locate Phone and Wipe etc

June 20th, 2011 b0ddu Posted in Android No Comments »

The Amazon Android Appstore, has been very successful in luring android users with their daily promotions of commercial app each day for free. If you own an android device now or going to own later, you should be able to add these apps to your amazon account and install later. Amazon Android App Store Linkseekdroid app free

Get SeekDroid Android App Free – It is designed to give you peace of mind by helping you track down your device if it gets lost or stolen. It installs itself as an administrator on the device, enabling you to manage your device remotely. Once you have installed Seek Droid, you can locate your device, remotely lock it, see all the recent calls since you misplaced it, and even wipe the device with little effort.

The free download promotion only runs from Sunday June 19th to Monday June 20th. After that, the app will go back to its normal $0.99 purchase price, which is still well worth it for what you get.

SeekDroid Product Page – http://www.amazon.com/GT-Media-LLC-SeekDroid/dp/B004R1LNGS/


Use Dark Wallpapers and Themes to save Mobile Smartphone battery

February 1st, 2011 b0ddu Posted in Android, iPhone, Portable, Tips and Tricks No Comments »

The large 3.5 inch and 4 inch screen Smartphones ( iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows phone 7 ) in the market today allow a number of personalization’s to suit different and all owners happy. One of the draw back of these big screen phones is the battery life. There are several other ways which help you save your battery life by turning off services that are not in use like Bluetooth, GPS, 3g etc.

dark wallpapers save battery smartphone

You can also save battery by using Dark Wallpapers and Themes as it’s learnt – a full brightness white pixel uses 5.8 times more battery than a black pixel . Read the link for detailed info. So trying choosing dark wallpapers, dark themes and backgrounds for apps. It also makes clearer display for the text. For example, if you have a Galaxy S, Nexus S, or some HTC Desire HDs phones, you can benefit quite a bit by using darker colors on your phone.


Best Mobile Running App– RunKeeper Pro iOS and Android Free Download

January 17th, 2011 b0ddu Posted in Android, Free, iPhone, Productivity No Comments »

runkeeper logoI have been using Runkeeper app on Samsung Galaxy S phone, for past two months to track my running stats.  It has done a fairly good job – tracking your run on a map using GPS and logging your speed, calories burned, pace, and all kinds of great information. It also automatically sync to their web site and edit all information, access and share on facebook or twitter anytime. Runkeeper is a great GPS app for those that want a Nike+ type app for running, cycling, etc.

RunKeeper Pro app (usually $9.99 USD) is free to download now through the end of January. RunKeeper Pro adds customizable audio cues and advanced coaching (a tool that allows you to plan your workouts and set goals), among a few other Pro-only features. With the recent updates, you can manually input data if you did any exercise indoor or outdoor. It also supports storing heart rate with an external device.

RunKeeper Pro works on both on Android and iOS iPhone, iPod devices. Download it from here http://runkeeper.com/fitness-app-download

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Freemake Video Converter–Simple Powerful Best Free Mobile

January 1st, 2011 b0ddu Posted in Android, iPhone, Media, Portable, Software No Comments »

freemake video converter logoUnlike the free open source Handbrake video converter that offers lot of flexibility but requires too many inputs and makes it complicated, Freemake Video Converter is a very simple and easy to use free software for convering videos into your favorite format. It is by far the best converter. I converted couple of mkv files to .mp4 ( Android ) and the audio and video just came out perfect with just couple of clicks.

Download Freemake from http://www.freemake.com/downloads/

  • It is a totally free software. no adware, no sneakware, no online registration.
  • It can take in 200+ input formats – AVI, MP4, MKV, WMV, MPG, 3GP, 3G2, SWF, FLV, TOD, AVCHD, MOV, DV, RM, QT, TS, MTS, and many more. Import music (MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV), and photos (JPG, BMP, PNG,GIF) to turn them into video free and easily! 200+ supported formats
  • Can take and convert online video from YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, MTV, Vimeo, Dailymotion, ComedyCentral, Megavideo, 40+ supported sites 40+ supported sites
  • Optimize videos for Apple, Sony, and Android devices. Convert videos free to iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod 5G, iPhone, iPad, Sony PSP, PS2, PS3, BlackBerry, Xbox, Apple TV, Android mobile devices, smartphones, etc.
  • Also provides features like Burn Blu-ray Video, DVD, Make Slideshows and Visualizations and even cut, Join, Rotate, Limit size, Adjust to aspect ratio of the videos and also upload to youtube.