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Android Fix: Adb finds device but not fastboot

I was trying to flash my nexus 7 (2012) with Android L but failed to do so as fastboot couldn’t find my devices. I thought it was Multirom etc which I had on my device causing problem. It turned out that my ubuntu was unable to identify the device specifically for fastboot. Here is how I got this sorted.

# reboot into fastboot mode
adb reboot bootloader

# grab you fastboot/bootloader device ids
> Bus 001 Device 035: ID **18d1:4e41** Google Inc.

# install the ids into /etc/udev/rules.d/99-android.rules
SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, ATTR{idVendor}==”18d1″, ATTR{idProduct}==”4e41“, MODE=”0666″, OWNER=”thiago” # restart udev
/etc/init.d/udev restart
# try fastboot (only on bootloader mode)
fastboot devices

Kannada on Android

Many seems to be still searching how to read on your phones. Lack of support for Indic language still troubles many of us who like to read and write in Indian languages.

Here is a quick how-to for your reference.

  • Search and Install Opera Mini on Android market
  • Or use this QR code






  • Open opera browser on your phone and type about:config in url bar and then press go
  • Scroll down until you see the setting Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts
  • Change its value to yes and save
  • Now you should be able to read Kannada on Android

This setting will make the Opera Mini to render the page on server side and then deliver it. Hence even though your phone doesn’t have Unicode fonts or rendering capability, you can still read it.

Writing in Kannada is still not possible as of today. But its not impossible. If you dare to root your Android phone and hack into the code available out there for input methods can make it work.

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wpToGo – Andriod app

From the day I bought my htc tatto, I’m living with real mobility. Life has become more sophisticated. Today I installed an application called wpToGo on my HTC Android phone and typing this blog post while waiting for my car to be serviced. Cool. I can just click on submit to post the article or even save it for the later stage ad draft.

I had never thought of a day such as this. I can work from anywhere and do anything on the net that you could think of.

Hmm ultimately this is an invasion on free time that we used to steal for ourselves in a routine day life. Though we get to think and do more and utilize time in a betterway….. blah blah blah.. hey wait…. I’m just thinking and typing what’s coming into my mind.. this is good… I did write something which came to my mind. I had not done this for a while now…. lol…

It’s time to post this now ;)

HTC Tattoo – I just love it…

My new gadget HTC Tattoo powered by Android OS and HTC Sense technology. Costs around INR 17,000. Comes with all that I need to stay connected with all social media like flickr, picasa, facebook, twitter etc. GPS works well with Google Maps, trying to work with OpenStreet Maps in coming days.  All that I’m trying to do on this immediately is to get it working with Kannada support for reading and writing (Hopefully I will get enough time in my busy schedule to play with it). You can find few pics uploaded from directly from HTC on my Facebook account. Shall tweet and write more about my experience with Tattoo soon.



* Qualcomm® MSM7225™, 528 MHz
* Screen size: 2.8 in (71 mm)
* Screen resolution: 240 x 320
* Input devices: Resistive Touchscreen
* 3.2 megapixel fixed focus rear-facing camera
* Digital compass
* RAM: 256 MB
* ROM: 512 MB
* microSD slot (SDHC compatible)
* Operating system: Android 1.6 and HTC Sense
* Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
* Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR & A2DP
* HTC ExtUSB (Mini-B USB backwards compatible)
* 3.5 mm audio jack, microphone, speaker
* Accelerometer
* FM Radio

You can find more information on HTC website.

Google Phone to be in India

It’s now time for Google to reach Indian mobile users hands. Google Phone is about to arrive in India this year end. You all might have got to see the iPhone introduced in India by Airtel and Vodafone which costs around 30+k even before 3G network is launched here. Google phone is also going to cost almost the same as per the rough estimations. It is sure that Google Phone is going to give a good competition  for Blackberry and iPhone in Indian market.

All the interests me is the open source platform called “Android” on which the phone operates.

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