How to install google playstore on Genymotion

Genymotion is a fast emulator for android which can be used for development or for other android usage if you know the tricks of the trade!

Google playstore on Genymotion
Google playstore on Genymotion

Gm emulator uses android AOSP image & runs on virtual box using virtualisation. Since it uses visualisation it could use hardware acceleration features of the CPU and the genymotion AOSP images are optimised for the same, hence genymotion emulators are the fastest emulator for android i.e until android studio 2.0. Though latest android studio emulators work on similar fashion; which one of them is faster depends upon your use case. Anyways, flashing Google PlayStore on android studio emulator is more tricker.


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How to update rooted nexus with nexus root tool kit

Hey guys, I have been asked many times on updating a rooted (or) modded nexus with latest minor/security update because once you unlock the boot loader on your nexus device you will not be able to install updates via OTA.

Luckily, it’s much simple to update your rooted/modded nexus than you think; thanks to a nifty tool – nexus root tool kit by XDA Recognised developer – Wugfresh .

Update rooted nexus devices.
Update rooted nexus devices.

Requirements :

  1. Nexus device from Galaxy Nexus onwards running Android .
  2. Windows Operating System (Virtual Machine would also do fine).
  3. Nexus Root Tool Kit  (NRT) [Download : ]

Video Guide :

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shellshock vulnerability in android

shellshock vulnerability
shellshock vulnerability , executing commands after environment


I’ll try to put it as simple as possible to the readers from non information security background, ‘bash shell’ an inevitable part of unix based systems like Unix, Linux, Mac OS  is messed up badly by a easy to exploit  vulnerability that all hell broke loose. Shellshock aka Bashdoor  as it’s fondly called is a series of dangerous security bugs on the bash shell.


The first of these series, which would let anyone execute arbitrary commands following a crafted environment variable like this,

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

Speaking more on the vulnerability and it’s implications is beyond the scope of this article. Incase you are a power reader and wish to know in-depth regarding the vulnerability, please take a look at the excellent coverage on the same by troy hunt here.

What I really wanted to speak about here is shellshock’s implications in Android operating system.

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Android One – what it means for us, vendors and google !

First set of android one phones released in India. Source : Google

Google, yesterday at a event in Mumbai announced new range of smartphones under ‘Android One’ banner which enables domestic handset vendors sell hardwares using google reference design and regular operating system updates from Google directly like it’s nexus line of smartphones but with one key difference – price.

Since Android One programme is aimed at countries like India, Philippines, Bangladesh  where smartphone penetration though growing at a massive rate still distributed lesser than feature phones, they are priced very competitvely.

The first set of Android phones announced here were  Spice Dream Uno, Karbonn Sparkle V and Micromax’s Canvas A1 priced INR 6,299, 6,399 and 6,499 respectively which is close to US $ 100. Since they all share the same reference design by google, they all share same hardware except for some customisations in enclosures.

Click below to see the specifications.

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Sync iCloud live hotmail and email account in Android

An how to on Syncing iCloud, live, hotmail and email account in Android

If you are like me who having a dozen email id’s, like to keep up a rap sheet on email response time  and want to have all your email accounts synced to your smartphone on the go ? Look no further, as today I’ll show you how to sync iCloud,live,hotmail or email in your Android device.

Since syncing gmail and yahoo accounts are well documented, I’ll show you syncing iCloud account used in Mac , iOS devices and Microsoft email account such as hotmail, outlook or as they are not widely used and many are facing difficulties in syncing those accounts. I’ll show you account parameters used to sync the above accounts on my multiple devices, so if you follow the guide clearly then you should be able to pull this off with ease !

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