10 Best Magisk Modules You Should Use

Magisk has proved to be one of the best alternatives to the other conventional rooting methods that rely upon altering the /system partition. Magisk works by building upon a mask over the /system partition, thus allowing for mods to be executed whilst keeping the system stable and safe. This feature has also invited many developers to port their ideas as modules for Magisk. While there aren’t a lot of options available as of yet, there are some great modules available for download from the Magisk repo and well, here are the 10 best Magisk modules you should be using:

1. Xposed Framework

We’ll be starting off with the most preferred choice of everyone – the Xposed Framework. Xposed has been around for quite some years, and has become an essential app for many users out there. Xposed builds around a framework over the Android OS, allowing execution of various Android mods and tweaks. When Magisk brought about root access without hampering the system partition, its developer rovo89 ported the Xposed Framework to Magisk to allow users to achieve the best of Xposed’s Modules along with systemless root.

Xposed Framework

To install Xposed Framework, simply download the Material Design Xposed Framework according to your system version and install it. Additionally, you’ll also need to install Xposed’s app to make use of the framework which can be found here. You can then use this app to install and manage various mods under Xposed Repo, some of which can be found here.

2. App Systemizer

This module is used to convert third party installed apps to system apps, but systemlessly, through Magisk. While some launchers are converted to system apps automatically, it includes an AppSystemizer companion app, which can be used to convert various other apps to system apps, as per the user’s discretion. The system apps can’t be uninstalled, they can only be disabled.

App Systemizer

3. Emoji One

Emoji One is the global standard for emojis and they have recently announced EmojiOne 3.0, which includes all new redesigned emojis. What this module does is that it essentially replaces the Google Emoji found on your device with Emoji One.

Emoji One Comparison

4. Viper4Android or AM3D Zirene

Viper4Android is by far one of the most feature-rich and advanced music mod out there for Android. It lets you alter almost each and every aspect of your device’s audio capabilities, thus giving you full control. It lets you customize the audio performance of your device’s speaker, Bluetooth speaker, headset or even a dock. The app not only increases the volume of the audio on your device but also improves bass & clarity, thanks to the cool ViPER Clarity and XHiFi technology.

Even though the interface is fairly easy to use, one might get confused with so many choices at their disposal. If so, you could opt with the AM3D sound mod by Zirene, which offers a simple and minimalistic interface, allowing easy tweaking around with the audio profiles for your system.

Viper and AM3D Zirene

5. Android Mic Fix

Many a times, after flashing a new ROM or firmware, you may experience a loss in the mic quality of your device. The reason behind this is that most of times your build.prop file is tampered with by the developers which causes the aforementioned issue. The Android Mic Fix, as the name suggests, aims to fix this problem with the help of the “resetprop” tool to modify your build.prop file.

Android Mic Fix

6. Tethering Enabler

Being able to share your mobile data with other devices and users is a feature everyone needs at least once in a while. Unfortunately, some OEMs prefer to have this feature removed from their devices, especially in countries like the US. Tethering Enabler is a module that helps the user enable USB as well as WiFi tethering on their devices.

Tethering Enabler

7. Dolby Atmos

Lenovo had introduced Dolby’s Atmos Sound technology to their devices a couple of years ago, something that was widely appreciated. The Dolby Atmos Magisk mod brigs the Dolby Atmos audio enhancements to any Android smartphone. The mod offers simple yet efficient sound modifications to the overall audio quality of one’s device. This app, which was earlier exclusive to Lenovo’s ROMs, has now been ported to Magisk, so that it can work systemlessly. You can customize the audio quality of music, movies, games, voice, etc. There are a lot of options here and if you are an audiophile, you will definitely appreciate the features on offer.

Dolby Atmos

8. Audio Modification Library

There are a number of sound mods available for rooted Android devices, like the aforementioned Viper4Android, AM3D Zirene and Dolby Atmos . Based upon your liking, you may want to one of them. But what if you like different features of different mods, but installing both mods at the same time would result in a system failure for you? Well, Audio Modification Library is a Magisk module that overcomes Magisk’s limitation of installing multiple audio mods, and does not cause any compatibility issues.

Audio Modification Library

9. ART Optimization

Android Lollipop includes a new virtual machine called ART (Android Runtime). ART uses AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation into native code, which performs better than Dalvik for compiling the apps. Android Lollipop includes the dex2oat tool for optimizing applications on deployment. What this app does is basically is configure the ART Optimization to execute its tasks swiftly depending upon the profile chosen by the user, thus drastically reducing the “Optimizing Apps” screen time.

ART Optimization

10. CrossBreeder Lite Edition

CrossBreeder is a set of mods that are used to modify system performance as well as conserve battery life. While the original project required proper /system access, it has now been ported to work with Magisk, and it works exceptionally well. You can use it to reduce the lag, increase your entropy levels, get more juice out of your device and speed up your mobile.

CrossBreeder Lite Edition

 

Enhance Android With Various Magisk Mods

Magisk is a very powerful environment whose power continue to grow with the addition of more and more modules. While any app that requires root access works with Magisk, having the ability to run that app without altering the /system partition is a feature that everyone prefers and that’s what sets Magisk above from other root alternatives. While there aren’t many modules available on the Magisk repo currently, more and more mods are sure to come in the near future. As of now, these are indeed the best Magisk mods available, so try them out and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Top 15 Cheap Steam Games You Should Check Out

Gaming is getting more and more popular in this era, with newer and more powerful consoles coming out and with more powerful GPUs coming out for PCs. Consoles have their own charm, such as being cheaper up front and bringing an ease of use and while PCs are more expensive to build, the games are relatively cheaper and can be easily downloaded. One of the most famous places to download these games is Steam. It has a variety of games and there are a number of sales on the Steam, where you can get some great games for a much more cheaper price. Thus, following is a list of all the great games you can get on Steam for a very cheap price.

Cheap Steam Games You Can Play

1. The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth

The Binding Of Isaac is a wonderful game. It has a lot of content, and every time you play it, you find something new. The game is extremely difficult, so be wary when starting out in this game. It borrows some cues from The Legend Of Zelda, like the boss fights and the items. It also has some easter eggs in it.

The game has randomized content, with collectible hearts, items, and dungeons like many other games, but adds some twists of its own. As you play as a child to fend off monsters, the main attack you have is your tear projectiles, which are affected by your momentum and velocity. The game might be played out in a fun manner, but the gameplay is still pretty amazing for just a fun game.

Download ($5)

2. Papers, Please

Papers, Please takes a simple and mundane task and turns it into an interesting game. In this game, you look for a glimmer of hope. You play as an immigrant official handling the border between Kolechia and Arstotzka making sure no harm reaches Arstotzka. While manning the border, you will face many suicide bombers, parasites, and other criminals all wanting to take down Arstotzka.

You play detective; scanning through numerous passports, looking for mismatched details such as dates or passes. The game is much more than simply approving or denying entry to people, because in the story mode morals come into play. With the power you have been given, it is up to you to make decisions such as separating married couples if their paperwork does not match. It is up to you to make Arstotzka great, and this game’s little details make it an amazing journey.

Download ($10)

3. Invisible Inc

Invisible Inc is an objective based game with elements from the sci-fi genre. It combines sci-fi with heists and lets you make important decisions. The game is fast paced with several enemies and different agents which are all important, and possess different skills which play an important part in the missions.

As soon as you start a heist, a clock starts which contributes to the pace and adds pressure on you. You need to get in, find the object, and then get out. Easier said than done, as you do not know where the object lies or the exit. So, you need to explore and use your skills adequately to get in and out as soon as possible. The longer you take, the more enemies arrive. The game is played in turns, and there are a lot of guns and puzzles to make it more interesting. A fun game to play, especially if you love heists.

Download ($20)

4. Undertale

Undertale is an amazing game tied into the RPG genre. The game is astounding with its story and how it is played out. The story ties in beautifully with the entire gameplay and surprises in every turn. The game starts with a human who falls in an underground world which is a prison for monsters and now must escape back to the surface. But this is where the story comes into play. If you were to kill a monster, and then restart the game, the storyline will change where you will see the monster dying and the dialogues will reflect this incident.

The gameplay in the starting is comparatively less amazing with bad puns and simple puzzles, but as the game progresses, the gameplay gets so much better. Every monster you will face will have a unique personality expressed through combat and even by non-combat means. Each and everything you do in this game matters, even if you soft reset the game. And this makes the game unique and a must play.

Download ($10)

5. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is something different when compared to other games on this list. It is comparatively tame and mundane, as you run a farm. Yep, just a plain old farm with plants, where you develop the buildings, plant seeds, meet your neighbors and even start a family. You can buy seeds, and if you get a wrong one you can reset. Seems pretty boring, right? Wrong. As this game entertains just by being this simple.

As you progress with your farm you will realize that all of the things you do are intertwined. It may be slow at the start but once you get past the first season, you will be able to explore the world. Things like fishing and mining can be done, and even investing in livestock. Some RPG elements are present too, as you do crucial side tasks, and slowly the game turns into something far more interesting. Stardew Valley is a combination of simple tasks but only by playing, you can understand the fun behind the simplicity

Download ($15)

6. Terraria

Terraria is a giant 2D sandbox game, which borrows a lot from Minecraft. Like Minecraft, you are to build. And you can build to your heart’s content. You start off with a sprite you can customize, and once it’s done, you are dropped in this amazing 2D world. There is no tutorial or anything, just a guide which spews out random pieces of advice. This vagueness encourages you to explore and find out more about the world. Despite not having any proper story or gameplay, the game is addictive and entertaining. There are monsters, magic, and a world where you can destroy and/or build anything.

Initially, your tools are limited, but with time, you get better tools. Apart from the building aspect, there are NPCs which you can lure by building villages through the village deployment feature. You can buy stuff from these support characters or heal yourself after a fight with a monster. The game gives you entertainment and an all new world to create for yourself.

Download ($10)

7. Divekick

Divekick is a 2D fighting game similar to King Of Fighters and Street Fighter but, it boils down the gameplay into only two maneuvers: diving and kicking. Now, that’s not the only thing you can do, as the game takes these two maneuvers and uses them to make complex moves. You will be able to dodge, feint, and fake out your opponent with ease. The game consists of 13 playable characters, each with their own special ability and kicks. The gameplay is quick and the opponent will keep you on your toes. The gameplay also consists of hilarious jokes along with the fighting. Divekick can also be played online, which makes the fighting far more competitive, though it lacks a good single player battle only mode.

Download ($5)

8. Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D style game with simple game mechanics and psychedelic sounds and visuals. The game is well-thought and has subtle touches which make it extremely appealing. The game’s plot is more intense than the art portrays. It covers extinction, time travel, genocide, and symbolism.

This game combines the normal RPG genre with modern sci-fi. The hero wields a sword, but he also has an arsenal of blasters and other arms and ammo. The game also has a host of different temples, and every one of these temples borrows something from sci-fi; such as lasers as traps. The game is extremely fun to play and provides a lot of content to the players.

Download ($15)

9. Portal 2

Portal 2 is a sci-fi puzzle game with an amazing setting. The game is set in different scenarios with destruction and chaos in the background. In this game, you are given a gun which can make portals through walls or anything. The catch is that you can only enter through the blue portal and exit through orange. Not vice versa. This makes the game far more difficult, and although blasting open portals is fun, the puzzles will make you real mad when you won’t be able to solve them. The different puzzles will have you manipulate lasers and other objects to proceed. Many stages are so hard that it seems it is impossible to advance any further. The game has an amazing story with various plot twists, which goes well with the puzzles.

Download ($20)

10. Limbo

Limbo is an amazing platform game. It has beautiful graphics with a black and white theme which gives the game a dark and thrilling ambiance. The game’s story has you play through a variety of puzzles as the main character sets on to find his sister. The scenes range from industries to forests, with forbidden caves and underground caverns thrown in for good measure. In limbo, every single thing is out to kill you, and you must you morbid and out of the box solutions to pass every obstacle. For example, one puzzle has you drag a corpse on the water to use as a bridge. Electrical wires, metal gates, and much more things stand in your way. Each stage must be done precisely or the boy will die. The game is extremely addicting, and you will be hooked once you try it.

Download ($10)

11. ShellShock Live

Shellshock live is a strategic tank battle game, which borrows heavily from pocket tanks but adds on to it. In this game, you have a tank and the goal is to destroy all other tanks. This game is best played online, as destroying real people is more fun than beating AI. The game offers you hundreds of weapons from the get-go, but they are not powerful from the start. You level up your weapons as you level up yourself. The game’s controls are simple. You move left and right, and so does your turret. To fire, you choose the amount of power ala Angry Birds, and then fire. Surviving tank wins. The game also has an offline mode but is not as good as the online mode.

Download ($7)

12. Life is Strange: Episode 1

Life is Strange follows the story of Max Caulfield who is portrayed as a shy and an introvert girl, with typical teenager attributes such as personal problems and crushes. One thing which makes her different is that she can rewind time. But only for 5 minutes. Throughout the game, you get to know Max more and ore, as she reveals herself by the choices you make. Each choice you make will lead to a future, and if you’re not fine with it, you can undo it and go back to the past. This makes the game a choice based one, with a twist of time. The game has a touching story with good characters, but the dialogue has room for improvements.

Download (Free)

13. Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a crazy off the bat game in which there are no rules. You can kill, steal, shoot, betray, anything you want. In fact, the game wants you to do all of this, and much more. You play as a guy on an acid trip doing random acts of violence recklessly. There are several missions and each one is more fun than the previous, with increasingly more gore. You die with one punch, bullet, or any hit. But this makes the game so fun. The game wants you to repeat the mindless kill streak. Die. Repeat. This sort of gameplay makes Hotline Miami frustrating, but in a good way as you will get hooked.

Download ($10)

14. Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is an extremely fun and unique Arcade Shooter. It has cartoonish graphics, with numerous pop culture references. In this game, you play as a bullet, facing off against other bullets. This may sound absurd, but the shooting aspect of this game is excellent. The aim is precise, and the shooting is not that hard. From level one, you are bombarded with bullets, and it gets increasingly difficult as you pass each level. The game consists of various dungeons, with fun and engaging bosses.

Download ($15)

15. The Fall

The Fall is an action platformer, where you explore a dense Alien world. You play as ARID – which is an artificial intelligence tied in with a pilot suit. This is a unique take on AI as you play as the artificial intelligent being rather than a human. The gameplay is great as well. There are various puzzles and stages which are accompanied by a great story which helps in unifying the gameplay. The game is more about exploration than fighting, while there are some enemies present. ARID also interacts with other objects and tries everything to keep the pilot alive.

Download ($10)

Some Great Cheap Steam Games To Play

If you are not interested in all those $60 games out there then the above-mentioned games are perfect for you because they offer the best bang for your buck. Most of these games are also further discounted regularly on Steam, so you should keep a close eye on any sales and discounts available on standalone games or bundles. If you think there are other cheap Steam games worth mentioning then feel free to add them in the comments section below.

Top 5 Cities With Fastest Internet Speeds In The World And India

Best 5 cities with highest Internet speed in India and the world

 

To have a fast and blazing internet speed is the need of the hour, as internet has now become our preferred medium of everyday communication. Internet is definitely one of the newest and most forward-looking media and the medium of the future.

However, it can feel like an eternity, if you have a slow internet connection speed that makes you wait for that page to load, or that video to buffer, or that file to download. There are two important metrics in bandwidth allocation (measured in Megabits per second or Mbps): download and upload speed, denoting the speed of inbound and outbound data respectively.

In this article, we bring to you a list of the cities with the highest average internet speeds worldwide, as well as in India. The list is based on the average download speed in each city that collects data from both Akamai (CDN and cloud services provider) and Ookla (a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency).

Which country has fastest internet speed?

1. Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea clinched the first place for fastest internet in 2016, measuring in at an average of 26.1 Mbps. Some of the fastest connections in the city offer up to 1.5 Gbps (Gigabits per second) speeds.

2. Hong Kong

Hong Kong bagged the second place, with the country’s financial capital showing an average of 21.9 Mbps across services.

3. Singapore

Singapore also called as the most “tech-ready nation” by the World Economic Forum, comes in at a close third, The average Internet speed in Singapore is clocked at around 20.2 MBPS.

4. Tokyo

Tokyo, which is the most crowded metropolitan area in the world and capital of Japan, comes in fourth with an average 19.6 Mbps broadband speed.

5. Taiwan

The island nation of Taiwan, often in dispute with the government of the People’s Republic of China over its status, is placed at the fifth position with a 15.6 Mbps download speed average.

Which Indian cities have fastest internet speed?

Even though India is a big country, it’s nationwide average internet connectivity is 13.271 Mbps. The 5 cities mentioned below have the best internet speeds in India.

1. Hyderabad

Hyderabad became the first city in India to get 1Gbps internet connectivity and hence, it is also placed at the top of the list. Thanks to ACT Fibernet, which launched the 1Gbps wired broadband internet service with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 1TB (terabyte) in Hyderabad. The speed is considered to be 400 times faster than the average internet speed of 2.5 Mbps in India. Previously, Hyderabad used to get 23.556 Mbps speeds on offer.

2. Chennai

The capital of Tamil Nadu is placed at the second position for having an average download speed of 41.064 Mbps across the city.

 3. New Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India, comes in at third place for offering an average download speed of 21.996 Mbps.

4. Bengaluru 

Known as the technology capital of India, Bengaluru is positioned at fourth spot for providing an average download speed of 21.951 Mbps internet.

5. Mumbai

Lastly, Mumbai, the city of dreams and also the financial capital of India has an average broadband speed of 10.273 Mbps.

How to Get Google Assistant on Android Lollipop Devices (No Root)

Google Assistant is by far the best voice assistant available today, period. We have already compared it to other voice assistants like Siri and Hound and every time it has come out as a winner. It’s ability to carry out long conversational dialogues and impeccable contextual awareness is unmatched. Google Assistant is one of the biggest advantages Android has over its arch rival, the iOS. That’s why it was so heartbreaking to see Google Assistant being launched for iPhone users, while the Android users below Marshmallow (6.0) lay in wait. However, the Android community is strong and unrelenting. Today, we are going to share a method using which you can install and use Google Assistant on your Android Lollipop device and that too without rooting your smartphone.

We are going to cover two different methods which you can use to install the Google Assistant on your device. The first method is easier, however, it might not work on some devices. The second method  is a little bit longer but will work on every Android Device running Android 5.0 or 5.1 Lollipop. Both the methods work on non-rooted devices.

Get Google Assistant on Lollipop Via APK File

Note: I have used Moto G3 running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) for this process. You can use any device, the only requirement is that the device should be running on Android Lollipop. To enable Google Assistant on Android 6.0 or higher, you can check out our other article on the same.

1. Firstly, go ahead and download the Google Assistant APK. Make sure you have allowed the installation of apps from “Unknown Sources” in Settings->Security. Then, open up the APK file and install the Google Assistant app on your Lollipop-running smartphone.

Installing GA APK

2. Then, just launch the app and go to the “Your Stuff” tab and press “Add Reminder”. This might seem like an arbitrary step, but it is important, hence do not skip it.

Setting Up the Google Assistant

Note: Make sure to update the Google app to latest version, otherwise the Google Assistant app won’t work.

3. Now we need to make Google Assistant your default voice input method. As you know, Android 5.0 comes with Google Now, so we need to make a change and make Google Assistant your default voice assistant. To do that, open the Settings page and then head to Language & input->Voice input and choose “Enhanced Google Services”.

Enabling GA as Default

3. Now, long press the home button and select Google Assistant as your default program. That’s it, you can enjoy Google Assistant on your phone and activate it through the home button.

Google Assistant Working

This method should work for almost all the devices. However, some phones like older Samsung smartphones might encounter problems while launching the Google Assistant. In that case, you can use the following alternate method.

Alternate Method – Using the Nova Launcher

1. First, install the Nova Launcher (free) on your device, or any launcher that lets you add activity shortcuts on the home screen and set it as your default home screen. Then, install the Google Assistant APK, like we did in the previous method.

2. Then, long press on the home screen to open the widgets panel and in the Nova Launcher widgets, add “Activities”.

Nova

2. An Activities page will open up. Here, scroll down till you find the Google Assistant Launcher and tap on it. You will see two options, select the one with “.Assist” in the subtext.

GA .Assist

3.  Once the shortcut is created, tap on it to launch the Assistant app. Now, just add a reminder and make Google Assistant your default voice input, as we showed earlier in the article. Also, long press the home button to select Google Assistant as your default voice assistant.

GA Shortcut

In some rare cases, you still can not launch the Google Assistant with the home button shortcut. Use the shortcut we just created instead to launch the Google Assistant.

SEE ALSO: How to Install Google Assistant on Windows, macOS and Linux

Enjoy the Google Assistant on Lollipop

Google Assistant brings the smarts to your smartphone. The more you use it, the more you will fall in love with it. We have covered several Google Assistant tips and tricks in our previous articles. Check them out to get the most out of your Google Assistant. Also, do let us know in the comment section below your thoughts about the Google Assistant. We always hang out in the comment section, if you still have any query, feel free to ask.

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