How to download and install YouTube Go – Free Android APK

After a long period in beta, the light version of YouTube, which is aimed at developing countries, is at last available in its final version. With YouTube Go (the name of the app), you can download videos of various qualitiy and send local copies to nearby friends via Bluetooth. It even works in areas with weaker connections. You can download the application directly from the Play Store or if you prefer, you can also download the APK.

What is YouTube Go?

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a fast internet connection or an unlimited data plan. That’s why YouTube has launched a light version of its YouTube app. It’s a free application that allows you to download YouTube videos to watch later. Therefore, before leaving the house, you can download a video that you want to watch later without having to use up all your data.

androidpit youtube go What YouTube Go looks like. / © AndroidPIT

Where can I download YouTube Go for Android?

Here’s the official link through which you can download YouTube Go for Android.

Where can I download the YouTube Go APK for Android?

This version of the app is compatible with versions from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 

Download the latest version of YouTube Go:

How to install the YouTube Go APK for Android

Follow these steps to install an external app:

  • Activate install applications from unknown sources (You can find this in Settings>Security>Unknown Sources)
  • Search for the APK in Play Store files in the Downloads app
  • Open the file and install the new version of YouTube Go!

galaxy s7 install unknown sources Before downloading the YouTube Go APK, you have to activate “unknown sources” in Settings. / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you already tried the app? Tell us what you thought!

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How to download and install the Android O launcher

The second Android O Developer Preview can already be installed on the Google Pixel and 2015 Nexus devices. In particular, the design of the Pixel Launcher has impressed some fans. This is now available as an APK file, so those with older phones can try it out. 

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Android O Pixel Launcher: download and install

If you’re stuck with a phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but you’re dying for the Android O experience, you can get the version of the Pixel Launcher that came with the Android O Developer Preview.

The XDA Developers community is one of the most effective when it comes to providing Android smartphones with new features. Occasionally, certain software elements are made available which are intended exclusively for a particular smartphone or a software version. This is exactly what happened with the Pixel Launcher for Android O.

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You can use a so-called “backport” to install the aforementioned launcher, as it is now available in the XDA Developers forum. The only requirement is that your phone has Android 6.0.1 or later and you’ve enabled the option to install apps from unknown sources. The APK file can be downloaded from the main post in this thread. Install the APK file with Android Installer and then press the home button.

Android O Pixel Launcher: this could be your home screen

The backport of the Android O version of the Pixel Launcher has been outstanding. We tested it with an Android 7.1.2 device. In the latest update of the launcher since the Android O public beta was released, new app shortcuts were added. By doing a long press on app icons on the home screen, we were able to get the context menus to pop up.

pixel launcher add app shortcut to home screen App shortcuts are becoming more and more practical. / © AndroidPIT

From there you can grab these app shortcuts from the menu and drag them to your start screen or to a folder, so you can access a particular function in an app or quickly start a chat with a favorite contact from the new shortcut.

pixel launcher cute drawer arrow animation The arrow over the app drawer is animated to swing up and down as you move it. / © AndroidPIT

The app drawer has a physically animated arrow. If you drag the list up, the arrow will show a straight arrow pointing upwards and vice versa. The wings of the arrow appear to move somewhat sluggishly, which is a beautiful detail.

pixel launcher widgets options The widgets can now be reached via app shortcut. Options allow for adaptive app icon shapes too – theoretically. / © AndroidPIT

Another new app shortcut is for quick access to the list of widgets for an app. If you think about it, the launcher developers could have come up with this idea earlier. Searching for widgets was sometimes so complicated that only you could only find out what widgets an app offers by stumbling upon it when scrolling through the long list. Now, widgets are more actively pointed out.

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In the options, you can activate the Google button if the Google app is installed. Notification dots still don’t work unless you have a true Android O smartphone, as older Android versions still lack the necessary programming interface.

To change the background wallpaper in the launcher menu, you need Google’s app, but that’s no problem, as it’s available in the Play Store. Just install the Google Wallpapers app to get nifty wallpapers from the online catalog that change automatically.

Wallpapers Install on Google Play

Do you like the new look of the home screen, app drawer and navigation bar? Let us know in the comments.

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How to download and install Android Oreo

The final version of Android 8.0 Oreo coincides with the total solar eclipse over New York on August 21, 2017. With such a dramatic entrance, we’re sure you’re excited to get your hands on the latest version of Android. Here’s how to download and install Android Oreo.

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Android Oreo final release

The presentation of the final release of Android O happens during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 at 2:40 PM local time, and the live stream video of the event (and the eclipse) is on Google’s website. Sometime after the presentation, Android Oreo will be available OTA (over the air) or to download and install on certain devices.

The Android O Developer Preview images were made available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL, and these devices will be the first devices to get the final version of Android 8.0 Oreo. You can read about all the new features in the update here.

How to install Android Oreo

You can download the newest available system images here, and then flash (install) them to your device. The following section contains the instructions from Google on how to flash a system image. For information on specific devices, see here if you need more help.

To flash a system image:

1. Download the appropriate system image for your device below, then unzip it to a safe directory.

2. Connect your device to your computer over USB.

3. Start the device in fastboot mode with one of the following methods:

• Using the adb tool: With the device powered on, execute:

adb reboot bootloader

• Using a key combo: Turn the device off, then turn it on and immediately hold down the relevant key combination for your device.

4. If necessary, unlock the device’s bootloader using one of the following methods:

• If you are updating a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P device using the hammerhead or angler builds, update your fastboot tool to the latest available version (>=23.0.1), and then run this command:

fastboot flashing unlock

• If you are updating an older device, run this command:

fastboot oem unlock

The target device will show you a confirmation screen. (This erases all data on the target device.)

See Unlocking the bootloader for more detailed instructions.

5. Open a terminal and navigate to the unzipped system image directory.

6. Execute the flash-all script. This script installs the necessary bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system.

Once the script finishes, your device reboots. You should now lock the bootloader for security:

1. Start the device in fastboot mode again, as described above.

2. Execute:

fastboot flashing lock

or, for older devices, run:

fastboot oem lock

Locking bootloader will wipe the data on some devices. After locking the bootloader, if you want to flash the device again, you must run fastboot oem unlock again, which will wipe the data.

Let us know what you think of Android O in the comments.

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Download and install the latest Google Play Services APK 11.0.X for free

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Google Play Services 11.0.X: what’s new?

The latest version of Google Play Services is 11.0.X, and it was introduced in June of 2017. Versions 11.0.4 and 11.0.2 bring fixes for minor issues in Firebase Cloud Messaging and Performance Monitoring, which is relevant information only for developers. In addition, 11.0.1 fixes an issue with apps that use rxjava.

Prior to the newest versions of Google Play Services, versions 10.0.X (the last one to support Gingerbread) to 10.2.X (the last to support Honeycomb) reigned from November 2016 until May 2017. Before that, versions 9.0.X up to 9.8.X were current from May 2016 to October 2016.

AndroidPIT Google apps 2 Google Play Services is the general overlord of apps, and you’re best off when it’s up-to-date. / © ANDROIDPIT

Install Google Play Services: the easy way

The simplest way to always have the latest version of Google Play Services installed is to keep an eye on this page, where we’ll provide you with a download link to the very latest versions available in the Play Store. Just tap the install button below to ensure you have the current version.

Google Play services Install on Google Play

However, as with most things Android, there are always newer and better versions available if you’re willing to put in a little more effort. For example, there are multiple versions of Google Play Services for the different versions of Android you might have. So, if you want the very latest version, just follow the steps below.

AndroidPIT Lollipop Settings About Phone Android Version First you need to know which version of Android you have. / © ANDROIDPIT

Install Google Play Services: the technical way

First, you’ll need to know which version of Android you have. Go to Settings > About Phone and look for Android Version. Then, you’ll need unknown sources enabled on your phone. This just allows you to install apps from outside Google Play. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and check the box. 

AndroidPIT Lollipop Settings Security Unknown Sources Then we need to enable Unknown Sources in your security settings. / © ANDROIDPIT

Next, you need to know which version of Play Services is right for you. This is where your Android version number comes in. Each Google Play Services version has a three number suffix at the end, following the hyphen.

These three numbers are broken down as follows: Android version, CPU architecture and dots per inch (DPI). You can check the current version of Google Play Services by going to Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Play Services.

AndroidPIT Google Play Services You can see the -446 suffix at the end of the Google Play Services version number (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

The first number is your Android version:

0 = Android 4.4.4 and older

2 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 (starting with Google Play Services v8)

4 = Android 6.0 and above (Note: 4 = Android 5.0 and 5.1 for versions of Google Play Services prior to v8)

7 = Android 5.0

8 = Android TV

The second number is your CPU architecture:

1 = armeabi

3 = armeabi-v7a

4 = arm64-v8a

7 = x86

The third number is your device screen’s DPI (dots per inch):

0 = universal

2 = 160 dpi

4 = 240 dpi

6 = 320 dpi

8 = 480 dpi

So in the screenshot above you can tell I have a Lollipop device running an ARMv8 chip with 320 DPI. If you want to do things the other way around and figure out which number you should be looking for, just grab CPU-Z, which will tell you your CPU architecture and DPI. The good news is that once you know this information it won’t change until you get a new phone.

AndroidPIT CPU Z SoC System On the left, we can see this device has x86 architecture, and on the right, 160 DPI. / © ANDROIDPIT CPU-Z Install on Google Play

Download Google Play Services APK

Now you simply have to choose the right Google Play Services version based on the three pieces of information you just collected. You can find the latest versions of Google Play Services hosted on APK Mirror and select the right one with the right suffix for your device. Then, just download and install Google Play Services onto your phone.

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How to install ADB and Fastboot

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What you should know before you start

What is ADB?

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) consists of a client and server part each communicating with the other. In laymen’s terms, it’s a communication tool between your smartphone and PC. It is accessed via the command prompt on Windows and is used to send commands to  Android from a PC. In other words, ADB is very helpful to the Android community for rooting, flashing new ROMs or simply troubleshooting smartphones.

What is fastboot?

Fastboot is basically a diagnostic tool used to modify the Android file system from a computer when the smartphone is in bootloader mode. The commands are basic, and include, for example, to ‘flash’ (install) a boot image or a bootloader.

nexus 5 fastboot locked You can start in recovery mode from the ADB commands. / © ANDROIDPIT

What are drivers?

A driver is a small program that allows an operating system – Windows in this case – to recognize a device and interact with or use it. Each deveice has its own driver, hard drive, mouse, etc. For our smartphones, the system itself uses a driver, the ADB mode and fastboot mode also because the interface is not the same. To summarize, Windows needs a driver for the smartphone, for fastboot and ADB. They are common for all smartphones.

Install ADB drivers on Windows

In our test with a Windows 10 system, we didn’t have to install any additional drivers and could, with any Android smartphone, immediately access the ADB interface. On Windows 7 and earlier OS versions, connecting your smartphone and PC via ADB was somewhat more complex.

On Windows 7, the ADB interface will rarely be recognized. If the appropriate ADB driver is missing, your smartphone and PC will not be able to communicate. Thankfully, the ADB Driver Installer offers a universal solution to the problem. Make your way to this site and click on ADB Driver Installer (9:22 MB). Open the zip file and start the .EXE file contained therein. Confirm the warning regarding user access controls when it appears.

windows adb tools overview ADB on Windows 7 is not a lot of fun. / © ANDROIDPIT

Enable USB debugging

Make your way to Settings, then tap on About phone and press seven times in quick succession on Build number. Go back to the main Settings menu, and you will now see an option for Developer options above About phone. In here, activate USB debugging.

nexus 6 activate android debugging Tap on Build number seven times, enter Developer options, and enabled USB debugging. / © ANDROIDPIT

Now click again on Refresh in the ADB Driver Installer, and your device should appear. If it still doesn’t work, you need to change the USB connection mode. Many smartphones are set to use the USB cable only for charging by default. This is intentional, so your files are invisible to the user of the connected computer.

Pull down the notification from the top of the screen of the smartphone while it is connected to your computer. From here, press on the USB connection type. Then select either MTP or PTP. (We found success with both options).

lg g4 usb mode Tap on USB options and select one of the transfer protocols. / © ANDROIDPIT

Now, when you click on Refresh, you should see your device in the list of ADB Driver Installers. Click on the line displaying your device, and then click Install. This should install the appropriate ADB drivers for your smartphone.

If you have problems, you need to open the Device Manager, delete existing entries with your smartphone and repeat the installation.

Install ADB Tools on Windows

Now we want to make use of the ADB drivers. To ensure everything is as recent as possible, first, head to this website and download the android sdk_ [release number] file from down the page.

install sdk tools How to install and update ADB Tools correctly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Unpack the archive and open the SDK Manager.exe file. Wait ten seconds, until the right window (see above) opens. Since we’re not looking to program an app, we can remove a lot of the checkmarks. In fact, only Android SDK Platform Tools needs to be left checked. Note: repeat this procedure if ADB Tools begins to misbehave at any point.

Next, open up the new platform-tools folder in the previously extracted folder. Hold shift and right click anywhere in the white space of this folder and click Open a command window here. With your smartphone connected via USB to your computer, type in the command window adb devices. On your smartphone, you will see a warning message (bottom-right image).

usb debugging allow device You must authorize USB debugging every time you connect to a new computer. / © ANDROIDPIT

Once you have enabled USB debugging on your device and allowed it from the computer (pictured above), you device should appear in the device list within the command window.

Install ADB on Mac or Linux

The Unix-based systems of Mac OS and Linux make things much easier. Firstly, they eliminate the hassle of drivers. Secondly, the ADB tools keep themselves up to date thanks to simple package management systems. Mac users install the package manager Homebrew and then run brew install android platform-tools. Linux users need to look in the package system for android-platform-tools and install it. Subsequently, the ADB tools should be defined globally, so you are able to use the following ADB commands in the command line.

ADB commands

adb backup -f FullBackup.ab -apk -all: The idea here is that you make a full backup of your app data. In practice, the results are unreliable. Not all apps allow for an ADB backup, meaning you might need to find an alternative method.

adb devices: With this command you will receive an overview of all devices connected to the computer device with ADB support. Here you can see the device identifier and the status. If the word Unauthorized appears, it means you need to allow the computer permission to communicate with your smartphone.

adb reboot: reboots your smartphone

adb reboot recovery: reboots your device into recovery mode

adb reboot bootloader: reboots into the bootloader. Once it is in this mode, you can communicate with the device via the fastboot command.

adb push [directory on the computer / dateiname.endung] [Directory in the smartphone]: this command moves a file from the stated folder on your computer to the stated folder on your smartphone.

adb pull [Directory in the smartphone / dateiname.endung] [directory on the computer]: if you run this command, it will save a file from your smartphone or tablet to your PC. Without specifying the computer directory, the file will land in the path of the ADB executable or /home directory.

adb shell screencap -p /sdcard/screenshot.png
adb pull /sdcard/screenshot.png
adb shell rm /sdcard/screenshot.png:

To take a screenshot, saved to your computer.

adb help: overview of all ADB commands, syntax and help.

ADB to flash apps and updates

adb sideload this command is used to install files, such as official device updates, on your smartphone. More complex installations, such as those of Custom ROMs, however, are done through the fastboot interface.

adb install [android app].apk: this can be used to install an Android app (APK) on your smartphone / tablet.

ADB errors: common error messages and solutions

Command Not Found: you have made a mistake, or the command is not yet available in your ADB version. Check the command via adb help or update to a newer version ADB.

No Device: Your USB cable is not connected properly, the ADB interface on your phone is not running or your computer does not recognize your smartphone. Try using a different USB port, another cable, enable USB debugging, check the drivers, the computer, and restart your device.

Server is out of date: The version of ADB Tools on your computer and the version of Android on your smartphone must be compatible. If they are not, this error occurs. Update your version of ADB Tools.

Waiting for device: This error is largely the same as the No Device error. Your computer does not recognize your smartphone. See above for the solutions.

What now?

Now you are aware of all the ways you can go about modifying your smartphone. Be it sideloading an update, rooting, or whether it is the installation of different firmware, you now have full control over your smartphone.

Need any further help? Put your questions in the comments section below. 

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