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Q: How to install apps outside of Google Play

Android devices have the ability to “sideload” applications that aren’t available on the Google Play store. Here’s how you can do it.

The Google Play store is a great resource that can enhance your mobile experience. It gives Android users access to more than one million apps, such as Facebook, Pandora, and Instagram, among thousands of others, but what do you do when Google unexpectedly pulls an app from its marketplace?

Google has removed apps from the Play store for a number of reasons, the most common being that they violate the company’s policy. Once an app is removed, however, all hope isn’t lost. You may not have been aware that apps no longer available in the Play store can still be installed on your Android device through a process known as “sideloading.”

Here’s how to do it:

Setting up your device

From your smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher, go to Settings, scroll down to Security, and select Unknown sources. Selecting this option will allow you to install apps outside of the Google Play store. Depending on your device, you can also choose to be warned before installing harmful apps. This can be enabled by selecting the Verify apps option in the Security settings.

On devices running an earlier version of Android, go to Settings, open the Applications option, select Unknown sources, and click OK on the popup alert.

Downloading an app

The next step will be finding an Android package file, also known as an APK, which is the way Android apps are distributed and installed. This is where some people usually run into trouble. Never, and I mean ever, use sideloading as a way to pirate applications; doing so will likely result in your Android device getting a virus. You should only download APK files from trusted developers and companies.

For example, Kodi Cleaner, a free app that basically cleans your Kodi setup of all the accumulated junk that Kodi stores when you stream content to your Android device. Smart TV now offers the app for FREE on our Web site for users to sideload.

The process

You can either download the APK file on your mobile device or on your computer, although the latter is a little more difficult. To get started, download an APK file using either Google Chrome or the stock Android browser. Next, go to your app drawer and click Downloads; here you will find the file you just downloaded. Open the file and install the app.

If you downloaded the APK file on your computer, the process is slightly different. You must connect your Android device to the PC and enable USB mass-storage mode. The next step is to drag and drop the file onto your device. Then, using a file manager, such as File Manager HD or ES File Explorer, you can locate the file on your device and install it.

Remember to be careful when downloading apps outside of official Android marketplaces like Google Play and Amazon’s Appstore.

Q: How do I set my Kodi Audio Settings:

Kodi Audio Settings:

How to set up Kodi audio? First things first, there are two possible menus where you will find settings to modify Kodi audio output; one of these is located in the settings menu, which can be accessed via System -> Settings -> System -> Audio output; we will call these Kodi audio settings the main audio settings. There is also a menu that you can get during playback, if you click the button with a speaker on it (on Confluence skin), and allows you to configure some other Kodi audio setting; we can call this menu the audio playback settings. In this menu you can do things related to the playback itself, such as offset the audio or even add subtitles to your media, provided you have the right service installed.

These are some of the settings you can change in the Audio output configuration.

Kodi Audio Settings: main audio settings.

  • Audio output device: Here you can select which one of the audio outputs from your computer you will be using. Depending on what you select here, some settings further down might be enabled or not.
  • Number of channels: If your audio connection is digital, this represents the channels supported by the audio connection; if it’s analog , it will represent the number of speakers your system is using.
  • Output configuration: You can set this option to Fixed, Optimized or Best Match. This will let you know if properties such as sampling rate and speaker configuration will change during playback to match the source (which is done in Best Match setting); will be set at the start of playback and not change (corresponds to Optimized); or will be set by the value indicated in settings at all times (which would be the Fixed option).
  • Limit sampling rate (kHz): If you set fixed output, this indicates the sampling rate. If you are using SPDIF, this is the maximum sampling rate.
  • Stereo up mix: When enabled, it lets 2-channel audio be unmixed to the number of channels set in Kodi audio settings.
  • Normalize levels on down mix: Also can be called Maintain original volume on down mix. When enabled, keeps the volume of the stream, at the cost of compressing dynamic range. When disabled, volume will be lower but the dynamic range will be maintained. Keep in mind the dynamic range is defined as the difference between the quietest and the loudest sounds in an audio source; thus, you should enable this setting if the dialogue in movies is barely audible.
  • Resample quality: If you need to have audio sampled at a different rate than the source, this is the option you need to tweak; you can set it on Low, Medium and High, but the latter two will consume more computer resources.
  • Keep audio devices alive: Defines the time audio devices will wait before entering a suspended state. It also has Always (audio devices never suspended) and Off (audio devices always suspended) settings. This setting uses a lot of CPU resources, so depending on your hardware it might not be available.
  • Play GUI sounds: Define whether you want to hear GUI sounds or silence when browsing through the menus. You can also have the sounds play only if media playback is stopped.
  • Enable pass-through: With this setting you can enable pass-through Kodi audio output for encoded audio formats.
  • Pass-through output device: Only useful if you enabled pass-through audio, this lets you select the device you will use for audio playback of encoded formats.

The formats you could use are selected via this very same menu, and depending on your device, you could select:

  • Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver.
    • Enable Dolby Digital Transcoding: To be selected in case the audio output device only supports multichannel audio.
  • Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) capable receiver.
  • DTS capable receiver.
  • True HD capable receiver.
  • DTS-HD capable receiver.

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