Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Camera Professional Guide



The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have an advanced camera but most of us are not aware of how to use it. In these two phones, the Pro mode is an excellent mode for professional photography. Mastering the pro mode will make you a professional photographer. This guide will make you learn how to tweak the camera to get the best out of it. Let's get started.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

These Galaxy devices will get Android 8.0 Oreo update





All of the latest Galaxy phone users have a common question now. When will my Galaxy phone get the latest Android 8.0 update. Well, there is no exact date on which the update will be rolled out to the devices but the devices which will get the Android 8.0 are released.

The Galaxy phones listed below will get Android 8.0
  • Galaxy S8 – Android 8.0 Oreo will be the first major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy S8+  – Android 8.0 will be the first major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy Note 8  – Android 8.0 will be the first major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy S7 – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy S7 edge – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy S7 Active – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy A7 (2017)  – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy A5 (2017)  – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy A3 (2017)  – Android 8.0 will be the second major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy J7 (2017) – J7 models usually get at least one major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy J5 (2017) – J5 models usually get at least one major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy Note FE – Android 8.0 Oreo will be the first major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy Tab S3 – flagship tablets usually get two major OS upgrades
  • Galaxy C9 Pro – Android 8.0 will be the first major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy C7 Pro – Android 8.0 will be the first major OS upgrade

These Galaxy phones may or may not get Android 8.0
  • Galaxy A9 Pro – Android 8.0 Oreo would be the 2nd OS upgrade, but unsure for now
  • Galaxy A8 (2016) – Android 8.0 would be the 2nd OS upgrade, but unsure for now
  • Galaxy J7 (2016) – update track record unclear, already has one major upgrade
  • Galaxy J5 (2016) – update track record unclear, already has one major upgrade
  • Galaxy J3 (2017) – not all previous J3 models received a major OS upgrade
  • Galaxy Tab S2 VE (2016 models) – update track record unclear
  • Galaxy Tab A (2016 models) – update track record unclear
  • Galaxy J7 Prime (OnNxt) – hasn’t yet received Nougat

These Galaxys will not get Android 8.0
  • Galaxy S6 series – received two major Android upgrades before
  • Galaxy Note 5 – received two major Android upgrades before
  • Galaxy A7 (2016) – received two major Android upgrades before
  • Galaxy A5 (2016) – received two major Android upgrades before
  • Galaxy A3 (2016) – received two major Android upgrades before
  • Galaxy J3 (2016) – has not received an OS upgrade, unlikely to do so later
  • Galaxy J2 (2016) – has not received an OS upgrade, unlikely to do so later
  • Galaxy J1 variants – these devices usually do not receive OS upgrades




Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to use Multiple Accounts in Apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook in Android phone without the use of third party apps

If you own a Samsung Galaxy phone running Android 7.0 or later then you are ready to use this feature. This is called Secure Folder which comes preloaded in Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8 and S8+ devices. Samsung plans to extend support to additional devices shortly. 

Samsung officially released a downloadable version of secure folder that can be downloaded and installed in your Android phone running 7.0 or later. Get the apk here

It creates a secured platform to store your files and apps. This feature can be used to create multi accounts of apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Telegram, etc. Most of us use a dual sim phone nowadays so the Secure Folder would be really helpful to have multiple accounts of the above said apps and even more.

Lets get started.

1. Install the Secure Folder app. If the app is already preloaded then just simply turn it on from the quick tiles as shown in the below image.





2. Now, a Secure Folder icon will be visible on the home screen. Open it.





3. If you have not setup for Secure Folder then go ahead with the steps for the setup. Open the Secure Folder once the initial setup is done. It asks for your fingerprint or pattern or pin or password to open.





4. After identifying yourself with one of the secured ways, the app enters into the Secure Folder. As you can see in the below image there are some default apps available. 





5. If you wanna add some apps then just click 'Add apps' and add an app from the list or install it from the play store. I have added Whatsapp from the list as illustrated in the below image.






6. Now Whatsapp appears among other apps in the secure folder list. Similarly, it allows you to add other apps that you wish. Data such as Images, Files, Videos, Chats, etc. contained in the Secure Folder will not be visible outside of secured folder. Apps can be installed and uninstalled inside the Secure Folder without affecting the apps outside of the Secure Folder. This acts as a separate secured space.





7. Clicking on Whatsapp in the Secure Folder opens the app from the beginning to accept the terms and conditions followed by registration as so on. So now you have multiple Whatsapp account in a single phone without any third party apps that consume more resources. 







Monday, May 8, 2017

Battery Charge Limit app

Now we have an app which stops charging once it reaches 80%. Pretty good one to use to have a good battery life.

Prerequisite:
This app required a rooted phone running android 4.4 or higher

Instructions:
  1. Install the app from here
  2. Enable the limit in the app.
  3. Change the charging limit as you desire. Default and recommended value is 80.
  4. The app starts to work only when a charger is connected and stops working once the charger is unplugged. So this apps works only when the phone is connected to a charger and does not affect the battery.
  5. If the phone is not charging after disabling the limit then uninstall the app and reboot the device. After reboot the charging should work normal.
  6. Before uninstalling the app, disable the limit and then uninstall.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Samsung Dex review. Ready for a compact PC?

Alongside its new flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung also unwrapped a new docking accessory designed to harness the power of the Galaxy S8. Called Samsung DeX, it’s meant to allow you to use the Galaxy S8 as a replacement for a fixed desktop computer.
Does it deliver on its promise? Is Samsung DeX the future of smartphones and computing, or is it just another attempt to use smartphones to kill the PC industry? Find out in our Samsung DeX review!
For years, companies have tried different methods to make the smartphone a viable PC replacement. In 2011, the Motorola Lapdock was the first dock to do this, and provided connections for physical keyboards, a mouse and other peripherals. Apple then tried to use AirPlay to accomplish something similar, although it acted like little more than screen sharing. Then there was HP’s Elite X3, which ended up coming close with its Desk Dock before also failing to be widely adopted.
The biggest challenge plaguing these solutions were that they all tried to mirror the smartphone screen to the desktop, Samsung’s previous mobile docks for the Galaxy S4 and Note 2 included. Samsung is hoping that the time is ripe for another attempt and in the DeX station, we have an accessory that’s mostly well thought out and has some very smart features as well. Hoping this will be a game changer.

The Dex Station


DeX works only with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which is a turn off as it would have been nice to have support for older Samsung and other Android devices as well. That said, the dock comes with an Ethernet port, two USB ports for connecting peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse, and a HDMI port to connect to your desktop monitor.
The top of the DeX station flips down to reveal the USB Type-C port, where you’ll plug in your Galaxy S8. This also acts as a fan to cool your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus in DeX mode. Also, thanks to the USB Type-C port, it charges your phone at the same time as powering the DeX experience.
Samsung disables the display on the Galaxy S8 when using DeX, meaning you’re reliant on the keyboard and mouse
It’s not perfect however, as Samsung disables the display on your Galaxy S8 when using DeX, meaning you’re completely reliant on the keyboard and mouse. It would have been nice to be able to use the phone at the same time but this is a trade-off to having the desktop experience.

Dex as a Desktop


The number of apps compatible with DeX are pretty small making it less usable in many cases. But Samsung DeX has a lot of potential in its current form and it’s certainly a little raw. At the launch of the Galaxy S8 where DeX was made official, Samsung confirmed that Adobe would bring Photoshop and Lightroom to DeX, but at the time of this article, these apps weren’t available to test.
Of course, you can open all the apps that exist on your Android phone but most retain their mobile equivalents. For example, WhatsApp shows up as mobile (which is to be expected), but pressing the enter key doesn’t send a message, and there’s no keyboard shortcut to do so. This means you have to move the mouse and select the send key every time. Similarly, Google Chrome only displays in mobile mode, and often crashes. If you do want to browse the internet and don’t mind using a different browser, Samsung has optimised its own internet browser to offer the full website experience.
The browsing experience is seemingly on-par with Microsoft’s Edge browser and Google Chrome, although there is a touch of latency when scrolling as DeX seemingly struggles to support resource-intensive websites. When resizing a window, Samsung’s browser does well to resize the content accordingly but to get the full experience, you need to go into fullscreen mode before resizing the window down.
Samsung DeX works in a similar way to Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform where the same apps could run in both mobile and desktop depending on whether docked to a PC. DeX takes the same premise but without widespread support for apps, it proves to be a little limited. However, what Samsung does have going for itself is that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are likely to sell in more volume than most, if not all, of the Lumia Windows Phones that Microsoft managed to shift.
The biggest challenge facing Microsoft at the time was persuading developers to adapt their apps to support UMA, or in most cases, even develop their apps for Windows 10 Mobile in the first place. For Samsung, this should be a much easier bridge to cross. Plus, if the additional development resources required to develop for DeX are minimal either via ease of software or incentives from the company we will hopefully see developers flock to adapt their apps for Samsung DeX.
In DeX mode, the phone follows the same security settings as when not docked. When moving away from your docked phone, you might be wondering how security works, especially if you only want to move away from it temporarily. The answer is pretty simple: in DeX mode, the phone follows the same security settings as when not docked. So in my case, a press of the power button instantly locks the phone. It then requires you to enter either your password, PIN, pattern, or use biometrics such as iris recognition or fingerprint scanning to unlock the phone.
The latter is quite awkward with the fingerprint sensor on the back, making it even more difficult to unlock. When you use iris recognition, though, the DeX dock props the Galaxy S8 up at the right height to make iris scanning a breeze. In fact, in our Galaxy S8 review, I found that the iris recognition can be a little hit and miss. While you still have the same issues in terms of recognising you through glasses, DeX does at least solve the issue with needing to position the phone at a certain angle



In desktop mode, Samsung DeX offers the same button configuration you’ll find on your Galaxy S8 with the apps menu, home and recent apps keys on the bottom left and a taskbar containing notifications, quick shortcuts and other useful tools on the right. In multi-tasking mode, you have the same layout as the Galaxy S8’s native multitasking, except horizontally and you can also close apps from the bottom status bar, although you then need to shut them from the multi-tasking menu as well.
Overall, the performance doesn’t scream high end PC but rather, reminds me of early netbooks, albeit with a little more power. There’s certainly enough grunt under the hood to handle most tasks but once you start running multiple applications and have several windows open at once, there is a noticeable slowdown, although this could also be said of any Android smartphone. The experience of DeX is intrinsically linked to the performance of the Galaxy S8 and if you have noticeable performance issues on your phone – which is only likely to happen after months of usage – these will be even more prevalent when using DeX.

Cost
The Dex station is priced at $149.99 in Samsung and Amazon stores. It seems pretty OK with the price for most of the users.

The Conclusion?
Overall, Samsung DeX shows a lot of promise, but without the widespread adoption of apps and optimization of all apps for the desktop experience, it’s difficult to determine just how useful it is. In its current state, it doesn’t do much better than other solutions out there, but it wouldn’t be fair to judge it just on this basis. DeX is unique as it aims to present a solution to a problem that not many users face – namely, being able to be truly mobile and work from anywhere – but for those who need a solution, DeX is certainly one of the most portable out there.
Should you buy DeX? For most users, the answer will be an easy ‘no’ as it doesn’t solve a problem they’ve faced. However, if your job takes you to multiple work places then you need an easy way to dock and undock for light work without carrying an additional computer, then Samsung’s DeX could be a potential solution. The biggest challenge is that the user atleast needs a computer monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. Also the user will not be able to use intense Windows applications. If all these restrictions are 'no issues' then the Samsung Dex is definitely for you!.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reliance Jio Supported Model List

Reliance Jio Supported Model List

NOTE:
You need India INS/INU firmware for these to work on Reliance Jio

Samsung A8 VE (SM-A800I)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500G)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (A510FD and A510F with INS A510FD firmware)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A700FD)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) (A710FD)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (SM-A800F)
Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G (SM-G360FY)
Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) (SM-J210F)
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy J5 (SM-J500F)
Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J700F)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge (SM-N915G)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920G)
(Samsung Galaxy Note 7) may be subject to review
Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925I)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (SM-G928G)
Samsung Galaxy-J2 (SM-J200G)
Samsung J Max
Samsung J5 (2016) (SM-J510FN)
Samsung J7 (2016) (SM-J710FN)
Samsung te 5 Duos (SM-N9208)
Samsung ON5 (SM-G550FY)
Samsung ON5 Pro(SM-G550FY)
Samsung ON7 (Mega On – SM-G600FY)
Samsung ON7 Pro(SM-G600FY)
Samsung S7 (SM-G930F)
Samsung S7 Edge (SM-G935F)
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro
Samsung Z2

NOTE:
If you manage to get Reliance Jio VoLTE on another Samsung model without the MyJio app, then please post the details in the comment section below.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flashing Indian firmware on Samsung devices for Reliance Jio to work

This guide is only applicable for 4G Samsung phones purchased outside India.

Those who have bought their phones overseas are now struggling to use Reliance Jio because they do not support VoLTE. And this guide will help you in making the Samsung phone to support VoLTE and Samsung Pay as well.

Before trying out this guide please make sure you have a 4G Samsung phone.

Let’s get started. 👍

1.       Ensure the phone is charged over 60%. This process will wipe your entire data on the phone.

2.       Check the model number of your Samsung phone.

Settings --> About --> Model Number

3.       Go to the site https://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/ and insert your model number in the search bar and it will show all the available firmware versions for your model along with the country names. Check for INS or INU which indicates the Indian firmware. Download the latest Indian firmware for your model.

Below is the search result for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935FD) filtered by the Country India (INS). Click on the latest version and download the file.



4.       Download the latest ODIN from http://odindownload.com/ or Here

5.       Extract or Unzip the firmware file into a folder. Avoid using winrar as it can cause errors. Use 7zip instead.

6.       Run/Open ODIN as Administrator

7.       Put the phone in download mode. Shutdown your phone. Press Power + Home + Volume down. A screen appears asking you whether to continue or not. Press Volume up to continue. Connect the phone to the computer via a good USB cable. The ODIN should show the it has detected your phone.

8.       From the extracted firmware put the below files in ODIN. Click on the buttons BL, AP, CP,  CSC one by one and choose the respective files. The file to be chosen for BL will start with file name BL. The file to go for AP will start with the file name AP and so on as shown in the following image.

      BL
      AP
      CP
      CSC



9.       Check the below options. (for this select Options tab).

F.reset time
Auto reboot

10.   Here we are installing Indian country firmware from other country’s firmware so we need to change the System partition size. To do this select PIT file and the check the below checkbox. Note: PIT file is not required nowadays as it is already built-in the CSC file. So just check the below option as shown in the following image.

Re-partition




Note: If you are installing a multi CSC firmware, and your existing CSC is in that firmware, then DO NOT select Re-partition.

You can check if your firmware is Multi-CSC by installing this app (Phone Info). Link given below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.vndnguyen.phoneinfo&hl=en

11.   Now click the Start button and wait until the ODIN shows PASS. The phone will now reboot.

12.   To receive OTA updates, after installing the firmware, put the phone into Recovery Mode and wipe cache then wipe data/factory reset.

To go to the recovery mode press Power + Home + Volume up button. Now select ‘Cache Partition’ and wipe it. Then ‘wipe data/factory reset’ and reboot your phone.

You are done.✌ Post your comments below if you had flashed successfully or if you faced any issue or want anymore help. Let me know if you are stuck somewhere, I can provide you live support.







Monday, April 10, 2017

Battery saving tips and tricks

Latest modern smartphones are more power hunger devices with big HD, Full HD and even 4K displays. These smartphones are incorporated with huge capacity batteries reaching to a whopping 6000mAh or higher in some devices.
So we definitely need to follow some techniques to save the juice and make the devices run a bit longer.
 
1. Turning off or Disabling the default apps. Almost all phone manufacturers load the phones with bloatware which occupies lots of space and slows down the device by running silently in the background.
To do this go to the App info of the App which you need to disable. Click Disable. You're done. The app will be disabled and will not be visible in the App drawer. Before disabling, it is good to clear cache and data. This will help in freeing up some space.
 
2. From Android 6(Marshmallow) onwards, there is an option to change the screen resolution. For example, A QHD display would have resolutions HD, Full HD and WQHD to choose from. Reducing the screen's resolution will reduce the battery consumption. WQHD resolution will consume more power than HD resolution.

1280×720 -> HD / 720p
1920×1080 -> FHD (Full HD) / 1080p
2560×1440 -> QHD/WQHD (Quad HD) / 1440p
3840×2160 -> UHD (Ultra HD) / 4K 2160p
7680×4320 -> FUHD (Full Ultra HD) / 8K 4320p



3. Turn off unused apps. Yes, Android allows you to turn off unused apps and by doing this, the app will be removed from the phone's RAM thus saving CPU usage which in turn leads to power saving.
There are apps from play store which can do this job for you. Greenify is one among the popular apps for hibernating apps and saving battery power. Select the apps that needs to be hibernated so whenever screen turns off the apps will also be turned off. Note that you will not receive notifications if you hibernated an app that gives notifications such as Whatsapp or Viber.

4. If your phone has an AMOLED screen (like most Samsung devices), use a dark-colored background. Black wallpaper can increase battery life because AMOLED screens only illuminate the colored pixels. Black pixels are unlit, so the more black pixels you have, or the more darker pixels, the less power is needed to light them up.

5. Clear the recent apps.Some myths have cropped up that it’s good practice to pull up the Recent Apps menu and swipe away any apps you aren’t using, effectively killing them but this is not true. It does not kill the app. Sometimes it’s possible for apps to go rogue and start hogging resources, but those are the kind of power hunger apps you want to put down for good.

6. Turn off Auto Sync. Turn off auto-syncing for Google accounts. If you don't need every single Google account updated every few minutes or so, just go into Settings and Google account and turn off auto-sync for those apps you don't need constantly updated.
Some apps like email will allow you to manually refresh when you launch them, rather than running multiple auto-syncs throughout the day when you may not need them to. Just sync the apps whenever you need them.

7. Turn off location and background data. Some apps needs location permissions and thus will always keep searching for location when the app is running in foreground or background. So turn on the location only when the app requires it and then turn it off once done.
Keep an eye on apps that use data in the background. Some apps such as the Email, Play Store, Onedrive, etc., continuously collect and send data in the background.
But, you can also perform a hard restriction in Settings -> Data Usage; tap the Menu button tick the “Restrict Background Data” option to enable it. You can also enable per-app restriction by opening each app’s info page.


8. It is always good to have a practice of charging the phone only till 80%. Charging over 80% will degrade battery's life. In the same way charge your phone once it discharges to 30% so the battery should be in between the 30% and 80% of the charge. This is called shallow charging.

There is an app which automatically stops charging once it reaches 80%. Try it out here.






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Enabling multi window in Galaxy s7 edge

In Samsung devices, as we know, the multi-window can be enabled by holding the back key for a while so that a pop up screen from right appears to select the other app to use in multi-window. This feature is not available in the newer phones like Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge +, S7 edge, S7 edge, Note 7, etc.. The below steps to be followed to get the multi-window in the latest Samsung phones.

1. Press and hold the Recents key to change the current app from full screen view to split screen view.

2. Recent apps will appear at the bottom from which the second app to be opened can be selected.

3. While in the split screen view, press and hold the Recents key to close the app on the bottom.


 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Installing third party themes in Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge, etc..

Third party themes that are installed will be usable only for 5 minutes in the devices like Galaxy S7, S7 edge, etc.. Try this technique to keep the theme forever but restarting the phone will set the default theme. Redo the same steps to keep the theme forever.

Steps:
1. Install the theme (Themes can be downloaded from various sources. Check the Galaxy Apps or xda forum for nice themes)
2. Check the 'Unkown sources' under Security options from Settings. This will allow installation of apks.
3. Install the app 'Package Disabler Premium' from Play Store.
4. Open the Package Disabler Premium app.
5. Search for keyword 'theme' and check the options that are displayed as shown below. This action will disable the apks related to the theme.


6. Now select each option and clear data. Select 'Samsung Themes' and clear data. Select 'Themes' and clear data. Refer the screenshots shown below.





7. Cear the Recents and you are done.

Share your comments below if you succeeded or faced any issue in following the steps.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Switch between Google Now and Google Assistant

There is a way to switch to Google now if you are not Ok with the new Google Assistant. There are some simple steps which can be done to switch between the both.

1. Go to settings
2. Go to 'Language and input' and select language.
3. Now select default language as other than English(US) to get the Google now.
4. To revert back to Google Assistant, select the default language as English(US).

As simple as that. Wait for sometime for the changes to take place. This is a temporary technique which works for now since Google Assistant is not rolled out to all the regions.