July 24, 2016

Moto G4 And G4 Plus Has Hidden Amazon Appstore: Here's How To Enable It

Motorola's G series smartphones have proved to be the best budget smartphones that any android user can have. The latest Moto G4 and the G4 Plus is no exception. Motorola has done it again and their Moto G Plus smartphone has earned descent accolades worldwide. Finally, we can say that the Moto G4 Plus is currently the best budget stock android smartphone with almost no bloatware. Recently Amazon USA has launched the discounted variant of the Moto G4 base model with lockscreen ads and offer. For a discounted price of $50 the phone is loaded with Amazon bloatware that can't be removed. However, you can purchase the phone without this discount and skip the bloatware.

If we talk about which variant is more suitable to an average android user then we will suggest buying the Moto G4 Plus which comes with 32 GB onboard storage, 3 GB RAM and a 16 MP camera with laser autofocus and PDAF. Rest of the specifications are same in both the phone models like the screen resolution, octa-core CPU, Lenovo logo during bootup and android OS. It should be noted that Moto G4 and G4 Plus are currently being sold through Amazon.com and its country-specific sites. So it's quite possible that you have got one from online shopping. The interesting thing is that these phones don't have amazon bloatware apps except the hidden Amazon shopping app and the hidden amazon appstore.

Basically, the Amazon appstore is not accessible by any means on the Moto G4 and G4 plus. The app is also hidden from the app drawer and cannot be accessed. The amazon shopping app on the Moto G4 and G4 Plus cannot be uninstalled. It is there just to promote amazon appstore and to show official partnership with Motorola. If you just have bought a Moto G4 or G4 Plus and willing to install the amazon app then there is no need to do this since the app  v6.4.0.200 is preloaded. You only need to enable through a trick that I am going to tell you now.

Moto G4 And G4 Plus Has Hidden Amazon Appstore: Here's How To Enable It

  • Open the chrome browser on your phone and go to - https://www.amazon.com/underground
  • Download the APK file.
  • After download completes install the app.
  • Finally, open the app to check its working.
  • Now go to 'Settings>Apps'. Here you will see "Amazon" at the top.
  • Our goal is to revive the preloaded app with version 6.4.0.200.
  • To revive the preloaded app just tap "Amazon" app. On the top left corner tap the three vertical dots and then tap 'Uninstall updates'.


  • The app will be restored to its factory version saving around 99 MB that the new app was taking.
  • You will be able to use the amazon app to shop and view products. And the app will now be visible in the app drawer.


How To Access The Amazon Appstore

Please note after following the above tutorial the amazon app will open just like a shopping app specific to your country. You can only shop from this app. You can't download any apps or games because you will not see any of them, To access the appstore open the chrome browser and again go to this link on your Moto G4 - https://www.amazon.com/underground. Tap the button stating "Get Amazon Underground". The appstore will automatically open. You can see the screenshot below where it is showing the appstore which was normally opening as a shopping app previously. From here you can download and purchase apps.

hidden amazon appstore in moto g4

You have finally enabled the hidden amazon shopping app on the Motorola Moto G4 and the G4 Plus. If you liked the article then please share it.

June 30, 2016

Samsung Releases Unlocked Galaxy S7 And Galaxy S7 Edge In The US

Samsung has finally released the unlocked versions of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in the USA. Previously both the phones were being sold as the carrier specific device in the US. Now finally the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are official, users can now switch among US carriers like Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and US Cellular. The unlocked versions have less bloatware and they get updates pretty fast.


The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both are equipped with a powerful Snapdragon 820 processors with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The also have 12 MP dual pixel camera and run the latest android Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI.

Supported Bands On Unlocked Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge In The US

Following is a list of supported bands by these two Samsung android flagship smartphones.

  • CDMA 1x & EVDO Rev 0/RevA: BC0, BC1, BC10
  • GSM Band: 2/4/5/8
  • UMTS Band: 1/2/4/5/8
  • FDD LTE Band: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/18/19/20/25/26/29/30
  • TDD LTE: Band 38/39/40/4

Where To Buy

You can buy any of the smartphones from official Samsung US site and from BestBuy or Amazon. The unlocked Galaxy S7 is priced at $669.99 and the unlocked Galaxy S7 Edge is priced at $769.99.

[Latest] Google Play Store 6.8.20.F APK Free Download

Google Play Store 6.8.20.F has been released and it is the latest play store app update. The update comes with a new feature called the "Early Access Program" in which you can try android apps while they are still in development phase. This update is being rolled out to everyone. And anyone can try beta apps by downloading or purchasing them before their actual release in the Google Play store. However there are no major UI tweaks and the app's design remains the same. There's a new "BETA" option in 'My apps & games" section. From here you can see the list of all installed beta apps.

The app size is 16.34 MB. You can download it and install the APK file. After installing you will see the early access program depending on your location.

Keeping the Google Play Store app updated is an essential task. Older versions of this app become unable to download apps and give error 927. So to prevent such errors always keep the app updated.

Google Play Store 6.8.20.F APK Free Download

June 29, 2016

WhatsApp Gets Two New Features: Reply To Specific Messages And Unseen Chats Are Labeled As Unread Messages

WhatsApp 2.16.136 has added two new features including reply to specific messages and unseen chats are now by default labeled as unread messages. While chatting you can reply to a specific message by quoting it with your message. So the entire message will show a quick conversation of the two messages only. This is quite useful since you don't need to type the whole message when you are just clearing some doubts regarding some messages that you may find unable to understand or you have sent them by mistake.

The second feature automatically labels the unseen messages under a "Unread Message" label in chats. This label will be there until you see all these messages. All unseen messages will come under this label. This is another quite useful feature from WhatsApp. See the image below.

whatsapp unseen messages

How To Use The Quick Reply In WhatsApp

  • Open the chat with your friend.
  • Now long tap any message.
  • Tap the reply button on top left corner.
  • After tapping the reply button the message will be quoted automatically.
  • Type your message as a reply to that specific message and tap the send button.


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June 28, 2016

Update T-Mobile Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge To Android 6.0.1 With Latest Security Patch

T-Mobile has released an incremental update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T) and the Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925T). Both these devices have already been updated to android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. But this new update brings the latest June security patch, anti-theft update, bug fixes and improvements. The update is being released as OTA starting from June 27th 2016. The update weighs 247.41 MB and should be installed as soon as possible.

After this update the software version will upgrade to G920TUVU4EPF1 in Galaxy S6 and G925TUVU4EPF1 in S6 Edge. You shouldn't ignore this update because it contains the June security patch for your Galaxy devices. An android security patch fixes harmful vulnerabilities that can infect your phone. Recently Godless Malware has been reported in phones running android 5.1 or below. An android security patch fixes these vulnerabilities.

However if you still haven't received the update notification on your phone then you can use our manual tutorial. We will be using odin to install the android 6.0.1 firmware with June security patch on T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Note: If you have received the OTA notification then there is absolutely no need to follow this tutorial.

Before You Begin

Please note that the manual update tutorial is same for both the phones. So it doesn't matter which T-Mobile Galaxy device you have. You just have to download the right firmware for installing on your phone.

  • This is an official upgrade tutorial so you won't loose any data. But backing up your data entirely is a very good idea.
  • Charge your phone to at least 60%.
  • Remove any SDcard from the device.
  • Remove any Google account from the settings menu.
  • Enable 'USB Debugging' from 'Developer Options'.
  • Do not hard reset your phone when there exists a Google account on it. Doing so will trigger Factory Reset Protection.
  • Before following this tutorial please read about Factory Reset Protection.
  • If you haven't read about FRP in the above step then do not follow this tutorial, otherwise your Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be locked. Then don't blame us.

Downloads


Update T-Mobile Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge To Android 6.0.1 With Latest Security Patch

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
  • Download and extract odin to your computer's desktop.
  • Download the appropriate firmware for your T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from above links.
  • Extract the firmware file in a new folder on desktop. This file has a size more than 1 GB and has an extension of tar.md5. Never rename this file otherwise odin will not recognize it.
  • Switch off your Samsung Galaxy S6 and boot into download mode by pressing 'home', 'power' and 'volume down' button at the same time.
  • When the phone vibrates release the buttons.
  • A warning sign will appear. Press volume up button to continue.
  • Now launch odin.exe on your PC and connect your Samsung Galaxy device.
  • Odin will show a recognition message in the 'Log' and <ID:COM> will turn blue.
  • Now click 'AP' and grab the appropriate firmware file.
  • Let odin finish some checks.
  • When you see these messages in the 'Log' tab "<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully" and "<OSM> Leave CS". Then click the 'Start' button to start the update process.
  • Let the update process to finish. It may take few minutes.
  • A message will be displayed as 'PASS' in odin when the update process completes.
  • Now disconnect the phone and switch it ON.
  • Your phone may take longer to boot to home screen.
  • Finally when you see the home screen you can add a Google account and a fingerprint to take control of your phone.

You have successfully updated your T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with latest June 2016 security patch.


Update T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T To Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

T-Mobile has finally released the official android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T in the USA. T-Mobile subscribers of the Galaxy Note 4 have started receiving the OTA update notifications on their phones. The update weighs 1.5 GB in size and comes with latest UI improvements and new features of android 6.0.1. All the users will not get the notification at the same time. Some will get it early and some will get it much later like within a month. So, if you haven't received the OTA notification on your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 then we will teach you to manually update your phone to latest android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Pre-Requisites

  • This is an official update so you won't loose any data. But having a backup is must because we may need to reset the device after the update. So, it is a wise decision to backup your entire data stored on your phone.
  • Remove SDcard and keep it at a safe place.
  • If your device is rooted then remember that after applying the official update the root access will be revoked and custom recovery will be replaced by stock recovery.
  • This tutorial is only meant for T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T. Do not apply this tutorial on any other phone.
  • Enable 'USB Debugging' in 'Developer Options' settings.
  • Remove any Google account associated with the phone. Go to 'Settings>Account'. From here remove all accounts. You will be asked to enter your pin, password or pattern before removing the Google account.

Warning: Never hard reset your phone when there exists a Google account on your phone. If you hard reset your Note 4 then it will be locked for 3 days and can be only unlocked with your previously synced Google account but after 3 days. Before following this tutorial please read about Factory Reset Protection.

Downloads


Update T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T To Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers. 
  • Download the Galaxy Note 4 ROM and extract the file on desktop. 
  • The file has an extension like tar.md5 and has a size of 1.5 GB. Do not rename this file otherwise it will become invalid in odin.
  • Also download odin and extract the exe file on desktop.
  • Switch off your phone and boot in to download mode by pressing 'power', 'home' and 'volume down' button at same time.
  • Release the buttons when the phone vibrates.
  • Press the volume up button when a warning sign appears on the screen.
  • Open odin.exe and connect the phone to PC via a USB cable.
  • On connecting it will display "<ID:0/004>Added". The field under "ID:COM" will turn blue.
  • This indicates that your phone is ready for an update.
  • Now click the 'Options' tab and check only 'Auto Reboot' and 'F. Reset Time' are checked and all other options should be unchecked.

  • Now click the 'AP' button and get the update file having tar.md5 extension.

  • Wait until odin finishes some checks.
  • When you see these messages in the 'Log' tab "<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully" and "<OSM> Leave CS". Then click the 'Start' button to start the update process.
  • The updating process will take few minutes.
  • A message will be displayed as 'PASS' in odin when the update process completes.
  • Now disconnect the phone and switch it ON.
  • Your phone may take longer to boot to home screen.
  • Finally when you see the home screen you can add a Google account and a fingerprint to take control of your phone.

You have successfully updated your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910T to official android 6.0.1 Marshmallow N910TUVU2EPE3 OS.


June 27, 2016

Godless Malware Is Infecting Android OS Worldwide: Here's How To Keep Your Android Phone Safe

TrendMicro has discovered a new android malware named the Godless Malware. The Godless Malware is infecting android smartphones worldwide that run android 5.1 Lollipop or earlier. The malware has been detected as "ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX" and it uses multiple rooting exploits to root your phone. Godless uses an open-source rooting framework called android-rooting-tools. It starts rooting any android phone when the screen turns off. After getting root privileges this malware can receive remote instructions. It can automatically download potentially unwanted apps that may serve you unknown ads. It may also spy on users by installing backdoors or keyloggers.

Godless is affecting android smartphones worldwide that run android 5.1 or earlier. Phones running android 6.0 Marshmallow and updated to the latest android security patch are not at risk. Android users in India are at a very high risk because 46.19% android phones have already been infected by this malware. And only 1.51% phones are affected in the United States. See the percentage of affected devices by TrendMicro.

godless malware

How To Prevent Godless Malware From Infecting Your Android Phones

It doesn't matter in which part of the world you live in. This malware can still infect your android phone. Android phones running android 5.1 Lollipop or below are at very highest risk since Google has stopped releasing monthly security patches for these android OS. However by following the steps below you can still secure your phone from getting infected by the Godless.

  • Download and install TrendMicro android mobile security and antivirus.
  • Scan your phone and sdcard thoroughy to check for this virus. 
  • At present only TrendMicro mobile security and antivirus can detect this vulnerability.
  • Uninstall any android apps from your phone that came from unknown sources.
  • Update all your apps from Google Play Store only.
  • Be careful while downloading apps from Google Play. Check developers reputation before downloading.
  • Finally install root checker from here.
  • Check whether your phone has root access or not. 
  • If the app says "Root access is not properly installed" then your phone is safe and it doesn't have Godless Malware.

 

Note: You can install any android app that requires root access. If your phone is not rooted then these apps will show that unable to get root access. This shows that Godless Malware is not there on your phone.

If you liked the article then please share it and let others know about this Godless Malware so that they can secure their android phones as soon as possible.

June 24, 2016

Manually Update T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T3 To Official Android 6.0 Marshmallow

T-Mobile has recently launched the android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T3 in the USA. This is a major update for T-Mobile Galaxy S5 after the android 5.1.1 that was released last year. In the latest for T-Mobile Galaxy S5,  you will receive many android 6.0 features like the improved RAM manager, adaptable storage, android pay, improved UI and speedy performance. The official OTA update was released on 21st May 2016 and being released in phases. So, nobody can tell when the OTA notification will appear on your phone.

However, there is no need to wait for the official OTA notification. You can manually install the official update to your T-Mobile Galaxy S5 by using ODIN. Odin is an official update tool developed by Samsung for android phone. It is used for installing official firmware to Samsung android cell phones.


Pre-Requisites

  • Backup entire data stored on the phone like photos, files, call logs, messages, WhatsApp chats.
  • Charge your phone to at least 70 percent.
  • Remove any Google account associated with the phone from 'Settings'.
  • Enable 'USB Debugging' in 'Developer Options' settings.


Downloads


Warning: Never hard reset your phone when there exists a Google account on it. If you do this then factory reset protection will be triggered and your Galaxy S5 will be locked for 3 days. After 3 days you will need to enter the login details of previously synced Google account. Failing to do so will result in a permanently locked phone. So be on a safe side and before following this tutorial remove your Google account from android "Settings>Accounts". Read more about factory reset protection.

If you do not follow the above steps then please do not apply this tutorial or otherwise you may end up with a locked phone. Also, this tutorial can only be applied on T-Mobile Samsung S5 model number SM-G900T3 only. Any other variant is not supported and will result in a bricked phone.

Manually Update T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T3 To Official Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers. 
  • Download the Galaxy S5 ROM and extract the file on desktop. 
  • The file has an extension like tar.md5 and has a size more than 1 GB. Do not rename this file otherwise it will become invalid in odin.
  • Also download odin and extract the exe file on desktop.
  • Switch off your phone and boot in to download mode by pressing 'power', 'home' and 'volume down' button at same time.
  • Release the button when the phone vibrates.
  • Press the volume up button when a warning sign appears on the screen.
  • Open odin.exe and connect the phone to PC via a USB cable.
  • Let odin recognize your phone. 
  • On recognition it will display "<ID:0/004>Added". The field under "ID:COM" will turn blue.
  • This indicates that your phone is ready for an update.
  • Now click the 'Options' tab and check only 'Auto Reboot' and 'F. Reset Time' are checked and all other options should be unchecked.

  • Now click the 'AP' button and grab the update file having tar.md5 extension.

  • Wait for few seconds.
  • When you see these messages in the 'Log' tab "<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully" and "<OSM> Leave CS". Then click the 'Start' button to start the update process.
  • Wait for few minutes.
  • When the phone is updated then odin will show a message as 'PASS'.
  • You can disconnect the phone and boot it up to see the new installed android OS.
  • The initial boot may take longer to show home screen.
  • After home screen appears you can setup your T-Mobile Galaxy S5 again and add a Google account.


Troubleshooting

However it may happen that your T-Mobile Galaxy S5 may get stuck at the Samsung boot logo. If this happens then you need to hard reset your phone. Follow the steps below.
  • Switch off the phone.
  • Now boot into recovery mode by pressing 'home', 'power' and 'volume up' button at the same time.
  • Find 'Wipe Data/Factory Reset'. Use volume buttons to move up or down. Press home button to select an option.
  • Also 'Wipe Cache Partition'.
  • Finally reboot from recovery mode.

You have finally updated your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900T3 to official android 6.0.1 Marshmallow by using odin.


June 21, 2016

Google Prompt: New Two-Step Verification Option Added To Google Account

If you use 2-step verification for Google accounts then you are already familiar with it. The 2-step verification is a second layer of security that applies to your account. In 2-step verification we need to verify our account ownership by entering a 6 digit code that Google sends you on your registered phone number. Apart from a phone number one can get these codes either from authenticator app, SMS/Voice call, printed codes or using a security key (FIDO certified). Now Google has recently added a new option known as 'Prompt' to its 2-step verification.

What Is Google Prompt?

It is a new option added to Google's 2-factor authentication. Now instead of getting codes on your phone or using the authenticator app, you can unlock your Gmail account with your phone. This process is pretty fast as you don't have to wait for codes or search your existing printed codes. For using the Google Prompt you have to add a Gmail account to your android phone. If you have multiple accounts then you can add all of them to your phone. Unlike other 2-step verification options the Prompt will only work when an android or an iOS device has the required account.

How To Setup Google Prompt

  • First of all update the Google app on your android phone to the latest version.
  • Now add the required Google account to your phone.
  • Now on a desktop PC go to "google.com/myaccount".
  • Login with the account that you added previously.
  • Here under 'Sign-in & security' click 'Signing in to Google'.
  • Then click "2-step Verification" on the right side. Then login again.

  • Now you will be seeing all the security options.
  • Scroll down and find "Google Prompt".
  • Click "ADD PHONE".

  • Make sure your phone is connected to network and has a screen lock.
  • Your phone will be visible like this when you click "ADD PHONE".

    google prompt
  • Click "NEXT" a popup will appear on your phone. Tap "YES" to verify adding the phone.
  • Finally click "Done".

  • Now whenever you login to your account a popup will open on your phone asking you to unlock your account.
  • This option will be set as default. However you can switch to other options anytime during a login.
  • If you don't want to use it then you can delete this option in the 2-step verification by clicking the 'delete' icon in front of the 'Prompt' option.

Advantages Of Google Prompt

  • No need to receive codes by SMS or voice call.
  • Unlocks the account quickly.
  • It is more secure 2nd factor authentication option than SMS codes since it doesn't require codes.

If you have any questions then feel free to ask via comments.

June 20, 2016

LG K3 (LGLS450): $80 Budget Android Phone Launched With Snapdragon 210

LG has just launched the LG K3 LGLS450 for the Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The LG K3 is a budget android phone that costs $80 only. It can be purchased without any annual contract from Virgin Mobile USA. The phone features Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset with 1.1 GHz quad-core CPU and 1 GB RAM. The internal storage is 8 GB out of which only 3.10 GB is user available. The storage can be further upgraded to 32 GB via a microSD card. The phone weighs only 4.48 oz (127 grams). It runs android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

lg k3 virgin mobile lgls450

LG K3 has a 4.5 inches touchscreen. The display resolution is FWVGA which 854x480 pixels. The display though is not protected by Gorilla Glass. The main camera is of 5 MP with an LED flash and the selfie camera is just a VGA camera. The 5 MP camera can record HD videos at 1280x720 pixels. 

Coming to the connectivity options. LG K3 has all basic connectivity options like the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Mobile hotspot and Bluetooth tethering. The GPS is managed by Qualcomm IZat for enhanced location accuracy. The Wi-Fi is single band b/g/n.

LG K3 sports a standard 1940 mAh battery which can provide backup for more than a day. The battery is removable. However we are not sure whether OTG is supported by it. There is no quick charging support.


LG K3 LGLS450 Special Features

The LG K3 LGLS450 has several special features that make it a real budget android smartphones. The special features are mostly found in the camera and they are as follows.

LG K3 Camera Features

  • Using the gesture interval shot one can simultaneously capture 4 photos by just raising the hand and making a fist twice.
  • Illuminated shots let you take selfies at night by glowing the screen around the photo.
  • Auto Shot lets you take selfies through face detection.
  • With Cheese Shutter you can capture a photo with voice commands.
  • The main camera supports pause and resume function while recording a video.
  • You can also take photos while recording a video.

The LG K3 is a budget android smartphone that costs only $80. The phone sports a good hardware specs at this price range. And the camera features are good enough that you may not find in most android phones that cost above $100. The video pause and resume function allows you to pause a video while recording and later on you can resume the recording. This saves time and allows you to record only what you want to record. The phone also supports blazing fast 4G LTE network. This phone beats Moto E in every aspect. You can buy LG K3 at Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.