Thursday, January 22, 2015

Asus Zenfone 2 With 4 GB RAM, 64 Bit CPU & Android 5.0 Lollipop : Review

CES 2015, ASUS launched the upgraded version of its flagship series Zenfone. This new version is Asus Zenfone 2 which is launched in two variants the other being the Zenfone Zoom with exceptional camera features like 3x optical zoom with built in laser sensor for accurate photography. The Asus Zenfone 2 is the world's first android smartphone having 4 GB onboard RAM (memory). 4 GB of onboard memory makes the second generation Zenfone 7 times more faster then its predecessors when it comes to gaming. The Asus Zenfone 2 is packed with the latest 64 bit Intel processors which makes it the cheapest android phablet or smartphone to have a 64-bit CPU. The Zenfone 2 either have Intel atom Z3580 or Intel atom Z3560. While the architecture of both the processors are same, they are just different in their clock speeds.

asus zenfone 2
The Intel atom Z3580 has a burst frequency of 2.33 GHz while Z3560 has 1.8 GHz, while both being quad-core processors. While Intel atom supports Intel HD graphics but on android it is not supported unless Intel makes it official. With a quad-core CPU and 4 GB RAM their would be no compromise in speed and performance. Gaming is smooth on such a quality hardware. The zenfone 2 runs on the latest android 5.0 Lollipop with Zen UI. Zen UI is fluidic and easy to use. Zenfone 2 will be available for sale in USA in March 2015, till the time you can just read this article and know everything about this smartphone, so that you can decide whether to buy this phone or not. If you want to compare Asus zenfone 2 with other manufacturers like Samsung, HTC , Sony, LG, Motorola or Lenovo then you will not find any smartphone in $199 which has great hardware specifications as Zenfone 2. Even Motorola's Moto G second generation feels smaller and slower when compared to Asus Zenfone 2 in every aspect.

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML Specs

Processor 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 Quad Core Processor (Running at 1.8/2.33GHz) PowerVR G6430 GPU
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZEN UI
Memory LPDDR3-1600 2GB/4GB RAM
Storage 16GB/32GB/64GB, ASUS WebStorage 5GB (lifetime), Micro SD card support, up to 64GB
Display 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 403ppi IPS display/400nits brightness/ Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Cameras Front: 5MP, f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85-degree) lens with Selfie Panorama.

Rear: 13MP, f/2.0-aperture, 5-element, auto-focus lens with dual-color Real Tone flash PixelMaster features: Low Light mode / Backlight (HDR) mode / Enhanced Beautification mode / Manual mode / Zero shutter lag
Network LTE speed: Category 4 maximum: 150Mbit/s / DL: 50Mbit/s
4G band: FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/28/29
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41(Network support varies by country)
Battery 3000mAh Li-Po, Fast-charging technology
Sensor Accelerometer, proximity, ambient-light, gyroscopic, digital compass and Hall-effect sensors
Navigation GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
Wireless 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Ports 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB (support OTG)
Color Glacier Gray / Osmium Black / Glamour Red / Ceramic White / Sheer Gold
Dimensions 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 ~ 3.9 mm
Weight 170g

ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE551ML  Review

1. Android Version : Asus Zenfone 2 runs on android 5.0 lollipop out of box with Zen UI. This phablet will surely get next major android upgrades. At this price range android 5.0 lollipop doesn’t come out of the box except in Asus Zenfone 2. ZenUI has a variety of new features, including ZenMotion, SnapView, Trend Micro Security and ZenUI Instant Updates that enhance usability, ensure security and privacy, and deliver a seamless user experience.

2. Build Quality : Asus Zenfone 2 has good build quality. The body is made of polycarbonate. Screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The back side of the phablet has a metallic hairline finish. The volume rockers are located right below the camera for easy access. The volume rockers are easily controllable by our index finger as we hold the phone in such a way so that the index finger always automatically touches the surface where volume buttons are located.

zenfone 2 volume buttons at back panel

3. Processor : The Asus Zenfone 2 has either Intel atom Z3580 or Intel atom Z3560 CPU. This processor is based on 22nm lithography which delivers faster performance while being more power efficient. The Intel atom Z3580 is a quad-core CPU with a burst frequency of 2.33 GHz. It has 4 threads, so running any application won't slow down this phablet. The maximum thermal temperature of this processor is 90 degree celcius and android apps can't make the CPU to reach that temperature. However the cooling methods are different for smartphones and notebooks.

In smartphones manufacturers use a thermal pad due to low space which is not the best way to keep the CPU cool. But still Asus Zenfone 2 would not overheat while playing games. It will run cooler than the snapdragon processors that makes the smartphone to overheat when CPU and GPU runs under load specially while using 3G or LTE network. The cache size of Intel atom is 2 MB which is enough to reduce memory access which further increases the processing speed of Asus Zenfone 2.

4. Memory : The Zenfone 2 either has 2 GB or 4 GB RAM. Before buying make sure you are choosing the right processor and RAM combination which is given below.

Intel Atom Z3560 : 1.8 GHz/2 GB RAM
Intel Atom Z3580 : 2.33 GHz/4 GB RAM

Zenfone 2 has 4 GB LPDDR3-1600 memory type (the 2nd fastest memory type after LPDDR4 in smartphones) which makes it 7 times more faster than its predecessors. Multitasking with this phablet will be at your finger tips. No matter whether it is a game or android app, your Asus phablet will not fall short of memory.

5. GPU : The Asus Zenfone 2 has PowerVR G6430 GPU chip from imagination technologies which is fast mobile graphics used in Apple A7 chip. This is the fastest graphics GPU chip in its class at the time of its introduction. However PowerVR G6430 is just slightly behind adreno 330, but most graphics demanding games can be played. The PowerVR G6430 supports OpenGL 3.0, OpenGL ES 3.0 and DirectX 10. I have previously used PowerVR SGX 540 which let me played most GPU demanding games like dead trigger, NFS most wanted and GTA Sanandreas. So I can say that PowerVR G6430 will perform better in android gaming.

6. Storage : Asus Zenfone 2 comes in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models. The storage can further be upgraded to 64 GB via microSD card. The USB OTG function is fully supported in Asus Zenfone 2.

7. Battery : Asus Zenfone 2 is powered by 3000 mAh Li-Po battery. The battery is non-removable type and has a new feature called “Fast Charging” that is 60% battery will be charged in 40 minutes. 3000 mAh battery is enough to power the phone for a complete one day. However the battery juice will still depend on usage. This smartphone is LTE enabled so browsing internet via LTE/4G network will drain the battery faster as compared to GPRS.

8. Camera : Asus Zenfone 2 has 13 MP Auto Focus rear camera with resolution of 4128x3096 pixels and 5 MP front facing camera. The rear camera has dual tone LED flash and has features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. It can record 1080p videos at 30 fps. The 5 MP front facing camera can be used to take awesome selfies. At this price range don’t expect 4K video recording. The camera is best in class at this price range. The camera has PixelMaster technology to capture stunning photos with zero shutter lag. The PixelMaster employs pixel-merging technology to capture up to 400% brighter photos at night, or in low-light scenes, without the need for a flash.

9. Screen : Asus Zenfone 2 has 5.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with 403 ppi. The screen resolution is full HD 1920x1080 pixels and is backed with corning gorilla glass 3 protection. The screen is scratch resistant and can save much money thay you spend on screen protectors. 5.5 inch screen is big enough to enjoy multimedia content on this phablet. Editing and creating documents will be easier on such a big screen. The screen to body ratio of Zenfone 2 is just 70.1% which makes it easy to watch movies or videos on screen which seems larger. 5.5 inch smartphone may feel bigger for your pocket. But it will fit in large pockets.

10. Connectivity : Asus Zenfone 2 has all the connectivity options that a smartphone would need. It has dual band Wi-Fi, bluetooth 4.0, NFC and USB host which allows you to connect flash drives, mouse and keyboards. Also all basic sensors are present like light sensor, accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity, hall effect sensor and compass.

Verdict
I would recommend Asus Zenfone 2 to you if you want a value for money phone. Intel processors are ruling the desktops since a long time, now same 64 bit technology came to Asus Zenfone 2 with android lollipop. These Intel atom processors are power efficient yet powerful. Backed with PowerVR G6430 this smartphone is capable of running heavy android games. 4 GB RAM is enough to run any app. The phone is LTE/4G enabled. As over time WCDMA speeds will be slower, so opting for a 4G enabled phablet is a good decision now. You can get speeds upto 150 Mbps in LTE. At only $199 this smartphone is best in class with quality hardware and latest android lollipop.
If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Notebook Review

When it comes to powerful computing then Intel always made pentium processors to deliver the performance at low cost. Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T is the latest 15.6 inch notebook from Acer blessed with latest 4th generation Intel Pentium Quad Core processor. Acer E5-511-P58T, is the first notebook to feature a M-Disc ready optical drive. I am going to review this notebook that would help you decide whether to buy this or not if you are low on budget. This notebook is meant for powerful computing at low price. Since it features a fourth generation quad core pentium processor with Intel HD graphics 4400 it is best suited for running heavy applications like Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Autocad etc. Also you can play most games upto 2013 on it. Lets start with its specifications.
Acer Aspire E5 511 P58T


Operating System
Operating System Windows 8.1/DOS
OS Architecture 64 bit
Processor & Chipset
Processor/CPU Intel Pentium
CPU Generation Fourth Generation PQC
CPU Model N3540, released by Intel in July-Sep 2014
Frequency 2.16 GHz
Burst Frequency/Turbo Boost 2.66 GHz
CPU Architecture 64 bit
System Memory
RAM 2 GB
Upgradable Upto 8 GB
Memory Slots 1
Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Storage & Optical Drive
HDD Capacity 500 GB
Optical Drive M-Disc Ready BD Drive
Display
Screen Size 15.6 inch
Resolution 1366x768 pixels
Screen Type HD LED Backlit
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400
Interfaces/Ports
USB 2.0 2
USB 3.0 1
HDMI 1
VGA 1
LAN/RJ45 1
Headphone Combo Audio Jack, See how to use it click here
Battery
Number Of Cells 6 Cell
Capacity 5000 mAh
Backup 5-7 hours
Max Power 40 Watt
Battery Type Removable
Communication
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
LAN Gigabit Ethernet
Webcam 1.3 MP HD

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Review

1. Build Quality : The build quality is good. The keyboard keys has wider space as compared to other 15.6 inch notebook. So you will see that the keyboard is bit bigger than laptops in this range. It is plus point because typing is easier when there is more space between keys. The keyboard plastic has a plain finish with chicklet style. Power button is located on top left corner. The touchpad is big enough and there are no separate mouse buttons as they are unified in the touchpad. The below left corner of touchpad is left click button and other corner is righ click button. The one thing you may not like is the arrow keys are smaller as compared with other notebooks. So while playing games with these arrow keys you may find it tricky, but you will get used to it over time. The ACER logo is located on the screen border with webcam and microphone on the top of the screen. The air vents are wider so the notebook is capable of getting more air from these vents as a result the CPU will run cooler without overheating.

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T keyboard

2. Processor : Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T features 4th generation Intel Pentium Quad Core N3540 clocked upto 2.16 GHz. Its burst frequency is 2.66 GHz which is similar to turbo boost in Intel Core processors. This CPU is powerful enough to run heavy applications like Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk autocad, programming tools and android SDK. Since its a PQC its performance is similar to Intel Core i3 3217U. The Intel N3540 features a 22nm die size with power consumption of just 14 Watts(TDP). This processor was released by Intel in Q3’2014 which means in between July-Sep 2014. This processor can automatically overclock itself upto 2.66 GHz.

Note: Please note that similar notebooks from Acer have same specifications except the processor which is Intel Pentium Quad Core N3530. N3530 is older than Intel PQC N3540. So before buying please make sure that the notebook should have Intel PQC N3540 inside.

3. Graphics : Acer Aspire E5 has Intel HD graphics 4400 mobile, which is enough to run most heavy applications as I mentioned above. Also you can play most games upto 2013. At full resolution(1366x768) the games will lag a little. This GPU has shared memory so it will consume your system RAM. So 2 GB is not sufficient to run games. You have to upgrade the system memory if you want to play games smoothly. A total of 4 GB RAM is recommended for gaming on this notebook.

4. Hard Drive : It comes with 500 GB hard drive with sata configuration. If you want then you can install a SSD in place of optical drive for blazing fast performance on this notebook.

5. USB 3.0 : This notebook has one USB 3.0 port along with 2 USB 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 is 10x faster than USB 2.0 when it comes to data transfer via USB. The transfer speed will greatly depend on the USB device used.

6. M-Disk Optical Drive : Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T is the first notebook to feature a M-Disk ready optical drive. M-Disk is a blu-ray disk with capacity of 25 GB. The life of M-Disk is said to be 1000 years and it is resistant to extreme temperature upto 200 degree celcius. This is a special feature and can be found in Acer notebooks till date. You can write M-disc’s via this notebook and can store your precious data on these discs.

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T

7. Battery : Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T has 5000 mAh battery which gives maximum backup of upto 7 hours with normal usage. Well 7 hours of battery backup cannot be found in every notebook today. The battery is of 6 cells and will give you good backup even in mixed usage. This notebook has similar battery performance  as of an ultrabook which may give you around 9 hours of backup but these ultrabooks are much more costlier than this laptop. I would say its a cheap ultrabook. The battery is removable type. Due to its large charge holding capacity it is suitable for office work and can continuosly run upto seven hours, so you do not need to charge it again and again.

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Pros


  • Spacious keyboard with enough space between keys.
  • 5000 mAh battery.
  • M-Disk ready optical drive.
  • Latest 4th generation Intel Pentium Quad Core N3540 processor.
  • Intel HD graphics 4400 Mobile graphics for running most heavy applications.
  • USB 3.0.
Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Cons

  • The polycarbonate body of this notebook specially on the keyboard attaracts fingerprints. So it is advised to use a keyboard skin.
  • The laptop fan may pull more dust inside it due to big air vents. So always place this notebook on a clean surface. Well this is not a big problem, keep the notebook’s underneath always clean.


Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Price

The Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T is priced at 21000 INR or $350 dollars in the U.S.

Acer Aspire E5-511-P58T Verdict

Well I will recommend this notebook to you if you want a portable computer whose processor is latest and powerful, which has large battery backup, which has integrated graphics to run games and most of all which is selling at very low price from a trusted brand ACER.

Friday, January 2, 2015

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Android Smartphone Review

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Android smartphone is not just another Android device. It’s HTC Android smartphone that upped the standards of secondary camera since the selfie rage. HTC One series is well known for their sharp shooters, and with the likes of HTC Desire 820 Android smartphone, it seems HTC has upgrading its series with superior selfie camera devices.

The smartphone sounds like a true performer when reviewed via the spec sheet as well as in real life. If you’ve been meaning to find and buy a smartphone with a stupendous camera capabilities, you’re right at the spot. HTC Desire 820 not only just about camera, but the phone is powered and ruled by 64 bit Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. Not to mention, there’re only fewer devices fewer than you can count on fingers, infused with 64 bit processor.


 The two versions of the phone differs in RAM and processor capabilities. One with 1 GB of RAM and a Quad-core processor and the other with 2 GB of ram with an Octa-core processor. The smartphone sports a 8MP secondary camera and 13MP sharp shooter at the back. 5.5” LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixels and 267 ppi pixel density offers great viewing angle and is big enough to be heralded as a phablet. The smartphone comes with a 16GB of internal memory which can be further expanded to 128GB of room to store your media content on the go. Let’s explore the device in parts and examine the minute features separately.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Design


When it comes to design, phone’s smartly designed keeping little considerations and user comforts in mind. It’s entirely made up of polycarbonate, hence lighter in weight. With that dimension 157.7 x 78.7 x 7.7 mm, I’d regard the device as a phablet. Not a smartphone, not a tablet, but a phablet. It weighs 155g. The front is usually occupied with the 5.5” IPS LCD display, with two speakers(one at the top, other at the bottom). Right by the speaker grill, you’ll be greeted with a secondary 8MP camera. And dimly lit LED notification light, which isn’t quite serving the purpose well. Volume rocker buttons are located to its right, power button just beneath it. To it’s left, you’ll find the slots for two nano-sized SIM cards and a microSD card. The curved top flaunts a 3.5mm headset jack, while the bottom has a charging port and a mouth-piece. The back is glossy, prone to fingerprints. At the extreme, 13MP camera is located and a LED flash right beneath it.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Display


With 5.5” IPS LCD display, 720 x 1280 pixels and 267 ppi pixel density justify the display size quite right. The viewing angles are great. The display adjusts it’s brightness according to the environment or light you’re in. If you’re out, it will adjust so you could read and view your phone comfortably. If you’re in a living room and it’ll adjust likewise, without straining your eyes.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Storage Information


There are two versions of the same phone sharing the same specifications, which only differs in the chipset used and the amount of RAM in each device. HTC Desire 820 comes with a 2GB of RAM and HTC Desire 820q with 1 GB of RAM. In both the versions, memory can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. Both of them comes with 16GB of internal memory out of which a part is occupied by the Android system software.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM CPU/GPU 
 
The two versions of the smartphone are powered with different processor. HTC Desire 820 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, with a CPU featuring four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and four at 1.0 GHz. While the HTC Desire 820q packs a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. Keep in mind while you’re out to buy one out of two versions. The device is new, just launched in the 2014 Q4 at IFA 2014 is powered with the latest and the greatest of the chipset and processors. After having had the device for a week, I hardly felt any lag while multi-tasking. The device performed well in every circumstances, be it 3D games, 1080p videos and other high-end Android games.

When it comes to GPU, running the show is Adreno 405. Not as powerful as the one used in Google Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but much better than Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Google Nexus 5 when compared. In other words, out of all the devices priced in the range, HTC Desire 820 is a clear winner. High-end Android games, 1080p video playback is governed by the Adreno 405.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Battery

Since two days, I’ve been using the device with almost 24 hours of 3G usage, with GPS locater switched on and on medium brightness. The phone with a Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery performed well and gave up after a day of harsh usage. Though, the smartphone offers many features that allows us to save the battery juice in the time of adversity. The Easy Mode when turned on would give almost 30 hours of battery back-up at the cost of minimal but basic features which includes calling, messaging, mails. Apart from that, you can tweak up the settings to save the battery juice to run accordingly.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Camera
 
It’s way better than your point and shoot camera. With 13MP camera(rear), it can capture detailed shots with absolute clarity. 13MP camera is well supported with plethora of camera features which includes Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, simultaneous HD video and image recording, HDR, auto-focus and an equally good LED flash to support the dark surrounding. There’s little to no noise and stutter in the camera quality. You can capture 1080p Full HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p videos at 60 frames per second.


For a selfie, 8MP is at your behest located right by the top speaker grill. Good enough to capture detailed shots than any of the previous generation smartphones and a great delight for those who prefers video conferences and calls on the go. The secondary camera allow users to record 1080p videos as well. Both the camera lives up to their name. Well supported with features that HTC has offered.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Android Version And Software Information


Out of the box, the smartphone runs the Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat). And a device of that stature would surely be getting the Android OS, v5.0 update soon. It’s not a stock Android OS but is equally refurbished by the HTC Sense UI 6.0. Apart from the complexity, you’ll find that every other feature of the smartphone is a tap or two away from you. A lot of many features are covered in a swiped down drawer. In the dock screen, the users can manage apps according to their needs.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Cons
Now that you’re familiar with the advantage of the device, there’re few glitches that I’d like you to be aware of.

  • Non-removable battery. Being a non-removable battery it could have been better, around 4000mAh.
  • Polycarbonate finish sure looks classy, but it’s prone to fingerprints and is very slippery. A great cover and a case is all you need. 
  • There’s no equalizer in the stock music player. You’d want to use PowerAMP, WinAMP or any other equally good media player to enjoy the music. 
  • Dimly lit LED notification light. 
  • With 5.5” display, it feels bit bigger in hand and pocket.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM – Box Content

  • The smartphone. 
  • USB cable 
  • Charger 
  • Headphone(Not the in-ear ones, but an equally good usual headset) 
  • User-manual. 
HTC Desire 820 – Benchmarks

HTC Desire 820 – Benchmarks

The device runs and functions smoothly without leaving any trace of lags. HTC Desire 820 stands tall over all the other devices in the similar price spectrum as shown in the benchmarks results. Till now, there’re only few devices running on the 64 bit chipset and they’re bound to perform superiorly well. No matter how many apps you juggle through, you’ll hardly feel a lag or stutter while operating the device. The Quad-core and Octa-core processor justify the powerful beast inside.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Smartphone Price

There’re two version sharing almost similar features which only differs in the amount of RAM and the chipset used.
HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM smartphone is priced at INR 21,436 or $357.
HTC Desire 820q Dual SIM costs INR 19,588 or $326.

HTC Desire 820 Dual SIM Smartphone – Verdict

I’ve always considered buying what’s latest and performs well within the price budget. If you’ve been meaning to buy a smartphone under INR 20,000. I’d recommend you to choose HTC Desire 820 or the other version any day, over any other device. The phone with that stature will get an assured Android OS, v5.0 upgrade within two months. Octa-core and Quad-core processors Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 is the top of the line chipset being used in the smartphone. The phone is equally good for the camera quality as well.  It’s a competitive contender,a winning contender among the equally priced Android smartphone such as Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Lenovo Vibe X2. I highly recommend HTC Desire 820 over any of the aforementioned device.

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HTC Desire 820 dual sim phoneHTC Desire 820 dual sim camera and led flash




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Update Samsung Galaxy S5 To Official Android 5.0 Lollipop XXU1BNL9 Firmware

The international version of Samsung Galaxy S5 model number SM-G900F has received the official android 5.0 Lollipop update. The galaxy S5 is one of the best flagship devices that Samsung has ever produced. This smartphone really deserved the android 5.0 update and good news is that the wait is over. Many users are receiving the update via OTA. The update was first released in Poland. If you haven’t received the update yet then don’t worry because I will teach you how you can upgrade your galaxy S5 SM-G900F to latest android 5.0 Lollipop firmware.

Galaxy s5 android lollipop LRX21T.G900FXXU1BNL9

Pre-Requisites

  • This tutorial is meant to be applied only on the international version of Samsung Galaxy S5 model number SM-G9005. If you do not know the model number then go to ‘Settings>About device>Model number’. Check here it should be G900F otherwise this tutorial is not for you.
  • This tutorial can’t be applied on T-Mobile, AT&T, Rogers, Verizon versions of galaxy S5 because the rom is not compatible and it would brick the phone.
  • Backing up the data is an good idea beause if something goes wrong you will loose your precious photos, videos and other files. So copy all the data stored on your phone to PC. Use androzip to backup android apps apk. 
  • If your phone is rooted then after upgrade your root access will be revoked, so you have to root it again if you want to.
  • Battery should be charged upto 80% level.
  • Enable ‘USB Debugging’ from ‘Developer options’. If ‘Developer options’ is not visible then go to ‘Settings>About device’. Here tap the ‘Build number’ 10 times to unlock the ‘Developer options’.

Warning
Do not try this tutorial except Galaxy S5 G900F or your phone will get bricked then do not blame us for your doings. By following the tutorial you agree that if something wrong happens to your galaxy S5 then you will be responsible for it not us.

Downloads

Update Samsung Galaxy S5 To Official Android 5.0 Lollipop XXU1BNL9 Firmware

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers.
  • Download the G900FXXU1BNL9 firmware and extract it on desktop. It contains a file with .md5 extension.
  • Open odin.exe on your computer.
  • Switch off your PHONE and reboot it in download mode by pressing 'Home', 'Volume down' and 'Power key' at the same time until your phone vibrates. Press the volume up button to enter into odin mode.
  • Now connect IT to PC via USB cable.
  • Let odin recognize your DEVICE. When it is recognized by odin the field under <ID:COM> in odin will turn blue and you will see a message "<ID:0/016> Added!!".This means that your Galaxy S5 is recognized and is ready to be flashed.
odin upgrading galaxy s5 to android 5.0

  • Make sure that only "Auto Reboot", and "F.Reset Time" options should be checked. Do not change other settings of ODIN.
  • Now check 'PDA' or 'AP' and click it and select the firmware file from the desktop. Wait for few seconds till ODIN finishes some checks.
  • Click 'Start' to initiate the flashing process.
  • When the process is completed odin will return a message 'PASS'. When your phone first boots to home screen then disconnect it from PC.
Note: If your Galaxy S5 doesn't boot to home screen then pull the battery and restart the phone in recovery mode by pressing home, power and volume up key simultaneously. Press the volume up key to continue. Here choose 'Wipe data/Factory reset'. Use voulme keys to move up and down and use home key to select. Wiping will delete entire data stored on the phone so make sure that you have took a backup of your data in above steps.

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Galaxy S5 Notification panel android 5.0 lollipop

galaxy s5 android 5.0 homescreen

You have successfully updated your Galaxy S5 to android 5.0 Lollipop XXU1BNL9 firmware.

Update T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 OTA Firmware

Beginning from Dec 22, 2014 T-Mobile has started rolling out the android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 OTA update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. The update is rolled out in phases and nobody can tell when will you receive the update. However T-Mobile hasn't mentioned any special changes, but you can still enjoy faster performance, more RAM, more storage, album art on lockscreen, white status bar icons and wireless printing. This a major update since the tab 3 was stuck on android 4.2. However users were expecting android 5.0 Lollipop update for T-Mobile galaxy tab 3, but this is not going to happen. This is an OTA update so you will need a high speed Wi-Fi or data network. In this tutorial I will teach you how you can update your T-Mobile galaxy tab 3 7.0 to latest android 4.4.4 KitKat OS.


t-mobile galaxy tab 3 android 4.4.4 kitkat


Requirements



  • Your tablet's battery should be charged more than 60%.
  • It should has free space upto 600 MB.
  • Backup your data before updating if you don't want to take the risk of loosing it.
  • A high speed Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE network.
  • A computer(MAC/Windows) in case OTA doesn't work.
  • Samsung KIES software. Get it here. Download only when OTA does not work for you.
Update T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 To Android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 OTA Firmware


  • If you have already received the update notification on your galaxy tab 3 then just tap it and follow the on-screen instruction to upgrade to latest firmware.
  • If you haven't received the notification then tap the 'Apps' icon and go to 'Settings>About device>Software update'.
  • Tap Ok to start the device check for updates.
  • Tap Ok to begin the update.
  • Wait for few minutes your T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 will be updated to android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 firmware.
Update Via Samsung Kies

If the above method doesn't work then update may take some more time to reach your tablet. However you can use Samsung KIES to update your Galaxy Tab 3. First you have to download the KIES software either for MAC or Windows computer. Then after installing the software follow the steps below.

  • Go to 'Settings>Developer options>USB Debugging'. Enable it.
  • Launch KIES on your computer and connect your Galaxy tab 3 to PC via USB cable.
  • A notification will appear on your tab 3. Choose MTP.
  • Now KIES will identify your tablet and will tell you whether an update is available or not.
  • Make sure that your computer is connected to network.
  • If KIES shows the android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 update for your tablet then follow the on-screen instructions  to upgrade to latest version.
  • Wait for few minutes till the update completes.
You have successfully updated your T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to android 4.4.4 KitKat T217TUVUBNL1 OS.

Friday, November 28, 2014

How To Remove MagicISO From Right Click Menu

MagicISO is a disc image burning and conversion software. It can convert one disc image format to other like .bin to .iso. It is a useful disc burning software but is not free. MagicISO sometimes seems a malware to various people because it doesn’t uninstall completely and leaves behind a permanent option in right click menu when you right click a file. Everytime you right click on any file you will see “MagicISO” with various sub-options. These options when clicked will take you to their website by automatically opening their website in your computer’s default web browser. You may be thinking that you have uninstalled the software and MagicISO is still visible right click menu. This option would not go even after a system restart. But don’t worry I will teach you how you can remove/uninstall MagicISO from your computer without leaving any trace.

How To Remove MagicISO From Right Click Menu

  • First uninstall MagicISO from control panel.
  • Go To “C:/Program Files(x86)/MagicISO" in 64 bit windows and just program files in 32 bit windows.
  • Here you will see a file misosh64.dll. This file is responsible for giving the option in right click menu.

  • Right click on it and choose delete.
  • You will see an error which says that file can’t be deleted as it is open in windows explorer.

  • Do not click ‘Cancel’ and keep the error message open.
  • Now open windows task manager and click the processes tab. Find ‘explorer’, click it and hit the delete button to end it.
  • Now after stopping the explorer you will only see the error message and task manager on the screen.
  • Now click “try again”. The file misosh64.dll will be deleted.
  • Now click “File” in task manager and choose “New task(run)”. Enter “explorer” without quotes and hit OK.
  • Open recycle bin and see the misosh64.dll is deleted.
  • Now right click on any file and you will not see any MagicISO option.

You have completely removed MagicISO, and learnt to uninstall misosh64.dll and its options from right click menu Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Friday, November 21, 2014

How To Install Flash Player On Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is the latest Samsung note phablet that runs on android 4.4.4 kitkat. This is the first android smartphone with a dedicated notification curve on the screen. Installation of flash player is required when we watch flash videos online, watch live TV or play online flash games and watch Facebook videos. In this tutorial I will teach you to install adobe flash player 11.1 on Galaxy Note Edge including SM-N915A for AT&T and SM-N915T for T-Mobile.


Note : Before doing anything enable "Unknown Sources" on your phone otherwise you won't be able to install flash player apk. To do this goto Settings>Security>Unknown Sources check it.

This tutorial will teach you to install flash player on Galaxy Note Edge LTE and can be applied on any model including AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, T-Mobile and International. Before installation download the following files below.

Install Flash Player On Galaxy Note Edge
Note : Galaxy Note Edge default android browser doesn't fully support flash plugin. So you will see a missing plugin like a blue box in place of flash content on most websites, or see "This plugin is not supported". However sites like YouTube will work without any problem.

Install Adobe Flash Player On Galaxy Note Edge Using UC Browser HD For Android

  • Download and install UC browser HD from above link. If installation is blocked then go to Settings>Security>check Unknown Sources.
  • There is no need to change any settings for flash plugin. As the browser is smart enough to automatically play flash videos online on your Note Edge.
  • Now go to Youtube.If mobile version opens then open it in desktop mode then click any video on youtube.You will see that video will play in the browser itself and not in the youtube android app.

flash player galaxy note edge

  • UC browser HD has an inbuilt flash player which eliminates the need for installing the flash plugin separately.
  • You can try other browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Dolphin browser HD. But UC browser HD will work best.
You have successfully installed flash player 11.1 on Galaxy Note Edge with android 4.4 Kitkat.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Download Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.1.4

Nvidia has released GeForce Experience 2.1.4 update today. GeForce experience is a smart way to keep your Nvidia drivers updated and also it automatically optimizes your games stored on your computer's hard drive. For GeForce experience tutorial read this.


GeForce Experience 2.1.3



Release highlights Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.1.4

  • Adds support for PC streaming to SHIELD devices with Android Lollipop 5.0.
  • Improves stability and fixes several driver installation bugs.
  • Adds GameStream support for several Unity-based games.


How To Send/Receive Files Via WiFi Hotspot On Android

WiFi Hotspot is a WiFi adapter with which you can share your android phone’s internet connection with other smartphones, tablets or even laptop computers. WiFi hotspot feature is present in android since it came into existence and is sometimes known as Mi-Fi. Till now you may thinking that WiFi Hotspot is a good way to share your android phone’s internet connection with other devices, but with WiFi hotspot you can send and receive any kind of file to and from other android devices at blazing fast speeds. Well till now you may be using Bluetooth to share files but let me tell you Bluetooth is the slowest way of sharing files and it takes longer to share large files. NFC is other way but its of no use unless both devices have it. But with WiFi Hotspot file sharing you can share even larger files upto 500MB within few minutes, that’s a lot of time saving.

Well android doesn’t have built in support to share files via WiFi Hotspot. There is an app ‘SuperBeam’ in playstore with which you can do the above mentioned trick. Superbeam app can be installed on any android phone having WiFi Hotspot functionally from android 2.3 to android 5.0 Lollipop. And that is not all with Superbeam app you can also share any file with your laptop computers. So you can see that the Superbeam app is a fast way to share files on android devices. In this tutorial I am going to teach you how you can use this app to use your phone’s WiFi Hotspot to send and receive any file at blazing fast speeds.

Download Superbeam

Note: The free version of this app only allows three files to be shared if you are using the the reciever’s web browser to receive files. But there is a solution to this problem that make a zip file of all the files that you want to share and then send it. Hence this limitation is removed. To create zip files on android you can use androzip.

How To Send/Receive Files Via WiFi Hotspot On Android

  • Download and install Superbeam  app from the above link.
  • Open it and keep tapping next unless you see the options panel giving options for ‘Send’ and ‘Receive’.
  • In ‘Send’ option you can see ‘Files and Folders’, ‘Audio and Music’, ‘Photos’ and ‘Videos’.
  • Tap sharing option choose you files and tap the sharing button which is like and arrow head on top right.
  • After tapping the button the app will automatically enable WiFi Hotspot or WiFi Direct and finally a QR code will appear on the sender’s android phone.
  • The QR code should be scanned on  receiver’s phone by going in to app ‘Receive>Scan QR code’.
  • The file transfer will automatically begin after scanning the QR code.
  • The received file will be saved in “Internal storage>Superbeam”.
  • Tap ‘Progress’ tab to see the file transfer rate and ETA.

wifi hotspot file sharing

Download Files Via Browser From Sender’s Phone

  • This trick can be applied on any device which have WiFi and a web browser. Follow the steps below.
  • First of all share the files and go to the step where a QR code appears as I told you above.
  • Now Tap ‘Other Devices’.
  • Connect the other devices to sender’s WiFi Hotspot via WiFi. This WiFi network has a name ‘Superbeam’ and is without password.
  • On sender’s phone go to android ‘Tethering and Hotspot’ settings and change the network security to ‘WPA/WPA2 PSK’ and enter a password.
  • Now connect any device to this hotpsot.
  • Now open the browser and type this address “192.168.43.1:8080” and hit enter.
  • The shared files will be shown here. Click or tap any file to download it.


Now you have successfully learnt how to share files via WiFi Hotspot at high speeds. Please do note that two android phones having WiFi Direct will get even better speeds than hotspots. Let me know if you face any problem.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Download GeForce Experience 2.1.3


Nvidia has released GeForce Experience 2.1.3 update today. GeForce experience is a smart way to keep your Nvidia drivers updated and also it automatically optimizes your games stored on your computer's hard drive. For GeForce experience tutorial read this.

GeForce Experience 2.1.3

Release highlights Nvidia GeForce Experience 2.1.3

  • Adds support for battery optimized games settings.
  • Makes games run longer when playing on battery.
  • Per-game adjustable settings for plugged-in and battery mode.
  • Automatically applies battery settings when unplugged and optimal settings when plugged-in.
  • Requires GeForce GTX 800M or GeForce GTX 900M series GPUs.
Download GeForce Experience 2.1.3