Wednesday, 30 April 2014

My day with Galaxy Note

This morning when I received the Galaxy note From the COURIER . It has been an interesting experience. Not got the 'hang of the pen yet. lol. lt is running Android 4.4 kitkat .

Have just put back the pen. It was good but a little cumbersome. But a great experience. My iPhone seems a bit small now

I OS or Android?

Open thread: Which apps are better on iOS than on Android?

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

I will test a Galaxy Note 2 with Kitkat 4.4

My next device will be a Galaxy Note 2. I shall return the Galaxy S3 mini. I established that Galaxy s3 series will not get Kitkat from Samsung. It will be stuck on 4.3 for the S3 and 4.1.2 for the s3 mini. Disappointing I know. There are various options available.
1. Install a custom ROM. This is ok, but I was not impressed with the Android stock ROM. I like the skins and native apps which the manufacturers use like Touchwiz and Sense. 
2. Wait that Samsung change their policy. 

I await. 

What comes is the s5 mini.  

Monday, 28 April 2014

Ebay frauds

My experience with buying from Ebay has been good. But selling has been a nightmare. The amount of frauds and closed sales with false paypal transactions abound. No payments for bought goods is frustrating and every relist brings a charge.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Galaxy Note 2 is now updated to Kitkat

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Iphone 5

Due to a lot of time wasters on Ebay, am selling a Iphone 5 new for £250. If anyone is wanting to buy use PayPal on address: and send me your address. It is posted here as a urgent sale.

Note 2 Specs

GENERAL 2G Network
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - N7105
4G Network
LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - N7105
2012, August
Available. Released 2012, September
BODY Dimensions
151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)
183 g (6.46 oz)
- S Pen stylus
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density)
- TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack
MEMORY Card slot
microSD, up to 64 GB
16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
HSDPA, 21 Mbps (N7100), 42 Mbps (N7105); HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE Cat3 (N7105 only), 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host
CAMERA Primary
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Yes, 1080p@30fps, check quality
Yes, 1.9 MP
Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Exynos 4412 Quad
Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Stereo FM radio with RDS (N7100 only)
Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Titanium Gray, Marble White, Amber Brown, Ruby Wine, Pink, Blue
- ANT+ support
- S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
- Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dropbox (50 GB cloud storage)
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
Up to 980 h (2G) / Up to 890 h (3G)
Talk time
Up to 35 h (2G) / Up to 16 h (3G)
0.23 W/kg (head)     0.95 W/kg (body)  
0.17 W/kg (head)  
Price group

TESTS Display
Contrast ratio: 402 (nominal) / 2.307:1 (sunlight)
Voice 70dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 80dB
Audio quality
Noise -90.2dB / Crosstalk -90.7dB
Photo / Video
Battery life
Endurance rating 69h

Friday, 25 April 2014

Official word about Galaxy s3 mini update to 4.4

I wrote to Samsung here in the UK about the s3 mini and a possible update to 4.4  I was fed up with all the rumour. There will be no update to 4.4. There must be reasons for this. The reason must be both processor and RAM specs. Kitkat will run on the S3 mini but it is not commercially viable. All this is supposition. But the word is official there are no plans for 4.4.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Monday, 21 April 2014

Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet arrives to the U.S., priced at $499

Gmail Security

Google reportedly looking into stronger encryption for Gmail

Caution from Samsung s5 users

A word of caution on using the Google Now Launcher on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Sunday, 20 April 2014


I have done a emergency recovery to Samsung 4.1.2 Android rom and whilst the performance of the 4.4.2 Kitkat with Art runtime was good, I am not impressed with the messaging app nor the email app. So I am back to the Samsung ROM, and I am pleased with it. 

Why i may downgrade

I have 4.4 kitkat running on my Samsung Galaxy. I am impressed with the use of the new Art runtime. But certain features of the Samsung 4.1.2 stock ROM pleases me. The messaging app is good, and so is the native email app. Graphics are also better. The notification centre is also better.

I hankered so much for 4.4 that the stock Android ROM and it's stock keyboard does not please me a bit.

A way back would be to downgrade to stock Samsung ROM using kies using the emergency recovery.

Let's hope that Samsung polishes their version of 4.4. 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Android Central article on the Galaxy s5

The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, topped with a new, redesigned TouchWiz UI from the Korean manufacturer. A visual refresh for Samsung's smartphone software has been long overdue, so we're happy to witness the end of the weird half-nature-inspired, half-skeuomorphic TouchWiz "skin" of old. In its place is a flatter, more reserved interface that's still fairly colorful, but less offensive to the senses than previous Samsung efforts. The individual bits of TouchWiz now look more like they belong to a whole. In contrast to the odd hodgepodge of colors and styles seen in previous iterations of TouchWiz, the GS5's UI pares things back with menus and buttons based around dark, teal hues. It's not the most pleasing color to look at, but it has a consistency that was lacking from earlier versions. And the use of darker colors also presents battery life advantages for AMOLED devices. Overall, Samsung's UI remains visually busy, with icons to press, settings to tweak and an unending barrage of software tricks to discover. The Galaxy S5 doesn't beat you over the head with features the way it's predecessors did — instead most of the extraneous stuff (or value-added extras, depending on your perspective) lives in the labyrinthine Settings menu, with each one represented by a circular icon. It's easier to navigate than the GS4's confusing tabbed view, but it does lay bare just how much stuff this phone has going on. Samsung may have rearranged its army of features, but it remains armed to the teeth with various tools, capabilities and yes, even gimmicks. Even the 22 toggles exposed in the quick settings menu, including staples like Multi window and Smart stay, barely scratch the surface. Samsung seems to be listening to feedback from consumers and critics alike. Despite this abundance of software gizmos, Samsung seems to be listening to feedback from consumers and critics alike. All the Galaxy S5's various features are relatively well-organized, and there's greater visual cohesion among Samsung's vast loadout of first-party apps. The move to lighter fonts and flatter icons also gives the whole of TouchWiz a more modern feel. Galaxy S5 help, tips, and tricks The Galaxy S5 is a highly-customizable phone with many features. For a helping hand getting to grips with all the GS5's various tricks, our Galaxy S5 help page is a great place to start. Samsung's tailored software experience The stock TouchWiz launcher has been significantly overhauled, with new animations, a redesigned app grid and new-look widgets for many apps. In keeping with the Galaxy S5's overall design language, everything is flatter, lighter and less rooted in Android's past than before. (Unfortunately Samsung's new stock wallpaper collection, a cacophony of primary colors, doesn't quite fit in here.) The "My Magazine" feature, first seen on the Note 3, returns on the GS5, giving access to an HTC BlinkFeed-style (or, FlipBoard) list of news and social updates within the home screen launcher. This time it's activated by swiping right once more from the leftmost home screen page, just like BlinkFeed or Google Now, only Samsung's implementation isn't as competent or useful as either of these competitors. The animation for loading into the "magazine" layout is much slower than we'd like, and while a wide range of social services is supported (notably absent is Facebook, by the way), the "news" side of the equation falls short. You're limited to checking boxes to choose from 15 categories, with no way to add custom feeds or drill down and select individual publications. For casual content consumption, BlinkFeed, or the Flipboard app upon which My Magazine is based, are much better choices. Good thing it's easy to disable. Samsung Galaxy S5 app drawer 1 / 22 Fatal error: Could not extract a stage height from the CSS. Traced height: 0px. Fortunately this isn't representative of the quality of Samsung's other apps, the majority of which sport a more mature (and, dare we say it, more Androidy) look on the Galaxy S5, with slide-out menus and overflow buttons to display functionality that was previously hidden behind the legacy menu key. This can be seen throughout the Calendar app, S Voice, the Gallery, the SMS app, S Health and Samsung's own app store. There's still a bit of crossover with certain Android features — S Finder, for instance, duplicates some of Google Search's functionality, and the presence of two app stores could confuse newcomers. (And let's not even get started on the whole Gallery/Photos debacle.) Nevertheless, the Samsung and Google worlds seem less at odds with each other in 2014. While Samsung has hooked the Galaxy S5's apps into its own cloud presence — memos and calendar appointments can be synced to your Samsung account, for instance — the company's content ecosystem is conspicuous in its absence. You won't find the Samsung hub anywhere on the GS5 — instead Google Play is your main source for movies, TV and music. Samsung's also reduced the number of preloaded apps, relegating certain bundled GS4 features to the status of downloadable extras. Apps like Gear Manager, WatchON, Story Album and S Note now live on the Samsung Apps store and can be downloaded through the "Galaxy Essentials" menu option in the launcher. Sure, this isn't quite the TouchWiz do-over some will have been been hoping for, and it still feels like a successor to what we've seen previously on the GS4 and Note 3. Perhaps that's what's most significant, though — a clear step forward for Samsung's design language, even if everything's not perfect just yet. We shouldn't let Samsung off the hook for every design faux pas on account of its being a relatively big and slow-moving ship. (And there are a few, if you take the time to look — the TouchWiz method for adding folders, for instance, is ridiculously obtuse.) But it's important that most design changes in the new UI are positive ones. That said, we prefer the look and feel of HTC Sense 6 and stock Android KitKat over Samsung's refurbished TouchWiz. And as we've previously mentioned, the manufacturer still has some catching up to do in terms of software performance. The big grid of Samsung Galaxy S5 features There's not enough room in this review to cover each one of the Galaxy S5's features in-depth — you can find more on that at our Galaxy S5 help page — so here's an overview of some the phone's top software tricks: Quick connect Samsung's answer to AirPlay, lets you share files wirelessly with other supported devices over Wifi Direct. Download Booster Combines your LTE and Wifi connections to boost download speeds, but only works in certain apps. Some U.S. carrier variants don't (yet) have this feature. S Finder Samsung's on-device search app, which indexes most local content to make it easier to find stuff. S Health Samsung's fitness app, which links into the built-in pedometer and heart rate sensor. Ultra power saving mode Puts the phone into a super-low-power state and limits the apps you can use to save battery power. Safety assistance Lets you set up emergency contacts and set up key press combinations to send a message (and a photo) if you're in danger. Also warns of severe weather conditions and kicks in Ultra power saving mode. Multi window Allows more than one app to be run on-screen at a time, through a split-screen view. Toolbox A floating menu giving you access to five favorite apps at any time. One-handed operation Lets you shrink the screen into a smaller window by using a swiping gesture. Easy mode Makes the home screen and other Samsung apps simpler, with larger text and fewer options. Blocking mode Samsung's "do not disturb" option, letting you block some (or all) calls or notifications between specific times. Private mode Lets you lock away private (ahem) photos and other stuff behind a password or fingerprint lock. Air view Lets you hover over certain items in some apps (e.g. photo thumbnails, calendar appointments) with your finger to view more details. Group Play Lets you wirelessly connect to multiple Galaxy devices and use them as speakers for music playback. My Magazine Samsung's answer to HTC BlinkFeed, bringing social updates and news articles to your home screen. Group camcorder Similar to Group Play, but for video. Connected devices can shoot video, then the "director" can edit all the footage together. Baby crying detector Lets you use your Galaxy S5 like a baby monitor when paired with a Gear smartwatch S Voice Samsung's Siri-like voice assistant app, accessible by double-tapping the home key. Scrapbook First introduced on the Note 3. Lets you snip content from other apps and paste it into your own digital collection. Smart Remote Control your TV and cable box, and view live TV listings. S Translator Samsung's first-party translation app. Glove mode Increases touch sensitivity to make the touchscreen usable when wearing gloves.

Android 4.4.3 release soon

Art Cache vs Dalvick

The older ROMS use Dalvick cache, but ART is experimental with 4.4 but I see application launch and photo load a lot faster. Email sync and file copy is so much faster.
I think the old Dalvick cache is going to be shelved and the new ART is going to be used. 

Android 4.4.2 myth, it can be installed on Older devices

I have updated my ROM using Odin. It kept all my apps. It sort of blew the myth that it cannot run on S2 or S3 branches of the Samsung Galaxy range. It is somewhat faster, it is somewhat stronger but not all apps are pleasing. The Messaging app is not pleasing, nor is the email app. But regarding performance and music quality is better! 

I will try it a few days and if so I may make an emergency recovery back to 4.1.2. I feel the samsung stock rom is better. 

Android 4.4.2 Galaxy s3 mini

I have updated through Cynogenmod ROM using Odin. I had some problems with the Google core apps but have configured all by deleting old data from 4.1.2. Some features I like. Some I dont . it is faster and smoother.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

New Google Calendar

Xperia keyboard in Google Play

Xperia Keyboard now available in the Google Play Store, Sony device still required

Kitkat updates update!

Samsung begins rolling out Android 4.4.2 update for Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

AT&T Samsung s4 update to 4.4.2

The more rugged, athletic version of the Galaxy S4 is about to indulge itself with a taste of KitKat. AT&T has started rolling out an OTA update to its version of the device that will bring it up to Android 4.4.2. The company has provided the following changelog on its blog.What's new:Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as re-styled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen-immersive mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use.Enhanced music access: Full screen album art and media controls are available from the lock screen when listening to music.Camera access: The camera can also be accessed directly from the lock screen.Location menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS and share location details.Wireless printing: Integrated support for wireless printing available in enhanced settings.New sound controls: Set sound for specific Samsung applications in enhanced settings.This update comes three months after AT&T bumped the handset up to Android 4.3. That's not bad, though it is nearly two months after the regular Galaxy S4 received its update. Sometimes that active lifestyle comes with sacrifices - but hey, no pain, no gain.You should be able to pull down the OTA manually at this point. It's over 400MB in size, and you will need Wi-Fi in order to pull it down.Update: A slightly larger changelog with a few more details was just posted by Samsung:Effective April 16th, 2014, a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active (SGH-i537) will be available to AT&T customers. This software package updates your phone to Android 4.4, and includes multiple improvements.The update file size varies between 447MB - 877MB depending on your OS version. The update is available over Wi-Fi only.What's changing?Android 4.4 OS upgrade ( Lock Screen AccessMedia Controls - full-screen album art and media controls when listening to musicCamera Shortcut  - access the Camera application right from the lock screenSMS App Chooser - select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messagesRestyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar iconsConsolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menuExpanded Emoji IconsWireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and BluetoothCopy and paste improvementsEasier to insert pictures and videos in email or messagesCamera app accessibility from the lock screenCall reliability improvementsHow to verify the update:Android version: 4.4.2Baseband version: I537UCUCNC2Build number: KOT49H.I537UCUCNC2Source

Android 4.4 updates. Phones Review

Android 4.4 update timeframe

Under: Android OS, SoftwareDate: April 16th, 2014The team here on Phones Review always like to bring our readers news on new firmware updates that are being released or are in the pipeline, and now the Sony Xperia Z and other devices get an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update timeframe.Back in February we heard that the Sony Xperia Z Android KitKat update was in line to commence testing, and now Sony has confirmed that the device along with the Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Sony Xperia Tablet Z will be updated during the middle of the second quarter.It has the month of May down for the updates to start their journeys out to end users but they could come towards the end of the month, but at least the company has been keeping its customers informed unlike other OEM’s.Are you pleased with this news?Source: Xperia Blog.

Android hidden features

Update on Heartbleed

Google plugs more services vs Heartbleed; bug biting millions of Androids

Android 4.5 perspective


Google+ backed up photos can now be easily shared through Gmail

Scandalous waste of technology that needs patching now


Android/Google seem slow on the uptake to issue patching to mobiles. Therefore I ask when will UK based carriers send users patching updates to their mobiles? The problem is so serious that it warrants a response.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Galaxy s3 mini camera

I tried out the camera today. What high quality. 

Galaxy s3 mini

Small but powerful. Just hope they update to 4.4

Google restoring for me....

Nothing worse than losing your stuff!!!

We have got to the point our mobile is our computer!!!

So when I lost stuff on the S2 Google set to work at restoration not only:

1. Apps 
2. User info
3. Settings.

I have an iphone and not even that when I had to restore did that on a push basis! May be a Samsung Push utility which is the vehicle. It goes way beyond iCloud storage, it stores, restores, and brings intuitive way to restore a crashed phone back to original configuration within 2 hours!

Way to go Android!

I have always been a Blackberry or Iphone fan, but I am now sold on Android.

More to come!!!

Galaxy s3 mini disaster

After trying to access the Android recovery console I was confronted with the fact it did not exist. I sent a Cynagenmod rom to the Kernel using Odin. It seemed to work, but after a further reboot the dreaded message denoting firmware error. 
I thought that by downloading a ROM but using Kies recovery was the answer using the emergency recovery utility. This flashed the existing ROM into touch. Then installed the system back fresh. Using a google account I was within an hour do what a download could never do. I think modding is not in my league as they always seem to go wrong. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Galaxy s3 mini

Just received a Galaxy S3 mini in the post.
Am impressed.
1. Brilliant screen
2. App speed
3. Multitasking

Will post more.

The verdict between the S5 and the HTC

Which handset do you prefer: Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8?

Friday, 11 April 2014

My days with the Galaxy S2

The Galaxy S2 when it came into my hands was still on the old Android 2.3.5. Rather a clunky affair compared to what we're used to in Android today.  I downloaded Kies and was pleasantly surprised to get an immediate notification that there was a update available to 4.1.2. This is the latest stock ROM for the Galaxy S2.

Kies is probably the cleanest way to upgrade a ROM.

The performance was better. Interface intuitive with email and Facebook notifications running seamlessly with the OS.

Google services a response to Apple's I Cloud is a fantastic in house restoring system apps warehouse. 

I tried to update the ROM using a restore rom without sucess and Odin gave me the rescue I needed. 

The initial setup is really good with apps associated with your Samsung and Google services account can have your phone back to where it was less than an hour.

Even though the phone is now 3 years old, it still stands good against the s4 and s5 on performance and battery. The lack of evolution to Android 4.4 is disappointing. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Hello and welcome

Hello and Welcome!!!

Gadgets and their operating systems are my passion. For this reason I post and made this blog. This blog will cover:

1. Mobile Operating Systems
2. Mobile apps
3. Customization
4. Hacks
5. New releases. 

Hope you enjoy it! Comment also.