Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Having tested out the z30 the experience beyond the Hub is very limitted. As it is if you like entry level Smartphones then it will be ideal. Compared to today's Smartphones is very limitted.


Having tested out the z30 the experience beyond the Hub is very limitted. As it is if you like entry level Smartphones then it will be ideal. Compared to today's Smartphones is very limitted.

Screenshot of Marshmallow on s6

I am so pleased with the beta of Android 6.0. It is fast and fluid. See screenshot. Battery life is not bad; with added Doze feature.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Samsung s6 Marshmallow review

Yesterday I learned that Samsung was asking for testers of their new software for Android 6.0. To qualify you need to be resident in Korea or the UK.

I downloaded and flashed the BTU rom from Sammobile and then Galaxy Care app and was invited to the Beta program.

Then after 12 hours I got notified of a update via OTA. This downloaded 1.2gb software and the description was Android 6.0 update. This took at least half an hour to complete.

The update for Google Play Services was asked for.

The experience is very fast. Performance is the best yet and doze feature saved so much battery.

Touchwiz has been flattened out even more. And is pleasing to see.

Overall this is great. Not encountered bugs yet. And once the full Rollout occurs it is inevitable that a new update will be pushed out.

Samsung s6 Marshmallow update

Downloading the update to the beta Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6. I will report when I have a full appraisal.

Friday, 18 December 2015


Just been sent a 18 month old device. The z30. Fantastic fast os and great email ecosystem. The Hub an extended version of the Q10 is faster at delivery than Android or IOS.

It takes me back to the time I got a Z10 in February 2013. Was great to get a new phone and start from scratch. There were 2 software updates that year. But now we are on 10.3.2 .

Will update as to the experience.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Priv stock apps updated

BlackBerry Services, Camera, Keyboard and Launcher apps all updated for Priv http://www.crackberry.com/blackberry-services-camera-keyboard-and-launcher-all-update-priv


Last post on Q10

The Q10 test has been positive. The only drawback is the small screen but as a business device and email is no falling behind flagships. The Blackberry email service is tops. However BB10 did not catch on I do not know. I am sending the device back soon but it's been a great experience. 

Monday, 14 December 2015

Q10: why Blackberry was and can be tops again

My experience with Blackberry as a top unit is not rivalled by Android or IOS.  The email experience is brought together in the Hub. The Blackberry email service is quicker at delivery than other platforms.  Many look at Blackberry as a platform to be completely abandoned.  The reality is that it is superior in security and email. 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Q10 first boot

Booting it up found it without any charge.  It came up with a 0015 error. Good start!

Q10 first boot

Booting it up found it without any charge.  It came up with a 0015 error. Good start!

Testing the Q10

I received a Q10 in the post this morning. Although it is 2 years since it was launched it is overshadowed by the change to Android.  Let us test and see how the Blackberry OS has stood the last 2 years

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Pastures New

Now that I have had 2 or 3 weeks with the MOTO X I am now going onto pastures new....watch this space.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New Samsung Mobile Chief

Samsung replaces its smartphone chief http://www.engadget.com/2015/12/01/samsung-replaces-its-smartphone-chief/ via Engadget Android

Adobe editing tools

Adobe Premiere Clip brings its video-editing tools to Android http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/30/adobe-premiere-clip-android/ via Engadget Android

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Samsung Marshmallow Rollout

It seems that Samsung have published their plans to roll out Android 6. The Note 5 and 6 Edge PLUS will get their OTA in December. The s6 and s6 Edge will get it in January. Let us then see when the carriers push it out.

We will keep watch on Sammobile because it is sure that many will not wait for the carriers but download the software soon as it becomes available.

To do this you need to Flash via Odin.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Moto X

Snapdragon 810
Ram 2GB
Latest Android version : 5.1

Moto x Introductory Review

I had sent back the Nexus 6 due to an update error. It said there was an update when the installation was aborted due to a image error. I was given a Moto X to test out.

The specs are impressive at 2.5GB processor power and a more or less stock Android experience . I am impressed by the speed of the unit. Might seem basic in comparison to the s6 from Samsung.

The unit was booted up and was found still on Android 4.4 and after 4 updates was updated to the latest 5.1 update.

It is an impressive package of kit and photos not too bad.

More to come.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Verdict of Nexus 6

The Nexus came with a software issue. It said there was an update and there was not. So it has gone back.

Monday, 2 November 2015

LG v10 request

This is a request for a LG v10 unit to test. If you can help please email russell.durose@gmail.com

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015


The HTC A9 comes with Android 6.0 out of the box. Not all powerful but comes with a Snapdragon 617 at midrange processing value. It is a 64 bit chipset. 

It looks remarkably like an iPhone . I would like to test this unit. If anyone can lend us a review unit please contact russelldurose@yahoo.com. 

IPhone 6s verdict

I have had the iPhone 6s for over 2 weeks now. I have for the most part enjoyed the experience and there are aspects that I love and aspects I don't

1. Added RAM faster apps
2. 3d touch
3. Multitasking
4. Camera
5. Software updates

1. Operating system not customizable
2. Sluggishness at times of os

Overall a great phone.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Useless articles about Mashmallow update to s6

The title of these articles is at best deceptive as they promise to unveil Samsung's dates to push Android 6.0 update to the s6 series and yet does not enlighten but gives the probability of end of year update.

Because Google has launched the code means that Samsung is already working on the update. What processes are involved?
1. Building a stable ROM
2. Testing beta versions
3. Quality control
4. Carrier testing

So we can estimate that realistically we are looking at December or January. But we would rather have a well worked update would we not?

These useless articles annoy.

Monday, 12 October 2015

IPhone 6s vs Galaxy s6

I am currently testing the IPHONE 6S and there are good aspects concerning IOS but I feel the greater phone is Samsung s6 even after tackling 3d touch as I believe that Android is following suit.

I shall shortly publishing a full review of the IPhone 6s.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

IPhone 6s Daily Driver?

Dear all
This question cannot be answered neutrally and abstractly. To answer this we must objectively evaluate the smartphone as a device and subjectively evaluate it to my daily life requirements.

I love to find a guiding principle in a matter.  This is how I can remain with a Android and a IPhone at the same time. Android has some phenomenal forum apps and IPhone is now fast and crisp as a experience.

I find the email experience and social networking and camera now awesome on IPhone 6s. But my galaxy s6 is awesome for camera; forums; Instagram;  and performance. 

Do I need 2 devices? That is a subjective question that has an illogical answer. Yes. However I like the IPhone 6s and I have had 2 updates in 3 days ; I cannot retire the s6.

Does everyone need 2 devices? That deserves a objective answer.  No. It is a luxury which few can afford.

More to come!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Test photo of the iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s first impressions

I have had the 6s just a day and a half and I am impressed with the IOS software improvement in every area. Running iOS 9.0.1 and shortly to be upgraded to 9.1 it can only get better.

My only gripe is that my favourite Android forums and review apps are not available.

Full review soon.

GSM arena nexus 6P review


Monday, 28 September 2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Friday, 18 September 2015

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Z5 Premium article from YouMobile

[Specs] Sony unveiled the world's first 4K screen Smartphone, Xperia Z5 Premium http://www.youmobile.org/blogs/entry/-Specs-Sony-unveiled-the-world-s-first-4K-screen-Smartphone-Xperia-Z5-Premium

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Pocketnow review from IFA 2015 of Sony Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Specs: 4K display is just part of it http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/fJXdRvQFwSI/sony-xperia-z5-premium-specs

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

IFA 2015

IFA in Berlin will start tomorrow. We shall bring daily news as it happens. 

Monday, 31 August 2015

New line of Smartphones

Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches a line of stylish smartphones http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/26/obi-worldphones/ via Engadget Android

Sunday, 30 August 2015

S6 update

The new Note 5 software features are coming to the s6. I have just downloaded the new update. Is fast and great icon and launcher effects with performance tweaks too.

Sunday, 9 August 2015


I am not posting at the moment as we are moving. So by next week we shall be in our new location.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

HTC One M9 for sale O2 network UK

HTC locked to O2. Nearly new.  Just a small dent on bottom. £300 Paypal on russelldurose@yahoo.com. 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Camera or software?

A camera has to be good for software to make it excellent. Therefore it is worth making a LG G3 run a ROM based on the G4 on Android 5.1. That way what was good before is now excellent.

LG3 with G4 camera

Just goes to show the quality of the G3 camera with G4 software.

G3 with G4 5.1 ROM

Absolutely phenomenal G3 with custom ROM

Saturday, 18 July 2015

LG3 converted to be a LG G4

I converted the G3 rom to a G4 ROM using Lion 5.1 after root and wipe. It is an amazing transformation.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

BlackBerry and Android

Speculation is running high as BlackBerry is supposedly launching a phone based on Android.

As OEM manufacturers put their own skins on top of Android we may see a BlackBerry skin being made to go over Android.

It would be an interesting partnership. Watch this space.

Monday, 13 July 2015

LTE advanced

I asked O2 to tell me whether the change in signal was an upgrade. They said that LTE was the advanced range which is the real 4G. 4G that was was really a LTE lower range which was really 3.5G. Not 4G. I was told that my mobile was upgraded OTA of its reception of LTE-A.

Showing LTE not 4G

Dear all
On my S6 is showing LTE not 4G. Maybe O2 has upgraded its 4G network.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Galaxy S5 lollipop disaster fix

I have been scanning the forums regarding the S5 Android 5.0 update disaster. Here is a fix.

1. Download S5 firmware from www.sammobile.com for Android 4.4.2.
2. The zip file includes Odin flash program.
3. Put the phone into download mode. Volume button below;home and power button.
4. Fire up Odin
5. Look for the md5 file in the package.
6. Put the md5 file in the AP field.
7. After checking start the flash.
8. After flashing take USB cable out of the phone and wait for reboot.

I hope that this resolves your issues. It may be an idea to enter recovery and delete cache partition and delete data. This way it is wiping everything.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Flashback: flagship LG 2014 of G3

LG has already launched the G4 but does the G3 stand up by being upstaged by its successor? Keep tuned to our new flashback review by access to our review unit. Just to say for my view it's a trip down memory lane to times where email and networking was what the G3 is remembered for me personally. Keep tuned to this space.

Friday, 3 July 2015

3 UK launches s6 Android 5.1.1 update OTA

Got word that Samsung is updating across Europe the s6 to 5.1.1. Today was the turn of UK network 3.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

O2 Samsung 6 update

O2 has released the update to Samsung Flagship s6 SM-G620F today. Please try to manually search for the OTA or go to Smart Switch app.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Note 4 5.1 update

The Note 4 will get the 5.1 update in July according to sources in Samsung.  It will get a variant of the Theme Store. 

HTC One M9 personal view.

I have had the M9 for 2 months. Compared to the s6 is positively slow. I find that is good software but really slow. So I recommend the s6 as benchmarks prove it's superiority. Maybe Sense 7 needs a tweak or two.

Even at CPU optimization option in the Developer Options made it lag terribly. I just thought it was lag but now realise having acquired the s6 that maybe the M9 is this slow anyway. I do like Sense 7 but wish they tweaked it up a bit.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Samsung s6 personal review

I have had the s6 for a month or so now. The experience has been incredible. I have just flashed the official 5.1.1 ROM from France through Sammobile. It has been a welcome update.

I have just downloaded from the Theme Store the Material Design theme and have been impressed.

I think that the experience overall has been the best of all the phones I have used as a daily driver. I sometimes miss the G3 for some aspects of the UI and the fast way they updated the G3 to 5.0.

I believe if you are considering buying the S6 do not go for the Edge but the classic s6. Personal preference based on the ability to hold well on your hand when typing.

Performance and camera is the best and the UI is great when themed with a hybrid version of Material Design.

I look forward to Android M to be made available ASAP.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

S6 Update review

I flashed the 5.1.1 for s6 two days ago.  I see it is so much faster. I am not sure that the aggressive RAM management is a problem or not.  But it is smooth and fast. I flashed my SM-G620F via Sammobile using the ROM from France.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

S6 update

T-Mobile in the US has updated the s6 and s6 Edge to Android 5.1.1. We call on Samsung to release it to the regions. We know that RAW and Pro modes have been added to camera firmware. Also other tweaks to system. However we are not sure if the RAM management bug had been rectified. The speculation is that it has not.

It all has to do with Google who provide the updated Android platform they send to OEM companies. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Emergency issue


HTC One M9 update

Just received the update. Update to see Battery Life improvements and tweaks; camera improvements. 

Monday, 8 June 2015

WWDC 2015

Apple is making a 3 day conference to announce the direction of the IOS, OSx, OS2 platforms. At the moment we are seeing the new Apple Music Hub which brings together, Itunes, Ivideo, streaming, into one Apple Connect. IOS 9 is due to be announced, and explored. New Developer Beta software for the new platform has been announced. Plus Apple new worldwide radio station. See the video stream below.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

S6 Android 5.1.1 update

Galaxy S6 video hands-on reveals new Android 5.1.1 update features http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/fGicxL2tzNg/galaxy-s6-android-5-1-1-2

Monday, 1 June 2015

S6 Android 5.1 update this month

It has been about 3 months since Google launched 5.1 and now we have 5.1.1 also available. It has been reported that Samsung are going to skip 5.1 and go to 5.1.1 to wrap into the update all the fixes of 5.1. At a time when M is now a Preview for public viewing and testing on select mobiles it is reported by a Canadian carrier that it will update their s6 mobiles to 5.1. We hope they do so that when Android M is launched fully that Samsung can match HTC pledges to update as quick as possible.

Ok Google bug

Reviewers have noted that the activation of Google Now by saying "ok Google" is not a widespread bug. I tried it on my s6 and it still works.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Guardian article concerning valuable brands



Well Google I/O where we think Android M will be announced.  We hope that forthcoming updates will plug the memory leaks associated with the Android 5.0.x versions.  Whilst both Sense 7 and the new slim Touchwiz of the Galaxy s6 are really improved over their former iterations. We hope that the gathering brings new innovation to a customizable platform. 

Friday, 22 May 2015


The S6 and M9 are the flagships of 2015. They are the best. I am privileged to have them both.

1. Build
Both premium build. Both without replaceable battery. But built in. Very well and sturdy. 
2. Camera
HTC have sent updates and has improved performance.  The s6 wins hands down. Great software options.
3. Battery life
Both on par
4. Software
Both on Android 5.0.2. Touchwiz on s6 much improved. Sense 7 is fluid and fast. Great interface.
5. Performance
Both lightning fast and no lag.
6. Speaker
HTC wins hands down with Boomsound stereo front facing speakers.  Samsung opted for below edge like IPhone .
7. Display
Samsung wins with QHD display. HTC opted for IPS LCD.  The pixel density on s6 is 577 whilst HTC is on 420.
Overall the Samsung wins with a great email client redesign. The HTC is a great contender.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Phandroid report on Video calls through Facebook

Video calling with Facebook Messenger now works (almost) everywhere in the world http://phandroid.com/2015/05/20/facebook-messenger-video-calls-available-globally/

Samsung Denial about the Note 5

Samsung chief JK Shin flat-out denies Galaxy Note 5 will get a July announcement http://phandroid.com/2015/05/20/galaxy-note-5-rumor-false/

Android Authority review.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 pre-orders begin shipping, U.S. retail launch begins http://www.androidauthority.com/alcatel-onetouch-idol-3-retail-begins-610186/

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My review of the S6

I had a Note 4 but I was tired of the blocking up of Maps, and Gmail and other apps, particularly when it came to loading in app webpages. The Facebook app would lock up when it loaded the links found in the news feed. Even though the Note 4 has been upgraded up to Android 5.0.1 the slowness of the memory management got to me. It was welcome that my friends suggested I go to receive an exchange they arranged for me. 

For me there are several things about the s6 that are taking some getting used to. The size is so much smaller than the Note 4. Even so the display brightness even on Auto is magnificent indeed. The first setup was really fast, with the download of apps, from a backup stored on Samsung servers. The next thing that called to do was the OTA download of the new update for Samsung S6. This was to improve varying areas of the smartphone, including camera and the native email client. 

I use email a lot, and the email client on the Note 4 was good in its rich text editting environment. But the s6 is streamlined and neat in every way, and fast. But I have noticed that Yahoo several times fails to log in. The browser is very rapid indeed. The whole experience for me is of ENHANCEMENT, excellence, and elegance . Facebook seems very responsive, as does other apps as well. I am very very pleased, and whilst the HTC One M9 is a rapid and great device, the whole Samsung s6 experience is way superior. The rapidity of processing and ram is so much more superior. 

The camera was tried out today and was super...high quality, and lifelike. 

I hope the s7 will build on this experience, and not repeat the s5 failings. 

PocketNow comparison S5 and S6

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Interim silence

This blog has been silent of news due to the house move. Will be back with news and my new device reviews.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Google Maps and my events

Google Maps for Android lists your events, flights and reservations http://www.engadget.com/2015/05/05/google-maps-android-my-events/ via Engadget Android

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


The LG G4 was launched today. Take a look at Phandroid looking at camera and it's software.

Take a look at @Phandroid's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Phandroid/status/593122330894807040?s=09

Monday, 27 April 2015

Saturday, 25 April 2015

HTC 4G reception better than Samsung

Many are knocking the M9 for its camera. But it's ability to keep locked to a local 4G is so much better than Samsung. My Samsung has lost its 4G access whilst the M9 has still got it. My Samsung is a flagship. Wonder if Samsung can fix its radio reception.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Android Central review of the HTC One M9

HTC One M9: A second opinion http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-m9-second-opinion Sent via BlinkFeed

Hubble 25 years old

Hubble turns 25: The past, present and future http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/24/hubble-turns-25/ via Engadget Android

HTC camera fix

HTC is pushing out to the carriers in the USA a software update to improve camera performance. When will we in Europe get the update?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Wrong Google Play Services? Fix from experience

I did not know how to update Google Play Services. I installed the wrong version. You must go to the Application manager and see what version you need. For example my Note 4, needs a .430 version. My HTC needs a .448 version. So whatever version is the update has to be 7.3.26, with your version number at the end.

See www.apkmirror.com
If you have installed the wrong version and no Google app will open you need to go back to the Application Manager and find Google Play Services and pick Uninstall Updates. You will find it will all function again.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

HTC One M9 temporary camera fix

Until HTC pushes out a software update to correct the poor camera quality it is best to set the resolution to 10:7. That way the camera has good performance.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Yesterday's flagship, today's flagship

Today in 20 countries we had 2 launched flagships; the HTC One M9 and the Samsung s6 and s6 Edge.

The appeal is never to the possibility of our pockets nor the wait to save. We need the latest, the fastest, the most good looking smartphone that makes all heads turn and eyes roll with envy.

It is human nature to better what we possess. And we don't mind how we pay for it.

For some the possibility of going for the latest is not an option. So how does the S5 fare against it's new sibling? For a objective opinion not well. The old Touchwiz and well worn software and the lack of regular updates leaves one wondering what the term flagship really means. What saves the s5 is the camera.

On the HTC front fares better with the M8. Still a good phone yet the camera fares badly in certain scenarios. One director today confirms the upcoming update to the M8 to Sense 7. Same skin as the M9. I am sure by then the M9 will be updated further.

Sometimes we cannot always have what we want. We have to decide if the s5 serves us well. It is mostly soft plastic and waterproof. It has many qualities and now the s6 has been released it is certain that prices for the s5 will be even more accessible.

If we remember the reviews of the s5 there was a sense that Samsung played it safe. In the current iteration has nothing to do than congratulate themselves for such a good smartphone. The Note 4 is still a main player as is the Alpha. Samsung has learned that build needs to be good inside and out.

So if you can stretch the possibilities go for the present. But it is certain that 12 months down the road the flagship will be replaced.

Are we creating an expensive recycling of technology? It would seem so.

What is exciting is the pace of technology, the creativity of design and daily interaction. We are transitioning from mere social media entry to the media stream of social media and news from several feeds. We are reading news and making news in many different realms.

However we look at it the flagship is in our mind and in our desires. We determine trends and demands. It is up to us if we submit to a fashion of leasing phones for 2 years to then iterate our tastes.

The flagship is what we make it...

Galaxy s6 and S6 Edge do not work with Kies


Thursday, 9 April 2015

HTC M9 software update to correct camera quality problem, article from Gottatobemobile.com

HTC One M9 Release Date Update Fixes Big Problem

The impressive new HTC One M9 release date is officially set for tomorrow, April 10th, and after months of waiting the smartphone will finally be available for prospective buyers. So far reviews have been mixed overall, and today HTC announced a release day bug fixing update will be rolling out aimed at curbing a few big issues on the new smartphone.
On March 1st the HTC One M9 smartphone was finally announced and revealed after months of leaks, rumors and speculation. Along with a neat new two-tone color design and the latest version of Android, the biggest and most exciting addition was the new 20.7 megapixel rear camera.
Tomorrow the HTC One M9 will be available from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and today we’re learning an update will be ready and waiting for almost all buyers. The Verizon HTC One M9 already has the latest software, Sprint will get an OTA update tomorrow, and T-Mobile and AT&T owners can expect it to arrive sometime next week. So what’s this update about? Read on for more details.
HTC’s new smartphone is an excellent device. It offers a beautiful two-tone all aluminum design, the latest version of Android, dual front facing speakers, a powerful new theme engine to change the look and more. However, the biggest change was the new 20.7 megapixel camera. Replacing the Duo cameras from the One M8 last year.
Multiple reviews around the web, including our own linked to above, mention that while the phone is excellent overall the camera is still lacking. We concluded that along with a near identical design to the One M8 last year, the camera was one of the biggest and only flaws of the new HTC One M9. The weakest link, so to speak. A problem that HTC had with the One M8 in 2014 as well.

Today the company revealed a big bug fixing update is rolling out to fix exactly that. After some internal testing, further refinements, and feedback from the media they’ve made some important changes to the software and are delivering a release date update aimed at improving the experience for owners.
Our own HTC One M9 look pretty great photos, but often didn’t have the best lighting, was slow to focus, and even had a hard time figuring out what to actually focus on in the photo. Items further away seemed to confuse the focus, often resulting in poor photos. The 20.7 megapixel camera was a welcomed edition and something many were excited about, but the sub-par performance was a bit of a let down. It’s a capable camera, and we even mentioned that hopefully it could be improved over time with software updates.
Those with the Verizon HTC One M9 should have HTC software ending in .33 along with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which is the latest release with the camera improvements. However, all other units bought from other carriers won’t have it. Owners are suggested to head into settings > about phone > and check for updates to make sure they’re on the latest .33 software release

Introducing your Editor of Mobiles are my Passion

Hi, to introduce us from the photo, and I have a great passion, the mobile. Android is my greatest passion. And I wish to share this passion with you. So see who is putting this blog together.

Top 5 facts from our mobile: by ColdFusTion

Great video...impacting, quality...enjoy

Apple IOS update review via Pocketnow

Apple launches iOS 8.3 with a long list of improvements http://pocketnow.com/2015/04/08/apple-launches-ios-8-3 Sent via BlinkFeed

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Engage the Companies

We can review. We can comment. But we can do this describing the product.

But we need to shape the technology and engage to innovate.

For example we need to engage the giants to listen to the customer.

For example Samsung need to learn from HTC about Sense and learn the lessons.  Not copy, but take notice of the way it is light over Android. Android is fast!! But Touchwiz makes it lag.

HTC need to learn that Samsung knows how to capture customers with Amoled rich colour screens.

Also Apple needs to open IOS to customization.

I say "companies learn from each other, do not copy, innovate to the max."

We as reviewers must engage the Companies that way we can make a difference.

Not just about describing but we need to become designing as well. Our opinions mean nothing unless we too can engage the players in healthy dialogue.

As it is the technology is massive.  But the journey must continue.

We must engage to innovate!!!

Russell A Durose a.k.a Gadgets are my Passion.

Full review of the HTC One M9

There has been a few days since I was handed a review unit of the HTC flagship the One M9.

The phone is a little smaller to the huge Note 4 screen I am used to.  Yet I am seeing why the M9 will be the best phone of 2015.

Attractive is the metallic body with gold trim. The whole feel is based on solidity. Must say I would solely go with the M9 over the Note 4 but there are features and looks that appeal to me in Samsung. The Qualcomm 810 chip, 3GB of Ram and camera at 20 mega pixels is impressive specs indeed. 

One major fall for Samsung is the dependence on Touchwiz which does cause the Android system to lag and not be as quick as Sense 7 from HTC. Whilst my Note 4 has software features appealing to me, as well as the QHD screen the M9 has me impressed at the way it is so fluid. Beyond Android 5.0.2 it seems that Sense was built for Android and Android built for Sense.  It is a skin which enhances not entrenched the system in system lag. It seems that Android is the hand whilst Sense 7 is the glove.
The apps launch rapidly and do not cause lag when they are left in memory. Well done HTC!

The 20 Mega pixel camera should beat Samsung. But it does miserably in comparison. We have researched this with other testers who conclude it is not a hardware issue.  Rather the firmware for it is way below standard. I have personally written to HTC about this so that they start to understand the urgency for a firmware update. Please do the same.

The number one functionality which will win over IPhone 6 and S6 will be the ability to theme the interface. You can change wallpapers. Change icons. Wonderful approach to customization.

Some suggestions
I believe that if HTC update the camera and the system to 5.1 with performance enhancements it will win top spot with tech minded people.  In comparison the native email is poor in comparison with Samsung's version. It needs a feature rich update with a option to format your emails.

Once these are done you are going to see HTC be the phone of 2015!!!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review by ColdFusTion

ColdFusTion is a high quality reviewer resident in Australia. I believe one of the best in terms of 1080p resolution videos. Please enjoy his review of the S6 and S6 Edge.

Galaxy Note 4 excellent review from ColdFusTion

See this wonderful and good quality review.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Friday, 3 April 2015

HTC One M9 camera summary

When you make a flagship you aim to have excellence in all the fields of operation of a smartphone. Samsung and Apple seem to have got this right in their flagship S6 and Iphone 6. However the HTC One M9 the camera is the "achilles heel" of the flagship. It has been tested by the reviewers and has been established that the camera physically has the capacity to bring good photos, however the software has a lot to be desired. It is hoped and we called upon HTC to bring out a firmware update to better the camera experience. It reminds me of a camera problem recently on a Samsung phone which had to be updated and solved a problem. We believe that if HTC can rapidly correct this issue then the HTC One M9 can be the flagship of 2015.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

HTC One M9 initial impression

The HTC One M9 is quite compact on first impressions than what I am accustomed to. The first setup was simple enough. The apps I have on my Note 4 were placed on the One M9. The software update is long winded. I am doing it as I speak.

Am impressed with it so far. One warning.  No charger was included.  A phone without a charger is strange.

HTC Unboxing

Arrived today is the HTC One M9. Gold trim and silver body.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

HTC One M9 review from PocketNow.

Here is Michael Fisher with a preliminary review of the HTC One M9.

Test post

If anyone is following this review site please send an email to russell.durose@gmail.com


Tomorrow a company will send me a HTC ONE M9 to test. I hope it is as good as other reviewers have said.

Monday, 30 March 2015


New Gmail update for Android brings a unified inbox, conversation view and much more http://www.androidauthority.com/gmail-update-unified-inbox-597762/

Gmail for Android on Apkmirror

I have just posted here that the update was about to roll out and it has appeared on Apkmirror site. Go check it out and download.

Gmail Android update

Google have just announced an update to Gmail for Android app. This includes:
1. New unified inbox.
2. New performance improvements.

They did not say when they would roll out but we expect it soon.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Flashing Error with ROMS for Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0.1

I try to normally flash ROMs made available through subscription to Sammobile. However some ROMs bring errors to the Ext4 partition and the error message comes up on ODIN. No problem, go back to the saved ROM that you had before, and flash. Do not try to restart the phone after an error message. Simply remove the cable and battery and then reboot to DOWNLOAD MODE. Then reflash, there will be no errors. The error comes up if the Binary size is above 3314.9 MB. Any other size than this is going to bring an error.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Android 5.1 Samsung come on!!!

Android 5.1 is now rolling out to Nexus devices and it will only be a matter of time before LG or HTC get the wave as well. It is however expected that Samsung will drag it's feet on this one. It is also expected that the S6 will be given preferential treatment.

I write this as a Note 4 owner. I write not that the Samsung brand is not so much better, it is. Looking at the S6 version of Touchwiz it is plain to see that it flows and it is appealing. One of the things which make 5.1 appealing is the under the hood tweaks to the processor control. It uses all the multicore features all the time. This means it is always running optimally.  Obviously in the making of this new version battery life would need a tweak to meet this new demand.

I see that under 5.0.1 the Note 4 is good. But with the new added tweak from 5.1 could be so much better.

So Samsung come on and start rolling out 5.1.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Apk Mirror

Today I have downloaded many new updates for

What I note is a flatter and brighter design. Wonder where all this is all going.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What to do on a day when you're sick

Today am quite sick. It is that flu feeling. Than "man" flu that makes any man take to his bed and get the women nursing you. What you can do is sneak your mobile under the covers.
Right now am sat in bed. Two cushions to support my suffering soul.
First things first get comfortable and take advantage.
1. Catch up on the social feed.
2. Catch up with Pocketnow videos.
3. Read the Flip board daily edition.
4. Catch up on emails
5. Try to book a weekend on Booking.com hotel app.
6. Send a tweet to notify work colleagues of your beleaguered state. 😯
7. Try Smart Remote on your Galaxy to see your favourite channels.
8. Try to order a takeaway from your favourite app.

That should fill your whole day...don't forget medicine in between.

Pocketnow announcement of 5.1

Google goes official with Android 5.1 Lollipop update
Pocketnow / 1 hours ago

Our first real sign of Android 5.1 appeared just over a month ago, as the release apparently started showing up on new Android One handsets being sold in India. But when we would see distribution really go wide? And when would Nexus handsets start getting their updates – you know, the ones we expect these new Android builds to debut on in the first place? Well, a tweet from HTC a few weeks back hinted that Google ...

Monday, 9 March 2015

Google Unveils Android 5.1 by Android Authority

Despite the fact it has technically been around for a little while now, Android 5.1 Lollipop has finally been made official, thanks to a blog post from Google. Some of the changes in this update include stability and performance improvements, native support for multiple SIM cards, HD voice on compatible phones and, most notably, Device Protection.
With the new Device Protection feature, if your Android device becomes lost or stolen, it will stay locked until you enter in your Google account information – even if the device has been reset to factory settings. Google says the feature will be available on most Android devices shipped with the software, in addition to the Nexus 6 and 9.
Next up is support for HD voice on compatible devices, letting Android 5.1 devices take advantage of the clear high-definition voice calls that certain carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon offer. Android 5.1 will also now let you join Wifi networks and paired Bluetooth devices directly from your quick settings page. Before the update, users would need to click on the Wifi or Bluetooth buttons and jump into the Settings menu to make any changes.
While Google doesn’t official say when the update will be rolling out or to what devices, according to a few newly updated T-Mobile documents, Android 5.1 is supposed to rollout to the Nexus 4, 5 and 7 starting today. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the official rollout as soon as we learn more!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Gmail sign in problem

Dear all
I have just spent the best part of an hour trying to sign into Gmail thinking it was a viral issue, cleaning out junk, installing the new Canary edition of Chrome. I am not sure what it was, was it a server issue? did anyone else have the same issue?

Unfortunately Contacts has stopped

Do you sometimes get annoyed by this message? Do you have a fix? Write to me with your fix...russell.durose@gmail.com

All the mobiles I have had in picture form

And finally...what I have today

Get Lollipop for Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910F

Germany has launched the Android 5.0.1 for this handset. Please go to www.sammobile.com and download from there, and flash using Odin included in the package.

Friday, 6 March 2015

HTC One M9 Test equipment needed

I would like to do a review of the HTC One M9. Any company out there willing to loan or loan with a view to acquire? Please write to russell.durose@gmail.com

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Blackberry Leap: Blackberry appraisal.

MWC 2015 Launch
Blackberry Leap

Was watching the video from PocketNow with the surprise launch of the Blackberry Leap still using the Blackberry OS version 10.3.1. 

It has come under a lot of fire for its devices. Ever since the OS had been renovated and with the capability to run Android I cannot understand how the company and its devices lost popularity. I used to own a Blackberry 9320, which was really good. Used to love that phone. Then I jumped up to the Z10 which for me was a revolution in itself. I cannot understand how a innovative new hardware and software did not make the hit. It seems who is dominating the mobile world is Apple, Samsung, LG and HTC. These are my observations and you may not agree with me. But having had a Z10 the only irritation I had was the slowness of updates to the OS. But now I have a Samsung phone the update cycle is even worse. So why are companies not developing their OS enough? Why do companies blame the carriers? 

I saw the launch of the Z10 and Q10 over 2 years ago now. It was exciting. Just seems a pity that noone warmed to what Blackberry tried to do. It just goes to show the unreliability of the trend and the mood. 

Blackberry Leap seems to be a redone version of the Z10 with the ability to run Android apps. However, another irritation was the lack of native apps. When you develop a OS make great incentive to app developers and make the platform easy to launch apps. Both Apple and Google dominate this area. 

So what of Blackberry? I feel that maybe it is time to explore making an OS, or Skin over Android, maybe even make a variant of Android and make it innovative. The thing Blackberry is doing, and must do, is decide where its target clients are, and innovate for them. 

I sense that Blackberry will come back with a device that is going to catch the attention of the Mobile world. The Leap will not do that. This will be a future device. 

PocketNow Comparison

PocketNow with Michael Fisher is at Barcelona's MWC 2015. I am very excited by these two flagships.

Here is the comparison.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Samsung S6 and S6 edge Telegraph review

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: 13 things to know
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is thinner, made of glass and metal, and has a curved screen version

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is the Korean company’s new weapon against Apple and Chinese competitors. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP
Samuel Gibbs
Monday 2 March 2015 13.02 GMT Last modified on Monday 2 March 2015 13.07 GMT

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones have powerful processors, very high resolution screens and a new metal and glass design – but sacrifices have been made in pursuit of premium materials and a curved screen in Samsung’s war with Apple.

Samsung reveals Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones
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1. To curve, or not to curve
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The Galaxy S6 Edge has a gently curved screen on the left and right sides. Photograph: Laura Lean/PA
Samsung has not one, but two Galaxy S6 models – one with a standard, flat screen similar to most other phones and the Galaxy S6 Edge with a screen that curves around both left and right-hand edges of the phone.

2. It packs in the pixels
Curved or not, the Galaxy S6 has one of the most pixel-dense screens available. The 5.1in screen has a quad HD resolution with a density of 577 pixels per inch (ppi), making it denser than the 432ppi Galaxy S5, 401ppi Apple iPhone 6 Plus– and 43 more pixels per inch than the 534ppi 5.5in LG G3.

The denser the screen the sharper the image, up to a point. Whether users will be able to see the difference is unknown, although quad HD is quickly becoming the new standard for smartphone and tablet screens.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: curved screen is more than a gimmick
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3. The curved screen isn’t just for show
— Ben Wood (@benwood)
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People edge on Galaxy S6 edge. Select five favourite contacts for enhanced alerts. pic.twitter.com/GXfj9NkN9Q

As with the Note 4 Edge, the curved screen on the S6 Edge adds a few features that slide out from the side of the phone. These include ticker-tape news alerts, a clock along the edge at night and a feature that places contact photos along the edge for quick access and to recognise who’s calling.

4. They’ve ditched the plastic
Out is Samsung’s trademark, yet criticised, chromed plastic construction – the S6 is an all-metal and glass affair. A curved metal band surrounds the edges of the phone holding together a glass front and back.

5. Thinner than an iPhone, just
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Thinner than an iPhone 6, by 0.1mm. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP
The S6 and S Edge are 6.8mm thick, which is 0.1mm thinner than Apple’s iPhone 6, although both are roundly trounced to the thinnest smartphone crown by the Oppo R5, which is just 4.85mm thick.

6. Don’t get it wet
To achieve that thickness and premium design, the S6 has lost a few features. A microSD card for adding additional storage, waterproofing and a removable battery are all missing, which was a cornerstone of Samsung’s previous Android smartphones.

7. A choice of storage – all fixed
With no external storage support, Samsung has adopted Google and Apple’s model of fixed storage variants – users will have a choice of buying a 32, 64 or 128GB version.

8. It uses Samsung’s shiny new chip
The S6 uses Samsung’s own Octa-core 64-bit Exynos processor. Previous Samsung smartphones have used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, although Exynos variants have been available in some countries.

9. No cable needed
wireless charging
The S6 Edge on a wireless charging plate. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA
Samsung has pledged to force wireless charging into the mainstream, and the S6 is the first smartphone from the company to have it built-in. It will work with any wireless charging pad currently available, which is good, because there isn’t one included in the box.

10. Fingerprints: touch, don’t swipe
Samsung’s improved fingerprint sensor takes a leaf out of Apple’s book, requiring only a single touch rather than swipe across (as was standard with previous Samsung models), which should make it more accurate and easier to use.

Samsung reveals Apple Pay competitor 'Samsung Pay'
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11. Another step towards a world without credit cards?
Credit cards are dead, if technology firms are to be believed. Samsung has launched “Samsung Pay”, which allows users to pay for goods and services using a credit card swipe terminal, joining Apple Pay, Google Wallet, PayPal, mobile phone carriers and others attempting to be the new vector for paying for things.

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12. It’s virtual reality ready (if you get a smaller Gear VR)
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Samsung Gear VR will come in a smaller version for the Galaxy S6. Photograph: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Samsung
The Gear VR – Samsung’s virtual reality headset that was made in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus Rift for use with a Galaxy Note 4 – will have a smaller version for the Galaxy S6.

13. Less bloat – kind of
Samsung proclaimed that it has cut back on unnecessary bloat and feature overload by 40%, but that doesn’t include Intel’s McAfee security software and Microsoft’s apps, including Skype, OneDrive and OneNote, which now come pre-installed on the S6.

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No external SD card storage, no dice.

Think this will put a lot of people off.

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Well, losing two of its key selling points for me - removable battery and extra SD card - means next time I upgrade, I'll be looking at another manufacturer. I would imagine that the 128GB handset will be extremely expensive, not being able to use my 64GB SD card would be a real blow.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge PocketNow comparison

Here our favourite reviewer from PocketNow making a comparison of the new flagships of Samsung.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Reviewing Flagship Availability

Any company which desires me to review their handsets please let me know. You can catch me on Russell.durose@zion-ministry-network.co.uk for more details.

Marques Brownlee: Review of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Another of my favourite reviewers is Marques Brownlee. He is at MWC 2015 at Barcelona. Here is the video.

Android Authority Comparison HTC One M8 with M9

Here is the latest comparison video.

Courtesy of Android Authority.

PocketNow resumé in MWC 2015 today

Our favourite other reviewer is in Barcelona

MWC Live feed

See the MWC live feed here.


Pocketnow is in MWC 2015 Barcelona

Our favourite blog and reviewer is in MWC 2015

We are live from MWC 2015 (Video) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/ESWotYDXOtw/live-from-mwc-2015

HTC announcement MWC

HTC MWC annoncements: One M9 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/pocketnow/~3/1c63aA99fXM/htc-mwc-event

From MWC 2015 Barcelona

Huawei has a 7-inch, 64-Bit Octa Core LTE phablet coming soon! http://www.androidauthority.com/huawei-7-inch-64-bit-octa-core-lte-phablet-coming-soon-591131/

Friday, 13 February 2015

Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.01 update

I got the update through www.sammobile.com and the link to the German update. I made sure I did not have ART runtime enabled.

I had an issue with Google Play Services and an app that said it needed updating. I updated all logins to Google Services.

I like the interface and the quickness of boot and application launches. The keyboard is amazing. Watch this space...

Monday, 9 February 2015

Google acquires Odysee

Google acquires photo backup and sharing app Odysee http://www.androidcentral.com/google-acquires-photo-sharing-app-odysee

OTA update for One plus One

Latest OnePlus One OTA update introduces MaxxAudio and Swiftkey to owners http://www.androidcentral.com/latest-oneplus-one-ota-update-maxxaudio-swiftkey

Monday, 2 February 2015

I miss the LG G3

I have a Galaxy Note 4. I miss the LG G3 that I had. I miss it for one reason, the interface and the knock screen activation.

The interface was always fluid. The updates were regular, so much for the core apps as well as software updates. Every time getting more and more faster and more fluid. However, there is no doubt that the Note 4 is the best phone around. The LG G3 just received a new update based on Android 5. It is the 20H update.

Thursday, 29 January 2015


No logic in Note updates. Note 3 got Android 5 update. Note 4 flagship is still waiting. Leaves you wondering why such a confusing policy of updates.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Waiting for Android 5

My Galaxy Note 4 is still on Kitkat. 4.4.4. Now Kitkat has one major flaw. Does not allow running apps off the external sdcard.  Tried to get an answer from Samsung about the update to get nothing concrete. Just hope it's soon.

p.s by the way my Note 4 made sdcard into scarf...lol

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Samsung is in talks to acquire Blackberry

The news circulating the mobile community is that Samsung is in talks with Blackberry. The Blackberry story has been sliding since the unveiling of the Blackberry 10. Whilst the launch was with a blaze of innovation it did not captivate as much as Samsung's technology. Now with a new leadership it seems Blackberry needs a new outlet to be still a player in the market. Watch this space...

Friday, 9 January 2015

Table of Updates from Sammobile.

Dear all
Just to bring everyone up to date concerning Samsung Mobile software updates. Here is the table of updates.

Country (Product Code)ModelModel NameVersionPDA
Afghanistan (AFG)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Albania (Vodafone) (AVF)SM-G900FGALAXY S55G900FXXU1BNL9
Albania (Vodafone) (AVF)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Albania (Vodafone) (AVF)SM-G900FGALAXY S54.4.2G900FXXU1ANH4
Argentina (Claro) (CTI)SM-G900MGALAXY S54.4.2G900MUBU1ANJ1
Argentina (Movistar) (UFN)SM-G355MGALAXY Core 2 DUOS4.4.2G355MUBU0ANH1
Argentina (Personal) (PSN)SM-G357MGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G357MUBU0ANK1
Australia (XSA)SM-G360G4.4.4G360GDVU1ANK1
Australia (Telstra) (TEL)SM-G800YGALAXY S5 mini4.4.2G800YDVU1ANJ1
Austria (A1) (MOB)SM-G900FGALAXY S55G900FXXU1BNL9
Austria (A1) (MOB)SM-G900FGALAXY S54.4.2G900FXXU1ANG2
Austria (A1) (MOB)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Austria (T-Mobile) (MAX)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Austria (T-Mobile) (MAX)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Austria (Telering) (TRG)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Austria (Telering) (TRG)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Baltic (SEB)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Baltic (SEB)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Baltic (SEB)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Belgium (Proximus) (PRO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Bosnia and Herzegovina (ERO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH TELECOM) (BHT)GT-I8190GALAXY S III mini4.1.2I8190XXANI4
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH TELECOM) (BHT)GT-I8190GALAXY S III mini4.1.2I8190XXAMG4
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH TELECOM) (BHT)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Brazil (ZTO)SM-T805MGALAXY Tab S 10.5 LTE4.4.2T805MUBU1ANK2
Brazil (TIM) (ZTM)SM-A500M4.4.4A500MUBU1ANK1
Bulgaria (GBL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Bulgaria (BGL)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Bulgaria (BGL)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Bulgaria (BGL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Bulgaria (VVT) (VVT)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANI3
Bulgaria (VVT) (VVT)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Bulgaria (VVT) (VVT)SM-G355HNGALAXY Core 2 DUOS4.4.2G355HNXXU0ANK2
Caucasus Countries (CAU)SM-A500H4.4.4A500HXXU1ANL1
Chile (CHO)SM-G110MGALAXY Pocket 24.4.2G110MUBU0ANL1
Chile (Telefonica) (CHT)GT-S7275BGALAXY Ace 3 LTE4.2.2S7275BUBUANJ1
China (China Mobile) (CHM)SM-G5308WGALAXY4.4.4G5308WZMU1ANK2
China (China Telecom) (CTC)SCH-W2013GALAXY4.0.4W2013KEAOA1
China (China Telecom) (CTC)SM-A50094.4.4A5009KEU1ANL3
China (China Telecom) (CTC)SCH-W2013GALAXY4.0.4W2013KEANI1
China (Open China) (CHC)SM-A30004.4.4A3000ZCU1ANL2
Colombia (COO)SM-N9005GALAXY Note 3 LTE4.3N9005VJUBMI7
Colombia (COO)SM-T211GALAXY Tab3 7.0 3G4.1.2T211UBANE1
Colombia (COO)SM-N9005GALAXY Note 3 LTE4.4.2N9005VJUGNI1
Colombia (COO)SM-T211GALAXY Tab3 7.0 3G4.4.2T211UBUBNK2
Colombia (COL)SM-A500M4.4.4A500MUBU1ANL1
Colombia (Movistar) (COB)SM-A500M4.4.4A500MUBU1ANK2
Croatia (T-Mobile) (CRO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Croatia (T-Mobile) (CRO)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Croatia (TELE2) (TWO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Croatia (VIPNET) (VIP)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Cyprus (CYV)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Cyprus (CYV)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Czech Republic (ETL)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Czech Republic (ETL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Czech Republic (T-Mobile) (TMZ)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Czech Republic (T-Mobile) (TMZ)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Czech Republic (Vodafone) (VDC)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Czech Republic (Vodafone) (VDC)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Egypt (EGY)SM-R750Samsung Gear S2.2.1.3R750XXU1BNJ7
Egypt (EGY)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
France (XEF)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
France (XEF)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
France (Bouygues) (BOG)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
France (Orange) (FTM)SM-T535GALAXY Tab4 10.1 4G4.4.2T535XXU1ANK1
France (Orange) (FTM)SM-T535GALAXY Tab4 10.1 4G4.4.2T535XXU1ANH6
France (Orange) (FTM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Germany (DBT)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Germany (DBT)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANI3
Germany (DBT)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Germany (Black Edition)(DBT)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANK2
Germany (O2) (VIA)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL6
Germany (O2) (VIA)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Germany (T-Mobile) (DTM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Germany (T-Mobile) (DTM)SM-G901FGALAXY S5 Plus4.4.4G901FXXU1ANI5
Germany (T-Mobile) (DTM)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Germany (Vodafone) (VD2)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Germany (Vodafone) (VD2)SM-G900FGALAXY S55G900FXXU1BNL9
Germany (Vodafone) (VD2)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANK2
Germany (Vodafone) (VD2)SM-G900FGALAXY S54.4.2G900FXXU1ANI3
Germany (Vodafone) (VD2)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Germany (Vodafone) (Black Edition)(VD2)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANK2
Greece (EUR)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Greece (EUR)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Greece (Black Edition)(EUR)GT-I9195GALAXY S4 mini LTE4.4.2I9195XXUCNK4
Greece (Cosmote) (COS)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Greece (Cosmote) (COS)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Greece (Vodafone) (VGR)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Greece (Vodafone) (VGR)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Hong Kong (TGY)SM-G5308WGALAXY4.4.4G5308WZHU1ANK2
Hong Kong (TGY)SM-G7105GALAXY Grand 2 LTE4.3G7105ZHUANL3
Hong Kong (TGY)SM-N9100GALAXY Note 4 LTE Duos4.4.4N9100ZHU1ANL1
Hungary (XEH)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Hungary (XEH)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Hungary (T-mobile) (TMH)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Hungary (T-mobile) (TMH)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Hungary (Telenor) (PAN)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Hungary (VDH) (VDH)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Hungary (VDH) (VDH)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
India (INU)SM-G850YGALAXY Alpha4.4.4G850YDOU2ANK2
Ireland (Meteor) (MET)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Ireland (Vodafone) (VDI)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Ireland (Vodafone) (VDI)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Israel (ILO)SM-G530FGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530FXXU1ANL3
Italy (ITV)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Italy (ITV)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Italy (H3G) (HUI)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Italy (TIM) (TIM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Italy (Vodafone) (OMN)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Italy (Vodafone) (OMN)SM-G900FGALAXY S55G900FXXU1BNL9
Italy (Vodafone) (OMN)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Italy (Vodafone) (OMN)SM-G900FGALAXY S54.4.2G900FXXU1ANI3
Italy (Wind) (WIN)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Jamaica (JDI)SM-N910HGALAXY Note 44.4.4N910HXXU1ANK5
Libya (BTC)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Luxembourg (LUX)SM-C105GALAXY S4 Zoom LTE4.4.2C105XXUBNL1
Luxembourg (LUX)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Luxembourg (LUX)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Macedonia (CMF)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Macedonia (VIM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Macedonia (T-Mobile) (MBM)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Macedonia (T-Mobile) (MBM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Montenegro (TMT)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Morocco (MWD) (MWD)SM-A300H4.4.4A300HXXU1ANL6
Nepal (NPL)SM-G850YGALAXY Alpha4.4.4G850YDOU2ANK2
Netherlands (PHN)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Netherlands (PHN)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Netherlands (PHN)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Netherlands (Black Edition)(PHN)GT-I9515GALAXY S4 VE4.4.2I9515XXU1ANK2
Netherlands (T-Mobile) (TNL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Netherlands (T-Mobile) (TNL)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Netherlands (Vodafone) (VDF)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Nigeria (ECT)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Nordic countries (NEE)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Nordic countries (NEE)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Norway (Telenor) (TEN)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Open Austria (ATO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Open Austria (ATO)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Pakistan (PAK) (PAK)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Pakistan (PAK) (PAK)SM-R750Samsung Gear S2.2.1.3R750XXU1BNJ7
Panama (PBS)SM-G355MGALAXY Core 2 DUOS4.4.2G355MUBU0ANJ4
Panama (Cable & Wireless) (PCW)SM-N910UGALAXY Note 44.4.4N910UXXU1ANK5
Panama (Claro) (CPA)GT-S6810LGALAXY Fame4.1.2S6810LUBANC1
Papua New Guinea (PNG)SM-G360G4.4.4G360GDVU1ANK1
Papua New Guinea (PNG)GT-I8190NGALAXY S III mini4.1.2I8190NXXANK1
Papua New Guinea (PNG)GT-I8190NGALAXY S III miniI8190NXXAMA1
Paraguay (Claro) (CTP)SM-T531GALAXY Tab4 10.1 3G4.4.2T531UBU1ANH1
Poland (XEO)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Poland (XEO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Poland (XEO)SM-G800HGALAXY S5 mini4.4.2G800HXXU1ANK2
Poland (Orange) (IDE)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Poland (Orange) (IDE)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Poland (T-mobile) (TPL)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Poland (T-mobile) (TPL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Portugal (TPH) (TPH)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Portugal (TPH) (TPH)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Portugal (Vodafone) (TCL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Portugal (Vodafone) (TCL)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Puerto Rico (PCT)SM-G7105HGALAXY Grand 2 LTE4.4.2G7105HWAUBNK3
Puerto Rico (PCT)SM-T231GALAXY Tab4 7.0 3G4.4.2T231XXU0ANJ4
Romania (ROM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Romania (La Fleur)(ROM)GT-I9195GALAXY S4 mini LTE4.2.2I9195XXUBML4
Romania (Cosmote) (COA)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Romania (Cosmote) (COA)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Romania (Orange) (ORO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Romania (Orange) (ORO)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Romania (Vodafone) (CNX)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Romania (Vodafone) (CNX)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Saudi Arabia (ACR)SM-G313HUGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HUXXU0ANH1
Saudi Arabia (KSA)SM-N910CGALAXY Note 44.4.4N910CXXU1ANK5
Saudi Arabia (KSA)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Saudi Arabia (ACR)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Serbia (VIP) (TOP)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Slovakia (ORX)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Slovakia (ORS)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Slovakia (XSK)SM-R750Samsung Gear S2.2.1.3R750XXU1BNJ7
Slovakia (ORX)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Slovenia (SIO)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Slovenia (SIO)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Slovenia (SIO)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Slovenia (Mobitel) (MOT)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Slovenia (Si.mobil) (SIM)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Slovenia (Si.mobil) (SIM)SM-G900FGALAXY S54.4.2G900FXXU1ANG2
Slovenia (Si.mobil) (SIM)SM-G900FGALAXY S55G900FXXU1BNL9
Slovenia (Si.mobil) (SIM)GT-I8190GALAXY S III mini4.1.2I8190XXANI4
Slovenia (Si.mobil) (SIM)GT-I8190GALAXY S III mini4.1.2I8190XXAMG4
South Africa (XFE)SM-T531GALAXY Tab4 10.1 3G4.4.2T531XXU1ANH6
South Africa (XFE)SM-T531GALAXY Tab4 10.1 3G4.4.2T531XXU1AND9
South Africa (XFE)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
South Africa (Vodafone) (XFV)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
South East Europe (SEE)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
South East Europe (SEE)SM-C101GALAXY S4 Zoom4.4.2C101XXUBNL1
South East Europe (SEE)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
South East Europe (SEE)SM-C101GALAXY S4 Zoom4.2.2C101XWUAML1
South East Europe (SEE)SM-G313HNGALAXY Ace 4 LTE4.4.2G313HNXXU0ANL1
Spain (PHE)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Spain (PHE)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Spain (Movistar) (XEC)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL6
Spain (Vodafone) (ATL)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
Sri Lanka (SLK)SM-G850YGALAXY Alpha4.4.4G850YDOU2ANK2
Sweden (Tre) (HTS)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Switzerland (AUT)SM-C105GALAXY S4 Zoom LTE4.4.2C105XXUBNL1
Switzerland (AUT)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Switzerland (AUT)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Switzerland (AUT)SM-T700GALAXY Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi4.4.2T700XXU1ANL1
Switzerland (AUT)SM-T530GALAXY Tab4 10.1 Wi-Fi4.4.2T530XXU1ANJ2
Switzerland (Swisscom) (SWC)SM-G800FGALAXY S5 mini4.4.2G800FXXU1ANL1
Switzerland (Swisscom) (SWC)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
Switzerland (Swisscom) (SWC)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
Taiwan (BRI)SM-G7102GALAXY Grand 2 DUOS4.3G7102ZTUANG2
Taiwan (BRI)SM-G7102GALAXY Grand 2 DUOS4.3G7102ZTUANL1
Taiwan (BRI)GT-N5100GALAXY Note
Taiwan (BRI)GT-N5100GALAXY Note
Trinidad and Tobago (TTT)SM-G800MGALAXY S5 mini4.4.2G800MUBU1ANL1
Tunisia (TUN)SM-G130HGALAXY Young 2 DUOS4.4.2G130HXXU0ANL1
Tunisia (TUN)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
Ukraine (Kyivstar) (SEK)GT-I8580GALAXY Core Advance4.2.2I8580XXUANH2
Ukraine (Kyivstar) (SEK)SM-A500H4.4.4A500HXXU1ANL1
Ukraine (Kyivstar) (SEK)GT-I8580GALAXY Core Advance4.2.2I8580XXUANK1
United Arab Emirates (XSG)SM-G530FGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530FXXU1ANI7
United Arab Emirates (LYS)SM-G530HGALAXY Grand Prime4.4.4G530HXCU1ANL4
United Kingdom (BTU)SM-A500FU4.4.4A500FUXXU1ANL6
United Kingdom (BTU)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL4
United Kingdom (EE) (EVR)SM-A300FU4.4.4A300FUXXU1ANL5
United Kingdom (EE) (EVR)SM-T535GALAXY Tab4 10.1 4G4.4.2T535XXU1ANH6
United Kingdom (EE) (EVR)