Google Chrome for desktop is getting a Material Design Make over very soon, as Google is bringing both platforms Closer (Android - Chromium). You can Now Enable the Material Design UI New Tap Page for your Chrome Desktop (version 38 or later).
To Get the New Material Design NTP, all you have to do is to change a simple flag on Chrome. Just go to "Chrome://flags" and Change "Enable Material Design NTP" flag from "Default" to "Enable" and you are done.
In order to make the Galaxy S6 / Galaxy S6 Edge premium build design a full-metal unibody sleek design, Samsung had to sacrifice the user-replaceable battery and the micro SD slot as well, the un-removable battery is annoying to most of the users, So we decided to publish Samsung's official Instructions on How to safely remove the Galaxy S6 Battery. The instructions are on the PDF file on the source link below.
The step-by-step instruction is somewhat vague in the beginning with step 2 being simply Remove the back cover. Experience from previous smartphones with similar construction points to a heated-air gun to melt the double-sided adhesive and guitar picks to separate the panel, all accompanied by an appropriate amount of patience.
Once that's out of the way, no less than 13 screws need to be undone to remove a circuit board allowing access to the battery. To sum it all up, the possibility is there, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself, and certainly not on a daily basis.
Unlike Apple Pay or Android Pay, the Samsung Pay does not require installation of any additional equipment supporting NFC at the point-of-sale (POS) to complete payment successfully.
The store executives with old POS equipments will be surprised in your next visit finding the Samsung Pay works perfectly in collecting payment from you.
Similar encounters have inspired the South Korean giant to make a new video commercial for its new payment feature that is made available across its Galaxy handsets.
In the video non-fancy store executives are seen getting surprised with the successful transaction through old POS equipments that does not supports NFC, the tech feature that is required while making payment through Apple Pay or Android Pay.
Samsung uses a unique technology called MST in its payment feature that mimics debit and credit card swipes, and this facilitates paying at any store with ease that accepts card. This is the reason the newly launched Samsung Pay has been more successful than the rivals.
Watch the embedded commercial video in this post and share your own views with fellow readers whether you managed surprising any store executive by making payment through Samsung Pay-compatible Galaxy smartphone. Use the below given comment box.
Fortunately, you can still customize it on your S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge with the help of a third party app known as Galaxy Button Lights. Download it for free from the Google Play Store and install it. Once you open the application, you will find that everything that was missing from the TouchWiz settings menu in terms of the capacitive key backlighting, they are all there.
You will get to change and choose in-between settings such as Time to remain on, Always on, Always off and Default. Adjust the settings according to your convenience and tap on SAVE BUTTON BACKLIGHT BEHAVIOR to apply the settings on your device immediately. Just to make sure that you are downloading the right application, check if the developer's name is mentioned as NotQuiteinsane on the Play Store's Download section. If it is, then that's the right app.
Most people don't know about it and even the ones that do, forget it at times. The fact is that most computing devices benefit in performance after rebooting. Therefore, the trick is to restart your devices at least every once in a while to make sure that they are running at optimum level. In case you often forget to perform this step, Samsung actually has an in-built system in its smartphones and tablets that allow the user to set fixed intervals for their device to reboot on its own.
Unfortunately, very few people know about this feature as it is not very easy to find, unless you know where to look. If your device was released in 2015 or thereafter and it came with at least Android lollipop 5.0 out of the box, then it probably has this feature. Go to Settings>Backup and reset>Device management>Auto restart and turn the button on the top right corner On. The default time for auto restarting is set at 3 AM on every Monday, but you can edit it to suit your needs and convenience.
If your device meets the criterion mentioned above and yet you are unable to see this option then it is probably a locked device and the carrier has removed the option by default
With certain Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6, Samsung has a deal with Microsoft to offer 100 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage with every new device.
The deal to push the free cloud services wasn't just out of kindness on the part of the Redmond company. It is troublesome to move files to another cloud service later, so it provides a type of lock-in for consumers too.
The deal also included pre-installed apps for Word, PowerPoint and Excel on Samsung devices to encourage user adoption of Office 365 subscriptions. The period of coverage for the free storage is likely to be 2 years or longer.
Here's how you get the free 100 GB of cloud storage with OneDrive:
1. Check that your Samsung device comes pre-installed with the app for OneDrive for Android. If it doesn't, download it from the Google Play store.
2. Open the OneDrive app and either login with an existing Microsoft account or register for a new one.
3. Approve the terms and conditions, make a left swipe inside the app, choose 'Settings' and 'Personal' from the menu, and verify that your quote is now 115 GB. This should be 15GB standard free allocation, plus the additional 100GB.
4. If you're already logged into OneDrive, you only need to swipe to the left, and go to 'Settings' and 'Claim your free 100 GB storage' to activate it.
Any eligible devices will now have access to the additional storage for 2 years or more.
The total expense of recalling the Galaxy Note 7 and replacing them could cost Samsung something around a billion US dollars. Keep in mind that this figure does not factor in the loss of sales which the embarrassing incident may lead to. There's also the long term effect of bad reputation, which can actually have an even worse impact on Samsung's market share than this single episode. As a result, Samsung has decided to not use a single battery from their own battery manufacturing wing, Samsung SDI, while replacing the smartphones. It is estimated that Samsung SDI supplied about 70 percent of the total batteries used in the 2.5 million Note 7 devices shipped worldwide and the faulty ones were indeed, supplied by them.
Unfortunate as the scenario might be for both the customers and the manufacturer, one cannot deny the brave and commendable decision that Samsung took in calling back the hazardous devices. Although some may see this as a blemish on the company's reputation, it can also be viewed as an honourable move, despite the huge losses the company took. This can also instil confidence in their customers that Samsung won't abandon them the moment something goes wrong.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It was just yesterday that we brought to you images of a leaked case which provided us with multiple alleged external details of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Take a look at another one today coming in from Ghostek, featuring one of their Atomic Shock resistant cases for the S8. Before we delve into the details, keep in mind that this is just a render and nothing is guaranteed to be right at all.
We can see a single rear camera, which is consistent with all the recent rumors, but the cut-out on the case itself is suspiciously big enough for a dual camera module. No fingerprint scanners on the back and a lacking Home button in front indicates that Samsung is opting for an optical fingerprint sensor which will be placed under the glass. Just like the render by Slashgear had suggested, both the volume keys and the Power button can be seen on the left side.
Do you like what you see? Or do you think it's a complete hogwash? Let us know in the comments section below. In the meanwhile, we will have to wait a little while longer to see what is what as Samsung prepares the S8 for a mid-April launch (or is it going to be a February launch?).
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you want to buy an Android Wear powered Smartwatch to pair with your Android Smartphone/Tablet, it's a very good idea especially with all the new features Available for the Wear platform. However, you might need to check if the Smartwatch you gonna buy will be compatible with your current Smartphone firmware/Android version.
Android Wear is designed to work with Android phones running 4.3 or higher. In this tutorial we will show you how to use the Official Google Wear Compatibility Check tool to see if Wear's Smartwatches will work on your device or not.
Follow these Steps:
1- First Make sure that the Android Device that you want to Check it's compatibility (Smartphone/Tablet); is connected to the Internet.
2- Open any Web browser you have it installed on your device (Chrome is preferred).
3- In the Address bar write this URL and open it http://g.co/WearCheck (not case sensitive).
4- After opening the URL, wait until it loads and check the result...
If you Got a Green Phone with a Green Watch logo, this means your device is Compatible with ALL Android Wear Powered Smartwatches. Hurray!
If you Got a Red Phone with a Red Watch logo, this means your device is NOT compatible with any Android Wear Powered Smartwatches and you might need to update your Smartphone firmware or upgrade it ot a newer model with Android 4.3+ in order to get this work. Hard luck!
Want to get Android 5.0 Lollipop look ? If you're still waiting for the lollipop update to hit your phone or you just want to enjoy the gorgeous flat design of lollipop... We have the solution for you and it won't even cost you a cent.
Let's start with Android 5.0 Lollipop Icons set first. To get the Android Lollipop flat Materiel Design Icons, All you need to do is to Install Moonshine Lollipop Icon Pack Free from the Play Store, which packs all official Lollipop icons along with some other flat icons.
After getting the Lollipop Icons, It's Time to get the Lollipop Wallpapers too. Here's the 11 official Lollipop wallpaper from the latest Developer Preview released from Google, just download them all from the link below... Hello Lollipop!
In order to Improve multi-tasking on smartphones even more, Google Chrome 39 on Android 5.0 Lollipop is adding a new feature merging browser tabs with recent tasks, so you can switch between tabs using the system-wide App switcher.
If you don't want this feature, Here's How to Get Tabs Back In Chrome for Lollipop:
On any Chrome window, tap the 3 dots in the upper-right:
Tap "Settings" (you may have to scroll down):
Tap "Merge tabs and apps":
Tap the toggle in the upper-right to the off position:
Hit "OK" in the dialog window that pops up, and Chrome will restart:
Chrome will now use tabs like it did before, and each tab will not show up as a separate task in the Android app switcher.
In this tutorial we will show you hot to Root your Moto Nexus 6 with a 1-Click tool kit. Simple steps that are easy to do and not too much files to download. Check the Requirements first, then follow the Steps below it. NOTE: Rooting will void your warranty and may brick your device, root at your own risk.
The most simplified and user-friendly way to root your Nexus 6 is using the Nexus Root Toolkit, developed by XDA's WugFresh, which is compatible with a wide range of Nexus devices, including the more popular Nexus 5, 6, and 9. It's a simple Windows program that allows you to do several things.
Toolkit Root Tutorial:
Step 1. Enable developer options menu on your Nexus 6: Settings > Tap your Build 7 times (then configure drivers if you haven't already with the driver guide)
Step 2. Open developer options: Settings > Developer Options
Step 3. Enable USB Debugging, and "enable oem unlock"
Step 4. In Nexus Root Toolkit on your PC, select the correct device and build (what you are currently running)
Step 5. Configure your drivers if you haven't already using the driver guide
Step 6. If you need to, backup your important data.
Step 7. Unlock your device (if needed)
Step 8. Root your device
Step 9. Done! your Nexus 6 is now Rooted...
If you want to get the latest firmware updates on your Samsung Android device, you'll have to Flash the ROM manually. The best way to do this is using Odin 3 tool and in this Tutorial we will show you the safest way on How to flash a firmware update to your Samsung's Android device.
BEFORE YOU START!
- Fully recharge your Samsung device battery before engaging into flashing process.
- Prepare a Windows base OS computer or laptop, Odin flasher tool will not run on Mac and other OSX systems.
- Use the supplied USB data cable, a bad USB data cable caused a flashing errors. Believe me, I've faced it several times, if you get failed errors in Odin then you did not read this.
- Remove the external micro SD card if you have one, to avoid any failures and error during the flashing process. (Recommended for beginners, some rouge 3rd-party apps stored on SD card may also caused some problem)
- Closed any other running programs in your computer, this include Samsung's Kies too which basically blocks you from using Odin.
- Download Odin v3.10 from HERE
- Download Latest Samsung KIES + USB Drivers from HERE
- Download Samsung USB Drivers ONLY from HERE
- Download Official Firmware for your device from YouFirmware
STEP 1: Run and configure Odin3 v3.10
Hover your mouse to these three Odin check-boxes options, by default the "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time" check-boxes are marked Checked. Just ensure the "Re-Partition" remains NOT-Checked.
Step 2: Boot your Device into Download Mode
Turn your Samsung device off, then Press the [Volume Down+Home+Power] buttons all together at the same time, HOLD them, then let them go until a warning screen prompted you to choose continue or cancel. Then Press the [Volume Up] button to continue and you will see a download mode screen on your device like in the photo above.
Step 3: Connect your Samsung device to the computer via the USB data cable
Once you connect your Samsung device with the USB cable you can see that Odin's ID:COM triangular bar turned to blueish color and shows you the USB port number of your Samsung device is using for connecting with your computer. The COM number will depend on which USB port assigned with your phones, it usually connects from 01 to 07. There is also a word that says "Added" in the log-cat box. If you ain't see any response, try to recheck the USB cable and re-install the USB Drivers.
Step 4: Load the Firmware into Odin
Click the Odin "AP button" then browse and select the firmwares file. Just make sure you already unzipped it and then browse to the folder where you downloaded your firmware, it should end with file description as "tar.md5".
For Example, if you are about to flash a Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900F, the firmware should look something like this "G900FXXU1ANE2_G900FOXA1ANE2_HOME.tar.md5". Note that Firmware packages comes in different build version numbers and basically shows the device model number such "N900F" or "N925A" and so on.
After that, wait 1-10 seconds while it reads the MD5 checksum.
Step 5: Install the Firmware into your Device
Simply hit the "Start Button" Once both AP and CSC files filled with the right files, simply click that Odin's "START" button to begin flashing. Wait and watch the progress bar as it will show you the exact time how it completes the flashing and it takes a couple of minutes before the flashing finishes, you have a time to relax for a while.
Step 6: Wait until the Restoration Process completes!
When original firmware installation successfully completed, you'll noticed that Odin displays a word "PASS" in Green. This means the operation was a success. Then reboot your phone and you are done. Check the Notes below if you have any problems.
• If you flashed a firmware and faced issues with your Wi-Fi connection, Make sure that "auto reboot" option in Odin3 is NOT checked (Step1) and wait until Odin says "PASS" (green text at the bottom right) then disconnect your device.
• Samsung KIES installation is required to get the Samsung USB driver, In case you don't want to install KIES OR you already have it but facing many issues with it on your syste... just install the Samsung USB drivers only from the links above.
Li-ion Batteries are indeed the most crucial hardware components, every Smartphone has one, and it is always NOT enough for the user's needs. Taking a good care of your battery is a very important matter as its capacity wears by time which affects other parts of your device.
In this tutorial here, we will provide you this Technical Smart Tips to improve your Battery's lifetime and improves its performance along a normal day usage.
How to Care for your Smartphone's battery the correct way:
1. Several partial charges are better than a full one
Well, just like in real life, several sprint sessions are better than a marathon. Lithium-ion batteries appreciate partial charging, for example from 30% to 60% or from 45% to 79%, as this keeps the battery's cells close to their ideal state for longer. This means that you have no excuse not to charge your phone several times a day if you can do so.
2. Avoid complete discharges
Okay, extremities are bad for your battery's health. Leaving it at maximum voltage for a long period of time is bad, but draining it all the way down to 0% is even worse. While modern batteries can't fully discharge (whatever you do, there's still a small amount of electricity that will remain unavailable to your phone's hungriness), hitting the rock bottom of your juicer means that some of the battery's cells will no longer be able to hold charge. And this is pretty bad.
3. Your phone's battery feels best at ~40%
There's a reason why the batteries of most phones come pre-charged between 40% and 50% - this is the ideal state of a battery as the voltage is neither too high, nor too low. First of all, this exact charge level does not stress the battery's cells, yet it still allows it to slowly discharge itself while waiting for the impatient user to provide a steady flow of electrical current.
4. Avoid high temperatures
High temperatures are bad for your battery. Your battery can lose up to 80% of its overall capacity if you store it at temperatures of 140F (60C) in a year, though we doubt that anyone will do so. At 77F (or 25C), your phone will lose less than 20% of its maximum capacity for one year.
5. Low temperatures are a no-no as well
If you need to store a battery (due to reasons unknown), make sure that you don't subject it to extremely low temperatures, as freezing deteriorates cells' ability to hold charge, similar to the way heat affects them.
6. Leaving your battery depleted for a long time will render it useless
Normally, your lithium-ion battery will be depleted if the voltage level falls down to roughly 3.0V/cell. If, however, the voltage inside the battery falls below 2.7V/cell, the battery's protective circuits will put into the so-called "sleep" mode, making it nonchargeable naturally, that's the worst case scenario. That's why it's advisable to always make sure that the battery is charged to some extent ideally,that'd be around 40%, as we already mentioned.
7. Lithium-ion batteries have a shelf life
Simply put, you shouldn't stock up on lithium-ion batteries regardless whether you use them or not, they slowly degrade over time and their maximum capacity deteriorate. Instead, buy a new battery immediately before you put it inside your device.
Samsung's two latest Android flagships, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be launching on many regions very soon (early April). The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have a beautiful screen on their side, with lots of new customization options coming via ways of themes that change the icons, wallpapers, font, and the overall appearance of the phone. Which makes you want to share your beautiful home screen with everyone online... you probably wondering how to take screenshots on these two phones, here's the tutorial.
How do you take a screenshot on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge ?
It's all very simple: just simultaneously press the big round home key up front and the power/lock key on the side. You'll hear a short click, and then a zippy animation will show the screengrab flying off the display. The screenshot will then appear in your notification dropdown and it will be automatically saved into the gallery app where you can see it, edit it, and share it.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy device, you probably have Battery life issues ? Right ? Most of the battery life problems is caused by Samsung's super AMOLED displays, as they are huge (5.0" - 6.0") with resolutions various from FHD to QHD which means more pixels to power and more brightness needed. The display consumes an average of 45% to 55% of your battery life. Don't worry we have a solution for you... Easy and Safe too!
To increase your battery life you will need to reduce the number of pixels on your screen by reducing the resolution of your screen. Placing black spots in a pattern over the screen will actually turn off the pixels in those locations (because in AMOLED tech black color is achieved by actually turning off the pixels on the display). So parts of your screen will be turned off. You'll do that using a simple App that does NOT require any Rooting at all.
Increase Battery Life by Following these Instructions:
1. Download Pixel Battery Saver
Download & Install the App from Google Play Store Here [FREE]
2. Choose level of effect
The app will apply a filter over your screen, placing black pixels in a pattern. You can choose the pattern's density as soon as you launch it.
3. Activating the filter
This is what happens when the app is doing its work. Note that the effect looks much less pronounced on the actual phone's screen.
4. Want battery saving only?
If you only wish to reduce your screen's sharpness when the battery is running low, tap on the "Booting" tab on the top right, then check "Start on specific battery level" and "And only then" (if you wish to not be able to turn the filter on manually), then use the slider below to set the battery threshold.
5. Permanent notification and quicktoggle
The app runs in persistent mode, so Android can't close it at random. Its notification will give you a quick on / off toggle, too, so that makes it useful
6. Toggle at will
And there you go - you are free to reduce the screen's sharpness at will and save some precious battery. Now combine this with Power Saving Mode for some extreme longevity!
Manually flashing firmware updates to your Samsung device is the fastest way to get updates, even if the firmware is official and 100% safe, there is still a chance for ERROR!
Any error can lead your Samsung device to boot loop. which means the device will keep restarting without booting into the operating system, this happens when you flash wrong firmware version or using a corrupt file. Good News, we have a solution for that.
You can easily get out of a boot loop by just following the steps provided on the video below. Don't forget to check out our YouFirmware section, we provide 100% official Samsung Lollipop / Marshmallow firmwares.
Samsung developed Odin as a utility software to be used for flashing custom recovery firmware images onto any Samsung device that's powered by Android. In the course of this article, you will learn how to use it safely to manually install the various custom ROM firmwares, updates and kernels available for your smartphone.
What you will need
1. A Windows PC
2. Your smartphone/tablet
3. A USB cable to connect the device to your Windows PC
Preparations before you begin
1. Back up all important data that's currently on your smartphone as you might lose them during this process.
2. Install the latest Samsung USB drivers onto your PC. You can download and install Samsung Kies, which will do it automatically for you, but feel free to download and install them manually if you so choose.
3. Keep USB Debugging enabled on your Samsung device.
4. Charge the battery of your device to a minimum of 80%.
5. Once you have installed the latest USB drivers, make sure that you exit Kies before proceeding further as it's known to interfere with Odin at times.
6. Download and unzip the custom ROM or the official firmware which you want to flash onto your Samsung device. Make sure that your device's model number and the model number of the firmware match perfectly or you will run the risk of bricking your device.
Downloading, installing and running Odin
1. Download the latest version of Odin.
2. It will be in a .zip file format, so you will need to extract it.
3. Go into the extracted file folder and right click on the Odin3 v3.x.exe file ("x" represents the version of the software which will vary depending on which version you downloaded) and left click on "run as administrator."
4. Odin will now start and on the very first screen, make sure that the only two options checked are "Auto Reboot" and "F. Reset Time."
Installing the firmware
1. Switch off your Samsung device.
2. Hold down on the Power button, Home button and the Volume Down button at the same time.
3. When you see the warning screen, complete with a yellow triangle that has an exclamation mark inside, let go of the three buttons and press only the Volume Up button to enter Download Mode.
4. Now connect your device to your PC via USB and wait until you see a box just under the "ID:COM" tab light up in blue (the color may vary depending on your version of Odin). The number you see in the box is the USB port number which your phone/tablet is using to connect to the PC. You may also see a new "Added" message in the bottom left panel.
5. Left click on "AP" or "PDA" and browse the folder where you had previously unzipped the firmware package to find the firmware file which should have tar.md5 at the end of its name.
6. Once Odin has loaded up the file, click on "Start" to begin the process.
7. Wait until the process finishes and you see a green "Pass" button indicating that you have managed to successfully flash the custom ROM onto your device.
What if the update package contains more than just one file (tar.md5)?
In that case, you will need to simply add a few extra steps to the process after step 4 and in place of step 5. After that, just follow the instructions from step 6 and step 7 to complete the process.
1. Click on "AP" or "PDA" and select the file with the term "PDA" in its name.
2. Click on "CSC" and select the file with the term "CSC" in its name.
3. Click on CP and select the file with the term "modem" in its name.
*All files will be in the folder where you unzipped the downloaded firmware package.
**In case any of the files are not in the package, you don't need to worry as it means that the missing file is not necessary for the flashing process.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)