Wednesday, 8 November 2017

4 COMMON ITEL (ANDROID) PHONE PROBLEMS; HOW TO FIX THEM AND OPTIMIZE YOURS FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE

I’m dedicating this to those who want to enjoy and explore the Android experience but are not buoyant enough to exit entry level smartphones. Itel now has models running on Mediatek and Spreadtrum so you can tag along if you have any Mediatek (MTK) or Spreadtrum (SPD) entry level smartphone you wish to optimize for a better experience.
4 COMMON ITEL (ANDROID) PHONE PROBLEMS; HOW TO FIX THEM AND OPTIMIZE YOURS FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE

1. STORAGE SPACE RUNNING OUT

Messaging might not send or receive messages until more space is available on your device. Some system functions may not work. This is one of the first hurdles you’ll encounter once you’ve started installing apps.

What is this error and why am I getting it?

Your phone has an internal storage where apps and their data are installed to / saved. The problem here is that its a partition which is allocated a limited space so you could have a lot of space on your external SD card and Phone storage but still encounter this error. The root of this error is that you’ve used up the allotted space for apps and their data either due to that space being too small or you having installed too many apps.

Solution

  1. Adoptable Storage: This enables you use your external SD card as an extension of your internal storage
  2. Clear app data: The phone needs to first be rooted then the internal storage analyzed for apps (and their data) consuming a lot of space using Link2SD. I once recovered 3.72 GB from clearing just one app’s data
  3. Delete media and uninstall unneeded apps: Delete heavy media files saved to phone / internal storage or move them to external SD card. Also uninstall all unneeded apps under Settings > Apps
  4. Factory Reset: First, backup your important stuff. Go to Settings > Accounts and delete your Google account to avoid Factory Reset Protection (FRP) . Go to Settings > Backup & reset to wipe the phone or boot into recovery mode and do a factory reset


2. LAGGING / HANGING

Slight lagging is something to expect with use but its particularly terrible on low RAM phones. This could result in frequent restarts or unfortunately **** has stopped errors.

Why is my Itel phone lagging / hanging seriously?

Well, first off, Itel isn’t exactly notorious for being generous with RAM on their models. Apart from the Itel S11 Plus , Itel Wish A41 Plus , Itel S41, and maybe a model or two I forgot to mention (which I kind of doubt), Itel phones traditionally feature either 512 MB or 1GB of RAM. Now, the problem isn’t only the low RAM but also the system apps (Bloatware) which the phone is bombarded with from factory.

Solution

  1. Debloat: First, you need to root your Itel phone then uninstall unneeded system apps using an app like Link2SD. I strongly recommend that you either have a compatible packet (pac) file / stock rom / firmware for your Itel phone or do a backup in custom recovery first so you can easily rollback incase the debloating exercise goes South
  2. Create a ROM Zero: To create a stock flashable zip (ROM Zero), all you need is a custom recovery, stock boot.img and system.img . If you have the Mediatek firmware then you’ll find boot and system in the zip or rar file. For Spreadtrum pac files, you can extract the content of the pac file using Research or Upgrade Download tool.
  3. Close apps not in use: Other than apps that have push notifications (e.g Email, Whatsapp, Hovatek app etc), ensure to exit apps currently not in use


3. OVERHEATING / QUICK BATTERY DRAIN

Unless you’re using an Itel phone with 5,000 mAh, you’re likely to encounter a relatively short battery time. This is often facilitated by or coupled with overheating. Someone exaggerated that he could cook beans with his Itel phone 🙂 .

Why is my Itel phone overheating and battery draining so quickly

Low end / entry level phones don’t handle duress too well and overheating is one way they voice out. Its quite normal to notice your Itel phone warming up slightly while charging or using but if it gets really hot then there’s likely a hardware issue lurking in the dark. Low end phones with crappy hardware will overheat regardless of what you do but Itel isn’t exactly crappy.

Solution

  1. Turn off radios not in use: If you’re not actively using your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Hotspot or 4G then turn them off
  2. Watch the apps you run: Entry level phones aren’t for gaming so don’t push them. You should also reduce the number of apps you run at a time and check to be sure your phone isn’t infected with malware
  3. Reduce screen brightness: Unless you’re a Mole, your screen doesn’t have to be so bright all the time
  4. Pay attention to your Charger: If a particular charger makes your phone heat up significantly when charging then you should stay away from it


4. USB CONNECTION ISSUES

When it comes to USB connection, Spreadtrum (and by extension Itel phones) are another kettle of fish. Some of these issues also surface on Mediatek smartphones though.

What are the USB connection issues I might encounter on my Itel Android phone and how do I resolve them?

  1. ADB detection issues: Getting ADB to detect your Spreadtrum phone requires an additional step which is to include your Spreadtrum Vendor ID in the adb_usb.ini file
  2. MTP issues: An MTP issue could result in your PC being unable to detect your Phone storage and external SD card. Fixing this requires that you update your phone’s MTP drivers
  3. Flashing tool detection issues: Before you attempt flashing a Mediatek or Spreadtrum device, you need to install the Mediatek VCOM or Spreadtrum Sciu2S drivers respectively. Unfortunately, that’s sometime not enough as you might still get errors which point at a detection (driver) error. In such a case, you’ll need to update the Mediatek or Spreadtrum phone’s drivers under Device Manager

Itel has made notable improvement and I believe they hold promise. I’m watching this brand keenly and only time will prove me right or right.

This post was first published on Hovatek Journal, if you want to download the external files mentioned in this lecture, kindly check Hovatek Post.
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

How To: Restore deleted iOS apps

From the beginning, I had my reservations about Apple products; no, it wasn't because of the price(maybe a little, but that's a rant for another time), but mainly it was because of things like this. Why would you have to re-purchase an app you already paid for just because you lost it(or uninstalled it)? At least that's what you had to do until not-so-long ago when Apple finally let users restore deleted iOS apps directly from the App Store.
How To: Restore deleted iOS apps


Here's how:

On devices running iOS 11

  • Launch the App Store
  • Click on the prrofile icon at the top right corner.
  • Tap on Purchased > My Purchases
  • Choose Not on this iPhone.
  • Select the app you wish to restore and hit the cloud icon.

On older versions of iOS

  • Launch the App Store
  • Tap on Updates-Purchased at the bottom menu.
  • Select Not on this iPhone.
  • Search for the app you want to restore and then tap on the coud icon.
Of course, you could always use the iTunes method
  • Connect your iDevice to your PC or Mac then launch iTunes.
  • Click on the device icon(should be somewhere in the sidebar), then select Apps > Install for the apps you need.
  • Select Automatically Install New Apps if you want your apps on iTunes to sync with your iPhone whenever you connect.

And there you go! You don't have to pay for an app twice(or more; depending on how frequently your apps get missing or uninstalled)!

Was this helpful? Have questions? Let us know in the comments section. Your feedback means a lot to us. Also, don't forget to share this post! You don't know who you might help save a few bucks... Some apps ain't cheap yunno.
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Airtel SmartRecharge Gives You 10x More For Voice Calls and Data

It’s very difficult not to fall into this temptation right now because it is so enticing…everyone loves awoof most especially if there is no any limitation to it. The awoof stuffs have been seeing of late is majorly for new customers but this offer, is for old and new customers.

Airtel smartRecharge is a new offer from the Airtel NG that gives you 10 times more on your recharge for voice and data. Unlike Airtelsmart connect 2.0 that gives 6x more on the amount you are recharging.

For instance, if you recharge N100, you’ll get N500 for calls and N500 for data. A recharge of N200 will give you N1000 for calls and N1000 for data.
N500 recharge give N2000 for calls, N3000 for data plus extra N3000 for data. While N1000 recharge will give you a whooping N2500 for calls, N7500 for data plus extra N7500 for data. The more you load the more bonuses you get for calls and data.

Now you understand what I’m saying that this smartRecharge is absolutely enticing and the good part of it is that its available for all Airtel Subscribers. Any Airtel sim will do the magic recharge above.

How Can I Get Airtel Super Recharge?

Its simple and easy! Dial *220*Rechargepin# send

This offer is open to new and existing subscribers on Airtel network. This is why Airtel calls it #DoAnyhow.
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Chinese scientists make breakthrough in replacing WiFi with LiFi

Chinese scientists have made a breakthrough in creating full-color emissive carbon dots (F-CDs), which brings them one step closer to developing a faster wireless communication channel that could be available in just six years.
Chinese scientists make breakthrough in replacing WiFi with LiFi

According to Wikipedia, Li-Fi is a bidirectional, high-speed and fully networked wireless communication technology similar to Wi-Fi.

Light Fidelity, known as LiFi, uses visible light from LED bulbs to transfer data much faster than radio wave-based WiFi.

While most current research uses rare earth materials to provide the light for LiFi to transmit data, a team of Chinese scientists have created an alternative -- F-CDs, a fluorescent carbon nanomaterial that proves to be safer and faster.

"Many researchers around the world are still working on this. We were the first to successfully create it using cost-effective raw materials such as urea with simple processing," said Qu Songnan, an associate researcher at Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which leads the research.

Qu said rare earth has a long lifespan which reduces the speed of LiFi transmission. However, F-CDs enjoy the advantage of faster data transmission speeds.

In previous studies, carbon dots were limited to the emission of lights such as blue and green. The new nanomaterial that Qu's team has developed can emit all light visible to the human eye, which is a breakthrough in the field of fluorescent carbon nanomaterial.

Qu said this is significant for the development of LiFi, which he expects to enter the market in just six years.

A 2015 test by a Chinese government ministry showed that LiFi can reach speeds of 50 gigabytes per second, at which a movie download can be completed in just 0.3 seconds.

CHANGCHUN, Oct. 3 (Xinhua)
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Update: You Can Now Recall/Delete Your Sent Message on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is arguably the most used app on mobile phones, hardly you see a phone that doesn't have WhatsApp installed, as widely used WhatsApp still lack the feature to recall already sent messages, Many a times we send messages that we might feel the need to delete immediately, but unfortunately WhatsApp doesn't allow delete feature for already sent messages. However, those using WhatsApp Mod Versions are currently enjoying the Recall or Delete sent message feature.
How to recall WhatsApp message

I updated my GBwhatsapp to the latest Version 5.90 and I was able to recall my already sent message.

What is WhatsApp Recall Message

What Recall WhatsApp message, simply mean is that whenever you recall your already sent messages on WhatsApp either in a private or group chat it will display "You recalled this message" and to anyone that receive the sent message it will display "This message was deleted".

How to Recall WhatsApp Sent Message

  • Press and hold the particular message you want to recall
  • Tap the 3 dot at the top right corner
  • Select Recall
Immediately it will Recall the message from the receiver and this is the outcome below.

Hopefully subsequent WhatsApp update is expected to include "Recall or Delete" sent message feature.

Are you using the WhatsApp Recall feature? kindly share with us your experience using this new update through the comment box below.
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Galaxy Note8 undergoes scratch, burn, and bend test

Galaxy Note 8

Now that Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is starting to ship to eager customers who've pre-ordered it, it's time for the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel to give us the results of its traditional scratch, burn and bend test. The Note8 is the latest device to fall victim to this torture test, and the full ordeal is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.


In case you can't watch that, here's a short summary. The Note8 comes off as sturdy. The glass scratches at exactly the hardness level you'd expect it to, and the handset is impossible to bend when normal levels of force are applied.

The screen flame test does result in permanent damage after around ten seconds (since unlike LCDs the AMOLED panel doesn't recover), and the fingerprint scanner can be scratched. It does however still work even after that. Since the frame is metal, it means it can be scraped.
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

5 Ways To Enjoy Long Flights With Smartphones

Here are five ways your most dependable gadget – the smartphone –can help you kill time, even if you are not connected to Wi-Fi while on a long flight.

5 Ways TO Enjoy Long Flights With Smartphones

INSTALL AN E-READER APP

Surviving a long-haul flight using smartphone is all about preparation; so you need to make sure you are all set in advance.
Bookworms should make use of the many free e-reader apps out there – from Kindle to Kobo – that can give you access to as much literature as you want without the hassle of an extra device (or a suitable full of paperbacks).
These apps of course give you access to e-books you can buy but there are also plenty out-of-copyright classics available to download for your flight: The Great Gatsby, 1984, Les Miserables (watch out, it’s long) and Pride and Prejudice, to name just four. Whether or not you own an actual physical e-reader, you can while away some time reading.

CACHE YOUR MEDIA FOR OFFLINE USE

5 Ways TO Enjoy Long Flights With Smartphones

Your music tracks and movies aren’t much use if they’re stuck up in the virtual cloud while you’re flying through the actual clouds: so make sure you’ve got plenty of playlists and content cached ahead of time. Most of the streaming music apps let you do this, including Spotify and Radio.
Television shows and films are trickier: Netflix has no offline mode but Amazon Video now does. If you’ve bought content from iTunes or from Google Play, then you can have the spare capacity on your handset (in the case of Google, you can choose the download quality).

QUEUE UP YOUR READ-IT-LATER APPS

If you are not tempted by a proper e-book, why not catch up on some of your online reading? Any decent read-it-later app worth its salt (such as Instapaper and Pocket) will let you cache articles for offline reading: so it’s a great opportunity to finally make your way through What is Code?
If you know you’ve got a long flight coming up, then you might want to hunt through your RSS reader or Twitter favorites to find all of these articles you’ve never had chance to get around to reading, or have a scout around for some new long reads that look interesting.


Also Read: The Best Noise- Canceling Headphones

THINK BEYOND YOUR USUAL MUSIC LIBRARY

The best way to speed up time while you’re at 30,000 feet is to forget you’re in an airplane and transport yourself somewhere else using nothing but the power of mind. Rather than listening to music, try drifting away with some ambient sound – Nosili has an offline mode, for example. There are plenty of ambient noise and meditation apps to pick from, though you should check for offline capabilities and invest in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones before you head off for the airport. Alternatively, queue up a few episodes of your favorite podcast, or a few episodes of a new one you want to try.

GET CREATIVE

Maybe being on an airplane isn’t the best way to get the creative juices flowing, but if you are the sort of person who can focus on what’s right in front of you, then working on a project you love can help you speed up the clock a little bit while you’re in the air.

Your options are wide open; install a doodling app, a minimal writing app, or a music composition app. Just make sure there’s something there to help you take your mind off the trip. And if all else fails, you could always fall back on whatever addictive game happens to be storming the app charts at the time of your long-haul flight.   
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Surfwella to bring free internet access to Nigerian Universities

Internet access in schools is an indispensable tool required for the learning process. This is why most schools provide internet access for their students either for free or through a subscription plan. But the quality of the internet services in these schools is either unstable or too slow for practical use. This is why many other private service providers have tried to improve this; and the latest of this bunch is Surfwella(nice name too tho).

Surfwella comes with a different approach in that their services are supposedly free (i.e no payment, subscription plan etc), but that makes me a little skeptical, I mean c’mon free internet access for Nigerian schools? Surfwella has to be paying for these services somehow. This makes me think there is some kind of catch, ads maybe? But, I may very well be wrong. As Olusola Bankole; Surfwella’s Chief Marketing officer puts it:
It’s our own form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is all about empowering the students to be globally competitive, and access to free Internet is the best way to empower the budding on-coming Generation-Z.
So, let’s take him at his word and see how this scheme will pan out. Surfwella plans to start out in University of Abuja before moving to Lagos State University (LASU), College of Agric, Lafiaji, and UNILAG.

The awesome thing is that this service isn’t limited to just Nigerian Universities. According to their website, you can browse for free in Lagos if you are a registered user and happen know the location of any of their hotspots(which are not listed BTW). You can sign up for Surfwella here.
What is your take on “free” internet access in Nigerian universities? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Uber introduces in-app messaging

While Uber has been around for a while and has made transportation a whole lot easier, you would agree with me that there is still room for improvement; well, it seems Uber also agrees. Have you ever been in a situation where you order an Uber and some strange number calls or texts you asking you for your location? Uber decided to fix this by introducing in-app messaging.
Uber in-app messaging demo
Photo credits:  https://digitaltrends.com

Before then, I believe there is a need for a little back-story. Uber makes use of an anonymizing technology to mask phone numbers when you make calls outside the app. But, unfortunately this isn’t available in emerging markets. Hence, they had to introduce in-app messaging in addition to a few other features which we’ll talk about later on,
Before those, let’s take a look at how this in-app messaging works.
How Uber in-app messaging works
The driver sends you a message or you send one first; whichever applies, then the driver can reply with a thumbs up emoji just by tapping on the screen(this makes sense because there is a huge chance the Uber driver will be behind the wheels when when the text comes in). In my opinion, this is an awesome feature; why? For a couple of reasons:
  • It eliminates the need to exchange numbers
  • The Uber driver doesn’t need to park at a location and start honking the horn for several minutes
  • They built it with the driver in mind(plus, it’s illegal to text and drive).
As I mentioned earlier, Uber has introduced a few other features in their app like: Snapchat filters, calendar integrations, using friends as destination locations amongst others. I believe Uber has other plans; they want their app to go beyond just a ride-hailing app.

Have you used this in-app messaging feature before? How was it? Let us know in the comments section below. Haven't heard of or used Uber? Download their app here.
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Infinix Note 4 Specification and Price in Nigeria

Infinix Note4 Spec and Price


Infinix brand announces the release of their most anticipated smartphone this year 'Note 4 and Note 4 Pro' with a stylus 'Xpen'.

The Infinix Note 4 comes in a smooth and seamless design. It also has beauty and strength with a metal print back body that creates a thorough finish.
Infinix Note 4 Specification and Price in Nigeria

DISPLAY

NOTE4 has 5.7” display feature with color gamut - reaching 85% NTSC, With a 2.5D glass, metal print, 1300 (TBD) contrast rate and luminance, exceeding 500cd/m2.
Infinix Note 4 Specification and Price in Nigeria

BATTERY

The 4300mAh large battery supported by XPower maximizes its stand-by time: 2 days for normal usage and 1.5 days for heavy usage.
Infinix Note 4 Specifications

CAMERA

The NOTE4 has 13MP main camera and Dual LED flash and 1.4μm 8MP front camera.
Infinix Note 4 Specifications

ROM AND RAM

The Note4 is coupled with 16GB internal memory with 2GB Random Access Memory.
Infinix Note 4 Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEM

The Note4 OS is powered with the new released XOS 2.2 based on Android Nougat 7.

FINGERPRINT

The Note4 has a fingerprint port at the backend for security.

PRICE

A customer asked for the price of Note4 on infinix facebook page and this was their replies.
Infinix Note 4 Official Price in Nigeria
  • Note4 2GB Ram + Plus 16GB Rom is 53,000 Naira, 
  • Note4 3GB Ram + Plus 32GB Rom is 58,000 Naira.
  • Note4 Pro cost 66,000 Naira. 
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