Smartphonetechie Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:49:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Learn to Root S7: CF Auto Root Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:49:10 +0000 With the entrance of the Galaxy S7, root S7 is on many people’s minds. This is due to the number of benefits that come with rooting a device. There are a number of changes that have been made to both the Galaxy S7 and the Edge thus making improvements to last year’s models.

Root S7

Even though the camera setup was great, new improvements made it better. In addition, the both S7 variants do come with expandable storage. Much as the Edge variant does maintain the same quadHD resolution, it now boosts a new screen. Both variants have also got a bump in their battery capabilities.

Also Read: How to Root Note 5

On the downside though, the software side of the phones may comes with bloatware that is bond to annoy you which is why Root Galaxy S7 is essential to help root the device. Besides helping with the bloatware, the Root Samsung Galaxy S7 does also come with a number of benefits to your device such as providing easy backup, getting rid of ads and helping in the restoration of applications.

You should bear in mind that before you proceed with Root S7, you need to understand that rooting your device does equate to voiding your device’s warranty. To help with the rooting process, we will make use of Chainfire’s Auto-Root method. All you will need in order to Root S7 is a few minutes of your time to access your device in addition to a PC.

What you will need for the Root S7 process

You will need the following to Root Samsung Galaxy S7:

  • Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935F
  • Galaxy S7 SM-G930F

Steps to follow with Root S7

  • Download and install Samsung USB drivers
  • On your PC, download CF-Auto for the S7 variant you have and then proceed to extract the zip file with the help of the unzipping tool found on your PC.
  • Open Odin3 v3. 10. 6. Exe
  • Enable OEM unlock on your Root Samsung Galaxy S7. You can do this by getting into the Settings application on your root Galaxy S7, click on the Developers options and then click on OEM Unlock.
  • Next, you will have to power off your root Galaxy S7 and then proceed to boot your device into Download mode. For this step, you will have to simultaneously hold down the Volume Down + Home+ Power buttons on your root Samsung Galaxy S7 for only a few seconds. When the warning that you are about to enter the download mode comes up on the root Galaxy S7 then you will have to confirm the warning by pressing the volume up button.
  • Next, connect the root Galaxy S7 device to your PC by making use of the USB cable. An added message will come up following the connection, which message comes with a blue button in the log of Odin.
  • You will have to press the AP button in Odin in order to open a new window which will be used to browse the firmware file. You will have to find the CF-Auto-Root-herolte-heroltexx-smg930.tar.md5 file after navigating through the folder in which you extracted the files used in step 2. Press OK.
  • Next, press the Start button and be patient as the process comes to a finish. Once done, your root Samsung Galaxy will automatically reboot.

Note: Since the CFAR display code is not yet compatible with the S7, no output will come on the screen which will lead you into thinking nothing has happened. What you will see is the S7 logo only but if you wait for a further five minutes, the device will reboot a few times before rebooting into Android which should indicate that you have root.

Files to Download

  • Galaxy S7 SM-G930F| Link
  • Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935F| Link

Samsung USB Drivers

(Usb drivers are required for Odin)| Link

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Text Formatting and Google Docs Come to WhatsApp for Android Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:02:26 +0000 WhatsApp Messenger has always stayed ahead of its competitors when it comes to new features and offering a perfect user experience for its users. Considering the user requirements, WhatsApp for Android has received a plethora of new features which will excite most of you just like us. The latest version of WhatsApp for Android is 2.12.535, and you will find all these new and exciting features in this release. To get the most recent version head to play store and download WhatsApp.

Also Read: World Class Camera Coming to HTC 10

The all new update brings some very exciting features to WhatsApp messenger. Now the application allows you some text formatting. If you out any messages within two asterisk it will appear as a bold text. Similarly, using underscores will give the italic effect. However, we tried dashes with different variations, but we were not able to get the desired effect. May be we can get this effect in the upcoming update of WhatsApp for Android. Please note these new features are only available for Android version now. The company has promised to roll the same features for Whatsapp web application. Interestingly you will also find the same effects in the notifications area. Now the name of the person sending you a message also appears in bold in the notification area.

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Another new feature introduced in this new WhatsApp update is the ability to attach Google documents. So, if you have some document saved on your google drive, then you can share it with anyone through the new WhatsApp messenger feature.

Apart from this, there’s a new back up feature which will allow creating backup of all your WhatsApp messenger messages on Google drive. Yes, this is a very handy feature, but unfortunately, this new WhatsApp for android feature will stop you from using the application as long as it is creating a backup.

These new features are available in the latest version of WhatsApp for Android. So, head to play store and download WhatsApp to avail these new exciting features.


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HTC 10 Camera: HTC 10 Teaser Focuses on the Ultimate Camera Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:22:16 +0000 We have already witnessed the best of 2016 in Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5. Now all eyes are on the launch of the much awaited HTC 10. The company has already made huge claims that HTC 10 camera will be the best in the market. HTC has not revealed anything yet about the smartphone but they seem to be quite busy in the new teaser campaign of HTC 10, and it looks like that the official launch date is nearing with every official teaser released by the company.

HTC released a new teaser for its upcoming smartphone and the company highlighted the impressive HTC 10 camera in it. The main theme for these teasers has been “the power of 10” and the most recent teaser has also followed the same theme. So, by the looks of it, we can assume company wants to convey that HTC 10 camera is ten times better than its competitor. This is our assumption.

HTC 10 Camera

The message with latest teaser was:

“World First, World Class, Front and Back. You’ll see”.

So, if we break down this message in small chunks, then we deduce that there’s some new feature coming, something we don’t have in smartphones camera yet. The other half of the message quite clearly states that it is going to be the best smartphone camera and even better than the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5.

Also Read: HTC 10 Live Images

Now this is a huge claim by the company. And remember it is not the first time they have claimed that HTC 10 camera will be the best in the business. Last month, they guaranteed a compelling HTC 10 camera.

Apart from the amazing camera we are also going to witness AMOLED display for the first time in HTC flagship. Well, this is just a rumor at the point and we will have to wait for the final confirmation.

]]> 0 Top Five Best Android Launchers for 2016 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 07:57:42 +0000 Your home screen is the first thing that welcomes you to your phone and so it should be as welcoming to your taste as possible. You have the choice to play around with your home screen and add or remove whatever doesn’t take your fancy. You also have the choice to select from one of the best android launchers 2016 in a bid to find the most appropriate aspect for your screen. There are so many launchers to choose from with each providing its own set of advantages and disadvantages. There are quite a number of best android launchers for tablets as well as best android launchers for lollipop to choose from. As such you should be able to make your choice from a selection of best android launchers 2016.

Also Read: Clash of Royale Interview

From the numerous best android launchers you will notice that some are simple in their making and use while others are quite complex. The more complex they are the more options and customizations you are able to utilize. Ideally, while selecting from the best android launchers 2016, you should bear in mind that some of the absolute best android launchers are both functional and have good form. You should also understand that with the different best android launchers you will end up with a world of limitations, specific quirks or methods to deal with. This is because each launcher is set to work in its own mechanism. For example, you should not expect the folders in the Hola Launcher to work the same way in the Action Launcher 3.

Top 5 Best Android Launchers 2016

Let us have a look at five of the best android launchers out there:

Nova Launcher 

The Nova Launcher makes it to one of the best android launchers 2016 simply because anyone from a learner to an expert can make use of it. With so many fans touching on the millions the world over, this launcher does take a huge chunk of the cake in as far as best android launchers for tablets are concerned.

Nova Launcher best android launchers 2016

This is perhaps the case because it can do anything from simple things to complex things such as utilizing a number of gesture controls. In short, this is one of the most versatile best android launchers for lollipop on the market thus far. What you get with this launcher are things such as folder gestures, home screen gestures, in addition to granular icon controls among others. There is a wealth of features that come with this launcher which is no wonder it does have millions of fans the world over. Even better is the fact that even with all the features it comes with, it is still very easy to use and navigate-a novice will find little or no problems using this launcher!

The Action Launcher 3

The Action Launcher makes it to best android launchers for lollipop list simple because it does tend to appeal to many a user. In as far as theming launchers go, the Action Launcher offers users quite a number of interesting aspects from how the wallpaper can be set to how the folder backgrounds will work.

Apex Launcher

As for features, the Shutters and Covers features are perhaps the top two features that make this launcher one of the Best android launchers for tablets. With the Shutters feature, users are able to swipe up from an icon on their phone’s home screen in case they need to open the widget for a given app. This is a special feature in that you don’t have to worry about having widgets cluttering your screen or dealing with widgets that may clash with your theme. This is because you get the convenience of making use of the widget minus having to deal with it cluttering up your screen.

Hola Launcher

The Hola Launcher makes it to the best android launchers for tablets list simply because with its small size, it does tend to fit and run even on phones that are low on memory and space. In addition to carrying quite a small size(3.4MB download), the Hola launcher  does also come with a shortcut that is placed right on the home screen, which shortcut can help with clearing up RAM. This means that in case you notice that your phone is running out of space or is getting slow then you don’t have to worry about missing out on having one of the best android launchers 2016.

Hola Launcher

The Hola launcher goes for simple themes with no individually-set icons or custom folder icons. In essence, this launcher is one of the best android launchers for lollipop for those who have minimalistic tendencies. In other words, it is a great beginner launcher for those who are not too familiar with the world of theming in addition to those who have slow or old phones. All you have to do to really enjoy the experience of using the launcher is to ignore the ‘extras’ that tend to get sneaked in.

Apex Launcher

The Apex launcher makes it to the best android launchers list thanks to its full-features and highly-customizable capabilities. This launcher is compared to the Nova Launcher by many. However, much as the two best android launchers for tablets have a number of similarities when compared to the other launchers out there, it is important not to get it twisted since the two are uniquely good on their own.

With the Apex Launcher, you do get a customizable grid on your home screen, which grid can be independently set between Landscape and Portrait. The launcher provides you with means to customize the app drawer in a number of ways such as the list app drawers, continuous or paginated drawers. On the other hand, in case you wish to set your Lollipop or Kit Kat icons then you are able to do so is your theme’s icon pack is something that you wish to keep to the home screen. In addition to being able to customize the app drawer, it is also possible to customize the folder icons as well.

Also Read: Change Google Play Store Country

With the Apex Launcher, you are also able to download themes from Google Play and then proceed to play around with them in order to come up with the best font, skin or icons. In the free version, you are presented with quite a number of gesture controls. You are also able to independently backup your Apex settings as well as your Desktop data when you wish to back up your setup in Apex.

In essence, with a more advanced themed engine complete with a bigger amount of granular control, the Apex Launcher should definitely be on your top list of best android launchers 2016 if customizing quite a number of things is what you are looking for in your launcher. Besides having a greater degree of granular control, you are also able to independently backup your launcher settings on your current layout.

Buzz Launcher

The Buzz Launcher makes it to the best android launchers for lollipop list for quite a number of reasons. It is one of the best android launchers 2016 thanks to the fact that it targets those who are comfortable with sampling picking out a theme, adapting a few widgets/icons to suit their needs and calling it a day. It is for those who have little or more time to devote to the hard work that comes with dealing with themes.

Buzz Launcher

Following the fact that users generally tend to pick from the theme presented in the gallery, with the Buzz launcher, you are not given the opportunity to import the current layout that you may have in another launcher. In addition, unlike most of the other best android launchers for tablets on the market, you are also not able to start completely from scratch.

Unlike most other best android launchers for lollipop on the market; you are presented with a default list of themes from which you are expected to pick the most suitable one. After selecting the most appropriate theme for your screen, you are then presented with the opportunity to alter the layout in addition to configuring the widgets that are utilized in that theme.

In as far as docks and icons are concerned, unlike other best android launchers 2016 on the market; the Buzz Launcher presents users with odd happenings. For example, much as you may have a 12×12 home screen, your dock is only able to hold five apps/shortcuts/folders. There is also a lack of real icon size scaling which means that if you choose to utilize the default dock then you may end up with an odd looking screen. Rather, it is better to simply turn it off and then proceed to set your own dock at the bottom of each page. That being said, it is easy to see why this particular launcher may not be ideal for those who wish to mess about with their themes; rather it is made for those who wish to pick a theme then proceed to adapt a few widgets or icons here and there until their needs are met.

If you have other suggestions to share then feel free to share with us. We will try your suggested launchers and if they qualify for the list of best android launchers 2016 then we will definitely add them.

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HTC 10 Live Images Leak on the Internet Fri, 04 Mar 2016 19:18:35 +0000 HTC has been in the news for its upcoming flagship smartphone and also for the new HTC smartwatch which will make debut in a couple of months time. HTC has also confirmed that it is going to ditch its flagship naming convention, and new smartphone will be called HTC  10. This came out to be a surprise for most of us but it looks like that HTC One M series has not been too successful. Therefore, it is possible that HTC is looking to have a new start in 2016 with a new phone and new name.

Now coming towards the exciting part, earlier today Evan Blass leaked the press render images of the upcoming HTC 10 which will soon hit the markets. These images look quite exciting and gives you idea of how the upcoming HTC 10 will look like.

HTC 10 press render

Now you would be thinking how the HTC 10 live images would look like? Well, you do not have to wait for long to get the answer to your question because we also have the HTC 10 Live images for you. Thanks to onleaks these HTC 10 Live images were leaked on Twitter.

HTC 10 live images

The overall looks of the smartphone are quite stunning but our only main concern is the thickness of the phone. From the images it looks like that phone will be slightly thicker than what we have see with LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

HTC 10 Specifications

OnLeaks also revealed that the new HTC smartphone will come with USB type C, Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 12 MP primary camera with ultrapixel technology and 5 MP front facing camera. HTC has already claimed that HTC 10 Camera will be compelling and better than the 2016 smartphones like S7 and G5.

So, there is a lot of excitement in the market about its camera already. We will have to wait and see what HTC has to offer with this new smartphone to the market.

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Welcome to WordPress! Wed, 02 Mar 2016 04:19:54 +0000 Getting started… ]]> 1 Clash of Royale Review – Where Royalty is at Stake Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:44:34 +0000 Clash of royale is a brand new mobile game by Supercell. The game is still in its soft-launch phase with only a few countries being able to get their hands on it. Going by supercell’s habit of not taking a number of games beyond the soft-launch phase however, those who love the mechanics of this game hope that this doesn’t happen. The game is a beautiful blend of real-time battle mechanics and a Heartstone-type card game. In it, players must battle it out based on the flow of the cards dealt. Each player is presented with eight cards to walk into the battle with and as the clash of Royale apk game progresses, the wider deck of cards that the player has also does grow as you also unearth more cars from the chests.

clash of royale review

In the clash of royale review, we will check out how the game unfolds. With the eight cards given to a player, four of the cards can be easily accessed during the battle meaning that when you utilize one card, another will be randomly dealt to replace the one that you used. As the clash of Royale apk game proceeds, the onus is on you to try to destroy your enemy’s three towers. If you wish to have an automatic win then you must destroy the min tower. The problem is you have no control over your units once the battle unfolds. As such, it is better to direct your focus on the destruction of the crown towers before thinking of attacking the king.

Also Read: Download Clash of Clans apk for Android

Supercell developed the game in such a way that with each crown building that is destroyed you as the player get a crown. In order to win each game, you will have to collect three crowns. In addition to helping you win a came, the crowns in the clash of royale apk are also important in helping you unlock chests.

Since the name clash of royale apk has the word ‘clash’ somewhere doesn’t mean that the entire game revolves around attacking. Supercell made it in such a way that there have to be moments when you have to decide whether or not to defend your buildings or continue attacking the other side.

Clash of Royale Review: Battles of Elixir-wit

During the battle each card is set to cost elixir. Although initially it is set to generate about one unit per second, as the clash of royale apk game progresses, the speed tends to double. During the game the cost of elixir is determined by the strength of the unit meaning that the higher it is the more elixir it will cost.

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In this supercell game, units are meant get into enemy territory by crossing bridges in order to duke the territory out. Each battle comes with a time-limit however and so much as you may be focusing on strategies and ways to win the battle you also need to focus on the amount of time left before you win or lose the game. In the clash of royale apk game, the players with the most towers get to win the game. In case of an equal win in terms of the number of towers players have, an overtime is set to enable the player who will be declared the winner either destroy more towers at the end of overtime or if that player is next in line to destroy a tower.

Generally speaking, the clash of royale apk game is not only fun but is simple enough to play.

Set youself up for a win!

This clash of royale review can help you set yourself up for a win of the clash of royale apk game with the bag of tips and tricks provided.

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Although luck does play a huge role in the clash of royale apk game, this clash of royale review lets you know that the whole point of wining is to destroy the enemy’s tower. The best way you can do this is by simply attacking one side of the map. You need to pay close attention however to how you initially lace your troops because once they are down they get a mind of their own!

Download Clash of Royale APK for Android

In this supercell game, the safe way to go is to attack more unites at ago. It is better to allow your elixir build to nearly max before sending your troops off-ideally three at ago to go into battle. This way, with the tricks given in this clash of royale review , a bit of lack and you game strategies you will be able to move from one level to the next in a bid to conquer the battle! You will be able to emerge winner of the game as the troops you strategically place in the battlefield proceed to win you one game/ level after another!

]]> 1 Change Play Store Country – Working Method Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:15:45 +0000 Why Change Play Store Country?

Some applications on Google Play Store are available for limited regions. If you want to download such application then what you should do? There are two options available for you.

  1. Forget that application and download a similar app
  2. Change Play Store country to download your desired application

Now if you go with the first option, then there is a possibility that there is no similar app available on Play Store and if there is something similar it may not offer you the same features and user experience. So, the best option for you is to change play store country. It will allow you to download your desired application just like you download any other application from Play Store.

How Google PlayStore Determines your Country?

To change Google play country, it is important that you should understand how google play store determines your country. Google determines your country from the method you have selected.

Also read: How to fix Google Play Store not working issue

It looks at the billing address of the payment method you have selected and determines your country. If you have not set any payment method, then it automatically picks your home country from the Gmail account linked to your Play Store.

How to Change Play Store Country?

There are three different methods to change Google Play country. We recommend you to try these methods one by one and see which methods work for you. If you follow instructions carefully then the first method you choose to change Google Play Store country will most probably work for you.

First Method to Change Google Play Store Country

  1. Sign into you Google Wallet account
  2. If you have already added some payment method then you should delete it otherwise skip this step
  3. Now add a new credit or debit card with a billing address of your desired country
  4. Now open Google Play Store and look for a paid application
  5. Click on install/buy button to initiate the process
  6. Wait for “Accept and  Buy” screen. Don’t worry you don’t have to buy anything
  7. Now close Play Store and navigate to your settings section. Look for application manager, find Google Play Store and clear cache and data
  8. Open Play Store again and now you will see that your country on Play Store matches with the one you have selected at the time of entering billing address

So, by following this method you have changed Google Play country within few minutes.

Second Method to Change Play Store Country

If you have tried the above method and still you are not able to change Google Play Store country successfully then here is another simple yet effective method.

  1. Open your Google Wallet Account in browser
  2. Go to your settings section and change your address
  3. The new address should be from a country to which you want to change country on Google Play Store
  4. Once you have added new address you should remove your old address
  5. To remove old address go to Address Tab on Google Wallet account and remove the old address
  6. It will now prompt you to accept the terms and conditions related to your new Google Play Store country. Accept them
  7. Now navigate to your settings section. Look for application manager, find Google Play Store and clear cache and data
  8. Open Play Store again and download your desired application because you have successfully changed your Play Store country


Third Method to Change Google Play Store Country

Here is another simple and the easiest method to change Google Play country.

  1. Create a new gmail account. Select your desired country to which you want to change your Play store country
  2. Link this new Gmail id with Google Play Store on your Android Smartphone
  3. And now you can download your desired application

We have tested these three methods to change play store country on different smartphones and accounts and found them working. Try these methods to change the Google Play Store country and let us know which one works for you.

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Design a Custom Geofilter for Next Big Event on Snapchat Sat, 27 Feb 2016 08:01:26 +0000 If you are a snapchat user, then you must be familiar that Snapchat allows some built-in geo filters. These geo filters change depending on your location or the type of big event going on in your country or city. Since these are built in filters, therefore, user cannot customize the filter designs. However, Snapchat has announced that now users will have the freedom to design custom geo filters for their next big event.

Before this new major update, all filters were built-in, and there was no option to customize the filters. Last year, Snapchat allowed users to submit geo filters for their respective cities and from all the entries Snapchat picked one filter for each city. However, now they are allowing users to design their custom geo filters for their big events.

According to Snapchat

We initially designed Community Geofilters for public places — but we kept hearing from Snapchatters who wanted a Geofilter for their business or private event, so today we’re announcing something new:

On-Demand Geofilters let you create and publish a Geofilter for your party, wedding, business, or any other place or event. It’s a fun way to help your friends or customers decorate their Snaps, wherever they are!

How it works:

  • Design — Use your favorite image editor to create a filter. We’ve also provided some templates that are compatible with Photoshop and Illustrator to get you started :)

  • Map — Pick a geofence where your filter will appear, then choose the time and dates you want your Geofilter to be available.

  • Buy — Submit your Geofilter. Our team will quickly review it and, assuming all is well, get it up and running.

Also Read:Slingshot: Facebook’s Answer to Snapchat

As they say, there’s nothing free. So, to use these custom filters you will have to pay the price. You can buy the customized geo filter for an hour or up to thirty days. The pricing starts at $5, and there are different factors which play a significant role in effecting the price. These factors are the size of the filter, and the amount time for which you want the geo filter.

This new feature is available in the UK, USA, and Canada for now and it will be soon available in other countries.


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HTC One M10 Camera – A Compelling Camera Guaranteed Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:35:32 +0000 Few days back HTC teased everyone on twitter by releasing the first official HTC One M10 image. There was not enough details about the upcoming HTC phone except for the metallic frame which confirms that phone will most probably have all metallic body. Earlier today, HTC Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang talked to CNET and discussed the HTC One M10 camera in detail.

HTC One M10 Camera

According to the Chief Financial Officer of HTC, HTC One M10 will offer a very compelling camera. He was referring to MWC 2016 and meant that company has watched all the latest smartphones and their camera technology. Therefore, HTC is very confident that new flagship device will come out with the best and a compelling camera.

Earlier we heard rumors suggesting that HTC One M10 will have 12 MP ultrapixel camera with laser autofocus. This sounds like a downgrade from previous generation M9 which had 20 MP camera but still it failed to deliver. So, now all eyes are on the HTC One M10 camera as everyone is looking forward to what HTC has to show in the camera department.

However, one thing is clear that HTC is going with Ultrapixel technology which means that 12 MP camera with ultrapixel technology will have larger pixels than a normal 12 MP camera. This means it will be able to absorb more light and deliver better quality images. So, one can expect quality images especially in low light conditions.

So, keep your finger crossed and let’s see whether HTC One M10 camera will be compelling or a big fail just like One M9.


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