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iPhone 6S, 6S Plus chipgate – Samsung chip vs TSMC

Most of you know Apple has recently launched their flagship smartphone iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and It features the Apple’s latest smartphone chip inside called Apple A9. Normally Apple lets the other manufacturers to manufacture their SoC’s, for e.g. in 2013 Samsung manufactured Apple’s A7 for iPhone 5S and in 2014 TSMC manufactured Apple’s A8 chip for iPhone 6. However in 2015 Apple has decided to use both manufacturers to manufacture their latest A9 chip to minimize their dependency on one manufacturer. By this time Samsung has already started manufacturing 14nm chips for their own smartphones so they decided manufacture this Apple A9 under 14nm, on the other hand TSMC has made the Apple’s A9 chip under 16nm.

In general terms smaller the nm better the performance and more efficient right? Yes, so Samsung should perform better right? Yes, but unfortunately Samsung’s chip doesn’t perform as expected. Few days after the release of this iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, geeks and bloggers have started test these two variants and found out that Samsung Chip based phone has less battery life and heats more. After this incident Apple has officially stated that those two model have minor differences but it will effect only 2-3% of the battery life. However, results show big differences between these two models.

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As you can see in this picture, ARS Technica website did some tests using (two iPhone 6S models) some benchmark tools. According to them if you use more CPU intensive apps TSMC version iPhone will give you 28% more battery life than the Samsung version. and at the same time Forbes writer Ewan Spence mentioned “Third party tests by AnTuTu, GeekBench, and MyDrivers showed that under high loads that demanded ultimate performance, the TSMC-powered iPhone was offering up to two hours more battery life than the similarly set up Samsung-powered iPhones.”

If you are planning to buy a new iPhone, and if this problem is a concern, then you can check the model by installing Lirum Device Info Lite – System Monitor. If it’s N71AP (6s) or N66AP (6s Plus), then your phone has the Samsung chip or if it’s N71MAP (6s) or N66MAP (6s Plus), then it’s a TSMC powered iPhone.

Mobile Security for your Android Smartphone!

Introduction

Hello there again! In this article I would like to give you some important information about mobile security as in why you need such and what is the best mobile security app or apps suits for you. After reading this article I hope you all get some extend knowledge about the mobile threats and how to prevent them. I hope you enjoy my article and be protected too. 😀

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Why do you need mobile protection?

As you already know that most of the smartphone devices use significant level of internet for various tasks, it is most likely to get vulnerable for intruders, viruses, malware, phishing, and threats. Even you sending a text message from a social media applications such as facebook, whatsapp, viber, etc or even search from the browser from chrome, opera, etc you have a potential risk of getting a virus or being hacked. Many people, including myself, are using the smartphone to make payments via paypal or credit cards. These transactions could be compromised if not properly secured . Even if you aren’t using internet much but you transfer files through a personal computer may cause you potential harm for the mobile device by getting viruses and other malware infections. Additionally, even without any file transfer or any internet activity, your device can be vulnerable to human intruders for personal, credit card, or other important data stealing. As you can see, it is highly important that you have secured your device for such viruses, malware and intruders.

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Best Mobile Securities on the Market

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Bitdefender Mobile Security & Antivirus

Bitdefender is one of the most advanced and most powerful cyber security applications in the world. It stands at the top level of both AV-TEST and VB100 security information portals. It is embedded with a powerful malware scanner, web security, anti-theft, privacy advisor, app lock and wear on for smartwatch security. These unique features however comes with a small price. You can activate for 14-day trial mode and if you are satisfied with the product, you can buy it for monthly or yearly subscriptions. I have tried to log into a malware site and it blocked my action and warned me about the site. However, I downloaded test virus samples, which is safe, from WWW.EICAR.ORG and it didn’t trigger as a virus. I hope it is because it known for test file but anyway I made a complain for the company about it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitdefender.security

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Kaspersky Internet Security

Highly used, one of the most reputed and most popular device security companies in the world. This application gives you core protection for free of charge but however, to get all the essential protection such as web security, real-time protection, you need to buy the product after the 30-day trial. It has an additional feature of Alarm that can be triggered even in the silent mode but it lacks of app lock feature.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kms.free

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ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus

Another giant in the device security market is the ESET. This is one of the best security solution provider for PCs and also doing a great job in the mobile industry. You can enjoy the application with 100% virus detection rate, automatically scan downloaded files and applications, on-demand scan to activate at any time, quarantine items, anti-theft, and tablet friendly interface for free of charge. Safe browsing and other premium features are available after you purchase the product.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eset.ems2.gp

Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

One of the best FREE security solutions available for both PC and mobile devices. One disadvantage of free applications is that they provide loads of advertisements. But with Avast, you can enjoy an ad free environment too. Antivirus engine, privacy report and apps manager, SMS and call filter, web shield, network meter, and limited number of app locking features are included in the free version. Premium features for paid customers can enjoy unlimited number of app locking with other fruitful benefits.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avast.android.mobilesecurity

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CM Security Antivirus AppLock

This application I found by accidently. However, CM security provides amazing security features for free in one application. AppLock & vault, anti-theft, app & system scanner, SD card scanner, on-install scan, scheduled scan, call blocking, and safe browsing are loaded with this application, absolutely free. AppLock has an interesting feature of capturing the photo of the person who types the wrong password or the pin from your front facing camera and could be arranged it to mail directly for your email address. Only disadvantage of this product is that they use heavy advertisements. Not much of interfering but sometimes it gets too annoyed and can be cost your data chargers too.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cleanmaster.security

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Other Mobile Security & Antivirus Solutions

There are other various mobile security and antivirus solutions available for paid and free versions. You can try them as well. Personally I use Bitdefender paid version with ESET free version combined. Main reason is to use like that is Bitdefender is a great internet security solution but lack of real-time active threat scanner like ESET. But ESET is lack of great web protection. But combining these two gives me an unique mobile protection for low cost. You can try combining two suitable security solutions too. Avast is another good combiner. If you are already using Kaspersky or any other internet security, try Avast or ESET free versions for better protection. But it is highly advised to be concerned of consequences that may cause for your device.

 

Other great Mobile Security applications are listed below:

 

AVG: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antivirus

McAfee: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wsandroid.suite

TrendMicro: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trendmicro.tmmspersonal

Avira: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avira.android

F-Secure: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsecure.ms.dc

BullGuard: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bullguard.mobile.mobilesecurity

That’s all for now about mobile security. Next time you get your hands on your mobile phone, think about potential threats and solutions you can take to avoid them too. 😀

Happy Exploring~~~ Adios Amigos!

Getting Ready Your OnePlus 2

Introduction

Hello again! Here I am revealing ‘what to do first’ about the most anticipated phone in 2015, the flagship killer, the OnePlus 2. I thought of writing this article because after having this phone in my hand I had some really good experience as well as some minor bad, which is eventually you can solve after reading this article fully. I hope you enjoy reading this and of course playing with your new OnePlus 2. 🙂

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Unboxing

OnePlus 2 comes with a beautiful little red box weigh around approximately 400g. The box is opened to upwards revealing your brand new OnePlus 2 before your eyes all wrapped up in sealed plastic semi-transparent covers which you can remove by pulling one of the pull tags they mentioned. Next you will find the user manual and agreement documents which I suppose most of the people not read, including myself. At the bottom you will find the power adaptor and the USB C type data cable.

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Note #1: After removing the sealed semi-transparent cover, which reveals your OnePlus 2 phone, there is a sticker applied to the screen. Note that this is your free OnePlus 2 Screen Protector Film which includes to your package. Most of the people reported that they have removed it in the first place not knowing it’s the screen guard. So, heads up!

Inserting Sim Cards

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Note #2: First thing you might want is to plug your sim card or cards to your OnePlus 2. Note that the OnePlus 2 has 2 slots for nano size sim card slots. Which is smaller than the regular sim card and further smaller than the micro sim card. I got my micro sim card cut into a nano sim from Celltronics Kollupitiya from a good customer care guy for free. It must be my lucky day! 😉

First Update

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Note #3: Next you will power up and apply all the settings for your will and finally, there will be an update of around 40MB. You will try to update this like a regular update but it won’t be successful as you expect. So now you need to manually download the whole update from the link below and flash it from the fastboot mode. No need to worry. It’s easy as a pie. 😀

Full guide video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NNh6hUVpMw

Full ROM update link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxo6D0fzgjKfQ3lJUG8xdUpkREU/view

Here are the steps:

  1. Download the full ROM from the above link. There will be a 1.1GB zip file.

  2. Copy it to the phone memory if you have downloaded separately.

  3. Turn off the phone.

  4. Press the volume down button + power button. This will go to the fastboot mode.

  5. Select your language if asked.

  6. Go to Install from SD

  7. Search and select the zip file that you have copied.

  8. It will install the ROM.

  9. When it’s all done, restart.

 

Note #4: After applying this update note that you will still get the notification for the OTA update. Select and let it update. You will get the update fail notification again but don’t worry. Your update has been already applied. 😀

Thereafter you will receive OTA updates and it will install without a glitch. 🙂

There you go! Now you are having a hassle free OnePlus 2 handset. Let me know if there is anything you would like to know or some specific instructions regarding this matter. I will meet you once again from my next article about the OnePlus 2 UX (User Experience). Till then, happy exploring! ~ Adios amigos!

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All you need to know about CyanogenMod.

Introduction

Many of you have heard about Cyanogen after arriving of OnePlus One to Sri Lankan market. Few of you might already familiar with custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and many other. In this article you may learn more about CyanogenMod and related information to make best out of your smartphone. 🙂

What is CyanogenMod?

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 CyanogenMod is an open source smartphone operating system based on Android. It will allows your smartphone’s hidden features to activate and bring the best outcome. Technically speaking, original android firmware might not allow your smartphone to USB or Bluetooth tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot, or many other features that your smartphone already could do. It also can increase your phone’s performance and reliability compared to the original firmware. The hardware components can might have that ability but the software does not. Therefore, CyanogenMod will activate those features and unleash the beast out of your smartphone.

 Why Do I want It?

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 You may be having an old phone or you may be having a great phone. For both, Cyanogen works fine to get what you ever want from your smartphone. I personally got involved with CyanogenMod because I didn’t have money to buy a new phone at that time and my phone (Sony Ericsson Walkman – W8) didn’t get the Android 4.0 ICS update. Therefore I had to install CyanogenMod ROM to get the best out of my smartphone. It significantly increased my phone’s performance and features that I can access. Plus, it gave a new look for the phone.

 Even like new smartphones like OnePlus, Samsung, LG and Nexus can get most out of it by installing CyanogenMod ROMs. When I was using my OnePlus One with Oxygen OS, I had a problem with changing the notification light color for certain applications. It wasn’t a problem when I had Cyanogen OS. Mainly you get bored looking at the same interface or wallpaper every day. Cyanogen allows you to apply various themes and even change the interface and gives a brand new look to your smartphone.

 How Can I Get It?

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 Now here is the catch! You won’t be able to get CyanogenMod installed to your smartphone and unleash the beast that easily if you haven’t got the brains to yourself. Well, at least you could read, research, understand, and follow the instructions to the letter. And you need to understand that if you are using a new phone with a warranty, it can void warranty. Of course unless or otherwise you are using an awesome smartphone like OnePlus. 😀 (I don’t know about Sri Lankan warranty so you should better check with the buying agreement before you advance forward)

CyanogenMod site prefers 5 easy steps to install for certain smartphones. You can check whether your smartphone is eligible of installing CyanogenMod with these 5 steps by following the link here : https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/CyanogenMod_Installer

If so you can advance forward.

Follow the link and follow the 5 easy steps : http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

What If My Phone Is Not On The List?

Don’t worry! Most smartphone’s will not be on that list. Therefore you need to do some research to find a site where you can get instructions to root your phone. After that you can flash CyanogenMod ROMs and enjoy the benefits.

Here is one link : http://www.xdadevelopers.com/

Type your device name and search it. There will be tabs where you can get information such as Forums, Root info, ROMs, Kernels, and Tools and Utilities. These tabs will be differ to phone to phone so don’t be alarmed.

In Root Info tab, you can learn how to root your device and grant access for flashing custom ROMs. Please be advised to take extreme precautions before you advance and follow the instructions to the letter. I or they will be not responsible for bricking your phone. Do at your own risk! 😀 (If you got brains nothing would go wrong… 😀 )

After rooting your phone, (I assume that you will also have installed a custom recovery mode such as TWRP or CWM while rooting) you can go to the link below and search for the latest CyanogenMod ROM according to your smartphone.

All CyanogenMod ROMs for all devices : http://download.cyanogenmod.org/

You can download either a stable ROM or a nightly ROM. Stable ones are less features but more stable ROMs. Nightly ones are with more features with some minor glitches. I have installed nightly versions for my OnePlus One and I can assure that they are as good as the stable ones but with more stuffs included.

Then you may need GAPPs (Google APPs) for some versions of CyanogenMod ROMs. Note that Cyanogen can run without GAPPs but you may not be able to go to Playstore and download APPs. Therefore I recommend you to download GAPPs too and install.

Here is the link for GAPPs : http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Google_Apps

How Can I Install?

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 Installation can be vary from device to device. You can search on Google, “how to install CyanogenMod for (device name) or how to flash CyanogenMod for (device name)”. It won’t be that hard after having a rooted device with a custom recovery. Specific instructions will be given by the site where you have got instructions to root your phone and flashed a custom recovery. There you can learn how to flash or install a custom ROM with the TWRP or CWM.

Important Notes!

Please note that I haven’t give you specific instructions or methods to root and flash custom ROMs. Each phone has it’s unique way of rooting so I will not be able to instruct you each and every one of them. Do some research and find an easy way to do it. I did like that. Nobody gave me or teach me how to do these. I did them myself with the help of the internet and my brain. 😀 If I can, you guys can too. May be you guys have friends those who already know about stuff like these. Get help from them too.

If you have an old phone try to flash that first before going to an expensive phone. You may brick your phone if something goes wrong. So, be knowledgeable before you step into the Cyanogen world. 😀 I hope you unleash your beast without a hustle.

Adios Amigos!

EnjoyCM!

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Introduction

Many of you have heard about Cyanogen after arriving of OnePlus One to Sri Lankan market. Few of you might already familiar with custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, and many other. In this article you may learn more about CyanogenMod and related information to make best out of your smartphone. 🙂

What is CyanogenMod?

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 CyanogenMod is an open source smartphone operating system based on Android. It will allows your smartphone’s hidden features to activate and bring the best outcome. Technically speaking, original android firmware might not allow your smartphone to USB or Bluetooth tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot, or many other features that your smartphone already could do. It also can increase your phone’s performance and reliability compared to the original firmware. The hardware components can might have that ability but the software does not. Therefore, CyanogenMod will activate those features and unleash the beast out of your smartphone.

 Why Do I want It?

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 You may be having an old phone or you may be having a great phone. For both, Cyanogen works fine to get what you ever want from your smartphone. I personally got involved with CyanogenMod because I didn’t have money to buy a new phone at that time and my phone (Sony Ericsson Walkman – W8) didn’t get the Android 4.0 ICS update. Therefore I had to install CyanogenMod ROM to get the best out of my smartphone. It significantly increased my phone’s performance and features that I can access. Plus, it gave a new look for the phone.

 Even like new smartphones like OnePlus, Samsung, LG and Nexus can get most out of it by installing CyanogenMod ROMs. When I was using my OnePlus One with Oxygen OS, I had a problem with changing the notification light color for certain applications. It wasn’t a problem when I had Cyanogen OS. Mainly you get bored looking at the same interface or wallpaper every day. Cyanogen allows you to apply various themes and even change the interface and gives a brand new look to your smartphone.

 How Can I Get It?

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 Now here is the catch! You won’t be able to get CyanogenMod installed to your smartphone and unleash the beast that easily if you haven’t got the brains to yourself. Well, at least you could read, research, understand, and follow the instructions to the letter. And you need to understand that if you are using a new phone with a warranty, it can void warranty. Of course unless or otherwise you are using an awesome smartphone like OnePlus. 😀 (I don’t know about Sri Lankan warranty so you should better check with the buying agreement before you advance forward)

CyanogenMod site prefers 5 easy steps to install for certain smartphones. You can check whether your smartphone is eligible of installing CyanogenMod with these 5 steps by following the link here : https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/CyanogenMod_Installer

If so you can advance forward.

Follow the link and follow the 5 easy steps : http://beta.download.cyanogenmod.org/install

What If My Phone Is Not On The List?

Don’t worry! Most smartphone’s will not be on that list. Therefore you need to do some research to find a site where you can get instructions to root your phone. After that you can flash CyanogenMod ROMs and enjoy the benefits.

Here is one link : http://www.xdadevelopers.com/

Type your device name and search it. There will be tabs where you can get information such as Forums, Root info, ROMs, Kernels, and Tools and Utilities. These tabs will be differ to phone to phone so don’t be alarmed.

In Root Info tab, you can learn how to root your device and grant access for flashing custom ROMs. Please be advised to take extreme precautions before you advance and follow the instructions to the letter. I or they will be not responsible for bricking your phone. Do at your own risk! 😀 (If you got brains nothing would go wrong… 😀 )

After rooting your phone, (I assume that you will also have installed a custom recovery mode such as TWRP or CWM while rooting) you can go to the link below and search for the latest CyanogenMod ROM according to your smartphone.

All CyanogenMod ROMs for all devices : http://download.cyanogenmod.org/

You can download either a stable ROM or a nightly ROM. Stable ones are less features but more stable ROMs. Nightly ones are with more features with some minor glitches. I have installed nightly versions for my OnePlus One and I can assure that they are as good as the stable ones but with more stuffs included.

Then you may need GAPPs (Google APPs) for some versions of CyanogenMod ROMs. Note that Cyanogen can run without GAPPs but you may not be able to go to Playstore and download APPs. Therefore I recommend you to download GAPPs too and install.

Here is the link for GAPPs : http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Google_Apps

How Can I Install?

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 Installation can be vary from device to device. You can search on Google, “how to install CyanogenMod for (device name) or how to flash CyanogenMod for (device name)”. It won’t be that hard after having a rooted device with a custom recovery. Specific instructions will be given by the site where you have got instructions to root your phone and flashed a custom recovery. There you can learn how to flash or install a custom ROM with the TWRP or CWM.

Important Notes!

Please note that I haven’t give you specific instructions or methods to root and flash custom ROMs. Each phone has it’s unique way of rooting so I will not be able to instruct you each and every one of them. Do some research and find an easy way to do it. I did like that. Nobody gave me or teach me how to do these. I did them myself with the help of the internet and my brain. 😀 If I can, you guys can too. May be you guys have friends those who already know about stuff like these. Get help from them too.

If you have an old phone try to flash that first before going to an expensive phone. You may brick your phone if something goes wrong. So, be knowledgeable before you step into the Cyanogen world. 😀 I hope you unleash your beast without a hustle.

Adios Amigos!

EnjoyCM!

New OnePlus 2 released

Hi everyone! This is the introduction of the newest member in the OnePlus family, the OnePlus 2. In this article you can find out what are the specs of the device along with what’s new in the OnePlus 2. Mostly in first few months or may be years it will uses the typical invite system to buy the device.

Here is the link where you can participate for the invite system:

https://oneplus.net/invites?kolid=2BBFFQ

 But eventually, after sometime, it will be available to buy in the open market as everyone predicts. Enough talks! Let’s jump into AWESOME specs shall we? 😀

AWESOME SPECS:

#1) Octacore 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1 Processor

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      Many of you may heard about the heating issues that have been reported in this kind of chipsets already. But no need to worry though. OnePlus have heard it too and they have taken extreme cautions to work better with this untamed chipset. So, this is how they have been tamed the ultimate beast.

a.    They have used thermal gel and graphite placed across different areas of the phone.

b.    Two separate processors for separate tasks such as one large quad core processor for graphics and heavy gaming calculations and one quad core processor for light duty work.

c.    It has reduced the clock speed to 1.8 GHz while the normal speed is marked as 2.0 GHz.

           As you see above, OnePlus Team knows what they do when it comes to game changing game. But like always, user experience may different than what they have stated and I will write a review on that too when I get the device in to my hands.

#2) Whopping 4GB RAM

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      From my experience, I can tell, even the 3GB RAM was way enough for my all day to day needs in OnePlus One. We all know that things get bigger and smarter every day and I personally thinks this 4GB RAM would be enough for years. Note that this 4GB RAM only comes with the 64GB ROM device only. 16GB ROM device will have the traditional 3GB.

#3) 13MP Camera with LASER Focus

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      We all know that high-end smartphone devices like LG G3, G4, Samsung S5, and S6 are using a laser light to get an accurate focus of the object. Well, OnePlus 2 didn’t forget to include one too. I personally wanted to buy LG G3 because of this laser focus technology but I went to OnePlus One because of other reasons. But now the need is fulfilled. You can enjoy clearer and sharper photos with the new OnePlus 2.

#4) USB Type C for Data and Charging

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      The world is changing. Latest method of data transfer and charging is the new USB Type C method. It can transfer data more rapidly and charge the device faster. So why use the old and get obsolete? OnePlus Team saw the future and the path they can expand their technology and did a great job using the latest data transferring and charging method for the OnePlus 2.

#5) Dual Sim Support

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      Now you can manage your family and your business with one device. 😀 Both sims support 4G LTE and both are online at the same time.

      Well other features are pretty much same as the OnePlus One other than this one bonus feature. This feature also comes with most high-end smartphone devices such as SAMSUNG, LG, and Apple iPhones. OnePlus 2 nailed it too.

#) BONUS FEATURE: FINGERPRINT SCANNER

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      Now it takes half a second to unlock your smartphone with the OnePlus 2 Fingerprint Scanner. This is more secure, faster, and it is very simple. OnePlus 2 can store up to five different fingerprints to unlock your device for your convenience.

Well, OnePlus 2 is not just another smartphone on the market. It’s worth having one. 😀 Prices are not yet announced but it rumors that it will be around $400 ~ give or take $20.

 I hope you have enjoyed reading my article and got some knowledge about OnePlus 2. Hope to reveal more about the OnePlus 2 when I get my hands on it.

Till then, adios amigos! 😀

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Android – M is released

Google has announced that they have released next developer version of world’s most popular mobile operating system, “Android – M” starting from this month. The have made this announcement in Google IO annual developer conference held at San Francisco. Just like the last years Google IO annual developer conference held at the same venue, Google has kept the Android users guessing about the name of the new version. All we know for now is it starts from “ M “.

So far with Android’s alphabetical order of sweets we have,

Alpha (not a sweet)

Beta (not a sweet)

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

M ????????????

Lots of guessings are going around the internet. Most highlighted ones among those areMilk shake, Moon pie, Marmite, Mentos, Melon , Mint and Marshmallow. Like most of others I personally I prefer Milk shake one and I have a hunch it will be the name because last year also my hunched worked 😉

One thing you will have to remember about this version is that Google has only released the developer preview not the consumer version. Meaning if you are an Android developer you can download Android – M and can play with it. As this is the developer preview Android – M can be very unstable and developer preview cant be tested on any Android compatible device. So far Android – M supports for  Nexus 5 (hammerhead) , Nexus 6 (shamu), Nexus 9 (volantis) and Nexus player (fugu). For more technical information on Android – M visit Android developer site. To get an idea about installing Android – M developer preview see this. Rumours has it that the final version of consumer preview will be released by October or November this year. Some of the consideration in Android – M are as follows.

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Quality battery life

it seems that in Android – M, Google has focused more on the battery life of the device. Considering with Android kitkat and lolipop, 15% battery saving was achieved in lollipop. Still Android was not fully able to control the power draining unwanted applications running in the background. But with Android – M, they have introduced an intelligent power saving mechanism called Android doze.

Google photo

With introducing Android Photo smart app you will be able to organize your photos and videos without laying a finger on them. Google Photo is intelligent enough to organize your photos and videos the way you want. With Google Photo, you will get unlimited storage of high quality photos (up to 16MP) and videos (upto 1080p). With Google Photo storing, sharing and organizing will be easy as never before.

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Improved privacy and security

Just like in lollipop version they have again not forgot about the security features. Normally when we download an app from the play store, app permission to use the device features and components is granted there. But with Android – M, these app permissions will be granted when you are using the app not when downloading. The reason behind this is somewhat unclear to me. But hey, it`s Google we are talking about here. There must be a good explanation for this.n Plus they have also standardised the fingerprint sensors used with Android OS. With these enhancements online mobile payments can be done in a very simple and secure fashion. Their next focus is iris authenticated online mobile payments. It seems like all of our sci-fi fantasies will come to true with Google.

All You Need To Know About Xiaomi

What is Xiaomi?

Well, if you have up to date with tech news you want miss this name recently. Xiaomi is a privately owned Chinese electronics company originated in Beijing, China 2010. It is the 3rd largest smartphone distributor in the world and designs smartphones, develops apps, and make consumer electronics. In 2014, it listed no.3 in the most innovative company according to Fast Company magazine.  MIT Technology Review as no. 30 out of 50 smartest companies and no. 35 in the Most Innovative Companies compiled by  The Boston Consulting Group in 2014. On its 5th birthday, 2015, Xiaomi managed to break the world record for “most mobile phones sold on a single online platform in 24 hours”, by selling 2,112,010 handsets through its direct-to-customer website Mi.com. Interesting isn’t it? 😀

What is MIUI?

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Did you know that most smartphone companies have their own UI (User Interface) within Android OS? For example, Samsung has TouchWiz, HTC has Sense, OnePlus currently has two OS: CyanogenMod 12 and OxygenOS, ect. These are all Android Systems but with unique features. MIUI is the Xiaomi’s unique Android OS. Since it is Android, you don’t have to worry about all the synchronization facilities. What MIUI gives you additionally is cool features with customization. Furthermore, it has its own cloud storage like iCloud or Google Drive, with a storage of 5GB free of charge. Finally, it comes with its own security system to protect your smartphone from threats.

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OK! So what’s it for me?

Xiaomi provides cost effective  ~ hi-tech smartphones, smartphone accessories, and electronic items. It is highly popular in China and continues to grow their popularity throughout the world. Xiaomi’s concept is highly likely to Apple’s therefore, competitiveness will provide more quality and more wider range of consumer products to mingle with. If you are looking forward to be a part of a giant company, I think this will be a good opportunity to explore by taking a one simple step.

~ Happy Exploring!

Mobile platform considerations. iOs vs Android vs Windows mobile

Mobile phones are everywhere. Every nook and corner you can easily find a mobile phone, most probably a smart phone. There was a time that you worry about your phones appearance rather than its functionality and inner workings. Flippable, side kick, colored screen phones were most peoples choice back then. Now the things have changed. It matters what kind of phone you are using or on what kind of OS its running, what kinds of apps its supporting or does it has a good hardware spec. These are really important matters to consider whether you are a developer who wants to build mobile apps or a user who want to buy a good smart phone to use. This is  a really good overview of iOs,Android and Windows mobile that can be a good starting point to free from the “best mobile OS dilemma”. Inforgraphy credit goes to nerdgraph.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge

Back in 2012 Samsung overtook “Nokia” the mobile leader for 14 years. And Samsung announced best profits in that year too. Since 2008 Samsung has allocated a lot of money for mobile research and development. From that year they have gained mobile share, quarter by quarter and year by year till 2012.  Yep,  since 2012 to the present year Samsung is not doing well. For that there are so many reasons behind it. Some say their Android Touchwiz is too complicated and laggy, so much bloatware, (so much replica phones it’s my personal thought) etc etc. But I think Samsung has understood the consumer needs and problems and recently they have promised they will remove every unwanted software and that they will polish the OS for better user experience.

Samsung mobile market share

Few days back Samsung has announced their flagship Android phone Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at Mobile World Congress. It’s a totally redesigned phone, Samsung has finally got rid of manufacturing most of the mobile parts from plastic and they have started manufacturing with glass and the metal. So here is the spec walk through for both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge just scroll down to see.

 

Samsung galaxy S6 features a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED screen with 2560 X 1440 (577PPI) resolution. According to Gsmarena it has little over 70% screen to body ratio, only 7mm in thickness, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides which protects the phone from scratching, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB internal storage ( no SD card slot this time), 3GB RAM for better multitasking, comes with latest Android OS Lollipop 5.02, 16 Megapixel rear camera and 5 Megapixel front camera and 2550mAh battery.

 

As you can see those specs are really up-to date and can fight against other vendors, but let me talk about the SoC which powered the S6 and S6 Edge. This is the place where Samsung is way ahead when comparing to others. Since the release of the Galaxy S2, Galaxy devices are powered by Samsung’s own SoC called Exynos. Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are powered by Exynos 7420 which is a octa core processor with big.LITTLE concept, it has 4 X A57 64bit cores at 2.1GHz and 4 X A53 efficient 64bit cores running at 1.5GHz. The important thing about this SoC is that it’s manufactured under 14nm fabrication process. Just for your reference the lower the nm number means it has more processing power and it’s more efficient. For e.g. the world’s leading SoC manufacturer’s Snapdragon 810 64bit SoC is fabricated under 20nm process. As you can see, Samsung clearly has the edge for the processing power and efficiently. Another thing I should mention about this SoC are the GPU and RAM. It’s powered by ARM Mali-T760 MP8 ( eight GPU cores running at 772MHz which is a really powerful GPU it can run anything you throw at it) and 1552MHz LPDDR4 RAM.

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Let’s move on to Galaxy S6 Edge, this flagship device have double side curved display. Samsung has specially designed their TouchWiz Android software to take advantage on those curved edge. I personally love that design, specially with both side curved  and not the single curved Galaxy Note Edge design. I watched the MKBHD’s (Youtube tech gadget reviewer) Galaxy S6 Edge first impression video, and he mentioned that those curved edges are nice and the Lollipop material designed app’s swipe from the cover feature works beautifully. Other than that this phone has really similar features to S6. Same processor, same RAM and the same 16 Megapixel camera. Only the battery is a bit bigger, where the S6 Edge has a 2600mAh capacity battery.

Now we can clearly see Samsung moving in-to big change. They really want to catch back on their mobile market share and they want to fight back with the other big vendors like Apple and  Xiaomi phones.

5 Major Reasons To Buy OnePlus One

In this article, I am going to let you know 5 major reasons why I bought OnePlus One. I know it is a new hit to Sri Lanka but some of you even don’t know about the OnePlus. But I have known OnePlus from the beginning and I have used some of their developer ROMs for years and I think I have enough experience to review OnePlus One. Some of the devices I have used are named for your references. (Xperia X8 with – Cyanogen custom ROM, iPhone 3G – Custom ROM, Zigo Eon 5i, Micromax A110 – Custom ROM, Samsung Galaxy S4.)

#1) Long Lasting Battery Life

Main reason for me to buy OnePlus One is the 3100mAh battery. What is it worth if youhave all features and geared up smartphone, if you cannot use it at least for a day? This is the 3rd month I am using OnePlus and I have never wanted to charge my phone twice a day. Never worried about turning on data all the time and surf the web, use google maps, take pictures in high quality whenever I feel taking one, and having my GPS on all the time. This massive battery life gives you the opportunity to enjoy all your loving features in a single charge!

#2) Hardcore Hardware Specs

2.5 Quad Core Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB or 64GB (which I have) Storage, 13MP Rear and 5MP Front Camera, 5.5” 1080P display, slim and sleek design… What else do you need? These amazing hardware specs gives you a glitch less smartphone that you will fall in love within seconds.

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#3) Amazing Camera

13MP rear camera gives you the freedom to capture your lovely moments in best quality.The camera comes with 6 physical lenses so that your photos will be really sharp and very detailed. 5MP of front camera will take you to next level of selfie shoot outs. And guess what?You have more than 25 modes collection to choose from. Auto, Night, Sunset, Mono, Flowers,Landscape, and fireworks are some of them.

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#4) Software Flexibility

There are many… I may not be able to discuss all in this article but I will promise you to unleash all in a separate article. For now, I will point out 5 major features. 😀 Firstly, OnePlus One comes with Android Kitkat 4.4 and it has their own OS version called, Cyanogen 11S. Most recent and anticipated version of Android Lollipop 5.0 with Oxygen OS has been announced and soon it will be released to the market for free to download.But hey! If you can do some research and find some custom ROMs from XDA Developers, you can enjoy numerous custom ROMs including Lollipop Update. This is why their Never Settle concept is and warranty won’t void for trying out new custom ROMs.Secondly, OnePlus comes with simple preloaded applications. Which means you won’t find much preinstalled apps, sometimes that you get from other phones, that you will never use.Thirdly, you can choose from on screen buttons or capacitive keys. It’s your choice. I think this is a big relief and good concept by OnePlus team allowing the user to handle the phone the way user like, other than the other way around. Fourthly, tap to unlock mode. I prefer this method rather than pressing the power buttons. It is fun and safe way to unlock your smartphone. Finally, the theme collection. Before I bought OnePlus One, I was thinking about LG G3 and Samsung S5. I liked the way they look but I knew I would be looking at the same screen animations, same settings screen, for months and I would be bored. Luckily, OnePlus can change into any beast I like so bought the OnePlus. Massive collection of themes will allow you to have a new look for the phone and change how it looks the way you like. So you won’t get bored looking into the same screen, same animations, over and over again.

#5) Price vs Specs

Yes! Features are good. Specs are good. What good in it if you cannot afford it? Majority of the market with the same specs smartphone would cost more than USD $600. But OnePlus One starts from USD $ 299. Like I said, I was looking at LG G3 and Samsung S5 before I bought OnePlus One. Both smartphones are costly. Yes, they have some additional apps and features than OnePlus, but the question is; are you going to use all those features in day to day life? If not, then why pay more?

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These are my personal views and experiences. Your preferences may differ than me. Any how, it is better to know your device before you buy one. I always google, read articles, and get the full knowledge about the product before I buy one. If you don’t have time, ask your friends those who have the product you like. I hope I have helped you to know little bit about OnePlus One. I’m sure your may find more than5 reasons so start exploring! 🙂