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All Solutions to 20 Common Problems you're experiencing with HTC ONE M8

HTC One M8 is a gorgeous latest smartphone that offers unique features that make it stand out. But no matter how much we love it, it’s not a perfect device. Like all other smartphones, it has its own problems. We’ve found some of the most common issues of  HTC One M8 and have provided the possible solutions for you to solve them should you run into them.

All Solutions to 20 Common Problems with HTC ONE M8
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Problem: Camera lens scratched

A lot of people have had issues with the camera lens on the HTC One M8 getting scratched. Over time it can pick up so many scratches that it has an impact on the photos you are taking. The general consensus is that the scratching generally shows up on a special coating that’s an extra layer on top of the glass lens, possibly to reduce reflections or fingerprint smudges.

Potential solutions:


  • If you can take it back to HTC or your carrier without a major hassle, then there’s a good chance they’ll be able to replace it or fix it for you. The advantage here is that they’ll make sure the coating stays intact or replace it.
  • A lot of people have reported success by using toothpaste or another mild abrasive to remove the coating, leaving a pristine glass lens beneath. If you do try this then make sure you are very gentle and don’t use anything too powerful. The disadvantage is that you no longer have the protective coating. You could consider replacing it yourself with a screen protector.

Glitch: Headphones not working

Quite a few One M8 owners have run into a glitch where they plug their headphones in and the phone doesn’t recognize them. When they play music it continues to come out of the speakers and the headphone icon doesn’t appear on screen.

Potential solutions:


  • The first thing to is try your headphones with another device, just to make sure they’re definitely working.
  • Make sure that the headphone port is free of dust and debris. Blow into it, or even better use some compressed air.
  • Go to Settings > Power and make sure that Fast boot is turned off. Turn the One M8 off and then hold Volume down and Power together. When you see the menu use the Volume buttons to highlight recovery and the Power key to select it. The phone will reboot and when the red triangle appears on screen you need to press and hold the Volume up button and press the Power button once. You should see another menu and you can use the Volume buttons to highlight wipe cache partition and the Power button to select it. When it’s done you want to select reboot and test if the problem is gone.
  • You can check if a third-party app is the problem. Press and hold the Power key then touch and hold Power off and when you see Reboot to safe mode tap Restart. If the problem is gone then it’s definitely an app causing it. You can uninstall one by one and test or you can factory reset.
  • You could try a factory reset. You’ll need to back up everything first and then go to Settings > Backup & reset > Reset phone. After it’s complete install apps selectively and watch out for the problem returning, just in case it’s related to a third-party app.
  • If you’re still having the issue then it could be a hardware fault. It’s time to contact HTC.

Issue: HTC One M8 won’t turn on

Some people are panicking after their One M8 refuses to turn on, even though it should have power. They’ve tried plugging it into the charger and holding the power button, but to no avail. This is actually a common problem with smartphones and it’s usually easy to fix.

Potential solutions:


  • The first thing to try is just holding down the Power button for a while. Hold it down for much longer than you normally would and just wait. Time yourself for 20 seconds.
  • Now try holding down Power and Volume up together for 10 seconds or so and it should restart.
  • If that doesn’t work then turn the phone off and try holding down the Power and Volume down buttons together for a similar length of time. You should get a menu with an option to reboot
  • If it still isn’t switching on then try plugging it into your PC via USB and then work through the steps above again.
  • If none of that works then you need to contact HTC.
Must Read:- All the advantages and disadvantages of HTC U11 Specs and Price

Problem: Lag after update

A lot of M8 owners are suffering from lag and a bit of instability after the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. There are a couple of things worth trying.

Potential solutions:


  • Try a simple turn off and on again. Hold down the Power button and then tap Power off. See if the lag is gone when you turn it back on again.
  • The next thing to try is wiping the cache partition. Turn the phone off and then press and hold Power and Volume down until you see the Android screen. Use the Volume buttons to highlight recovery and Power to select it. Use the Volume buttons again to highlight wipe cache partition and Power to select. When it’s finished highlight reboot and see if your One M8 is back to normal.
  • If the problem persists it may be down to a specific app. Try pressing and holding the Power button and then tap and hold on Power off and when you see Reboot to safe mode tap Restart. If the problem is gone in safe mode then there’s a good chance that a third-party app is to blame. You can either uninstall one by one or factory reset and be careful what you reinstall.

Bug: Rapid battery drain

Your One M8 battery life is going to gradually decline, but some owners have found a rapid drain bug rearing its ugly head after updating the phone software. It’s highly likely this is down to a specific app.

Potential solutions:


  • Try turning it off, hold down the Power button and tap Power off, and then turn it back on again.
  • Go to Settings > Power and take a look at Usage and History. You may be able to find the cause of your problem here. If there’s an app guzzling all your power then make sure it’s up to date and if it is, uninstall it and try to find a replacement.
  • Some people have attributed the problem to Wi-Fi scanning. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and hit the menu to choose Advanced Wi-Fi and make sure that Scanning always available is off.
  • If you’re unsure what the cause is then it might be worth trying a factory reset. It’s a hassle, but there’s a good chance your One M8 will perform better afterward. Backup all your precious stuff and go to Settings > Backup & reset > Reset phone. When it’s done, be careful about what you install, and make sure that you watch out for the problem returning.
  • For more general ideas, check out tips for saving smartphone battery life.

Problem: Notifications keep vibrating

A few people are getting fed up because instead of vibrating a couple of times when a new notification comes in, like it used to, their One M8 is vibrating repeatedly unless they actually clear the notification. This problem is affecting people after upgrading to Android 5.0 Lollipop and luckily it’s really easy to fix.

Solution:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility and turn Notification reminder off.

Glitch: LED not working on HTC One M8

A number of people have found that the LED isn’t working on their new HTC One M8. It’s supposed to flash for notifications, such as a new email or a text message. Most people are reporting that it works for charging and low battery, by displaying orange or green, although it may be dim, but it isn’t flashing at all for notifications.

Potential fixes:


  • First, you need to check in Settings > Display & gestures > Notification light and make sure that it is turned on for the notifications you want.
  • There’s a good chance that the LED not working is related to a specific app. You can test this by booting into safe mode. Hold down the Power button until the options pop up and then tap and hold Power off until the Reboot to safe mode option appears and tap Restart to confirm. You’ll see the words “Safe mode” at the bottom left corner of the screen if it worked. Alternatively, you can power the phone off completely then press and hold the power button until the HTC logo appears, let go of the power button and press and hold the volume down button until safe mode appears at the bottom left. Simply hold down the power button and then choose Restart to get out of safe mode.
  • If it is an app causing the glitch, you have to find which one. Go to Settings > Apps and take a look at the All tab. Any app related to messaging is most likely to be the culprit. Some people on Verizon reported success after disabling Verizon Messages and then restarting the phone. You can try your apps one by one, or you can do a factory reset and selectively reinstall them.
  • If you’re still having problems and it doesn’t seem to be app related then you should request a replacement handset.

Problem: Low volume during calls

A few One M8 owners have been complaining about low volume during calls. It may sound as though the other caller is whispering or leave you wondering whether they’ve hung up. This seems to be an issue even if the volume is turned up to maximum.

Workarounds:


  • Try changing the position of the speaker, it’s directional and the sound is really only coming out of the left side of the speaker grill. Hold it slightly away from your ear and try moving it until you get a clearer sound.
  • You could also go to Settings > Call and turn Hearing Aids mode on.
  • You could try using a Bluetooth headset.

Potential solutions:


  • Make sure that there’s nothing blocking the speaker grill. Try firing some compressed air in there.
  • Return the phone and try to get a replacement handset from your retailer, carrier, or HTC.

Problem: Booting into safe mode

Apparently a few HTC One M8 units have been booting into safe mode straight out of the box. You’ll know if yours is one of them because it will say “Safe mode” at the bottom left of the screen.

Potential fixes:


  • Simply restarting the phone should be enough to get out of safe mode. Hold down the Power key and then select Restart and select it again to confirm. The phone should boot normally.
  • If it reboots and it’s still in safe mode, try a factory reset. You’ll need to save anything you want to keep first. Go to Settings > Backup & reset > Reset phone and choose Erase all data, then OK.

Problem: Wi-Fi won’t connect, keeps disconnecting, or slow on HTC One M8 

A number of people have run into problems with the Wi-Fi on the HTC One M8. It may be refusing to connect, perhaps it drops and fails to reconnect automatically, or maybe it’s just running at a very slow speed compared to another device.

Workarounds:


  • Try switching Airplane mode on and off again or hold down the power button and restart the phone.
  • Restart the HTC One M8 and restart your router. It might work again temporarily, but the problem could return.

Potential fixes:


  • Delete your connection and manually re-enter all the details to set it up.
  • Install the free Wi-Fi Analyzer app and make sure that your channels aren’t too crowded. You may want to tweak some settings on the router.
  • Make sure that your router’s firmware is up to date.
  • Take a look at your router’s settings, check the Mac filter, and see if anything looks wrong.

PROBLEM: EXTREME POWER SAVING MODE IS MISSING

One of the features that HTC trotted out in its announcement of the One M8 was an Extreme Power Saving mode. The mode would send the phone into an almost hibernation stage, only allowing through the most minimal of information and allowing the phone to stay alive for 15 hours on just 5 percent battery life. That mode is missing on some HTC One M8 handsets, an issue that has mostly plagued United States owners. The reason for this is because U.S. carriers are shipping a version of the smartphone that is running an earlier software version than the one with Extreme Power Saving.

Solution: 
  • Users without Extreme Power Saving will have to wait for a software update to arrive. The phone hasn’t been out for too long, but updates should start rolling out fairly soon. You can always check for system updates by going to Settings > Software Updates > Check Now. The HTC software version that includes Extreme Power Saving mode will be version 1.54.401.5 and up.

Malfunction: No SIM card error

A fair number of HTC One M8 owners have reported an error message that occasionally displays on their phone that the SIM card has not been detected properly. This error often pops up at random and has been known to arise multiple times over the course of use with no real rhyme or reason.

Potential Solutions:
  • You can find the SIM card tray and eject the SIM card using a paper clip or pin to pop out the tray. Reseat or readjust the card, re-insert it, and see if it solves the problem.
  • Attempt to clean the SIM card and the gold contacts on it with rubbing alcohol applied to a microfiber cloth. Clean carefully to avoid any damage, and dry the card before re-inserting it.
  • To add an extra layer to the SIM card to prevent it from shaking loose within its tray, thicken the card with a few thin layers of tape. Make sure not to cover the gold plates on the card. This could add enough size to make sure the SIM card doesn’t fall loose again.
  • If all else fails, you can always take the handset back to the store and have it or the SIM card replaced.

Annoyance: Keyboard keeps changing language

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Some users have had a difficult time with the HTC keyboard. Specifically, some users find they are suddenly typing in entirely different languages. This isn’t so much a software problem as it is clumsy fingers or poor spacing on the keyboard itself, but it’s an annoyance either way.

Workaround:
  • Get a different keyboard. Check out SwiftKey and you’ll probably never look back. You might even prefer the free Google Keyboard.
Solution:
  • If you’d like to stick with the default keyboard and just eliminate the issue with the other language, open the SMS app, bring up the keyboard, and hold the cog button to bring up the keyboard settings menu. Tap Keyboard Selection and uncheck the languages that you won’t use.

Problem: Phone crashes at random

  • Some users have reported the HTC One M8 crashing during use. Those who has mentioned the problem have not noticed a pattern in usage to cause such an occurrence. The phone simply reboots on occasion without any prompting.
Possible Solutions:
  • A factory reset seems to be the first solution to the problem. Go to Settings > Backup & reset > Reset phone > Erase all data > OK to perform the reset.
  • If you believe it is a specific app or program causing the issue, go to Settings > Power > Usage. This will show you if any app in particular is eating away at resourcing and wreaking havoc on your handset.

Malfunction: Camera app crashes in portrait mode

Outside of the complaints about the quality of photos captured by the HTC One M8 — sorry, not much we can do about that one — there have been reports of the camera crashing during use in portrait mode. Some users have even reported that there are no issues with the camera in landscape, but changing orientations causes the HTC camera app to crash.

Solution:
  • This issues has been tracked to a specific app. LastPass, the popular password manager tool, has been causing the problem thanks to its latest update. The good news is you won’t have to delete the app or use a different photo app. They can live in harmony. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

  • Log into the LastPass application
  • Go to Preferences > Edit App Associations
  • Select Camera
  • Change the selection to “Do not show fill window”
  • By all accounts, this seems to do the trick.

Bug: Bluetooth won’t connect

Bluetooth is one of those problems that pops up with just about every phone, especially when it comes to trying to connect with a car. The HTC One M8 is no exception to the rule, and it has its own share of issues with Bluetooth connectivity. There are a lot of ways to break through these issues, including persistence, but here are some that seem to work.

Possible solutions:
  • Make sure that the firmware in all devices is up to date.
  • Delete the previous pairings between the HTC One M8 and the other device. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to do so. After completing the process, try to connect again.
  • For issues related to sending messages, make sure Message access is on by going to Settings > Bluetooth > Advanced.
  • Avoid special characters when naming your device. Make sure you haven’t given your device a crazy name by going to Settings > Bluetooth and checking the Device name.

Bug: Phone always appears to be roaming

A handful of users have noticed that their HTC One M8 always appears to be roaming. This could be a concern for anyone who doesn’t want their cell bill to be incredibly high even though they are making calls from well within their region of service. This is a known bug and HTC promises that users seeing the roaming signal at all times are not being charged for roaming services.

Solution:
  • This comes down to a software update that should be on the way soon. To check and see if your HTC One M8 is up to date and has the latest firmware, go to Settings > Software Updates > Check Now

Malfunction: Email app isn’t working

HTC provides its own apps for the HTC One M8, but some of those have been problematic for users. Specifically, the search function of the HTC email app doesn’t yield results in a timely manner and has trouble displaying messages.

Solution:

  • If you find yourself with this problem, you are likely a Yahoo mail user. Yahoo and the HTC mail app don’t seem to play nice together. The default values are incorrect. You can follow these steps, provided by Yahoo, to fix the problem:

  • Open the Menu button on your Home screen.
  • Tap Apps.
  • Tap the Mail icon.
  • Tap Other (POP3/IMAP).
  • Enter your Yahoo account information.
  • If an error occurs throughout the process, try the following:

  • Tap Manual Setup.
  • Tap IMAP.
  • Enter the following server setting information:
  • Incoming server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port #: 993
  • Security type: SSL (accepts all certificates)
  • Outgoing Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port #: 465
  • Keep all of the other settings the same.
  • Complete the setup process

Glitch: Dead or stuck pixels

Despite the pretty screen on the HTC One M8, there have been some complaints about dead pixels — pixels that won’t light up — and stuck pixels — ones that are permanently on — with the displays. This can ruin the viewing experience for the One M8 user.

Possible solutions:
  • You can try an app like Dead Pixel Detect and Fix and see if it helps.
  • Some users suggest leaving your screen on for 30 minutes or so on full brightness in an effort to burn away the dead pixels.
  • Return the handset and get a replacement with a screen that doesn’t have this problem.

Bug: HTC TV App won’t connect with TV

The HTC One M8 isn’t just designed to be in your pocket on the go, but in your hand while you’re in the living room. An IR blaster in the device makes it capable of becoming your TV remote. But that’s assuming it works, which by the accounts of some users has not been the case. The error message “Unable to retrieve data” appears after attempting the setup process.

Possible Solutions:
  • Make sure your service provider offers support for the app. Simple as it sounds, some providers are not compatible.
  • Run through the setup process again, making sure that you’ve followed the process properly and completed every step. Sometimes it just takes a few tries to get the app to pick up the information.
  • Go to Settings > Apps and find the HTC TV app. Clear the data for the app and try the setup process again.
  • Make sure the app is up to date. An older version of the app seemed to have more problems than the current one.
If you have any other issue with your HTC Ome M8 apart from the ones listed above, kindly let us know using the comment box.



Tuesday

Itel Prime 3 (Itel It1703) : Specifications Pros and Cons

Itel Prime 3 (Itel It1703) which is an upgrade to the Itel Prime 2 features a 7-inch display with a 5 megapixels rear camera and 2 megapixels front camera. Though the smartphone is a tablet, the Itel Prime 3 supports traditional voice calls.

Itel Prime 3 (Itel It1703) : Specifications Pros and Cons
Itel Prime 3

Itel Prime 3 Key Specs & Features

  • 7.0-inch IPS Display, 600 x 1024 pixels (169 ppi)
  • 1.3GHz quad-core Processor with 1GB RAM
  • Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • 16GB Storage, up to 32GB memory card support
  • 5MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera
  • 3G Data
  • 6000 mAh Battery
Itel Prime 3 (Itel It1703) : Specifications Pros and Cons

Itel Prime 3 Hardware and Software

Itel Prime 3 runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM. The phablet offers 16GB built-in storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB memory card. The 7-inch IPS display offers a modest resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. You also get 6000 mAh battery built-in.

Itel Prime 3 Pricing & Availability

Itel Prime 3 is now available in Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana. You can buy the 7-inch tablet at leading online stores in the country. Itel Prime 3 Price in Nigeria ranges from 37,000 Naira to 55,000 Naira, depending on your location in the country.

Itel Prime 3 Advantages


  • It features a 6000mAh battery capacity
  • The body design is gorgeous and it is handy as well

Itel Prime 3 Disadvantages

  • A very poor front and rear camera
  • The Android version needs to be upgraded to at least the latest Android Os version

Friday

5 Benefits and 5 Problems of N-Power Recruitment Scheme every Applicants must Know

As the N-power portal re-opens for the registration of 2017 applicants, it is important we discuss the pros and cons of N-power scheme in Nigeria to enlighten both the graduate and non-graduates.

This will go a long way in preventing the dissatisfactions and disappointments that the pioneer beneficiaries experienced after they were accepted into the programme. An advantage for the prospective N-power second batch.

5 Benefits and 5 Problems of N-Power Recruitment Scheme every Applicants must Know

Advantages of N-Power Scheme in Nigeria


  1. It helps to empower and equip the young Nigerians with relevant technical skills and certification so they can start-up or become innovators in both the domestic and global market and as well make a positive impact in boosting the economy of Nigeria. 
  2. N-power recruitment helps to reduce the current level of unemployment in Nigeria. Nigerian youths will start getting busy with something productive and profitable other than sitting at home and wasting their intellectual resources and also battling with Frustration, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. 
  3. It is a great opportunity for the fresh graduates who are willing to venture into business of their own to save more money for capital in addition to their little savings from the monthly allowance given to them during their youth service by the government.
  4. Unlike other companies that will invite many graduates seeking for a job for an interview and will employ only a few to fill up the available vacant positions, N-power 2017 scheme recruits more than 500,000 graduates. So, there is a high possibility you will be among the applicants that will be recruited.
  5. Apart from the regular N30,000 monthly stipends given to them by the federal government, graduates who are able to scale through all the verification exercises would also be entitled to receive the credit device facility under the scheme.

Disadvantages of N-Power Scheme in Nigeria


  1. The registration and verification exercises involve is too stressful and seems not to be well organized. Errors like page not loading, Site not available and lot more are encountered while going through the verification process on their official website. Though the problem has been reported, there is still no sign of amendment when the N-power portal was re-opened this year. June 2017.
  2. Another demerit is that after the N-power test, only few who are lucky are deployed in N-power programmes like N-power Health, N-power Agro, N-power tech where skills can be acquired while the other unlucky applicants are deployed as teachers
  3. You are rewarded with a monthly stipend of just N30,000 as a reward for a job well done. Is that not too small?
  4. Another issue is that you can be deployed to a place far away from your location despite the fact you filled your location properly on the N-power portal during registration. This only happens on few occasions though.
  5. The Npower scheme is not a permanent one but for just a period of two years. The hustle for a good, secure and paying job will definitely continue for some youths after passing through the scheme.


Wednesday

Is Xiaomi Mi 6 really a great smartphone with almost perfect specs? Let's see

Xiaomi Mi 6 is its Chinese maker’s flagship smartphone for 2017. The phone has a solid and sleek design. It seems to pick things up from where the Xiaomi Mi 5s left off with superb performance, great cameras, and respectable battery life. Xiaomi Mi 6 looks almost perfect considering its overall specs.

Is Xiaomi Mi 6 really a great smartphone with almost perfect specs? Let's see


Xiaomi Mi 6 Key Specs & Features

  • 5.15-inch IPS Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (428ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core CPU with 6GB RAM
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), MiUI 8
  • 64GB or 128GB Storage
  • Dual 12MP Rear Camera and 8MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint Sensor (Front)
  • 3350 mAh Battery with Fast Charging

Design and Display

The Xiaomi Mi 6 shows off an elegant design, which is largely comparable to what we have seen in the past. It will be available in standard glass and ceramic models. The latter variant, complemented by tiny 18K gold accents, is more premium, but also heavier.

At 7.5 mm, the phone parades a somewhat svelte profile. Xiaomi Mi 6 offers a 5.15-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD (1080p) resolution. Although the screen should deliver spectacular viewing quality, Xiaomi could have provided its flagship device a higher resolution.

Camera

The Chinese company obviously equipped the Xiaomi Mi 6 to serve up high-quality images. You will find dual 12 megapixels shooters with dual tone, dual LED flash, OIS, and phase detection autofocus on the rear.

Turn the device around and you will find another 8MP sensor for selfies. The primary camera shoots 2160p videos while the selfie shooter captures 1080 videos, both at 30 fps.

Hardware and Software

As for the internals, the Xiaomi Mi 6 offers an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with Kryo CPUs on this affordable flagship smartphone. This runs at speeds up to 2.45 GHz and receives assistance from an Adreno 540 GPU and abundant 6GB RAM.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 will be available with a storage capacity of 64 GB or 128 GB, which, sadly, is not expandable. Its maker runs it on its own MIUI software, based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Xiaomi Mi 6 will support LTE on MTN, Etisalat, NTel, Smile, and InterC in Nigeria.

Other Features

The Xiaomi Mi 6 includes a larger 3,350mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. In addition to 2G and 3G networks, it can work with EVDO and LTE connections. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. You get a reversible USB Type-C port and a fingerprint scanner as well in the package. Xiaomi Mi 6 offers splash-resistant dual SIM slots.

Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi Mi 6 is not officially available in Nigeria, Ghana, or Kenya. However, the smartphone is currently available on Gearbest with free international shipping. When available, you can buy the smartphone at leading online stores in your country in Africa. Xiaomi 6 Price in Nigeria should range from between 195,000 Naira and 300,000 Naira, depending on your location in the country.

Friday

Latest Gionee S10 comes with Four Cameras (2 front and 2 rear Camera)

Just when we thought we've seen it finish, Gionee decided to surprise us with another high-end Android smartphone focused on Camera quality. The latest Gionee phone is Gionee S10 and it has dual camera both in the front and the rear. Amazing right?

Latest Gionee S10 comes with Four Cameras (2 front and 2 rear Camera)


While dual camera modules have become the latest trend among smartphone buyers, here's one smartphone that features four cameras in it, thus taking the smartphone photography scenario to the next level.

You should Read this :- All the Benefits and Problems of Gionee A1 Specs

When we talk about four cameras, do not get confused that it comes with a four camera sensor module. Instead, the phone has dual camera modules both in the back and on the front. Now, that's somebody would definitely love to have!

The new Gionee S10 has recently been announced by the company, and the specifications are pretty interesting. Apart from two dual-camera modules, the smartphone also features a 6 GB RAM, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3,450 mAh battery, and a Mediatek Helio P25 processor. However, it is not a Snapdragon under the hood!

Speaking about its four camera sensors, it is worth noting that the rear camera module is made up of a 16 MP sensor and an 8 MP sensor where as the front camera houses a 20 MP sensor and an additional 8 MP sensor.

However, if you are currently living outside China, then you may end up being disappointed for a while because the device is currently available for purchase only in China for 2,599 Yuan. This translates to around Rs 26,000 and looking at Chinese smartphone companies' trend in India, we can definitely expect this one to be launched here pretty soon!

Gionee S10 Specifications


  • Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels , 155 x 76.8 x 7.4 mm (6.10 x 3.02 x 0.29 in)
  • 5.5 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25, Octa-core
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Primary Dual 16 MP + 8 MP, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Secondary Camera Dual 20 MP + 8 MP
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery

Thursday

How to Enable or Disable Message Blocking Service on Smartphones

Message Blocking is a free T-Mobile service that allows you to block messages to and from your phone. This feature helps you avoid unwanted messages. The Primary Account Holder of the T-mobile service can add or remove the Message Blocking feature from his device.

How to Enable or Disable Message Blocking Service on Smartphones

Enable or Disable Message Blocking

If you're the Primary Account Holder, you can enable or disable Message Blocking on My T-Mobile or through the T-Mobile App. This is how to change this service on your account following the procedures below.
But, before you enable or disable message blocking on your T-mobile account, Below are the few things you must know.

Things you should know:

  1. You can block incoming and outgoing text messages (SMS), picture messages (MMS), Instant Messages (IM), and email.
  2. Messaging Blocking is intended to block all messages, not to prevent overages.
  3. Message Blocking will block text and picture messages even if you have a messaging feature on your account.
  4. Message Blocking won't block instant messages or email on Windows Mobile or BlackBerry phones.

How to Add or Remove Message Blocking

Procedures:-

From your mobile device with the T-Mobile app
  1. Open the app. If you don't have it, Download it Here
  2. Tap Menu > USAGE & PLANS.
  3. Tap View line details under the card for your line.
  4. Under Services, tap Manage Services.
  5. If prompted, log in with your T-Mobile ID.
  6. Tap the + symbol next to any service to see a description and pricing.
  7. Select a service you'd like to add and tap Next.
  8. Review your changes.
  9. Tap Agree & Submit to agree to the terms and conditions.
From a computer with My T-Mobile
  1. Go to My T-Mobile and log in to your account.
  2. Select PLAN.
  3. Select the line to change.
  4. Select CHANGE SERVICES and follow the on-screen steps.
If you're having trouble finding Message Blocking when following the steps for changing your services, contact T-Mobile Customer Service

Messages that are not blocked with Message Blocking

These are type of messages that cannot be blocked if Message Blocking is disabled
  1. Free messages from third-party providers sent to notify you of purchased content
  2. Standard rated messages from short codes
  3. Voicemail notifications
  4. Wireless Emergency Alerts
  5. Service notifications
  6. Email sent to and from your T-Mobile email (@tmomail.net) address

Block messages from a specific number

You can block messages from a specific number by adding Family Allowances to your account. Once Family Allowances is added, you can change your settings to block messages from a specific number.

Saturday

HTC U11 Specs and Price: Advantages and Problems nobody will tell you

HTC U11 is the latest high-end smartphone from HTC that has a very nice look and performance that will go beyond your expectation. The HTC U11 is superlative in virtually every respect you can think of.

HTC is not only filling that flagship spot in the 2017 U series with the launch of the U11, but also trying to create a proper successor to the HTC 10 to be the leading device of the year. Just a couple months after the U Ultra launched, the U11 arrives with a faster processor, improved battery life, a more compact body, better camera and perhaps most importantly a proper price.

With the big improvements, not only does the U11 make you wonder why the U Ultra exists — but it also makes you start considering it right alongside the flagship competition of 2017. That's something that happened only briefly with last year's HTC 10, and we're going to see if the HTC U11 has what it takes in our full review.

The amazing smartphone features a Quad HD display, an octa-core processor by Qualcomm, 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM, and an Edge Sense functionality that lets you
perform a variety of functions with ease.

HTC U11 Specs and Price: Advantages and Problems nobody will tell you


HTC U11 Key Specs & Features


  • 5.5-inch Super LCD5 Display, 1440 x 2560 pixels 534ppi)
  • Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 CPU with 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), HTC Sense
  • 64GB/128GB Storage with support for memory card up to 256GB
  • 12MP Rear Camera and 8MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE (up to 1024Mbps)
  • Fingerprint Sensor (Front)
  • 3000 mAh Battery with Fast Charging


Advantages of HTC U11 Specifications


  • Body Design


HTC U11 features a stylish, curvy look. HTC describes it as being ‘symmetrically slim,’ thanks to 3D glass on both the front and back. The 3D liquid glass surface is the result of a process described as Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. Highly-refractive materials on the rear display a variety of colour when exposed to light. HTC U11 case is amazing

The 5.5-inch Super LCD 5 display should treat your eyes to captivating images with a Quad HD resolution. It enjoys protection of 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

  • Hardware and Software

The HTC U11 as would be expected brings along great hardware for enjoyable performance. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This 64-bit CPU delivers speeds of up to 2.45 GHz.

It receives ample support from RAM of 4GB. As for storage, you get an abundant 64 GB. You are free to extend storage if you are not satisfied with that already provided. The HTC U11 boots Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense skin.

  • Edge sense: Just squeeze your Phone to take Pictures

The one big feature (or gimmick, perhaps) of the U11 is its "edge sense" technology, which has been at the core of HTC's marketing for the phone — that's why you're seeing the word "squeeze" so damn often. Yes, when you squeeze the U11 things happen, and HTC's positioning it as a new way to interact with your phone that's better than just an extra hardware button or two.

  • HTC U11 Camera

As a side effect of the HTC 10's overall lack of traction in the market, we generally forgot that it had a pretty good camera. Thankfully the U11 not only one-ups the U Ultra's camera, but steps beyond the HTC 10 at the same time. A new "UltraPixel 3" camera offers 12MP of resolution, 1.4-micron pixels, an f/1.7 lens and switches from laser to phase detection "UltraSpeed" autofocus.

HTC is very proud of this camera, and is happy to tell you it has the "highest ever" DxOMark Mobile score of 90, but more important than any number is how it actually holds up in real use.

Problems of HTC U11 Specifications


  • A 3000mAh battery wasn't exactly acceptable on the massive U Ultra, but is a more appropriate cell size in the 5.5-inch U11. HTC U11 battery capacity should have been more than that because battery life matters much.
  • There's no headsphone jack, so you'll need to plug the included earbuds into the USB-C port. Though the audio quality so far seems loud, clear and rich.
  • Snaps can feel a little sluggish. As much as the U11 takes fantastic photos, it’s not quite as snap-happy as some of its big rivals. There’s a small delay between tapping the shutter button and the photo being saved.
  • An HDR screen would have been nice. Both the G6 and Galaxy S8 also have HDR-ready displays, which let you watch Netflix or Amazon videos with more vibrant colours and greater contrast than you’ll find on a standard smartphone. HTC could have done something similar, but it decided not to bother.

More pros and cons of HTC U11 will be updated as the review continues.


HTC U11 Price

In the US, the HTC U11 price is $649 (HTC U11 price in Nigeria is #246,320) -- you'll be able to pick it up in sapphire blue, amazing silver and brilliant black. Buy the unlocked version from , and AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon carrier versions from Amazon. The phone will arrive on your doorstep in June if you reside in US.

Thursday

Airtel unlimited browsing and Downloading with #300 only on all Device

Mtn has suddenly changed the price and data cap of their social bundle subscription plan most especially the Whatsapp plan. Initially, it was 25naira for a weekly subscription while the monthly subscription is priced at 65naira. But now, a daily plan is added to make it three different option to select.
Daily WhatsApp subscription is #25,
Weekly at the rate of #50
while the monthly plan goes for N150.
See for yourself from the screenshot below or dial *662# then press 3 to see the new price of the Mtn Whatsapp subscription.

Airtel unlimited browsing and Downloading with #300 only


Because of this new development that might affect the social App lovers, Prosandconsblog have come up with a good alternative that enables you to use these social apps and at the same time to surf and download unlimitedly for a month with your opera mini browser but using Airtel Sim.

Airtel offers a cheaper price for all their social bundle plans starting from WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Opera mini browser to surf the internet unlimitedly.
And the good news is that with the help of a proxy server called Roogen, You will be able to download any file with your social bundle plan with ease.

About Roogen

Roogen is a free web proxy server that helps to unblock access to some restricted website. It is a very fast, free, safe and secure web proxy that also increase your internet security. Browsing through them will enable you to surf anonymously from the site you visit and allow you to bypass any network restrictions. Another benefit of roogen is that it offers IP rotation for every request and it supports 3rd party HTTP. You can also change your outgoing IP address.

Now let's go straight to the main tutorial.

How to Activate Airtel Monthly Social Bundle and Start Browsing and Downloading Unlimitedly

Requirements:- 

Your Mobile Phone
Airtel Sim
And Opera Mini Browser (Latest Version). You can download it from Playstore or update the one on your phone.

Procedures:-

Dial *141#

Press 1 (Buy Data Plans)

Press 5 (Social Bundles)

Press 4 (Unlimited SocialMonthly/ N300/GB)
Airtel unlimited browsing and Downloading with #300 only


Then select 1 to Proceed and Activate.
300naira will be deducted from your account and you will get a notification message that your social monthly bundle is successfully activated.

Now Open your Opera mini browser (latest version) and start browsing.

To download any file,
Goto www.roogen.com
Scroll down a bit and you will see an input textbox with google.com url
clear the google url and paste your download link into that box
Finally, Click on Go to Site
Your file will start downloading...

Pros:-
  • It is very cheap
  • You have access to all social apps and opera mini
  • You can browse and download with ease for a month
Cons:-
  • It is Limited to Opera mini browser alone.
  • Browsing and downloading will stop when you exhaust the 1GB

Goodluck!
Drop a comment if you're experiencing any difficulty in the process.

Sunday

Must See! Samsung Galaxy C10 with dual-camera and rose gold leaks again

A Samsung smartphone touted as the Galaxy C10 with a dual-camera setup was rumoured earlier this month. The handset seems to have leaked again, but this time in a different shade.

Must See! Samsung Galaxy C10 with dual-camera and rose gold leaks again
C10



A rose gold variant of the Galaxy C10 has been spotted on Weibo confirming the fact that it will go on to become the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual-camera setup. But, if you look carefully, the new leak has the dual-LED placed between the two lenses. The leak that we saw earlier had the flash unit positioned on the right side. Even the camera housing is a bit different. The new leak is, however, similar to one of the alleged sketches which also has the flash between the lenses.

Information about the device is still scanty, but rumors say that the Galaxy C10 could feature a Snapdragon 660 SoC which was recently announced by Qualcomm. Considering the Galaxy C9 Pro offered 6 GB of RAM, we could see the same amount on the C10 or even more.

Recommended:- LG Stylo 3 Plus launched with 5.7-inch display, Android Nougat

It seems that Samsung wants to try out the dual-camera setup on a more mid-ranged device before committing to a flagship smartphone. Hopefully, we will see a similar camera setup on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 which should arrive by the beginning of Q4 this year.

Friday

LG Stylo 3 Plus launched with 5.7-inch display, Android Nougat

LG has finally launched a new smartphone in the US. Dubbed Stylo 3 Plus, the device which is powered by Snapdragon 435 SoC with octa-core 1.4GHz processor, and sports a 5.7-inch full HD display. RAM is 2GB, while internal memory is 32GB.

LG Stylo 3 Plus launched with 5.7-inch display, Android Nougat
LG Stylo 3


The handset features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and a 3,080mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor as well as stylus pen.



The Stylo 3 Plus is available from T-Mobile (both online and offline). As for price, the carrier is selling the device for $9 down and $9 a month on Equipment Installment Plan. Alternatively, you can grab it for $0 upfront and $10 a month with JUMP! on Demand.

The phone will be available for purchase from MetroPCS sometime next month.

Thursday

HTC U11 released, features a Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM and Edge Sense technology

HTC has finally raised the curtains and announced the U11. The new smartphone is a successor to the HTC 10 but comes with the latest super shiny glass design that debuted on the HTC U Ultra and U Play.

As we had heard from the leaks, the USP of the smartphone is a feature called Edge Sense. This feature allows a user to squeeze the phone to trigger various functions, like opening apps, taking a picture, opening the voice assistant, and so on. The magic happens in the smartphone’s frame where you can actually set the intensity of how hard you need to squeeze it in order to perform functions. It seems like a really  innovative way to interact with a smartphone. We can only comment on the practicality once we try it out, however.

The U11 also comes with HTC’s new Sense Companion voice assistant which launched on the HTC U Ultra and U Play. It gives you suggestions based on your usage patterns. The handset will also feature Google Assistant, which makes sense considering that all new Nougat-based flagship smartphones are coming with the new AI system built-in. As an additional touch, HTC is offering Amazon Alexa as a third voice assistant option in certain regions.

HTC U11 released, features a Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM and Edge Sense technology
HTC U11

As for the specifications, the HTC U11 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. It will be offered in two storage and RAM variants, one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage and another with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. There is a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 panel, protected with Gorilla Glass 5. At the back you get a 12 MP UltraPixel 3-branded camera offering a 1.4 micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash. The camera can record 4K videos and slow motion video in 1080p at 120 fps. The front camera is a 16 MP unit which can record 1080p Full HD video, and click panoramic selfies. Other features include a USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, but misses out on the 3.5 mm audio jack.


The HTC U11 also comes with 3D audio recording capabilities, for which the company has fitted 4 microphones. The smartphone is also Hi-Res Audio certified and comes with a similar BoomSound Hi-Fi setup like the HTC 10. There is a 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The handset is IP67 certified so yes, it is splash and dust resistant, but not completely waterproof, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 7.

It will be offered in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red color options. Global pricing for the handset is £749 (around Rs 53,000). But knowing HTC, the pricing could go way higher when it arrives in India.
Via: firstpost

Wednesday

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review: See Its Benefits, Problems and Price

Xiaomi announced that an unbelievable smartphone will be released at an unbelievable price tag back in August 2016. This device was the Redmi 3S Prime, a smartphone that
offered a lot of value for its Rs 8,999 asking price.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review: See Its Benefits, Problems and Price
Xiaomi Redmi 4


The 3S Prime offered incredible value for money giving customers a decent chipset, a decent 13 MP camera, a fingerprint reader, a 4,100 mAh battery all packaged in a metal body. For its asking price, there was really nothing to complain about no matter what those components delivered.

It’s 2017, and we saw the Redmi Note 4 launch which packed in some great specifications. And like the Redmi Note 3 before it, it’s become this year’s budget favourite. Add to this the recently announced Redmi 4A, which is literally the cheapest, value for money smartphone you can buy. Indeed what was still missing was the successor to the Redmi 3.

Today, Xiaomi has announced just this. The Redmi 4 is an entry-level smartphone with a metal body, the true successor to the Redmi 3S Prime. The device features a slightly updated processor with a new, attractive design. But with competition coming from Lenovo and Motorola, how does it perform? Does Xiaomi still dominate the entry-level segment? I think it does.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a  5-inch display, an LCD unit that features an HD resolution with 1280×720 pixels and a good enough 293 PPI. That 2.5D curved edge glass really makes the smartphone look premium, and it feels great when you are swiping inwards from the corners and the smooth edges.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes packed to the brim with features. You get a 5-inch IPS LCD HD display on the front along with a front-facing 5 MP selfie camera that sits at the top, alongside the receiver.

Inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (MSM 8940) octa-core chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz and paired with 3 GB RAM. There’s 32 GB of internal storage and this can be expanded up to 128 GB using the hybrid SIM tray.

Communications options include, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an infrared port at the top and a microUSB port at the bottom end.

At the back sits a 13 MP camera with PDAF accompanied by a single LED flash. Also at the back is a fingerprint reader.

All of the above is powered by a 4,100 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging.

Read Also:- Finally! Sony Xperia L1 is now available in the US for $199.99 unlocked

Advantages of Xiaomi Redmi 4

  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 features a 13 MP camera with an F/2.0 aperture. This delivers crisp-looking images that looked pretty good on the phone’s display and even on my desktop. They were not over saturated, but looked fairly decent, given the price tag of the device.
  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 packs in a 4,100 mAh Li Polymer battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging. What is impressive, however, is how the team managed to squeeze in a 4,100 mAh battery into such a small smartphone. Add to this Quick Charge 3.0 capability, meaning that the Redmi 4 goes from 0-40 percent in one hour, 0-80 percent in 2 and 0-100 percent in 2.5 hours which is pretty darn good for such a large battery.
  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with 3 GB RAM and a 32 GB of internal storage and this can be expanded up to 128 GB using the hybrid SIM tray.

Problems of Xiaomi Redmi 4

  • It takes time to launch an App. You have to wait patiently for a particular app to launch successfully before tapping another one. So, what happens if you tap the wrong app. You need to wait patiently for it to load and then close it to launch the right app.
  • Coming to games, the processor plays well with casual titles, but graphic intensive games will stutter at times. So clearly, this one’s not for power users or gamers. You would be better off with a Redmi Note 4 with a Snapdragon 625 inside.
  • The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with the older android version - Android 6.0 

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Specifications

  • Display

Form Factor Bar
Screen Type HD IPS Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720

  • Processor

Processor Octa Core
Speed 1.4 GHz

  • Memory

Internal Memory 32GB, 3GB RAM
Extendable Memory 128GB

  • Camera Features

Rear Camera 13MP
Video resolution / frame rate 1080p / 30fps
Front facing camera 5MP

  • General Features

OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Bluetooth Features 4.1
Dual Sim Support Yes
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
USB Connector Yes
Available Colours Black

  • Carrier Networks

2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G WCDMA 2100 MHz
4G Yes

  • Data

WiFi 802.11b/g/n

  • Body

Dimensions 69.9 x 8.65 x 139.3 mm
Weight(grams) 150
Sound
Media Player Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector 3.5mm

  • Battery

Type Li-Ion
Capacity(mAh) 4100

  • After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1 Year

Verdict and pricing in India

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 packs in a some really good stuff, considering its price tag, and I think that it will continue to be the king of the entry-level smartphone segment for the same reason.

The improvements from the 3S Prime however, are minor and mostly relate to the design of the device. The problems with an underpowered processor that leads to slow app launches is something users in this segment will have to deal with as the Snapdragon 435 becomes the standard in this segment for the rest of this year.

Keeping everything I have discovered about the Redmi 4 in mind, I think it’s is hard to deliver a smartphone with such hardware, combined with what I could call great software at the given price launch price.