Thursday, 8 December 2016

7.0 Update for Moto devices

 



Motorola is an OEM well known for its fastest android updates. Recently two of their devices Moto Z Force and Z were updated to the latest Android 7.0 update which made the devices daydream compatible and also ironed most of the bugs out and made the devices much more faster and efficient with great new features like battery optimisation, multiscreen support and many security updates

Recent Tweet by Motorola Officials of Germany have suggested that Moto G4plus ,G4 and G4play are going to receive the long awaited nougat update this month and that too before Christmas. Certainly a good news for the users of the device because its been a while since Moto released the soak test for the device.


The tweet also continues saying that the Moto Z Play will receive the update on January  and then followed by Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen) / Force / Style / Play, Nexus 6

The Changelog of the update can be seen HERE

Motorola also thinking of adding a "Hello Moto" bootanimation with the nougat update to their devices


Feel free to comment below your views and opinions.
Thank You for your patience
Jai Hind!!!

Nougat Update for Zuk Devices

 




Zuk is a well known Lenovo brand all over the world who began their journey holding hands with Cyanogen OS and launching their 1st device Zuk Z1.

A year later Zuk Z2 and Z2Pro was launched worldwide which created a buzz in the midrange by offering the cheapest device to run on a Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Nowadays most of the OEMs are tending to keep their device upto date with the latest Android OS version and so Lenovo has recently confirmed that both the ZUK Z1 and Z2Pro (Z2 not yet confirmed) are going to receive the awaited Android 7.0.

                   
     
The Android 7.0 update will come in form of a new version of their ZUI OS. The new ZUI  2.5 update is scheduled to roll out before the Spring Festival which falls on January 28.
But there is a catch for the ZUK Z1 users they will receive the update as an open beta update at that time and not a full rollout.



Source:Gizmochina

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Hard Brick, Soft Brick and Bootloop Expla!ned

 

Brick is a very dangerous state of Android devices where your android device just becomes unusable like a plastic brick as the name suggests.
 So lets discuss the types of bricks and how it happens and whether they are fixable or not.


1. Soft Brick
Soft brick is a type of brick which is caused by anytype of software problems resulting to Bootloop.
Now what is Bootloop?? Bootloop is a state of android where your android enters a phase of infinite looping of booting phase where either your BootAnimation goes on and on and on and your device never turns on or your device automatically enters bootphase again and again after vibrating and turning off. Both case your device becomes unusable. The main reason behind this is a corrupted software or OS update and can happen to any user irrespective of stock or custom rom on their phones.

All though soft brick may seem dangerous but there is no reason to panic. It can be fixed by any non technical person. Even a noob android user can fix it himself without any data loss.

Fixing a Soft Brick or Bootloop :
For a Stock Rom user bootloop can occur when a OS update is corrupt doesnt mean that the update pushed is always corrupt. It also depends upon the download of the update. So the easiest way is to re-download the update(many sites are available where users post a OTA capture in form of a zip file), put it in the root of your sd card and use recovery to apply the update via sd card. VOILA!!! its now fixed.

For a rooted Custom Rom user having TWRP or any custom recovery can redownload his or her custom rom and can do a flash of the rom which generally fixes the issue. Even a theme can cause a bootloop , in that case one must use TWRP and access the system bis the TWRP file manager to delete the installed app and reboot the device. Any other reason for bootloop pls tell in the comments.


2. Hard Brick:
Hard brick is a more dangerous form of brick which makes the device totally nonfunctional, in some cases device dont even charge when connected to a charger and you cant even enter the recovery of your device. Its very complicated and can happen due to any reason. Some of the reasons are flashing a ROM or a kernel which is not made for your device, messing with the system files of your device without proper knowledge of what you are doing. There are very less or no chances to recover from this state by a noob.

Fixing a Hard Bricked device: You can recover from hard brick by using JTAG or send your Phone to JTAG service center to get it fixed, which means you no longer need to buy a new one. Apart from this there is also a ADB method where you need to reflash your stock rom by connecting your device to a PC via a USB cable but depends upon the situation

Final Words: Its best to follow the proper development of your device to avoid encountering with such type of issues

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Thanks for your time
Jai Hind!!!


Rooting Android--The Living Misconception

 

Hello Friends, Thanks for all your loves and wishes.
In this 21st century Android is a OS for the general and with android a term underlying Android is Rooting.

So,What is Rooting??
Rooting is the process of gaining administrative control on your Android device by which a user can become a power user and can tweak the operating system according to its own will and choice. Seems good right?? Actually it is but sometimes not which we will be knowing soon why and how.
Rooting is something that a normal person wont do to his or her device. There is a common misconception that rooting harms your device and makes it completely fake and un-usable. I have seen many people saying all such rubbish stuff I dont know why. Rooting is just gaining a deeper control on your android device which every user wants to have on a device he owns. ROOTING DOESNT MEAN USING A CUSTOM ROM!!! You can also root your stock rom and enjoy the extra privileges.

Enough talking, lets see the what rooting does to your Android.

Advantages:

As I said earlier rooting gives you administrative control on your Android which helps a lot. I am keeping it till 4 since there are many advantages of rooting and i cant write all of them

1.Tweaking the experience of your device: By rooting your android device you can get the control to do a lot of tweaks to your Stock(as well as custom rom flashed) android device like changing your BootAnimation, Font style, and even the User Interface of your Android device using the newly developed Substratum Engine by various developers like Nicholas Chum and many others and applying some of the hundreds of Substratum themes by various themers available in the Play Store(A true hatsoff to you all for making such things possible). These themes help you to customize your android experience from head to toe giving you the power to change your general android UI according to your own will.

2. Lightening your Android Device: Although OEMs are tending towards making the UI of their devices more and more lighter and cleaner still many OEMs are there who continue to bloat their Android devices using unwanted apps which are not at all used by the users. These apps continue running in the background , sucking huge amounts of data and battery. Most of the OEMs dont give the option to its users to uninstall these apps and hence users have a really bad android experience. So how rooting helps in this case?? If a device is rooted you can access its system and can easily delete the preinstalled apps from your android system which in turn gives you a better android experience and a lot better battery life. This also Frees up huge storage which is like a divine blessing on low memory devices

3. Tweaking the Performance of your device: One of the most important reason of rooting is giving the user to control the performance of the device. The user himself can tweak it by ovrclocking the device or changing the min/max frequencies of the CPU according to his or her usage time. If the device battery is low one can tune to a lower freq for a while or change the scaling of the CPU to minimise the power consumption. If a Gamer Guy is out there he can tune is device to a Max CPU/GPU frequency to get the best gaming experience.

4. Automate Nearly EverythingYou've probably heard of Tasker. You don't need to root your phone to use it, but if you're rooted, it can do a whole lot more. Certain tasks, like toggling 3G, GPS, changing CPU speed, turning the screen on, and others require root access. So, if you want to get the full benefit of an app like Tasker, you'll definitely want to root your phone. 

Disadvantages: 
As I said in the introduction that sometimes its not good to root your device. Now lets talk about the other side of the coin.

1. The process: The process of rooting is a bit risky which can lead your android device turn unusable. If the process of rooting is not correct the result turns out to be bootloop where your device gets stuck in the bootscreen and doesnt turn on. We will be learning more about bricking and bootloop in upcoming posts. Till know just know that if you can't root your device in a proper way it can result to infinite booting.

2. The Warranty:

Dont know why still OEMs discourage rooting which results in voiding the warranty of your device. Some OEMs do support warranty cover after rooting but maximum dont as a result users get harrassed to repair their damaged device.

My Opinions:
So after reading  the post its up to you all whether you support root or not but I strongly support rooting as there are more useful things that we can do by gaining administrative power. If we dont root android then what will be the difference between us and iOS users???

Feel free to criticize me(open to all types of criticism) suggest me how to get better and inspire me to continue writing this blog for you all by commenting down below and following and pressing the +1 button. Thats All Friends
Jai Hind!!!



Friday, 25 November 2016

Google Daydream

 
What is Google Daydream?
Google Daydream is a virtual realty platform developed exclusively by Google for its android devices running Android Version 7.0 and above. Different from its previous VR Platform Google Cardboard the Google Daydream is built into the devices natively terming the devices as the "Daydream Ready" devices.

Will I get daydream on my device??
Google Daydream offers a rich virtual reality experience which also requires a lot of hardware and software support.
Hardware:
To offer a rich VR experience a sufficiently powerful SoC is needed to render two 60fps videos and a minimum 1080p resolution screen to offer you not the best but a decent experience.
Apart from that the phone needs to support Bluetooth 4.2 LE
NFC and sensors like gyroscope is also needed
Software:
The device needs to run on Android 7.0+, a minimum version requirement for the Google Daydream support and your OEM must push the support for daydream when pushing the android version update.

Currently the Google Pixel XL and Pixel supports the Daydream feature. On the side if Non-Google OEM Motorola is the 1st company to push Daydream support for its Moto Z  and Moto Z Force while pushing the 7.0 update.

The Daydream Headset:
The Daydream Headset is also a VR headset from the house of Google made specifically for the Daydream Ready devices. According to Google it is made of soft breathable fabric and is lightweight. It comes with a controller which is motion sensitive and gives you a wonderful VR experience specially in gaming. The headset comes in 3 different colors and depends upon the users which one to pick.

My opinions on the Daydream concept:
 It is a concept not for the masses. Yes its a good start for sure. Not only your device needs Daydream support but also a Daydream headset which costs around $80(around Rs. 6000/-). Apart from that its available on only a few phones like the Pixel and Moto Z. No doubt that the build quality and the experience of the headset is awesome but is only limited to Flagship Devices. Not only that the apps also need to Daydream Support, and at this point there are very few apps supporting Daydream though Google has told that many apps will be having the support by the end of this year so lets hope for the best.

Feel free to comment and share your opinions, critisize and also suggestion about my blog and my future posts.
Thank you.


Monday, 24 October 2016

Android 7.0.x update for Moto

 

Android 7.0 Nougat update schedule for Moto X, Moto Z Force, Z Play, Moto E, and others

Android 7.0 Nougat is expected to be rolled out to other Motorola devices only after the Z-series receive the OS.

Motorola was one of the first smartphone makers to seed Android Marshmallow to its eligible devices, and it has not disappointed its fans this time too. The Lenovo-owned company has started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat update via OTA (over-the-air) to the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in India, giving a clear hint that it will come to other devices soon.
A Motorola spokesperson had earlier revealed that Android 7.0 Nougat update would come to the Moto Z and Moto G4 series in the beginning of Q4, 2016, and it has turned out right. The Moto G4 series has already got the firmware (soak test update) as promised but the Moto Z series hasn't, and this may disappoint owners of Moto Z Force, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, and Moto Z Play Droid.

When will the Moto Z series receive Android 7.0 Nougat update? Nobody knows the exact time frame but it appears like it will happen soon now that the G4 series has got it. The firmware is expected to be rolled out to other Motorola devices only after the handsets from Z-series receive the OS.

List of phones:

Motorola is expected to seed Google's new operating system to the Moto X Force, Moto X Play, Moto X Style, Moto G (3rd gen) not yet confied by Moto, Moto E (3rd gen) not yet confirmed by Moto, Moto Droid 2015 series, Moto G Play (4th Gen), Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), Droid Turbo 2, and Droid Maxx 2.
It may be mentioned that Android 7.0 Nougat has been rolled out to the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One. It was first seen running in LG V20 before Google's Pixel and Pixel XL were released with the firmware.

Whats new??

The new OS has features like multi-window, direct reply notifications, Extra power efficiency, Google Assistant, VR interface, Seamless updates, Screen Zoom, Clear All, Data saver, Improved file browser, Instant Apps, App switch, bundled notifications, improved Java 8 language support, and new emojis.

Many new features will also be added in Moto Display

Source: Motorola Service Center

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

5 Things most Android users do wrong with their devices

 

Hello friends!!!
Thanks for all your love and best wishes
Nowadays Android has become an OS for the general public all over the world. I have met many people to know what they think about Android and about their usage.... and i was shocked after knowing some facts about their thinking about android and its usage.
As a result I decided to post about some serious mistakes users do after buying a device.

1. Installing Android cleaner apps:
      The 1st thing most Android users do after getting their device is installing SO CALLED
"ANDROID CLEANING APPS" which claim to make your phone faster and assure you better battery life and cooling down your device.I wont name any of those apps but you all readers know. These apps are nothing but just crap. They themselves become heavy and suck your battery and show you unwanted advertisements like fast charging mode and bla bla bla......They even send random personal data from your device in the name of protecting your device from viruses.  They clean the cache of your OS telling that they are cleaning your device. The cleaning of cache makes your device even more slower. Now WHAT IS CACHE??? 
As you use applications, your device start storing files for reference later. These files are stored in an app "cache." For instance: When you're using the an app, it'll save images and other pieces of the stories you've read so that they don't have to be downloaded each and every single time the app needs them. This saves you time and data. Then why should we clear cache??? If cache was meant to be cleaned why would Google implement this feature in their OS???
What they do in the name of making device faster. basically they just kill the running apps in your device. You may say thats good. But when you again relaunch the app it takes a long time to launch and also more battery..... DOES LONGER APP LAUNCH TIME MEAN A FASTER DEVICE????

2. Running device on battery-saver mode(Always).

     I have seen many users running their devices on battery saver mode always. WHAT IS BATTERY SAVER MODE??? Battery saver mode is running your android with your CPU capped at a mean frequency. Taking my device as an example its freq range is 1.2GHz - 300MHz . When running battery saver mode my device CPU frequency gets capped at 787Mhz. It turns off background sync which is good.But when you run your device on battery-saver mode for doing normal day to day activities extra load is put on the CPU for carrying out a basic task. This makes the process a bit slow and even sucks more battery instead of saving battery. So according to me running the device on battery saver mode for a long time is not a recommended idea. Yes you may run on this mode when you are really in need to save battery for emergency but not always

3. Not turning on USB debugging mode in developers options:

      A few days ago I came across a friend of mine asking help for his corrupted device due to faulty software update download. But he didnt turn on USB debugging mode in his device. Look this is a serious issue and may happen with any one of us due to faulty download of update. If usb debugging is turned on via developer option mode you can easily download the update in .zip form and flash it using fastboot mode. So according to me turning on USB debugging is a positive thing for your device's future.

4. Installing apps from 3rd party sites:

       I have seen many users using cracked apks of many apps. According to them they dont want to waste money on Android apps. But they dont even know whattrap they are into. Once i saw on my friends mobile that fullscreen ads springing up on the device screen when he was working with mobile data turned on. He told that he was suffering the issue for the last few days. After looking for the cause of the problem for a long time found out that a cracked apk was the cause of the problem. After uninstalling the app the problem was gone. The sites which put up these cracked apks on their site 1st decompile the app and put in the codes for ads and downloading additional bloats on their device for making their profit. As a result when you install these apps they download data whick makes your device slower and also unwanted ads on your device and sometimes even share your personal data. So STOP PIRACY AND RESPECT DEVELOPERS FOR HARD WORK!!!

5. Installing apps as much as you want:
    Apps are the backbone of an OS. But downloading apps like a mad is not a good idea. Keeping unused apps on your device takes a lot of space on your device as well as their data is stored in your internal storage which slows down the read and writing speed of the device memory due to huge number of folders and data. Sometimes uninstalling an app doesnt solve the problem and some data remains in internal storage in folders. So we must download the apps we only want and regularly use. The best way to keep your device clean is factory resetting your device every 6months after backing up necessary data.




Thanks friends for reading this post spending your valuable time. I dont intend to harm sentiments of  users and any app developers.
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Saturday, 15 October 2016

[DETAILED REVIEW] Moto G4Plus using 4 months[updated]

 

 

Specifications:

  The variant i am using is the white variant 32GB storage and 3GB ram variant
 
Key Specs:

  • 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53; Adreno 405 GPU, 2 or 3GB RAM)
  • 16 or 32GB storage expandable with a microSD
  • 16 megapixel rear camera, f/2.0, phase detection and laser assisted autofocus, dual tone LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 5 megapixel front camera, f2.2 aperture, screen flash, 1080p video recording
  • Dual SIM, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, microUSB
  • Water-repellent nano coating MIND IT NOT IP-CERTIFIED WATER-RESISTANT LIKE G3 or G TURBO
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3000mAh battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 certified by Qualcomm
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Usage overview:


The new moto g4 plus is made of total plastic with textured back for better hold and grip. Unlike the previous moto phones this one is the 1st phone made by Moto under Lenovo and hence lacks the curves in the back. The side volume buttons are on right and the powerbutton,above the vol button, is a bit wobbly and has a texture to make it a bit easier to makeout
The phone runs on a stock android with some Moto customisations for user benefit like Chop-Chop to flash, double twist to camera etc.
The device has a single speaker which serves as a earpiece and a speaker both. The sound quality is loud ans good. No issues on sound quality.
The device has 3 mic support for better in call experience and video recording audio quality.
No gallery app is installed so using google photos is suggested.

In this 4 months i got 2 OTA updates from Moto which brought many fixes and also a wonderful nightmode on the camera side
Still the device is running August Security Patch which is a bit old and needs to be updated
The camera sensor is not scratch resistant so better use a rear case or flip cover to prevent scratches
The screen is corning gorilla glass 3 so u dont need to worry about scratches but use a tempered glass for better protection. But the fingerprint sensor is not scratchproof so a bit precaution is suggested
Display:
The device has 401ppi display panel some made by LG and some by BOE.
The devices with LG display has a good contrast and colors are accurate but it has some serious problems of screen burns or screen retention Read about screen burn-in here

The devices with Boe display has a bit warm screen which Moto used to replace the LG display and t doesnt have any burnin issues


Performance:
Having the snapdragon 617 chipset with big.LITTLE feature having 4cores clocked at 1.2GHz and the rest 4cores ar 1.5GHz and paired up with adreno 405 clocked at 550MHz the phone feels smooth on day to day usage and for a normal user its more than enough.
Playing games is also fine and no sutters are noticed. But playing heavy games like asphalt 8 on high settings on the device for a long time (about 20 mins) the device tends to heat up to abt 43-44C
I dont believe on benchmark scores so i wont post it here
Due to the 3GB ram the multitasking is just superb and it can easily load apps after a long time returning to the apps or switching between apps
The fingerprint sensor is accurate to its best and unlocks the phone instantly

Networking:
The device has dual sim support with 4G LTE with VOLTE support out of the box which means u can use JIO sims when u get the phone in your hand.
The in call experience is good and no issues on audio and voice quality

Battery:
The device packs in a 3000mAH battery. During my usage i got 4.5hrs of screen on time with heavy usage which is a bit less for me but good for many.
The good thing is that moto is giving 25W turbo charger with the device and so it can charge up very quickly. But the device tends to warm up when using the turbo charger and throttling also occurs.
Despite of the 3000mAH battery the device is light on hand.

Sensors:
The device consists of 19 sensors with stepcounter included in it
The phone also has Gyroscope sensor which makes the phone VR Ready
It has 3-axis accelerometer, game rotation sensor usong gyroscope and accelerometer for better gaming experience and battery saving and also a gravity sensor
But unfortunately moto didnt include the magnetometer sensor which is a huge setback for users who use mobile for navigation, digital compass and google maps.

Camera:
One of the biggest plus point of the device is its rear camera performance.
 With encouraging photography results for a mid-range smartphone, the Motorola Moto G Plus boasts a very respectable DxOMark Mobile overall score of 84 points. Offering a 16Mp 1/2.4”-type sensor for high-quality images
This time motorola has totally revamped their camera app with many more visual improvements and shutter button and internal huge improvements
The sensore paired up with PDAF and laser autofocusing has made the focussing blazing fast 
In the lastest update motorola has included the night mode in the camera app where the image is processed after clicked and the exposure and ISO is increased for better low light output.
The moon sign on the top left corner shows that niggt mode is on. But it is controlled automatically by the app and not by the user.
Motorola has included the professional mode in their camera app which lets u customise the ISO, exposure, shutterspeed and white balance


The video recording mode lacks a OIS stabilization but has a EIS stabilisation inbuilt
The palm shake picture shows whether its turned on or off and it can be controlled by the user.

Slow mo recording can be done by both front and back cameras but at 540p qHD at 120fps.
Some pics clicked by the rear cam:








A pic by the front camera

I can guarantee you that its the best camera performance you can get from a device in this range.

Problems with the camera comes up when u shoot video at 1080p for 7-8mins constantly. The device may touch 45°C but cools down within few mins.
But if you shoot at 720p the problem vanishes.

Should you buy it?
I will give a thumbs up to this device because of the camera, multitasking, turbo charger support and last but not the least stock android with updates till Android O.
But if you are a heavy gamer and buy device for gaming i will warn u that it warms up on prolonged gaming sessions. For normal day to day usage it is super smooth and easily you can buy it.

Feel free to comment below to remind me anything i have missed out and to know more things about the device.

Thanks for your patience....
Thanks to adakankar pashupathinath for giving some lowlight pics
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About My Blog(Overview)

 

Hello friends


I am Ananda Basak , senior XDA member and a theme developer

Welcome to The Moto Geek



Here you will get all latest news and reviews on latest moto products, apps and software updates

I will also post many how to things on this blog.....

So stay tuned for my next posts.......

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