iPhones Still Popular Among Teens

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In terms of flexibility, affordability and sheer performance no smartphone operating system can beat Android. This OS can run on different platforms, may it be cheap entry level phones to the costly yet very powerful flagship smartphones. This operating system is used on multimedia set tops and it can even run on your old desktops thanks to Jive’s Remix OS. But why does a lot of people still prefer getting an iPhone when we all know that it is an overpriced phone with lots of limitations.

iPhones may look cool to some but we have to admit that there are a lot of Android smartphones which are par or even better than the iPhone in the looks department.
We can safely say that Apple, or the late Steve Jobs, was a marketing genius. He had put this phone in the position where people will think that they are in or cool if you own any devices sold by Apple. This trend has come a long way and still shows no signs of waning.

According to Piper Jaffray’s recent survey, 65% of the 6500 teens they questioned wanted their next phone to be an iPhone. These teens cited that the reason for them wanting a new iPhone is its “ease of use”.

It is true that it is easy to use but Android phones are not difficult to use too. I have used iDevices in the past and found that its simplicity is in fact limiting. You can have a mid-end phone and overclock it using Android rooting techniques and you’d be getting flagship performance. You can’t do that on an iPhone 5C.

With its massive price, I still think the iPhone is not bang for our bucks. I mean the phone is totally not bad as it has its strong points but with Android you wouldn’t need to pay top dollar to get a phone that does everything that the iPhone can do. Take for example a Motorola E 4G which is priced at a measly £77 pounds, this phone can be optimized using Android rooting methods and could perform at a top tier level. Compared to the iPhone 6’s £539 price tag, you’d be saving a lot of money getting the Moto E.

We can’t really dictate people into getting cheaper phones but with how the world rolls today, it is best to have a few extra bucks in our pockets.

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The Blu Life One X

BLU-Life-One-X-hands-onThe next phone that we will feature in our “Best Budget Phone” series is the Blu Life One X. Blu is a smartphone manufacturing company with headquarters in Miami, Florida. This company have been around since 2009 and recently was able to gain more chunks in the US smartphone market with their very affordable and contract-less android smartphones. They also have started to penetrate and have their presence felt in emerging markets in South America, South East Asia, Africa, and Europe. The company is now venturing into mid-tiered phones that can equal the computing power of those high-end flagship phones.

The Blu Life One X does pack a solid punch. It has a MediaTek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.3Ghz. It does have a measly 2GB RAM which is quite low by today’s standards . The phone can still run faster if overclocked via android rooting. It comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop with a planned upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a roomy 16GB internal storage which can be expanded to 64GB externally via a MicroSD card. This phone is also LTE ready. It has a 13MP rear facing camera with autofocus and a LED flash. It also has a decent 5MP front facing camera.

This phone has a 5.2 inch display made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which makes it scratchproof. Resolution can go up to 1080 x 1920 pixes with a 424 ppi (pixel per inch) density which is more than good enough for a mid-end phone. Battery life should be no problem as this android smartphone has a 2900mAh Li-Ion battery.

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On paper, the phone’s specification is designed to perform well but it is even more impressive when tested with real world use. Priced at $184.99, this phone is definitely bang for the buck and i would recommend it to everyone who wants to have a daily driver phone that performs well but won’t burn a big hole as big as the ozone layer on your budget.

Last year, we saw the improvement of budget smartphones. From being the last choice for us consumers, mid-end phone sales have been slowly but surely climbing up because they can now perform at par levels with the expensive flagship phones. Android rooting has also played a big role in this trend because rooted mid-end phones can run faster and can make them more efficient. A healthy competition from emerging smartphone companies has also made pricing very competitive. A combination of good performance and very good pricing has really enticed a lot of consumers to get budget smartphones.

Take your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935F) to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

gsmarena_011Android introduced by Google, is now considered as one of the most buzzing platforms for mobile operating system. It has changed the era of previous leading platforms like iOS. It has gained remarkable popularity across the globe in the field of mobile applications. The main reason behind this familiarity is the convenience offered by this platform to design stylish and wonderful utility applications that make our daily life easier.

Google has recently released the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow which is considered to be more convenient to the users. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is mainly focused on improving the user experience of Lollipop by bringing a change in architecture, flexibility, power management, fingerprint improvement, USB connectors, MicroSD and in many other internal aspects.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge which is by default centered on Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) can now be upgraded to latest Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow). Users of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can easily perform this upgradation via the system update from the manufacturer.

What is new to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow?

A longer battery life

The latest version of android ensures a longer battery life for your mobile phone. Google says it “A battery that works smarter, not harder”. Battery is the heart of your mobile phone. You may have lots of features on your phone, but they are useless if your phone is turned off due to power shortage. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow saves your battery and ensures you a longer using experience than before. When you sleep, your phone also sleeps. ‘Doze’ will automatically do this for you. Moreover, the new ‘App Standby’ feature saves battery by limiting the number of standby apps on your phone. So no more battery drainage!

Enhanced security with fingerprint

What a boring task is it when you have to put password each time to unlock your phone? Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow offers you a better way to skip the boring situation. You can now unlock your phone with your fingerprint. This is easy and secured!

Easy and convenient root access

Users of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935F) can easily root their phones on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow stock firmware by using CF-Auto-root. The latest update of the operating system makes rooting easy.

CF-Auto-root has developed a custom root support that emerges a simple way of rooting Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Despite the complexities of rooting procedures, this new root support of Android 6.0.1 is determined to deliver the root facilities to its user in a more convenient manner.

Moreover, a lot of other exciting features are waiting for you in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. To take a look over them, upgrade your phone today!

LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Xiaomi Mi 5

It seems that our choices for our next android smartphones have been laid out before our eyes. Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi have already unveiled and released their newest flag carriers. Here comes the problem for us buyers. Most of us, if not all, would like to take  all three android flagship phones home but sadly we can only afford one. If only money was no problem then we could buy all 3 and test them out simultaneously.  It just so happened that we are all not floating in cash so we have to choose one and we have to choose wisely. For now the best choices we have are the LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the Xiaomi Mi5.

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Let’s start with the LG G5. At first glance, you’d immediately notice that this android flagship phone looks like a cross between the iPhone 6S and the Samsung Galaxy S7. It looks elegant rather plain but if you examine it carefully, you’ll see that LG has put the best materials available on this metallic unibody piece of art. All variants have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and the best Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) the Adreno line has to offer. There is no doubt that this is one powerful phone.  But what does this phone have that the others don’t possess? This android phone’s designers worked out ways for it to accept hardware attachments to improve some of the G5’s functions. There is one attachment that enhances the camera and also provides additional battery. LG phones also have good android rooting support.

Samsung’s bet, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is  beast. Speedwise, it performs same if not a bit better than the G5. The Galaxy S7 has the best resolution and screen. If you decide on looks alone, the Galaxy is the clear runaway winner. One takeaway for the S7 is its software. Samsung has always been at the forefront of developing software for android phones. The only lousy software that they have made is their Swiftkey keyboard software. If you want to find a phone that has easy android rooting steps, then Samsung is for you.

If you are on a tight budget but still want to experience having a flagship phone, get the Xiaomi Mi5. Nobody can beat Xiaomi’s pricing. In all smartphone segments, Xiaomi has always priced their phones competitively. The Mi5 also uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as with the G5 and S7. The only drawback about this phone is its software package is not as advanced as its competitor. Android rooting could also be pain with Xiaomi phones.

Video Leak of Samsung Galaxy S7

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An Indonesian site has leaked the images and a video of the upcoming flagship phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S7. The video starring the Indonesian archer Dellie Threesyadinda, featured a Samsung phone which is believed to be the Galaxy S7 since it does not match any other previous Samsung phones.   The phone that was featured had wireless charging (which is very good), enhanced camera, and was at least a bit of waterproof as the phone was not affected by the downpour of rain. This is very good news for people who have been wanting to get Samsung’s newest flagship phone.  Its ruggedness and almost all metal design will definitely bring more allure to the phone.

According to reliable sources, these phone will feature monster innards. It is rumored to have an octacore processor on either Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or Samsung’s in-house Exynos chips paired with an Adreno 530 Graphics processing unit. It will have at least 4GB RAM and at least 64GB storage. Yes, that is a whopping 64GB! Who could have thought phones would go this far. Imagine if you can overclock this phone using Android rooting methods.  Good news is that Samsung has brought the expandable storage back from the dead which will support up to 200GB of data. The phone will have a competition killing camera based on the recent video leak.  It is also rumored to have a fingerprint sensor as Google has finally released the fingerprint API to be integrated in Android 6.0 Lollipop.

With all the goodies that the phone comes with, some experts are really baffled why Samsung held out on the USB Type-C socket. The company is still sticking their bets on the Micro USB slot. Other flagship Android smartphones like the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, OnePlus Two and computers like the Chromebook Pixel 2  and the MacBook has already jumped to the USB Type-C port last year. Why won’t Samsung take the plunge? We all know that the USB Type-C will overtake the MicroUSB as the preferred port of the near future, so why hold back?

Will buyers still consider buying the Samsung Galaxy S7 even if it still is sticking to MicroUSB? I think so, yes. For some it does not really matter what port it uses as long as its processor and camera are good enough. Some also just prefer the looks. To them if the phone looks and feels good, then it is a good buy. Whatever reason we may have buying this phone let’s just hope did not make the Galaxy S7 to disappoint.

Smartphone 2015 Sales Figures

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The numbers are out.  Sales reports from smartphone manufacturing companies have just been released and it turns out that Samsung, the Korean manufacturing giant, has retained the top spot in terms of units sold. It has sold about 399.5 million smartphone units which is about a 5.7% increase from last year’s units sold. We are not sure if Samsung has seen an increase on their profits though. Last year Samsung’s stockholders were not at all pleased even though they sold a lot of units because their profit was  minimal.  The company had to slash their prices a bit on their low end to mid end units to compete with Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, Xiaomi, and OPPO. Samsung’s product line is a bit more favorable for techies and power users as they have a huge android rooting support community.

Apple, the Silicon Valley trailblazer, has also sold 20.2% more units than on 2014. Their sales number skyrocketed after the release of their flagship phone, the iPhone 6S, last December 2015 and reached up to 231.5 million units. Their high volume sales also translated to high profits as they posted an $18 billion profit from October to December 2015.

Third on the list is the manufacturer from China, Huawei. The company has sold 106.6 million units for 2015 which has grown a whopping 44.3% from units sold on 2014. Its market share has also rose to 7.4%. The boost in sales came in as a result of their product line revamp and pretty sleek innovation for their flagship phone the Huawei P8.  Not only did they put better phones on the market, they also made android rooting for their phones easier with customs ROM support so their customer base expanded.

Lenovo came in at fourth place in terms of units sold. They were able to dispatch 74.0 million android smartphone units last year which was 24.5% better than last year. Looks like Lenovo is gaining ground against Huawei and it is crawling bit by bit to claim more market share on the smartphone industry. I have to give it to this company for making good and sleek looking devices, always doing things the unconventional way. Android rooting support has also been good for Lenovo phones.

Xiaomi came in at fifth with 70.8 million units sold. This company has gone a long ways since it first entered the smartphone market and is continuing to grow slowly but surely.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Announced

xiaomi-redmi-note-3The CES or Consumer Electronics Show 2016 has really given us a lot of insight about the future of the Android operating system. One of the most active booth’s was Xiaomi’s. This Chinese manufacturing giant just recently announced their newest flagship phone the Xiaomi Mi5 and now they have announced yet again another ace up above their sleeves. Lei Jun, the company’s co-founder delighted the media by announcing their upcoming release of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro.

The smartphone poses significant advancements over its predecessor the Redmi Note 3. The Redmi Note 3 was just released last November and now an upgrade has been announced. Even though the phone has good android rooting potential, I believe that phone was positioned wrongly and sales have been a little sluggish that is why Xiaomi’s top brass decided to give it a bit of facelift and more firepower.

The new phone will flaunt a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor which is derived from combining Cortex A72 and Cortex A53 cores paired with an Adreno 510 Graphics Processing Unit or GPU. These specs are pretty much mid-end but with android rooting these chips have potential to rival the newest Exynos and Snapdragon chips when overclocked. The manufacturing company packed a 4,050mAh battery to this phone so the extra power drawn from overclocking should not be an issue.

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Aside from the serious firepower from its hexacore chip, the upcoming phone will also have a x8 LTE modem which would enable the device to use 4G+ signals and will support VoLTE or voice over LTE. This means if you should be able up to 150Mbps download speeds if your network will permit. Variants will have the 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage or the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage. And of course the fingerprint present from the previous model will still be present on the Pro model. The camera has been upgraded as well to a 16 MP rear camera with Phase Detection capabilities.

Xiaomi is really posed to overtake the major players of the smartphone market like Samsung, and Apple with the direction the company is going with right now. Their top executives have the vision to innovate and experiment boldly with new technologies. My only wish is that they continue the path they have taken to provide consumers with quality products still retaining their very reasonable pricing.