Install XWUANA1 Firmware based Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0


Samsung has released official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. This update is based on XWUANA1 Firmware and is moulded with Android KitKat environment. It is one of the latest and highly recommended official ROM for Tab 3 8.0 that we have seen up to now. This update has addressed all previous bugs which were mainly related to camera and battery segments. It lets you rejoice the flavour of KitKat environment. It comes from official sources which further relaxes you from unwanted security issues like rooting or system breakage/clash. This update can be applied on official (un-rooted) Tab 3 8.0 and according to me it is one of the best thing about it.

I hope you are already aware of the main features of Android 4.4.2 KitKat environment but let me re-mention them here. Being Android 4.4.2 surface, it will take you to a journey where everything will be smoother than ever. I am talking about user interface which is very responsive and fast with latest KitKat firmware. There you will find lots of performance tweaks that are determined to provide a complete real smartphone experience at all the ends. It adds new colors to home menu (status bar) with improved notification system and reliable system. In a nutshell Android KitKat flavour on your Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 system will let you experience a complete new world of high performance and efficiency.

XWUANA1 Firmware installation guide on Samsung Tab 3 8.0

Follow these steps:
1. First of all try to fulfil all these pre-requisites. These are the one that will help you with serious/accidental conditions.

2. Now download the official XWUANA1 Firmware file to your computer system. Please don’t try to download it directly to your smartphone as the tool I am going to mention here will work on computers only.

3. Now you will have to install this file on your smartphone. You can do it by Odin tool. You can find all instructions from here.


For using Odin, you will have to boot your Tab to Download mode. So first switch off your tab and then turn it ON with the combination of Vol. Down + Home keys. You can also use ROM Manager App which can be downloaded directly from the Play Store. After installing this app, you will get Recovery, Download etc booting options. Select Download Mode from there and follow all the above instructions.

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Is Micromax A102 Canvas Doodle worth a buy? Complete Pros and Cons


Micromax is the second biggest smartphone retailer brand in India. I have evidenced the days when their sales graph was going up and up. All that was because of new thinking (at least in India) and their price tags. They were really launching amazing specs at very low price tags (however they were using Chinese road shop items in smartphones). They utilized the price oriented thinking of Indian customers the most. Some of their most successful smartphones are Micromax A110 Canvas 2, A116 Canvas HD, A210 Canvas 4 etc. With time people somewhere understood the logic behind low price tags of MMX and they started avoiding high budget smartphones from company. It forced MMX to test customers with low price tags again.

Micromax A102 Doodle 3 is recent example of what MMX is trying once again. Usually we have seen Canvas products to come up with some extensions but for the first time, company has degraded its performance with Canvas Doodle 2, means Canvas Doodle 2 was way far better than Doodle 3. Here I am going to mention some facts which will help you decide whether Doodle 3 is a worth smartphone to go with or not.

Micromax A102 Canvas Doodle 3: worth to buy?

It comes with a 6 inch display. It runs on usual Android 4.2.2 Jellybean OS. It is powered by a dual core chip with 512 MB RAM. This is one of the first things that have shocked everyone. Dual core processor (chip is not that good) with 512 MB RAM for a 6 inch screen? Don’t know what Micromax is trying to prove. Have they discovered some new way of implementing a dual core processor on a 6 incher? Well it doesn’t seem from its chip model/number at least.

With this processor segment you won’t be able to enjoy the power of multi-tasking on your smartphone. Also this smartphone will not even last for 1 year even. You will face serious problems within first few months only. MMX has started this “disappointing” game with Canvas 4 earlier. People were expecting them to shed their records with a real smartphone but they presented Canvas 4 as a software upgraded model of Canvas HD (few hardware also). After this they tried with Octa Core chips but that too was not that successful.

So coming to the final conclusion, according to me Micromax A102 Canvas Doodle 3 is not a worth to buy product from any angle. It is launched for Rs. 8K approx price. You will get better quad core smartphones from companies like Karbonn, Lava at similar price. Please don’t go for its big screen (6 inch) as it is like a fish without water with dual core 512 MB processor.

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OnePlus One smartphone Specifications and Price


We are continuously receiving various leaks/reports about new smartphone from OnePlus company. Dubbed as OnePlus One it is company’s first smartphone that is based on CynogenMod 11S build. CM is a well-known name when it comes to custom world in Android. I have personally met some Android users who preferred CM based environment rather than official one. Not only this, it is stuffed with lot of other quality specifications that will surely give it a positive edge when compared with smartphones of similar range.

Coming to the specifications end then it boasts a 5.5 inch screen that resolves picture details with fulld 1080p HD resolution. This resolution is sufficient enough to create magic on a 5.5 inch screen. It runs on Android based CynogenMod 11S ROM which is supposed to provide a decent user interface with nice touch response. It is powered by a Quad Core 2.5 GHz processor that is paired up with 3 GB RAM. Best part of the processing unit is its chipset. Company has used top quality Snapdragon 801 chipset for its processor cabinet. Technically speaking then it is highly efficient than all the processor chips that most of the Indian companies are using at present.

It comes with a 13 MP rear camera that is embedded with Sony Exmor IMX214 6-Lense. It is a big thing for all camera lovers out there. It also brings the magic of face camera with a 5 MP lens. So it provides the freedom from carrying that extra camera vouch alongside to attractive/tourist places. With this camera, you can capture videos at 4K resolution with 0.3 seconds shutter speed. It comes in 16 GB and 64 GB memory variants. Both are good and one should go according to his/her needs.

It is a single SIM phone that could prove a major drawback in markets like India. Here we want best of things at best least price. Frankly speaking then one can’t think of buying a single SIM smartphone for high price tag. It comes with a 3100 mAh battery that is like a cherry on the cake. It comes with a non-replaceable battery and like Moto X, company is also offering custom designed back panels for it.

Price and availability

For 16 GB variant: $300
For 64 GB variant: $350

OnePlus One smartphone is launched in lot of countries. It is not launched in India yet I hope they will soon launch it in Indian market. If they can manage its price to be somewhere around Rs. 18-20 K then it will be a big hit here in India too.

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Official 15.5.A.0.18 firmware Android 4.3 Jellybean update for Sony Xperia M Dual


Sony is now updating its Xperia smartphones on regular basis. Few days ago we have heard a news about Sony updating Xperia M smartphone to Android 4.3 Jellybean iteration and now something similar is roaming in and out for Xperia M Dual smartphone. Xperia M Dual is the extended version of Xperia M smartphone that is wrapped with some high end specs. At the time of launch it was stuffed with Android 4.1 Jellybean OS which is now somewhat out dated as most of the Android users have started using Android 4.2 Jellybean upward iterations. By keeping this thing in consideration, Sony has updated its M Dual smartphone to Android 4.3 Jellybean base. This update is based on official 15.5.A.0.18 firmware version.

Talking about the phone then it houses a 4 inch 480x854 pixels display that is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor paired up with 1 GB RAM segment. All in all it is a nice smartphone with some high end as well as some basic level functions. It equips 5 MP rear and VGA front facing cameras that shoots perfectly under all the conditions.

The latest official Android 4.3 update for Xperia M Dual is going to add some high level and up to date features inside it. With this latest iteration, you will be able to enjoy the 4 inch experience on updated user interface. Its interface is mainly blended with white color layout that gives a glossy overlook to the entire surface. It even gives you full access to Xperia themes which can be downloaded from cloud services anytime anywhere. With this latest update, you will feel a better security zone with new lock patterns/screen and some high end security enhancing options. Not only security, it is going to enhance the entire camera segment to next levels. There will be something new in terms of multi-media segment too. In a nutshell, this update is going to stuff new changes (better ones) in most of the segments of the phone and after having it live on your smartphone you will find it much more attractive and efficient than ever.

How To

This update can be installed manually through Sony PC Companion software. During the update process you will have to download a 770 MB ROM file which needs a high speed internet connection. So please try it with either Wi-Fi or 3G networks. No 2G network is preferred here. It will be rolled out through various global regions. As of now it is confirmed in European and Brazil regions. We can expect it to hit India in some weeks or months.

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Specifications and price of Lava Iris 550Q


Lava has launched a new medium level Android phablet in Indian market. It is coded as Lava Iris 550Q. With the very first look it appears to be a decent quality phablet that is equipped with right quality processor, screen and other things. Best thing about this medium level phablet is its price tag. It is launched for Rs. 13,000 only which puts it in a healthy competition with phablets from Micromax and Karbonn.

Official specs of Lava Iris 550Q

It spots a 5.5 inch screen with 1280x720 pixels resolution and IPS OGS screen coating. It runs on Android 4.2 Jellybean OS and is powered by a quad core processor having 1 GB RAM. This smartphone is enough capable of competing with giants like MMX Canvas HD, Canvas 4 and Doodle even (with its price to value factor). The only thing that can disappoint you here is its OS which seems to be little out-dated (means today we are seeing most of Android 4.3 and 4.4 KitKat devices). I am myself using Android 4.2 and 4.3 Jellybean on different smartphones. Both are good and you will not face any problems/issues with Android 4.2 iteration.

It comes with 8 MP rear and 2 MP front facing cameras. Both the lenses are good and will capture high quality pictures. Being a 3G smartphone it can be used for making video calls. It shoots videos with full HD resolution.

It carries 4 GB ROM chip that can be extended to 32 GB with normal SD card. Connectivity features are all same that you can find in any other smartphone.

It equips a 2600 mAh battery that offers 10 hours peak talk time with normal 2G network. Talk time will be less with 3G variant.

Price and availability

You can buy Lava Iris 550Q from various online as well as offline stores at a superb price tag of Rs. 13,000. It is supposed to go on sale from April this year.

Talking in a nutshell then according to me it can act as a perfect solution for all the mobile vendors who are looking for buying a low cost quality smartphone with good processor, big screen and reliable hardware. Talking about alternatives then MMX canvas HD A116 seems to be its biggest rival that too comes with similar specs and almost similar price tag. That carries a 5 inch screen and equips better cameras. It is up to you whether you want to go for 550Q or Canvas Hd. Both are good at their respective ends.

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Buy Gionee Elife S5.5 at cheapest/best prices in India


Gionee Elife S5.5: world’s slimmest smartphone is launched in an exclusive event in India. It is wrapped with some extra noisy elements (noisy and loud in a positive way). While it is getting appreciations from most of the tech gurus, I am still worried about its price tag. Let me unveil some facts which have made me to worry about its price. It is an octa core smartphone (MediaTek chipset) that is priced at Rs. 22,999 (approx Rs. 23000 tag). The similar smartphone from Micromax i.e. MMX Canvas Knight too powers with a MediaTek Octa Core processor but still it is priced at Rs. 20,000 tag (Rs. 3,000 less than Gionee ELife S5.5). It might be the hard side of being an International brand (means they might have to fix this price because of a non-Indian brand). We will have to wait for some more days to get an idea about what this extra price will do in case of world’s slimmest smartphone.

Specifications of Gionee Elife S5.5

It comes with a 5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display that produces vibrant pictures at superb 1920x1080 px resolution. It measures only 5.5 mm thickness and runs on Android 4.2 Jellybean OS. It is a single SIM smartphone which somewhere limits it in front of Canvas Knight.

It is powered by a MediaTek Octa Core processor having 1.7 GHz cocking and 2 GB RAM pairing. Mali 450 GPU is there which is supposed to accelerate graphics unit. It is a normal GPU that should enhance the graphics quality to some extent (not much).

It supports OTG and OTA updates which makes it compatible with futuristic updates and ROMs 9I hope company will roll out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for this slimmest smartphone very soon). It comes with 16 GB ROM storage. It also features 13 MP AF rear and 5 MP AF front facing camera that supports 95 degrees ultra wide angles for perfect shooting conditions.

It is a 3G smartphone with Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity access. There is one non-removable battery of 2300 mAh capacity that should keep it charges for decent 7-8 hours.

Buy Gionee Elife S5.5 in India

As I told earlier, it is launched for a price tag of Rs. 22,999. You can buy it from various online portals in India (if you need direct links then please let me know). As of now there are no schemes/price cut outs from company so you will have to spend total amount for buying it.

Talking about its competitors and options then Canvas Knight seems to be the best alternate for Gionee ELife S5.5 Best thing about Knight is its low price and some extra features like dual SIM support, better camera etc.

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How to Root and Unblock HTC One M8 Smartphone (all variants)


Do you want to gain root access to HTC One M8 smartphone? If yes then here comes the best place for you. Here I will be discussing a tutorial with help of which you can gain full root access to all One M8 variants (no variant restrictions). After gaining the root access you can easily customize your smartphone according to personal needs (let say you want to clock it up or want to install some new ROMs). All you need to do is to follow a moderate level tutorial.

Root HTC One M8 Smartphone

Follow these instructions:
1. Open HTCDev website and open the Boot Loader Unlock page.
2. There on the page you will see various HTC smartphones in form of a drop down list. Select ONE M8 from that list.
3. Now select Begin Unlock Boot loader option and agree all the terms and conditions (you will be asked in form of a pop up window).
4. Once done, please switch OFF your M8 so that it can be booted to Fastboot mode. You can boot it to Fastboot by pressing and holding Power + Vol. Down keys together. You need to press and hold this combination till you get Fast Boot notification on smartphone screen.
5. After this take USB chord and connect your smartphone with the computer.
6. Open command prompt and enter this command: Fastboot devices It will test whether your smartphone is connected properly or not. If it is successful then please move to next step otherwise re-insert the USB cable.
7. Now enter Fastboot oem get_identifier_token command. This command will unveil a token that you need to copy to official website copy everything starting from <<<< Identifier Token Start >>>> to <<<< Identifier Token End >>>>.
8. Head over to Dev website and insert the token number in token box. Once you submit the token, you will receive the unlock code in your email.
9. Open your email and download the unlock code file to computer.
10. Open the downloaded unlock file. Keep pressing shift and then right click on some empty location in the unlock folder.
11. Open Command Prompt and enter fastboot flash unlocktoken Unclock_code.bin command.

These are the steps that you need to perform for rooting your HTC One M8 smartphone. It can be applied with any variant so please don’t worry about this segment. Just go and try these steps.

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