September 8, 2015

Flash Android 5.1.1 N915FXXU1COH2 Lollipop Update for International Galaxy Note Edge N915F

Galaxy-Note-Edge Android 5.1.1 Update

The Galaxy Note Edge users in Russia are the first ones to get the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update treatment from Samsung.
If you are not based in Russia, but you still want to run the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware on your device, then this is the guide that you should try to use.
The Android 5.1.1 N915FXXU1COH2 firmware update is being rolled out in stages, over-the-air, for all the International Galaxy Note Edge owners. In case you wish to flash the new update manually, then you should check the instructions in this post first.
Check the following guidelines before starting the updating process:
  • use this post only with the International Samsung Galaxy Note Edge devices.
    – the model number of your phone should be SM – N915F.
    – check the version of your device under Settings> About Phone menu.
    – do not try to update any other smartphones with the files listed in this post.
  • download the Samsung USB Drivers from here.
    – install the drivers on your computer.
    – these drivers are going to allow the PC to connect to your phone easily.
  • for the manual updating process you will have to use the Odin3 v3.10.6 application.
    – disable Samsung KIES and any antivirus app from running on your PC.
    – these types of apps are going to block Odin from flashing any new firmware files.
  • enable the USB Debugging option from Developer Options menu.
    – if you can’t find the USB Debugging, then you will have to enable it first:
    – go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times to enable Developer Options.
    – return to Settings, scroll down and open the Developer Options menu.
    – find USB Debugging and enable it.
    – the “usb debugging” allows you phone to detect the computer when these two are connected via usb cable.
  • you can install the official firmware over a rooted firmware but you will lose any root access.
    – any custom Recovery will also be replaced with a stock Android Recovery image.
  • if your phone is running a custom ROM, then you can flash the new official update, but you need to know that an extra ‘factory reset’ process has to be applied after the installation is done.
    – the ‘factory reset’ process wipes clean the system partition memory, and it allows your phone to boot in normal mode after all the new Android 5.1.1 firmware files are installed successfully.
    – the ‘factory reset’ removes the old custom ROM, it doesn’t delete any files from internal nor external storage.
  • if your Galaxy Note Edge device sports a 100% stock ROM, then you can continue straight to the tutorial part of this post.
  • read the whole tutorial and do not skip any steps.
  • this guide has to be applied by advanced users, we cannot be blamed in case you end up losing any data in the process nor in case you brick your smartphone.
  • check the battery charge level and then make sure that it is over 50%, it will prevent the device from powering off during the update.
Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to successfully update your device with a brand new Lollipop firmware.

How to flash Android 5.1.1 N915FXXU1COH2 Update for International Galaxy Note Edge:

  1. Download the N915FXXU1COH2 Android 5.1.1 firmware archive from here.
  2. After the download is done you can extract the archived contents on your computer.
    – you should obtain the N915FXXU1COH2 tar.md5 firmware file.
    – don’t extract the contents comprised within the tar.md5 archive.
  3. Download Odin3 v3.10.6 zip from here.
    – extract the Odin files on your PC.
  4. Power off the phone now.
  5. Next, boot it in Download Mode.
  6. Launch the Odin exe on your PC.
  7. Connect your device to your PC via USB cable.
    – wait for Odin to detect the device.
    – if the phone is not recognized you will have to re-install the usb drivers.
  8. Go to Odin’s main screen and disable the ‘Re-Partition’ option.
    – if ‘re-partition’ is already disabled, then you can continue straight to the next step.
    – do not edit any other default Odin settings.
  9. In Odin click on the AP button and then you will be told to locate the updating file.
  10. Locate the N915FXXU1COH2  and load it in Odin.
  11. Hit the START button to initiate the updating process.
    – don’t mess with Odin nor with the phone as the updating process is under way.
  12. After the update is done you will see the device rebooting in normal mode and the PASS alert will be shown by Odin.
    – note that the first boot process of this new ROM is going to take a while before it loads all the new files.
  13. Unplug the Galaxy Note Edge from PC after the ‘optimizing apps’ screen is displayed on your device.
  14. Use the usual login info in order to regain control over your smartphone’s OS.
These were the steps you had to take in order to complete the updating process. In case you’ve encountered any problems during installation you should continue reading the extra info below.
If Odin shows the FAIL alert, then the update wasn’t applied and you will be forced to repeat the whole guide more than once. Make sure that in case you repeat the tutorial, then you will re-read the guidelines above the tutorial and that you won’t be skipping any steps.
If Odin shows the PASS alert, but the phone gets stuck during the first boot process for more than 15 minutes or it enters in a boot loop, then a ‘factory reset’ process is needed.
These ‘factory reset’ steps should be applied in case you have installed the new official Android 5.1.1 over a custom ROM, too. Check the instructions listed below in order to learn how to factory reset your device:
  • power off the device.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  • confirm.
  • reboot phone in normal mode and you’re done.
If you need any extra help use the comments field below.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2 OTA update

The invite system might be annoying, but if you manage to get the new OnePlus Android based smartphone, then you can really consider yourself quite unique among other Android users. So, if you are currently using the new OnePlus 2, let’s also talk about basic Android operation that can be applied on your device. Yes, I am mainly thinking in helping you discover the full power of your smartphone and the first thing to do in that matter will be in learning how to enter and use the recovery environment.
Through recovery mode you will be able to “communicate” with your OnePlus Two in order to optimize, customize, personalize and restore your Android device. Thus, the recovery environment will establish a virtual link between you and your phone’s internal system. By default and right from the start you will be able to use this software for completing operations like: hard reset, update with OTAs, backup data, clear app data cache and troubleshoot most common Android related issues.
However, if you will want to become an advanced Android user and if you will want to tweak your OnePlus 2, then you will have to install a custom recovery image on your phone. With such a new software, that is only based on stock recovery, you will then be able to take your smartphone to a higher level of performance as you will be able to gain root access, unlock the bootloader, flash .zip files, make Nandroid backups, remove bloatware, install custom ROMs, add custom kernels, overclock and undervolt CPU frequencies and lot more.
Bottom line, the recovery software represents the core center from where you can start to customize and optimize your OnePlus Two. However, it is up to you whether you choose to keep everything official or to risk in applying dedicated and unofficial procedures.
Anyway, the best is that in both cases reaching and using recovery is the same. In fact, the recovery environment is featured by default on your OnePlus 2. So, entering recovery is easy and can be completed in less than a minute. All you have to do is to complete a reboot sequence that will take you into this hidden Android menu. Well, in order to achieve that, just follow all the guidelines from below – as you will notice there are several ways in which recovery can be entered on your OnePlus 2 so choose the method you prefer the most, or try all the steps from this tutorial.
It is important to know that putting your OnePlus 2 into recovery mode isn’t required any risky tools. In fact, this operation is official and you won’t void your phone’s warranty while completing the reboot sequences from down below – you are safe and secured as we will keep it all official.
However, if you are planning in using the recovery mode menu for applying further complex operations, before heading towards the steps from below consider in backing up your personal data, info and accounts – everything might get wiped out or corrupted while you try to tweak your Android device. So, use backup and restore apps (from Google Play, or any other cloud storage platform) and save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, IMEI / NVRAN and so on.
Also, charge your OnePlus 2 before heading towards the steps from below. It is important charge your device before doing anything else because if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the reboot sequence, or while you are using the recovery mode menu, software related problems might be issued, so try not to mess things up.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on OnePlus 2

The Classic Hardware Method

  1. The first thing to do is to power off your phone; don’t reboot it, complete a full power off process: press Power key and select “power off” or press and hold the Power key for a few seconds.
  2. Then, wait a few seconds before completing the following steps.
  3. Good; now press and hold (at the same time) Power and Volume Up buttons.
  4. Release the keys when the fastboot mode will be displayed.
  5. From there select Recover and enjoy.
  6. In recovery use Volume Up and Down keys in order to scroll up and down and Power button to select.
  7. You can go back to Android by choosing “reboot system now”.

Use Android SDK and initiate an ADB command

A computer is required on this method – you should temporarily turn off security protection that runs on your device as antivirus tools might interfere with your plans. On the computer you are using you have to install Android SDK so learn how to flash Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Also, the OnePlus 2 USB drivers must be ensured on your computer. On the other hand, on your phone you have to enable USB debugging, which is a feature that can be found under “menu – settings – developer options” (so, first gain developer options by tapping several times on Built number – from “menu – settings – about phone).
Good; after ensuring these stuffs, connect your OnePlus 2 with your computer. From the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window (press and hold Shift keyboard key while right clicking on any blank space) and then enter the following command: “adb reboot recovery”. The recovery mode will be automatically entered on your own OnePlus 2.

Install and Use a dedicated App from Google Play

The last method that can be used in order to reach recovery on OnePlus 2 implies in downloading a dedicated app from Google Play. So, launch the Market on your Android device and search for the Quick Boot tool. Download and install the software and then run it on your phone. Follow on screen prompts and wait while recovery is initiated on your handset.
Well, that was all for today. You have successfully learned how to enter and use recovery mode on your OnePlus 2. Good job, but don’t forget that there is more to find out – in that matter, don’t hesitate and use our related step by step guides in order to learn how to properly use your Android device. Also, use the comments field from below if you have something to share with us.

Amazon Now Accepting Pre-orders for Moto X Pure Edition

Moto X Style

Late August, Motorola announced their new line-up of phones for 2015: the affordable Moto G 3rd gen which became available for purchase soon after the launch event, the Moto X Play mid-ranger which will not come to the States, and the Moto X Style which will sell in the US as Moto X Pure Edition. If you want to get your hands on the new Motorola flagship, hear that Amazon is already accepting pre-orders for it.
Just like the other members of the Moto tribe, the design of the Moto X Pure Edition can be customized in Moto Maker. If you don’t want to customize your Moto X Pure Edition and you believe that the Black, White, or Bamboo models would do just fine then you can order the device from Amazon.
Amazon is listing the 16 GB Moto X Pure Edition Black at a price of $399.99. If you want 32 GB of internal storage, you must pay $50 more. The Bamboo Moto X Pure Edition with 16 GB storage is priced at $424.99 and the 32 GB model is $474.99. The White variant is only available with 32 GB of on-board storage and it can has a price of $449.99. The retailer says the phone “will be released on September 9.” You can order your Moto X Pure Edition form Amazon using the following link.
As a refresher, Moto X Pure Edition arrives with a 5.7-inch screen with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 64-bit hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, microSD support up to 128 GB, and a 3,000 mAh battery with quick charging support. On the back of the phone there’s a 21 MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording support, while the secondary cam has a 5 MP sensor with LED flash. Moto X Pure Edition runs almost-stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box and Motorola promises it will get speedy software updates.
Are you buying the Moto X Pure Edition? The comments section is all yours.

Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact Now Up for Pre-order at Carphone Warehouse

Sony Xperia Z5 Carphone Warehouse

Earlier this week, the folks at Sony introduced the new Xperia Z5 family of smartphones. There are three new members of Z5 family: the Z5 Compact which brings high-end specs and a 720p 4.6-inch screen, the Xperia Z5 which packs a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, and the “super flagship” Xperia Z5 Premium which boasts about an amazing 4K 5.5-inch display. Now, British retailer Carphone Warehouse is taking pre-orders for both the Z5 Compact and the Z5.
Carphone Warehouse has also put up a page for the Sony Xperia Z5, but there’s no mention on when the high-end phone will hit their warehouses or when will the pre-ordering process begin. Anyway, you can give them your name, phone, email, and postcode and you will be contacted when the Xperia Z5 Premium becomes available to order. Here’s the Z5 Premium info page.

Sony Xperia Z5

As you might have guessed already, Sony Xperia Z5 is the successor of the Xperia Z4 (which was sold on many markets as Z3+). Sony still uses glass for both size of the phones and there’s also a metal frame around the edges.
Sony Xperia Z5 features a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen with Triluminos technology, while being underpinned by a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. It arrives with 32 GB of internal storage, 3 GB RAM, and microSD support. On the back there’s a brand new 23 MP camera sensor with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, and 4K video recording support, while the front panel accommodates a 5.1 MP “selfie” camera.
The new phone is 146 mm tall, 72 mm wide, 7.3 mm thin, has a weight of 154 grams, and a 2,900 mAh battery with Quick Charge support. It runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, it has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button, and is water and dust resistant with IP68 rating.
Carphone Warehouse is selling the Xperia Z5 at a price of £549.99 SIM-free. You also have the option to get it with a Vodafone contract for £29.99 down and £40 per month for 24 month, with an O2 contract for £59.99 down and £36 per month, or with an EE contract for zero up front and £41.99 per month for 24 months.
The phone is available in Black, Gold, Green, and White, with the later body color being a Carphone Warehouse exclusive for two-weeks post-launch. The retailer says that they should start shipping the phone by October 6th.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the smallest of the three. While most phones with screens under 5 inches bring mid-range specs at most, the Z5 Compact has a powerful hardware platform.
As its name suggests, the Z5 Compact is more, well, compact than the standard Z5 and Z5 Premium. It measures 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and weighs in at 138 grams, while sporting a 4.6-inch HD IPS LCD screen with 323 ppi pixel density. The rest of the technical specifications are similar to those of the other Z5 cousins. It has a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 32 GB native storage with microSD support, 23 MP camera on the back, 5.1 MP camera in the front, and only 2 GB of RAM.
Just like the other new Sony phones, Xperia Z5 compact has a glass back panel and a metal frame around the edges, plus a fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button. It’s water and dust proof with IP68 certification, it’s kept alive by a 2,700 mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box.
At Carphone Warehouse, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available for £449.99 SIM-free. If you get the phone with an O2 you will pay nothing up front then £33.50 or £36 per month for 24 months depending on the plan you choose. Xperia Z5 is also available with an EE contract for zero down and £34.99 per month for 24 months, or with a Vodafone plan for £59.99 up front and £30 per month for two years.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available at the British Retailer in Black, Coral, and White body colors. It’s also worth mentioning that Carphone Warehouse has a two-week exclusivity for Coral and White options and that the device is expect to ship by September 29th.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Specs, It Features 5.5″ 4K Display, Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone has just been announced at IFA 2015 Berlin conference. This is the flagship device that Sony has in store for us this year, as it is bigger and more expensive than the normal Xperia Z5 model.
The Premium model of Sony Xperia Z comes with a 5.5 inch 4K IPS display, a Snapdragon 810 CPU 64bit 8-core CPU, 3GB RAM, Adreno 430 GPU, 23MP rear camera, 5MP frontal camera, 32GB internal storage, it supports up to 200GB via external microSD card slot, LTE, 3430 mAh battery with STAMINA mode, Quick Charging, and it will run the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will also support the future Android 6.0 Marshmallow when it will be released by Google. It will also be available in two variants: Nano SIM and Dual SIM for selected markets.
The 5.5 inch screen is an IPS Triluminos mobile display featuring 806 PPI, 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, Sparkling Contrast, Live Colour Creation and X-Reality for Mobile. The display is protected by a oleophobic coating over a scratch-resistant and waterproof glass.
With the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 normal model you will also get a fingerprint sensor, which is mounted in the power key on the right-hand side of the device. This is a first for Sony, as it seems like the fingerprint sensor will soon become a default feature for all the Android devices.
Sony states that the 3430 mAh battery size should allow you to use your device for up to 48h without charging it. That will most probably be real only on moderate usage and with the Battery STAMINA mode. Feel free to let us know in comments after you get the Xperia Z5 Premium battery life tested.
The Xperia Z5 Premium smartphone is a great device looking at its hardware specs, but its looks are also great. It keeps the Sony design style, it measures 154.4mm x 75.8mm x 7.8mm and it will be available in Black, Chrome and Gold. Tell us in comments what you think about this new smartphone and if you’re planning on purchasing it when it will become available.

Best Smartwatches Announced at IFA 2015

Moto 360 2015 02

IFA is the largest tech fair in the second half of the year and all the big players of the tech industry are there to showcase their latest creations. IFA 2015 saw the debut of a lot of new smartphones and tablets, but the Berlin-based tech fair also brought us some interesting smartwatches.
Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, and ASUS were the center of attention when it came to smartwatches. Anyway, while Motorola, Huawei, and ASUS all released smartwatches underpinned by Google’s Android Wear platform, the South Korean company opted for Tizen OS.

ASUS Zenwatch 2

Last year’s ASUS Zenwatch was no doubt one of the best-looking smartwatches to hit the market. Now it has gotten a success which uses the same design language. However, the Zenwatch 2 can be purchased in two sizes.
One of the ASUS Zenwatch 2 variants comes with a 1.63-inch screen with 320 x 320 resolution (most likely the same screen used for the first gen Zenwatch), while the other has a smaller 1.45-inch display with 280 x 280 resolution. Hardware-wise, the two models are almost identical. We are talking about a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB native storage.
Screen aside, the main difference between the two is the battery. The larger Zenwatch 2 has a 400 mAh battery that promises 2 and a half days of life in ambient mode, while the smaller model has a 300 mAh battery that is supposed to get it through about 2 days of normal usage. ASUS claims that the Zenwatch 2 can go from o to 50% in just 36 minutes.

Huawei Watch

We’ve been knowing about the existence of the Huawei Watch for several months now and everybody was eager to see it in flash at IFA Berlin. Out of all the smartwatches that are currently available for purchase, Huawei’s Android Wear-powered terminal is the one that resemblances a traditional watch the most.
Huawei Watch comes with a round face, standard lugs, and measures 42 mm in diameter. The physical button is mounted in “2 o’clock” position, the screen is protected by a double layer sapphire crystal, while the strap and the body are made of 316L cold-forged stainless steel.
In terms of specifications, the Huawei Watch is similar to its rivals. It has a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB native storage, and a 300 mAh battery that should provide around two days of regular use. The screen is a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED unit with 400 x 400 resolution and 286 ppi pixel density.

Motorola Moto 360 2nd gen

The 2nd gen Moto 360 is without a question on of the most anticipated smartwatches of the year. The original Moto 360 was quite popular among tech enthusiasts and now the 2nd gen is here. Furthermore, the watch is now available in two sizes: 46 and 42 mm.
Motorola’s devices are known for having a highly customizable design, the company allowing its customers to alter the way their smartphone / smartwatch looks via the Moto Maker tool. The 2nd gen Moto 360 has a thing called quick Release Bands which now allows customers to swap bands on the go. There’s even a collection for women that offers some interesting touches and color options.
The 46 mm Moto 360 features a 1.56-inch Backlit LCD screen with 360 x 330 resolution, while the 42 mm model has a 1.37-inch screen with 360 x 325 resolution. Both are powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.2 GHz, both have 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi. The smaller model has a 300 mAh battery, while the larger one features a 400 mAh battery.

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung couldn’t have missed the opportunity to announce a new smartwatch at IFA 2015. Gear S2 is one of the two watches announced by the South Koreans in Berlin and, unlike the devices mentioned above, it runs Tizen OS.
In the past, Samsung’s Tizen smartwatches only worked with the company’s devices, but this new generation can also be paired with other Android-powered phones. Gear S2 has a rotating bezel that allows you to navigate through the menu and it will also be available with 3G which can handle regular voice calls.
Samsung Gear S2 has a 1.2-inch Full Circular sAMOLED screen with 360 x 360 resolution, 512 MB RAM, and 4 GB internal storage. While the Bluetooth model is powered by an Exynos 3250 processor with 250 mAh battery, the 3G variant has a Qualcomm MSM8x26 processor and 300 mAh battery.

Samsung Gear S2 Classic

If you prefer a more elegant watch, then you should take a look at the Gear S2 Classic. It was announced synchronized with the aforementioned Gear S2 and it shares many of its technical specifications.
Just like the sporty-er Gear S2, the Gear S2 Classic comes with a rotating bezel that helps you move around the menus and it’s also available in Bluetooth and 3G versions. Hardware-wise, it’s identical to the S2: 360 x 360 1.2-inch Full Circle sAMOLED screen, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB storage, Exynos 3250 / Qualcomm MSM8x26 CPU, and 250 / 300 mAh battery

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