Samsung bets big on smart car technologyMany companies begin by specializing in producing a single product until they become recognized and expand into other products and grow into a large company with variety of stocks for sale. One of the best examples is Nokia, a company that manufactured phones with the Symbian operating system, it was one of the most recognized worldwide until the era of smartphones began and the Android And iOS operating system became more popular, this put the Nokia company aside because it did not take advantage of the opportunity to expand and create other patents, so its sales declined and later it had to be sold.

Samsung is a very popular company with products ranging from electrical appliances to smartphones. Presently, the company has been going through a rough patch after it suffered losses with its’ Galaxy Note 7, a lot of people made a joke of this incident on the internet with memes and GIFs mocking the product but Samsung lost a serious amount of money and apart from the money already spent in creating the product, they also had to refund money back to customers who were affected by the incident. Now, Samsung hopes to bounce back with a new investment, although it already produces a wide variety of electronic equipment, it still needs to expand its catalogue in preparation of the future, the sale of its smartphones alone will not be enough to recover all its losses and for this reason it is looking towards a new alternative for the market.

$8 billion dollars on Intelligent Automobiles

Samsung has invested around 8 billion dollars in the automotive industry, investing this huge amount gives Samsung some assurance that its recovery will be of great value. Investing so much money means that they have an edge over other companies that do not have the finances to invest in engineers, developing components, R&D and prototypes to begin with. This has given some sort of concern to start-ups that wanted to develop their own technology from scratch, since a company as huge as Samsung has commenced at a point way beyond what they are capable of.

Samsung made use of this $8 billion dollars to purchase an American company called Harman that specializes in automotive design and connectivity between vehicle components. Samsung is a smart company, it has not only invested $ 8 billion in a US company for its automotive technology, It will also make use of the sound technology that this company has developed for automobiles in its new Galaxy smartphones,
Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will be on sale for next year and it will feature Harman technology.

Renault Samsung Motors

After the purchase of Harman, there have been rumours on how this company will be run. Harman’s production is based on the sale and improvement of vehicles that up till today have not gained much popularity, but it will invest all its experience in Samsung and has already equipped more than 30 million cars with devices bearing its’ brand name, some of its clients include companies like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Renault Samsung Motors may become popular with these new additions.

Harman’s experience has shown that it is a company that can position Renault Samsung Motors higher than we can ever imagine with implementations and development of navigation systems, internet connectivity, vehicle safety and entertainment. Renault Samsung Motors will undergo a change in its staff and system of management, this will commence when Harman installs its production equipment and implements its production system. perhaps both companies may still have to discuss the issue but it’s possible they come to a 50/50 agreement on the use of their systems and equipment.

A step closer to the competition

Samsung has invested a huge amount of money in order to guarantee its success and be on the same level with its competitors, many companies already have this kind of implementation and are only just modifying and expanding what they already have, this gives us a lot to speculate about on Samsung’s first installment in the smart car market. The $8 billion dollars invested will be put to the test and Samsung would have to compete with greats like Tesla who have one of the best developed smart cars in the market.

Samsung is not the only company betting on a new technology that has not yet been exploited on a large scale, there are other big companies that have been working in secret to take smart car technology a step further; Google has long been developing vehicles without drivers, Apple has been working for a long time on smart vehicles and these are companies that also manufacture smartphones, perhaps this is the top one among many patents available in the market. Samsung should be careful, investing heavily and not studying the market adequately could result in a loss like that of its Galaxy Note 7 which would even be a bigger failure.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Increasing internal memory in Android Since manufacturers began placing limitations on their products, people have always discovered a way around them. It is not always recommended to do that because when manufacturers place limits, it means that they can be held responsible up till that point, nevertheless we don’t always want to settle for just the limits. In the case of smartphones, their performance, capacity and the possibility of installing new applications that give much more advanced functions than the conventional ones can be extended.

Exceeding the limits that a manufacturer places on a product almost always causes loss of warranty and support of the company responsible, since you’ve crossed the lines they placed, they will not be held responsible for a fault that arises from increasing the memory or from overclocking in some cases. Overclocking is the best known method of surpassing limitations in computing, it is used to describe the process of increasing the capacity and speed of a computer’s components, both the CPU and the GPU are modified to surpass the limitations with which the device has been designed, even many people apply this until they witness the real limits of these devices or in most cases until the devices stop working.

Increasing internal Memory in Android

In Android there is a method highly recommended but not valid for all smartphones with Android operating system; That is to increase the internal memory of the device by partitioning an SD card. A partitioning of the SD card will be sufficient to increase the internal memory of our smartphone and enable us to install new applications, transfer applications from the systems’ memory to the new internal memory, among other features … a very good option if we do not have enough memory resource on our device.

For this method it is necessary to have superuser permissions, this is the first step in exceeding the limits on your smartphone. This method was very practical for low-end smartphones that were produced in the early days of Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy ACE which was very good initially at its launch but did not have enough capacity to download many applications due to low internal storage. Using this method as a superuser has made it easier for people who still have these kind of smartphones to download and enjoy more applications.

Partitioning the SD Memory Card

The first step is to partition the SD memory and it is highly recommended not to remove the SD card from your device too often, if you are one of the people that always like to change the SD memory card, this method is not recommended for you. Here at Vofeel we will teach you the most practical way to prepare the SD memory card for the device and increase its internal memory.

  1. With our smartphone being turned off, the first thing is to enter into Recovery mode, then enter into CWM (ClockWork Mode) this is different for each device.
  2. Enter the advanced section and then the Partition SD Card option to select an amount.
  3. Depending on the capacity of our SD memory and how much we want to partition we select a size (Recommended 1204M)
  4. Once you enter a size it is best to choose 0M for the Swap Size and wait for the partition of the SD memory to finish. Then restart our device.

Note: It is not recommended to change the Swap Size unless you have an idea of what it is meant for and you want to experience new features.

Attaching the partition to the device

It is not sufficient to partition the internal memory, some additional steps need to be followed so that the partition can be recognized. It is necessary to download an application called Link2SD from the Google Playstore to attach the partition and increase the memory of our device.

1. Download Link2SD from the Play Store or install the apk.
2. Enter the application first and select Ext2 as the SD memory partition.
3. Reboot the device so that the partition is recognized by the application and the device.

Transferring Applications to the partition

After following this process and the partition has been recognized by the application. Now you can transfer applications installed in your internal memory to thie new partition or SD memory card ising the Link2SD app.

1. Press and hold down the application you want to transfer until you see more options.
2. Touch the Create link and accept the option to transfer the application to the partition.
3. In Link2SD settings activate the Automatic Link option so that each time an application is installed it goes to this created partition (Recommended).

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Installing ROM on AndroidSince mobile phones were introduced to the market many manufacturers have placed their bets on it, so much that some independent developers have dedicated their lives to the development of applications, devices or in someway improve the performance of other devices such as smartphones. Thanks to these developers, manufacturers have been able to locate new talent and introduce new features to smartphones and their applications, they have been responsible for exceeding limits and researching how they can take smartphones further even beyond the limits Of manufacturers, one of the most common topics on this are superusers and ROMs in Android.

The risk of surpassing a manufacturers’ limit is lack of support or lack of warranty  if we encounter problems with our smartphone because we cross the boundary that was placed on it at the time of manufacture . Developers do not care much about this lack of support and warranty from the manufacturer because if they damage the phone, they themselves can repair it, so be careful about performing a strange procedure on your phone and not knowing if you will get support or if the same has happened to others and they could solve it, because you could find yourself in a situation where your smartphone stops working and you will not be able to repair it on your own.

Custom Operating System

The term ROM refers to where the operating system of our device is stored, its acronym stands for Read Only Memory. The ROM identifies what is stored in it and only reads this information, it can not be modified unless we change it, in this case, by installing a new ROM on our device. Custom ROMs have different specifications than that of the factory firmware of our device, in all ROMs, specifications have been saved which make them unique and they also have a different design from what we see on a smartphone.

You have got to have the security and documentation of the ROM that you want to install on your device, a custom ROM can offer us improved graphics and better performance on our devices but if there is little support or it’s a new type and not enough people have used it, we could encounter problems which we cannot reverse except if the smartphone allows us to revert back to the original factory settings.

Installing a ROM on Android

In our smartphone we can only have one ROM installed, however we can try to install as many as possible as long as the phone is factory reset before the installation of a new ROM. This step is highly recommended since installing a ROM on another ROM can bring about serious problems in the functioning of our smartphone. Here in Vofeel we will show you the most practical way to install a ROM on an Android device:

Required Files:

ClockWork Mode (CWM)
ROM File

1. Enter Recovery mode and start the CWM.
2. Select the Wipe data option, reset and then YES
3. Select the Wipe cache partition option and then YES
4. Enter the mounts and storage option
5. Format / data option
6. Format / system option
7. Format / cache option
8. Finally go back and select the advanced option
9. Reboot Recovery Option

Note: This process will completely clean the smartphone and have it ready for the installation of a new ROM, the Recovery mode will also be re-initiated.

1. Re-enter the CWM
2. Select the install zip option from the sd card
3. Select the option Choose zip from sdcard
4. Select the ROM file and finally select YES
5. Go back and select the reboot system now option

Finally our smartphone will reboot and accept the new ROM, let’s not be afraid if the mode of initiating the smartphone changes since it is very common to give a personalized touch to the bootloader in order to differentiate some ROMs.

Note: Whenever a new ROM or Firmware is installed, the first time the operating system loads, it will take longer than usual, so do not be alarmed if your smartphone does not turn on quick the first time.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

How to emulate Linux on AndroidDevelopers are responsible for demonstrating all that a smartphone can accomplish with the use of just one application, from solving mathematical algorithms with just one image to emulating a full operating system on a smartphone. Independent developers have taken up the task of creating applications of all kinds, we will not find just one type of application since they all have already been categorized  in the app stores and in each category there are millions of applications available. thanks to this constant development from independent programmers there is so much competition and companies are so concerned about having the best equipment and devices.

Emulating an operating system has always been a feature for desktop computers, but thanks to the contribution of many developers they have taken up the task of making this possible on a smartphone that functions with the Android operating system just by following a series of steps. A virtual machine may be sufficient for a computer with Windows operating system to emulate another operating system like Linux, although Linux is the faithful contender of Windows, the Linus Torvalds project has not been left behind. The Linux operating system has always been seen as an alternative to a lot of users, however there are many who prefer it for its great ability to go beyond what’s conventional just like in Windows.

Emulating Linux

In our Android smartphone we can emulate an entire operating system as long as it is Linux, we will only need an image file with the Linux operating system we want to emulate and we will also need a couple of more things. Here in Vofeel we will show you how to use your smartphone to emulate a Linux operating system and also consult all the tools of this operating system. It is very common to use distributions like Kali Linux to take advantage of many “Hacking” tools and have them on our smartphone anywhere we go.

Why not windows?

As many of us know the Google’s operating system (Android) was created based on Linux, that’s why we see many free features being offered by this operating system. Linux is a slightly freer operating system with features that have the potential of exceeding the manufacturers limits on these electronic devices. Because Android is based on Linux, it gives us the possibility to emulate it and have many features of a fully complete operating system through an application.

Downloading the application

By following of a few steps and using an application we will be able to install a Linux operating system on our Android smartphone, the application that we have to download through the app store is “Linux Deploy“, with this application we will be able to install a full Linux operating system. It is important to have the latest update of this application in order to have all its’ features and novelties and furthermore not to encounter errors in the future, it is advisable to install it through the app store and not via manual installation (i.e. with the .apk file).

Required files

  • Linux Deploy app installed on our smartphone
  • Image file for installation (.iso)
  1. Start the Linux Deploy application
  2. Select the third option of the toolbar
  3. In Distribution select the distribution to be installed
  4. In Architecture select armhf
  5. In Installation path choose the image file where the Linux distribution (.iso) is located
  6. Finally choose the Install option to begin the installation

Finally the Linux Deploy automatic installation wizard will begin, all the packages that have been decompressing for the .iso installation will begin to be deployed.

  1. Finally use the Start option to start the Linux distribution that has been installed.
  2. Then you will be asked to fill in some data, which will be given to you here in Vofeel.

Nickname: kali

Password: changeme

Address: 127.0.0.1

Port: 5900

With this we will be able to use all the functions of the Linux distribution that we just installed and selected. It will be necessary to enter the data that we showed you above as long as it asks for it, it will also be necessary to connect to the server and have better communication with the distribution.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Super user privilegesNowadays, what is being offered to us in our computers, smartphones and electronic devices  by manufacturers is not sufficient to enable us take full advantage of them. Manufacturers always set limits between regular users and others who would like to derive more benefits from their electronic device, even if this means to risk suffering major damage. In Vofeel, we can say that one of the biggest reasons for smartphones getting damaged “without one tampering with anything” is the bad function of these super user privileges, which you can find in everything that’s technology related, not just in smartphones.

The people who enjoy these super user privileges are the brave ones who can see the major potential of technology. It’s about going beyond manufacturer limits and diving into the deep where others have also been. And, even if something goes wrong; you wouldn’t be the only one, you will be able to find a solution on the internet. So many people have already exceeded these limits and have published it. Being a super user in technology is not the big deal, a lot of people do not prefer it; they prefer to follow the manufacturers’ rules or they’re just afraid of not being able to fix their device in case something goes terribly wrong. But if you don’t try, you’ll never exceed your limit. In Vofeel, we’ll teach you some techniques; but, also we don’t recommend that you do this if you’re not convinced about it.

Super user benefits

Going beyond limits can be very helpful for a better smartphone performance. Being a Root user on Android is rather advantageous because if our smartphone doesn’t have a good storage capacity, we will be able to erase some applications by default; have more space for new applications, transfer applications from the internal memory to the SD card, and even expand the internal storage with our SD card by partitioning it.

Super user risks

Not everybody knows how to stay within the limit. There are people who always damage something while trying to experiment something new; they have to reinstall the entire firmware in order to experiment again. It’s very common in smartphones, to make the mistake of erasing important applications such as; Google services, the Wi-Fi interface or the files needed to turn on our device. When this happens, we have to reinstall the entire operating system (firmware) like we previously showed you on Vofeel.

How to be a super user

Being a super user is not bad. Many applications which are highly recommended ask you for super user permissions in order to access them. A smartphone super user gives special permissions to applications that need these sorts of things, and we’re not able to give them being a normal user. That’s why we have to be careful about which applications we want to install and their confirmation.

Android:

On Android, we have so many options to become a super user because its operating system is based on Linux; there are so many ways through which we can exceed the limits and take maximum advantage of our device performance. In Vofeel, we’ll teach you the most common methods that work most of the time in Android devices:

Through application

In the app store, there is an application called Kingo Root that facilitates the download process of various files, through processes like Odín among others. With this application we can perform the whole process that will enable us access our smartphone as a super user, it can be installed via PC or directly from our smartphone, we’ll show you how:

  1. Mobile application: in the Google Play Store, search for Kingo Root, download it and then install it. Finally initiate the application and automatically when it reaches certain percentage;  your smartphone will restart itself in order to complete the installation.
  1. Desktop application: in the official Kingo Root web page, you can download the official client. Connect your smartphone along with the program already initiated. Wait until it recognizes it and then initiate the super user installation. Wait until your smartphone restarts itself and it’ll be ready to proceed.

Note: to verify the super user permissions, download the Root Checker application, and you’ll be able to see if the process was successful.

  • iOS:

The iOS super user is known as Jailbreak. In each aspect, its permissions and restrictions are the same in all Apple smartphones. There is so much documentation on it; Apple, in their support page have explained the super user permissions and how to activate them. Here, in Vofeel, we’ll show you how to do it in a simple way:

  1. Download the Pangu official client, this step is a minimum requirement and it’s only available for Windows.
  1. Haven initiated Pangu, it’ll ask you to connect your smartphone to your computer by USB.
  1. After it recognizes it, select the Start option and that’ll activate flight mode in your smartphone. Finally, select Already Backup.
  1. At the end, wait for the 5 minutes process and the device will restart itself in order to continue the installation.
  1. On the desktop you will see a direct access for Pangu, open it and accept the permissions to restart your device again.
  1. Wait until the entire restart process is finished and then you’ll have super user permissions.
Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Transferring contacts iPhone/AndroidThe battle for the most used brand of smartphones in the world is currently between Samsung and Apple; two great manufacturers that have endowed smartphones with features ranging from the most basic functions to the high end ones which we have today. The most used operative systems are Android and iOS, being the ones that have more developed applications in their corresponding app stores. That’s why, a lot of information about how to repair common mistakes, such as; flashlight not working, apps suddenly closing, or messages not appearing, and so on, can be found on the internet.

One of the most common problems is the decision of changing smartphones, whether for a more advanced one or just to change the operating system. It’s a common question, given that we don’t want to lose our contacts, mails, or addresses. The truth is that we don’t have to worry about these types of problems because with mobile technology everything has a solution. It is possible to transfer these contacts or all of the necessary information saved. It wouldn’t be necessary for you to copy a number and have to copy it over again in your other smartphone. Shortly, we’ll give you the solution right on this page.

Transferring contacts between iPhone and Android

It’s a users’ nightmare when we talk about transferring information from iPhone to Android or vice versa. Transferring app information, contacts or emails from one device to another has often been considered a myth. However, thanks to the many curious ones amongst us, we’ve found a way to solve this mystery.

Transferring contacts from iOS to Android

One of the most loyal iOS partner is the iCloud. Even though this service hasn’t been very important when we talk about transferring contacts, the iCloud feature has been always present. It’s necessary and obligatory to have activated the contact synchronization in our devices. If we don’t already have it activated, we can do that through the settings.

  • In Settings, you should look at the iCloud option, if the Contact option isn’t activated, you should activate it. If it’s already activated, we are ready to go.

If the option is activated, it means that the contacts sync will be done to iCloud and we’ll see them from another device or simply in the official iCloud web page.

  • Select the Contacts you want to transfer to your new Android device. You have to make sure that the contacts you want transferred have been selected.
  • Click on the Configuration icon in the left bottom and select the Export vCard option in which the needed file will be downloaded.

Now we have to go to the Google web page where we’ll manage our contacts.

  • Enter into Google Contacts on the Google web page and log in with your account and password.
  • In the top side of Google Contacts click on the More option, and then on Import or, on the sidebar, you can select the Import Contacts option.
  • And finally, you will need the file that you downloaded from the iCloud, and then you’ll need to wait until the importation and contacts synchronization is completed in order to view them directly in your address book.

Transferring contacts from Android to iOS

With Android it is a little bit easier because the synchronization is always activated in Google, even though we don’t want it. Google offers many features to Android users; so many, that we don’t just have one way to send our contacts to iOS, but two or more ways. Here, at Vofeel, we’ll show you two easy methods, just in case one of them doesn’t work:

Method #1

This method is very similar to that of transferring from iOS to Android; we have to implement most of the steps but inversely:

  • Log in  to Google Contacts, after selecting the More option, click on the Export option and then, a file will be downloaded.
  • In your device, log in to iCloud, select the Configuration icon located below and to the left. Finally, select Import vCard and then the file you already downloaded from Google Contacts.

Method #2

This method is so much easier, if the first method doesn’t work for you, or you just want to go directly with this one.

  • In your iOS device, you should go to Settings, and get into the section of Mails, contacts, and calendar.
  • Once you’re there, you must Add an account by selecting the one of Google, and log in with your information (user/password).

At the end, with either method, it’ll just be a matter of time to finish the importation and synchronization of the new Android contacts to iOS. The process will depend on the quantity of contacts that you have on file.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Improving Android’s performanceGoogle services in the Android operating system have always been extremely useful; the ability to synchronize is one of them. Google synchronization is very important because it enables you to have everything at the exact moment you need them. Just like when an email arrives, if it’s not synchronized it’ll arrive when opening the application; however, if it’s synchronized, the information will arrive in real time. Just like its synchronization, Google offers plenty of services that help at stability and organization of the flow of information between web applications, social networks and internet services in our smartphone.

Google also offers to their Android users the option of changing some features, alerting that this can modify some functions, because many services are working altogether for the stable optimization of the operating system or any other specific application. A big part of the Google services can be temporally deactivated; however, it can’t be erased, even some of them are hidden as applications consuming the memory of the smartphone. At some point, they can be reactivated or they could be needed to run some applications. Some of these services are like applications by default and it’s not recommended to erase them.

Improving performance, removing services

Services maintain some functions of the Android operating system stable, but they’re not always necessary. Some of them are extra features by default. These services consume smartphone performance, wasting so much more in the ones without enough memory space to save plenty of applications; high end and low range smartphones. When we have a smartphone with a short memory space (in storage as well as in RAM) we better exclude some unnecessary services to unlock space and to keep our RAM memory occupied in needed applications and services.

Why do we have to deactivate the synchronization?

Synchronization is a service that helps the flow of information in applications and internet services.  We can administrate our device to synchronize it. Google has offered this service to maintain a better connection, in real time, with information; however, we can deactivate some synchronization options to avoid the synchronization of the whole content. It should be emphasized that synchronization not just restores information but, day after day, it’s saving everything that it recognizes and detect.

Deactivating synchronization or just some features will give us a better smartphone performance. It’ll also depend whether if it’s one or two accounts that are synchronizing at the same time. Here, in Vofeel, we’ll teach you how to deactivate the whole Google synchronization, or just some of its’ features.

  • Go to Settings and then, select the Account option or Accounts and Sync option, depending on your operating system.
  • Once you are there, select a synchronized account; usually, it’s displayed on your Google account. You’ll have to select it.
  • Within an account, you’ll see the entire activated or deactivated features. To activate them, they must be on the right part or with a little mark (it’ll depend on your Android version).

Note: in some operating system versions of Android there exists an option called Automatic Sync which will be enough to deactivate your smartphone synchronization in every single account.

Recommendations

It’s a good thing to have the synchronization feature activated, but not every feature or service activated is good for your smartphone. This Android service is very useful to save information, such as; contacts, emails, messages, application data, amongst others. Nevertheless, having every feature and many accounts synchronizing will affect your smartphones’ performance, as well as the smartphones’ battery life, which is not very convenient in high and low end smartphones.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

My smartphone has changed to a brickIt’s a common problem to find out that our smartphone doesn’t want to turn on, or it just gets stuck with the screen showing the logo of its correspondent enterprise; when this happens many people label their smartphones as a “brick smartphone.” And it’s one of the most common problems that shows up when people start to damage their smartphones’ operating system. Technology has delivered to us so many solutions and problems at the same time which has made it extremely easy to restore a mobile that doesn’t run or turn on by using our own methods. However, many people are afraid to try their hands on a new area, being very insecure; they prefer to leave it to the real professionals.

Today in Vofeel, we’ll teach you how to save a little bit of money and how to solve this problem like a professional. If you don’t have the vaguest idea of what are you doing, it’s always better to seek professional help. Nonetheless, we should be able to solve our smartphones’ turn on problem in just a few steps, whether if its iOS or Android. We have to be cognizant of following the steps correctly; because if we don’t do it right, we can suffer a worse damage and in that case, we’ll surely need professional help. Our smartphone can literally remain as a brick and it’ll be very difficult to fix. In Vofeel, we recommend that you be sure before proceeding because we’ll not be held responsible if you don’t follow the steps correctly.

Why does this happen?

The principal reason could be a malicious application downloaded to your smartphone, erasing some necessary files that are needed to turn it on. Another reason could be some manufacturing defects, because the internal storage is the one that’s suffering this damage, and if it’s not working properly, our smartphone won’t turn on correctly. We have to take care of the internal storage, to avoid erasing files that we think are unnecessary and avoid filling it with malicious files.

Solution 1#: Factory reset

Android

If we use Android and we download a malicious application outside of Playstore, it’ll be sufficient to just follow a few steps and reset our smartphone. The factory reset can be done in a hidden menu called, “Recovery.” Now, we’ll see what we have to do here:

  1. Go to Recovery (How to get to this menu will depend on your smartphone and not everyone has got the same.)
  1. Select the wipe data/factory reset options, and then the wipe cache partition
  1. And finally, select the reboot system now and our smartphone will be reset.

iOS:

With Apple smartphones, you’ll need the help of  iTunes to reestablish the factory default settings of your smartphone. The steps are almost universal to every iPhone, nevertheless, many desktop computers do not recognize iPhones and we’ll need to install drivers. This situation always occurs with the iPhone 4, depending on how you manage it.

  1. Open Itunes
  1. Connect the USB cable to your computer until iTunes recognizes your smartphone and it’s displayed on the screen.
  1. In iTunes, select the Restore option, and wait until the process finishes and your smartphone will be reset.

Solution 2#: Reinstall firmware

Android:

In Android, it’s a little bit more complex because there are so many smartphones with this operating system that each one of them has a different solution. Basically, the steps to follow are the same but using downloaded files and applications are totally different. In Vofeel, we’ll show you the universal way of doing it, explaining how it should be done in Samsung smartphones ( valid since the first generation):

  1. Download the necessary files; Odin, Original Firmware and Drivers. We can easily find these in a blog or on the Samsung official web page (Firmware and Drivers).
  1. Initiate the Odin application; likewise, go to Download mode on your smartphone and connect them until Odin recognizes it.
  1. In Odin, depending on the PDA section, you’ll need to set the firmware and select the Start button until the smartphone resets and it’ll be ready.

iOS:

With the Apple smartphones it’ll be a little bit easier to reinstall a firmware by default, or to install an advanced version. In some cases it’ll be necessary to install an old version. It’ll depend on the files that you’re downloading. Basically, the same steps of  solution #1 but with an added detail.

  1. Download the firmware you want to install and open iTunes
  1. Connect it with the USB cable to your computer until iTunes recognize your smartphone by displaying it on the screen.
  1. On iTunes, use the Restore + Shift key (Windows) or Alt (Mac) option, pick the file you just downloaded and wait until the same process resets your smartphone.
Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

Alternative Android applicationsMost apps by default of their mobile operating systems such as iOS or Android don’t fulfill all the needs of users, both in the area of design as well as in the area of performance because they’re optimized for high end smartphones at the time they are being launched in the market. The majority of apps that integrate by default their operating systems could be replaced by others that fulfill the same functions but adding more features, they could be better as regards to performance or by simply changing the design and then it becomes a totally customizable app so that it doesn’t be a standard version of the developer.

There are apps that are replaceable such as the app for viewing our text messages (Messaging) or the app for visualizing all our contacts (Contacts), there are also apps that cannot be replaced because they are unique to Google and they are not just for switching on and switching off the smartphone, but for tangible functions such as the app store, the connection to Google accounts or the GPS location to send information in the map of coordinates. The alternative apps are not there to only change the aspect which comes by default, they are also there to improve performance and in some cases not to occupy too much memory in the storage.

How can I replace an app by default?

The way to replace an app by default is downloading the app and changing the priority to the new app, though if you want to completely delete the app by default you should have special user permissions to be able to delete predetermined apps from Android or to move it to the internal storage or the memory card SD.

The way to download a non official app that is not found in the app store is simple; you need to open a web browser, search for the installation file (Extension .apk), download it and once it´s ready search for it through a file browser. And lastly carry out the installation manually, quite different to app stores that install automatically, we don’t see where they are installed because the app store takes care of that.

Social networks

The issue  with social networks and their apps is that a large portion of these consume too much battery and  slows down performance; it’s well known that when you install Facebook on your device, 15% of its’ performance is affected while the app isn’t in use, when it is in use the same amount is affected as regards to the duration of the battery.

Facebook Lite

One of the better alternatives is a smaller version of Facebook that contains all the features of Facebook like the news feed, comments, image upload, chats among others… An alternative that doesn’t require much storage, it’s simple and fast.

Messenger Lite

As Facebook maintains a version of its app with better performance, there also exists a version of Facebook messenger which isn’t available on the PlayStore and it weighs less than the original Facebook messenger, it also includes the features available on its’ predetermined messaging app.

Web Browsers

The Android browsers by default tend to have some limitations, it’s just recently that Android has improved the design and performance of many of its apps by default but we wouldn’t instantly have them if we are using a device with the previous version. Some web browsers are heavier than the predetermined but are more efficient and include improvements.

Google Chrome

Inspite of the fact that Google owns Google Chrome; it doesn’t come by default in the Android operating system, it’s a mobile version of the most popular desktop browsers and one of the most widely used mobile apps.

Dolphin Browser

This multi platform browser has given us much to talk about thanks to its features such as the management of some links through gestures on the screen, the control of some functions through voice commands and adjusting all specifications of the users to a mobile version.

Music Player

The music player by default for some Android versions were never attractive, only with the basic function of playing music, but when it is about music we want to see beyond that, we want more information and how the rhythm of the music flows in our smartphone, such as equalizers or more attractive views.

Poweramp

It’s one of the most recognized due to its interface design which is very intuitive with a lot of customizing. The equalizer that is included offers many options to give the adequate power that we want, if we have the experience we can produce a high quality sound.

BlackPlayer

Very unknown in app stores but with an incredible performance maintaining a simple but elegant interface, it also offers customizing with themes and transition effects among different audios to create your own playlist.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.