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How To Get Rid Of Annoying Wireless Charging Notification Sounds On Samsung Galaxy S5

By: Harold Hisona | Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Just a couple of days ago I received three emails asking how to get rid of the wireless charging notification sound on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Two of those emails were simply rants so I haven't responded to the senders. One sender, however, managed to detail his problem so I answered back with probing questions.



How To Hide / Disable My Magazine On Samsung Galaxy S5

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, September 28, 2014


The Home screen is supposed to be the page that contains all widgets or shortcuts that you often use. But if you were a Samsung Galaxy S5 owner, you must have experienced being bugged by the company's My Magazine bloatware.


Fortunately, you can easily hide My Magazine from the Home screen and even disable it to prevent the app from running in the background and use up RAM or add to the burden of the processor.

Perhaps, Samsung developers already anticipated that My Magazine would become more of an annoyance than anything else that's why owners can disable it at will unlike other bloatware.

How To Delete Picasa Photos / Albums on Samsung Galaxy S5


Deleting Picasa pictures and/or albums is easy but I actually received a lot of emails from my readers complaining about deleted pictures reappearing in the gallery. In fact, I was hesitant to write this post because; first, I don't use Picasa (or stopped using it because I switched to Google+ Photos); second, well, how hard can it be to delete pictures?


Out of curiosity, I tried to replicate the problem. I uploaded a photo on Picasa Web, synced my phone so the photo would appear in the gallery. It was successful. I also successfully deleted the photo, it reappeared simply because the sync was on. So, I turned off the sync, and deleted the photo again. It was still there and that's when I decided to write about it. And by the way, I have successfully deleted the photo and here's how to do it.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Basics: Complete Guide on Customizing Home screen, Apps screen

If you are not satisfied with the default Home screen layout on your new Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone, then you can manage the Home screen and customize it the way you want.


Here's a simple guide for you to refer to, just in case you need assistance in personalizing the Home screen of your Galaxy Alpha.

How to claim my Galaxy Gifts on Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Friday, September 26, 2014

This is yet another quick guide on how to claim/receive Galaxy Gifts on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S.


After you purchased a new Samsung Galaxy device -- smartphone or tablet, including the Galaxy Tab S, from a participating retailer, you will be given exclusive access to movie, music or fitness content, as well as meaningful rewards for the world's leading brands that would make your Galaxy Tab S experience even more enjoyable and productive.

Among the Galaxy Gifts (exclusive) items you can get would include news and a wide range of productivity applications, for free on your Galaxy device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Add / Delete Widgets or Shortcuts, Change Home Screen and Lock Screen Wallpapers


This is just a simple tutorial on how to add and delete widgets or shortcuts as well as change both the Home screen and Lock screen wallpapers in your new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

The steps are pretty straightforward and if you were already acquainted with Android system, you can do these steps with your eyes close.



Adding a Widget or Shortcut

You can customize the Home screen in the Galaxy Note 4 and the most common thing you can do is add widgets or shortcuts to it.
  1. Swipe to the Home screen you want a widget or shortcut to be added.
  2. Tap a vacant area and hold your finger on the screen.
  3. Tap Widgets.
  4. Now find the widget or shortcut to an app and then touch and hold it.
  5. Drag your finger to the area where you want the widget or shortcut to appear.
  6. Release your finger.

How To Prevent Samsung Galaxy S5 From Overheating (What Not To Do)


A powerful smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a tendency to overheat. In fact, there were already a lot of users complaining about this specific issue. The thing is overheating can be caused by a hardware problem, which leaves the owner helpless, or by sheer mishandling of the phone, which includes but not limited to over usage and improper charging.



Unlike other articles that tell you to disable a bunch of features in your phone, this post will tell you what shouldn't do to prevent Galaxy S5 from overheating. Out of curiosity, you can also try to do them to see if the phone really overheats. It would surely be helpful if you saw it with your own eyes.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Bluetooth Problems [Basic Troubleshooting guide]

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Thursday, September 25, 2014

What's wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Bluetooth function? For some reasons, several S5 users are complaining about certain Bluetooth issues on their handset. So far, Samsung has neither yet acknowledged that such bug really exists on their latest Galaxy flagship, nor has rolled out any software build to fix the existing problem.

So you may wonder, what could possibly trigger Bluetooth problems to occur on your device?

Possible causes

Bluetooth issues are often tied to incorrect device settings or improper configuration of certain functions/options on the phone.



In an attempt to offer some help, we came up with this troubleshooting guide.You may refer to this content, to troubleshoot issues on your Samsung Galaxy S5 Bluetooth function.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Screen Lock Settings Guide


The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 only has 5 screen locks to choose from: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password, and Fingerprint. Obviously, the company didn't include the Face Unlock feature, which is also absent in the Galaxy S5. No one outside Samsung knows why it was removed but it is obvious that the company is promoting the Fingerprint scanner, which is a better way to secure the phone using biometrics.

This post will guide you through setting up the screen lock on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It is a very easy procedure but since we are all newbies, I find it necessary to write this simple guide.

How To Fix / Troubleshoot Samsung Galaxy S5 That Is Very Slow


It's just a few months since the release of Samsung Galaxy S5 but I've already received a lot of emails complaining about its performance. The following is one of the emails I received; short but to the point.

"Help, my Samsung Galaxy S5 has become terribly slow, how can I make it faster?"

Some owners said they just woke up one day and their phone started to act crazy while others said they were getting errors here and there.

Before anything else, let me clarify something. The word 'slow' in this post means the phone's performance is poor or the device itself is not as responsive as it should. For those who may be experiencing problems when browsing the web, you may be experiencing a 'slow browsing issue' and your connection or service provider may be the cause. The problem I tackle in this post is totally different.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Shuts Down / Turns Off Automatically And Won't Come Back On


I spent a few days researching on topics related to the Samsung Galaxy S5 that automatically shuts down or turns off without apparent reason. This post will guide you through a systematic troubleshooting procedure that may lead to the discovery of the root cause of the problem.



The procedures I include here are safe and easy that you don't need to have advanced knowledge with Android to be able to follow them. Additionally, I never advice my readers to follow steps that could void the warranty of their devices. So, if you're looking for some jedi tricks that could fix the problem in one touch, I tell you now, you're in the wrong place.

Simple Guide to Create Folder, Apps Page on Samsung Galaxy Tab S

In this guide, we will elaborate how to customize screens on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S, particularly on how to create folders and apps page on it. We intend to offer this content to all users of the Galaxy Tab S device, who need help in customizing their device screens based on their preference.


If you are one of our target audience for this piece, then you may consider reading on this entire page to find out what you need to know of in the first place.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha: Complete Guide on taking screenshots, manage screenshot options

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

There are two ways to take or capture screenshots on the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha -- (1) using keys and (2) palm swipe. 

This content will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to take screenshots on the Galaxy Alpha using combined keys and by swiping your palm across the screen. You may refer to this content whenever you think necessary.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Starters Guide: Home screen, Apps menu, Screen Timeout, Quick Settings bar, Screen Touch Sensitivity

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Monday, September 22, 2014

This article elaborates the simple ways to perform the following actions on the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone -- the latest Samsung smartphone that comes with a metal frame and an octa-core processor.

If you need help in how to get any of these things done on your new Samsung device, then you may refer to the following steps elaborated in this content.


You can start here right away or get back to this page whenever you're all set to begin.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Problems, Questions, Errors and Solutions [Part 5]

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, September 21, 2014


Hi guys! It's been quite a while since I posted the 4th part of the Samsung Galaxy S5 support series. I was really, really busy. But don't worry, here I am now and I will continue what I was doing. In fact, I've addressed 10 questions / problems in this post, so enjoy browsing through it and see if your problem is included. If not, don't worry, I'm already on it.


For those who have just tuned in, I answer questions and suggest solutions to any Android problem. You may contact me through email or join the Google+ community I created for this purpose.

Now, for the problems, please click any of the links below to go to that specific problem.

How to Mirror / Connect Samsung Galaxy S3 to TV with HDMI

By: Harold Hisona | Saturday, September 20, 2014

I've been receiving emails asking me how to connect the Samsung Galaxy S3 to a TV set with HDMI since the standard or universal MHL-to-HDMI cable won't work. This issue has been going on for a couple of years now and only a small percentage of Galaxy S3 owners actually knew the phone has a different configuration.

Samsung changed the configuration of its flagship phones starting with the Galaxy S3. Unlike the S2, which requires a 5-pin connection, the Galaxy S3 uses an adapter with 11-pin connector, which needs to be bought separately. Of course, Samsung sells the accessory. Refer to the picture below for its actual appearance.



Kingzone K1 Turbo Octa Core Smartphone Review

By: Harold Hisona | Friday, September 19, 2014

I recently received Kingzone K1 Turbo Android smartphone for review. It packs an octa-core processor, 5.5-inch display, full metal chassis, and some goodies that would surely attract any tech junkies out there.



Kingzone is a manufacturer based in China and while it has already released a few products in the past, its campaigns were never that successful especially that tech magnate such as Samsung and Apple largely dominated the mobile market. The Kingzone K1 Turbo, however, is a game-changer for the company...well, hopefully.

Before anything else, I would like to personally express my gratitude to Chinavasion.com, wholesaler of electronic devices and gadgets, for providing one unit of Kingzone K1 Turbo for review.

Design

I received a black-colored unit and it doesn't have any other colors visible anywhere on its cover except for prints, of course. K1 Turbo is known as "Iron man" of smartphones because it has a full-metal chassis and back cover, so don't expect it to be as light as those plastic smartphones like Galaxy S3 and S4. Its weight was sacrificed to make the device more durable.

In front, 95% is covered with tempered Corning gorilla glass, which meets with the top and bottom rounded plastic caps. The left and right sides of the phone reveal its durability as they immediately show the metal frame of the phone. The left side is where the USB / utility, Qi wireless charging interface and 3.5mm headphone jack are located. On the right side are Volume and Power keys.

K1 Turbo may have similarities with the design of other China phones but its minimalist design and noticeable durable built are factors that would make it standout above the rest.

Display

More often, phones with bigger screens have mediocre picture but not this one. While it has a 5.5-inch display panel, Kingzone made it a point to give it 1920 x 1080 pixels FHD resolution. So, basically, it has around 480 ppi, which is high enough for a China phone.

K1 Turbo uses Sharp's LTPS display panel. Needless to say, it's display is impressive with realistic colors and you can use touch command even with wet fingers. Yes, I've tried it and its response is as smooth as when your hands are dry.

Its impressive display panel is, of course, protected with 3rd generation Corning gorilla glass. I didn't bother to install the screen protector to maximize the sensitivity of the screen. One thing I noticed is that the display doesn't heat like other smartphones.

Hardware

One of the main reasons why I was so interested in reviewing this phone is because it has an octa-core processor. I'm always attracted to powerful smartphones like this one. It uses Mediatek's MT6592 chip, which has 8 completely independent cores. It also incorporates a quad-core GPU that allows Full HD resolution and excellent graphics. It's powerful processor is backed up by a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

Kingzone also used Sony's 14-megapixel sensor for the primary camera, while the front camera enjoys the 8MP sensor. People who loves taking selfies would surely love this phone as it also has its built-in filters and modes.

One feature that you can't find with other China phones is Air Gestures. With the help of Sharp's four-directional sensor, you can answer calls, scroll pages, or switch interfaces with the wave of your hand.

Other things worth mentioning is that, Kingzone K1 Turbo supports Qi wireless charging, NFC and it uses Yamaha's HiFi audio codec for better and clearer audio.

Lastly, the 2,500mAh battery. Considering the efficiency of its processor and display panel, its battery is more than enough to power the device for more than a day of average use. Gaming can reach up to 4 hours and music with the screen on can go on up to 10.5 hours.

Software

Kingzone K1 Turbo runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The company didn't disclose any information as to future updates for the device but if there's none, it's understandable for China phone.

So far, I didn't encounter force closes and the phone is buttery smooth with its default setup and interface. I tried installing heavy games, run them in the background and switch between them over and over and K1 Turbo does the job with ease.

Bottom Line

Kingzone K1 Turbo is a premium Android phone with impressive specs and built. If it had a Samsung label on it, I'm pretty sure its price will be between $600 and $800. For people who are not after the brand, this phone may be for you.

Again, I would like to say thanks to Chinavasion for providing this review unit. There are more Android devices like this one on their website, find one that would fit your lifestyle.

Samsung Galaxy Avant: Recent Apps and Task Manager


Accessing Samsung Galaxy Avant's Recent Applications screen and Task Manager is pretty straightforward and just like other Galaxy devices, you can close apps, view apps info, and more.

When your phone's performance deteriorates over time, it may be because there are already a lot of apps running in the background that is eating RAM. You need to close them to regain the phone's optimum performance.

The following procedures will walk you through accessing the Recent Apps screen and the Task Manager.



Samsung Galaxy S4: Recent Applications and Task Manager

By: Harold Hisona | Thursday, September 18, 2014


Learn how to access the Recent Apps screen and the Task Manager in your Samsung Galaxy S4...

Applications continue running in the background when you exit to the home screen in your Samsung Galaxy S4 or any Android smartphones. Their RAM and CPU requirements, however, are at the minimum when you're not using them but when there are a lot of apps running in the background already, your phone's performance will surely be affected.

It is, therefore, recommended you take time accessing the Recent Apps screen and close applications you can find there. It also very helpful if you cleared your phone's RAM from time to time to optimize its performance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Remove / Uninstall Samsung KNOX [Android 4.4]


Early batches of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that were released running Android 4.3 came packed with Samsung KNOX, the company's mobile security suite. But due to the fact that only a few welcomed it, Samsung decided to allow users to remove or uninstall it from their devices after Android 4.4 KitKat.

If you got a unit with Android 4.3 and you updated it to 4.4, Samsung KNOX is still in your phone as it will not be uninstalled automatically. You have to remove it yourself and this post with guide you through.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha Starters Guide: Connecting/Pairing Alpha to a Bluetooth device

By: Grace Gajetes-Hisona | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This guide is intended for users of the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha who are trying to use or connect their phone to another device via Bluetooth. You too may refer to this content when necessary.


As usual, you need to turn on Bluetooth function on both devices, for them to be connected.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Hotspot Settings Guide

By: Harold Hisona | Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This guide will walk you through setting up your Samsung Galaxy S5 to become your personal mobile hotspot that will allow you to share your internet with other devices. Cited in this post are ways to access and turn on the Hotspot feature, how to configure it and how to allow and disallow other devices from connecting to it.

This guide is intended for newbies and owners who are still learning to operate and manipulate their device. Advanced owners may need not to read it as you may have already known how to effectively turn your device into a mobile hotspot. But it will be helpful for others if you shared this post.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Guide: Perform Emergency Firmware Recovery using Kies

You can use the emergency firmware recovery tool to revive or recover your Galaxy device, if in case the firmware upgrade fails or some problem occurs in your device while updating the firmware. This guide will walk you through the entire process of performing an emergency firmware recovery for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 using the KIES.

You can also recover your Galaxy Note 3 from another computer. Both of these methods are tackled in this content, so you may opt to use either ways to recover your device when necessary.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Not Charging Problem and Troubleshooting

By: Harold Hisona | Monday, September 15, 2014


Today, my friends, I will tackle the 'not charging problem' with the Samsung Galaxy S5. I received a few emails that spoke of this specific issue. I did my part; I scoured the web for possible information of a bug that may be causing this problem and I didn't find one; I rang a couple of friends who develop and modify firmware and they said no to the idea that the 'not charging problem' is brought by a bug.



Needless to say, the Galaxy S5 not charging problem is either a glitch or a hardware issue. If it were the former, then it can be fixed without visiting a technician. The latter, however, may be more complicated. I cited three problems in this post so feel free to browse to see if one of them is the same as the one you have now.

Samsung Galaxy S5: How To Find IMEI and Serial Number

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, September 14, 2014


This is just a quick walkthrough on how to find the IMEI number and the Serial Number of your new Samsung Galaxy S5. It is intended for new owners who may still be learning a thing or two about their new device.


If you've called your service provider and were asked to verify your account, you may have been asked to provide your phone's IMEI and/or Serial numbers as part of verification procedure. The thing is these numbers are unique and every unit has different series of numbers as their identity.

The IMEI number alone will let you block the phone if it got lost and reported it to your service provider. This information is often taken for granted because it's not everyday that you will be asked about it. But now that you know, it's time you took a little time writing it now on a piece of paper and tuck it somewhere for future use.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Using The Interaction Control Feature

By: Harold Hisona | Monday, September 8, 2014


Your Samsung Galaxy S5 has an Interaction Control feature that allows you to restrict some functions in your phone. This will come in handy when you allow other users limited access to your device. You can even use it as an additional security feature as it manipulates screen and hardkey functions as well.

In this post, I will guide you through enabling and using the Interaction control feature. It will just be short and quick so browse through sections to know more about it.

Samsung Galaxy S5: How To Use Emoji Emoticons

By: Harold Hisona | Sunday, September 7, 2014


For Samsung Galaxy S5 owners out there who love to express their feelings through emoji emoticons, this is for you. Included in this post is the step-by-step tutorial on how to attach those tiny, funny looking dudes to your messages. I have a feeling you already know that, so you can skip the first part and proceed to the section where you can find alternative apps that also support emojis. But for those who are still learning a thing or two on how to use their phones, this may come handy.

Recent updates brought emoji support to Samsung devices. Those special characters, that look almost the same as ones in iOS, were embedded in the stock Samsung keyboard. The point is, you don't need to download third-party apps to be able to attach emoticons in your messages and that's good news...but there's a downside to that, too. You will learn in the later part of this post.

Motorola gives up to $300 if you purchased new Moto X or Moto G via its Trade In program

By: Harold Hisona | Saturday, September 6, 2014


Are you planning to purchase the new Moto X or Moto G? Then you should know that Motorola will give you up $300 if you traded in your old device. Motorola's Trade In program will also be applicable to those who have already ordered one provided that you still have a proof of purchase and ordered one via Moto Maker.


Samsung Galaxy S5: 'Not Registered On Network' Error

I received four emails from my readers yesterday seeking help because they're getting the "Not Registered on Network" error message on their Samsung Galaxy S5. That's the reason why I'm writing about this topic now.


I tried googling the problem and thanks goodness there were only very few Galaxy S5 owners who experienced this. Well, it means that it isn't a bug or a firmware issue.

Having worked as a tech support for a wireless company in the U.S. I already have a hint of what the problem is. The fact is it's not really a problem. To make things simpler, the error message is already telling you what the problem is--it is not registered on the network it's trying to connect to or get data from.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Key Specs, Features, Pricing and Availability

By: Harold Hisona | Friday, September 5, 2014

Samsung added two new members to the Note family, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Both were officially unveiled during the first day of IFA 2014 in Berlin on September 3rd. The 4th generation Note, as expected, is an upgrade of last year's model while the Note Edge is new.

Under the hood, it is basically just Note 4 but what's captivating is the curved screen that covers the right side of the phone. While we've already seen this technology demoed before, the Note Edge is the first ever to sport it together with pretty impressive specs.


Samsung Galaxy S5: "Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home Has Stopped" Error

By: Harold Hisona | Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped."

This is the exact error message you'll be getting on the screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5 when TouchWiz, the custom interface for Samsung flagship phones, crashes. The problem may be triggered by a third-party app or when the firmware itself hangs for some reason.

In this post, I will cite troubleshooting procedures that were proven to work and fix this issue: Soft Reset and Safe Mode.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Flashing Notification Lights and Meaning + Problems

By: Harold Hisona | Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an L.E.D. to the left side (when the phone is facing you) of the earpiece. It is used for notifications so that owners will know that messages came in, they missed calls, the phone needs to charge, etc. without even touching it or unlocking the screen.



There are three basic colors (Blue, Red and Green) and three noticeable rhythms (pulse, blink and glow) so it is easy to memorize their meaning. Click on any of the links below to go to that section...

  1. Pulsating Blue Light
  2. Blinking Blue Light
  3. Glowing Red Light
  4. Blinking Red Light
  5. Glowing Green Light

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Launched: Specs and Features now Official

[UPDATE Sept.9th]: Four retailers in the Netherlands are now accepting pre-orders for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the price ranges between €795 and €799, or a little over $1K in the U.S. It surely is a premium phone with a premium price. But will you spend that much just to own a phone like this?

Original post: Samsung officially announced the fourth generation of its popular Note line of devices at the IFA 2014 event in Berlin on September 3rd. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been rumored for months following leaks of its specifications, design, and features. Needless to say, there was quite a build up in excitement and anticipation especially for people planning to upgrade from earlier versions.



Aside from its flagships, Samsung's production of Note devices has been a success since the release of the first Galaxy Note. The breakaway in design, hardware and features happened last year when the company revealed Note 3. The device reached the 10 million sales mark in just 60 days. But will the Galaxy Note 4 be a worthy successor? Well, let's take a look…

AT&T Galaxy S5 minor OTA Android 4.4.2 update rolled out

By: Harold Hisona | Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 owners under AT&T network should expect to receive a small update anytime soon. The company started the roll out last week but it was only on Monday, Sept. 1st, that some owners received notifications about it.

While the size is relatively small at 142.8 MB, owners are advised to download and install it immediately as it fixes commonly reported Galaxy S5 bugs and problems like S-View errors, accidental emergency dialing while on the lock screen, mobile data and Wi-Fi issues, and sluggishness.

MOTA Smart Ring unveiled, price and release date not yet disclosed

MOTA, maker of innovative high-tech products, unveiled its next line of wearable technology that would compliment functionalities of your smartphone--the MOTA Smart Ring. The announcement was done on Monday, September 1st, ahead of the IFA 2014 event in Berlin.



The SmartRing will become the extension of your Android or iOS smartphone. The accessory's main function revolves around notifying its users of new messages, notifications, time and whatnot. It will display how many notifications you received in text form and nothing more.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Effectively Backup / Restore Your Apps, Contacts, Pictures [Complete Guide]

Apps, contacts, music, videos and pictures are among the most important data you need to backup if you're planning to perform Factory Reset on your new Samsung Galaxy S5. Of course, there's always a hassle in backing up things you saved in your phone especially if you've already acquired a lot of them after months of use. In fact, that is actually one of the reasons why many owners refuse to do factory reset.



I understand them. I, myself, don't want to go through that hassle that's why I don't save important data in my phones so that when they act up like crazy, I can immediately hit some buttons to reset them.

 

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