Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

The Xiaomi Mi 4 android smartphone is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz with a 330 Adreno GPU and GB of RAM. But all of us know the the phone is from the Chinese market and If the phone is flashed with the developers ROM to get the root access without losing the warranty, then the Google Apps and services do not open. Or if you bought the phone directly from the chinese market then you can’t find any Google services on your phone. To use all those Google Service you need to install them manually. Here in this guide we’ll show you how you can install Google Play and other Google apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate, Google Maps etc on your Xiaomi smartphones.

You can use the same guide to Install Google Play Store on other Xiaomi smartphones including Mi3, Redmi Note, Redmi 2 and Redmi 1S. The guide is pretty simple and only takes a few minutes to install all the Google application on your phone.

Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

INSTALL GOOGLE PLAY STORE ON MI4

Step 1. On your Xiaomi device, tap Settings > Security and check the Unknown sources option.

Step 2. Download the “Google Installer.apk” here and move the file on your phones internal storage.

Step 3. Open the file manager on your phone and install the “Google Installer.apk” on your MI 4.

Step 4. Once the app is installed, Open the application. There, you will find Google Play Store.

Install-Google-Play

Step 5. Tap on Install. Now this step is little bit trick, so read it carefully and follow all the steps below.

Step 6. Now you will see a prompt as below. Tap on OK. You need to install Google Service Framework on your phone to install Play store.

Google-Service-Framework

Step 7. Tap on OK. On next screen, you will see 4 apps. Install all 4 apps on your phone by clicking on install icon at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 8. Once the installation process is completed, exit all the way and reboot the phone.

Step 9. Now back to the Google Installer app and look for Google Play Store again. This time, go ahead and Install.

Now you have successfully installed Google Play Store on your Xiaomi Mi 4. Enjoy !!!

Source: Fastest Way to Install Google Play Store on Xiaomi Mi 4 Phone

[REVIEW] #ZTE Blade S6 5” HD Screen 4G Smartphone – 5.0 #Lollipop

In the last year or so, budget-friendly smartphones have become a huge part of the Android landscape, with OEMs not compromising on elements like build quality and performance, even with the devices boasting price tags that are less than $300, or even $200 in a few cases. It is also a testament to how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, when you consider that a lot of these smartphones pack specifications that were thought of as flagship only a couple of years ago. (via AA)

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The curved design might remind you of a certain Cupertino phone but any scrutiny whatsoever will leave you asking why anyone thought copying the iPhone 6’s design was a good plan – when all it would bring is comparison. The phone feels fairly well balanced in the hand, but the materials used in construction are certainly not lovingly crafted from a block of aluminium.

The ZTE Blade S6 comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display, with a 720p resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 294 ppi. This resolution may be a little low for pixel junkies, but the experience on the display was very good, with everything, including videos and games, looking great. The display brings with it all the loved features of IPS LCD panels, including vibrant but not overly saturated colors, great brightness, and good viewing angles. While not at the level of some AMOLED screens out there, the black levels provided by this display were also surprisingly good, and might be the best I’ve seen on an LCD without exhibiting light bleed.

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As you probably heard, the Blade S6 packs an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, clocked at 1.7 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. This is one of best mid-range processing packages currently available, that allows for a performance that is quite similar to its more high-end counterparts in every day tasks.

The front-facing camera (5MP wide-angle), is pretty good and the main 13MP camera coped okay – although the flash may not be the brightest out there.

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With Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the ZTE Blade S6 is one of the few phones that runs the latest iteration of the OS. You get all of the great features of Lollipop with a few additions from ZTE, and while the custom launcher does have its unique features, a lot of the stock elements of Android 5.0 are available. Elements like the lockscreen, notification shade, overview, and applications like the settings, dialer, and clock still preserve the material design from Google.

A standard suite of sensors and connectivity options are available, including support for 4G. These are the frequencies supported by the Blade S6 :

2G network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz ;

3G network: WCDMA 900/2100MHz;

4G network: LTE B3/B7/B8/B20 (1800/2600/900/800MHz)

So there you have it – the ZTE Blade S6! While the design and build quality could have been slightly better, once you get past that, what you get with the Blade S6 is a device that offers a best-in-class processing package, a solid camera experience, and the latest iteration of Android, all in a very affordable package. (Via AA)

The ZTE Blade S6 is now available from Amazon UK for just under £170.00 inc delivery.

 

[ALL IN ONE] OnePlus ONE ROMs, Recoveries, Kernels, etc

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Setup, Preparation and Prerequisites

I know there are already a few root guides out there for this phone, but I found that they weren’t very detailed. This guide is thorough and explains each and every step in a noob-proof manner.

Basic tasks that I may refer to throughout this guide:

  • Open command prompt – Press Window Key + R, type in “cmd” (without the quotes), and hit enter.
  • Enter fastboot mode- Turn the phone off. Hold volume up + power until the “fastboot” screen appears.

ADB & Fastboot Installation:

  1. Download the full Android SDK here (scroll to the bottom of the page>DOWNLOAD FOR OTHER PLATFORMS>SDK Tools Only) or get a slimmed version containing only the essential components here
  2. Extract the zip and place the android-sdk-windows folder on your desktop.
    **If you chose to download the slimmed sdk skip to step 5**
  3. Only if you downloaded the full sdk: Go into the android-sdk-windows folder and run SDK Manager.exe. Install the following packages (there are a total of 4 packages):
    – Tools > Android SDK Tools, Android SDK Platform-tools
    – Extras > Android Support Library, Google USB Driver
  4. Only if you downloaded the full sdk: Go back into the android-sdk-windows directory, and you should see a new folder named platform-tools. If you don’t see this new folder, repeat the step above.
  5. To confirm that it is indeed working, open a command prompt window and enter the following commands:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/android-sdk-windows/platform-tools
    adb version

    If it displays “Android Debug Bridge version x.x.xx” it is working. If it is gives an error saying that adb is not a recognized command, it has not been successful. Carefully repeat the steps above if this is the case. Close the command prompt window when you are done.

  • Show File Extensions – Open a command prompt window and run “Control folders” (without the quotes). Go to the View tab and uncheck the “Hide extensions for known file types” option. This will help avoid confusion when renaming files.
  • Battery – Ensure that your phone has at least 60% battery remaining, and that your PC is plugged in and wont shut down spontaneously during the process. The procedure doesn’t take very long (5-15 minutes), but its best to have enough charge in case something goes wrong.
  • Backup (Optional) – Unlocking the bootloader will completely wipe all data from the device. This includes apps, settings and even the contents of the internal sdcard (pictures, music, etc.). Copy all important files off the phone onto a PC or upload them to a cloud.
  • Driver Installation – Download and install the Universal ADB Driver. Alternatively, use this method.

Downloads
Download a custom recovery and the SuperSU zip below. Place both files (recovery image and root zip) in the platform-tools folder located on your desktop within the android-sdk-windows folder.

Custom Recovery:
TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP)

Root:
SuperSU

Information
Rooting this device is actually quite a simple and easy process. Before you begin, it is recommended that you at least try to understand what each part of the process will do. Although this guide will elongate each step in order to show all of the details, the method used can be broken up into 3 main steps: Unlocking the Bootloader, Installing a Custom Recovery and finally Rooting. Each new step relies on the previous step to have been completed, and a basic summary of each part is:

  1. Unlocking Bootloader: Opens the door to the internal memory of the device to be written on to. This allows you to flash images onto the main partitions of the phone.
  2. Installing a Custom Recovery: A custom recovery is flashed onto the recovery partition of the device and overwrites the stock recovery that exists by default. Custom recoveries bring lots of functionality and give you the ability to perform wipes, install flashable zips, create full backups of your NAND (Nandroid backup), and various other features. An unlocked bootloader is needed to install a custom recovery.
  3. Rooting: You can gain root by either flashing via recovery a pre-rooted custom rom, or flashing a zip containing the SuperSU binaries. A custom recovery is necessary to do this.

After completing these steps your phone will be rooted, the phone will have a custom recovery installed, and the phones bootloader will be unlocked. This, in my opinion, is the most practical and beneficial method for rooting your phone. It gives you some basic adb/fastboot knowledge, and should hopefully help you have a decent understanding of what is going on. Also this method will work regardless of what android version your phone has.

If you are confused by anything in this guide, I would highly suggest getting it clarified being before moving on. Ask your question in this thread and I or someone else will likely answer. Also I’d suggest that you read over the whole thread a few times before actually doing anything to the phone.

[1. HOW TO UNLOCK BOOTLOADER]

  • Turn the phone off. Then boot it into fastboot mode by holding volume up + power. The phone will display “fastboot” text indicating that it has successfully entered fastboot mode.
  • Plug the phone into your PC, then open a command prompt window and type:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/android-sdk-windows/platform-tools
    Code:
    fastboot devices

    This command will list the connected devices. If your phones serial number shows up you are good to go and may continue. If the phone is NOT listed this indicates that your drivers are not installed correctly. In order for you to continue you must fix your drivers so that your phone is listed under fastboot devices.

  • If the phone has been recognized by the command above, proceed to unlocking the bootloader with the following command:
    Remember that this step will wipe EVERYTHING off the phone

    Code:
    fastboot oem unlock
  • After the above command has finished executing, run the following
    Code:
    fastboot reboot

    The phone will reboot. Wait until the phone has fully booted up into android, then adjust the following settings on the phone:

  • USB Debugging – On your phone go to Settings > About phone > Tap on Build number 7 times. This will enable Developer options. Now go back to Settings > Developer options > Enable USB debugging
  • Disable CM Recovery Protection – On your phone go to Settings > Developer options. Then disable the ‘Update recovery with system updates’ option.
  • Close the command prompt window and proceed onto the next section of the guide.

[2. HOW TO INSTALL A CUSTOM RECOVERY]

  • Turn the phone off. Then boot it into fastboot mode by holding volume up + power.
  • Rename the recovery file that you downloaded above to recovery.img. *Make sure that you rename it to recovery.img NOT recovery.img.img* Remember that this file should be placed in the platform-tools folder inside of the android-sdk-windows folder on your desktop.
  • Open a new command prompt and run the following commands:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/android-sdk-windows/platform-tools
    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • Once the flash has completed type the following command to reboot the phone:
    Code:
    fastboot reboot

    After the phone has booted back up, turn it off. Now to enter your newly installed custom recovery, hold volume down + power. The phone should boot into recovery mode. Now that you have a custom recovery, you may continue to the final step.

  • Close the command prompt window.

[3. HOW TO ROOT]

Now that your phone has an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery installed you have a two options to gain root (Pick one or the other. You don’t need to do both)

Option A) Flash SuperSU binaries which will give you root with the stock ROM

  • Confirm that you have downloaded the SuperSU zip from the downloads section above and that it is located in the platform-tools folder inside of the android-sdk-windows folder on your desktop.
  • Turn the phone off then boot into recovery mode by holding volume down + power. Leave the phone at the main screen of the custom recovery for now.
  • Open a command prompt window and run the following commands:
    Code:
    cd Desktop/android-sdk-windows/platform-tools
    Code:
    adb push UPDATE-SuperSU-vX.XX.zip /sdcard/

    This will copy the SuperSU zip onto your phone. Once the command has completed continue.

    Instructions for TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP):

  • Install > browse to SuperSU zip and select the it
  • Swipe to confirm the installation. Then reboot.Instructions for ClockworkMod (CWM):
  • install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard.
  • Next, browse to the location where you previously copied the SuperSU zip and select the it.
  • To confirm the installation, scroll down to “Yes” and select it. The installation shouldn’t take very long, and once it has completed you may reboot.

Option B) Flash a custom rom which will come pre-rooted

  • Note that not all custom roms will be pre rooted, however the majority of them are. Read the OP of the ROM thread to see what the verdict is.
  • Copy a custom rom (you can find these in the ONE Android Development and ONE Original Android Development section) onto the phone (remember the location of where you copy it to)
  • Turn the phone off then boot into recovery mode by holding volume down + power. To install a custom ROM the general procedure to follow is: factory reset, wipe cache + dalvik cache, flash ROM, flash GApps. Here are the recovery specific instructions:Instructions for TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP):
  • Wipe > Swipe to Factory Reset
  • Install > browse to the location where you previously copied the ROM zip and select it > Swipe to confirm the installation
  • Install GApps using same process as ROM, then reboot.Instructions for ClockworkMod (CWM):
  • wipe data/factory reset
  • wipe cache partition
  • advanced > wipe dalvik cache
  • install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > navigate to the location of the ROM > select the ROM > confirm the installation by selecting “Yes”
  • After that you may install the GApps using the same method for flashing the ROM, and finally reboot the phone.

Keep in mind that the first boot after installing a custom ROM & wiping the phone may take longer than usual, as the phone will need to rebuild the dalvik cache and initialize other first boot stuff.

Congrats! That is it! Your phone now has an unlocked bootloader, a custom recovery installed and it is rooted. Enjoy :)!!!

[ROMs]

The Biggest ONEPLUS ONE ROM Collection

[RECOVERIES]

CWM

TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP)

Cannibal Open Touch 3.0 Alpha builds

All thanks and credits for these guides go to Chromium

MIUI Express/Lite MIUI 6 Version Released: An Extraordinary Visual Feast!

Since MIUI 6 is released, many of you have been asking when will your non-Xiaomi device get MIUI 6. The bad news is that there’s no word about it yet, the good news is that you can have a taste of MIUI 6 on your phone now using MIUI Express!

[Highlights]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Support swiping up using two fingers in Messaging to enter private messaging

[New]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Private messaging (Swipe up using two fingers)
– Smart IP dialing
– Added phone ringtone option in Settings

[Optimization]
– Theme details page
– Settings page UI
– Home screen layouts for some devices
– Ported some devices’ icons

[Fix]
– Sometimes, dialing pad didn’t show the numbers
– For some devices, system lockscreen wallpaper would show when lock the phone for the first time after applying a new theme
– Could not add some messages to blocklist again if they were restored to Messaging from blocklist once
– Home screen icons would lose after installing a new app if the last screen is full with apps
– Prompt for logging into Xiaomi account would show twice
– Sometimes Contacts would crash if exited contact details page quickly
– Search box in dailing page was too narrow in some devices
– Contacts would crash if choose to select contacts avatars from photo package
– Could not select in some messages when editing them
– Mail supported adding recipients to blocklist
– Messaging didn’t response after selecting all text in a message for some devices
– Closing Toolbox would cause crash in home screen editing mode
– Notification shade always showed an app is installing after its update was completed
– Dual-SIM devices SIM 2 could not sync call logs
– Some devices would crash after adding widgets
– Phone could not be unlocked after lock/unlock it quickly twice
– Some devices could not set MIUI Express as default launcher
– For some devices, call logs with a person did not update timely if called them from the contact details page
– Swipe up using one finger would cause crash in some dual-SIM devices
– For some devices, if set contacts avatars in MIUI Express, they would display abnormally in stock system
– Some devices didn’t show call logs
– Syncing contacts to Mi Cloud would cause crash
– Updating weather info would cause crash
– Sometimes, widgets in the dock would disappear in home screen editing mode
– It often returned to home screen automatically when using an app
– Sometimes, diall pad didn’t respond

Download: MIUI Lite MIUI 6 Version.apk (18.88 MB)

Learn more about MIUI Express here: http://en.miui.com/thread-23008-1-1.html


How to flash CM11s on your Chinese OnePlus One

If you have bitten the bullet and decided to buy the Chinese version of the OnePlus One, your next step will likely to remove ColorOS and flash CM11s on the phone here is how.

As we have pointed out in the past, one of the major differences between the Chinese and International OnePlus One phones is the operating system. The Chinese OPO ships with Oppo’s ColorOS based on Android 4.3, while the global version ships with CyanogenMod 11s based on Android 4.4.2.

ColorOS is the same system that ships on the Oppo Find 7, and has some great features. I, and others, would even go so far to say ColorOS has more in the way of features when compared to CM11S (check out the links above), but as it’s a Chinese ROM it only supports Chinese and English and doesn’t have Google services installed which means a ROOT.

Download CM11S for the Chinese OnePlus One

Once you have decided you want the full OnePlus experience on your OPO and want to flash to CM11S you are going to want to download a CyanogenMod 11S factory image.

Being open source you can download the CM11S factory images directly from the CyanogenMod website. These CM11S factory images include Google Services. There are 3 to choose from, for this how to I used the first ROM option: cm-11.0-XNPH22R-bacon-signed.zip Once download you can begin with the flashing process.

How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus One

Warning! 
Although this process is very simple there is the risk of bricking your device. If you are not 100% happy doing this yourself then turn back now. We won’t be held responsible for damaged caused to your device.

Before you begin we also suggest you make a back up of anything you want to keep from your phone. Follow these steps to flash CyanogenMod 11S to the Chinese OnePlus One;

  1. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 1 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneMove the CM11S ROM you downloaded above to the ROOT of your phone. In this case I have named the file ‘update.zip’.
  2. Turn off your OnePlus One
  3. When the power is off hold the Power button and Volume down (volume -) buttons together.
  4. Enter recovery mode.
  5. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 2 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneChoose ‘English’.
  6. Wipe data and cache (backup anything you don’t want to loose) and choose ‘Yes’.flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 3 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus One
  7. Once the cache is cleared go back to the recovery page and choose ‘Install from SD’
  8. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 4 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneChoose the cm-11.0-XNPH22R-bacon-signed.zip file and install, and ‘Yes’ to install.
  9. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 5 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneThe OPO should now start to update to CyanogenMod 11s.
  10. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 6 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneOnce installed the OPO should reboot showing the Cyanogen logo and ‘Powered by Android’
  11. flash cm11s on chinese oneplus one 7 How to flash CM11s on to your Chinese OnePlus OneYou are now running CyanogenMod 11S Congratulations!

The whole process should only take a few minutes and is much simple than the number of steps might suggest. Now that you have CM11S on your OnePlus One you can log in to your Google account and enjoy all the same features as the Global version of the OnePlus One.

I hope you found this how to useful. Let me know if you decide to follow it and install CM11S on your Chinese OnePlus One. Also, let us know if you have any tips or alternative methods.

Via: gizchina.com

LG G3 arrives in the UK tomorrow

The LG G3 officially launches tomorrow in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and the Philippines and will reach Europe in July. However, UK retailers already have it in stock and will be shipping it to buyers doorsteps tomorrow.

Carphone Warehouse offers a number of pay monthly deals from EE, Vodafone, O2, Orange and T-Mobile starting at £38 a month. The retailer seems to have all three colour options in stock and promises free next day delivery.

Unlocked Mobiles (as the name suggests) is asking for £500 for a SIM-free LG G3 and will deliver it tomorrow. Note that only the Metallic black is in stock today.

Clove UK expects to have SIM-free LG G3s today, while MobileFun should have units by tomorrow.

The LG G3 will also launch in the US on the four major carriers but there’s no exact time frame yet.

Are you going to buy one? Let us know in the comments below.

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Security warning: Mediatek-based phones could be facing a potential security hole

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French blogger Korben has discovered that certain smartphones with Mediatek chipsets seem to shut down and reset themselves upon receiving an equals symbol “=” (without the quotation marks) via text message.

This is not so much a security hole in that there is a risk of data being compromised, but it makes phones vulnerable to remote attacks because being repeatedly spammed with the equals symbol could render a user’s phone unusable, or receiving such a text message during a phone call could terminate the call.

An incomplete list of smartphones affected by the flaw is available below:

  • Wiko Stairway
  • Wiko Darkmoon
  • Wiko Dark Side
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Wiko Iggy
  • Wiko Ozzy
  • Wiko Darfull
  • Wiko Cink King
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Cink Peax
  • Wiko Cink Peax 2
  • Wiko Cink Slim
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol X
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
  • Alcatel One Touch 997D
  • Alcatel One Touch Pop C3 (4033D)
  • Alcatel One Touch S-Pop (4030D)
  • Alcaltel One Touch Star (6010D)
  • Zopo ZP950
  • Acer Liquid E 2 DUO
  • Fairphone
  • Archos 40 Titanium

You can test if your own Mediatek-based smartphone is susceptible by messaging an equals symbol to yourself.

According to the blog wiity, the solution to this is fairly simple, in that all the user has to do is download an alternative messaging app to handle SMS messages rather than use the standard one that comes with the phones. Still, this is an extremely strange flaw that could prove to be a major hassle if an attacker attempts to exploit it.

Korben discusses and demonstrates the flaw in the video below:

Leave a comment below with your phone name and model if you find this applies to you.

Via: http://www.neowin.net

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