Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Spice Android One Dream UNO: Best budget Android One Smartphone

SPICE Dream UNO MI-498, Powered by Android One

 Introducing the Spice Dream UNO, a phone that is specially engineered for those who believe in the power of dreams. Effortlessly intelligent and incredibly friendly. Fulfil your every dream with Spice Dream UNO, powered by Android One.
The Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, quite a mouthful for a phone name, is launched with a price tag of Rs. 6999.

About Android One

Android One is a standard created by Google for Android systems, mainly targeted at people buying their first smartphone, and customers in the developing world. Android One smartphones will run software close to stock Android, without the often extensive vendor-specific modifications that many smartphone vendors apply. Security updates will be handled by Google, avoiding problems some earlier phones have had with lacking security updates.[1] Google also makes a reference hardware design available for Android One, meaning that OEMs just have to manufacture the phone.[2] The first set of Android One devices features MediaTek’s quad-core MT6582 Mobile System-on-Chip (Mobile SoC).[3]
Android One phones will initially roll out in India, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines and other South Asian countries in 2014.[4] The first Android One smartphones were by the Indian brands Micromax, Spice and Karbonn in September 2014, and other manufacturers are going to follow gradually.
Various news articles mention that the Android One standard also dictates minimum hardware requirements,[5][6] but the actual list of minimum requirements doesn't seem to have been made available on the Internet.




Inside the Box 

Spice Dream UNO Android One handset, data cable, battery of 1700 mAh capacity, travel charger, screen guard, warranty card, service centre list, user manual and decent earphone. SAR Value : 0.641 W/Kg.


Design and Display
The Dream UNO has got curvy design, looks beautiful (premium look). The rear is with matte finish and soft to touch. Build quality is good and so is the finishing. Weight with battery is 139 grams and dimensions are 67.74 x 133.86 x 9.12 (mm).

Volume rockers and power button are on the right side. 3.5mm audio jack is on the top and micro USB port at the bottom. There is a single mic next to the USB port. There are no dedicated navigation buttons. It is a dual SIM (Micro SIM’s) handset and both the SIM slots support 3G.
The LCD IPS touch screen is 4.5 inches supporting 854 x 480 pixels resolution. Touch is smooth and responsive. Viewing angles are okay. There is LED notification and good number of sensors – Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro and Magnetic.

Operating System
All Android One handsets are backed by Google and as of now running Android 4.4.4. They will continue getting software updates for 2 years and will be the first to get the latest Android L.

Memory and Storage
There is 1 GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. Of the 1GB RAM about 645MB is available and of the 4GB internal storage (ROM); 2GB is available for apps on the first boot. Micro SD card of up to 32GB is supported. And you can install apps on external storage (most of the apps).I installed the Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 and the huge data files got installed on the external storage. I tried connecting OTG pendrive – however that was not supported. OTG is not supported.

All these Android One handset including the Spice Dream UNO MI-498 are using the MediaTek MT6582 1.3GHz cortex A7 quad core processor coupled with Mali 400 MP GPU. Performance is lag free and smooth. Hardware is capable of playing high end games.

Camera and Entertainment
There is a 5MP auto focus camera on the rear that can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps and a 2.4MP front camera that can shoot 720p videos. Still image and video quality is good enough for this price tag. Check the sample images and videos.

FHD videos are also supported.


No issues with sound, it loud and clear, even the in-call speaker sound well. 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth worked well. I got the first GPS lock almost instant.


There is 1700 mAh battery that does a very good job.

Buy Spice Android One Dream UNO from Flipkart:

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Flashing using Odin 3.09: Complete guide.

About Odin

ODIN is a third-party, Windows-based program created specifically to flash files such as ROMs on Samsung smartphones. ODIN is used in several different circumstances, such as flashing firmware or installing a custom ROM on the smartphone. ODIN has no special requirements beyond the Samsung USB drivers, which may be installed on your computer already depending on your smartphone usage.

You can download odin by clicking Here.

Odin samsung

Steps for flashing via Odin 

  • Power off your Phone. 
  • Boot into Download Mod (Press Volume down + Home + Power on).
  • Connect your phone to PC via USB cable.
  • Wait to install the driver.
  • Once the driver installation finish the odin looks like.
  • Extract the downloaded firmware. It contains PDA, PIT, PHONE, CSC, BOOTLOADER


  • Run Odin
  • If you have only one file i.e., PDA then select PDA
  • Power off your Phone.
  • Boot into Download Mod (Press Volume down + Home + Power on)
  • Connect your phone to PC via USB cable.
  • Hit Start and wait to complete the installation.

Case 2

If you have more than one file

1. Select PIT.

2. Once you select PIT make sure that you select re-partition button

If your ROM comes with a boot-loader
(If you don't have this file skip step 3)

3. Select BOOTLOADER and tick Phone Bootloader Update.

4. Select PDA, PHONE, CSC (If you have only PDA then you can leave PHONE and CSC).

5. Power off your Phone.

6. Boot into Download Mode (Press Volume down + Home + Power on)

7. Connect your phone to PC via USB cable.
8. Once your phone is added you can click Start

Don’t touch the USB cable while the firmware is being flashed.
At the end you will see a message saying ‘PASS” on a green background. This means that the installation is done. The device should reboot and run on the new firmware.

Please remember that flashing your mobile phone is fully at your own risk.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Best Custom ROMs for Android.

About Custom ROMs

As we know, Android is extremely flexible when it comes to customization. That's one of the reasons so many people choose an Android device over something different. However, installing live wallpapers and third-party widgets aren't the only ways of personalizing an Android device. There's a number of communities online dedicated to coding full-fledged Android ROMs, loaded with unique features and personalization options.

Here's some of the best custom ROMs available out there.

Paranoid Android features the so-called Hybrid mode, allowing one to scale every app, widget, or a system component. You can choose a mode for every element without even having to adjust the system's DPI setting. Oh, and it comes with colorful, cartoonish wallpapers.



Here's the only Android ROM that's supposedly infused with magical unicorn bytes – AOKP. It lets you customize your toggle buttons and even add your own. Custom vibration patterns are also included. Swype gestures can be used throughout the interface. Lots of popular smartphones are supported, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

3. CyanogenMod


CyanogenMod is regarded as the most popular custom ROM available on Android. It is loaded on millions of Android devices worldwide and it supports a very broad range of smartphones and tablets. Stable releases based on the most recent version of Android available are being released on a monthly basis.

LiquidSmooth is based on Android 4.2.2 and features many of the modifications found on other popular custom ROMs. As the name suggests, the ROM is meant to be as smooth and responsive as possible. The software and hardware buttons and the status bar can be customized. Themes are also supported.

6. Jelly BAM


Jelly BAM is a custom ROM made with the idea of being the most complete Android operating system available. It combines all the features found on popular open source ROMs such as CyanogenMod, AOKP, Paranoid Android, and more. Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine, XLoud, and an Audio DSP manager are on its extensive list of features, along with a theme selector, and software for HDR photos. Jelly BAM can be installed on over 20 Android devices.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Easiest way to root your android device: Using SRSRoot.


About SRSRoot

SRS-Root is an easy to use solution for rooting your android device, the software contains multiple exploits to gain root access on your device.
  • SRSRoot Supports Android versions 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.0, 4.1, 4.2
  • We can Root latest models like Samsung Galaxy S2 / S3, Note / Note2 etc
  • We have an Option to remove root from your device by one-click.
  • Powered by SRS Server *Safe Rooting without flashing your device.
 Note: off-course you should have working internet connection to use this tool.

What is rooting?

Android rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets, and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's sub-system.

 Rooting is often performed with the goal of overcoming limitations that carriers and hardware manufacturers put on some devices, resulting in the ability to alter or replace system applications and settings, run specialized apps that require administrator-level permissions, or perform other operations that are otherwise inaccessible to a normal Android user. 

Various methods for rooting is available on the internet but, this is the easiest way that I have personally tried.






Using SRS One-Click-Root Tool

This Software is build to make it easy to root an android device.
It has several methods and solutions build in to make it possible to ROOT your device with just a single click.

SRSRoot can be downloaded from Here.

How does this works ?

- Step 1: Enable 'USB debugging' on your device (you can find this in the settings menu)
- Step 2: Enable 'Unknown Sources' on your device (Also under settings)
- Step 3: Connect your device to the computer (If needed install the android drivers)
- Step 4: Click on one of the ROOT options in this software, and wait till it's finished.

*Note: This process should only be carried if you know what are you doing and completely one your own risk. Incorrect procedure may brick your device.

Please comment if you have any query.

Thank you.
Tausif Ahmed.