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Saturday, March 17, 2018

How to take a screenshot on the Galaxy S9

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Now that Samsung has officially begun the sale of Galaxy S9, users are scrambling to familiarize themselves with their new device. On this path to discovery, you will soon find yourself the need to take screenshots, and it can be confusing for the Galaxy phone users who are upgrading after a gap of a couple of years because you do not use Home button to grab a screenie anymore.

With no home button since the Galaxy S8, the mechanism of taking a screenshot on Samsung Galaxy devices has changed. Since there is more than just one way that you can take a screenshot on the Galaxy S9, let’s check them out. BTW, you can root your Galaxy S9 now, thanks to TWRP recovery becoming available now for the Exynos variants.

Here’s how you can take a screenshot on the Galaxy S9 and 9+.

Method 1: Using the hardware buttons

The easiest way to take a screenshot on any mobile device, irrespective of its software, is by using the hardware buttons. On the Galaxy S9, you can take a screenshot instantaneously by using the following method.

  • Open the screen or app that you want to take a screenshot of.
  • Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously, until you hear the shutter sound along with a short vibration.

Method 2: Using Palm swipe

If the hardware buttons are just too old and tacky for your liking, Samsung has included a couple of smart ways to take a screenshot on your Galaxy S9. One of these includes the ability to swipe across the screen from left to right to take a screenshot.

  • From the home screen of your Galaxy S9, head over to Settings – Advanced features.
  • Press the toggle switch right next to Palm swipe to capture, which should then pop up a quick guide on how you can use the feature.

With this feature enabled, all you need to do is hold out your palm sideways and move it slowly across the screen from left to right. You’ll hear a familiar shutter sound when the screenshot is captured, along with a short buzz.

Method 3: Using Bixby

Whether you hate it or love it, Samsung has made it clear that Bixby is here to stay, so you better get used to it. The smart assistant isn’t all that bad, especially because it can let you capture screenshots without doing a button pressing combo or using wacky gestures. All you need to do is ask Bixby to take a screenshot and your virtual assistant will oblige.

  • Open the screen or app that you want to take a screenshot of.
  • Press and hold the Bixby button, or speak out “Hey Bixby” to activate the smart assistant.
  • Once Bixby is activated, say “take a screenshot” and the virtual assistant will do it right away.

Unlike the traditional way of taking screenshots, you won’t be able to immediately edit the screenshots you take with Bixby. However, Bixby allows you to do more, such as saying “take a screenshot and share it on Instagram”, which is a step above the rest.

Method 4: Using Google Assistant

Yes, whatever Bixy can do, Google Assistant does it better. In fact, in one go, the Google Assistant would not only take the screenshot but also give you an option to share. But, there’s a catch: It won’t do the more obvious thing, save the screenshot automatically. Why doesn’t it save automatically? Well, believe us, we’re as much puzzled by this as you are.

Anyway, with Google Assistant set up, you can shout OK Google, take a screenshot. No need to pause after speaking OK Google BTW.

Which one is your favorite trick?

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Philips Lighting introduces LiFi systems that give you Internet via LED

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It is impressive enough that Philips has remained a recognizable name in the electronics industry for more than a century. But now the company is going one step forward with the world of innovation in lighting, which already began with Philips Hue smart lighting a few years ago. After rebranding itself to Signify yesterday to sound a tad more modern like its products, the company today announced the Philips LiFi Systems. That. Is. Light+Fidelity. LiFi is similar to Wi-Fi, but light replaces the radio waves here.

Philips had acquired the French company Luciom last year, which introduced technology to integrate the broadband internet into lighting equipment. Known as Light Fidelity or LiFi, the wireless network is built into the LED lights and transmitted through light waves. Although the technology behind it has been around for a while, this is the first time a major electronics company like Philips is making it commercially available.

In regard to speed, Philips promises that its office luminaries based on the Philips LiFi technology will be able to offer a dedicated speed of 30Mb/sec. (about 3.75MB/s that is). All of this comes with an effective range of almost 10,000 times the range of a regular Wi-Fi router, the company says. The speed may not break the internet barrier but to us it seems is more than adequate for an office environment and the fact that it basically comes from a lightbulb if nothing else!

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Google Duo Groups feature coming soon, code revealed in v30 [APK Teardown]

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Google Duo is undergoing some serious development at the moment that could very well define its future, or lack thereof, in the long term. We have known for some time that Google is looking bring screen sharing to the app, and we are also seeing more code related to that in latest Google Duo app, version 30, but there is more to it: Google Duo Groups, for one, seems to be most exciting reveal of the v30 of Google Duo.

APK Teardown

Disclaimer: Before we dive deep into the latest Google Duo APK teardown, you should know that this is based on information or rather evidence found in the APK. Given that it’s not part of the official changelog, we cannot guarantee that everything we find will materialize at some point. If anything, this is purely based on speculation and educated guesses.

It’s possible that the features below are not yet live or if live, only a small section of the millions who use Gmail have access to them.

Related: Use Google Duo on PC

What’s new?

Groups are coming to Google Duo!

Duo’ing in Groups looks dope, right? But it may not be that just yet. This could just be limited to groups for the orgonizational purpose, rather than group calling. Although, if you are linking your Google account to Duo (more on that below), aren’t your groups from your Google account already available? So, is this our hint towards Google Duo group calling?

<string name="contacts_card_create_group">Create group</string>
<string name="contacts_card_create_group_content_description">Create new group</string>

Add Google account!

It may not be necessary to add a phone number when setting up Google Duo. You would be able to use your Google account for the purpose.

<string name="link_gaia_title">Add your Google Account</string>
<string name="link_gaia_dialog_description">You now have the option to add your Google Account to Duo.</string>
<string name="link_gaia_remove_account">Remove account</string>
<string name="link_gaia_dialog_secondary_description_revokability">You can always change or remove your Google Account in your Duo Settings.</string>

Google Account and phone no. will be linked

Users will be able to look you up Google Duo using either of Google account and phone number you provide to the app.

<string name="link_gaia_dialog_secondary_description_reachability">By agreeing to add your Google Account, people who know your Google Account will soon be able to call you on Duo using either your email address or phone number.</string>
<string name="link_gaia_intro_agreements">Duo links your Google Account to your phone number. This helps others find you by using either piece of contact information. By continuing, you agree to the %1$s, %2$s, and letting Duo sync your contacts.</string>
<string name="link_gaia_registration_disclaimer">We will send you a one-time SMS message to verify your number. Carrier fees may apply.</string>
<string name="registration_disclaimer_2">Once you provide your phone number, people who know your number can call you on Duo. Duo will send you a one time SMS message, carrier rates may apply.</string>
<string name="welcome_registration_disclaimer">Once you provide your phone number, people who know your number can call you on Duo. Plus, make it easy for you to find your friends by letting Duo sync your contacts. Duo will send you a one time SMS message, carrier rates may apply.</string>

Phone number related stuff

There would be a dialog to help you choose your phone number (from contacts?). Or as simple as enter your phone number.

<string name="registration_open_phone_number_picker">Choose phone number</string>
<string name="registration_phone_title">Your phone number</string>
<string name="remove_account_description">Removing your Google Account will sign you out of Duo on all of your other devices. You will also need to re-verify your phone number.</string>
<string name="remove_account_no_button">NEVER MIND</string>
<string name="remove_account_title">Remove Google Account</string>
<string name="remove_account_yes_button">REMOVE</string>

Work continues on the Screen sharing…

Apparently, this would be one of the best use of the permission ‘Display on top of other apps’ because using this only Google Duo would be able to share the screen.

<string name="screen_sharing_overlay_permission_dialog_message">To screenshare, allow Duo to display on top of other apps.</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_overlay_permission_missing_toast">"Can't screenshare. To share, allow display over other apps."</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_is_starting_label">Screen sharing is starting...</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_notification_resume_action">Start sharing</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_notification_stop_action">Stop screen sharing</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_notification_stop_action">Stop sharing</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_notification_title">Duo Screen Sharing</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_notification_title">Duo screensharing</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_overlay_permission_dialog_title">Allow display over other apps</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_stopped_toast_text">Screen sharing has stopped.</string>
<string name="screen_sharing_stopped_toast_text">Screensharing stopped</string>

Call back option for Video messages

<string name="video_message_fail_to_play_message">"Can't play this video. Call back instead."</string>

Google integration with other apps

Maybe we will see this option in other apps, particularly Google apps. Hangouts? Allow?

<string name="contacts_section__header_contacts_2">Connect on Duo</string>

What do you think about these new possible features?

Are you looking forward to using Google Duo via your Google Account? Would that upset you because it means everyone who knows your Google account can look up for you on Google Duo? Same can be done via the phone number, too, BTW.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

How to root Galaxy S9 and S9+

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There was never any doubt about it, but now we can confirm that both TWRP recovery and root access are now available for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus. Although it may depend on which model you have because not all the variants of the S9 and S9+ have TWRP available at the moment, and without TWRP you can’t get root access at the moment.

To be able to root your Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ you would first need to install the TWRP recovery. There could be other solutions like CF Auto Root or patched images files, that could root your device without needing TWRP, but installing the SuperSU root package using TWRP remains the most popular way to achieve root access on any device.

Note: You must pay special attention to model no. of your device and the compatibility of the TWRP file provided for download here. As the download varies from model no. to model no., not to mention it’s different for the s9 and S9+, you have to download the TWRP recovery exactly meant for your Galaxy S9 device.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon variants

At the moment, both of the S9 and S9+, whose codename is starlte and star2lte respectively, and is powered by the Samsung’s own processor, the Exynos 9810, have the compatible TWRP recovery available. Which means that you can root only these two kinds of Galaxy S9 variants at the moment. Samsung is selling the Exynos-powered S9 handsets in India, Europe, Australia, etc. and they come as model no. SM-G960F/FD/N (s9) and SM-G965F/FD/N (S9+).

[March 15, 2018]: Which also means that the S9 handsets sold in the US, China, and Japan do not have TWRP and root available at the moment. Hence, the device carrying the model no. SM-G960U/U1/W/0/8/SC (S9) and SM-G965U/U1/W/0/8/SC (S9+) do not have root and TWRP available. Yes, if you bought it from T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or AT&T, then root isn’t available yet.


Let’s see how we can root our Galaxy S9 and S9+.


Galaxy S9 Root and TWRP recovery


Warranty may be void of your Galaxy S9 (or S9 Plus) if you follow the procedures given on this page. You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.


You must backup important files stored on your device before proceeding with the instructions below so that in case something goes wrong, you’ll have a backup of all your important files.

Supported devices

  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    • Compatible: Model no. SM-G960F/FD/N (powered by Exynos 9810 processor); codename starlte
    • Not Compatible: It won’t work with Galaxy S9 Plus handsets with these model nos.: SM-G965U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC; codename starqlte
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    • Compatible: Model no. SM-G965F/FD/N (powered by Exynos 9810 processor); codename star2lte
    • Not Compatible: It won’t work with Galaxy S9 Plus handsets with these model nos.: SM-G965U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC; codename star2qlte
  • Don’t try on any other device whatsoever!

Important: Check your device’s model no. on its packaging box, or in Settings > About device. BTW, you can also use an app like Droid Info to find your device’s model no. but in case you are not able to find the model no. of your device, DO NOT try this on your device.


  • TWRP Recovery
    • Galaxy S9
      • Model no. SM-G960F/FD/N – download link
      • Model no. SM-G960U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC – not available
    • Galaxy S9 Plus
      • Model no. SM-G965F/FD/N – download link
      • Model no. SM-G965U/U1/W/0/2/8/SC – not available
  • Odin version 3.13.1 PC software — Link
  • DM Verity disabler — Link
  • OEM Unlock fixLink
  • Root package (any one of the below):
    • SuperSU 2.82 SR4 — Link
    • Magisk — Link

How to install Galaxy S9 TWRP Recovery and then root it

Step 0. Make sure you have enabled the OEM Unlock option in Settings. For this:

  • Go to Settings > About phone, and then tap ‘Build number’ 7 times or until you see the ‘you’re now a developer’ message pop up.
  • Now go back to Settings, and into Developer options. Now, look for OEM Unlock, and select it using its toggle button.

Also, If you can’t find OEM unlock option in your Galaxy S9 under Settings > Developer options, then it means there is nothing you can do here as Samsung hasn’t provided that option on your device. In this situation, you are out of luck, you can’t root the Galaxy S9. Though, there is a chance that this option would start appearing after a while, like 7 days after you start using the phone. So, there’s some hope!

One more thing, as this might delete everything on the device, make sure you have made an adequate backup of files, contacts and everything else.

Step 1. Download TWRP, Odin and either of SuperSU or Magisk root package from above.

Step 2. Install Galaxy S9 driver (method 1 there!) first of all. Double-click the .exe file of drivers to begin the installation. (Not required if you have already done this.)

Step 3. Extract the Odin file. You should get this file Odin3 v3.13.1.exe (ignore other files from the extraction).

Step 4. Disconnect your Galaxy S9 from PC if it is connected.

Step 5. Boot Galaxy S9 into download mode:

  1. Power off your Galaxy S9. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  2. Press and hold the three buttons Power + Bixby + Volume down buttons together until you see the Warning screen.
  3. Press Volume Up to continue to download mode.

Step 6. Double click on the extracted file of Odin, Odin3 v3.13.1.exe, to open the Odin window, as shown below. Be careful with Odin, and do just as said to prevent problems.


Step 7. Connect your Galaxy S9 to PC now using a USB cable. Odin should recognize your Galaxy S9. It’s a must. When it recognizes, you will see Added!! message appearing in the Log box in the bottom left, and the first box under ID:COM will also show a no. and turn its background blue. Look at the pic below.

  • You cannot proceed until Odin recognizes your device and you get the Added!! message.
  • If it doesn’t, you need to install/re-install drivers again and use the original cable that came with the device. Mostly, drivers are the problem.
  • You can try different USB ports on your PC too, btw.

Step 8. Load the TWRP file into Odin. For this, click the AP button on Odin and the select the TWRP file in the .TAR format.

  • File for Galaxy S9 (starlte): twrp-3.2.1-0-starlte.tar.md5
  • File for Galaxy S9+ (star2lte): twrp-3.2.1-0-star2lte.tar.md5

Step 9. Make sure Re-partition and Auto Reboot checkbox are NOT selected, under the Options tab. Don’t use PIT tab either. Go back to Log tab btw, it will show the progress when you hit the start button in next step.


Step 10. Click the Start button on Odin now to start flashing the TWRP on your Galaxy S9. Wait till installation is finished, after which, you’ll get PASS message as shown below upon successful installation from Odin.

  • If Odin gets stuck at setup connection, then you need to do this all again. Disconnect your device, close Odin, boot device into download mode again, open Odin, and then select the TWRP and flash it again as said above.
  • If you get FAIL in the top left box, then also you need to flash the TWRP file again as stated just above.

Step 11. Your Galaxy S9 would remain in download mode itself — it won’t restart automatically because we turned off Auto Reboot in Step 9 above, to buy you time to boot into recovery mode from here. Reboot into recovery mode to access TWRP recovery. (Read both points below of this step fully before doing this.)

  • Do this: Press and hold Volume down + Bixby + Power button together until the screen goes off, but once the screen goes off, do this quickly: while still holding the Power and Bixby button, press Volume Up in place of Volume down button to reboot into recovery mode.
    [In essence, when the device restarts (screen goes off), you must be holding Volume Up, Bixby and Power button together. We have press the Volume down + Bixby + Power buttons first to force restart the device from download mode.]

Step 12. Important! So, your device will boot into TWRP recovery. It would ask for ‘allow for System modification’. DO NOT ALLOW THAT. Do not swipe at the bottom, rather, select Keep Read Only’ so that we can transfer the required files first that are required once you allow system modification.

Step 13. Now, you will be taken to the home page of the TWRP. Now, tap on Wipe option, and and then select Format Data option. Swipe now to format data partition, which deletes everything on the device. We need to do this to avoid errors/warnings like ‘Integrity verification failed’.


Step 14. Now, reboot back into TWRP. This is simple: On the TWRP’s home page, tap on Reboot > Recovery. Select Do not Install. The phone reboot into TWRP again.

Step 15. Now, while the device is still in TWRP, connect it to PC (if not connected already) and transfer the DM Verity disabler and OEM Unlock fix files to your Galaxy S9. Remove the cable from the Galaxy S9 after that.

Step 16. Once done, let’s install the OEM Unlock fix file first, followed by the DM Verity disabler file, and in this process, we would automatically allow for system modification too.

So, now, on the home page of TWRP, tap on Install button, then select the OEM Unlock fix file ( Then do the swipe action at the bottom to install it.

You will be greeted with warnings, well just press Next/OK button every time it asks you to continue. Select the ‘Process with ROM flasher and MultiTool > Next > Patch for OEM Issue > Next > Do not change > Next, and so and so, DO NOT select the ‘Reboot your device now’ option at the end, and then hit Finish button.

Step 17. Now we would install the DM Verity disabler. Go back to the home screen, tap on Install button, then select the SM Verity disabler file ( Then do the swipe action at the bottom to install it. No need to install TWRP app if it asks for that.

Step 18. Now, let’s restart the device. Tap on the Reboot System button. Or from the home page of TWRP, tap on Reboot option, and then on System to restart your Galaxy S9, and it shall reboot alright.

Though, if you wish to root, that’s simple too: You just need to copy the SuperSU or Magisk file to the device and install it as given in step 16 or 17 above. Simple. No need to reboot btw, as you can install the SuperSU/Magisk file to get root access on the Galaxy S9 right after installing

How to root the Galaxy S9

By now, you must have already figured this out when you installed DM Verity disabler and OEM Unlock issue files. Yes, for to achieve root access on your Galaxy S9, you only need to install the either of SuperSU and Magisk root packages, whose download has been provided above.

Here’s how to get root access on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

Step 1. Reboot the device into TWRP recovery mode. Now, while the device is still in TWRP, connect it to PC (if not connected already) and transfer a root package file: You can use either of the SuperSU and Magisk root tools. If you ask us, we would recommend you Magisk, because it great modules support. So, transfer the Magisj file to your Galaxy S9/S9+. Remove the cable from the after that.

Step 2. Now, on the home page of TWRP, tap on Install button, then select the root package/tool (Magisk/SuperSU). Then do the swipe action at the bottom to install it.

Step 3. Hit the Reboot System button now. No need to install TWRP app if it asks for that.

That’s it.

How to access TWRP recovery on Galaxy S9 and S9+

To access TWRP recovery, you have to reboot into recovery mode:

  1. Power off your Galaxy S9. Wait 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  2. Press and hold the three buttons Volume up + Bixby + Power together until you see Samsung logo on the screen.

That’s it.

If you need any help with Galaxy S9 root and TWRP recovery, let us know via comments below and we will try our best to help you out.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ 256GB available exclusively at Reliance Digital, Jio Stores with 70% buyback for Jio users

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S9+ in India last week and the phone went on sale in the country from today. As it had announced at the launch event, the 256GB version of the S9+ is exclusively Reliance Digital stores and Jio Stores in addition to Samsung exclusive stores and Samsung Shop. It also said that those who do a cumulative recharge of minimum Rs. 2500 within 12 months from any of the available Jio plans, they would be eligible for 70% of the MRP as buyback amount on return of the device after a year when the S9+ 256GB version is purchased at Reliance Digital Stores, Jio Stores or Reliance Digital is also offering up to Rs. 6000 cashback at its stores. Reliance Digital customers can also avail up to 12 months EMI on the Samsung S9+ 256GB along with an array of finance partners. As the company had announced at the launch, consumers can also opt for an exclusive Jio offer on Galaxy S9, S9+ wherein users on Jio get an exclusive offer of 1TB of 4G data along with unlimited voice & SMS for one year worth Rs. 15,000 at Rs. 4,999. Additionally, the users get a complimentary Jio Prime Membership as a part of ...

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Huawei Mate 10 gets Face Unlock via an OTA update

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Huawei’s Mate 10 is a great phone, but the company isn’t resting at that. It wants the phone to be up to speed with the likes of other handsets like the Galaxy S9, which is why since launch, several updates have been rolled out to the flagship, some adding new features and optimizations, and others adding security updates.

The latest Mate 10 update is a combination of all cases, where you get new features, performance enhancements, and security updates.

Shipping as software build number B128-SP2 (, the update installs the trendy Face Unlock feature, which lets you unlock your phone using your face. To set it up, go to Settings > Security & Privacy > Face Unlock.

Thanks to Face Unlock, you will be able to wake up your phone whenever you pick it up. Also, if you have been experiencing some issues with WeChat, this update also takes care of it. Huawei says the new update also simplifies certain shortcuts in the Settings menu of the Mate 10, where, for instance, it removes the setting drawer and Touch-disable mode is now enabled by default.

The update further optimizes certain display names in the Settings menu; adjusts the position and order of certain elements in the Settings menu, where, for instance, you’ll now find Color temperature under Color mode; improves security for electronic transportation cards, and installs March 2018 security patches.

This update has been confirmed for the Chinese variant of the Mate 10, which carries model number ALP-AL00, but it should be heading to the global variants as well.

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