Images on Instagram not loading on WiFi? The Fix is Here !

Some of my friends had an issue where the images on Instagram app on iPhone would not load on WiFi at home but they got loaded when using mobile data. They wouldn’t even load when using the Instagram website on Windows 10. In this post I have mentioned some steps that I took to troubleshoot the issue.

  1. Changed the WiFi channel of the router.
  2. Uninstalled and reinstalled Instagram app.
  3. Made the phone forget the WiFi network and logged back into the network.
  4. Installed firmware update on the iPhone.
  5. Contacted the ISP for further assistance.

After contacting the ISP, the customer representative told me that it was something to do with WiFi. She said that when using mobile data, it was like as if the mobile phone was connected via a cable and when it is connected via WiFi, the signals travel through the air. Knowing very well that this explanation made no sense, I took the following steps:

  1. Logged in to the Router Configuration Page on a web browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox or Google Chrome).
  2. Clicked on “Advanced Setup”.
  3. Clicked on “Quality of Service”.
  4. Unchecked “Enable QoS”.

Now, enabling QoS is a good thing (Read : How to Use Quality of Service (QoS) to Get Faster Internet When You Really Need It) but there is no point in enabling it if you end up with more problems.

Now you should be able to see images on Instagram on iPhone and Android apps and on Windows and Mac OS systems.

Hope this helps.

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Uninstall and Reinstall Default Google Apps..Like a Boss !

Have you ever come across an error stating that there is insufficient storage available on your Android device such as a Samsung Galaxy smartphone when you try to update your stock apps (pre-installed Google apps such as Google Maps or Chrome Browser) from Google Play Store even though there is free space of over 500 MB in Internal Storage? Fear not because I certainly have and there is a solution for this.

First, try resolving the issue using the steps given in this link : Resolve app installation errors in Google Play Store

If the problem persists, perform the following procedure:

  1. Tap on Google Play Store
  2. On the Menu (on top-left corner), tap on “My Apps”.
  3. Tap on the Google app (eg. Google Maps) that does not get updated due to the insufficient storage error.
  4. Tap on Uninstall. A pop-up message will get displayed for confirmation. Tap on “OK”.
  5. Once the app has been uninstalled, tap on “Install”.

After following the steps mentioned above, you should see that the latest version of the pre-installed app getting installed without error message getting popped up.

Hope this helps.

Discover the Next Galaxy

Today I had the opportunity to get a hands on experience with the latest Galaxy devices of the Samsung flagship, namely Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and thought of sharing my experience with my readers. Design

Figure 1 : Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Figure 1 : Samsung Galaxy S6 (left) and S6 Edge (right) [1]

The Galaxy S6 has a sleek design, which cannot be found any previous models. The four corners of the phone are curved (Figure 1). The front and rear consists of glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) while the rest of the body is made out of metal in both models, which give a premium feel.

Figure 2 : Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge [2]

Figure 2 : Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge [2]

As shown in Figure 2, the 3.5 mm headphone and charging ports can be found at the bottom of the phone. The grill at the bottom-right is the speaker, which could produce good (but not great) bass. Both S6 and S6 Edge have 5.1″ QHD AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Micro-SIMs cannot be used with these models as they use nano-SIMs. Performance Both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-core processors (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57) and 3 GB of RAM under the hood, which take multitasking to a whole new level [3].

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa processor

Figure 3 : Samsung Exynos 7 Octa Processor [4]

I checked the RAM usage via Applications Manager and found out that the system uses 1 GB of RAM. I am not quite sure whether the phone might run slow after a lot of apps and widgets have been installed though as the retail devices run quite smoothly without any lag. The software which runs in both models is Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop). The Li-Ion battery in S6 and S6 Edge is non-removable and has capacities of 2550 mAh and 2600 mAh, respectively.

Figure 4 : Samsung Galaxy S6 camera [5]

Figure 4 : Samsung Galaxy S6  rear camera [5]

The rear camera on both S6 and S6 Edge is 16 MP and has optical image stabilisation while the front camera is 5 MP, ideal for taking selfies. The camera application has a shortcut too; just press the Home button twice. The only negativity i found in the camera is the design : The camera protrudes from the back, making it difficult to keep the phone flat on a surface. However, this problem could be solved by using a case.

The least amount of storage in both of these devices is 32 GB, which is quite large (although approximately 15.3 GB of this will be used by the system). This is the reason for the elimination of the micro SD card slot. I do not know why fans keep on complaining about this though.

Another cool feature that I found in both devices is wireless charging. You don’t have to carry the charging cables and adapters always as wireless charging stations are going to be equipped at places such as restaurants.

Here’s what I feel about the latest flagship devices by Samsung. To be honest, the Galaxy S6 looks like an iPhone 6 by Apple. Don’t just take my word for it, give them a try. Also take care when handling these devices as they are not waterproof !

References :

[1] Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.samsung.com/uk/galaxys6/images/kv-phones.png. [Accessed 14 March 2015].

[2] Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://cdn3.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3596185/Samsung_Galaxy_S6_Edge_800.jpg. [Accessed 14 March 2015].

[3] Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – Full phone specifications. 2015. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge – Full phone specifications. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s6_edge-7079.php. [Accessed 14 March 2015].

[4] Samsung Exynos 7 Octa processor. 2015 . [ONLINE] Available at: http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/167183-thumb/samsung01148.jpg. [Accessed 14 March 2015].

[5] Samsung Galaxy S6 rear camera. 2015 . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.samsung.com/uk/galaxys6/images/features-camera.png. [Accessed 14 March 2015].

A Phone with a Curved Edge Screen

Last week, I checked out the phone which Samsung is boasting about which is equipped with a curved display, named “Galaxy Note Edge”, and thought of sharing my views on the flagship device.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Figure : Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [1]

Design

Note Edge consists of a 5.6″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels and the edge of the screen is curved. This feature helps the user to view notifications without interruption and he/she will not miss them, even if the cover of the phone is closed.

Specifications The year 2014 became a year with selfies. The camera in Note Edge is ideal for these (even wide ones) as it has a front camera with a resolution of 3.7 MP and a rear camera with a resolution of 16 MP.

Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Figure 2 : Rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [2]

To improve security, the software has a fingerprint scanner, so it is not necessary to remember the passcode to unlock the phone.

Figure 2 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor

Figure 3 : Block diagram of the Snapdragon 805 processor [3]

Multitasking has just got better with the 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 450 processor and 3 GB RAM. There is so much space for music and pictures as the phone consists of 32 GB of internal memory. Android 4.4 (KitKat) is the operating system of the phone but I think it would be possible to upgrade it to 5.0 (Lollipop). The phone is not that heavy and according to the official specifications, it only weighs 174g [4]. This incredible device has been powered by a 3000mAh battery which could be charged from 0 to 50% in about half an hour !

In conclusion, I would give this phone 8/10 overall. At first, I thought that the edge screen was pointless but then it does have a purpose.

References :

[1] Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.t-mobile.com/content/dam/tmo/en-g/PhotoStory/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/samsung-galaxy-note-edge-photo-story-blade-1.jpg. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

[2] Rear camera of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/styles/xlarge_wm_brw/public/article_images/2014/11/galaxy-note-edge-review-45.jpg. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[3] Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. 2015. Snapdragon 805 Processor Specs and Details | Qualcomm. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/805. [Accessed 16 March 2015].

[4] Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. 2015. Samsung GALAXY Note Edge – Specs. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxynoteedge/noteedge_specs.html. [Accessed 30 January 2015].

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Review

This week I went to Phones 4u to get hands-on experience with Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has been there in the stores for several months now but unfortunately I did not get some time to try it out.

First, I will explain the hardware. This mobile phone weighs 168 g and runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but can be upgraded to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) after purchase and consists of a 5.7″ FHD (full HD) sAMOLED (Super Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. This feature is suitable for a user who enjoys watching movies and playing games on his or her phone. I did not find this really fancy because it is hard to control the screen using just one hand. Note 3 has been manufactured with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and a Krait 400 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, so the processing is lighting fast. It also comprises of 3 GB RAM (random access memory), which is ideal for multitasking, and also contains 32 or 64 GB flash memory onboard, so more files can be stored without installing additional storage using microSD cards, although it is possible to expand flash memory up to 64 GB. There is a 13 MP Auto Focus rear camera with features such as Smart Stabilisation, LED flash and Zero Shutter Lag and a front camera of 2 MP. The cameras also feature Dual Shot, Dual Recording and Dual Video Call, so both the cameras can be used simultaneously. The battery installed is a 3200 mAh Standard Battery, which supports up to 11 hours of internet usage time on LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 3G HSPA+, up to 13 hours on WiFi usage and up to 380 hours on standby with LTE, which is impressive. The phone also supports wireless networks such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth 4.0.

Now I will explain the features in the software. The main feature is Air Command, where a user can hover the stylus known as “S Pen” over the screen and tap the embedded button to open the Air Command, which consists of a list of useful features such as Memo and Scrapbook. Another feature is Action Memo, which allows a user to make a quick handwritten note that instantly activates a function. such as making a call, adding a new contact, creating a To-Do item or email, looking up an address on the map or searching the web [1]. Scrapbook is the third feature that the software contains, which organises photos and videos stored in different places, including online storage, so the user does not have to waste time searching for them. Finally, the S Note, which helps a user to create instant notes, browse through and edit them without having to recreate them. If the user scribbles a chart on S Note, the Easy Chart feature embedded in S Note can transform this in to a professional-looking graph.

In conclusion, this phone is suitable for professionals in the industry of art and design because it is easy to write down notes or ideas and draw sketches on the go using this incredible phone and the S Pen.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S Pen [1]

References :

[1] Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. 2014. Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N9005ZWEBTU-features. [Accessed 08 March 2014].

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S Pen [1]

References :

[1] Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. 2014. Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N9005ZWEBTU-features. [Accessed 08 March 2014].