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Can Hackers Look Through Your Phone’s Camera?

There’s nothing wrong with wondering if someone is looking back through the other side of that mobile phone camera. It’s not paranoia. It’s not impossible. Security tools like passwords, face-recognition, mobile VPN’s, and antivirus software exist precisely because these things do happen.

Hackers use many ways to gain access to a phone, and it isn’t just to take a peek through the camera. Often, they employ keyloggers to steal passwords and screen-share to view secret information.

But there is a sickening trend that’s been growing steadily in the last few years: spying on people through their devices’ cameras. It’s a worrying thought – especially as these devices are always being carried along everywhere, even to the bathroom.

Read on to find out how malicious actors are accessing mobile phones and how to prevent a phone from being targeted.

How Are Mobile Phones Being Hacked?

A phone’s camera can be hacked, and there are plenty of ways to do it. From crummy apps with access to the camera to infected attachments – new exploits are being targeted every year. In fact, the list of known mobile malware variants increased by 54 percent in 2017 alone. It’s undoubtedly grown since then.

Here’s how attackers do it:

Invisible Remote Access Trojans

This is a type of malware that gets downloaded along with other downloads or is secretly downloaded in the background. The software is always hidden behind the pretense of being something else, either a download, attachment, or a link to a website. The RAT starts running in the background as soon as the download is complete or opened.

Most people only start becoming aware that something is amiss when their phone starts acting seemingly of its own volition. This happens because the person on the other side has complete control over the phone and access to everything. The problem is, these people usually don’t do anything suspicious so they can keep spying via the camera and microphone. Making it very hard to know when something’s afoot.

RAT software can make its way onto a phone via infected attachments, downloads, websites, or phishing tactics.

Spyware That Gives Agencies Backdoor Access

Not too long ago, the tech giant Apple and the FBI were publicly gridlocked in a test of wills. The FBI requested access to an iPhone and Apple refused, citing breach of privacy. In the end, the bureau relented because they got access to the info they wanted anyway through spyware.

Apple vowed to have fixed the hole that allowed the FBI to manipulate the iPhone’s software. But the damage had already been done. And the FBI isn’t the only government agency that has been spying on people through their phones. Just look at the massive fallout after Snowden revealed that the NSA was spying on people – and they most certainly haven’t stopped.

Hacked or Not? Watch For These Signs

Here are some signs to look out for. But keep in mind that hackers are smart and may be hiding their tracks.

-Unusual data usage, especially uploads.

-Photos and video are being taken without permission.

-Strange text messages.

-The phone unlocks itself.

-The battery drains faster than normal.

-Unauthorized downloads.

If any of these signs are present, it’s best to make back-ups of media and data, and then factory reset the phone.

Being Mindful: Take These Precautions

Digital Mindfulness is an alien concept even to many tech-savvy mobile users and digital natives. Probably because, even though everyone is aware of the dangers technology poses, they think it won’t affect them. The reality is, millions of people are being targeted all over the world every day, and often they don’t even know it.

This term refers to being mindful of online habits and how they open up one’s life to possible exploitation. A person who practices digital mindfulness has formed safe habits while using technology.

Consider the following safe habits:

Use a Strong Password

Random, long passwords are good deterrents to hackers. If using a pattern, make sure it isn’t an obvious one. Also, always make sure to have the phone screen locked when it’s not being used.

Get Friendly With Sticky Tape

It may be weird, but even Mark Zuckerberg and former FBI director James Comey do it. If they’re worried, then it’s a good idea to follow suit. When the camera is not in use, place a piece of tape over it.

Use a Mobile VPN

The VPN software is becoming more and more popular for many reasons, but it’s still a great security tool. There are plenty of mobile VPN’s to choose from, and they (at least the paid ones) will keep anyone safe from outside attack. A mobile VPN will encrypt all the data going out of and coming into the phone and hide its location. They make it nearly impossible for hackers to hitch a ride along.

Always Update to the Latest OS Version

Android and iOS often receive new security patches during OS updates. It’s important to keep up to date with these because they fix security flaws that attackers could already have been exploiting. Like in the case between Apple and the FBI.

In Conclusion

Staying safe in a world that’s always getting more complicated may seem daunting. But sometimes a little paranoia is a good thing and reminds people to remain vigilant. To stay safe, make sure to follow these security tips and use mobile phones in a mindful way.

Collection of Best Free VPN Apps for Android Smartphones

VPN (stands for Virtual Private Network) has become a necessity nowadays rather than just a tool to mask yourself on the internet. From accessing content which is restricted to a geographical area to connect over network securely; individual users as well as corporate firms; number of users are using VPN. VPN connections are encrypted which means someone is less likely to see the information sent and received by your computer/smartphone. You may like to discover about how to switch and get a free phone from your operators (only for native American).

As when you connect to a VPN software, it encrypts your data. VPN then routes it through a server to your concerned online destination. As when this activity is tracked, it shows the traffic is coming from the VPN server not from your computer/smartphone and location thus protecting your online identity though VPN security is debatable. Though it is legal to use VPN services but you should always check local laws while using VPN in your geographical area.

Best Free VPN Apps for Android Smartphones

Anonymous browsing is a very common term and VPN makes it possible. With VPN you can hide your IP so that online web tracking back to source becomes hard to track. It routes your connection through a server and hides the online activity. In short, to avoid any third party snooping and to protect yourself over internet from unwanted spying, it is recommended to connect to good VPN connection.

With the increase in number of Android smartphone users there are now plenty of free as well-paid VPN apps available at Google Play Store; make sure you choose the right one. Today we are listing best VPN for android smartphones.

Rocket VPN – Internet Freedom App

Rocket VPN Android app is available free on the Play Store, with rating 4.3/5.

It is very easy to set up. Just connect to your desired connection/location. No need to sign up just use right away!

App has a very clean UI, easy to use and it does what it says. All users will get free 250 MB (earlier it used to have 500 MB but now they have reduced) of free bandwidth and free trial of 7 days to unlimited plan is available for trial. No ad blocking though in free version.


ExpressVPN is another popular VPN client for android smartphones with good customer feedback and customer support 24/7. Rated as 4.1/5 on Google Play Store.

t asks you to register before using it. It provides 160 server locations in 94 countries. Choose your desired server connection and connect right away. You can also get 30 days free subscription by referring the app to your connections.

TunnelBear VPN

TunnelBear VPN is high rated 4.5/5 on Google Play Store and offers 500 MB free bandwidth every month though you can always subscribe to paid plans which offers unlimited data. It asks you to create a free account first before using the app.

Is Tunnelbear safe ? TunnelBear VPN has servers in more than 22+ countries and uses strong AES-256 bit encryption. Though as when we tried it showed error in connecting as when phone was connected to a Wi-Fi network.


NordVPN is rated 4.4/5 on Google Play Store. It allows you have to have free 7 days access to unlimited VPN services. You can connect to 6 devices with 1 account. You have to pick a plan before you start using the app.

Do activate CyberSec in app settings before using app services.

NordVPN allows you to connect from more than 60+ countries.

What as a user I noticed that VPN apps should allow users to connect to VPN without creating account also or subscribing to any plan (which can be cancelled later), it is just easy.

Do let us know your best VPN app for android smartphones which you are using. Drop your comments below.

Install Xperia 10 Bootanimation on Xperia Devices

It has been a while since Sony introduced Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus and now Xperia 10 Bootanimation is available for download. Earlier today we shared Xperia 10 Theme.

You require a rooted Xperia device, running Android Pie with TWRP recovery installed to flash the Xperia 10 Bootanimation file. Kindly ensure to take a backup of your original file before flashing it.

Xperia 10 Bootanimation

Download Xperia 10 Bootanimation zip file from the link given below and flash it in recovery.


Check out the collection of Xperia Boot Animations here.

Like the new Xperia 10 Boot Animation? Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (shared by Pandemic)

Download Xperia 10 Theme for Xperia devices with Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper

Xperia Theme based on Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper is now available for download. The theme is compatible with rooted as well as non-rooted Xperia devices running Android Nougat+ version of Android.

You get Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper, keyboard color, lock screen saver, icon pack support with the Xperia 10 Theme. The theme is available at Play Store, install like a normal app.

Xperia 10 Theme

Download Xperia 10 Theme from below Google Play Store link.

Download Xperia FIFA theme from Play Store

Check out more Sony Xperia Themes collections here.

Download Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper here.

Like the theme? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Theme by Guetto Design

Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers

Camera cut-out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E have become a hit among Samsung Galaxy S10 users and internet is going crazy over them.

We have already shared some of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover, Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc; all courtesy of Matt B via Twitter.

Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers

Now we are posting some more Camera cut-out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E of the famous designs/characters namely Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons.

Download camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from below (save as image, image resolution 1440×3040 px).

Solar Eclipse Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2 for Galaxy S10+

Light CMYK Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Death Star Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Darth Vader Wallpaper for Galaxy S10+

Darth Vader Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Dark Simpsons Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Dark CMYK Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E from here (Characters: Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc)

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers from here (Characters: R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover).

If you have any creative camera cut-out wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10; feel free to email us the same at [email protected]. We shall post the same.

Like the wallpapers? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Twitter @mattcabb

Download Google Pixel camera Mod App for Galaxy S10, S10+ with Night Sight feature

Google Pixel Camera Mod App is now available for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ and is working on the Snapdragon variant of the device as confirmed by users at XDA.

The famous “Night Sight” feature of Google Pixel Camera app is now available for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 via this modded app by Arnova8G2.

Google Pixel camera Mod App for Galaxy S10

Download Google Pixel camera Mod app for Galaxy S10, S10+ from below link and install the app like a normal apk.

Download  MGC_6.1.021_BSG_Arnova_TlnNeun_V1.3.030119.0645.apk

Above posted Google Pixel camera Mod App also supports aperture switching between 1.5 and 2.4.

Test the above Google Pixel camera Mod App on your Galaxy S10 and S10+ and let us know if it works. Drop your comments below.

Check out Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E here

Image Credits: oneandroidnut (XDA User)

Sony Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update rolling

Sony Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update is now rolling over the previous 12.0.A.0.13 beta version app. Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update adds notifications to the application context menu. It is now possible to access them directly by touching and holding an icon.

It also adds Contacts, SMS, MMS and Web to the search function and setting for normalizing the icon appearances along with various big fixes.

Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App

Download Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta apk from below link.

Download com.sonymobile.home_12.0.A.0.15.apk

It requires Android 5.0+ running on your Xperia devices to install the app.

Let us know if the app works on your device. Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via Ben Ling)

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E

We have already shared some camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+ of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover.

Now the same creator Matt B via Twitter has shared some more Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10 and S10E of the famous designs/characters namely Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc.

Camera Cut-out Wallpapers

Download the new Camera-cut out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E from below (simply save as image, resolution 1440 × 3040 px).

Big Hero 6 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Monster Inc Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Air Jordan Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Miyazaki Soot Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Simpsons Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Check out more Camera cut-out wallpapers for Galaxy S10 and S10+ here.

Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from here (Characters: Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons)

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers from here (Characters: R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover).

Like the wallpapers, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: Twitter @Mattcabb

Download Sony Xperia 10 Home launcher App

Sony Xperia 10 Home Launcher app is now available for installing on rooted and non-rooted Xperia devices. You need Android 9.0 Pie running on your Xperia device to install the Xperia 10 Home Launcher app.

Xperia 10 Home launcher App comes with the Wallpaper picker app. If you are looking to install Xperia 10 Live Wallpapers on your device running Android 9.0, get them from here.

Xperia 10 Home launcher

Download the Xperia 10 Home launcher app and Wallpaper Picker app from below links.

Download com.sonymobile.launcher.apk

Download WallpaperPicker.apk

To install the apks your device, move the both downloaded apks to system/priv-app folder (tutorial here) and reboot your device.

For non-rooted Xperia devices: Download the below mentioned files and install like a normal apk.

Download XperiaLauncher v1.2.apk

Download WallpaperPicker.apk

Let us know if it works on your device? Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via niaboc79 & Sahaab)

Download Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper

Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper is now available for download. Pack contains Black, Gold, Navy, Silver, Xperia Theme Live Wallpapers. Animation on live wallpaper comes as when lock screen is unlocked after that wallpaper is static.

It requires Android 9.0 to install on non-Xperia devices. We tried installing Xperia 10 live wallpaper on non-rooted Pixel 2 XL running Android 9.0.0 and it runs smoothly.

Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper

Download Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper from below link.

Download  Xperia_wallpaper19.apk

Check out the previews of different shades of Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper.

Like the new Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via Mazellat)

Google March 2019 Android Security Update rolling for Pixel devices

March 2019 Android Security Update is now rolling for Google Pixel devices via OTA dated 5 March. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have got functional patches which improves startup and responsiveness of Camera app, improves storage performance and Bluetooth reliability.

March 2019 Android Security Update is rolling in the form of Android 9.0.0 PQ2A.190305.002 build number, which is same for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel XL whereas OPM8.190305.001 build number is rolling for Pixel C (on Android Oreo).

Google March 2019 Android Security Update

Official functional patches details for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are as follows:

We have already updated our Pixel 2 XL to March 2019 Android Security Update and till now no major changes are spotted.

Download March 2019 Android Security Update

Verizon Wireless has also announced the PQ2A.190305.002 build number update for Pixel device as System Update 30.

If you have updated your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, let us know the improvements noticed in the Camera app. Drop your comments below.

Source: Pixel Update Bulletin, Android Security Bulletin

Google’s Digital Wellbeing support comes to Essential Phone via March 2019 security patch update build number PQ1A.190105.024

Essential Phone is now getting March 2019 Android security patch update in the form of build number PQ1A.190105.024. Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update brings Google’s Digital Wellbeing support to Essential Phone.

Android 9.0.0 – Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update is now rolling as OTA and is available for download. Essential posted the official changeling on Twitter.

Essential Phone March 2019 security patch update

Google’s Digital Wellbeing helps you understand how you interact with your device. This feature is not new to Pixel devices and now Essential phone joins the list along with Moto G7, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Android One smartphones.

Check out Digital Wellbeing in action on Pixel 2 XL below:

Essential has kept its smartphone upto date with Google’s latest Android Security monthly patches and it is really a good thing for the Essential phone users.

Updated your Essential phone to Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Source: Twitter @Essential

Pixel 2 XL March 2019 security update Build PQ2A.190305.002 rolling

Google has started rolling March 2019 security update (OTA) for Pixel devices. Factory images for March 2019 security update have also been posted for manual flashing/sideloading by Google. This update fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability of your device.

We have received the March 2019 security update on our Google Pixel 2 XL, Build – PQ2A.190305.002 (Previous Build – PQ2A.190205.002), Android 9.0.0 version via OTA. Update size is 60.6 MB.

Google Pixel 2 XL March security update

Go to Settings > Systems > System Update for updating your Pixel 2 XL.

As we have updated our device just now, we will post back with update on performance of the device.

Have you updated your Pixel device? Let us know in comments if any major changes are spotted? Drop your comments below.

OnePlus 7 renders leaked showing pop-out front-facing camera

OnePlus 7 renders have emerged online with a pop-out front-facing camera and it is one of a kind. Leaked renders show triple rear cameras with an additional sensor. As per the source of leaked renders, OnePlus 7 is rumoured to feature 6.5″ display and following dimensions as 162.6 x 76 x 8.8mm.

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders show a great screen-to-body ration, yet you can still see a little chin at the bottom as compared to top. Camera bump is rumoured to stand at 9.7 mm. Some other visible features are type-C USB port at bottom, loudspeaker grills at bottom, volume buttons on the left side, power button and alert slider on the right side.

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders

Check out the OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders below:

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders 360° View

For the time being there is no confirmation on OnePlus 7 launch date, though expected to land during May 2019.

What do you think of pop-out front-facing camera? Like it? Let us know in comments section.

Source: @OnLeaks @PriceBaba

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E are now out in the market and the 3 major improvements are Display, Camera and Finger print sensor. Samsung Galaxy 10 has 1 front camera cut out at the top right corner. Samsung Galaxy 10+ has Dual camera cut-out at the top right corner of the display.

Samsung Galaxy S10 now has triple cameras in the back with 3 different focal lengths, one main camera, one telephoto and one super wide. Main Camera is 12MP F/1.5-2.4 OIS, Telephoto Camera is also 12 MP F/2.4 OIS and Ultrawide Camera is 16MP F/2.2 – 123° (no OIS).

As it is clearly visible notch is missing from Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E. Notch is widely used by many mobile manufacturers to house the front-cameras and sensors whereas Samsung has used a hole-in display (a camera cut out in the display only for cameras).

Matt B via Twitter has shared a series of camera cut-out Wallpapers for  Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E. Camera cut-out Wallpapers are specifically designed to flaunt the camera cut-out holes and goes with the overall look of the display.

[UPDATE: 07.03.2019] Download Camera cut-out wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10E featuring Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc; from here.

[UPDATE: 10.03.2019] Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers featuring Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons.

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers features some of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8 (save as image from below).

Download R2-D2 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Download Mars Rover Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Download BB-8 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers features some of the famous designs/characters namely WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover.

Download WALL-E Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download R.O.B Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Minion Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Johnny5 Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Bender Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Mars Rover Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E from here (Characters: Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc)

Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from here (Characters: Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons)

Like the new Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: Matt B (Twitter@Mattcabb)

Download Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers – Leaked in full 1080P HD Resolution

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been making noise from past few days since press renders and live images leaked online. Well now official Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers have leaked online. A collection of 28 Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers is now available for download.

All the Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers are also available as standalone 1080p resolution images which can be put as wallpaper on any device but the leaked Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app can only be installed on Android Pie running Google Pixel devices for the time being.

Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers

We tested Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app on our Google Pixel 2 XL and it works like a charm.

Courtesy of MySmartPrice, you can download Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app from here (or com.breel.wallpapers18_9.apk).

Like the new Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Source – MySmartPrice

Install Porsche Theme on Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro, the smartphone with three rear cameras (40 MP, 20 MP and 8MP, dual-LED flash with 24 MP front facing camera), yes this is how Huawei P20 Pro distinguishes itself from the other smartphones out in the market. Following the year 2018 smartphone trend of slimmer side and chin bezels with a notch display, Huawei P20 Pro sports all.

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro is a next gen model of Huawei P20 with 6.1″ Full HD Display (with notch and OLED panel) with 408 ppi density. Huawei P20 Pro runs on Hisilicon Kirin 970 Cortex-A73 Octa Core processor [2.3 GHz (Quad Core) + 1.8 GHz (Quad Core)] and Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and runs Android Ore0 8.1 based EMUI 8.0 OS out of the box.

Huawei P20 Pro supports microSD card feature, expandable upto 256 GB (which is missing from many flagships this year) along with 128 GB onboard storage and 6 GB RAM. It supports USB-Type C and 4G with VoLTE. It houses non-removable Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery.

Porsche Theme for Huawei P20 Pro

Porsche Theme from Huawei Mate RS is now available for installing on Huawei P20 Pro.

Download the theme from the below mentioned link.


Download the theme and extract the zip file. Mode the themes to folder Huawei > Theme. Go to themes app and enable the Porsche Theme on your Huawei P20 Pro.

Let us know if you liked the theme. Drop your comments below.

Source – XDA (Theme by Jozinek )| Screenshots by grizzlyspid86 (1,2)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S launched with Snapdragon 845 processor and Dual 12 MP rear camera system

Less screen-to-body ratio, dual rear cameras and the display notch are the new trends that has been adopted by smartphone industry. Xiaomi has updated its Mi Mix smartphone range with brand new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, powered with latest Snapdragon 845 processor, Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5 (based on Android 8.0 Oreo), Dual 12 MP rear cameras and 5.9″ (nearly 81.9% screen-to-body ratio) full HD Display (LCD Panel).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S design has been revamped (made up of aluminium and ceramic) as when compared to original Xiaomi Mi Mix. Thin bezels at side and at top (dimensions 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi has adopted and kept the original position of front facing camera (5MP, f/2.0) on the lower right corner of the Mi Mix 2S and there is no display notch!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is also the first Xiaomi smarpthone that offers wireless charging (comes with option Xioami Wireless charging pad) and is also powered by Quickcharge 3.0 fast charging (with Type-C Port) and houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S supports dual 12 MP rear cameras, one being a wide-angle lens (f/1.8 lens, dual-pixel auto focus) and other being a telephoto lens (f/2.4 lens). It also supports Portrait mode feature (uses AI feature). Xiaomi mentions on their website that, “Mi MIX 2S uses an IMX363 rear camera sensor, large 1.4μm pixels”. Fingerprint sensor is positioned at back where it belongs.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S comes with 2 storage options viz. 256GB ROM/8 GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM/6 GB RAM with no slot for SD card.

Mi Mix 2S will be avilable only in China for 3299 Yuan (i.e. $527) for the time being (from next week) in white and black color before it hits other regions of the world.

What is missing from Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? Well, headphone jack connector, water and dust resistance ratings.

What is new? Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 12 MP rear camera system and wireless charging.

Let us know what do you think of new  Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? Drop your comments below.

Install Christmas Xperia Theme to get X’mas festive Softkeys

Winter! Cold! Snow! Holidays are coming, so is Christmas! To get into Christmas festive mood, here we are sharing Christmas Xperia Theme for Xperia smartphones users to get X’mas festive Softkeys on your device.

Theme will only change the softkeys on your device. Christmas Xperia Theme works on both rooted as well as non-rooted Xperia devices.

Christmas Xperia Theme

Download the  Christmas Xperia Theme from here to get X’mas festive Softkeys on your Xperia smartphone.

Install the theme like a normal app.


Check out more Sony Xperia Themes here.

Like the softkeys on your device? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Theme by Ticklefish

Xperia XZ Android 8.0 Oreo 41.3.A.0.401 firmware update rolling

Android 8.0 Oreo update with November security patch finally hits Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs. 41.3.A.0.401 firmware update brings Android 8.0 Oreo to Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs.

Xperia XZ Android 8.0 Oreo 41.3.A.0.401 firmware update is available via OTA, size 1232 MB and has been confirmed rolling in regions likes MEA, Soudi Arabia, Vietnam, Thaliand, USA, etc. Update confirmed on both single-sim variant F8331 and dual-sim variant F8332

Xperia XZ 41.3.A.0.401 firmware update

If you are updating via OTA, all user data will remain unaffected. Xperia XZ Android 8.0 Oreo 41.3.A.0.401 firmware update brings new boot animation, new status bar, new call UI, new settings UI.

Xperia XZ Android 8.0 Oreo 41.3.A.0.401 firmware official changelog

  • Reminders: Useful prompts for unfinished tasks, including emails in draft and messages
  • Xperia Actions: Intelligently suggested settings based on your usage – with all-new gaming and commuting features
  • App Shortcuts: Redesigned shortcuts by a long-press with easy access to actions
  • Smart Text Selection: Contextually recognizes and suggesrs useful options based on selected text
  • Autofill: Makes it easy to store personal information and fill in forms

41.3.A.0.401 firmware details

  • Android Secutiry Patch: November 1, 2017
  • Baseband version: 8996-8996.gen.prodQ-00070-31
  • Kernel Version: 3.18.66-perf-g27a9189

Download Xperia XZ 41.3.A.0.401 firmware ftf 

For Xperia XZ Dual F8332



If you have already updated your Xperia XZ to Android 8.0 Oreo update, let us know your views on it, especially on camera quality improvements. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (Ftf via – LeonardoJS11)  | Image Credits: paphonb

Download Google Pixel 2 Launcher with Bottom Search Bar

Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel XL are going to be available in the market very soon and in a little time we will see users playing with these smartphones. Meanwhile exclusive Google Pixel 2 apps like Google Pixel 2 Launcher, Google Pixel 2 Live Wallpapers, Google Pixel 2 Camera App, etc are available for download.

To install Google Pixel 2 Launcher on your android device, you do not need root. Just download the Google Pixel 2 Launcher app from below and install it like a normal apk.

Download Google Pixel 2 Launcher

You get the new “Bottom Search Bar” with the latest Google Pixel 2 Launcher.

Remember to uninstall your previous Pixel Launcher before installing this one. We tested the Google Pixel 2 Launcher on our Nexus 6P running Android Oreo and it worked fine.

Working on Google devices only running Android Nougat/Oreo.

Download NexusLauncherPrebuilt.apk

Working on Non-Google devices running Android Nougat/Oreo.

Download  Pixel 2 Launcher modded v1.8.apk

Working on Android 6.0.1+ Running devices.

Download PixelLauncher-9.0.0–P-4275643.apk

Let us know if the Google Pixel 2 Launcher works on your device. Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (Mod by paphonb | linuxct)  

EaseUS – Integrated Version Launched to Rescue Data Free

Basic data recovery tools are found to enable customers to check the data lose. This advanced content or file retrieving tool is easy to install as well.  However, Ease US is much better than other free toolkits to restore data from the devices.

People use this significant tool for getting awe-inspiring tech backup to find any classified file or official document quickly.

Advanced File Recovery

EaseUS file recovering software is compatible with SSD, USB drive, cam and hard drive as well. Why is it much different from other basic data recovering toolkits?  Experts opine that the speed for data sharing through device to device is excellent. Use it to recover damaged or lost file and then export it to other devices like external SD card. This is very good software for people who are found extremely busy of managing large volume of assignments and tasks without glitz. Official files can have virus and spam. Well, it doesn’t matter for a person to get back the files from the inventory/data base/ archive through advanced content scanning. This deep scanning is a must to debug the files.

Easy to Retrieve Data

EaseUS is not a cheap or low quality software. It has many good features. First of all, the data recovery process is not chargeable. Nor is it complicated tool.  It is dynamic, result oriented and much integrated data retrieving toolkit.  Numerous rookies and serious businessmen like  this data retrieving system which is free of cost.  Simultaneously, it has new update option to add more features  to the add-on list. So, EaseUS is a much user-friendly and cost efficient file management tool.

Check Preview

Preview of the files which are supposed to be recovered is on display. Check the specific files for fast recovery. You have the option to go to the list of files to delete or remove before retrieving.  It is not only a friendly tool but it is fitted to a guy who has to keep his files under deep security.  Clouding sync is expensive. Even, various smart data management tools fail to perform if you don’t evaluate the performance properly. Well,  EaseUS is getting five stars with accolades from customers as well.

Good Data Rescuing

Myth hovers that data recovering mechanism is not successful in the event of drive crashing due to the onsets of online spyware/spam/virus/malware. It is certainly unbelievable that this upgraded software works even when other data recovery machines are found corrupted. People have to be alert to avoid technical fault. On Internet, unreliable companies offer strange or damaged software to download on the computers. Frankly speaking, files recovering process is completed. When you open the files, it will be empty or designed in coded format.

Your dollars as a part of registration fees went to pocket of someone who played tricks with you.  EaseUS is known to people who daily hit the site to install this awesome tool for speeding up entire files hidden somewhere in the drive.

Data Recovery in Different Formats

EaseUS file recovery software is not unavailable online. Get instant free guide from consultants how to use this unique tool to enhance the complete file restoration from overloaded hard drive.  Many guys are not confident because they don’t know benefits of installing this tool on the system. Data which are formatted in Java script, HTML and Joomla formats need to be recovered without destruction. Often the file recovery support is not smooth. It happens at the time of downloading large files, pictures and pdf documents.  Experts have selected this extraordinary data recovery tool for customers who are interested to have fast guidance to ensure the hassle free data recovery from different systems.

EaseUS Getting Good Rankings

Customers are unanimous when they appreciate Ease US for excellent content and file recovery without forcing customers to install the third party tool. Size of files is not changed after the recovery. On the other hand, anyone who needs to stop the data retrieving halfway is able to deactivate it. Later when he again visits the site, it is possible to re-run the files retrieval process successfully.


EaseUS is a standard data rescuing platform to a customer who has to share big sets of important files, assignments and photos. In this connection, feel free to go through few tips, suggestions and remarks to update knowledge for saving tons of documents with the usage of Ease US toolkit.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Official ROM, Root, TWRP available for 6.4″ phablet

Mi Max 2, Xiaomi’s second generation phablet with 6.44″ display (1920 x 1080 resolution, 342 PPI) and 5300 mAh battery, launched for Rs 16999 in India (available only in Black Color) is definitely pleasing Xiaomi fans. Xiaomi Mi Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex A53 chipset and Adreno 506 GPU.

Xiaomi has launched Mi Max 2 with only one memory and storage combination i.e. 4GB RAM plus 64 GB ROM with expandable storage. It is running Android 7.1.1 Nougat based MIUI 8.5 OS.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features 12MP rear camera, Sony IMX386 sensor (f/2.2 1.25-micron pixels) with dual-LED flash and a 5 MP (f/2.0) front camera. It is powered by huge 5300 mAh battery supporting Quick Charge 3.0 (USB-C). Like seen in other Xiaomi devices, it features one-touch fingerprint sensor at back.

Weighing 211 grams and 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm in dimensions, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 supports dual-nano SIM. Is it water-resistance? No! It has a great full metal unibody with dual speaker output. It comes with 3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray (Supports Nano-SIM, Micro-SIM, or Micro SD card), IR blaster and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top.

Official ROM

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 official ROM is now available for downloading from the official website and can be flashed using MI Flash.

TWRP ported From mido Download here, posted by XDA user XN Logosa, Flash with fastboot, Code:

fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

To flash magisk, use this tutorial.

LineageOS 14.1 for MI MAX 2 is now available.

Check out the video below in case of any doubt.

Starting 27 July, users in India can buy Xiaomi Mi Max 2 from Paytm Mall. If you are a fan of smartphones with bigger display that should last long, then Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is surely one of the best contender in that field.

What is your take on Xiaomi Mi Max 2? Let us know in comments section.

Source: Xiaomi | via – Youtube @Vx Tutorials

Bitdefender Mobile Security – Secure your Android Device against Potential Threats

Since the launch of Android platform by Google, the smartphone industry has boomed throughout the world. More and more people are going for the Android devices rather than choosing the smartphones built for other platforms. But with such devices being immensely popular in the industry, there comes a threat to security. Being an open source product, Android is more prone to security threats as compared to any other operating system that is not available for free.

A number of mobile security tools are available on the web. At times, it becomes very difficult to find decent software that can look after the security of your smartphone/tablet. Bitdefender Mobile Security comes to your rescue when we talk about the most effective antivirus program for your smartphone/tablet. Let has have a deeper look at this software program.

Bitdefender Mobile Security – A Brief Insight

Bitdefender is a Romania based Internet security software company that has its operations in 100+ countries of the world. From the best Internet security providers on PC/laptops to the best mobile security provider, Bitdefender has set new standards. It offers the best Android security product of 2015 & 2016 and has even won the PC MAG Editor’s Choice awards for 2 consecutive years. It has no impact on the battery life of your device and can easily handle security on autopilot.  Let’s peak through the features of this stunning mobile security solution.

Bitdefender Mobile Security Solution – Top Features

To provide the securest environment to your smartphone/tablet, Bitdefender comes with some of the best features that are hard to find in any other security solution for mobile devices. Some of these stunning features have been listed below:

Easy to Navigate Dashboard

The easy to use user interface helps you navigate through different options on the dashboard swiftly. You can easily check out different options available on the dashboard. All you have to do is install the Bitdefender Mobile Security app on your devices and sign in using your Google account or Bitdefender Central account.

Malware Scanner

You can run a complete scan of your device using its malware scanner. It scans through the internal and external storage of your smartphone/tablet and searches for any virus or threat on your device. The scan may take a little time. Keep patient until the scan is completed.

Privacy Advisor

The Privacy Advisor lets you to see how your mobile apps may exploit your personal information. You can monitor what every installed app does without your knowledge in the background. You can easily uninstall a particular app after checking the privacy risk for each app.

Web Security

Bitdefender’s Web Security blocks the web pages that might have fraudulent or phishing content or might have any kind of malware by simply checking with the Bitdefender Cloud services.


It is one of the best features in this mobile security suite by Bitdefender. Its anti-theft protection helps you to wipe off the data stored in your mobile within seconds if your smartphone/tablet has been stolen or lost. You can lock your device, wipe off the data, send a message to your Android device, or locate the device remotely. You can even take a snap of the person trying to open up the lock. Activate this feature and stay totally safe.

App Lock

It allows you to lock the sensitive apps on your device. After you have protected the apps with the ‘App Lock’ feature, you can open them up either by entering the pin/password or by using the fingerprint scanner. There would be a 30 seconds timeout after every 5 consecutive wrong attempts if anyone tries to gain access without knowing your pin.


You can install this mobile security solution on your Android device and use it for 14 days for free. After that you need to pay $14.99/year to use it on your device.


  • It is small size software.
  • Perfect malware detection.
  • Comprehensive Anti-Theft Protection.
  • Light on resources.
  • Affordable Price.


  • Cannot schedule the scans.
The Bottom Line

Bitdefender Mobile Security is the ultimate software tool for Android devices. It protects your smartphone/tablet from malware without any flaw. Furthermore its anti-theft protection can come in useful when your devices are lost or stolen. The App Lock feature protects your device even if it falls into the wrong hands. If you install this antivirus software on your mobile you can rest assured about its security.