Friday, June 6, 2014

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Force OTA Update on Nexus Device

After long wait and a series of rumors, Google has finally started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.3 update to its Nexus devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10), GPE devices and some Motorola Phones (X, G & E) through OTA (Over-The-Air) update.

However, many of the Nexus owners known to me (including me) were unable to get the OTA update on their phone while the rest of the people were getting it all over the world.

Of course, you need not always wait for OTA updates. You can download the official factory images corresponding to your Nexus device from Google's repository and flash your phone by using adb (Android Debug Bridge) and sideload command. But not everyone is familiar with adb and not everyone wants to follow all manual methods and update their phone, since OTA is just easy.

This post is not going to explain how to use adb and update your Nexus device with the latest Android Update. Here I'll explain a method which will tell you how you can make your phone to forcefully look for OTA update and continue with the Android 4.4.3 Update. These steps will work on all OTA updates (when your phone isn't notifying you with the update).

One important thing to remember is that you can only update to Android 4.4.3 if you are already on Android 4.4.2. Your phone should be connected to WiFi or 3G/4G network. Also make sure that your phone is charged enough so that it doesn't get switched off during the update process.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Apps > All tab > Google Services Framework

Step 2: Tap on Clear Data first and then tap on Force Stop (Tap OK on the next warning message)

Step 3: Restart your phone.

Step 4: If your phone shows an update notification on the Notification Bar, tap that and jump to Step 7.

Step 5: Go to Settings > About phone > System Updates

Step 6: Tap on Check now.

After this step, wait for few seconds and your phone would notify you that an System Update is available for your phone.

Step 7: Once you see the Update notification, Tap on Download to download the firmware to your phone. (The filesize for the 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 is 92.2 MB)

Step 8: Once download is completed, you will be asked to Restart & Install.

This would take some time (approx 5-10 mins). Once restarted, you'll see that your phone has been updated to Android 4.4.3 KitKat.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Slow Motion Videos - Canon Powershot SX40 HS

I recently gifted myself an Advanced Point & Shoot Camera from Canon called the Canon Powershot SX40 HS on my birthday (Yeah, I have this habit of gifting myself with something on my birthday). One cool feature of this camera is that it can record videos in Slow Motion. I'm not an expert on cameras, nor I'm a professional photographer or videographer. So I won't be talking much about the camera or any other technical aspect.

The purpose of this blog post is to only show some of the test videos that myself and my friend shot during one of our recent Road trip. Canon Powershot SX40 HS allows you to take Slow Motion Videos in two different settings.
  1. 120 fps (frames per second) : Videos are shot at 120 fps and playback at 30 fps; gives a video resolution of 640 x 480.
  2. 240 fps  (frames per second) : Videos are shot at 240 fps and playback at 30 fps; gives a video resolution of 320 x 240.
We had taken many small clips and combined it and made 4 videos. All the editing has been done in Windows Live Movie Maker. Below are the videos that I have compiled. Enjoy watching it.
  • This video is of some Eagle and other birds flying. I've joined couple of video clips in this, few of which were shot at 120 fps and few at 240 fps.
  • We stopped in a village where few kids were playing and taking bath in a small pond. They happily agreed to show their tricks, and helped us shooting this video. Few clips in this video are shot at 120 fps whereas few as shot at 240 fps.
  • Next two videos are of some riding shots on our Motorcycles. Complete video is shot in 120 fps. The first one is of me riding my 2011 Honda CBR 250R and the second video is my friend Niranjan Prasad riding his 2012 KTM Duke 200.

Hope you liked our amateur attempt of shooting videos in Slow Motion.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Samsung rolls out ICS Update for Galaxy SII in India

When Google released the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.x) in October 2011, Samsung announced that their flagship model, the Samsung Galaxy SII (i9100), which was then bundled with Gingerbread (2.3.x) would be getting the Official ICS Update soon.

Ever since, all the Galaxy SII users around the world started waiting for update from Samsung. The impatient ones and the geeky ones went ahead and rooted the phone and installed various ICS based custom ROMS which is available online. But the normal users still had to wait for Official updates.

Samsung started rolling out the ICS update for Galaxy SII in the month of March, 2012. But for the users in India, it was a long wait. Today, on 29th May 2012, Samsung India has finally released the update officially.

Users in India can now update their Galaxy SII phone to Android 4.0.3 using Samsung Kies or OTA update. If you are unable to update by the above mentioned steps, you can take it to any Authorized Samsung Mobile service centres, and they would update it for you free of cost.

After update, your Baseband version becomes I9100DDLPA, Kernel version becomes 3.0.15-I9100XWLP7-CL340913 dpi@DELL134 #3 and Build Number becomes IML74K.XWLP7

As per Google, there are quite a lot of changes and improvements in ICS. There is a definite performance boost with increased battery life and phone becoming fast. Also there are some good UI changes that will interest many users.

Samsung India has rolled out the ICS update for Galaxy SII G (I9100G) phones as well.