How to Connect an Android Smartphone to Your TV

It’s not so difficult to screen photos, videos, or cast your phone or tablet display to your television. If you haven’t tried it yet, we’ve got an easy guide here on how to connect your smartphone or tablet with a TV. Read on for the details.

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Connect an Android smartphone with a TV: getting started

It’s pretty easy to connect your smartphone to a Smart TV directly via Wi-Fi. This allows you to stream different media from Android devices. Among the major Smart TV manufacturers are Samsung, Sony, Philips, LG and Panasonic. Their Smart TVs provide the possibility to connect smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi onto the same network for streaming. Some manufacturers also allow a direct wireless connection to the Smart TV. For example, Sony and Samsung’s newer TVs provide “screen mirroring”, allowing you to display whatever’s on your smartphone screen.

It’s pretty straightforward to transfer photos, videos and stream Youtube to a Smart TV with Android smartphones and tablets. While the Youtube app for Android can be easily connected to a TV via the streaming icon, displaying photos and videos might be a little more effort. Where the old Gallery app requires you to send each image individually via the TV share button, this function is no longer available in the Google Photos app.

Connect an Android smartphone with a TV: the right app can help

Free streaming apps like ‘iMediaShare – Photos & Music’ come in handy. They let you transfer photos, videos and music from your smartphone or tablet to Smart TV or other DLNA-enabled devices, such as sound systems and set-top boxes. With iMediaShare, you can select by file type and also play videos in automatic succession on your TV. Another option is to install Android apps on the TV itself.

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Casting over a wireless network is usually associated with delayed playback on Smart TVs. This doesn’t matter so much with casting images, but this can make transmitting video a little annoying.

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Bear in mind that you mightn’t always be able to stream content from your phone to the TV via wireless connectivity. Anyone who wants to avoid problems like this should run a direct connection to the Smart TV, or regular TV. You can do this with a smartphone or tablet via HDMI input.

While a compact HDMI output for tablets is hard to find, whether in the form of mini-HDMI or micro HDMI, you won’t need this for your smartphone. Most mobile phones simply don’t have enough space for chunky adapters. This problem can be solved with the USB port expander Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). MHL 3.0 even allows HDMI transmission of 4K content from mobile devices to Ultra-HD televisions.

Connect an Android smartphone with a TV: SlimPort as MHL alternative

Google, along with other phone manufacturers, has not backed MHL, but rather SlimPort. With SlimPort, USB is used in combination with a separate adapter cable to connect to a TV or projector via HDMI. Unfortunately, that was only until the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Neither still supports HDMI output, SlimPort or MHL. A list of SlimPort-compatible devices includes smartphones like the BlackBerry Priv, the LG G4 and LG V10 and various tablets in Amazon’s Kindle series, as well as the Google Nexus 7.

Connect an Android smartphone with a TV: what you can also try

If neither wireless streaming or MHL/SlimPort are a solution to connect your Android smartphone to the TV, then perhaps you can simply plug it into the USB port of the TV. In this way, stored photos and videos can be also displayed on the TV from the internal memory or microSD card. Otherwise the TV could be given a boost with the help of set-top boxes, or media sticks that act as a bridge between Smart TV and smartphone.

Then there’s the Google Chromecast. This device allows you to cast content from your Android smartphone or tablet right to the TV. All you need to run it with is the Chromecast app, which you’ll find for free in the Play Store, and plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port of your TV.

There are many apps for The Chromecast, such as video streaming behemoth Netflix. And whosoever likes to show off photos or videos to friends can stream content via the ‘AllCast’ app. The second generation of Chromecast can be found in the Google Play Store for around $39 Euro.


LG V20 Review

Power user – this is a term associated with individuals who operate a computing device with advanced skills and elevated privileges. In other words, that is someone who knows their gadgets inside out and, more importantly, who knows how to make the most of them. The LG V10 was a phone suitable for that kind of folks. Released about a year ago in a limited number of markets, it was quite the unusual handset – large, rugged, and packed to the brim with outstanding features, including a secondary display, dual front-facing cameras, premium sound hardware, and full manual camera controls.

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Fast-forward to present day, and the LG V20 is here to pick up where the V10 left off. Sticking to the same formula, this new and improved model comes with a sizzling-hot specs sheet complemented by a list of goodies to wow the tech crowd. We’re talking about an enhanced secondary screen, dual cameras at the back with full manual controls, a Quad DAC setup for superior sound reproduction capabilities, microphones good enough to record a concert in high fidelity, and all of that sprinkled with a sweet dash of Android 7.0 Nougat.

To say the least, the LG V20 is a phone that tech enthusiasts, audiophiles, and media creators would be intrigued by, but does it live up to the high expectations that it sets? I spent some time in its company to find out.

Design

When the team and I saw the LG V20 for the first time, it wasn’t a case of love at first sight. The phone appeared tough and manly, but lacked in elegance and sophistication, not unlike the Tumbler Batmobile. And you know what, I’d say that I’m okay with that, now that I’ve used the V20 for a while. Sure, it isn’t gorgeous, but what it lacks in grace, it makes up for in durability.

The LG V20 is built of 6013-series aluminum alloy – a light yet durable material used in the construction of boats and planes. The strips at its top and bottom are made of 24% stronger polycarbonate. And just like its predecessor, the phone is MIL-STD-810G transit drop compliant, meaning that it can withstand more physical abuse than a typical phone. Water resistance is missing, however, so don’t go selfie-snapping near a pool with this one.

One thing I should stress on is that the LG V20 is a large device. In terms of width and height, it ranks alongside the iPhone 7 Plus, the Nexus 6P, and its predecessor, the LG V10. Unlike the latter, however, the phone doesn’t feel top-heavy. It has a better-balanced weight distribution, which makes it more comfortable to handle than the V10.

With the V20, LG is sticking to its unorthodox design approach of placing the power button at the back – at (or near) the point where the user’s index finger would naturally rest. Those who are new to the idea might find it odd, but it is something one gets used to over time.

Embedded in the power button is a fingerprint reader. It gets the job done, as it is fast and gets the reading right almost every time. You place your finger on it (without the need to actually press the power button) to unlock the phone, and if you just want to take a peek at your notifications, you can wake the phone for a few seconds with a double tap on the screen. This setup could use some improvement, however. As I take the phone out of my pocket, I naturally put my finger on the reader, yet a reading is only sometimes performed – at that moment, the scanner may still be disabled because the phone is not completely of my pocket yet. This means I have to wait to see if my finger got read, and if it didn’t, I have to lift it and place it again to unlock my phone.

You might have noticed that the LG V20 also has a small button on its side. Pressing it lifts the back cover, which in turn lets the user access the removable battery, as well as the SIM card and microSD card slots. While battery swapping can be considered a power-user feature, it is one I don’t mind having.

Display

Although the LG V20’s secondary screen is the one raising eyebrows, it is the primary one I’ll comment on first. Its main advantages are its large size and high resolution – traits that make activities like gaming, watching videos, or web browsing, a pleasure. On the downside, this is far from the most color-accurate display we’ve ever tested. With a color temperature around the 9000K mark, the screen makes whites appear blueish. Sure, the average user probably wouldn’t be bothered by that, but the flaw becomes glaringly obvious once you place the V20 next to a display with accurate color reproduction. A way around this drawback is to activate Comfort View mode on a low setting.

ow that I’ve mentioned it, Comfort View is a blue light filter built into the V20’s user interface. Studies have shown that blue light might be messing with our sleep, hence it is a good idea to have the feature activated at night. (Although a way to get a good night’s sleep is to not use your phone at all before bedtime.) And while Comfort View is nice having, it would have been better if I had the option for it to turn on automatically after sunset or at a predefined time.

That aside, night-time use is generally convenient, as the screen’s brightness goes sufficiently low. And when out in broad daylight, I’ve never had any issues with the screen’s visibility. It is bright enough to remain visible even on a sunny day.

As for the secondary screen placed at the top, it is actually a nifty feature – one adopted from the V10. The screen is now brighter, however, and fonts are larger, which makes things easier to see, even at an angle.

For those not familiar, the purpose of the V20’s second screen is to serve as a widget of sorts, available at all times, in any app. When the phone is in standby, it acts primarily as a notification ticker, but also gives you control over music playback and various quick settings. And if you don’t like it for some reason, you are free to turn it off.

The key to making the most of the V20’s secondary screen is to customize it to your needs. This will take a few minutes, but it will be time well spent, as some of the options prove very useful. For example, the screen can be set to list your 5 recent apps there, and you can switch back and forth with a simple tap. Or you can have shortcuts to 5 of your favorite apps. Media controls are also an option, meaning that you can access Spotify or the stock music player at any time.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro officially unveiled as the manufacturer’s first phone with 6GB of RAM

Following a series of rumors and leaks, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro has just become official a few minutes ago in China, which appears the only market that will receive the phone. Although the new Galaxy C9 Pro is definitely not a smartphone that can rival the iPhone 7 or replace the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, the handset stands out as Samsung’s first smartphone to feature 6GB of RAM.

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The display of the new Samsung Galaxy C9 is a 6-inch panel running at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels.

On the inside beats the heart of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 653 chipset, a SoC that integrates an octa-core CPU consisting out of four blazing-fast ARM Cortex-A72 CPU cores and four additional low-power ARM Cortex-A53 Cores. The Snapdragon 653 also integrates an Adreno 510 GPU. Overall, we’re expecting to see pretty decent performance levels coming out of the Snapdragon 653, especially so for an upper mid-range device.

When it comes to the design, the metal-build Galaxy C9 Pro appears to be a mix between the design language that Samsung adopts with most of its Galaxy phones, although we can definitely see some resemblance to Huawei’s Mate phones as well as to Oppo’s new R9 Plus.

In the memory department, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro features 6GB of RAM as well as 64GB of integrated storage space. If that’s not enough storage space for the user’s needs, a microSD card slot is there to the rescue.

As far as the imaging department is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy C9 is equipped with 16MP cameras on both the front and the back. Both lenses feature a wide f1.9 aperture.

Keeping the lights on is a 4,000mAh battery. The capacity is higher than on most smartphones, but the extra power consumption that a large 6-inch panel entails will probably translate into average battery life overall.

Other features include a fingerprint sensor embedded the home button, stereo speakers at the top and bottom, USB Type-C, a pair of 4G LTE SIM slots, as well as a Hi-Fi audio codec made by Cirrus. Furthermore, the Galaxy C9 Pro also comes with Samsung Pay, the technology that allows users to pay for goods and services with their phones on both NFC or MSFT terminals.

On the software side, Samsung’s new Galaxy C9 will run Android 6.0.1 out of the box, with the company’s own TouchWiz UX layer on top.

The Galaxy C9 Pro comes in Gold and Rose Gold (both white a white front) and is priced at the equivalent of about 470 US dollars.

Android Nougat 7.1 beta is now out for select devices

Google has delivered on its promise and released the developer preview of Android Nougat 7.1 for beta testers before October ended.

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You can only access it if you have a Nexus 5X, a Nexus 6P or a Pixel C, though — Google won’t be releasing it for other devices until November, and its final public release won’t be available until December. If you do have any of the three devices, you can expect to get an OTA update if you’re enrolled to Android’s beta program.

While you can download the preview even if you don’t actually make apps, its features definitely benefit developers the most. Besides Daydream VR support, it comes with the capability to make app shortcuts and circular launcher icons to match the look of Google’s new Pixel phones.

That said, it does have something for ordinary users: a restart button in the power menu. It also supports image keyboards, which allow you to insert stickers and GIFs in apps. If you’d like to test 7.1 out without enrolling to Google’s beta program, you can also do a manual update by flashing a system image.

Samsung Reportedly Plans To Release Flex Phones

Smartphones are about to get a lot more flexible. Handsets with bendable and foldable screens could hit shelves as early as February 2017, according to a report from Bloomberg. Smartphone maker Samsung is preparing to release two such devices next year, hoping to get out in front of an emerging trend in smartphone tech, per the report.

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One of Samsung’s bendy phones would fold in half, sort of like an old-school flip phone. The other would have a 5-inch screen that could unspool into an 8-inch display. Both devices would use organic light-emitting diodes to create a thin, plastic screen that can bend without breaking.

To get a sense of what the rollable device might look like, check out this video of a Samsung prototype featured at a tech conference in San Francisco back in May.

The company also gave the public a peek at some of its foldable phone concepts in this (painfully cheesy) video from 2014 (below). If you can ignore the dialogue and plot, you’ll get a pretty good sense of a Samsung-made foldable phone: Video

Samsung has been working on flexible displays since at least 2013. Other mobile phone companies have been tinkering with bendy screens for years, too.

Electronics giant LG earlier this year unveiled an 18-inch flexible screen prototype. Apple has a patent for a bendable mobile device. Chinese phone manufacturer Oppo reportedly whipped up a prototype of a foldable phone this year.

In addition, Moxi Group, a China-based tech startup, plans to put a bendable phone on sale this year, in an effort to beat Samsung to the punch, according to Bloomberg.

While Moxi’s devices aren’t likely to be as sophisticated as Samsung’s (they’ll have a black-and-white display), they do have one pretty neat feature: They can roll up into a bracelet that’s worn on the wrist. People can also unroll the device and use it like a regular smartphone.

How to Block a Number on Any SmartPhones

There are all sorts of reasons to block a number: an ex who won’t stop calling, telemarketers who can’t take a hint, scammers, or an aunt who wants to check in and see why you’re still not married.

When your phone has buzzed one more time than you can take, you know it’s time to block that number. But how? Here are the steps to take by popular operating systems and carriers.

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Do Not Call
The first thing to do to reduce the number of unwanted calls coming to your phone is to put yourself into the National Do Not Call Registry. On the site, you can register your phone number or check if your digits are already there. On DoNotCall.gov, you can register up to three phone numbers at once. You’ll also need to include an email address, as you’ll need to confirm your registration. You can also call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

According to the FTC, which runs the registry, your phone number will be added to the registry within 24 hours, but it will likely take up to 31 days for sales calls to stop. If they persist in calling, you can file a complaint.

Operating Systems:

1. iOS

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If you block someone from sending you texts, FaceTime, or voice calls, they will be automatically blocked from doing all three things.

To block a number that called you, go into the Phone app, select Recent. Find the number and click the I in the circle next to it. You’ll get a screen with information about the call and actions to take, scroll down to Block This Caller.

If you’re blocking someone in your Contacts lists, go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking & Identification > Block Contact. That will bring up your contact list, and you can scroll through and select those you want to block. You can also get there via Settings > Messages > Blocked > Add New.

If a number texting you is not on your Contacts list, iOS 10 requires you to add it to your Contacts list before blocking it (tap the number/image on top of the screen > Create New Contact). Then follow the steps above. If you have an older version of iOS, tap the I in the circle at the upper right of the screen, then select Block This Caller > Block Contact.

If you think they’ll sneak a peek at you with FaceTime, then go to that app, find the last FaceTime conversation you had with them, and click the I in the circle next to it. You’ll get a screen with information about the call and actions to take; scroll down to Block This Caller. If it’s someone in your Contacts, go to Settings > FaceTime > Blocked > Add New, and select the name or names to block.

In related news: If you think you’ve been blocked, signs include being sent directly to voicemail for calls, never seeing the “Delivered” message appear under your iMessage, and having your text turn green (as opposed to blue). These things can also happen if the person you’re trying to contact does not have a connection, so don’t freak out right away. But if it’s been awhile and you’re still not getting through.

2. Android
For Marshmallow or Nougat, open Dialer, go to your recent calls list, find the number you want to block and select Block/Report Spam. (If you don’t want to report the number as spam, you can uncheck the box.) Then tap Block.

For Lollipop, go to the Phone app and select Call Settings > Call Rejection (ouch) > Auto Reject List. Type in the number or search for it, select it, and you’re done.

If you use Messenger for messages, tap the name or number that sent you the message on your message list and select Block/Report Spam. (If you don’t want to report the number as spam, you can uncheck the box.) For Contacts, go into Messenger, select Menu > Blocked Contacts > Add a Number and enter the number you want to to block.

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HTC ONE S Finally Comes with Latest Android Jelly Bean OS Soon in This Month

HTC became one of the most prominent brands to make its presence felt in the very competitive smart phone market as they got their best models out in the international markets and priced each strategically as per the market conditions. Soon they made their place into the best global brands and their products too were liked by many alike in international markets. This brand has made it large in all the segments ranging from the entry level smart phone market to the elite premium super smart phone segment of the market. The One series by HTC targets the premium market as its customers need to be such that they should be able to make the most of the device. So needless to say that the HTC One S is one of the finds from HTC and it is becoming a hit among the premium smart phone market customers of prepaymania.co.uk and the rest of the world. This is a phone which was brought out due to the suggestion from many of the customers to come up with a super smart phone with a smaller screen than the 4.7 inch screen of the One X.

Prepaymania.co.uk has the latest news in the mobile world and gives heads up about each new development in any of the segments of the mobile phone world. So when something like the news about the one S getting the android jelly bean surfaced surely one can expect it here.

One of the best online markets for devices and mobile phones from the best brands, prepaymania.co.uk also is known for being the first stop by many online users to compare the phones from various brands and for getting the genuine accessories.

Recently a spokesperson for prepaymania.co.uk was quoted as,” We will give you the latest news about each development in this field and do not worry about missing any information about out latest offers as we will keep you well informed.”

The HTC One S is one of the latest smart phones in the elite phone club to get the android jelly bean 4.1 update in the recent times.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to have two rear cameras and no home button

Samsung may have big changes in mind for its next flagship phone. While the tech giant has not officially announced the successor to the Galaxy S7 yet (which is expected to be named the Galaxy S8) a report from the Korean news publication ETNews is speculating that the next iteration will look a lot different.

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Several of the alleged changes include:

– No physical home button. Instead, the phone will implement a home button function behind tempered glass or in the display.

– Full-screen display. The front of the phone will only feature the display, no buttons or borders.

– Dual rear cameras. The device will have a dual-camera set up similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

– 10-nanometer chip. According to the report’s source, the S8’s processor will be a hybrid of a Snapdragon 830 and Exynos chip.

Keep in mind that these are just rumors at this point, and ETNews has a mixed track record for leaking Samsung information. While not all of its rumors pan out, some do, like its later confirmed prediction that the Galaxy S7 will come in two variants: the original and the S7 Edge.

Currently, Samsung is dealing with a number of setbacks, including its Galaxy Note 7 recall saga and lawsuits with Apple. Because of the recent mishaps, ETNews posits the idea that the Galaxy S8 could see an early release, especially given the recall controversy. While this claim is mere speculation, more and more rumors about the Galaxy S8 are stacking up already and will probably do so until Samsung officially unveils the new phone.

OnePlus 3 not Switching away from Amoled Screens

Yesterday we reported on a rumor that suggested OnePlus was preparing to halt production on the current OnePlus 3 in order to begin work on a new model. That appears to be untrue, however, as a OnePlus spokesperson reached out to Android Authority to confirm that the company is still producing the OnePlus 3.

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Initially, the rumors began because of shortages in the AMOLED supply chain, which meant the OnePlus 3 might be switching to an LCD screen if the rumor were true. CEO Carl Pei later tweeted to confirm the company plans on sticking with AMOLED after backlash about the switch happened on the OnePlus forums.

That doesn’t mean the AMOLED display shortage is magically over with, however. The gold OnePlus 3 still shows as out of stock and delivery times for the grey version is listed at weeks.

Still, it’s nice to see OnePlus weigh in on the issue, especially considering the difference in display technology between AMOLED and LCD. I don’t know about you, but when I make buying decisions about a phone, I prefer AMOLED displays.

XiaoMI is Working on FleXible Screen Technology

A few days ago we reported on a new patent from LG that appears to show a transparent, foldable display to work on a device similar to a book. That news wasn’t new for LG, as we knew at CES this year that the company expects to be producing flexible screens by 2017.

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Both Samsung and Lenovo have showcased similar technology, but now it looks like Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has the same idea.

A concept from the company has leaked that appears to show a display that bends in all directions, not unlike paper. Two separate renders were leaked on Baidu.

The screen appears to be flexible and can be bent up or down, left or right.

While these bendable and foldable concepts are interesting, it isn’t something you should expect to see anytime soon. It’s one thing to spend tons of money and time to produce an awesome proof of concept, but if there’s no way to bring that technology to mass production in a cost-effective manner, it’ll remain out of the hands of the general public for a while longer.