November 30, 2018

Instagram to improve Accessibility Beginning with Alt Text

Recently, access to Web contents has greatly improved as several regulating bodies tend to define rules and policies to guide how web resources are made available to users. Several accessibility features such as readability, aiding impairments and many others have been introduced, especially to the web, to help impaired users enjoy web resources.

It is in this note that Instagram - a social media platform - decided to add accessibility features to their app starting with the alternative text feature. This useful improvement was announced 28th November 2018 via their official newsroom.
November 28, 2018

10 Effective Ways to Manage Storage on Android and Save Space

It’s often a battle among many a phone user as they attempt to utilise the available storage space on their Android devices. The concerns become much more when an economy model is purchased. Though modern high-class phones come with internal storage space of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, the desire to have several trending apps, capture videos, store files, and take photographs demands for more storage.

The storage feature of an Android device or smartphone is one of the top features to consider when purchasing a smartphone. Unfortunately, not many people know how to manage storage or free up space on their devices.

November 23, 2018

New Facebook Messenger - what to expect from the latest update

Leave aside the recent data breaches and Facebook’s legal battle with several regulatory bodies, the giant social media company has not relented in giving users a taste of social pleasures as they yet unfold a new and well-improved messenger app late October.

Facebook has officially called the new app Messenger 4 and is built on the simplicity of design and connectivity. According to the VP of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky, Messenger 4 app is a simplified version that puts focus back on messaging and connecting.
November 20, 2018

How to Download WhatsApp Profile Picture to your phone

WhatsApp keeps dominating social media and quite a large number of social media enthusiasts have found it pleasing to communicate with friends. This is due to the fact that WhatsApp integrates cool features that eases its use.

For instance, you can download profile pictures of friends and the group you belong to, or even download WhatsApp statuses of your friends without the need for technical expertise, provided your device is WhatsApp-compliant.

Aside from that, the end-to-end communication approach adopted by this platform enhances how people share information and other resources – such as pictures, videos, documents, audio, etc. – with their friends.

The above and many other things have made WhatsApp what it is today – a haven of billion users sharing ideas and information.

Well, not to go astray let’s get back to why you clicked this link.

You want to find out how to download the profile pictures of your friends or groups without anyone sending them to you.

Yeah, that’s what this post is created for – to guide you in doing just that.

Download WhatsApp profile Pictures
But wait a minute! Why would you want to download these profile pictures?

I guess the reason is that some of these profile pictures are beautiful, educative, encouraging, informative and edifying. So, you want to either have them among the pictures in your gallery or to simply share them with your friends on your status.

Ok, that’s fine. After all, that’s what social media platforms are created for – to share the moments and excitements with friends and [enemies] alike.

So, straightway, I will show you how to download WhatsApp profile pictures of friends and Groups

How to Download WhatsApp Profile Pictures

There are basically two ways you can do this, and I will describe them so that anyone that is convenient for you can be used. Both methods work for both the profile pictures of friends and for groups.

From Dashboard

This one is straightforward...

Open WhatsApp and you will be directed to the list of the groups or people you last chatted with, something I call the Dashboard.

Scroll to identify the friend’s or group’s profile picture you want to download.
If you had never chatted in the group or with the contact, simply tap the contact feature to display the list of all the contacts and groups you have.

Now, tap the circular profile picture of the friend or contact without necessarily opening the chat you last had with the contact.

This will increase the view of the picture. Again, tap the picture to access the full image. At the top right corner, Tap the share button and choose Save to gallery.

That will automatically download the profile picture to your phone.
To view or access the download picture, read the guide below.

From each Chat Panel

This is an alternative way of downloading profile pictures from the profile of a contact or group. Irrespective of the method you choose to use, the result will be the same.

So, let’s get started with this…

On your WhatsApp dashboard, open the contact or group whose profile picture you want to download.

Tap on the name of the contact or group as shown below, or simplify tap the menu at the top right and tap View contact.

Either way, you will be directed to the profile page where you will need to enlarge the profile image by tapping on it.

Now, at the top right corner, tap the share button and choose Save to Gallery. This will automatically save the WhatsApp profile picture to your phone.

Accessing the Downloaded Picture


Now you’ve downloaded the profile picture, but you’re left with the need to access. The quickest you would love to do that is by checking the gallery.

However, you might not see this picture there sometimes for reasons akin to the type of phone and Android version you’re using.

In that case, follow this guide to access the profile picture you just downloaded.

Open any file manager you have on your device, e.g. ES File Explorer, or the default file manager that comes with your phone.

Go to this directory:

Internal Storage>WhatsApp>Media>WhatsApp Profile photos

There, you will see the profile picture you downloaded. You can move to any directory of your choice and ease how you access it again.

Over to you

Trust me, there will times when you would love to have the profile pictures used by those on your WhatsApp contact list or that of a group you belong to. You don’t necessarily need to ask for someone to send the picture to you. Just use one of the above methods and such picture will become yours.

Well, I just showed you an easy way to download WhatsApp profile pictures, and either of the methods you choose to use will grant you enough access to whatever picture you want to download.

However, not all downloaded pictures are advisable to publicise, as some of them can be copyrighted. To avoid legal penalty or alarms that will drain on the social platform, ensure that the profile pictures you download and use from others are actually safe.

Happy WhatsApping!
October 09, 2018

How to Enable or Unhide App Freezer on Infinix

The Infinix app Freezer is a very useful tool preinstalled on Infinix phones running on XOS Chameleon Operating Systems. The app contributes immensely to how users can manage the RAM space of their devices.

It simply evaluates how you use some apps after a time, and recommends that the ones that are rarely used be frozen. By freezing rarely used apps, more space is freed as frozen apps appear to be uninstalled, even though they can be unfrozen anytime.
September 30, 2018

How to Freeze and Unfreeze Apps to Manage Storage Space

The Infinix Freezer App is a useful app built into the XOS Chameleon to enhance storage management, simply by preventing rarely used apps from taking up unnecessary space. It is not a new thing that some smartphones require more space for other relevant apps – e.g. Email app, social media apps, etc. - to function effectively.

However, the available space appears to be taken up by applications rarely used, and surprisingly, enormous space is consumed by these apps. Though there are several approaches such as clearing apps cache, uninstalling rarely used apps, using a cleaner, among others, using Infinix App Freezer provides the balance between safety and efficient space management.
August 09, 2018

Android 9 Pie - 4 AI Features for Smartphones

Android 9 Pie AI features are quite a beauty to behold and trust me, you wouldn't want to miss out. Imagine owning a mobile device that predicts your routines and launches your favourite apps automatically. Google has definitely taken every one of us by surprise.

I meant real surprise.

Yes! It's a surprise and an amazing technological breakthrough.
AI - Artificial Intelligence - has been promoted and encouraged by tech giants recently, as the future drives us towards automation. It's gradually becoming the bane of technological developments, that has now been enshrined into smartphones.

August 01, 2018

How to Download or Save WhatsApp Status to your Phone

It's not much of a big deal to save WhatsApp status of your contacts on your phone. Some few years back, this looked much like a difficult task to achieve. But, that is now overcome, and you can download or save statuses you prefer.

WhatsApp has taken the social media by storm and now command tremendous followership. There are over 1 billion accounts running every day on WhatsApp. Given the short span, this SM platform has been around, that's an excellent growth rate.

Virtually every smartphone user desires this app to be working perfectly. Sometimes you wonder why. There are quite a number of reasons.

First, it's completely free to download and activate. Also, its simplicity means you need no special skills to use it. It's completely flexible. Additionally, you can express your feelings with quick status(es) that expire after 24 hours.
July 14, 2018

3 Tricks to Capture Photos with your Smartphone

Taking photos or pictures during important occasions is something everyone would love to do. Sometimes, taking pictures on odd days for future reference becomes a necessity too. It becomes a thing of joy to look at some of the photos and imagine how you or your friend once looked like some years back. Bearing this in mind, the need to capture photos has become high.

Virtually every smartphone manufactured in recent days integrates excellent camera features. This is because phone manufacturers have come to learn that cameras are highly in demand by users of smartphones, especially social media enthusiasts. Now, the camera specification of a smartphone is one of the top features every smartphone must possess, and which buyers look out for.

June 25, 2018

Android P - Smarter features for smartphones

Google keeps making improvements to one of the most used mobile OS. by Andoird ™, in the World by releasing portable, more optimised and smarter versions every now and then. As mobile technology transits, the need to keep with the pace becomes magnified. And so, Google desirous of staying ahead in the race, has decided to drop the version of the Android series named Android P. So, what is Android P all about? Does it offer features other Android versions or mobile OSes haven't offered? What strikes the balance in using it as compared to other Mobile OS out there?

Lots of questions to ask. But. trust me on this, Android has never failed to meet greater percentages of users' expectations. From smartness, simplicity, digital optimisation to privacy and security, you have everything covered in a unique way. Google keeps raising competition levels by matching key features of other mobile OS and introducing mouth watering innovations to stay above their competitors.
June 21, 2018

Samsung Electronics: Features, Modifications and Release Dates of the Samsung Galaxy S Iterations

     Samsung Galaxy S series

The Samsung Galaxy S' are series of Android-powered smartphones produced by Samsung Electronics of South Korea- Asia part of the world. Samsung Galaxy S series consists of Samsung Galaxy S9 series, S8 series, S7 series, S6 series, S5, S4, S3, S2 - stratosphere, S2, and S.

Samsung Galaxy
General Features of the Galaxy Series
Developer : Samsung Electronics
Type: Smartphones and tablets
Date of Release: 4th June, 2010 till date
Operating system: Android
Processor: Samsung Exynos or Qualcomm.

The series consisted initially of smartphones and the first brand- the Samsung Galaxy S, was announced in March, 2010 and released for sale in June, 2010. Since the release of the Samsung Galaxy Series in 2013, it has been Samsung's flagship smartphones alongside the Samsung Note phablet(an intermediate between mobile phones and tablet) smartphone which was released in 2011, the Galaxy Series has co-existed with the Galaxy Notes' as being Samsung's flagship smartphones.

Samsung later expanded the Galaxy Series to tablet computers with the announcement of the first-generation Galaxy Tab S in June 2014 and was released July, 2014. The latest Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+, both were released on the 16th March, 2018, and the latest tablet is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 released in March 2017.

Samsung Galaxy S

  The original Samsung Galaxy S which the first invention in the Samsung Galaxy S line flagship smartphone was announced in March 2010 and was later released in June 2010.
samsung galaxy s
samsung galaxy s

Display: 4.0" Super AMOLED display with 480x800 pixel resolution
Processor: Samsung Exynos 3
Storage size: Between 2 and 16 GB (expandable)
RAM: 512 MB
Battery: 1500 mAH (not in-built)

 Samsung Galaxy S II

 Samsung electronics announced the Galaxy S II on 13 February 2011 and was  released later in the year.
samsung galaxy

Display: 4.3" or 4.5" Super AMOLED display with 480x800 pixel resolution
Processor: Samsung Exynos 4 Dual, Texas Instruments OMAP4430, or Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060
Storage: 16 or 32 GB (expandable)
Battery: 1650 or 1800 mAH (removable)

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

Samsung announced the Galaxy Stratosphere II on 12 November 2012.

Display: 4.0" Super AMOLED display with 800x480 pixel resolution
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Storage: 8 GB (expandable- up to 32GB microSD)
Battery: 1800 mAH (removable)

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Electronics announced the Galaxy S III on 3 May 2012. It features ;
[1] a multiwindow feature whereby users can use two apps simultaneously (available from Android 4.1),
[2] an "Ambient Light" feature whereby the screen brightness can automatically adjust to the light level,
[3] a "Smart Stay" feature that can prevent the phone's screen from turning off by looking at the phone,
[4] a personal assistant called S Voice,
[5] the ability to tag faces in the phone's gallery
[6] an "S Beam" feature to transfer files via NFC,
[7] a LED light on the front of the phone that notify users. A feature whereby users can accomplish tasks by moving the phone,
[8] and color point effects for the camera.

Display: 4.8" Super AMOLED display with 720x1280 pixel resolution
Processor: Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228
Storage: 16, 32, or 64 GB (expandable)
RAM: 1, 1.5, or 2 GB
Battery: 2100 mAH (not in-built)

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 was first announced by Samsung on 14 March 2013. Improvements over its predecessor (the Galaxy S3) include
• an IR blaster that allows the phone to be a universal remote control, a smart Program feature that would pause videos when no one's looking at the screen and play once you look at the screen.
• a "Smart Rotation" feature whereby the screen rotation blocks itself by detecting the user's face
• a "Smart Scroll" feature whereby webpages would automatically scroll by tilting the head of the device
• a "Story Album" feature
• a barometer to measure the atmospheric pressure
• the ability to measure the ambient(surroundings) temperature
• the ability to measure the ambient humidity percentage
• a one-handed mode (available via update)
• the ability to increase the sensitivity for usage with gloves
• an "Air View" feature that allows information to be shown by hovering the screen without touching it
• an "Air Gesture" feature" whereby users can control the device by moving the hand over the phone
• the option to adapt the phone to an optimal display and optimal sound
• the ability to take a photo and record up to nine seconds of sound
• the ability to take a fast-motion photo and make a repeat effect
• the ability to take a photo and animate it
• and the ability to erase parts of a photo.
samsung galaxy s4

The Galaxy S4 was introduced with so many features hence, the phone was called feature creep and was also called innovation by some.
Display: 5.0" Super AMOLED display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB (expandable)
Battery: 2600 mAH (replaceable)

Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced on 24 February 2014. It improves upon the Galaxy S4
• by adding a heart rate monitor
• IP67 water resistance
• a fingerprint scanner
• the ability to record 4K videos, the ability to take better photos in low light levels
• a "Download Booster" feature to increase download levels to the maximum bandwidth allowed
• the ability to restrict the usage of battery by limiting the phone's battery usage
• USB 3.0
• It removes the temperature sensor, humidity sensor, and "Story Album" feature from the Galaxy S4.
samsung galaxy s5
samsung galaxy s5

Display: 5.1" Super AMOLED display with 1080x1920 pixel resolution
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5422, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, or Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Storage: 16, 32 or 64 GB (expandable)
RAM: 2 or 3 GB
Battery: 2800 mAH (replaceable)

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 series features three phones: the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.
Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on 1 March 2015. On 13 August 2015, the Galaxy S6 edge+ was announced along side the Galaxy Note5. The Galaxy S6 series improves upon its predecessors by adding the ability to ;
• quickly and wirelessly charge the phone
• virtual reality (compatible with the Galaxy Gear VR), a "Smart Manager" feature
• and the ability to customize interface with themes
• It also features a new metal and glass build.
• It also has a 16 megapixels camera which gives you quality photoshoots.
The Galaxy S6 series removes several features from its predecessors, such as the microSD slot, a removable battery, Air Gesture, Air View, Smart Pause, Smart Rotation, Smart Scroll, the one-handed mode, Sensitivity, and USB 3.0 support. In addition, the batteries in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are smaller than the battery in the Galaxy S5.
samsung galaxy s6
samsung galaxy s6

Display: 5.1" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixel resolution (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge); 5.7" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixel resolution (Galaxy S6 edge+)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Storage: 32, 64, or 128 GB
RAM: 3 GB (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge); 4 GB (Galaxy S6 edge+)
Battery: 2550 mAH (Galaxy S6); 2600 mAH (Galaxy S6 edge); 3000 mAH (Galaxy S6 edge+)- inbuilt

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 series, which consists of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, was announced on 21 February 2016. They improved upon the Galaxy S6 by adding
• an always-on display to optionally show information while the screen is off
• a "Dual Pixel" camera feature for faster autofocus
• improved low-light photos
• and IP68 water resistance.
(The Galaxy S5 had IP67 water resistance; however, the Galaxy S6 lacked this feature.) It also includes a microSD card reader, which had been present on the Galaxy S5 and earlier iterations of the Galaxy S line but was not present on the Galaxy S6. However, the IR blaster was removed from the Galaxy S7
• and the camera in the Galaxy S7 has 12 megapixels down from the Galaxy S6's 16 megapixels.
samsung galaxy s7
samsung galaxy s7

Display: 5.1" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixel resolution (Galaxy S7); 5.5" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2560 pixel resolution (Galaxy S7 edge)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Storage: 32, 64, or 128 GB (expandable)
Battery: 3000 mAH (Galaxy S7); 3600 mAH (Galaxy S7 edge) - [in-built]

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ smartphones on 29 March 2017.  They feature ;
• an iris scanner, which was not present on the Galaxy S7 phones. • S Voice has also been replaced by Bixby.
 In addition, the microUSB port has been replaced by a USB-C port, and
• the physical home button and capacitive buttons have been replaced by on-screen keys.
Display: 5.8" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2960 pixel resolution (Galaxy S8); 6.2" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2960 pixel resolution (Galaxy S8+).
samsung galaxy s8
samsung galaxy s8

Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage: 64 or 128 GB
Battery: 3000 mAH (Galaxy S8); 3500 mAH (Galaxy S8+) - {removable}
Brand Colors: Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver, or Maple Gold

Samsung Galaxy S9

The release of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ were announced on 25 February 2018 at the Mobile World Congress and was said to feature:
•an improved camera, redesigned back panel and improved internals.
 • The fingerprint scanner on the back is relocated to below the rear-facing camera,
• and the earpiece becomes an additional speaker for stereo sound.
samsung galaxy s9
samsung galaxy s9

Display: 5.8" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2960 pixel resolution (Galaxy S9); 6.2" Super AMOLED display with 1440x2960 pixel resolution (Galaxy S9+).
Processor: Samsung Exynos 9810 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Storage: 64, 128 or 256 GB (expandable)
RAM: 4 GB (Galaxy S9); 6 GB (Galaxy S9+)
Battery: 3000 mAh (Galaxy S9); 3500 mAh (Galaxy S9+) - [in-built]
Colors: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray,, Coral Blue.

   Samsung Galaxy Tab series

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

The first generation Galaxy Tab S was announced on  June 12, 2014. The tablet comes in two sizes, an 8.4-inch version and a 10.5-inch version.
Samsung galaxy tab S
Samsung galaxy tab S

Display: 8.4" Super AMOLED display with 1600x2560 pixel resolution (8.4-inch version); 10.5" Super AMOLED display with 1600x2560 pixel resolution (10.5-inch version).
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (both versions), Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (both versions), or Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5433 (10.5-inch version)
Storage: 16 or 32 GB (expandable)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S2 series on the 20th July, 2015. It comes in two series- an 8.0-inch version and a 9.7-inch version.
Samsung galaxy tab S2
Samsung galaxy tab S2

Display: 8.0" Super AMOLED display with 1536x2048 pixel resolution (8.0-inch version); 9.7" Super AMOLED display with 1536x2048 pixel resolution (9.7-inch version)
Storage: 32 or 64 GB (expandable)

Samsung Galaxy  Tab S3

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S3 on 26 February 2017. Unlike the Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Tab S2, the Galaxy Tab S3 only comes in one size, a 9.7-inch model.

Samsung galaxy tab S3
Samsung galaxy tab S3

Display: 9.7" Super AMOLED display with 1536 x 2048 pixel resolution
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Storage: 32 GB (expandable)
Battery: 6,000 MAh.
 In conclusion, Samsung smartphones [Galaxy series] has basically all features you as a user would need for optimal satisfaction, depending on the series you go for.
June 07, 2018

Nokia 7 Plus - Full Specs and Price

Nokia 7 Plus is a powerful Android-based smartphone that delivers essence - in beauty, performance, durability, entertainment, security, and speed. Carefully grafted by the manufacturers, the design epitomises an inner aesthetic splendour with a satisfactory classic feel. Users find it comfortable and exciting to own this piece of technological excellence from Nokia.

Its speed and performance are two fully-considered aspects in the development of this smartphone.  The 4GB RAM combines powerfully with the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to harness operations at amazing speed, thus, eradicating delays arising from low storage space and heavy-weight apps.

April 21, 2018

Tecno Camon X Pro - Full Specs and Price

Tecno Camon X Pro is the latest mobile production from Mobile technology giants, Tecno Mobile, and part of the Camon brand of phones with fully optimised features and components. This new release builds on the existing features of previous Camon devices, but with considerable advancement in the quality of the overall development. 

The specs of this phone, completely, out beats most smartphones. The camera's quality and the OS reflect Tecno's goal of delivering to users a mobile device capable of performing 'digital magic' and conveying joy. The design, clearly, features sleekness, beauty, comfort and portability. boos

The MediaTek Chipset Processor combines excellently with a sizeable 4GB RAM to boost processing speed and optimising the performance of applications installed on it. Running on HiOS (Android Oreo), security, display, performance and entertainment is definitely what to expect.
April 14, 2018

7 Amazing Features of HiOS Launcher Plus Everything about the OS

HiOS is a cutting-edge, fully customised Operating System built on the existing Android OS and streamlined for Tecno phones. It combines a set of intriguing features to deliver an excellent user experience reminiscent of modern technologies noted for speed, flexibility, high performance, interactivity, optimisation, and entertainment.

For many years, Operating Systems, OS, have remained the glue that enables humans to interact with, and give instructions to different kinds of machines and digital devices. They provide a User Interface, UI, that is easy to understand, and guides the operation of complex processes, albeit conveniently. Manufacturers invest time, resources and money in developing them because of their relative importance. 

Extensive research and monitoring of user experience have even boosted the development of this tailored OS. Now, customized Operating Systems for mobile phones are on the increase. From Android OS, XOS Chameleon, iOS, to Tecno HiOS, so much has been accomplished. 
April 09, 2018

How to lock and unlock your Android Phone with Fingerprint Sensor

As mobile technologies keep emerging and old ones improved upon, new threats equally arise. To counter the identified threats, several security measures are put in place by manufacturers at different levels and degrees to ensure that the privacy of users is kept intact. In addition, a combination of features and components - both hardware and software - have been designed to bolster the security of mobile devices aimed at protecting the confidential information of users.

One of such security measure is the development of fingerprint sensors on smartphones and other smart mobile devices. Though fingerprint sensors have been used with other devices to check security leakages, their recent inclusion in mobile phones’ development has been deemed an excellent security leap.

Recent security concerns have been centred around unauthorised access to personal information of users by individuals – malicious apps are the commonest channels for these attacks. This is easier when such phones are not having relevant security measures or when the user fails to activate these features.

A contrary opinion will be that some users don't activate these features because they don't know how to do so. This, therefore, calls for a learning point to improve and strengthen the orientation of mobile phone users. No particular level of expertise is actually needed to achieve this one big-time security strength.

It's not news that mobile OS giants, Android, have provided support for fingerprint sensing on phones from android 6.0 Marshmallow to allow supported phones utilise this security advancement. The problem is that most users of fingerprint-supported phones don’t know how to lock and unlock their phones with it.

I will, therefore, in this post, show you step-by-step how to lock and unlock your phone in order to secure your confidential information and other classified documents.

Before we move on, I had like to show you what you can achieve with the fingerprint sensor on your smartphone.

Phone Security with Fingerprint Sensor

What can you achieve with the Fingerprint Sensor?

The idea behind the development of fingerprint features on mobile phones is to help users carry out some functions faster and easier. This allows users to perform several operations with just a finger and a hand’s grasp of the device. Some of the things you can do with this emerging solution have been highlighted below.

Receive and end phone calls

Just with one of the scanned fingers, you can achieve much – receive incoming calls. To pick, accept or receive incoming calls on your device, simply long-press the fingerprint sensor while your phone is ringing. By doing that, the call will be automatically accepted or picked.

This is awesome, quicker and convenient. You can overcome major interface challenges with this feature. For instance, devices with a malfunctioning or bad touchpad will prove difficult to accept calls, but with the fingerprint sensor at the back, you can accept such calls.

Take Photograph

Similar to tapping the camera button on your device, you can take photographs by tapping the sensor. Also, selfies can be captured by flipping the camera to the front and then tapping the sensor. This is most important for selfies, as just a finger is enough to capture your moments with friends without stress. Unlike the conventional front tapping function or Power and Volume Down buttons techniques, this is more convenient to use.

Browse Pictures

More fun is experienced while viewing pictures in full mode. With just a finger-swipe on the sensor, you can browse through all the photographs stored in a particular directory. Just swipe left-to-right or right-to-left to watch these photographs ‘magically’ and sequentially.

Record Calls

Do you intend to recall an ongoing conversation on your phone and don’t want to take the phone away from your ear before doing so? Then this is a better solution. While receiving a phone call, long-press the fingerprint sensor to start recording immediately. Do the same to stop recording the call.

Dismiss Alarm

Have you seen a faster way to dismiss alarms? Whether yes or no, this is just the truth about stopping alarms. The fingerprint sensor grants you the ultimate solution to dismiss alarms once your device starts blaring.

Once on the alarm response interface, touch the fingerprint sensor to dismiss the alarm. This will save the time of attempting to swipe through your phone’s touchpad which sometimes causes a snooze instead of dismissal.

Prevent unauthorised access to your information and files.

This is the major security benefit that the sensor offers. In combination with other security features, the fingerprint sensor opens up a reliable avenue to keep your information safe and secure. Despite the research analysis of a 60% chance of bypassing this security feature with master prints, it grants stronger and reliable security to mobile phone users.

Think of just a finger press to unlock your device after locking it conventionally. The good news is that it combines perfectly with the phone’s default security methods – pattern, pin, and password.

One major thing I like is that you can now lock WhatsApp with fingerprint and completely prevent others from sticking their eyes into your chats. Cool, right?

Supported Phones.

Recently, much effort has been put into developing mobile devices that support and make use of fingerprint scanner. Most of these phones are economically viable and come with excellent smartphone features you had love to see. You can check out Infinix Hot 4 ProInfinix Hot 5Nokia 8Tecno Spark K7Tecno Spark K9Gionee A1Nokia 2 or simply visit an online mall (affiliate link) for more – I have sorted out these phones to help you browse through them easily.

Now to the expected…

How to Lock and Unlock your Phone with Fingerprint Sensor

By now, you are ‘itching’ for things to get popped so that, on the fly, your fingerprint security feature can start performing. Well, it’s a nice feeling because you’re going to do just that by the time you go through this section. It’s really simple to set up and manage.

Create a fingerprint account

#1 Setup Security on your phone

Using fingerprint security on your phone requires a security setting, first. Be it a Pattern, Password or Pin, set up one. There is no preferred or best method, it’s just a matter of choice and preference, though patterns appear to be the most used.

The rule is clear, use the one you prefer and that is easier for you to access.

If you haven’t set up any security function on your phone, do so. Access the Settings of your phone, scroll down and tap Security. Next, select your preferred screen lock security method and provide the necessary details.

To be on the safe side, create a recovery means by providing an answer to a security question you can remember when need be.

Now move on to create a fingerprint account.

#2 Create a Fingerprint Account

If you have successfully set up an authentication method, it’s now time to create a fingerprint account with which you can control several features on your phone. If you have not done so, check step #1 above before proceeding.  This is where you will scan some of your preferred fingers and set up other recovery details to get the floor ready. Creating a fingerprint account isn’t complex or too techy to achieve. Do this...

Access the fingerprint management feature. You can access this feature by opening Settings and swiping down. Tap on the Security setting and then Fingerprint.

Alternatively, browse the apps on your phone for Fingerprint app usually represented by scanned prints. Tap on the icon to access the management interface.

Any method you use, ensure that you are on the management interface where you will create and set up your account. If you have an existing fingerprint account, move to #3, otherwise, tap Create fingerprint to continue.

Follow the instruction to place some of your fingers on the sensor. Once each finger is scanned, you’ll be instructed to lift it and place a finger again.

You might want to capture every area of a single first before scanning another. This will improve the chances of the sensor recognising your prints from several areas of the fingers used.

Tap the Finish button to complete the setup. On the next interface, create a recovery process via a security question. Select a question and provide an answer you can remember. This will be useful when you, somehow, forget your password, pin or pattern.

“You can create up to 5 fingerprints account on a single device and each will be named accordingly – with serial numbers. These accounts can be deleted anytime you feel like doing so.”

To lock the screen of your phone, turn on Unlock screen. The same can be applied to Access xHide for phones that support xHide security feature, and Access app lock.

Next, return to the Fingerprint interface and activate the following features, though optional.

Take a photoAccept callBrowse picturesCall Recording, and Dismiss alarm. Anyone you activate will be ready for control by the sensor with just a finger.

#3 Lock and Unlock your phone

Finally, we have done our groundwork by creating a fingerprint account and have provided a recovery system. It’s now time to prevent unauthorised access to our devices. Note that there are other things you can do with the sensor aside locking and unlocking your phone. Return to the first section – What can you achieve with the fingerprint Sensor? – to brush up on other things.

If you’ve activated the lock screen security feature on your device already, press the power button once to lock the screen and test-run your new security feature. As we all know, pressing the power button sharply will cause the screen to lock.

Now, attempt unlocking the screen as usual. What do you notice? An authentication interface, right? Yes. For first use, you’ll have to authenticate your security details by providing the correct password, pin or pattern – depending on the one used on the device.

Next, lock the screen again using the power button on the side or top of the phone. To unlock the phone this time around, place one of the scanned fingers on the fingerprint sensor located at the back and wait – for some seconds – until the phone unlocks.

You got it! If yes, then kudos! Enjoy the excitement and share the experience with your friends.

Still having challenges with setting up the lock and unlock feature, go through the post again. This time around, be careful to grab all the details and follow the instructions provided here. Otherwise, use the contact form to send me a message and I will be willing to help you overcome the problem.

A little bit of advice

There are times when you’ll need to unlock your device using your chosen security method – whether a pattern, pin or password – especially when there have been failed attempts to unlock the phone. Or, when someone has repeatedly tried to gain access using wrong security details.

At such periods, your fingerprint security system will require authentication via the default security method.

Therefore, often use the authentication details you can always remember, and most importantly, use this authentication method periodically to help you remember the details.

There is, however, a lifeline – recovery question. I don’t advice complete reliance on this except you are familiar with the answer to the question. For instance, you might use it once in a while causing your memory to gradually forget what the correct answer is.

Avoid using uppercases as answers to recovery questions. After a while, it might be difficult to remember which letter was capitalised, or if you actually capitalised the answer.

Now, it’s over to you. You can choose to make things easier by setting up and using a fingerprint account or simply ignore. The truth remains that if you set up this security feature, you will be glad you did. The ease with which you can accept calls, take photographs, browse pictures, and dismiss alarms is worth considering.
April 01, 2018

Infinix Hot 5 (X559) : Full Specifics and Price

Not long ago I published a Review on Infinix Hot Lite (X557) which is the lightweight version of Infinix Hot 5 (X559). This review quick skyrocketed as more searches kept coming in. And now, based on requests, I have obliged to review the more tailored version of the Hot 5 series. Whether you like it or not, Infinix has become strong competitors in the mobile phones industry.

This is evident in the number of searches for their products and buyers. You might begin to wonder why the quick rise. It's not far-fetched! They have found a way of giving users what they want. Considering the fact that there is a number basic smartphone features an average user desires to see, Infinix has done justice to customers' demands. With high performance-based XOS Chameleon OS, battery optimisation, graphics quality and storage boosting, Infinix phones have it all.

Let's leave the hipe and focus on our product...
Infinix Hot 5 (X559) is an amazing device with exciting features and delivery rate that meets both the aesthetic and performance needs of most users. With a large battery capacity, the fear of power failure is long buried. Additionally, it presents cutting-edge graphics features to promote social media standards.

This device is the best buy for those looking for a not-so-expensive smartphone with all the top features such as 2 GB RAM, Fingerprint sensor, 4000 mAh battery, and an 8 MP camera.

Top Features of Infinix Hot 5 X559

Infinix Hot 5

1. High Battery Capacity

How long your mobile device can last matters a lot. Of course, you wouldn't be connecting your phone to a power source every now and then. That's where this device meets up to the task. Boosting a 4000 mAh battery, users can be confident of long hours usage without disappointment. On the average, users are guaranteed a 35 hours talk time on the 2G network and a 24 hours talk time on a 3G network. The standby time stands at a whopping 837 hours equivalent to 35 days. 

For game lovers, social media enthusiasts and multimedia fans, this is definitely a suited smartphone to enjoy all the fun confidently.

2. High-Performance OS

This mobile phone has been built to run on the famous XOS Chameleon Operating System with top performance, optimisation and security features. It is a customised OS based on Android OS, but tailored to deliver flexible user designs and enhance the experience. Additionally, its power management features ensure that 4000 mAh battery functions at a level double its basic capacity. You can read more on this OS here.

3. Aesthetic Design

This device has a rigid structure combined with colourful 3D texture to encapsulate youthfulness, beauty, elegance, and passion. Its slim body design allows for one-hand grasps and further promotes portability. The edges are slightly curved with striking glows that emulates mirrored solar reflections. 

With five different colour variants of Fine Gold, Sandstone Black, White, Lemon and Red, you have a whole lot to choose from.

4. Fingerprint Scanner

Looking for a faster and convenient way to secure your device? Then, this device is for you. The Fingerprint scanner improves the security of the device. No more need for long and cumbersome passwords and patterns, just a few seconds of fingerprint sensing does the magic. This feature combines with the Xhide App to deliver unimaginable security control on your files, data, folders, pictures, and other information you store on it.

5. Performance-boosting Storage Capacity

When the question of storage is put forward, I usually consider two aspects, the RAM and ROM sizes. The RAM size contributes the overall processing speed, while the ROM simplify determines the number of documents you can store and applications that can be installed on it. 

It has a 2 GB RAM to optimise performance and a 16 GB internal storage capacity which is expandable up to 32 GB with a micro SD Card.

6. Higher Definition Camera

Though not among the top megapixels camera, this one is enough to capture high-quality pictures and videos. An 8 MP camera with five internal lens elements and multiple shooting modes captures your photos with the finest details. The 5 MP camera equally captures beautiful photos. Assisted by a soft light flash, brightness is replenished for capturing in dim environments.

7. Front Dual Speakers

The dual speakers located at the front utilise Dirac Stereo Widening technology to deliver high-impact audio and video contents with pleasant softness and tone. You can choose to have a taste of the high-volume capacity rare in most mobile phones. These features enable users to stream videos and media contents with much clarity and focus.
Infinix Hot 5 Specs

Availability and Price

This product is available for purchase in popular online shops and malls. It's price ranges between N36000 to N40000. You can check the following for the price and place an order. Check Jumia Price & Offers.

Infinix Hot 5 (X559) Full Specifications

5.5 inches
HD 1280 x 720 pixels
154.8 x 77.7 x 8.35 mm
Display Type
Material Type
Screen Protection
8.8 mm
Fine Gold, San-stone Black, White, Lemon and Red colours
Quad-Core Cortex
Processor Speed
1.3 GHz
Processor Type

2 GB
ROM (Internal Memory)
16 GB
Expandable Storage Type
Micro SD Card
Expandable up to
32 GB

Rear Camera
8 MP
Rear Camera Design
LED Flash, autofocus
Front Camera
5 MP
Front Camera Design
Pairs of Flash
Front Camera Image size
Max: 3072 x 1728
Rear Camera Image Size
Max: 3840 x 2160
Video Calling
Video Recording

Dual SIM
SIM 1 Type
Micro SIM
SIM 2 Type
Micro SIM
Network speed
150 Mbps, DL/50 Mbps UL
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 850/900/2100
FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
TDD-LTE: B38/B40
11.5 Mb/s
Down Link
42.2 Mb/s

Wi-Fi Hotspot
Yes (802.11 b/g/n)
GPS Navigation
Yes, v4.0
USB Port/Cable Type
Yes (5pin micro USB v2.0)
Earphone length
3.5 mm

Digital Compass
Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer (G-sensor)
Temperature Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor
Gesture Control
Voice Control
Ambient Light Sensor

4000 mAh
Standby Time
837 hours (35 days)
Talk Time
35 hours (on 2G) and 24 hours on 3G
Battery Type
Fast Charging
Wireless Charging
Solar Charging/Power

Video Player
Yes (MP4, 3GP, AVI) 
Audio Player
Yes (Dual speakers, Dirac 3D Stereo surrounding)
Voice Recording
FM Radio
Video Streaming/Recording
Headphone Jack
Ringtone format
Picture Format

Water Resistant
Dust Resistant
In-built Antivirus
Google Play Integration
Drip Protection
Yes, IP52
Charging/Data Cable
Yes, USB v2.0

Difference between Hot 5 and Hot 5 Lite

Hot 5
Hot 5 Lite
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
2 GB
1 GB
Fingerprint Scanner

What Next?

Whether you’re looking for a phone to keep up with the mobile world or some real toy to catch fun with, this phone qualifies either way. You can make your next purchase and join the band of those enjoying the cool features of this smartphone. Order for yours today at Jumia.