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Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Samsung Galaxy A5 Review 

Already available in China, the Galaxy A5 is Samsung’s latest smartphone that is starting to be released around the world. But as they A5 starts to hit the shops near you, who is it aimed at? Here’s our Samsung Galaxy A5 review…
Packing less hardware punch than the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4, the A5 is pitched as a mid-range alternative to its Samsung cousins and the pricing should reflect this when it is released more widely. However just because it doesn’t have as much processing power or storage capacity as the S5 or Note 4, the A5 still has some great new features that shouldn’t be ignored. With its sleek design, selfie-focussed camera developments and customisable user interface, the A5 is designed to appeal to a younger, trend-conscious, selfie-taking user. And here’s how…

Stylish design

Keeping up with the latest trend for glitzy, stylish-looking handsets, the A5 is Samsung’s first all-metal design (alongside the A3 which is being released simultaneously). However the metal casing, coupled with a 5 inch screen, doesn’t mean a clunkier phone; at just 6.7mm thick this is Samsung’s most slimline smartphone and weighs in at just 123g. As with other Samsung phones, the A5 comes in 6 different colours – gold and silver metallics, black, white, pink and light blue – although not all colours will be available in all countries.
A break from previous designs also sees Samsung introduce their first unibody smartphone, meaning that just like the iPhone, the back cover can’t be removed. These developments result in a slick and stylish design that fashion-conscious users will be eager to get out at every opportunity.

Selfie Sensation

One of the big reasons for showing off the A5 is the selfie-centred camera developments as this is really what it does best. For starters, the 5MP front facing camera means that everyday selfies are significantly sharper than most top-end smartphones. For those situations where a 5MP selfie just isn’t good enough, you can also use the 13MP rear-camera’s selfie mode where the phone will beep at you when your face is in focus. To capture that perfect panoramic selfie, the A5 allows you to shoot wide-angled selfies of up to 120 degrees in landscape or 100 degrees in portrait.
To kickstart your selfies, you can still use voice prompts to tell your device when to take the snap as with previous Samsung phones. However with the A5 you can also trigger a 3-second countdown by holding your hand in front of the camera.

Express yourself

In keeping with the A5’s youth-orientated vibe, users can express themselves by using Samsung’s newly introduced flexible themes. This allows you to customise your user interface by applying one of (initially) four new themes – natural, craft, classic or sweet (in addition to basic) – although it is likely that new themes will be added in time. Themes are applied to Samsung’s standard TouchWizz interface – which sits on top of an Android 4.4 operating system – and provide a different look and feel by changing your wallpaper, system icons and ring tones.

Another new feature to help users express themselves during calls is Wise Voice. This technology helps to keep volume levels constant for the person at the other end, even if you’re holding your phone away from your face. Users trying to make a call from a party or a noisy sports match will also benefit from the A5’s adjustable audio feature which automatically detects background noise and increases the in-call volume accordingly.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Review

The A5 may not have a top of the range spec but the stylish metal design, flexible themes and brand new selfie features will appeal to the young and trendy who are looking for something a little more affordable than the Note 4 or S5.
For a comparison between the A5 and it’s simultaneous sister release, the A3, take a look at and to see full specs of both check out .
As the A5 isn’t yet available in most countries, the true test will come down to user experience and feedback when it is released more widely. So look out for the Samsung Galaxy A5 hitting the shops near you and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone For FREE

We’ve been contacted by literally hundreds of you asking us about SIM unlocking, so here it is – a Samsung Geeks tutorial giving you the lowdown on how to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 3 and various other Galaxy phones for FREE.

Why is my Samsung Galaxy Phone SIM Locked?

One of the biggest frustrations for Samsung users is finding that their Galaxy phone is SIM locked to a particular network. This is great for the individual networks because it allows them to provide subsidised phones for their customers. Unfortunately it tends to be bad news for the customer because there are no guarantees that a new SIM card from a new network will work with your phone.
In fact, there’s every chance that it won’t work.
In this article we’ll be exploring various options available to you. We know that this is a real issue among Samsung users and so we wanted to provide you with the best resources to work out how to unlock the Samsung Galaxy phone that you have. Whilst some of you are interested in finding out how to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Note 4, unlocking tends to be more of an issue for those of us with slightly older models – usually because you’ve come to the end of a fixed contract or because you want to give your phone to a friend or family member.
DISCLAIMER: Samsung Geeks cannot be held liable for any losses resulting from following these methods. We’ve included various methods – including contacting the relevant network directly – but it is important to state that there are no guarantees that a particular method will work for your phone. Please be aware that you attempt to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone at your own risk.

Option 1: Ask Your Network to SIM Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

This is probably the easiest way to get your Samsung Galaxy phone unlocked, particularly if you’re not particularly tech-savvy and are concerned about making mistakes. Some carriers will charge a fee for this process – but if you’re a long-time customer and you ask really, really nicely they might just unlock the phone for free.
We know that some of you have had more difficulty with some networks than others. As a preliminary step we’d encourage you to speak to your network’s customer services department. It won’t hurt to ask them if they SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone for free – and it will ensure that any warranties/guarantees remain unaffected.
This is a particularly safe option if you’re trying to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy S4 or Note 4. The fact that these are higher value phones means that you’re probably more inclined to pay the unlocking fee. It’s not a free option, but it’s still the most reliable way to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Option 2: Use an Online Tutorial to SIM Unlock your Samsung Galaxy Phone

The good news is that Samsung are the world’s largest smartphone producer – shipping a whopping 85 million units in the first quarter of 2014 – which means that there are lots of people out there producing online tutorials to help you unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone.
Here are some of the best that we’ve found….
How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy S4 For Free (not EE)
The UK operator GiffGaff have produced a very helpful tutorial showing you how to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S4 for free – with just a few simple steps.
Unfortunately this won’t work for those of you on EE. If you’re trying to unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone with EE then please read on because we’ve included options that will apply to you below.

How to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3 on T-Mobile

This excellent tutorial shows you how to unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone using RegionLock Away, a free piece of software that you can download. The video is listed as being a Galaxy S4 fix but it’s also suitable for Note 2 and Note 3 phones.
This approach is primarily designed to remove the Region Lock (Samsung’s way of locking phones to a particular geographical region) but some Samsung users have found that it’s also removed the SIM lock on their Galaxy phone. It’s probably worth a try, particularly as you can download RegionLock Away for free.

The guys at autoomobile have published a post with details of how to unlock the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and 3, S3 and S4 using a leaked code.How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone Using a Code

This may or may not work but it might be worth a try. The article includes a step-by-step guide. If you’re trying to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or 3, Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S4 for free then this is worth a look.

How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy S5

As the S5 has become more common we’ve had more and more requests for advice on how to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy S5. That’s not surprising; it’s an outstanding phone and you can now pick up a new or used version for a very reasonable price.
There are several ways to go about getting your Samsung Galaxy S5 unlocked, including those mentioned elsewhere in this article.
For our American readers, one of the best video tutorials is this one on YouTube from CellUnlocker. Unfortunately, they charge $29.99 to release your SIM Unlock Code, which isn’t free. However, we’ve looked around and there doesn’t appear to be any way to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S5 for free at the moment. However, we’ll keep looking and as soon as an option becomes available we’ll post it here. If you find a solution that works then please drop a comment below so that other users can benefit from your findings!

How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone With an App from the Google Play Store

A great option for those of you wanting a cheap way to unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone is to download and install an app from the Google Play store.
GalaxSim Unlock is probably the most popular unlocking app for Samsung phones, with more than 1,000,000 downloads and an average user rating of 4.3/5. It’s just £2.59, which is pretty inexpensive compared with the potential cost of paying a network or unlocking service provider.
The only caution would be that it isn’t necessarily guaranteed to work with newer Samsung models – and there are 1,000 negative reviews to take into consideration. However, we’d say that this is a pretty safe bet if you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive way to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone.

How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone on EE

We’ve had several of you asking about how to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy on EE. It would seem that this is the most difficult of all the unlocking options here in the UK. EE incorporated the Orange and T-Mobile networks and is a huge service provider for British customers.
We’ve found four ways to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone on EE:
1. The first option is simply to contact EE directly and ask them to unlock your phone for you. Last time we checked this incurs an admin charge of £20.42 £8.99 (updated April 2015). If you’re looking for a quick, simple and official way to unlock your phone then this might be the best option for you.
2. Our second option is to use a third party SIM unlocking service such as Dr Sim to unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone. This will be cheaper than going through EE directly – it’s currently $20.95/£13 – and gives you some of the reassurance of going through a recognised provider. You’ll be sent an unlocking code which will allow you to use your Samsung Galaxy phone with a new SIM card.
3. The third option is to download an unlocking app such as GalaxSim Unlock (see above) from the Google Play store. This is much cheaper than options 1 and 2 and again provides a relatively straightforward solution.

How to SIM Unlock a Samsung Galaxy Phone: Your Findings

We hope that this article has given you the tools to work out how to SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy phone.
It goes without saying that the online Samsung community is one of the best sources of information and advice. If you’re found a way to SIM unlock a Samsung Galaxy phone for free then please do leave a comment in the section below – you might just be helping hundreds of fellow Samsung users to unlock their phones.
We’ll be updating this page in the coming months with tips for SIM unlocking the Samsung Galaxy S5. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 will mean that more people are getting their hands on an used Galaxy S5 and will be looking for ways to get it unlocked.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


The tutorial that I am going to post today is for Myphone Agua Rio Lite. Use only the firmware for MyPhone Agua Rio Lite. I already tried this firmware. Just load the file and flash your phone. No need to change anything.

You can fix the following issue in your phone:

1. Bootloop
2. Damaged System UI
3. TP Upgrade only
4. Dead phone but it is detected in computer
5. Remove Gmail Account / Password / Pattern Lock (Alternative Way)
6. And other issues with your phones firmware



Firmware Here -->MyPhone Agua Rio Lite Part 1
SPFlashTool --> LatestVersion 

"Use WinRar or 7zip to extract the firmware"
"Extract the files to your desired folder" See picture below"
"If you encounter error in flashtool, use different version of it."

"I suggest to use 32bit Windows OS for compatibility of the driver"

Installing Driver with AutoInstaller

First try the Alternative Driver, which is the AutoInstaller. Just open the install.exe then it will automatically install the driver. To fully check if the driver is correctly installed in your computer. 

Follow these steps:
  1. Turn off your phone (always powered off is a must)
  2. Press and hold volume up or down, or you can simple press the two button
  3. Insert your USB cable without releasing the VOLUME button(s).
  4. In your computer, it must detect your phone and it will install the MTK Preloader or Mediatek USB VCOM driver.
  5. Repeat 1 to 4 if it does not detect your phone.
  6. If MTK Preloader/Mediatek USB VCOM Driver is installed you are good to go in flashing your phone ^_^

Reference Video using Driver Auto Installer (watch in HD)

Installing Manually using VCOM Driver
When installing it manually your phone must be turned off, then connect it to your computer/laptop while pressing VOLUME UP or VOLUME DOWN. This will detect and look for the driver.

 1. This is the first time that you will connect your phone and it will search for the correct driver.

2. Check include this location ... ... and click on browse. Look for USB VCOM Driver and Click on 2K_XP_COM folder if you are using Windows XP or Win7 for Windows 7 and then press OK when you are done picking the right folder for the driver.

3. If the driver is successfully installed MediaTek DA USB VCOM will appear in the New Hardware Wizard.

Video Installing VCOM Driver (please watch in HD)

"Your Phone must be turned off when you are ready to connect and flash your phone"

1. Launch FlashTool
2. In Flashtool, Click on Scatter-Loading, and load your scatter file. (see example below)

Reference Video Using FlashTool version (watch in HD)

 3. After you load the file, press Press Download to Flash your Phone.
4. After you press Download Follow these steps
  • Turn off your phone (always powered off is a must)
  • Press and HOLD volume UP or Down or you can simply press it simultaneously
  • Insert your USB cable without releasing the VOLUME button(s).
  • Keep on repeating until Flashtool detected your phone.
5. If successfully detected just wait until the progress bar reaches 100%. If your phone did not automatically turn on after flashing, remove battery and USB cable. And put back your battery then turn on your device.

"Hard reset your phone after flashing"

Some workarounds:
If you encounter PMT_Changed error here is what you do:
In Latest version of Flashtool
  1. Load the scatter file
  2. Choose Format all + Download (Underneath Scatter-loading file)
  3. Then Click Download and wait until it is done flashing
For Invalid IMEI:Your Phone/Tablet must be rooted first
Restore yong IMEI in MTKDroidTools version 2.5.3. You will have this error when you format your phone in Flashtool as I had experienced. To restore download MTKDroidTools version 2.5.3 After you extract the file. Open the green robot, you must enable the usb debugging in your phone. It is usually located in Settings>Devoloper Mode then look for usb debugging. After enabling it. Connect your phone in your computer then in MTKDroidTool click on ROOT. Wait for it to finish, then Click in IMEI/NVRAM, input 15 number in each box. Then click REPLACE. Then click Reboot or you can manually turn off your phone. Then turn your phone on again. You can see that you have fully restored your IMEI.

I hope this tutorial help you. Please drop a comment if something is not clear to you.

You can fix the following issue in your phone:

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