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How To Style Your Android Marshmallow Smartphone

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Android has an inbuilt theme engine referred to as Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) in Android Marshmallow. (6.0)
RRO was intended to be only used by OEMs, not the end-users. This means that owners cannot use it to change their phone’s look and feel.

However, with Android almost everything is possible –
of course.There is a way of activating RRO. On Android
Marshmallow, an application called Layers was used to
activate RRO, that same application has been completely re-
established to work on Android Nougat.

The entire process of unlocking the hidden themes have been made easier with Layers.

The layers developers decided to change the name of the
application to ‘Substratum’.

Requirements
Stock Android /AOSP-based custom ROM
Android Marshmallow or higher
Rooted Android handset

Install the Substratum Theme Engine

Go to Google Play Store and install Substratum

Grant Permissions.

After installing the app, click ‘Grant’ on the access request.

Then, you will be required to grant additional permissions so
that the app can save the theme files to the phone
storage. So, hit ‘Allow’ when you’re prompted.

Install Themes
Hit the 3-dot menu button found at the top right corner of the
application’s main menu. Then choose ‘Play Store ’ Themes.’

This takes you to the list of all Substratum’s compatible
themes on the Google Play Store . Browse themes and find
one that suits your preferences. Once you have picked, install
them just like any other application.
Apply the Theme
With the Substratum theme already installed, go back to the
Substratum application and refresh it by pulling down. Then
select the first theme.

Substratum app allows you to match and mix elements from
your multiple themes, so you have two options. First, you can
toggle the switch at the top screen to use the theme for all
elements and application that it is capable of theming.

Secondly, you can simply go through the whole list and check
the boxes next to any element or application that you would
like to theme. Once you have checked the elements and apps
you would like to theme, tap on the floating action button at
the bottom right corner, then select ‘Install Selected.’

You will then see a pop-up after a few seconds informing you
that you should reboot your device. In case you just want to
apply a single theme, hit ‘OK.’ Otherwise, if you are mixing
themes, hit ‘Later.’ and then choose elements and apps from
the second theme. Reboot when you are done.

Enjoy the New Look
After you reboot, the new theme will now be in effect. These
themes have the capability of changing the feel and the look
of almost any menu or application on your handset. Even if
something is lacking from the first theme, simply add another
one, and apply on the missing element to change the look
completely.

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000

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Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 )

Getting an affordable smartphone with great specifications can be a very difficult task with all the different smartphones so that’s why I decided to put up this post about the top 5 cheap android phones in Nigeria below N70,000 so you can have a little glimpse of what you can get for that amount.

 

Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70K (January 2019)

 

1. Redmi Note 7

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Below N70,000 Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7  in the entry-level to mid-range segment with incredible specifications and believe me this phone is down right affordable. If you follow up this blog you should know what the phone comes with, nevertheless I’ll still go into a little bit of what this device holds



The Redmi Note 7 ships with a large 6.3-inch Full HD Display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a powerful Snapdragon 660 coupled with a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD card. There’s also a variant with 64GB and 6GB RAM.

The main selling point of this device is the camera. It comes with a massive 48MP Camera, at the moment, the Redmi Note 7 has no rivals in its price range.For the selfie camera you have a 13MP Camera.

Finally, keeping the smartphone on is a massive 4000mAh capacity battery,  along with an USB Type-C port. It also supports QuickCharge 4.0. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

(if the price on the link is too high, check back in a few weeks)

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2. Xiaomi Mi Play

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi Mi Play

After Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7, the Xiaomi Mi Play doesn’t really attract me as it used to when it was initially launched, but It’s still a good phone below the N70,000 mark.

The Mi Play comes with a 5.8 inch Display that is still Full HD.

Under the hood is the new MediaTek Helio P35 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD.

Coming to the camera, you can find two 12MP shooters on the back, while you get an 8MP fron selfie camera.

The battery is an impressive 3000mAh Battery.

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3. Lenovo S5 Pro GT

Top 5 Cheap Android Phones In Nigeria Below N70,000 ( January 2019 ) Lenovo S5 PRO GT

The Lenovo S5 Pro GT was launched in December 2018 and is one of the most overlooked phones in the market at the moment. The S5 Pro GT comes with a powerful Snapdragon 660 processor.

It also has of 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD. The smartphone comes with a 6.2 inch Full HD Display (18:9 aspect ratio)

At the back you get aa back camera setup with a 20MP shooter coupled with a 12MP secondary camera, the selfie camera still have the same 20MP and 8MP resolution.

Powering this device is a 3500mAh battery. This phone is definitely one of the cheap android phones in Nigeria.

 

 

4 Xiaomi Mi A2

 

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Xiaomi mI a2

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (which is sadly not expandable).

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with an amazing  5.99-inch display with a  FHD+ resolution along with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, you get a main 12MP on the back with f/1.75 aperture and a secondary 20MP shooter with the same large lens; on the front you get a 20MP camera.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 3010mAh and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo

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5. UMIDIGI F1

 

top 5 cheap android smartphones in Nigeria Umidigi F1
Finally, The UMIDIGI F1 Android smartphones comes with a very impressive  6.3-inch Full HD+ and 19.5:9 display and is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD).

The smartphone ships with two rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP resolution, while at the front we have a 16MP camera for taking amazing selfies

Also, In the battery department  the UMIDIGI F1 comes with a massive 5150mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and  also supports an incredible amount of 4G LTE networks which means it can work pretty much anywhere around the world.

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If you have any questions. Leave a comment or mail mike@naijatechguy.com

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Xiaomi Launches In Africa To Compete Against Tecno, iTel and Infinix

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A couple of months ago Xiaomi Global Spokesman Donovan Sung made a post about their new store that launched in Spain and also asked for suggestions on where they should launch their next store and here’s what I said.

Xiaomi Launches In Africa

This means the expansion of Xiaomi had been on the cards for a while.



If you have been following up Xiaomi for a  while, you would know that they tend to compete on the foreign market rather than their home country China due to the congestion.

Now, the company is looking to take things to the next level and come to Africa.  On Sunday, Xiaomi announced the establishment of their African Regional Department and Wang Lingming (Xiaomi’s VP) was appointed as the manager of the department.

Xiaomi

 

At the moment, in Africa we have over 1.2 billion people but the smartphone usage isn’t really too high and many people still use feature phones and because of this some phone brands don’t really do well in Africa. At the moment Transsision Holdings rules the African smartphone market with its three brands – itel, TECNO, and Infinix ranking at the very top in Africa in terms of market share.

In 2019, the Africa will become one of  Xiaomi’s main pioneers in their international business, and their biggest rival here is Transsision Holdings.

 

What I Think About Xiaomi Coming To Africa

Xiaomi Redmi

Xiaomi has everything it takes to succeed in Africa especially if it starts off with its recently established Redmi Brand. Redmi already have one of the core features that is missing in all the Transission brands – high quality specs at a low price. You can see how successful the Redmi Note 7 has been so far and we can guess how much the price would have been if it was a Transission product.

Transsision basically takes advantage of the mid-range and low-end smartphone market which is a strong competitive ground for Xiaomi. I believe this would also boost competition among the two brands.

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Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead As Microsoft Officially Ends Support For Phones

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Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

The support for Windows 10 phones have just ended.

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Although It’s very sad to see the Operating system go out of fashion, there’s nothing we can do about it. Microsoft has already confirmed that it is officially killing off support for the OS. I actually knew this would happen at some point but I didn’t know it would be this soon.



Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

So if you’re still using a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else preferably an Android Phone.

Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead

Windows 10 Mobile is Dead

Microsoft has already published a support page detailing Windows 10 Mobile’s upcoming End of Support.

According to the company, Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive updates, including security updates, from December 10, 2019. Devices that are running Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 will no longer receive support even earlier — on June 11th, 2019.

So immediately it gets to the end of support date some of the features on the device will slowly stop working and Microsoft won’t do anything about it.  Automatic or manual device backups will end on March 10, 2020.

With this notice, Microsoft just hit the final nail on the coffin of it’s mobile operating system

Alternative Option For Windows 10 Mobile

“Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company said, recommending users to move to an Android or iOS device.

Do you still have a windows phone?

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