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Freenet FUNK: LTE without limit in the o2 network?

mobilcom-debitel has published an interesting offer under the brand name "Freenet FUNK": for 99 cents a day you get unlimited Internet with LTE speed. There are a few special features. The administration starting with the order is completely done via an app (for Android and iOS). Postal or video identity does not have to be carried out, all you need is your identity card number and a postal address - Freenet simply sends the SIM card by post.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: VoLTE with Android 9.0

In principle, all o2 customers (including those of other providers such as Drillisch) should be able to use VoLTE. So far this did not work on my Redmi Note 5 Pro ("whyred"), with HavocOS 2.1 (Android 9.0) this works now: HavocOS is a custom ROM based on ASOP Android 9.0 and "inspired" by Google Pixel. In order to install it, the device must first be unlocked. Afterwards TWRP can be installed as ...

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Remove Xiaomi MIUI advertising

In the current Android interfaces of Xiaomi there are "recommendations" which are nothing more than advertisements - fortunately they can be turned off, which will be briefly described in this article. Xiaomi tries hard to ensure that the ads or recommendations can be disabled, but doesn't make it too easy for the user. At least that's still the case, it can be assumed that Xiaomi will continue on this path ...

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Xiaomi Redmi grade 5: affordable middle class?

With the Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi has a quite interesting device on the market, which promises smooth working with Snapdragon 636. Whether the price of a good 185 Euro is justified, should be clarified here. The Redmi Note 5 is quite comparable in format to the Xiaomi Mi A1 with Android One - a bit more modern with the usual Android keys on the display. The frame is pleasantly falling ...

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Xiaomi Mi A1 - Android One

Xiaomi Mi A1: Android One Getting started

Xiaomi offers with the Mi A1 a mid-range device with Android One - updates & LTE band 20 included. Until now, smartphones from the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi had problems supporting the LTE Band 20, which is supported by many network operators in Germany. With the A1 there is now also an international version available, which is sold directly in Germany. Technical data Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, max 2.0 GHz Adreno 506 ...

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Sony Z3 Compact with Android 7.1.2 - only possible via custom ROMs

Android: Do manufacturers bypass "Project Treble"?

With "Project Treble" the update problem in the Android world is supposed to improve - unfortunately the full functionality is only available for devices that were delivered with Android 8.0 "Oreo". Almost the impression arises that the manufacturers try to slow down Treble intentionally: even devices that will be introduced in 2018 (and thus after Android 8.1 is released) will be shipped with Android 7.x first - only ...

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Sony Z3 Compact Android 7.1.2

CarbonROM: Android 7.1.2 for Sony Z3 Compact (Update: 8.1 "Oreo")

If you own a Sony Z3 Compact, the official Sony updates are limited to Android 6.0.1 - alternative ROMs such as CarbonROM provide a remedy. Sony itself will not provide any further updates for the Z3 and the Z3 Compact - Android 6.0.1 will therefore remain the latest version. Fortunately Sony allows the simple unlocking of the bootloader, so that other ROMs can be installed. Before installing CarbonROM ...

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LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1.1) on Moto G (falcon)

Android: CynogenMod gives up and becomes LineageOS

The popular Android Custom ROM CyanogenMod gives up: at the turn of the year the services were stopped, there will be no more updates. Originally, CyanogenMod and the resulting CyanogenOS were started to create a better Android. Smartphones were also shipped with CyanogenOS from the factory, for example the OnePlus 3 - these manufacturers must now rely on other Android variants. CyanogenMod was also popular because of its broad support for ...

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Smartwatch: Ticwatch 2 Hands-On

With the TicWatch 2, a kick-start campaign has been successfully completed and the delivery of the Smartwatches to supporters is underway. I have already received my model "Oak" and created a short hands-on. The TicWatch 2 is produced by Mobvoi - the company was founded in China by former Google employees. The corresponding operating system TicWear OS is also based on Android OS. The operation corresponds to a mixture between ...

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4K Smart TV Box: Mini M8S II Hands-On

With the Mini M8S II Smart TV box, you can add a Kodi media centre to any television with an HDMI connection. The current generation is 4K capable. The format of the Mini M8S Smart TV box roughly corresponds to the Amazon Fire TV: a little over a centimeter high, flat and black. When it comes to connections, there are the usual ones: two USB, one Ethernet with 100 Mbps and an HDMI 2.0b. Features: Amlogic...

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