It feels good to get Over The Air (OTA) updates but the sour part is the OTA update(s) getting automatically downloaded. First off, there are times you might be low on data and not be able to afford about 1GB going to an OTA update you don’t need urgently. There’s also the possibility that its a buggy Read more…


At some point or the other, your Android phone (and you) will have to leave the network reception stronghold and venture  into an area of not so encouraging signal reception. In my previous guide on boosting the Internet connection speed on your Mediatek Android phone, I explained a life-saving technique that tells your  MTK phone; 3G or Read more…


If you notice that your phone’s network bars suddenly remain empty for a long period of time despite the phone still being able to detect your SIM cards and identify their networks correctly then it just might be a Null /Unknown IMEI at work. This issue often occurs after flashing your phone but could (on rare occasions) Read more…


It does feel good to see an Over The Air (OTA) update from your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), especially when its a leap from one major version of Android to another. In a haste to update, some device users end up encountering errors or even bricking their phones while trying to install OTA updates on rooted devices; Read more…


A few days ago, Team Hovatek dropped the ROMDump (SP flash tool format) for the Infinix Hot 2 Android 6 Marshmallow (January 1, 2016) X510-D5110-M-Androidone-20160107 build. The February 1, 2016 build is now available (to upgrade OTA, navigate to Settings > About > System updates) and we have also created a ROMDump for it. Note: This is Read more…


Infinix recently pushed an Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OTA update to the Infinix Hot 2 X510. OTAs like this take time to go around and not everyone is willing to wait for God knows how long to receive the update so we posted the guide at https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-upgrade-infinix-hot-2-x510-to-android-6-marshmallow/ to enable Infinix Hot 2 users easily upgrade their phones to Android 6.0. Read more…


The new Mediatek (MTK) devices running on Android 5 (Lollipop) have proven difficult for our favorite One-Click Root apps to successfully root. Pending when these apps will be updated with the necessary exploits to do the job, Team Hovatek has been busy providing an alternative method; TWRP and CWM. How do I root my MTK Android 5 (Lollipop) Read more…


Infinix has released Marshmallow (Android 6) for the Infinix Hot 2 (X510) . This update requires the phone to be running on stock ROM (not rooted) and also on stock recovery. Reverting the phone to unrooted state (stock ROM) and stock recovery isn’t difficult but the challenge most people have with the Infinix X510 is booting this Read more…


It’s not news that Volume up + Power button doesn’t work when trying to boot the Infinix Hot 2 X510 into recovery mode.  For those who really need to boot into stock recovery on this device instead of having to use a Custom recovery, here’s a fix. How to boot Infinix Hot 2 X510 into Stock recovery Download Read more…


In previous guides on external storage problems, we’d discussed some issues you could encounter during file management like file corruption, automatic duplication, cloaking etc. This particular scenario is quite different; files you copy just vanish into thin air without a trace. Could you explain this case a little more please? Ideally, if you try copying files to Read more…


Its bad enough that our service providers debit our airtime at will, its even more alarming that malware have joined the race with a very aggressive strategy. Not too long ago, I discussed the Time Service and Monkey Test Malware (see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-remove-privacy-guard-easy-tool-monkey-test-and-time-service-malware-from-an-mtk-mediatek-android-phone/ if you missed it). In that article, I explained how malware infect your Android phone, Read more…


One of the reasons you would miss an important notification is because your Android phone’s status / notification bar is so full that it can’t accommodate any more icons.  You might not be around your phone when the sound or vibration attempts to notify you but that icon at the top tells you all you’ve missed once Read more…


In our previous guide, we treated how to get a free US phone number and easily configure it to ring on any local phone number. If you missed it, see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-get-a-free-usa-phone-number-and-configure-it-to-ring-on-your-local-phone-number/ . In this brief guide, we’ll be doing the same for UK. Disclaimer: You are solely responsible for whatever you choose to do with this piece Read more…


Before now, getting a USA phone number used to be quite a stressful process. Receiving calls on the USA phone number or having calls to it diverted to your local phone number required you to either pay or get down in the mud with soft phone configurations. In this brief guide, I’ll show you a stress-free method Read more…


It could be very frustrating rocking 3G or 4G only for that to be replaced by the dreaded Edge. It would’ve been understandable if this happened once a while but a constant tanking (dropping without rising) from 3G / 4G to Edge is not fun in any way. Why does my 3G / 4G keep dropping to Edge Read more…