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We know or have heard of the Operating System (OS) Android. In case you don’t know it the operating system most smart phone runs on.
that brand that has logo of a green robot toy with two antenna or something like that. 

Android was first developed by Google in September 2008 with 
the first version [1.0].
Android is an open source operating system. That is, if you own a phone brand, 

you can just get the requisites and you can download android and customize it just the way you love it.
For this reason, you’ll notice different android experience while using different android operated smart-phone.
Like while using samsung smart-phone you’ll get a different look,performance,compatibility from any other smartphone brand.
except that exploding samsung galaxy note 7 (that is a different thing all together).

Android so far has few significant competitors such as Apple ios, Windows and Blackberry, 
but so far they have manged to dominate the software market.
Android OS has gone more than just smart-phone, it is now seen in Laptops, Television, even in Cars.

Below is android version, their release code-name and whether Google still give support to a specific version
Android 1.0 – 1.1 was not assigned any code name, but 1.5 was give the code name CUPCAKE. 
Notice the alphabetical order in the names, NOUGAT being the latest.

Code name Version     Initial release date                   API level Support status
N/A                     1.0             23 September 2008                  1           Discontinued
                           1.1             9 February 2009                        2          Discontinued
Cupcake             1.5             27 April 2009                             3          Discontinued
Donut                  1.6            15 September 2009                   4          Discontinued

Read Features of Android 1.0 – 1.6 (Donut)

Eclair             2.0 – 2.1     26   October 2009                 5–7           Discontinued
Froyo             2.2 – 2.2.3   20 May 2010                          8             Discontinued
Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7   6 December 2010                9–10          Discontinued
Honeycomb 3.0 – 3.2.6   22 February 2011                11–13        Discontinued
Ice Cream 4.0 – 4.0.4   18 October 2011                 14–15        Discontinued

Read Features of Android 2.0 (Eclair) – 4.4 (Ice cream Sandwich)

Jelly Bean     4.1 – 4.3.1 9 July 2012                     16–18        Discontinued
Kit-Kat             4.4 – 4.4.4 31 October 2013             19–20        Security updates only
Lollipop            5.0 – 5.1.1 12 November 2014           21–22        Supported
Marshmallow 6.0 – 6.0.1       5 October 2015                   23        Supported
Nougat             7.0 – 7.1 22    August 2016             24–25        Supported

Read Features of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) – 7.1 (Nougat)

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TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels



TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.

TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.

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Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.

TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.

TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.

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TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.

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MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem



MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.

Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.

  • Data subscription balance
  • Data monitor app threshold
  • Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
  • Network signal reception

In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.

To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.

Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.

If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.

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For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.

Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.



MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)

Account Name MTN NG
Access point name (APN)
Proxy Leave it empty
Port "
Username "
Password "
Server "
MMS port "
Authentication type None
APN type default,supl
APN protocol IPv4
APN roaming protocol IPv4
Bearer Unspecified
MVNO type None
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Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.


MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)

Account Name MTN NG
Access point name (APN)
Port 9201
Username web
Password web

Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.

MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.

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#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus



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Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.


You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.

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Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.

How it Works:

  • To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
  • Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
  • Recharge to hit your target
  • Get rewarded with 250MB free.
  • Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
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Hard to say:

The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.

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