Panasonic Eluga U might not be the perfect smartphone that one would recommend to each other, but it sure does have its charms at its price range. The device fairly imitates the design aesthetics of Google Nexus 4, while giving a decent performance. It is Panasonic’s flagship model, as you can see customization efforts done by the company. The device specs sheet includes a 5.0-inch (720p) IPS display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage. The device also boasts, 13MP rear shooter with LED flash, while at front it has 2MP camera for selfies.
For the Panasonic Eluga U users, we wanted to share how you can improve your experience by using the tiniest of the tricks that your smartphone is capable of doing. Here are few FAQ, tips and tricks to get you started in improving the user experience on the device.
- How to insert the SIM card on my Panasonic Eluga U?
- What are the pre-installed apps & what are their use cases?
- What sensors does it have?
- Will the battery be removable?
- How to Manage App Drawer – Sort, Uninstall, Hide apps?
- How to check for Android Updates on Xperia Z3?
- How to Install external apps with apk files?
- How to share your Data network via Tethering?
- Will the Panasonic Eluga U phone get Android L update?
One gets confuse if he/she doesn’t able to find the SIM card slot that they were hoping to find easily on their smartphone. Though, company has made it quite clear as you can see the symbol of SIM card on the dedicated microSD Pop-out on the left side of the device. You will find a SIM tray just below the microSD card slot. It can be opened easily by a pin. After opening up the tray, fit your microSIM inside it and put it back in the same slot. There you go, now you have successfully inserted the SIM card in your device.
Companies tend to offer a pre-installed set of apps recommended or either promoted by them or their partners. Though, whatever the point is, you get to use the different apps, and to get you started on what apps you should be using, we have made a use case scenarios of the apps that comes pre-installed on Eluga U. Below is the list and usage of those Pre-installed apps.
- SmartNews: It is a Google Newstand like news board, which gives you access to all the latest news categorized under various names likes Entertainment, Sports, Lifestyle, U.S., Business, World, Tech, Science are the few categories that you will find in this app. It also allows you to manage these categories, which means you can add, sort or delete any category you want. The SmartNews currently publishes two editions, one is for United States and another is for Japan, while no Indian edition is available on it. With its smart delivery methods, you can automate to receive the feeds three times (Morning, Midday, Evening) over the day.
- Kingsoft Office: To let you view, edit and create office documents while on the move.
- Scene: A Gallery app pre-installed by company is an intuitive app that allows you to find, organize and share you photos.
The Panasonic Eluga U has all the basic sensors needed for the controls of functions, which includes Accelerometer, Proximity, Digital Compass, and Ambient Light.
No, the battery cannot be removed as it is Uni-body Design smart phone as you will not have the option to soft reset your device because the battery is non-removable. And if ever in the future you experience that the phone is frozen, you will have to use the hard reset option on your phone. As you don’t have the option to remove the battery. To rest the Eluga U, you need to press the power button, volume up and down button, all together, which will lead you to the recovery screen, where you have input Eluga terminal password. Use volume up/ down to highlight items and power to confirm. Select END, then scroll down to yes, there you have to delete all user data, confirm with power key. The last step is to select the wide data option and factory reset your device.
There are many customized User interfaces out there in the Android smartphone ecosystem, as it allows full customization. While some companies like Samsung has not able to tap the best use of that because there TouchWiz UI is pretty much the slowest UX based on Android. Whereas, Panasonic series of smartphones has pretty interesting interfaces among other Android UX out there. It is just easily being manageable right from the below icon options. Which includes the searching of apps, as well as sorting in alphabetical, most used and installed ordered. You can also change the layout to one hand or Full screen, according to your needs.
It is pretty simple to check for Android updates in most of the Android OS powered smartphones, as it is the case with the Panasonic Eluga U. Though, the device only allows you to receive OTA (over the air) updates via the microSD card slot. In order to do that, you need to go to About phone section in the settings area of your device. There you will find an OTA option, just tap on it, and the phone will start searching if you have any Android firmware update available or not. If yes, you can only process if the device has microSD card inserted, otherwise it will not go through. If not, you will have to wait for an update notification to arrive.
It is fairly easy to bypass this feature on the Panasonic Eluga U. You just have to go to the security options, when you go to the settings area. Now search the option aptly named, ‘Unknown sources.” You need to check the box in front of that option. There you go, now you can simply install the apk files directly from your device. But do remember that, installing the apps form unknown sources might damage your Panasonic.
This is one of the most widely used features of the Android smartphone is almost same on most of the Android-powered smartphones, except in few smartphones like Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, etc. are few of them. Since, Panasonic Eluga U has the same options settings, where it is mostly present in the Android stock OS, you can found this option in the same place. To remind you that, go to settings area, and then tap on the more option in Wireless & Networks section, which will open all the available options. There you need to select Tethering & mobile hotspot option, where you can setup your Wi-Fi hotspot, and check the Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot option in order to share the data pack of your mobile device. Note that, your mobile data should be turned on, if you want to share the internet connection of your device.
Since, it company’s flagship smartphone, as well as the device, has marginally all the essential hardware specs that may be required for the Android L to run smoothly. Though, it all depends on the company’s ability to how fast they can customize the interface for their devices once the Android L final release is out in the market. In short, we can’t be sure if this device is getting Android L or not, but we are hoping that Panasonic listens to their consumers.