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  1. As widely expected, yesterday Samsung launched this year's flagship phone offering ahead of WMC2018 in Barcelona. The we-could-have-guessed-eve-if-we-didn't-already-know new handsets, named S9 and S9+ are evolutions of last year's S8 and S8+ - but just how much has Samsung changed this time around? The answer is "actually, not a lot". These are very much iteration handsets, tweaking what was wrong with the S8 and S8+, but without adding anything majorly new or groundbreaking. The biggest change for both handsets is in the camera department , with the S9+ getting a dual camera setup (a first for a Galaxy model phone), while the S9 makes do with Samsung's new "dual aperture" camera design. Here's a quick look at what's "better" on the S9 / S9+ Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ Display 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 Processor Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit RAM 4GB LPDDR4 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4 Rear camera 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording / 12+12MP dual camera with dual OIS Front camera 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording Storage 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB) 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 400GB) Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo Battery 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Dimensions 148.9×68.1×8.0mm/159.5×73.4 x8.1mm, 152g/173g 147.7×68.7×8.5mm/158.1×73.8x 8.5mm, 163g/189g Other features AKG earphones, 32-bit audio, Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor AKG earphones, stereo speakers, AR Emoji, 32-bit audio, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor There is one other, significant change though; one which every user of the S8 / S*+ will be very happy about - the fingerprint sensor has finally been positioned *under* the camera sensors in the middle of the device. You know; exactly how everyone else did last year! View full news
  2. Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+ launched

    The answer is "actually, not a lot". These are very much iteration handsets, tweaking what was wrong with the S8 and S8+, but without adding anything majorly new or groundbreaking. The biggest change for both handsets is in the camera department , with the S9+ getting a dual camera setup (a first for a Galaxy model phone), while the S9 makes do with Samsung's new "dual aperture" camera design. Here's a quick look at what's "better" on the S9 / S9+ Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ Galaxy S9/Galaxy S9+ Display 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 5.8/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, Quad HD+, 18:5:9 Processor Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Octa-core, 10nm, 64-bit RAM 4GB LPDDR4 4GB / 6GB LPDDR4 Rear camera 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording 12-megapixel, OIS, Dual Pixel, phase-detection autofocus, 4K video recording / 12+12MP dual camera with dual OIS Front camera 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording 8-megapixel autofocus, F1.7 aperture, QHD video recording Storage 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 256GB) 64GB internal, microSD slot (up to 400GB) Software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo Battery 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging 3,000/3,500 mAh, Adaptive Fast Charge and fast wireless charging Connectivity 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack Dimensions 148.9×68.1×8.0mm/159.5×73.4 x8.1mm, 152g/173g 147.7×68.7×8.5mm/158.1×73.8x 8.5mm, 163g/189g Other features AKG earphones, 32-bit audio, Bixby virtual assistant, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor AKG earphones, stereo speakers, AR Emoji, 32-bit audio, Bixby, Samsung Pay, IP68 water & dust resistance, fingerprint sensor, iris/face recognition, pressure sensor There is one other, significant change though; one which every user of the S8 / S*+ will be very happy about - the fingerprint sensor has finally been positioned *under* the camera sensors in the middle of the device. You know; exactly how everyone else did last year!
  3. News: LG G6 launched

    LG have finally launched the much-leaked G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This handset has been subject to many leaks and teasers; indeed LG have virtually shown us the entire handset in a number of official teaser videos. So which of the rumoured specs are true, and which anticipated features didn't make it in to the final decive? The official specs are: Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 View full news
  4. LG G6 launched

    The official specs are: Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
  5. What to do with an old handset? Most people, especially on this site, either sell their old handsets, or give them to someone they know. Google and the manufacturers have told us to do factory resets before doing so, to make sure that your personal information is wiped from the phone, and your details are secure. Turns out, that's not quite true. .Researchers at Cambridge University have written a paper showing how flawed factory reset is in wiping personal data from Android handsets using versions 2.3-4.3. (They didn't use any handsets later than 4.3). To make things worse, if you fully encrypted all the data, you may have in fact exposed yourself even more as the key to decrypt the data isn't deleted properly by the reset. Researchers were able to recover SMS, emails, contacts, photos, videos, Facebook, Whatsapp, and even your personal Google token, which gives access to all your Google information. The flaw seems to be in the way flash drives in mobile handsets are designed to have a certain element of failure and errors. This does mean that other mobile devices may also be prone to such security, although it's unknown at present. The best solution is to encrypt your phone when you first get it, and use an impossibly long password with letters, numbers and symbols to unlock your phone each time you use it. Most hackers will just give up as it could take years! The researchers did make some recommendations to manufacturers, so lets hope they take up the advice. Click here to view the news
  6. Researchers at Cambridge University have written a paper showing how flawed factory reset is in wiping personal data from Android handsets using versions 2.3-4.3. (They didn't use any handsets later than 4.3). To make things worse, if you fully encrypted all the data, you may have in fact exposed yourself even more as the key to decrypt the data isn't deleted properly by the reset. Researchers were able to recover SMS, emails, contacts, photos, videos, Facebook, Whatsapp, and even your personal Google token, which gives access to all your Google information. The flaw seems to be in the way flash drives in mobile handsets are designed to have a certain element of failure and errors. This does mean that other mobile devices may also be prone to such security, although it's unknown at present. The best solution is to encrypt your phone when you first get it, and use an impossibly long password with letters, numbers and symbols to unlock your phone each time you use it. Most hackers will just give up as it could take years! The researchers did make some recommendations to manufacturers, so lets hope they take up the advice.
  7. In what some might think an unusual move, LG have become the first major handset manufacturer to release a Lollipop upgrade for one of their existing phone models.LG chose Poland as the first country to receive their Lollipop build for the G3, probably because they have a large software team based there. Luckily, due to the way LG customise their firmwares, the currently available build (the latest at the time of writing being build V20a) works perfectly well on any other European specification (D855) G3 phones. More information, including a review of Lollipop on the G3, will follow shortly. Click here to view the news
  8. LG chose Poland as the first country to receive their Lollipop build for the G3, probably because they have a large software team based there. Luckily, due to the way LG customise their firmwares, the currently available build (the latest at the time of writing being build V20a) works perfectly well on any other European specification (D855) G3 phones. More information, including a review of Lollipop on the G3, will follow shortly.
  9. Mobile OS devices have been relatively free of malware, but as more and more people are using them as their main internet device, criminals are also starting to target them. As Android is the common OS, it's where they're starting. Mobile security company AdaptiveMobile claim to have uncovered a new threat for Android users. Obviously, we believe people here are smart enough not to fall for such a scam, but here's the info: . Click here to view the news
  10. Tonight in London Asus revealed to us their "back to school" range of Windows, Android & Chrome tablets and laptops (most of them already avilable) and launched their latest range of ZenFone mobile phones - the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, & ZenFone 6.We'll be covering the Windows, Android & Chrome Transformer Pads, tablets & laptops in future articles, but for now we're concentrating on the new ZenFone range, which, unlike some other manufacturers, will be available very soon indeed. First of all, let me say that while absolutely lovely products, the three phones launched tonight, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 (depicting their screen size), are not being pitched as absolute top-of-the-range Android devices. Their screens aren't QuadHD; their cameras aren't 20 MPix; their mass isn't 5 grams. However, what they are, are immensely usable, functional, very nice to hold, premium quality, fully specified handsets with the majority of features you would expect to find on the average Samsung, Motorola or HTC device. Asus are very much an Intel house. What this means is that they generally don't produce any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet, which contains any processor other than an Intel chip. Subsequently the majority of the ZenFone range runs on the latest Intel quad-core Atom processors, tied to Android 4.4.2, ensuring not only excellent performance ratings, but also an exceptional range of available applications from the Play Store as well as all-important stand out battery life. It is worth noting however, that the Intel SOC doesn't yet support LTE, so any 4G Asus handsets are forced to use a "more traditional" ARM-based SOC, usually a Snapdragon processor. There is another side-effect, or more accurately a benefit, of Asus producing Intel-only devices - they get somewhat preferential pricing from Intel. What this mean to us, the consumer, is that we get to enjoy Asus' excellent products at rock-bottom prices! The ZenFone range starts at only £99.99 inc VAT! That's not an "on contract" price - that's the unsubsidised RRP for the ZenFone 4 in the UK! The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 6 are available only as 3G (intel Atom based) handsets, while the ZenFone 5 is available as either a 3G (intel Atom based) or 4G (Snapdragon 400 based) handset. The entire range are available as dual-SIM handsets (this is apparently region dependent, but there's no mention of which regions it applies to) and have from 8GB internal storage on the ZenFone 4 up to 16GB on the ZenFone 6. All come with an external microSD card slot. The ZenFone 5 & 6 have Asus' PixelMaster technology which improves low light and other performance from the camera, which is 8MPix on the ZenFone 5 and 13MPix on the ZenFone 6. While it was fairly hard to get meaningful hands-on impressions last night, due to the phones not having SIM cards or configured wireless connectivity and the venue being in nightclub mode (so no meaningful pictures I'm afraid) the handsets all felt well made and solid in the hand, while the displays were bright and vibrant.The ZenFone 4 felt a little portly, mainly due to it being the same thickness (if not slighly thicker) as the ZenFone 5 & 6, which in turn felt more balanced and generally well rounded. To my mind the ZenFone 5 is the sweet spot of the range and certainly the one I think will sell in the largest numbers. UI response was smooth and fast, with Asus' additions and alterations to stock Android not detracting from the overall experience. There was some bloatware installed, but it didn't seem overly intrusive and was the usual Asus fare found on many other of their devices. The camera was nice to use, having been re-skinned from the stock Android camera to something similar to the latest Samsung camera offering. One interesting feature, if only by name, was that turning the flash to permanently on was described as "low light mode". The ZenFone range is available to pre-order from 21st August and will be shipping from 1st September 2014. The ZenFone range are priced as follows: ZenFone 4: £99.99 ZenFone 5: £149.99 (£179.99 for the ZenFone 5 LTE) ZenFone 6: £249.99 More information is available on Asus' website as listed below. Please note that some of the links on the ZenFone 6 page aren't curently working correctly, you'll need to add the page name to the end of the URL already in your address bar. (you'll get the idea) ZenFone 4: http://www.asus.com/...ASUS_ZenFone_4/ ZenFone 5: http://www.asus.com/...ASUS_ZenFone_5/ ZenFone 6: http://www.asus.com/...ASUS_ZenFone_6/ Click here to view the news
  11. Asus launch the ZenFone 4, 5, & 6

    We'll be covering the Windows, Android & Chrome Transformer Pads, tablets & laptops in future articles, but for now we're concentrating on the new ZenFone range, which, unlike some other manufacturers, will be available very soon indeed. First of all, let me say that while absolutely lovely products, the three phones launched tonight, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 (depicting their screen size), are not being pitched as absolute top-of-the-range Android devices. Their screens aren't QuadHD; their cameras aren't 20 MPix; their mass isn't 5 grams. However, what they are, are immensely usable, functional, very nice to hold, premium quality, fully specified handsets with the majority of features you would expect to find on the average Samsung, Motorola or HTC device. Asus are very much an Intel house. What this means is that they generally don't produce any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet, which contains any processor other than an Intel chip. Subsequently the majority of the ZenFone range runs on the latest Intel quad-core Atom processors, tied to Android 4.4.2, ensuring not only excellent performance ratings, but also an exceptional range of available applications from the Play Store as well as all-important stand out battery life. It is worth noting however, that the Intel SOC doesn't yet support LTE, so any 4G Asus handsets are forced to use a "more traditional" ARM-based SOC, usually a Snapdragon processor. There is another side-effect, or more accurately a benefit, of Asus producing Intel-only devices - they get somewhat preferential pricing from Intel. What this mean to us, the consumer, is that we get to enjoy Asus' excellent products at rock-bottom prices! The ZenFone range starts at only £99.99 inc VAT! That's not an "on contract" price - that's the unsubsidised RRP for the ZenFone 4 in the UK! The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 6 are available only as 3G (intel Atom based) handsets, while the ZenFone 5 is available as either a 3G (intel Atom based) or 4G (Snapdragon 400 based) handset. The entire range are available as dual-SIM handsets (this is apparently region dependent, but there's no mention of which regions it applies to) and have from 8GB internal storage on the ZenFone 4 up to 16GB on the ZenFone 6. All come with an external microSD card slot. The ZenFone 5 & 6 have Asus' PixelMaster technology which improves low light and other performance from the camera, which is 8MPix on the ZenFone 5 and 13MPix on the ZenFone 6. While it was fairly hard to get meaningful hands-on impressions last night, due to the phones not having SIM cards or configured wireless connectivity and the venue being in nightclub mode (so no meaningful pictures I'm afraid) the handsets all felt well made and solid in the hand, while the displays were bright and vibrant.The ZenFone 4 felt a little portly, mainly due to it being the same thickness (if not slighly thicker) as the ZenFone 5 & 6, which in turn felt more balanced and generally well rounded. To my mind the ZenFone 5 is the sweet spot of the range and certainly the one I think will sell in the largest numbers. UI response was smooth and fast, with Asus' additions and alterations to stock Android not detracting from the overall experience. There was some bloatware installed, but it didn't seem overly intrusive and was the usual Asus fare found on many other of their devices. The camera was nice to use, having been re-skinned from the stock Android camera to something similar to the latest Samsung camera offering. One interesting feature, if only by name, was that turning the flash to permanently on was described as "low light mode". The ZenFone range is available to pre-order from 21st August and will be shipping from 1st September 2014. The ZenFone range are priced as follows: ZenFone 4: £99.99 ZenFone 5: £149.99 (£179.99 for the ZenFone 5 LTE) ZenFone 6: £249.99 More information is available on Asus' website as listed below. Please note that some of the links on the ZenFone 6 page aren't curently working correctly, you'll need to add the page name to the end of the URL already in your address bar. (you'll get the idea) ZenFone 4: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_4/ ZenFone 5: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_5/ ZenFone 6: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_6/
  12. I was reading this article about Google's terms for using Google services on Android handsets and couldn't help thinking that it's very similar to historic examples of uncompetitive practices from Microsoft and Google itself. Because Google forces OEMs to install a package of apps and also insists that it is the default search engine and locator provider, it seems very similar to Internet Explorer and Google Ads unfair competition practices. Surely this will get sorted out? I know Google's only just now sorted out issues with it's search engine demoting other competitors results with the EU.
  13. There can't be many places left where Google doesn't search for results, but it found one stone to look under within its own Android OS.The new Search App will now also look for results within your existing apps, and also suggest apps for you to download, and a little button for you to press to download. This will also be available via Chrome browser. This will make it a lot easier to find information within the myriad of apps you've already got, or help find 'the app for that'. Sadly it is only working with a small handful of apps and in the US for now, but it should roll out quickly enough. More info Click here to view the news
  14. The new Search App will now also look for results within your existing apps, and also suggest apps for you to download, and a little button for you to press to download. This will also be available via Chrome browser. This will make it a lot easier to find information within the myriad of apps you've already got, or help find 'the app for that'. Sadly it is only working with a small handful of apps and in the US for now, but it should roll out quickly enough. More info
  15. Apparently a version for 10" Android tablets is currently under beta testing and due from November this year. It's about time! http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/news/2013/10/samsung_note_10_1_google_nexus_10_and_sony_xperia_z_tablet_to_get_sky_go_support_in_november/
  16. As initially reported by Techcrunch, Jolla have announce that their Sailfish OS (borne out of the ashes of Meego) now supports and will run, unmodified, Android apps.Also announced was support for Android hardware, meaning Sailfish OS should be able to run, natively and un-modified, on a large variety of Android hardware. Click here to view the news
  17. Sailfish OS now supports Android

    Also announced was support for Android hardware, meaning Sailfish OS should be able to run, natively and un-modified, on a large variety of Android hardware.
  18. Google has released the Android Device Manager.Google has released the Android Device Manager. Now, you can locate and ring your phone or tablet remotely. If you've misplaced your device in the house, you can use this service from the web to ring your phone. This function will override any silent or vibrate settings, so you won't have to worry about not hearing it. Additionally, it will show you exactly where on a map that your device is hiding. You can also elect to enable remote wipes, though this needs to be set up on your phone or tablet first before you can trigger it remotely. http://forum.mobilea...hone/#entry1926 Click here to view the news
  19. Google has released the Android Device Manager. Now, you can locate and ring your phone or tablet remotely. If you've misplaced your device in the house, you can use this service from the web to ring your phone. This function will override any silent or vibrate settings, so you won't have to worry about not hearing it. Additionally, it will show you exactly where on a map that your device is hiding. You can also elect to enable remote wipes, though this needs to be set up on your phone or tablet first before you can trigger it remotely. http://forum.mobileandgadget.com/topic/353-googles-android-device-manager-helps-find-your-lost-phone/#entry1926
  20. Sky has been extremely slow to update it's Sky Go app for Android, seemingly incapable of coping of the idea that the OS updates regularly, and also has people on a variety of handsets. Whilst nearly every multinational company in the world is able to cope with this, Sky can't.Having moved from iOS to Android recently, I was first frustrated that the Sky Go app wasn't supported for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but I was over the moon when it was finally released today. I quickly downloaded the app and thought I'd test it. It doesn't work as my device is rooted! Sky are basically telling customers that they can either back up their handset with something like Titanium Back Up Pro, or watch Sky Go. All that I can say is that the 6000 negative votes on Google Play Store are fully deserved. Here's a full list of handsets it's compatible with, just in case you've not rooted your device: HTC Desire Desire S Desire HD Incredible Sensation Sensation XE Desire X One X One XL One S One V Google Nexus Galaxy Nexus Nexus 4 Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy S Galaxy S2 Galaxy S3 Galaxy S3 LTE Galaxy Note Galaxy Note 2 Galaxy S3 Mini Galaxy Ace Sony Xperia S Xperia T LG 4XHD Click here to view the news
  21. Having moved from iOS to Android recently, I was first frustrated that the Sky Go app wasn't supported for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but I was over the moon when it was finally released today. I quickly downloaded the app and thought I'd test it. It doesn't work as my device is rooted! Sky are basically telling customers that they can either back up their handset with something like Titanium Back Up Pro, or watch Sky Go. All that I can say is that the 6000 negative votes on Google Play Store are fully deserved. Here's a full list of handsets it's compatible with, just in case you've not rooted your device: HTC Desire Desire S Desire HD Incredible Sensation Sensation XE Desire X One X One XL One S One V Google Nexus Galaxy Nexus Nexus 4 Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy S Galaxy S2 Galaxy S3 Galaxy S3 LTE Galaxy Note Galaxy Note 2 Galaxy S3 Mini Galaxy Ace Sony Xperia S Xperia T LG 4XHD