Archive for Chris Hall

  • What is the Google Experience Launcher and why has its name changed to Google Now Launcher?

    What is the Google Experience Launcher and why has its name changed to Google Now Launcher?

    By 6 February 2014

    When the Nexus 5 launched in 2013 with Android 4.4 KitKit, one of the biggest changes was to the launcher. For those that don't know what a "launcher" is, basically that's the part of the user interface that contains your home screens and apps tray. The...

  • First HTC One (M8) photo appears online

    First HTC One (M8) photo appears online

    By 5 February 2014

    The HTC M8 has been pictured on Twitter, revealing what the next handset from HTC might look like. There has been a flood of speculation and rumour surrounding the next HTC flagship handset and the new picture appears to corroborate some of the information...

  • Pebble review
    4 out of 5

    Pebble review

    By 4 February 2014

    Pebble. The name hangs in the air when you say it. The darling of Kickstarter, the smartwatch that's acceptable to own.  Pebble was previewed at CES 2013 before shipping started later in January. With chatter about wearables now everywhere, the timing...

  • Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review

    Hands-on: Archos Smart Home review

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos is moving into remote home monitoring, offering a new range of products called Smart Home. Perhaps confusingly, Archos is referring to a range of devices as "Connected Objects", a category which Smart Home falls into, alongside wearables and standalone...

  • Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on

    Archos smartwatches pictures and hands-on

    By 30 January 2014

    Archos announced its plans to launch a range of smartwatches at CES 2014, as it looks to join the trend in wearable tech. There are three watch models in the line-up, hitting three different price points with the aim of offering an affordable companion...

  • Audi A3 Saloon review
    4.5 out of 5

    Audi A3 Saloon review

    By 30 January 2014

    There aren't many small saloons on the roads, but the Audi A3 Saloon - or Sedan if you're from the US - is looking to swell those numbers. Judging by the mass of BMW 1-Series Coupes, which is soon to be 2-Series Coupes, that we've seen on the roads recently...

  • Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59

    Amazon Kindle gets a price cut, now only £59

    By 30 January 2014

    Amazon has slashed £10 off the price of the entry-level Amazon Kindle, meaning you can now pick one up for £59. The entry-level model offers a 6-inch E Ink display and buttons across the bottom for navigation. It comes with Wi-Fi to keep you connected...

  • Tesco Mobile to offer free 4G to customers from 30 January

    Tesco Mobile to offer free 4G to customers from 30 January

    By 30 January 2014

    Tesco Mobile has announced that it will be offering free 4G to its customers, both new and existing, from 30 January. Currently there is a £2.50 surcharge for 4G on the network.  The free 4G service will be available to all pay monthly and SIM only...

  • Worx Landroid and Bosch Indego robotic lawnmowers want to take the pain out of mowing

    Worx Landroid and Bosch Indego robotic lawnmowers want to take the pain out of mowing

    By 29 January 2014

    If you're looking to take the pain out of mowing the lawn, then the robots are coming to the rescue. We caught up with the Bosch Indego and the Worx Landroid at an Amazon summer showcase in London.  We're fairly familiar with robot vacuum cleaners that...

  • Samsung opening 60 retail stores in Europe, operated by Carphone Warehouse

    Samsung opening 60 retail stores in Europe, operated by Carphone Warehouse

    By 29 January 2014

    Samsung plans to open 60 standalone stores across Europe, dedicated to selling you Samsung products. The new stores will be operated by Carphone Warehouse, with the company announcing a partnership. The news follows a trial of three Samsung stores in...

  • Archos is working on a touchscreen E Ink smartwatch

    Archos is working on a touchscreen E Ink smartwatch

    By 28 January 2014

    Archos today confirmed that it is working with E Ink to develop a touchscreen E Ink smartwatch. Talking to Pocket-lint, Bénédicte Ernoult, marketing director at Archos, confirmed that the company has a close relationship with E Ink and is working on...

  • Sony Cyber-shot QX100 review
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony Cyber-shot QX100 review

    By 23 January 2014

    Sony did something a little radical in 2013, launching the lens-style camera accessories for smartphones. With two models on offer - the QX10 and the QX100 - the idea is to bring quality to your smartphone photos that would be otherwise be impossible...

  • Sony Xperia Z2 (Sirius) KitKit user interface leaks, 4K video, USB DAC support and more

    Sony Xperia Z2 (Sirius) KitKit user interface leaks, 4K video, USB DAC support and more

    By 21 January 2014

    It looks like the dam has burst on the Sony Sirius. Not only have we seen some hardware shots and specs detailed, but an extensive leak of what is reported to be Android 4.4 KitKat on the Sony Sirius has followed. The screenshots reveal a lot about the...

  • Best phablets 2014: The best big-screened phones to buy right now

    Best phablets 2014: The best big-screened phones to buy right now

    By 21 January 2014

    Phones have been getting larger, looking to bring you more of what you love: a bigger, better experience. They have become devices designed to give you the ultimate in entertainment, the ultimate in productivity, the ultimate smartphone experience in...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite officially wades into 7-inch budget tablet territory

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite officially wades into 7-inch budget tablet territory

    By 16 January 2014

    Samsung has officially announced the Samung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, expanding its line-up of Android tablets in order to appeal to the budget 7-inch tablet sector. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite's official specifications tally with those that were previously...

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual bring big screen phablet thrills on a budget

    Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual bring big screen phablet thrills on a budget

    By 14 January 2014

    Sony has announced two new Android handsets, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. The new handsets offer a 6-inch display, but leave the resolution at 720p, looking to take on devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Samsung...

  • This is the closest the HTC One X will get to KitKat

    This is the closest the HTC One X will get to KitKat

    By 13 January 2014

    HTC has confirmed the sad news that its 2012 flagship handsets, the HTC One X and the HTC One X+, will not be receiving an update to take it to Android 4.4 KitKat. Both models will be staying in their current state at Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5. HTC passed...

  • Nokia Lumia Black update: Here's what your phone can do now

    Nokia Lumia Black update: Here's what your phone can do now

    By 10 January 2014

    Nokia has announced that the Lumia Black update is continuing its global rolling out, beginning with the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 1020. This anticipated update was revealed at the launch of the Lumia 1520 and brings a whole host of updates to your Nokia...

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact price £449 SIM free, pre-order open now

    Sony Xperia Z1 Compact price £449 SIM free, pre-order open now

    By 9 January 2014

    The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will cost £449 SIM free, with pre-orders open at Sonymobile.com for those interested in getting their hands on the new smaller format handset. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact was announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, offering most...

  • SwiftKey comes to your car, thanks to Clarion AX1

    SwiftKey comes to your car, thanks to Clarion AX1

    By 9 January 2014

    The march of Android into your car is inevitable, so we're happy to hear the news that SwiftKey has partnered with Clarion to bring its smart keyboard into the car. SwiftKey is the default keyboard for the new Clarion AX1 head unit, which is Android-based....

  • Kodak PixPro Smart Lens cameras rival Sony QX, want to improve your smartphone photos

    Kodak PixPro Smart Lens cameras rival Sony QX, want to improve your smartphone photos

    By 8 January 2014

    Kodak has announced that it is launching a pair of Smart Lens cameras, SL10 and SL25, designed to be strapped to your smartphone to let you take better photos on the move. We say Kodak, but as photo fans will know, it's JK Imaging, that holds the worldwide...

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo: 5-inch budget Android for 299 euro leaks

    Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo: 5-inch budget Android for 299 euro leaks

    By 8 January 2014

    Samsung could be preparing a new addition to its Grand family, known as the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo, if a leaked document is to be believed. Delivered to GSMarena, what appear to be internal Samsung documents give us all the information on this new big-screen...

  • Audi partners with Nvidia to put virtual cockpit into new Audi TT (video)

    Audi partners with Nvidia to put virtual cockpit into new Audi TT (video)

    By 8 January 2014

    The new Audi TT will feature virtual cockpit powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 chipset, the car manufacturer confirmed at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, presenting the new car interior at the show. The new 12.3-inch driver monitor will allow more dynamic use of the...

  • Mophie Space Pack expands your iPhone's storage as well as its battery life

    Mophie Space Pack expands your iPhone's storage as well as its battery life

    By 7 January 2014

    Mophie has announced a new case that will not only give your battery a boost, but also expand the storage available for your iPhone. The Mophie Space Pack was announced today at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The new case will come in two capacities, 16GB or...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 could launch with all-new UI

    Samsung Galaxy S5 could launch with all-new UI

    By 7 January 2014

    Samsung could be looking to give its user interface a refresh in time for the launch of its new flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5. Posting on Twitter, @evleaks, who has an impressive track record on such matters, has shared three screenshots, stating...