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When is Android Pie coming to my phone?
When is Android Pie coming to my phone? By Chris Hall

The annual cycle of Android rolls on, with the latest version of the Google mobile software being called Android 9 Pie.Android P was first revealed at Google I/O 2018 on 8 May 2018, and like previous versions, it was launched as a public beta shortly... Read more

What is HDR? Why HDR will improve your movie watching
What is HDR? Why HDR will improve your movie watching By Chris Hall

The TV industry never stands still, with new technologies every year to improve TVs and convince you that now's the time to upgrade.Over the past few years we've seen the move from CRT to thin TVs, we've seen the rise and fall of plasma, we've witnessed... Read more

The best mobile phone deals for August 2018: Find the right phone deal for you
The best mobile phone deals for August 2018: Find the right phone deal for you By Chris Hall

Looking for the best mobile phone deal? Look no further as our comparison table below enables you to select the contract phone deal that's right for you. Not sure what phone will suit you? Our handy guide to the best smartphones in 2018 breaks down popular... Read more

IFA 2018: What to expect from Berlin's giant tech show this September
IFA 2018: What to expect from Berlin's giant tech show this September By Chris Hall

IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, is Europe's biggest tech show. Held in Berlin over the first few days of September, it's one of the most significant spots on the calendar for product launches.The show started in 1924 as a radio convention and... Read more

Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon
Pokemon Go Eevee evolutions: How to get Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon or Umbreon By Chris Hall

Eevee is one of the most interesting Pokemon characters. Not only is it ridiculously cute, but it doesn't have a defined evolution path - and some of the Eevee evolutions have been the best Pokemon to take into battle - like Vaporeon. Right from the... Read more

What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained
What is Bixby? Samsung's smart assistant explained By Chris Hall

Samsung's high-end Android phones, come with their own voice assistant called Bixby in addition to supporting Google Assistant.It's Samsung's attempt to take on the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa, with a new AI agent that's going to... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch specs, release date, news and features
Samsung Galaxy Watch specs, release date, news and features By Chris Hall

This week saw the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 - but we also saw a new smartwatch from Samsung - Galaxy Watch. As was heavily rumoured, gone is the Gear S branding in favour of bringing it into the Galaxy family.Samsung has walked its own path with its... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: What's the difference?
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has arrived, joining the company's Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the 2018 line up of flagship devices.We've compared the Note 9 to the Galaxy S9+ in a separate feature, but how does the new model compare to the Galaxy Note 8 that it replaces?... Read more

DS 3 review: Café Racer special edition sizzles
4.0 stars DS 3 review: Café Racer special edition sizzles By Chris Hall

Rolling out originally with the chevrons of Citroën on the front, the DS 3 had a revamp and refresh in 2016, now sitting pretty in the avant-garde livery of DS Automobiles (no Citroën badges to be seen).It sets the tone for the more established identity... Read more

Anki Vector is the most adorable toy robot you're ever going to meet
Anki Vector is the most adorable toy robot you're ever going to meet By Chris Hall

Anki has a new robot going by the name of Vector. Pushing Cozmo to one side, this follow-up robot is smarter, more intelligent, and comes with a bigger personality. Vector might look like Cozmo, but there are some significant updates and changes. Vector... Read more

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: On the beat?
4.0 stars Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: On the beat? By Chris Hall

While the smartwatch revolution seems to have stumbled, fitness and sports devices have grown and adapted. In many ways companies like Garmin have surpassed the smartwatch generation by focusing on features that add value, rather than adding distraction.Take... Read more

15 best smartphones 2018: The best phones available to buy today
15 best smartphones 2018: The best phones available to buy today By Chris Hall

Welcome to our guide to the best smartphone to buy today. We'll guide you through all the top mobile phones we've reviewed, both on Android and iOS. We continually update our best smartphone guide to reflect recent launches, recognise price changes,... Read more

HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish
4.0 stars HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish By Chris Hall

HTC, having offloaded a hefty portion of its talent to Google's Pixel programme, is back with a fresh offering for 2018, the HTC U12+.Where's the HTC U12 you might ask? There isn't one, it's coming straight out of its corner with a plus size model. HTC... Read more

Waze partners with VW to reveal some awesome driving routes around the UK
Waze partners with VW to reveal some awesome driving routes around the UK By Chris Hall

Waze, the community-based navigation service, has partnered with VW to share a range of GTI Superdrives - fantastic routes for those who want to go out and enjoy driving, rather than just that sleepy daily commute.The scheme shares 75 of the country's... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 retail box confirms 4,000mAh battery and S Pen remote control
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 retail box confirms 4,000mAh battery and S Pen remote control By Chris Hall

We joked when writing about the early showing of a Samsung video introducing the Galaxy Note 9, that there couldn't be any more leaks. Now the retail packaging has emerged in Russia revealing more details.Spotted by SamMobile from Twitter user @dryab,... Read more

PUBG Mobile tips and tricks: Become a battle royale master
PUBG Mobile tips and tricks: Become a battle royale master By Chris Hall

Everyone is talking about battle royale games at the moment and there are two which are really hitting the headlines: Drake's favourite Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battleground. Both are available on mobile, offering their brand of battle... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video confirms 1TB storage, shows off yellow S Pen
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video confirms 1TB storage, shows off yellow S Pen By Chris Hall

There's little we don't know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 right now. It's launching on 9 August and just about every detail of this phone has leaked.We've been tracking all those leaks and you can catch-up with the full picture here, but it also seems... Read more

BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs
BBC brings Edinburgh Fringe to smart speakers with late night laughs By Chris Hall

The BBC will be piping some of the Edinburgh Fringe into a smart speaker near you, thanks to BBC Late Night Laugh. From 6pm on 3 August, you'll be able to ask your smart speaker to access "BBC Late Night Laugh" and you'll get highlights from the Fringe... Read more

Android P release date could have just been confirmed
Android P release date could have just been confirmed By Chris Hall

Google has been very open about future versions of Android software recently, not only opening up the software to developers, but publicly releasing a beta so that those with compatible phones can have a play.The aim, it seems, is to speed up the adoption... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 initial review: A tablet that means business
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 initial review: A tablet that means business By Chris Hall

There was a time when tablets were ten a penny. Pretty much every manufacturer offered a range of tablets looking to entertain you with a bigger screen than your phone.But that position shrivelled, with super-affordable tablets like the Amazon Fire mopping... Read more

TCL TVs are now available in the UK, offering big value on big screens
TCL TVs are now available in the UK, offering big value on big screens By Chris Hall

TCL is the world's third largest TV manufacturer and it has its eyes set on a new market, the UK. TCL TVs are now officially available in the UK from a range of retailers - including Amazon.co.uk - with warranties and engineer support for screens 43-inches... Read more

Waze tips and tricks: Navigating the Waze way
Waze tips and tricks: Navigating the Waze way By Chris Hall

The world is talking about Waze, a quirky driving app that will help you get to your destination on time, avoiding traffic, with really easy sharing so that people know where you are and when you'll arrive.If you've not yet joined the Waze revolution,... Read more

Honor Play specs, release and features: Everything you need to know
Honor Play specs, release and features: Everything you need to know By Chris Hall

Honor has confirmed that it is going to be launching a new device in Europe at IFA 2018.Rumours are pointing to that phone being the Honor Play, a new big screen device following in the footsteps of the Honor 10.The Honor Play has already launched in... Read more

Honor promises a crazy fast, crazy smart phone launch at IFA 2018
Honor promises a crazy fast, crazy smart phone launch at IFA 2018 By Chris Hall

Honor isn't resting on its laurels with the Honor 10: the company has issued invitations to a launch event to be hosted at IFA 2018, in Berlin.The invitation doesn't reveal what phone the company will be announcing, but does say that it's going to be... Read more

BMW smartwatches to launch in 2019 thanks to Fossil
BMW smartwatches to launch in 2019 thanks to Fossil By Chris Hall

BMW and Fossil have announced that they've partnered on an agreement to bring BMW watches and smartwatches to market from 2019.The watches will be designed in collaboration with BMW and sold through 4000 BMW retail channels and key Fossil retailers, but... Read more

Libratone Track+ review: Exceptional wireless in-ear headphones
4.5 stars Libratone Track+ review: Exceptional wireless in-ear headphones By Chris Hall

Wireless headphones are having their moment in 2018. Thanks to many phones dropping the conventional 3.5mm headphone socket and increasing connectivity from devices like smartwatches, there's never been a better time to be looking at a set without the... Read more

Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks
Pixel Stand: Google Assistant-enabled wireless charging stand for Pixel 3 leaks By Chris Hall

While many manufacturers have been embracing wireless charging recently, Google hasn't been one of them. That could all change with the reveal that code for a wireless charging dock called Pixel Stand has been uncovered.There are a number of pieces that... Read more

Audi e-tron: Design, battery range, price and everything you need to know about the all-electric SUV
Audi e-tron: Design, battery range, price and everything you need to know about the all-electric SUV By Chris Hall

The e-tron name isn't new to Audi. It was granted to the A3 and then the Q7, as Audi dabbled in plug-in hybrids. At the same time, Audi was producing e-tron concepts as it aligned the compass on an electric future, led by the Audi e-tron Quattro concept... Read more

What is Alexa Cast and how does it work?
What is Alexa Cast and how does it work? By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced Alexa Cast which makes it more intuitive and easier to send your Amazon Music to compatible devices, like your Amazon Echo.The new casting feature is similar to Spotify Connect or Google Cast, letting you control your Amazon Music... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and rumours
Sony Xperia XZ3 release date, specs and rumours By Chris Hall

Sony Mobile made a big design shift in 2018, giving the Xperia XZ2 a new "Loop Design" and washing away the square design language it utilised over the last few years.The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a good phone, but the Xperia XZ2 Premium was then announced,... Read more

PUBG Mobile version 7 hits, bringing an epic War Mode, new rifle and clans
PUBG Mobile version 7 hits, bringing an epic War Mode, new rifle and clans By Chris Hall

The monthly updates for PUBG Mobile keep rolling out, and having added the first-person perspective in version 6, we're into version 7 and a whole new gaming mode. Welcome to War Mode. War Mode is the headline change in the latest version of PUBG Mobile,... Read more

Xbox Scarlett streaming console should be a cheaper Microsoft gaming device
Xbox Scarlett streaming console should be a cheaper Microsoft gaming device By Chris Hall

When the head of Xbox - Phil Spencer - stands on stage and confirms that the next generation console is in development, there's going to be a lot of debate and speculation that follows. Thurrott was quick off the mark with details of "Scarlett" and now... Read more

Watch the Xiaomi Mi A2 launch live right here, right now
Watch the Xiaomi Mi A2 launch live right here, right now By Chris Hall

Xiaomi is serious about expanding its reach beyond China and hosting a launch event in Madrid is certainly one way to go about it.Xiaomi has seen big success in China, but it now wants to exert that influence across the rest of the globe, offering affordable... Read more

EE Flex Plans give you monthly payments, but no long-term contracts
EE Flex Plans give you monthly payments, but no long-term contracts By Chris Hall

EE is making a range of changes across its offering, with the EE Flex Plan a new approach to SIM-only mobile phone contracts. It's essentially the fusion of pay-as-you-go freedom with monthly payment simplicity.Confused? Let us explain.The new EE Flex... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 vs Moto G6 Plus vs Moto G6 Play: What's the difference?
Motorola Moto G6 vs Moto G6 Plus vs Moto G6 Play: What's the difference? By Chris Hall

The Motorola G has a longstanding reputation as the affordable phone to beat. Well, that used to be the case. With the advancement of Chinese competition, Motorola in 2018 is taking a different tack by delivering no less than three Moto G6 phones: the... Read more

Sony's 48-megapixel sensor could super-charge smartphone cameras of the future
Sony's 48-megapixel sensor could super-charge smartphone cameras of the future By Chris Hall

Sony has announced a 48-megapixel sensor for smartphone cameras, the highest resolution sensor in such a small package to date.For those who don't know, Sony produces a lot of the sensors that go into smartphone cameras, with many of the leading phones... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch likely to come in two sizes, LTE support on both
Samsung Galaxy Watch likely to come in two sizes, LTE support on both By Chris Hall

The replacement for the Samsung Gear S3 has been rumoured for some time, but things are getting closer to the final details - and launch - with both watches passing through the FCC.Initially referred to as the Samsung Gear S4, rumours then suggested it... Read more

Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun
4.5 stars Mini Convertible Cooper S review: Topless fun By Chris Hall

Buying a convertible in the UK might seem like madness. A country known for rain and overcast skies might not seem like the obvious choice for a drop-top car, but the British still buy more convertibles than many of the warmer European countries.That... Read more

Honor 10 AI Image Stabilisation update will bring camera boost from 3 August
Honor 10 AI Image Stabilisation update will bring camera boost from 3 August By Chris Hall

Honor has announced two updates coming to the Honor 10 from 3 August. The first is GPU Turbo which boosts the graphical prowess of the device, making it more efficient, reducing battery drain and adding HDR (high dynamic range).GPU Turbo essentially makes... Read more

Best Amazon Kindle: Which Kindle is best for you?
Best Amazon Kindle: Which Kindle is best for you? By Chris Hall

The Kindle reader is one of the most popular choices for ebook reading, letting you read your favourite books on a digital device, without the drawbacks that come with using a tablet or smartphone.Not only is the Kindle power efficient, meaning it will... Read more

MacBook Pro (2018) vs MacBook Pro (2017): What's the difference?
MacBook Pro (2018) vs MacBook Pro (2017): What's the difference? By Chris Hall

If you're an Apple watcher, you'll probably be familiar with Apple's update cycles on its MacBook models. Apple has just announced new 2018 MacBook Pro models. So which Macs have been updated? The MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar - there's no change... Read more

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa By Chris Hall

You've long been able to ask Alexa to buy you things from Amazon. But how do you stop accidental ordering on your Amazon Echo with Alexa? (If you don't know what Alexa is, we'll explain all in our What is Alexa? feature.)And how do you stop reckless friends... Read more

It's coming home (later): Best England World Cup memes tearing up the internet
It's coming home (later): Best England World Cup memes tearing up the internet By Chris Hall

This year we're not going to do it. We're not going to get carried away. We're not going to ahead of ourselves and start suggesting that England will win the World Cup. We've been through this emotional turmoil too many times. Wait, what? How to watch... Read more

AirPlay 2 now available on Sonos speakers via software update
AirPlay 2 now available on Sonos speakers via software update By Chris Hall

Sonos said that it would be supporting AirPlay 2 almost as soon as Apple announced it. In April 2018 it then confirmed the speakers it would be updating. Now that update is available to bring AirPlay 2 to your Sonos speakers.AirPlay 2 is available on... Read more

Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2018
Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2018 By Chris Hall

With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, that there's anticipation for the next big thing.Here we look at those phones that haven't yet launched,... Read more

Amazon Kindle: A brief 10-year history from the original Kindle to the new Kindle Oasis
Amazon Kindle: A brief 10-year history from the original Kindle to the new Kindle Oasis By Chris Hall

The Amazon Kindle was launched with one real aim: to bring people books. The Kindle was never designed to compete with tablets and sticking to this principle has allowed the Kindle to evolve through to the present day and excel at its task. The Kindle... Read more

New Amazon Kindle Oasis review: (What's the story) reading glory?
4.5 stars New Amazon Kindle Oasis review: (What's the story) reading glory? By Chris Hall

The Kindle Oasis was designed to be Amazon's ultimate reading device. Lightweight, high quality and wonderfully slim, its 2016 launch surprised many, not only by its radical design, but in the ambition that Amazon was exhibiting. Would anyone really pay... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory
4.0 stars Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory By Chris Hall

Nokia has seen itself resurrected. Leaping from the frying pan into the Windows Phone fire, the resurgence under the tutelage of HMD Global has been impressive.That comeback has been in the affordable end of the market, where Nokia has released a lot... Read more

You can watch Wimbledon or the World Cup in 4K HDR on this £59 Roku stick
You can watch Wimbledon or the World Cup in 4K HDR on this £59 Roku stick By Chris Hall

If you want to capitalise on the summer of sport and enjoy BBC iPlayer's 4K HDR coverage of the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon, then the cheapest way of doing so is via the Roku Streaming Stick+.This dongle is supporting the UHD trials that the BBC is running... Read more

Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: It's Samsung vs Apple in the clash of the titans
Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X: It's Samsung vs Apple in the clash of the titans By Chris Hall

The world of top smartphones has polarised in the past few years into two distinct factions: Apple or Android. More specifically, it's Apple vs Samsung at the top of the tree for phones sold. Both shipped over 70 million devices in Q4 2017, occupying... Read more