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Nokia through the years: 34 best and worst phones, in pictures

Nokia through the years: 34 best and worst phones, in pictures

By Elyse Betters

Nokia is back. The brand is competing amongst the big boys with its Android phones. And with several new handsets expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress 2018, we can firmly say that owning a Nokia is once again something to be proud of.Finnish... Read more

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

What is Android One, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

By Elyse Betters

There are so many versions of Android, it can get confusing, especially with all the sweet treat names rather than basic numbers.The latest flavour of Android is Android 8 Oreo. But you may have also heard people talk about "stock" Android phones or Android... Read more

What is Android Go, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

What is Android Go, what does it feature, and which devices run it?

By Elyse Betters

Last year, Google announced Android Go, and now, we're about to see the first Android Go phones.Google's I/O 2017 developer conference kicked off with the company announcing several new features and functions across its range of products from Android... Read more

This Moto G6 Plus leak shows the phone in five different colours

This Moto G6 Plus leak shows the phone in five different colours

By Elyse Betters

Motorola is working on some new budget phones for the G-range, and a photo of one of them has leaked.The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were two of our favourite budget phones in 2017. It looks they'll will be updated this year, with codenames having already... Read more

Latest Huawei P20 leak curiously only shows a dual-camera system

Latest Huawei P20 leak curiously only shows a dual-camera system

By Elyse Betters

Will Huawei's next flagship have two or three sensors on the back?Your guess is as good as ours. Last week, leaked hands-on pictures of the Huawei P20 emerged. In those photos, we could only see two camera sensors on the back, though there was speculation... Read more

Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts

Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts

By Elyse Betters

A new Ghostbusters game has been announced, called Ghostbusters World, and it reminds us of Pokemon Go.It's an augmented reality game, in which you use your device to find and catch "specters, ghosts, and apparitions." The game is coming to Android and... Read more

Huawei just confirmed its next flagship is called P20 in new teaser

Huawei just confirmed its next flagship is called P20 in new teaser

By Elyse Betters

Huawei is holding an event in March, but it's not waiting until then to announce the name of its next phone.The company has released a new teaser ahead of its 27 March press conference in Paris, and by doing so, it has confirmed the name of the device... Read more

Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users

Google Lens comes to more Android devices and even iOS users

By Elyse Betters

Google's AI camera feature, Google Lens, is expanding to more devices.At launch, Google Lens was only live in the Photos app for Pixel phone users, and then it came to Google Assistant in late 2017. However, you still needed a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2,... Read more

Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it

Google ARCore officially launches and these phones support it

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced a major development with ARCore.The company's augmented reality platform, which has been in testing and limited to a handful of devices and developers for the past year, is finally now out of beta. As a result of that, Google is launching... Read more

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S9 just leaked and it isn't pretty

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S9 just leaked and it isn't pretty

By Elyse Betters

Try to keep your jaw from hitting the floor when Samsung announces the cost of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.It'll be hard to act surprised about the upcoming phones themselves, considering every single detail about them has leaked, including their price... Read more

Nest's indoor security camera now doubles as a Google Assistant speaker

Nest's indoor security camera now doubles as a Google Assistant speaker

By Elyse Betters

Nest's indoor security camera just got a lot smarter.The company has added native support for Google Assistant to its $299/£299 Nest Cam IQ Indoor. The device, which has a 1080p HD security camera and microphone, already had the necessary hardware to... Read more

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series

By Elyse Betters

BBC has a new interactive experience for you to enjoy.Last year, the broadcasting company, which is well-known for its radio plays, announced interactive plays that listeners could tune into via an Amazon Echo or Google Home and actively participate in... Read more

Internet of Things explained: Your complete guide to understanding IoT

Internet of Things explained: Your complete guide to understanding IoT

By Elyse Betters

If you own an Amazon Echo or a Ring video doorbell or a Nest Learning Thermostat, then you are an active IoT user.IoT is short for Internet of Things. The concept/trend has been around for several years now, to the point where it has become ubiquitous.... Read more

What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Google Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

By Elyse Betters

While iPhone users have Apple Pay, Android users have Google Pay.Technically, it was first called Android Pay. Google launched that mobile wallet in September 2015 in the US and May 2016 in the UK. But times are a changing, and Google wants to streamline... Read more

Does this Sony teaser hint it will unveil curved phones at MWC 2018?

Does this Sony teaser hint it will unveil curved phones at MWC 2018?

By Elyse Betters

Sony is teasing its MWC 2018 event, and the tease itself is weird.Let's back up for a moment: Sony has an event scheduled 26 February at the Mobile World Congress show. It's expected to announce three flagship smartphones there: the Xperia XZ2, Xperia... Read more

How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa

How to make and receive phone calls with Amazon Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Amazon allows you to make phone calls through Alexa on Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa app, as well as the Echo Connect accessory.Last year, the company introduced a new feature, called Alexa Calling and Messaging, and then it followed that up with... Read more

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

By Elyse Betters

If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search.Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the No. 1 site we all go to when we want to look up stuff. Heck, most people just say "Google it". Beyond search, we use Google brands for a range of... Read more

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

Huge Harman Kardon Invoke sale: Cortana speaker is now 50% off

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who want to try Microsoft's assistant outside of your PC will be happy to hear that the Harman Kardon Invoke is now half off.The smart speaker, which debuted last year with a $230 price tag, currently costs $108 on Amazon (US), a 53-per cent... Read more

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Show review: Alexa steps into a touchscreen future

By Elyse Betters

As much as we love the original canister-shaped Echo speaker, adding a display to the Echo seems like a natural evolution for Amazon's smart assistant, which now sits in a line with a growing number of other Amazon-made Alexa devices (Spot, Echo, Dot,... Read more

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

Microsoft wants you to use Cortana - so it added IFTTT integration

By Elyse Betters

Despite all of Microsoft's efforts, its Cortana assistant is just not as ubiquitous as Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant.It seems like every new smart home device or appliance in the market supports just about every assistant, except for... Read more

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

Stunning new Essential Phone model debuts as an Amazon exclusive

By Elyse Betters

Essentially really wants you to buy its phone.So, here's the deal: Essential just announced limited-edition colours of the Essential Phone, which are called Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. And they're gorgeous. Now, the company has announced... Read more

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

LG's next flagship is codenamed Judy and might show up this June

By Elyse Betters

LG's mobile strategy is confusing.It's supposedly now working on a new smartphone design, which is codenamed Judy, and it will be a follow-up to the LG G6 and LG V30.Let's back up for a minute: In early 2018, LG Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin announced that... Read more

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

Starlink explained: How SpaceX will blanket Earth with superfast internet

By Elyse Betters

Elon Musk and his space company recently received a lot of attention for putting a space suit-wearing dummy, dubbed Starman, into a Tesla car and shooting the two into space. While that is exciting, their plans for an internet-beaming satellite network... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

What are Google Home, Home Max, and Home Mini and what can they do?

By Elyse Betters

Google wants to embed itself in your home, to one-up Amazon.As a result, we have the Google Home family. Here's everything you know about it, including what it is, how the original Google Home works (especially Google Assistant), and where you can buy... Read more

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

Essential Phone's new colours are gorgeous, but also very limited

By Elyse Betters

Essential is trying to lure more people into buying its phone.The company has launched three limited-edition colours - and they're gorgeous. Essential is giving them a staggered release, starting with the "Ocean Depths" model on 15 February at 12pm PST,... Read more

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks

Funniest internet reactions to Apple HomePod's white ring marks

By Elyse Betters

If you haven't heard yet, HomePod can ruin some wood furniture.When Pocket-lint reviewed Apple's smart speaker, we discovered its silicone base left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Apple told... Read more

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories

By Elyse Betters

Google Home is more than just an internet-connected speaker with a voice assistant. It also works as a smart home hub.Google Assistant on Google Home can control smart home devices, although it's fair to say it doesn't support as many products as its... Read more

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple's recent patent filing, Samsung has filed its own smart glasses-related trademark.Sure, the company has been rumoured to be making smart glasses for a quite a while, but the timing of this latest filing looks like Samsung is... Read more

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces

#Ringgate: How to stop HomePod from leaving rings on wood surfaces

By Elyse Betters

Oh, Apple. We really wanted to love the HomePod. But, when we reviewed it, we discovered the silicone base on Apple's smart speaker left a white, discoloured ring on our solid oak kitchen worktop that was treated with Danish oil. Corroborating our findings,... Read more

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

These Samsung videos tease 3D emoji and other Galaxy S9 features

By Elyse Betters

Samsung clearly doesn't care if everyone in the world learns everything about its forthcoming flagships ahead of their unveiling.Exhibit A: An official Samsung YouTube channel (Samsung Mobile Korea) has uploaded three teasers that strongly hint at several... Read more

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

The Apple HomePod is now available in the UK, US and Australia. But should you opt for the Siri-powered speaker over one of the HomePod alternatives? Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music (again) jumping on the iPod nomenclature... Read more

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

What is Apple Watch Nike+? And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

By Elyse Betters

Here's everything you need to know about Apple Watch Nike+. Be sure to check out our Apple Watch Nike+ review as well, where we said it looks great, has a sporty feel, and feels really comfortable on the wrist. Apple Watch Nike Plus is designed to... Read more

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands

How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who own a Nest-branded smart device can immediately begin controlling it with your voice, via Amazon's Alexa.That's right. Nest has two skills that allow its devices to work with Alexa’s voice controls. With the Nest Thermostat skill, for... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport Animoji-like 3D emoji and stereo speakers

By Elyse Betters

Those of you who like the idea of Apple's Animoji feature - but prefer Samsung devices - will be happy to hear this latest rumour.Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus flagship smartphones will come with two new features: 3D emoji and stereo speakers,... Read more

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

It's about time: Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in the UK

By Elyse Betters

Do you want a pair of headphones with built-in Google Assistant?Until recently, the only stand-out headphones optimised for Google Assistant were the Bose QuietComfort 35 II. However, Google recently launched its own Pixel Buds, which allow you to speak... Read more

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip

Future Echo devices could come with Amazon's own custom AI chip

By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple and Google, Amazon has reportedly begun development of its own artificial intelligence chip.According to The Information, Amazon has started designing a custom AI chip for Echo devices, with the purpose of improving Alexa and... Read more

Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update

Apple might bring Animoji to iPad and FaceTime in future iOS update

By Elyse Betters

Apple has a lot of ideas in the works for iOS.Although the Cupertino-based company reportedly won't introduce too many features in the next major update to its mobile operating system, iOS 12, choosing instead to focus on reliability and improving performance,... Read more

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

Samsung patent shows in-display fingerprint scanner, likely for Note 9

By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung is embracing in-display fingerprint readers.For instance, the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be Samsung’s first Android smartphone with an in-display fingerprint reader, according to a new report (translated) from China.... Read more

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

By Elyse Betters

There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... Read more

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

By Elyse Betters

Apple is definitely working on a headset or a pair of smart glasses.We know this thanks to leaks about the company talking to parts suppliers at CES 2018 as well as several reports that have claimed the device will launch as soon as next year. Oh, and... Read more

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

Qualcomm is working with phone makers to launch 5G devices in 2019

By Elyse Betters

Everybody loves fast internet.Everything from smartphones to even our cars require speedy internet connections. Thankfully, a few years ago, 4G became a thing and made it easier for people to browse the web, send text messages, make phone calls, and even... Read more

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

Google Assistant might come to all Chromebooks, leaked code shows

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant is everywhere - except for in Chromebooks, oddly.Technically, you could buy Google's own Pixelbook, which starts at £999/$999, if you want to have a laptop with built-in Google Assistant. Since 2011, Google has been developing its Chrome... Read more

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

Snapchat custom lenses: How to create your own lens right now

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has become unnecessarily complicated.We've published so many guides on how the app works and how you can take full advantage of its features, and yet, it updates every other week, which throws a wrench into the mix and makes it complicated for... Read more

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

How to get rid of Snapchat's new update and turn off auto updates

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is rolling out a massive update to users in the UK - and people are not happy about it.The update essentially shuffles around core features, like putting Snapchat Stories from your friends on the Chat/Friend screen (to the left of the camera).... Read more

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

Google Assistant Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Assistant commands

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant can not only get things done but also entertain you.Assistant is loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts of hidden commands. These are "Google Easter Eggs" - an unexpected feature in software - and they range from Assistant's deepest,... Read more

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?

What is Snapchat, how does it work and what is it used for?

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is confusing. Right?We’ll agree it seems that way. It basically updates every couple weeks, at the very least, adding new features or changing core functions. And, at the end of the day, the whole concept behind Snapchat is, well, odd. After... Read more

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

Want to see Samsung's Galaxy S9+ phone in 'Coral Blue'? Here you go

By Elyse Betters

Samsung hasn't unveiled the Galaxy S9 yet, but you'd be forgiven if you thought otherwise, considering how often it's leaked out in recent weeks.We've seen reports with all sorts of leaked details about the upcoming device, as well as leaked images that... Read more

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

Huawei to hold event on 27 March, likely for P20 phone unveiling

By Elyse Betters

Huawei doesn't need MWC 2018 to announce new phones.Although the company will attend the mobile trade show later this month, it has decided to host its own press event just one month later, on 27 March, in Paris. Huawei has sent invites to the media,... Read more

98 best iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds 2018

98 best iPhone wallpapers and backgrounds 2018

By Elyse Betters

Picking out a new iPhone wallpaper can be challenging. It has to be crisp, beautiful, breath-taking, inspiring, bold, rich, and preferably all of the above! We've scoured the web looking for some of the coolest and best iPhone wallpaper backgrounds and... Read more

Duo behind HBO's Game of Thrones will create new Star Wars film series

Duo behind HBO's Game of Thrones will create new Star Wars film series

By Elyse Betters

Disney-owned Lucasfilm is letting the team behind HBO's Game of Thrones write a new Star Wars trilogy.Lucasfilm has announced on Tuesday via the Star Wars website that David Benioff and DB Weiss, the showrunners from HBO’s adaptation of George RR... Read more