By August 29, 2015 Read More →

The Huawei Watch. Why they were pulled.

2yZ26IV (1)Four new smartwatches appeared on Amazon, and we taken down almost immediately. Eagle eyed Redditors managed to preserve the images online, I have attached them below for reference. Four colour variants were available for pre-order. A stainless steel/black priced at $350 sat at the lower end of the range. A solid black was on the next rung at $450. Gold/Brown was priced at $700 and a solid gold tops the package at $800.

Each device is to run Android Wear and we know in the past Google had mentioned they want to have Android Wear work with the iPhone, the Huawei Watch states in it’s description that it is compatible with iOS 8.2. Perhaps this is the reason it was taken down.

The description shows a launch date of September 2nd. With any luck this will be at IFA in Berlin, and I’ll be there to get a hands on, or an on wrist to be more specific.



Posted in: News, Rumours, Wearables
By August 29, 2015 Read More →

Europe sees an official online store for Honor and Huawei

downloadvMall is launching as the dedicated, interactive e-commerce platform of Honor and Huawei, designed for its digital native audience and fans. Here consumers will be able to find the best portfolio of products from both brands, Honor and Huawei, including smartphones, tablets, wearables and accessories. In addition to this plethora of premium products, there will also be ongoing added benefits, including special limited offers and flash sales. Currently available in 7 languages – English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish – under the domain, the online shop will be rolling out into further local languages in the coming weeks.

To celebrate the launch of the new online store, everyone who registers on vMall can receive coupons to use on the site. There will also be flash deal offers available exclusively on vMall, which are open to everybody upon registration, but are limited to a specific time frame. Honor 7, the newly launched flagship smartphone will be first on sale at vMall. vMall provides the complete product offering/solution offering (e.g. Device + accessories + Service) and is one of the first channels for consumers to buy Honor & Huawei flagship products. Active Honor club members can benefit from the promotion and earn a vCode by engaging with the brand and then use the exclusive code at checkout. Each vCode can be used once and toward flash deals as soon as they are announced, taking away the time pressure and allowing it to be used whenever it works best.

“Launching vMall in Europe is a huge step for Honor and Huawei,” said Marco Eberlein, Head of eCommerce at Huawei. “Having our own e-commerce channel is a key component in providing our customers with the highest grade shopping experience that they expect. At vMall our community of digital natives can benefit from a unified, official shopping platform where they can find all the best that Honor and Huawei have to offer, along with a number of exciting and exclusive added customer benefits.”

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By August 28, 2015 Read More →

Huawei launch the Honor 7 smartphone

p281214-3Honor has introduced the European version of its flagship honor 7 smartphone. The fully metallic device, which is aimed at digital natives, is built for single-handed use and offers innovative and smart functions including multimedia capabilities operated through its dedicated smart button and gesture-enabled fingerprint reader.

Speaking at the product launch event in London this afternoon,George Zhao, President of Honor, said: “The honor 7 embodies our philosophy and mission to enable superior mobile Internet experiences for the Internet generation and era. The device’s precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, while its smart and multimedia capabilities inspire action and creativity.”

Zhao also spoke about Honor’s first-half results for 2015 at the event, citing a revenue figure of US$2.63 billion. He attributed the successes to Honor’s steady technological investments, specific targeting of digital natives, and use of strategic partnerships to enhance mobile Internet experiences. As a pioneer brand, Honor will keep extending its reach. Meanwhile, it will concentrate on, and continue to invest in, some key markets such as the UK, France, Russia and India.

Among all the attributing factors, George highlighted the importance of partnerships. Partners of Honor are not limited to sales channels. More importantly, they cover all the interests of digital natives, such as entertainment, services and technology, which will help Honor develop more cutting-edge and creativity-driven products for the digital natives to unleash their inner creative. He summarised that Honor, as a global pioneer, is pursuing and will continually seek out more strategic partnerships covering all fields to foster an ecosystem for the digital natives enabling better mobile-Internet user experience.

Building an Honor ecosystem manifests the brand’s focus on the role of customers. Honor is customer-oriented and it adds value to the customer experience by collecting users’ feedback as one of the basics of product research and development and product iteration. “The honor 7 clearly showcases our commitment and capability,” Zhao said. “It’s now up to us to take the mobile Internet experiences it enables to new heights with partners in Europe that share in our vision.”


Solid metallic build with ergonomic single-handed design

The honor 7’s fully-metallic body is air-brushed with a ceramic coating, offering an unmistakably premium finish. The device’s ergonomic 5.2-inch encasing and carefully positioned buttons and sensors meanwhile allows for ergonomic single-handed operation like never before.

Smarter fingerprint technology that speaks to users’ needs

The honor 7’s frame-free metallic fingerprint reader allows for rapid 360-degree fingerprint authentication from various angles and even boasts a self-learning capability that allows scanning accuracy to be enhanced through the subtle re-recording of registered fingerprints during use. The reader also supports intuitive gesture controls that enable users to do everything from unlocking their smartphone, to answering calls or taking photos. As users begin to use the fingerprint reader, the phone learns and recognises their pattern and becomes even faster over time.

Performance capabilities and tuning for the constantly connected

Powered by the ever-intelligent HiSilicon octa-core Kirin 935 processor with its A53 and punchy 3GB RAM (memory) and 16GB ROM (internal storage) offering, the honor 7 has the muscle to offer consistently smooth performance. Its L-shaped circuit board meanwhile eliminates the possibility of overheating. And when it comes to connectivity, Honor’s Signal+ technology and a smart dual-antenna design allows for the networks with stronger signals to be found at 80 times the average speed of similar devices.

Coupled with a long-lasting 3,100 mAh battery, which offers exceptional standby and use times as well as reverse and quick-charging[1] capabilities, the honor 7 is the ideal companion for the always-on and active consumer. The smartphone is ideal for multi-tasking, surfing the web and intensive gaming.

Multimedia might to unleash your inner creative

The honor 7’s superior multimedia capabilities are facilitated in part by its 20 MP rear-facing camera, which is powered by a Sony IMX 230 sensor and Honor’s PDAF fast-focusing technology that allows its f/2.0-aperture lens to capture strikingly vivid low-light-condition images in as little as 0.1 seconds. The 8MP front-facing camera meanwhile offers a wide-angle f/2.4 aperture lens and built-in LED flash. Complimented by the honor 7’s image enhancement capabilities and panorama feature, it’s the perfect selfie or groufie tool.

For the creatively inclined, the honor 7 offers a host of personalised filters, while its Good Food mode makes taking professional-grade meal shots a breeze. The device is also equipped with a revolutionary light-painting capability through which users can construct vibrant artistic images. To note, a sapphire lens cover protects the camera from harmful scratches, giving users peace of mind.

Intuitive design and smart functionality

Built to redefine mobile Internet experiences, the honor 7 offers exceptional smart capabilities aided in part by its smart key, an additional button placed on the left side of the device that can be used for snappy Google searches on the go. The equally well-placed fingerprint reader on the back of the device meanwhile also functions as a camera trigger, enabling users to take selfies without having to reorient the honor 7. For added convenience, the honor features more voice capabilities, such as the ability to be woken up with a designated command, like “Dear Honor”. Follow that up with a “Where are you?” and the device will call to you to indicate its location.

The honor 7 also makes taking screenshots easier with its knuckle-tap feature, through which users need only tap on the screen twice with their knuckles for an instant full-screen capture.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall.

Quick-charging charger sold separately.

Availability and Accessories

The honor 7 will be available in two colours, Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It will be on sale in the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Italy and Spain, via vMall, and later via the other usual online sales channels, with other markets to follow soon.

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By August 27, 2015 Read More →

Amazon goes Underground

downloadThe bad news regarding Amazon’s Free App of the Day promotion has been terminated. There will be no more Free Apps of the Day. The good news is that it is being replaced with Amazon Underground, which is a new application full of free apps and games.

The way it works is that even though the apps and games are available for download for free, developers will still get paid. The amount paid is based on the customer usage of their app/games. Amazon will pay developers for every minute your Amazon Underground app is used in exchange for developers waiving their normal download or in-app fees. In a way this is great for developers as every single user now becomes a source of revenue, making the chances of a developer being successful much better.

If you want access as a consumer to the apps and games on Amazon’s Underground, you will have to download their app directly from Amazon. According to their new website, there’s over $10,000 worth of free applications and games already available. Now whether this will actually be a success or not, we will have to wait and see, but it is a pretty interesting idea.

Amazon Underground

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By August 27, 2015 Read More →

Caseit look after your gadgets

watchCaseit has recently launched a range of screen protectors and straps for the Apple watch. Alongside an ever growing list of protection solutions Caseit are successfully combining high value with quality across their range.

The Apple Watch Screen Protector Anti – Glare has a special anti-glare process applied to it, avoiding the glare from the sun obscuring what you are trying to look at on your Apple watch, making it easier to use all year round. The screen protector has a thickness of 0.3 mm. This screen protector is available in two different sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm.

The Apple Watch Screen Protector Tempered Glass is a tempered glass screen protector that after being fired under enormous temperatures and pressures is now comprised of tempered glass, which can better protect your device. The screen protector has a thickness of 0.3 mm. This screen protector is available in two different sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm.

Apple Watch Genuine Leather strap is made with luxury leather, the strap offers tough protection in style. This strap is available for 38mm and 42mm apple watches.

Apple Watch PU Leather strap has a black exterior with a classic understated sleek matt sheen which stands out in the crowd without shouting. This strap is available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple watches.

RRP: starting from £1.20


Caseit is committed to offering protection without sacrificing style, and the new Rugged line of cases and screen protectors do just that. The range of screen protectors that Caseit now offer include those for iPhone 5/6, Samsung Galaxy S4/5, and all the different iPads that are currently available. With scratch resistant as standard and self healing technology, you can be sure that your device will be spared any nasty knocks and scrapes.

Caseit has also created Rugged cases for the iPhone 5, 5C, 6 and 6+, as well as the Galaxy S5; their ergonomic design is sleek and subtle, and is made from silicone and polycarbonate layers. This dual layer design means that the shock resistant inner layer works together with the touch outer layer.

Especially for the travel season the Waterproof Universal Pouch is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Caseit Universal Waterproof Pouch is IPX8 rated, so you can use it when you’re swimming underwater, boating, camping, working outside or just relaxing on the beach.

RRP: starting from £9.99, Caseit products are available in most high street and online retailers.

For further product information and details on where to buy, please visit

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By August 26, 2015 Read More →

Archos announce the Diamond S

Archos 2Today, the French brand ARCHOS is excited to announce its newest addition to the ARCHOS Diamond line: the ARCHOS Diamond S!

“There is an enormous demand for superlative smartphones like the ARCHOS Diamond S at prices that the average person can afford,” explains Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. “We’re happy to be releasing this product that furthers the mission of technical quality for everyone.”

ARCHOS: a story of high-technology democratization

Through its releases of 4G/LTE and impeccably-designed products, ARCHOS has established itself as the foremost democratizer of top-rate technology. Recent high-end ARCHOS smartphone releases have included the ARCHOS 50 Diamond and the newest ARCHOS Helium smartphones, which have been well-received by critics and customers. The new ARCHOS Diamond S embodies this same democratic high-tech spirit and builds upon its legacy with its powerful octa-core processor, exceptional specifications, and sexy design for under £159.99.


World-class features, one device

The ARCHOS Diamond S has a 5” Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 screen that puts the smartphone in the premier leagues of screen quality. Its flat, glass-finish design is a perfect external manifestation of the outstanding technology inside the device. Sleek and slim, the phone slides easily into a pocket and nestles comfortably in the palm of a hand with its 118 grams. With just once glance, the design hints at all the brilliance that lies therein.

It also features an Octa-Core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage, so music, games, and content can be enjoyed without compromises in speed or storage. To complement this performance, the smartphone comes installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Android’s newest operating system. Battery management, push notification display, and user interface are all improved in this new OS. It also has fast charging capability to be fully ready as soon as possible.

The ARCHOS Diamond S offers dual cameras with impressive specs, so there is no need to settle for mediocre picture quality when using a cell phone to snap shots instead of a standalone camera. The back camera captures scenes at 16 MP and the front-camera takes 8 MP pictures for excellent selfie and videochatting visuals. As is customary for the ARCHOS Diamond line, the ARCHOS Diamond S will offer 4G/LTE connectivity for the fastest download speeds available on cellular networks today.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be presented at IFA in Berlin, beginning September 4, 2015. For more on the ARCHOS story and the brand’s products, the ARCHOS booth will be in Hall 4.2/121.

The ARCHOS Diamond S will be available in November 2015 for the impressively low price of £159.99.


Processor –  Mediateck MT6753 – Octa-core 8 x 1.5Ghz
Storage – 16GB + MircoSD
Size - 152. 6 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm
Weight – 118 g
Display – 5″ 1280×720  pixels (HD) Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 (294PPI)
Operating System – Android 5.1
Camera – 8mp front / 16mp read with LED flash
Battery - 2300mAh


Technical Specifications



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By August 25, 2015 Read More →

Do you want Android or Windows on your Archos?

50The French brand ARCHOS is excited to release two 5” smartphones both featuring great specs and an even better price: £99 each! The ARCHOS 50 Cesium runs Windows 10 right out of the box, and the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop; with a choice of operating system, these models can suit any need.

 “By providing a choice between two almost identical hardware models, we allow the customer to focus on what they like on the inside: the user interface. Android and Windows are both fantastic and provide varied software experiences,” says Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. 

Great hardware the ARCHOS Way

The ARCHOS 50 Cesium and 50e Helium smartphones are nearly identically fantastic in terms of hardware specifications. They both feature 5” HD IPS screens for top-notch viewing quality. The display renders bright, realistic colors and allows wide viewing angles.

The processing and storage of the ARCHOS 50 Cesium and ARCHOS 50e Helium support many varied uses ranging from light messaging and phone calls to CPU-heavy gaming applications. Both feature Qualcomm Quad-Core processors which run at 1.1 GHz.

Both devices feature 4G/LTE connectivity for the fastest possible download speeds and lightning-fast internet, email, and messaging. This internal power is complemented by a sleek outer design with rounded edges and a metal frame.


Great software your way

As the ARCHOS 50 Cesium runs Windows 10, and the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, customers can choose the operating system they love the most without needing to worry about other technical nuances that differentiate smartphones. Since ARCHOS is offering a great base product, having only to choose between two operating systems is liberating and simple.

Windows 10 is the latest Windows release and features Cortana, the Windows personal assistant, Microsoft Office apps, a more intuitive email inbox, and more. Android 5.1 Lollipop is the latest version of the famed Android software and offers better battery management, a dynamic notification system, and an aesthetically pleasing flat design. 

The ARCHOS 50 Cesium and ARCHOS 50e Helium will be available in November 2015 for the incredible price of £99. 


Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 – 4×1,1GHz Cortex A7
Storage – 8GB + MicroSD
Size - 147 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm 
Display - 5 inches, 1280×720 pixels (HD,) IPS (294 ppi)
Operating System - ANDROID™ 5.1 Lollipop or Windows 110
Camera - 2 MP front and 8MP Rear with LED Flash
Battery - 2100mAh

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By August 24, 2015 Read More →

Leaking the Huawei Nexus 6

QQ_20150824155811Some images have appeared online today of what could possibly be the Huawei Nexus 6 refresh. A few days ahead of the Huawei launch of their new flagship phone these images may be something other than the new Nexus. The claims are coming from a Google+ user, Tiessen Fu insisting the device was given to him by a friend working on the Nexus successor.

For a design this radically different to the current Nexus 6 Google may be making some insane marketing choices. However, there is a lot to be said about breaking the mould and going with something different. It would be a hard sell to ask a company to keep some of the design influences from the previous model built by an entirely different manufacturer. Certainly companies do this however with a Nexus there is no need to imitate as the name and brand are already established.

I hope this is the new Nexus 6, whilst many are suggesting that it is a ugly ducking I find it refreshing to see something a little different.





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By August 24, 2015 Read More →

ASUS Zenfone 2 crams in 256GB storage

enhanced-15664-1440341113-8There was never a storage war. Manufacturers seemed to be content to bring 8, 16 and 32gb variants with only the hardware daring to go further. Why both we the customer can go out a purchase a an SD card to expand as little to no expense for the manufacturer. Few grumbled with only those looking a cheap phone with 4 or 8gbs becoming infuriated. Recently, we have seen manufacturers becoming creative when it comes to including the SD card in a combined storage solution and others hoping that the cloud to solve the storage starved.

On of the less popular flagships out there, the Zenfone 2, is about to be produced in a Deluxe Special Edition versions with specs identical to the high-end version of the original Zenfone 2, 4GB of RAM and a faster Atom Z3580 processor, with the a mch greater storage capacity. A 256GB version will be available in two colors, one with a diamond-pattern back and another with black and grey diagonal stripes. Both get orange trim around the front screen and navigation panel and around the volume buttons on the rear. The device also includes a mircoSD card slot that supports up to 128gb cards.

The diamond rear is very reminiscent of the old HTC Touch Diamond from years gone by, a few with many merits however I seem to remember the back design not being one as the phone was prone to rocking when used on a flat surface. At any rate this is an exciting addition to the Zenfone line and I hope to have a look at this in the near future.

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By August 20, 2015 Read More →

Sneak peak at the Blackberry Android slider

here_is_a_short_glimpse_at_a_blackberry_venice_promo_video-news-13619.phpTop leaker Evan Blass, @evleaks, has posted a beautiful video of one of the most exciting announcements we are hoping for in Berlin in two weeks at IFA. The high-end Blackberry smartphone that will run Android, might debut as early as next month during IFA with sliding QWERTY keyboard. The pictures were called out as fakes almost immediately due to differing keyboard layouts however as there is nothing concrete right now we are going with exciting rumour and we hope what we see here is what we are getting. This could the be most exciting combination phone this year and a relaunch of the physical keyboard.




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