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By May 15, 2015 Read More →

Alcatel Onewatch launches in the UK

onewatchOne company making a lot of noise right now is Alcatel. Their first foray into smartwatches comes at a modest price point whilst maintaining a high quality build. The Alcatel Onewatch sees a 1.22″ 262K display covering a 210mAh battery good for 2-5 days of light to mid usage. A fast charge will see the watch topped up in 1 hour however it’s the compatibility with iOS 7 alongside android that might turn some heads. Press release follows.

Global technology brand ALCATEL ONETOUCH, today announces the UK release of the WATCH – a smartwatch that puts a premium on elegant design at an accessible price. After its much-anticipated, successful debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, it has since been honored with a prestigious iF Design Award by the iF International Forum Design GmbH. 

Offering the WATCH at a fraction of the cost of competitors, the smartphone brand has implemented its design expertise to offer a series of fine finishes that meet the demands of those looking for the same look and feel as a traditional watch. Available in a sporty dark red/volcano black combination, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH WATCH employs materials such as brushed chrome, micro-textured resin bands and stainless steel.

The WATCH is packed with sensors: the heart-rate monitor is embedded discretely on the underside of the watch face; there’s also an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter and e-compass. The WATCH also allows users to track their sleep cycle, distance covered, steps taken and calories burned. An activity overview allows users to monitor their fitness goals. When the smartwatch is connected to a smartphone, it sends users call notifications; social media updates and vibrates if users stray too far from their phones.

Touching the WATCH’s screen activates a multimedia remote control. Users can control music, take pictures from their phone from a distance or make their phone ring in order to locate it.

The WATCH is compatible with any phone running on Android 4.3 or above and on iOS 7 or above. It is also dust and water-resistant, with a long battery life. The WATCH has a USB connector integrated into its band for simplicity of use. With beauty and functionality integrated into one device, ALCATEL ONETOUCH offers a smartwatch at a smart price, fulfilling its mission of making the latest technology available to all.

The WATCH will be available first from Currys PC World stores nationwide and online (at www.currys.co.uk, www.pcworld.co.uk) for £99.99 from mid-June.

By May 3, 2015 Read More →

Honor 6+ now available in the UK

pic4pic4rpic4The Honor 6+ is now available for the first time throughout the UK. The Honor 6+ is the world’s first 4G smartphone that comes with dual 8 megapixel rear cameras, which combine to take stunning 13-megapixel images, even in low light. Available from Three UK today and on pre-order through Amazon.co.uk, the Honor 6+ comes equipped a 3600mAh powered battery with patented power saving technology which lasts through two days of moderate usage. 

 

The new flagship smartphone from Honor, the Honor 6+ is available today throughout the UK priced at £299.99 SIM free. For the first time, UK consumers can also go into shops to touch, feel and experience the new premium smartphone available on a range of different tariffs from Three UK.  Three is the only UK network offering the Honor 6+ and the sole tariff partner in the UK.  The Honor 6+ is also available to pre-order on Amazon.co.uk and will be available mid May.

“Designed for digital natives, we’re delighted that the Honor 6+ is now available throughout the UK,” said Frank Yao, founder and MD of Honor in Western Europe. “It’s exciting to think that those who spend a third of their lives online, be it connecting via social media, entertainment or studying online can now experience the superb technical benefits and premium design of the Honor 6+, all at a great value price. The Honor 6+ embodies our philosophy to bring change to the mobile industry, and by listening to our fans, we’re continuing to reflect feedback in the premium quality of our smartphones.”

 

The Honor 6+ is the latest and loudest statement from Honor that proves the company’s dedication to producing high quality smartphones for ‘always on’ digital natives. The Honor 6+ is the world’s first 4G smartphone that comes with dual 8 megapixel rear cameras, which combine to take stunning 13-megapixel images, even in low light. 

 

Powered by a fast 1.8hz octa-core Kirin 925 chipset, the Honor 6+ is designed to support the busiest of lifestyles, with a large 3600mAh battery life, providing up to two days use on a single charge. The crisp 5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 HD display brings photos and videos to life, while maximizing viewing experience, be it browsing social media, connecting with friends or playing games.

All owners and fans of the Honor 6+ are encouraged to join the official Honor Club to receive invitations to fan parties, events and be the first to know about BETA products and services. 

Supported by the Honor VIP Service, Honor 6+ owners can rest-assured that a complimentary replacement service and technical support team will be on hand to provide assistance throughout the UK.

 

The new Honor 6+ smartphone is packed with powerful technical specifications including:

  • Unique bionic parallel 8MP rear camera providing wide aperture F0.95-F16 which can capture some of the most powerful photos – give your eyes a new visual experience and re-discover the beauty of life

  • Equipped with super 8+1 cores Kirin925 chipset and 3GB RAM+ 32GB of internal memory

  • 3600mAh powered battery with patented power saving technology which lasts through two days of moderate usage

  • Dual SIM Dual Active with dual data usage switchable

  • State-of-the-art 5.5-inch negative LCD screen, offering 1500:1 super high contrast and industry high of 85% color saturation

  • Fiberglass based cover, the most important material used in military helmets. The Honor 6+ has a high screen-to-body ratio designed for easy and more comfortable one-handed use

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By April 27, 2015 Read More →

Lenovo carries on the 4GB trend

screenshot-190Asus announced a new line of phones earlier this year, the pinnacle of which carried 4gb of RAM. Now Lenovo has announced a with a new phone called the K80 that combines both 4gb of RAM alongside a massive 4,000mAh battery. 

The device has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and 64GB of internal storage. Measuring at only 8.5 millimetres thin, which is only a hair thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1-millimetre the have to give kudos to Lenovo for accomplishing this with such a large battery.

Lenovo is releasing the phone in China on April 30th and will sell it for just $290, an incredible value for the specs. We don’t know if the device is scheduled for a release here in the UK. Perhaps we will see a new Motorola or Nexus device with the same hardware components. Just in time for iPhone 6s to be grabbing headlines?

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By April 27, 2015 Read More →

Google did not pee all over Apple

screen-shot-2015-04-24-at-121719Over the weekend an addition appeared on Google Maps to show Android peeing on its biggest rival in Pakistan, near the city of Rawalpindi. As you could imagine, Google did not mastermind the Android mascot’s depiction.

Google has now apologised for the gaffe in a statement to the Washington Post, saying: “We’re sorry for this inappropriate user-created content; we’re working to remove it quickly.

“We also learn from these issues, and we’re constantly improving how we detect, prevent, and handle bad edits.”

The Android mascot has been removed from the location. A Map Maker account holder was responsible for the sly attack, which was submitted without being reviewed. An investigation will likely follow.

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By April 24, 2015 Read More →

A new Samsung watch might be round… the corner

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Round smart watches seem to be in garnering most of the attention at the moment, aside from a certain square Apple offering.

Motorola has the 360, LG has the G Watch R and the Watch Urbane, and even Huawei are showing off a most delicious model, so it’s been rumoured for a while that Samsung’s next Gear could be round, too. Recent images of the UI seem to confirm this. Along with hinting at the shape of the new Gear, Samsung also look to be working with some of the partners on applications for it, such as CNN, Yelp, Baidu, FidMe and Apposter.

There is, as yet, no indication of what OS the new Gear will be running, Safe bet is to be Tizen. The current Samsung wearables SDK is Tizen, and Samsung has a vested interest in promoting its own OS on its wearables, rather than producing a new Android Wear device. Samsung have also been pushing the standalone watch like the Gear S, it can’t use Wear as Google’s wearable OS doesn’t support this feature.

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By April 23, 2015 Read More →

Google launches a slick promo for something Fi

Screenshot 2015-04-23 07.35.41A new, beautiful promo has been launched by Google to … advertise (?) Project Fi. A promo that actually contains no information about the service, merely a hint of what they are doing. According to the website “Project Fi is a program to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and our users.” A statement mirrored in the promotional video and leaving the average viewer somewhat bamboozled by what they have just seen.

So what is it? Essentially this is a new approach to a mobile network. Project Fi automatically connects to more than a million free, open WiFi hotspots that have been verified as fast and reliable. This technology helps keep speeds high and data bill low. Starting at a $20 per month base plan for 3GB, with a flat $10 per for every additional GB of data. This same rate is applied even if you have over used what you planned for, and you get roll-over data that could lower your next month’s bill. An interesting tactic is that Project Fi utilises WiFi calling where no LTE is available.

Also merges all devices for calling/texting purposes much like we have already seen for Google Voice and Pushbullet text facilities already. Using public WiFi is usually a concern for some as it’s not the safest, apparently this data/voice over WiFi part of the service is encrypted and this will be achieved by Google pushing the traffic through a VPN service keeping you more secure.

By April 22, 2015 Read More →

ChatGrape Arrives As An Open Beta

chatgrape-grape-ondarkPromising to shake up the enterprise and team messaging app world ChatGrape injects fresh, new life into the ever growing list of messaging apps. With a colourful design and an interesting approach ChatGrape is a platform that might turn some heads. Touching on a few features that other popular messaging client overlook or choose to avoid ChatGrape has incorporated the ability to send Gifs. Currently only a few other clients offer this and it is only  a matter of time before it big names do, ChatGrape may have gotten a foot in the door before others sneak in.

The main appeal for ChatGrape is the ability to set up Rooms for chatting, a little like Google+ Circles or Facebook Group Messaging, alongside private messages you can mention people and rooms using the @ symbol. Another handy feature is allows you to mention your external data by hitting a # Icon, allowing the user to manage a team on Android without switching between Apps.

Connecting external services has been implemented and now supports Google Drive, Google Calender, Trello, Bitbucket and Github. The ability to add a custom API is also available.

We are hoping to have a representive of ChatGrape on the show next week for a chat about ChatGrape and what it will bring to the market.

Check out the open Beta of Chatgrape on Android, Mac and IOS or through your browser at Chatgrape.com.

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By April 20, 2015 Read More →

Unboxing the Microsoft Lumia 640

vlcsnap-2015-04-19-16h39m07s187Gareth takes a look at the latest Microsoft Windows Phone, the Lumia 640. This wallet friendly refresh adds a lot of the mix combining some very attractive features to a decent build and some impressive addition value in Office 365 for one year.

For only £120 the Lumia 640 packs quite the punch:

5” Display
8.0 MP Main camera Led flash
HD 0.9 MP wide angle Front camera:
8 GB Mass memory
4G LTE Network
Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.2GHz Processor
17.5 h Talk time

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By April 16, 2015 Read More →

Huawei adds some stunning phones to it’s line up

huawei-p8_w_450Yesterday saw the lanuch of not three but two Huawei devices. We had been expecting the P8, P8 Max and the P8 Lite however only the P8 and P8 Max made it into the limelight. This is quite understandable as the two phones Huawei unveiled are quite easily two of the most exciting and extraordinary devices of the year.

First is the Huawei P8. This top end phone packs a HiSilicon Kirin 930 octa-core CPU that includes a cluster of four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2 GHz and another four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. A GPU. The Kirin 930 SoC uses the Mali-T628MP4 GPU. Fronted by a 5.2″ screen with a Full HD 1080p resolution there is a second screen on the back, a built-in 4.3″ E-ink screen. The screen is always-on and can be used to read books or view notifications.

The P8 comes with a 2,600 mAh battery. Whilst the battery size might meet with some critics the P8 has an app power consumption firewall. The purpose of the firewall is to block all apps that have abnormal power usage. The company said the device should last an extra 2.3 days of standby time thanks to this feature. This will be an interesting feature to test and some may turn it off if it decides to block their Whatsapp. To facilitate things there is 3 GB of RAM and a choice of either 16 or 64 GB storage.

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Huawei also let loose the P8max, which comes with a slightly more powerful processor, the Kirin 935. The GPU is clocked at 2.2 GHz, giving it a 10 percent boost in performance. This is to help with the larger 6.8″ screen, which also happens to be the largest Full HD display in the world. To power such a beast of a screen the P8max has a much larger 4,360 mAh battery. This translates to 2.23 days of normal usage and 1.4 days of heavy usage, according to Huawei, obviously taking into account the afore mentioned firewall addition. 

Both P8′s feature a 13MP camera featuring OIS and a “DSLR-level” independent ISP from Altek, and it features 4-colour RGBW imaging for brighter images in high-contrast conditions, and far less noise in low-light situations. A lot of time has been spent by Huawei of late developing their camera technology and implementation. The P8′s OIS is should be twice as good as the iPhone 6′s brag Huawei.

One area Huawei seek to improve and one generally ignored by a great many manufacturers is the antenna. Huawei have put two antennas in the P8 to avoid any issues with signal blockage due to hand placement. The P8 intelligently switches the signal depending on where your hand is located.  In an effort to keep you connected the P8 will switch networks depending on where you are — such as your living room or at work — and it also appears to intelligently switch to a 3G or 4G alongside a Wi-Fi+ feature that’s designed to automatically connect to the best available Wi-Fi network.

Whilst the majority of the P8′s sold will feature a single-SIM variant, there’s also a dual-SIM model that supports two 4G LTE SIMs. The P8 has two nano SIM slots, although one of the two can also handle a Micro SD card.

The Huawei P8 “Standard” with 16 GB of storage will arrive in Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne and cost 499 euro, while the “Premium” model with 64 GB of storage will come in Carbon Black and Prestige Gold and cost 599 euro.

The Huawei P8max “Standard” with 32 GB of storage will cost 549 euro and arrive in Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne, while the Premium model with 64 GB of storage will cost 649 euro and come in Titanium Grey and Prestige Gold.

There was little to no mention of the P8 Lite, however we hope this will roll out in a timely fashion saving the best to last. The P8 is easily a line that is worthy of your attention.

 

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By April 15, 2015 Read More →

The Mobile Tech Addicts Show 234 : It’s Superfly!

Podcast-Logo_thumb.jpgGareth, Jay and Phil chit chat about the latest tech revelations from the UK

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Whats news?

SuperFly USB cable – Android and Apple flavours

LG G4 – Yay

Unboxing Archos 50 Diamond
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will launch with Windows 10 this Summer
EE expanding signal in every home using your wifi

The original Apple Watch – $2.5k

Apple II Watch

Blackberry Leap Launched

Bargain Basement

Elephone P6000 Android 5.0 MTK6732 64-bit Quad-core 4G £81.34

Honor 4X 4G 5.5-Inch 8 GB Dual SIM-Free Smartphone £144.99

Motorola Moto G™ + 4G White £95.00 @ Tesco Direct

 

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Dan Carter – @mobilemandan

Matt and Tracy Davis –   @tracyandmatt

Phil Lain – @low405

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