USB C is both fantastic and annoying. Fantastic, because it's the future and the reversible plug is very welcome, but annoying because your existing microUSB accessories (of which you have many, I am sure) won't work. As more and more USB C devices filter on to the market, both in mobile phones and laptops, we've checked out some of the compatible accessories available from leading brand Choetech.
Right now, if you want to try out the Play Store on Chrome OS, there are 3 devices you can use to do so. The Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11 and the Google Chromebook Pixel 2015. Of the three, I think the Acer is the best bet and right now, you can pick up a factory refurbished unit from Argos for only £124.99 inclusive. I bought one and it looks brand new.
Pokemon Go is a super-cool game. The only problem is... it's geo-limited to the US at the moment, although only by download - if you CAN get it installed, it works in other places (such as the UK). So what do you do? Download and install an APK from [insert random site here]? That probably isn't a good idea... because you have no way of knowing if it has been tampered with. A version with malware embedded has already been found. A better option? Install from the Play Store! Here's how.
Blame Brexit... or rather the currency instability that has resulted. The OnePlus 3, currently £309, will be priced at £329 from Monday 11th July - so if you want to buy OnePlus' latest and greatest, you best get in fast! But is the price increase fair?
In the race to connect everything to the Internet, there are some devices that just make sense. Connected heating (and hot water) control is one such case - we can likely all think of a time when we would like to have switched our heating on or off from outside the home. With the backing of Alphabet, Nest is unquestionably one of the giants in this field - but how does reality match up to the promised convenience? We tried out the latest Nest Learning Thermostat to find out.
Just recently, I worked to get official TWRP support added for the Honor 7. After doing so, I got somewhat addicted and set about arranging support for other Huawei / Honor devices, particularly those that use encryption. This proved to be something of a challenge, eventually overcome by by working out exactly how the stock recovery decryption worked on the P9. This gave which gave me the information I needed for other devices too. I'm pleased to announce that official TWRP support was added today for 8 more Huawei / Honor devices!
Software version B370 (based on EMUI 4.0 and Marshmallow) is now available for the Honor 7. The sizeable 435MB update is being deployed via a staged rollout but for the first time, keen users can use a new method to get the update ahead of time.
WileyFox have now announced their new devices - the £90 Spark, £115 Spark + and £130 Spark X. Seriously cheap devices, no question, and we'll be working on full reviews - but the entry level Spark has only 8GB of storage, 3.6GB of which is available on first boot, less than 2.5GB of which is available after updating just the built in apps. Is this acceptable?
WileyFox, fledgling purveyors of the Swift and Storm CyanogenOS equipped Android Smartphones, are set to launch their 2016 products tomorrow at an event in London. A teaser, which mentions a 'handset range', gives little away about the new devices, however our sources suggest that we should expect more of the same from the company - low cost, high value, SIM free phones.
Honor have just announced their new £149 5C and alongside the launch (just the way it should be) TWRP, (working!) kernel source, the stock ROM flash and much more are available immediately. All of the content is available now in our new Honor 5C forum, together with guides for bootloader unlocking, building a custom ROM and other topics for enthusiast users!
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