UK mobile phone operator Three is offering Beta access to its new, much improved, much needed, Android application. Deployed via the Google+ / Google Play Store Beta process, the application has been re-written from the ground up and includes a much improved design as well as a host of new features.
The ZTE Axon Mini Premium Edition is a Snapdragon 616 based device with a metal unibody, 5.2" Full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and Android 5.1. Its real party piece though is its 'force touch' pressure sensitive screen - and on the 10th December only it will be available to buy at the reduced price of $299 from AliExpress.
Microsoft Cortana, their virtual assistant to take on Siri, is now officially available for Android, provided you live in the US or China. Downloadable from the Play Store today, the application will also be available soon bundled into the ROM for CyanogenOS devices, which allows for additional functionality such as more advanced hardware control and 'Hey Cortana' listening.
Google's 'Local Guides' programme was recently expanded to include a new points and level system. The objective is to increase user participation and provide certain benefits to participating users. In this article, we examine the list of benefits and provides tips for reaching higher levels.
Did you pick up a Kindle Fire 7 2015 for £34.99 in the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales? If so, then we have compiled some first-steps to carry out on your tablet, including installing the Play Store and enabling auto brightness.
Have you been thinking about treating yourself to a shiny new Nexus 6P for Christmas (or just, well, because)? If so, then perhaps now is the time... as Amazon France (who ship elsewhere in the EU too) are selling the Nexus 6P for only €499, which works out at around £360. The 64GB black model is also on offer, at under £400.
Have you ever got a bit trigger-happy and accidentally dismissed a notification without actually reading it first? I know I have and it's pretty frustrating to NEVER KNOW WHAT IT SAID. Thankfully there's a solution - a hidden notification log, as spotted by Abhishek Choudhary.
The original Xiaomi MiBand made quite some waves at release with it's fantastic battery life, reliable tracking, IP67 waterproofing and knock down price. The band's successor, the 1s, adds heart rate tracking and a higher quality band material, but retains the low price. You can pick one up with our special coupon for just £17!
Omate, purveyors of the previously crowdfunded 'Truesmart' Smartwatch which raised $1m on KickStarter, are back - on IndieGoGo this time, with a 48 hour crowdfunding campaign for the Rise, a new Android based (but not Android Wear) smartwatch with a round design, MediaTek internals and full phone connectivity. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised nearly 500% of it's (meagre) $30,000 target.
Android 6.0.1 Factory Images are now available for Nexus 6P, 5X, 9, 6, 5, 7 (2013) and Player Devices. The minor OS version bump includes December's security patches, new Emoji (including the Taco, Unicorn and sadly the demise of the cheering blob), tweaks to the do-not-disturb functionality and a host of other minor improvements under-the-hood.