A few weeks ago Android Developers at Google had announced that Android 7.1 would come in the form of a Developer Preview, first for the older Nexus devices to the dismay of many Nexus owners. Almost a week ago they officially announced that the preview would come to Nexus users within the month of October. Well it is finally out today.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 truly finished, what other devices are out there to replace this device? First of all let's look at what made Galaxy Note 7 great, it had great camera, screen, performance, build and battery life.
I have only had a Pixel for a few days now, so I’m not ready to do a full review, but I can give you my first impressions. I’m also taking questions on Twitter, so feel free to hit me up. I have the Pixel XL, the 5.5” model which is also joined by the 5” ‘regular’ Pixel. As well as the smaller screen, the junior model also has a FHD rather than QHD screen and a 2770mAh battery rather than the 3450mAh cell in the XL. Those tweaks aside, the specs are the same - you get a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB or 128GB storage, a rear mounted fingerprint reader, metal chassis with a glass panel, a choice of silver or black (I have a Silver XL) and, of course, Android 7.1, currently a Pixel exclusive and with exclusive Pixel features too.
If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful device that won’t break your bank account, O2 right now is offering the Alcatel Idol 3 4.7” at the low low price of £49.99 and because it is O2, you don’t even need to buy a top up. So what can you expect to get for £49.99? Quite a lot really, we are not talking about a premium device, but for that kind of money you do get a lot. It is great as a backup phone or a general travel device, just make sure you unlock it first before you travel.
Google has today announced that the Android 7.1 Developer Preview is coming out later this month to the Developer Preview programme. In a blog post on the Android Developers website, they have confirmed they have been working with their device partners to get them ready for Android 7.1 (Nougat). This release will also allow app developers to be able to prepare their apps for the new android version.
After days of silence by Samsung, regarding reports by consumers of replacement Galaxy Note 7 exploding. Samsung has on the 11th of October 2016 released a statement addressing the issue. Samsung has stated that they will be asking all global partners to stop sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and requesting all clients of the device to power down their devices and stop using their devices with immediate effect. This is for all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including the replacement devices, which were thought to be safe.
This year, like everyone else I looked forward to the Samsung Unpacked event in August. Why? Because they were going to announce the next Galaxy Note. Hours after the event reviewers and tech journalists praised the Galaxy Note 7 as the best Samsung device yet and highly recommended it. Who would have guessed that almost 2 months later they would be telling you to return it.
'Dan the Man', Halfbrick's new platformer / beat em up / shoot em up, is now available on Amazon Underground as well as the Play Store, bringing with it the benefit of completely free in app purchases. It's a great game!
This week on the 4th of October 2016, Google announced their Pixel phones line, Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, putting to rest all the rumours floating around the web and confirming one rumour that most Google fans had been hoping wasn't true - the Nexus line was no more and the last Google Nexus phones would be the Google Nexus 5X and 6P. From here on it is the Pixel brand, "Made by Google".
Here's a deal! Right now you can get unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messages and 4GB of 4G data for £9 a month, with a 12 month contract on Three's 'Essential' Plan. You can also pocket a £25 Amazon voucher when you sign up, which makes it effectively £6.92 a month. That's crazy cheap!