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!
Honor have today announced their latest entry level device, the £149 Honor 5C. The 5C, which shares the majority of its specifications with the Huawei P9 Lite, features a 16nm Kirin 650 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, full HD 5.2" IPS screen and f/2.0 cameras on both the front and back (13 Megapixels on the rear, 8 Megapixel front facing). A 3000mAh battery sits inside the metallic, 8.3mm thick body. What's missing for the knock down price? Just a fingerprint reader really, which strangely features on the Chinese 5C but not the European version. In a Honor first for the UK, the 5C includes NFC and therefore Android Pay support.
SIM only contracts are all the rage nowadays. If you can stomach the cost of a phone up front (and let's be honest, phones that are very live-with-able are getting cheaper by the day), then it's the most cost effective option. We spotted this a super deal courtesy of uSwitch offering 1000 mins, 5000 SMS and 1GB of EE 3G data per month for only £5.95 inc VAT, on a 1 month rolling contract with smart cap and tethering included. Bargain!
Vodafone have today announced the 'Smart platinum 7', a premium flagship device commemorating 10 years of Vodafone branded devices (the first was the Vodafone 710 3G clamshell) and 85 million sales. The £300 Smart Platinum 7, available from the 20th June, offers Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, a Snapdragon 652 CPU, 5.5" 2K AMOLED screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM expandable via microSD, 16 Megapixel camera with PDAF and a dedicated camera button, all powered by a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
Android Auto puts manufacturers' own in car technology to shame and takes the strengths of Google to the car environment. Yet it's missing the best feature of Android. Do you agree?