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  • 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.


    The Huawei Mediapad M2 8.0 is a nice little tablet. 1920x1200 screen, Kirin 930 CPU (as seen in the Honor 7), 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable by microSD and LTE built in. It's available to buy from Vodafone in store for £200 plus a mandatory £10 top-up (boo), which makes for a very competitive price for a connected tablet. You can also SIM unlock and bootloader unlock for 4 euros a pop and now... you can de-brand and enable phone calls! 


    Imagine Publishing's 'Android Magazine' is to close, with the current issue that has just hit news stands (issue 63) set to be the last. In a letter sent to subscribers today, the company have confirmed that existing subscriptions will transfer to the sister 'Gadget' title launched late last year, although subscribers of course have the option to cancel if they so wish.


    HTC have announced the '10', their new Android flagship device. With a design language that is distinctly HTC, echoing past devices as well as the recent A9 product, the 10 is instantly recognisable as a HTC product, despite dispensing with classic HTC cues such as the front HTC logo and offset USB port (FINALLY!). As you'd expect, the device isn't left wanting in the specs department - if it all works together well, it looks like it could be a killer device.


    Today we will be liveblogging the launch of Huawei's new flagship, the P9. It seems likely that most of the details about the device have already been covered in a number of leaks - the Kirin 955 CPU, the 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage, the 5.1" FHD screen and no doubt the EMUI4 software on top of Android Marshmallow. But what about that dual camera?


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    • I have had further exchanges with Tesco. They are obviously not going to do anything about this other than try and bribe us with a 20 pound note. We need a concerted campaign here with as many hudl users on board as possible.  Who has time to organise this?   Maybe a petition via change.org, or an approach to bbc watchdog?
    • Hi All, Just thought I'd pass this link on - refers to an eBay advert for a Tesco HUDL 1 still being offered by Tesco Outlet as 'refurbished' for £64-50.....talk about adding insult to injury ! Worth including in any approach to the media, I would think..... Wonder if the 12 month warranty covers failure to set up after a factory reset... Viv https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tesco-Hudl-7-Tablet-16GB-Black-Android-4-2-Quad-Core-Multi-Touch-Screen-Black/402263267363?hash=item5da8c25823:g:hEkAAOSwaaJevlyx
    • I too have received a reply from tesco to my Emails. Here is that exchange. I feel we need a converted campaign here.     Dear Mr Phillips Thank you for your patience while I contacted our Technical Support team and asked them for an update advising what action they would be taking with our support for the Hudl Tablet. Unfortunately, the Android operating system that Hudl runs on is no longer supported by Google and although we have previously been able to temporarily resolve this issue, we are unable to do this again.  Without the necessary updates the device and its apps cannot be appropriately protected with the latest security software. I can understand how frustrating this is for you and so say sorry for the disappointment I have now requested for a £20.00 Digital Moneycard to be sent to your email address this morning with my best wishes. Kind regards, Fiona Kitching Customer Service Specialist On behalf of the Chief Executive’s Office Tel: 0800 072 6685     Dear Ms.Kitching,   This is not a question of security updates not being available. It is a common occurance that devices are not upgradeable to newer android versions and no longer are provided with updates.   It is not a common ocurance for suppliers to  make devices unusable in such a malicious manner.   I see no reason why you cannot provide users with a last update to a stock android version that has no connection to tesco servers and does not contain any tesco applications.   How many Hudls did you sell to the public, that you have effectivily bricked by turning off a server that you have deliberately made those hudls dependent on.    The deliberate consignment of many (hundreds of) thousands of perfectly good hudls to the immense scrap heap of electronic goods does not reflect well on tesco as a company.   I feel a concerted media campaign by disaffected hudl users in the making. I shall be joining that concerted effort to achieve a solution to this tesco problem.   Kind regards, Owain Phillips BSc Computer Systems Engineering Warwick University Hide quoted text       On Mon, 3 Aug 2020, 08:36 , <[email protected]> wrote:    
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    • Hi, If I've read it right, it looks from Wardrin's Tesco response as though they are trying to pass the buck to Google for failing to support earlier versions of Android, and using potential security issues as an excuse to duck out of their responsibilities....  This really doesn't wash - if you took their reasoning to its logical conclusion, all versions of Android no longer 'supported' by Google would be considered null and void, and it wouldn't be possible to use, let alone reinstall firmware for,  any Android device running OS versions released before this point. We know this isn't true - there will be literally millions of android tablets and phones still in regular use with early Android versions. The responsibility for any security issues with these earlier versions lies squarely with the user, so there is no justification for Tesco withholding a 'clean' update to Android 4.2.2 for HUDL1s and appropriate HUDL2s without the obligatory Tesco server visit for bloatware installation. All it would require on Tesco's part to rid themselves of the HUDL 'curse' (as I'm sure they will see it) for good would be to commission a small investment in IT time from their 3rd party providers to re-package the existing update on the existing server. They could then publicise the need to download the update within a certain time before closing the server down permanently (I think 3-6 months would be reasonable).  Sadly, I feel a media campaign coming on again.....will they never learn ? Viv
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