Category: Android

The Best Kodi & Plex Boxes for 2019

Kodi has had a lot of bad press this year with all the issues with piracy, and it is becoming a less compelling solution for streaming piracy due to many addon developers taking down their add-ons due to legal threats. That being said, Kodi is still an amazing application for watching your own media, and this is what it was intended for originally. Then there is also Plex which offers similar features and is preferred by many. Thanks to questionable Kodi box sellers the market for hardware is a little awkward to navigate if you don’t know what to...

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What are the best Xiaomi Pocophone F1 deals for UK buyers? Now £248 from GearBest – January Update

** Updated 21/01/2019** – added Amazon Price tracker with live prices, and updated GearBest price Gear best currently have a flash sale promo with the Pocophone available for £248 in red with 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM Buy the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in the flash sale They also have the 6GB & 128GB model in the sale for £271.32 The announcement of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 a few days ago has caused a bit of a stir in the world of mobiles. It is the cheapest phone on the market to utilise the Snapdragon 845 SoC offering flagship performance for well...

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PIQO – The Word’s Smartest and Most Powerful 1080p Pico Pocket Projector

As TVs have got bigger, projectors have got smaller. The PIQO is a pico pocket projector that is capable of 1080p with built in Android Hi-Fi speaker, seamless Bluetooth pairing, offline storage, and an incredible 50 hours of battery life. Within three days of its launch on Indiegogo, funding had already exceeded $100,000 —this amounts to over 1,000% of its goal. Buy the PIQO Projector PIQO isn't just a standard dumb projector, it is has Android built into it giving you the access to all the apps you would find on your phone and streaming box such as the...

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 with a 1+3+4 tri-cluster arrangement launches 4th December

I won't lie, I have been fawning over Huawei a lot recently with the Kirin 980 SoC being the most powerful mobile processor on the market, and the Mate 20 Pro being what I think is the best phone currently on the market. This has largely been due to the fact that the Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 845, is nearly a year old now which is positively ancient in the mobile space. However, the tides could be set to turn with the launch of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 on the 4th of December in Hawaii during the Qualcomm annual tech...

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Huawei 3D Live Maker now available for Mate 20 Pro in AppGallery

One of the most impressive features demoed at the launch event of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was the 3D live scanning feature. This impressive app will scan an inanimate object creating a 3D model of it, the Kirin 980 processor is then powerful enough to animate it on the fly. You can then also map out and AR area and virtually project your new animated object into the real world. The app has a pre-made teddy bear and using this it was very simple to scan a section of my coffee table, project the bear and get him to do...

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Dual notches are a thing now with the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact

This will be one of those Chinese phones that nobody is bothered about importing to the UK, but the fact that the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact uses two notches made it worth posting about. The Sharp Aquos R Compact from last year was pretty weird in the first place, it had slim bezels on three sides with a small notch, but then an absolutely huge chin which meant the screen size was only 4.9-inches. Rather than shift the fingerprint reader around to the rear Share have decided to use a second cutout for the home button and scanner. This has allowed them...

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Samsung Exynos 9820 vs HiSilicon Kirin 980 vs Snapdragon 845

Samsung yesterday announced its latest premium SoC, the Exynos 9 Series 9820, which will feature in their flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 next year. The Exynos 9820 features a fourth-generation custom CPU, 2.0-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) LTE Advanced Pro modem, and an enhanced neural processing unit (NPU) to bring new smart experiences to mobile devices. It is based on the 8 nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process and is an evolution from the 10 nm Exynos 9810. The new processor layout is a little different from last year, with something similar to the Kirin 980 with two...

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Xiaomi UK Phone Prices VS Chinese imports from GearBest etc

After weeks of build-up, Xiaomi has finally landed in the UK with their phone available across multiple online sellers including Amazon and Three and the official Mi Store opening in Westfield London on the 18th of November. Xiaomi has famously produced extremely affordable and well-specced flagship phones in recent years, and this is why so many UK buyers have opted to import their phones from China via sites such as GearBest. Xiaomi achieves this pricing by promising to only make 5% net profit from the company each year, something that is almost unheard of in the tech world. However, many UK buyers are...

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Nuu Mobile G3 Review – An attractive £199 phone

Nuu may not be a household name in the UK but they are one of the many Chinese brands entering the UK market premium designs, mid-range chips and affordable pricing. Priced at £199 on Amazon this device is powered by the Helio P25 Octa-Core chip which is comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 that is used on popular phones such as the Moto G5 Plus. Specification Operating System -Android 7.1 (Nougat) Processor – Helio P25 Octa-Core39GHz (MT6757T) Display – 5.7” HD+ 1440 x 720 (18:9) Camera – Rear camera: 13MPx + 5MPx Front camera: 13MPx Battery – 3,000 mAh –...

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Black Friday Deal: Huawei P20 & Headphones for £399.00 via Amazon

Carephonewarehouse is getting in on the Black Friday action early and starting out with an absolute corker of a deal The Huawei P20 has had £200 knocked off its list price dropping it down to £399! At the time of writing Amazon have also price matched this.  Buy from Amazon (with free headphones) Buy from Carphone Warehouse With the Amazon offer, they also bundle it with some Veho headphones which looking at the images appears to be the well reviewed £25.95 Veho ZB-5 On-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphone. The Amazon deal is better for a SIM-free purchase but if you are looking for a contract...

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Xiaomi UK launches with Mi 8 Pro for £499, Redmi 6A for £99 & Xiaomi Band 3 for £26.99

We have been eagerly waiting for Xiaomi to officially land in the UK for weeks. Xiaomi has been a bit of a sensation in the tech world forming just 8 years ago they already have a  turnover of over $21 billion and unlike many other tech companies with questionable finance morals, Xiaomi has a unique approach of capping their net profits at 5%. This approach to business makes them extremely affordable and it is one of the reasons why many UK buys have resorted to grey imports to get hold of Xiaomi phones such as the Pocophone F1. During their press...

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6 Handy ways to keep Android devices secure

There’s a lot of debate online about which smartphones are the most secure. After Apple were left red-faced on more than one occasion by the discovery of major flaws in their iOS updates, developers and users alike were keen to shout about the security benefits of Android devices. But while some of the world’s most secure smartphones run on Android technology, that doesn’t mean they’re all perfect. The main security threats for Android users are malicious apps, which have been found hiding in what appears to be a secure Play Store, and software patch delays. With so many versions...

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