google
Google Just Bought a Whole Lot of Phone From HTC

After a string of decent phones that failed to sell, and a stock price that plunged so low the company was de-listed from the largest Taiwanese stock index, Google is finally ending months of speculation, but not by buying HTC, as previously rumoured. Rather, Google is purchasing the HTC staff behind the design of last year’s Pixel phone, and gaining the (non-exclusive) use of HTC’s big bucket of intellectual property rights. All for the tune of £814 million. Bargain! Read More >>

apps
This Free App Adds An iPhone X Notch to Your Android Phone

Android smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, like the Samsung S8 or the Essential phone, have found elegant ways to deal with the devices’ forward-facing cameras and sensors. But if you’re an Android user who’d rather have a garish notch up top like the iPhone X, a new app called XOutOf10 will add a screen-blocking bar to whatever device you’re using. Read More >>

augmented reality
Everything You Need to Know About Augmented Reality Now That it’s Invading Your Phone

Forget virtual reality, for now at least, because augmented reality, or AR as it is commonly known, is powering the next batch of magic tricks heading to your phone. Apple and Google are pushing the tech hard, but what’s actually new about the next wave of AR? What’s changed since Pontiac stuff it in the ugly Aztek or Niantic had you catching Pokemon with it in Pokemon Go? And what are you going to be able to do with it...besides game? Read More >>

google
5 Things Google Needs to Do to Make the Pixel 2 Great

Now that Apple has officially announced its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, it’s Google’s turn to try to wow the world with what it thinks is the future of smartphones. And even though last year’s Pixel was a success in many ways, there are still a number of improvements I’d like to see on the Pixel 2 (or whatever Google calls it) when it’s expected to be announced on 4 October. Read More >>

security
Bluetooth Security Flaws Impacting ‘Billions of Devices’ Come With Some Serious Caveats

Leaving your phone or computer’s Bluetooth on all the time has never been a good idea, but now researchers at the cybersecurity firm Armis are claiming to have discovered a series of vulnerabilities that allow them to silently hack devices over Bluetooth. Read More >>

gadgets
Qualcomm Tries to Look Cool Ahead of Apple Day and Fails

Unless they’re trying to intentionally bury some news, most tech companies know by now to get out of the way whenever Apple hosts an event. However, it seems Qualcomm was feeling a little lonely and maybe a bit unloved, so it decided to go ahead and publish a blog post listing all sorts of “Android firsts” today, which we can only guess was an effort to remind people that Qualcomm still exists. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: Bigger, Badder, But I Still Want More

Forgive me for passing up the chance to beat the exploding battery joke into the ground. Let’s get straight to the point: Samsung’s once dominant flagship phablet is back after a two year hiatus. Sporting a stunning extra-widescreen 18.5:9 display, the new Galaxy Note 8 is bigger and more engaging than ever before, and it packs a larger power pack than any Note besides the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 too. But a lot has changed since 2015—especially when you consider that starting at £870, the new Note 8 is now more expensive than ever. That means there are two questions it needs to answer: Does the Galaxy Note 8 still make sense in 2017, and can it possibly be worth damn near £900? Read More >>

smartphones
The Essential Phone is Too Expensive to Have a Camera This Bad

In August 2017, Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, and his disciples at Essential Products descended onto this mortal plane to grace us with the PH-1 — a device that seeks to right the wrongs of modern smartphone design. Almost monolithic in appearance, the PH-1, or the Essential Phone as it’s more commonly known, is forged from a combination of titanium and ceramic meant to withstand the rigours of daily living without needing to be shrouded in ugly plastic cases. OK, let’s get real, there’s a lot of hype behind the phone, but is all that hot air really warranted? Ummm, no. Read More >>

android
11 Things You Can Do in Android Oreo That You Couldn’t Before

Android Oreo has at last been fully baked, and given a name, and is now rolling out to those of you with a Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, or Pixel C; Google says a bunch of other handsets will get Oreo by the end of the year too. So what can you look forward to? Here are the new tricks you’ll be able to play around with when your update arrives. Read More >>

google
Android Oreo Ditches the ‘Allow Unknown Sources’ Setting, But Don’t Panic

We've been hearing a lot about Android Oreo over the past several months, but like any new piece of software we won't hear about some of the finer details until it gets released. Case in point: the fact that Google has removed the 'Allow Unknown Sources' setting that lets people install apps from places that aren't Google Play. Read More >>

android
Android O is Oreo: Here Are All the Newly Announced Features

After many months of speculation and name-guessing, Google has finally unveiled the final version of Android Oreo - the latest version of its mobile operating system. Read More >>

smartphone
A Normal Person’s Guide to the Essential Phone, the Most Hyped Gadget of the Summer

In the world of smartphones, the Essential Phone has been anxiously anticipated with the reverence we should probably save for Kendrick Lamar albums. Why? Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, is behind the whole thing. After ditching Google in 2014, Rubin ran off to build a bakery (YUM!), but he’s returned to the world of gadgets to “inject passion back into smartphones,” whatever that means. It’s not even out yet and people are calling his new device the anti-iPhone. Read More >>

nokia
The Nokia 8 is a Tantalising Peek at a Smartphone Future That Could’ve Been

Every once in a while, we get the chance to peek into an alternate timeline and see how things could have played out if a single decision had gone a different way. And with the new Nokia 8, that’s exactly what we’re getting. Read More >>

guides
How to Make Your Phone Read Everything On Screen Out Loud

Whether you’re zooming down the motorway, or crammed on the Tube, or even in a darkened cinema, it’s not always convenient or possible to pull up your smartphone’s screen as you normally would. But with a few tweaks to your phone’s OS you can get the most important information off your phone without having to look down at the display. Here’s how to get all the good stuff on your phone read out through the speaker or your headphones. Read More >>

privacy
Google Expels Spyware From Play Store That Recorded Audio and Took Photos Without Permission

Android users are facing new threats to their privacy with the recent discovery of over a thousand spyware apps on the loose. A security firm found that at least three of these apps — which are capable of covertly taking photos, recording audio, retrieving call logs, and more — were available for download on Google Play. Read More >>