Well, there we go, folks; another year, another Mobile World Congress, although I’m rather pleased to say that this year’s MWC has been a lot more exciting than last year’s complete and total anti-climax of a wash-out! After all the big manufacturers stayed away last year, they’ve come crawling back again (other than Apple, who never show up, and HTC, who’ve decided not to show off their new flagship phone yet), so that we actually saw some big name phones getting announced!
Oh, and there were also a couple of surprises. Quite big surprises, really, as you’ll see throughout the rest of this post. You’ll be able to tell the surprised bits, ‘cos my text will look surprised. So, what new stuff did we get to see this year? Continue reading →
It’s always intriguing to watch the evolution of Android as a platform, and one of the key metrics that people use to measure its impact is the number of phones running on each version of Google’s smartphone platform. It’s not that long ago that most Android phones out there (whether they were made by HTC or Samsung or, er, someone else) were running on Gingerbread, but the world keeps on changin’, and when the change involves newer, more advanced versions of Android, it’s a change for the better.
Now, thanks to Android Developers, we know which version of Android is the most common one ye’ll find in the wild, and let’s not beat about the bush, it’s Jelly Bean… Continue reading →
[WARNING: This blog post WILL contain spoilers for Assassin's Creed III, so if you've not played it yet, be advised.]
Fun fact: I have something of a love-hate relationship with the Assassin’s Creed series. F’r'instance, I utterly adored Assassin’s Creed II, a game I bought for my sister, and never intended to actually play myself, but I just couldn’t get into the first Assassin’s Creed, because it was so chuffing clunky, compared to the sequel. Also f’r'instance, I loved the present day Desmond story arc (lost civilisations and global apocalypses are kinda my thing), while utterly loathing the way they ended that story in Assassin’s Creed III.
We’re now up to Assassin’s Creed IV (the sixth game in the series… yes, I know), and there’s a mobile game to go along with it. Say hello to Assassin’s Creed: Pirates… Continue reading →
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Hmm, you know what? It’s time for a rant! It’s been nearly a month since I had a good rant, and I reckon it’s high time I had another, so it’s really rather fortuitous that today’s little annoyance has left me a tiny little bit on the ragingly furious side.
So, anyway, today’s rant is about Facebook. Specifically, today’s rant is about the Facebook app that’s available through Google Play. I know I’ve spoken about it before, because I had a good old rant about how I really don’t like the permissions the updated version of the Facebook app was asking for, and as a result, I refused to update it. Simple as that, really.
Back before I got my current HTC phone, I used an HTC HD2, and I set back then that it was the single greatest phone ever made. It may have been surpassed in terms of power by modern phones (like the epically awesome Sony Xperia Z1), but unbelievably, the HD2 is still going strong. It’s going so strong, in fact, that the clever, clever people at XDADevelopers (in this case, the user chautruongthinh) have now got Android KitKat running on it…
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the HTC Hd2 is the single most versatile phone that has ever existed. You tell me one other phone that can run as many different smartphone operating systems as this beastie can. So, what’s it like to run KitKat on the HD2…? Continue reading →
I’ve written about the Snapdragon 800 processor before, and you may well remember that every time I speak about it, I tend to gush. That processor is also a big part of why I reckon the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 are so nice, because it means that they’re the most powerful smartphones on the market.
Well, for now, at least.
Y’see, it’s one of the cast-iron truths of the tech world; technology never stops evolving. What’s awesome today will be surpassed in future. According to PocketNow, that’ll soon happen to the Snapdragon 800 processor, because the Snapdragon 805 is on the way… Continue reading →
Do ye remember when the Phonebloks project was first announced, and I said how there was next to no chance of it ever actually happening? And then, do ye remember how Motorola got behind the idea and announced Project Ara, a project to make a similar modular phone with the Phonebloks’ creator’s input? And ye remember how I was never so happy to have been proved wrong?
Well now, we know a bit more about what’s happening with Project Ara, thanks to a press release from 3D printing company 3D Systems; turns out that the two companies, Motorola and 3D Systems, have joined forces.
Right then, I’ve spoken about CyanogenMod before, and about how the creators have formed themselves a company, called Cyanogen Inc, dedicated to bringing the modified Android ROM across to loads more phones (including actual, branded, honest-to-god CyanogenMod phones). Up till now, though, we had no idea about what their plans in the hardware space might be.
In truth, we still don’t really know what their plans in the hardware space might be, but we do at least know, now (from the company’s own Google+ page), that they’ve got themselves a hardware partner, to actually develop the phone!
I do love it when rumours about new phones pop up online, ‘cos I find they always fall into two distinct categories, namely: 1/ so bleedin’ obvious it’s a foregone conclusion; or 2/ don’t be daft, that’s never going to happen. An example of the second kind would be to say, ooh, I dunno, that the replacement for the iPhone 5c will run on Android, to keep costs down. An example of the first category, I reckon, is the existence of the oft-rumoured HTC M8, said to be the next flagship that the Taiwanese manufacturer’s working on.
We may also have some idea, now, of what the HTC M8′s spec sheet looks like, ‘cos according to PocketNow, those specs have been rumoured online. So, what’s the crack? Continue reading →
I’ve said before that I’m a big fan of being able to customise my phone (an HTC phone, in my case), which is why I prefer Android to every other platform out there. Of course, customisation doesn’t just mean things like fiddling about with widgets; it can be as simple as just changing the sounds that play when ye get a text message. Of course, when it comes to that, that’s pretty much all you can do; you can set a new text alert sound, or a new ringtone, and that’s about it.
Well, unless you use a new accessory called Scentee, that’s been tested out by Engadget. What it is, right, is a little gizmo that plugs into the headphone socket on your phone, and makes stinky things happen… Continue reading →