Tag Archives: Samsung

Imagine a 4G phone with a battery made of pixie dust and sorcery

Imagine a 4G phone with a battery made of pixie dust and sorceryModern smartphones are brilliant, aren’t they? They’re uber-powerful, they look gorgeous, and with 4G data, they’re now ridiculously fast online as well. Of course, none of that matters when it comes to charging them up, because that part still takes ages. However, what if I told you there was a way to charge your smartphone in just 30 seconds?

Unbelievably, that’s precisely what StoreDot claims to be able to do… Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 review – not a revolution, but what an evolution!

Samsung Galaxy S5 - not a revolution, but what an evolution!Like clockwork, the year after the release of their best flagship phone ever, Samsung goes ahead and releases another flagship that’s even better than last year’s flagship (which is thus toppled from its flagship-perch), and that has a name one number higher. We should be used to it by now, ‘cos it happens every year, and the end results are always brilliant. And now it’s the turn of the new Samsung Galaxy S5, so it’s time to see how good this phone really is… Continue reading

Android Wear – okay, NOW wearable devices might get good!

Android Wear - okay, NOW wearable devices might get good!Right then, you all know how I love Android, ‘cos I’ve mentioned that very fact around, ooh, eleven thousand times. It’s brilliant, it really is, but what it’s not been brilliant at, up till now, is powering wearable devices. There’s a good reason for that; Android is designed to power big screens like you’ll find on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Stick it on a watch, with a diddy screen that’s too small for you to poke accurately, and it’s just not a good experience at all.

But what if there was a version of Android designed to run on smartwatches and other wearable devices? Well now there is, its name is Android Wear, and it may in fact be the thing that takes smartwatches into the mainstream. Allow me to explain… Continue reading

Xperia, Galaxy, Firefox, X – the biggest news from MWC 2014

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

Irony meters explode worldwide, as Apple complains about patent lawsuits

[The opinions expressed in the blog post are entirely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mobileshop.com.]

I’ve said it before, and I’ll doubtless say it again, probably in a really exasperated tone of voice, but patent lawsuits annoy various unnamed bits of my body right off me. I’ve spoken at great length (usually in the Rants category of this blog) about how I sincerely believe that patent lawsuits serve only two purposes: 1/ to stifle innovation; and 2/ to make patent lawyers rich.

Well it turns out that I’m not alone in my utter loathing of frivolous patent lawsuits, although what is surprising is the entity that agrees with me, ‘cos according to PocketNow, the entity who agrees with me is, in fact, Apple.

My irony meter seems to have exploded… Continue reading

Jelly Bean is now the most used version of Android in the world

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

Technical Markus makes his predictions for 2014

Well there we go, folks. Another year is almost over! I tell ye, it’s flown by, so it has; it only feels like yesterday when I was making my predictions for this year, and now, ’tis time for me to make my predictions for 2014.

and then, just like 2013, you can have fun seeing how accurate my predictions end up being. I predict (kinda meta-prediction, that, ain’t it) that they’ll either be really accurate, or not accurate in the slightest, which should serve nicely to widen the betting pool for everyone involved and make it all a lot more fun. Y’know, if you’re having a sweepstake on it.

So, anyway, what’s gon’ happen in 2014? Continue reading

So, 0800 calls are set to be free from mobile phones, by the middle of 2015

Ain’t it infuriating how, no matter how many free minutes you have on your phone contract, whether it’s a contract with Three or EE or O2 or whoever, calls to 0800 numbers are never actually free? I find that infuriating, I do, and not a little ironic, considering that everyone calls 0800 numbers “freephone numbers”. I mean it really does take the mickey, right, calling something a freephone number when it’s one of the few phone numbers that you’ll always have to pay money to call from your mobile.

Welp, it seems that Ofcom, the regulatory body that regulates (well they would, being a regulatory body, and everything) all things mobile in the UK, agrees with us on that point. And thus, things are going to change… Continue reading

So, no Facebook app update = NO USING FACEBOOK ON MY PHONE?

[The opinions expressed in the blog post are entirely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mobileshop.com.]

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.

Er, except… not that simple, actually… Continue reading

The Snapdragon 800 is awesome, but the Snapdragon 805 will be awesomer

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