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SMS integration to be removed from Google Handouts.

According to an email being sent out by Google, Hangouts SMS integration will stop working after May 22, 2017. The company will presumably roll out an update on the day that will disable the SMS integration functionality on the app. Google will start showing an in-app notification to …

Google Maps to add two new interesting features.

Right back in 2008 I got my hands on my first Android device, the fantastic T-Mobile G1. One application stood out above all the rest – Google Maps. Back then it was just a very simple mapping tool giving users a fairly simple view of the world. Google …

Android Wear 2.0 updates start rolling out

One of the most frustrating things in the tech world, as far as I’m concerned, is the announcement of a device, and then a massive lull before it is actually available to buy or download.  This is particularly annoying for OTA updates.  Android Wear 2.0 is the classic …

You fanboy you

Google defines a fanboy as ‘a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, film, or science fiction’. To most of us, however, a fanboy is a passionate, perhaps an irrational, but most definitely a misguided fan of a rival mobile phone operating system (could be …

The Cubot X17. A smartphone for around £100. Decent?

Well, how do I start this one exactly? Quite some time ago, the people at Cubot sent me a phone to review. It was the Cubot X17. Now you may not have heard of them, but they do a range of smartphones but this particular one is over …

Apple Launch New iPhones and a cheaper iPad

Without the usual fanfare of an Apple launch, a number of new iDevices have been announced to the market. Yes Red iPhones, larger capacity iPhone SEs and a new iPad have announced by everyone’s  fruit based tech company, and we have to say that the red looks rather awesome. …

Yes, yet more Samsung Galaxy S8 leakage

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is quickly becoming the most leaked phone in history. As Mobile World Congress was drawing to a close, an official image leaked out and we’ve since had specs leaking out too. We’re expecting a Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and @evleaks has revealed …

Sony Xperia L1 Announced

Our coverage at Barcelona brought a raft of mobile phones, but no – Sony have another one for us. Available in black, white or pink, it’s the Xperia L1. This has 2GB of RAM and runs on a MediaTek Quad-core 64-bit CPU running at 1.45GHz. There’s also 16GB …

VR – Still a big plaything

You’ve seen it on your high street, right? Charity shops and bookies. They’re seemingly everywhere. Now it’s happening on your mobile too. Juniper Research has predicted that by 2021 nearly $1 trillion will be bet via the internet, with mobile representing the “majority of net growth.” In fact, …

Fancy some cheap streaming sticks?

We’ve got a couple of good deals on those clever sticks that sit in your HDMI port today. First up, it’s the Roku TV stick. This is now down to just £27.99 with free delivery, plus they’re also giving you “The Judge” as part of the offer. The …

Elretron wants you take you back in time

Pah, modern technology. Who needs that eh? The guys at Elretron want you to take a journey back to the age of typewriters, when we had mechanical keyboards that went “Clack, Clack, Clack”. They’re just about to put their idea on Kickstarter and pricing is said to be …

Polk BOOM Swimmer Duo Bluetooth Speaker – Review

Going for a bike ride? Taking a shower? A bath? Perhaps you’re on a boat or you’re taking a holiday? Want some music for your travels? Well, check this new speaker out from Polk Audio. It’s the Swimmer Duo speaker and, although it’ll work fine on it’s own, …

Making the switch to Virgin Media. A geeky broadband story.

The internet, in our modern world, has become essential. It’s no longer a “nice to have” thing so that you can look things up. Now we’re watching live IPTV, downloading movies, conducting video calls and working from home. After water, gas and electric we’re fully expecting the modern …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 199. An in-car special. Remember these?

After the insanity of the Mobile World Congress, a lot of my colleagues have collapsed with exhaustion. So, with time at a premium and a distinct lack of coffee or holiday time, I’ve decided to record a special edition of the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Long-time listeners may remember how …

Edifier MP280 – Review

OK, normal-looking Bluetooth speaker, right? Pretty standard, right? Well no. Not at all my digital friend. Dangle the Edifier MP280 off your back-pack, stick it in the middle of your camp site, put it in the bathroom while you take a shower and .. woah.. there’s a fine …

Leophile Eel Wireless Neckband Headphones – Review

The thing with Bluetooth headphones, usually, is that the battery life isn’t all that great. People want a light in-ear heaphone but they also don’t want a hefty battery hanging off their head. Here, that’s solved as the battery equipment is stored in a neckband. This slips around …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 198. OK, we’re a little late but..

Before we got on a plane to Barcelona, Matteo hosted a live podcast. Trouble is, this never got converted into an MP3 until just now, so we’re slightly out of date here. That said, this is a great pre-event podcast for anyone with a time machine or someone …

Vodafone Huawei P10 pre-orders now live too

OK, you know the deal by now. It looks like Huawei has hit the ground running with the P10 as it’s also available to pre-order with Vodafone. Again, we can’t see any of those funky lush colours mentioned at the launch event but, if you head to Vodafone …

Three starting Huawei P10 and P10 Plus pre-orders from Thursday

Yesterday we told you about EE offering up the P10 and P10 Lite. Today it’s the turn of Three, who’ve informed us that their pre-orders will begin on March 23rd – this coming Thursday. They’ll be ranging the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, with the P10 priced up …