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How app pricing seems to impact app types

If you follow us on Twitter then you may have seen me mention the fact that Kodi is riding high in the Google Play apps charts. It’s not overly surprising though, especially when you consider how many people are buying Android TV boxes or attempting to get around …

Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace announced

The Samsung Galaxy Ace line of handsets has had quite a success since it launched a few years ago, and the brand has been seen on a few models in its time. The latest device to carry the Ace brand is the Samsung Galaxy J2 Ace which was …

Huawei Mate 9 available on Three UK

In my opinion it’s one of the best phones to have been announced last year. Now it’s available on the high street for the buying public. Three and Huawei have just announced that the Mate 9 is going on sale in some of the Three stores and also …

Galaxy S7 edge on Vodafone – New Blue for you

My wife has the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and, quite frankly, I’m surprised that it’s still in one piece. You may remember what happened with her Samsung Galaxy S5, and the plastic construction seemed to cope with the constant drops very well. So, if you’ve had a look …

HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play announced

Fancy a handset that will help you through your day? With artificial intelligence and voice assistants becoming a big thing in tech, HTC have chosen to deliver a new helper in their two new handsets. Called “Sense Companion”, it can advise you to charge up if you’ve got …

I’ve always wanted to be a DJ. Now everyone can have a go.

Back in the day, when we used to have nightclubs and you’d go outside to meet other people instead of “swiping” them, I always wanted to be the DJ. The nearest I got was doing the lights in a local nightclub, and I made the mistake of leaving …

Out of no-where, the HTC Desire 650 arrives

With Mobile World Congress happening next month, the very last thing we expected to see was a new handset from HTC in early January. That, though, is what we have – the Desire 650. There’s a bit of a backstory to this one. It appeared on the Taiwanese …

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – Now £120.91

Right, first up I should mention that this phone doesn’t have Band 20 on LTE, so no 800MHz 4G. Oh, and it also doesn’t have NFC, so no “tap to pay” magic. However, what it does have is a 2.1GHz Helio X20 deca-core CPU with a Mali T880 …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 192 You might as well drop 5 stars

Khellan and I opened 2017 with a cracking episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast: Coolsmartphone Podcast 192 You might as well drop 5 stars. We discussed CES, Samsung’s A range, Cyanogen and Lineage, Chromebooks and the Honor 6X. Matteo – @Todoleo Khellan – @Wubanger5 As usual feel free to …

Its finally here! (sort of) – Nokia Android phone announced

In 2011, Nokia took the now-fateful decision to abandon the “burning platform” of Symbian and moved over to Windows Phone. This decision was close one; in those days the smartphone market was very different with multiple OS’s having a reasonable foothold (as opposed to the duopoly of today …

Can’t get an appointment with your GP? See one online

In a way I’m not overly happy that a service like this exists, or has to exist. The NHS here in the UK is crumbling. There’s many reasons for it, and we could argue about them all day, but fact is – it’s broken. We’re now in a …

Honor 6X First Impressions

First impressions matter. Or so we are led to believe. My Honor 6X arrived today and I’ve wasted no time taking it out of its box and popping my SIM and a memory card into it. The things I do for Coolsmartphone.com and you readers. The Honor 6X …

Honor 6X coming to Europe and USA

The Honor 6X was announced and has been available in China since October 2016. Honor have ramped things up and the device will be available to pre-order in Europe and the USA as of later today. The Honor 6X is a mid-range 5.5″ device which will replace the …

Samsung A3 (2017) and A5 (2017) announced

Samsung didn’t get much good press in the second half of 2016, mainly related to the Note 7 issues. We’re just a few days into 2017 and the Korean smartphone giant has just officially announced the A3 (2017) and A5 (2017) for European markets. The Samsung A7 (2017) …

New Year Honor 8 Deal at Amazon.co.uk

“Happy New Year Everyone!” That seems to be what Amazon.co.uk and Honor are saying to us today. With an Honor 8 Deal. In Blue. Whether you are still slightly tipsy from last night or under the weather of some seasonal bug, this is a deal you won’t want …

CyanogenMod vanishes off the web as DNS is pulled

It seems that there’s no love lost between Cyanogen Inc and CyanogenMod. The CyanogenMod.org website is now dead. It comes just hours after this blog post from the developers behind it. When the CyanogenMod team announced that they were going to fork the source code yesterday we simply …

Goodbye CyanogenMod. Hello forkers.

Well, we didn’t want this to come (especially so late on Christmas Eve when we’re all full of mince pies) but it has. Following our earlier news that Cyanogen OS is to be retired, it now looks like CyanogenMod in its current form is toast too. However, there’s …

Huawei Mate 9 – Review

At the beginning of November, Huawei released something a little bit exciting – the Huawei Mate 9. I was lucky enough to be given one of these devices for review and as such have been using it for the past few weeks. It is now time for me to …