Author: Coolsmartphone Staff

HTC One mini 2. The details.

This isn’t a math’s lesson before anyone tries to run away.  It’s HTC Launching the One Mini 2 “The world’s most grippable android ever” according to HTC.  But as all good things come in small packages, lets go see what we can say about this. The specs first are …

Spotify gets massive update on Windows Phone

Poor old Windows Phone, it’s often the forgotten platform and gets lots of things last. Spotify was a prime example, where the app has languished far behind its iOS and Android brothers as they got shiny new features. But today Spotify has shown its Windows Phone app some love …

Clauncher – The new “Beautiful Launcher” for Android

Did you wake up this morning and think… My phone isn’t as beautiful as it could be, old fashioned icons, boring skins and themes from your phones manufacturer.  Well if you did then “CLauncher” could be for you. CLauncher is a relatively new launcher for android phones (Android …

WWDC 2014, Keep June 2nd Free

It’s that time of the year again when Apple set their date for WWDC and we are inundated with ideas of what might be released this year. Will it be the Ipad 12, Iphone 26S, Mac OS 134.23.  Okay they are a bit over exaggerated but we have …

Sprng earphone clips – Review

Apple’s EarPods were a nice improvement on their original bundled earphones, but their acoustic shell is a bit slippery, so keeping them in your ears when active can be a challenge.  Step forward Sprngs, which are clips that attach to each EarPod and anchor them in your ear. …

Google Project Ara.. One block at a time..

Do you remember Lego or Stickle Bricks… If so then Project Ara will be right up your street. Google are pushing ahead in leaps and bounds on getting Project Ara ready for us. Its Google’s modular smartphone with interchangeable parts which you assemble you’re self, depending on the …

Samsung Ativ SE – Available 12/4 in the USA

Living in the USA? On the Verizon Network? Fancy a new Windows Phone? I know you’re probably not but if you are great news for you Windows Phone fans.  Do you remember James’s post back in March about the Samsung Ativ SE (Link), well it’s being released (shipped) …

Googles latest Android Distribution

Its that time of the month again when we get to see how our good friends over at google are doing with all them different versions of Android.  Since March there have been some decent percentage movements with Android and its dominance from version to version.  KitKat as …

Samsung Galaxy S5 goes Mini (SM-G800) , Specs leaked

We had the S3 Mini, the S4 Mini and now we will have the S5 Mini.  As confirmed by SamMobile not long back, but now we have a few more details in the regards to specification for the phone.  Many were slightly disappointed with the S4 Mini with its …

Spotify turns to The Dark Side… May the new look be with you…

Now before you panic, Spotify hasn’t actually turned to the dark side as such..  But it has had one of it’s biggest updates for the web, iPhone and Android since it first launched all them years ago. Spotify are calling this their Best Ever looking Spotify with a …

CoPilot on test

So just to set my stall out, pre-Lumia and “Here”, I used CoPilot. It was one of the most feature-packed and reasonably-priced navigation products for Windows Mobile at the time. So here we are on a new platform – Windows Phone. It’s the same product and of course …

Three Rescue – New Insurance Option

“Whoops.. There it goes… Damn It”, are usually the words of some variety we use once we send our beloved piece of technology hurtling through the air at speed, before it comes into contact with the floor, grass, road or worse.. The toilet. What am I talking about? …

Future Sony Smartwatches won’t use Android Wear

Sony have been in the smartwatch game longer than most, developing their own version of Android as their OS of choice on their devices. Such as the LiveView and SmartWatch ranges. With the announcement of Android Wear you might think they’d be perfectly placed to be an early …

Goodbye iPad 2

Apple have announced today that they are finally putting the iPad 2 out of its misery. The three year old A5 powered tablet is being replaced by the (much much much better) iPad 4. For the same £329 you now get a retina display, double the RAM an …

Office Lens is released now save Whiteboard pictures saved to OneNote

The Final version Microsoft’s Office Lens has gone live on the Windows Phone Store today. This app makes it easier to capture “Chalk and Talk” presentation, of Whiteboard brainstorms and receipts for expenses. Using OCR the text from documents is made searchable.  There are 3 modes, Document Whiteboard and Photo. …

CMInstaller – Making CyanogenMod accessible to all.

CyanogenMod has long been the go to place for Android custom software and modification. Cyanogen (Steve Kondik) and the team recently ventured into the hardware business with the oppo N1. The handset has been well received and had opened up the Cyanogen version of Android to the masses. Now the …

Windows Phone 8.1 – A comment

The much anticipated Windows Phone 8.1 is due in April, however Microsoft have released the SDK to some developers with the disclaimer the some of the items listed in the MUI, from which a list of function have been extracted, might not make it to the final release …

Mobile traffic continues to rise

Last Friday, for most of us, it was pay day. It marked the end of the long (and very wet) month of January where we all recover from our Christmas spending. A lot of gifts were mobile devices, and sales of tablets in particular are predicted to outsell …

Facebook Paper app launch for iOS in US

Facebook have launched a new app for their social network today – Facebook Paper. This is a new app, but not an entirely new service – more a reimagining of the Facebook news feed. There have already been some great 3rd apps that have taken the basic content …

Swiftkey for iOS – Sort of

Many Android users are very familiar with Swiftkey’s excellent replacement keyboard, which is one of the best on Android. However, Apple are far more restrictive on custom keyboards – as in you can’t replace the keyboard, only make some enhancements in individual apps. This has obviously been vexing SwiftKey, …

888 Poker app review

To be honest, I’ve only got a vague recollection of how poker works, but it you want to play the game there’s plenty of apps kicking around the various mobile stores to let you practice and play without losing any money. When you get good and know the …

Been scammed by Cash4phones?

Leigh wrote in October about offers from Cash4phones not being what they ought to be (to put it mildly!), but things have gone from bad to worse. The company is now officially in receivership and the police are looking for the director. If you sent your phone in …

Channel Tunnel to get coverage from EE

Remember that ludicrous sequence from the first Mission Impossible film – where disaster is averted by a train going into the Channel Tunnel and losing phone signal? Well its going to need a rewrite thanks to EE. EE have announced this morning that they will be providing the UK …

New Metal Pebble watch announced at CES

Pebble have announced a second model at CES tonight – the Steel Pebble. Containing the same internals as the first Pebble, the outside has had a complete overhaul. Out goes the plastic case, and in comes stainless steel, Corning Gorilla glass and a tricolour LED. Importantly the new …

Ampkit hits v2 – now works with external controllers

The brilliant iOS guitar and bass amp simulator from Agile, AmpKit, has just had a big update and hit version 2.0. Performance and control is the focus in this update, with the introduction of Setlists for grouping setups, as well as MIDI and AirTurn controller support being introduced for …

iTunes 12 days of Xmas

Every year, in Europe, Apple run a 12 day promotion where they give away a premium app, song, TV show, film or book everyday. The promotion runs from 26th December until 6th January and this year the USA get to join in the festive fun. Each freebie is …

Cat iPhone 5/5S Case review

As I rule I usually buy just cheap cases for my iPhones. Although I’ve never broken one, I see more iPhones with dents and broken screens than any other phone. I don’t really like these cases, but they serve to keep the back scratch free, but let’s face …

Mindnode v3 for iOS7

If you haven’t come across it, Mindnode is a rather good Mind Mapping app for iOS (and OSX). Mindnode has just released version 3, which like lots of apps recently, is exclusive and redesigned for iOS7. The results are quite beautiful, with a new theme, redesigned document browser …

Facebook beta for Windows Phone update – tiles and notifications

Facebook Beta for Windows Phone has received one of its regular updates, and this one is a bit bigger than usual. Notifications and Messages have received big updates, with improved Toast notifications as well as Toast notifications for Messages/Chat. Tiles have also been redesigned, with a variety available, including …

Problems with Samsung 4.3 updates

We are seeing reports that Samsung and networks are pulling the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 and S4, due to the update causing severe problems. The S3 seems most affected and that is the update that is has currently been pulled by Samsung, but Sky are …

Google Play Music available for iOS

Yes you read that right! Google have FINALLY released their Google Play Music app for Apple’s iOS! For any iPhone user who doesn’t know, Google recently launched their “All Access” service which allows subscribers to stream music in a similar way to Spotify and Deezer but the free …

HTC One and Android – From an iPhone fan’s perspective

Introduction I have been a fan of the iPhone ever since the iPhone 3G, but find that after around 12 to 18 months of using a phone I get very bored. The issue with iOS is that it looks and feels the same no matter which device you’re …

Goophone Smartwatch Goodness

Smartwatches seem to be taking off sharply recently with the advent of the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch series. So far we have seen nothing majorly “innovative” that has stood out with most of these wearable devices acting as an extension to your smartphone. Enter to the …

Google Nexus 5 review

When reviewing the Nexus 5, I’m extremely conscious of getting caught up in the excitement phase that accompanies receiving a new phone. After looking back at last year’s review, I actually feel that my assessment was mostly fair. But still, the passing of time has allowed that device’s …

Pay Phones are back!

By now most people have at least one card in their wallet that they can use for contactless payments. EE have a “Cash on Tap” service that will enable some 4G phones to do the same. It’s in partnership with MasterCard and has been expanded today to include …

LG G2 vs Note 3 – camera comparison

Phablets, or just ‘big phones’ if you prefer, aren’t normally associated with great cameras, but the flagship models from both Samsung and LG both have fairly capably 13mp shooters. Therefore, it would be fairly rude not to compare them. Some stand out specifications are as follows Note3 13mp …

HTC One 4.3 Sense 5.5 update incoming

After starting in the Far East and US, European HTC One’s are now starting to get the Android 4.3 OTA update. This update includes an update to Sense, including new Blinkfeed options, the ability to disable Blinkfeed, camera and gallery updates and the ability to save articles to …