Author: Coolsmartphone Staff

Despicable Me: Minion Rush App Review

Fans of Despicable Me, listen up! As is so common with new movie releases nowadays, the makers behind Despicable Me have released a mobile game. Do you also like Temple Run? Blimey, this is your special day! Gameplay The game see’s your character taking on loads of obstacles …

NOW TV Box from Sky, absurdly cheap…

Sky (yes Sky!) have just entered the hardware streamer market with the launch of the Now TV box this morning. As the name implies, it’s a standalone box that can stream Now TV as well as other services such as iPlayer, 5 On Demand, Sky News, BBC News …

Google Maps update hits iOS

Google’s updated Maps app for iOS has hit the App Store. The new version, which brings improvements to search, navigation and traffic information, is also the first dedicated Google Maps app for iPad. Android users have had a week to play with the new features, as we detailed …

HTC One update on Three rolling

    Blimey, this was quick! So HTC announced this morning that the 4.2.2 update for the HTC One was being rolled out to the UK today, and now Three have tweeted the same for their phones. I think that’s one of the quickest updates from a carrier so …

Google Maps 7.0 hits Play Store

The updated Google Maps has finally appeared on the Play Store. Featuring the new stripped down UI first featured on the iPhone, it’s quite a change from the previous Android versions which were fairly Chrome heavy. There are also a number of other changes.  UI The new UI …

Spotify updated for Windows Phone

Spotify’s app for Premium users on Windows Phone has just received an update. Not much in the way of new features this time, but they have introduced scrubbing through tracks, which was a big omission from the last version, so a welcome addition. Other than that there are …

HTC Hire Iron Man (sort of!)

Ok I’ll admit I got WAY over excited when I heard this and let my imagination get the better of me! Heads up displays, Jarvis voiceovers – maybe even a Stark industries phone – but no, sadly the truth is a little more down to earth. HTC have …

Spotify for Android now has Notification area controls

Spotify have released an update to their Android app, which brings notification area controls for the first time. If you have Jelly Bean 4.1 or above, you will now be able to control playback straight from your notifications area, instead of opening the app itself. Radio performance has …

Microsoft nearly bought Nokia as well – who’s next?

Microsoft and Nokia’s current smartphone business is so interdependent that many in the phone industry have joked that Microsoft should just buy Nokia. Apparently that had occurred to Microsoft too, and negotiations had not only begun, but had reached an advanced stage, before collapsing – according to the …

My choice of apps – Windows Phone edition #2

This is the second article in the series of Coolsmartphone’s favourite apps for Windows Phone. I switched to Windows Phone 8 (an HTC 8X) from Android in December, and at the time I wasn’t sure I would last, but I have to say I now love Windows Phone and have completely …

Talk.to Windows Phone Messenger for Google Talk and Facebook

Talk.to is a free Windows Phone IM client for Google Talk, Facebook Messages and SMS in US, Canada & India, as well as being its own messenger platform between Talk.to clients. The Windows Phone version has just been updated to become the first free IM client that does …

iOS 7 ‘Still a work in progress’ claims TNW

Many people have differing opinions on iOS 7’s re-design, and many people have taken to the internet to express these views, including myself. However, whether you are a lover or hater of the new design, you cannot argue that Apple held back their visions and ideas. TNW‘s Matthew …

Samsung Galaxy S4 v Apple iPhone 5 – What is the best option?

Two of the biggest and best smartphones available on today’s market are the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5. With both devices possessing impressive performance specifications, immersive touchscreen displays and multi-tasking capabilities, it is certainly a close battle. So, here is a comparison of two smartphone …

Instance reduced in Windows Phone Marketplace

Instance, the truly excellent Instagram app for Windows Phone is temporarily on offer in the Windows Phone Marketplace. For the time being it is available for the bargain price of 79p Formally known as “Itsdagram”, Instance allows you to: Register for an Instagram account, upload photos, see & get …

Android App Review – LatteScreen by AppDisco

I’m always up for making a few quid, given today’s economical climate, and all that.  So when Leigh told me of an app that makes you rich, I jumped at the chance to review it.  Wahey – who doesn’t like the sound of that?  Just unlock your phone, …

HTC considers releasing stock ROM for regular Ones

Hot on the heels of the HTC One Google Edition announcement yesterday, there’s now the possibility of HTC releasing an official stock Android ROM for those with “HTC Editions”. In comments made to Pocket-lint, a HTC spokesmen was quoted as saying that HTC was “taking a look at …

HTC One Google Edition officially unveiled

Everyone knew it was coming, and now Sundar Pichai has revealed the phone that everyone has been waiting for live on stage at the D11 conference. It’s the same amazing hardware that everyone has been raving about, minus Sense and plus some stock Android goodness. The model will …

Twitter for Android hits version 4.1

Twitter are continuing their recent push to turn their Android app into something you’d actually want to use. With the 4.0 update, I actually switched to it as my go to Twitter app, and with 4.1 they’ve made it that little bit better.  The compose screen is actually …

Gmail update brings multiple inboxes

In what is a fairly major update, Google have added multiple Inboxes to Gmail on the web and to its Gmail and iOS apps. The inboxes take the form of tabs, with categories for Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. The idea is that bulk mail from …

All Sky’s Android apps hacked by SEA

This morning we’re waking up to news of a pretty major security breach on the Android platform. ALL of BSkyBs Android apps were replaced on the Google Play store with hacked version from the Syrian Electronic Army. This affects all of Sky’s apps – Sky Go, Sky+, Sky …