Author: Ian Furlong

KitKat-Based OmniROM Available for Google Nexus

Are you a Nexus 5 owner? Are you into the custon ROM scene? Well if you are like me (my N5 was just a few mere hours old before the bootloader was unlocked and the device rooted). Google Nexus 5 owners looking to get in on the fun: …

Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7s, Nexus 10

If you have got a Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 Wifi models) or a Nexus 10 you may want to start checking for the big update right about now, as the OTA to KitKat has been released into the wild according to the official Android Google+ account. The …

Lenovo announce The Vibe Z with Snapdragon 800 and dual-SIM unveiled

Lenovo has announced a new smartphone the Vibe Z. It’s got a decent high end spec using the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU, a 5.5 – inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel f/1.8 dual-LED flash camera and a 5-megapixel front facing snapper. …

Carphone Warehouse to stock HTC Desire 500

Bringing the best bits of HTC at an affordable price, it’s the Desire 500 and it’s now available at Carphone Warehouse. They have become the first UK retailer to start this device and you can hook it into all the major mobile networks. If you enjoy HTC BoomSound …

Carphone warehouse to get vivid blue HTC One

Independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has today launched the “vivid blue” version of the HTC One in the UK. The Blue HTC One Mini is also up for pre-order. Carphone, which has exclusivity over the blue HTC One in the UK, and prices are set at £489.95 SIM-free, also …

Could EE’s 4G bandwidth fees quadruple?

Ofcom has published a consultation on greatly increasing annual fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum bands in the UK to bring them more in line with the additional bands auctioned for 4G coverage. This could see rises in the amounts that networks pay to run their mobile …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Hands on

Today I nipped to the local Three store to obtain a SIM card,. While there I was just making general enquiries about the Galaxy Note 3, the guy serving me said that the Samsung retail rep was in the store and they should be told release dates today. …

Amazon announces Kindle Fire HDX tablets

Amazon has announced two new Kindle Fire HDX tablets, one with a 7-inch 1920×1200 screen and another with an 8.9-inch 2560×1600. These screen sizes and resolutions are enough to give Google’s Nexus tablets a run for their money, and their 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 SoCs and 2GB of RAM …

Casing shortage’ affecting HTC’s ability to meet demand for smaller handset

Supply chain problems may add to HTC’s difficulties this quarter, if a recent report from Reuters is accurate. The news agency reports via “sources familiar with the matter,” that the Taiwanese manufacturer is facing shortages of the HTC One Mini’s aluminum casing due to “design difficulties.” The report …

Happy Birthday Android

I can’t believe it’s been nearly half a decade since I got my hands on the the HTC G1, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Today marks the 5th anniversary of Android. The initial release was on September 23rd 2008 and we covered the launch and the new …

iOS 7 waterproofs your device.. erm…Not.

A fake Apple advert claiming the new iOS7 software makes iPhones and iPads waterproof has apparently fooled some users into destroying their devices. The “advert” circulating on social media sites claims that updating devices with the operating system installs a “smart switch” that cuts off the phone’s power …

Focal Camera app now on Google Play

Following the launch of Cyanogen Inc., the Focal Camera app became a casualty when it was removed from the CM builds. It has, however, reappeared with a proper release in Google Play. Labeled as a beta product, it’s an improved (but not finished) release of the open-source camera …

NYPD tells Apple users to update to iOS 7

The New York Police Department has started handing out flyers outside the city’s Apple stores, asking people to update to the latest version of iOS. Well, it would appear that the police in New York are entirely fed up of chasing after iPhone thieves. In New York, iPhone and …

BBM for Android and iOS put on hold

Following on from my last post about a number of fake BBM apps in the Play Store, BlackBerry has finally given a statement on the status of the BBM rollout for users on Android and iOS, and it looks like things are on hold for the time being. …

Google Play full of fake BBM apps.

Since everyone’s asking, yes. There are a bunch of “BBM” apps in Google Play at the moment. None of them is real. We know that people are getting excited about BBM for Android. We are, too. But we also need to be a little patient as BlackBerry works …

CyanogenMod On the Oppo N1 ?

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has promised “exciting news ahead” following the big changes at Cyanogen. They’re now a fully-fledged company and are taking a really strong and organised approach to securing and updating your device. This latest news comes from his announcement that they will be attending the …

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing now on Android

One of my little boys favourite games on the iPad, Sonic & SEGA Kart Racing, is now available on Google Play. SEGA has today launched its popular kart-racing game Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing on Android. There’s AiAi of Super Monkey Ball fame, Ulala from Space Channel 5 …

A dock for every device you own

Looking through the crowd funding site Kickstarter I think my prayers have been answered with the Everdock. Well-made and nice-looking, universal docks that work with a variety of devices are hard to come by. The folks at FUZ Designs are hoping to solve that problem with EverDock. The …

Lifeproof iPad Mini case – Review

Sometime ago I bought myself a shiny new retina display iPad, lovely I thought, that was until my wife saw it. ..I no longer have a retina iPad. Then Apple released the iPad mini. Great, I thought,  I’ll treat myself, plus it will be easy to pop in …

Nexus 7 LTE now available in the UK

International Android fans rejoice! The Nexus 7 LTE is expanding its availability to several more countries starting today. Google Play is now selling the mobile data-enabled Nexus 7 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea. Pricing in the UK is at £299 for the 32GB model …