Author: Ian Furlong

HTC announce the Butterfly S

HTC have revealed The Butterfly s with a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera sensor, at its Taiwan launch event. It’ll arrive boasting an identical-sounding 5-inch 1080p display, front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and Sense 5. There aren’t any official images yet, these were leaked last week. The specs …

Tapatalk for Android and iOS is now Free

Here at Coolsmartphone we love bargains and there’s nothing better than something for nothing. At the moment the fantastic forum app Tapatalk is now free. If you subscribe to a lot of Forums Tapatalk is the app for you as puts all your posts into one place with …

Google Buys Waze

It has been reported that Google has bought the social mapping/GPS app Waze. Never used Waze? Well, we’ve been tracking it for a while now and reviewed it in 2011. Waze is a free GPS app that’s available on both iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but it’s star …

This Call May Be Recorded

For training purposes or just to be generally nosey….. Here at Coolsmartphone we’ve been contacted by copluk. They wanted us to review their call recording app – “Free Call Recorder – ACR“. It is available for free from the Play Store, then you have the option to pay …

My Choice Of Apps – Android Edition #3

As with other members of the team I’ve been writing a choice of Apps piece and the reasons why. These are the five apps that I install every time, I either put a new ROM in my phone ( which is quite a lot ) or have a …

New Nexus 7 Coming In July ?

Thinking of getting the Google Nexus 7? Well I’ve got one and I’d say go get one, for the price the specs and performance are second to none. I say get one but I also say wait till July if rumours from Reuters are to be believed, Google’s …

Google Currents Now Plays Audio

I love Google Currents I don’t know why but I prefer it to Flipboard, now Google Currents got itself an interesting update today with support for editions that contain audio. It looks like you’ll now be able to play audio from within the application itself, complete with a …

Three say “neigh” to data limits

Three have gone a bit pony with their new ad campaign. The new commercial features a moonwalking Shetland Pony (yes, you read that right) and you’ll be able to share version of the ad through an online remix tool – ponymixer.com. It’s to promote the fact that people …

Return Of The IR Blaster ?

Not so many years ago most phones/PDA’s came fitted with a IR (infrared) emitter, but this has slowly died a death and the technology was left behind. Bluetooth became the new way to transfer data. I remember lining up two devices to”beam” over simple text files or ring …

New HTC phone … large scale advert leak

I believe that in our green pleasant land there is a small game, played all around the country called football. Now I myself am not a fan as I watch the other “odd” shaped ball running and catching game. But I’m lead to believe that this ” football” …

Huawei to release a variant of the W1 Windows Phone in Africa

Huawei the Chinese telecom giant has today announced, that in partnership with Mircosoft that a customised windows device is to be launched as part of its new 4Afrika Initiative. Plans include developing a  cheap wireless broadband in the Rift Valley in Kenya and help local people in South Africa and Egypt …

Samsung announce two low cost phones

  Samsung has announced two low cost Android powered smart phones. These being the 3.5 inch screen Galaxy Frame and the 3.3 inch Galaxy Young, both of the handsets you will agree have a strong resemblance to the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2. We previously heard about the Galaxy …

New iOS 6.0/6.1 Jailbreak overloads servers

Today, a group of iOS hackers calling themselves the Evad3rs has released a usable jailbreak for the iPhone 5. It also works on any other iOS device capable of running iOS 6.0 or 6.1, with the exception of the Apple TV (3rd generation). This release has completely overloaded …

Nexus 4 Charging Orb Spotted

Right you lucky people who are in possession of a Nexus 4, (THEY ARE CURRENTLY SHOWING AS IN STOCK ON THE PLAY STORE.) You know what it is like with the announcement of any official Nexus, there are a number of sexy accessories that are shown off at …

Seagate GoFlex Satellite – Review

About two “Gadget Show Live” events ago I was approached by a man carrying a iPad with a HD film playing on it. Nothing new there I thought, but as I was walking away, he showed me a small portable hard drive which he had in his pocket. …

Samsung see a surge in profits thanks to Galaxy smartphones

Have a look around you. Go on.. can you see someone with a Samsung phone? Is it a Galaxy device? Yeah. It’s the success of the Galaxy smartphones that have helped to boost the profits of Samsung by a massive 76% in the last three months of 2012. …

Samsung Galaxy S4 to offer wireless charging, leak suggests

Wireless charging could be front and centre on the Samsung Galaxy S4, reports suggest, as details about the next Galaxy S-branded kit continue to circulate ahead of its expected launch later this year. According to Korean site D Daily, S4 owners will be able to charge their handset’s …

Text payments service to launch in UK in Spring 2014

UK mobile users will be able to send and receive money by sharing only their phone number by Spring 2014, the Payments Council has said. Account owners will be asked by their banks if they want to opt-in to a database that will allow the sending of money …

Supply Problems For the Nokia Lumia ?

Nokia admitted the growth of its Windows Phone smartphone business has been held back by supply problems after it feared a potentially costly stockpile of unsold Lumia handsets. The Finnish giant today revealed financial results that were ahead of most analysts’ expectations to break even, but said its …

EE take note … T-Mobile enhance US 4G offering

Just a few months after debuting its truly unlimited data plan for contract customers, T-Mobile USA will begin offering the same service option to Monthly 4G prepaid customers as well. Prior to this, the highest tier of the Monthly 4G service was $70 (£43) for unlimited talk, text …