Tag: youtube

In video. A phone without the Google Apps.

(Article updated with working YouTube videos) Just yesterday I tried to get a Honor 9X Pro to be a bit more “Googley”. I had a small element of success but things do tend to get worse, as I’ll explain here. Sadly, due to a ban on Huawei (and …

YouTube Music gets a transfer update as Google Play Music shuts down

Ahead of plans to shut down Google Play Music later this year (so unlike Google to just shut down services isn’t it?), starting now, Google Play Music users will be able to move their libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to the newer YouTube Music service. To do …

Free movies on Saturday

We’re now getting more and more emails from music and movie PR teams. Not sure why, but today Lionsgate got in touch to let you guys know that, over the next four Saturdays, they will be making four of their movies available for absolutely nothing on YouTube. Whilst …

Daily Joe Wicks PE Lessons – All ad-revenue heading to the NHS

We recently mentioned the Joe Wicks daily workouts which are keeping us all active. With schools mostly shut down and kids stuck in the house, his daily PE lessons have been part of the morning routine for many. His YouTube channel, as you can see from the numbers, …

YouTube and Amazon Prime reduce video quality

Following moves by Netflix, Amazon and YouTube will now also be lowering the quality of video content. There’s also rumours that temporary measures may also be put in place by the BBC with their iPlayer service and by Disney+, which is set to launch shortly. Amazon stated .. …

Use a Google app or product? Brexit could change your GDPR rights

OK, the letters “GDPR” will probably spark confusion here. If you’ve had any involvement in it at work, you’ll probably have a cold sweat right now. However, for everyone else it’s a really good thing. Set out by the EU, it stands for “General Data Protection Regulation” and …

Get Gapps-exit done. Huawei says, “No going back”

The mighty Huawei and Honor have been properly stuck over the last few months. The delightful and totally sane Donald Trump has put the company into the USB security bad books, and has banned them from working with any US company. That means that upcoming Huawei and Honor …

Turkey for Christmas, but it won’t be getting any Google Apps

So, very much like “the Huawei problem” and the Trump Trade block which is preventing Google Apps from appearing on upcoming Huawei phones – Turkey will soon have the same issue. Google started having a few issues in Turkey after Russian internet company Yandex decided to file an …

Mate30 and Mate30 Pro images leak ahead of Munich launch

We’re all ready for the launch of the new Huawei Mate 30 on Thursday but one thing that probably won’t be is those Google Apps. As you might know if you’re a regular here, upcoming Huawei phones can’t have those all-important apps. Sure, the ones in the shops …

IFA – The Huawei P30 Pro. This is what we now know…

We stayed off the beer (well, we had a bit) and arrived bright and early for the big Huawei announcement here in Berlin. There was confirmation of the upcoming Huawei P30 Series, confirmation of the P30 Pro, confirmation that it would launch in “Mystic Blue” on September 23rd, …

Huawei faces a Mate 30 launch without the all-important Google apps

Like Brexit. Huawei is now facing the unbelievable reality that things are about to go very wrong indeed. Their newly-announced handsets will lack the default Google apps that people use on a daily basis. Despite several reprieves, Google has has now confirmed that the Trump Trade Termination will …

Downloading that YouTube tune to your phone – still possible.

This weekend I heard a tune which I really wanted to listen to properly. It was on the radio but it’s nowhere to be found on platforms like Spotify or Deezer. It wasn’t released, but it was all over places like Mixcloud and YouTube. That, then, is where …

Blogging for 16 years, and counting..

Over the weekend I got chatting with an old friend. The subject of my “strange hobby” came up they asked if I was still doing “that website thing”. Well, yes. Yes I am. The conversation went on for a while and it made me realise just how long …

We’re on that Facebook thing

Social media. We’re all over it. InstaTwit, SnapTube, FaceGram and YouBook. We’re on it and we’re, like, proper experts and that. If Facebook is your thing, just head to .. www.facebook.com/coolsmartphonedotcom   …and we’re there. You can find us easily by just searching for @coolsmartphonedotcom on Facebook too. …

YouTube – We made a boob.

Becoming a well-paid YouTube video star seems to be really high on the list of “wants” for kids in 2018. Many think that they don’t need to concentrate at school, because they can merely chuck a few YouTube videos up, get loads of subscribers, then live like a …

Goodbye then. It’s all over.

We’ve surfed this wave for years. We’ve gone from the very early days, covering Windows-powered SPV phones, Smartphone 2002 handsets and Pocket PC’s. Now we’re plugged into the modern, fast and ultra-clever smartphones of today. But I’m worried.. We now live in a world where a colossal 9 …

Get on our YouTube train!

You know us by now. We write reviews, we cover live events. We even road-test cars. As part of all this, we do some lovely YouTube videos. Our channel is right here, and you can whack the lovely red “Subscribe” button to be informed next time a video …