Category: Events

Google I/O 2010: Android app "update all" button coming to FroYo

Hooray! The dream, the fantasy, the ultimate in labour-saving app management has just been confirmed – Android 2.2 will let you update all of your apps at once, via the new UPDATE ALL option. We can honestly say we’ve never been this excited about seeing a grainy image of a grey text button before: Imagine […]

Google I/O 2010: Android 2.2 to offer "two to five times speed increase" on existing hardware

Google’s now showing off the all-new JIT compiler it’s sticking into its imminent FroYo Android 2.2 update, claiming – and showing in a live demo to back it up – that it offers a stunning performance increase of up to FIVE TIMES when running Android apps. Also, Google’s claiming a 2-3 time increase of speed […]

Google I/O 2010: 100,000 Android phones now activated every day

Google’s Android-related I/O conference is now underway, and the company is starting off with a little round-up of the successes and milestones Android has achieved during its first 18 months of life. Such as… – There are now over 60 compatible Android devices around the world, from the “leading consumer electronics companies” out there. – […]

Google I/O 2010: Wikitude Drive opening to 2000 US test drivers

The quite superb-looking ‘Augmented Reality’ satnav system Wikitude Drive will be making itself available to 2000 lucky US-based test drivers later today, as part of the Google I/O 2010 celebrations. Here’s a quick note from Wikitude – read the full announcement over on its blog and the related beta test page: “On May 20, 2010, […]

Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" coming in Q4 2010, says WebM media team

Crikey, while we’re all expecting Google to unleash Android 2.2 on us all later today at its Google I/O 2010 conference, plans are already well underway for a launch of the 3.0 refresh of the mobile OS. Over on the FAQ page for the WebM media project which Google revealed yesterday, a date is given […]

Google I/O 2010: On2's VP8 video codec now "open-source"

The first slightly interesting thing to emerge from Google’s I/O 2010 conference has been revealed – it’s to fully open-source the On2 VP8 video codec, which Google acquired the ownership of when it bought On2 in mid-2009. Which means we now all have a free-to-use video codec to power the next generation of HTML5 video […]

Google I/O 2010: MySpace to announce in-app status updates and integration

According to a report published on PaidContent today, long-forgotten but not gone social network MySpace is to announce a new push to integrate itself within Android apps at Google I/O this week. A new development tool for the bewilderingly popular Android version of the MySpace app will be made available, presumably very shortly, which will […]

Google and the internet at large gearing up for Google I/O 2010

Today is the day. Google’s I/O 2010 developer-focused event kicks off today (late afternoon Europe-time), and it’s hopefully where we’ll see the launch – or at least official confirmation of a launch date – of Android 2.2 or “FroYo” to give it its ridiculous codename. You know it’s going to be an important day when […]

  • Reviews

    • Sony Xperia Z2 review

      This is Sony’s latest go at producing a high-spec Android flagship model, with the Xperia Z2 ticking every one of 2014’s must-have tech bullet points. It has a large 5.2-inch 1080p display. It has the hot new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset inside. It has a massive 3GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It’s […]

    • LG/Google Nexus 5 review

      Nexus 5It’s smooth to use, the 1080p display is sharp, clear and bright, the device is extremely light and thin and therefore very pocketable and portable — much more so than other 5-inch phones we’ve used. And yet… we’re a bit unimpressed by the overall package…

    • Vodafone Huawei Ascend G510 review

      Huawei Ascend G510A relatively high-spec smartphone, with a 4.5″ display running at 480 x 854 resolution and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, plus the Ascend G510 arrives running Android 4.1.1 — albeit potentially hindered by Huawei only sticking 512MB of RAM inside it..

    • Kogan Agora 5.0" Dual-core Smartphone review

      We bought one of these using our actual money. We couldn’t quite believe that budget hardware maker Kogan was able to sell a 5″ Android phone for £119 plus delivery from Hong Kong so had to get one to have a look at the thing under our usual LABORATORY CONDITIONS. First impressions of the Kogan Agora […]

    • Panasonic Eluga review

      Panasonic ElugaThe Panasonic Eluga marks the company’s return to the European mobile phone scene years after several years of absence, and it’s come back to us with a moderately high-spec Android model that features a rather stylish, slim case.

    • HTC One V review

      The HTC One V is HTC’s third entry in its high-profile new HTC One range, offering a smaller 3.7″ display running on a single-core 1GHz processor. It is is very much the “affordable” option in HTC’s newest Android series, but it still arrives running the same HTC Sense 4 interface we saw in the excellent […]

    • HTC One S review

      The HTC One S is the piggy in the middle of HTC’s 2012 line-up, offering a 4.3″ AMOLED display inside a very slim and stylish aluminium chassis. You get the same ImageSense camera technology as employed to such great effect in the HTC One X, along with Android 4.0.3 and the very latest HTC Sense […]

    • HTC One X review

      Here it is then, HTC’s new quad-core monster, the 4.7″ flagship for 2012 that introduces the Tegra 3 processor to mobile phones, updates HTC’s range to Android 4.0 and brings us the supposedly streamlined version 4.0 of HTC’s Sense user interface. You also get a fantastic 8megapixel camera that we’ve previously examined in great detail, […]

    • HTC One X review: Camera, photo and video samples

      HTC’s new quad-core flagship phone doesn’t just feature Android 4.0, a 4.7″ display and Nvidia’s newest Tegra 3 chipset – there’s also an entirely new 8megapixel camera in the phone, powered by a system HTC is calling ImageSense. And this camera is one of the many highlights of the new Android phone, offering the perfect […]

    • Sony Xperia S review

      Xperia S Sony returns with an all-new mobile design for 2012, pairing a dual-core processor with a 720p display. It’s a lovely phone, but is it enough to end our Samsung and HTC obsession?

    • Sony Xperia S review: Camera, photo and video samples

      We’ve spent most of the last week captivated by the staggeringly sharp screen of the new Sony Xperia S, while putting together what will hopefully be something resembling a review for you all to read very shortly. In the meantime, to be getting on with, here are a few sample photos and videos, taken using […]

    • LG Prada 3.0 review

      LG Prada 3.0 review LG’s updated Prada phone comes with an absolutely crazy black & white theme, but is it just for fashionable suit wearers who want to make themselves look a bit more interesting?

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Tough Case for Galaxy Nexus

      £30? For a phone case? It had better be good.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Samsung Official Mesh Vent Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Samsung’s official Galaxy Nexus case. Costs a lot. Has a glittery little logo.

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: Case-Mate Barely There for Samsung Galaxy Nexus

      Fresh from reviewing the cheap and cheerful FlexiShield case for the Galaxy Nexus, we’re back with another protective offering from industry veteran Case-Mate. Although this particular product retails for around the same price as FlexiShield’s TPU option, it’s quite a different proposition. Review submitted by extremely patient retro gaming advisor Damo. As the name suggests, […]

    • ACCESSORY REVIEW: FlexiShield Case for Galaxy Nexus

      Seeing as we’ve just reviewed the brand spanking new Galaxy Nexus, we’re in the mood for some accessorising – and we don’t mean earnings and handbags. To that end, we’ll be covering a few Galaxy Nexus-themed items over the next few weeks, starting with the FlexiShield Case. Review submitted by reader, writer, gamer and occasional […]