Category: Firmware

Google: Android had one billion active users last month

Google’s Sundar Pichai gave us some stats around Android at this year’s Google I/O developer event today, revealing that the mobile OS saw over one billion individual active users over the last 30 days. Here’s a chart: This new stat replaces the previous device activations numbers, which we tracked over the past few years to […]

Sony Xperia Z 4.4 update now live

Some users in “selected markets” should soon start seeing their older Xperia Z phones prompting them to update, with Sony making its Android 4.4.2 or “KitKat” software available from today. Sony’s update changes the lock screen design, updates the status bar and notifications tabs to KitKat standard, fiddles with the supplied email and messaging app […]

STATS: Android took 70.7% of smartphone sales in Europe last quarter

Analyst Kantar has pulled its latest set of numbers out of the bag, revealing the makeup of the European smartphone sales scene for the three months to the end of March 2014. It shows that Android was its usual super-dominant self, with Google OS mobiles accounting for 70.7% of all smartphone sales. Apple was in […]

STATS: KitKat on 5.3 percent of Android devices

The arrival of Google’s 4.4 KitKat code alongside the new Nexus 5 and its appearance on phones like the massively popular Moto G have helped KitKat to a 5.3% share of the Android world thus far, according to the latest set of Platform Version data released by Google. The figures show that the various Jelly […]

STATS: 998 million smartphones shipped globally in 2013…

…and a staggering 79% or 785 million of those were running Android. Those are the stats published today by analyst Canalys, with the 2013 smartphone total showing a massive 44% increase on shipment numbers for 2012. Android’s growth saw it rise from holding a 68% share of the global smartphone market in 2012, although it’s […]

UK Moto G Android 4.4.2 update starts "today"

*Checks for update* According to Motorola UK, the hot new sensation on the block ought to be seeing its KitKat upgrade arrive from today, with the company… *Checks for update* …announcing that the Moto G 4.4.2 update ought to start hitting people’s phones from today. But, it says the process will take a week before […]

STATS: Android takes 81% of smartphone shipments in Q3

New data compiled and released by IDC shows Android smashing through another milestone as it heads toward total world domination, with the analyst claiming that 81% of all smartphones shipped in Q3 of 2013 were powered by Android. In terms of numbers, that’s a staggering 211.6 million individual Android phones, with nearly 40% of the […]

Android 4.4 KitKat release outlined by Google

Google’s official developer portal has updated with all the details on the new Android 4.4 or “KitKat” version of the OS, which ought to be available to owners of recent Nexus phones over the coming days as well as arriving on the Nexus 5 . As far as Google is concerned, the key new feature […]

STATS: Android "Jelly Bean" now on nearly half of all devices

Google’s once again pumped out some new data from its Google Play servers, charting the versions of the OS used to connect during the previous fortnight. Android 4.3 and the rest of the “Jelly Bean” versions are now taking control of the scene, with a total of 48.6 percent of all connected devices using a […]

Android 4.2.2 arriving for HTC One X and One X+

HTC’s UK people have announced that it’s BIG EXCITEMENT TIME for owners of last year’s two flagship Android models, thanks to the HTC One X and the slightly upgraded HTC One X+ now receiving their Android 4.2.2 updates via an official over-the-air notification. The update also brings the Sense 5 user interface additions to the […]

  • 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 […]