Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Microsoft Band fitness wearable officially revealed, available now in US for $199 http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Device continuously measures your vitals and ties into new Health platform </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Band" alt="Microsoft Band" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-band-official.png?1414653362" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We figured official word was imminent after the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">odd series of overnight leaks</a>, and sure enough, here it is: the Microsoft Band is very much real, and it&rsquo;s even available now in the United States.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 1.4in (320x106) touch display does much more than that, however, using the link to your smartphone to display email, call, text, and calendar, and social media notifications, plus you can access weather, finance, and other information.</p> <p>And while it&rsquo;ll play nice with Android and iOS, Windows Phone 8.1 users do get a special perk: the use of voice assistant Cortana, which lets you set reminders and take notes by speaking into the band. Everyone benefits from what&rsquo;s pegged as a 48-hour battery, however.</p> <p>All of the data collected from the Band&rsquo;s 10 sensors feeds into the new Microsoft Health platform, which has an Intelligence Engine that can learn from your workouts, sleep routines, and daily obligations and provide potentially actionable data. If a meeting-filled day regularly affects your slumber, you&#39;ll hear about it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CEvjulEJH9w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Additionally, The Verge says that Microsoft plans to allow Android Wear watches, as well as iOS and Android phones, to feed their own fitness-tracking data into the Health platform, plus the company intends to license out the proprietary sensors so other companies can make their own compatible fitness bands.</p> <p>No word yet on a wider launch for the Microsoft Band, but if the wearable catches on in the States in its initially limited debut, a worldwide rollout should come before long.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/29/introducing-microsoft-health/">Microsoft</a>, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/29/7118533/microsoft-health-band-hub-for-fitness-data">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-band-wearable-leaked-mac-app-store-and-google-play-all-places/news">Microsoft Band leaked via the Mac App Store and Google Play, of all places</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Band and Health" alt="Microsoft Band and Health" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-band-health-app.png?1414653362" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-band-fitness-wearable-officially-revealed-available-now-us-199/news#comments Android Health and fitness iOS Microsoft Wearable tech Windows Phone Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:11:26 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451781 at http://www.stuff.tv Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-note-4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Aren’t you proud of your new Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Supercharge it with these aftermarket accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="940" height="705" title="The Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsunggalaxynote4.png?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&#39;ve just wrapped your hands around your new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/alistuffindia" title="View user profile.">Ali Pardiwala</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips Fidelio M1MkII </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Note 4 supports a handful of lossless audio formats, so once you&rsquo;ve loaded it up with enough hi-res music, you&#39;re going to want some new cans to get the most out of your track list. Only the best portable on-ears you can buy at under &pound;200, the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/philips/fidelio-m1mkii/review">Philips Fidelio M1MkIIs</a> are the top pick of our colleagues over at What Hi Fi? and we have to agree. They offer smooth delivery, weighty bass, clarity and precision, and importantly are very comfortable to wear over long periods of time.</p> <p>&pound;180, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-M1MK11BK-Fidelio-Headphones-Microphone-Black/dp/B00N2PPUY6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414059788&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=fidelio+philips">Buy the Philips Fidelio M1MkII on Amazon</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1376" height="1400" title="Philips Fidelio M1MkII" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Philips%20Fidelio%20M1MkII.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Flip Wallet Cover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ll want to keep your Note 4 safe from the elements, and one good way to protect it is with the official Flip Wallet Cover. Apart from actually protecting your phone, it also doubles up as a card holder that will work with all of your contactless cards. It&rsquo;s also available in about a million (fine, eight) colour options, so you can get one to match either your phone or your mood.</p> <p>&pound;30, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-note-4-flip-wallet-cover-plum-p48554.htm">Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Wallet Flip Cover on MobileFun</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="600" height="600" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Flip Wallet Cover" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/officialsamsungsideflipwalletcasegalaxynote4plumredfront-600x600.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Live </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You could really use any <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear</a>&nbsp;smartwatch with the Note 4, but there&rsquo;s just something about pairing products from the same stable together that appeals to us.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a>&nbsp;will send push notifications over to your wrist, so you can check up on your texts and e-mail without having to pull the big slab out of your pocket every time. And Android Wear is ever improving, so it&rsquo;s an investment in the future.</p> <p>&pound;169, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details/Samsung_Gear_Live_Black?id=samsung_gear_live_black&amp;hl=en_GB">Buy the Samsung Gear Live on Google Play</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Samsung Gear Live" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-live-review-clock-side.JPG?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bingsale Jogging Armband </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Samsung&#39;s S-Health fitness tracking, the Note 4 is a perfect companion for your daily run; you&#39;ll certainly want it along as you move about burning calories every morning. This cheap as chips option will let you strap it onto your arm, wih easy access to the screen, buttons and ports.</p> <p>&pound;5.98, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bingsale-Adjustable-Reflective-Jogging-Armband/dp/B00N4MJ9GM/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1414063729&amp;sr=8-18&amp;keywords=galaxy+note+4+accessories">Buy the Bingsale Jogging Armband on Amazon</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1500" height="1500" title="Bingsale Jogging Armband" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/813Byg1NIqL._SL1500_.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcam miniBlink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Seeing as the Note 4 supports high-res audio and can be stuffed to the brim with tracks once you&rsquo;ve slotted in a 128GB memory card, it makes sense to use a mobile DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) to wirelessly send audio straight from the phone to your home audio system. The miniBlink is tiny and compatible with aptX Bluetooth, so it&rsquo;ll do a fine job of improving your audio files for home listening.</p> <p>&pound;90, <a href="http://www.sevenoakssoundandvision.co.uk/p-11770-arc-miniblink.aspx">Buy the Arcam miniBlink on SevenOaks Sound and Vision</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2511" height="2857" title="Arcam miniBlink" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcam-miniblink_0.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose Soundlink Mini </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fancy something simpler than dipping your toes in DACs and other complicated machinery? Good old Bluetooth speakers to the rescue. The Bose Soundlink Mini has been around a while now, but it&rsquo;s still a nifty little speaker that&#39;s great for simple portable audio; and it produces a sound that&rsquo;s bigger and better than its size suggests.</p> <p>&pound;170, <a href="https://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-and-personal-audio/bluetooth-ipod-speakers/bluetooth-speakers/soundlink-mini-bluetooth-speaker/">Buy the Bose Soundlink Mini here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1418" height="477" title="Bose Soundlink Mini" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Bose%20Soundlink%20Mini%202.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spigen Tough Armor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the more slippery-handed among us, dropping a Note 4 is a scary proposition. And if you&rsquo;re a perpetual drop-risk, you&#39;ll want to wrap some proper protection around your expensive new toy. Spigen makes some of the toughest cases around, and the Tough Armor certainly looks and feels like it&rsquo;ll do a good job of keeping your Note 4 safe. We don&rsquo;t recommend testing the limits of its capabilities, though.</p> <p>&pound;25, <a href="http://www.spigen.co.uk/galaxy-note-4-case-tough-armor.html#.VFEEnvSsVWI">Buy the Spigen Tough Armor here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="1000" title="Spigen Tough Armor" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/spigen.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mont Blanc Pix </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You know that little stylus round the back that makes a Note a Note? Yes, well, toss it in the bin. The Mont Blanc Pix is the ultimate luxury accessory to the Note 4, and lets you scribble in style on the Note 4&#39;s stunning 2K display. Made for and compatible with the Note 4, the Pix makes something of an &lsquo;I have arrived&rsquo; statement; indeed, it costs a decently large fraction of the price of the actual phone itself. But you still want one, don&#39;t you?</p> <p>&pound;235, <a href="http://www.montblanc.com/en-gb/shop/writing-instruments/cruise-collection/black/pix-including-rollerball-exchange-112682.aspx">Buy the Mont Blanc Pix here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-note-edge/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Note Edge hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1475" height="1299" title="Mont Blanc Pix" alt="Ultimate setup: Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mont%20Blanc%20Pix.jpg?1414597665" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-note-4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ultimate-setup-samsung-galaxy-note-4/feature#comments Android Galaxy Note 4 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:42:24 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451721 at http://www.stuff.tv Surprise! The Oppo R5 was unveiled alongside the N3 – and it's insanely thin http://www.stuff.tv/android/surprise-oppo-r5-was-unveiled-alongside-n3-and-its-insanely-thin/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the slimmest phone of them all? (Spoiler: it&#039;s this one) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " alt="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/xQyaC5RhU70GrQ.jpg?1414578504" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Literally minutes after the unveiling of the Oppo N3, the company dropped another smartphone-shaped bomb in our laps. A very thin smartphone-shaped bomb called the R5.</p> <p>The R5 is the successor to the Oppo R3, which, at 6.3mm, was the thinnest 4G smartphone of its time. Now, Oppo has outdone its own record with the R5: a nip and tuck has resulted in a handset just 4.85mm thick. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Specs that impress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Weighing 155g, the 5.2in smartphone boasts a full HD resolution (and 443ppi) on its AMOLED screen. Its 13MP back camera falls a little short compared to the N3, but it&rsquo;s still higher spec than some of the others in the market. Its front snapper sits at 5MP. And prepare to curb your disappointment, because the R5&rsquo;s camera is not rotatable like its N-series smartphones.</p> <p>Its insides are a force to be reckoned with too. It&rsquo;s got 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, and a 2000mAh Li-Po battery with Oppo&rsquo;s Rapid Charge technology. The unit will run on Android 4.4 with Oppo&rsquo;s Color OS 2.0 and is LTE compatible too.</p> <p>The R5&#39;s price is tagged at US$499, so you can expect it to hover around &pound;310 when it&#39;s available here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review">Oppo Find 7 review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " alt="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ACVauyFgWAicWqMV.jpg?1414578504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " alt="Oppo’s R5 smartphone is the definition of thin " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SKyqUOGUHK5L8AXvFSc.jpg?1414578504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/surprise-oppo-r5-was-unveiled-alongside-n3-and-its-insanely-thin/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/surprise-oppo-r5-was-unveiled-alongside-n3-and-its-insanely-thin/news#comments Android Oppo Smartphones Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:28:25 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451691 at http://www.stuff.tv Oppo N3 packs a motorised camera for super selfies http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n3-packs-motorised-camera-super-selfies/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oppo ducks out of the screen size arms race – this smartphone is (shock, horror) smaller than its predecessor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Oppo N3 packs a motorised camera for super selfies" alt="Oppo N3 packs a motorised camera for super selfies" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/uYInkQGKvUmPSIiDl.jpg?1414576866" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oppo has&nbsp;taken the wraps off its highly anticipated smartphone, the Oppo N3; and it&#39;s the ultimate selfie snapper.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller is better? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&#39;s not the only surprise the N3 packs. Where everyone from Apple to Samsung seems to be making their phones bigger with each successive generation, the N3 takes a different tack. It&#39;s noticeably smaller than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/n1/oppo-n1-lets-you-take-13mp-selfies-its-swivelling-camera/news" target="_blank">N1</a> &ndash; measuring 5.5in as compared to 5.9in &ndash; and it weighs just 192g. According to Oppo Singapore CEO and managing director, Sean Deng, its size was reduced to facilitate one-handed use.</p> <p>As for its build, the N3 features an industrial grade aluminium alloy micro-arc frame with a hollowed out design at the bottom. Its 5.5in&nbsp;full HD&nbsp;display delivers&nbsp;402ppi, and is&nbsp;tucked away behind Gorilla Glass 3. &nbsp;</p> <p>Rounding out the spec sheet are 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (which can be expanded using microSD by up to 128GB), a 3,000mAh Li-Po battery with Oppo&rsquo;s VOOC mini rapid charge technology, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, as well as NFC and LTE functionality. It will run on Android 4.4 KitKat, skinned with Oppo&#39;s Colour OS 2.0.</p> <p>The Oppo N3 will only come in a white colour for now. Pricing has been fixed at US$650 (approximately &pound;400).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/surprise-oppo-r5-was-unveiled-alongside-n3-and-its-insanely-thin/news" target="_blank">Oppo R5 is insanely thin</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like " alt="Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Ipelh6deIoFtKx1Tq_9_0.jpg?1414576866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like " alt="Take a good look, this is how the Oppo N3 looks like " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/9QePFSmCM2gqD3.jpg?1414576866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n3-packs-motorised-camera-super-selfies/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/oppo-n3-packs-motorised-camera-super-selfies/news#comments Android Oppo Smartphones Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:01:08 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451694 at http://www.stuff.tv Nextbit Baton lets you use your apps seamlessly across Android devices http://www.stuff.tv/android/nextbit-baton-lets-you-use-your-apps-seamlessly-across-android-devices/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This new cloud-based framework lets you switch between devices and pick up where you left off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Nextbit Baton lets you use your apps seamlessly across multiple Android devices" alt="Nextbit Baton lets you use your apps seamlessly across multiple Android devices" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cloudified.jpg?1414495981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&#39;re an Android user who&#39;s been eyeing Apple&#39;s Continuity feature with envious eyes, Nextbit Baton is just the thing for you.</p> <p>Created by a team of ex-Googlers, Baton is a cloud-based framework that allows seamless porting of apps from one Android device to the other. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All your apps, anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s no need to modify apps to work on the Baton framework. All you need to do is hold down the &#39;Recent Apps&#39; soft key and then choose the device you want to switch to;&nbsp;pressing said button will waken the target device and you&#39;ll near-instantly see the app in the same state as you last used it.</p> <p>One caveat though, the device you switch to needs to be associated to your CyanogenMod account and also be running Baton; if you don&#39;t have Baton installed, you will be prompted to download it.</p> <p>What&#39;s even more appealing: you don&#39;t need to have your apps be tweaked to work on Baton; though they&#39;ll have to play well with CyanogenMod.</p> <p>The restore app state function is already being shipped on Japan&#39;s NTT Docomo devices and Nextbit is now in discussions with Chinese OEMs. You can also expect Baton to be seen on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a> in the very near future.</p> <p>If you want to play with it, Nextbit will be launching an invite-only betra program; the public release will debut on the commercially distributed Cyanogen operating system; in other words, on OnePlus phones.</p> <p>Nextbit&#39;s next plan? To work with local and cloud storage to create what it calls &quot;limitless&quot; storage, to help users who keep running out of space.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review">Our review of the OnePlus One</a></strong></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/27/nextbit-baton-continuity-for-android/?ncid=rss_truncated" target="_blank">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LK8QmTsDi74" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nextbit-baton-lets-you-use-your-apps-seamlessly-across-android-devices/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/nextbit-baton-lets-you-use-your-apps-seamlessly-across-android-devices/news#comments Android Android apps Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:17 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451568 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: Switch to Android in 5 easy steps http://www.stuff.tv/node/1451477 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Transfer your mobile life to Android’s welcoming arms – you’ll never look back. Here’s how to do it… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Promoted: Switch to Android in 5 easy steps" alt="Promoted: Switch to Android in 5 easy steps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android.jpg?1414406793" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1451477#comments Android LG Promotion Smartphones Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:46:33 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451477 at http://www.stuff.tv Google launches Inbox, a smart Gmail manager for Android and iPhone http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s currently available only via invite, so better hope you know someone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Inbox from Gmail" alt="Inbox from Gmail" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gmail-inbox-app.jpg?1414008186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of the traditional inbox? Email triage apps like <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mailboxapp&amp;hl=en">Mailbox</a> let you easily sort your messages, but Google thinks it has a new way forward with Inbox, a smarter, simplified way to access Gmail.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can also add your own Reminders, so Inbox is not only your email inbox, but also a main hub for everything essential going on at any given time. And indeed, it has Mailbox-like swipe controls for hiding away emails for a certain time, or even for when you get to a certain location.</p> <p>Ready to try out Inbox? Well, that&rsquo;s the tricky thing - it&rsquo;s not yet on Google Play or the App Store. In fact, it&rsquo;s been soft-launched as an invite-only app, with the first round of users able to bring in their friends, as well.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;re really desperate, you can apparently bug Google for a faster invite by bugging them at <a href="mailto:inbox@google.com">inbox@google.com</a>.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html">Gmail Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc">Fully Charged: Smart luggage weighs and tracks itself, Gmail for Android will support external accounts, and new Doctor Who game teaches coding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bzNTjpUMOp4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-launches-inbox-smart-gmail-manager-android-and-iphone/news#comments Android Gmail Google iOS Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:58:16 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451099 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto X (2014) http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Since when was Motorola capable of producing a true superphone? Since now </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A superphone from Motorola? " alt="Motorola Moto X review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MotoXForSophie.png?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s always fun to root for the underdog and the new Moto X is nothing if not a surprise champion.</p> <p>No hype. No world firsts. No gimmicks. No queues around the block. And yet, this is one of the finest Android smartphones ever made.</p> <p>How? Almost pure Android. A gorgeous 5.2in Full HD display. 13MP camera. Touchless voice controls. And - how could we forget - even more customisation than last year&#39;s original X.</p> <p>Can all its touches, tweaks and specs add up to a big win for Motorola? Yes, yes they can.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £420.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorgeous, solid, customisable build </div> <div class="field-item even"> Simple but futuristic software </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Just. So. Fast. </div> <div class="field-item even"> Cheaper than rival flagships </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maximum 32GB storage </div> <div class="field-item even"> Camera is not the absolute best </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DIY Design done right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the iPhonification of Samsung (see Galaxy Alpha) and the Samsungisation of the iPhone (see the iPhone 6 Plus) the Moto X stands out. It has personality - if you want it to.</p> <p>Moto Maker, Motorola&#39;s pre-order customisation service, has got bigger and better thanks to more options, international orders and photo realistic renders. With lovely soft-touch plastic, real leather and FSC-certified wood rear panels to choose from, plus thousands of accent colour combinations, three iPhone options starts to look stingy.</p> <p>Whatever you choose, you get an impressively engineered sleek and solid build, white or black front panel, the Motorola logo dimple and a new aluminium frame that&#39;s lighter on the white model and a darker titanium on the black model. If you&rsquo;ve really converted to Moto this year, like us, that means you can pair your Moto X with a similarly hued Moto 360 smartwatch. You fashion darling, you.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">The Moto 360 is the end of bad smartwatch design&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting that the regular black resin model is a bit of a steal at &pound;420 but other materials cost more. The real leather version starts at &pound;440 and the wood Moto X starts at &pound;460. You won&#39;t regret it if you splash out, though we hear that the leather model needs a bit of TLC to keep it tidy.</p> <p>This is a big phone that doesn&#39;t feel big. From the front it looks a bit like an LG G3 - another smartphone that&#39;s serious about not wasting space. Neither are truly &quot;edge to edge&quot; but with bezels this skinny we&#39;re not complaining. The G3&#39;s screen is a touch bigger, at 5.5in, but the Moto X does come in both slightly smaller and slightly lighter at 145g. And as Moto points out, it&#39;s the same width as the Galaxy S5 with a bigger screen.</p> <p>As with the first Moto X it feels well made. It&#39;s also splash-resistant - not quite waterproof but better than nothing. Thanks to a shallow curve it sits nicely in the hand despite the fact that the 2014 edition is bigger in both dimensions.</p> <p>But this could be the first 4.7in plus phone that smaller hands find manageable. You can just about get a thumb across to the top corners. It&#39;s perfectly stable and balanced in the hand and the microUSB socket, nanoSIM slot and headphone jack are located top and bottom, leaving the tapered sides clutter-free. Only the power button and volume rocker grace the right-hand edge, with the power button textured to make it easier to identify with only your digits.</p> <p>So Motorola outclasses both Samsung and LG in the design department. And boy does it compete on components, too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5078.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5081.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5039.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5055.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Awesome AMOLED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s simply no weak link in the Moto X&#39;s spec sheet. Unlike last year when the Moto X&#39;s admittedly lovely 720p display was outgunned by Full HD screen after Full HD screen, this year it matches many of the flagships on pixel count.</p> <p>OK, LG and Samsung have raced ahead with 2K screens on the G3 and Note 4. But many others including HTC and Sony have stuck with 1080p and these by no means feel like second class screens. The Moto X is 424ppi so text looks seriously smooth and pics look sharp. The LG offers more detail in hi-res photos and video but you&#39;ll only notice it with your face right up to the screens, eyeballs flitting from one to the other. In which case you may get odd glances on the train.</p> <p>This is an AMOLED display and you should know what that means. Colours are on the punchier side of the spectrum, without looking too alien; deep, deep blacks put the iPhone and LG to shame and viewing angles are great. The pixels look very close to the glass too - not quite iPhone-close but close.</p> <p>The downside of AMOLED colours is that from certain angles whites can look a bit yellow. If you spend a lot of time on emails and webpages this will start to grate, though we have heard promising whispers on the web of different units having slightly different colour temperatures.</p> <p>Our favourite bit about the screen, though? What it does when it&#39;s off. Really.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Strikes a good punch" alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxscreen2.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxscreen.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is the future: simple, smart and sensorific </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola&rsquo;s always-on sensors, controls and software debuted on the first Moto X but have really come into their own on this year&rsquo;s specced-up hardware.</p> <p>If you love Google, you&rsquo;ll love the Moto X. This phone is all about making Google&#39;s powerful services constantly available and useful. The scarily clever Google Now launcher can be accessed with a swipe to the right from the main homescreen, as with the Nexus. Motorola (unlike Samsung and Sony) keeps things simple by not doubling up on media services - there&rsquo;s just the Play Store, Play Music, Movies and Books. Nothing here is as pretty as the likes of HTC&rsquo;s Sense 6 but with the incoming Android L update, Google&rsquo;s new Material Design will spruce the aesthetics up.</p> <p>Apart from a few extremely useful, forward-thinking apps, which are helpfully bundled together in the Moto app, this is pretty much pure Android KitKat (until L arrives). You choose what to set up. There are a few tutorials that pop up on how to activate features but these are easily ignored.</p> <p>As we just hinted, our favourite of the bunch is the battery-saving Moto Display, which shows monochrome notifications on the lockscreen when your hand approaches it, triggering up to three app icons. Touching each app bubble shows a preview of notifications at a glance and swiping down unlocks the handset. Being an AMOLED screen the black pixels, which fill the majority of the screen, don&rsquo;t draw any power and it can&rsquo;t be activated in pockets or face down. &nbsp;Combined with the Moto X&rsquo;s subtle haptics, checking Moto Display makes for one of those addictive little habits much like Touch ID on the iPhone.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s more. Motorola uses its sensors much like Samsung does to turn the screen off when you&rsquo;re not looking at it - here it&rsquo;s called Attentive Display. Calls and alarms can be silenced and snoozed with a wave of a hand, too. That&rsquo;s nothing entirely new but it&rsquo;s worth confirming that both work perfectly.</p> <p>Motorola has its own unique tricks. Touchless voice controls return so that the X picks up your voice commands even when the screen is off and you&rsquo;re up to three feet away. A very cool tweak is that you can now change the command phrase from &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; to anything you like - as long as it&rsquo;s a certain number of syllables. &lsquo;What&rsquo;s up doc?&rsquo; is too short, for instance, but &lsquo;Hey Samantha&rsquo; is fine.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news">Motorola&rsquo;s wireless earbud from the future, Moto Hint&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>The most impressive thing is how seamlessly it all works together. The motion sensors register your hand hovering over the phone every single time so that by the time you&rsquo;ve picked it up, Moto Display is onscreen. Voice works well with the different modes in Moto Assist, including home, sleep, meeting and driving - say &lsquo;Good night&rsquo; to the phone and it will switch to a &lsquo;do not disturb&rsquo; sleep mode. There&rsquo;s plenty of further customisation to explore but it never descends into chaos. Lots of phone makers claim their Android skin is simple but here&rsquo;s the thing, Motorola&rsquo;s actually is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto app with everything to tweak and tinker with " alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxassist2.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="It&#039;s simple really Tom " alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxmotodisplay.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="4000" height="3000" title="Google knows what you want to read and watch " alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxgooglenow.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="4000" height="3000" title="Driving and home modes in Moto Assist " alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxassist.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All day battery will get better with L </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now, we&#39;re not saying smartphone makers should stop trying to improve on Android. For instance, we wouldn&#39;t turn our nose up at a power saving mode (Ultra or otherwise).</p> <p>But with an all day battery life, helped by Moto Display, and Android L&#39;s battery saving software on the way, the fact that the Moto X goes without for now isn&#39;t a dealbreaker. We&#39;ve been getting around 12 hours a day out of it and that&#39;s including a mammoth 3 hour commute.</p> <p>In our HD video rundown test (looping a 720p video with the screen set to half brightness and WiFi and sync switched on) the Moto X&#39;s fairly small 2300mAh unit puts in a very respectable showing with 10 hours 30 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s an almost identical score to the iPhone 6 and better than the LG G3 by an hour - it&#39;s still hours behind the incredible battery of the Sony Xperia Z3 but it&#39;s plenty to be getting on with. Reliable then but nothing to swoon over. Move along.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" title="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxbattery.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You can&#039;t get smoother than this </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We haven&#39;t seen anything faster than the Moto X for moving around Android, opening and closing apps and generally getting things done. Even on powerhouses such as the LG G3 you get tiny bits of lag here and there - on the X Motorola has basically eradicated it.</p> <p>Jumping around from Chrome to open apps to messages it&#39;s even a split second faster than the near flawless iPhone 6. The only thing Apple&#39;s finest is quicker at than the Moto X is firing up the camera app and finding focus. More on that in a bit.</p> <p>Why is it such a joy to use? And how does Moto perform that much smoother with similar silicon? We reckon that&rsquo;s the combination of Motorola&#39;s very limited and considered tinkering with Android and the Snapdragon 801 chip that&#39;s powering nearly every flagship smartphone worth buying in 2014.</p> <p>It&#39;s not 100% &lsquo;Pure Android&rsquo; - Moto has added voice and contextual bits and bobs here and there, as detailed above. But it&#39;s as close as you&#39;ll get on a non-Nexus, also bear in mind that the new Nexus is huge, and in day-to-day use it shines. The benchmarks back up our findings with the Moto X scoring an S5 and One M8-beating 44698 on AnTuTu - only the Note 4 bests it. &nbsp;</p> <p>In short, there&rsquo;s a select few gadgets that everyone trusts to just do the job reliably every time - the iPhone, the iPad, the Pebble, the Moto G. The Moto X joins that list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5090.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" alt="Motorola Moto X (2014) review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxmutlitasking.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto X tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 5.2in 1080x1920 (424ppi)<br />Processor: Quad core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801<br />RAM: 2GB<br />OS: Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)<br />Camera: 13MP rear 4K video, 2MP rear 1080p video<br />Storage: 16GB, 32GB (non expandable)<br />Battery: 2300mAh<br />Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0<br />Dimensions: 140.8 x 72.4 x 10mm<br />Weight: 144g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly outsnapped </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How about the rest of those specs? More megapixels. Ring flash. 4K video. The second-gen Moto X pulls out all the stops with its new camera and is &hellip; almost, nearly, very close to matching the best superphones. So it&#39;s outsnapped by the best. But that doesn&#39;t mean the Moto X isn&#39;t capable of taking very, very good phone pics.</p> <p>There&#39;s a new 13MP sensor with an f/2.25 lens, which is a big improvement on the first Moto X&#39;s decent but not jaw dropping images. It takes clear, detailed shots in good light, has a handy quick-access HDR mode and reproduces colours accurately. That said, it can struggle with tricky exposures and miss focus from time to time. In these cases, it&#39;s best to choose the manual tap to focus option in the basic camera app rather than relying on autofocus. Then for the best results, just keep snapping either by tapping again or using the volume button. The very best smartphone cams are slightly quicker to autofocus, too. This is no S5 when it comes to rapid fire shooting and real enthusiasts will want more controls to play about with.</p> <p>Autofocus is much better when capturing 1080p video - with a maximum of 32GB storage, we wouldn&rsquo;t recommend shooting much 4K footage, although it is an option. Slow mo video, at 120fps, is just as easy to play around with - as on the iPhone 6 there&rsquo;s an idiot-proof slider to select the slowed down portion of your clip.</p> <p>At night and indoors, it&rsquo;s a mixed bag. The styled-up LED ring flash around the main camera is a new addition, designed to provide softer light than regular flashes. You&rsquo;re left with images that are less obviously taken with a flash than the equivalent samples from rivals such as the G3 and iPhone 6 - it&rsquo;s definitely kinder to your friends&#39; faces. </p> <p>Still, both of these phones do a better job in low light without flash. And that&rsquo;s much more useful. Images taken with the Moto are usable, if a little desaturated, but can look noisy and a bit smudgy at times, which is a bit of shame. A software update to tweak image quality, a la the Nexus 5 last year, would be very welcome here. </p> <p>For now, the Moto X detects faces and people/objects in motion (two tricky subjects) and automatically takes multiple shots before choosing which one it thinks is the best - in focus, no blinking etc. It doesn&rsquo;t result in perfect images every time but in one or two instances, it&rsquo;s proven its worth. </p> <p>Elsewhere, Moto joins HTC and Sony with its own auto video creation tool, Highlights Reel, which is a bit hidden away but allows you to change the clip length and use audio from the videos or a choice of music tracks. Around the front a 2MP camera takes 1080p video and can be commanded by voice to &#39;take a selfie&#39;, completing the set-up. And the wrist-twisting Quick Capture feature returns from last year. It works well, when you give it a second, and helps to keep your eyes on the scene.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - with Video Highlights - tested&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5063.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5072.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5092.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to make the Moto X even better </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we had one plea to Motorola it would be this: bring out a 64GB model for the Android fanboy and fangirl power users. The seriously similar Nexus 6 gets a 64GB option and we reckon the Moto X needs it too.</p> <p>Failing that, at the very least stick a microSD card slot in the next version. 16GB and 32GB are great for low entry prices but not enough for everyone after 12 months of offline Spotify playlists, games and photos.</p> <p>While we&#39;re at it, push<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review"> Android L </a>out as soon as is humanly possible please. You&#39;ve been very good at getting the latest version of Android onto your phones sharpish so hopefully <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Lollipop</a> will be no exception. If the Moto X gets the update soon and drops in price, the Nexus 6 could have a very difficult time indeed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxhomescreen2_0.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto X Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you were doing a smartphone shortlist based purely on specs, the Moto X would probably make it on there but it wouldn&rsquo;t be at the top. In use it&rsquo;s a very different story.</p> <p>Because after the Moto X you won&#39;t want to go back to any other Android. It&#39;s smart, it&#39;s fast and it&#39;s the kind of beautifully crafted handset you find yourself picking up for no reason whatsoever.</p> <p>Motorola&#39;s software works seamlessly with Android to make your life that bit easier, while Moto Maker allows a mass produced phone to be personalised like never before. App fiends might prefer an iPhone and serious phone photographers perhaps the Xperia Z3, but the Moto X feels like it&#39;s built for everyone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s pretty much priced for everyone, too. It&#39;s no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature">ultra-bargainous Moto G,</a> but at &pound;460 for 32GB (or &pound;420 for 16GB) and around &pound;10 cheaper a month than an iPhone on contract, it&rsquo;s very reasonable value next to the current superphone crop. Around the world, including in the US, the comparison is even more in favour of the Moto X.</p> <p>Who could say no to that?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorolamotoxverdict_0.JPG?1414410232" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A seriously clever, always-on Android that&rsquo;s made awesome by you</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto X review: &quot;smart, fast and beautifully crafted&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You won&#039;t want to go back to any other Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review#comments Android Moto X Motorola Smartphones Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:58:57 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446612 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google offers USB verification, Xbox One digital tuner allows mobile device TV streaming, and Android enticing iPhone users with switching guide http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off the morning with a read through our need-to-know tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yubico Security Key" alt="Yubico Security Key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/security-key-yubico.jpg?1413959581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google adds USB verification option </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Multi-factor verification has sadly become a necessity for many Internet users these days, and much of the time, that means fielding text message codes to access your accounts from new devices. However, if you want to add a physical element to your login process, Google is happy to help.</p> <p>Yesterday, the company announced support for Security Key, a physical USB stick that acts as a second factor to confirm your identity when logging into a Google account via Chrome. It uses the FIDO Alliance&rsquo;s open Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol, and there are varying USB options to choose from; it&rsquo;s not like you have to buy a specialized Google stick to use the functionality.</p> <p>In fact, other sites that allow for physical two-step verification can also use such USB sticks in Chrome, and Google openly states in its blog post that it hopes other competing browsers add U2F support to allow users even more flexibility going forward. So if you want that extra step in the process or don&rsquo;t want to rely on mobile connectivity for Google verification, grab a FIDO-certified U2F USB key (like Yubico&rsquo;s option above).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/10/strengthening-2-step-verification-with.html">Google Security</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xbox One digital TV tuner allows mobile streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As promised, Microsoft just released its Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One, allowing those without a cable or satellite subscription access to the console&rsquo;s specialized television content-enhancing functionality. But there&rsquo;s an unexpected big perk in the tiny box. Seems that Digital TV Tuner owners can also stream their television content to a smartphone or tablet via the SmartGlass app.</p> <p>It works on iOS or Windows, and will function soon on Android via an upcoming update. So long as you&rsquo;re on the same home network, you can watch anywhere around the house, and even view TV on your mobile device while someone plays games on the actual television. Pretty handy! The Tuner also lets you pause and rewind live TV, although full DVR functionality isn&rsquo;t offered as of now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2CR0_gU-58">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/21/7026671/xbox-one-digital-tv-tuner-stream-tv-tablet-phone">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/digital-tv-tuner-brings-xbox-one-media-functionality-over-air-channels/news">Digital TV Tuner brings Xbox One media functionality to over-the-air channels</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-2CR0_gU-58" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android launches its own switching guide </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last month, Apple raised some eyebrows by issuing a guide specially designed to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">help Android users</a> make a relatively smooth transition to an iPhone - no doubt due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus finally offering larger screen size options - via select apps and services.</p> <p>Now Google has returned the favor by launching its own how-to for moving from an iPhone or iPad to an Android device, and it&rsquo;s heavily centered on Google&rsquo;s own services, which of course work on both platforms. It&rsquo;s all pretty straightforward in tone, but it&rsquo;s interesting to see these tête-à-têtes play out between the two mobile giants.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.android.com/switch/">Android</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-silver-program-reportedly-halted-apple-luring-android-converts-iphone-">Fully Charged: Android Silver program reportedly halted, Apple luring Android converts with iPhone transfer guide, and wild custom PS4 sneakers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone6plus-vs-galaxynote4.jpg?1413959581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First Alien: Isolation DLC out next week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Experienced all that <em>Alien: Isolation</em> has to offer out of the gate and looking for more? You&rsquo;re in luck: <em>Corporate Lockdown</em>, the first add-on pack for the tense movie-inspired game, comes out next Tuesday, 28 October. The download delivers three new Survivor Mode maps with a new playable character (Seegson Executive Ransome), plus a Gauntlet game mode.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll sell for &pound;5.59, with four other packs due out by March 2015. And if you&rsquo;re in for the whole lot, you can snag all five early at a discount with the season pass.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/alien-isolation/review">Alien: Isolation review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Alien: Isolation" alt="Alien: Isolation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-dlc1.jpg?1413959581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-google-offers-usb-verification-xbox-one-digital-tuner-allows-mobile-device-tv-#comments Android Console games Gaming Google iOS Xbox One Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451052 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Smart luggage weighs and tracks itself, Gmail for Android will support external accounts, and new Doctor Who game teaches coding http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the day informed by reading our latest tech news roundup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bluesmart" alt="Bluesmart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bluesmart-woman.jpg?1413946577" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluesmart luggage offers smartphone-connected features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most intriguing crowdfunding campaigns we&rsquo;ve seen in a while is for the Bluesmart, a smartphone-paired carry-on suitcase that comes with several intelligent features. Automatic locking with your phone as the key? Indeed. GPS tracking for when it&rsquo;s lost or stolen? Sure. How about the ability for the suitcase to weigh itself with a tug of the handle? Incredibly, yes.</p> <p>And the Bluesmart even has a hefty built-in battery that is advertised to recharge phones, tablets, and more up to six times over before it needs to be plugged back in. The makers claim that the suitcase will be compliant with all travel regulations, which is the one red flag we had coming into the campaign.</p> <p>A US$235 (&pound;145) investment now can get you one Bluesmart for yourself come next August, says the Indiegogo page, and the campaign has already caught fire, raising more than US$135,000 (about &pound;83,000) so far on a goal of just US$50,000 (about &pound;31,000) - and that&rsquo;s in just the first day. Barring unforeseen issues, this project is ready to follow through on its bold ambitions for next year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bluesmart-world-s-first-smart-connected-carry-on">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/these-suitcase-speakers-pack-bags-sound/news-1">These suitcase speakers pack bags of sound</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iO3mQuAfp5M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gmail 5.0 for Android adds Outlook, Yahoo support </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report from Android Police, Google&rsquo;s next big revision of the Gmail app - which will be available in time for Lollipop&rsquo;s release and use the material design aesthetic - will expand its capabilities to allow Outlook, Yahoo, and other mail service users to access their accounts.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a big shift for the service, but it makes sense for Google, as the company derives a significant portion of its income from advertising - the more users, the better, regardless of which mail provider they prefer. You can catch a leaked marketing video through the source link below.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/10/20/check-out-gmail-5-0-for-android-and-googles-plan-to-handle-all-your-email-accounts-in-one-app/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="780" title="Gmail on Android Lollipop" alt="Gmail on Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gmail-android5.png?1413946577" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doctor Who game teaches coding </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Headlining an effort by the BBC to get younger folks interested in coding and digital tech, <em>The Doctor and the Dalek</em> is a new <em>Doctor Who</em> web game that will be available as of tomorrow, 22 October. The game uses puzzles to teach programming mechanics, and comes with supplemental materials for teachers and parents to use.</p> <p><em>The Doctor and the Dalek</em> features the likeness and voice acting from current actor Peter Capaldi, and was penned by a writer from the show, Phil Ford. Curiously, the game sees the Time Lord helping his robotic nemesis return to full strength to collectively battle a greater threat. (Let us guess: coding illiteracy?)</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/bbctolaunchthedoctorandthedalekgameforkids">BBC</a>, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/20/doctor-who-coding-game/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-s-made-code-initiative-encourages-young-girls-learn-coding/news">Google&#39;s Made with Code initiative encourages young girls to learn coding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="733" title="The Doctor and the Dalek" alt="The Doctor and the Dalek" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doctorwho-coding.jpg?1413946577" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-smart-luggage-weighs-and-tracks-itself-gmail-android-will-support-external-acc#comments Android Crowdfunding Doctor Who Film and TV Gaming Gmail Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450960 at http://www.stuff.tv First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first trickle of Xperia Z4 information points to a 64-bit powerhouse with a QHD display </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" alt="First leaks suggest that the Sony Xperia Z4 will be a smartphone on steroids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-slant.jpg?1413797821" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s only been a short while since the launch of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a> &ndash;&nbsp;just over a month to be exact&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but Sony is already beavering away on its its successor.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/first-leaks-suggest-sony-xperia-z4-will-be-smartphone-steroids/news#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:26:44 +0000 Stephen Graves 1450861 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Archos’ US$30 phone VR headset shell, Will.i.am reveals smartwatch cuff, and big update to spice up PlayStation 4 interface http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After an Apple-centric Thursday, here’s the rest of the tech news you might’ve missed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Archos VR Glasses" alt="Archos VR Glasses" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/archos-vr-glasses.png?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Archos making cheap VR phone shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-4/samsung-s-gear-vr-expected-cost-us199-without-galaxy-note-4-course/news">reportedly wants US$199</a>&nbsp;(about &pound;124) for the Gear VR headset for the Galaxy Note 4. Archos? Well, Archos says just US$30 (about &pound;19) will get you its VR Glasses, which accommodate a range of phones - Android, IOS, and Windows Phone all included - and are due out next month.</p> <p>The Archos VR Glasses accept phones with displays ranging between 5in and 6in, and the company recommends something with at least a Full HD 1080p display. Granted, this won&rsquo;t be as custom a fit as the Gear VR for the Galaxy Note 4, nor will you have access to those specialized experiences, but that price makes it a lot more appealing for the average, casual consumer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.archos.com/corporate/press/press_releases/US_Archos_VR_Glasses_PR_20141016.pdf">Archos</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-vr/samsung-gear-vr/review">Samsung Gear VR hands-on preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will.i.am’s smartwatch is not a watch, says Will.i.am </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After months of teases, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am announced his smartwatch, the Puls, at an event Wednesday night. Except he claimed repeatedly that it&rsquo;s not a watch. In fact, it&rsquo;s a smart fashion cuff. But really, it&rsquo;s just a different-looking smartwatch.</p> <p>The Android (but not Android Wear) powered cuff is a standalone device with its own SIM card and 3G service, provided by O2 in the UK and AT&amp;T in the States, so it&rsquo;ll make calls, send texts, and surf the web without a paired phone. It has a Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and fitness-tracking capabilities, along with a Siri-esque voice assistant.</p> <p>The Puls is &ldquo;for the dreamers who bring tomorrow today,&rdquo; reads the website. &ldquo;Welcome to nexterday.&rdquo; If you read that and weren&rsquo;t immediately turned off, then you&rsquo;ll be able to snag the cuff this holiday season for an as-yet-undisclosed price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://iampuls.com">Puls</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/15/will-i-am-puls-smartwatch-reveal/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/william-s-eco-friendly-3d-printer-runs-recycled-coca-cola-bottles/news">Will.i.am&rsquo;s eco-friendly 3D printer runs on recycled Coca-Cola bottles</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="693" title="Puls" alt="Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/puls-smartwatch-cropped.png?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated look at PlayStation 4’s v2.0 firmware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nearly a full year after its release, the PlayStation 4 is on the verge of being updated with a big v2.0 system software upgrade. As you can see in the image above, themes will be a huge and very welcome addition, but even if you don&rsquo;t want graphic backdrops, you&rsquo;ll also be able to change the standard background colour.</p> <p>Other fresh additions teased include the ability to play music from a USB stick, as well as broadcasting improvements, additional voice commands, and more. Sony says more additions will be revealed before the firmware update goes live, which should happen before we get too deep into the holiday season here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/16/ps4-system-software-preview-usb-music-player-new-home-screen-colors-more/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="PlayStation 4 themes" alt="PlayStation 4 themes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-ps4-themes_0.jpg?1413618669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd#comments Android Archos Gaming PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Virtual Reality Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450555 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: HBO planning standalone streaming, see the Android Lollipop statue unveiling, and new Halo game announced for Windows 8 http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day off right with our rapid-fire selection of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HBO Go" alt="HBO Go" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hbo-go.jpg?1413526474" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HBO to launch streaming-only service in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, the day has come: HBO has revealed plans to no longer be a premium channel strictly for cable and satellite subscribers, and launch its own standalone streaming service in 2015. Currently, the channel&rsquo;s HBO Go service (pictured) is only usable by cable/satellite subscribers - and friends and family members that have syphoned their login info.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO,&rdquo; said CEO and chairman, Richard Plepler. &ldquo;All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO [in the United States] and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.&rdquo;</p> <p>No word yet on whether it will simply be a paid option to access all of HBO Go&rsquo;s content, including original series like <em>Game of Thrones</em> and <em>True Detective</em>, or perhaps a smaller offering to appease cable providers. But after years of pleas, it&rsquo;s great to know that HBO will finally acknowledge them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2014/10/15/hbo-chairman-and-ceo-richard-plepler-announces-hbo-to-offer-a">Time Warner</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-k-revealed-amazon-teams-hbo-and-withings-now-tracks-your-blood-o">Fully Charged: Samsung Galaxy K revealed, Amazon teams with HBO, and Withings now tracks your blood oxygen</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lollipop statue unveiled at Google HQ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google played the run-up to Android 5.0&rsquo;s name announcement for laughs <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">earlier this week</a>, but when it comes to decorating the lawn outside its Mountain View, California headquarters, the company is serious about maintaining tradition.</p> <p>Like previous versions, Android Lollipop has its own representative statue on the lawn, and this one is a particularly whimsical addition. Watch yesterday&rsquo;s official reveal of the lolly-toting &lsquo;bot above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxTLyLUjP4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vTxTLyLUjP4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Halo game announced for Windows 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Last year&rsquo;s <em>Halo: Spartan Assault</em> provided a fun, if simplistic top-down take on the sci-fi shooter smash for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, as well as Windows Phone, and Microsoft aims to repeat its success with the upcoming <em>Halo: Spartan Strike</em>, due out on 12 December.</p> <p>It should be rather similar to the original, but now it shares a timeline with <em>Halo 2</em>&nbsp;and there will be weekly challenges available, along with an array of improvements - and the microtransactions have been eliminated for the sequel. It&rsquo;ll sell for US$5.99 (about &pound;3.75), which grants access to PC, tablet, and Windows Phone versions; alternately, you can buy it on Steam alone for the same price.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/15/halo-spartan-strike-announced-for-windows-devices-and-steam-ign-first">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1280" height="800" title="Halo: Spartan Strike" alt="Halo: Spartan Strike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/halo-spartan-strike.png?1413526474" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christian Bale next to play Steve Jobs? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Could Batman be the next Steve Jobs? We&rsquo;re talking movie roles, of course, and Variety reports that Christian Bale is nearly set to play Jobs in a new&nbsp;film based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s exhaustive biography of the iconic Apple co-founder.</p> <p>Of course, Ashton Kutcher played the role not too long ago in <em>Jobs</em>, but while his likeness was uncanny in still shots, the overwrought, almost impressively terrible film didn&rsquo;t live up to its subject. Bale&rsquo;s a fine actor, however, and the upcoming film will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/christian-bale-in-talks-to-star-in-jobs-1201330878/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/watch-first-official-jobs-trailer-starring-ashton-kutcher/news">Watch the first official Jobs trailer starring Ashton Kutcher</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman.jpg?1413526474" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne#comments Android Apple Film and TV Google Windows Windows Phone Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450417 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does Google&#039;s new ginormophone have what it takes to top Samsung&#039;s Galaxy Note 4? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the weigh-in" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&#39;s a new phablet in town - and it goes by the name of Nexus 6.</p> <p>Having never previously released a handset any larger than the 4.95in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>, Google&#39;s jumped straight up to the next level for the 6, which has been made by Motorola and which packs a 5.96in screen.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 6 is essentially a scaled up <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X</a>, which means we expect it to be a very nicely made piece of kit. We&#39;ve not held one yet, but if it matches the Moto X&#39;s build quality we&#39;ll have no complaints.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, the specifics - it&#39;s big. Very big. It has a 5.96in screen plus a sizeable frame of 82.98 x 159.26 x 10.06mm. Like the Moto X, it&#39;s slightly curved. It has an aluminium trim and a matte plastic back. How will it feel in the hand? Impossible to say until we get a chance to hold one ourselves, but it&#39;s certainly not going to be one for the small handed.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is hardly diminutive itself, but with a 5.7in display and a frame of&nbsp;153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, it should be easier to manage one-handed than the latest Nexus. It&#39;s nowhere near as thick, for starters. </p> <p>Like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review">Samsung Galaxy Alpha</a> it has a metal band running around its sides, which together with a slightly more premium feeling faux-leather back makes it the prettiest Note yet. That&#39;s not saying an awful lot though, and on looks alone we&#39;d go with the Nexus. But the Note 4 is also very comfortable to hold, so overall we&#39;re calling this one a draw.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner: Draw</em></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="899" title="The Nexus 6 is a sharp looker" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-group_0.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To satisfy spec addicts these days, any really big phone needs a 2K screen. Both the Note 4 and Nexus 6 have exactly that, with matching resolutions of 2560x1440. Being slightly smaller, the 5.7in Note 4 has a higher pixels per inch count of 515ppi to the 5.96in Nexus 6&#39;s 493ppi. You&#39;re unlikely to notice that difference in day-to-day use, though.</p> <p>Both are also AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3 panels. Both should be great with blacks, super-bright in sunlight and tending towards the ultra-vivid in terms of colours.</p> <p>Without having fully tested them both, it wouldn&#39;t be fair to make a call between the two, though. So we won&#39;t.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 4 has a 2K screen. But then so does the Nexus 6" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4_0.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 5&#39;s 8MP camera wasn&#39;t its strongest point, but the Nexus 6 promises to be better. It has a 13MP sensor with an f/2 lens, plus optical image stabilisation - which should help it capture better shots in poor light. A dual LED ring flash should also help in that regard, while on the video side it can shoot 4K footage at 30fps. On the front, you&#39;ll find a 2MP camera for Skype and selfie needs.</p> <p>The Note 4&#39;s also had an upgrade over its predecessor: it now has a 16MP sensor to the Note 3&#39;s 13 megapixels. Like the Nexus 6 there&#39;s also built-in image stabilisation and 4K video shooting at 30fps. On the front, there&#39;s a 3.7MP camera.</p> <p>As with display, it&#39;s hard to make a call on this round without really putting both handsets through their paces. In our hands-on time with the Note 4 we were impressed with the shots it took, but until we see what the Nexus 6 is capable of anything we say here will be a bit of a guess.</p> <p>Then again, that&#39;s what we&#39;re paid for - in which case the Note 4&#39;s higher megapixel count just swings it on specs alone.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hands on with the Note 4" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-camera_3.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&#39;s another close call in terms of specs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Both these phones run on quad-core Snapdragon 805 processors clocked at 2.7GHz. That makes them, on paper at least, among the most powerful of all Android smartphones. We haven&#39;t been able to benchmark either phone yet, but we suspect that the Nexus 6 will be slightly quicker: it runs pure Android Lollipop, which should be as slick as a Brylcreemed weasel, whereas the Note 4 has to contend with Samsung&#39;s not-always-perfect TouchWiz.</p> <p>In terms of storage, though, the Note 4 has an advantage. While it only comes in a single 32GB model, it&#39;s expandable via microSD - you could add up to another 128GB if you&#39;re feeling particularly wealthy. The Nexus 6 comes in 32 and 64GB versions, but neither are expandable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, 64GB will be enough for most people, and we do think the the Nexus is likely to be just a little faster in use. For that reason, we&#39;re giving this round to Google.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news">7 things you need to know about the Google Nexus 9</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Nexus 6 lacks microSD storage" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-main_0.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Open up these two phones and you&#39;d find the same 3220mAh battery inside. Alright, so it wouldn&#39;t be the same one - but it would be the same size.</p> <p>That means they&#39;ll both run for the same amount of time, right? Well probably.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 has a bigger screen to power, which could count against it, but against that Android Lollipop should be a more efficient OS than the KitKat version on the Note 4. The Samsung phone is loaded with clever power-saving modes, but Lollipop also has one built in. Both also have super-fast charging modes, which can give them a partial re-juicing in minutes. The Note 4&#39;s battery is replaceable, unlike the Nexus 6&#39;s but how many people really do that anyway?</p> <p>Once we get full review units in we&#39;ll run them both through our arduous battery test, but until then this one looks like a draw.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="782" height="586" title="The Nexus 6 charges up very swiftly" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-charging_0.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&#39;s an easy one: the Nexus 6 will arrive running Android 5.0, or Lollipop, while the Note 4 will be stuck with KitKat for an unspecified time. KitKat&#39;s great, but the new OS, as you can see from our guide to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop,</a>&nbsp;promises to be better in so many ways.</p> <p>Coupled with that there&#39;s the fact that the Note 4 will be skinned with Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz software. Now TouchWiz was much improved on the Galaxy S5. Plus, it&#39;s packed with potentially useful features such as MultiWindow, which lets you run two apps side by side, and handwriting recognition software for the Note&#39;s S Pen stylus.</p> <p>But then again, it&#39;s still TouchWiz. Glitchy, packed-with-unnecessary software TouchWiz. Will it be better on the Note 4? Hopefully so. But even if it is, it won&#39;t get Google&#39;s latest updates anywhere near as quickly as the Nexus does.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Lollipop!" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lollipop_0.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Nexus 6 might rule on the software front, the Note 4&#39;s the king of features. Come on, it&#39;s a Samsung - did you really expect anything different?</p> <p>Chief among them is the S Pen stylus - improved for the Note 4 with pressure sensitivity and new calligraphy tricks. There&#39;s also a fingerprint sensor, as on the Galaxy S5, and a heart-rate sensor (ditto). The Nexus 6 doesn&#39;t really have any extra features as such beyond front stereo speakers - the Note 4 has just one on the back.</p> <p>Still, overall this round&#39;s going to the Samsung device.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 4</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Note 4&#039;s S Pen has been upgraded" alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-4-review-s-pen_2.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And the winner is... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tot up the rounds and you&#39;ll get a score of 2-2, with a further three drawn. Which, as you can probably guess, means these two phones are pretty evenly matched.</p> <p>The Nexus is the better looking phone and also comes running the hugely anticipated Android Lollipop, while matching its Samsung rival in terms of battery, processor and screen. It&#39;s also likely to be cheaper. While UK pricing has yet to be announced, the 32GB version costs US$649. The Note 4 will set you back US$700.</p> <p>Against that, the Note has a higher-specced camera, microSD slot and of course the S Pen and all of its lovely tricks.</p> <p>In truth, we could go either way, and&nbsp;until we&#39;ve properly tried out the camera, given both devices a full battery test and seen their screens side by side, we should probably avoid taking sides.</p> <p>But that would be boring - so we&#39;re going with the Nexus 6. Although we reserve the right to change our minds if it proves too damn big to use.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Google Nexus 6</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1400" height="1050" title="And the winner is..." alt="Which smartphone? Google Nexus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Nexus-6-multi.jpg?1413423123" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-6-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-4-weigh/feature#comments Android Galaxy Note 4 Google Nexus 6 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:13 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450365 at http://www.stuff.tv 8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be sweet in name, but Google&#039;s new mobile OS brings serious enhancements across the board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android Lollipop" alt="Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lollipop.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Google unveiled its big new OS version this past summer, it was simply called &quot;Android L.&quot; We figured Lollipop to be the most likely candidate in the company&#39;s treat-themed naming pattern, and even Google had some fun with the process. And sure enough, it&#39;s Android Lollipop.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A clean new look </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Material Design is the name Google&rsquo;s given to Android Lollipop&rsquo;s UI overhaul, and it&rsquo;s focused on reducing clutter with a flat, minimalist interface and bright primary colours. You&#39;ll see it throughout the entire OS, and Google says it makes for more &quot;tangible&quot; and &quot;intuitive&quot; interactions. At the very least, it looks pretty wonderful.</p> <p>The on-screen navigation buttons have also been simplified to basic triangle, circle and square shapes, and the whole cleaner look will be spread across Android phones and tablets, Chrome, and Android Wear products like the LG G Watch and Moto 360.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Q8TXgCzxEnw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="851" height="639" title="COLOURS!" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled1.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1024" height="768" title="More colours" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-2_2.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1024" height="768" title="Much better" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-3_1.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smarter notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Notifications in Android Lollipop can drop down from the top, allowing you to interact or dismiss them without intruding on whatever you&rsquo;re currently doing.</p> <p>Lock screen notifications have also improved, showing off more information and latting you dismiss them with a swipe, or open them with a tap.</p> <p>Additionally, you can activate a Priority mode, either indefinitely or for a certain span of time, which means only select kinds of notifications will come through, letting you focus on a task. And if something does come through, you can simply respond from the lock screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="A welcome sight" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-4_0.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1024" height="768" title="\0/" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-6.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart Multitasking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Lollipop&rsquo;s new 3D effect multitasking panel also treats Chrome tabs as separate cards.</p> <p>That means flicking between apps and webpages is now a far more fluid and less frustrating experience, although we&rsquo;re a little concerned about how messy all those cards can get during a heavy browsing session.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="New card interface" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-8.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enhanced Security </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Lollipop&rsquo;s security has also smartened up. You can choose to have your device automatically unlock if it recognises that it&rsquo;s in a secure situation.</p> <p>It will, for example, remove the lock screen pattern or pin if it&rsquo;s connected to your smartwatch. It can also bypass security measures in trusted locations like your house or Android Auto-equipped car, for example.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="944" height="708" title="No watch? No entry" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-9.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful search </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search in Android Lollipop.&nbsp;Search for a film for example, and you&rsquo;ll be able to fire up a film app like IMDb directly from Google Now.</p> <p>Additionally, devices with digital signal processing support - like the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 - will recognize you saying &quot;OK Google&quot; even when the screen is off, taking you into a search even faster than ever.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="934" height="701" title="Even prettier" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-10.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slicker, smoother, faster </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>ART is now the default runtime in Android Lollipop. That won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, but essentially the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed.</p> <p>Apps and animations now run at a much more fluid 60fps, and Android Lollipop now offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik. Even if you don&#39;t fully understand the change, you&#39;ll surely notice it in action. And ART brings support for 64-bit devices like the Nexus 9.</p> <p>Other behind the scenes tweaks promise an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations with their respective processors.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1006" height="755" title="ART &gt; Dalvik" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-11.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Better Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Android Lollipop introduces a new feature called Project Volta, and its sole focus is on improving battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p>For starters, you&rsquo;ll be able to have far more battery life information at your fingertips, letting you pinpoint possible causes of battery drain.</p> <p>This, coupled with under-the-hood-optimisations, means that developers can produce apps which are even more efficient and less power-hungry.</p> <p>Android Lollipop also now has a built-in battery saver mode, which presumably automatically reduces brightness and cranks down data connections and app syncing, in a similar fashion to battery saver modes found in the LG G3 and HTC One (M8).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1024" height="768" title="At long last" alt="8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-12.jpg?1413794338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s out very soon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>App developers and select Nexus device owners have been running a preview version since June, but it&#39;s about to go out to a much wider audience.</p> <p>Android Lollipop will launch pre-installed on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/7-things-you-need-know-about-google-nexus-6/news">Nexus 6 smartphone</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news">Nexus 9 tablet</a>, along with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-new-nexus-player/news">Nexus Player set-top box</a> in November. And Google says it will also reach the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks, which will probably be in that same early November ballpark.</p> <p>As for other Android devices, it&#39;ll be up to the device manufacturers and in some cases carriers to determine when the updates will be available, especially if the device makers are modifying the OS with their own skins.</p> <p>With luck, a large portion of the Android-owning audience with new-enough devices will have the option to update to Lollipop before the year&#39;s up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nexus 9" alt="Nexus 9" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-nexus-9.jpg?1413538584" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s new in the next version of Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:46:35 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1440113 at http://www.stuff.tv