Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Promoted: 5 Android apps that will genuinely change your life http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-5-android-apps-will-genuinely-change-your-life/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget time-draining flicky games and download five Android apps that will actually change your world </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/shutterstock_169065278.jpg?1418997277" /> </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/android/promoted-5-android-apps-will-genuinely-change-your-life/feature#comments Android Apps and Games LG Promotion Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:54:37 +0000 Marc McLaren 1455763 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC Desire Eye http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The go-to phone for the sharpest selfies in existence </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="First - let me take a selfie" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/desire-eye-37_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people love selfies. Some people loathe selfies.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/crowdfunding/8-worst-crowdfunding-ideas-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Some people put cameras on sticks to get better selfies</a>.</p> <p>Whichever camp you&rsquo;re in, there&rsquo;s no denying that in a world where so many lives are micro-blogged into oblivion, selfies have become important. The HTC Desire Eye is one of the most obviously selfie-obsessed phones ever made.</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"> £400.00 </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">8 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"> Water resistant </div> <div class="field-item even"> Fast and capable cameras - on both sides </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very solid performance </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"> A bit large and boxy </div> <div class="field-item even"> Not quite as snazzy as an HTC One M8 </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"> Object of Desire </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>Just a few years ago, the Desire range was where you&rsquo;d find HTC&rsquo;s top phones. However, these days it&rsquo;s packed with mid-range mobiles with a slightly more fun, less fashion- and spec-obsessed feel to them.</p> <p>We see the lighter approach of the Desire range throughout the Desire Eye, but it&rsquo;s most obvious in the more basic design. While HTC&rsquo;s One phones are made of aluminium, the Desire Eye embraces plastic much in the way&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia phones do</a>.</p> <p>The smooth, soft, two-tone finish of the Desire Eye isn&rsquo;t out to make its mark the Eye out as a pocket-size status symbol, but it feels great and has a cheery disposition that&rsquo;s instantly likeable.</p> <p>Would we change anything? Sure. There&rsquo;s a fair bit of space above and below the screen and slimmer bezels would give the Desire a sleeker look, but we&rsquo;ve no serious complaints on looks. Even the front camera is about as low-key as the hardware allows.</p> <p><strong>Read More:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">&nbsp;LG 3G Review</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">&nbsp;</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="900" title="Pretty in polycarbonate" alt="HTC Desire Eye review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-2_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> The Eye desires a dunking </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&rsquo;ll let you in on a little secret: in many respects the Desire Eye is a match for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">One M8</a>. Just don&rsquo;t tell HTC we told you so.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s even better in one respect, too. The Desire Eye is certified to IPx7, a water resistance standard that means the phone can be dunked in water to a depth of a metre and left there for 30 minutes with no ill effects. While we&rsquo;ve seen videos of the HTC One M8 being submerged without heading straight to the great Carphone Warehouse in the sky, it doesn&rsquo;t officially offer any water resistance.</p> <p>The best bit about the Desire Eye&rsquo;s waterproofing ability is that it doesn&rsquo;t need any extra flaps over the microUSB or headphone ports. It&rsquo;s the best kind of weatherproofing: the kind you can completely ignore.</p> <p>Not as taken with the blue shell of our review sample as we are? There&rsquo;s also a red/white version out there.&nbsp;</p> <p>The only thing to note is that while this is one of the friendliest-looking phones HTC makes, it&rsquo;s still fairly large thanks to its 5.2-inch screen. And despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/water-proof-htc-butterfly-2-will-fly-singapore-very-soon/news" target="_blank">HTC Butterfly 2 is the waterproof One (M8) you always wanted</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="Colours and shape to suit you " alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-30_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="The SD Card and SIM card trays will keep your vitals safe - as long as you push them back in, of course" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-27.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="Despite being just 8.5mm it feels quite chunky compared to the latest, slimmest smartphones around" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-28_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> Screen spec inspection </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>Other than being just a smidge bigger (5.2in to 5in) the Desire Eye&rsquo;s display is very similar to that of the HTC One M8. It&rsquo;s sharp, and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours. That&rsquo;s definitely a good thing as far as we&rsquo;re concerned.</p> <p>Within a few short months, QHD resolution will probably be the normal resolution for phones of &pound;400 and above, but for now we&rsquo;re perfectly happy with the 1080p resolution offered here. 424ppi is plenty for now, thanks very much.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not quite perfect, though. The HTC Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t have blacks anywhere near as deep as OLED phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lumia-930/nokia-lumia-930/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 930</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, resulting in distinctly lower contrast. It&rsquo;s not just OLEDs it has to compete with, either &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;offers better blacks and better contrast, and it uses an LCD screen. It&rsquo;s no deal-breaker - contrast levels are similar on the much-loved One M8 - but black level aficionados might appreciate knowing.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-galaxy-s6-review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 Preview</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 Desire Eye&#039;s 5.2in screen is sharp and offers natural-looking rather than over saturated, super-vivid colours" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-11_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> Seeing Sense </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 software is also shared with the HTC One M8 which means the Desire Eye runs Android 4.4.4 with HTC&rsquo;s custom Sense interface.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a neat interface that makes some interesting changes to stock Android. On the light and fluffy side, it makes your apps menu scroll vertically rather than horizontally &mdash; because everyone likes being contrarian once in a while &mdash; and directly under the spotlight sits BlinkFeed.</p> <p>This is a homescreen that offers a reel of the latest updates from Facebook, Twitter, your favourite websites &mdash; whatever you choose to put in. It&rsquo;s a handy extra, but in our experience it&rsquo;s a real love-it-or-hate-it thing, and HTC makes sure getting rid of it is easy enough.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve always liked Sense and it works well on the Desire Eye, but it does feel like it&rsquo;s now due a bit of a pep-up, especially in light of the Lollipop launch. Simplicity is the order of the day, and HTC&rsquo;s interface is now looking just a touch fussier than it might.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</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="Get a sense of your smartphone" alt="HTC Desire Eye " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-34_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> HTC Desire Eye 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><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 4.4.4 with Sense UI</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.2in LCD with 1920x1080 resolution (424ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @ 2.3GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 2GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 16GB (expandable by up to 128GB with microSD)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP front with dual-LED flash, 13MP rear with dual-LED flash</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: NFC, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 2400mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 152 x 74 x 8.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 154g</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-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"> Performing monkey </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>Spec-wise the Desire Eye is well equipped. Its combination of a Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM isn&rsquo;t boundary-pushing (the Snapdragon 801 is at the end of its days, about to be booted out by the Snapdragon 805 and even more advanced 64-bit chipsets) but that doesn&#39;t stop it from being a very powerful CPU for right now.</p> <p>Just check out its Geekbench 3 result: 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3, and not too far behind the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 4</a>. Sure enough, gaming performance is great too. A 5.2-inch display and plenty of power is great news for gamers.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s another neat little gaming extra too, and it&rsquo;s not one you might spot at first glance. The HTC Desire Eye actually fits in a pair of BoomSound speakers, hidden behind tiny little slits above and below the screen.</p> <p>The voicing of these speakers seems to be a little more conservative than the HTC One M8&rsquo;s despite them being both tagged with the mighty BoomSound name &mdash; the sound seems a little less beefy &mdash; but they&rsquo;re still much better than average.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6 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="A Geekbench score of 3037 points puts it in the same league as the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3" alt="HTC Desire Eye " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-6_1.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> I have an eye on you </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>By now you&rsquo;ve probably cottoned on to the fact that the Desire Eye is a lot more than the one trick pony some may have been expecting, but let&rsquo;s get onto the main event, the cameras.</p> <p>The HTC Desire Eye is the first camera we&rsquo;ve looked at to feature 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. Both have dual-LED flashes too, each LED using a different tone to avoid blowing out people&rsquo;s faces, much like Apple&rsquo;s TrueTone flash.</p> <p>Your first assumption might be that they&rsquo;re exactly the same, but they&rsquo;re subtly different. The front camera has a wider-angle lens with a narrower aperture. Look carefully at the lenses and you can actually see the difference in aperture size.</p> <p>While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we&rsquo;re pretty happy with what you get here.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve used a few pretty sluggish camera phones recently, but the Desire Eye is quick. Focusing is snappy and shutter lag is virtually non-existent, making it feel like the camera is capturing a shot the exact moment you press the shutter button.</p> <p>This is also one of the few recent Android phones to offer a dedicated shutter button, something that&rsquo;s often left out these days. It&rsquo;s a bit stiff, but it&rsquo;s hugely useful and there&rsquo;s no obligation to use it if you find it a bit finicky.</p> <p>The software behind the Desire Eye&rsquo;s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8&rsquo;s, which means it looks cool, even though buries the HDR mode a little too deeply for considering it&rsquo;s such a useful day-to-day tool for mobile snappers.</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="While the rear 13-megapixel main sensor may seem like a downgrade from the UltraPixel one used in the HTC One M8, we’re pretty happy with what you get here - it&#039;s quick, for a start" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-26_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="The software behind the Desire Eye’s camera is much the same as the HTC One M8’s, which means it looks cool" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-4_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Image quality is pretty good for the most part, though. Both the front and rear cameras use the same Sony IMX214 sensor seen in phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/oneplus-one/review" target="_blank">OnePlus One</a>, and it&rsquo;s pretty comparable with the IMX135 sensor used in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>&nbsp;&mdash; more advanced in fact.</p> <p>In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good. Add this to the very good shooting speed and you have a camera that&rsquo;s bags of fun to use.</p> <p>The only obvious weak point is that for night shooting, the Desire Eye doesn&rsquo;t radically brighten-up images to make them clear. Truly dark scenes will remain more-or-less black unless you switch the flash on. It&rsquo;s a shame, but at least the two-tone flash provides more natural-looking results than a standard white-LED one.</p> <p>We also had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus, but this is a predictable result of being so desperate to be speedy, and can be solved by just taking a few more &lsquo;security&rsquo; shots.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphone-photography/feature" target="_blank">Beta Yourself: Smartphone Photography</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="4208" height="2368" title="In daylight your shots will have loads of detail, and we found day/dusk metering to be pretty good" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0100_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="4208" height="2368" title="Well that should just about do me for Christmas Day" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0063.jpg?1418914077" /> </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="4208" height="2368" title="We had some minor issues with the Desire Eye taking photos before it has really achieved focus" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG0042_0.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> Get ready for your close-up </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>So, around the front &mdash; how good are the Desire Eye&rsquo;s selfies? They&rsquo;re great, and the wide 20mm angle of the lens makes taking selfies of multiple people easy enough.</p> <p>Having a sensor as strong as the IMX214 on-board for selfies means it&rsquo;s not all about resolution without added detail &mdash; some higher res sensors hardly seem to actually get you much more detail than a bog-standard one. As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy.</p> <p>If it all gets a bit much, though, there&rsquo;s a &lsquo;magic&rsquo; slider that smoothes-out those bits that might remind you too much of your own mortality.</p> <p>There are a few other selfie-specific modes too. Photo booth takes a quartet of shots which are then woven together in one nice, Facebook-able image, while Split Capture takes the output from the front and rear cameras and spews them out as a single image.</p> <p>There are improvements to be made in the HTC Desire Eye camera setup, but it&rsquo;s probably less problematic than the HTC One M8 in day-to-day use thanks to its more reliable metering and all-round greater detail capture. Plus you can really use the front camera to work out how dreadful you really look on those post-party mornings.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-gadget-gifts-ideas-photographers/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Ideas: 15 gadget gifts for photographers</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="As long as you have a bit of light to work with, the Desire&#039;s front camera will render each hair, wrinkle and crease with depressing accuracy" alt="HTC Desire Eye" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-32.jpg?1418914077" /> </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-8"><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"> Juice me up </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>Battery life is surprisingly good given the 2400mAh battery unit sounds pretty small. We&rsquo;ve been getting a solid day and a half from a charge, getting you that occasionally vital second-day buffer.</p> <p>To double check the Desire Eye&rsquo;s stamina we set it to play a looped video fully charged to see how long it&rsquo;d last. Sure enough, it soldiered on through twelve full hours of&nbsp;<em>Twilight</em>&nbsp;at 720p resolution &mdash; enough to turn anyone into a gibbering wreck.</p> <p>Getting this out of a 2400mAh battery is seriously impressive. HTC has clearly put some work into optimisation to get this kind of longevity.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of little tech wingdings, either. The Desire Eye has NFC, 4G, aptX and fast battery charging tech. It really doesn&rsquo;t miss out on much compared to the HTC One M8, apart from an IR blaster.</p> <p><strong>Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature" target="_blank">18 ways you&#39;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</a></strong></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"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><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"> HTC Desire Eye 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>The HTC Desire Eye is the sort of phone that might initially make you groan. A phone based around selfies? You must be joking.</p> <p>However, it&rsquo;s turned out to be one of this year&rsquo;s pleasant surprises, performing well in just about every respect with the selfie skills there to provide a bit of attention grabbing pizzazz.</p> <p>Were it not for the current crop of absolutely beltingly brilliant phones that are now available for similar or less (we&rsquo;re looking at you,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3</a>) the Desire Eye would be getting the full five stars. As it is, we&rsquo;re looking at a very capable, very likeable four starrer that should be promoted to first choice by those who really love a selfie.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World 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="1200" height="900" title="HTC Desire Eye verdict" alt="HTC Desire Eye verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/desire-eye-23.jpg?1418914077" /> </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"> 8 </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"> 8 </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"> 9 </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"> 8 </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>Whether a selfie-addict or not, the Desire Eye is a capable, likeable all-rounder</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"> Hands on with the HTC Desire Eye </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"> All hail the selfie phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/desire-eye/htc-desire-eye/review#comments Android Desire Eye HTC Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:45:25 +0000 Emily P Burt 1449774 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 9 things you didn’t know about Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/promoted-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get clued up on the ultimate mobile operating system with these nuggets of Android knowledge </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lollipop_2.jpg?1418897988" /> </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/android/promoted-9-things-you-didn-t-know-about-android/feature#comments Android Apps and Games LG Promotion Smartphones Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:49 +0000 Marc McLaren 1455656 at http://www.stuff.tv Pebble adds support for Android Wear actionable notifications http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s still in beta, but anyone rocking the smartwatch and Android can check it out </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="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" alt="Pebble adds Android Wear notification support" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pebble-androidwear-notifications.jpg?1418780529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">love the Pebble Steel</a>&nbsp;(and the standard model is a worthwhile wearable), but compared to newer smartwatches, it&rsquo;s more about viewing notifications than doing anything about them. Well, until now.</p> <p>Pebble has announced support for Android Wear actionable notifications on its watches for those using the Android app. That means you&rsquo;ll be able to send canned responses to messages, or pick from predetermined options (like &ldquo;send&rdquo; or &ldquo;decline&rdquo; with Square Cash).</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>For now, the functionality is still in beta, via the v2.3.0 Android app. But Pebble is allowing anyone interested to&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">join its Beta Testing Group</a>&nbsp;and start using the beta software right away. Additionally, the just-launched v2.2 app on Google Play allows Android 4.0+ phones to use Pebble, whereas previously it was only for Android 4.3+ devices.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s clear that the watch can do more if the paired phone&rsquo;s platform allows it - so might the Pebble gain functionality with iPhones once iOS has Apple Watch interactions baked in? We wouldn&rsquo;t count on it, but we&rsquo;ll keep our fingers crossed.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.getpebble.com/2014/12/16/ad-23/">Pebble</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel review</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/-_acvnlD0UI" 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/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/pebble-adds-support-android-wear-actionable-notifications/news#comments Android Android Wear Pebble Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:14:23 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455532 at http://www.stuff.tv Now you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with Google voice commands http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Also, Google Now can begin heating or cooling your place during your commute home </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 Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nest-google-now.jpg?1418717268" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the weekend, some intrepid Android users discovered that Google integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-voice-commands-about-hit-nest-thermostat-value-playstation-plus-freebies">about to go live</a>. Today, it&rsquo;s officially&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">up and running</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/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>There&rsquo;s a&nbsp;<a href="https://workswithnest.google.com">Google Works With Nest setup process</a>&nbsp;that you&rsquo;ll need to complete, which finds you authorizing access on both sides of the partnership. Even though Google owns Nest now, the latter is trying to stay somewhat autonomous and not spook users worried about data access overreach from its massive overlord.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve invested in a Nest, you might as well take advantage of these beneficial new features. There&#39;s little sense in resisting a smart thermometer getting smarter, after all.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://nest.com/support/article/How-do-Google-voice-actions-and-Google-Now-work-with-the-Nest-Thermostat">Nest</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/nest-google-now-temperature-control/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nest-gets-closer-world-or-least-home-domination/news">Nest gets closer to world (or at least home) domination with improved compatibility</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="600" title="Google Works With Nest" alt="Google Works With Nest" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nest-google-integration.jpg?1418717268" /> </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/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/now-you-can-control-nest-thermostat-google-voice-commands/news#comments Android Connected home Google iOS Nest Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:22:56 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455446 at http://www.stuff.tv Google removed Amazon app from the Play Store over direct app sales http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ll have to snag it from web if you want Amazon’s apps and games going forward </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="Amazon Appstore" alt="Amazon Appstore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-appstore_0.jpg?1418435571" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For some time, you&rsquo;d have to download the full-fledged&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/get-appstore/android/ref=mas_rw_ldg">Amazon Appstore app</a>&nbsp;for Android from web to access the mega-retailer&rsquo;s own selection of apps and games. Surprisingly, that changed this autumn.</p> <p>Out of the blue, the previously less-equipped Amazon app available on the Play Store suddenly had the ability to sell apps and games directly, without users needing to grab the app from web and then enable Unknown Sources to install the software.</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-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/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/google-removed-amazon-app-play-store-over-direct-app-sales/news#comments Amazon Android Google Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:46:04 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455162 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung’s Galaxy Grand 3 brings 64-bit processing power to lower-end phones http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Regulatory listing for next 5.25in smartphone reveals modest update </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="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy Grand 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-grand-3-leak.png?1418435355" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo">recently admitted</a>&nbsp;that its smartphone line has gotten too large, something arguably borne out by the lesser-known Galaxy Grand. But this lower-end device will still apparently see a solid upgrade in its next incarnation.</p> <p>Details of the Galaxy Grand 3 have emerged thanks to an approved filing with Chinese regulatory body TENAA, and they show that the device has a 64-bit processor within: the quad-core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon 410.</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-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/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-s-galaxy-grand-3-brings-64-bit-lower-end-phones/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:49:25 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455147 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear update brings loads of new faces, plus developers can now release their own http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finally, the promise of significant customization is rolling out to devices </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 Wear" alt="Android Wear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-wear-newfaces.jpg?1418261265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a small screen on your wrist seemed like a prime opportunity to display all sorts of dazzling imagery, but up &rsquo;til now, the options have been limited with Android Wear. Finally, that&#39;s changed.</p> <p>Google has just announced the rollout of the latest version of Android Wear, based on Lollipop, and it finally brings the promised ability for developers to create and sell their own unique, distinctive watch faces via Google Play.</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>Among the early highlights are faces based on games like&nbsp;<em>Pac-Man</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Plants vs. Zombies</em>, and others featuring design work from the likes of Rebecca Minkoff, Mei Kawajiri, Bearbrick, and Porsche.</p> <p>In typical Google rollout fashion, it&rsquo;s starting to hit some devices now, but it could be up to a week before it reaches yours. Please try to control your enthusiasm accordingly.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/android-dress-code-wear-what-you-want.html">Google</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2014/12/watch-face-api-now-available-for.html">Android Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop review</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="798" title="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" alt="The Hundreds Android Wear watch face" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwear-thehundreds.png?1418261265" /> </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/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-update-brings-loads-new-faces-plus-developers-can-now-release-their-own/news#comments Android Android Wear Google Smartwatches Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:07:39 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455087 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 6 http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new Nexus phone is bigger, but is it actually better? </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="Look familiar?" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-6-1-small.jpg?1418398512" /> </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-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You could call Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices trojan horses to show off the latest version of Android, but if they are, they&rsquo;re pretty darn obvious ones: even Google would be happy to admit the Nexus 6 is mostly here to let Android 5.0 Lollipop strut its stuff.</p> <p>Google doesn&rsquo;t actually make the thing, either. Motorola does, and you&rsquo;ll see plenty of Motorola DNA flowing through the phone&rsquo;s little circuit board veins.</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"> £500.00 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (for 32GB version; 64GB is £550) </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">8 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"> Big, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Impressive overall performance </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Strong stereo speakers </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"> Camera a little sluggish </div> <div class="field-item even"> Too large for some and a bit awkward in the hand </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not a value king like the Nexus 5 </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"> Aerobicise </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>Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It&rsquo;s like the thing is a cookie jar you&rsquo;re not meant to be able to reach.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re starting with what seems like a pretty trivial point, but when something trivial crops up about 576 times a day, it starts becoming important. Make sure you&rsquo;re prepared for this issue, as it can get annoying &mdash;&nbsp;especially as it could have been solved by moving the soft keys about a bit.</p> <p>The Nexus 6 looks and feels a bit like a two-hander version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X (2014)</a>&nbsp;we loved so much recently. Aside from the whole thumb gymnastics involved, that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p> <p>Its back is plastic and fixed in place, but feels as though it&rsquo;s part of a very rigid shell rather than the slightly flimsy back covers you get in Samsung phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Galaxy Note 4</a>. The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas.</p> <p>The look isn&rsquo;t quite catwalk-ready &mdash;&nbsp;there&rsquo;s a bit of variance in the seam between the plastic and aluminium rear parts, the Nexus logo on the rear is pretty huge and the ring-style flash is a bit &lsquo;loud&rsquo; compared with the demure Nexus 5 &mdash;&nbsp;but then the Nexus team has never been all about style.</p> <p>Still, as long as you don&rsquo;t mind the sheer size of the Nexus 6 we&rsquo;re pretty confident most of you will like the design well enough. The curvy back offers a comfy in-hand grip and front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front.</p> <p>The hardcore crowd won&rsquo;t appreciate that, as with the other Nexus phones and tablets, the Nexus 6 doesn&rsquo;t let you add to the memory. You get a decent 32GB (64GB available, but not as widely) built-in, but the only slot on the phone is for the nano SIM. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</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="Using the Nexus 6 in one hand is a stretch, with the back button placed just out of reach of your thumb as if Google has done so deliberately. It’s like the thing is a cookie jar you’re not meant to be able to reach." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-20_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="The sides of the phone are aluminium, with a smooth anodised band working its way around the Nexus 6, punctuated by little plastic accents that also act as signal outlets for the antennas." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-2_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="Front-on it seems almost all-screen, which is quite an achievement given it also packs-in stereo speakers on the front." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-15_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Cinematic kicks </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 is naturally going to limit how many movies you can fit on the Nexus 6, but it&rsquo;ll still store a bunch, and the other elements &mdash;&nbsp;those stereo speakers and the giant OLED screen &mdash;&nbsp;make up for it.</p> <p>Having two separate speakers is no guarantee of good sound quality, but the Nexus 6 is pretty solid. Top volume is unusually loud, and there&rsquo;s the hint of extra warmth and mid-range body that&rsquo;s still a luxury in the mobile phone world. We still prefer the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a>&nbsp;sound, but the Nexus goes louder. Of course, sticking to headphones is still the best way to get good sound.</p> <p>Even more important, of course, is the screen. The Nexus 6 has a massive 5.96in display even larger than those of mobile giants such as the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus. There is a reason why this phone is so huge.</p> <p>While its specs will look pretty normal in just a few months, for now they&rsquo;re dead impressive. The Nexus 6 has a 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED screen, using the same resolution as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;but with tech a bit closer to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a>&rsquo;s.</p> <p>It comes with great benefits, and one unfortunate trip-up.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) 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="What? Twilight isn&#039;t that bad!" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-3_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>First, the good bits: the Nexus 6 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that&rsquo;d make 99 per cent of &pound;2000 TVs whimper with jealousy. We&#39;ve spent a good while watching Netflix on the phone, and it&rsquo;s a great experience. Such a large screen matched with OLED image skills is a great combo.</p> <p>We also welcome the extra resolution. It&rsquo;s not just about screen size either. OLEDs such as the Nexus 6&rsquo;s tend to look less sharp than direct LCD alternatives because of the way their pixels are laid out, but here there are easily enough to go around to make everything appear super-sharp.</p> <p>QHD resolution may not make your 1080p movies look even better, but for things such as games and the Nexus 6 interface, it&rsquo;s great.</p> <p>So, what&rsquo;s wrong? Well, as with so many OLED phones the colours are rather over the top. Reds are a bit too red, greens aren&rsquo;t all that subtle. It&rsquo;s the red you&rsquo;ll notice the most &mdash;&nbsp;especially if you&rsquo;re coming from a phone with very good colour accuracy - the Nexus 5 or an iPhone, for example.</p> <p>Whether this matters or not is a personal thing. Unlike the rival Galaxy Note 4 there&rsquo;s no way to tone down the colours, so you have to get used to it. We found that when watching movies, the amazing contrast makes up for the candy-coated colours, but it was initially distracting.</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 screen offers terrific contrast and black levels, getting the sort of image vividness that’d make 99 per cent of £2000 TVs whimper with jealousy" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-13_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Google Nexus 6 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><strong>Operating System</strong>: Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5.96in AMOLED with 2560x1440 (493ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 @ 2.7GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong>: 3GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 32GB or 64GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong>: 13MP rear with OIS and dual-LED ring flash, 2MP front</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: 3220mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 159 x 83 x 10.1mm
</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 184g</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-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"> What’s Android 5.0 all about, anyway? </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 standard, the interface makes the issue pretty obvious, though. The Nexus 6 is the first phone to be released with Android 5.0 L, and it&rsquo;s pretty bold and colourful itself.</p> <p>Google has tried to strip out as much ugly signposting of features as it can, pushing it a bit closer to the non-geeky style of iOS. One of the most obvious spots to see this in action is the soft key area.</p> <p>Gone are the buttons that are meant to actually represent functions visually, replaced with a triangle, circle and square. Those completely new to Android may have to fiddle with the Nexus 6 a bit to understand it, but Android looks more minimalist than ever, and we like it a lot.</p> <p>There are some extra features too. Perhaps the best is home screen notifications. You can see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly. It can save you quite a lot of time, although those worried about security can turn these off.</p> <p>Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked. There&rsquo;s more swooshy inertia, with a clear attempt to make it feel a bit more physical or tangible. The cold, clinical and efficient style of previous Android versions has been swapped for something a bit more&hellip; human. Yes, that sounds ridiculous but start flicking around Android 5.0 and you&rsquo;ll understand.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll get used to it in about five minutes, but it does actually make the Nexus 6 feel a tiny bit less peppy than a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4. We didn&rsquo;t experience much lag, but Android seems to be moving away from an obsession with performance, caring that bit more about &lsquo;feel&rsquo;. Android has gone all touchy-feely on us.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop 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="You can now see your new emails, texts and so on without even turning the Nexus 6 on properly." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-21_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="Android 5.0 L also feels a bit different. The layout, the way it works, these bits are exactly the same. However, the way everything moves has been tweaked." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-5_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Paranoid Android </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&rsquo;s another little issue, too. There&rsquo;s a bit of controversy around the Nexus 6 because it&rsquo;s one of the first Android devices to ship with full encryption. All your data is encoded for security, meaning that if you use a passcode there&rsquo;s no way to get access to it without that code &mdash; it can&rsquo;t be pulled off the storage directly by digital CSI types. This was always an option within Android, but it seemed to us that just about no-one used it.</p> <p>Encryption apparently slows down performance a bit, and you&rsquo;ll be able to find nerdy benchmarks online showing you exactly how much. However, we didn&rsquo;t notice any of the sort of annoying slow-down we saw in the Nexus 9 tablet. The Nexus 6 is still quick.</p> <p>It has the specs to match the top phones of the moment, so that&rsquo;s no more than we&rsquo;d expect. The Nexus 6 uses the Snapdragon 805 CPU, the same Qualcomm chipset used in the Galaxy Note 4. It&rsquo;s a quad-core 2.7GHz processor, and here it has 3GB of RAM to exploit. This hardware earned the Nexus 6 a great score of 3283 points in our Geekbench 3 test, which is &mdash; reassuringly enough &mdash;&nbsp;pretty similar to the Note 4.</p> <p>All this power doesn&rsquo;t feel like overkill either, as running games at the native QHD resolution requires an awful lot of juice. At least, if you&rsquo;re rendering fancy 3D graphics rather than match-three sprites of sweeties.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re slightly disappointed with the Nexus 6&rsquo;s battery life, though. A big, expensive phone feels these days like it should offer tip-top stamina, and we&rsquo;ve been spoilt recently by the Note 4, which does just that. Here the stamina is just OK, rather than great.</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"> 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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Nexus 6 for a while now, and each day we seem to be skirting around the 15 percent mark by bed time. And that&rsquo;s without any long game-playing sessions.</p> <p>Use the phone a lot and it&rsquo;s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day.</p> <p>As we were concerned that the great big OLED display may have just led to us watching video and browsing a lot more than it might usually &mdash;&nbsp;and sure enough this is one of the big draws of the Nexus 6 &mdash;&nbsp;we put it to a more objective test. When left to play a looped 720p MP4 video without doing any other stuff in the background, the battery lasts for almost dead on 10 hours.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s fine, but notably a good few hours off what phones such as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3</a>&nbsp;and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are capable of. &nbsp;They&rsquo;ll get into the early teens.</p> <p>So, why does the Nexus 6 lag behind a bit? It doesn&rsquo;t offset its larger screen with a larger battery, its 3220mAh being the same size as the Note 4&rsquo;s, and vanilla Android doesn&rsquo;t seem to put as much emphasis on saving battery as other custom skins, although there is a now native battery saver mode, which can help you eek out those last drops of juice.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 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="Use the phone a lot and it’s not hard to drain it down completely in the space of a day." alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-23_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> Camera on trial </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 camera isn&rsquo;t quite up there with the very best either. It offers pretty great hardware but is let down by less-than-perfect software.</p> <p>The phone has a 13MP main camera with optical image stabilisation and an attention-grabbing dual-LED &lsquo;ring&rsquo; style flash. Resolution is lower than the Note 4 or Sony Xperia Z3 at 13MP, but having OIS could easily make up for this.</p> <p>Sure enough, with a bit of know-how, patience and steady hands you can get some cracking shots out of the phone, but in our book the experience you get doesn&rsquo;t quite sit right in a &pound;500-plus phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a little slow, both to focus and to take shots. And the HDR mode&rsquo;s processing seems to take quite a while too by current standards. Just a few too many times it had us shouting &ldquo;stay still, just two more seconds&rdquo; at our subject, where the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 would have already let us move on with a few more shots in the memory bank.</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="4160" height="3120" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141204_190356.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_143757.jpg?1418398512" /> </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="4096" height="3040" title="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" alt="Google Nexus 6 sample photo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_20141205_125842.jpg?1418398512" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve also found that the Nexus 6&rsquo;s metering isn&rsquo;t too great either. This is the system that judges how bright a photo needs to be to deal with lighting conditions. And too often the spot metering &mdash;&nbsp;where the phone uses your focus point as the main guide &mdash;&nbsp;leads to areas seriously under or overexposed. This means you often need to apply some know-how in order to get the shot you want.</p> <p>While we&rsquo;re all for people getting a bit more savvy about how to use a camera, in the Nexus 6 it&rsquo;s a result of the phone&rsquo;s own brains just not being smart enough.</p> <p>Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we&rsquo;re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn&rsquo;t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day. It makes us understand why Motorola swaps it out in phones such as the Moto X.</p> <p>Fingers crossed the Nexus 6 will, just like the Nexus 5 before it, get an update that tightens-up camera performance. But it&rsquo;s not all bad. Learn to work with its quirks and you can get some top-notch shots from the phone, with noise levels keeping fairly reasonable even in low-light conditions, thanks in part to OIS.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically brighten-up low-light scenes, though, showing a slight lack of intelligence in the processing once again compared to some rivals. For all its hardware features, this is not a great low-light camera. Can the iPhone 6 Plus and Note 4 do better? Yes.</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="Google also needs to spruce-up its camera app. While it offers the features we’re after, including HDR and Panorama, it just doesn’t feel as though it has really been optimised enough for people who are going to use it each and every day" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-12_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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-8"><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>We&rsquo;re yet to be convinced by the &lsquo;ring&rsquo; flash on the back too. In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they&rsquo;re about an inch apart here, they&rsquo;re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away. And in that case, they&rsquo;ll probably blow it out anyway.</p> <p>For the video fans out there, the Nexus 6 captures up to 4K video from the rear camera, and 1080p footage from the front 2MP one. Just as the main camera can&rsquo;t really keep up with the other big boys, the phone&rsquo;s selfies don&rsquo;t lead the pack either. The bog-standard 2MP sensor gets quite noisy with indoors lighting, although it does at least make your shots nice and bright.</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="In pro photography land, a ring flash gets rid of shadows by providing multiple light sources that attack an object from different angles. But as they’re about an inch apart here, they’re not going to make much difference unless your subject is about 15cm away" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexusw-6-11_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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-9"><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"> Any sides with that? </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>Things like the just-ok battery life and camera performance may make you pause before buying a Nexus 6. But is there anything else to worry about?</p> <p>There are a few little missing extras you might want to keep in mind. While it has 4G and NFC, there&rsquo;s no IR blaster on the Nexus 6. That means no universal remote-style action, and both the LG G3 and Note 4 offer this little extra.</p> <p>Aside from the points mentioned earlier &mdash;&nbsp;no SD card, no access to the insides &mdash;&nbsp;that&rsquo;s about it, though. The Nexus 6 is even water resistant, making those bathtime Netflix sessions a little less nerve-racking than before - although we&rsquo;ll admit to having been too afraid to give it a proper dunking yet.</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"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><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 Nexus 6 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>The Nexus 6 is a bit of a curious upgrade to the Nexus 5 in that it doesn&rsquo;t replicate many of the core values that made last year&rsquo;s Nexus such a hit in our book. It doesn&rsquo;t dramatically undercut the competition on cost, and its hand-stretching size will be simply too much for some, especially when Android 5.0 doesn&rsquo;t do anything in particular to really make use of such a large display.</p> <p>Unless we missed a memo about super-size phones being on every child&rsquo;s Christmas list, it just doesn&rsquo;t seem like the everyman device the Nexus 5 was.</p> <p>However, in most other respects it&rsquo;s a winner. The super-sharp display may value vividness over realism, but it&rsquo;s a cracking canvas for media, which is only bolstered by the good front speakers. Android 5.0 Lollipop isn&rsquo;t too shabby either, especially if you hate the overloaded style of so many non-Nexus Androids.</p> <p>So overall it&rsquo;s not the must-buy its predecessor once was, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean its not the smartphone for you. Just make sure you&rsquo;re aware of its foibles before taking the plunge.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The 10 best smartphones available 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="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 6 review verdict" alt="Google Nexus 6 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-6-10_0.jpg?1418398512" /> </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"> 9 </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"> 8 </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"> 9 </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"> 9 </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"> 7 </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>It&rsquo;s not an everyman classic like the Nexus 5, but the Nexus 6 is one of the best super-big screen phones in the world</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"> Google Nexus 6 review: bigger and better? </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"> The Android flagship gets a size boost – we give our verdict </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review#comments Android Google Nexus 6 Smartphones Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1434725 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android fans: Lollipop is the tasty update you&#039;ve been waiting for </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 fresh lick of paint " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android-5.0-lollipop-review-main.png?1418398068" /> </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 seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we&#39;ve got a newer, tastier version of Google&#39;s OS in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most exciting updates in years - new levels of polish, new features and some catching up with iOS make it an essential download.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been swiping and nudging our way around Android 5.0 on Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. This is all you need to know - you want this on your phone or tablet asap.</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"> £0.00 </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"> Fresh, peppy design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clever notifications </div> <div class="field-item odd"> New battery saving mode </div> <div class="field-item even"> User profiles and guest mode </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"> Some UI tweaks are confusing </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bye bye lockscreen widgets </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"> A fresh 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>Android&#39;s new look is called Material Design, and we love it.</p> <p>Upgrading to Google&rsquo;s new aesthetic is a surefire way for any older Nexus or Motorola handsets to get their mojo back. For devices with custom skins, such as Sense UI and TouchWiz, the design tweaks from Google will make less of an impact but manufacturers may pick and choose from the new elements.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been paying attention to Google&rsquo;s individual apps of late you&rsquo;ll have known what was coming. It&rsquo;s more colourful, with subtle shadows, and the &lsquo;stacked cards&rsquo; Overview carousel is slicker. This can now include Chrome tabs (if you want it to - it can get messy) as well as apps.</p> <p>The Roboto font has been tweaked to be curvier and wider, there&rsquo;s a lot of clean, white space now (dialler, app drawer) and the navigation buttons have been given a PlayStation controller-style, minimalist makeover.</p> <p>Our favourite addition is the new floating action button - in each app, Google picks what it thinks is the most useful shortcut and sticks in a colourful circular icon at the bottom. Compose email, keypad etc. It&rsquo;s fast and it&rsquo;s obvious.</p> <p>Just one thing - the animations between apps, menus and screens are nice and &lsquo;fluid&rsquo; as intended but they can be a bit jumpy, a bit poppy, a bit distracting. Just as when we first saw iOS 7 we got a bit dizzy, so too Android 5.0 takes a little getting used to.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Everything you need to know about the Nexus 6&nbsp;</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="1350" height="1200" title="Love dat floating action button " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-material-design.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="1350" height="1200" title="Chrome tabs can be taken out of the Overview screen " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-overview.jpg?1418398068" /> </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"> When can I get it? </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>As ever, Google&rsquo;s latest release is available out of the box on this year&rsquo;s Google tablet, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> (which we&rsquo;ve tested here) and this year&rsquo;s Google phone, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6 </a>(which we&#39;ll hav a full review of very shortly). It&rsquo;s also already rolling out to older Nexus devices such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a> and Nexus 10, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014) </a>and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0">Nvidia Shield tablet</a>.</p> <p>Samsung? HTC? LG? The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Galaxy S5</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 </a>will be biting into Lollipop by Christmas and if you have a One (M7) or (M8), expect the update to Sense by February to hit the usual 90-day promise. Whatever smartphone or tablet you own, don&rsquo;t panic. This time, you shouldn&rsquo;t be left waiting too long.&nbsp;</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-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>Android&rsquo;s notification system is prettier, smarter and now even more useful. The first stage of the overhaul is that notifications now sit as white &lsquo;cards&rsquo; underneath the quick settings panel (which now includes a Cast Screen button for Chromecast users). So far, so standard.</p> <p>But Lollipop also uses the idea of &lsquo;banners&rsquo; really nicely. Notifications now drop in from the top of the screen so that you can carry on playing your game or watcing your movie in relative peace. This even includes phone calls which would typically have taken over the whole smartphone screen. These notification banners are actionable (open, delete, reply etc) as are the new lockscreen notifications, one area where we see Google catching up to<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8</a>.</p> <p>This has been one bugbear around the Stuff office amongst iPhone users who have switched to Android - they&rsquo;re used to seeing messages on the lockscreen. Well, here they are in Android working nicely - you have to double tap the card, otherwise there would be too many accidents. Lockscreen widgets have been bumped in their place though and this might make a few power users angry.</p> <p>The last new notifications feature (and another bit of catching up) is Lollipop&rsquo;s new management of &lsquo;interruptions&rsquo; as they are wonderfully titled. This is a version of Do Not Disturb on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS</a> and Assist on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X (2014)</a>. Here, it allows the starring of contacts to let phone calls through, tweaking of the volumes of alerts, the whitelisting of apps to allow notifications onto the lockscreen. Everything can be personalised just so, apart from setting different &lsquo;bedtimes&rsquo; for different schedules. But now we&rsquo;re just being fussy.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review">iOS 8 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="1350" height="1200" title="Notifications stack as white cards under quick settings " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-notifications.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Now calls from your boss are officially named interruptions " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-interruptions.png?1418398068" /> </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"> Welcome tweaks to Google apps </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>Unlike the new goodies that arrived with iOS 8, there are no new permanent fixtures on the stock Android app screen. There is absolutely no bloatware - you even have to download Chrome, Maps, YouTube and others yourself. It&#39;s an opt-in approch, and we like it. And Google makes the set-up and transfer of apps and wallpapers from other Androids easier than ever.</p> <p>As Google apps have been unshackled from Android update cycles, there&rsquo;s now plenty of consistency in the Material Design look of the software and also some new features to enjoy. Remember when Google forced Nexus users to keep all their messages in Hangouts? Now there&rsquo;s a Messenger app pre-installed to avoid being constantly &lsquo;online&rsquo; - although Hangouts still supports SMS if that&rsquo;s what you want.</p> <p>Gmail now has a two pane view on tablets - your inbox and the currently highlighted message. That sort of multi-tasking view is still rare, though, and we&rsquo;d like to see more apps taking advantage of this sort of thing. Calendar has a more colourful Agenda view with cards for each appointment. While the Google Camera app, which comes pre-installed, has had a redesign with new icons and a bigger area to press to start snapping or shooting. It all makes sense but some settings, such as the resolution of video, are now slower to get to.</p> <p>Google Now is still accessed by swiping right and is much the same as ever - nice to swipe through and occasionally brilliant - especially for frequent travellers. It also now has the power to launch any installed apps relevant to your search e.g IMDb for movie queries. Also tied into Google Now is voice commands: now more Android phones will be able to respond to the &lsquo;OK Google&rsquo; command when the screen is off. That means the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X</a> loses a little of its advantage over the Android crowd then, but it&rsquo;s still the only smartphone that lets you personalise the command.</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="Gmail&#039;s two pane view in landscape " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OV4JQo_ziQA4BriLYkYTW4ztMnv1-baQo5xPeOqOrDs.png?1418398068" /> </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="675" title="The Google Camera app is still simple and easy to use " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-camera-app.png?1418398068" /> </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"> Street Smart 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 5.0 includes lots of behind-the-scenes changes that you won&rsquo;t be able to try out or show off, but that doesn&#39;t mean they&#39;re not important or useful.</p> <p>They include security with encryption that&#39;s turned on by default on new devices, and SELinux enforcing for all apps - this just means your phone is constantly checking that there&rsquo;s no malware lurking and doing damage.</p> <p>So what can you try out? Android Lollipop devices can remove pins or passcode patterns when they&rsquo;re in range of a secure Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, car or home speaker. We&rsquo;re not sure this is a feature for everyone (what if the mugger pinches both?) but we tried it with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360</a> and it&rsquo;s undoubtedly a cool feature. Trusted Face (aka Face Unlock, made-over) comes with warnings about people aping your face but now works quicker, using the camera even as you look at notifications on the lockscreen.</p> <p>Finally, it&rsquo;s not just your apps and messages you want to keep intact, there&rsquo;s your dignity to think of too. Android 5.0 adds a guest mode functionality that&rsquo;s seriously simple to use. In fact, it adds user profiles for the first time on smartphones too (it&rsquo;s already been around on tablets). You can add and switch between multiple users and the guest session via the icon at the top right of the notification pulldown. One user can also function as a kids mode quite easily.</p> <p>Smartphones such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a>&nbsp;do already have this feature with the bonus of a secret lockscreen pattern that jumps into guest mode, but it&rsquo;s a welcome addition for stock Android and with switching in a matter of seconds, it may actually get used.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 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="1350" height="1200" title="Users and guest mode is accessed in the notifications pulldown " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-security.jpg?1418398068" /> </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="675" height="1200" title="Smartwatch nearby? Smart Lock means you won&#039;t need to unlock your phone" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-trusted-devices.jpg?1418398068" /> </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"> All Hail Project Volta </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 are two sides to Google&rsquo;s efforts around battery life - one you&rsquo;ll notice and one you probably won&rsquo;t. The first is under-the-hood efficiency optimisations, to increase stamina as part of Project Volta. This includes apps conserving more battery, the OS doing more tracking and minimising wasteful, routine network tasks. What does that mean? Well, in the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> we&rsquo;ve been running Lollipop on, we have noticed a slight increase in the day-to-day battery life. It&rsquo;s not huge but for a phone like this which can struggle to last the day, Android 5.0 is worth the update for this alone.</p> <p>We say this alone - we mean this and the new battery saver mode. This has been around on Samsungs, LGs and HTCs for years and finally makes its way to pure Android. It can kick in automatically at 5 or 15%: orange bars appear top and bottom so you don&rsquo;t forget and Google claims it can stretch battery life by 90 minutes. In our testing, that&rsquo;s been about right on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5</a>. As usual, it achieves this by reducing background data, vibrations and performance.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review - the two day smartphone&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="2160" height="1920" title="Orange bars mean battery saver mode is on " alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-5.0-lollipop-review-battery-saver.jpg?1418398068" /> </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"> Performance Boost, In Time </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 every reason to be excited about all the boosts Google has made to the performance of Android 5.0, thanks to ART. Not familiar? This is the new default runtime, and while that won&rsquo;t mean a lot to most people, it essentially means that the engine running behind the scenes has been completely renewed. Apps and animations run at a much more fluid 60fps, and ART offers over twice the speed of its previous runtime, Dalvik.</p> <p>Other tweaks include an improvement in graphics performance, and Google has worked with the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm to further improve optimisations within their own processors.</p> <p>Impressive stuff, but with a few bits of lag still hanging around, we&#39;re not entirely blown away. Like Usain Bolt with a crazed fan clinging onto his ankles, it&rsquo;s lovely and fast but is bound to occasionally trip up.</p> <p>Lollipop also supports 64-bit processing, as found on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9</a> - this isn&rsquo;t so much something to get giddy about this year but could lead to apps and games which are more powerful and more efficient in future. Win win.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nexus-9/review">Nexus 9 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="1280" height="800" title="Teeny bit of lag around Lollipop" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/n4zE7SLBLzp1gR_qtJWLhvse_bk8NAR02-TFVxTRzlw.png?1418398068" /> </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"> Android 5.0 Lollipop 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>Some of the most interesting aspects of Lollipop are probably still to be seen - new features and compatibility for Android Wear, plus Android TV and Android Auto coming in 2015.</p> <p>But right now Android 5.0 really shows that Android updates have grown up.</p> <p>This OS will be on most popular Android phones and tablets very quickly indeed, and we hope everyone makes that teensy bit of effort to update. The new, fresh Material Design might not be as precise and delightful as iOS 8 but it&rsquo;s lively, it&rsquo;s colourful and it&rsquo;s easier and more fluid to navigate.</p> <p>There are plenty of features here that iPhone, Samsung and LG users have long enjoyed - from lockscreen notifications to battery saver mode to user profiles. But that these are now native is still cause for celebration.&nbsp;And all this on top of Google Now, Google Voice and an excellent (if still not iOS-beating) selection of apps and games in the Play Store.</p> <p>Fans of pure Android no longer have to choose between fast, clutter-free performance and really, really useful features, and that is a Very Good Thing.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&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="1280" height="800" title="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" alt="Android 5.0 Lollipop review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/qfUgUQ2We-mCzJDwvcMlHBB8WJAIbxwSwBSm5tUrHbk.png?1418398068" /> </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-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </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>Android 5.0 doesn&#39;t put a foot wrong - the same Google smarts together with a fresh design and incredibly useful new features</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"> Android 5.0 Lollipop review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-45/review#comments Android Google Smartphones Tablets Sun, 07 Dec 2014 18:10:52 +0000 Sophie Charara 1435432 at http://www.stuff.tv Reported HTC flagship phone specs leak: Is Hima the One (M8)’s successor? http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the next great Android phone? The would-be M9 sports big enhancements </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-onem8_0.jpg?1417768381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Spring is about when we&rsquo;d expect HTC to launch the follow-up to the excellent HTC One (M8), and thanks to reliable leaker @upleaks, we have an updated idea now of what to expect.</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-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/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/reported-htc-flagship-phone-specs-leak-hima-one-m8-s-successor/news#comments Android HTC One (M8) Smartphones Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454700 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One (M9) could get a 5.5in display http://www.stuff.tv/android/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reports suggest that HTC&#039;s next flagship could get a bigger screen size boost than previously anticipated </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="604" height="453" title="Android fans, here are more details of the unofficial HTC One (M9)" alt="Android fans, here are more details of the unofficial HTC One (M9)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc9.jpeg?1417519485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The trend for bigger smartphones doesn&#39;t look set to go away any time soon.</p> <p>HTC is looking to go big with its upcoming flagship, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/one-m9">HTC One (M9)</a>, with previous rumours pointing to a 5.2in screen for the successor to the 5in HTC One (M8). Now new reports claim that it could be even bigger than that.&nbsp;</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/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/new-rumours-htc-one-m9-point-55in-display/news#comments Android HTC One One (M9) Smartphones Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:24:46 +0000 Stephen Graves 1454462 at http://www.stuff.tv The modular PuzzlePhone is Finland’s answer to Project Ara http://www.stuff.tv/android/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colourful and easily upgradeable smartphone hopes to enter production in 2015 </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="PuzzlePhone" alt="PuzzlePhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/puzzlephone-front.jpg?1417483909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Intrigued by the possibilities of Google&rsquo;s Project Ara modular smartphone, but overwhelmed by its complexity or simply seeking an alternative? Finland&rsquo;s Circular Devices might have you covered.</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>It&rsquo;ll run a forked version of Android, and the &ldquo;open and modular standard&rdquo; will initially support Spines with three different screen sizes: 4.3in, 4.7in, and 5in, respectively. If you shatter your screen or simply want to upgrade any part of the device, you won&rsquo;t need to sacrifice all of your phone. Just pick and choose the pieces you want to be new and/or improved.</p> <p>And manufacturers can use the standard to create specialized units with additional RAM, processing power, or perhaps fitness sensors to allow more freedom of choice and customization.</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/gOju0snK_zU" 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>But for now, it&rsquo;s all still theoretical. Attractive as the mock-ups may be, they are simply projections of what the hopeful eventual device will look like. For now, Circular Devices is trying to round up funding in an effort to have it ready to ship sometime in 2015.</p> <p>And ZDNet says it&rsquo;s not the only modular option coming out of the country in the near future. <a href="http://vsenn.com">Vsenn</a>, headed up by an ex-Nokia manager from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nokia-x2-microsoft-just-launched-its-first-android-phone/news">Android-powered X line</a>, has its own modular Android phone plans on the horizon, although they haven&rsquo;t even released mockups quite yet. Still, some interesting alternatives to keep in mind as the bigger-name Ara approaches.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/1/7312763/puzzlephone-modular-cellphone-concept">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/googles-project-ara-gets-some-new-rivals-as-finnish-startups-invent-the-next-wave-of-modular-devices-7000036091/">ZDNet</a>, <a href="http://www.puzzlephone.com">PuzzlePhone</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google Project Ara preview</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="294" title="PuzzlePhone" alt="PuzzlePhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/puzzlephone-modular.jpg?1417483909" /> </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/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/modular-puzzlephone-finland-s-answer-project-ara/news#comments Android Project Ara Smartphones Mon, 01 Dec 2014 22:07:18 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454396 at http://www.stuff.tv Will.i.am’s i.am+ Puls smartwatch priced at US$399, launching soon to handpicked applicants http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But there’s a smaller, second-gen version reportedly in the works, as well </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="i.am+ Puls" alt="i.am+ Puls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/i.am-puls-watch.png?1417240497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Puls from Will.i.am&rsquo;s i.am+ tech startup has been a rather curious thing, promising a standalone smartwatch experience while he denies it&rsquo;s a smartwatch at all. But at least now we have solid launch details on whatever you&#39;ll call this wearable.</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><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/113091006?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>The five-minute clip above shows a handy walkthrough of how the watch works, although it has some rather odd elements. For example, why use footage that makes the screen look distorted? Why does Will.i.am keep looking at us like that? And why didn&#39;t those typos in the voice dictation get scrubbed out before posting?</p> <p>And perhaps ill-timed: Wareable reports that a second-generation unit, said to be 40% smaller than the rather hefty model being shown as of now, will launch as early as February or March. The follow-up is expected to be available in two forms: one like this original model, and another more akin to a fitness band in shape. Both O2 and AT&amp;T are slated to carry it.</p> <p>If another version is maybe three months away, we can&rsquo;t help but wonder if the original version will even be widely released. Perhaps i.am+ will use the handpicked buyers to beta test the experience and then pour all of that feedback into a more refined successor. We&#39;ll likely find out soon, whatever the case.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.puls.com">Puls</a>, <a href="http://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/william-puls-second-generation-to-land-in-early-2015-526">Wareable</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-archos-us30-phone-vr-headset-shell-william-reveals-smartwatch-cuff-and-big-upd">Will.i.am&rsquo;s smartwatch is not a smartwatch, says Will.i.am</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/william-s-iam-puls-smartwatch-priced-us399-launching-soon-handpicked-applicants/news#comments Android Smartwatches Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:29:29 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454206 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Free iOS apps no longer “Free” on App Store, Motorola’s phone-finding Keylink, and why the iPhone 6 lacks a sapphire screen http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smattering of quick-hit tech news to energize your morning </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-appstore-freeapps_0_0.jpg?1416563341" /> </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"> Apple changes listings for free apps </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 rise of so-called freemium apps and their rampant in-app purchases have caused some confusion amongst consumers, not to mention a lot of surprise bills - and eventually lawsuits about how they&#39;re marketed and administrated. That&rsquo;s led to changes in how digital storefronts present their free-to-play offerings, and Apple has just made its own move.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice it right away on the App Store: free apps are now downloaded by tapping a button that says &ldquo;Get&rdquo; rather than &ldquo;Free,&rdquo; with &ldquo;In-App Purchases&rdquo; written in small text below when applicable. The word hasn&rsquo;t been entirely banished from the iOS storefront; after all, the Free listing on the Top Charts remains. But Apple clearly sees value in changing the context of how you grab gratis apps and games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/11/19/free-apps-arent-free-in-apples-app-store-any-more/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 review</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"> Motorola debuts Keylink </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>Do you frequently misplace your smartphone and/or keys? Well, Motorola has something for you. The newly-released Keylink is a small trinket that you&rsquo;ll attach to your keychain and pair with your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth, letting you find one if you have the other.</p> <p>It works up to 100 feet away, and you can make your phone ring with a push of the Keylink, or show the keys on a map via the Motorola Connect app. It&rsquo;s priced at US$24.99 (about &pound;16) and promises a year of battery life, plus if you&rsquo;re running Lollipop on your Android device, you can use the Keylink with your trusted device settings so you don&rsquo;t have to enter a password when your keys are nearby. Very handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/finding-your-phone-keylink.html">Motorola</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X 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="741" title="Motorola Keylink" alt="Motorola Keylink" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-keylink.jpg?1416563341" /> </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"> iPhone 6’s missing sapphire screen explained </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>Durable sapphire screens were pegged for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus months before they debuted, but curiously, the phones launched without that long-expected feature. And then GT Advanced, Apple&rsquo;s sapphire supplier, filed for bankruptcy weeks later. So what exactly happened?</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating report on the breakdown between the two companies, suggesting that GT Advanced wasn&rsquo;t in a position to produce the amount of sapphire crystal it agreed to (see mistakes in the image above), that Apple&rsquo;s hard-driving partner agreements were a thorn in the company&rsquo;s side, and that countless management and manufacturing issues killed the iPhone 6&rsquo;s sapphire intentions. It&rsquo;s a worthwhile read.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus 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="762" title="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" alt="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-sapphire-mistakes.png?1416563341" /> </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"> Family Library added in Kindle update </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&rsquo;ve got a new entry-level Kindle, the fancy Kindle Voyage, or tje most recent Paperwhite model, keep an eye out for an update that brings a couple of big features to the e-readers. Family Library is a particularly big one, as it lets you share books with a spouse or partner&rsquo;s Amazon account.</p> <p>Word Wise is another significant addition, displaying short and easy-to-understand definitions above challenging words in thousands of supported books - ideal for younger readers or those still learning English. The update is rolling out over the air in the coming weeks, or you can grab it now directly from Amazon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_touch_img?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201630670">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-voyage-aims-premium-e-reading-bliss-plus-entry-level-kindle-gets-touch/news">Kindle Voyage aims for premium e-reading bliss, plus the entry-level Kindle gets touch</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="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" alt="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-voyage-basic_0.png?1416563341" /> </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-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip#comments Android Apple iOS apps iPhone 6 Kindle Motorola Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453573 at http://www.stuff.tv