Android http://www.stuff.tv/google/android/all en-GB Sony Xperia Z3 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything we know so far about Sony&#039;s second flagship smartphone of 2014 </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="An alleged photo of the Xperia Z3" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-z3-back.jpg?1406297420" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony only introduced the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Xperia Z2</a> this April, and it remains one of our favourite smartphones &ndash; but despite that it&#39;s not long for this world.</p> <p>Just as it did last year with the Xperia Z and Z1, the company is plotting to replace its flagship a mere six months later. And unsurprisingly, its successor at the top of the Sony smartphone tree will be called the Z3. </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"> £-1.00 </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"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> Design: If it ain&#039;t broke... </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>Judging from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news">spy shots of the Xperia Z3</a>, it&rsquo;ll be a case of &ldquo;spot the difference&quot; between it and its predecessor the Z2. Like the Z2 (and the Z1 before it), the Z3 sports Sony&rsquo;s metal- and glass-heavy OmniBalance design.</p> <p>There do appear to be some minor differences, however. First and foremost, the Z3&rsquo;s sides are <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/24/sony-xperia-z3-another-pic/" target="_blank">a little curvier</a> &ndash; something which should please anyone (and there were plenty of us) who felt the Z2 was a little too angular and uncomfortable in the hand. Secondly, the shots don&rsquo;t appear to show a second speaker grille, suggesting Sony may have removed its stereo capabilities. That&rsquo;d obviously be quite a retrograde step, so we&rsquo;re hoping it&rsquo;s not the case.</p> <p>A big advantage of the OmniBalance design is that it&rsquo;s water- and dust-proof, so the Z3 will be capable of withstanding anything the weather can throw at it &ndash; as well as enabling you to make calls from the shower and watch Netflix in your Jacuzzi.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-front.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="436" title="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-top.jpg?1406297420" /> </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="Sony Xperia Z3 review" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 spy shot" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-z3-side.jpg?1406297420" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen similarities </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>Don&rsquo;t expect an ultra-sharp 2K screen on the Xperia Z3. The rumour consensus seems to be that it&rsquo;ll have a 5.15in full HD (1920 x 1080) display &ndash; so pretty much the same as that on the Xperia Z2, which has a 5.2in effort. The Z2&#39;s display is gloriously lush and punchy, of course, so it&rsquo;s not really a huge problem.</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="567" height="425" title="The Z3 will apparently feature a similar screen to the Z2" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-screen-1_2.png?1406297420" /> </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"> Few spec surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to serial (and reliable) info-spreader <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>, the Sony Xperia Z3 will be something of a powerhouse, albeit one without any major spec surprises. The Twitter account claims the phone will feature Qualcomm&rsquo;s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor running at 2.4GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, plus Android KitKat 4.4.4.</p> <p>The FCC listing for the Z3 (more on that below) confirms that it will offer dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC and 4G LTE. No surprises there either.</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-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"> Camera: stop me if you&#039;ve heard this before </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>Are you sensing a pattern here? Like the design and screen, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s camera may be a holdover from the Z2: according to <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/23/sony-xperia-z3-d6653-sd801-2-4ghz-x4-adreno-330-5-15-1080p-3gb16gb-20-7mp2-1mp-kk-4-4-4/" target="_blank">@evleaks</a> the rear shooter will sport the same 20.7MP Exmor R sensor and G lens. It&rsquo;s a setup also found on the Z1 and Z1 Compact, and a very good one at that. In fact, in the hands of a decent photographer the Z2 probably delivers better shots than any other smartphone. Expect 4K video to remain an option, too.</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="567" height="425" title="The Sony Z2&#039;s camera is lovely, and it seems the Z3&#039;s will be the same" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera%20%281%29.png?1406297420" /> </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"> Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Z3X </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>Sony&rsquo;s custom in recent years is to release smaller and larger variants of its flagship phones, and that&rsquo;s likely to be the case with the Z3.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve already seen a photo of what appears to be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Z3 Compact</a> (likely with a 4.3in screen), while according to Chinese site Digi-wo the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/if-22mp-sony-xperia-z3x-real-well-eat-our-smartphones/news">Z3X phablet</a> will offer a 6.14in display with a 2560 x 1152 resolution, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 22MP camera and apparently the capability to have crazy photography accessories such as a full-size flash attached to it. But we&rsquo;re taking all that with a big pinch of salt and we advise you to do the same.</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="604" height="453" title="The Sony Z3 and Z3 Compact, apparently" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z3-z3-mini.jpg?1406297420" /> </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="771" height="578" title="The Sony Xperia Z3X complete with crazy photo accessories. Possibly" alt="Sony Xperia Z3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony%20xperia%20z3x.jpg?1406297420" /> </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"> September showing? </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>In mid-July <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z3_gets_approved_by_the_fcc_for_the_us_market-news-9045.php" target="_blank">the FCC approved a Sony device codenamed &ldquo;D6603&rdquo;</a> for the US market &ndash; and going by the company&rsquo;s current naming convention, that translates to the Xperia Z3. That means the phone&rsquo;s communication features are finalised and suggests a launch can&rsquo;t be too far away.</p> <p>The annual IFA technology expo, which takes place in Berlin at the beginning of September, looks like a safe bet for a global launch for the Z3, but it&rsquo;s possible that Sony will hold its own separate event. We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on developments.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review#comments Android Smartphones Sony Xperia Z3 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:10:22 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443187 at http://www.stuff.tv Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four top Androids. Four eye-caressing screens. We play spot the difference </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="819" height="614" title="Come at me bro" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-g3-m8-z2-vs.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Which 2014 superphone should you buy? We&rsquo;re going to say something controversial now: all four of these devices are amazing.</p> <p>You&rsquo;re looking at four great phones from last year, tweaked, refined and enhanced almost beyond recognition. So there&rsquo;s no wrong choice. But that doesn&rsquo;t make your decision any easier.</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/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Meet the contenders </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><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">1. Sony Xperia Z2 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>This latest Sony has a 5.2in screen, new camera tricks and Android KitKat. But is it enough?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/2-htc-one-m8">2. HTC One (M8)&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Previously crowned Stuff&rsquo;s No.1 smartphone, the HTC One (M8)&rsquo;s beautiful body and sleek Sense 6.0 experience make for a formidable opponent.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/3-samsung-galaxy-s5">3. Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;(click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>The Swiss Army knife of phones continues its mission to make all other gadgets obsolete, but is it the phone we want in our pocket?</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/4-lg-g3" target="_blank">4. LG G3 (click to jump straight to it)</a></strong></p> <p>Stuff&rsquo;s number one smartphone brings super-thin bezels, a 2K screen and a laser-assisted camera to the fight.</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="The HTC One (M8) is quite the looker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_GunMetal_1.jpg?1406202690" /> </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="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Sony Xperia Z2 - 5.2in of metal and glass loveliness" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-range_2.jpg?1406202690" /> </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="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="The Galaxy S5 is a typically feature-filled Samsung device" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-white-front-back.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="604" height="453" title="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" alt="Behold the G3 in all its pink wallpapered glory" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> 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"> 1. Sony Xperia Z2 </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 Xperia Z2 makes almost zero compromises &ndash; on screen, sound, camera or battery life. The design is gallery-worthy, finished with rounded aluminium corners, an all-glass back and minimalist details. But your hands might not like it &ndash; both the S5, One M8 and G3 are easier to hold than this 163g block, and picking up the Z2 from a desk can be awkward.</p> <p>It has Live Colour LED tech for punchy but accurate hues, and clear-sounding stereo speakers on the front of the phone. Our only niggle? The front is seriously reflective. For a smartphone camera, the Z2 can take incredible photos with its 1/2.3in, 20.7MP sensor and speedy autofocus.&nbsp;</p> <p>It also flies in use: it shares the same 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor as the S5 and One M8, but the Sony&rsquo;s 3GB of RAM bests its rivals. Small apps in overlaid windows lag occasionally, but it&rsquo;s still a great use of that 5.2in screen, and the Android skin is mostly clutter-free.</p> <p>With a bigger screen, there&rsquo;s a bigger 3200mAh battery, and the Z2 reliably lasts the day - with Stamina mode to conserve juice when the screen&rsquo;s off.</p> <p>Overall, this is the connoisseur&rsquo;s choice, capable of taking brilliant photos and playing cinephile video. It oozes quality but isn&rsquo;t the most practical choice. But if you have the time to show Sony some love, it will return it in large dollops.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 - the full 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="1889" height="1417" title="The Xperia Z2 makes almost no compromises" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-xperia-z2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> The detail </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><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />A gorgeous design isn&rsquo;t the same as a thoughtful design. Although the Z2&rsquo;s a heavy smartphone, this isn&rsquo;t the problem - the HTC weighs just as much. The issue is more that the Z2&rsquo;s toughened glass build would work better scaled down. When you&rsquo;re dealing with a 5.2in diagonal span of glass, ergonomics count (we&rsquo;re hoping the Z2 Compact gets this right).</p> <p>Another smartphone best picked up and fondled before you decide, then. If its shape and minimalist design work for you, you can get back to appreciating everything the Sony does brilliantly. Such as being waterproof: with all the port flaps closed, the Z2 has the same IP55/IP58 water-resistance as the Z1. Plus, the headphone jack is now flap-free.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />In almost every way the Z2&rsquo;s screen is a stunner. It displays fine detail better than both the S5 and the One M8, perfect for pressing your nose up against full HD movies. Viewing angles aren&rsquo;t the best but they&rsquo;re no longer a problem either.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The Superior Auto mode doesn&rsquo;t always produce the best images &ndash; it can struggle to expose correctly in sunlight and it doesn&rsquo;t have the night vision of the HTC. But chances are, Sony owners won&rsquo;t mind digging into the comprehensive settings.</p> <p>Here it shines: faces come out well in low light, scenes look punchy and the background de-focus mode is mesmerising. Both 1080p and 4K footage are smooth thanks to SteadyShot stabilisation, though autofocus jumps around while filming and, with the Snapdragon heating up, the Z2 can abruptly stop shooting in the higher resolution.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Sony&rsquo;s treatment of KitKat verges on bloatware, with pushy media services ruining the fun. For instance, an upward swipe to access Google Now also shows Sony&rsquo;s What&rsquo;s New app: a feature guaranteed to have zero fans.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z2/feature">10 of the best apps for the Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/ultimate-setup-sony-xperia-z2/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Sony Xperia Z2</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="2400" height="1800" title="The Sony&#039;s ergonomics hold it back" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-main.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> 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"> 2. HTC One (M8) </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 may go on about smartphone design a bit, but with the HTC it&rsquo;s justified. This is one of the best-looking and best-built phones ever, with 20% more metal than its predecessor the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>&nbsp;and microSD storage now included. M8 owners will find themselves checking emails too much, just to show it off.</p> <p>The 5in, 441ppi screen is super-sharp and considerably bigger than the One&rsquo;s 4.7in display &ndash; it&rsquo;s not a clear winner but colours look natural, text is smooth and viewing angles are fantastic.</p> <p>Has HTC fixed the One&rsquo;s niggles? Battery life is slightly better, bringing it on a par with its rivals &ndash; you shouldn&rsquo;t need the Ultra Power Saving Mode to last the day. But the UltraPixel camera stays.&nbsp;</p> <p>This might disappoint those looking to shoot serious images and footage, but for most, the low-light prowess and focusing tricks are good enough. Nothing else needed tweaking &ndash; in use, it&rsquo;s as fluid as we expect from an HTC and the feature set gets new tricks here and there, such as the ability to swipe straight into BlinkFeed even when the phone is off.</p> <p>It might not have the bragging rights of a 20.7MP camera, a removable battery or a heart-rate sensor, but for us, the extras on the S5 and Z2 simply don&rsquo;t compare to the pure gadget joy you get with the HTC One M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - the full 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="The M8 looks every bit as nice as its predecessor" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main_3.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> The detail </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><strong>Design: 10/10</strong><br />Some will prefer the old One&rsquo;s iconic design but this is just as tasty. The bevelled edges catch the light where the S5&rsquo;s metal-look edges look cheap. While the G3 looks as metal as the M8, it can&rsquo;t match its premium weighty feel in the hands.If you want those machined lines, choose the Metal Grey variant.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />The HTC might have the smallest screen here at 5in but it beats the mighty Sony on contrast and off-axis viewing. Compared to the original One, the palette leans to the green side&hellip; but only nerds will notice that.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 8/10</strong><br />More than a gimmick, the Duo camera lets you change the focus of pics after you&rsquo;ve taken them; and unlike on the Samsung and Sony, you don&rsquo;t need to select a mode before taking the shot. You can 3D-ify pics with Dimension Plus.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 10/10</strong><br />Still our Android skin of choice, Sense 6 will win over even fans of stock Android. BlinkFeed now keeps tabs on your interests and you can track steps, distance and calories automatically without a tracker.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/ultimate-setup-htc-one-m8/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the HTC One (M8)</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="2400" height="1800" title="The M8&#039;s UltraPixel camera divides opinion" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main-2_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> 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"> 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 </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>Galaxy smartphones are known for going big. Big screens, big specs, big tricks and, of course, big sales. But the small stuff can be just as exciting and the S5&rsquo;s only halfway there.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s still enamoured by its Galaxy design DNA: lightweight, durable and now waterproof &ndash; it makes a lot of sense. But with a big handprint, &lsquo;modern glam&rsquo; back panel and poor size-to-screen ratio, it&rsquo;s still not beautiful.</p> <p>Features rule, with a swappable battery, microSD storage, the ability to run two apps side by side and even a heart-rate sensor round the back. It&rsquo;s not 2K but the 5.1in Super AMOLED screen is the best we&rsquo;ve seen on a Samsung phone. Plus there&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc 16MP snapper with fast autofocus and 4K video &ndash; just in case you thought Samsung had gone soft on specs.</p> <p>That TouchWiz lag is almost gone for good &ndash; a few stutters using its My Magazine Flipboard app were all we could force &ndash; and battery life is on the longer-lasting end of the Androids That Last A Day spectrum.</p> <p>If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design, inside and out, seriously. There&rsquo;s more work to do but it&rsquo;s a mighty close call and Samsung fans won&rsquo;t be disappointed here.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 - the full 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="The Samsung Galaxy S5&#039;s looks are its only real flaw" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> The detail </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><strong>Design: 8/10</strong><br />This is a big, wide phone but the new textured polycarbonate makes it nice and grippy. It&rsquo;s a mere 15g heavier than the S4 and is also more solidly built. We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; but a redesign is long overdue.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10</strong><br />One advantage the S5 has over its rivals is how easy its screen is to read outdoors. When watching small-screen flicks, blacks look incredibly inky &ndash; but the HTC and Sony bring out more detail and there is a slight blue tinge.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 9/10</strong><br />Zooming in on landscape shots? Use the S5. Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Reach for the HTC or Sony. Elsewhere, the HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used and we like the simplified camera app.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />Still a little overwhelming, the latest version of TouchWiz sees Samsung trying to edit its gazillions of features. There are cool additions such as S Health and Smart Switch, which imports iOS data if you&rsquo;re switching from an iPhone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature">The best cases, headphones and accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S5</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="2400" height="1800" title="Then S5&#039;s camera is a cracker" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-galaxy-s5-review-main.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> 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"> 4. LG G3 </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 G3 had its work cut out for it when it launched. Not only did it have to face the toughest smartphone competition ever, but it had to surpass its excellent predecessor, the G2, which reigned supreme at the top of Stuff&#39;s best smartphone list until the M8 came along.</p> <p>Thankfully, LG was more than up to the task. The G3 surpasses the G2 in almost every way. For starters, it&#39;s got a 2K display that&#39;s almost sharp enough to cut your eyes on. Sorry if you&#39;re squeamish.</p> <p>While the G2&#39;s 13MP camera remains, LG has thrown in laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video. And it now matches the Samsung with a removable battery and microSD slot.</p> <p>It doesn&#39;t have the booming dual front-facing speakers on the One M8, but its rear 1W speaker is no slouch, and can almost match its HTC rival for loudness, if not bass.</p> <p>While it lacks the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2&#39;s waterproof powers, its build is much improved, with a plastic, brushed-metal-look finish that will fool your eyes, if not your fingers.</p> <p>LG&#39;s redesigned its UI too, opting for less eye-searing colours and a more muted, subtle look.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 - the full 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="940" height="705" title="The G3 in the background appears smaller, because it is further away" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> THE DETAIL </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><strong>Design: 9/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s faux brushed-metal finish is barely discernible from the real metal rear of the HTC One (M8), and it easily beats the S5 for classiness. Pick it up, though, and its weight (or lack of it) can&#39;t fool your fingers. So it&#39;s no M8, but that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s not handsome in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Screen: 9/10 </strong><br />The G3 stands out from the crowd, with a 2560 x 1600 2K screen. That&#39;s an insane 538 ppi, though you won&#39;t notice any difference in sharpness in normal use. Look closely enough however, and it does throw up more details than its rivals. Its colours are excellent too - even more realistic than those on the M8 - although brightness, black levels and contrast let it down somewhat. Overall though, it&#39;s one of the best screens our eyes have had the pleasure of ogling.</p> <p><strong>Camera: 10/10</strong><br />The G3&#39;s 13MP camera is, put simply, fantastic. It&#39;s a jack of all trades, and nearly a master of every one. Well-lit shots are packed with crisp detail, and it even beats the light-guzzling M8 in most murky conditions. Its advanced optical image stabilisation, coupled with its laser-assisted autofocus, help keep subjects in focus - and at lightning-quick speeds, too.</p> <p><strong>OS and apps: 9/10</strong><br />LG has thankfully gone down the same fat-trimming path as Samsung. While its UI still isn&#39;t as minimalist as the Z2&#39;s, the garish icons are gone, replaced with flat, pastel-coloured icons.</p> <p>Much of the bloatware is gone too, and LG&#39;s done its best to simplify things. The camera app for example, has had almost every little-used feature eliminated, and its bare controls now make for a much more pleasant experience.</p> <p>LG&#39;s new Smart Notice is less useful. It&#39;s essentially a Google Now clone, and we can&#39;t see any benefit it offers over Google&#39;s own well-established offering.&nbsp;Smart Clean is more useful, prompting you to clean up and delete apps to save memory.</p> <p>Finally, LG&#39;s excellent Knock Code feature negates the need for any fancy fingerprint scanners. Sorry, Samsung. It lets you tap out a pattern on the G3&#39;s screen (even when it&#39;s off),and with over 80,000 combinations, and a higher reliability than fingerprint scanning, LG&#39;s hit on a winner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">7 of the best apps and games for the LG G3</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ultimate-setup-lg-g3/feature" target="_blank">Ultimate setup: LG G3</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="All the colours of the (LG) rainbow" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG_G3_3.JPG?1406202690" /> </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"> 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 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 LG G3 doesn&#39;t have the exquisite build of the HTC One M8, nor does it have the extra sensors of the S5. But that doesn&#39;t matter.</p> <p>Instead, it brings a complete package. For one thing, it has an excellent screen that, despite being larger than its rivals, doesn&#39;t increase the size of the G3 itself, thanks to LG&#39;s bezel-trimming magic.</p> <p>Its camera is superb and adaptable, and its build, although not metal, both looks and feels good. A removable battery and microSD storage are the cherries on top of an already very tasty cake.</p> <p>The S5 points to a flashy future, the Z2 a controlled one, and the One M8 continues to push design boundaries. But it&rsquo;s the way LG has packaged everything so carefully that makes this the nicest phone to live with.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="LG does it again" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG%20G3%20Main_0_0_0.jpg?1406202690" /> </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"> The final scores </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><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One M8 (from &pound;520)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Beautiful and brilliant, the One M8 is as pleasant to use as it is to hold</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 (from &pound;530)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Packing in tech features and waterproofing is great, but Samsung needs to focus on design details</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review">Sony Xperia Z2 (from &pound;600)</a> ★★★★★</strong><br />Classy and clever with talent in spades, if the Z2 were easier to live with it&rsquo;d be unstoppable</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 (from &pound;407) </a></strong>★★★★★<br />LG followed its 2013 Smartphone of the Year by keeping everything that made it so special and adding a whole lot more</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-11"><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&#039;s next? </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>Smartphone season isn&rsquo;t over. Not by a long shot. The new king of the spec sheets is the &pound;230&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a>, with the 2K&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/find-7/oppo-find-7/review" target="_blank">Oppo Find 7</a>&nbsp;not far behind.&nbsp;Both 5.5in phones offer most of what the HTC, Samsung and Sony have, for a lot less money. Paying more isn&rsquo;t the only way.</p> <p>Each of the phones here is a refinement of sorts. If you&rsquo;re waiting for more of a leap, both the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-prime/samsung-galaxy-s5-prime/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-leaked-htc-one-m8-prime-bigger-and-brawnier-microsoft-s-surface-mini-omission-expl">HTC One M8 Prime</a>&nbsp;have already been rumoured to launch with 2K screens. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>, meanwhile, should be announced at the IFA trade show in September and may even have a flexible display.</p> <p>And then of course there&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6</a>&nbsp;- coming to an Apple Store near you this autumn. Want even more radical?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-project-ara/review">Google&rsquo;s Project Ara</a>&nbsp;should bring us modular smartphones in early 2015.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review" target="_blank">Apple iPhone 6: price, specs, release date - everyhting we think we know</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="604" height="453" title="Quietly biding its time" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6-render%20%281%29.jpg?1406202690" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><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"> Smartphone supertest </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"> Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) vs Sony Xperia Z2 vs LG G3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature#comments Android G3 Galaxy S5 HTC LG One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:51:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438613 at http://www.stuff.tv Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beefy Tegra K1 processor powers what Nvidia calls “the first tablet designed for gamers” </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="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet is official – and really, really powerful" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-shield-tablet-main.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">long-rumoured</a> Nvidia Shield Tablet has finally been officially announced &ndash; and it&rsquo;s something of a gaming powerhouse.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The tablet runs on Android, giving it access to all the apps and games on Google&rsquo;s Play Store, but it&rsquo;s also able to play PC games through Nvidia GameStream technology. Essentially, if your PC is equipped with one of Nvidia&rsquo;s recent GeForce GTX graphics cards, you can wirelessly stream games to the Shield Tablet. And then there&rsquo;s Console Mode, which allows you to play these PC games or native Android titles on your TV via the Shield Tablet&rsquo;s HDMI output.</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/VohrddwVQqg" 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>Nvidia, aware that many gamers don&rsquo;t much like touchscreen controls, has built a wireless Shield controller. Up to four of these can connect to a single Shield Tablet for multiplayer gaming, and each one has a headset input. Prop the tablet up on its kickstand and you&rsquo;ve got a portable console.</p> <p>The Shield Tablet can be pre-ordered now from <a href="http://shield.nvidia.co.uk/buy-now/" target="_blank">Nvidia&rsquo;s UK site</a>. A 16GB Wi-Fi version costs &pound;240 and a 32GB Wi-Fi and 4G LTE edition is &pound;300 (both models have a microSD slot for expanding the storage). The Shield wireless controller is &pound;50, and a magnetic cover that doubles as a kickstand is &pound;25.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">The 30 best free Android games</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="676" title="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" alt="The Nvidia Shield Tablet has the insanely powerful Tegra K1 at its heart" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-shield-tegra.jpg?1406285089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tegra K1 processor powers “the first tablet designed for gamers” </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-official-and-really-really-powerful/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:35:10 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442955 at http://www.stuff.tv Xiaomi Mi4 official, touted as its fastest Android phone yet http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-mi4-official-touted-its-fastest-android-phone-yet/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Chinese manufacturer takes the wraps off its new flagship, its MIUI V6 user interface and a smartband. Phew! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Mi4 official, Xiaomi&#039;s fastest Android phone yet" alt="Mi4 official, Xiaomi&#039;s fastest Android phone yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mi4_0.jpg?1406024141" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following much speculation, Xiaomi has finally taken the wraps off the successor to its popular flagship Mi3 phone, the Mi4. &nbsp;</p> <p>So what do you get for your money? Compared to the Mi3, the Mi4 gets a processor upgrade, more RAM and a slightly higher capacity battery&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;though the camera seems to be essentially the same as the one on the Mi3.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evolution, not revolution </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 Mi4 gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 while the Mi3 packed the Snapdragon 800. You also get 3GB of memory as opposed to 2GB in the older model and as rumoured, the screen is a 5-inch 1080p display with full lamination.&nbsp;The camera setup seems much the same as before - a 13MP rear and 8MP front camera. A Sony stacked CMOS camera, no less.&nbsp;</p> <p>This time around though, you&#39;ll get a choice between either 16GB of internal memory or 64GB, with no in-between. As for the battery, this time around it&#39;s a 3080 mAH capacity one where the Mi3 had 3050 mAH. A very small tweak but still an upgrade anyhow.</p> <p>Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi4 will support 4G but only TD-LTE so far, no word on whether or when it will support the more common FDD-LTE standard.</p> <p>The Mi4 wasn&#39;t the only thing that Xiaomi revealed. It&#39;s also announced the next revision of its MIUI Android skin; version six will go live this August 16. More surprising, it&#39;s also announced a smartband&nbsp;&ndash; the Mi Band&nbsp;&ndash; that&nbsp;can also be used to unlock your Mi phone and monitor sleep and exercise data. Xiaomi claims that it&#39;ll have a&nbsp;30-day standby time, too.</p> <p>The Mi4 is priced at 1999 yuan (&pound;190) for the 16GB version and 2499 yuan (&pound;235) for the 64GB unit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/xiaomi-redmi/review" target="_blank">Xiaomi Redmi 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/rbA4RFobaWE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi Mi Band" alt="Mi4 official, Xiaomi&#039;s fastest Android phone yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartband_1.jpg?1406024141" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Xiaomi Mi Band" alt="Mi4 official, Xiaomi&#039;s fastest Android phone yet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/smartband%20colours_0.jpg?1406024141" /> </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/xiaomi-mi4-official-touted-its-fastest-android-phone-yet/news#comments Android Smartphones Xiaomi Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:15:42 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442927 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: LG’s got three new smartphones in the works http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-lg-s-got-three-new-smartphones-works/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Could one of these be the next member of the F series? </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="Rumour: LG’s got three new smartphones in the works" alt="Rumour: LG’s got three new smartphones in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LOGO.jpeg?1405939400" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s only been a few days since LG lifted the lid on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-beat-g3-smaller-and-more-affordable/news">LG G3 Beat</a>, but already there&#39;s speculation about more new smartphones coming from the South Korean firm.</p> <p>According to the grapevine, three phones are currently being crafted behind the company&rsquo;s closed doors, with official announcements not too far away. The leak comes courtesy of an import tracking website that identified these new units as entering India.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lots of differences </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 LG D392, which sources say might be the LG F60, is claimed to have a 4.5in touchscreen with WVGA (480 x 800) resolution, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 4GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. It&rsquo;s also said to provide 4G LTE support.</p> <p>The alleged LG X147 is a 4.3in unit with a WVGA touchscreen, and sports a 1.3Ghz dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 1700mAh battery and 4GB built-in storage.</p> <p>The last of the rumoured devices, the LG X132, features a 3.5in screen with WVGA display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of internal storage, a 1540mAh battery and, just like the LG X147, is said to have only 512MB of RAM.</p> <p>Considering the specs of these units, if they are indeed the real deal they&rsquo;ll probably be marketed as budget smartphones. Also, keeping in mind that they&rsquo;ve already been spotted entering India, they might be launched in the next few weeks &ndash; but for now, nothing&rsquo;s set in stone.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/three_new_lg_phones_surface_one_could_be_f60-news-9071.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review"><strong>LG G3 review</strong></a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour: LG’s got three new smartphones in the works" alt="Rumour: LG’s got three new smartphones in the works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgleaks.jpg?1405939400" /> </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/rumour-lg-s-got-three-new-smartphones-works/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android LG Smartphones Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:41:56 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442728 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1405924382" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </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>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</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"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </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>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</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/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </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>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</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/-U7RyXiHB1s" 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-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"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</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="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1405924382" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android Wear watch face customisation planned, an Nvidia Shield Tablet image leaks, and stunning fan-made Futurama 3D animation http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-wear-watch-face-customization-planned-nvidia-shield-tablet-image-leaks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> End the week strong with our roundup of the hottest tech news around </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-watchface.jpg?1405665181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google preparing Android Wear API for custom watch faces </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 customers start spending more and more time with the first two Android Wear devices, they&rsquo;re no doubt anxious to begin seeing the extensive customisation possibilities&mdash;but Google has yet to make it easy for developers to create and share their own unique designed watch faces.</p> <p>That will change at some point this year, as Google&rsquo;s vice president of design, Matias Duarte, revealed in a Google+ post that the company plans to spin out a custom API (application programming interface) for developers to use to create fully-functional watch faces that work well within the Wear OS.</p> <p>The post came in response to various third-party apps released to add custom watch faces, but without the stability and full functionality of the built-in selections. Duarte cautions that some changes may not come until the Android L release later this year, but the message is clear: if you can resist downloading (or creating) those unreliable options for now, a bigger reward is on the horizon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://plus.google.com/+MatiasDuarte/posts/emwBTtwJjY4">Google+</a> via <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07/17/google-addresses-custom-watch-faces-on-android-wear-says-developers-should-hold-off-until-the-api-is-done/">Android Police</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review">Android Wear 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"> Leaked glimpse of the Nvidia Shield Tablet </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>Nvidia&rsquo;s next Android-powered, gaming-centric Shield device is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">reported to be a tablet</a> rather than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">flip-open handheld console</a> of sorts, and the above image from reliable leaker @evleaks is said to be our first unofficial look at what to expect from the unannounced device.</p> <p>It looks a lot like the Tegra Note, but extended functionality is what should hopefully make the new Shield distinctive. It&rsquo;s speculated to feature a controller that attaches in some way for more robust gaming experiences, with a powerful Tegra K1 chip onboard (and Unreal Engine 4 support), plus the ability to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news">stream PC games</a> from a connected computer with a supported Nvidia card installed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://evleaks.at/2014/07/17/nvidia-shield-tablet-2014/">@evleaks</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">Game-focussed Nvidia Shield Tablet on the way</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="Nvidia Shield Tablet" alt="Nvidia Shield Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nvidia-shield-tablet.jpg?1405665181" /> </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"> Stunning fan-made Futurama 3D footage </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/100785455?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Matt Groening&rsquo;s Futurama lurched back from the dead and gave us three mostly-stellar additional seasons of comedy in recent years before wrapping up last autumn&mdash;for good this time. Well, maybe.</p> <p>Whatever the case, its spirit lingers in the hearts of fans like Alexy Zakharov, who created this absolutely gorgeous 3D reimagining of the hand-drawn series&rsquo; sci-fi city. It&rsquo;s only 30 seconds long, so watch it again and again to marvel at the little details&mdash;and then ponder how ridiculously unlikely it is that anything official like this would ever happen.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/3d-rendered-futurama-remix-delivers-jaw-dropping-sci-fi-vista">The Creators Project</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/lego-announces-180-simpsons-house-set/news">Lego announces &pound;180 Simpsons house set</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-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"> Mentions is the Facebook app for the stars </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>Usually, Facebook aims to reach as many people as possible with its apps and initiatives&mdash;but Facebook Mentions is different. It&rsquo;s an iOS app designed solely for public figures (that is, people with verified Pages) that allows them to better interact with fans and share content.</p> <p>Based on the examples shown thus far, it essentially seems designed to help celebrities keep their egos perfectly inflated without all the usual clutter of the Facebook experience. Fair enough. Facebook Mentions is available to those with verified Pages in the US, with other countries being added soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/07/introducing-facebook-mentions-a-new-app-for-public-figures/">Facebook Newsroom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-">Fully Charged: Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG&rsquo;s Nintendo 3DS synth</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="Facebook Mentions" alt="Facebook Mentions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/facebook-mentions.jpg?1405665181" /> </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-android-wear-watch-face-customization-planned-nvidia-shield-tablet-image-leaks#comments Android Android Wear Facebook Film and TV Nvidia Project Shield Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442444 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft kills Nokia Android and feature phones, Xbox Entertainment Studios amidst mass job cuts http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> About 18,000 positions will be cleared as Microsoft streamlines its business </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="Nokia X2" alt="Nokia X2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-x2-range_0.jpg?1405676561" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following days of rumours, Microsoft confirmed the bad news today: the company will eliminate some 18,000 total jobs over the next year, or about 14% of its worldwide workforce.</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/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/microsoft-kills-nokia-android-and-feature-phones-xbox-entertainment-studios-amidst-mass-job-#comments Android Microsoft Nokia Smartphones Windows Phone Xbox Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:45:56 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442393 at http://www.stuff.tv Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles? http://www.stuff.tv/android/will-nvidia-s-android-gaming-tablet-also-play-pc-titles/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC claims forthcoming device can “link up” with external graphics card for visual boost </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="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" alt="Will Nvidia’s Android gaming tablet also play PC titles?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nvidia-project-shield-hands-on-01_0_0.jpg?1405388841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few days ago we heard the first rumour rumblings about a forthcoming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/nvidia-shield-tablet-way/news">Nvidia Shield gaming tablet</a>. Well, now the BBC has weighed in with some lofty claims about the device &ndash; the most interesting of which is that it&rsquo;ll be able to play PC games.</p> <p>The BBC report claims the tablet will run on Android but be able to play graphically advanced PC games by wirelessly linking up to a computer. It&rsquo;s thought, however, that the computer will need a powerful (and pricey) Nvidia graphics card.</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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> The catch is... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It sounds as if the system is essentially a tweaked version of the existing <a href="http://www.geforce.co.uk/geforce-experience" target="_blank">GeForce Experience</a>, a setup that allows US and Canada-based owners of the Nvidia Shield to stream PC games to their device. Currently, these owners will need to be running a PC equipped with one of the following Nvidia GPUs: GeForce Titan, GTX 700, GTX 600, GTX 800M, GTX 700M or certain GTX 600M models.</p> <p>The tablet will also be able to run Android games natively, of course. The BBC also claims it&rsquo;ll run on Nvidia&rsquo;s beefy new Tegra K1 processor (which comes with a 192-core GPU powerful enough to run Unreal Engine 4 games) and that the company will offer a &ldquo;budget-priced&rdquo; controller add-on.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on any further developments in this story.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28290861">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">Nvidia Shield video review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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> Android Gaming Nvidia Tablets Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:55:44 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442062 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 will look like the Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/android/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony’s apparently only making a handful of changes to its next smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/z3.jpg?1405331288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Judging from a set of&nbsp;leaked images posted on Chinese site <a href="http://www.digi-wo.com/thread-19759-1-1.html">Digi-wo</a>, Sony isn&rsquo;t being very creative when it comes to the design for its upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attention to details </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 alleged snaps picture the Xperia Z3 from all angles, showing that the smartphone could possibly have curved sides instead of the flat design seen on the Z2. If it&rsquo;s true, this could be a game changer for those of you who like the specs of the Z2 but have been complaining of its uncomfortable hold. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The other aesthetic alteration appears to be the relocation of the speaker grille, which has been shifted slightly to the left end of the handset.</p> <p>But the unit seems to be missing a secondary speaker &ndash; suggesting that it may not have stereo speakers like the Z2. Then again, the device could still be in the works and the feature could be added in the final design.</p> <p>Otherwise, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s appearance is almost identical to the Z2. But the rumour should be taken with a pinch of salt, since <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">another set of leaked pictures by Digi-wo</a> show the Sony Xperia Z3 with a distinctive appearance.</p> <p>For now, the Xperia Z3&rsquo;s a mystery, and we&rsquo;re hoping Sony surprises us when it actually launches the smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/brothers-arms-sony-xperia-z3-and-z3-compact/news">Brothers in arms: is this the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact?</a></strong></p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/alleged_images_of_sony_xperia_z3_surface_looks_very_similar_to_z2-news-9013.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a>]&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="436" title="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" alt="Rumour has it that the Sony Xperia Z3 looks like the Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gsmaren.jpg?1405331288" /> </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/rumour-has-it-sony-xperia-z3-will-look-z2/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Smartphones Sony Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:47:07 +0000 Stephen Graves 1442038 at http://www.stuff.tv Tizen-powered Samsung Z phone delayed with no new release date confirmed http://www.stuff.tv/android/tizen-powered-samsung-z-handset-delayed-no-new-release-date-confirmed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Launch of alternative mobile OS hits another stumbling block with Russian debut cancelled </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 Z" alt="Samsung Z" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-z_0.jpg?1405127129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Despite its incredible success with Android, Samsung aims to begin breaking free with the launch of its own Tizen mobile operating system. Problem is, the company doesn&rsquo;t quite seem ready to act on those ambitions, with another botched launch plan happening this week in Russia.</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/tizen-powered-samsung-z-handset-delayed-no-new-release-date-confirmed/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/tizen-powered-samsung-z-handset-delayed-no-new-release-date-confirmed/news#comments Android Samsung Smartphones Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:26:31 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441802 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear levels up: it can now control your smartphone camera http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-levels-gains-new-ability-control-your-smartphones-camera/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s adding on to the list of powers available on Android Wear with an 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="567" height="425" title="Android Wear levels up: it can now control your smartphone camera" alt="Android Wear levels up: it can now control your smartphone camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/unname.jpg?1405070230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thus far <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature">Android Wear</a> smartwatches have let you check messages, fed you notifications and responded to the orders you&#39;ve barked into them. Now, they can do one more thing: manipulate your Android smartphone&#39;s camera.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So much power on one small device </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>Its start-up is pretty simple too: opening the Google Camera app on your device will automatically launch the app on the smartwatch. You&#39;ll see a card for remote capture appear on the Android Wear smartwatch, which you can use to snap a picture by tapping on the enlarged shutter icon.</p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to fumble with your smartwatch while trying to smile or pose for the shot at the same time. It comes with a countdown, so you have plenty of time to transition between setting up the shot and getting your best selfie face ready.&nbsp;After the phone takes the picture, you&rsquo;ll be able to preview image on your wrist.</p> <p>Can&rsquo;t wait to get snapping? You can now download the update for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Camera from Google Play</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-watches-available-within-weeks-can-be-pre-ordered-today/news"><strong>Android Wear watches available within weeks and can be pre-ordered today</strong></a></p> <p>[Via <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/07/10/android-wear-google-phone-camera/" target="_blank">Mashable</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" alt="Android Wear levels up, gains new ability to control your smartphone&#039;s camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwearamera.jpg?1405070230" /> </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-levels-gains-new-ability-control-your-smartphones-camera/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Android Wear Apps and Games Smartphones Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:15:47 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441744 at http://www.stuff.tv 30 best free apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got a Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 or any other Android device? Then you need to download these 30 free apps </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="30 free apps for Android" alt="30 free apps for Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/25-free-apps-for-android-main-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yay! Free stuff! Everyone loves free stuff. And there&#39;s plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now. We know, because we counted.*</p> <p>But a word of warning - much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn&#39;t-even-work-at-all duds.</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/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. GOOGLE TRANSLATE </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 seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, word-for-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you.</p> <p>The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate" target="_blank">Download Google Translate here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Translate" alt="30 free apps for Android Google Translate" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-translate-free-android-apps-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 2. NASA App </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 isn&#39;t the best looking app in the world, but it&#39;s full of geek-level info and media from the NASA archive, along with news and updates on what&#39;s going on up there and back at base. Maybe one day they&#39;ll get a slick front end for it all, but for now this raggle-taggle collection of links, pictures, videos and news feeds has plenty to keep space cadets informed and entertained.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa" target="_blank">Download NASA App here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="NASA app" alt="30 free apps for Android NASA app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nasa-app-25-free-apps-for-android-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 3. TWICKETS </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>Twickets is a way to buy or sell spare tickets to gigs or events, but what makes it special is the rule that tickets can only change hands for their face value or less. That means the profiteering touts stay away and genuine fans get to recyle spares in good faith - great if one of your mates has dropped out and left you in the lurch, or you need an extra seat at short notice.</p> <p>You can browse what&#39;s available or offer tickets via the app and finalise the deal via Twitter (hence the name).&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.twickets.droid" target="_blank">Download Twickets here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twickets" alt="30 free apps for Android Twickets" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-twickets-001.jpg?1405333667" /> </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"> 4. Audible for 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>Long journey? Tired eyes? Audio books! A bit like radio shows that you actually want to listen to, a bit like podcasts before all the funny people stopped doing them, a bit like books being read to you (OK, mostly the latter), audio books are a treat to be savoured.</p> <p>Amazon&#39;s Audible app is a gateway to its own audio book service, drawing you in with free tasters of some of its best sellers. It&#39;s worth downloading even if it&#39;s only for those free nibbles.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application" target="_blank">Download Audible here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Audible For Android" alt="30 free apps for Android Audible For Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-audible-for-android-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 5. Navfree </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&#39;ve got Google Maps already and that&#39;s lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn&#39;t always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all.</p> <p>You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it&#39;s fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you&#39;re visiting before you leave and you&#39;ll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navfree.android.OSM.ALL" target="_blank">Download Navfree here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/7-best-apps-and-games-lg-g3/feature">7 of the best apps for the LG G3</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="Navfree" alt="30 free apps for Android Navfree" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-navfree-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 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"> 6. Airbnb </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>Hotels are great when other people are paying, or if&nbsp;you have pots of cash to waste,&nbsp;but otherwise they&#39;re rarely situated where you want them. Airbnb is one of the stars of the so-called shareconomy, an accommodation network built around normal people offering up their unused rooms for a little bit of extra cash.</p> <p>The result? You&#39;ll be able to find somewhere to stay right in the heart of the city, up a mountain or even down a river, often for a very decent price. Just spend a minute browsing the amazing pads on offer and you&#39;ll be hooked.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android" target="_blank">Download Airbnb here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Airbnb" alt="30 free apps for Android Airbnb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-airbnb-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 7. Any.do To-do list &amp; task list </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;re all busy. Busy creating Stuff To Do lists and sticking them in our bags, on the front door, in our back pockets and tapping them into note apps on our phones. Any.do is the best way to keep on top of all those loose ends, thanks to its cloud syncing and sharing skills. You can have it running as a live widget on your homescreen and also separate your tasks into different folders.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.anydo" target="_blank">Download Any.do here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Any.Do" alt="30 free apps for Android Any.Do" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-any-do-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 8. Comics </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With access to over 45,000 comics from DC, Marvel, Image Comics, IDW and Disney, the Comics app is the place to go for all things graphically novel. You get quite a few freebies to get you started, with more free titles released each week. Paid-for comics will typically set you back between &pound;0.69 and &pound;2.49. The app really comes alive on larger devices, where you can pore over the panels in a more leisurely manner than on a phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics" target="_blank">Download Comics here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Comics" alt="30 free apps for Android Comics" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-comics-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 9. Zoopla Property Search </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It won&#39;t necessarily find everything in your chosen area, but Zoopla (which incorporated Findaproperty.com in 2012) has a huge amount of properties for sale, and even if it&#39;s just used as a jumping off point it can give you a good idea of what&#39;s available and the prices involved. The app itself could be easier to use, but it does the basics of allowing you to search on specific area, property type, number of bedrooms and add keywords, then browse photos and link up with the agent.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zoopla.activity" target="_blank">Download Zoopla Property Search here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zoopla Property Search" alt="30 free apps for Android Zoopla Property Search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-zoopla-mobile-001_0.jpg?1405333667" /> </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"> 10. Cocktail Flow - Drink recipes </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 best feature of this cocktail recipe book is the way you can tell it what odds and ends you&#39;ve got lurking in the cupboard under the sink, and then ask it to suggest palatable ways to mix them up. It also comes with a library of popular cocktails, with additional packs that can be downloaded for a small fee.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.distinction.cflow" target="_blank">Download Cocktail Flow - Drink Recipes here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-best-android-games-world-right-now/feature">The 25 best games available for Android 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="Cocktail Flow" alt="30 free apps for Android Cocktail Flow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cocktail-flow-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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"> 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"> 11. Money Tracker </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>Easily our favourite app for keeping a handle on incomings and outgoings, Money Tracker strikes a sensible balance between simplicity and features. As well as the basic sums, it lets you create your own folders and categories, so you can see where it all goes each month, and more easily define where you might be able to make savings in future. Did you really spend that much on coffee this week? Maybe you should invest in a flask this weekend.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prometheusapps.moneytracker" target="_blank">Download Money Tracker here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Money Tracker" alt="30 free apps for Android Money Tracker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-money-tracker-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-11"><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"> 12. Hangouts </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>&quot;Hey! Who wants brunch at Choochies today?&quot; &quot;Count me in! I&#39;ve got tickets to the Nicks game, wanna come too?&quot; Etc. Alternatively you can use Hangouts to message friends via text, video and emoticon-style &quot;emojis&quot; in a more realistic manner. &quot;Train cancelled again&quot;, or &quot;Dad, get on the video call so you can show me how to fix the boiler&quot;. That sort of thing. Woah! Hangouts rocks!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk" target="_blank">Download Hangouts here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hangouts" alt="30 free apps for Android Hangouts" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-hangouts-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-12"><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"> 13. Duolingo: Learn languages free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google Translate may be great, but the long-term aim should be to learn to speak all those languages yourself. Duolingo does an amazing job of making this fun, with a format that&#39;s a bit like a pub quiz machine. It currently supports Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English, and if you &quot;play&quot; it regularly you&#39;ll definitely pick up at least some competence in your chosen language. With more intensive use you can give yourself a week&#39;s crash course before a trip abroad.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo" target="_blank">Download Duolingo: Learn Languages Free here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Duolingo Learn Languages Free" alt="30 free apps for Android Duolingo Learn Languages Free" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-duolingo-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-13"><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"> 14. Houzz Interior Design Ideas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one is all about inspiration. As you would hope from an app about design, Houzz itself is neat, logically laid out, smart and pretty in all the right places, making it the perfect distraction as you recline on your Eames lounge chair, feet up on the ottoman, contemplating the witty juxtaposition of that chandelier in your bedsit.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.houzz.app" target="_blank">Download Houzz Interior Design Ideas here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Houzz Interior Design Ideas" alt="30 free apps for Android Houzz Interior Design Ideas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-houzz-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-14"><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"> 15. FxGuru: Movie FX Director </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 slightly gimmicky special effects app is nonetheless very clever, verging on useful. It comes with a batch of free effects (the kind of things you&#39;d see in a disaster movie) with additional packs as in-app purchases.</p> <p>You point your phone or tablet at a scene (say, your office, the street or your garden), and then the app records a short video clip with a destructive missile attack or perhaps a hovering UFO superimposed over the live action. Motion tracking allows you to pan as you film, too.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.picadelic.fxguru" target="_blank">Download FxGuru: Movie FX Director here</a></p> <p><strong><b>READ MORE:&nbsp;</b><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/best-apps-samsung-galaxy-s5/feature">8 of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S5</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="FXGuru: Movie FX Director" alt="30 free apps for Android FXGuru: Movie FX Director" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-fxguru-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 16. BBC Cbeebies Playtime </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>A lot of free apps for children are beset by confusing prompts for in-app purchases that can seriously hamper the fun. CBeebies Playtime is an ad-free lucky dip of educational games and activities for pre-school children, based on some of the channel&#39;s biggest shows and characters, including Mr Tumble, Tree Fu Tom, The Octanauts and real-life actual people such as Andy and Nina.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.bbc.cbeebiesplaytime" target="_blank">Download BBC CBeebies Playtime here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC CBeebies Playtime" alt="30 free apps for Android BBC CBeebies Playtime" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-cbeebies-playtime-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-16"><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"> 17. SoundCloud </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>SoundCloud is great because it&#39;s not just the same old music rehashed in a new, futile money-making shell. It does hold a lot of full-length commercial tracks but it&#39;s the unique user-generated music that makes it special. That means DJ mixes, remixes, cover versions, live recordings and recitals, snippets, sounds and spoken word contibutions. If you want to listen beyond the sphere of Spotify, cock your ear this way.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.soundcloud.android" target="_blank">Download SoundCloud here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Soundcloud" alt="30 free apps for Android Soundcloud" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-soundcloud-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-17"><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"> 18. Met office weather application </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>All UK weather forecasts are based on information and predictions from the Met Office, so why not get your forecast from the horse&#39;s mouth? This app doesn&#39;t go in for swanky visuals but does give it to you straight, with timeline breakdowns of the changing skies plus map-based predictions of advancing weather systems. If you&#39;re less of a weather geek, try the BBC Weather app for a prettier presentation of much the same stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.gov.metoffice.android" target="_blank">Download Met Office Weather Application here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Met office weather application" alt="30 free apps for Android Met office weather application" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-met-office-weather-app-001.jpg?1405333667" /> </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-18"><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"> 19. VLC For Android Beta </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>Wouldn&#39;t it be lovely if there was one video format to rule them all, like MP3 is to music? Well, dream on... Until that day you&#39;ll be thankful for VLC, which aims to play every video format you&#39;ll ever encounter. If you like to source your movies from varied locations you&#39;ll find this one of the most useful apps on your phone or tablet. It&#39;s ad-free and doesn&#39;t try to harvest all your personal data either, which makes a nice change.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc.betav7neon" target="_blank">Download VLC For Android Beta here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="VLC" alt="30 free apps for Android VLC" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vlc_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-19"><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"> 20. Dropbox </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 Android moves closer to home computer territory, syncing photos, music and work documents is increasingly important. As a free service, Dropbox offers 2GB of pleasingly simple online storage which is automatically synced whenever you log in from any of your devices &ndash; very useful for occassional file transfers, semi-permanent documents and shared folders. The Android app is nothing fancy but it doesn&#39;t need to be, getting the job done without fuss.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android" target="_blank">Download Dropbox here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-unbelievably-good-free-windows-phone-games/feature">25 unbelievably good free Windows Phone games</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="Dropbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Dropbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-dropbox-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 21. Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk </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&#39;re putting yourself through a fitness grind alone, this virtual back-patter will help spur you on. It tracks all your runs, walks and rides, then does the maths to tell you (and the entire world via social media) how many calories you&#39;ve burnt, how far you&#39;ve gone and generally how heroic you&#39;ve been over the past week or so. The in-app purchase model keeps it all nice and tidy too, so even in the basic free format it&#39;s a very neat app to use.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnesskeeper.runkeeper.pro" target="_blank">Download Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" alt="30 free apps for Android Runkeeper - GPS Track Run Walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-runkeeper-gps-track-run-walk-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-21"><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"> 22. WiFi File Transfer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google&#39;s liberal management of the Play store leads to some strange situations, such as the presence of six apps with exactly the same name. Here we&#39;re referring to the one developed by smarterDroid. We find it the easiest way to move files wirelessly to and from a computer and an Android device on an ad-hoc basis. The free version has a file size limit of 5MB, but you can buy the full, unlimited version for &pound;0.88.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififiletransfer" target="_blank">Download WiFi File Transfer here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="WiFi File Transfer" alt="30 free apps for Android WiFi File Transfer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-wifi-file-transfer-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-22"><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"> 23. Peppa&#039;s Paintbox </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 don&#39;t review childen&#39;s cartoons, but if we did, Peppa Pig would get five stars because it&#39;s consistently brilliant in its own little way, full of practical education wrapped up in addictively snappy episodes. Like the CBeebies app, this porcine painting app has no hidden agenda so your kids can paint away without being tripped up or led astray by ads, links or in-app purchases. Madame Gazelle would certainly approve.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.peppapig.paintbox" target="_blank">Download Peppa&#39;s Paintbox here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Peppa&#039;s Paintbox" alt="30 free apps for Android Peppas Paintbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-peppas-paintbox.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-23"><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"> 24. TuneIn Radio </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>Take a break from the endless banality of UK radio and tune in to a different point of view or musical selection. So long as you have a half-decent data connection, this app will tickle your ears with audio streams from all over the world, browsable by location, genre or what&#39;s trending. It also works as an on-demand podcast player. It&#39;s brilliant for in-car entertainment, so long as you have a data contract that can take the strain.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player" target="_blank">Download TuneIn Radio here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TuneIn Radio" alt="30 free apps for Android TuneIn Radio" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-tunein-radio-001_0.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-24"><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"> 25. Vine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the best ways to get your fix of LOLs is to flick your way through Vine&#39;s stream of micro-movies. The quality is always going to vary, but the way the app delivers them is beautifully quick and simple. Just check out your feed or do a search (say, #skatefails), then enjoy a string of LOLable 4-second loops. Maybe even upload a few of your own.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.vine.android" target="_blank">Download Vine here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">iCheapskate - 30 amazing free games for iPhone and iPad</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="Vine" alt="30 free apps for Android Vine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/25-free-apps-for-android-vine-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 26. Pocket </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>An absolutely indispensable app, Pocket lets you save webpages for offline reading. It&#39;s super-easy to use, installing a shortcut into your mobile browser so you can send articles over to it with a click; extensions for desktop browsers are also available, so if something catches your eye at work you can whisk it over to the app for reading on the commute home.</p> <p>Once in the app you can easily share articles with other people or to social media and it&#39;ll even strip out ads from the articles if you want it to. Frankly, we can&#39;t imagine life without it.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Pocket here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="1200" title="Pocket" alt="30 free apps for Android Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-pocket-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-26"><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"> 27. Feedly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With the demise of Google Reader, the world needed an alternative RSS reader - and Feedly fits the bill nicely.</p> <p>It does pretty much everything you&#39;d want an RSS reader to do, presenting the latest stories from your favourite media outlets and blogs in an attractive, easily browsable list. You&#39;ll find every site you might ever be interested in - yes, Stuff.tv is in there - plus it integrates neatly with the likes of Pocket and Evernote and sharing stories to social media is but a matter of a click.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Feedly here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="1200" title="Feedly" alt="30 free apps for Android Feedly" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-feedly-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-27"><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"> 28. Flipboard </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 basic idea behind Flipboard is that turns your social media feeds into a constantly updating magazine, displaying the latest updates from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and many more in a lovely grid-based design. But there&#39;s a lot more to it than that, with the ability to add content from specific RSS feeds or just by subject making it a truly personalised digital mag.</p> <p>It&#39;s ridiculously simple to use and works so well that Samsung used it to power its My Magazine app for its latest smartphones. High praise indeed.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Flipboard here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="900" height="1200" title="Flipboard" alt="30 free apps for Android Flipboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/30-free-apps-for-android-flipboard-001.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-28"><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"> 29. LokLok </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now here&#39;s an interesting idea: an editable lockscreen that you use to share pictures and notes with your friends. Confused? So were we to start with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Basically, you set a picture as your lockscreen then scribble on top of it. Whatever you draw or write will then appear on top of the lockscreens of all those in your LokLok group.&nbsp;</p> <p>The app is (presumably) intended to be used for swiftly sharing notes and pics between people, without them even having to unlock their phone. But of course we used it to share juvenile scrawlings with each other. Ahem.</p> <p>It&#39;s currently in beta, so expect a few bugs, but hopefully they&#39;ll be ironed out soon.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loklok" target="_blank">Download LokLok here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LokLok" alt="30 free apps for Android LokLok" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LokLok01.jpg?1405385886" /> </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-29"><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"> 30. RouteShoot Video and GPS app </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>Like a blend of GoPro, Strava and Google Streetview, RouteShoot lets healthy types create map-based videos of their latest adventures then share them for route guidance, improving technique or simply entertainment.</p> <p>You&#39;ll need a smartphone mount to get the most out of it - certainly if you plan to use it on your bike - but once that&#39;s sorted it&#39;ll use your phone&#39;s camera to shoot footage of your latest off-road excursion, linking it with a map of where you&#39;ve been and providing data on elevation and speed. An in-app purchase adds HD video, but really the quality of the footage is less important here than the ability to share routes with your mates.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wilsonpymmay.routeshoot" target="_blank">Download RouteShoot Video and GPS app here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="RouteShoot Video and GPS app" alt="30 free apps for Android RouteShoot Video and GPS app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/RouteShootA01.jpg?1405385886" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Got an Android device? Then you need these free apps </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature#comments Android Android apps Apps and Games Smartphones Tablets Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:53:12 +0000 Marc McLaren 1433527 at http://www.stuff.tv Big, bright and beautiful: Philips’ new Android-powered 4K TV looks like a winner http://www.stuff.tv/android/big-bright-and-beautiful-philips-new-android-powered-4k-tv-looks-winner/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This 65in behemoth boasts four-way Ambilight and a dizzying array of picture-enhancing technology </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="Big, bright and beautiful: Philips’ new 4K TV looks like a winner" alt="Big, bright and beautiful: Philips’ new 4K TV looks like a winner" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-9800-tv-hot-stuff.jpg?1405039331" /> </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/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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><strong>Another 4K TV? There&rsquo;s not even any 4K stuff to watch</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t be so negative. For starters, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-netflix-kicks-4k-service-raspberry-pi-shrinks-and-hotline-miami-2-gets-trailer/new">that&rsquo;s not even true</a>, and anyway, just look at this thing. It&rsquo;s Philips&rsquo; new flagship TV, a 65in beast packed to the gills with the company&rsquo;s image-enhancing technology, a four-sided Ambilight and a smart TV platform powered by Android. And yes, it&rsquo;s 4K too, thanks to its 3840 x 2160 resolution.</p> <p><strong>Android, you say?</strong><br />Yep, Google&rsquo;s mobile operating system (version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, to be precise) has been squeezed into this telly&rsquo;s cold robot brain. Officially certified by Google (which means it works properly), it gives the user access to apps, games, TV shows and movies from the Play Store, and sits alongside Philips&rsquo; own smart TV platform. This set-up has already been used on another Philips 4K TV, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/55in-4k-tv-pixel-packed-and-powered-android/news">55in 8800 series model</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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><strong>And what was that about four-way Ambilight?</strong><br />Philips has been fitting these LED lights on its higher-end TVs for years. Usually shining from the back of the set against the wall, they replicate the dominant on-screen colours which (a) helps boost perceived picture quality and (b) looks really awesome. This model has four Ambilights, one on each edge of the screen.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-hottest-gadgets-june-2014/feature">The 20 hottest gadgets of June 2014</a></strong></p> <p><strong>What about picture quality?</strong><br />We haven&rsquo;t tested it yet, so we can&rsquo;t say how well all this stuff works, but Philips claims the tech stuffed inside here offers &ldquo;the deepest blacks and brightest whites&rdquo;. Micro dimming is able to darken small parts of the screen while leaving the rest of the picture bright, and this being a 4K screen there&rsquo;s also technology able to upscale any non-4K source into that resolution.</p> <p><strong>OK, you&rsquo;ve sold me. When can I get one?</strong><br />The Philips 9800 series (or 65PUS9809 to give it its full name) will be available in the third quarter of 2014. The price is yet to be confirmed &ndash; but somehow we don&rsquo;t reckon it&rsquo;ll be pocket change.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">GET ACQUAINTED WITH MORE HOT STUFF</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="Like all good 4K TVs, the Philips 9800 is super skinny" alt="Like all good 4K TVs, the Philips 9800 is super skinny" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-9800-tv-2.jpg?1405039331" /> </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> 4K Android Hot Stuff Philips TVs Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:32:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441635 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android device mirroring hits Chromecast, Game of Thrones’ amazing visual effects reel, and faster Wi-Fi coming to National Rail (eventually) http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-device-mirroring-hits-chromecast-game-thrones-amazing-visual-effects-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s our morning roundup of all the little bits and bobs you should read before beginning the day </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="Chromecast" alt="Chromecast" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast_0.jpg?1405063600" /> </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"> Android device mirroring finally comes to Chromecast </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 lack of simple device mirroring had been one of the Chromecast&rsquo;s biggest omissions, but that&rsquo;s finally changing&mdash;at least for more notable Android handsets and tablets. Google announced that the updated 1.7 version of the Chromecast app for Android has started to roll out onto Google Play, and that the feature is found within.</p> <p>As with iOS devices and the Apple TV, Chromecast&rsquo;s mirroring for Android devices simply puts what&rsquo;s on your phone or tablet display on the big screen, letting you quickly show off photos, apps, and other media. It&rsquo;ll work on the Nexus 4/5/7/10, Samsung Galaxy S4/S5 and Note 3/10, HTC One M7, and LG G3/G2/G Pro 2 in the short term, with more devices being added soon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://chrome.blogspot.com/2014/07/mirror-your-android-screen-to-tv-with.html">Chrome Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast 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"> See Game of Thrones’ amazing visual effects come to life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="319" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/100095868?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Whether or not you&rsquo;re a fan of the brutal fantasy series, surely any amongst us can appreciate the high-level computer wizardry on display in this look at the visual effects harnessed for season four of Game of Thrones.</p> <p>Spoliers seem minimal&mdash;although if you&rsquo;re not caught up, maybe bookmark this one for later&mdash;and it&rsquo;s a fun view, with plenty of presentational flair put into simply showing how studio Mackevision inserts hundreds of tiny fake villages into elaborately constructed cities. It&rsquo;s wild to see how much work goes into even the most minute of details in a shot. And if you don&#39;t notice the effects, then mission accomplished.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://vimeo.com/100095868">Vimeo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-8-bit-game-thrones-videogame-all-kinds-awesome/news">This free 8-bit Game of Thrones videogame is all kinds of awesome</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-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"> Speedier Wi-Fi coming to National Rail following record fine </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>National Rail trains are set to pick up much improved Wi-Fi connectivity in the next three or four years&mdash;but only after the company was severely punished by the Office of Rail Regulation for not making it happen much sooner. The BBC reports that National Rail was fined some &pound;70 million for not hitting agreed-upon deadlines for implementing the updated service.</p> <p>Commuters on the busiest lines should get the first taste of the enhanced Wi-Fi, which is expected to be about 10 times faster than it is now (and hopefully a lot more reliable), and ministers say that the fine&mdash;likely to be ultimately reduced&mdash;will help fund the improvements, which will provide connectivity via trackside ground equipment rather than satellite signals.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28166639">BBC</a> via <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/129798-ten-times-faster-internet-on-trains-due-government-dishing-out-fines-to-keep-works-on-track">Pocket-lint</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/flight/fully-charged-xbox-one-s-kinect-less-power-boost-flight-wi-fi-expanding-across-europe-and-wor">Fully Charged: Xbox One&rsquo;s Kinect-less power boost, in-flight Wi-Fi expanding across Europe, and World Cup stadiums explorable in Google Maps</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="National Rail train" alt="National Rail train" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/national-rail.jpg?1404973981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First trailer for Heavenly Sword CG movie </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>Heavenly Sword was one of the first big PlayStation 3 post-launch exclusives, scratching the itch left by the new-gen absence of God of War while delivering an intriguing new universe. However, sales weren&rsquo;t spectacular, and a sequel was reportedly canceled.</p> <p>So why now, after seven years, is the property being revived for a straight-to-DVD CG animated film? Unfortunately, the first trailer doesn&rsquo;t provide much reassurance&mdash;the footage looks haphazard and dated, and without the interactive element, we can&rsquo;t imagine this will be the grand return of Nariko and co. that some might&rsquo;ve desired.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oovoY1mG_Z4">IGN (YouTube)</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry 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/oovoY1mG_Z4" 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> http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-device-mirroring-hits-chromecast-game-thrones-amazing-visual-effects-r#comments Android Chromecast Film and TV Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1441607 at http://www.stuff.tv