Android http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android/reviews en-MY Fully Charged: Free iOS apps no longer “Free” on App Store, Motorola’s phone-finding Keylink, and why the iPhone 6 lacks a sapphire screen http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A smattering of quick-hit tech news to energize your morning </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-appstore-freeapps_0_0.jpg?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple changes listings for free apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rise of so-called freemium apps and their rampant in-app purchases have caused some confusion amongst consumers, not to mention a lot of surprise bills - and eventually lawsuits about how they&#39;re marketed and administrated. That&rsquo;s led to changes in how digital storefronts present their free-to-play offerings, and Apple has just made its own move.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll notice it right away on the App Store: free apps are now downloaded by tapping a button that says &ldquo;Get&rdquo; rather than &ldquo;Free,&rdquo; with &ldquo;In-App Purchases&rdquo; written in small text below when applicable. The word hasn&rsquo;t been entirely banished from the iOS storefront; after all, the Free listing on the Top Charts remains. But Apple clearly sees value in changing the context of how you grab gratis apps and games.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/11/19/free-apps-arent-free-in-apples-app-store-any-more/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola debuts Keylink </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Do you frequently misplace your smartphone and/or keys? Well, Motorola has something for you. The newly-released Keylink is a small trinket that you&rsquo;ll attach to your keychain and pair with your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth, letting you find one if you have the other.</p> <p>It works up to 100 feet away, and you can make your phone ring with a push of the Keylink, or show the keys on a map via the Motorola Connect app. It&rsquo;s priced at US$24.99 (about &pound;16) and promises a year of battery life, plus if you&rsquo;re running Lollipop on your Android device, you can use the Keylink with your trusted device settings so you don&rsquo;t have to enter a password when your keys are nearby. Very handy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/finding-your-phone-keylink.html">Motorola</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="741" title="Motorola Keylink" alt="Motorola Keylink" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-keylink.jpg?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iPhone 6’s missing sapphire screen explained </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Durable sapphire screens were pegged for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus months before they debuted, but curiously, the phones launched without that long-expected feature. And then GT Advanced, Apple&rsquo;s sapphire supplier, filed for bankruptcy weeks later. So what exactly happened?</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating report on the breakdown between the two companies, suggesting that GT Advanced wasn&rsquo;t in a position to produce the amount of sapphire crystal it agreed to (see mistakes in the image above), that Apple&rsquo;s hard-driving partner agreements were a thorn in the company&rsquo;s side, and that countless management and manufacturing issues killed the iPhone 6&rsquo;s sapphire intentions. It&rsquo;s a worthwhile read.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/inside-apples-broken-sapphire-factory-1416436043">The Wall Street Journal</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-6l/review">iPhone 6 Plus review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="762" title="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" alt="GT Advanced&#039;s sapphire mishaps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-sapphire-mistakes.png?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Family Library added in Kindle update </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got a new entry-level Kindle, the fancy Kindle Voyage, or tje most recent Paperwhite model, keep an eye out for an update that brings a couple of big features to the e-readers. Family Library is a particularly big one, as it lets you share books with a spouse or partner&rsquo;s Amazon account.</p> <p>Word Wise is another significant addition, displaying short and easy-to-understand definitions above challenging words in thousands of supported books - ideal for younger readers or those still learning English. The update is rolling out over the air in the coming weeks, or you can grab it now directly from Amazon.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_touch_img?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201630670">Amazon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-voyage-aims-premium-e-reading-bliss-plus-entry-level-kindle-gets-touch/news">Kindle Voyage aims for premium e-reading bliss, plus the entry-level Kindle gets touch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" alt="Kindle and Kindle Voyage" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-kindle-voyage-basic_0.png?1416563341" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-free-apps-no-longer-free-app-store-motorola-s-phone-finding-keylink-and-why-ip#comments Android Apple iOS apps iPhone 6 Kindle Motorola Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453664 at http://www.stuff.tv Lost your keys? Smartphone? Motorola saves the day with this nifty little dongle http://www.stuff.tv/my/motorola/motorola-s-new-dongle-finds-your-phone-and-your-lost-keys/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And the best bit? This device will only cost you US$25 </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="Motorola’s new dongle finds your phone and your lost keys " alt="Motorola’s new dongle finds your phone and your lost keys " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/keys.jpg?1416474551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;ve never lost your smartphone or your set of keys before? Yeah, right. Everyone&rsquo;s done that and to be honest, so have we. But Motorola&rsquo;s planning on saving us from that first world problem with its latest gadget.</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="/my/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"> One device, many uses </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>On the bright side, it can also be set up to automatically unlock your phone when both the dongle and your smartphone are close to each other. We&rsquo;re not exactly sure why you&rsquo;ll need a separate device to do so when you can just do it with your fingers (there&rsquo;s also the issue of security with that feature).</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll be able to purchase the Keylink from <a href="http://www.motorola.com/us/accessory-family-page-1/Motorola-Keylink/keylink.html" target="_blank">Motorola&rsquo;s website </a>for US$25 (RM84). Before you hop on the website, it&rsquo;s worth noting that the device is already sold out.</p> <p>Either way, we&rsquo;re impressed with what Motorola&rsquo;s been doing in its projects &ndash; it also recently made some cool <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news">flash tattoos that you can use to unlock your phone</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/motorola-s-most-likely-got-new-moto-smartphone-coming/news">Motorola&#39;s most likely got a new Moto smartphone coming</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/19/motorolas-new-25-dongle-helps-you-find-your-lost-keys-unlocks-your-phone/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</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="567" height="425" title="Motorola’s new dongle finds your phone and your lost keys " alt="Motorola’s new dongle finds your phone and your lost keys " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mtotmoto.jpg?1416474551" /> </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/my/motorola/motorola-s-new-dongle-finds-your-phone-and-your-lost-keys/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/motorola/motorola-s-new-dongle-finds-your-phone-and-your-lost-keys/news#comments Android Motorola Smartphones Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:00:57 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453592 at http://www.stuff.tv Jolla's Sailfish-powered tablet smashes crowdfunding target http://www.stuff.tv/my/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seems like there&#039;s a demand for an alternative OS tablet </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="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" alt="Jolla&#039;s first tablet smashes crowdfunding target" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/jolla%20tablet.jpg?1416476668" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember Jolla? The company founded by ex-Nokia employees has gone past making a phone but into making a tablet.</p> <p>Its Jolla Tablet is the company&#39;s attempt to make the first crowdsourced tablet and is now running a very successful campaign on Indiegogo.</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="/my/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"> Android apps, no Android required </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the tablet runs Jolla&#39;s own Sailfish OS, it can handily run Android apps as well which will probably appeal to those already on Android. At under US$200, with very impressive internal specs, it&#39;s no wonder Indiegogo backers are throwing money at the company.</p> <p>What do you get for your money? There&#39;s the 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, 32GB of flash storage (expandable with a microSD slot), 2GB of RAM and a 2048 x 1536 pixel 7.85in display.</p> <p>How big is it? It&#39;s roughly around the size of an iPad Mini and weighs 384g. The 4300 mAh battery is the only downside to the tablet, seeing as the iPad Mini&#39;s has a 6471mAh rating and the Nexus 6&#39;s battery is 6700 mAh. Still, as the tablet is at least US$100 cheaper than either of other tablets, tradeoffs are to be expected.</p> <p>Sadly the tablet is only shipping to the following locales: EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, India, China, Hong Kong, and Russia. If you&#39;d like to check out the campaign anyway, head on over to the <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet" target="_blank">campaign website</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/super-cheap-firefox-os-phones-coming-india-and-indonesia/news">Super cheap Firefox OS phones in India and Indonesia</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/jolla-tablet-indiegogo/" target="_blank">Mashable</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jBQdfcLhts8" 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/my/jolla/jollas-first-tablet-smashes-crowdfunding-target/news#comments Android Crowdfunding Jolla Tablets Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:38:50 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1453569 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung says fewer phones ahead, Nokia’s Z Launcher hits Google Play, and now you can search every tweet ever http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start your day off strong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Edge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-note-edge.jpg?1416448929" /> </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="/my/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"> Fewer Samsung phones in 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung went a little crazy with its smartphone selection this year, with all manner of variants and spinoffs for its flagship devices, not to mention numerous mid-range and low-end options. Perhaps relatedly, Samsung also reported dramatically sinking profits after the Galaxy S-fueled surge.</p> <p>So it&rsquo;s time to pare down the release calendar, it seems. Robert Yi, Samsung&rsquo;s head of investor relations, tells The Wall Street Journal that the company will trim its selection down by about 25-30%, and that they&rsquo;ll seek to share more key components between models.</p> <p>No doubt, we&rsquo;ll see a Galaxy S6 before long, and surely new versions of other familiar Samsung handsets, but expect fewer slightly-tweaked variants that are probably more trouble than they&#39;re worth for the manufacturer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/samsung-plans-to-cut-smartphone-models-by-up-to-30-in-2015-1416282267?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">The Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/18/samsung-will-make-less-phones-with-long-names-starting-with-galaxy/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung-galaxy-s6-review">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia’s Z Launcher out on 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>As we found out yesterday morning, Nokia has a brand new tablet called the N1, which looks a whole lot like an iPad mini - except it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. More specifically, it utilizes Nokia&rsquo;s own Z Launcher, which offers predictive suggestions of the apps you&rsquo;ll want to use at any given time, and lets you scribble with your finger to initiate searches.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a few months before the N1 actually launches, but you can grab the Z Launcher now on your Android 4.1+ device via Google Play. It <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-see-30-minutes-metal-gear-solid-v-phantom-pain-plus-blackberry-s-phablet-and-n">first became available</a> as an APK through Nokia&rsquo;s own beta program over the summer, but now anyone can snag the slick still-in-beta launcher and give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nokia.z">Google Play</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news">Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L</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="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" alt="Nokia N1 with Z Launcher" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1_0.jpg?1416448929" /> </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"> Search all of the tweets </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>About half a trillion tweets have been sent out over Twitter since its debut in 2006, and now you can easily search the entire database thanks to substantial upgrades made by the service.</p> <p>You can track the trajectory of popular hashtags by finding tweets bearing them over a certain time span, or seek out certain terms sent out into the world by particular users. Twitter posted a mind-numbingly long and complex explanation of how they pulled it off, but the takeaway is this: whatever embarrassing scree you posted that one hazy night back when is now much easier to find. Take care.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-complete-tweet-index">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://time.com/3592734/twitter-search-every-tweet/">Time</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">35 best free apps for Android</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="725" title="Stuff on Twitter" alt="Stuff on Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-stuff.png?1416448929" /> </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"> Final Fantasy VII recreated in LittleBigPlanet </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 honestly don&rsquo;t want to think about the amount of time and determination it took to bring this project to life, but someone has recreated the entirety of PSone role-playing classic <em>Final Fantasy VII</em> within <em>LittleBigPlanet 2</em>.</p> <p>What you see above is the first of 107 video clips than span the entire, freely playable experience, using the PlayStation 3 creation suite to recreate iconic locations, characters, and moments. And since all past shared series content is also available in <em>LittleBigPlanet 3</em> - launching soon on PS4 and PS3 alike - even new-gen console owners can get in on the nostalgia-glazed zaniness.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEOJu0vZ05Q">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/18/littlebigplanet-2-fan-meticulously-recreates-final-fantasy-7/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XEOJu0vZ05Q" 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/my/android/fully-charged-samsung-says-fewer-phones-ahead-nokia-s-z-launcher-hits-google-play-and-now-yo#comments Android Gaming LittleBigPlanet 3 Nokia Samsung Smartphones Twitter Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453562 at http://www.stuff.tv The alleged Huawei Ascend P8 might have looks that kill http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/alleged-huawei-ascend-p8-might-have-looks-kill/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Because looks are the most important selling point of any smartphone device </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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/p7.jpeg?1416369017" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/iriver/p7">Huawei Ascend P7 </a>might have been touted by sources as one of the sleekest smartphones ever made but Huawei&rsquo;s apparently looking to outshine its own standard with the Huawei Ascend P8.</p> <p>Leaks of the Ascend P8 are here, which we think is long awaited since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/huawei/huawei-ascend-p7/review">Ascend P7 </a>was released some six months ago, and rumour has it that it&rsquo;s going to be one good looking 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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/alleged-huawei-ascend-p8-might-have-looks-kill/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/alleged-huawei-ascend-p8-might-have-looks-kill/news#comments Android Huawei Smartphones Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:30:56 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453498 at http://www.stuff.tv Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L http://www.stuff.tv/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia&#039;s new Android slate packs a reversible USB connector and its Z Launcher app </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 N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" alt="Nokia N1 tablet: looks like an iPad mini, runs Android L" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nokia-n1-tablet-02.jpg?1416360302" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nokia has taken the wraps off its first post-Microsoft device, the Nokia N1 Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 conference.</p> <p>The N1&#39;s 7.9in, 2048x1536 screen is surrounded by an aluminium unibody frame with micro-drilled speaker holes; it looks not dissimilar to the iPad Mini and shares the Apple devices screen resolution.</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="/my/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</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>Probably the most notable thing about the N1 is its USB port - in a consumer first, it has one of the new reversible &#39;Type C&#39; ports. The new standard is intended to replace both the existing full USB and MicroUSB in one fell swoop, and comes in at roughly the same size as Apple&#39;s Lightning connector.</p> <p>Naturally, you also get the usual connectivity options; 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. Disappointingly, though, there&#39;s no microSD slot to expand on the N1&#39;s 32GB internal storage.</p> <p>Inside, the N1 packs a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor along wth 2GB RAM; a PowerVR G6430 GPU provides graphical grunt, while a 5300mAh battery keeps things ticking over for up to 9 hours at a time, according to Nokia.&nbsp;Round the back, there&#39;s an 8MP camera, while a front-facing 5MP snapper handles selfies and video calls in 1080p.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nokia N1 will land in China first, after the Chinese New Year on 19th Feburary; it will then roll out to Russia and European markets. We&#39;ll have more news, including an exact release date and pricing info, as it comes in.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-every-brilliant-gift-so-far/feature" target="_blank">Christmas Gift Guide 2014: 150 brilliant present ideas</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Nokia N1 Android tablet" alt="Nokia N1 Android tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-n1.jpg?1416360302" /> </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/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/n1/nokia-n1-tablet-looks-ipad-mini-runs-android-l/news#comments Android Microsoft N1 Nokia Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:54 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453485 at http://www.stuff.tv Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One OS, many imaging tricks, and they&#039;re all free when you download the Google Camera app </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="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/android_vector.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unlike the iPhone-totting crowd, there are plenty of choices available to Android users. Which translates to a first-world problem - if there are so many customised imaging features in different devices, how can anyone truly be a master of every Android smartphone out there?</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> The art of focus </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 Google Camera app has the perfect solution for highlighting the subject and that&rsquo;s a feature called Lens Blur. It gives your photos the bokeh effect that&#39;s typically achieved with extensive fiddling of manual controls on normal cameras. On an Android device, all you need to do is a simple tap. It&#39;s that easy.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> Close ups of people and objects.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Activate Lens Blur, tap the capture button and then move your device slowly upwards, or tilt it back to move the slider. And if that still doesn&rsquo;t quite work out for you, you get to post-process your photo, changing the position of your focus and even the intensity of your bokeh on the slider scale.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Frame your subject so that it&rsquo;s in the centre of the picture to get the best results.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" target="_blank">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</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="567" height="425" title="The art of focus" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bokehhhh.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G3 has a similar feature called Magic Focus, HTC calls it the Ufocus on the One (M8) and Sony decides to be straightforward about it, naming the bokeh feature Background Defocus.</p> <p>All three roughly work in the same way - taking multiple shots with different focus lengths and creating a composite image that lets you adjust the focus.</p> <p>But amongst all three, the One M8 stands out with its dual lens. It uses the secondary lens to get the depth of field information every time so you get good bokeh no matter the photo mode.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) review</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"> 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"> Practicsing arcissism, we mean, selfie </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>Where would modern day vanity be without the selfie&rsquo;s coming-of-age? Not out there for everyone&rsquo;s eyes, that&rsquo;s for sure. Google Camera comes with a baked-in timer and grid lines to align your self shot properly, so take advantage of those features.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Vain shots of yourself, duh.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;Hold phone up, make sure your face can be seen, then snap.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you&rsquo;re taking a selfie against the setting sun, using the front-facing camera won&rsquo;t work as you will just be a black silhouette against the glare of the sun. Use the back-facing camera and activate flash to provide a fill light for your face. So what if you can&rsquo;t see before you shoot? Going digital means you get plenty of do-overs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/go-wild-taking-selfies-here-s-touchless-selfie-app/news">Go wild taking selfies Malaysia, here&rsquo;s the touchless selfie app</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="567" height="425" title="The art of narcissism, we mean, selfie" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/selfie.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 takes selfies to a whole new level, thanks to its 3.7MP front-facing camera. It also has a wide angle selfie mode to include more of your background or group shots even if you are short of arm.</p> <p>If using a timer or a button isn&rsquo;t how you wish to snap a selfie, the Note 4&rsquo;s voice controls are also an option.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review</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"> 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"> 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"> Ballin’ snaps </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>Speaking of inclusive photos, Google has one-upped the other mobile operating systems with Photo Sphere, its surround view camera experience. When we say surround, we don&rsquo;t mean panoramic photos, we mean a 360-degree view, putting you in the middle of it all.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Best for:</strong> A totally immersive viewing experience of landscape or interior shots.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to use it: </strong>Tap on the Photo Sphere icon, and follow the dots. Move slowly and keep your hands steady.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Tip:</strong> Start shooting your Photo Sphere at the least important part of the scene. The stitching can be a little tricky at times, especially around the edges and you don&rsquo;t want the point of your photo to be scarred by bad stitching.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/smartphone-photography/feature">Beta yourself: Smartphone Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo%20sphere.png?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a Photo Sphere isn&rsquo;t exactly what you&rsquo;re looking for but you still want that immersive experience, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 have a Dual Window mode for a picture in picture experience. In Sony&#39;s case, that mode is known as Face In (again, with the obvious reference). You might not be able to get the sides in, but you get back and front-facing views.</p> <p>You can also resize the small window and drag it around to place it wherever you wish.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review</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"> 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"> No landscape restriction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the Panorama feature might not be new, it can&rsquo;t be left out whenever the camera is mentioned since it&#39;s such a quintessential feature in most smartphone cameras. Google Camera&rsquo;s Panorama allows you to take more than just the conventional horizontal photo.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Scenic travel shots when you want to capture the sweeping expanse of the landscape before you.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:&nbsp;</strong>Activate Panorama mode and tap on other settings in the bottom right to bring up three other options, including vertical panoramas (which are great for waterfalls and the like) to Panorama in, aside from the usual left to right and vice versa.</p> <p>Instead of the old sweeping method, taking panorama shots is now similar to how you would capture a Photo Sphere, with white dots acting as the centering guideline.</p> <p><strong>Tip:&nbsp;</strong>Avoid movement in your shots. A person walking in front of the beautiful landscape you&rsquo;re trying to shoot will only spoil it by appearing as a smudge on your otherwise perfect photo.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature" target="_blank"> Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas </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="567" height="425" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panorama.png?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Speaking of movements, it&#39;s hard to prevent blurry images from popping. Not if you&#39;re using a smartphone with optical image stabilisation. The latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G3 are armed with these mechanical parts, which detects and moves the camera to counter the shake, rattle and roll that creates the offending shots.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/android/reviews">The latest Android smartphone and tablet reviews, all here!</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"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Taking photos in low light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s no biggie if cameras perform in well-lit situations, but it&#39;s kind of a big deal when they turn out good pictures even if the light is not that great. And you can do just that with a few tweaks to the settings within the Camera app.</p> <p><strong>Best for:</strong>&nbsp;Night situations, when the light source is a pale moon, or a lone flickering candle.</p> <p><strong>How to use it:</strong>&nbsp;In the usual Camera mode, hit the usual Settings to bring up your gridlines and the like. Tap the icon on the left to bring up a little exposure scale from -2 to +2, and lighten up your gloomy night shot. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tip:</strong>&nbsp;If you can&rsquo;t find the setting for manual exposure, all you have to do is swipe to the right to bring up the different modes, and tap on the settings icon on the bottom right. Then tap Advanced, and finally trigger Manual Exposure to give you the option of adjusting exposure values.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures</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="567" height="425" title="Taking photos in low light" alt="Become a master photographer with an Android device and Google Camera app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lowlight.png?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony Xperia Z3 knocks lowlight shots out of complete darkness with its large sensor to soak up all the available light in the shot and a high ISO of up to 12800 to compensate for the lack of brightness. Your nighttime photos no longer have to be that realistically dark, i.e. completely swathed in murky black.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/sony/sony-xperia-z3/review">Sony Xperia Z3 review</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"> 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"> Android photography masterclass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The art of imaging, via your smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android_vector_0.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/taking-better-photos-google-camera-app-and-its-android-phone-variations/feature#comments Android Smartphones Stuff's Ultimate Guide to Android Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:34:38 +0000 Elissa Loi 1453418 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Nexus 9 http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the Nexus tablet </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="The tupperware of tablets " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-9-21.jpg?1416379581" /> </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="/my/users/andrew-williams" title="View user profile.">Andrew Williams</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there&rsquo;s an Android contender to rival an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2</a>, this is it. The Nexus 9 has the same screen shape, the same resolution and &ndash;&nbsp;like the Apple tablet &ndash;&nbsp;launches with the very best its platform has to offer.</p> <p>You get the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, bags of power and a super-sharp display: all for &pound;80 (approximately RM300) less than an iPad Air 2. It&rsquo;s sure to lure thousands away from the Apple Store.</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"> RM-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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big, sharp screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Powerful CPU </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty and new Android software </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen has some small issues </div> <div class="field-item even"> Android 5.0 still needs some tweaks </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Only available in 16GB and 32GB versions </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The tupperware of tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty of praise to come for the Nexus 9, but it&rsquo;s not a tablet that sets out to wow you with its hardware design. Like the good old <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review">Nexus 7</a>, it&rsquo;s more practical than luxurious.</p> <p>The back is plastic, and has the sort of minimalist design a swedish furniture maker might come up with. Good-looking? Sure, but it doesn&rsquo;t give the hard, expensive impression of the iPad Air 2, or offer the jaw-dropping thin-n-lightness of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>You get the feeling Google cares a little more about what happens when you switch the screen on than what it feels like.</p> <p>That we can be so blasé about a tablet this thin and light tells you about how far we&#39;ve come, though. The Nexus 9 is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 425g in its Wi-Fi only incarnation.&nbsp;It <em>is</em> thin and it <em>is</em> light, it just doesn&rsquo;t showcase it in the same way the 6.1mm-thick iPad Air 2 does.</p> <p>That slight lack of initial impact is quickly forgotten when you start using the Nexus 9, though. The 4:3 aspect is so much better suited to an 8in-plus tablet than the widescreen styles that used to be the Android norm.</p> <p>Switch between this and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-10/review">Nexus 10</a> and the older tablet just seems a bit, well, silly. It&rsquo;s not just about the looks either, but how its weighting sits in your mitt. The Nexus 9 feels right, and is <em>just about</em> light enough to use one-handed while reading an article on the train on the way to work.</p> <p>In short, the Nexus 9 makes it pretty obvious why 10in widescreen tablets were never all that popular.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="No wows in the hardware design " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-14.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating System</strong> -&nbsp;Android 5.0 Lollipop</p> <p><strong>Processor -</strong>&nbsp;64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 @ 2.5GHz, Kepler GPU</p> <p><strong>RAM -</strong>&nbsp;2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen -</strong>&nbsp;8.9in IPS LCD with 2048x1536 resolution (281ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras -</strong>&nbsp;8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.6MP front</p> <p><strong>Storage -</strong>&nbsp;16/32GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity -</strong>&nbsp;Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 6700mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions -</strong>&nbsp;228 x 154 x 7.9mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong> - 425g (436g with 3G/4G)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build me up, break me down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus might lack some of the gloss of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> but build quality is more than reasonable. The plastic (in black, white or sandy beige) flexes a little in parts, and the volume controls feel a bit, well, naff. But the front is Gorilla Glass 3 and the band of metal around the sides gives you some confidence that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc" target="_blank">HTC</a> &ndash; this tablet&rsquo;s maker &ndash;&nbsp;hasn&rsquo;t scrimped entirely on the essentials.</p> <p>The size, the shape, the handling: we have no serious complaints. However, Google has deliberately limited you in one quite annoying way. There&rsquo;s no memory card slot.</p> <p>Of course, iPads have never had memory card slots, either - but the iPad Air 2 is available in 64GB and 128GB versions if you&#39;re the type that values on-board storage. The Nexus 9, on the other hand, maxes out at 32GB.</p> <p>Casual users may well get by with the standard 16GB, but with only 10GB of it actually available to use once you factor in the OS, it&rsquo;s soon gone if you load up a few games and movies. You can obviously bolster this with cloud storage from Google Drive or Dropbox, but it&#39;s not really the same thing. Don&rsquo;t say we didn&rsquo;t warn you.</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="Working the upsell angle " alt="Google Nexus 9 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-6.jpg?1416379581" /> </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"> LCD starlet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 9 screen just begs for games and films, too. It offers oodles of pixels, 2048 x 1536 to be exact (just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5</a>), and it&rsquo;s enough to make everything on the 8.9in screen look as sharp as any rival.</p> <p>Get your eyeball up to the display and you can see a teeny bit of fizziness, but we&rsquo;re calling it: this resolution is enough.</p> <p>Just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/google-nexus-7-2013/review" target="_blank">Nexus 7</a> before it, the Nexus 9 uses an IPS LCD screen, the same tech found in the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>. The strong colour reproduction melded with the high resolution, bright backlight and very immediate image give the display plenty of pop.</p> <p>However, purists will notice a few little issues. First, this is an LCD and its black levels aren&rsquo;t close to what you get from an OLED tablet such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4</a>.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also some pretty clear leakage from the backlight, particularly clear at the top of the Nexus 9. It exhibits as a tiny strip of brightness at the top of the screen. You should get used to it, but those with display OCD may find it distracting. It is fairly minor, but is another little negative to jot down if you&rsquo;re after the ultimate Android tablet.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 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="This resolution is enough " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3.jpg?1416379581" /> </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"> What flavour is that Lollipop? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So far, so ordinary: we&rsquo;ve seen better screen performance from both the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-84/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy Tab S</a> tablets. It&rsquo;s the software the Nexus 9 is really here to show off.</p> <p>This is the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop, the version the rest of the Android-using world is going to be clamouring after for weeks or, more likely, months. So what&rsquo;s it all about?</p> <p>Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new look. It appears and feels familiar, but everything has been given a subtle facelift. The soft keys are new. The apps menu now looks like a series of white pages and you double-swipe down from the top of the screen to access quick settings toggles and screen brightness.</p> <p>The lock screen is new, too, giving you notifications without having to take the tablet out of sleep mode. Very handy and about time. These are all things that we&rsquo;ve seen before in other custom interfaces. It&rsquo;s mostly just a neat, simple, quite cute UI &ndash;&nbsp;not a revolution.</p> <p>Google has also reworked a bunch of the standard Android apps in the Nexus 9&rsquo;s Android 5.0. Gmail, the Contacts book, Calendar and even the Play Store have all been given a spring clean.</p> <p>But speaking of apps, it&#39;s also worth noting that many still aren&#39;t optimised for larger Android screens. Developers seem happy to produce different versions of their apps for iPhone and iPad, but many seem content to release just one for Android, which is then simply blown-up to fit tablet screens. That can have some ugly results.</p> <p>But Lollipop is pretty elsewhere, with a colour palette that now has that extra hint of pastel to it. And everything moves with that extra bit of pep. Google seems to want the Nexus 9 to be something that would slide gracefully into an IKEA show home in its software as well as its hardware design.</p> <p>Is it flat-out better than what you get with the Google Now interface available for just about any Android device these days? Maybe, but not by a huge margin.</p> <p>What really matters is the stuff in the background &ndash;&nbsp;those turning cogs you can&rsquo;t see on the surface. Android 5.0 now supports 64-bit processors and is better primed for connections to other devices than ever before. Our guess is that this means deeper integration with Android Wear watches, co-operation that we don&rsquo;t even know about yet. For now, it means you can take up where you left off with media and apps in Lollipop goodies.</p> <p>A lot of that promise is about the future, not right now. For example, while the Tegra K1 CPU used in the Nexus 9 is 64-bit, there&rsquo;s nothing that specifically makes use of that more advanced architecture at present.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not noticeably faster than previous top Android tablets, either. There&rsquo;s the odd hint of lag here and there, undoubtedly because Android 5.0 Lollipop is a baby chick still brushing off those remaining bits of eggshell.</p> <p>We imagine it&rsquo;ll soon be improved in an update before too long, and it&rsquo;s hardly bad at present anyway. Just the occasional stutter, and some apps not loading as fast as we&rsquo;d like, especially given Android 5.0 uses a special ART runtime that&rsquo;s meant to speed this whole process up. We&rsquo;ll have a full review of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-45/review">Android 5.0 Lollipop</a> up on Stuff.tv very soon.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-20.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-17.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-16.jpg?1416379581" /> </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 numbers of the beast </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>Hardware-wise, the Nexus 9 is one of the most powerful Android devices ever made.</p> <p>Its Tegra K1 CPU is a dual-core 2.5GHz chipset &ndash; it may have just two cores, but they don&rsquo;t half pack a punch. In the Geekbench 3 benchmark, it scores roughly the same points per core as you get out of all of the Nexus 7&rsquo;s four cores. For the spec-heads out there, it scores 1970 points per core, 3332 total in Geekbench 3.</p> <p>However, the real meat of the K1 processor is in the graphics side. It uses a Kepler DX1, which has 192 cores &ndash; sounds ridiculous and it sorta is.&nbsp;</p> <p>We thought all this power might end up being squirted into oblivion, but there are already some games that make terrific use of it. For example, <em>Dead Trigger 2</em> offers a special graphics mode not available on other devices that adds gorgeous water effects, the kind you&rsquo;d only normally see in console or PC games. Yes, that does mean the game is now jammed full of puddles, but they aren&rsquo;t half pretty.</p> <p>These optimisations are already in place because this isn&rsquo;t the first time a Tegra K1 has been jammed into an Android device: the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet</a> has one, too (a slightly different version). Nvidia went as far as to bring over classics such as <em>Portal</em> and <em>Half-life 2</em> to the Shield Tablet, but they don&rsquo;t seem to be available for the Nexus 9 yet.</p> <p>Fingers crossed they will be at some point, though. If only for show-off points.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia-shield/review-0" target="_blank">Nvidia Shield Tablet 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="Sounds ridiculous and it sorta is " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-game.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Front-loaded Bieber blasters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another nice little extra for gamers is the Nexus 9&rsquo;s front facing speakers. They&rsquo;re not too obvious, and sit to the extreme ends of each side of the tablet (when held in landscape).</p> <p>This sort of setup is top-notch in terms of positioning. You get that immersive stereo effect and they&rsquo;re virtually impossible to block to the extent that the sound becomes muffled. Even if you put a finger over each port, the sound isn&rsquo;t choked. We managed to ruin the sound by squishing a palm against each outlet, but you do have to try pretty hard.</p> <p>The Nexus 9&rsquo;s actual sound quality is a bit more of a mixed affair.</p> <p>With music in particular, the Nexus 9 can sound a bit strained, the mids unnatural. And treble lacks finesse and the clarity of some rivals. These are similar, or the same, BoomSound speakers used in phones like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8</a><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">)</a>. But what is great in a phone doesn&#39;t seem quite so hot in this larger tablet.</p> <p>Still, sound quality remains better than average. It&rsquo;s just slightly disappointing that HTC hasn&rsquo;t done for tablet audio what it did for phones in the HTC One. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>&nbsp;actually offers greater volume, more power and greater clarity, even though its speakers are in the &#39;wrong&#39; place.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Milli-amped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is pretty good. Off a full charge we got just under 12 hours of video playback from the Nexus 9, with the screen set to middling brightness &ndash;&nbsp;which is actually probably a bit brighter than you&rsquo;d use indoors. In normal everyday use it&#39;ll last a few days.</p> <p>If you&#39;re a real power user you might be disappointed to find that hot-swapping is off the table. In fact, swapping of any kind seems unlikely -&nbsp;battery isn&#39;t just non-removable, it&#39;s glued in place behind a back cover you can&rsquo;t rip off.</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="Milli-amped up" alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-5.jpg?1416379581" /> </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"> Papp-a-razzie </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 cameras are a slight weak point. On the back of the Nexus 9 sits an 8MP camera while the front uses a rather unusual 1.6MP sensor.</p> <p>Walk around a major city and you&rsquo;re sure to see loads of tourists taking loads of pictures with their tablet &ndash; <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature">probably iPads</a>. But HTC and Google still seem to be working under the assumption tablet cameras aren&rsquo;t too important.</p> <p>We&#39;d wouldn&#39;t necesarily argue with that, but if you are a tablet snapper you&#39;ll likely find that your greatest annoyance isn&rsquo;t image quality but autofocus speed. It feels sluggish, not the sort of camera to whip out to capture your dog as it bounds across a park, flinging 360 degree drool. You&rsquo;d probably end up with a photo of some grass. Maybe a tree if you&rsquo;re lucky.&nbsp;The Nexus 9 is also prone to overexposing just about every cloud in the sky, too.</p> <p>Approach the camera with patience and you can get some reasonable results with pretty decent colour saturation, but&nbsp;we&#39;d recommend sticking to your phone camera unless you simply must let absolutely everyone see that you&rsquo;re rocking the new Nexus.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad as a camera is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="Autofocus is slow " alt="Google Nexus 9 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-12.jpg?1416379581" /> </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"> Google Nexus 9 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nexus 9 shows where Android tablets of the future should be headed &mdash; a little less geek locked in their bedroom, a bit more &lsquo;ordinary person&rsquo; relaxing in the lounge. However, it also has the raw power underneath to satisfy enthusiasts so it&rsquo;ll come up with the hardcore goods once more devs gets their heads around its 64-bit Kepler engine.</p> <p>But there are still some niggling flaws -&nbsp;the build isn&rsquo;t up there with the likes of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a>, storage is limited and at this early stage Lollipop is just a little stuttery.</p> <p>Our other lingering regret is that the Nexus 9 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6/review" target="_blank">Nexus 6</a> show that the Google Nexus line isn&rsquo;t the bargain-hunter&rsquo;s paradise it used to be.&nbsp;Good value overall? Sure, but perhaps the real bargain right now is the RM969 iPad Mini 2. Now there&#39;s a turn up for the books.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Power, stamina and that great Nexus simplicity, but Google&#39;s new tab isn&#39;t flawless</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google Nexus 9 review: &quot;Sets the bar for future Android tablets&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our first lick of the Lollipop with the latest Nexus tablet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-9-3_1.jpg?1416379581" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-9/review#comments Android Google HTC Nexus 9 Tablets Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:50:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1453412 at http://www.stuff.tv Is that the iPhone 6? Nope, it's leaked spy shots of the ZTE Nubia Z9 http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/zte-nubia-z9-shows-leaked-spy-shots/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Said to be the Z7’s successor, this alleged device looks oddly similar to Apple&#039;s latest 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="The ZTE Nubia Z9 shows up in leaked spy shots " alt="The ZTE Nubia Z9 shows up in leaked spy shots " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ztez9.jpg?1416274682" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s been a while since we heard rumours of a ZTE branded device, let alone seen the unveiling of one &ndash; the last we reported on was the launch of its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/hands-zte-nubia-z5s-mini-smartphone/feature">Nubia Z5S Mini</a>. It might have been a while since but ZTE could be looking to stir up the handset market yet again with a new device.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/zte-nubia-z9-shows-leaked-spy-shots/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/zte-nubia-z9-shows-leaked-spy-shots/news#comments Android Smartphones ZTE Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:56:23 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453406 at http://www.stuff.tv The alleged Samsung Galaxy S6 might have the faster transfer speeds and lower power consumption you're seeking http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s6-could-house-next-gen-nand-flash-storage/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thank a next-gen NAND flash storage it&#039;s working on for the improvements </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="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could sport faster transfer speeds and lower power consumption" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could sport faster transfer speeds and lower power consump" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ss6.jpeg?1416214278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The alleged <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/galaxy-s6">Samsung Galaxy S6</a> might boast <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/it-s-all-about-curves-galaxy-s6-might-come-flexible-screen/news">two curved edges</a>, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/purported-specs-looming-samsung-galaxy-s6-are-finally-out/news">Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display</a>, and ridiculously, a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s6-include-water-pistol-cigarette-lighter/news">water pistol and cigarette lighter</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/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"> UFS the game changer </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 <a href="http://english.etnews.com/device/2967906_1304.html" target="_blank">report from Korea </a>highlighted a quote from an unnamed Samsung Electronics insider, who said that UFS is an important element for Samsung&rsquo;s smartphone business next year, making the first of them very likely to be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship">Galaxy S6 </a>followed by the Galaxy Note 5.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will start the application centering on flagship smartphones. However, we cannot disclose any details because the time of a new smartphone release next year and specifications of this new model have not been finalised,&rdquo; the person claimed. &nbsp;</p> <p>The source also added that Samsung won&rsquo;t be the only vendor doing this in the near future &ndash; it&rsquo;s said that Xiaomi might also use UFS 2.0 NAND memory in its upcoming products. Hmmm, maybe we&rsquo;ll see it on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/get-excited-unofficial-xiaomi-mi5-bezel-free/news">Xiaomi Mi5</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/galaxy-s6/samsung-galaxy-s6-what-we-d-see-samsung-s-next-flagship" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S6 preview&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s6_to_pack_nextgen_ufs_memory-news-10193.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</a> and <a href="http://english.etnews.com/device/2967906_1304.html" target="_blank">etnews</a>, image: <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s6_to_pack_nextgen_ufs_memory-news-10193.php" target="_blank">GSM Arena</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="567" height="425" title="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could sport faster transfer speeds and lower power consumption" alt="The Samsung Galaxy S6 could sport faster transfer speeds and lower power consump" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs.jpg?1416214278" /> </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/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s6-could-house-next-gen-nand-flash-storage/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-s6-could-house-next-gen-nand-flash-storage/news#comments Android Galaxy S6 Samsung Smartphones Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:12:12 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453360 at http://www.stuff.tv Get excited – the unofficial Xiaomi Mi5 seems to be bezel-free http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/get-excited-unofficial-xiaomi-mi5-bezel-free/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Leaks of the device, likely from the production line, surface </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="Get excited – the unofficial Xiaomi Mi5 is bezel-free " alt="Get excited – the unofficial Xiaomi Mi5 is bezel-free " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mi5.jpg?1416198294" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Xiaomi&rsquo;s been taking a while to bring its Mi4 to our shores (it was <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/mi4-official-xiaomis-fastest-android-phone-yet/news">officially unveiled sometime in July</a>), but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped rumours about the make of its successor, the Xiaomi Mi5, from sprouting.</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="/my/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"> Changes in design... </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 this is the Mi5 (there&rsquo;s no denying that the images could be fake, or it could also be a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/first-leak-xiaomi-redmi-note-2/news">new flagship Redmi model</a>), we&rsquo;re digging the near bezel-less design, which is a design difference from the iPhone-esque Mi4. According to sources, the Xiaomi Mi5 might also have a slight 2.5d curve to its display, similar to the one used on the IUNI U3.</p> <p>Unfortunately, no other information of the smartphone including the specifications of its insides, camera, and make was revealed but considering that this is the first of the device&rsquo;s leaks, we can expect much more in the coming months.</p> <p>On the other hand, this little piece of production leak could also be an indication of the looming rollout of the Mi4 &ndash; if the Mi5 is in assembly, it&rsquo;s only about time the Mi4 hits retail, don&rsquo;t you think?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/7-secret-xiaomi-miui-features-youre-not-aware/feature">10 Xiaomi MIUI secrets that&#39;ll blow your mind&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gizchina.com/2014/11/14/xiaomi-mi5-already-production-spy-photos-show-near-bezel-less-design/" target="_blank">GizChina</a>, images: <a href="http://weibo.com/2434549684/Bwe3adtj1?ref=home&amp;rid=14_0_2666907689899213066&amp;type=comment%20y%20http://news.mydrivers.com/1/331/331186.htm#_rnd1416195696334" target="_blank">Weibo</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="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="Get excited – the unofficial Xiaomi Mi5 is bezel-free " alt="Get excited – the unofficial Xiaomi Mi5 is bezel-free " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mi52.jpg?1416198294" /> </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/my/android/get-excited-unofficial-xiaomi-mi5-bezel-free/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/get-excited-unofficial-xiaomi-mi5-bezel-free/news#comments Android Smartphones Xiaomi Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:14:37 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453343 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola’s most likely got a new Moto smartphone coming http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/motorola-s-most-likely-got-new-moto-smartphone-coming/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And it might house a Snapdragon 410 processor </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="Motorola’s most likely got a new Moto smartphone coming" alt="Motorola’s most likely got a new Moto smartphone coming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/geekybench.jpg?1415865303" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola&rsquo;s been launching so many devices this year, we&rsquo;re having trouble keep up with them all. And now, rumours are circulating of yet another Motorola Moto device, but we&rsquo;re not complaining.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/motorola-s-most-likely-got-new-moto-smartphone-coming/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/motorola-s-most-likely-got-new-moto-smartphone-coming/news#comments Android Motorola Smartphones Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:59:39 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453069 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 Xiaomi MIUI secrets that'll blow your mind http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/7-secret-xiaomi-miui-features-youre-not-aware/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Update 13/11/14: trust us, you&#039;ll be amazed at how many more tricks Xiaomi has up its sleeve </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="10 Xiaomi MIUI secrets that&#039;ll blow your mind" alt="10 Xiaomi MIUI secrets that&#039;ll blow your mind" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Xiaomi%20secrets%20main_0.jpg?1416378016" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Ah, we see that glint in your eyes whenever we mention Xiaomi and its customised Android smartphones.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sure, getting the highly coveted Xiaomi Android smartphone gets you excited. Now, we wish you all the luck when you attempt to fight the online horde to get one whenever it&#39;s available.</p> <p dir="ltr">Should your struggle be successful, here&rsquo;s our reward to you: new tips, now totalling 10, to unleash the full potential of your Xiaomi phone.</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="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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"> Camera shortcut from lock screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Oi2P6UqHUBz/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>You fumble with the phone, unlock it, tap the camera app and wait for the damn shooter to load. Five seconds have passed, and so has that fleeting moment you&rsquo;ve wanted to capture. What if we told you there&rsquo;s an easier way to jump straight to the camera on a Xiaomi phone in a mere two seconds?</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: go to Settings followed by Buttons and make sure the &ldquo;Long press Back to take photo&rdquo; option is activated. Now, do as it says - just press and hold the back button on the lock screen. Don&rsquo;t let go till you hear the shutter sound.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: sneaky folks who want to go incognito, grab a candid shot and post it on Instagram. No, we&rsquo;re not teaching you to be a stalker.</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"> 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"> Saving your mobile data, one MB at a time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Oi2xaBwMp5w/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1cf4896e-a6f3-d7b7-64b3-45d1365747a6">That look of horror when you realised you&#39;ve busted your monthly data? We&rsquo;ve been there. While Google Android can restrict mobile data usage once you&rsquo;re nearing the limit, Xiaomi&rsquo;s MIUI fine tunes it even further, right down to the app level. With a few tweaks, you can stop yourself from gorging on Instagram videos and burning through your data bundle.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: click on the Security app and choose Data usage followed by Restrict. Here, you can be very, very mean to yourself and allow apps to access data via Wi-Fi only. Or, you can be a wee bit selective and allow essential apps like Facebook or Gmail to leech off your mobile data.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: those who consume so much data watching videos online. Trust us, restricting your YouTube app to Wi-Fi only will give you a more manageable data bill.</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-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"> 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"> Even faster access to settings </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="600" src="https://vine.co/v/Oi2xInJ0Q0v/embed/simple" width="600"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-1cf4896e-a6f4-42d5-e164-e63eea6399e9">See those toggles that grant you instant access to switch on your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and putting the phone to silent? There&rsquo;s more to them than meets the eye, because it&rsquo;s also the gateway to the settings that they&rsquo;re linked to. Need to enter the password for a Wi-Fi? Here&rsquo;s what you can do to access the Wi-Fi settings quicker:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: swipe down and select the Toggles tab. Press and hold the settings you want to access. This&rsquo;ll bring you to the settings page for that particular feature. Go on, press and hold the Wi-Fi icon, it&rsquo;ll bring up the Wi-Fi settings.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: those moments when you just want to access settings, without tapping through so many pages or figuring out where each setting is located to tweak them.</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"> 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"> Private messaging </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKWmP22Wdq/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>Unlike other messaging apps, MIUI&rsquo;s private messaging feature is integrated within its default app. The usual security features apply, you can set a password to prevent unauthorised access, or you can even designate private contacts that&rsquo;ll send messages straight into the private folder.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: open the messaging app. Continue to swipe the screen downwards till the private message section appears.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: couples should never have secrets. But for those who have skeletons in their closets, do we really need to explain why you need to hide &#39;sensitive&#39; messages?&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi sharing with QR code </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKZQOA7Z1g/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">You&rsquo;re at your friend&rsquo;s house, and desperately need to hook up your phone to the Wi-Fi network. He hands you the Wi-Fi password.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s asdAfsad23SA. Good luck typing those letters and numbers in, complete with capital letters.</p> <p dir="ltr">In MIUI, there&rsquo;s an easier way to share your Wi-Fi network via a QR code. Plus, all Xiaomi devices have a QR code reader integrated into the camera app, so you can simply activate the camera, point it at the QR code and you&rsquo;re connected.&nbsp;And it&rsquo;s not limited to Xiaomi phones. We&rsquo;ve tried scanning the QR code with another Android smartphone, and it worked.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate:</strong> go to settings, followed by Wi-Fi. Select the Wi-Fi network you&rsquo;re connected to, and click on Share Wi-Fi to activate the QR code for scanning.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: absent-minded folks who tend to forget their Wi-Fi password or, heaven forbid, their own Wi-Fi network&rsquo;s SSID.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Pop-up view </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKmEWxwJQw/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">This is a pretty simple, yet unbelievably useful trick. Do a downward swipe on the app icon of MIUI&#39;s default music player and you&rsquo;ll get a pop-up view of the music player. You can also do the same for the notes app. Just a simple swipe, record your notes and it&rsquo;ll be saved.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: swipe down from the app icon. This feature is only available for the default music and note app.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: when you need to take a quick note, or just want to quickly skip away from a Justin Bieber song.</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-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"> 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"> Move apps easily </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKAW1HdW6X/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Pick up your phone. Press and hold an app icon. Move it to the side to shift it to the next page. Find the right spot to place the icon. There, you&rsquo;re done, though it took you more than five seconds to do that. Imagine doing this for a whole bunch of apps. Nobody&rsquo;s got time for that.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now pick up a Xiaomi phone. Press and hold the icon with one thumb, swipe to the next page with another and drop it. That&rsquo;s done in less than three seconds. You have 20 apps to move? Keep tapping the icons, move to the next page, and tap them again to move the apps.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: pinch or press and hold the screen, select move apps and tap on the apps that need to be moved.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: OCD folks who always move their apps just because it doesn&rsquo;t look right on that page.</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-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"> Instant flash light </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKMhILLp0M/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t need a separate app to use the LED flash. Okay, so it&rsquo;s highly unlikely that a blackout will occur. But you&rsquo;ll be glad that it&rsquo;s so easy to activate this makeshift emergency flash light and not fiddle through pages of apps to find the flashlight app installed in your phone.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate:</strong> from the lock screen, press and hold the home button. To switch off the light, click on the power button.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: when you want to be old-school and start waving it during concerts to the stares of annoyance from fellow concert-goers.</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-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"> 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"> Cleaner </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 class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKMIDg9QUT/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">There&rsquo;s only so much storage you can add to your phone. And when you&rsquo;ve exhausted all options or can&rsquo;t seem to figure out where the junk files are residing, this MIUI feature will come to your rescue.</p> <p dir="ltr">MIUI&rsquo;s cleaner feature scans through the phone&rsquo;s file system, catching unused files saved in the cache folders. It&rsquo;s also smart enough to notice ads that are residing in the phone, and proceeds to wipe them out with extreme prejudice.</p> <p dir="ltr">Still, you&rsquo;ll need to exercise prudence with file saving. Don&rsquo;t go hogging your phone&rsquo;s internal and external storage with useless kitty videos.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: go to the security app, select cleaner followed by start scan and clean up.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: hoarders who keep adding more unnecessary photos into their phones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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"> Lock your apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="567" src="https://vine.co/v/MTKM3hngrul/embed/simple" width="567"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">This is another feature for the OCD freak in you. If you absolutely hate the thought of apps clogging up your phone&rsquo;s memory, you&rsquo;ll want to wipe them off the face of the earth, well, more like from the background, every few seconds.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alas, that means you&rsquo;re also closing your trusty Facebook app that lets you keep tabs on your friends. What if we told you, you can keep Facebook running and close every other app with one quick sweep? Keep your favourite apps locked down in the multitasking menu, and with one tap, eliminate the other memory-hogging apps.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>To activate</strong>: press and hold the menu button to bring up the multitasking menu. Swipe the app downwards to lock it down. Tap that tiny broom icon to clear the other apps.</p> <p><strong>Great for</strong>: anyone, really. Who doesn&rsquo;t love a clean phone that isn&rsquo;t bogged down by apps running in the background?</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-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"> For your eyes only - 10 Xiaomi MIUI secrets </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"> Bet you didn&#039;t know they exist in your Xiaomi smartphone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Xiaomi%20secrets%20main_0.jpg?1416378016" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/7-secret-xiaomi-miui-features-youre-not-aware/feature#comments Android Smartphones Xiaomi Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:32:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439550 at http://www.stuff.tv Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to Nexus devices, some Moto X and G handsets http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-50-lollipop-rolling-out-nexus-devices-some-moto-x-and-g-handsets/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Loads more Android device owners are about to be rocking the latest OS version </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="Nexus 5" alt="Nexus 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus5_0.jpg?1415873604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a fairly recent Nexus phone or tablet that isn&rsquo;t newly released - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-6/review">Nexus 6</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/google/google-nexus-9-7-things-you-need-know-about-first-android-lollipop-tablet/news">Nexus 9</a> owners already have it - the wait for Lollipop is over. Or nearly over. Either way, it&rsquo;s good news.</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="/my/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Separately, Motorola announced that Lollipop is similarly starting to hit some 2nd-gen Moto X and Moto G devices: namely the Moto X Pure Edition and versions of the Moto G sold in the United States.</p> <p>No word yet on when additional models of the Moto X and Moto G will be updated, but considering the speed of this update and the fact that Motorola made the Nexus 6, we can&rsquo;t imagine it&rsquo;ll be terribly long at this point.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/nexus/other-discussions/nexus-5/f1EOEtihDxI">Google</a>, <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/11/its-time-to-unwrap-android-5-lollipop.html">Motorola</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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="758" title="Lollipop for Moto X" alt="Lollipop for Moto X" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-x-lollipop.jpg?1415873604" /> </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/my/android/android-50-lollipop-rolling-out-nexus-devices-some-moto-x-and-g-handsets/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/android-50-lollipop-rolling-out-nexus-devices-some-moto-x-and-g-handsets/news#comments Android Moto G Moto X Nexus 10 Nexus 4 Nexus 5 Nexus 7 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:41:40 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1453023 at http://www.stuff.tv LG’s new AKA smartphones are bizarrely cute creatures http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-s-new-aka-smartphones-are-bizarrely-cute-creatures/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They could almost pass off as robots with their moving eyes and “personalities” </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="LG’s new AKA smartphones are bizarrely cute creatures " alt="LG’s new AKA smartphones are bizarrely cute creatures " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lglooneys_0.jpg?1415779473" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Meet Yoyo, Soul, Wooky and Eggy; and no, don&rsquo;t be confused that we at Stuff are showing off a bunch of pets we&rsquo;ve just adopted. They&rsquo;re the names of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lg">LG&rsquo;</a>s new AKA smartphone range (yes, each individual one is named).</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="/my/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"> One for all types of personalities </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>And if you get bored of the &ldquo;personality&rdquo; of the phone after getting it, you can purchase a different case to feature another one of the characters instead. Or get all four cases and alternate between them depending on your mood.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re one that goes beyond just looks, you probably will want to know its specs too. The 5in smartphone has an 8MP rear-facing snapper, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, amongst other features.</p> <p>LG&rsquo;s AKA smartphones are currently only available in Korea for now, although the company has not made an announcement that it&rsquo;ll only be exclusively sold in the country. If you can&rsquo;t wait for a confirmation from LG, maybe it&rsquo;s a compelling reason for you to take a trip down to Korea to get one.</p> <p>Oh, and they don&rsquo;t come cheap too &ndash; be prepared to fork out about US$456 (RM1521) for one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-g3-will-bite-lollipop-christmas-bringing-new-g-watch-r-health-tracking-tricks-along-it/ne">LG G3 will bite into Lollipop by Christmas, bringing new G Watch R health-tracking tricks along with it</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://mashable.com/2014/11/11/lg-aka-phones/" target="_blank">Mashable</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="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XJuqdaB-kXg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-s-new-aka-smartphones-are-bizarrely-cute-creatures/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/lg-s-new-aka-smartphones-are-bizarrely-cute-creatures/news#comments Android LG Smartphones Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:16:52 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1452952 at http://www.stuff.tv