Monthly Archives: October 2018

What’s new in Android 9 Pie

Google’s latest version of Android 9.0 or ‘Pie’ is currently available on the latest Google Pixel smartphones or the Essential Phone via an over-the-air update. As usual, those on other Android devices will have to wait for their smartphone manufacturer to deliver the update. From minor changes such as moving the time to the top left of the status bar to larger improvements in battery life, Android Pie brings a variety of improvements.

Key new features

Gesture navigation

The home button now takes a pill-shape and moves in the same space as the traditional on-screen buttons. Tap it to go home, flick it up to see recently used apps, swipe upwards twice or pull it up further to get to the app drawer, or hold down to activate Google Assistant. You can also drag it to the right to switch to the last app (similar to the double tap of the overview button) or drag and hold to cycle through recently used apps. The back button still appears when needed, but the overview button has gone. The gestures are not activated by default for now, which means to try them out head to Settings > System > Gestures and toggle the “Swipe up on Home button” option.

Adaptive Battery and Brightness

Adaptive Battery learns your usage patterns and directs the power to only the apps you need at the time you need them for more predictable day-to-day battery life. Using the new battery feature, user’s on the beta programme found an increase in battery life in the region of 20%.

Smart replies

Smart replies will now be incorporated in more apps than Gmail and Smart Reply, allowing you to easily send one-button replies.

App actions

App actions works to predict not only the app that you want at any particular moment, but an action from within that app too. For example, if you regularly check the weather in the morning, weather will appear when you wake as a suggestion for one-tap access.


Apps you have given permission to access your location, microphone, camera and network status will no longer be able to access them when idle in the background. This means it will be harder for rogue apps to spy without your knowledge and consequently better protect your privacy.

Google reveals Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL

Google has announced two new flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both the new models feature front-facing speakers, a dual front camera set up and a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera with the main difference coming in the form of a larger screen – 5.5 inch for the Pixel and 6.3 inch for the Pixel XL.

Both devices run on a SnapDragon 845 processor, use up 4GB of RAM and come in 64GB or 128GB forms. Both devices run on the latest version of Android 9 (Pie), more information available here, and both devices have a battery that is capable of fast charging via USB-C. The devices also feature wireless charging with the capacity coming in at 2915 mAh for the Pixel 3 and 3430 mAh for the Pixel 3 XL.

On the rear the devices have a fingerprint sensor but unlike the latest Apple flagships, the models from Google are yet to feature a facial recognition element. Internally the Pixel 3 range supports WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and is capable of taking an eSIM.

Pixel 3 XL

  • 6.3" display
  • 158mm (H) x 76.7mm (W)
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 12.2MP dual camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB RAM

​From £869

Pixel 3 

  • 5.5" display
  • 145.6mm (H) x 68.2mm (W)
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 12.2MP dual camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB RAM

From £739

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EE switches on first 5G trial in Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf has partnered with mobile giant EE to trial the next generation of mobile network – 5G. The complex’s two shopping centres and yet-to-be opened Crossrail station will feature the latest, fifth generation of mobile network, offering performance that dramatically out-does that of the current 3G and 4G networks. Consumers who live and work in Canary Wharf will benefit from being better connected, and the enterprises based here will have the chance to partner with BT Group to understand the full capabilities of 5G.

“Staying at the forefront of connectivity and new technologies is critical to our community, and that’s why we are partnering with [EE parent] BT Group to support delivery of 5G.” Canary Wharf Group head of technology and innovation, Mark Nallen.

Image result for 5G canary wharf

5G uses a very high frequency spectrum, above 6 GHz, providing the potential to support very high demands by users in busy areas . It’s also predicted that the new 5G network shouldn’t break, offering you the same reliability that you currently receive from fibre connections. Canary Wharf is EE’s first high-capacity testing zone for it’s 5G network roll-out, with ten more sites identified by the operator for consumer and business technology trials in east London, which will go live by the end of October.

“This is the latest milestone in our 5G roll-out – a live test of our 5G network in a hugely busy hotspot, where we know there is going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity,” Fotis Karonis, 5G technology lead, BT.