Monthly Archives: November 2018

Top 5 smartphones available this Christmas

5. Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 is one of the best value Android devices on the market. Sporting an aluminium body, the 8 is available in blue matte and silver. Featuring a large 5.3″ Quad HD display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 – as seen on a limited number of handsets including the HTC 10, Samsung S8 and Huawei P10 Plus, the Nokia 8 is reasonably durable with the ability to survive a drop from 1.6 metres. A further benefit is the 13MP dual camera with various effects, however, the Nokia 8 has been criticised for its abnormally small fingerprint scanner and lack of the classic, Snake app.  For more information on the Nokia 8 click here.

4. iPhone X

Following the on-going trend, the iPhone X or ‘Ten’ also features a dual camera, offering 12MP. Despite the larger price tag perhaps being a deterrent, the iPhone X is one of the fastest, most powerful devices money can buy. The dual camera in combination with an all-screen front is designed for  employing augmented reality technology, which imposes virtual animations over the real world. A notable change is the removal of Touch ID for facial identification software.

3. Google Pixel 3 & Pixel XL

Google has announced two new flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both the new models sport impressive specs with the latest version of Android, a super-fast processor and a dual front camera set up with a 12.2MP dual-pixel rear camera. The key difference between the two devices is the larger screen for the XL model at 6.3″ compared to 5.5 inch for the Pixel 3. 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.

2. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 was released alongside the new premium model, the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 features wireless charging and a significantly enhanced processor that takes the title of one of the fastest ever installed on a smartphone. The 8 Plus variant offers a larger display at 5.5″ compared to 4.7″ for the standard variant. The 8 keeps the original fingerprint scanner, unlike the X, and carries key benefits over the 7 including speed, a glass design and a significantly improved camera.

1. Samsung Galaxy S8

The edge-to-edge display stretches to 5.8″, yet the metal body remains thin and light at 155 grams. The S8 is IP68 water and dust resistant, meaning it can withstand 30 minutes in depths of 1.5 metres. Not only has the display size been taken up a notch but so has the storage space with 64GB of on board storage, compared to the S7’s 32GB. Further improvements include a promise of up to 27% higher performance and up to 40% higher efficiency. The S8 comes in at number 1 with five hours of battery from a five-minute charge, new Bixby virtual assistant, competent enough to rival Google’s Assistant and finally a headphone jack, unlike Apple’s flagships. A notable design change is the move of the fingerprint scanner to the rear, by the right of the camera.

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The race to deliver the first 5G smartphone has begun

Huawei and OnePlus are in a race to launch the first 5G smartphone. Huawei, ahead of Apple for global smartphone shipments in the past two quarters and the first manufacturer to introduce in-screen fingerprint sensors and reverse wireless charging, has announced that it’s launch will take place at the Mobile World Congress next year. OnePlus claims it’s 5G handset will be the first in Europe, released in the first half of 2019. Currently, the two Chinese manufacturers are the only vendors to provide a timescale.

“We plan to launch our 5G commercial product at MWC in 2019. This year, we launched our own 5G chipset; next year, we will go further with a phone. We are currently testing it ahead of that.” – Huawei Western Europe president, Walter Ji.

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In the run-up to 5G, EE has made the bold claim that it will be the first operator in the UK to launch the technology, announcing plans for a 16-city 5G rollout across the UK in 2019, including London, Edinburgh and Belfast. At the Eco-Connect event, Huawei also announced that its Huawei Assistant and Huawei Pay services will arrive in Europe in the new year. Huawei Assistant, a virtual AI assistant, is already live for over 300 million users in China and aims to give users a more intelligent service. The Huawei Pay deal follows an extension of the Visa agreement between both parties, with Huawei looking to replace the physical credit card with a simplified digital ID.

How to update to Android 9 Pie

Compatible devices

The following Google devices have already been updated to Pie: Essential Phone, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL feature Android Pie out the box. 

The following devices are currently confirmed to be awaiting the update:


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    Nokia 6 (Beta)
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    Nokia 6.1
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    Nokia 7.1


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    U11 Life
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    Galaxy S8
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    Galaxy S8 Plus​​​
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    Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S9 Plus
  • Galaxy A5 (2017)


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    Mate 9
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    View 10
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  • Mate 10 Pro


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    Moto Z2 Force
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    Moto Z2 Play
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    Moto Z3
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    Moto Z3 Play
  • Moto G6
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    Moto G6 Plus
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    Moto G6 Play
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    Moto X4


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    Xperia XZ2
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    Xperia XZ2 Premium
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    Xperia XZ2 Compact 
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    XZ Premium
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    XZ1 Compact

Select Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus models are also due the update. 

* Samsung models not expected to receive the update until the release of the new Samsung flagships, the Galaxy S10 or Galaxy X, early next year. 

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Here's how to update to Pie:

  • Firstly, ensure your WiFi is on. You can do so by swiping down from the top of your screen and tapping the WiFi icon. 
  • Head to your Settings. Typically this is a gear shaped icon.
  • Scroll down and tap About Device, usually located at the bottom of the menu. If you're using an Android tablet, you may need to tap the General tab at the top of the screen first.
  • Tap Update. This may read "Software Update" or "System Firmware update" depending on your version of Android. 

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If you have any difficulty updating your device, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager, we are always more than happy to help! 

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