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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For information on current pricing and tariffs for the above models, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

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:

Nokia

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    Nokia 6 (Beta)
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    Nokia 6.1
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    Nokia 7.1

HTC

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    U11
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    U11 Life
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    U12+

Samsung*

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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)

Honor

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    Mate 9
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    View 10
  • 10 Pro
  • Mate 10 Pro

Motorola

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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

Sony

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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
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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. 

Any questions?

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! 


You can get in touch via email: support@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. 

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.

Privacy

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

Get in touch

For information on the new Pixel 3 please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

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.

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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.