Google unveils Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
On October 4th, Google unveiled it’s latest flagship range the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, however the Pixel 2 will not be available in the UK until the October 19th and the Pixel 2 XL until November 15th.
The smaller Pixel 2 features a 5″ screen, while the XL display comes in at 6″. Both are full HD OLED and have an ‘always on’ display. This means that you’ll be able to see small amounts of information, such as the time or some notifications displayed on the screen, even while it’s technically off.
Image courtesy of Android Central
- 5″ screen, 6″ screen (XL)
- 12MP camera
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- Snapdragon 835 chipset
- 4GB RAM
- 2,700 mAh battery, 3,520mAh battery (XL)
Both the new Google Pixels feature a 12MP camera which has scored a phenomenal 98/100 on industry benchmark website DxOMark, placing it as the best smartphone camera in their rankings. The rear camera also features artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve photo quality, reduce blur and excel in low light conditions. It has optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electrical image stabilisation for video recording, which Google has branded ‘fused video stabilisation’.
Unedited photo taken with the Pixel 2, released by Google
The new Google devices continue to impress with fast charging offering an astonishing 7 hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of top up time. Google has also announced accessories for the new Pixel devices including ‘Pixel buds’ which will cost £159 (!) and be available in November. Although the hefty price tag, the new wireless earphones do feature touch controls and Google Assistant integration, alongside clear highs and deep bass. Google claims the new buds will offer 5 hours of playback time and each pair will come with a charging case.
Availability and price
Prices for the Pixel 2 start at £629 (64GB) and start at £799 (64GB) for the Pixel 2 XL. For information on how to pre-order the new Pixel devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available. We are always more than happy to help!
Android O new operating system
Android O has been unveiled as Android ‘Oreo’. The newest update will be available to more devices than ever before, thanks to an initiative called ‘Project Treble’. Confirmed manufacturers include Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, HMD Global Home of Nokia Phones LG and Sony.
Android O features
Picture in Picture (PiP) mode
Apple iPad example
As already seen on the iOS 9, one app or background is displayed in full at the same time as one or more other apps are displayed in set windows. This will make multitasking less of a compromise than split-window mode and offer you a more relaxed experience.
Restricted background activities
After releasing ‘Doze mode’ in Android Nougat 7.0, Google has optimised power consumption further by restricting background activities. The feature de-prioritizes app functions running in the background to ensure your battery lasts. Combined with updates to Doze, it’s likely Android O could keep your phone running for a few extra hours each day.
Faster boot times
Google has unveiled that Android O will offer a boot time twice as fast as previous versions. And it’s not just the operating system that becomes faster to load up, but the apps on your phone can start running faster, too.
Contextual press-to-hold options
In an e-mail trying to copy an address so that you can paste it into Google Maps? By using machine learning, Android O can recognize which app is best for the string of characters you’re working with. Another example included being able to highlight a phone number and pop right into the dialer.
Notification dots & new emojis
Android O will offer at-a-glance notification bubble to app icons on the homescreen. However, unfortunately unlike iOS, you won’t be able to see how many notifications you have for each app. But the new fairy, mermaid and wizard emojis may make up for that.
The new U11 by HTC features a liquid glass surface, formed by layering highly-refractive minerals across the phone’s back cover. The new design means the U11 reflects vivid new colours that transform light with movement. HTC has updated the design further with a new seamless curved look. Finally, the U11 sports a 5.5″ 3D glass screen designed to preserve the authenticity of the image, making for a pretty impressive viewing experience.
- 5.5″ 3D glass screen
- 12MP camera
- Android 7.1
- 64GB storage – expandable via MicroSD card slot
- 6GB RAM
- 3000mAh battery
Most notably, the U11 features HTC’s new ‘Edge Sense’ technology. Edge Sense means the sides of the phone react to your touch and you can give the U11 a ‘squeeze’ to perform a command. For example one squeeze could open Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or you could use the gesture to summon Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.
Beyond virtual assistants, the U11 also provides an ‘Al companion’ that is smarter than ever before. The HTC Sense Companion learns your daily patterns over time in order to offer you convenient and useful support, for example your companion will learn your tastes and recommend new restaurants for you to try. Further features include weather updates, fitness tracking and goals, interesting places nearly by and reminders to power up your battery.
Finally, HTC USonic has been updated to include active noise cancellation technology. The new technology continuously monitors the sound levels in your environment and adjusts to new noises or disturbances to reduce distractions around you.
Get in touch
For more information on the HTC U11 or for SIM-free and pay monthly tariff prices, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email@example.com or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.
Huawei announces the P10 Lite
The Huawei P10 Lite will be launched on March 31st 2017, as a budget version of Huawei’s flagship device, the P10. In fact, the price drop is pretty significant, with the Lite version £300 cheaper than the original P10, at just £299.
The P10 Lite is the budget version of Huawei’s latest flagship, the P10. The P10 Lite features a 5.2″ full HD screen with an accompanying fingerprint sensor. The body is formed of doubled-sided, curved glass for a premium look at a much lower price tag. Colours include midnight black and platinum gold.
Specs & Features:
But how do the specs compare? The Lite version is definitely mid-range, with Huawei’s own Kirin 658 chipset (16nm, octa-core), 4GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The flagship model on the other hand features notably better cameras with a 20MP rear camera and 12MP front camera.
On the upside, according to Huawei, you’ll get 43% charge in just 30 minutes, two hours of video payback from a 10 minute charge, and a full charge in just over 90 minute from the P10 Lite’s 3,000mAh battery.
The device is also the first lite model to feature Knuckle Sense Technology. Using this technology, you’ll be able to create shortcuts using gestures. The P10 Lite also runs the latest version of Android, – 7.0 Nougat, straight out of the box. You can see the full new features of Android Nougat here
Key Spec Overview:
- 5.2″ HD display
- Fingerprint sensor
- 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
- Octa-core chipset
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 3,000mAh battery
- 4GB RAM
To find out more about the Huawei P10 Lite, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01252 854352.
Huawei Watch 2 & Watch 2 Classic
Huawei unveiled it’s latest smart watch range at this year’s Mobile Congress in Barcelona, the Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic, aimed to encourage smarter living and offering performance coaching and tracking applications.
The Watch 2 Sport features a ceramic bezel and thermoplastic case and interchangeable silicone straps – designed to endure any sweat from your workout. The Classic version on the other hand, uses stainless steel and features leather strap options that are compatible with standard 22cm straps and can be swapped to suit your preference. Both watch’s have a 1.2″ display.
“We wanted to make a product that suits those individuals who wish to explore the limits of their own expression, while still being bound by a need to stay connected.” – Richard Yu, Huawei CEO of consumer business.
- 1.2″ AMOLED 309 x 390 circular display
- Android Wear 2.0
- 1.1GHz Qualcomm MSM8909W processor
- Connectivty: 4G – Watch 2 Sport Variant only, GPS, VoLTE Support, WiFi, Bluetooth & NFC
- IP68 water and dust protection
- Live GPS Mapping, Heart Rate Monitoring, Real-Time Guidance, Workout Data Report and Offline Music.
- 420mAh batteries
- 768GB of RAM
The Watch 2 Sport is the 4G version and features an independent and cellular connection allowing you to send messages and make calls without needing to be in Bluetooth range of your phone. Better yet, apps such as Uber and Foursquare can be downloaded and used thanks to the new 4G capabilities, combined with the built-in GPS chip, offering you the connectivity of your phone without having the device near around. Ideal for those using the Watch 2 Sport while running or exercising.
Both Watch 2 variants have built-in GPS, feature NFC allowing you to make mobile payments via Android Pay, IP68 water resistance, 4GB of internal storage for music, two days of battery life, a heart-rate sensor and Android Wear 2. Android Wear 2.0 includes Google Assistant aka Google’s take on Apple’s Siri. With Google’s Assistant you’ll be able to take notes, send a text or email, set a timer or alarm and more.
The Huawei Watch 2 will cost 329 Euro or 379 Euro with 4G, while the Classic will cost 399 Euro. While the UK release date or price has not yet been released, it’s expected the Huawei Watch 2 range will become available in the UK over the next coming months.
Further new releases from the MWC 2017:
LG reveal Watch Sport and Watch Style
LG has revealed the Watch Style for the fashion conscious and the Watch Sport for fitness fanatics. Both smartwatches were designed in collaboration with Google and show case Android Wear 2.0 which has also just launched. Some of the best new features include: a new darker design, standalone apps, better notifications, on screen keyboard, fitness challenges, Google Assistant, Google Play and more.
The LG Watch Sport is the chunkier of the two measuring 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm with a 0.18″ larger screen and rubberised fixed strap. It is also slightly more durable with 1P68 water protection compared to the Style’s 1P67 protection. There are three buttons to the right-hand side of the Watch Sport’s circular face, while an optical heart rate scanner sits underneath.
The LG Watch Style is smaller and slimmer, measuring in at 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79mm and featuring an interchangeable Italian leather strap for a more premium look. Both watch’s feature stainless steel casing. The Sport is available in titanium and dark blue, while the style is available in Silver, Titanium and the much-loved trend – Rose Gold. There is only one central button on the right of the Style’s circular display and the bezels surrounding the screen are narrower than the Sport.
- Full circle 1.38-inch OLED display
- Android Wear 2.0
- Stainless Steel
- 4GB, 768MB RAM
- 430 mAh battery
- 45.4 x 51.2 x 14.2mm
- Titanium, Dark Blue
- 1P68 water protection
- Optional LTE connectivity within the strap
- NFC and GPS
- Full circle 1.2-inch OLED display
- Android Wear 2.0
- Stainless Steel
- 4GB, 512 MB RAM
- 240 mAh battery
- 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.8 mm
- Silver, Titanium, Rose Gold
- 1P67 water protection
Both smartwatches feature Google Assistant and are thus the first wearable to ultilise Google’s take on Apple’s Siri. Using Google’s Assistant you’ll be able to take notes, send a text or email, set a timer or alarm or in the case of LG Sport, request a step count update or heart rate scan.
A huge bonus of the LG Watch Sport would have to be LTE connectivity. Using LTE you could stream music while you’re out and about and take calls if you put in a Nano-SIM, without the need for your phone. The Sport also has more RAM and a large battery. However, the Style is advertised as a cheaper alternative at $249 (around £199) compared to the Style at $349 (around £279). Check back at the blog for updates on the UK release and pricing.