Archos Helium 50

Archos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen

With thanks to Archos for the handset Better known in the UK for its audio and video players, French firm Archos has been making smartphones in Europe for quite a while. The Helium 50 is one of two phones in its first ever 4G LTE offering: a mid-range black plastic slab running Android Jelly Bean.…

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Holly BrockwellArchos Helium 50 review – a generic 4G Android saved by its screen
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy

With the much-discussed Galaxy Alpha just around the corner, we take another look at Samsung’s current top dog, the S5, to see if it’s still a worthy contender half a year on. Is this the best Galaxy in the universe, or will the Alpha leave it feeling like a beta release? With thanks to Vodafone…

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Holly BrockwellSamsung Galaxy S5 review: Still the brightest star in Samsung’s Galaxy
EE Kestrel

EE Kestrel review: A surprisingly good 4G Android for just £99

Handset supplied by EE EE’s first own-brand smartphone is one of the lowest-priced 4G handsets on the market. The Kestrel delivers a surprising amount for a super-budget Android device, but has some tough competition even at £99. Manufactured by Huawei, the Kestrel is actually a rebranded Huawei Ascend G6 with a downgraded camera – but…

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Holly BrockwellEE Kestrel review: A surprisingly good 4G Android for just £99

Battle of the 20s: the 20MP Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia Lumia 930 cameras go head-to-head #PhotoWeek

At the culmination of #PhotoWeek, we’re pitching two rival flagship phones with 20-megapixel cameras against each other in an epic duel of flash and film. Who’s fastest? Who’s brightest? Who takes the best selfies? It’s the waterproof Android Sony Xperia Z2 vs the weighty Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 930 in a fight to the photo…

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Holly BrockwellBattle of the 20s: the 20MP Sony Xperia Z2 and Nokia Lumia 930 cameras go head-to-head #PhotoWeek
samsung phones s5 mini

Samsung launches Galaxy S5 mini – UK launch this summer

Big, bit not totally unexpected news this morning as electronics giant Samsung today announced the release of a mini version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Like previous mini versions of Galaxy phones the S5 mini keeps many of the features of its bigger and grander sibling but sports a titchy (!?) 4.5 inch…

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Sadie HaleSamsung launches Galaxy S5 mini – UK launch this summer

Is Google missing a trick when it comes to smartwatches and Android Wear?

Google's new Android Wear OS, specially created for smart wearables and smart trackers and smart watches and smart anything else you could possibly strap to your body, launched with a bang this week. We already like the look of Motorola's Moto 360, which is the first product to be announced running on Android Wear, but…

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Becca CaddyIs Google missing a trick when it comes to smartwatches and Android Wear?

You can now buy the UK's cheapest Android tablet for less than 20 quid

Yes it won't be anywhere near as good as an iPad, yes it looks a bit lame and plastic-y, yes it says "refurbished" on the side, but that doesn't mean that at under £20 the UK's cheapest Android tablet isn't more than capable of getting you on the internet and allowing you to play some…

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Becca CaddyYou can now buy the UK's cheapest Android tablet for less than 20 quid

Google to launch Android SDK for wearables

Yesterday Google revealed that it plans on branching out into wearables in a big way with the launch of a software development kit in two weeks' time. According to sources, the SDK will allows developers to create all kinds of wearable devices, like fitness trackers and smartwatches, using the Android operating system. Google has revealed…

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Becca CaddyGoogle to launch Android SDK for wearables

Evernote adds neat handwriting for Android users

Evernote's Android app is already pretty awesome, allowing users to integrate text, to-do lists, photos and more seamlessly into their notes. In a blog post today the team explains that with its latest update it wants "to extend the Evernote experience" even more and it believes the best way to do that is with a…

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Becca CaddyEvernote adds neat handwriting for Android users

MWC 2014: Nokia unveils the X series phones – Android mobiles with a twist

It has been rumoured for quite a while and now it has been confirmed, Nokia doesn't just make Windows phones, it is also manufactures Android ones too. But in typical Nokia style there's a twist or two. At MWC 2014 it unveiled the Nokia X, X+ and Xl smartphones, but as CEO Stephen Elop insisted…

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Ashley NorrisMWC 2014: Nokia unveils the X series phones – Android mobiles with a twist

The 5 best exercise and fitness apps for Android

It's 2014! Which is exciting, but it also means that the Christmas period is officially over - and so there's no excuse for just sitting on the sofa watching TV. It might also be a good time to get fit - so here's our top five Android fitness apps.

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James O'MalleyThe 5 best exercise and fitness apps for Android

HTC rolls out Jelly Bean to HTC One Mini users – and paints the streets Gold (because that's classy, right?)

Just in time for Christmas HTC have announced that users of their slightly-more diminutive HTC One Mini smartphone will be getting an upgrade to the "latest" version of Android - 4.3, better known as Jelly Bean. It's just in time too, as the pretty soon an even newer version of Android - dubbed KitKat -…

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James O'MalleyHTC rolls out Jelly Bean to HTC One Mini users – and paints the streets Gold (because that's classy, right?)

Archos 45 Titanium smartphone review

Product type: Android smartphone Price as reviewed: £100 Over the years Archos has primarily been known for manufacturing and selling tablet style entertainment devices. However, this has now changed with the firm grabbing a slice of the mobile market with its very own range of Android smartphones like this budget-orientated offering, the 45 Titanium. Design…

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NicholasFearnArchos 45 Titanium smartphone review

A shopping app that searches the highstreet – Udozi comes to Android

Online shopping is great, but unless Amazon drones become a reality some time soon, we're still restricted to having to wait until tomorrow for our stuff. But what if you want something a bit quicker? Udozi is the app that is trying to solve this problem. It's been out on the iPhone for over a…

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James O'MalleyA shopping app that searches the highstreet – Udozi comes to Android

5 new Android homescreen launchers to try

The great thing about Android is that it's just so customisable compared to iPhone. Not only can you install apps and widgets, but you can even install entire new homescreen launchers - replacing the app that launches apps on your phone. There's loads of great options - and here's our pick of five of the…

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James O'Malley5 new Android homescreen launchers to try

HTC One Max review

Type: Android phablet Price as reviewed: £500 Things have been tricky for HTC over the past few years - mainly due to competition from rivals such as Samsung and Apple. Anyhow, despite this, they have managed to create possibly one of the world's sexiest Android smartphones - the One. And now we have a much…

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NicholasFearnHTC One Max review

New big screen mobile from Samsung – the Galaxy Grand 2

So, after the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy mega Samsung has announced the impending arrival of yet another large screen mobile, The Galaxy Grand 2 boasts a 5.25-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also comes with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, just 8GB of internal flash…

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Ashley NorrisNew big screen mobile from Samsung – the Galaxy Grand 2