Livestream – Watch the Google Android O event

Google has woven their Android O launch into the US solar eclipse – the first to be seen across the country since 1918.

Android is educating fans via this site and taking the opportunity to reveal all the Android O goodness too. You can watch the livestream below from New York City. Things kick off at 14:40PM ET, which is 19.40 BST here in the UK, 20:40 in mainland Europe.

Livestream   Watch the Google Android O event

The company will also unveil the Android O mascot and the full name for the OS. We, of course, can’t tell you anything about that, but we’ll definitely be sitting in the Coolsmartphone HQ munching on our favourite Oreo biscuits. Yum. Gotta love those Oreo’s.

We’ll have all the latest on exactly what you can expect inside Android O via a separate post, so keep things locked nearer the time.

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  • Review: Nokia 6 with Amazon Prime Exclusive Ads

    HMD Global’s first significant handset is the Android-powered Nokia 6. This device straddles the border between entry-level and mid-range smartphones thanks to its refined design but outdated specs. Consumers can pick it up from Amazon for $50 under retail as long as they agree to view lock screen ads. Here are Phone Scoop’s thoughts on the Nokia 6 from HMD Global.

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    Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

    At home I have a NAS box. I originally purchased one of these because I’ve somehow used all the storage that my cloud provider had available and the cost to upgrade was nothing short of insane. I’d tried other providers, however the cost, the reliability, and the fact I had to keep shipping everything around became a concern.

    A NAS box, for those who aren’t aware, is a storage device which sits on your home network. It’s just a box with a drive – or multiple drives – inside. You can then backup your documents, your photos and your videos to this box. Everything is then safely stored and you know exactly where to go if you need to retrieve it.

    Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

    I’ll admit, I’m a bit old fashioned in that respect. Having stuff in “the cloud” is one thing, but my ultra-important memories? I want them somewhere where I can see them and where I can be responsible for them.

    However, the mobile software that was provided for the NAS box was properly terrible. Although it looked swish, it didn’t actually perform all the functions it should reliably. Using the official software that came with the NAS resulted in photographs sometimes backing up, sometimes not. It was becoming a weekly task just to check that the backups had performed successfully.

    Nobody wants that.

    Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

    So I stumbled across this Android application. It’s called Sweet Home and is in Alpha at the moment, however there is a donate version too. It may not look the prettiest, but it does the job brilliantly. When I get home it automatically detects that’s my home WiFi is available and backs up all the new photos and videos that I have taken on my handset. You can tell it to backup only when the phone is on charge too.

    To be honest with you there’s not a great deal more than I can say about the app. It does its job simply and easily.

    Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

    There is a simple settings screen where you tell it what you want to backup, then you tell it what your home WiFi is, where your NAS box is, and finally the folder or naming convention you wish to use to backup using.

    It’s available here if you want the free Alpha version, but I’ve contributed towards development with this paid-for version, which is only £1.86.

    It’ll also backup phone media to a PC or Dropbox.

    Home, Sweet Home. NAS and WiFi picture backup

    I like apps like this. No over-zealous adverts, no unnecessary permissions creep, just an app that does what it says on the tin. Boom.

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  • What may live may never die – YotaPhone 3

    What may live may never die   YotaPhone 3

    I have no idea what it is about the YotaPhone concept that I like so much. Leigh reviewed the YotaPhone 2 when it was released, so you can check here to see what he thought about it. The TL:DR version is that although he quite liked it, my takeaway was that it was too expensive when it was released for what it did.

    This time around, things are just that little bit different. The phone is bigger for starters. You’re looking at a 5.5 inch front panel. The resolution is still a 1080P screen, but the expanded real estate will be a little bit easier on the eyes.

    Again, as before, the USP of the phone is the e-ink panel on the back. Where before it was a 4.7 inch screen at 540 x 960 pixels, the e-ink screen of the YotaPhone 3 has a 5 inch diagonal at 720 x 1080. You’re just getting more for more here.

    Add in the rest of the specs: you’re starting with 64 GB of storage, with another version at 128 GB if you want to carry your world with you.

    You’re pairing the storage with 4 GB of RAM and, powering the phone, is a Snapdragon 625 processor. Even the camera is better – at least spec-wise. You’re now taking snaps through a 13 MP camera module.

    To keep things running, the YotaPhone 3 has a 3200 mAh, non-removable battery. Between the battery and the more efficient processor, there’s a bit of an expectation on my side that the phone should last quite a while – especially if you keep pushing the majority of your reading to the e-ink screen. The home button is also a fingerprint scanner, for your extra security.

    What may live may never die   YotaPhone 3

    The point is, I really liked the idea of the YotaPhone 2. I do a fair amount of reading on my phone, and if I don’t need to have the main screen burning through battery then that’s a net win. I couldn’t justify the cost of the YotaPhone 2 though. When it got a price cut, it made things a lot more interesting, although I didn’t pull the trigger. At the time, I wasn’t convinced Yota would provide regular OS updates. No matter how good a phone is, if it lags on OS, and especially security updates, I have grave concerns around recommending it.

    This time around, the initial price is coming in at $350. Bearing in mind that right now the UK is getting equivalent dollar-to-pound pricing, then I’m thinking it’ll hit at £350.

    If it sells well enough in its established markets that YotaPhone can take the time to expand into other markets.

    What may live may never die   YotaPhone 3

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  • Nokia 8 Hopes To Outshine Apple and Samsung with the 'Bothie'

    Nokia has launched the most important new handset in its attempts to revitalize the once world-beating brand for the modern smartphone era dominated by Samsung, Apple and China’s Huawei.

    The Nokia 8 [shown above] marks the culmination of efforts to bring the Finnish telecoms brand back to the mainstream handset market, which kicked off six months ago with the nostalgia-inducing remake of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone.

    The Android flagship smartphone, designed to compete with the likes of the iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8, features a polished aluminum body, Carl Zeiss cameras, spatial audio pulled from Nokia’s high-end 360-degree camera, and a high-resolution 5.3-inch screen.

    Nokia handsets are being revived by HMD Global, a private equity-backed firm led by former employees of the Finnish company.

    The company is pushing what it calls the “bothie” as the next evolution of the selfie, using Nokia’s Dual Sight technology to fire up both the rear and front-facing cameras at the same time, shooting video or photos of a subject and the smartphone operator simultaneously, which can be shared live directly to Facebook or YouTube.

    “We know that fans are creating and sharing live content more than ever before, with millions of photos and videos shared every minute on social media,” said Juho Sarvikas, HMD chief product officer. “People are inspired by the content they consume and are looking for new ways to create their own.”

    The 7.9 mm-thick smartphone has similar specifications to other top-end rivals, but lacks the super-slim bezel designs of the best devices from 2017, with large panels above and below the screen, which have been eliminated by rivals.

    Nokia’s rekindled partnership with Zeiss has produced dual 13-megapixel cameras for the back of the phone. The new so-called computational photography technique is similar to that employed by Apple, Google, Huawei and LG in their…
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    How hackers are getting into our smartphones

    Remember when a briefcase or a stack of paperwork left on a train or in a taxi would be in the daily news? Private data, secure notes and plans for changes in government or a major company could oh-so-easily fall into the hands of others. 

    How hackers are getting into our smartphones

    Shortly after, it was laptops. They’d be taken out of cars or public transport and, despite their size, they would be accidentally left on a seat with all that super-important information being available to all.

    A lot of companies will now lock down laptops and will stress the importance of keeping data secure, away from the public and prying eyes.

    Now, though, we have smartphones. They’re connected to the cloud and they can keep you in touch with your personal and work life all the time. Also, perhaps worryingly, a lot of companies are giving access into shared drives, or Google docs, for mobile workers. Larger companies can lock this access down with Enterprise email solutions or VPN access, but for many it’s a risk worth taking so that staff can communicate and work collaboratively from anywhere, any time.

    It’s not just theft you have to worry about though. Locking your mobile screen and setting up the “remote wipe” is a good defence, but you also have to worry about hacks too. The recent ‘Gooligan’ malware attack revealed to us that mobile security breaches are well and truly alive, and more than 1.3 million Android users have been affected by the hack. Gooligan is one of the latest in a long line of smartphone hacks, and it sadly doesn’t look like this trend is stopping anytime soon. Smartphones are a goldmine for hackers and those wanting to steal your identity, with everything from banking information, birthdays, address details and private photos readily available.

    How hackers are getting into our smartphones

    I rely heavily on my phone and the Google Apps. I am, however a little lax when it comes to security. I’m perhaps the only person I know who doesn’t use a screen lock. Adi Sharabani, co-founder of mobile security company Skycure, recently told cnbc.com that..

    At the end of the day, everything is hackable. What I am surprised about is that people sometimes forget that it’s so easy to hack into these devices.

    So, what’s the solution? Throw away your smartphone and go back to using landlines, sending letters, reading physical maps, and taking pictures with a film camera? It’s certainly one way of doing it, but I doubt anyone would go down that road. Small businesses have the option to use reputable protection software that covers smartphones, tablets, Notebooks, and PCs, but for the individual, it can be as simple as practising basic online security methods. Those ones I’ve been too lazy to implement. Yes, I know, safety checks are boring (how often do you pay attention to those flight attendants before take-off), but if the alternative is your precious data in the hands of hackers or even the possibility of paying out ransomware demands, then hearing the odd security tip for your smartphone doesn’t seem so bad.

    So what should you do to protect yourself? Well, turn on the screen lock for starters. It’s something I need to start doing, and is especially embarrassing when I find that my colleagues have picked up the phone and written emails – apparently from me. All very, very easy to do if you don’t lock it down.

    Keep an eye on your public WiFi usage too. When your mobile data is low, these seem like brilliant solutions. On the bus, in a cafe, in a shop – if you see a free WiFi hotspot – perhaps question why it’s free. Blindly clicking on a “continue” screen to get online could mean that you miss the fact that you’re allowing access to your Facebook profile, or you’re side-loading some APK which can do some strange things to your phones.

    How hackers are getting into our smartphones

    Ahh yes, those malevolent apps. Stick to the Google Play / iTunes store, or another recognised and trusted mobile store. Don’t just randomly download something because it’s free (when you should be paying for it in the official store) or you have to drop your security settings. On a recent flight, I found that the entertainment was delivered via an app, and that could only be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play store on the ground. Trouble is, once up in the air, the mobile network wasn’t available, so the airline made the APK downloadable over the on-board WiFi. This sets a dangerous precedent, because although we understand why they’ve done this, on Android you’ll need to allow side-loaded APKs onto your phone. This opens the door to future accidental clicks of apps, which will install without warnings.

    Although things aren’t exactly this black and white, the success of smartphone hackers largely depends on our failures in protecting our devices; the desire for content can overshadow the risk of hacking. In short, pay attention to your phone’s warnings when connecting to public Wi-Fi, update your OS when prompted, and only download apps from the official stores. 

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  • Google Search Results On Android Now Include Video Previews

    Google today said it is rolling out short video previews in search results. The videos will be lined up in a carousel located high in the results list. Users can slide the carousel back and forth to choose which videos to watch. For now, the short previews will only play when you’re on a WiFi network. Users can choose to enable video previews on mobile networks if they wish, or opt out of video previews all together. Google believes giving video results higher priority in search will help people find certain types of information faster, particularly “how-to” and similar queries. Video previews are slowly hitting the Google app for Android and Chrome on Android starting today, with a wider rollout planned for next week.

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    Google Home Speaker Now Bluetooth Compatible

    Google updated its Google Home speaker with the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices. The search giant first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference earlier this year and has just now enabled the functionality. Using the Google Home app on mobile devices, Home owners can connect to the speaker via Bluetooth for streaming music or other media files. Until now, Home could only stream music through Google Cast connections (over WiFi). Google also enabled free Spotify accounts through Google Home this week. People who use the free version of Spotify can set the music provider as their default streaming service when listening via Google Home. Previously, Google Home only supported the paid Spotify Premium streaming service.

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    Sprint, T-Mobile Discount LG G6 and V20

    Sprint and T-Mobile today both introduced promotions that make LG’s flagship handsets more affordable. Sprint, for example, dropped the lease price of the G6 from $29.50 per month to $20 per month. That cuts the full cost of the phone from about $700 to $480, or a savings of $220 over time. T-Mobile is offering a buy-one, get-one promo on the G6 and V20. Customers who buy either phone on an equipment installment plan can get a second for free with the activation of a new line. T-Mobile sells the G6 for $20 down and $20 per month, or $500 in total. It sells the V20 for $0 down and $20 per month, or $480 in total. Customers will need to buy both devices and then register to receive a rebate to cover the cost of the second phone. The rebate comes in the form of a prepaid MasterCard for up to $500. LG is widely expected to replace the V20 with its new V30 flagship later this month.

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    Google Syncs Android O Reveal with Solar Eclipse

    Google plans to reveal the name of Android 8 on August 21. The company has timed the revelation with the total solar eclipse that will occur in North America on that day. Google has so far only indicated that Android 8 will start with the letter “O” and guesses range far and wide as to what the name will be. Google typically names major Android versions after desserts, such as Nougat, Marshmallow, and Lollipop. Some believe the new version of Android will be called Oreo, while others think it will be Orangina or Oatmeal. Google released a penultimate version of Android O through its developer channel earlier this summer and is expected to release the final version of the operating system when the name is revealed next week. As per the norm, Google-branded Nexus and Pixel devices will be the first to receive the new operating system. Google will make the announcement at 2:40pm Eastern Time.

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