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The Nokia 1 joins Google’s Android Go effort with removable Xpress-on covers

  • Google has been trying to re-engineer Android so it works better on lower-end devices. While Google has been attempting this for nearly four years with its Android One effort, the search giant rebranded with an Android Oreo “Go edition” for low-end phones back in December. Android Go is designed to run better on phones with 512MB or 1GB of RAM, thanks to OS tweaks and “Go” versions of popular Google apps.

    This week at Mobile World Congress, we’re starting to see the first Android Go handsets. The Nokia 1 is one of the first, and it’s designed to be an entry-level smartphone for a number of emerging markets. The Nokia 1 specs are minimal, and it runs on a 1.1GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and just 8GB of storage. It’s a small and...

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    11 hours 43 min ago

The banana phone returns: everything you need to know about the Nokia 8110 4G

  • The Nokia 8110 4G is a reboot of the iconic handset of the same name from 1996, launched at MWC 2018 in Barcelona.

    If you are a fan of the 1999 movie The Matrix it may be familiar, as Neo used a spring loaded version of the slider.

    It's the second handset in the new ‘Nokia Originals’ series from HMD, the manufacturer that licenses the iconic name for its mobile phones.

    You can watch our brief video hands on with the new Nokia 8110 4G below

    Nokia 8110 4G release date and price

    The Nokia 8110 release date is set for May 2018, and we know it'll be available in Europe, The Middle East, Africa and China in single and dual SIM variants. 

    As for availability in other countries, there's currently no further information on this. 

    The Nokia 8110 4G price is confirmed to be €79 (around £70, $100, AU$120).

    You can pull down the slider to answer a call, and slide it back up to end

    Nokia 8110 4G design

    The Nokia 8110 4G inherits the distinctive curve and slider of the original, although it arrives in a smaller package making it easier to hold in the hand  

    It's a distinctly plastic body, with a microUSB port on the vase, headphone jack on the top and a power/lock key on the right. 

    The keypad is hidden under the slider, and feature your navigation and numerical keys. 

    It's available in two colors, traditional black and banana yellow. 

    Nokia 8110 4G display

    The Nokia 8110 4G has a 2.4-inch curved display with a QVGA resolution. 

    It's not a touchscreen, so you well need to use the physical navigation keys below it to use the phone.

    The 2.4-inch screen is small, and it's not touch sensitive

    Nokia 8110 4G battery

    There's a 1,500mAh battery inside the Nokia 8110 4G, which HMD claims can provide up to 25 days standby from a single charge. 

    It's also big enough to make a 8.5 hour LTE voice call, if that's what you want from a phone.

    Nokia 8110 4G power

    Under the hooda Qualcomm 205 chipset (dual core 1.1GHz) and 512MB are tasked with running the show. 

    It's not a lot of power, especially compared to the smartphones of today, but for a feature phone it should suffice.

    The phone has a distinctive banana-like curve to it

    Nokia 8110 4G operating system

    The Nokia 8110 4G runs what HMD is calling a Smart Feature OS. 

    It means you get a very simple on screen experience, but you do get the rebooted version of the famous Snake game along with the Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps and Google Assistant apps. 

    We're told more apps will come to the handset in the coming months, aided by its 4G connectivity. 

    You can also use the 8110 4G as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and making and ending calls is as easy as moving the slider down or up. 

    There's also 4GB of storage inside the handset to store photos, music and apps, plus an FM radio as well.

    Nokia 8110 4G camera

    You'll find a 2MP camera with single LED flash on the rear of the 8110 4G. 

    It won't be up to much, but for the occasional snap for Facebook and Twitter it should be okay.

    MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2018 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

    11 hours 50 min ago

Huawei MateBook X Pro has an awesome pop-up camera, so why copy Apple?

  • The Huawei MateBook X Pro is an impressive device that packs a lot of high-end features into a compact body - and even has some smart innovation.

    A little camera pops out of the F6 key when needed, removing the issue of having to cover your webcam if you’re ever worried about being watched secretly.

    When this feature was announced at Huawei's MWC 2018 press conference, the audience audibly gasped - it's such a tiny little change, yet it was seen as incredibly innovative.

    If you get that kind of reaction, surely you don’t need to make such a big deal about how much better you are than Apple’s high-end notebook?

    The press conference wasn’t just a blow-by-blow explanation as to why the MateBook is better than the Macbook, though - it was filled with proof that Huawei has taken more than a little ‘style-inspo’ from Apple for its latest laptop.

    Firstly, the MateBook comes in Space Gray coloring… that’s not an accident. Combine that with the fact the all-in-one aluminium design with speakers left and right and ‘rounded square’ keyboard looks an awful lot like the Macbook, and you have to wonder why Huawei doesn’t feel confident enough to tread its own path.

    And there’s plenty of reason to feel confident in doing that: the FullView display lacks bezels all around three sides, meaning 91% screen-to-body ratio for the display. This is one of the best on the market and packs a clear screen, with 3000 x 2000 pixel count and a slim profile.

    But again, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu was at pains to show that the MateBook X Pro is 1.33kg in weight, which is just a touch less than the 1.35kg of the Macbook Pro. The thickness is 14.6mm, compared to 14.9mm on the Macbook.

    Every brand likes to show how much it’s better than the competition - that’s nothing new, and a traditional marketing tactic - but Huawei doesn’t want to be an ‘and me’ brand. If it has designs on being one of the world’s most popular technology manufacturers, it needs to break out of the mode of aping others and showing how much better it is.

    Impressive in its own right

    It needs to get consumers excited by its own tech for the sake of the technology; letting consumers and reviewers find out for themselves what’s good and bad about what’s on offer, and believing in the power of the emerging brand.

    What it doesn’t need to do is slip to the wrong slide once in a while during a presentation, or ‘accidentally’ drop in a gratuitous cleavage shot when demoing a game on one of its new tablets.

    A little camera pops out of the F6 key when needed...the audience audibly gasped

    These are the things that mark it out as a me-too brand that is hell-bent on appealing to the lowest common denominator by taking cheap shots at brands, or appealing to the stereotype technology buyer.

    There’s a lot to be impressed by on the MateBook X Pro - Huawei needs to listen to the fact people were most excited by a hidden camera when deciding how to take the brand forward. It doesn’t need to follow the market - it’s capable of leading it and needs to find its own branding instead.

    MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2018 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

    12 hours 1 min ago

Google ARCore SDK released with support for over 100 million devices

  • Google announced the launch of the augmented reality SDK (Software Development Kit) of ARCore 1.0 for developers. After keeping it under preview phase for months, the company released it with availability on over 100 million Android devices. Using v1.0 of ARCore, developers can publish their AR-based apps on Play Store. These apps can understand your environment and place objects and information in it. 

    The search giant also released the updates for Google Lens. It will soon be available for all Google Photos English-language users on both Android and iOS. 

    To use the AR functionality right now, you need either of these phones— Pixel 2/XL, Pixel/XL, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Note 8, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, LG V30/V30+, Asus Zenfone AR or the OnePlus 5. But Google in its blog post said that they are partnering with many manufacturers to enable their upcoming devices this year, including Samsung, Huawei, LGE, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo.

    So we can expect the ARCore support in upcoming phones from these companies at the MWC itself. 

    Post Google’s announcement on Friday, Xiaomi on its forum confirmed that their smartphones will be supporting ARCore to deliver augmented reality experience to users in playing games, visualising room interiors and other areas.

    12 hours 13 min ago

Nokia unveils its new slate of Android smartphones starting at $85

  •  Nokia — in its newest iteration as a licensed brand of HMD — is a long way off from its glory days, the years when it not only set the pace for innovation in the mobile phone market, but also led it as the world’s biggest handset maker. Today, the company took its latest step in rebuilding itself as it unveiled a slate of Android-powered smartphones — the Nokia 1, the… Read More

    12 hours 13 min ago

Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

  • Back in 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in The Matrix, and not for looking sad on a bench. Nokia was also the “world’s leading mobile phone supplier” back then, and it used this popularity to feature its Nokia 8110 “banana phone” in The Matrix film. At the time everyone who considered themselves cool (definitely me) wanted a Nokia phone just like Neo’s, but most of us had to settle for the Nokia 7110 with its spring-loaded slider.

    Now HMD, makers of Nokia-branded phones, is bringing the Nokia 8110 back to life as a retro classic. Just like the Nokia 3310 that was a surprise hit at Mobile World Congress last year, the 8110 plays on the same level of nostalgia. The slightly curved handset has a slider that lets you answer and...

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    12 hours 23 min ago

HMD/Nokia’s smartphones join Google’s Android One program ‘leading the charge’

  •  Alongside HMD’s big bet on reviving the legendary Nokia brand and business through a licensing deal and a new wave of handsets that it is unveiling today at MWC in Barcelona, the company also announced another interesting piece of news: it has entered a new partnership with Google, where HMD/Nokia is now a leading participant in Google’s Android One — a program where Google… Read More

    12 hours 25 min ago

OnePlus fixes HD streaming on 5 and 5T, but you’ll have to mail your phone in