Huawei’s Emotion UI eliminates Android “inconsistencies”

The Huawei Ascend P6 was revealed as the world’s thinnest smartphone at a global launch in London last week. At the launch, caught up with lead UI designer Dennis Poon to chat phones, features and the future…

Last week saw the reveal of the Huawei Ascend P6 which, at 6.18mm in thickness, became the world’s thinnest smartphone to date. How long the P6 can keep that title remains to be seen, but it wasn’t just the hardware that Huawei was keen to talk about.

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State of play: Android devices double, tablet sales soar, and PCs tumble

The latest report from industry analysts Gartner has revealed a number of distinct trends in the worldwide devices market (combining sales of mobiles, tablets, and PCs). Whilst there has been an overall growth in devices sold boosted by increased tablet sales, the popularity of traditional PCs continue to fall.

The report also measures the growth of operating systems, with Android seeing the largest improvements, followed by smaller growth from iOS/MacOS and Windows, with the latter still retaining a slight edge in numbers over Apple, whilst falling behind in rates of growth.

The total number of devices sold worldwide is project to reach just under 2.35 billion units by 2013, a total rise of 5.9 per cent. Traditional PC sales (desk-based and notebooks) will fall by 10.6 per cent from 2012 with growth in the sector supplied by tablets (up 67.9 per cent), mobiles (growing 4.3 per cent) and ultramobiles (an increase of 107 per cent).

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Ecoxgear unveils the Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker

water-proofSo you happen to have a great love for all things in the great outdoors, and since this is the 21st century, what is the point of spending time under a canopy of stars when you do not have the right kind of music and background soundtrack to guide you along the way?

A portable speaker which is rugged in nature would definitely come in handy, and Ecoxgear has just unveiled their Ecorox waterproof Bluetooth speaker.

The Ecorox has been touted to be the most rugged and durable portable Bluetooth speaker in the world, anyone out there who cares to dispute this particular claim? Touted to offer 100% waterproof protection (IPX7 approved) and a rubberized shockproof casing, the Ecorox is tough enough to withstand drops, dunks, and even the most severe outdoor elements without batting an eyelid.

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Ouya review

ouya-handOuya is cheap, runs Android and is totally open. Can it take on the Xbox and PlayStation or does it offer little more than mobile games on your TV?

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which saw a whopping $8.5 million raised by the general public, the open-source Ouya games console is finally a reality.

This diminutive cube-like device runs Android 4.1, boasts a Bluetooth controller and costs less than £100 – little wonder then that many within the games industry are predicting that it could steal away precious market share from the likes of the Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U.

However, while Ouya is the most famous of a new wave of Android-based gaming platforms, it’s not unique in the field – this year will also see the launch of GameStick, Mad Catz has M.O.J.O. in development and the Nvidia Shield handheld console is also being prepared for launch in June – all of these rival systems are running Google’s OS as well.

Being first to market doesn’t always assure success, and while the concept behind the console is certainly exciting, it’s fair to say that Ouya comes with its fair share of niggles.

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Ouya console now available in the UK


Kickstarter backed gaming console OUYA has finally gone on sale today for a penny under a £100

The Android powered gaming console Ouya has finally gone on sale today in the UK, delivering mobile gaming on the big screen. Ouya, which was funded by backers on Kickstarter, is now available to buy from the likes of Amazon and Game for £99.99.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: Hands-on

xl_Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-Hands-1-624The Sony Xperia Z Ultra joins the ranks of the Galaxy Note 2 and the Ascend Mate, but just because you can make something bigger, should you?

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s first smartphone/tablet hybrid and to make sure it stands out, Sony has given it some truly eye-catching specs including a blistering 2.2GHz quad-core processor.

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Huawei MediaPad Vogue 7-inch tablet with voice calling launched


Chinese device maker, Huawei, has launched a new 7-inch tablet, MediaPad 7 Vogue, that also offers voice calling functionality.

The Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue sports an aluminium unibody design, is 9.5mm thin and weighs 335 grams. It sports mid-range specifications.

Available in both Wi-Fi and 3G variants, the tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor made by Huawei and has 1GB of RAM in addition to a 16-core GPU. It offers 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. 

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