Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note range in Europe have started a petition to launch the handset in Europe
Probably the biggest bit of news to come out of the Samsung Unpacked event that launched the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 was that the latter won’t be coming to Europe this year.
This has incensed users of the popular phablet in Europe so they have initiated a petition to convince Samsung to reverse their decision to only release the Note 5 in North America.
The campaign has been launched by Clove Technology, an online phone shop. In its blog post, Clove has said ‘Whilst here at Clove we respect Samsung’s decision we are smartphone users too and understand how for so many, this is very disappointing news. We would therefore like to show Samsung what the Note series and particularly the Note 5 meant to you.’
What arrrr our thoughts on Plunder Pirates?
Launched on iOS last year, Midoki’s seafaring strategy MMO has finally landed on Android shores.
It plays identically and you can even continue your existing iOS game on Android by entering a special code – a nice touch for those who are juggling devices. Plunder Pirates offers a well-balanced combination of resource building, maritime exploration and good old-fashioned plundering of rival bases.
The early focus is on building up your island base, unlocking new structures and upgrading your defences and attacking capabilities. Key to all of this action is the production of gold and grog, from mines and distilleries respectively. The third currency in the Plunder Pirates universe is gems; these are more difficult to source, found occasionally while seafaring or earned via certain achievements.
Enjoy the look and feel of this Material Design music player app
Mobile music players can be tricky apps to negotiate. It is all too easy to get lost in a sea of album covers, playlists and artists. If you find this, then Phonograph Music Player might be the one for you.
At time of writing it is still in its beta with more features being promised, but right now it is a simple, attractive, easily-navigable music player. It works alongside Last.fm, giving users photos and biographies of the artists that they’re listening to.
The always-there play/pause button also enhances the user experience, making Phonograph a truly enjoyable app to use. If you are a technical music fan, you can also change the equalisation of individual songs to increase or decrease the bass at output of certain frequencies, allowing you to create your very own versions of your favourite songs.
Discover and download innovative games, live wallpapers, even an app that can program your Android to draw pictures
Android Experiments is a new website that showcases the amazing things developers have done with Android’s open source operating system.
This includes a compass that points you in the direction of local landmarks, software to power your own Mars Rover, and a whole host of live wallpapers and watch faces.
Best of all, you can download each and every one of them to try out for yourself or, if you’re a creative coder, submit your own project to share with the world.
As Honor graduates to offering devices on contract with Three, can it better the excellent Honor 6 with its latest device?
When we reviewed the Honor 6, we called it ‘very impressive’ and gave it a four out of five rating. Can the Honor 6 Plus go one better? On paper it looks promising. As well as boosting the full HD screen from 5-inches to 5.5-inches, the Honor 6 Plus has an extra camera on the back, a better front camera, a faster processor, more storage and a bigger battery.
When holding the Honor 6 Plus with the original device, the family resemblance is clear. The glass front and back with the curved plastic base is retained and, as with the original, it’s a good-looking device. It does feel big in the hand, but with 5.5-inch devices becoming more and more popular, it is less of a concern than it might have been six months ago. At 7.5mm thick, the device doesn’t feel too bulky. The dimensions are particularly impressive given the huge battery that is included. The buttons on the device are sensibly placed and click reassuringly. Both the volume and power buttons are on the right-hand side, just above the main SIM slot and the secondary SIM slot (which can be used as a microSD slot). The 3.5m headphone port is on the top of the device alongside the IR blaster.
One of the more polarising aspects of the Honor devices is the EmotionUI skin. The Honor 6 Plus ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, with a Lollipop upgrade due in the next few months. We are seeing a lot of Lollipop devices struggle for performance and battery life, two things that the6 Plus certainly doesn’t have an issue with. In use the device is extremely fast and as smooth as anything else on sale. Unquestionably, EmotionUI does make a lot of changes to base Android. It brings new colours, new icons, a drawer-free home screen / launcher; all things that might not be to everyone’s taste. While some tweaks aren’t what we’d consider a worthwhile change, there are a lot of changes that do enhance the base Android experience.
Tailor your Sony Xperia smartphone’s battery mode to your needs with this simple mod
One of the best features of the Sony Xperia range of devices is the excellent battery life. Where other manufacturers often struggle, Sony seems to have it figured out – its phones and tablets not only have batteries that are often bigger than the competitors, but Sony has also done a great job at making its software particularly efficient.
As well as the built-in Stamina features, which allow the device to intelligently manage its activity when the screen is turned off – something that really makes a big difference in Android – Xperia devices also include Ultra Stamina mode.
Ultra Stamina mode is ideal for when your battery is running low and you know it’s going to be a while before you can get to a charger. It limits the activity on your device to a few core features such as phone, messaging and a few offline apps, while also disabling mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity.