The long-awaited Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X are unleashed
Google officially announced the two latest additions to the Nexus family by revisiting a former favourite and welcoming a new manufacturing partner to the party.
The Nexus 5 by LG was one of the most popular Nexus devices ever, so Google returned to the South Korean company to make the 5X, a mid-range, 5.2-inch handset. It contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz processor, the same as in the LG G4, and a reasonable 2,700mAh battery that supports Type-C and Fast Charging.
The 6P, meanwhile, represents a new direction for Google, trusting an up and coming Chinese manufacturer to make its flagship handset. This 5.7-inch monster sports a display running 518ppi and an enormous 3,450 mAh battery to keep it running.
Get to grips with Google thanks to this amazing new bookazine
Google is an ever-changing company that is constantly launching new products, buying new companies and generally re-inventing itself.
This year has been no different, with the announcement of its brand new parent company Alphabet as well as its plans for a fleet of Internet-carrying balloons, self-driving Google cars and unlimited photo storage.
The Google I/O conference earlier in the year was a huge event that revealed changes to Android, Google+ and Chrome. With the company changing at such a pace, it can be tricky to keep up, which is why the Google Tips & Tricks bookazine is such a great idea.
Sweep your device for battery-hogging apps that are running in the background
We all want to make the battery on our Android devices last a little longer, but this isn’t always easy when apps and services run in the background without your knowledge. Maybe this is because an app is misbehaving, or perhaps you’re in the bad habit of never closing your apps properly.
[root] Servicely is an app that periodically checks what’s running in the background and if it fi nds a service that appears on your [root] Servicely ‘hit-list,’ it kills that service. Since [root] Servicely scans the background only, you shouldn’t encounter any problems with the apps you’re interacting with in the foreground.
For example, if you add Facebook to [root] Servicely’s hit-list, it won’t kill this app when it’s visible onscreen. However, once you send Facebook to the background, the next time [root] Servicely performs its sweep, it’ll kill the Facebook app. Please note that [root] Servicely does require root.
Manage your way to the top in this addictive football game
Not to be confused with the PES Manager badge collecting game (recently renamed PES Collection), this is a far more mouth-watering prospect for footie fans: a proper management game complete with real-time 3D match action using the engine from the console PES games. Of course, PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) has an illustrious history on consoles and was once favoured by purists over the flashier FIFA. Part of its appeal is down to the detailed, accurate stats for real-life players.
Apart from one star ‘gift’, however, you won’t see any big names at the start of PES Club Manager. Instead, you begin your career with a team of journeymen in the lower leagues. In order to work your way up, you need to not only gradually upgrade your side through training and transfers, but also your ground and its numerous facilities. Some of the latter supply kits (medical, motivation and stamina) and training points to use on players, while others increase the money earned from matches. Of the two main currencies, cash (GP) is readily available, but PES coins are harder to obtain – mainly from achievements and daily logins – so there’s a temptation to resort to IAP bundles.
Still, the freemium aspect of the game isn’t too overbearing and it’s possible to play for free. Even having to wait for energy to recharge to play matches (limited to five in a row) isn’t too much of a hassle because you can still play with the other management aspects in the meantime. This includes scouting for players or buying them on the market – an exciting eBay-style timed bidding war against other real managers.
Keep your whole house connected with Bayan Audio’s SoundScene
Bayan Audio’s connected SoundScene speaker set can link up to eight speakers in one network at a distance of up to 100 feet. Each speaker weighs 2.2kg and stands 27cm tall so they can’t exactly be called inconspicuous.
We like the striking design but the rubber ends and big flappy handle on the side are certainly a bit of a style faux pas. The fidelity is excellent with near instant streaming between devices. We were able to walk well into the next room before the stream to the primary speaker began to get a bit jumpy, which is actually pretty good going.
Several connected Bluetooth speakers offer the ability to instantly jump from one to the next when you move rooms. Unfortunately the SoundScene doesn’t have this feature, so if you go from the lounge to the kitchen you’ll need to leave you phone to keep the music going. However, you can connect more than one device to the network so someone could be listening to their music upstairs while you’re listening to different tunes downstairs.
Those default ringtones are dull, aren’t they? It’s time to add your own…
There is no denying the fact that the default ringtones packaged with new devices just aren’t individual enough. Not only this, often they’re actually quite inadequate as effective ringtones.
The solution, of course, is to set your own custom ringtone. This might be a segment of a favourite song, or perhaps a sound effect from a movie. Better still, you’re not limited at customising ringtones – notifications and alarms can also be enhanced with short MP3 files. After all, it’s far better to have a phone ringtone, alarm noise and notification alert that you will react to, rather than one that you’re prone to ignore.
Make your alerts and notifications fit for purpose! All you need to get started is the MP3 file of your choice, cropped to 30 seconds of your favourite segment (perhaps the chorus or a riff, rather than the intro).