Huawei’s flash sale of their new flagship phone, the Honor 7, results in a two-minute sellout
Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei has sold 200,000 Honor 7 models in just two minutes, averaging 1,667 sales per second during an online flash sale.
The new flagship handset boasts a 1080p 5.2-inch display, 64-bit Kirin 2.2GHz octa-core processor, 20.7MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 3GB RAM and microSD support.
The 16GB version sold for around £210, the middle dual-SIM version for around £230 and the 64GB version went for around £260. This is excellent value for the specs you get so it’s little wonder that the Honor 7s were snapped up so quickly and we imagine it will get similar results when it comes to Europe soon.
How does PC game starring Jack Black and Elijah Wood translate to mobile?
Originally split into two acts on PC, but reunited on Android, Broken Age is far from your average point-and-click affair. This captivating piece of interactive fiction starts off as two separate adventures in unrelated settings, starring two teenage protagonists whom you can switch between at will, yet you immediately have a deep inkling that their stories must surely be linked in some way.
In the idyllic village of Sweet Bunting, Vella is about to have the honour of participating in the Maidens Feast; this, it turns out, involves being sacrificed to a giant monster called Mog Chothra, which must be fed to appease it. There’s plenty of witty dialogue and dark humour, including young maidens desperately trying to outdo each other to make themselves more alluring to the hungry Mog. However, the rebellious Vella manages to escape its slavering jaws and soon finds herself in a village in the clouds, led by an ‘enlightenment’ guru (voiced by Jack Black), which forms the basis for countless jokes.
Meanwhile, Shay (Elijah Wood) is bored to death with his solitary life aboard a spaceship, stifled by overprotective virtual parents. There are shades of The Truman Show in this fake, sanitised setting, as well as Groundhog Day as he’s forced to repeatedly complete phony, childish missions such as rescuing cute knitted ‘yarn pals’ from an ice-cream avalanche and a runaway train.
Archos’ latest budget device is light in weight but heavy on quality
Archos has been around for 17 years, but it was only in 2013 that it expanded into the smartphone market, generally hovering around the £100-£150 price bracket. The 50 Oxygen+ is at the top of its list in terms of specs and price, taking it right into Moto G and Asus ZenFone 5 territory. Low-price phones is an increasingly key battleground and manufacturers are having to pull the stops out on all devices, including the bargain basement ones.
The spec sheet on the 50 Oxygen+ is pretty impressive. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a nippy 1.4Ghz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor. It packs 1280 x 720 pixels into the 5-inch HD screen at 294ppi and the colours are rich and deep, for an enjoyable user experience.
It comes with 1GB RAM and a reasonable 16GB storage, expandable to 64GB via the microSD slot. This is fairly standard for handsets in this price range and the lack of pre-installed bloatware means that well over 12GB of that memory is still available out of the box.
Struggling to choose between ROMs? You can learn how to dual boot your device
The great thing about Android is that there are so many possibilities for customising your device, but sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing! Maybe you’re struggling to choose between a handful of custom ROMs, and wish there was a way to quickly test them all out without having to go through the laborious process of wiping your device and flashing each ROM in turn. Or maybe you like certain aspects of one ROM and certain aspects of another, and wish there was a way to easily switch between them. If either of these sound like you, then it may be useful for you to give MultiROM a try.
This multi-boot mod enables you to install multiple ROMs on a single Android device, and then switch between them whenever your app boots. We will show you how to install MultiROM and then how to use this app to install multiple ROMs. Finally, you will see how to switch between these ROMs and then how to use MultiROM to test out Ubuntu Touch.
MultiROM works with all the Nexus devices (4, 5, 6 and 7) plus a handful of other devices. You’ll fi nd a complete list of compatible devices over at MultiROM Manager’s Google Play page. This customisation also requires root access before you continue.
Put an end to switching between messaging apps and calendars with the Meet keyboard
Switching between messaging and calendar apps to organise a meeting can be a pain. So is the necessity for ping-pong emails to decide on a time that’s suitable for both parties. The ingenious new Meet keyboard solves both problems, making it quicker to arrange one-on-one meetings on your phone. The keyboard is included with Microsoft’s free Sunrise Calendar app.
With Meet keyboard set up, whenever you’re making plans via WhatsApp or even by email, you only have to select the bottom right keyboard icon and it will replace your keyboard with a mini calendar. You can then choose a selection of free time slots, without having to leave the conversation. When the link is opened by the recipient they get to select a convenient time. The meeting will then be added to your calendar (and theirs if they use Sunrise). It’s that simple.
This tutorial first appeared in Android Magazine issue 53. Never miss in-depth tutorials and hardware reviews again, subscribe here.
With edjing Pro currently 70% off in a launch price sale, here’s what we think of the premium DJ app
The free edjing app has been around since 2012, but now maker DJiT has launched a Pro version. It looks like a completely different app, with a new interface and plenty of extra features – unlike most DJing apps, everything is unlocked from the off (so no IAPs). The standard view shows scrolling waveforms for the two tracks – loaded from locally stored music, streamed from Deezer (premium account required) or SoundCloud. As in the rival Cross DJ, the latter option is a welcome inclusion, enabling you to search the vast library and browse genres. However, we did experience occasional issues with certain tracks not downloading to the app.
Traditionalists will be glad to see a turntable view option, although it lacks access to some features, including the FX panel. In either view, tapping a track’s Sync button will automatically sync it with the other – so long as the BPMs aren’t too different. While the automatic beat detection works well, there’s a nice option to halve/double the BPM, or even tap it out manually. In waveform view, a Freeze function enables you to pause the waveform scrolling and play slices of the track like a sampler – it works best with synth intros, drum breaks and vocal solos.