Improve the Google Maps experience by uploading your holiday snaps for other users to see.
1. Find your location
If you want to share photos of your current location, tap the compass icon in the bottom-right. Alternatively, to upload photos of somewhere else – for instance, the hotel you recently stayed at – type the exact name or address into the top bar.
At just £54.99, the Karbonn A5S is one of the cheapest smartphones out there, but what is the real cost?
Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn has been trying to carve a niche for itself as a low-cost mobile provider for people who just need something simple for basic tasks. The Karbonn A5S is currently available in the UK for the bargain price of just £54.99, but be aware that this really is a bargain basement phone.
The spec sheet makes for very average reading. It runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2, houses a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has a 1,400mAh battery and its 4-inch screen measures just 480×800 pixels at 233ppi. The rear camera takes 5MP snaps while the front camera is a paltry 0.3MP. Sometimes phones with limited specs and a low price point have the ability to surprise you with hidden reserves of quality, like the Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini or Huawei Ascend Y300, but it is hard to find here.
Right from the off it’s sluggish, taking some time to transfer between pages and screens while managing just a single task. Trying to play a game or surf the web seems too much for the dual-core processor to handle at times, with performance rapidly becoming limited.
Endurance is the name of the game for this low-budget Italian handset with a 5,000mAh battery
NGM is a not a brand name many will know outside of Italy, and to look at the Forward Endurance’s rather dull design, you might not think you need to. But they have managed to pack a gigantic 5,000mAh battery into the handset’s nondescript case.
To put this in context, many of Android’s leading lights don’t offer anything close to this battery size. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has just 2,550mAh, LG G4 has 3000mAh, and both the Note 4 and Nexus 6 have 3,220mAh. Admittedly, they all have battery saving modes to extend battery life, but all these £500+ premium devices will still need charging before this £160 handset will. NGM say it has 1,000-hour standby time and during our testing with intensive daily use, we didn’t need to charge it for three days.
But, unless we’re taking a long trip, is a super power cell a reason to buy a phone? Fortunately, the Forward Endurance also packs an impressive 12MP rear camera. Photos are rich with detail even before enabling the HDR mode, but the default editing features are basic.
The camera is one of the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – take better pictures with these expert tips
Samsung has made a huge leap forward in its camera technology with the snappers in the front and back of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Therefore, we’ve decided to show you how to really get the most out of these pieces of kit.
Can free app AutoMate (Beta) give you the ‘smart car’ experience?
When Google announced Android Auto last June, it caused a stir. The ability to view useful info and all your Android notifications, cast from a smartphone, on a car dashboard screen holds obvious appeal.
However, at the time of writing, there’s still no current car model that supports the system, so the only way to use it is by forking out at least £700/$1,000 for a compatible Pioneer head unit. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many Android owners were asking why the Android Auto system couldn’t simply be run on a phone or tablet mounted on the dashboard.
Step forward AutoMate, an unofficial alternative app that aims to solve the problem. Currently in public beta, it can be downloaded via the developer’s Google+ community page: goo.gl/Zds0KX. Since AutoMate needs access to the system and other apps, it requires a long list of permissions, along with full notifications access.
Chinese technology firm Xiaomi has shipped more wearables than Samsung, Jawbone and Garmin put together.
Despite only launching its first wearable device, the Mi Band, in July 2014, Xiaomi has rocketed to second place in the wearable technology market with a 24.6 per cent share of total shipments. This may be due to its low price tag but is still a startling return on less than 12 months of trading.
Fitbit is still a comfortable market leader with a 34.2 per cent share of the market but Garmin is a distant third with just 6.1 per cent, followed by Samsung with 5.3 per cent. However, as Fitbit doesn’t use Android Wear in its devices, Xiaomi is by the the biggest seller of devices running on that operating system.
Xiaomi’s meteoric rise has cut into the market share of all the top five, rounded off by Jawbone, cutting Fitbit’s market share by over 10 per cent. It remains to be seen if Xiaomi can continue this assault on the wearable technology market but, although it must be noted that this data doesn’t include the Apple Watch, this is a truly astonishing result for the company that only trades in the Far East.