“Honor? Who are they?”, we hear you ask. Well, Honor is a new standalone brand that has been created by Huawei. “Huawei? Who are they?” They are a huge Chinese telecoms company which makes both operator-rebranded phones as well as a number of own-branded devices such as the impressive Ascend Mate 7.
So, why a new brand? There are likely a few reasons. Firstly, Huawei itself hasn’t yet made massive inroads into the Western market. Secondly, perhaps the company has looked at the success of the OnePlus project and thought that it, too, can provide a high-spec device at a low cost. However, it’s a little strange that the firm chose to use the ‘Honor’ moniker, as this is also the name of an existing range of Huawei devices.
The Honor 6 costs £249 SIM-free, sold only by Amazon UK, which is pretty low for an unlocked Android phone. Yes, it’s £100 more than a Moto G (2014), but it is a lot cheaper than flagship devices. So it’s low cost, but is it high spec? Yes! The Honor 6 comes with an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD expansion, 4G LTE CAT-6 connectivity, a 5-inch Full HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a dual flash accompanied by a 5‑megapixel camera on the front, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Oh, and there’s an IR remote transmitter too (but oddly no built-in app to use it).
In the hand, the feel of the Honor 6 also belies its price. It’s encased in glass on the back and front, similar to a Sony Xperia, but with a plastic edge. It feels light but well made and the overall body size is good given the large screen and capacious 3100mAh battery. A notification LED is included on the front and the speaker, sadly, is on the back of the device, as is the smart silver ‘Honor’ branding. The speaker is quite loud, but very tinny and almost completely devoid of bass.
Everyone can now make PowerPoints and Word documents on their Android device.
Following last week’s previews of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Android tablets, Microsoft has announced that you can now download the full package from the Google Play store.
The technology giant has explained that the apps will be very familiar to users of these core Office products, while being fully optimised for Android devices, with large touch points negating the need for an external keyboard.
The preview apps were downloaded by more than 250,000 people in over 110 countries and all three gained Google Play scores of over 4.2 showing a positive response to the products.
We’ve all been in the situation where a simple misplaced finger can accidentally delete an important file or photo that we actually really need – it’s annoying but it does happen.
Unfortunately for Android users, there’s no simple workaround for restoring your deleted files and instead you’ll need to venture on to the Google Play Store to find a suitable third-party solution to help fix the problem.
We recommend the Dumpster app, which acts as a gatekeeper for all your deleted files before they permanently vanish from your device. It works in the same vein as a desktop PC’s recycle bin feature, where the user can restore the files they need or choose to permanently remove them for good. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of correctly configuring the Dumpster app to safely store and manage your deleted files, photos and other specific types of documents so that you can choose what to do with them before they disappear forever.
Commercial 3D printing company MakerBot has released an Android app.
MakerBot has made good on its promise to roll out an app for Android users and it is downloadable today from the Google Play store.
The app will allow you to control your printing from your smartphone or tablet with one click, setting up a print from a saved model in your library. The app will sync your Android device with the MakerBot Cloud Library where you can access your printing history.
As well as starting the print, you can also pause, cancel or even change the filament of the 3D printer remotely, thanks to this easy-to-use app.
Reports are suggesting that the first Lollipop update is available and able to be used on a Samsung S4.
Rumours have been circulating about when the first major update to Lollipop was going to drop and it looks like it’s just around the corner for Samsung Galaxy S4 users.
Reports originating in China spread to XDA Developers who have released an image of an S4 running Android 5.0.1. It still hasn’t been confirmed that this is legitimate, but all the signs are pointing to an imminent launch of the update, landing on S4s soon.
The launch of Lollipop has been beset by problems from the outset, with a delayed launch, bugs in the software and manufacturers failing to roll it out to customers who are eligible for it. However, news that the update might not be too far away could spell an upturn in fortunes for the troubled operating system.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have Beats Audio quality on your Android device? Well now you can, sort of.
Top mod AwesomeBEATS adds extra controls and boosts to your rooted device’s audio settings, letting you make the most of the audio options of Android. It’s a slightly fiddly process to get it installed though, and you’ll need a couple of apps and processes installed before you even get started to make it work. First off you’ll need a rooted device, and you’ll need to know what ROM you’re running as well. You won’t need a computer to work your way through this tutorial, but you should be pretty confident about what you’re doing when it comes to playing around with rooted devices, as we’re going to be poking around with the Linux-based innards of your phone or tablet using Terminal Emulator.
We ran the tutorial on a Nexus 7 (2012) rooted with WugFresh (wugfresh.com) and didn’t hit any major snags, but if you don’t know how to recover and restore your rooted phone, it might be best to get to grips with that before you try this. If you’re using a Nexus as well, get pro tips on restoring on page 40. When you’re ready, load up the Play store on your phone or tablet and we can start installing all the extra bits and bobs we need before we start installing AwesomeBEATS.