Editorial

The 3.5mm Jack: Unwanted Change in the Face of Unanimous Opposition?

The 3.5mm Jack: Unwanted Change in the Face of Unanimous Opposition?

Every. Single. Reviewer. Slams every single phone with no headphone jack and manufacturers just aren’t listening.

You know the drill by now. In a review (or preview) of (e.g.) the (new) Pixel 2 or Essential phone or iPhone 7/8/X or HTC U11, the reviewer says something like: “Sadly” or ‘Unfortunately” or even “Unforgivably”, in the context of there being no 3.5mm headphone/audio jack. I have yet to see a single reviewer or commenter exclaiming “Hooray, the jack has gone”.

Dash Charge Remains OnePlus 3T’s Most Underrated Feature

Dash Charge Remains OnePlus 3T’s Most Underrated Feature

Every year, we see a bunch of Android flagships being launched with some new technological breakthrough. Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 started the trend of waterproofing in flagship smartphones, while the Moto Z showed how modular phones of the future will work. In a bid to outdo each other, Android OEMs end up quickly copying such features to their next flagship handset. However, there is one feature that still remains exclusive to an excellent Android smartphone launched last year: OnePlus 3‘s Dash Charge.

Google Pixel May Be Doomed, but It Will Greatly Benefit the Android Ecosystem in the Long Run

Google Pixel May Be Doomed, but It Will Greatly Benefit the Android Ecosystem in the Long Run

The launch of Google Pixel and Pixel XL has stirred quite a controversy in many online forums. Not only did Google put an end to its renowned Nexus line of devices, but its new Pixel smartphones also have an iPhone-like pricing that has not gone down well with Nexus lovers.

Tips to Keep Your Android Phone Secure from Malware and Viruses

Tips to Keep Your Android Phone Secure from Malware and Viruses

Security scares are everywhere in 2016, both on the desktop and on mobile. But how worried should you be as an Android user? In short, not very – but that doesn’t mean you should relax completely, I still have some hard hitting advice to impart and some settings that I’d strongly advise are in place. Read on and (hopefully) be reassured….

Blackberry Priv: This isn’t the Blackberry you’re looking for…

Blackberry Priv: This isn’t the Blackberry you’re looking for…

Blackberry has produced some stunningly good designs in the past and some stunningly bad compromises. And the Priv probably ranks among the latter, I’m afraid. It’s the company’s first foray into Android, which is why you’re reading this here on AndroidBeat. Don’t get me wrong, the Priv is a supremely powerful computing device, but it’s also unnecessarily overpriced and overcomplicated. Blackberry is absolutely right to give up on BB OS 10 and head for Android, but this isn’t the beachhead that we wanted.

The twin camera tech behind the LG G5 explained

The twin camera tech behind the LG G5 explained

With the admittedly huge caveat that the LG G5 hasn’t even been announced yet, one of the surest leaks has been about the rear camera set-up, in at least that it will feature twin lenses. Which should get tech heads scratching – how will having two lenses help image quality? While nothing’s certain until the launch event, I thought I’d attempt a diagrammatic explanation. We’re certainly in an era where clever software and some lateral thinking can mimic what used to take bulky optics.

The Best Apps for your new Android smartphone

The Best Apps for your new Android smartphone

If you’ve had a new Android-powered smartphone for Christmas then you may still be wondering which applications to grab to make the best use of it. Fear not, for we’ve listed our favourites below, along with download links and, if the item is commercial, free alternatives, in case you’re still feeling cash-strapped.

LG G4 was the most underrated flagship smartphone of 2015

LG G4 was the most underrated flagship smartphone of 2015

Compared to all the other major flagship Android devices released last year, the LG G4 felt lacking in many areas. While it was the only flagship Android smartphone to offer a removable battery and a microSD card slot, it was also the only one that still featured a plastic build. 

8GB smartphones are a disaster waiting to happen

8GB smartphones are a disaster waiting to happen

One of the areas commonly cut down on by manufacturers is internal storage – slashing the flash memory from (say) 16GB to 8GB will save $10 or $20*, which is a lot in terms of a Bill of Materials for a budget smartphone of perhaps $100. Yet in today’s complex and ever-changing Android world, 8GB isn’t what it used to be. As I shall explain!

How to grab 8MP photos from 4K video on your Android phone

How to grab 8MP photos from 4K video on your Android phone

One of the promises of shooting videos on our smartphones at the massive resolution of 4K was that, later on, if needed, one could extract 8MP stills. So, rather than trying for a lucky shot at a kid’s race, for example, you just shoot the entire sequence in video form and then sit down afterwards to find the best stills to save and share. However, most phones that shoot 4K don’t (at the time of writing) have a suitable extraction function. Which is where this app tutorial comes in…