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MWC – New Sony Xperia handsets appear online

There’s not a great deal we can tell you about this, other than the fact that trusted leaker @evleaks has just dropped this little beauty in his Twitter. Sony has a launch event scheduled for tomorrow morning which we’ll of course be attending. We’ll then be able to …

MWC Gallery Special – BlackBerry KEYone.

Well, Matteo loves it, and he’s taken lots of photos for you to enjoy. We got the full details of the KEYone early this morning but, after the live event, we finally got chance to get a hands-on with the thing. The people behind this have just put …

MWC – Live from the BlackBerry KEYone announcement

The DTEK70, aka the BlackBerry Mercury, accidentally showed up online this morning in an official release. The final name will be the BlackBerry KEYone and is made by TCL with BlackBerry as a licensing partner. The actual TCL press event is happening right now in Barcelona, and you …

MWC – BlackBerry Mercury accidentally goes official as the KEYone

A slightly premature embargo-busting post by the guys at GSMArena (now removed) has resulted in the BlackBerry KEYone spilling all over the internet earlier than expected. The handset, which has already appeared in the flesh thanks to teaser shots from TCL Exec Steve Cistulli, was also known as the DTEK70 …

Google is shutting down Spaces: You know that thing

Are there any arguments left against the fact that Google’s messaging apps are a mess. They have a plethora of messaging platforms that perhaps even Google don’t know what do do with. Hangouts looks destined to be shuttered at some strange to be replaced by Allo on the …

Remix OS is coming to your phone… Kinda

We here at Coolsmartphone like Remix OS. I have personally used it in the form of a tablet, and also a set top box. I have also seen a prototype of their next tablet (which sadly seems to have stayed as a prototype). Now along with their recently funded …

UPS Test Drone Deliveries

Things didn’t go all that well for the initial press event but it looks like courier firms are also looking to drones to help with parcel deliveries. This YouTube video shows how UPS are envisaging the process, with the drone able to assist the delivery driver on normal …

Mobile World Congress / MWC – Why all the fuss?

For quite a number of years now we’ve been lucky enough to head out to Barcelona. We go armed with ultra-portable gadgets and good running shoes. The event, held in the city since 2006, is basically where all the big mobile companies such as LG, Huawei, Sony and …

Another flying Selfie Shooter – AirSelfie

Just the other week we had the SELFLY. It was a flying camera which, when it wasn’t in the air, formed a case around your phone. Now, we’ve got a competitor in the form of the AirSelfie. It looks to be a smaller and ultra-portable. The people behind …

EE look to the skies for emergency coverage

We all tend to have a bit of a whinge regarding coverage. Indeed, I’ve mentioned that even outside network stores in cities you can struggle to get a decent signal. However, when disaster strikes then getting a connection to the outside world is even more important. In recent …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live

We’re heading off to MWC in Barcelona. The things we do for you…  Anyway, before we set off we thought we would record another podcast to give you something to listen to while we are away. So here you have it: Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live. Here on Coolsmartphone …

Coolsmartphone Podcast 197 Why Do You Use Quadrant?

It’s been a tough week, but we made it and have managed to finish editing Coolsmartphone Podcast 197 Why Do You Use Quadrant? Right, I’m going to make this post quikck because Episode 198 will be recording live in just over an hour. You know where to find …

So, the LG G6 just leaked

Trusting leaks can be a dangerous game, but when it’s long-time leaker @evleaks, we do listen. He’s just posted this picture on his Twitter feed, purportedly of the incoming LG G6, which we’ll be able to get our hands on this coming Sunday when it’ll be launched officially. …

The fallacy of connected light bulbs

It seems so simple doesn’t it. A short cut into making your lights ‘smarter’, with no need to re-wire anything or even look at a screwdriver. Unfortunately almost every brand has adopted connected light bulbs as their go to smart home tech and I’m here to tell you …

Microsoft hike Surface prices and blames Brexit vote

Following the Brexit vote last year, it appears that Microsoft has jumped on the “Let’s hike the prices in the UK and blame Brexit bandwagon“. It always intrigued me that in the past when we had a strong pound, we had the 1 dollar = 1 pound pricing. …

The Orange SPV – An update

A little update on the Orange SPV story we ran a short while ago. The SPV was from a different era – a phone with a numeric keypad, no touch screen and something called “Microsoft Smartphone” as an OS. John Brown got in touch with us because he’d …

Samsung S7 Upgrade to Android 7 available – ish

Our friends over the water are getting their Samsung S7 handsets upgraded to Nougat 7 finally but only if you are on T-Mobile in the US. Sadly, we still have to wait in the UK due to no longer having T-Mobile as an operator in the UK. Since …