Google IO 2016 Coverage

Republic Wireless launches its new Clear Choice Plans, will no longer issue credits for unused data

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Republic Wireless is shaking things up recently, first by adding a bunch of high-end handsets to its range, and today by changing up its plans. Remember when the carrier started giving you a credit for the data you didn’t use every month? Well, that promotion would appear to have been taken away with its newly announced “Clear Choice Plans” that are a little cheaper for the most part. Join us after the break for more details. Read more

European Commission rules against Three UK’s proposed merger with O2

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After BT acquired the UK’s largest network, EE, all eyes have been focused on whether CK Hutchison (owner of Three UK) would be allowed to buy O2 from Spain’s Telefonica. The question has been answered, and while it isn’t good news for the companies involved, it could be some welcome news for UK consumers. The European Commission has ruled against allowing the deal on the grounds that it would have reduced customer choice and likely seen prices increase. Read more

Google makes Full OTA Images available for Nexus devices, allows you to keep bootloaders locked

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Being able to flash the latest version of Android to your Nexus device is one of the most appealing benefits of owning a Nexus handset or tablet. The only real downside was having to unlock your bootloader to do so. That’s no longer the case, though, as you can now access full OTA images for all supported devices, allowing you to sideload the image via adb in recovery, even if your Nexus device has a locked bootloader. Read more

[Deal] Grab the Huawei P9 for just £300 from Vodafone

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While the Huawei P9 launched just over a month ago at an event in London, the handset has only recently started shipping out to the people who placed pre-orders. The Huawei P9 has an official RRP of £449, but the UK carrier, GiffGaff, were offering it on Pay As You Go for as little as £369 last week. We thought that was pretty good at the time, but it’s actually possible to get the P9 even cheaper, for just £300 plus top-up in fact. Read more

[Deal] Grab a SIM-free Huawei P9 from GiffGaff for just £369

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You’ve probably read a lot about Huawei and its latest flagship, the P9, in recent weeks, since its launch in London on April 6th. Featuring a dual-camera setup and a superb fingerprint reader on the rear, the P9 is proving to be quite impressive as we work up to typing out our review of the handset. The Huawei P9 launched in the UK with an official SIM-free price of £449, but if that proved a little expensive for your pocket, how does £369 plus £10 a top-up sound? Join us for more details after the break. Read more

The Galaxy S7 Lens Cover kit is now available in Europe for €149

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The Galaxy S7 is known for having a great camera, whether it’s used taking images in low-light or making a lovely panorama shot, it will deliver a great image for a smartphone. But what if you want to take even better photos, perhaps zooming in at a distance that would normally require a telephoto lens, or take an image with a wide-angled viewpoint? Well, Samsung teased us with the Lens Cover kit for the S7 back in February, and now it seems the Korean handset maker is finally making it available through its online stores.  Read more

Verizon begins shipping HTC 10 preorders

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The jury is still out on whether the HTC 10 has turned around the sinking ship that represents HTC’s financial woes in recent years, but so far, the company’s latest flagship has received a generally positive reception. Now it’s time to see whether the HTC 10’s warm reception will translate into much-needed sales for the Taiwanese handset maker. On that note, it has been reported that Verizon has begun shipping units out to those that placed pre-orders with the carrier. Read more