Facebook adds Group Video Chat to Messenger app

Facebook adds Group Video Chat to Messenger app
It is easy to make the case that smartphones have revolutionised the way in which we communicate with our friends, family and loved ones. Initially greeted with a comparatively muted reception in some quarters - where doubts were expressed that they would offer much beyond the functionality of texting and voice calls already present on the old feature phone - they have since become a…

Samsung could be teaming up with LG for the Galaxy Note 8

Samsung could be teaming up with LG for the Galaxy Note 8
Electronics manufacturing giant Samsung could be set to team up with one of its rivals - LG - for support with the production of the future tentpole release of the Galaxy Note 8. LG Chem, a battery business arm of LG Group, has been tapped to build batteries for future products from Samsung, starting with the Note 8, The Investor reports. Since the global product recall…

Sony Xperia now boasts a retro PlayStation One theme

Sony Xperia now boasts a retro PlayStation One theme
Sony has announced the launch of a new theme for its Xperia range of smartphones, which is based on the company's landmark original PlayStation, which was launched over 20 years ago back in 1995. Smartphone fans who are also avid gamers will undoubtedly relish the PlayStation One theme, which can be downloaded via the Google Play store. Normally priced at £1.49, it is currently free…

Microsoft finally introduces Cortana for iOS and Android

Microsoft finally introduces Cortana for iOS and Android
Cortana - a digital personal assistant from computer technology giant Windows - has finally been made available to iOS and Android smartphone users in the UK. This extends the functionality of Cortana on Windows 10 to whatever smartphone the user carries, making it ideal for those who own a Windows laptop or desktop computer and want to use their mobile device in tandem with it.…

Instagram launches ‘disappearing messages’ and live video features

Instagram launches ‘disappearing messages’ and live video features
Instagram has announced the launch of two new features to the immensely popular image-sharing app: live video and disappearing photos. Since the launch of the Instagram Stories function in August this year, users have been able to post multiple images and videos from their day in a bundle, creating a story to share with their followers. Now, Instagram has announced that users will be able…

Apple accounts for 91% of global smartphone market

Apple accounts for 91% of global smartphone market
Technology giant Apple continued to dominate the global smartphone market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016, accounting for 91 per cent of the total market share. This is according to new analysis from Strategy Analytics, which revealed that profits in the worldwide smartphone industry reached a total of $9 billion (£7 billion) between July and September this year, with Apple accounting for a significant…

Nokia to return to smartphone market next year

Nokia to return to smartphone market next year
Nokia has announced that it will be making a return to the smartphone market some time during 2017, with the release of a brand new model. The tech brand has not had a major hold over the mobile phone market since the early noughties, when its classic 3310 handset and distinctive ringtone were the must-have assets for many a young person. Recently, the brand was…

Experiencing smartphone crashes? Pokemon Go could be the culprit

Experiencing smartphone crashes? Pokemon Go could be the culprit
There can be nothing more frustrating than a smartphone crashing when you are in the middle of sending a text or writing a tweet. Many people take this as a sign that their device is getting on and struggling to cope with the demands of the latest firmware. While this can be irritating, it often prompts the user to take advantage of an upgrade that…