Motorola (iPhone X) P30

Smartphone brand Motorola has been criticised for revealing a “shameless” copy of the iPhone X as its new model.
Many phone-makers have copied the look of the iPhone X, which has a smaller bezel around the screen and a “notch” at the top that houses a camera.
However, reviewers said the new Motorola P30 was a “brazen” and “egregious” rip-off of Apple’s flagship device… More at the BBC.

Lazy, lazy, lazy. They even copied the wallpaper.

Smug Android users

I often hear people criticise iPhone users with a huge degree of ignorance. The presumption that we are all sheep and do not know what we are buying seems commonplace. Steve, however, sent me the video below which takes an opposing view (strong language included!)

Wileyfox Spark + Add-X: £69.99

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Pay for a chunk of your Wileyfox Spark + Add-X with lockscreen offers and ads.

On your lockscreen, simply swipe right to unlock your phone and swipe left to discover more.

Offers and ads appear on the phone’s lockscreen while providing full access to personal notifications.

Engaging with targeted super content from some of the best known brands has never been easier! More at Amazon.

I couldn’t do it personally as the mobile experience needs to be 100% personal for me. Also not sure how long this will be allowed.

Android keyboard app leaks personal data of 31 million users

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Personal data for more than 31 million users of an Android keyboard app called AI.type has leaked online, according to ZDNet and researchers at the Kromtech Security Center.

The app’s database server wasn’t password-protected, which meant anyone could access more than 577 gigabytes of personal data, according to the report that was released today. The data was eventually secured after ZDNet attempted to contact the app’s creator, Eitan Fitusi… More at c|net.

Ouch!

Fake Android WhatsApp downloaded more than 1 million times

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Cybercriminals are known to take advantage of everything that’s popular among people in order to spread malware, and Google’s official Play Store has always proved no less than an excellent place for hackers to get their job done.

Yesterday some users spotted a fake version of the most popular WhatsApp messaging app for Android on the official Google Play Store that has already tricked more than one million users into downloading it… More at The Hacker News.

Maybe the iPhone X is cheap at half the price after all.

MISSION SS

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Built smart and built tough, the Mission can withstand the elements so you can take it with you anywhere: in the water, on the hill, off road and beyond. Powered by Android Wear™ and working hand in hand with Surfline®, the world’s largest and most credible source for surf conditions reporting, and Snocountry, the authority in mountain conditions, the Mission is equipped with a preloaded app and streamlines real-time surf and snow shred alerts to your wrist, so you’ll never-not-know. Welcome to the next generation of smartwatch. Welcome The Mission… More here.

If Google could find a way to make Android Wear work fully with iOS, the potential is huge for a raft of watches from Fossil and the like. Can’t see it happening anytime soon though.

Google stuff

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The Pixel 2 looks really sweet to me and sometimes I wish I wasn’t so embedded in iOS. For some reason, however, it doesn’t excite it any way…

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The Pixel Buds are exciting though and offer something that feels completely new. Not sure about the size or design though.

It is amazing how little of what has been released has filtered outside the tech world. Everyone I know was aware of the iPhone X the day after it was announced. No one I know is aware of the new Google products.

Facer 4.0

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There are currently around 30,000 watch faces in the growing Facer database. While smartwatches and the potential for designers to come up with creative watch faces is exciting, there will naturally be demand for the good design of familiar and iconic watch faces too. But existing watch designs or something too closely mimicking them submitted by third parties are obviously a concern. Let’s be honest that this problem is not limited to smartwatch faces, and we also see a lot of “inspired by” design across the watch industry – but let’s stick with the topic of smartwatches and Facer for now… More at A Blog To Watch.

I can’t quite get my head around the idea of watchmakers allowing their faces to appear on a smart watch. It’s not real in any way.

As one of the commenters to the above article wrote- ‘It’s like putting a Porsche spoiler on the back of a Ford Escort.’

Samsung Galaxy Note8

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The innovation of the Galaxy Note8’s design makes possible the 6.3″ Infinity Display. It’s the biggest ever for a Galaxy Note—giving you more screen for a bigger view and more space to use the S Pen. And it still fits comfortably in your hand because the symmetric curves and 18.5:9 aspect come together for a narrow body… More at Samsung.

Amazing how quickly the notion of an edge to edge screen feels completely normal. Sorry to sound like a misery, but I can’t remember the last time I looked at a new Android phone and was emotionally positive towards it.