Darren Millar

Editor Europe

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Philips Hue Filament Bulbs a quick view review.

Nov 4th - As a lover of smart home technology and vintage industrial design. It was only natural that I’d try out the new Philips Hue Filament bulbs. Last week Philips were kind enough to send me two to try out. I had already pre-ordered 3 on Amazon anyway so I was great to get an early peek …

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[DEAL] Lametric’s smart clock is now $30 off for Halloween

Oct 30th - LaMetric Time is an Internet-connected clock that makes your home or work space unique with charming clock faces, controls smart home with a glance, tracks digital metrics in real time, creates music atmosphere with the dance of pixels. It’s also an awesome clock!Using promo code HALLOWEEN19 at checkout, you’ll be able to grab the LaMetric Time with …

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Google has submitted a bid to buy Fitbit

Oct 28th - Google has it eyes fixed on a slice of the crowded market of fitness trackers and smartwatches, people familiar with the matter said on Monday 28th October 2019 that Alphabet Inc has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit IncWhile Google has joined other major technology companies such as Apple Inc and …

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Is Google’s Pixel 4 smaller battery a software dev experiment?

Oct 23rd - I want to take a moment to write freely about Google and it’s commitment to software. It’s evident that Google are heading in absolutely the right direction with their camera software, they have billions of user’s activity data that allows them to mould the photography experience and finely tune it to appeal to a huge …

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5 reasons why I’m buying the Google Pixel 4

Oct 23rd - It’s been a week since the Google Pixel 4 announcement and boy has it been a whirlwind of reviews and emotional outpouring. Strong criticism has been thrown about and many positive vibes have been shared.There was very little left to learn about the Pixel 4 on launch day but never the less I fired up …

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Hey Google, un-brick my smart speaker please.

Oct 22nd - Google’s smart speaker automatic updates are usually convenient, but they’ve been creating a lot of headaches for some device owners recently. Google has confirmed that it’s fixing a problem with firmware updates that have bricked some Home and Home Mini speakers. A handful of users have had success by temporarily unplugging the power cable or …

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Google Nest Aware: One price for your entire home.

Oct 15th - “Hey, Google” heard that our Nest Aware pricing can get a little expensive and complicated, so they’ve introduced a simple whole home pricing model. Instead of paying separately for each camera, the new Nest Aware will include all cameras, speakers and displays in your home for one of two low prices, with even more video …

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Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL is launching today and cheaper than expected.

Oct 15th - The Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL will be announced later today and while there is not much left to the imagination regarding the phone itself we are still left guessing on price. It had been rumoured that the Pixel will release with a price tag of £$€1000+ but the latest slip ups from retailers …

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HTC’s new CEO admits lack of innovation – Were they right at the wrong time?

Oct 12th - In a recent TechCunch interview HTC’s new CEO Yves Maitre made a critical admission:“HTC has stopped innovating in the hardware of the smartphone, people like Apple, like Samsung and, most recently, Huawei, have done an incredible job investing in their hardware. We didn’t, because we have been investing in innovation on virtual reality.” “When I …

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GPS tracking for your pets made easy and affordable.

Oct 8th - After the successful launch of their very first cat-specific GPS tracker CAT during CES at the beginning of the year, Tractive, the world market leader in GPS tracking for dogs and cats has debuted the next generation tracker for felines at this year’s IFA in Berlin, Germany. Feedback from several 10,000 of customers had helped …

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How to choose the right Smart Home Hub for your life style.

Oct 8th - If you are wrestling with the idea of setting up an automated, app-controlled smart home, but you have absolutely no idea where to start? Well Phandroid can help you. First thing to choose is your smart hub, hopefully we can break it down so you have a clearer idea of what suits your lifestyle best. …

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New safety feature allows parents to monitor their children’s online lives.

Oct 3rd - Panda Security, the multinational cyber-security company, today launches its new family safety feature, within its Panda Dome protection platform. Panda Dome Family is a new feature that offers new protection and monitoring functions for today’s families thanks to the parental control and supervision utilities. The monitoring tool lets parents with various parenting styles understand their …

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Is HTC’s mobile team finally settled and living its best life at Google HQ?

Oct 3rd - Google’s Pixel 4 is probably 2019’s most leaked phone, even Google themselves have been publishing snippets of design and functionality on twitter. The leaks don’t stop coming and at this point we know almost everything. However a render leak of the new colour “Oh so orange” as they are expected to the call it at …

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YouTube TV now available on Amazon Fire TV enabled devices

Sep 30th - YouTube TV is now available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform. Amazon announced in a blog post that the service is available now on a wide range of its streaming devices. It can also be found on “Fire TV Edition” smart TVs, which have the Fire TV operating system built in. The cost for YouTube TV …