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Android Advisor Issue 47

Android Advisor is your go-to source for everything Android, from smartphones, tablets and the best mobile apps to wearable and in-car tech, optimised for the small screen of your mobile device. Whether you're new to the Android operating system or a seasoned user, you're sure to find something you like in Android Advisor's wealth of analysis, reviews, features and tutorials. Android Advisor will not only help you to choose the best phone or tablet for your needs, but also to get more out of that device.

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4 min.
biggest announcements you may have missed

CES may be all about consumer electronics, but sadly that doesn’t really include phones. Most companies hold off until the spring to unveil their newest handsets, and there hasn’t been a big Android splash at CES since Google unveiled the Nexus One back in 2010. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any Android news coming out of Las Vegas last month. While the Intel-AMD love affair and Google Assistant-powered speakers such as Lenovo’s Smart Display (see page 32 for our hands-on) might have snagged most of the headlines, Android fans still found enough cool things on the show floor to entertain them. Here’s a look at what you might have missed. 1. Moto Mods Moto Mods were all the rage a year ago, but the fad isn’t completely over. During its keynote,…

5 min.
project linda turns razer phone into a laptop

Another CES, another Razer prototype. Unlike last year’s three-screened laptop Project Valerie, Razer’s Project Linda is something that might actually make it to market. Project Linda is a dock for your Razer Phone (page 57) in the form of a laptop. Razer’s approach might have taken inspiration from the clamshell-like Lap Dock (originally called the Mobile Extender) that shipped as an option for HP’s Elite x3 Windows phone. That phone is dead, though, so Razer has an opportunity to reincarnate the idea on a more successful phone platform. I’m optimistic: Project Linda is only a prototype, but it’s the best I’ve seen from Razer. Hybrid hardware Because it uses the processing power of the Razer Phone, there isn’t much inside Project Linda. The form factor mimics the Razer Blade Stealth with a 13.3in…

4 min.
nvidia unveils giant 65in gaming display

Technically, Nvidia did not announce any smart TVs at CES. Instead, it revealed a set of 65in monitors that it’s calling Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD). Built by Acer, Asus, and HP – but all using the same 4K HDR panel – they’re supposed to bring high-end PC gaming into the lounge. But if you look past the gaming elements, Nvidia’s BFGDs could become the best smart TVs that money can buy when they arrive in the second half of this year. Their display quality rivals some of the best televisions from companies like Samsung, they use a fancy variable refresh rate technology that no other television has yet, and they have the guts of an Nvidia Shield TV – arguably the best media streamer on the market today – built…

5 min.
samsung galaxy a8

There weren’t many interesting new smartphones at CES 2018 but Samsung has got a pocket rocket in the form of the Galaxy A8. We were lucky enough to get our hands on what can be described as a better late than never Galaxy S8 mini. Before CES, there were a few rumours flying around that we’d see the Galaxy S9 unveiled at the show. It’s not a big shock those were no more than tales, but Samsung did at least have a new handset to keep us occupied. The Galaxy A range of devices has come a long way in a relatively short space of time and now effectively offers a cheaper and slightly lower spec version of the flagship S range, while keeping some of the key features and design…

5 min.
sony xperia xa2 ultra

Most new phone launches for 2018 will take place at MWC, but there were a handful of shiny new handsets in Las Vegas for CES. One of those was the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, a mid-range device for those wanting a huge screen and dual front cameras. Those are really the main features here as, unsurprisingly, Sony’s XA2 phones aren’t the first from Sony to have modern features like an 18:9 screen. Still, a dual selfie camera phone will appeal to some, if not many. Price The cost of technology continues to rise and the XA range is more expensive than ever before. Although the XA2 Ultra isn’t quite at the top of the mid-range, it’s still a pricey €450, with the smaller Xperia XA2 €100 lower. We’re still waiting for a…

4 min.
lenovo smart display

Amazon has brought put a screen on an Echo device in June last year, with the Echo Show (though it took a few months longer to reach the UK). Now, more than half a year later, Google has finally caught up, partnering with third-party manufacturers to build its own Echo Show rivals powered by Google Assistant. LG, JBL, and other manufacturers are all working on Google Assistant devices with displays, but the most impressive so far is the Lenovo Smart Display. We went hands-on with the new device at CES 2018, and here’s what we thought. Price The Lenovo Smart Display doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive – in the US at least – in “early summer”. We’re not sure yet if other markets will get it…