Posts From Chris Merriman

Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]

Facebook Messenger and Instagram add BTS theme and Watch Together feature

Facebook Messenger and Instagram have extended the scope of their newly joined-up messaging service with some new features, including one involving South Korean boy-band sensation BTS (for our regular readers, that’s the band providing the song for the current global Samsung Galaxy S20 FE advertisement).First up, according to Facebook’s newsroom, (if you’re just here to...

YouTube terms update lets Google show ads on unmonetized content

YouTube has updated its Terms of Service, and some of the changes have left users fuming. Parent company Google seems to be on a roll of taking away things and replacing them with not-as-good things, as the recent Google Photos debacle showed us, and the YouTube changes follow the theme. As we reported yesterday, the company...

The new Google Pay app is an all-in-one mobile bank, finance tracker, and contactless payment service

Google Pay has launched a new version of its Android app, ahead of the launch of its ‘Plex’ banking service in 2021. The replacement app, which is now live in the Google Play Store, has been completely rewritten in Flutter, Google’s DART-based development kit. We got our first look at the new design when India...

Google Home 2.31 overhauls media control, reinstates routine triggers

Google Home for Android has been updated to version 2.31, bringing with it a redesigned page for controlling media playing on each device, and bringing back routine triggering on other devices, something that was removed in September. The new media control page does away with the carousel of devices in favor of a single page...

Google now sells replacement remotes for Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV has already been a big hit since its launch in September. But already, there are anguished cries from around the internet from users who’ve already lost the remote. Fortunately, Google is listening and has added the option to buy a replacement from the Google Store. For $20, you can now replace...

Google Pay adds support for ten more countries in mainland Europe

Google Pay is finally rolling out across much of mainland Europe not previously covered by the service. From today, customers in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania will be able to sign up and add their cards, if their payment issuer supports it. According to a statement from Mastercard Europe, the new...

NVIDIA SHIELD TV gets a new software update to SHIELD Experience 8.2.1 with tons of bug fixes

NVIDIA has once again put other OEMs to shame with a firmware update for its NVIDIA SHIELD TV range — including the original generation device from all the way back in 2015. Shield Experience Upgrade 8.2.1 doesn’t add a massive amount of new functionality over version 8.2 but rather addresses a lot of niggling bugs...

Google Maps adds a new driving mode and food delivery alerts

Google Maps has just gotten a whole lot more useful, thanks to a string of newly announced features for this most unique of holiday seasons. With Diwali barely over and Thanksgiving just over a week away, it's easy to forget that the holiday season isn’t just round the corner, for many of us, it’s already...

PinePhone KDE Community Edition will run Plasma Mobile out-of-the-box

Pine64, makers of PinePhone, the Linux powered, completely open mobile device, has joined forces with software community KDE for a special edition. The PinePhone KDE Community Edition will run Plasma Mobile, the mobile version of KDE’s Plasma graphical workspace environment. KDE says that Plasma Mobile “includes most of the essential features a smartphone user would...

Google and Apple join Next G Alliance, years ahead of commercial 6G

You may still be struggling to get a 3G signal where you are, let alone 5G, but get with the program, square - 6G is where it’s at, at least if you’re Google and Apple. Both companies have joined the US trade group The Next G Alliance, a collection of potential 6G stakeholders, due to...

OPPO starts rolling out ColorOS 11 based on Android 11 for the F17 Pro and Find X2

OPPO has announced an expanded roll-out for ColorOS 11, the latest version of its operating system, based on Android 11. After a lengthy beta program, we got the first hints of a stable release last week, but now the Chinese OEM has announced the first countries to receive the rollout. A post to the OPPO...

Amazon Alexa will soon be able to answer questions on what you want, not just what you ask

Amazon Alexa has moved on in leaps and bounds since it was first launched in 2014, but it has largely been on the basis of simply asking it something and getting a response. Following on from the addition of conversational speech during the summer, the latest upgrade to the service is set to change all...