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]

Philips Hue loses its Nest integration next week, and Google Home still isn’t ready

Philips Hue is undoubtedly the market leader when it comes to smart lighting, but it’s about to lose its compatibility with the outgoing Works With Nest protocol, as soon as next week. It’s been over a year since Google first announced it would be sunsetting the Nest app and closing Works with Nest, in favour...

Ring recalls some batches of its smart doorbells due to overheating risk

Ring, the Amazon-owned smart security company, is recalling selected batches of its iconic smart doorbells after a potential overheating hazard was discovered. The recall affects the Ring 2nd Generation Video Doorbell, first released in 2018. Although, when connected and installed correctly, the units pose no threat, if incorrect screws are used, it can cause the...

The OnePlus Nord N10 and Nord N100 will get just one Android version update to Android 11

OnePlus has turned heads over the years with its high-specced, low-priced Android handsets, and with the recent OnePlus Nord N10 5G and OnePlus Nord N100, you might have been thinking about where exactly the catch is at those prices. Turns out you were right to ask, as it looks like OnePlus will be offering a...

YouTube Premium members in the US, UK, and soon Canada and Europe can claim a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle

YouTube Premium is the latest Google service to lavish its users with freebies, this time in the form of a Stadia Premiere Edition for absolutely gratis. Subscribers to the service, including those who have it as part of their YouTube Music plan, can claim a voucher in the app, offering a package including controller and...

Honor 10X Lite is a new mid-range smartphone coming to Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Russia

Honor, the millennial sub-brand of Huawei has announced the Honor 10X Lite, launching in Saudi Arabia with a wider European rollout expected. The lower mid-range handset comes at a knockdown price, but of course, won’t come with Google Mobile Services (GMS) out-of-the-box. It's a more affordable version of the Honor 10X and 10X Max phablet,...

Google Street View is testing “Driving Mode” for contributing without a 360° camera

Google Street View is once again encouraging user-generated content from drivers. A new feature in testing will allow drivers to use their dashboard-mounted phone to become a mapping car. Reddit user /u/_-J-G-_ first discovered the feature, called "Driving Mode", in the Google Street View app which is available on the Google Play Store. By using...

Microsoft Your Phone can run multiple Android apps on select devices

Microsoft Your Phone can now support running multiple Android apps side-by-side on the Windows desktop. But before you get too excited, it seems that Microsoft and Samsung have done a deal, because it's limited to recent Samsung handsets. The feature was first teased during the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and was believed...

Google Chat will default to unthreaded chat rooms to eliminate the confusing mess

Google Chat is about to change the way it organizes conversations. Following criticism that threaded conversations are confusing, Google has confirmed that newly created rooms will soon be unthreaded by default. According to a posting in the Google Workplace blog, the change will kick in on all rooms created after November 16th. Google notes, however,...

Google Shopping adds a share menu shortcut to compare prices

Google Shopping was not a particularly high profile element of the search experience, but that seems set to change as Version 56 of the Android app has arrived with a new feature to boost its use. Many new shopping features have landed in the app recently, but this recent update has brought us yet another...

Motorola reveals Moto G 5G with Snapdragon 750G coming to Europe at 300 Euros

Motorola has announced another 5G-enabled addition to its popular budget G Series. The Moto G 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, unveiled in September, and sits alongside the big-batteried Moto G9 Power, also revealed today, and previously announced Moto G 5G Plus (known as the Motorola One 5G in the US). Running...

PSA: Chromecast Ultra overheating issues can be solved with a DIY heatsink

Google Chromecast Ultra was, until recently, the flagship product in the range, thanks in no small part to its 4K capabilities and its ethernet connection which makes it a natural partner to the company’s Stadia gaming service. The problem is, that kind of resource-heavy rendering can make the Chromecast Ultra run a bit hot. Well,...

Google fixes two more zero-day Chrome flaws that were already being exploited

Google’s Project Zero white-hat hacker squad has patched two new zero-day bug fixes for vulnerabilities in the Chrome Browser, already being actively exploited in the wild — the third time in two weeks the team has had to patch a live vulnerability in the world’s most used web browser. Ben Hawkes, the head of Project Zero...