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]

An LTE version of the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is on the way

Mobvoi is set to release an LTE version of its well-received flagship smartwatch, the TicWatch Pro 3. The Wear OS-powered device was the first to be powered by Qualcomm’s new wearable SoC, the Snapdragon Wear 4100 (SDM429), and was praised for its reduced profile and improved responsiveness compared to almost every other Google-powered watch. The LTE...

HTC Desire 20+ with Snapdragon 720G and 3.5mm headphone jack launched in Taiwan

HTC has announced the new HTC Desire 20+ in Taiwan (via GizmoChina), following up on the launch of the HTC Desire 20 Pro and HTC U20 5G. This new phone is a statement of intent to anyone who had written the brand off. The Desire 20+ is a mid-range handset based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon...

Apple launches new iPad Air with A14 Bionic, now available for pre-order

Apple has announced a new version of the iPad Air. Whilst all the attention this week has been on the iPhone 12 series, Apple has also announced an upgrade to one of its most successful tablets, bringing the same next-generation chipset seen in the phone. The ‘all-new’ iPad Air runs on the A14 Bionic chip, claimed...

Nokia secures $14.1m NASA funding to roll out 4G on the Moon

Nokia is teaming up with NASA to ensure that the new wave of lunar astronauts will be able to post their experience to their Instagram account if they so desire. The Finnish telecoms company will receive $14.1m funding from the US space agency to build a 4G cellphone network on the moon. The announcement comes...

Google Play Music is no longer available on Smart Speakers

Google is moving forward with its ‘death by 1000 cuts’ for Google Play Music after the service was removed from Google Assistant-powered smart speakers including the Google Nest Home range, and third-party devices (via ArsTechnica). This means that subscribers will automatically find their speakers set to YouTube Music by default from now on, with the Google...

Huawei Freebuds Studio headphones leak ahead of Mate 40 launch

Embattled Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei is set to announce the Freebuds Studio, its first premium over-ear wireless headphones, alongside next week's Mate 40 phone range. Despite the name, the Huawei Freebuds Studio are definitely not earbuds, but rather a high-end pair of Bluetooth headphones, seemingly meant to ape the success of Apple's Beats. Don’t expect a...

Google Play Console adds a publishing overview page and revamps timed publishing

Google has announced two near features that will be joining the redesigned Google Play Console when it rolls out next month. Publishing Overview and Managed Publishing are both aimed at giving greater control over how your creations are rolled out to customers. Publishing OverviewPublishing Overview is a new page offering a dashboard of your apps’ store...

Xiaomi to bring its Google Assistant-powered Mi Smart Speaker to Europe

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is bringing its Mi Smart Speaker to Europe shortly after its launch in India last month, according to WinFuture. The Google Assistant-powered smart speaker follows the usual Xiaomi ethos of offering a premium experience at a more pocket-friendly price point. Offering a dual-band WiFi connection, a 2.5-inch, 12-watt front-firing speaker backed up by...

Google Meet for Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 launches closed beta

Google Glass, the company’s ill-fated heads-up AR display (or smart glasses if you prefer), is getting a new app. (No, you’re not reading a story from 2015). The new, official release is aimed at enterprises running Google Workspace and trialing the second generation of Glass, which isn’t available to the general public. On a blog post,...

Why the Google Nest Thermostat is a perfect way to start your smart home

Google is looking to a new generation of smart homes with the launch of its latest generation of Google Nest Thermostat. It marks ten years since the first (pre-Google) Nest Thermostat brought home automation to an audience beyond James Bond movie villains and offers more features at a lower price. Here’s everything you need to...

Google Play Music has closed its mp3 store – here are your alternatives in 2020

Google has finally shuttered the Google Play Music Store, bringing sales of downloadable MP3s to an end. The move had been announced in August after Google's long and sometimes painful transition to its new streaming-only YouTube Music offering, though the option to upload your own library remains. The Google Play Music app remains active for...

Xiaomi demos intuitive smart home controls with Ultra-Wide Band technology

One of the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) technology. UWB is used for initiating faster device-to-device connections, taking advantage of the precise, indoor positioning features enabled by the technology. After Samsung, now Xiaomi has announced plans for UWB (ultra-wideband) technology adoption, using it to unify smart home products...