Andy Boxall

Andy Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a technology writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and owned a series of audacious cars.
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Mobile

See Samsung’s smart, $100 Gear Circle Bluetooth headphones in action

With the Gear Circle, Samsung has combined a pair of sports earbuds with smart Bluetooth earpiece functionality, and then given the final product a dash of high-tech fashion appeal.
Mobile

Microsoft may not release a new flagship Lumia phone until late 2015

A new rumor report suggests Windows Phone fans wanting a high-end device from Microsoft are in for a long wait. If it's accurate, Microsoft won't launch a flagship Lumia phone until September 2015.
Mobile

iXoost’s latest, and most stunning audio dock yet, gets Bluetooth connectivity

Stuck for a present to give the audio-loving car fan this year, and don't mind splashing out? The latest iXoost audio docks, made using F1 exhaust systems, have a Bluetooth connection built-in, and look astounding. But they are expensive.
Wearables

After sitting out smartphones, Intel will do anything to ride the wearable wave

After embarrassingly stumbling about while ARM and Qualcomm won the smartphone war, Intel has no intention of missing out on the next big trend. It's betting we'll be mad about wearables in the near future, and is taking a scattergun…
Mobile

Vsenn’s modular smartphone will let you swap operating systems

Finnish startup Vsenn, founded by a former Nokia project manager, is producing a modular smartphone to take on Google's Project Ara. It promises owners will be able to upgrade many aspects of the phone, from the screen size to the OS.
Mobile

Cheeky Amazon forced into launching new, stripped down Android app

After Amazon sneaked its own Android app store into the Play Store, Google changed its policy to force its removal. Amazon has replaced it with a stripped down alternative shopping app.
Mobile

Huawei plays with fire, plans Honor 6 Plus smartphone launch for December 16

Huawei has a new phone to launch next week, and it's almost certain to be called the Honor 6 Plus, and be a larger, more capable version of the recently launched Honor 6. Sound familiar?
Mobile

2014 is the year of health and fitness apps, says Google

Google has been crunching data in the last few weeks of 2014, and it turns out Health and Fitness is the year's fastest growing category in the Google Play store, echoing the fitness wearable trend.
Wearables

Goodbye fitness bands: Soon, motion sensors will be woven right into our clothes

XelfleX could be the technology to make smart clothing attractive, useful, and cheap. It uses fiber optic threads to monitor body movement, and the possible uses range from sports training to injury recovery.
Wearables

Rumor says HTC’s over smartwatches, has plans for a different kind of wearable

According to a new report, HTC will show its first wearable device at CES 2015, but it won't be a smartwatch. Instead, it'll apparently be something different to anything else on sale.
Mobile

Google’s quirky Cardboard VR viewer now has its own corner of the Play Store

Remember Cardboard -- The quirky VR viewer Google revealed earlier this year? It has received its first update, which includes a dedicated app, a Collections page inside the Play Store, plus new tools for developers.
Mobile

Google adds clever location sharing feature to Hangouts for Android

Google has updated the Android version of Hangouts, adding a selection of stickers, several new video filters, plus an interesting location sharing feature. The new features will also come to iOS soon.