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.
Articles
Mobile

Samsung may admit defeat in Japan, and withdraw from the smartphone market there

According to a report published in the Korean media, Samsung is considering withdrawing from the Japanese smartphone market, where it controls just 5-percent of the market.
Mobile

Sony’s new Xperia E4 has two-day battery life, and a big 5-inch screen

Sony has announced the Xperia E4, a mid-range smartphone with a large 5-inch touchscreen and a 2300mAh battery, which it states will provide at least two days use before needing a recharge.
Mobile

Shell UK and PayPal team up for mobile pay-at-the-pump launch across 1,000 gas stations

Shell UK and PayPal will start offering drivers the option of using an app to pay for their fuel at 1,000 UK gas stations from April, without leaving their cars. Apple's competing Apple Pay mobile payments system has yet to launch in the…
Wearables

Squabbling engineers and an illicit affair helped shatter Google Glass, report says

An article published by the New York Times has charted the short, but exciting, life of Google Glass, from its inception inside Google's X labs, to its recent demise.
Mobile

Taiwan just banned kids from overusing tech. About time, or asinine?

Taiwan is about to introduce a new ruling which says parents will be responsible for restricting their kids' time using a phone, or any other electronic device. Those who flaunt the rule face a hefty fine. Here's why it's a brilliant plan…
Mobile

Look out, there’s another ridiculously thin phone coming soon, and it’ll be shown at MWC

Gionee, the smartphone brand which has made several of the world's thinnest smartphone title holders, will reveal its latest contender for the crown during Mobile World Congress next month.
Wearables

Under Armour plus MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, and MapMyFitness could equal HTC fitness tracker collaboration

Under Armour, the sports and fitness brand, has purchased MyFitnessPal and Endomondo, which come with a combined database of more than 100 million health fanatics. The next stage in its plan could be a wearable device with HTC.
Mobile

Xiaomi rumored to hold February 12 event in San Francisco

A rumor has sprung up that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has scheduled an event for February 12, but not in China. Instead, it's said it'll take place in San Francisco, which has prompted talk of a U.S. phone launch.
Mobile

Malware alert: If you downloaded these 3 Android apps, remove them immediately

Google has removed three apps from the Google Play Store, after they were found to contain adware. Worse, the problems didn't manifest immediately, but only after a period of time.
Mobile

This app wants you to pay attention in class, but only if you own an iPhone

Pocket Points is an app which rewards students who ignore their smartphones during a class, instead of checking Facebook. Its concern for getting the best out of academic life only extends to iPhone users though.
Mobile

Bad to worse: Samsung’s hold on global phone markets continues to slip

Samsung's hold on the international smartphone market continues to weaken, and the latest research shows it has slipped into the number two spot in India, where it has been beaten by local manufacturer Micromax.
Product Review

Sony SmartBand Talk Review

Between fitness trackers and smartwatches, there's Sony's SmartBand Talk.