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Where is Facebook's new Audio hub? Easily find podcasts and soundbites

https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/facebook/158685-where-is-facebook-s-new-audio-hub-easily-find-podcasts-and-soundbites https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/facebook/158685-where-is-facebook-s-new-audio-hub-easily-find-podcasts-and-soundbites Maggie Tillman Mon, 11 Oct 2021 20:21:36 +0100 apps

pocket-lint.com In early 2021, Facebook announced a host of new audio-based features. Now, it is launching a dedicated hub for them, so you can easily find podcasts, live ]]> <p>In early 2021, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/facebook" rel="">Facebook</a> announced a host of new audio-based features.

Now, it is launching a dedicated hub for them, so you can easily find podcasts, live audio, and short-form clips on the platform. The social network is essentially gathering all its audio formats into a new "Audio" tab.&nbsp;</p><h2>Where is Facebook's Audio hub located?</h2><p>Facebook's new Audio hub can be found in the Facebook app for iOS and Android devices. It is a tab located in the Facebook Watch section.</p><ol><li>Open the latest version of the Facebook mobile app.</li><li>In the bottom navigation bar, select Watch.<ul><li>It's the "TV with a play button" icon.</li></ul></li><li>You'll notice various tabs at the top of Facebook Watch:<ul><li>For You</li><li>Live</li><li>Music</li><li>Audio</li><li>Following</li></ul></li><li>Select Audio.&nbsp;</li></ol><p>This new hub will help Facebook users find audio content from their favourite creators, discover new content, and access content they've saved for later.

At launch, the Audio section will highlight content from the creators you're already following as well as personalised recommendations and suggestions.</p><h2>Who can access Facebook's Audio hub?</h2><p>It is rolling out to all of Facebook's mobile users in the US.</p><h2>Why does Facebook care about audio?</h2><p>The mobile app <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/155697-what-is-clubhouse-how-does-it-work-how-to-join" rel="">Clubhouse</a> became a huge success at the beginning of the year, forcing Facebook and others to enter the live audio market to compete. Twitter, for instance, developed a Spaces feature, while Facebook has developed several new audio functions, which are slowly rolling out. As reported by <a href="https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_163397964455410&amp;key=c1c7d488bb2df8a8b659d5d41634d304&amp;libId=kun07p3o010023dg000DLc3uar7b9&amp;loc=https%3A%2F%2F9to5mac.com%2F2021%2F10%2F11%2Ffacebook-adds-new-audio-tab-with-podcasts-live-audio-more%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Ftechcrunch.com%2F2021%2F10%2F11%2Ffacebook-launches-a-audio-hub-in-the-u-s-for-podcasts-live-audio-and-short-form-clips%2F&amp;ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&amp;title=Facebook%20adds%20new%20%27Audio%27%20tab%20with%20podcasts%2C%20live%20audio%2C%20more%20-%209to5Mac&amp;txt=TechCrunch" rel="">TechCrunch</a>, Facebook has started making its Clubhouse rival, Live Audio Rooms, "more broadly available to global users".

It is also beginning to roll out Soundbites.</p><h2>Which audio features is Facebook developing?</h2><p>The social network is working on three main products: Soundbits, Podcasts, and Live Audio Rooms.</p><ul><li><strong>Soundbites: </strong>Short audio clips - or "an audio version" of Reels, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</li><li><strong>Podcasts:</strong> Facebook is making a podcast discovery tool.</li><li><strong>Live Audio Rooms:</strong> Host audio discussions and even record and distribute your conversations.</li></ul><p><strong>Want to know more? </strong>Check out: <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/facebook/156584-watch-out-clubhouse-facebook-announces-live-audio-rooms-and-soundbites" rel="">Watch out, Clubhouse: Facebook announces Live Audio Rooms and Soundbites</a>.</p><ul></ul>

Google TV update tailors your experience with custom profiles and watchlists

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google/158684-google-tv-update-tailors-your-experience-with-custom-profiles-and-watchlists https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google/158684-google-tv-update-tailors-your-experience-with-custom-profiles-and-watchlists Maggie Tillman Mon, 11 Oct 2021 19:36:45 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com Google has announced it is updating the Google TV experience with new features that make it easier for multiple people within the same household to find ]]> <p>Google has announced it is updating the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google" rel="">Google TV experience</a> with new features that make it easier for multiple people within the same household to find what they specifically want to watch. It is adding custom profiles, watchlists, and personalised Google Assistant help.</p><p>Google TV already supported the ability to sign into multiple Google Accounts - but only the primary account holder would be able to access content suggestions, a watchlist, and Google Assistant functionality. Now, <a href="https://blog.google/products/google-tv/more-you-personalized-profiles/" rel="">with user profiles</a>, each person in a household can get their own recommendations and access their own watchlist.

Plus, going forward, their Google Assistant responses will be based on their own activity and interests.</p><p><strong>Also: <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google/127898-what-is-google-chromecast-and-why-should-you-care" rel="">What is Google Chromecast and why should you care?</a></strong></p><p>As part of the new tailored experience, Google will introduce glanceable cards on ambient mode so an idle TV can display personalised information like weather, news, sports statistics, and even shortcuts for stuff like podcasts and photos. Downloaded apps and credentials can be used across different profiles, too.</p><p>Profiles will roll out in November 2021 to <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/reviews/google/154304-google-chromecast-with-google-tv-review" rel="">Chromecast with Google TV</a> as well as Sony and TCL Google TVs.</p><p>In addition to profiles, the mobile remote app for Google TV, which recently launched on Android, is coming to the Google Home app on Android and iOS.</p>

Watch Blue Origin send 90-year-old William Shatner to space on a rocket

https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/158620-how-to-watch-blue-origin-send-william-shatner-to-space-live-stream https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/158620-how-to-watch-blue-origin-send-william-shatner-to-space-live-stream Maggie Tillman Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:37:39 +0100 apps

pocket-lint.com Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space company, has announced its next high-profile spaceflight: In two weeks, it'll launch a 90-year-old man to an altitude of ]]> <p>Blue Origin, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/amazon/136998-blue-origin-when-will-jeff-bezos-space-company-take-tourists-into-space" rel="">Jeff Bezos' space company</a>, has announced its next high-profile spaceflight: In two weeks, it'll launch a 90-year-old man to an altitude of roughly 62 miles above Earth. Who is this person?

None other than <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/120773-star-trek-in-real-life-best-starfleet-gadgets-and-toys-you-can-buy" rel="">Captain James T Kirk</a> of the USS Enterprise.</p><p><strong>Also: <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/148288-star-trek-timeline-best-star-trek-movie-show-series-viewing-order" rel="">Star Trek in order: Best way to watch the movies and shows</a></strong></p><p>That's right: Actor William Shatner is flying out to the great beyond in real life via Blue Origin's New Shepard NS-18 rocket. He'll be considered the oldest person to fly to space, a record previously held by aviator Wally Flunk, who flew on <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/amazon/157550-how-to-watch-jeff-bezos-go-to-space-live-stream" rel="">Blue Origin's first crewed flight of New Shepard</a> just a few months ago. If you're a Star Trek fan who wants to see Kirk lift-off, or perhaps you want to be a part of history by watching the oldest person in space, here's how.&nbsp;</p><h2>When is Shatner's Blue Origin spaceflight?</h2><p>It has been delayed by a day due to weather.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday 12 October 2021, the launch from the spaceport in Texas will now take place at 8:30am CDT Wednesday 13 October 2021, <a href="https://www.blueorigin.com/news/new-shepard-ns-18-mission-updates" rel="">Blue Origin said in a statement</a>.</p><p>Here are a few different local times, for your reference:</p><ul><li>9:30am ET on 13 October</li><li>6:30am PT on 13 October</li><li>2:30pm BST on 13 October</li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158620-apps-news-feature-watch-blue-origin-send-william-shatner-to-space-on-the-new-shepard-rocket-image2-ygja2rov3f.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Who is joining Shatner's Blue Origin spaceflight?</h2><p>Shatner will be joined on the flight by the following crewmates:</p><ul><li>Audrey Powers, a VP at Blue Origin</li><li>Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer who co-founded Planet Labs</li><li>Glen de Vries, co-founder of Medidata and a vice chair at Dassault Systemes</li></ul><p><a href="https://www.tmz.com/2021/09/24/william-shatner-going-space-jeff-bezos-blue-origin/" rel="">TMZ</a> has claimed Shatner's flight will be filmed as part of a documentary.</p><h2>How far into space is Shatner flying?</h2><p>Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket is designed to launch vertically. It'll lift off from Launch Site One in West Texas carrying four passengers in a crew capsule that's on top. It'll climb to an altitude of 62 miles (100 kilometers) above the Earth.

At that point, the capsule and the rocket should separate, and both parts will fall back to Earth (with the capsule and passengers hopefully safely touching down). In total, the flight will last about 10 minutes.</p><h2>How to watch Shatner fly into space</h2><p>Blue Origin <a href="https://www.blueorigin.com/news/shatner-powers-announced-ns18" rel="">said</a> it will host live launch coverage on <a href="https://www.blueorigin.com/" rel="">BlueOrigin.com</a> at T-90 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 8:30am CDT.</p>

Amazfit's GT series gets refreshed with GTR 3, GTR 3 Pro and GTS 3 smartwatches

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/158607-amazfit-gtr-pro-gts-3-smartwatch https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/158607-amazfit-gtr-pro-gts-3-smartwatch Max Freeman-Mills Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0100 smartwatches

pocket-lint.com Amazfit has refreshed its smartwatch lineup in the form of the GTR 3 and GTS 3, along with the premium GTR 3 Pro, which is the new flagship in its lineup. ]]> <p>Amazfit has refreshed its smartwatch lineup in the form of the GTR 3 and GTS 3, along with the premium GTR 3 Pro, which is the new flagship in its lineup.

All can offer improved specs and performance over the models they're iterating on.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/buyers-guides/132168-best-smartwatch-top-rated-and-best-looking-smartwatches-to-buy" rel="">Best smartwatch rated: Top smartwatches available to buy today</a></li></ul><p>The GTR 3 and GTS 3 offer the same specs in different styles - the former in a round watchface that you can see above this article, while the latter has a more digital-looking squared-off design, pictured below.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158607-smartwatches-news-amazfit-s-gt-series-gets-refreshed-with-gtr-3-gtr-3-pro-and-gts-3-smartwatches-image2-yvl3hxsni9.png" alt=""></p><p>You get a physical crown on all three versions, for navigating around apps and menus, which will be familiar to anyone who's used an Apple Watch in recent years, and haptic feedback ensures that it all feels nice and snappy.</p><p>There's also a new operating system at play - Zepp OS, which overhauls the user experience a fair bit with new apps and 24-hour health monitoring. Transitions and animations have gotten way smoother across the board, too, according to Amazfit, and comparison footage certainly underlined this.</p><p>All models also have always-on displays, which can fade out certain elements of your chosen home screen to ensure that you have key metrics at a glance, including the time but also other variables you might be tracking.</p><p>They've also all got SpO2 monitoring, and in fact can do a whole host of tests in one tap, letting you check out your oxygenation, heart rate, stress levels and more just by checking in on your wrist.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158607-smartwatches-news-amazfit-s-gt-series-gets-refreshed-with-gtr-3-gtr-3-pro-and-gts-3-smartwatches-image3-xosx2qrp85.png" alt=""></p><p>Moving to the GTR 3 Pro, though, Amazfit has packed in some solid upgrades. It has an ultra-HD AMOLED display that cranks out 331 ppi of pinpoint resolution, and at 1.45 inches it's pretty sizeable (the standard GTR 3 is smaller at 1.39 inches), with a 70.59 percent screen-to-body ratio.</p><p>All three watches should be available later today, with the GTR 3 and GTS 3 both starting at EUR149.99/£179.99, while the GTR 3 Pro comes in at EUR199.99/£229.99.</p>

Google Pixel 6 vs Pixel 5: What's the rumoured difference?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/157343-google-pixel-6-pro-vs-pixel-5-differences-compared https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/157343-google-pixel-6-pro-vs-pixel-5-differences-compared Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:30:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com Google will announce the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones on 19 October, succeeding the Pixel 5 that arrived in October 2020. We've compared how the ]]> <p>Google will announce the Pixel 6 and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">Pixel 6 Pro</a> smartphones on 19 October, succeeding the Pixel 5 that arrived in October 2020.&nbsp;</p><p>We've compared how <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" rel="">the Pixel 6</a> and Pixel 6 Pro could compare based on the speculation in <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/157079-google-pixel-6-pro-vs-pixel-6-differences-compared" rel="">a separate feature</a>, but here we are focusing on how the Pixel 6 might stack up against <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/154194-google-pixel-5-review" rel="">the Pixel 5</a>.</p><h2>Design</h2><ul><li>Pixel 5: 144.7 x 70.4 x 8mm</li><li>Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 11.8mm with bump</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, 11.5mm with bump</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will offer a complete redesign compared to the Pixel 5.

Both will have a rectangular camera housing that stretches across their entire width, compared to the square housing positioned in the top left corner on the Pixel 5.</p><p>There's a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/146822-hole-punch-camera-vs-notch-vs-slider-honor-samsung" rel="">punch hole camera</a> at the top of the display in the centre in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, repositioning from the top left corner on the Pixel 5.</p><p>The other big change in design appears to be the introduction of an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/huawei/146063-in-display-fingerprint-readers-how-do-they-work" rel="">under-display fingerprint sensor</a> on the Pixel 6, rather than the physical sensor on the rear of the Pixel 5. The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are also a little more exciting in terms of colours, with blocks of colours on the rear.</p><p>In terms of physical measurements, it looks like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both be larger than the Pixel 5, as well as thicker. The Pixel 5 has an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/138727-ip-ratings-what-do-they-actually-mean" rel="">IP68 water and dust resistance</a>, and we'd expect the same from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.&nbsp;</p><h2>Display</h2><ul><li>Pixel 5: 6-inch, Full HD+, 90Hz</li><li>Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, 10-120Hz</li></ul><p>Rumours suggest the Google Pixel 6 will come with a 6.4-inch display and the Pixel 6 Pro with a 6.7-inch display.

If true, both devices will be bigger than the Pixel 5's 6-inch display.</p><p>It's thought the Pixel 6 will likely come with a Full HD+ resolution, a flat screen and a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/151044-smartphone-display-refresh-rates" rel="">120Hz refresh rate</a>. The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, will come with a slightly curved display, and it is thought to have a Quad HD+ resolution and a 10Hz to 120Hz variable refresh rate.</p><p>The Pixel 5 has a 6-inch display that has a Full HD+ resolution at 2340 x 1080 for a pixel density of 432ppi. It offers a 90Hz refresh rate and it has <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/dolby/138387-mobile-hdr-dolby-vision-hdr10-and-mobile-hdr-premium-explained" rel="">HDR support</a>, which the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are both likely to offer too.</p><h2>Hardware and specs</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: Google chip, 5G, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage, 4614mAh</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: Google chip, 5G, 12GB RAM&lt; 128/256/512GB storage, 5000mAh</li><li>Pixel 5: Qualcomm SD765G, 5G, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4000mAh</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will run on an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157890-what-is-google-tensor-and-which-phones-and-devices-does-it-power" rel="">in-house chip called Tensor</a>.

The chip is claimed to have an 80 per cent performance increase on the Pixel 5.&nbsp;It's also expected to offer 5G capabilities.</p><p>It's said the Pixel 6 will have 8GB RAM and storage options of 128GB and 256GB, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have 12GB RAM and the same storage options, along with a 512GB model too. The Pixel 6 will apparently have a 4614mAh battery, while the 6 Pro will have a 5000mAh battery capacity.</p><p>The Pixel 5 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. There's no microSD support.

The battery capacity is 4000mAh and the Pixel 5 supports fast charging and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/140239-wireless-charging-explained" rel="">wireless charging</a>, both of which we would expect on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.</p><h2>Camera</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: Dual camera</li><li>PIxel 6 Pro: Triple camera</li><li>Pixel 5: Dual camera</li></ul><p>The Pixel 6 will have a dual rear camera, and rumours suggest a 50-megapixel main camera coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, will have a triple rear camera and it is said to have the same 50-megapixel main sensor and same 12-megapixel ultra wide angle lens as the Pixel 6, but with the addition of an 48-megapixel telephoto sensor too. Google has confirmed the telephoto lens will offer 4x optical zoom and it's rumoured there will be 20x digital zoom on board too.</p><p>The Pixel 5 has a dual rear camera comprised of a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main camera with 1.4um pixels and a f/1.7 aperture, along with a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens with 1.0um pixels and an f/2.2 aperture.</p><p>The front camera on the Pixel 5 is an 8-megapixel sensor with 1.12um pixels and an f/2.0 aperture. It's said the Pixel 6 will also offer an 8-megapixel front camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to up this to 12-megapixels with a 94-degree ultra wide-angle lens.</p><h2>Conclusion&nbsp;</h2><p>The Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will offer a big redesign compared to the Pixel 5, and speculation suggests they will also have larger displays, faster refresh rates and upgrades in hardware.&nbsp;</p><p>It also looks like the camera offering will be more advanced on the Pixel 6 and certainly the 6 Pro with the addition of a telephoto lens.</p><p>You can follow all the rumours for both <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" rel="">the Pixel 6</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">Pixel 6 Pro</a> in our separate round up features.</p>

Best electric shavers 2021: Top trimmers and razors for facial hair

https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/buyers-guides/150554-best-electric-shavers https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/buyers-guides/150554-best-electric-shavers Max Freeman-Mills Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:27:00 +0100 gadgets

pocket-lint.com Shaving is, somewhat inescapably, a chore.

It takes time, you have to do it regularly, and if you're still in the world of old-school razors and brushes, ]]> <p>Shaving is, somewhat inescapably, a chore. It takes time, you have to do it regularly, and if you're still in the world of old-school razors and brushes, you might find that constantly buying new razor heads gets really expensive, very quickly.</p><p>The good news is that we're decades into the electric shaver revolution by now, and some of the shavers that you can buy at relatively low cost are seriously impressive bits of kit.</p><p>Whether you're looking for the closest shave, extreme convenience, long battery life or even multi-use trimmers and shavers, there's likely an option that's perfect for you. We've rounded up some of the best electric shavers on the market for you, below, across a range of different price brackets, all to give you a great selection to pick between.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/buyers-guides/150835-best-epilators-hair-removal-body" rel="follow">Best epilators 2020: Hair removal around your body</a></li></ul><p>These shavers have been tested to see how nice they are to use, how reliably they shave and, of course, whether they truly represent good value or not.</p><hr><p>Our top pick is the <a href="https://little.getsquirrel.co/best-deal/3/philips-shaver-series-7000-dry-and-wet-electric-sh/6144523" rel="">Philips Series 7000</a>.

Also worth checking out are the <a href="https://little.getsquirrel.co/best-deal/3/remington-r4-shaver/176617" rel="">Remington R4</a>, <a href="https://little.getsquirrel.co/best-deal/3/braun-380s-series-3/176618" rel="">Braun Series 3</a>, <a href="https://little.getsquirrel.co/best-deal/3/philips-oneblade-shaver/173448" rel="">Philips OneBlade</a>, and <a href="https://little.getsquirrel.co/best-deal/3/philips-shaver-series-5000-dry-and-wet-electric-sh/6144552" rel="">Philips Series 5000</a>.</p><h2>The best electric shaver to buy today</h2>

What is Oculus Link and how do you use it to play even more VR games?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/oculus-rift/153723-what-is-oculus-link-and-how-do-you-use-it https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/oculus-rift/153723-what-is-oculus-link-and-how-do-you-use-it Adrian Willings Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:22:00 +0100 ar-vr

pocket-lint.com If you own an Oculus Quest headset then you may have heard of Quest Link. If you also own a gaming PC, then you're in for a real treat, as with a free ]]> <p>If you own an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/oculus-rift/146720-oculus-quest-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oculus Quest</a> headset then you may have heard of Quest Link. If you also own a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/144012-how-to-build-and-upgrade-your-own-gaming-pc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">gaming PC</a>, then you're in for a real treat, as with a free bit of software and the right USB-C cable you can play PC quality virtual reality games on your affordable VR device.&nbsp;</p><p>That's right, Quest Link gives you the ability to <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/oculus-rift/129719-oculus-rift-the-best-experiences-and-games-available-right-now" target="_blank" rel="noopener">play Oculus Rift S games</a> on a headset that doesn't normally need a PC to run.

The main downside is that you'll need to abandon your wireless freedom in order to play, but you will have a lot more games to choose from. That includes solid favourites like <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/steam/151592-half-life-alyx-review-vr" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Half-Life: Alyx</a>, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/143960-the-invisible-hours-review-a-voyeuristic-vr-delight" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Invisible Hours</a>, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/144143-skyrim-vr-review-virtual-reality-best-game" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Skyrim VR</a> and a whole lot more.&nbsp;</p><p></p><h2>How to use Oculus Link</h2><p>The first step to getting started using Oculus Link is to ensure you have the right hardware. Yes, you need the Oculus Quest headset, but you also need a compatible PC or laptop and the right high-quality USB-C cable (either USB-C to USB-C or USB-A to USB-C).&nbsp;</p><p>You can find out if your computer is <a href="https://support.oculus.com/444256562873335/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compatible by checking here</a>, but at the time of writing the minimum specs are as follows:</p><ul><li>Processor - Intel i5-4590/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater</li><li>Graphics Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 and above</li><li>Memory - 8 GB+ RAM</li><li>Operating System -Windows 10</li><li>USB Ports - 1 x USB port</li></ul><p>If you tick all those boxes, then you should be able to use Oculus Link with just a few more steps.

The first of which is downloading the <a href="https://www.oculus.com/download_app/?id=1582076955407037" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oculus App for PC</a>. This is free software that's usually used for Oculus Rift or Rift S, but when you plug your Quest in it'll be recognised by the app as well.&nbsp;</p><p>Download the software and log in to your account in the normal way. Then find an appropriate USB-C cable. <a href="https://www.oculus.com/quest/accessories/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The official Oculus Link cable</a> is a logical choice, it's 5m long and fully supports the speeds need to work with the headset.

There are other alternatives available though.&nbsp;</p><p>squirrel_widget_352458</p><p>We find it's best to plug the headset into the GPU on your PC directly. Doing so, with the USB-C cable attached to your headset and your PC at the same time should result in the Oculus software recognising your device.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/153723-ar-vr-news-feature-what-is-oculus-link-and-how-do-you-use-it-to-play-even-more-vr-games-image1-57wpkthclw.jpg" alt=""></p><p>From here you'll see a green circle indicating that the headset has been recognised and is connected. Pop the Quest on and you should also see a pop up asking to enable Oculus Link within the headset.&nbsp;</p><p>If you don't see that request you can find the options in the headset's settings.

Navigate to settings, devices and scroll down and you should see an option to enable Oculus Link.&nbsp;</p><h2>Troubleshooting Oculus Link not working</h2><p>If you've done everything right, but your Oculus Link isn't working, there are a few things you can try to fix it. Firstly try the obvious - turn it off and on again - both the PC and the headset.&nbsp;</p><p>Then try these things:</p><ul><li>Check you have the latest Oculus app &gt; navigate to library and updates</li><li>Force Oculus to restart - click settings, beta and "restart Oculus" to reboot all the software within Windows</li><li>Join (or leave) the Public Test Channel - some releases of the beta might not play nice with Oculus Link. Navigate to beta and click to turn the Public Test Channel option on if it's not already ticked or off if it is.

Switching between these options might help</li><li>Check your USB-C cable is plugged in properly, if possible plug it directly into the graphics card on your machine</li><li>Update your graphics card drivers to ensure you have the latest</li></ul><h2>Get your game on!</h2><p>When it's working, Oculus Link is great. It's a fantastic addition to the Oculus Quest as it gives you the power to play full-blown VR games without the need for external trackers and hassle and without massive extra cost (assuming you already own a PC).&nbsp;</p><p>You can buy games from <a href="https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Oculus Store</a> and launch them from the app. You can also install and <a href="https://store.steampowered.com/app/250820/SteamVR/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">launch Steam VR</a> and access games that way as well.

If they work with the Oculus Rift, they should also work with your Oculus Quest seamlessly&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/oculus-rift/129719-oculus-rift-the-best-experiences-and-games-available-right-now" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S games and experiences available</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/137334-best-htc-vive-games-vr-demos-and-virtual-reality-experiences-to-buy-and-download" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best HTC Vive Cosmos, Vive and Vive Pro games: Incredible experiences to play right now</a></li></ul><h2>Oculus Link wirelessly</h2><p>Since the launch of Oculus Link, the company has made moves to improve it. With the release of v28 of the software, <a href="https://www.oculus.com/blog/introducing-oculus-air-link-a-wireless-way-to-play-pc-vr-games-on-oculus-quest-2-plus-infinite-office-updates-support-for-120-hz-on-quest-2-and-more/?locale=en_GB" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oculus announced</a> that it was making it possible to use Oculus Link wirelessly.&nbsp;</p><p>Oculus Air Link, as it's called, allows Oculus Quest 2 owners to play Oculus Rift compatible games wirelessly, without needing to be tethered directly to a gaming PC.</p><p>This is done over wireless and obviously might have some downsides as well as some basic requirements in order to run. Oculus says, for example, that you'll need a "strong and secure Wi-Fi network" for the best experience and ideally to be within 20 feet of your router.&nbsp;</p><p>In order to access Oculus Air Link,, you'll need to download and install the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.oculus.com/setup/?intern_source=blog&amp;intern_content=introducing-oculus-air-link-a-wireless-way-to-play-pc-vr-games-on-oculus-quest-2-plus-infinite-office-updates-support-for-120-hz-on-quest-2-and-more" target="_blank" rel="noopener, sponsored,">Oculus app on your PC</a>.

Then go to settings in the app, click on Beta settings and click to toggle Air Link. Inside the headset, go to settings, navigate to the experimental settings, then activate Air Link there too.&nbsp;</p>

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Pixel 6: What's the rumoured difference?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/157079-google-pixel-6-pro-vs-pixel-6-differences-compared https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/157079-google-pixel-6-pro-vs-pixel-6-differences-compared Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:15:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com Google is working on the the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, both of which are expected to be announced on 19 October 2021.The two have leaked extensively ]]> <p>Google is working on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" rel="">the Pixel 6</a> and the Pixel 6 Pro, both of which are expected to be announced on 19 October 2021.</p><p>The two have leaked extensively over the last few months and we've had some official details from Google itself too, so we have some indication as to what we can expect.</p><p>Here is how the Google Pixel 6 is rumoured to compare to the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">Google Pixel 6 Pro</a>, based on what we have heard and know so far.</p><h2>Design</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: 158.6 x 74.8 x 8.9mm, 11.8mm with bump</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, 11.5mm with bump</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro share a similar design, though there appear to be some variations between the two models.</p><p>Both will have a prominent horizontal camera housing that spans the entire width of the rear, but the Pixel 6 will have dual camera while the 6 Pro will have a triple camera. The flash module sits on the right of the lenses within the housing.</p><p>It seems both will sport an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/huawei/146063-in-display-fingerprint-readers-how-do-they-work" rel="">under-display fingerprint sensor</a>, along with a centralised <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/146822-hole-punch-camera-vs-notch-vs-slider-honor-samsung" rel="">punch hole camera</a> at the top of the display, but the Pixel 6 will have a flat screen, while the 6 Pro will have a slight curve to its display.</p><p>The Pixel 5 is IP68 rated, which the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected to be, based on leaks.

It's not clear if the Pixel 6 will also offer this as yet, though we'd expect it to be. In terms of size, the Pixel 6 Pro is expected to be the larger device.</p><p>The Pro will also have a polished aluminium finish and come in black, white, and a yellow colour, while the Pixel 6 will be matte and come in black/grey, blue/green and orange/red colour options.</p><h2>Display</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+, 120Hz</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+, 120Hz</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 is said to be coming with a 6.4-inch display, which as we mentioned, is flat. It's claimed it will sport a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, is expected to come with a 6.7-inch curved LTPO display, which makes it a little bigger and more distinctive than the standard model.&nbsp;It's thought it will come with a Quad HD+ resolution and a variable&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/151044-smartphone-display-refresh-rates" rel="">refresh rate</a>&nbsp;between 10Hz and 120Hz.

It's not clear the standard model may not offer the adaptive refresh rate.</p><p>We're expecting <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/dolby/138387-mobile-hdr-dolby-vision-hdr10-and-mobile-hdr-premium-explained" rel="">HDR support</a> on both models as the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/154194-google-pixel-5-review" rel="">Pixel 5</a> offers this.</p><h2>Hardware and specs</h2><p>Pixel 6: Google own Tensor chip, 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage,&nbsp;<br>Pixel 6 Pro: Google own Tensor chip, 12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage, 5000mAh</p><p>Both the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will feature the company's own system-on-chip, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157890-what-is-google-tensor-and-which-phones-and-devices-does-it-power" rel="">called Tensor</a>. It's been designed with security in mind, and all the artificial intelligence and machine learning applications will run on it - from computational photography to real time translation.&nbsp;Google claimed it will offer 80 per cent faster performance than the Pixel 5, which runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset.&nbsp;</p><p>The Pixel 6 is said to be coming with 8GB RAM and 128GB and 256GB storage options, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have 12GB RAM and storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage.</p><p>The Pixel 6 is reported to be coming with a 4614mAh battery, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a slightly larger 5000mAh battery. Both are expected to support 23W wireless charging and 30W wired charging.</p><h2>Cameras</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: Dual camera (50MP+12MP), 8MP front</li><li>Pixel 6 Pro: Triple camera (50MP+48MP+12MP), 12MP front</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 will come with a dual camera, which we know from the official images.

Reports have claimed there will be a 50-megapixel main camera, coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor, though nothing is confirmed on this front.</p><p>The Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, will come with a triple rear camera, which will apparently offer the same 50-megapixel main sensor and 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor as the Pixel 6, but add a 48-megapixel periscope sensor to the mix. Google has said it will be a 4x optical telephoto lens but that's all that's been made official for now. A leak does suggest it will offer 20x digital zoom though.</p><p>It's also been claimed the front camera will support 4K video recording.

It's not clear if this will be on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, or just the Pro model however. The Pixel 6 is said to have an 8-megapixel front camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro is said to have a 12-megapixel front camera with a 94-degree field of view.</p><h2>Conclusion</h2><p>For now, most of the core details are based on speculation regarding the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. We do know the two devices will sport very similar designs though, with the Pro model offering a slightly more premium finish with a curved display, as well as triple rear camera.</p><p>The 6 Pro is also expected to have a slightly larger display and higher resolution, as well as more RAM and a larger battery capacity.

The Pixel 6 is likely to be cheaper than the 6 Pro however, and the two devices will run the same hardware in terms of chipset.</p><p>We'll update this feature as official details are revealed. For now, you can <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" rel="">read all about the Pixel 6</a> in our separate feature and the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">Pixel 6 Pro in another feature</a>.</p>

Best augmented reality tricks and apps to try right now

https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/108882-best-augmented-reality-demos-try https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/108882-best-augmented-reality-demos-try Adrian Willings Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:02:00 +0100 ar-vr

pocket-lint.com Augmented reality is all very well on paper but, if you really want to know what it's about, the best thing to do is see it with your own eyes. Fortunately, ]]> <p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">Augmented reality</a> is all very well on paper but, if you really want to know what it's about, the best thing to do is see it with your own eyes.

Fortunately, thanks to the advent of new technology, all you need is your own smartphone to check AR out for yourself now, this minute.</p><p>If you don't know <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/136591-what-is-the-difference-between-vr-and-ar" rel="">what augmented reality is</a>, you might want to have a quick read of our article explaining the differences between AR and VR and what it's all about.&nbsp;</p><p>We've collected some of the best AR experiences currently available for you to try out.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/apple/142315-best-arkit-enabled-augmented-reality-apps-for-iphone-ipad" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">10 best ARKit apps: Our pick of iOS augmented reality apps</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/136591-what-is-the-difference-between-vr-and-ar" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">What is the difference between VR and AR?</a></li></ul>

This guy built the world's first iPhone with USB-C

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/158681-this-guy-built-the-world-s-first-iphone-with-usb-c https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/158681-this-guy-built-the-world-s-first-iphone-with-usb-c Alex Allegro Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:22:36 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com The global tech shift towards USB-C is no secret. Nearly every product that once used a property charging method or one of the many previous variations ]]> <p>The global tech shift towards USB-C is no secret. Nearly every product that <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tablets/reviews/apple/158445-ipad-mini-review-2021-apple" target="_blank" rel="noopener">once used a property charging method</a> or one of the many previous variations of USB has all in recent years begun a transition over to standardise with USB-C.&nbsp;</p><p>Even Apple has shifted all its Mac computers and nearly the entire iPad lineup to USB-C.

Despite the fact the company is rumoured to be marking a return to MagSafe chargers in its <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/apple/148466-14-inch-macbook-pro-release-date-rumours-features-price" target="_blank" rel="noopener">next update to the MacBook Pro series</a>, all signs point to USB-C remaining as a backup charging option.&nbsp;</p><p>There is, however, one major piece of tech that has chosen to omit the now ubiquitous USB-C standard, and that, of course, is the Apple iPhone.&nbsp;</p><p>A switch to USB-C on iPhone would mean that pretty much every single piece of tech in your home could be charged either wirelessly or using just a single cable. Pretty neat, huh?</p><p>Instead of holding that to merely a fantasy, a talented hardware modifier has used their skills to Frankenstein the world's very first iPhone with USB-C.&nbsp;</p><p>The unique device was <a href="https://kenp.io/iphone_usbc_mod_part_1/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">first created by Ken Pillonel</a>, a Swiss Robotics student currently studying for their Master's. &nbsp;</p><p>Check out the eleven-ish minute video posted by them explaining the process of exactly how this was done below.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>All in all, Pillnel is able to get both data transfer and power working on the device, which is impressive, to say the least, considering the sheer difficulty in even performing basic repairs on some iPhone components - let alone a total (ostensibly?) unsupported hardware modification.&nbsp;</p>

Google Pixel 6 Pro release date, rumours, features and specs

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:15:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com Google has confirmed it is preparing to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.You can read all the rumours for the Pixel 6 separately, but here we are focusing ]]> <p>Google has confirmed it is preparing to launch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.</p><p>You can read all the rumours <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" rel="">for the Pixel 6 separately</a>, but here we are focusing on the confirmed details and the speculation surrounding the larger device, the Pixel 6 Pro.</p><h2>Release date and price</h2><ul><li>19 October 2021 launch event</li><li>Likely flagship price</li></ul><p>Google will be holding an event on 19 October 2021 where it will be unveiling the new Pixel 6 models, with the regular and Pixel 6 Pro models on the roster.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pixel6?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#Pixel6</a>, the new Google Phone. <br><br>Tune in October 19th at 10 am PT: <a href="https://t.co/zmp5byVq1y" rel="">https://t.co/zmp5byVq1y</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pixel6Launch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#Pixel6Launch</a> <a href="https://t.co/v3wwySE5gs" rel="">pic.twitter.com/v3wwySE5gs</a></p>-- Made By Google (@madebygoogle) <a href="https://twitter.com/madebygoogle/status/1445426131297976321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 5, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><p>In terms of price, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL and the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/google/148817-google-pixel-4-vs-pixel-4-xl-differences-compared" rel="">Pixel 4 and 4 XL</a> all sat in the same price bracket as flagship smartphones. The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/154194-google-pixel-5-review" rel="">Pixel 5</a> meanwhile, was targeted at the mid-range in terms of price.</p><p>It's not currently clear what Google will do in terms of price this year, though it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pixel 6 Pro sitting at flagship prices.</p><p>Rumour suggests the Pixel 6 Pro is said to cost around EUR899, which is around GBP770 in the UK and around £1065 in the US.</p><h2>Design</h2><ul><li>Prominent horizontal camera housing</li><li>Triple camera</li><li>Punch hole front camera</li><li>Bold colour options</li></ul><p>Google released some official images of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from the rear, with the design confirming several leaked renders and showing quite a big departure from previous Pixel devices.

The 6 Pro will follow a similar design to the Pixel 6 but feature three lenses on the rear compared to two.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Google official images</td></tr></tbody></table><p>There is a large, narrow protruding camera housing that spans the width of the phone, separating two colours and Google has said the 6 Pro will have a "light polished aluminium finish". It's shown in the images in three colour options, comprising a yellow and light orange, white and grey and black and dark grey.</p><p>Official images also reveal the front of the device, with a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/146822-hole-punch-camera-vs-notch-vs-slider-honor-samsung" rel="">punch hole front camera</a> centralised at the top of the display. The screen appears to be slightly curved at the edges.

It is also said to feature an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/huawei/146063-in-display-fingerprint-readers-how-do-they-work" rel="">under display fingerprint sensor</a>, which makes sense given the physical sensor is no longer on the rear. It's expected to offer an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/138727-ip-ratings-what-do-they-actually-mean" rel="">IP68 water and dust resistance rating</a>.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >OnLeaks renders</td></tr></tbody></table><h2>Display&nbsp;</h2><ul><li>6.67-inch/6.71-inch display</li><li>Curved screen</li><li>Quad HD+, 120Hz?</li><li>Under-display fingerprint sensor</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 Pro is expected to have a 6.7-inch display - as listed by Carphone Warehouse before being removed - making it larger than the Pixel 5 and larger than the Pixel 4 XL, which had a 6.3-inch display.</p><p>We'd expect to see a Quad HD+ resolution on the Pixel 6 Pro, as well as a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/151044-smartphone-display-refresh-rates" rel="">120Hz refresh rate</a>, enabling it to compete with the likes of the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/samsung/155378-samsung-galaxy-s21-ultra-review" rel="">Samsung Galaxy 21 Ultra</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oneplus/156246-oneplus-9-pro-review" rel="">OnePlus 9 Pro</a>. While nothing is officially confirmed as yet, the resolution and faster refresh rate have leaked in rumours, with the 120Hz display said to be called Smooth Display and the panel said to be 3120 x 1400 pixels.</p><p>The Smooth Display is expected to offer a variable refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz, though it's not clear if&nbsp;the refresh rate will only drop to 10Hz when the Always On Display is active, rather than offer an adaptive refresh rate normally, like Samsung offers.</p><p>As mentioned above, an under-display fingerprint sensor is claimed for the Pixel 6 Pro and the display will be slightly curved at the edges. &nbsp;</p><h2>Hardware and specs</h2><ul><li>Google Tensor chip</li><li>UWB technology</li><li>5G connectivity</li></ul><p>The Google Pixel 6 Pro will have the company's own system-on-chip, known as Tensor - <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157890-what-is-google-tensor-and-which-phones-and-devices-does-it-power" rel="">read more about it here</a>.

The chip has a new Titan M2 security module, plus it's been designed to ensure that all the artificial intelligence and machine learning applications could run on it - from computational photography to real time translation.</p><p>The Carphone Warehouse leak suggests the Google Tensor chip will offer 80 per cent faster performance compared to the Pixel 5 and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, giving us an idea of where it sits in terms of power.</p><p>Other hardware rumours suggest the Pro will have 12GB of RAM, as well as storage options of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. It's also said to have a 5000mAh battery. It's also thought that the Pixel 6 Pro will support 23W wireless charging, thanks to the leak of a new higher-powered charging stand, and there's talk of 30W wired charging support too.

Rumours also claim the device will support reverse wireless charging which it will call Battery Share.</p><p>It's expected that the Pixel 6 Pro will be a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/128938-what-is-5g-when-is-it-coming-and-why-do-we-need-it" rel="">5G device</a> and feature <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/156470-what-is-ultra-wideband-and-what-does-uwb-do" rel="">ultra-wideband technology</a>.</p><h2>Cameras</h2><ul><li>Triple camera</li><li>4K front camera?</li><li>Night Sight</li></ul><p>The Pixel 6 Pro will have a triple rear camera with a 4x optical telephoto lens. There have been no more official details revealed but there have been some substantial rumours on the camera front, giving us a good idea as to what to expect.</p><p>There's expected to be a 50-megapixel main camera, coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and an 48-megapixel telephoto lens. It's said the main sensor will capture 150 per cent more light, and offer 20x "Super Res Zoom" on top of the 4x optical zoom from the periscope lens.</p><p>The front camera is said to be 12-megapixels and it's said it could be an ultra wide lens with a 94-degree field of view.</p><p>Other rumours have suggested the front camera could off 4K video recording and it's likely we will continue to see features like <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/146306-what-is-night-sight-google-pixel-camera" rel="">Night Sight</a>.

It's also been claimed there will be a gimbal-like steady camera mode and big improvements to video recording. Other features claimed to be coming include something called "magic eraser", Face Deblur, "Motion Blur" and "Baby Mode".</p><h2>Google Pixel 6 Pro rumours: What's happened so far?</h2><p>Here's everything we have heard about the Pixel 6 Pro so far.&nbsp;</p><h3>11 October 2021: Retailer comprehensively spills the beans on Google Pixel 6 Pro with full promo pages</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158672-retailer-comprehensively-spills-the-beans-on-google-pixel-6-with-full-promo-pages" rel="">Carphone Warehouse accidentally revealed</a> a number of the key specifications and features coming to the Pixel 6 Pro. The pages have since been removed, though we got screenshots before that happened.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Pixel 6 Pro Carphone Warehouse leak</td></tr></tbody></table><h3>8 October 2021: Pixel 6 and 6 Pro fully revealed in mega photo dump ahead of their unveiling</h3><p>Leaker Evan Blass tweeted a number of images revealing the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in full, revealing some of the best images we have seen of the front and backs of the devices.</p><blockquote ><p lang="und" dir="ltr">P6 <a href="https://t.co/Cc3azLC87g" rel="">pic.twitter.com/Cc3azLC87g</a></p>-- E (@evleaks) <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1446002191110639616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 7, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>5 October 2021: Google confirms Pixel 6 launch event on 19 October</h3><p>Google has <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158634-google-confirms-pixel-6-launch-on-19-october" target="_blank" rel="noopener">officially confirmed</a> that the Pixel Fall Launch will tale place on 19 October #Pixel6Launch.</p><h3>29 September 2021: Google Pixel 6 prices and release date leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158559-google-pixel-6-prices-and-release-date-leak" rel="">According to YouTuber Brandon Lee (@thisistechtoday)</a>, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is said to cost around EUR899, which is around GBP770 in the UK and around £1065 in the US.</p><h3>24 September 2021: Google Pixel 6 camera features detailed in leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158495-google-pixel-6-camera-features-detailed-in-leak" rel="">A report on XDA Developers</a> offers some information based on an internal, unreleased version of the Google Camera app, along with information and insights from an unnamed source, detailing some of the camera features expected for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.</p><h3>22 September 2021: Pixel 6 Pro video shows off prototype hardware</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158462-pixel-6-pro-video-shows-off-prototype-hardware" rel="">A brief hands on video appeared</a> on Twitter showing off what looks like an early prototype of the Pixel 6 Pro.&nbsp;</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I think this may be the first hands on video leak of a Google Pixel 6 Pro. <br><br>FYI: The logo would indicate that this is likely an early production test unit, so that means there may be some differences between what you see here and the actual production device. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/teampixel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#teampixel</a> <a href="https://t.co/4QSvdktqA7" rel="">pic.twitter.com/4QSvdktqA7</a></p>-- M.

Brandon Lee | THIS IS TECH TODAY (@thisistechtoday) <a href="https://twitter.com/thisistechtoday/status/1440385355258028032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">September 21, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>20 September 2021: Google Pixel 6 Pro could finally embrace faster charging speeds</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158427-google-pixel-pro-6-could-finally-embrace-faster-charging-speeds" rel="">A post on the Taiwanese version of the FCC</a>, the National Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed the Pixel 6 Pro could offer 33W wired charging.</p><h3>15 September 2021: Huge Google Pixel 6 Pro spec leak reveals practically everything</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158382-google-pixel-6-pro-specs" rel="">XDA Developers published a report</a> revealing a number of specifications for the Pixel 6 Pro.</p><h3>9 September 2021: Google drops Pixel 6 teaser to remind you that iPhone 13 isn't your only choice</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158313-google-drops-pixel-6-teaser-to-remind-you-that-iphone-13-isn-t-your-only-choice" rel="">Google dropped a teaser for the Pixel 6</a> amd while it didn't give much away, it carried the message that the device wouldn't just be a phone, but a phone that adapted to you.</p><h3>2 September 2021: Google Pixel Stand leak suggests that Pixel 6 will support 23W wireless charging</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158215-google-pixel-stand-6-23w-wireless-charging" rel="">A leak from a US retailer seemingly</a> confirmed the upcoming Google Pixel 6 will support 23W wireless charging after an inventory log made reference to "Google Pixel 23W WL Stand".</p><h3>31 August 2021: Made by Google event could happen on 19 October 2021</h3><p>A <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158195-google-pixel-6-could-be-announced-on-19-october" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reliable leaker has suggested</a> that the Pixel 6 might be on sale by 28 October, with 19 October the potential date for unveiling.</p><h3>31 August 2021: Pixel Stand supporting 23W wireless charging leaks</h3><p>A retailer listing for a 23W Pixel Stand <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/08/31/exclusive-googles-new-pixel-stand-for-the-pixel-6-should-support-23w-fast-wireless-charging/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">has leaked</a>, suggesting that Google might support such charging speeds in the Pixel 6 Pro.</p><h3>13 August 2021: Google Pixel 6 hint reveals that camera system could feature a 50MP sensor made by Samsung</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158029-google-pixel-6-camera-50mp-samsung" rel="">A teardown of the Google Camera app</a> has hinted that the Pixel 6 will feature a 50-megapixel sensor developed by Samsung.</p><h3>2 August 2021: Google confirms Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, powered by Google Tensor</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157889-google-confirms-pixel-6-and-pixel-6-pro-powered-by-google-tensor" rel="">Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in a blog post</a>, along with some images and details on the Tensor chip that will run the devices.&nbsp;</p><h3>16 July 2021: Google Pixel 6 Pro could offer 5x zoom from "ultra tele" camera</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157704-google-pixel-6-pro-could-have-5x-zoom-from-ultra-tele-camera" rel="">XDA Developers reported</a> finding evidence in the APK of the latest version of the Google Camera app from the third Android 12 beta that suggests the Pixel 6 Pro could have a 5x zoom from an "ultra tele" camera.</p><h3>13 July 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 XL names appear in developer form</h3><p>Following the start of this year's Google for Games Developer Summit, where new tools for Android game developers were revealed, the Pixel 6 and, interestingly, the Pixel 6 XL <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157651-google-pixel-6-and-6-xl-names-appear-in-developer-form" rel="">both appeared on a form</a> for a new game mode API, spotted by XDA Developers.</p><h3>9 July 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro specs revealed in new leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157622-google-pixel-6-and-6-pro-specs-revealed-in-new-leak" rel="">Jon Prosser from FrontPageTech shared</a> some of the missing specifications for the Google Pixel 6 Pro, including RAM and camera details.</p><h3>28 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro camera details leak out</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157115-more-google-pixel-6-and-6-pro-camera-details-leak-out" rel="">Leaker FrontTron claimed on Twitter</a> that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would feature a larger Samsung camera sensor, a gimbal-like steady cam mode and big video recording improvements.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pixel 6 stuff<br><br>Gimbal like steady cam mode<br>Bigger Samsung sensor, Google custom NPU and ISP -&gt; better than pixel 5<br>Big improvements in video</p>-- Tron (@FrontTron) <a href="https://twitter.com/FrontTron/status/1397448191549706241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">May 26, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>25 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 5a 5G details revealed in leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157046-more-google-pixel-6-6-pro-and-5a-5g-details-revealed-in-leak" rel="">Max Weinbach discussed</a> the performance of Google's Whitechapel chip on a podcast, along with revealing some other details.</p><h3>21 May 2021: Google Pixel 6 Pro's radical design rendered once again</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157001-google-pixel-6-pro-s-radical-design-rendered-once-again" rel="">Serial leaker OnLeaks shared</a> some Pixel 6 Pro renders, following on the renders published by Jon Prosser. They show a similar design but offer some more details, including rhe 6 Pro's screens size and a few more angles.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >OnLeaks Pixel 6 Pro render leak</td></tr></tbody></table><h3>19 May 2021: Pixel 6 model numbers discovered in Android 12 Beta</h3><p>Details about unreleased devices <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156958-pixel-6-model-numbers-discovered-in-android-12-beta" target="_blank" rel="noopener">have been uncovered</a> in the Android 12 Beta.</p><h3>18 May 2021: Google announced Android 12 at Google I/O</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156950-android-12-official-interface" rel="">Google announced Android 12</a> during its I/O developer conference, revealing a huge redesign. The company also referenced "fall" for the Pixels launch, as well as hinting that we'd see UWB in a future Pixel handset.</p><h3>14 May 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro renders show radical change in design</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156907-google-pixel-6-leaks" rel="">Jon Prosser published</a> some renders of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, in collaboration with with @RendersbyIan.

According to Prosser, the renders have been created based on actual photographs of the real product, not from schematics.</p><h3>6 May 2021: Pixel 6 to feature custom 'Whitechapel' chip?</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156782-pixel-6-whitechapel-chip" rel="">Further evidence suggests</a>&nbsp;Google is working on custom Whitechapel chip that will go into the Pixel 6.</p><h3>4 May 2021: Pixel 6 might rival iPhone 12 by offering UWB connectivity</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156742-pixel-6-might-rival-iphone-12-by-offering-uwb-connectivity" rel="">XDA's Mishaal Rahman shared on Twitter</a> that Google is experimenting with UWB support on an upcoming device codenamed Raven, which could be the Pixel 6.&nbsp;</p><h3>30 April 2021: Google is working on UWB connectivity, possibly for Pixel 6 family</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156742-pixel-6-might-rival-iphone-12-by-offering-uwb-connectivity" rel="">9to5Google reported</a> that Google was experimenting with putting UWB technology into its Android hardware, speculating this would be found in the Pixel 6 phones.</p><h3>5 April 2021: Pixel 6 might be powered by a Google-designed 'GS101' processor</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156410-pixel-6-might-be-powered-by-a-google-designed-gs101-processor" rel="">9to5Google claimed</a> Google is developing two phones with an Arm-based "GS101" processor, codenamed "Whitechapel".</p><h3>2 April 2021: Pixel 6 may use Google-made chip instead of Qualcomm processor</h3><p><a href="https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-6-custom-system-on-chip/#update1" rel="">XDA Developers reported</a> Google is working on new GS101 silicon for its 2021 Pixel phones. It said: "The SoC will feature a 3 cluster setup with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). Google also refers to its next Pixel devices as "dauntless-equipped phones", which we believe refers to them having an integrated Titan M security chip (code-named Citadel)."</p><h3>17 March 2021: Android 12 DP2 hints at a future Pixel device with an under-display fingerprint scanner</h3><p><a href="https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-phone-under-display-fingerprint-scanner/" rel="">XDA Developers reported</a> spotting evidence in Android 12 code that suggests the Pixel 6 could come with an under-display fingerprint scanner.&nbsp;</p><h3>9 March 2021: Google Pixel 6 likely to adopt centered hole punch camera, 4K selfie video</h3><p><a href="https://9to5google.com/2021/03/09/google-camera-tidbits-pixel-6-pixel-5a/" rel="">9to5Google dug</a> into an update to the Google Pixel camera app that suggests the Pixel 6 could adopt centralised punch hole camera and support 4K video recording.</p><h3>18 February 2021: Android 12 code might give away some Pixel 6 features</h3><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MishaalRahman/status/1362462608826195976" rel="">XDA Developer's Mishaal Rahman tweeted</a> some features he found in the Android 12 developer code suggesting UI changes make it more one-handed friendly and there was some talk of under-display fingerprint scanner support alongside facial recognition too.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Now that the embargo has lifted, here's my running thread of changes I've found in Android 12 Developer Preview 1.</p>-- Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) <a href="https://twitter.com/MishaalRahman/status/1362462100958887940?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">February 18, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>1 December 2020: Patent suggests under-display front camera on future Pixel phone</h3><p><a href="https://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2020/12/google-wins-design-patents-for-an-amazon-halo-styled-fitness-band-and-a-future-pixel-phone-without-a-visible-front-camera-hol.html" rel="">A patent for a future Pixel phone</a> was spotted by Patently Apple showing no visible front camera.</p>

Combine the features of a selfie stick, tripod, and gimbal with Hohem iSteady Q

https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/158577-hohem-isteady-q-gimbal-selfie-stick-tripod https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/158577-hohem-isteady-q-gimbal-selfie-stick-tripod Pocket-lint Promotion Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:06:00 +0100 gadgets

pocket-lint.com Capturing high-quality, cinematic footage has become easier than ever before, thanks to accessible, convenient equipment and software.

You can technically ]]> <p><span >Capturing high-quality, cinematic footage has become easier than ever before, thanks to accessible, convenient equipment and software. You can technically record videos with nothing but a good smartphone, but if you want to be recognized in a social landscape that seems full of professionals, you'll probably need to lug several tools around. To capture cinematic footage, either for personal or professional use, you need a wide range of devices, including selfie sticks, tripods, gimbals, and live streaming equipment.</span></p><p><span >Well, thanks to </span>the <a href="https://hohem-affiliate.sjv.io/DVedko" rel=""><span >Hohem iSteady Q</span></a><span >, you can now combine all of those capabilities and capture cinematic, professional videos with just one device.

Yup, that's right, you don't need to carry a bag full of video recording equipment anymore -- just your smartphone and the multi-purpose iSteady Q selfie stick are all you need.</span></p><h3>Hohem has been designing accessible video recording equipment since 2014&nbsp;</h3><p><span >Hohem Tech is a Chinese high-tech enterprise that's been at the forefront of gimbal technology and video recording equipment since 2014. Hohem pioneered high-performance intelligent image stabilization systems for smartphones and DSLR cameras meant for regular, everyday use. They also launched the world's first smartphone stabilizer with AI face tracking, which has directly contributed to helping people document their lives with cinematic glory.

And now, they seem primed to take home recording capabilities to the next level with iSteady Q.</span></p><h2>Hohem iSteady Q, the versatile selfie stick</h2><p><span >Hohem iSteady Q is categorized as a selfie stick, but it also packs the capabilities of tripods, gimbals, and live streaming equipment. It has a wide range of advanced features, such as an iSteady stabilization technology, inbuilt single-axis brushless motor, rotatable arm, 360? face tracking, and much more. Below, we highlight some of this versatile selfie stick's most impressive features.</span></p><p><span ></span></p><h3>iSteady StabilizationTechnology</h3><p><span >iSteady Q features an innovative smart stabilization technology that ensures all of your videos are completely smooth, even when captured by hand.

The selfie stick includes an inbuilt single-axis brushless motor that allows you to take smooth videos with focus.</span></p><h3>360? Rotatable Arm</h3><p><span >iSteady Q features an innovative rotatable arm that transforms it from a selfie stick to a 360? desktop gimbal. You have to simply rotate the arm by 90? to change its axis of rotation, making it suitable for 360? horizontal rotation, a feature only available in desktop gimbals.</span></p><h3>360?

Face Tracking</h3><p><span >iSteady Q can transform into a 360? desktop gimbal, as mentioned previously. However, it also features smart face detection capabilities, allowing it to shift horizontally to focus on your dynamic movements. It keeps you centred at all times.</span></p><h3>One-Tap Auto Rotation</h3><p><span >iSteady Q can make immediate and automated rotational shots with one tap.

You have to simply place the selfie stick in the chosen location, use it as a tripod, and activate the inception mode. The camera will automatically start rotating, capturing a cinematic spinning shot.</span></p><h3>Detachable Remote Control</h3><p><span >iSteady Q features a detachable remote control with a distance of up to 10 meters or 33 feet. As such, while capturing videos, you can instantly switch between landscape and portrait mode, activate auto-rotation, take panoramic videos, zoom in or out, or switch between the front or back cameras.

It puts all of the control in your hands.</span></p><h3>Dynamic Design</h3><p><span >iSteady Q features a dynamic and ultra-portable design. Despite functioning as a tripod, selfie stick, and gimbal, it can be folded down into a compact size that easily fits within your pocket. When you're ready to start the action, you can simply retrieve it from your pocket, unfold it, and start shooting.</span></p><h3>Standard Selfie Stick</h3><p><span >If you don't care for the fancy features and only want a traditional, simple selfie stick, iSteady Q can be that as well!

You have to simply turn the motor lock to the left, turning it into a standard selfie stick for regular use. As such, you control the device's dynamism and versatility.</span></p><h3>Hohem Joy App</h3><p><span >Hohem iSteady Q is compatible with an innovative and highly functional Hohem Joy app, which allows you to use several cinematic templates with the click of a button. You don't need advanced editing skills to produce highly advanced cinematic footage.

Some of the app's most innovative features include Motion Time-Lapse, Fantastic Rotation, CloneMe, and Dolly Zoom.</span></p><h2>iSteady Q is available at only £39.99</h2><p><span >Since its foundation, Hohem has been dedicated to ensuring that everyone can shoot high-quality videos. True to that goal, their products are always reasonably priced, and iSteady Q is no different. iSteady Q is the lowest-priced product in the entire iSteady series, available for only £39.99. While that might seem a little steep for selfie sticks, it's an absolute steal for a device that functions as a selfie stick, gimbal, tripod, </span><i><span >and </span></i><span >live streaming equipment.</span></p><p><span >Hohem is also currently offering an amazing deal -- you can buy a iSteady Q to get a completely free Selfie Ring Light, while supplies last, only available in the</span> <a href="https://hohem-affiliate.sjv.io/DVedko" rel=""><span >Hohem Store</span></a><span >.</span></p>

Sky Glass vs Sky Q: Which is best for you?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/sky/158665-sky-glass-vs-sky-q-which-is-best-for-you https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/sky/158665-sky-glass-vs-sky-q-which-is-best-for-you Rik Henderson Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:38:33 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com For the first time in its illlustrious history, Sky will offer its full, unrestricted TV service to customers without a satellite dish.Sky Glass will be ]]> <p>For the first time in its illlustrious history, Sky will offer its full, unrestricted TV service to customers without a satellite dish.</p><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/reviews/sky/158650-sky-glass-review-tv" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sky Glass</a> will be available from 18 October 2021 and is the brand's first smart TV.

It provides the entire Sky experience over broadband, while also giving users Dolby Atmos sound and 4K HDR visuals in one simple and neat package.</p><p>But how does that compare with the existing Sky Q experience and is it worth upgrading to Sky Glass if you are already a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/134738-what-is-sky-q-how-much-does-it-cost-and-how-can-i-get-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sky Q</a> customer?</p><p>Here we compare the services to help you make that decision.</p><p>squirrel_widget_6134140</p><h2>Hardware</h2><ul><li>Sky Glass: All-in-one 4K HDR TV, Dolby Atmos sound system, Sky over broadband service</li><li>Sky Q: Set-top-box connected to satellite dish, provides on demand content via broadband</li></ul><p>Sky Q is an ecosystem that comprises a Sky Q satellite box that you plug into your TV and optional Sky Q Mini boxes that can be used around the home to provide a multi-screen experience. It requires both an internet connection and a satellite dish. You get a voice remote with Sky Q, with voice commands activated through a button press.</p><p>Sky Glass is a television, with its own screen and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/dolby/131069-what-is-dolby-atmos" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dolby Atmos</a> sound system.

It requires a connection to the internet, but is a dish-less experience. You also get a voice remote with Sky Glass, but the TV has its own far-field microphones too, so you can use voice commands through a wake word as well as a button press ("Hello Sky").</p><p>Multi-room viewing is available with Sky Glass too, through new devices Sky calls "Stream Pucks".</p><p>One extra thing to take note of is that, while both Sky Q and Sky Glass required internet connections they work in different ways. Apart from streaming services, on demand content on Sky Q is generally downloaded to your box.

You can watch it soon after hitting play, with the rest downloading as you watch.</p><p>Sky Glass, on the other hand, streams content immediately. This is especially important when it comes to internet speeds. You could get away with slower internet speeds for Sky Q, for example, although you will have to wait longer to view your TV show or film.

Sky Glass requires at least 11Mbps broadband for HD viewing, 30Mbps for 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos.</p><h2>Picture and sound</h2><ul><li>Sky Glass: 4K HDR - HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos sound</li><li>Sky Q: 4K HDR - HLG, Dolby Atmos sound output</li></ul><p>Sky Q is capable of outputting at up to 4K HDR (through the HLG format) to a compatible TV. You do need a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/152406-how-to-upgrade-your-sky-q-for-hdr-compatible-model-and-what-you-need-to-consider" target="_blank" rel="noopener">more recent Sky Q box</a> however, as earlier models were not capable of sending HDR signals.</p><p>It can also output Dolby Atmos audio on movies and sporting events. You will need a compatible surround sound setup or soundbar to make the most of it though.</p><p>Sky Glass is also 4K HDR capable, but through its own display.

It supports HDR10, HLG and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/dolby/139947-what-is-dolby-vision-dolby-s-very-own-hdr-tv-tech-explained" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dolby Vision</a>.</p><p>Dolby Atmos is also supported, but Sky Glass has its own six speaker sound system built into the TV. That includes upfiring drivers that add extra height channels for a more immersive experience.</p><h2>Experience</h2><ul><li>Sky Glass: Full Sky experience plus apps - Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, etc</li><li>Sky Q: Full Sky experience plus apps - Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, etc</li></ul><p>While the content is (obviously) the same across both Sky Q and Sky Glass, the experience is a little different.</p><p>They share similar design language, but Sky Glass offers a cleaner user interface that keeps things a little more simple.</p><p>Both enable access to Sky content and the entire gamut of live TV channels - they have full electronic programme guides too. And, each also includes third-party apps and integration of their own shows and movies, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

However, Sky Glass starts with a homepage where your most recent viewings, favourite channels and even connected devices are front and centre.</p><p>You get similar on Sky Q (without separate connected sources), but with a more obvious sidebar menu system.</p><p>One major differennce between them is the addition of Glance on Sky Glass. This is like a screensaver for the TV, which activates when a motion sensor detects you are in the room. It currently shows adverts for highlights on Sky and its partner's services, but could include artwork and your own custom images in future.</p><p>squirrel_widget_182859</p><h2>Recordings</h2><ul><li>Sky Glass: No recording functionality</li><li>Sky Q: 1TB &amp; 2TB HDD options</li></ul><p>Another major difference between Sky Q and Sky Glass is there is no recording functionality on the latter.

While it contains a modicum of internal storage, that's for software updates rather than customer use.</p><p>It offers a feature called "Playlists" instead, whereby you can tap a Playlist button on the remote and store the show or film into your Playlist rail. That then will make it simple for you to revisit down the line and instantly find the episode or series to stream on demand. This can be from the many TV channels, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BBC iPlayer or other supported streaming services.</p><p>Like Series Link on Sky Q, it will also bring up new shows if it's an ongoing series, as they are added.

Plus, it draws all episodes that are available no matter the source. For example, if you Playlist a show whereby some episodes are on Amazon Prime Video, but later series are part of Sky's own on demand service, they will all be listed regardless of host.</p><p>A standard Sky Q box has a 1TB hard drive to record programming (including the ability to set Series Links). You can also get a 2TB version on request, but will cost a fair bit extra as an initial outlay - GBP99 currently.</p><h2>Multiscreen</h2><ul><li>Sky Glass: Multiscreen through Sky Stream Puck - up to 4K HDR</li><li>Sky Q: Multiscreen through Sky Q Mini box - up to 1080p</li></ul><p>Sky Glass wins when it comes to multi-room streaming.</p><p>Sky Q Multiscreen is through separate boxes, called Sky Q Mini boxes.

Each one is like a Sky Q box in itself, but only outputs 5.1 audio and 1080p video. There is no 4K HDR nor Dolby Atmos.</p><p>They are great for watching all Sky content and your recordings in other rooms in your home, but cannot view Ultra HD shows or films. That includes anything recorded from a 4K channel or source.

Your 4K recordings simply won't play through a Sky Q Mini box.</p><p>Sky Glass' Multiscreen boxes - the Sky Stream Puck - is 4K HDR enabled so can present the exact same content on a separate screen to the main Sky Glass TV.</p><p>One major benefit to this is that, if you do not want to replace your living room experience with a Sky Glass TV but still want the experience, you can put Sky Glass in a separate room and use a Sky Stream Puck in your main viewing area.</p><h2>Pricing</h2><p>Pricing for Sky products is relatively complicated, as it depends on the channel packages and whether you need a multi-room solution or not.</p><p>Sky Glass is available on either a one-off or monthly payment basis, but it's worth noting that you will need a Sky Ultimate TV package at the very least.</p><p>The TV itself comes in 43-, 55- and 65-inch screen sizes (Small, Medium and Large), costing a GBP10 free upfront, plus GBP13, GBP17 and GBP21 per month respectively payable across 48 months. A 24-month option is available too, at GBP26, GBP34 and GBP42 per month respectively, with a GBP20 upfront fee.</p><p>Alternatively, you can purchase them outright for GBP649 (43-inch), GBP849 (55-inch) or GBP1,049 (65-inch).</p><p>You then add your TV package on top, which is similarly priced to Sky Q equivalents. For example, Sky Ultimate TV is GBP26 per month for both Sky Glass and Sky Q.</p><p>Multiscreen on both costs GBP10 per month extra, but you then have to purchase the Sky Stream Puck devices for Sky Glass separately (up to six in total).

You get one Sky Q Mini box with Sky Q Multiscreen, but also have to purchase additional ones (up to four).</p><p>Additional Sky Q Mini boxes cost GBP99 each. A Sky Stream Puck costs GBP50. They are not interchangeable, nor work on their own so require Sky Q or Sky Glass respectively.</p><p>Add-ons for Sky Q include Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Disney+ and Ultra HD.

They are priced from GBP7 per month extra (for Ultra HD on Sky Q) up to GBP27 per month for all BT Sport channels.</p><p>Sky Glass also has add-ons from GBP5 per month for Ultra HD HDR and Dolby Atmos, to GBP25 per month for Sky Sports. BT Sport channels are also available on Sky Glass, at an extra GBP24 per month.</p><p>So, if you took the hardware cost out of the equation and wanted Sky TV (+ Netflix), plus Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and Ultra HD, it'd cost you GBP67 per month for the TV package alone. The exact same would cost you roughly the same - GBP68 per month.</p><p>The best way to compare the overall Sky Glass and Sky Q pricing though, is to look at an equivalent TV set and soundbar package too (as you get all of that wrapped up into Sky Glass).</p><p>An LG 43-inch LED TV (43UP8100) will cost you around GBP450, while a reasonable Dolby Atmos soundbar, such as the LG SN7CY, will set you back around GBP399 - so roughly GBP850 together.

That's already GBP200 more than Sky Glass will cost for a similar solution.</p><p>squirrel_widget_6144465</p><p>You also have to pay a GBP20 installation fee to have the Sky Q box set up in your home. We're not yet sure if that will be needed for Sky Glass too, as that will also be installed by a trained engineer.</p><h2>Conclusion</h2><p>While Sky Q and Sky Glass offer access to the same live and on demand content, the latter has some obvious advantages. You don't need a satellite dish, for starters.

Although you do need decent broadband.</p><p>Perhaps the biggest advantage is that you get everything in the same device - a TV, Dolby Atmos speaker system, and all the content live and on demand you could ever hope for. Plus, the Multiscreen proposition is better, with Pucks offering a higher resolution and HDR.</p><p>However, if you already have a decent TV and sound solution, and don't want to swap either, Sky Q is your only real option. We haven't yet fully reviewed Sky Glass, but our <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/reviews/sky/158650-sky-glass-review-tv" target="_blank" rel="noopener">inital impressions of the picture quality</a> are that it doesn't compete with the higher-end TV technologies, such as Samsung's QLED or OLED from many manufacturers.

Still, it's a very decent LED set and that six speaker Dolby Atmos array might swing it for you.</p><p>If you want to know more, you can check out our in-depth feature on Sky Glass here: <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/158651-what-is-sky-glass-cost-release-date-specifications-availability" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What is Sky Glass, how much does it cost and how can I get it?</a></p>

'You' season 3 release date, how to watch and how to catch up

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/158295-how-to-watch-you-release-date https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/158295-how-to-watch-you-release-date Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:30:00 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com Psychological thriller 'You' is back for a third season after nearly two years. Joe Goldberg is living with Love - who is pregnant with his child - in ]]> <p>Psychological thriller 'You' is back for a third season after nearly two years. Joe Goldberg is living with Love - who is pregnant with his child - in a suburban home.

If you think that means Joe has changed from his old obsessive ways though, think again.</p><p>Here is everything you need to know about 'You' season three, including when it will be released, how to watch it, how to catch up on previous seasons and what to expect from the third installment.</p><h2>'You' season 3 release date</h2><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/152959-best-netflix-shows-the-top-binge-worthy-tv-series-to-watch" rel="">Netflix</a> has confirmed season 3 of 'You' will be released on 15 October 2021. That's almost two years after the release of season two, so fans have been waiting a while.&nbsp;</p><h2>How and where to watch 'You' season 3</h2><p>'You' is a Netflix Original, which means you'll be needing a Netflix subscription if you want to watch the latest season of 'You' when it is released.</p><p>It is not yet clear if Netflix will drop all episodes at once, or if it will be a week-by-week affair.</p><h2>How many episodes are there of 'You' season 3?</h2><p>Netflix confirmed there will be 10 episodes of 'You' season 3, which is the same as season one and two, both of which had 10 episodes each.</p><h2>Is there a trailer of 'You' season 3?</h2><p>Yes. Netflix has dropped a couple of official trailers for 'You' season 3.&nbsp;</p><p>The first trailer announced the date of the season three and it was released at the end of August 2021.</p><p></p><p>The second official trailer was released mid-September 2021 and it gives a little bit more away about what we can expect.

You can watch it below.</p><p></p><h2>What is expected to happen in 'You' season 3?</h2><p>'You' season 3 will feature Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgely) navigating fatherhood, alongside Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti).&nbsp;</p><p>We know from the end of season two that the dangerous two move to the suburbs with Love pregnant and Joe taking an interest in the nextdoor neighbour, showing that while he is in the suburbs and out of his comfort zone, he has not changed.</p><p>The first trailer focused on the upcoming baby, with Joe narrating and discussing what to call him.&nbsp;With the end of season two showing Love is just as dangerous and obsessive as Joe, if not more so, we're sure season three will definitely not be without its dark twists and turns, which the second trailer revealed. It was always a dark show, but season three seems extra dark.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Scott Speedman has joined the cast of YOU Season 3!<br><br>He'll play Matthew, a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father. He's reserved, mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn ... all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath <a href="https://t.co/EYp7Xfg65u" rel="">pic.twitter.com/EYp7Xfg65u</a></p>-- Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) <a href="https://twitter.com/netflixqueue/status/1319023910491357184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 21, 2020</a></blockquote><p></p><p>A list of some cast members have been confirmed for the new season including Scott Speedman as Matthew, who is described as "a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father.

He's reserved, mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn ... all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath."&nbsp;</p><p>Travis Van Winkle will play a character called Cary, who is said to invite Joe into his inner circle, while Shalita Grant will play a "mom-fluencer" called Sherry who is actually a mean girl that only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fresh blood joining You Season 3:<br><br>Shalita Grant will play Sherry, a "Mom-fluencer" who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle.<br><br>Travis VanWinkle will play the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe into his inner circle <a href="https://t.co/Js70prlmZv" rel="">pic.twitter.com/Js70prlmZv</a></p>-- Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) <a href="https://twitter.com/netflixqueue/status/1316877035499708416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 15, 2020</a></blockquote><p></p><h2>How to catch up on previous seasons of 'You'</h2><p>If you want to catch up on seasons one and two of 'You' then you can find all 20 episodes on Netflix.&nbsp;</p><p>Each episode is around 45-minutes long.</p><h2>Will there be a season 4 of 'You'?</h2><p>Netflix hasn't confirmed a season four of 'You' yet, but it hasn't been ruled out either.</p><p>Executive produced Sera Gamble <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/you-boss-season-3-crazy-girlfriends-how-long-show-will-run-1264475/" rel="">previously told The Hollywood Reporter</a>: "I am not scared at all of saying that we definitely could follow Joe for several more seasons."</p>

Samsung Life Unstoppable event returns in October 2021: Here's how to watch

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/samsung/138408-samsung-ifa-how-to-watch https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/samsung/138408-samsung-ifa-how-to-watch Chris Hall Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:24:57 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com Samsung's previous Life Unstoppable event was designed to replace the event it normally holds at the huge IFA tech show in Berlin.The launch looked at ]]> <p>Samsung's previous Life Unstoppable event was designed to replace the event it normally holds at the huge IFA tech show in Berlin.</p><p>The launch looked at Samsung's TV and AV products as well as home appliances, tying everything together - and was innovative and amusing (as tech launches go) at the same time.&nbsp;</p><p>Life Unstoppable is back - this time with the tagline "house of surprises"</p><h2>When is the Samsung Life Unstoppable event?</h2><p>Samsung has sent out invitations for the Life Unstoppable: House of Surprises, which will take place on 12 October 2021, at 10:00 BST. Here are the times in your local region:</p><ul><li>San Francisco - 02:00 PDT</li><li>New York - 05:00 EDT</li><li>London - 10:00 BST</li><li>Berlin - 11:00 CEST</li><li>New Delhi - 14:30 IST</li><li>Tokyo - 18:00 JST</li><li>Sydney - 20:00 AEDT</li></ul><h2>How can I watch Life Unstoppable?</h2><p>Samsung has said that it the invite has gone out to media, industry and retail partners, so members of the public won't be able to view the event until 18 October, when the virtual house will open to the general public.</p><h2>What to expect from the event</h2><p>Samsung has said that House of Surprises will take attendees through a virtual tour of the home of the "Unstoppables", a family a characters which tie in with the latest Samsung devices and ecosystem innovations. Exactly what that means, we don't know, but the last event was pretty hilarious, while giving Samsung the chance to show off various domestic products that sometimes get lost behind the glare of the latest Galaxy phone.</p><p>We expect to see domestic robots, from cleaning to other services, we expect to see integrated domestic and TV services and a whole lot more.

We're sure Samsung will be dropping some hints before the big day.</p>

Apple Watch SE review: The smarter choice for your wallet

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/153882-apple-watch-se-review https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/153882-apple-watch-se-review Stuart Miles Mon, 11 Oct 2021 14:15:00 +0100 smartwatches

pocket-lint.com By pulling together many of the best bits from the now-discontinued Series 4 and Series 5, the SE is an affordable entry into the Apple Watch ]]> <p>Apple launched two Apple Watch models in 2020, splitting the range into a what many could see as a "pro" offering - now in the form of the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/155007-apple-watch-series-7-release-date-features-specs-rumours-news" rel="">Apple Watch Series 7</a> - and a more price-friendly offering in the new Apple Watch SE.</p><p>The SE loses some of the more advanced and premium features in favour of delivering a much more wallet-friendly price. But has Apple cut too many corners to appeal, or has the smartwatch maker got the balance just right?</p><h2>Watch SE: What features are missing?</h2><ul><li>Same design as the older S6</li><li>Lacks always-on display</li><li>No blood oxygen or ECG sensor</li></ul><p>The big question you're probably asking yourself is whether you should go for the SE over the Watch S7?</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/buyers-guides/apple/138782-apple-watch-series-3-vs-apple-watch-series-5-whats-the-difference" rel="">Apple Watch Series 7 vs Series 6 vs Watch SE vs Series 3: What's the difference?</a></li></ul><p>The aluminium models, when seen side-by-side, look very similar. Both are available in 40mm and 44mm size variants to suit your wrist size, sport similar screens (although the Series 7 is able to use more of that surface area thanks to its new display), and have multiple strap options to suit your style.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/153882-smartwatches-review-apple-watch-se-review-the-apple-watch-most-people-will-buy-image10-pu2vndlxwi.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150"></p><p>More importantly they also both run WatchOS 8, so the software experience is the same, with the only differences based on the tech that is built-in.</p><p>The Watch SE doesn't have an always-on display and has bigger bezels, doesn't come with the ECG (electrocardiogram) functionality, nor the newer blood oxygen sensor.

It also sports a slower processor (not that you'll notice) and doesn't sport the Apple U1 chip - which will eventually be used for opening car doors and finding your other Apple devices.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/149336-how-apple-s-u1-chip-adds-amazing-new-capabilities-to-the-iphone" rel="">Apple U1 chip explained: What is it and what can it do?</a></li></ul><h2>Watch SE: Design</h2><ul><li>Finishes: Gold, Silver, Space Grey</li><li>Always-on altimeter &amp; compass</li><li>Bigger screen than Watch S3</li><li>5 hour charge time</li><li>All-day battery life</li></ul><p>The Watch SE delivers a much more wallet-friendly price than the top-end S7, the same processor as the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/149320-apple-watch-series-5-review" rel="">Series 5 from 2019</a>, plus a heart-rate sensor, compass, always-on altimeter, waterproof design, louder speaker than the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/142228-apple-watch-series-3-review" rel="">Apple Watch 3</a>, GPS and Cellular support.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/153882-smartwatches-review-apple-watch-se-review-the-apple-watch-most-people-will-buy-image13-m1ldsaxepk.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150"></p><p>In short: if you were to pitch the SE against previous Apple Watch models it would probably sit somewhere between the now-discontinued <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/145711-apple-watch-series-4-review" rel="">Series 4</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/149320-apple-watch-series-5-review" rel="">Series 5</a> models.</p><p>Sleek and stylish, the SE comes in three colours - Gold, Silver, and Space Grey - with numerous options on which swappable band you can buy. There's a new "loop" option that stretches to fit, with nine different sizes so you can order the right size for your wrist.</p><p>Everything is controlled via a combination of using the touchscreen, the digital crown, and side button. The combination of the three gives you access to everything you need.</p><p>Charging is wireless via a puck in the box (remember you'll need to supply your own power charger though, as that's not included) and the Apple Watch SE can charge from zero to full within two-and-a-half hours (that's an hour and a half slower than the S7, but still pretty fast).</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/153882-smartwatches-review-apple-watch-se-review-the-apple-watch-most-people-will-buy-image8-aezqo23tvl.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150"></p><p>The Watch SE is also waterproof, making it great for swimming, or those moments you jump in the shower and forget to take it off.</p><p>Chances are you won't have experienced the Apple Watch always on-display - if you've already got an Apple Watch Series 5 this watch isn't aimed at you - and so not having it really won't be an issue.

It's a nice to have, and if you do want it then look to the S6 or S7 models instead.</p><h2>What sensors does the Watch SE have?</h2><ul><li>Always-on altimeter and compass</li><li>Heart rate sensor</li></ul><p>On the sensor front, you don't get some of the snazzy sensors found in the S7 model, but for most people that shouldn't be an issue. In the two years we've had the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/145727-apple-watch-ekg-ecg" rel="">ECG feature</a> on our Apple Watch (both Series 4 and Series 5 models) we've really only used it for showing off, and while it's a valuable piece of kit for the right people, if you're healthy then we don't think it is a deal-breaker.</p><p>Likewise, we suspect it will be the same for the new blood oxygen sensor, as introduced in the Series 6 model. It's a potentially great new addition for Apple Watch, but probably something the vast majority of people won't need or be worried about measuring.

Do you know what it means to have a 98 per cent score and how you could improve that? Yeah, we don't either.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/153882-smartwatches-review-apple-watch-se-review-the-apple-watch-most-people-will-buy-image5-rziyulmtb8.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="150"></p><p>What you do get in terms of sensors is the heart-rate monitor - which is fantastic for measuring fitness in a meaningful way - a compass, and an always-on altimeter.</p><p>If you're planning on using the Watch SE to keep fit and track your exercise - which, let's face it, is probably why you're thinking about getting one - then that heart-rate monitor will do the trick. The compass not so much, but at least the altimeter will let you know the evaluation on that epic hike or run when GPS isn't being reliable.</p>

Google Pixel 6 release date, rumours, features, specs and news

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:45:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com Google is working on a couple of smartphones that will be revealed soon.

The company has officially teased the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, offering some detail ]]> <p>Google is working on a couple of smartphones that will be revealed soon. The company has officially teased the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, offering some detail as to what we can expect.</p><p>We've covered off the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">Pixel 6 Pro in a separate feature</a> but here we are focusing on everything we have heard and know so far about the Pixel 6.&nbsp;</p><h2>Release date and price</h2><ul><li>Confirmed: 19 October 2021 launch event</li><li>From GBP599/£699</li></ul><p>Google has confirmed the Pixel 6 will be announced at an event on 19 October. It's being called the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/153770-google-event-launch-night-in-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pixel Fall Launch</a> with an image of the phone and #Pixel6Launch, so there's no doubt at all about what's on the agenda for the event.</p><p>In terms of price, the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/145993-google-pixel-3-xl-review" rel="">Pixel 3</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/149771-google-pixel-4xl-review" rel="">Pixel 4</a> sat in the flagship end of the smartphone market, while the Pixel 5's price put it in the mid-range category.</p><p>It's not currently clear if the Pixel 6 will see a price hike back up to flagship territory, or if Google will stick with the slightly lower pricing.

If it sticks to the same ballpark as <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/154194-google-pixel-5-review" rel="">the Pixel 5</a>, we could see pricing start from around GBP599/£699.</p><p>A leaked ad for German retailer Saturn shows the phone will cost EUR649 in Europe, which is around GBP555 in the UK and around £770 in the US. What's more, there's mention of a free gift for those who pre-order. Just like the Pixel 5, it appears early buyers will get a free pair of Bose headphones.

This time it's the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/headphones/reviews/bose/148533-bose-smart-nc-headphones-700-review-noise-cancelling" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>For reference, we'd expect the Pixel 6 Pro to be flagship so that's likely to be more expensive.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pixel6?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#Pixel6</a>, the new Google Phone. <br><br>Tune in October 19th at 10 am PT: <a href="https://t.co/zmp5byVq1y" rel="">https://t.co/zmp5byVq1y</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pixel6Launch?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#Pixel6Launch</a> <a href="https://t.co/v3wwySE5gs" rel="">pic.twitter.com/v3wwySE5gs</a></p>-- Made By Google (@madebygoogle) <a href="https://twitter.com/madebygoogle/status/1445426131297976321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 5, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h2>Design</h2><ul><li>Massive camera unit on the rear of the phone</li><li>Dual tone colouring</li><li>Regular and Pro models</li><li>Water resistance?&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Google itself revealed official images of the upcoming Pixel 6 from the rear and the design matches previous leaked renders. There is a dramatic redesign from previous Pixels, with a large camera housing on the rear spreading across the width of the phone. Google said this is because the camera has been redesigned and no longer fits into the square camera housing we saw on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Official Google Pixel 6 images</td></tr></tbody></table><p>As for the front of the phone, leaked renders from various sources show a centralised <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/146822-hole-punch-camera-vs-notch-vs-slider-honor-samsung" target="_blank" rel="noopener">punch hole camera</a>, very slim bezels and a flat display for the Pixel 6.

This design has now been confirmed by Google who has started advertising the phone and showing it off in official imagery - so we all know exactly what it looks like.</p><p>The images suggest an <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/huawei/146063-in-display-fingerprint-readers-how-do-they-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener">under-display fingerprint sensor</a>. The physical rear fingerprint sensor found on previous Pixels is not present in the official images of the Pixel 6 from Google, so it would seem this move to an under-display option is happening.</p><p>Google has said the Pixel 6 will have a matte finish and the official images released show it off in an orange/red, light blue/green and black/grey colour options. A <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1446002191110639616?t=7oALk0b2yLYfa7ny7S1iGA&amp;s=03" target="_blank" rel="noopener">late leak</a> also showed official renders with water droplets all over the back of the phone, which as much as confirms the phone will have waterproofing of some kind.&nbsp;</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >OnLeaks Pixel 6 leak</td></tr></tbody></table><h2>Display</h2><ul><li>Pixel 6: 6.4-inch, Full HD+</li><li>Under-display fingerprint scanner</li><li>120Hz refresh rate</li></ul><p>The Pixel 5 has a 6-inch display but rumours have suggested the Pixel 6 will be slightly larger at 6.4-inches.

It's said to be a flat display, rather than curved like the Pixel 6 Pro is said to be coming with.</p><p>Rumours have also claimed it will have a Full HD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. HDR support is also expected.</p><p>We've mentioned that there will be punch hole to the centre top of this display.</p><h2>Hardware and specs</h2><ul><li>Google Tensor chip</li><li>8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage&nbsp;</li><li>UWB technology</li><li>5G connectivity</li></ul><p>Google has developed its own system-on-chip <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157890-what-is-google-tensor-and-which-phones-and-devices-does-it-power" rel="">called Tensor</a>. The company has said it has been working on the chip for four years and security is said to be at the heart of it, with a new Titan M2 security core.

Google said the Pixel 6 will have "the most layers of security in any phone." A retailer leak has suggested Google claims the chip will be 80 per cent faster in performance than the Pixel 5 and the Snapdragon 765G.</p><p>In terms of other specs, there is said to be 8GB RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB storage for the Pixel 6.</p><p>Google confirmed that its upcoming <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/cars/news/google/156951-google-will-launch-its-digital-car-key-in-fall-2021" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Digital Car Key feature</a> would use <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/156470-what-is-ultra-wideband-and-what-does-uwb-do" rel="">ultra-wideband technology</a>, currently not offered in any Pixel device - a hint that a future release will include it.</p><p>Battery capacity has been rumoured as 4614mAh and there could potentially be support for 23W wireless charging.</p><h2>Cameras</h2><ul><li>4K video recording from front</li><li>Pixel 6: Dual rear (50MP+12MP)</li><li>8MP front&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Google Pixel phones are praised for their excellent cameras so we fully expect the Pixel 6 to continue on this path. Or we at least hope it does.</p><p>Google's official images of the Pixel 6 confirm a dual camera on the rear, while the Pixel 6 Pro will have a triple rear camera. It's been said there could be a 50-megapixel main camera - which could be the ISOCELL GN1 sensor revealed by Samsung in 2020 - and a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera on the Pixel 6, though that's not confirmed as yet.

All we know officially is that there is an improved camera system.</p><p>Other rumours relating to cameras have said the suggested 8-megapixel front camera could support 4K video recording and video recording overall will be improved compared to the Pixel 5. There's also talk of a larger Samsung sensor on board and a gimbal-like camera mode.</p><p>There have also been some leaks regrarding camera features, including something called "magic eraser", Face Deblur, "Motion Blur" and "Baby Mode". Google's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/146306-what-is-night-sight-google-pixel-camera" rel="">Night Sight</a> is also expected on the Pixel 6.</p><h2>Google Pixel 6 rumours: What's happened so far?</h2><p>Here's everything we have heard about the Pixel 6 so far.</p><h3>11 October 2021: Google may be planning an upgrade programme for its phones - Pixel Pass</h3><p>A leak suggests Google is planning a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158673-google-pixel-pass-upgrade-programme-phones" rel="">scheme called Pixel Pass</a> that will enable Pixel owners to sign up to a subscription that offers yearly Pixel upgrades and access to Google One services.</p><h3>08 October 2021: More images leaks and evidence of water resistance</h3><p>EvLeaks - the ever prolific leaker - has published a whole <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1446002191110639616?t=7oALk0b2yLYfa7ny7S1iGA&amp;s=03" target="_blank" rel="noopener">set of images</a>, including some that show waterproofing.&nbsp;</p><h3>06 October 2021: European pricing and Bose headphones pre-order gift</h3><p>A leaked ad (<a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/q2qcge/official_price_of_the_pixel_6_649_in_germany_with/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">via reddit</a>) printed for Saturn - a German mega retailer - shows the Pixel 6 will cost EUR649 and come with a free pair of Bose 700 noise cancelling headphones if you pre-order.&nbsp;</p><h3>05 October 2021: Google confirms Pixel 6 launch event on 19 October</h3><p>Google has <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158634-google-confirms-pixel-6-launch-on-19-october" target="_blank" rel="noopener">officially confirmed</a> that it will be announcing the Pixel 6 on 19 October.</p><h3>29 September 2021: Google Pixel 6 prices and release date leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158559-google-pixel-6-prices-and-release-date-leak" rel="">According to YouTuber Brandon Lee (@thisistechtoday)</a>, the Google Pixel 6 is said to be priced at EUR649, which is around GBP555 in the UK and around £770 in the US.</p><p>The Google Pixel 6 Pro meanwhile, is said to cost around EUR899, which is around GBP770 in the UK and around £1065 in the US.</p><h3>24 September 2021: Google Pixel 6 camera features detailed in leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158495-google-pixel-6-camera-features-detailed-in-leak" rel="">A report on XDA Developers</a> offers some information based on an internal, unreleased version of the Google Camera app, along with information and insights from an unnamed source.

The report details a number of camera features expected to come on the Pixel 6.</p><h3>9 September 2021: Google drops Pixel 6 teaser to remind you that iPhone 13 isn't your only choice</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158313-google-drops-pixel-6-teaser-to-remind-you-that-iphone-13-isn-t-your-only-choice" rel="">Google dropped a teaser</a> for the Pixel 6 and while it didn't detail anything new, it carried the message that the Pixel 6 isn't just a smartphone, it's a phone that learns and adapts to you.</p><p></p><h3>2 September 2021: Google Pixel Stand leak suggests that Pixel 6 will support 23W wireless charging</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158215-google-pixel-stand-6-23w-wireless-charging" rel="">A leak from a US retailer has seemingly confirmed</a> the Google Pixel 6 will support 23W wireless charging after an image taken of the retailer's inventory log makes reference to a "Google Pixel 23W WL Stand".</p><h3>31 August 2021: 19 October date suggested for Made by Google event</h3><p>A <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158195-google-pixel-6-could-be-announced-on-19-october" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reliable leaker</a> has suggested that the Pixel 6 will be available from 28 October, suggesting a launch event on 19 October.</p><h3>31 August 2021: 23W Pixel Stand leaks</h3><p>A <a href="https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/08/31/exclusive-googles-new-pixel-stand-for-the-pixel-6-should-support-23w-fast-wireless-charging/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">retailer listing</a> has revealed a 23W Pixel Stand, suggesting that the Pixel 6 might support this faster charging rate.</p><h3>13 August 2021: Google Pixel 6 hint reveals that camera system could feature a 50MP sensor made by Samsung</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158029-google-pixel-6-camera-50mp-samsung" rel="">A teardown of the Google Camera app</a> has hinted that the Pixel 6 will feature a 50-megapixel sensor developed by Samsung.</p><h3>2 August 2021: Google confirms Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, powered by Google Tensor</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157889-google-confirms-pixel-6-and-pixel-6-pro-powered-by-google-tensor" rel="">Google confirmed</a> the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in a blog post, detailing the design and the new hardware the devices will run on when they launch in the fall.&nbsp;</p><h3>13 July 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 XL names appear in developer form</h3><p>Following the start of this year's Google for Games Developer Summit, where new tools for Android game developers were revealed, the Pixel 6 and, interestingly, the Pixel 6 XL <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157651-google-pixel-6-and-6-xl-names-appear-in-developer-form" rel="">both appeared on a form</a> for a new game mode API, spotted by XDA Developers.</p><h3>9 July 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro specs revealed in new leak&nbsp;</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157622-google-pixel-6-and-6-pro-specs-revealed-in-new-leak" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jon Prosser published</a> a number of missing specs for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, including RAM, storage and battery details.&nbsp;</p><h3>28 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro camera details leak out</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157115-more-google-pixel-6-and-6-pro-camera-details-leak-out" rel="">Leaker FrontTron claimed on Twitter </a>that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro would have a gimbal-like steady cam mode, bigger Samsung sensor and big video recording improvements.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pixel 6 stuff<br><br>Gimbal like steady cam mode<br>Bigger Samsung sensor, Google custom NPU and ISP -&gt; better than pixel 5<br>Big improvements in video</p>-- Tron (@FrontTron) <a href="https://twitter.com/FrontTron/status/1397448191549706241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">May 26, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>25 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 5a 5G details revealed in leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157046-more-google-pixel-6-6-pro-and-5a-5g-details-revealed-in-leak" rel="">Max Weinbach claimed</a> on a podcast that the Whitechapel SoC will offer raw performance in between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 888 and it will have a Neural Processing Unit and Image Signal Processor inside.&nbsp;</p><p>He also said the orange model would be more peach than pink and a green, black and silver model was being worked on too.</p><h3>24 May 2021: Google Pixel 6 takes its turn in a stunning design leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157029-google-pixel-6-takes-its-turn-in-a-stunning-design-leak" rel="">Leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer followed up</a> his Pixel 6 Pro renders with some renders of the Pixel 6, coupled with some extra information.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >OnLeaks Pixel 6 leak</td></tr></tbody></table><h3>21 May 2021: Google Pixel 6 Pro's radical design rendered once again</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157001-google-pixel-6-pro-s-radical-design-rendered-once-again" rel="">Serial leaker OnLeaks shared</a> some Pixel 6 Pro renders, following on the renders published by Jon Prosser. They show a similar design but offer some more details, including rhe 6 Pro's screens size and a few more angles.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >OnLeaks Pixel 6 Pro render leak</td></tr></tbody></table><h3>19 May 2021: Pixel 6 model numbers discovered in Android 12 Beta</h3><p>Details about unreleased devices <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156958-pixel-6-model-numbers-discovered-in-android-12-beta" target="_blank" rel="noopener">have been uncovered</a> in the Android 12 Beta.</p><h3>18 May 2021: Google announced Android 12 at Google I/O</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156950-android-12-official-interface" rel="">Google announced Android 12</a> during its I/O developer conference, revealing a huge redesign. The company also referenced "fall" for the Pixels launch, as well as hinting that we'd see UWB in a future Pixel handset.</p><h3>14 May 2021: Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro renders show radical change in design</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156907-google-pixel-6-leaks" rel="">Jon Prosser published</a> some renders of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, in collaboration with with @RendersbyIan.

According to Prosser, the renders have been created based on actual photographs of the real product, not from schematics.</p><h3>6 May 2021: Pixel 6 to feature custom 'Whitechapel' chip?</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156782-pixel-6-whitechapel-chip" rel="">Further evidence suggests</a>&nbsp;Google is working on custom Whitechapel chip that will go into the Pixel 6.</p><h3>4 May 2021: Pixel 6 might rival iPhone 12 by offering UWB connectivity</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156742-pixel-6-might-rival-iphone-12-by-offering-uwb-connectivity" rel="">XDA's Mishaal Rahman shared on Twitter</a> that Google is experimenting with UWB support on an upcoming device codenamed Raven, which could be the Pixel 6.&nbsp;</p><h3>30 April 2021: Google is working on UWB connectivity, possibly for Pixel 6 family</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156742-pixel-6-might-rival-iphone-12-by-offering-uwb-connectivity" rel="">9to5Google reported</a> that Google was experimenting with putting UWB technology into its Android hardware, speculating this would be found in the Pixel 6 phones.</p><h3>5 April 2021: Pixel 6 might be powered by a Google-designed 'GS101' processor</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156410-pixel-6-might-be-powered-by-a-google-designed-gs101-processor" rel="">9to5Google claimed</a> Google is developing two phones with an Arm-based "GS101" processor, codenamed "Whitechapel".</p><h3>2 April 2021: Pixel 6 may use Google-made chip instead of Qualcomm processor</h3><p><a href="https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-6-custom-system-on-chip/#update1" rel="">XDA Developers reported</a> Google is working on new GS101 silicon for its 2021 Pixel phones. It said: "The SoC will feature a 3 cluster setup with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit). Google also refers to its next Pixel devices as "dauntless-equipped phones", which we believe refers to them having an integrated Titan M security chip (code-named Citadel)."</p><h3>17 March 2021: Android 12 DP2 hints at a future Pixel device with an under-display fingerprint scanner</h3><p><a href="https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-phone-under-display-fingerprint-scanner/" rel="">XDA Developers reported</a> spotting evidence in Android 12 code that suggests the Pixel 6 could come with an under-display fingerprint scanner.&nbsp;</p><h3>9 March 2021: Google Pixel 6 likely to adopt centered hole punch camera, 4K selfie video</h3><p><a href="https://9to5google.com/2021/03/09/google-camera-tidbits-pixel-6-pixel-5a/" rel="">9to5Google dug</a> into an update to the Google Pixel camera app that suggests the Pixel 6 could adopt centralised punch hole camera and support 4K video recording.</p><h3>18 February 2021: Android 12 code might give away some Pixel 6 features</h3><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MishaalRahman/status/1362462608826195976" rel="">XDA Developer's Mishaal Rahman tweeted</a> some features he found in the Android 12 developer code suggesting UI changes make it more one-handed friendly and there was some talk of under-display fingerprint scanner support alongside facial recognition too.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Now that the embargo has lifted, here's my running thread of changes I've found in Android 12 Developer Preview 1.</p>-- Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) <a href="https://twitter.com/MishaalRahman/status/1362462100958887940?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">February 18, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>1 December 2020: Patent suggests under-display front camera on future Pixel phone</h3><p><a href="https://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2020/12/google-wins-design-patents-for-an-amazon-halo-styled-fitness-band-and-a-future-pixel-phone-without-a-visible-front-camera-hol.html" rel="">A patent for a future Pixel phone</a> was spotted by Patently Apple showing no visible front camera.</p>

HP's superb flash sale has loads of deals to check out

https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/hp/158677-hp-flash-sale-october-2021 https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/hp/158677-hp-flash-sale-october-2021 Pocket-lint Promotion Mon, 11 Oct 2021 13:30:00 +0100 laptops

pocket-lint.com There's nothing like a surprise sale to get the blood pumping - HP is a specialist in holding sales events that bring real, tangible discounts to some ]]> <p>There's nothing like a surprise sale to get the blood pumping - HP is a specialist in holding sales events that bring real, tangible discounts to some of its most popular and well-reviewed computers and devices, too.</p><p>Its latest sale runs until the end of Tuesday, so you've only got a short time left to take advantage of it.

There are some really special deals, too, and we've picked out a selection for your interest below. Be sure to to check out the <a href="https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=7168&amp;awinaffid=326657&amp;platform=dl&amp;ued=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hp.com%2Fus-en%2Fshop%2Fslp%2Fweekly-deals%2Ftop-deals" rel="nofollow">full flash sale</a>, to make sure you don't miss anything!</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/0-news-hp-s-superb-flash-sale-has-loads-of-deals-to-check-out-image2-mvltb3pghc.png" alt=""></p><h2>HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop - 15z-ec200</h2><ul><li><a href="https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinaffid=326657&amp;awinmid=7168&amp;platform=dl&amp;ued=https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-gaming-laptop-15z-ec200-2r1x7av-1?jumpid=ma_weekly-deals_product-tile_top-deals_5_2r1x7av-1_hp-pavilion-gaming-l" rel="nofollow">View offer on the HP store - was £799.99, now £619.99</a></li></ul><p>You might be under the impression that getting yourself into PC gaming requires a huge investment not just financially but in space terms, to make room for a desktop tower, monitor, and all the other accessories that you need. Thankfully, HP has got your back, with gaming laptops like this superb Pavilion option.</p><p>It's got a stunning 15.6-inch screen that makes for brilliant gaming, powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB of its own discrete storage to ensure that you can play even new games on high settings at really crisp resolutions.

It's the perfect solution for anyone looking to game at home or on the go.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/0-news-hp-s-superb-flash-sale-has-loads-of-deals-to-check-out-image3-0sbdzc6try.png" alt=""></p><h2>HP ProDesk 405 G6 Desktop Mini PC</h2><ul><li><a href="https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinaffid=326657&amp;awinmid=7168&amp;platform=dl&amp;ued=https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-prodesk-405-g6-desktop-mini-pc-customizable-3j459av-mb?jumpid=ma_weekly-deals_product-tile_top-deals_1_3j459av-mb_hp-prodesk-405-g6-de" rel="nofollow">View offer on the HP store - was £1,068.00, now £566.04</a></li></ul><p>If you've already got a solid monitor but you're looking for a really solid PC to hook up to it, for home or work use, HP's managed to pack a super-powerful system into a jaw-droppingly small box with this mini PC. It's a real marvel, and its size means you can easily hide it away so that all you need on your desk is the monitor itself plus a mouse and keyboard.</p><p>Inside, you get a fabulous Windows machine with an AMD chip of your choice at its heart to keep things running really quickly, and the option to customise almost every element of the PC. If you need a lot of RAM, you can get up to 64GB of the stuff, while storage can also be configured however you like with SSD and HDD options available.

It's a really impressive suite of choices that mean you can build exactly the mini PC that you need.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/0-news-hp-s-superb-flash-sale-has-loads-of-deals-to-check-out-image4-vjaybqi6xd.png" alt=""></p><h2>HP Pavilion Aero Laptop - 13z-be000</h2><ul><li><a href="https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinaffid=326657&amp;awinmid=7168&amp;platform=dl&amp;ued=https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-aero-13z-be000-laptop-pc-2r1x0av-1?jumpid=ma_weekly-deals_product-tile_top-deals_2_2r1x0av-1_hp-pavilion-aero-lap" rel="nofollow">View offer on the HP store- was £749.99, now £669.99</a></li></ul><p>Of course, more typical laptops are hugely popular for good reason, so if you're looking for a non-gaming laptop that'll be perfect for working on the go or studying, the Pavilion Aero is an excellent choice. It's named carefully to point out how ridiculously light it is, making it ideal for sticking in a backpack.</p><p>There's a fingerprint reader to keep everything secure and safe while allowing quick logins, and speakers tuned by Bang &amp; Olufsen make it ideal for watching TV or movies, compared to other laptops with often weedier sound systems. Under the hood it's impressively powerful, more than capable of tackling complicated work tasks, making it a perfect choice for professionals or students.</p>

What is eSports and why is it big deal?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/145890-what-is-esports-professional-gaming-explained https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/145890-what-is-esports-professional-gaming-explained Adrian Willings Mon, 11 Oct 2021 12:24:00 +0100 games

pocket-lint.com eSports and professional gaming is increasing in popularity, but what is it, why does it matter and how can you get into it?What is eSports?Put simply, ]]> <p>eSports and professional gaming is increasing in popularity, but what is it, why does it matter and how can you get into it?</p><h2>What is eSports?</h2><p>Put simply, eSports are electronic sports.

Organised competitive gaming events in various leagues with teams and players battling it out for victory. Grand prizes&nbsp;are on offer, as is the prestige of being crowned champion(s).&nbsp;</p><p>The very best players are essentially competing to become the best in the world at their favourite game.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The winning teams or individual players can expect to potentially receive millions in prize money, as well as in more funding from sponsorship, endorsements and team salaries.&nbsp;</p><p>Intel started pushing eSports with the first&nbsp;<a href="https://en.intelextrememasters.com/" rel="">Intel Extreme Masters</a>&nbsp;gaming tournament back in 2007 at <a href="https://www.cebit.de/en/" rel="follow">CEBIT</a>. Competitive gaming had been around as an idea a while before that too, with players always wanting to show that they were better than their friends.

It's been going a lot longer than that though:</p><p></p><p>The community wanted a move towards organised, stadium-based tournaments and that's where ESL and Intel stepped in.&nbsp;</p><p>Worldwide viewership of eSports competitions has helped push popularity into the mainstream. To the point that Intel has even tried to get eSports officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee by bringing season 12 of the Intel Extreme Masters to&nbsp;Pyeongchang during the 2018 Winter Olympics.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/145890-games-feature-what-is-esports-and-why-is-it-big-deal-image7-nyzqxp8qia.jpg"></p><h2>How big is eSports?</h2><p>eSports is a continually growing industry, both in popularity and money. In 2017, eSports had an estimated worldwide revenue of GBP565 million.

In 2021, <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/490522/global-esports-market-revenue/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">according to Statista</a> the global market for eSports was valued at over a billion US dollars. Increasing by over half from the year before.&nbsp;</p><p>Event attendance at the big stadium competitions is increasingly on the rise as fans make an effort to watch their favourite teams compete, but <a href="http://esports-marketing-blog.com/esports-viewership-numbers/" rel="follow">online viewing is increasing too</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>During the 2018 <a href="https://eu.lolesports.com/en/articles/2018-Mid-Season-Invitational-by-the-numbers" rel="follow">League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational</a>, 60 million unique viewers tuned in to watch, consuming a combined 363,000,000 hours of footage. The Intel Extreme Masters World Championship 2017 saw 46 million unique online viewers.

Both these events had significantly more viewers than the <a href="http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/nearly-31-million-americans-watch-president-donald-trumps-inauguration.html" rel="follow">televised inauguration of President Trump</a>&nbsp;which gives you an idea of how significant this industry is.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2021 it's estimated that <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109956/global-esports-audience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">474 million people</a> watched eSports worldwide.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2017, a <a href="https://yougov.co.uk/news/2017/09/28/four-million-brits-have-watched-esports/" rel="follow">YouGov report</a> published data that found that around just seven per cent of British adults (around four million people) had watched eSports gaming. As a nation, we still lag behind other countries that take eSports much more seriously.&nbsp;</p><p>In China, for example, around 45 per cent of adults have watched eSports online.&nbsp;</p><p>Passion for eSports and competitive gaming is growing within&nbsp;UK though. Thanks, in part, to the rise in popularity of video game streamers, YouTuber content creators and the increasing popularity of Twitch.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2018 Scott Gillingham from Intel told us:</p><p>"The UK is the fifth-largest gaming market in the world.

That comes down to people buying games and the hardware to play games. The eSports industry side of it is still growing and it's underdeveloped compared with other parts of the world. The US is one of the top gaming countries in the world and their eSports industry is massive.</p><p>This year has been a real growth area for eSports in the UK.

We've seen more tournaments with the likes of <a href="https://en.esl-one.com/gate/" rel="follow">ESL One</a>. It's the first time that ESL bought a major to the UK. It sold out in 24 hours and it was one of the quickest selling <a href="https://www.eslgaming.com/" rel="follow">ESL tournaments</a> globally.

Over 24,000 people attended that event over three days. We are seeing that industry and the community growing in the UK and we're seeing more eSports events coming to the UK.</p><p><a href="https://newzoo.com/" rel="">Newzoo</a> looks at the size of gaming markets in the UK and around the world. A lot of it is measured by the sales of games and data they get back from companies like ESL.

In the UK in 2017, according to Newzoo research, there were <a href="https://newzoo.com/insights/infographics/the-u-k-gamer-2017/" rel="">over 33 million gamers in the UK</a>. Of that, 12 million of those gamers are gaming on PC. We do see that growing as well.

The data also shows PC gaming growing between two and three per cent year-on-year.</p><p>People are watching eSports and following gamers and a lot of that is PC based. They're getting a lot of information about the best experience that way as well. This is probably why we're seeing the PC gaming side of the market growing a bit too.</p><p>To give you an idea, we're seeing double-digit growth from our side of the business in gaming.

We're continually seeing that growth happening."</p><p>A simpler way of showing how popular eSports has become can be seen with a quick Google search for the phrase "lol". No longer does this search bring back a definition for the acronym&nbsp;(laughing out loud) but it instead returns a long list of results related to&nbsp;League of Legends. That game has been one of the most popular games in eSports for a while now.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/145890-games-feature-what-is-esports-and-why-is-it-big-deal-image4-r1iijue82x.jpg"></p><h2>Isn't eSports just for nerds?</h2><p>Historically, there's been a stigma around eSports and that's changing too.</p><p>Scott Gillingham put it best:</p><p>"There is a certain stigma that a gamer sits at home in their basement, playing games and isn't sociable, but that is lifting.</p><p>An event like EGX shows how gamers are very sociable.

They're online, they're recording, they're talking to each other through headsets, they're streaming what they're doing via Twitch with their community and they're coming to <a href="https://www.egx.net/egx" rel="follow">big events like EGX</a>.</p><p>As the gaming industry grows, that stigma is disappearing. eSports helps remove that stigma, with the Intel Extreme Masters, for example, there are 173,000 people sitting in a stadium watching eSports - it shows it's a big growing thing."</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/145890-games-feature-what-is-esports-and-why-is-it-big-deal-image2-lau3tqphnd.jpg"></p><h2>What games are played by eSports teams?</h2><p>Passion for eSports comes from all angles and there are many different games with communities formed around them that people love. There are a variety of games being played including racing games, first-person shooters, strategy card games and more.&nbsp;</p><p>Historically the most popular games have been League of Legends, CS:GO, Hearthstone, DOTA 2, StarCraft and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/ubisoft/136032-rainbow-six-siege-review-thoroughly-infectious-strategy-shooter" rel="follow">Rainbow Six Siege</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently though, the staggering popularity of Battle Royale games like <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/144028-what-is-pubg-mobile-and-why-is-everyone-talking-about-playerunknown-s-battlegrounds" rel="follow">Player Unknown's Battlegrounds</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/143997-what-is-fortnite-what-is-the-battle-royale-game-how-does-it-work-and-what-devices-can-you-play-it-on" rel="follow">Fortnite</a> have pushed those games into the eSports arena too.&nbsp;</p><p>This has come with some challenges as traditionally eSports games have been small teams five vs five or six vs six, bigger games make it challenging to present an interesting broadcast.&nbsp;</p><p>This was nicely summed up during our chat with Scott Gillingham:</p><p>"ESL got the ability to hold the EU qualifiers for the PUBG invitational here in the UK in Leicester. They had to have a three-tier stage to get all 20 teams on there and that was challenging for them, but the spectacle that it created was amazing.</p><p>This raises some challenges, as does viewing it online.

You're looking over a map with all these teams converging and then zooming in on the action as it happens, that's probably a broadcaster's nightmare."</p><p>James Dean talked to us a bit about those challenges too:</p><p>"...the challenge was how do you find where the action is happening and broadcast that live. We had literally a whole wall of TVs and virtual camera directors looking and trying to spot what's happening and where. We had feeds of 80 players coming in and manually trying to find what's happening to make it interesting.</p><p>The spectator side of things is being retrofitted and developed for the game and is only just coming out.

Fortnite also has the same challenge, but they're working on it and it's getting a lot better.</p><p>We find that a lot - the gaming industry is a lot different to the eSports community and they've not necessarily spoken to one another and when a game becomes super successful, in that eSports environment it becomes tricky.</p><p>There are a lot more game developers who have grown up with eSports in their lives and know about it and want to put features into the game to accommodate it."</p><p>Ubisoft's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/ubisoft/136032-rainbow-six-siege-review-thoroughly-infectious-strategy-shooter" rel="follow">Rainbow Six Siege</a>&nbsp;was built from the ground up with a focus on eSports to begin with. The developers knew the game would be a great fit for competitive gaming and implemented tools to allow for interesting live broadcasts during competitions.&nbsp;</p><p>Differing viewpoints, in-game stats, birds-eye overviews as the game plays out make the game engaging and incredibly appealing to watch for live viewers.&nbsp;</p><h2>How can you get started in eSports?</h2><p>For passionate gamers, getting into eSports might be easier than you think. James Dean, CEO of ESL UK explains:</p><p>"eSports has no barrier to entry.

If you're a gamer, you're a gamer. If you want to step up your game and play in a competition you can do so. If you're really great and you practice a lot you might be on a big stage winning a million dollars.

And that's open to everyone in the large part. It's about making opportunities for anyone to do anything."</p><p>Most competitive players get into professional gaming by starting out playing casually. They then join a team, then start taking it a bit more seriously - joining an organisation and aiming for higher levels.&nbsp;</p><p>Players can <a href="https://play.eslgaming.com/america/register" rel="follow">register and start competing</a> with relative ease too.

Other players have managed to get into the industry in usual ways too. Previously, UK football teams <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36734518" rel="follow">Machester City</a> and <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36231379" rel="follow">West Ham</a> have signed eSports players - showing a move into the mainstream.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/143414-games-news-top-10-highest-earning-female-esports-gamers-in-the-world-image1-8raepfl3y6.jpg"></p><h2>How much can eSports players earn?</h2><p>We've written before about <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/143255-top-10-highest-earning-esports-players-in-the-world" rel="follow">how much eSports players can earn</a> if they win competitions. There's also money in sponsorships, endorsements and more if you're good enough.&nbsp;</p><p>James Dean from the ESL warns that there isn't quite enough money to earn a wage for most people at the moment though:</p><p>"In the UK, you can't currently go full time at a national level, there's not enough money in it.

But it is growing - in three or four years time there will be people playing at a good level, playing in a national team, earning a good wage, with an aspiration to go higher."</p><p>It's the international competitions where the money comes from. As an example, the DOTA 2 finals in 2016 had the largest prize pool of the time, totalling £20 million with £9 million of that being awarded to the winning team.&nbsp;</p><p>Epic Games, the company being Fortnite announced its intention to provide a £100 million prize pool for Fortnite competitions during the first season of competitive play. This gives you an idea of earning potential of winning teams.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course, it's not just the competitions where professional gamers can make money.

The very best players are also making money on YouTube and Twitch. Famous professional gamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/19/tyler-ninja-blevins-explains-how-he-makes-more-than-500000-a-month-playing-video-game-fortnite.html" rel="follow">revealed he makes around £500,000 a month</a> streaming to his fans on Twitch.&nbsp;</p><p>Ninja himself is a professional gamer and has been competing since 2009 with various eSports teams including Cloud9, Renegades and Team Liquid. It's only recently that he's become a household name, but he's also a prime example of how well gamers can do with enough commitment.&nbsp;</p><p>Other professional gamers have turned gaming into a day-to-day career choice. <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/sacriel/videos/all" rel="follow">Sacriel</a>, for example, plays and streams via Twitch eight hours a day, six days a week.

Quite a day job.&nbsp;</p><h2>Other careers in eSports</h2><p>There's more to eSports than just gaming though. There are other potential careers too, there's plenty of call for behind-the-scenes talent like people in production, league operations, marketing or event management.</p><p>Like other sports, it's unlikely that players will have a long-term career playing the games. Many professional players end up retiring or moving onto other things after a few years.&nbsp;</p><p>Injuries are just as much of a problem in eSports as other professional sports activities.

Repetitive strain can be a problem. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury and neck pain are just some of the issues reported.&nbsp;</p><p>Things in the industry also change. Players might start out playing a specific game but find changes in the franchise mean they're not as good at future iterations as they were with the first outing.&nbsp;</p><p>Retiring players can move into other roles within the industry though.

There are plenty of career options, including <a href="https://www.kinguin.net/esports-coaching" rel="follow">coaching future players</a>.</p><p>The British eSports Association has some <a href="https://britishesports.org/advice-and-information/" rel="">guidance for those looking into a career in eSports</a>. Including specification guidance and advice for all the different possible roles within eSports, the list of which includes:</p><ul><li>Professional gamer</li><li>Shoutcaster/host/broadcaster</li><li>Player coach</li><li>Analyst</li><li>eSports journalist/content creator</li><li>PR/Marketing executive</li><li>Product manager</li><li>Sales/partnerships manager</li><li>Admin/referee</li><li>Organisation owner/manager</li><li>Community/social media manager</li><li>Broadcast/production crew</li><li>Event manager</li><li>Agent</li><li>Other roles (statistician, lawyer, finance, support etc)</li><li>Other gaming careers (developers, publishers, distribution etc)</li></ul><p>There are plenty of opportunities, it's not just about the actual gamers.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/145890-games-feature-what-is-esports-and-why-is-it-big-deal-image6-pjonuihs68.jpg"></p><h2>How Universities and others are helping</h2><p>Professional gaming is a young person's game. Competitive play requires lightning-fast reactions and plenty of time for practice.

For those looking to get into eSports who are keen to prove to their parents that it's a serious career option there's good news as education establishments are recognising the increasing interest in the industry.&nbsp;</p><p>A number of eSports courses and degrees have begun appearing at various universities including&nbsp;<a href="https://www.staffs.ac.uk/course/esports-ba" rel="follow">Staffordshire University</a>, the <a href="https://www.york.ac.uk/tftv/news-events/news/2018/esports-content-production/" rel="follow">University of York</a> and the <a href="https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2017/july/university-of-leicester-to-offer-unique-esports-course-to-help-students-gain-experience-in-the-video-games-industry" rel="follow">University of Leicester</a>.</p><p>These include BA Honours degrees in eSports covering a range of subjects that might be useful to those looking to break into the industry. These courses include everything from event organisation to casting, marketing, PR, production and more.&nbsp;</p><p>Qualifications are also available from various colleges via the <a href="https://www.aimawards.org.uk/news/2018/02/25/aim-awards-launches-into-esports/" rel="follow">AIM Awards programme</a>. More and more educational establishments are offering bolt-on courses or intros into eSports to help people get a foot in the industry.&nbsp;</p><p>Other organisations are getting involved too. <a href="http://ukie.org.uk/" rel="follow">UKie</a> is a&nbsp;not-for-profit&nbsp;body representing the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry.

This organisations research into eSports tournaments has shown the potential benefits for young people and their future.</p><p>Studies have shown that getting involved in eSports events can improve confidence as well as enhancing other life skills such as teamwork, communication and the ability to create strong friendships.&nbsp;</p><p>Children are being encouraged from a young age too. The <a href="http://www.britishesports.org" rel="follow">British eSports Association</a> is offering competitive competitions in partnership with schools and colleges across the UK.&nbsp; Students aged 12 to 19 years old can compete and this is being done in partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.twitch.tv/p/en/students/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitch Student Program </a>and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.aocsport.co.uk/news-cs/inaugural-british-e-sports-championships-launched-in-colleges/" rel="follow">AoC Sport</a>&nbsp;(part of the Association of Colleges). Teams competing in this championship can eventually hope to make it to the finals at <a href="https://insomniagamingfestival.com/" rel="follow">Insomnia</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>It's clear that eSports are making their way into schools, colleges and universities in a variety of different ways.

Whether it's learning or actually playing.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/145890-games-feature-what-is-esports-and-why-is-it-big-deal-image8-8qhebp6u7s.jpg"></p><h2>The future of eSports</h2><p>The future of eSports is going to be interesting. The number of people watching is growing, in part thanks to the rise of popular streamers on Twitch and more and more people are getting into competitive gaming too.&nbsp;</p><p>The technology is changing too. The advent of virtual reality has seen some interesting changes in competitive gaming.&nbsp;</p><h3>Virtual reality in eSports</h3><p>Oculus, Intel and ESL recently combined forces to create the <a href="https://vr.eslgaming.com/" rel="follow">VR Challenger League</a>&nbsp;- the world's leading VR eSports league at Intel Extreme Masters 2018.</p><p>Players can be seen competing in a number of VR games where actions are a lot more physical and therefore more entertaining to watch.

Players not only carry out movements in-game, but also communicate with their team via hand signals, voice commands and more.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/132945-best-vr-headsets-high-end-and-cheap-vr-headsets-to-buy" rel="follow">The best VR headsets to buy</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/oculus-rift/129719-oculus-rift-the-best-experiences-and-games-available-right-now" rel="follow">Best Oculus Rift games and experiences available</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/137334-best-htc-vive-games-vr-demos-and-virtual-reality-experiences-to-buy-and-download" rel="follow">Best HTC Vive and Vive Pro games: Incredible experiences to play right now</a></li></ul><p>This makes for interesting watching and throws a new dynamic into broadcasts too. It's still early days, but it's easy to see the potential future for VR in competitive gaming.&nbsp;</p><p>VR could also be used in future for watching broadcasts or competitions, as Scott Gillingham explained, this has already happened:</p><p>"At Intel Extreme Masters 2017, for the finals of CS:GO, they had some pods set up where you could put on a VR headset. The arena is always solidly busy, so if you get there and find you can't get a seat then you could come out, put a VR headset on and view the tournament that way.

In some ways it was great. You could only really view from three different spots in the arena, so you couldn't really walk around and view it from another angle. But it opened up the idea that you could watch these tournaments from home with a VR headset on."</p><p>The quality of live 360-degree video isn't quite good enough yet though, but technology is quickly coming on in leaps and bounds.&nbsp;</p><h3>The potential for Augmented Reality</h3><p>There's some exciting potential for the way eSports competition is presented.&nbsp; Augment Reality devices could play a part too.

Both Augment Reality and Mixed Reality technology could potentially add some interesting new dynamics to the presentation and broadcasts, whether at home or in the stadiums.&nbsp;</p><p>James Dean sees an interesting future here:</p><p>"Anything developed for a VR environment could work in mixed reality or augmented reality environments. So we can reach a large amount of different people through different screen media. Microsoft &nbsp;Hololens, for example, is a great example of how technology and how it's progressing.

Imagine being in a stadium and seeing a big dragon fly around the stadium land on the stage."</p><p><br></p><p>"At the League of Legends finals, that's what happened. If the people in the crowd had mixed reality headsets they'd be able to see that.</p><p>The development of the technology needs to continue and everyone needs to continue to invest in that space. It is an exciting future and hopefully the barriers to entry to buy the headsets will fall and people will think it's worth investing in."</p><p>The future depends on the developers of the devices, but also the community showing an interest and that certainly seems to be happening.</p><p>The future of eSports is certainly going to be an interesting one.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

HTC Vive Pro and Vive Pro 2 tips: How to set up the Vive Pro and tackle issues

https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/htc/144095-htc-vive-pro-tips-how-to-set-up-the-vive-pro-and-tackle-issues https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/news/htc/144095-htc-vive-pro-tips-how-to-set-up-the-vive-pro-and-tackle-issues Adrian Willings Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:58:00 +0100 ar-vr

pocket-lint.com The HTC Vive Pro 2 might well be one of the best VR headsets on the market.

It is certainly an incredibly powerful VR headset and a step up from the ]]> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/htc/157057-htc-vive-pro-2-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HTC Vive Pro 2</a>&nbsp;might well be one of <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/132945-best-vr-headsets-high-end-and-cheap-vr-headsets-to-buy" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the best VR headsets on the market</a>. It is certainly an incredibly powerful VR headset and a step up from the<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/htc/136126-htc-vive-review-an-experience-that-s-out-of-this-world" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> original HTC Vive</a> and the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/htc" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vive headsets </a>that came before it.&nbsp;</p><p>The setup of the HTC Vive Pro and the Vive Pro 2 is, for the most part, relatively straightforward as long as you have enough space. We encountered some minor hiccups during our setup which make it worth us discussing the process and any stumbling blocks you might come across along the way.&nbsp;</p><p>We set up the headsets in an average-sized living room with just about enough space for room-scale tracking.

We also used <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/144012-how-to-build-and-upgrade-your-own-gaming-pc" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">a reasonably high-end gaming machine</a>, freshly built and ready for VR.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/132945-best-vr-headsets-high-end-and-cheap-vr-headsets-to-buy" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">The best VR headsets to buy</a></li></ul><h2>Unboxing</h2><p>The unboxing and setup process is going to vary depending on whether you bought the headset on its own or the full package with the controllers and base stations.&nbsp;</p><p>As standard, the headset comes in a compact box on its own. There are no base stations or controllers in this box as they need to be purchased separately or harvested from your <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/htc/136126-htc-vive-review-an-experience-that-s-out-of-this-world" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">original HTC Vive system</a> if you've just upgraded.&nbsp;</p><p>The headsets do include the new cables and upgraded link box though. This control box connects to the headset via a proprietary cable and then connects to your PC via a USB cable and DisplayPort connection.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image4-ungmro4qz6.jpg" alt=""></p><p>Getting everything out of the box, the setup is relatively simple.

Especially if you have a working idea of how to set up the original HTC Vive.&nbsp;</p><h2>HTC Vive Pro software setup</h2><p>One of the first things to do is to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.vive.com/uk/setup/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">download the software</a> which includes the main Vive Software and <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">Steam</a> too (if you don't already have that installed).&nbsp;</p><p>Once installed, the Vive software will guide you through most of the process to ensure your system is set up properly and all the components are connected and set up&nbsp;the way they should be.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image6-fwa0hrxvlu.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>HTC Vive Pro base stations</h2><p>squirrel_widget_6144378</p><p>In order to function, both the HTC Vive Pro and Vive Pro 2 require the setup of <a href="https://www.vive.com/uk/accessory/base-station2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">two base stations</a> which allow the headset to track where it is in the room and the movement of your head while you play. These base stations need to be purchased separately and set up in the room you intend to play in.&nbsp;</p><p>The base stations ideally need to be positioned&nbsp;above head height and angled downwards in opposite corners of the room. You can use camera tripods or a tall bookshelf or even wall-mounts to permanently fit the boxes to the wall, but they need a good view of the room if you want the best VR experience.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image9-yao0wwvmzs.jpg" alt=""></p><p>Getting both base stations above head height and correctly positioned with a good view of the area can be tricky depending on the layout of your room and the equipment you have to hand.

We've done everything from balancing them on top of cupboards to popping on top of books, on a tripod and much more.&nbsp;</p><p>As well as ensuring the base stations are set up in the right place in the room, you'll also need to ensure they are near a power source as they both need to be plugged into the mains power supply in order to work.&nbsp;</p><p>Once you've got the setup right though, the little green lights on the base stations will let you know that everything is ok and tracking is working properly. The Steam VR software will also show these are tracking and warn you if they can't see the headset.&nbsp;</p><h2>Firmware updates</h2><p>It's worth noting that occasionally the different components need updating with new firmware. This means plugging them into your machine - as unfortunately this cannot be done wirelessly.

This can be a hassle, especially with base stations as you'll have to get them down from their perch to plug them in, but it's worth doing to ensure everything is working smoothly.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-pro-controllers-image24-pjckvi1d0s.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>HTC Vive Pro wireless controllers&nbsp;</h2><p>squirrel_widget_6144407</p><p>Another separate but essential purchase for the HTC Vive Pro are the wireless controllers.&nbsp;</p><p>These controllers do require regular charging though and they also need charging before you can play for the first time.&nbsp;They each come with Mini-USB to USB leads and charging adapters, so if you don't have enough USB sockets on a PC to do it, you need to find even more plug sockets. The controllers may also need firmware updates, so it's worth plugging them into your PC when you get a chance.&nbsp;</p><p>During the setup process, the Vive software will talk you through pairing the controllers with your system. Pressing the menu and system buttons together is enough to get them to link and this process is pretty straightforward as long as they are fully charged.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image5-arikvcdfni.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>HTC Vive Link box</h2><p>To connect the HTC Vive Pro to your gaming PC, you need the link box in order for it to work.

This link box is slightly different from the link box on the original HTC Vive. Previously, the VR headset connected to your PC via an HDMI cable, now on the HTC Vive Pro and Vive Pro 2 connect via DisplayPort.&nbsp;</p><p>This was an issue for us initially when we went to set up the HTC Vive Pro with the gaming laptop we usually use for VR gaming, only to find we couldn't connect to that machine as it only had an HDMI output. This might be an issue for you too.

Most modern gaming machines will include a DisplayPort connection, but if not a converter might be required.&nbsp;</p><p>The link box also needs to be connected to the same gaming machine via USB and to a power source. The other difference here is the new control box has a power button on it. You need to be sure this is turned on during the setup process in order to get everything working smoothly.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/137316-vr-news-feature-htc-vive-tips-tricks-how-to-set-it-up-and-solve-any-issues-image12-hkrfsjpo3a.jpg"></p><h2>Room setup and calibration</h2><p>With all the hardware plugged in, paired and connected, the software then encourages you to calibrate according to the dimensions of your room and how you want to play.&nbsp;</p><p>Like the HTC Vive, the Vive Pro and Vive Pro 2 allow for seated, standing or room-scale play.

For room-scale, you need to map out the area using the controllers to let the system know the layout of your room and prevent you from bumping into household objects while you play.&nbsp;</p><p>This step-by-step calibration process is pretty straightforward. You'll be asked to calibrate the middle of your play space, the floor height and the edges of the room. You are asked to trace the outline of your play area using one of the controllers.

We discovered that using the advanced option you could simply click in the four corners of the area and the software did the rest. This provided a more accurate reading too, but you need to be aware of obstacles in the room and how they might impact your gaming.&nbsp;</p><p>If you trace&nbsp;<em>over</em> the top of a sofa, thinking you'll be able to play near it, you might come unstuck when an object in the VR world is unreachable because it's underneath the sofa in the real world.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image5-imumtnhybs.jpg"></p><h2>Finding a comfortable fit</h2><p>These headsets are a lot easier to wear than other headsets we've tried. The design is far more comfortable, but getting the fit right makes a big difference to your gaming experience.&nbsp;</p><p>The first thing to do is to measure your Interpupillary Distance (IPD) - this is the distance between the middle of your pupils.

There's a handy card supplied with the headset which talks you through using this measure and a mirror to get an accurate reading. You can then adjust the dial on the right hand of the headset to set the right IPD for your eyes.&nbsp;</p><p>Underneath the headset is a button that allows you to adjust the depth of the headset and bring the lenses closer to your eyes. This is another comfort adjustment that makes a big difference.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image2-bci32mfjse.jpg"></p><p>The headset should fit with the rear at the base of your skull and the front of the headset sitting comfortably on your face.

There's an obvious cut out for your nose where the headset should rest. Then tighten the adjustment wheel and the velcro strap on top to get the best view and comfort. This might take a bit of fiddling the first few times, but it makes a big difference.

The end result should be a clear view of the VR world without any dark areas or interruptions from external light sources.</p><h2>Connection issues</h2><p>If everything is plugged in the way it should be and you're having connection issues where the PC won't recognise the headset, then it could be that you're having the same problems we did.&nbsp;</p><p>The button underneath that allows you to adjust the depth of the headset can also mean that it springs out with quite a lot of vigour. So much so that we found the cable that attaches to the headset itself had disconnected and was stopping the headset from functioning. If you notice that this cable appears a bit loose, there is a solution.</p><p>Firstly extend the headset to its full depth setting.

Then remove the padded facemask. Underneath that, you'll see a panel on the top left of the headset, which can be removed with a little gentle pressure and some wiggling. Under there is the USB-C connection port, but also where the main cable plugs into the headset.

It's easy enough to then ensure the headset is properly plugged in and this should solve any issues you might be having.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144095-ar-vr-feature-htc-vive-pro-setup-image9-xuptaqkxnc.jpg"></p><h2>HTC Vive Pro PC specifications</h2><p>The minimum system requirements on the HTC Vive Pro are pretty similar to the original HTC Vive.&nbsp;</p><ul ><li><b>Processor:&nbsp;</b>Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or better</li><li><b>Graphics:&nbsp;</b>NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 or AMD Radeon RX480 or better</li><li><b>Memory:&nbsp;</b>4 GB RAM or more</li><li><b>Video out:&nbsp;</b>DisplayPort 1.2 or newer</li><li><b>USB ports:&nbsp;</b>1x USB 3.0 or newer</li><li><b>Operating system:&nbsp;</b>Windows 8.1 or later</li></ul><p>The Vive Pro 2 is a more powerful headset and so can require a bit more power to make the most of it.&nbsp;</p><p >The<span>&nbsp;</span><strong>recommended</strong><span>&nbsp;</span>specifications for the Vive Pro 2's full 5K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate are:</p><ul><li>Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 (equivalent or better) / Memory: 8GB RAM (or more)</li><li>Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5700 (equivalent or better)</li><li>Video out: DisplayPort 1.4 (or newer)</li><li>USB ports: 1x USB 3.0 (or newer)</li><li>OS: Microsoft Windows 10</li></ul><p>As we've said, it's worth noting that you do need a DisplayPort connection on your gaming machine or laptop in order to run this headset. You can use a DisplayPort Mini adapter or DisplayPort-to-USB-C adapter if required, but if you only have HDMI then you might come unstuck.&nbsp;</p><p>We'd recommend updating your PC with the latest graphics drivers before you start trying to use the headset.&nbsp;</p><p>Crashes are a pretty normal experience of VR gaming - especially if you're playing early access VR games or running beta software, but any lag or disconnect might point to a bigger issue that needs addressing. We'd suggest ensuring the base stations have a good line of sight and aren't block and everything is properly plugged in and charged too.&nbsp;</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Vive Pro passthrough</td></tr></tbody></table><h2>Tackling issues while wearing the headset</h2><p>There are occasionally issues you'll come across where the game crashes or there are problems switching between games.

In the old days of the original Vive you'd have to take the headset off to fix these issues. Now life is a bit easier.</p><p>Open up the interface when wearing the headset and you'll see an option to view the desktop. This gives you a virtual view of your Windows desktop via the headset.

From there you can tackle problems, accept firewall changes, launch programs or simply browse the web.&nbsp;</p><p>Another thing you can do is the passthrough cameras to see the world around you. This is handy to re-orientate yourself or to simply tackle issues with the headset or your environment without taking the headset off.&nbsp;</p><p>Triple-click the menu button on your controller and the passthrough cameras will activate to let you see your world. It's possible to see the full room around you with a green haze or have a small picture of the room appear on your controller.

This is very handy.&nbsp;</p><p>That covered, you should now be up and running and free to enjoy <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/buyers-guides/137334-best-htc-vive-games-vr-demos-and-virtual-reality-experiences-to-buy-and-download" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">all the joys of VR gaming</a> with the HTC Vive Pro. We'd recommend these games to get you started:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/143177-l-a-noire-the-vr-case-files-review-criminal-investigation-has-never-been-so-much-fun" rel="">L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/bethesda/143156-doom-vfr-review-harder-than-hell" rel="">Doom VFR review: Harder than hell</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/142683-giant-cop-justice-above-all-review-give-a-big-hand-for-vr-s-creative-god-game" rel="follow">Giant Cop Justice Above All review</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/143775-knockout-league-review-arcade-style-boxing-vr-virtual-reality" rel="">Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/143159-gorn-vr-review-hilarity-and-brutality-abound" rel="">GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound</a></li><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/ar-vr/reviews/142536-dead-effect-2-vr-review-an-action-packed-sci-fi-joy-that-s-rammed-full-of-content" rel="follow">Dead Effect 2 VR review</a></li></ul>

OnePlus 9RT design and specs leaked (almost) in full ahead of launch

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oneplus/158678-oneplus-9rt-specs-design-release-date https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oneplus/158678-oneplus-9rt-specs-design-release-date Cam Bunton Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:13:41 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com OnePlus is to launch the 'T' edition of its 'R' edition OnePlus 9 at an event on 13 October, but it appears the cat is virtually all the way out of the ]]> <p>OnePlus is to launch the 'T' edition of its 'R' edition <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oneplus/156163-oneplus-9-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">OnePlus 9</a> at an event on 13 October, but it appears the cat is virtually all the way out of the bag already.&nbsp;</p><p>Two days ahead of the official announcement, detailed press renders of the phone and listed specs have been leaked, leaving very little to the imagination.&nbsp;</p><p>As usual the leak comes <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1446179343508590593" target="_blank" rel="noopener">from @evleaks</a> on Twitter, which - in recent years - is almost as good as being officially confirmed.

Like the OnePlus 9R however, the 9RT is only going to be available in India and China.&nbsp;</p><p>As you'd expect for a 'T' edition phone from OnePlus, the changes aren't wholesale. For instance, the design looks to be just a slight tweak on the existing <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oneplus/155902-oneplus-9e-lite-9r-release-date-rumours-features-news-specs-price" target="_blank" rel="noopener">OnePlus 9R</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/0-news-oneplus-9rt-design-and-specs-leaked-image2-z0rtp8lzbo.jpg" width="200" height="133" alt=""></p><p>The rear camera unit has been slightly redesigned to make it fit more with the look of the 9 <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oneplus/156246-oneplus-9-pro-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">and 9 Pro</a>, and is said to feature the 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor in the main camera.&nbsp;</p><p>That's the same sensor that's in the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oppo/156073-oppo-find-x3-pro-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oppo Find X3 Pro</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oneplus/157747-oneplus-nord-2-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">OnePlus Nord 2</a>, and is used in the ultra-wide camera of the OnePlus 9.&nbsp;It's joined by a 16-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel macro according to the leak.&nbsp;</p><p>As well as that, it's expected to feature an AMOLED screen with variable refresh rate tech, a punch-hole camera in the top left corner and an in-display fingerprint sensor.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Evan Blass (@evleaks) it also features 65W fast charging, just like most of OnePlus' recent models, and features a split design 4400mAh battery.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/0-news-oneplus-9rt-design-and-specs-leaked-image3-nouwlib3rx.jpg" width="200" height="133" alt=""></p><p>As for colours, it's claimed that there will be three on offer: Hacker Black, Nano Silver and Teal. The last of those will only be available in China.&nbsp;</p><p>It's also suggested we're going to see three different RAM/storage configurations: 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB.&nbsp;</p><p>What's perhaps most interesting, however, is that the 9RT is rumoured to come with the flagship Snapdragon 888 processor inside.

That makes it a relatively significant upgrade over the Snapdragon 870 found in the current OnePlus 9R.&nbsp;</p><p>Since OnePlus has already confirmed that it will launch the phone on 13 October, thankfully we don't have to wait long at all until we found out how much of these leaks and rumours are true.&nbsp;</p>

Realme reveals 4K Google TV Streaming Stick details ahead of launch

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/realme/158680-realme-4k-google-tv-streaming-stick-release-date-price-features https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/realme/158680-realme-4k-google-tv-streaming-stick-release-date-price-features Conor Allison Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:04:00 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com The first Google TV streaming stick appears set for launch, with Realme sharing details of a 4K model on a teaser website prior to an expected launch of ]]> <p>The first <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google/154018-what-is-google-tv-and-how-does-it-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google TV</a> streaming stick appears set for launch, with Realme sharing details of a 4K model on a <a href="https://event.realme.com/in/realme4ksmart-google-tv-stick" target="_blank" rel="noopener">teaser website</a> prior to an expected launch of 13 October.&nbsp;</p><p>The Google TV platform was first unveiled in the form of a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/reviews/google/154304-google-chromecast-with-google-tv-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Chromecast</a> dongle last October, though, in the year following, we've only been treated to TVs running the service.</p><p>The Sony and TCL <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/136185-best-4k-tv-and-ultra-hd-televisions-to-buy-today" target="_blank" rel="noopener">televisions</a> featuring Google TV made the platform part of the built-in experience rather than a streaming stick add-on., naturally, while the streaming sticks launched over that period have chosen to stick to the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/google/132292-what-is-android-tv-how-does-it-work-and-which-devices-offer-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Android TV</a> platform.&nbsp;</p><p>Realme is changing that, though, with the 4K Google TV Streaming Stick representing the first device of its kind to launch aside from the aforementioned Chromecast. It's also the first to launch in India, where the platform isn't yet supported.&nbsp;</p><p>In terms of features, the stick will offer 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second, support HDMI 2.1 and HDR10+ and feature apps like Netflix and Prime Video.&nbsp;</p><p>Pricing details aren't yet known, but we imagine it'll be a fairly competitive tag in order to entice those who want to boost the smart profile of their TV without, you know, actually buying a new TV.</p><p>Where the Realme stick actually launches, too, is a bit of a question mark until the supposed release date of 13 October. It's likely the focus for Realme will be in India, but it could also wind up providing those in North America and Europe an alternative to Google official option.&nbsp;</p><p>We'll likely have the official details soon, so be sure to return once we've filled in the blanks.</p>

What is Apple Watch Nike?

And how is it different to the standard Apple Watch?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/139179-what-is-apple-watch-nike-plus-and-when-can-you-buy-it https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/139179-what-is-apple-watch-nike-plus-and-when-can-you-buy-it Maggie Tillman Mon, 11 Oct 2021 11:00:00 +0100 smartwatches

pocket-lint.com Each Apple Watch since the Series 2 has had a Nike version. The latest Series 7 Nike Edition is essentially the same as the standard Apple Watch Series ]]> <p>Each <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/buyers-guides/apple/133135-which-apple-watch-and-strap-is-right-for-you" rel="">Apple Watch</a> since the Series 2 has had a Nike&nbsp;version. The latest Series 7 Nike&nbsp;Edition is essentially the same as the standard Apple Watch Series 7 but it features redesigned Nike watch faces and Nike-designed Apple Watch Sport bands.</p><p>You can also get a Nike version of the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/153882-apple-watch-se-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Apple Watch SE</a> (which is essentially the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/reviews/apple/149320-apple-watch-series-5-review" rel="">Apple Watch Series 5</a> in a different guise).</p><p>squirrel_widget_6136721</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/139179-smartwatches-news-feature-what-is-apple-watch-nike-and-how-is-it-different-to-the-standard-apple-watch-image5-wzzmdcq3yt.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>What is Apple Watch Nike?</h2><p>For the Apple Watch Series 2, <a href="http://apple.sjv.io/c/398860/435031/7613?u=https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2016/09/apple-nike-launch-apple-watch-nike/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Apple teamed up with Nike</a> to make a version of Apple Watch aimed at runners - a partnership that has continued for models since the Series 2.</p><p>Apple Watch Nike features a different strap design and slightly different Watch Faces to the standard model to make it easier for runners to make use of the device's built-in GPS (and cellular).</p><p>Externally, the only difference is there's a Nike logo in addition to the Apple one on the rear of the Watch.

A new Apple Watch Nike has been released with each version of Apple Watch following the Series 2.&nbsp;</p><p>The Apple Watch Nike costs the same as the standard Apple Watch versions.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/buyers-guides/apple/138782-apple-watch-series-3-vs-apple-watch-series-5-whats-the-difference" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Apple Watch Series 7 vs Watch SE vs Series 3: What's the difference?</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/139179-smartwatches-news-feature-what-is-apple-watch-nike-and-how-is-it-different-to-the-standard-apple-watch-image4-oydjukfr9c.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>What does Apple Watch Nike&nbsp;feature?</h2><p>In 2020, Apple revealed two different versions of the Apple Watch Nike with both the Series 6 and SE (and then 40/44mm variants of each of those, each with GPS and cellular variants). In 2021, it then released a Apple Watch Nike version of the Series 7, which sits alongside the Apple Watch SE Nike variant.</p><p>You get all the same features found in the Apple Watch Series 7 or SE, such as built-in GPS, a waterproof design and the option of cellular connectivity in addition to GPS, although it is cheaper to get the version without. The Series 7 has <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/153816-apple-watch-blood-oyxgen-spo2-tracking" rel="">blood oxygen monitoring</a>&nbsp;too, as well as a bigger display than the Watch SE.

The Watch Series 7 Nike model comes in 41mm and 45mm options, while the Watch SE Nike model comes in 40mm and 44mm options.</p><p>Like the standard Apple Watch, you can change the straps on the Nike variant. It's available with different case and strap combinations: there's silver and space grey aluminium cases with <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/398860/435298/7615?u=https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MQ2T2ZM/A/42mm-anthracite-black-nike-sport-band-s-m-m-l" rel="">Nike S</a><a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/398860/435298/7615?u=https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MQ2T2ZM/A/42mm-anthracite-black-nike-sport-band-s-m-m-l" rel="">port Band</a> (rubber) or <a href="https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MQWE2ZM/A/42mm-flash-sport-loop" rel="">Nike </a><a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/398860/435298/7615?u=https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MQWE2ZM/A/42mm-flash-sport-loop" rel="">Sport Loop</a> (nylon). The Nike Sport Bands have a perforated design that's designed to be more durable and breathable.</p><p>As for software, Nike&nbsp;has additional perks over the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/141254-apple-watch-major-software-update-what-s-new-in-watchos-4" rel="">standard version of watchOS</a>: it gets exclusive Nike-themed watch faces that include a complication for directly launching the Nike Run Club app, which comes pre-installed and lets you track your runs, view running history, and more.</p><p>The 2021 Series 7 models have&nbsp;new colours for the Nike Sport Band and Nike Sport Loop.

Both the Series 7 and SE Nike models take advantage of things like the Nike Compact watch face though, which enables you to see multiple Nike Run Club complications, too.&nbsp;</p><p>You can read our separate feature to&nbsp;<a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/398860/435298/7615?u=http://www.apple.com/watch/compare/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">compare all the Apple Watch models</a>. We also have a guide for the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/apple/133823-apple-watch-tips-and-tricks" rel="">best Apple Watch tips and tricks</a>&nbsp;that is worth checking out.</p><p>squirrel_widget_3772902</p>

Best Dyson deals 2021: Vacuum cleaners, fans, air purifiers and haircare

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/deals/dyson/127938-best-dyson-deals https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/deals/dyson/127938-best-dyson-deals Conor Allison Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:46:44 +0100 smart-home

pocket-lint.com Finding a good deal on a Dyson cordless vacuum, haircare product, fan or air purifiers is always welcome.With the company's array of wares sitting among ]]> <p>Finding a good deal on a Dyson cordless vacuum, haircare product, fan or air purifiers is always welcome.</p><p>With the company's array of wares sitting among the most reliable and functional in the business, they're not exactly budget-friendly. However, thankfully, discounts and offers are frequently floated by retailers in both the US and UK.</p><p>In order to help you quickly and easily help you navigate the best Dyson deals available today, we've created the helpful hub below.&nbsp;</p><p>All the widgets used below are live and show the best available price, updating regularly.</p><p>Check out our dedicated buyer's guide, too, if you need to know which <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/buyers-guides/146479-best-cleaning-gadgets" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cordless vacuum</a>, <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/buyers-guides/151027-best-hair-dryer-dry-quickly-and-easily" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hairdryer</a> or <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/buyers-guides/141161-best-fans-keep-cool-while-the-heat-rises" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fan</a> is best for you.</p><h2>Best Dyson vacuum deals</h2><h3><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image1-spsqkkoo7g.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></h3><h3>Dyson V7 Animal</h3><p>squirrel_widget_233393</p><p>The Dyson V7 vacuum offers up to 30 minutes of cord-free cleaning, and, like the other 'stick' cleaners from Dyson, also transforms into a handheld.</p><p>It comes with five tools and accessories, including a motorised cleaner head for powerful cleaning, which allows you to get to every corner and surface in your house with ease.

If you need something to complement - and slowly supersede - your existing vacuum, this is a great place to start.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image3-9fmlbpcbtw.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="136"></p><h3>Dyson V8 Animal</h3><p>squirrel_widget_172018</p><p>A superb cleaner that's starting to come available at much lower prices, the V8 is available on some great deals at the moment. It comes with a range of different attachments to help you tackle everything from stairways to couches, as well as able support for carpets and hard floors.</p><p>It doesn't have the battery capacity for full-house cleans in one go - with just 40 minutes of life on the less advanced of the two cleaning intensities - but it's still a life-changing cordless vacuum that you'll wonder how you ever lived without.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image7-jbyorwivm0.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><h3>Dyson V11 Absolute</h3><p>squirrel_widget_148452</p><p>We think the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/dyson/147764-dyson-v11-absolute-vacuum-cleaner-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dyson V11 Absolute</a> is one of the few you can replace your a wired vacuum with and see virtually no drop-off in performance.</p><p>The cleaning, battery life, design and attachments are all fantastic, with the only real downsides being the small bin and the fact you can't charge while you use it. <span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">In our tests, you'll get around 12 minutes of cleaning time with Boost, compared to over 60 minutes on Eco, which should be just enough for both intense room cleaning and full-home runs.</span></p><h2>Best Dyson fan and air purifier deals</h2><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image1-3i7guvcpib.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><h3>Dyson Pure Cool Me</h3><p>squirrel_widget_203644</p><p>This Dyson purifier and fan was designed for a localised area, such as a desk. It projects cool, filtered air - wherever you need it.

The fully-sealed filter combines an activated carbon filter to remove gases while a HEPA filter captures 99.95% of ultrafine particles from the air.</p><p>You can angle the air higher or lower and the oscillation ensures you can direct the air wherever you want it.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-news-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image12-wulbqxmz9a.jpg" width="200" height="133" alt=""></p><h3>Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool</h3><p>squirrel_widget_2697770</p><p>One of the many Dyson devices to offer air treatment, the Pure Humidify + Cool does exactly as the name suggests - it's ideal for adding humidity to arid spaces while also keeping you chill. Think of it as a miniature air conditioning unit.</p><h2>Best Dyson haircare deals</h2><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image1-pg3lf5nxsd.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><h3>Dyson Supersonic&nbsp;</h3><p>squirrel_widget_148703</p><p>Desired by many, the Supersonic hairdryer really can reduce the time it takes to dry your locks. As such, it may be worth quite a considerable investment compared to rivals.</p><p>It's extremely clever and quiet, the temperature is regulated constantly and there are hot, warm and cold options.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/127938-smart-home-deals-best-dyson-deals-for-black-friday-2019-image2-kmsahjxwz2.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><h3>Dyson Airwrap</h3><p>squirrel_widget_148727</p><p>In our <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/reviews/dyson/147992-dyson-airwrap-styler-review-hair-styler" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dyson Airwrap review</a>, we said: "the only hair styler we ever want to use again and that makes it worth every single penny."</p><p>It's expensive - that's why you're here, right? - and takes a little time to figure out, but the design of this device is superb, while the results are excellent.&nbsp;</p>

Google Pixel watch specs, release date, news and rumours

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/144921-google-pixel-watch-specs-release-date-news-and-features https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/144921-google-pixel-watch-specs-release-date-news-and-features Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:45:00 +0100 smartwatches

pocket-lint.com A Google-branded smartwatch has been rumoured for some time - no pun intended - but it has yet to materialise despite the Wear OS platform running numerous ]]> <p>A Google-branded smartwatch has been <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/139790-google-to-launch-two-android-wear-watches-in-2017-others-also-expected" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">rumoured for some time</a>&nbsp;- no pun intended - but it has yet to materialise despite <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/127960-wear-os-your-complete-guide-to-googles-smartwatch-os" rel="">the Wear OS platform</a> running numerous third-party smartwatches.</p><p>Here is everything that's been claimed so far surrounding the Pixel Watch.

Will it ever launch?</p><h2>Quick summary</h2><p>At the moment, we don't know when/if the Google Pixel Watch will be released and how much it will cost. It's been rumoured for so long now that we've almost lost hope.</p><p>Google's I/O developer conference took place in May 2021, though whilst it announced a complete overhaul of the Wear OS platform, no Pixel Watch was revealed. There have been suggestions of an October 2021 release date for the Google smartwatch though - which is when <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" rel="">the Pixel 6 devices</a> are expected - so it's still on the cards based on reports, even if it might be delayed due to a chip shortage.</p><h2>Pixel Watch specs: What we want and expect</h2><ul><li>Solid materials</li><li>Premium design</li><li>Round face likely</li><li>Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100</li><li>4GB RAM</li><li>512MB storage</li><li>300mAh or larger battery</li><li>HR monitor</li><li>GPS</li><li>Waterproofing</li><li>4G LTE possible</li><li>New Wear OS</li><li>Fitbit integration</li></ul><h2>Google Pixel Watch rumours: What's happened?</h2><p>Here is everything we have heard so far about the Google Pixel Watch.</p><h3>11 October 2021: Pixel Watch likely delayed</h3><p><a href="https://twitter.com/MaxWinebach/status/1447400727878553601?t=53ngDnkN7xjaBqSZRnqrtA&amp;s=03" rel="">Leaker Max Weinbach claimed</a> on Twitter that while he was told the Pixel Watch was coming about six months ago, but could be delayed because of chip shortage, he is assuming it has been delayed and is unsure if it will be revealed with the Pixel 6 on 19 October or next year.</p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pixel Watch was likely delayed btw<br><br>Like 6 months ago I was told it was coming but could be delayed based on chip availability.

I'm assuming it's getting delayed because of chips. Could be announced next week with later release, could be announced next year. Who knows.</p>-- Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) <a href="https://twitter.com/MaxWinebach/status/1447400727878553601?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 11, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><h3>25 May 2021: More Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 5a 5G details revealed in leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157046-more-google-pixel-6-6-pro-and-5a-5g-details-revealed-in-leak" rel="">Max Weinbach revealed</a> some details about the Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro in a podcast.

He also claimed the Google Watch would be revealed in October 2021 alongside the Pixel devices though.</p><h3>18 May 2021: Google redesigns Wear OS with Samsung and Fitbit</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/156955-new-google-wear-os-update-features-release-date-samsung-tizen" rel="">Google announced a redesigned Wear OS</a> in collaboration with Samsung and Fitbit.</p><h3>9 April 2021: Apparent Pixel Watch design revealed in new leak</h3><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xioX3XTRomM" rel="">Jon Prosser revealed</a> the apparant design of the long-rumoured Pixel Watch in a video. It has a circular face, bezel-free design and a physical crown. It's claimed to be codenamed Rohan and the renders were created based on images provided by a source.</p><p></p><h3>19 May 2020: Pixel Watch could have gesture feature</h3><p><a href="https://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2020/05/google-reveals-in-patent-filing-that-hand-and-wrist-gesturing-commands-could-be-coming-to-pixel-smartwatch-wear-os.html" rel="">Google filed a patent</a> with the US Patent Office in May 2020 that suggests the company is working on bringing hand gestures to a smartwatch.</p><h3>19 September 2019:&nbsp;Why Google Pixel Watch was cancelled at the last minute</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/149439-google-pixel-watch-cancelled" rel="">A new report on Business Insider</a> has claimed Google cancelled plans to launch a Pixel Watch at the last minute&nbsp;because&nbsp;Google's hardware chief, Rick Osterloh, was of the opinion at the time that it "didn't look like what belonged in the Pixel family."&nbsp;</p><p>The report also said that&nbsp;a former employee stated that the syncing between the Pixel smartphone and smartwatch also "didn't work that great", making for another reason to pull the launch.&nbsp;There were fears that with this and the smartwatch not quite looking right, it would "...bring down the name of the Google hardware brand."&nbsp;</p><p>Instead of killing the watches completely, Google is said to have decided not to launch them under its own brand name as originally planned, and instead launched them under LG in the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style.&nbsp;</p><p>The report adds that while there are still rumours Google is working on its own-branded smartwatch, sources&nbsp;claim that there will be no smartwatch launching alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at&nbsp;its event on 15 October.</p><h3>3 September 2019:&nbsp;Google Pixel Watch with built-in camera appears in patent</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/149152-google-pixel-watch-with-built-in-camera-appears-in-patent" rel="">A patent filed by Google</a> called 'Camera Watch' has been approved.

The patent shows a watch with a round face and a camera built-in, though it is not clear from the patent whether the camera is a hole-punch design or under the display.</p><p>There are no buttons on the design sketches, suggesting the Pixel Watch could feature some form of rotating or touch bezel.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/144921-smartwatches-feature-google-pixel-watch-specs-release-date-news-and-rumours-image1-rnsatui0qu.jpg"></p><h3>4 April 2019: Possible Pixel Watch tech pops up in patent</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/147664-google-patent-reveals-intriguing-pixel-watch-strap-mechanism" rel="">A recently approved patent</a> reveals Google has been working on several quick release watch band mechanisms. Several options are shown in the patent images, one of which is a tradition quick release pin method, while the others appear a little more complex.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/147687-smartwatches-feature-pixel-watch-feature-image2-lsopnviyxp.jpg"></p><h3>8 February 2019: New job listings suggest Pixel Watch still happening</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/147037-is-google-working-on-a-watch-or-not-new-job-listings-suggest-yes" rel="">Two job listings at Google</a> for a "Vice President, Hardware Engineering, Wearables" and "Wearables Design Manager, Consumer Hardware", suggest Google continues to have major hardware ambitions for wearables.</p><h3>25 January 2019: Possible Pixel Watch codenames appear online</h3><p><a href="https://9to5google.com/2019/01/25/google-pixel-watch-codenames-appear/" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">9to5Google reported</a> on two codenames - Medaka and Salmon - which appeared online and are suggested to reference the Pixel Watch. The codenames appeared in AOSP alongside evidence suggesting they are smartwatches but no further details were offered.</p><h3>17 January 2019: Google and Fossil enter into £40 million agreement</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/146796-google-to-revive-wearos-with-fossil-s-mystery-watch-tech-and-r-d-team" rel="">Google and Fossil Group enter</a> into a £40 million agreement, in which Google will acquire some of Fossil's smartwatch technology, along with members of the Fossil's research and development team.

While details are scarce, it suggests Google is still serious about Wear OS.</p><h3>3 September 2018: No Pixel Watch in 2018</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/145595-no-google-pixel-watch-this-year-after-all" rel="follow">Tom's Guide reported</a> that the rumoured Pixel Watch would not launch in 2018.&nbsp;</p><p>Miles Barr, Google's director of engineering for Wear OS, said in an interview with Tom's Guide: "To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don't think we're there yet. Our focus is on our partners for now," he explained.</p><p>The Pixel Watch will likely place a special focus on Google Assistant and AI learning when it finally arrives though as Barr told Tom's Guide his ideal Pixel Watch would offer these.&nbsp;</p><p>A separate Google spokesperson also confirmed that the company would not be announcing its own smartwatch in 2018.</p><h3>10 May 2018: Three models of the Pixel Watch claimed to be in the works</h3><p><a href="http://winfuture.de/news,103172.html" rel="follow">WinFuture reported</a> that there are three models of Pixel Watch in the works, but these might just be prototypes with a plan to only release one.</p><h3>10 May 2018: Google's fall event expected to feature Pixel-branded watch</h3><p>Notorious leakster <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/994585799235600384" rel="">Evan Blass tweeted</a> that a reliable source told him "with high confidence" that a Pixel-branded watch would appear at the 2018 fall hardware event alongside the two smartphones and second-gen Pixel Buds. Of course, that wasn't the case in the end.</p><blockquote ><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Besides the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and second-gen Pixel Buds, a reliable source tells me -- with high confidence -- that Google's fall hardware event will also introduce a Pixel-branded watch.

Have a great summer!</p>-- Evan Blass (@evleaks) <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/994585799235600384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote><h3>15 March 2018: Google rebrands Android Wear to Wear OS</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/143947-goodbye-android-wear-google-hits-reset-with-new-wear-os-name" rel="">Google's smartwatch platform</a>, Android Wear, first arrived in 2014. In 2018, Google ditched the name and branding, relaunching the software as Wear OS.</p><h3>10 February 2017: LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style launch</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/lg/140088-lg-watch-sport-and-lg-watch-style-release-date-specs-and-everything-else-you-need-to-know" rel="">LG announced</a> the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style, backed by Google as the poster watches for Android Wear 2.0 with their rotating dials. They put an end to the Google-branded smartwatch...for a while.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/147687-smartwatches-feature-pixel-watch-feature-image3-s67vome42g.jpg"></p><h3>23 December 2016: Google to launch two Android Wear watches in 2017</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/139790-google-to-launch-two-android-wear-watches-in-2017-others-also-expected" rel="">The Verge reported</a> that Jeff Chang, product manager of Android Wear, said Google is planning to launch new watches that will be flagship Android Wear 2.0 devices.</p><p>Chang said the device wouldn't be Pixel branded however, despite the Pixel and Pixel XL launching two months earlier, replacing the Nexus line.

Instead, the watches would take the name of the manufacturer that makes them.</p><h3>12 July 2016: Renders appear of Google's Nexus smartwatches</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/132033-upcoming-smartwatches-new-smartwatches-and-wearables-coming-soon" rel="">Android Police published some renders</a> of Google's Android Wear smartwatches. The larger device, known as Angelfish, is said to be on the left, while Swordfish, the smaller device, is on the right.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/147687-smartwatches-feature-pixel-watch-[dummy-to-copy-over]-image1-aegp5fkxlc.jpg" alt=""></p><h3>6 July 2016: Google working on Nexus-branded smartwatches</h3><p><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smartwatches/news/google/138164-google-s-making-two-android-wear-devices-possibly-nexus-branded" rel="">Android Police reported</a>&nbsp;that Google was working on Nexus-branded smartwatches. The two devices were claimed to be Google-made and they had codenames of Angelfish and Swordfish.</p><p>Rumours suggests Angelfish was a larger, sportier model which would come with LTE data, GPS and heart rate.

Swordfish meanwhile was said to be smaller and miss LTE data and GPS off its features list.&nbsp;</p><p>Both watches were claimed to feature circular displays.</p>

Oppo ColorOS 12: Features, release date and everything else you need to know

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oppo/158675-oppo-coloros-12-features-release-date https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oppo/158675-oppo-coloros-12-features-release-date Cam Bunton Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:33:48 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com ColorOS is Oppo's take on a custom Android skin. One that it pre-loads to all of its phones out of the box, but with the next version there's a little ]]> <p>ColorOS is Oppo's take on a custom Android skin. One that it pre-loads to all of its phones out of the box, but with the next version there's a little more intrigue.

Earlier in 2021 it was announced that OnePlus and Oppo would be releasing <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oneplus/158424-oneplus-unified-os-oxygenos-coloros" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a unified OS</a> on all of its devices.&nbsp;</p><p>That means - with ColorOS 12 and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/oneplus/158608-oneplus-oxygenos-12-features-release-date" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Oxygen OS 12</a> (already announced) - we're likely to see the once distinct lines between the two get very blurry. Here's everything you need to know about ColorOS 12, built - of course - on <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/155445-android-12-release-date-features-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Android 12</a>.&nbsp;</p><h2>Release date&nbsp;</h2><ul><li>Rollout from December 2021</li><li>Will be available to 110 phones by end of 2022</li></ul><p>Depending on your device, when you get the software will differ. However, the rollout starts in December 2021 for the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/oppo/156073-oppo-find-x3-pro-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Find X3 Pro</a>, with other devices getting the update at some point in 2022.

The plan is to have all included devices running the software by the end of that year.&nbsp;</p><h2>Features</h2><h3>Inclusivity</h3><p>One of Oppo's big focuses for ColorOS 12 is making the design more inclusive for different regions and languages. That means adjusting the spacing and the design so that when the app titles appear in languages that have longer phrases and words, that it fits naturally.&nbsp;</p><p>Oppo has also worked on its various language translations to make them more accurate, particularly Dutch and Russian. It's offered up to 67 languages, with the UI and content layout adapted to fit each one.&nbsp;</p><p>The information layout of the various app interfaces has been reorgnised to make them more intuitive and simple to use.

Plus, it's been made more adaptive so that it can adjust to fit on any size and scale of phone.&nbsp;That suggests that Oppo will eventually launch a phone to the masses with a foldable/flexible screen, where the screen size changes size.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158675-phones-news-feature-oppo-coloros-12-image2-2y9niotnyc.jpg" width="200" height="133" alt=""></p><h3>3D Icons</h3><p>Like OxygenOS 12, app icons in the new version of ColorOS will have a subtle 3D element to them to make them less flat. Customisation is still possible, with more pre-installed shapes and sizes of app icon, including Google's classic Material icons.&nbsp;</p><h3>Wallpaper theming</h3><p>In Android 12, when you change your wallpaper, the accent colour of yor UI also changes. In ColorOS, there's something quite similar.

You can choose a colour theme in the customisation screen or opt to pick four different colours from your applied home screen wallpaper and use those as a theme.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158675-phones-news-feature-oppo-coloros-12-image3-fo6a07ktcr.JPG" width="200" height="133" alt=""></p><h3>Battery Dashboard</h3><p>Perhaps something that should have existed much sooner: Battery Dashboard. It allows you to see in detail how much power your phone is using throughout the day, so you can spot any signficant power drains and see which apps might be consuming too much of your battery juice.&nbsp;</p><p>This includes a one-tap power saving option that lets you quickly close any apps that it detects are using a lot of power, stopping them from sipping away at your precious battery when they don't need to be. There are also other quick options, as listed by Oppo: "disabling background activities, enabling auto brightness, disabling high performance mode, disabling 5G, disabling 120 Hz/90 Hz refresh rate, disabling GPS, setting the auto screen-off time to 30s, disabling edge lighting, and more."</p><h3>Colour Vision test/enhancement</h3><p>As part of its efforts to make ColorOS more inclusive and accessible, there's a new option in the display callibration menu that allows users to create a custom colour enhanced profile based on how they see colours.

To activate it you run through a simple colour vision test that assesses how you see colours, it can then determine if you need a colour vision enhancement to be applied.&nbsp;</p><h3>Smoother performance</h3><p>One of the biggest - or at least more important - changes is that the software is faster, smoother and less battery intensive. Oppo says that it takes up 30 per cent less memory than ColorOS 11, and that it could also lead to a 20 per cent increase in battery life.</p><p>What's more, by using a technique called code decoupling, it avoids memory fragmentation which keeps it smooth and fast for a longer period of time. That should mean your phone's hardware performance only degrades by 2.75 per cent over three years.

In short: it should still feel fast and smooth 2-3 years after you buy it.&nbsp;</p><h3>PC Connect</h3><p>This one appears to be a feature many manufacturers are trying to put into place recently. PC Connect will let you connect your phone to your Windows desktop or laptop, and use it to control your phone. When it launches - later on in ColorOS 12.1 - it will only require an app to be downloaded to your PC, and then you can connect wirelessly.&nbsp;</p><p>This enables the ability to send photos and media files from your phone to your PC in speedy fashion.

Using speeds up to 45MB/s, you'll be able to transfer around 500 photos in a minute.&nbsp;</p><h3>Android 12 features</h3><p>Google's <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/155445-android-12-release-date-features-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener">version of Android 12</a> comes with a lot of new features, many of which are being included in ColorOS 12. That means you get the privacy dashboard, plus microphone and camera indicators to let you know when an app is using those. It also includes new accessibility features added to Android 12.&nbsp;</p><p>Another major focus was to become closer to stock Android by reducing the number of pre-installed apps and for things like Messages, Phone and Contacts, using Google's apps rather than its own.

It also means, sadly, there's no pre-installed Relax app.&nbsp;</p><h2>Will my phone get ColorOS 12?</h2><p>If you have an Oppo phone from the last couple of years, the answer is probably: yes. Oppo has ambitious plans to rollout the software to 110 different models by the end of 2022.&nbsp;</p><p>Devices included in the rollout plan seen by Pocket-lint include:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Find X3 Pro</li><li>Find X3 Neo</li><li>Find X3 Lite</li><li>Find X2 Pro</li><li>Find X2 Neo</li><li>Find X2 Lite</li><li>Find X2</li><li>Reno 6 Pro&nbsp;</li><li>Reno 6</li><li>Reno 4 Pro&nbsp;</li><li>Reno 4</li><li>Reno 4 Z</li><li>Reno 10x Zoom</li><li>A94</li><li>A74 5G</li><li>A73</li><li>A74</li><li>A54s</li><li>A53</li><li>A53s</li><li>A16s</li></ul>

Sex and the City reboot 'And Just Like That' release date and how to catch up

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/156803-how-to-watch-sex-and-the-city-reboot-and-just-like-that-release-date https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/156803-how-to-watch-sex-and-the-city-reboot-and-just-like-that-release-date Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:10:00 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com Sex and the City is coming back for a special reunion series, that's dropping the Sex and the City name and getting the title "And Just Like That" - one ]]> <p>Sex and the City is coming back for a special reunion series, that's dropping the Sex and the City name and getting the title "And Just Like That" - one of narrator Carrie Bradshaw's classic sayings.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's everything you need to know about Sex and the City's next chapter, <em>And Just Like That</em>, including when it is due to be released, where you will be able to watch it and where to catch up on previous Sex and the City episodes and films.</p><h2>Sex and the City And Just Like That release date: When is it out?</h2><p>The Sex and the City reboot series - And Just Like That - has been confirmed as happening and HBO Max has revealed it will start streaming in December, though a specific date has yet to be shared.</p><p>Production has started, and Sarah Jessica Parker has shared a snap on her Instagram, while HBO Max has also shared a video on YouTube with SJP announcing the release date.</p><blockquote ><div ><div ><div ></div><div ><div ></div><div ></div></div></div><div ></div><div ><svg width="50px" height="50px" viewBox="0 0 60 60" version="1.1" xmlns:xlink="https://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"><g stroke="none" stroke-width="1" fill="none" fill-rule="evenodd"><g transform="translate(-511.000000, -20.000000)" fill="#000000"><g><path d="M556.869,30.41 C554.814,30.41 553.148,32.076 553.148,34.131 C553.148,36.186 554.814,37.852 556.869,37.852 C558.924,37.852 560.59,36.186 560.59,34.131 C560.59,32.076 558.924,30.41 556.869,30.41 M541,60.657 C535.114,60.657 530.342,55.887 530.342,50 C530.342,44.114 535.114,39.342 541,39.342 C546.887,39.342 551.658,44.114 551.658,50 C551.658,55.887 546.887,60.657 541,60.657 M541,33.886 C532.1,33.886 524.886,41.1 524.886,50 C524.886,58.899 532.1,66.113 541,66.113 C549.9,66.113 557.115,58.899 557.115,50 C557.115,41.1 549.9,33.886 541,33.886 M565.378,62.101 C565.244,65.022 564.756,66.606 564.346,67.663 C563.803,69.06 563.154,70.057 562.106,71.106 C561.058,72.155 560.06,72.803 558.662,73.347 C557.607,73.757 556.021,74.244 553.102,74.378 C549.944,74.521 548.997,74.552 541,74.552 C533.003,74.552 532.056,74.521 528.898,74.378 C525.979,74.244 524.393,73.757 523.338,73.347 C521.94,72.803 520.942,72.155 519.894,71.106 C518.846,70.057 518.197,69.06 517.654,67.663 C517.244,66.606 516.755,65.022 516.623,62.101 C516.479,58.943 516.448,57.996 516.448,50 C516.448,42.003 516.479,41.056 516.623,37.899 C516.755,34.978 517.244,33.391 517.654,32.338 C518.197,30.938 518.846,29.942 519.894,28.894 C520.942,27.846 521.94,27.196 523.338,26.654 C524.393,26.244 525.979,25.756 528.898,25.623 C532.057,25.479 533.004,25.448 541,25.448 C548.997,25.448 549.943,25.479 553.102,25.623 C556.021,25.756 557.607,26.244 558.662,26.654 C560.06,27.196 561.058,27.846 562.106,28.894 C563.154,29.942 563.803,30.938 564.346,32.338 C564.756,33.391 565.244,34.978 565.378,37.899 C565.522,41.056 565.552,42.003 565.552,50 C565.552,57.996 565.522,58.943 565.378,62.101 M570.82,37.631 C570.674,34.438 570.167,32.258 569.425,30.349 C568.659,28.377 567.633,26.702 565.965,25.035 C564.297,23.368 562.623,22.342 560.652,21.575 C558.743,20.834 556.562,20.326 553.369,20.18 C550.169,20.033 549.148,20 541,20 C532.853,20 531.831,20.033 528.631,20.18 C525.438,20.326 523.257,20.834 521.349,21.575 C519.376,22.342 517.703,23.368 516.035,25.035 C514.368,26.702 513.342,28.377 512.574,30.349 C511.834,32.258 511.326,34.438 511.181,37.631 C511.035,40.831 511,41.851 511,50 C511,58.147 511.035,59.17 511.181,62.369 C511.326,65.562 511.834,67.743 512.574,69.651 C513.342,71.625 514.368,73.296 516.035,74.965 C517.703,76.634 519.376,77.658 521.349,78.425 C523.257,79.167 525.438,79.673 528.631,79.82 C531.831,79.965 532.853,80.001 541,80.001 C549.148,80.001 550.169,79.965 553.369,79.82 C556.562,79.673 558.743,79.167 560.652,78.425 C562.623,77.658 564.297,76.634 565.965,74.965 C567.633,73.296 568.659,71.625 569.425,69.651 C570.167,67.743 570.674,65.562 570.82,62.369 C570.966,59.17 571,58.147 571,50 C571,41.851 570.966,40.831 570.82,37.631" /></g></g></g></svg></div><div ><div >View this post on Instagram</div></div><p ><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRHP4t5C1rk/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker)</a></p></div></blockquote><h2>How and where to watch SATC And Just Like That?</h2><p>When the Sex and the City reboot series does get released in December, it will air on <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/152017-hbo-max-vs-hbo-now-vs-hbo-go-what-is-the-difference-and-which-is-best" rel="">HBO Max</a> for those in the US. The streaming service is lapping up the 90s nostalgia, with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/warner/156707-friends-the-reunion-special-release-date-and-everything-you-need-to-know" rel="">Friends: The Reunion</a> having aired on 27 May 2021.</p><p>In the UK, HBO Max has a programming deal with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sky/134738-what-is-sky-q-how-much-does-it-cost-and-how-can-i-get-it" rel="">Sky</a>, but the deal is only for the HBO Max originals.

That means Sky would likely have to strike a separate deal to run And Just Like That, as it had to do with Friends: The Reunion. That could also mean another broadcaster may win the rights, like the BBC did for <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/warner/157268-how-to-watch-new-gossip-girl-reboot-release-date-cast" rel="">the Gossip Girl reboot</a>.</p><h2>How many episodes will there be of Sex and the City And Just Like that?</h2><p>There will be 10 episodes of the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That. The episodes will be 30 minutes each, like the original Sex and the City episodes were.&nbsp;</p><p>These 10 episodes will add to the 94 episodes across six seasons of Sex and the City that ran until 2004.

There are also two films.</p><h2>What is expected to happen in Sex and the City 3 And Just Like That?</h2><p>The Sex and the City revival show And Just Like That will focus on Carrie, Charlottle and Miranda - Samantha isn't in it - navigating life and friendship in their 50s, 20 years on from when they did the same in their 30s during the initial six seasons of the show.</p><p>WarnerMedia <a href="https://pressroom.warnermedia.com/ca/media-release/hbo-max/sarah-jessica-parker-cynthia-nixon-and-kristin-davis-star-max-original-series-and" rel="">said in a statement</a> about the show: "The new Max Original series is based on the book, 'Sex and the City,' by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star. The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s."</p><p>Regarding the absence of Samantha Jones,&nbsp;<a href="https://tvline.com/2021/05/03/sex-and-the-city-reboot-cast-new-black-characters-and-just-like-that/" rel="">TV Line</a>&nbsp;said Casey Bloys, HBO Max Chief Content Officer, said: "[EP Sarah Jessica Parker and King] are trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you're 30, you may not have when you're 50."&nbsp;</p><p>Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content at HBO Max, <a href="https://pressroom.warnermedia.com/ca/media-release/hbo-max/sarah-jessica-parker-cynthia-nixon-and-kristin-davis-star-max-original-series-and" rel="">said</a>: "I grew up with these characters, and I can't wait to see how their story has evolved in this new chapter, with the honesty, poignancy, humour and the beloved city that has always defined them."</p><p>While there is no official trailer yet, Sarah Jessica Parker did share a teaser on Instagram, though it doesn't give much away, except saying "the story continues...".</p><blockquote ><div ><div ><div ></div><div ><div ></div><div ></div></div></div><div ></div><div ><svg width="50px" height="50px" viewBox="0 0 60 60" version="1.1" xmlns:xlink="https://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"><g stroke="none" stroke-width="1" fill="none" fill-rule="evenodd"><g transform="translate(-511.000000, -20.000000)" fill="#000000"><g><path d="M556.869,30.41 C554.814,30.41 553.148,32.076 553.148,34.131 C553.148,36.186 554.814,37.852 556.869,37.852 C558.924,37.852 560.59,36.186 560.59,34.131 C560.59,32.076 558.924,30.41 556.869,30.41 M541,60.657 C535.114,60.657 530.342,55.887 530.342,50 C530.342,44.114 535.114,39.342 541,39.342 C546.887,39.342 551.658,44.114 551.658,50 C551.658,55.887 546.887,60.657 541,60.657 M541,33.886 C532.1,33.886 524.886,41.1 524.886,50 C524.886,58.899 532.1,66.113 541,66.113 C549.9,66.113 557.115,58.899 557.115,50 C557.115,41.1 549.9,33.886 541,33.886 M565.378,62.101 C565.244,65.022 564.756,66.606 564.346,67.663 C563.803,69.06 563.154,70.057 562.106,71.106 C561.058,72.155 560.06,72.803 558.662,73.347 C557.607,73.757 556.021,74.244 553.102,74.378 C549.944,74.521 548.997,74.552 541,74.552 C533.003,74.552 532.056,74.521 528.898,74.378 C525.979,74.244 524.393,73.757 523.338,73.347 C521.94,72.803 520.942,72.155 519.894,71.106 C518.846,70.057 518.197,69.06 517.654,67.663 C517.244,66.606 516.755,65.022 516.623,62.101 C516.479,58.943 516.448,57.996 516.448,50 C516.448,42.003 516.479,41.056 516.623,37.899 C516.755,34.978 517.244,33.391 517.654,32.338 C518.197,30.938 518.846,29.942 519.894,28.894 C520.942,27.846 521.94,27.196 523.338,26.654 C524.393,26.244 525.979,25.756 528.898,25.623 C532.057,25.479 533.004,25.448 541,25.448 C548.997,25.448 549.943,25.479 553.102,25.623 C556.021,25.756 557.607,26.244 558.662,26.654 C560.06,27.196 561.058,27.846 562.106,28.894 C563.154,29.942 563.803,30.938 564.346,32.338 C564.756,33.391 565.244,34.978 565.378,37.899 C565.522,41.056 565.552,42.003 565.552,50 C565.552,57.996 565.522,58.943 565.378,62.101 M570.82,37.631 C570.674,34.438 570.167,32.258 569.425,30.349 C568.659,28.377 567.633,26.702 565.965,25.035 C564.297,23.368 562.623,22.342 560.652,21.575 C558.743,20.834 556.562,20.326 553.369,20.18 C550.169,20.033 549.148,20 541,20 C532.853,20 531.831,20.033 528.631,20.18 C525.438,20.326 523.257,20.834 521.349,21.575 C519.376,22.342 517.703,23.368 516.035,25.035 C514.368,26.702 513.342,28.377 512.574,30.349 C511.834,32.258 511.326,34.438 511.181,37.631 C511.035,40.831 511,41.851 511,50 C511,58.147 511.035,59.17 511.181,62.369 C511.326,65.562 511.834,67.743 512.574,69.651 C513.342,71.625 514.368,73.296 516.035,74.965 C517.703,76.634 519.376,77.658 521.349,78.425 C523.257,79.167 525.438,79.673 528.631,79.82 C531.831,79.965 532.853,80.001 541,80.001 C549.148,80.001 550.169,79.965 553.369,79.82 C556.562,79.673 558.743,79.167 560.652,78.425 C562.623,77.658 564.297,76.634 565.965,74.965 C567.633,73.296 568.659,71.625 569.425,69.651 C570.167,67.743 570.674,65.562 570.82,62.369 C570.966,59.17 571,58.147 571,50 C571,41.851 570.966,40.831 570.82,37.631" /></g></g></g></svg></div><div ><div >View this post on Instagram</div></div><p ><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ4c3MDpU1f/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker)</a></p></div></blockquote><p></p><p>There has also been <a href="https://pagesix.com/2021/07/15/sex-and-the-city-reboot-leaked-script-reveals-mr-big-drama/" rel="">a script leak</a>, which does tell us a little more, though includes spoilers so skip down to the next section if you don't want to know.</p><p>Based on the script leak, Carrie and Mr.Big are divorced and they appear to be in the middle of a messy divorce in the show, which is <a href="https://pagesix.com/2021/08/02/sarah-jessica-parker-chris-noth-film-and-just-like-that/" rel="">supported by a snap of the two filiming in New York</a> and not looking too happy with each other.

Surely it's not the end for them though?</p><h2>Who will be cast in Sex and the City And Just Like That?</h2><p>Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), Cynthia Nixon (Miranda Hobbes) and Kristin Davis (Charlotte York) have all confirmed they will be returning for the Sex and the City reboot, but Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones) will not be returning. It's rumoured the first episode will address Jones' absence.</p><p>Chris North (Mr Big) will be back though, with executive producer Michael Patrick King <a href="https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/chris-noth-reprise-mr-big-sex-and-the-city-revival-1234982328/" rel="">saying</a>: "I'm thrilled to be working with Chris again on 'And Just Like That...' How could we ever do a new chapter of the 'Sex And The City' story without our Mr. Big?".

John Corbett (Aidan Shaw), who plays Carrie' ex-fiancee will also be returning.</p><p>Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler are also <a href="https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sex-and-the-city-revival-mario-cantone-david-eigenberg-willie-garson-evan-handler-1234992834/" rel="">all confirmed</a> to be reprising their roles in the reuniuon series as Anthony Marentino, Steve Brady, Stanford Blatch and Harry Goldenblatt, respectively.</p><p>There are rumoured to be&nbsp;several new characters too - according to <a href="https://tvline.com/2021/05/03/sex-and-the-city-reboot-cast-new-black-characters-and-just-like-that/" rel="">TV Line</a>&nbsp;- and there's also some chatter of Jennifer Hudson coming back as Louise from St Louis. Sara Ramierz will also play "Che Diaz, a non-binary, queer, standup comidian that hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regulary featured", HBO Max announced.</p><p>HBO Max chief content officer, Casey Bloys, <a href="https://tvline.com/2021/05/03/sex-and-the-city-reboot-cast-new-black-characters-and-just-like-that/" rel="">previously said</a> Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King "didn't want to tell a story with all-white writers or an all-white cast" because "it's not reflective of New York. So they are being very, very conscious about understanding that New York has to reflect the way New York looks today."</p><h2>Is there a trailer for And Just Like That?</h2><p>No trailer just yet, but HBO Max did release a video on its YouTube channel confirming the month the show will begin streaming and there are some snippets in the video of the characters on set.</p><p></p><h2>Where to stream and watch previous Sex and the City episodes and films?</h2><p>There are 94 episodes across six seasons of Sex and the City to catch up on if you want to refresh your memory before the reboot And Just Like That comes out.

There are also two films, Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2.</p><p>In the UK, you can stream all 94 episodes of Sex and the City on Sky On Demand and Now. If you don't have a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/sky/136140-now-tv-vs-sky-q-which-sky-package-is-right-for-you" rel="">Now or Sky subscription</a>, you can buy all six seasons through <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/apple/139717-apple-s-tv-app-explained-how-does-it-work-and-where-is-it-available" rel="">Apple TV</a>, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Rakuten TV or Chili.</p><p>In the US, all 94 episodes are available to catch up on through HBO Max, if you have a subscription. With a HBO Max subscription, you can also access the HBO Channel through Prime Video.</p><p>For the films, the first film isn't available to stream for free in the UK.

Though you can buy or rent it through Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and others. Sex and the City 2 the movie is available to stream on <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/152959-best-netflix-shows-the-top-binge-worthy-tv-series-to-watch" rel="">Netflix</a> though.</p><p>In the US, both movies are available on HBO Max.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/126129-best-movie-and-tv-streaming-services-in-the-uk" rel="">Best UK streaming services</a></li></ul>

Google Nest Cam (Outdoor or Indoor, Battery) review: A great flexible security camera

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/158576-google-nest-cam-outdoor-indoor-battery-review https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/158576-google-nest-cam-outdoor-indoor-battery-review Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:00:00 +0100 smart-home

pocket-lint.com Overall the 2021 Nest Cam is an excellent security camera for indoors or outdoors use, featuring a great blend of design, features and battery-powered ]]> <p>Google updated its Nest offering in 2021, not only with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/google/158503-google-nest-battery-doorbell-review" rel="">a battery-powered video doorbell</a> but also a battery-operated Nest camera - making installation and positioning significantly easier across the board.</p><p>The Nest Cam (Outdoor or Indoor, Battery) - yes, it has a clunky name, brackets and all, which we'll be truncating for the majority of this review - can be used indoors or outdoors, just as its full name makes abundantly clear.</p><p>Previously there were two Nest models - <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/141181-nest-cam-iq-review-great-home-security-lacks-an-intelligent-asking-price" rel="">separate indoor</a> and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/142335-nest-cam-iq-outdoor-review-best-security-camera-price-specs" rel="">outdoor 'IQ'</a> offerings - so you chose the model based on where you were installing the camera. Now you don't need to even think about that, giving greater flexibility.

So just how good is the 2021 battery-powered Nest Cam?</p><h2>Familiar design</h2><ul><li>Measures: 83 x 83mm / Weight: 398g</li><li>IP54 dust- and water-resistant</li><li>Finish: 'Snow' only</li></ul><p>The Nest Cam is significantly larger than the cameras it replaces, but it offers familiar design features. The white plastic body - which is called 'Snow', apparently, and made from 47 per cent post-consumer recycled material according to Google - has a smooth matte finish.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Google Nest Cam (Battery) product shots</td></tr></tbody></table><p>On the front there's a plastic black face, which is matte rather than glossy as found on the older Nest Cam models, in which the camera sensor lives in the middle. There's an LED light at the top, which lights up green when the camera is active.</p><p>Look closely and there is no mistaking that the Nest Cam is a security camera, but Google does an excellent job of making it much less of an eyesore than some competing conventional security cameras.</p><p>The white-domed rear of the 2021 Nest Cam magnetically attaches to a matching white disc, which you can mount anywhere.

It's a strong magnet, though there is of course nothing stopping someone walking up to it and pulling the camera off.</p><p>On the underside of the Nest Cam's body there's a screw-mount for those who want to attach it to the stand - which is sold separately - alongside a charging connection for those who have the luxury of a plug socket nearby.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-battery-product-shots-image8-fjy7s6rxf2.jpg" alt=""></p><p>The Nest Cam's design is as nice as you can expect from a security camera, so it looks pretty good on the side of your house. However, its size means it's more subtle outside than in, especially when mounted rather than on the stand.</p><p>The only other thing we would say here is that there's also a Nest Cam (Wired) coming soon. It's cheaper, hard-wired only, and could be more suitable if you are planning on having it inside and plugged in.

There's also a Nest Cam Floodlight due late in 2021, if you're after something for outside with built-in illumination.</p><h2>Simple installation</h2><ul><li>Sticks magnetically to metal surface</li><li>Mounts to wall with two screws</li><li>Stand available separately</li><li>Google Home app</li></ul><p>Aside from the Nest Cam's inoffensive design, it's actually the installation that makes this particular device so appealing. Previously, the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/142335-nest-cam-iq-outdoor-review-best-security-camera-price-specs" rel="">Nest Cam Outdoor</a> required some serious consideration when it came to installation - you needed to get power to it, which for most people meant professional installation and the associated additional cost.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-outdoor-or-indoor-battery-review-image5-j0oyxemsic.jpg" alt=""></p><p>The 2021 Nest Cam doesn't need to be hard-wired, but it can be. If you have easy access to power close to where you want to install the camera then, sure, why not?

You get more features, such as continuous recording - if you have a <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/nest/134345-what-is-nest-aware" rel="">Nest Aware subscription</a> anyway. Otherwise you can use the battery and charge it when necessary.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/nest/134345-what-is-nest-aware" rel="">What is Nest Aware, how much is it and what does it offer?</a></li></ul><p>We mentioned the magnetic backplate, which makes it very easy to take the Nest Cam on and off in order to charge it - though we're talking every month here, rather than every other day. A charging cable and plug come in the box and it's a specific connection so no USB Type-C (like the Nest Doorbell (Battery) has).&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-battery-product-shots-image14-vdc6csfb4v.jpg" alt=""></p><p>The magnetic backplate attaches to a wall plate, which requires mounting with two screws.

There is also the option of a stand though, which we would probably recommend for indoor use for greater subtlety. Once you've positioned the Nest Cam where you want it, it's simply a case of following the step-by-step instructions in the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/google/140068-google-home-tips-and-tricks-master-your-domestic-ai" rel="">Google Home app</a>, which is very straightforward (note: it doesn't use the Nest app, which we think is a bit of a shame, as Home is clunkier in our view).</p><h2>Camera and features</h2><ul><li>Functions in: -20?C to 40?C (-4?F to 104?F)</li><li>2-megapixel, 1/2.8-inch sensor</li><li>130-degree FOV, 1080p 30fps</li><li>Speaker &amp; microphone</li></ul><p>Under the hood of the Nest Cam you'll find a 2-megapixel sensor, which outputs wide-angle 1080p footage (up to 30fps), with both night vision and high dynamic range (HDR) features enhancing what you can see day or night.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-battery-product-shots-image10-zxhikw8zd5.jpg" alt=""></p><p>Other features are plentiful. There's a speaker and microphone on board allowing for Talk and Listen through the Google Home app, so you can communicate with anyone that the camera picks up.</p><p>The Nest Cam can identify people, animals, vehicles and motion without a subscription, and you can toggle each on and off as you please, meaning you can tailor notifications so you aren't alerted each time, say, a tree blows in the wind.

There's also Familiar Face detection - if you have a Nest Aware subscription - which can recognise specific faces and alert you accordingly.</p><p>There are also Activity Zones that enable you to determine a certain section within the Nest Cam's view that's particularly important. This could be anything, but we set up a zone for the doors on our outside office, which allowed us to get alerts when we needed them, rather than just when people or the cat were in the garden.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-outdoor-or-indoor-battery-review-image7-ci5fgvurbi.jpg" alt=""></p><p>The Nest Cam will also continue recording even when there's a Wi-Fi outage, thanks to its battery power, and you get access to the previous three hours' worth of event recordings without a Nest Aware subscription (up to 60 days with the relevant subscription though - useful if you're often away).</p><h2>Good performance</h2><ul><li>Wired or battery operated</li><li>Works better with Google than Amazon</li></ul><p>The 2021 Nest Cam is an excellent security camera in our experience. The camera quality is good - both in terms of image and video, despite only being 1080p resolution - though not as good as the older Nest Cam Indoor IQ.

It also misses out on the feature that saw the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/nest/141181-nest-cam-iq-review-great-home-security-lacks-an-intelligent-asking-price" rel="">Nest Cam Indoor IQ</a> zoom and track a subject without losing detail.</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >Google Nest Cam (Battery) screenshots</td></tr></tbody></table><p>There's very little delay between the camera spotting something and an alert coming through to your phone. It's still a couple of seconds, but nothing to write home about. The alerts are also great, with the camera very good at actually detecting an event.</p><p>We love that you can toggle the various different categories on or off - motion, people, vehicles and animals - as it makes notifications much more streamlined, only alerting you when actually necessary.

Our older Nest Cam Outdoor alerts us a lot more than the 2021 Nest Cam, but 50 per cent of those alerts aren't necessary.&nbsp;</p><p>We chose to have continuous power to the Nest Cam during testing, using the outdoor weatherproof cable to see how it dealt with various weather conditions. We found the image quality during the day and night to be good, as well as in bad conditions. The only downside of the cable is that it is back-to-front in terms of design, which means the cable is seen more easily than if it was reversed.

If it had been reversed though, the mounting screw would be unusable so it's an odd design move.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158576-smart-home-review-google-nest-cam-outdoor-or-indoor-battery-review-image9-etfkegmu1v.jpg" alt=""></p><p>Battery life is said to be around one-and-a-half months when the area in front of the camera is busy, though you will have to remove the entire camera to charge the battery as it isn't removable, unlike <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/ring/150375-5-reasons-ring-s-stick-up-cam-should-be-on-your-festive-shopping-list" rel="">Ring's Stick Up Cam</a>.</p><p>The one other thing to bear in mind is that the battery-powered Nest Cam plays very nicely with the Google smart home devices, like the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/google/147936-google-nest-hub-max-review" rel="">Nest Hub Max</a>, but the same can't be said for other smart home systems, like <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/buyers-guides/amazon/136952-amazon-echo-vs-echo-2-vs-echo-plus-vs-echo-tap-vs-echo-dot-vs-echo-show-vs-echo-spot" rel="">Amazon's Echo range</a>.</p>

Sony looks to avoid future chip shortage by building own factory

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/playstation/158676-sony-looks-to-avoid-future-chip-shortage-by-building-own-factory https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/playstation/158676-sony-looks-to-avoid-future-chip-shortage-by-building-own-factory Rik Henderson Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:56:58 +0100 games

pocket-lint.com Sony is reportedly in talks with Taiwan's TSMC to build a jointly-owner chip manufacturing plant in Japan.Sited in Kumamoto, southern Japan, it will make ]]> <p>Sony is reportedly in talks with Taiwan's TSMC to build a jointly-owner chip manufacturing plant in Japan.</p><p>Sited in Kumamoto, southern Japan, it will make silicon for cars, cameras and many other products, including possible future <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/playstation" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PlayStation</a> consoles and <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/buyers-guides/sony/143599-sony-4k-hdr-tv-choices-oled-led-compared" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sony TVs</a>. The Japanese government is said to be willing to invest in the project too, which will cost an estimated 800 billion yen (GBP5.19 billion).</p><p>Don't get your hopes up that it'll help get more <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/playstation/154419-ps5-review-playstation-5" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PlayStation 5</a>s onto shelves, however. The plant won't be operable until 2024 at the earliest.</p><p>Nikkei (via <a href="https://www.reuters.com/technology/tsmc-sony-eye-joint-chips-factory-japan-govt-help-nikkei-2021-10-08/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reuters</a>) claims that TSMC - already the world's largest third-party chip manufacturer - was already considering plans to expand to Japan.

It currently supplies chips to Apple, Mediatek and Nvidia, so teaming with Sony will be a major coup for the Japanese consumer tech giant.</p><p>Reuters reports that neither TSMC nor <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/sony" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sony</a> have commented. But, the factory makes a lot of sense considering the current global chip shortage and uncertainty around China's plans for the control of Taiwan.</p><p>Chip shortages have been blamed for PlayStation 5 stock issues. However, the console has also been the fastest selling in Sony's history - so demand has been much higher than ever before.</p>

Google may be planning an upgrade programme for its phones - Pixel Pass

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158673-google-pixel-pass-upgrade-programme-phones https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158673-google-pixel-pass-upgrade-programme-phones Max Freeman-Mills Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:35:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com We know that Google is finally planning to completely unveil its Pixel 6 smartphone lineup imminently, but one element that we hadn't heard about before ]]> <p>We know that Google is finally planning to completely unveil its Pixel 6 smartphone lineup imminently, but one element that we hadn't heard about before may have just leaked ahead of time.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/156767-google-pixel-6-release-date-rumours-features-specs-and-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Pixel 6 release date, rumours, features, specs and news</a></li></ul><p>It's apparently called Pixel Pass, and according to the internal-looking presentation slide that you can see below, it looks for all the world like a membership plan to the Pixel ecosystem.</p><blockquote ><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Pixel Pass: This appears to be a blend of the iPhone upgrade plan where you can get a new phone every year and the Apple One Subscription.<br><br>Contains YouTube Premium, Google One, Play Pass, extended warranty, and is associated with Google Fi.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pixel6?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#pixel6</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/teampixel?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">#teampixel</a> <a href="https://t.co/iU7VTc16vS" rel="">pic.twitter.com/iU7VTc16vS</a></p>-- M.

Brandon Lee | THIS IS TECH TODAY (@thisistechtoday) <a href="https://twitter.com/thisistechtoday/status/1447248490321514500?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">October 10, 2021</a></blockquote><p></p><p>As M. Brandon Lee's Tweet mentions, this all looks mighty familiar to anyone who's checked out Apple's own offering for its iPhones. The iPhone Upgrade Programme has been around for a good number of years now, similarly bundling in an annually upgraded iPhone with top-tier AppleCare protection for a monthly cost that makes it easier to own a flagship.</p><p>If the information in that image is accurate, Google will also be throwing in a membership for <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/google/144486-google-one-and-google-drive-explained-prices" rel="">Google One</a>, meaning that users really will get the whole run of the Google ecosystem along with their phone upgrades and protection.</p><p>Much like Apple's system, getting approved will involve a credit check, which will raise the bar for who can afford to take part, but the convenience of having everything taken care of in one go could well win plenty of fans over if this does indeed launch.</p><p>Without any details of how much the plans will cost, or when the service might launch, we'll have to wait for Google to take the wraps off properly to see how accurate the information above remains.</p>

Apple iPhone SE (3rd gen) could come with 5G and Touch ID, Spring 2022

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/158674-apple-iphone-se-3rd-gen-could-come-with-5g-and-touch-id-spring-2022 https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/158674-apple-iphone-se-3rd-gen-could-come-with-5g-and-touch-id-spring-2022 Britta O'Boyle Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:34:11 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com Apple announced the iPhone 13 series during an event on 14 September 2021, but there's still one phone in the company's line up that has yet to see a refresh ]]> <p>Apple announced the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/apple/158355-apple-iphone-13-mini-vs-13-vs-13-pro-max-differences-compared" rel="">iPhone 13 series</a> during an event on 14 September 2021, but there's still one phone in the company's line up that has yet to see a refresh - <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/151900-apple-iphone-se-review-2020" rel="">the iPhone SE</a>.</p><p>The second generation of the iPhone SE was announced in April 2020 and rumour suggests the third generation device will begin production in December 2021 for release in Spring 2022.&nbsp;</p><p>It's <a href="http://www.macotakara.jp/blog/rumor/entry-41868.html" rel="">claimed by Japanese site Macotakara</a>, as well as Nikkei Asia, that the iPhone SE (3rd generation) will continue to offer a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/123832-apple-s-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor-explained-here-s-what-you-need-to-know" rel="">Touch ID fingerprint sensor</a> below.</p><p>It's also said the device will offer the same A15 Bionic chip as the most recent iPhone 13 series, as well as the same Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem.

Naturally, that of course suggests that the iPhone SE (3rd generation) will be <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/128938-what-is-5g-when-is-it-coming-and-why-do-we-need-it" rel="">5G capable</a>, like the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/apple/158355-apple-iphone-13-mini-vs-13-vs-13-pro-max-differences-compared" rel="">iPhone 12 series</a> and iPhone 13 series.&nbsp;</p><p>Nothing is official as yet, nor will it be for quite some time, though these rumours dispell any suggestions of a larger iPhone SE for now. They also suggest if you want a smaller iPhone with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/142207-what-is-apple-face-id-and-how-does-it-work" rel="">Face ID</a>, that the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/158443-apple-iphone-13-mini-review" rel="">iPhone 13 mini</a> is the one you'll want to consider, rather than holding out for the next iPhone SE.</p><p>You can read all the rumours surrounding the iPhone SE (3rd generation) in <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/151916-large-iphone-se-specs-rumours-news-release-date" rel="">our separate feature</a>.</p>

Next at Acer: How to stream the 13 October 'Made For Humanity' conference

https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/acer/147744-acer-next-global-press-conference-how-to-watch https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/news/acer/147744-acer-next-global-press-conference-how-to-watch Mike Lowe Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:00:00 +0100 laptops

pocket-lint.com Each year Acer has a two-prong launch schedule: in the Spring it typically descends upon New York City for its annual global press conference (GPC); then ]]> <p>Each year <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/reviews/acer" rel="">Acer</a> has a two-prong launch schedule: in the Spring it typically descends upon New York City for its annual global press conference (GPC); then at the end of summer it utilises the IFA tech show, in Berlin, to announce its upcoming products.</p><p>Obviously, with 2021 being the year that it is, GPC 2021 has changed into a two-pronged online-only livestream event. And with IFA 2021 cancelled, that wasn't an in-person event either (instead a 'New Perspectives' showcase was revealed back in May).</p><p>For the latter half of 2021, Acer's 'Made For Humanity' tagline is its pitch, so here's everything you need to know about how to watch and what exciting products you might expect.</p><h2>When is the Acer Global Press Conference?</h2><p>For 2021 the event will take place on 13 October.

Here are local times for international audiences:</p><ul><li>14:00 BST (UK)</li><li>15:00 CEST (Europe)</li><li>09:00 EDT (East Coast USA)</li><li>06:00 PDT (West Coast USA)</li><li>22:00 SGT (Singapore / HK / Taiwan)</li></ul><h2>How can I stream the Acer Global Press Conference?</h2><p>Acer has revealed a variety of ways to watch. You can view the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfnmZZLaX50" rel="">YouTube video (embedded top of page)</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AcerUK/videos/3069703136647435" rel="">watch on Facebook</a>, or head to <a href="https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/nextatacer-2021" rel="">Acer's dedicated events website</a>.</p><h2>What to expect from the Acer Global Press Conference?</h2><p>You can watch all the action in real-time as Acer CEO, Jason Chen, takes to the stage to announce what is, as the event is called, coming Next at Acer - for this year and beyond.</p><p>We'll be tuning in to see what the action is all about and bringing you the news across the site. The 'Made For Humanity' tagline suggests a creative angle - especially when you see the teaser ink-like growing tree - but does that mean new ConceptD or something more?

You'll have to tune in to find out.</p>

Retailer comprehensively spills the beans on Google Pixel 6 Pro with full promo pages

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158672-retailer-comprehensively-spills-the-beans-on-google-pixel-6-with-full-promo-pages https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158672-retailer-comprehensively-spills-the-beans-on-google-pixel-6-with-full-promo-pages Chris Hall Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:52:20 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com There's been no shortages of pre-release information about the Google Pixel 6 Pro, but the latest leak is perhaps the most comprehensive yet, with retailer ]]> <p>There's been no shortages of pre-release information about the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157037-google-pixel-6-pro-release-date-rumours-features-specs-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Pixel 6 Pro</a>, but the latest leak is perhaps the most comprehensive yet, with retailer Carphone Warehouse putting up full promo pages leaving nothing to the imagination.</p><p>Google has already confirmed the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro: the company has shown off the design, talked about <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/157890-what-is-google-tensor-and-which-phones-and-devices-does-it-power" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Tensor</a>, its homegrown chip that's powering it, and it's also running adverts for the new phone - but it's due to be officially <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/153770-google-event-launch-night-in-how-to-watch-and-what-to-expect" target="_blank" rel="noopener">launched on 19 October</a>.</p><p>It seems as though the live pages (now removed) were originally <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/1446818179636924419" target="_blank" rel="noopener">spotted by Evan Blass</a> and shared on Twitter, but we also managed to grab screenshots of the pages while they were still live.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158672-phones-news-retailer-comprehensively-spills-the-beans-on-google-pixel-6-with-full-promo-pages-image2-3o5cmab8lq.jpg" width="200" height="155" alt=""></p><p>Starting at the top, Google is claiming that the Pixel 6 Pro's Google Tensor processor will offer an 80 per cent faster performance than <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/google/154194-google-pixel-5-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">the Pixel 5</a>, which is quite the bump over the Snapdragon 765G device.</p><p>The camera gets plenty of attention, with detailing of the main 50-megapixel camera, a 48-megapixel telephoto and 12-megapixel ultrawide. This is a real change in direction for Google, shifting to higher resolutions for the first time.</p><p>Google claims that the new main sensor captures 150 per cent more light, while it offers 4x optical zoom from that periscope telephoto, with 20x "Super Res Zoom", which will be digital. Google isn't going for the 50 or 100x that we've seen from the likes of Samsung or Huawei, but it's still a big step forward.</p><p>The front camera will offer a 94 degree field of view meaning you'll be able to get everyone in the shot - but the small print says you'll need to be using the RAW setting to get that, so we suspect that headline figure won't be used in regular shooting by many people.</p><p>The Pixel 6 wants to do the job of Photoshop with a Magic Eraser function to remove unwanted images in the background of photos, while there's also a function to unblur blurred faces.

This is all going to be AI working its magic.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158672-phones-news-retailer-comprehensively-spills-the-beans-on-google-pixel-6-with-full-promo-pages-image3-d3ti9buajr.jpg" width="200" height="155" alt=""></p><p>There's going to be support for 30W charging using Google's 30W charger (sold separately), while you'll get 23W wireless charging from the new Google Pixel Stand (2nd gen) which has <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/google/158215-google-pixel-stand-6-23w-wireless-charging" target="_blank" rel="noopener">previously leaked</a>.</p><p>The 6.7-inch display uses an LTPO panel, offers refresh rates from 10-120Hz and is going to be dubbed "Smooth Display".</p><p>The display itself is topped with Gorilla Glass Victus and the whole phone has an IP68 protection rating.</p><p>So, we know what it looks like, we know what it will do and we know when it's going to launch - but does any of this make the new Pixel any less exciting? It certainly sounds like Google is really going for flagship level with the Pixel 6 Pro.</p>

Nintendo Switch OLED model vs Nintendo Switch: What's the difference?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/nintendo/157588-nintendo-switch-oled-model-vs-nintendo-switch-what-s-the-difference https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/nintendo/157588-nintendo-switch-oled-model-vs-nintendo-switch-what-s-the-difference Rik Henderson Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0100 games

pocket-lint.com Nintendo's latest version of its innovative Switch games console is now available.The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) has several key improvements over the ]]> <p>Nintendo's latest version of its innovative Switch games console is now available.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/nintendo/157862-nintendo-switch-oled-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nintendo Switch (OLED model)</a> has several key improvements over the standard <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/nintendo/140007-nintendo-switch-review-console-specs-price-and-features" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Switch</a>, but as that's also staying in the range, which should you choose?</p><p>Here's how they stack up when compared head-to-head.</p><p>squirrel_widget_5717898</p><h2>What's the same?</h2><ul><li>Both work in handheld, TV and desktop modes</li><li>720p60 (handheld/desktop), 1080p60 (TV)</li><li>Same processor: Custom Nvidia Tegra X1</li></ul><p>The Nintendo Switch OLED has a number of new features - a larger screen, for starters - but beneath the hood it's essentially the same as the existing Switch.</p><p>This includes the battery, which is the same capacity for each model. Both consoles also come with the exact same processing unit - a custom version of the Nvidia Tegra X1 - plus 4GB of RAM.

They also each share similar screen specs, with a 720p60 resolution in handheld mode, 1080p60 when docked and plugged into a TV.</p><p>This effectively means that all the same Nintendo Switch games work across both consoles. Accessories too - including the Joy-Con controllers - as the size of each console unit is more or less the same.</p><p>Both come with a dock, two Joy-Con controllers, and a Joy-Con grip to turn them into a more conventional gamepad.</p><h2>What's different?</h2><p>There are a few key differences between the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) and original Switch.</p><h3>Size and weight</h3><ul><li>Nintendo Switch dimensions: 102 x 239 x 13.9mm (with Joy-Cons attached)</li><li>Nintendo Switch (OLED model) dimensions: 102 x 242 x 13.9mm (with Joy-Cons attached)</li><li>Nintendo Switch weight: 297g (398g with Joy-Cons)</li><li>Nintendo Switch (OLED model) weight: 320g (420g with Joy-Cons)</li></ul><p>In terms of size and weight, there is little between them, even though the Switch OLED has a larger display. That display eats into the bezel of the original model though, which is why the devices are exactly the same height.

This is the reason the Joy-Cons are still compatible.</p><p>The Switch OLED is also fractionally longer and slightly heavier but you really won't notice the difference.</p><h3><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Display</span></h3><ul><li><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Nintendo Switch: 6.2-inch LCD display</span></li><li><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Nintendo Switch (OLED model): 7-inch OLED display</span></li></ul><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">By far and away, the biggest difference betweem the models is the display.</span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">As the newer console's name suggests, it sports an OLED panel, which provides better colour accuracy, higher contrast, and overall better picture performance. It also has a wider viewing angle in comparison to the LCD panel used in the standard Switch.</span><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;"></span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">The OLED panel has a cooler white output that gives it the impression of extra brightness - it's a "cleaner" looking image. </span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Also, thanks to the lack of a backlight (OLED pixels are self-illuminating), the screen doesn't require as large a bezel. That means the Switch OLED comes with a 7-inch display without increasing the size of the console itself.

The standard Switch screen is 6.2-inches.</span></p><h3><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Built-in kickstand</span></h3><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">While the original Switch features a built-in kickstand, it's tiny - at about 10mm wide - and not great at supporting the console for desktop mode. <br></span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">The Switch OLED has a much beefier kickstand. Not only does it run the across the width of the rear, it's adjustable through a wide range of angles. This makes for better repositioning for desktop play. </span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">The microSD card slot is tucked behind each console's kickstand. </span></p><h3><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">Colour options</span></h3><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">While both consoles come in the classic 'Neon' colour option (one Joy-Con is blue, the other is red), </span><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">the Switch OLED is also available in a standout white option, which looks nice and clean.

Even the dock is white for this model - it's usually only in black plastic.</span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">We suspect more colours and specials will appear over time for the OLED model, but it's just the two options at launch.</span></p><p><span Segoe UI', Roboto, Oxygen, Ubuntu, Cantarell, 'Open Sans', 'Helvetica Neue', sans-serif;">There have been several special edition versions of the standard Switch over the years, as well as a grey variant.</span></p><h3>Storage</h3><ul><li>Nintendo Switch: 32GB on-board storage, microSD card slot for expansion</li><li>Nintendo Switch (OLED model): 64GB on-board storage, microSD card slot for expansion</li></ul><p>The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) comes with double the storage capacity, which means you will be able to install twice as many games. However, 64GB is still relatively meagre, so you will want to buy a microSD card separately anyway - so factor in that cost. We've always considered it a mandatory requirement for the standard Switch.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/140437-nintendo-switch-storage-full-best-microsd-card-offers-to-buy" rel="">Nintendo Switch storage full?

The best microSD cards to buy and avoid download disappointment</a></li></ul><h3>Dock</h3><p>Both consoles come with a charging dock that also carries TV connectivity. They each sport two USB 2.1 ports to their side and a HDMI output.</p><p>The big difference between the standard and OLED docks is that the latter now comes with wired internet connectivity too - in the form of a LAN port. This is instead of the hidden USB socket on the rear of the old Switch.

You can only connect the standard Switch via Wi-Fi.</p><p>When docked, both consoles output 1080p60 and up to 5.1 PCM audio.</p><p>It's also worth noting that the dock for the Switch OLED is also be available to purchase separately and is compatible with the older Switch.</p><p>squirrel_widget_140007</p><h3>Audio</h3><p>The Switch OLED has fractionally enhanced sound output. Its speakers are ported slightly differently, to deliver louder and more immersive sound.</p><p>Since a recent software update for the older version, both come with support for Bluetooth as well as wired headphones.</p><h2>Conclusion</h2><p>As exciting as a new Switch console might sound, there are relatively few significant improvements. Therefore, unless you are really after a much-improved display for handheld gaming, or haven't purchased a Switch before, we don't think it's worth the upgrade for existing Switch owners.</p><p>If you don't already own a Switch though, the OLED model is undoubtedly the best you can get.

You will have to stretch your budget though, as it's GBP50 more expensive than the standard version.</p><p>That might make the biggest difference to your purchasing decision, to be honest.</p>

Which is the best iPhone? iPhone SE, 11, iPhone 12, 13 or 13 Pro?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/apple/134419-best-iphone-buying-guide https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/buyers-guides/apple/134419-best-iphone-buying-guide Britta O'Boyle Sun, 10 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0100 phones

pocket-lint.com The smartphone market is as crowded as ever - there's plenty of choice, almost too much in fact. If you're reading this feature, you have at least narrowed ]]> <p>The smartphone market is as crowded as ever -&nbsp;there's plenty of choice, almost too much in fact.&nbsp;</p><p>If you're reading this feature, you have at least narrowed your options down&nbsp;to <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple" rel="">Apple's iPhone</a>. Even that isn't totally simple, though, with a range of models to choose from.&nbsp;</p><p>Apple offers the iPhone SE, the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. With eight options, the big question is&nbsp;which one is the one&nbsp;for you?

Let us explain the differences to help you figure out where you should spend your cash.</p><h2>Quick summary</h2><p>The iPhone 13 mini is the base model of the most recent range of iPhones, and the smallest and lightest in the line up, offering a dual camera with some new features, OLED display, aluminium build, five colour options and a processor bump over the iPhone 12 mini, as well as battery improvements.</p><p>The iPhone 13 offers exactly the same hardware and features as the iPhone 13 mini but on a larger scale, with a 6.1-inch display like the iPhone 13 Pro, and battery improvements over the iPhone 12.</p><p>The iPhone 13 Pro&nbsp;has the same hardware as the iPhone 13 but it offers a more premium build and a triple rear camera with a few extra camera features compared to the iPhone 13 too.</p><p>The iPhone 13 Pro Max has the same hardware as the iPhone 13 Pro, but in a larger package with a 6.7-inch OLED display and a bigger battery.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/154535-apple-iphone-12-mini-review" rel="">iPhone 12 mini</a> has slightly older hardware than the iPhone 13 mini and a few less camera features, but it still comes with an OLED display, a good range of colours, offers water and dust resistance and has a dual camera.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/154305-apple-iphone-12-review" rel="">iPhone 12</a> offers the same hardware as the iPhone 12 mini but on a larger scale.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/149322-apple-iphone-11-review" rel="">iPhone 11</a> is the entry-level model into the Face ID iPhones with an all-screen front design and Face ID over Touch ID. It has the oldest core hardware of all the current phones offered by Apple, but it is still powerful with a dual camera on the rear.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/151900-apple-iphone-se-review-2020" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">iPhone SE (2020)</a>&nbsp;carries over the design from the iPhone 8 with Touch ID over Face ID, so the display isn't quite as impressive as the other models in the company's portfolio. It has the same core hardware as the iPhone 11 models and it has a single camera on the rear.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-11-iphone-12-13-or-13-pro-image1-ndtalxacvf.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone 13 mini</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 131.5. x 64.2 x 7.65mm, 141g, IP68 water resistant</li><li><strong>Display:</strong> 5.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 (476ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li><strong>Storage: </strong>128GB, 256GB, 512GB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 17 hours</li><li><strong>Colours: </strong>Midnight, Pink, Blue, Starlight, Product(RED)</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_6072281</p><p>The Apple iPhone 13 mini is one of the smallest iPhones available, alongside the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone SE (2020), both of which have older hardware.

It has flat edges like the rest of the iPhone 13 range and it features an aluminium build that offers IP68 water and dust resistance.</p><p>There's a dual camera on the rear - redesigned slighty from the iPhone 12 models - and there's a smaller notch on the front at the top of the 5.4-inch display. It offers <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/142207-what-is-apple-face-id-and-how-does-it-work" rel="">Face ID</a> over <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/123832-apple-s-touch-id-fingerprint-sensor-explained-here-s-what-you-need-to-know" rel="">Touch ID</a> and there's Night mode on the front and rear cameras, as well as a couple of extra camera features, like Photographic Styles and sensor-shift image stabilisation.</p><p>Running the show is a A15 Bionic chip, but aside from the power boost, the iPhone 13 mini also promises a 1.5-hour improvement in battery life compared to the iPhone 12 mini. Storage options are also better and although it misses off a few features compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models, the iPhone 13 mini should be a little pocket powerhouse.</p><p>The iPhone 13 mini is the iPhone to buy if you want some of the latest and greatest features Apple has to offer but in lovely small and light package.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/158443-apple-iphone-13-mini-review" rel="">Read the iPhone 13 mini review</a> |&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/158388-best-apple-iphone-13-deals" rel="">Best iPhone 13 deals</a>&nbsp;</li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-11-iphone-12-13-or-13-pro-image2-gsudzobwvb.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone 13</h2><ul><li>Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm, 164g, IP68 water resistant</li><li>Display: 6.1-inch, 2532 x 1170 (460ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li>Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB</li><li>Battery: Up to 19 hours</li><li>Colours: Midnight, Pink, Blue, Starlight, Product(RED)</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_6072310</p><p>The Apple iPhone 13 has the same design, features and specifications as the iPhone 13 mini but on a slightly bigger scale.

With this device, you the same flat edge design as the mini, in the same colours and again, it is an aluminium build with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/138727-ip-ratings-what-do-they-actually-mean" rel="">IP68 water resistance</a>.</p><p>The iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display though so it's a little larger than the iPhone 13 mini and the same size as the iPhone 13 Pro. The notch has been reduced at the top compared to the iPhone 12, but you'll still find Face ID and a 12-megapixel front facing camera with Night mode.</p><p>Running on the same hardware as the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13 has the A15 Bionic chip under its hood, a dual rear camera that offers the same camera features as the iPhone 13 mini, and Apple claims battery life has improved by 2.5 hours compared to the iPhone 12.</p><p>The iPhone 13 is the iPhone to buy if you want most of the latest features and hardware in a larger package than the 13 mini, but you don't want to pay the extra for the more premium build and additional camera features offered by the iPhone 13 Pro.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/158444-apple-iphone-13-review" rel="">Read the iPhone 13 review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/158388-best-apple-iphone-13-deals" rel="">Best iPhone 13 deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-11-iphone-12-13-or-13-pro-image3-fcw3jqetah.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone&nbsp;13 Pro</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65mm, 204g, IP68 water resistant</li><li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;6.1-inch, 2532 x 1170 (460ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 22 hours</li><li><strong>Colours:&nbsp;</strong>Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_6072339</p><p>The Apple iPhone 13 Pro is the iPhone with most of the latest and greatest technology from Apple. It's the direct replacement for the iPhone 12 Pro&nbsp;and it features a stainless steel frame, matte glass rear and a very premium finish with an all-screen design.</p><p>An OLED screen dominates the front with Haptic Touch, True Tone and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/dolby/138387-mobile-hdr-dolby-vision-hdr10-and-mobile-hdr-premium-explained" target="_blank" rel="follow noopener">mobile HDR compatibility</a>.&nbsp;Like the iPhone 13, the 13 Pro has the A15 Bionic processor with next-generation neural engine, no headphone jack and it supports <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/140239-wireless-charging-explained" rel="">wireless charging</a> and fast charging.

It also has a waterproof rating of IP68.</p><p>A triple-rear camera is present on the iPhone 13 Pro, featuring a wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lens. The same features as the iPhone 13 are offered in terms of camera, as well as a few extras including Night Mode Portraits, Apple ProRAW, optical zoom and a macro mode.</p><p>The iPhone 13 Pro is the iPhone to buy if you want a more premium finish than the iPhone 13 and some extra camera features.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/158438-iphone-13-pro-review" rel="">Read the iPhone 13 Pro review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/158388-best-apple-iphone-13-deals" rel="">Best iPhone 13 deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-11-iphone-12-13-or-13-pro-image4-n9zetqp1gh.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65mm, 240g, IP68 water resistance</li><li><strong>Display:</strong> 6.7-inch, 2778 x 1284 (458ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 28 hours</li><li><strong>Colours:</strong> Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_6072368</p><p>The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the iPhone with the largest display, offering a 6.7-inch OLED screen on its front, as well as the most advanced camera offered by Apple with a new telephoto lens and new main lens offering 1.7um pixels.</p><p>Aside from physical size, display size and camera however, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has everything the iPhone 13 Pro does. This means you'll get the A15 chip, a stainless steel body, textured glass back, wireless charging, all the display technology including HDR and Haptic Touch and it also has the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/138727-ip-ratings-what-do-they-actually-mean" rel="">IP68 water resistance</a>.</p><p>The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the iPhone to buy if budget isn't an issue and you're after the best Apple offers in the largest possible format.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/158447-apple-iphone-13-pro-max-review" rel="">Read the iPhone 13 Pro Max review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/158388-best-apple-iphone-13-deals" rel="">Best iPhone 13 deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-iphone-xr-iphone-11-or-iphone-11-pro-image7-ycjcilhmmz.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone 12 mini</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 131.5. x 64.2 x 7.65mm, 141g, IP68 water resistant</li><li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;5.4-inch, 2340 x 1080 (476ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;128GB, 256GB, 512GB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 15 hours</li><li><strong>Colours:</strong> Blue, Green, White, Black, Product(RED)</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_3490136</p><p>The Apple iPhone 12 mini is the smallest iPhone available - smaller than the iPhone SE (2020) despite offering a larger display.

It comes with Face ID like the rest of the iPhone 12 models and it features an aluminium body with squarer edges than the iPhone 11 and a ceramic shield front.</p><p>There is a dual camera on the rear - like the older iPhone 11 and the larger iPhone 12 - and it comes with Night Mode on the front camera, as well as improvements to Night Mode on the rear too.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the hood, the iPhone 12 mini has the A14 chip, which is the same as all the iPhone 12 models. It also has an OLED display with HDR, True Tone and Haptic Touch and it offers MagSafe, though it misses out on a couple of camera features compared to the Pro models, even if the results are still great.</p><p>The iPhone 12 mini is the iPhone to buy if you want some of the latest and greatest features Apple has to offer but in lovely small and light package.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/154535-apple-iphone-12-mini-review" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read the iPhone 12 mini review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/154129-iphone-12-deals-price-iphone-12-pro-max-mini" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best iPhone 12 mini deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-news-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-iphone-xr-iphone-11-or-iphone-11-pro-image8-dztv0uzphb.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>Apple iPhone 12</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm, 164g, IP68 water resistant<br><strong></strong></li><li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;6.1-inch, 2532 x 1170 (460ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR<br><strong></strong></li><li><strong>Storage:</strong> 64GB, 128GB, 256GB<br><strong></strong></li><li><strong>Battery: </strong>Up to 17 hours<br><strong></strong></li><li><strong>Colours:</strong> Blue, Green, White, Black, Product(RED)</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_3490117</p><p>The Apple iPhone 12 offers all the same features and hardware as the iPhone 12 mini, but in a larger package. Rather than a 5.4-inch display, it has a 6.1-inch display, which is the same as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.&nbsp;</p><p>It has the same aluminium frame, ceramic shield front and it's available in the same five colours as the iPhone 12 mini, whilst also offering the same camera capabilities, with a dual rear camera.</p><p>The iPhone 12 is the iPhone to buy if you want the newer flat-edge iPhone design with some great features and in a larger package than the iPhone 12 mini, but you don't want to pay the extra for the latest iPhone 13 models.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/154305-apple-iphone-12-review" rel="">Read the Apple iPhone 12 review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/154129-iphone-12-deals-price-iphone-12-pro-max-mini" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best iPhone 12 deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-7-iphone-8-iphone-xr-or-iphone-xs-image1-rhs5efthpn.jpg"></p><h2>Apple iPhone 11</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm, 194g, IP68 water resistant</li><li><strong>Display:</strong> 6.1-inch, 1792 x 828 (326ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone, HDR</li><li><strong>Storage:</strong> 64GB, 256GB, 512GB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 17 hours</li><li><strong>Colours:</strong> Black, Green, Yellow, Purple, White, Product(RED)</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_167218</p><p>The Apple iPhone 11 takes its design ethos from the older iPhone XR, with an aluminium frame and a coloured glass rear.</p><p>There's a dual camera on the rear - like the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 - and it has a few extra camera features compared to the older iPhone XR, including Night Mode and Auto Adjustments, though a few less than the iPhone 12 models.</p><p>The iPhone 11 runs on the A13 chip, and it has a slight battery boost over the older iPhone XR.

It offers an LCD display over OLED - and it lacks HDR too, but it does have <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/tablets/news/apple/137264-what-is-apple-true-tone-display" rel="">True Tone</a>, as well as <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/149457-what-is-apples-haptic-touch-technology-how-does-it-work-and-what-can-you-do-with-it" rel="">Haptic Touch</a> like the iPhone 12 models.</p><p>The iPhone 11 is the iPhone to buy if you want some great features, a great camera and a powerful phone despite running on older hardware, and you don't have the budget for the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/149322-apple-iphone-11-review" rel="">Read the Apple iPhone 11 review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/149298-best-iphone-11-deals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best iPhone 11 deals</a></li></ul><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/134419-phones-buyer-s-guide-which-is-the-best-iphone-iphone-se-iphone-xr-iphone-11-or-iphone-11-pro-image1-a6ztl1xyt3.jpg" alt="apple iphone se" width="200" height="133"></p><h2>Apple iPhone SE (2020)</h2><ul><li><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm, 148g, IP67 water resistant</li><li><strong>Display:</strong>&nbsp;4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 (326ppi), Haptic Touch, True Tone</li><li><strong>Storage:</strong>&nbsp;64GB, 128GB, 256GB</li><li><strong>Battery:</strong> Up to 13 hours</li><li><strong>Colours:</strong> Black, White, Product Red</li></ul><p>squirrel_widget_233432</p><p>The iPhone SE (2020) is the entry point into the the iPhone ecosystem. It picks up the <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/142612-apple-iphone-8-review" rel="">iPhone 8</a> design, retaining the exact same measurements, while also offering IP67 protection.&nbsp;</p><p>That design means that the iPhone SE retains Touch ID, the only model that doesn't have <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/apple/142207-what-is-apple-face-id-and-how-does-it-work" rel="">Face ID</a>, and the display also sticks to the old 16:9 aspect, rather than the 19:9 aspect of the iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.&nbsp;</p><p>Outside of that design, the iPhone SE is powered by the A13 Bionic, the same chap that's in the iPhone 11 models, meaning that it's more powerful than the older iPhone XR.&nbsp;</p><p>There's a single 12-megapixel camera on the back and it offers the same Portrait Lighting effects as the iPhone 11, as well as next-gen Smart HDR. That means that it's a better offering on the rear camera than the older iPhone XR.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/reviews/apple/151900-apple-iphone-se-review-2020" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read the Apple iPhone SE review</a> | <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/deals/apple/151842-iphone-se-2020-price-deals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Best iPhone SE deals</a></li></ul><h2>Search for the best Apple iPhone contract deals</h2><p>Still searching?

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Call of Duty Warzone tips and tricks: Essential hints to dominate Season 6 of the COD battle royale

https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/activision/151507-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/news/activision/151507-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints Max Freeman-Mills Sun, 10 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0100 games

pocket-lint.com Call of Duty: Warzone has had a rip-roaring first year, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down, with more than 100 million players over the world ]]> <p>Call of Duty: Warzone has had a rip-roaring first year, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down, with more than 100 million players over the world finding themselves with more time on their hands at home than before.

And what better way to while away the days than with a free-to-play battle royale game, tied to an already dominant franchise?</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/147603-best-battle-royale-games" rel="follow">Best Battle Royale games: Winner winner, chicken for dinner?</a></li></ul><p>The good news is that the game is also a cracker, and that's continued through past the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the latest mainline COD game. Now, Warzone's fully tied in with Black Ops - there's a shared progression system between the two, as well as 2019's Modern Warfare, and Season 6 has launched to add even more content and details to Verdansk.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/reviews/activision/154636-call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war-review" rel="">Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War review: Classic COD action</a></li></ul><p>We've dropped more times than we can count into the zone, practising and squadding up to figure out some useful strategies and tips that you can take into your own sessions. Say it quietly, we're even winning a few games.

So, here are our top tips to become a better COD Warzone player.</p><p>squirrel_widget_2682660</p><p></p><h2>1. Check the map before you drop</h2><p>Your choice of landing zone is a key variable at the start of a match. The second you see that cutscene of the cargo plane starting up, you can bring up the map screen for your match and see where the shrinking gas circle will start.

That can help you to gain a sense of where people are more likely to land, and for where you'll have to aim for as it approaches.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/146939-the-best-pc-games-to-buy" rel="follow">Best PC games to buy 2020: Fantastic games to add to your collection</a></li></ul><p>It's important that, as your confidence grows, you can tailor your tactics on this front. If you don't fancy yourself in chaotic gunfights, maybe go more remote in order to get some solid equipment. Alternatively, go for the "trial by fire" approach and train yourself in fighting by seeking out crowded areas like the ever-popular Superstore.

It's up to you, but make sure you do pick a spot.</p><h2>2. Pop and cut your chute to drop more quickly</h2><p>Pretty much the minute Warzone went live, players figured out a cheeky way to get a bit of a headstart in a match. As you drop from the cargo plane over the map, you can pop your parachute whenever you like to glide down more slowly.

What people realised, though, is that you can actually cut your cord to dive again and re-pop your parachute as many times you like. Now people are using that to their advantage.</p><p>Firstly, as you fall, popping your chute then cutting the cords seems to give you a short speed boost, and throws you forward more aggressively, letting you cover ground more quickly to get to your chosen landing zone.&nbsp;</p><p>Secondly, after you cut your parachute away you get a few seconds where your starting pistol is drawn, potentially letting you get some shots away at other people falling, to get that first little advantage.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, you can also drift sideways to cover more ground without losing altitude - a great way to make huge long drops to get away from crowded spots.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-dominate-the-latest-battle-royale-on-the-block-image1-a9chzok0gc.jpg"></p><h2>3. Don't hoard your cash</h2><p>Warzone has a cash economy at its heart.

You'll collect money as you run around and earn more for completing contracts (more on those later). Some matches you'll hardly find any, while in others you'll be swimming in the stuff soon enough. Either way, be sure not to sit on your cash too long.&nbsp;</p><p>In the battle royale mode, there's no bonus for collecting cash, so it's really only there for you to use at the Buy Stations marked on your map.

These let you buy a selection of killstreaks like UAVs and Cluster Strikes, as well as more armour plating and loadout drops. Our advice would be to be proactive on buying these rewards - you can't take the money with you, after all, and a well-timed UAV could win you a gunfight really easily.&nbsp;</p><p>That said, if your teammates are dying a lot, you might want to keep hold of £4,000 to buy them back in, should they fail to win their redemptive Gulag fight.&nbsp;</p><h2>4. Loadout drops are the way to go</h2><p>Cash is important, then, but when you hit up a Buy Station it might be worth knowing what your priority should be.

As we said, a UAV can be a huge help, but the absolute top priority in your squad should be for someone to buy a Loadout Drop as soon as possible. These airdrops let your whole squad pick one of their personal loadouts to swap into, getting their customised guns and equipment.&nbsp;</p><p>That's like slipping on a glove in this context, letting you get in the groove with a loadout you're comfortable with, and all of the best players use it to dominate. Follow suit, if you can!</p><p>Once you do, pick your loadout as quickly as possible to avoid sitting-duck danger.

While you can obviously feel free to experiment with perks, too, we'd highly recommend running with Ghost by default, which will hide you from UAVs and heartbeat monitors. It's pretty much a mandatory pick unless you want an Overkill class to get two of your favourite guns at once.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-news-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints-to-dominate-season-4-of-the-cod-battle-royale-image11-he3cdzgroh.jpg" alt=""></p><h2>5. Pick up contracts whenever you can</h2><p>If you're daunted by the £10,000 price tag of a loadout drop, though, there are some good ways to earn cash and loot while you move around the map - contracts.

These are marked out for you, and fall into five types: Bounties, Scavenger, Recon, Most Wanted and Supply Run.</p><p><strong>Bounties</strong> mark out one player on the map for you, in a radius that gets smaller as you get closer to them, giving you a set amount of time to locate and kill him or her, and rewarding you if they die. Usefully, if you take out a bounty and someone <em>else&nbsp;</em>kills that player, you'll still get rewarded. There's no downside to picking one of these up - it'll tell you where a player is and you get XP just for starting it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Scavenger</strong> contracts mark out a succession of three loot boxes for you to find and open, with solid loot in them and a cash reward when you finish the set.

You'll also get a guaranteed drop of an Armour Satchel when you finish it, too, letting one player hold up to 8 plates. Again, these are no brainers.</p><p><strong>Recons</strong>, meanwhile, point you towards a capture point for you to lock down, and can feel a bit riskier. They require you to stay still for a little while, sometimes out in the open.

They'll tell you where the circle will next close, though, as a huge tactical benefit, and are favourites for experienced players.</p><p><strong>Most Wanted</strong> is a double-edged sword. You're marked as a target for everyone on the map, for three minutes, but if you survive that time limit not only do you get a cash reward, any dead teammates instantly drop back into the game, whether they're in the gulag or spectating.</p><p>Finally, <strong>Supply Run</strong> gives you limited time to make it to a specifically marked Buy Station. Get there in time and you'll enjoy personal discounts on your next purchase (including a free self-revive kit or buyback) to give you an advantage moving forward.&nbsp;</p><p>The final word, though, is that these contracts aren't just good for loot and money - they also give you a short-term objective to aim for, and are a great way of making a match feel more structured and less like guesswork.

Frankly, blazing out in a game where you ticked off a couple of contracts is more fun than hiding in one place for 20 minutes and then dying.&nbsp;</p><h2>6. Share your resources</h2><p>We keep mentioning squads, and while you can play Warzone in Solos mode, the aim is clearly still for most players to join a squad in the main battle royale mode. We'd encourage you to think tactically as a squad, therefore.

If you're sat with full armour and five spare plates, while your squadmates are down to nothing, drop some plates for them to pick up.</p><p>The same goes for cash and ammo - it's often the case that only by pooling your cash can a loadout marker be bought, for example. This will encourage more selfless play in the long run.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-news-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints-to-dominate-season-4-of-the-cod-battle-royale-image17-uwgwisbe4d.png" alt=""></p><h2>7. Ping everything</h2><p>Just like every other battle royale game since Apex Legends came out, Warzone has a ping system to let you communicate with your squaddies.

It lets you show them what you're looking at or where you're aiming for. This is an easy tip, but use it all the time, whenever you can, and map it to a button you're comfortable with to make that easier. The more information you share, the further your squad will go.&nbsp;</p><h2>8.

Get creative with equipment</h2><p>There's also a range of field equipment that you can find around the map as you go, which can help you out in a pinch. Whether it's field cover to block an enemy's sightline, the Dead Silence field upgrade to make you quiet for a spell, or more, there are a lot of ways these can help.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/131744-best-ps4-games-the-top-playstation-games-to-play-now" rel="follow">Top PS4 games 2020: Best PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro games every gamer must own</a></li></ul><p>One fun tactic that was quickly discovered involves the field drone you can find. If you use the drone, and a teammate has C4 equipped, they can actually drop the C4 on the drone to turn it into a miniaturised, mobile bomb.</p><p>Another top strategy is to pop a Trophy System onto your vehicle before driving anywhere - it'll protect you from a few rockets or grenades and could see you to your destination more safely.

Frankly, we don't like to drive without one.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-news-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints-to-dominate-season-4-of-the-cod-battle-royale-image19-vesq4o2ccf.png" alt=""></p><h2>9. Exploit the Gulag</h2><p>One of the most refreshing parts of Warzone is that death doesn't have to be the end at all. Firstly, unless you die right near the end of the game, you'll be sent to the Gulag, a jail where you'll await a one-on-one gunfight to earn re-entry to the battlefield.

Even if you lose, your squad can still buy you back if they have the money.&nbsp;</p><p>If two of you go to the Gulag at once, though, you could be able to help each other out. Often our teammate has been able to give us callouts while they watched our gunfight, helping us to win then getting back into the game. Take every advantage you can get!</p><h2>10.

Play Plunder or Resurgence for a change of pace</h2><p>Of course, Warzone isn't just pure battle royale - there's also Plunder, a mode that sees you buzzing around the map looking for cash and cash alone, before sending it away at designated points. It's much more chaotic and frenetic than battle royale, especially because respawns are enabled and there's no gas circle to worry about.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>If you want a change from the nail-biting tension of battle royale rounds, it's a great option to switch it up with, and you might even find that you prefer it. It's particularly great for levelling up your guns - drop into Plunder with a double weapon XP token live, and concentrate on Supply Runs with vehicles and you'll zip through the rankings.&nbsp;</p><p>Alternatively, Season 1 saw the addition of a second smaller map, Rebirth Island, modelled on Alcatraz.

It's a frantic game map that packs the action into a far less expansive space, and is another great option if you want to swap your pacing up.&nbsp;</p><h2>11. Vary your squad size</h2><p>Since launch there have been plenty of changes to playlists in Warzone already - we've got a Solos mode, if you fancy taking on the map on your lonesome, and the launch of (the original) Season 3 saw the addition of Quads, raising your squad size to four. That's perfect if you were always excluding a mate to get down to a three-man squad.</p><p>Still, though, if you don't have four people and don't want a random in your team, you could always change your Squad Fill settings to make sure that it's just your friends, and take your chances with a smaller squad.

It's a disadvantage, for sure, but it can be fun to see how your tactics have to change under duress.&nbsp;</p><h2>12. Stack your UAVs</h2><p>Even though the late-game will see many players rocking loadouts that make them invisible to the scanners, UAVs are still a hugely powerful tool in Warzone, helping you to stay aware of where enemy squads are around you.</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/141314-best-upcoming-xbox-one-games" rel="follow">Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward to</a></li></ul><p>Moreover, you might not have realised that they can actually stack - if your squad calls in three UAVs at the same time, you'll be blown away by the detail you receive. You'll get an advanced look at every enemy on the map, not only showing you where they are but also which direction they're pointing in, in real-time.

It won't last long, but if you've completed a few contracts and have the cash to burn it could give you some lasting insights into positions and tactics.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints-to-dominate-season-3-of-the-cod-battle-royale-image1-ozvoxqddel.jpg"></p><h2>13. Watch for flares</h2><p>You might not have realised it, but there are two situations in Warzone that send up a signal flare into the sky for nearby players to see. One is starting to capture a Recon contract point, which sends up a white flare, while the other is buying back a squadmate, which sends up a red flare.</p><p>Keep an eye out for these signals as you move around the map, and you could get the drop on a team camping at a capture point or waiting for an unlooted squadmate to return to the fray.</p><h2>14.

Vary where you drop</h2><p>It's tempting and easy to find a couple of spots on the map where you love to drop, whether because they're generally isolated or loot-laden, but fight the urge to return to them too often. You'll improve more quickly, and learn the map much faster, if you switch up your drop points and occasionally go for locations you know will be busier. It'll also change the rhythm of your play session, which we think is a good thing.&nbsp;</p><h2>15.

Beware the gas mask</h2><p>As you enter the endgame of a match, a popular and powerful tactic is to hug the gas ring's outer edge as it closes, picking off fleeing targets and staying just ahead of it yourself. This basically requires you to have a gas mask, so that you're less at risk yourself, but be aware that the mask's on-off animations are hugely disruptive.&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/games/buyers-guides/139645-upcoming-ps4-games-best-new-playstation-games-coming-soon" rel="follow">Best upcoming PS4 games to look forward to</a></li></ul><p>The first time it happens to you, it'll ruin your day, but your character pulling the mask on and off can interrupt you firing and reduce you to useless hip fire for a couple of seconds at key moments, so be sure to plan for it. It's not necessarily something you'll ever be able to reliably control, but if you learn to expect the disruption you'll at least stop being quite so annoyed by it.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/151507-games-news-feature-call-of-duty-warzone-tips-and-tricks-essential-hints-to-dominate-season-4-of-the-cod-battle-royale-image18-i9tobojt0z.png" alt=""></p><h2>16.

Watch out for in-match events</h2><p>Season 4 (meaning the first Season 4, not the current one, sigh) launched back in the day to groans about file sizes worldwide, and its major initial addition comes in the form of in-match events. These can happen randomly during any match, and there are three types:</p><ul><li><strong>Jailbreak:</strong> Everyone who's eliminated respawns by airdrop - whether they've lost in the Gulag or are waiting for a fight.</li><li><strong>Fire Sale:</strong> Buy stations suddenly get heavy discounts on many items, and buying back fallen squadmates becomes free for the 60-second duration.</li><li><strong>Supply Chopper:</strong> Armoured helicopters will patrol the map. Destroying them will drop rare loot, including three UAVS, two armour boxes and munitions boxes, a gas mask, a grenade launcher, plus some money, as a minimum.</li></ul><p>These events can be game-changing, so if they occur in a match, be sure to adjust your tactics accordingly, and watch the skies!</p><h2>17.

Don't lose hope</h2><p>It might sound a bit trite, but we really mean it. Whether you've never won a game or haven't for weeks, keep playing sensibly and making tactical decisions and the wins will come at some point. We'd know - we hadn't won a game for a week or two, but our most recent win was farcical.

We died early, got through the Gulag without any opponent after an anxious two-minute wait, dropped near the final circle with no gun and hid for five minutes before sneaking in, picking up a single SMG and firing three shots to finish off the last player standing, who never even saw us.&nbsp;</p><p>One kill, a lot of tension, and a huge slice of fortune, and we're back in win-town. Warzone is a game of skill laced with a lot of luck and situational awareness, so don't be disheartened if you're on a bad run, basically.&nbsp;</p>

How to watch Squid Game: Subtitles or dub?

https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/158667-how-to-watch-squid-game-subtitles-or-dub https://www.pocket-lint.com/tv/news/netflix/158667-how-to-watch-squid-game-subtitles-or-dub Alex Allegro Sun, 10 Oct 2021 13:00:00 +0100 tv

pocket-lint.com Squid Game is by far the hottest new show of 2021, and even though it seems as if every year there's a new hit Netflix series everyone is talking about, ]]> <p>Squid Game is by far the hottest new show of 2021, and even though it seems as if every year there's a new hit <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/netflix" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Netflix</a> series everyone is talking about, Squid Game is a bit different in that it's a South Korean production, meaning English viewers will need to decide between watching with either subtitles or dubbing.&nbsp;</p><p>Recently, there's been a lot of chatter on social media trying to determine the most accurate translation possible. After some multilingual Twitter investigators viewed the show, they took to the platform to help explain the best way for us to watch.&nbsp;</p><p>The answer? <strong>Use "English" subtitles instead of "English [CC]" or dubbing to get the most accurate script translation possible.&nbsp;</strong></p><blockquote ><p lang="en" dir="ltr">not to sound snobby but i'm fluent in korean and i watched squid game with english subtitles and if you don't understand korean you didn't really watch the same show. translation was so bad. the dialogue was written so well and zero of it was preserved</p>-- youngmi mayer (@ymmayer) <a href="https://twitter.com/ymmayer/status/1443615642385592324?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" rel="">September 30, 2021</a></blockquote><p><strong></strong></p><p>The reason is because "English [CC]", which of course stands for closed captioning, is designed for viewers who are hard of hearing or entirely deaf.

These are generally automatically generated rather than being pre-written manually by a team of Korean-English translators and include extraneous descriptions of characters footsteps, yawns, shrieks, and more.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The Standard "English" option, on the other hand, is designed on the notion you can hear all the auxiliary details, like when a character's footsteps can be heard marching offscreen, so those will be excluded from the text.&nbsp;</p><p>As for English dubs, the problem is that while you can still get the general gist of the show, dubbing requires a total script rewrite that must somewhat match the original actor's lip movements when spoken in the new language.&nbsp;</p><p>This results in a somewhat compromised experience and will most definitely jettison some of the most minute dialogue nuances written in by the original screenwriters.&nbsp;</p>

Govee Immersion review: Bringing colour to your TV installation

https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/158419-govee-immersion-review-tv-backlighting-system https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/reviews/158419-govee-immersion-review-tv-backlighting-system Chris Hall Sun, 10 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0100 smart-home

pocket-lint.com A simple and affordable way to bring illumination to your TV, reflecting whatever is on your screen across the surfaces behind it. Installation takes ]]> <p>One of the big things that stands Philips apart from other television manufacturers is Ambilight, the built-in system of lighting on the rear of the TV which can project colour across the walls.</p><p>The aim is to increase the sense of immersion, while bringing a sense of occasion to TV watching, and giving ambience choices within the room.</p><p>The Govee Immersion &nbsp;smart lighting kit aims to bring some of that effect to your TV - whatever its brand - in a self-install system. But is it as good as the real thing?</p><h2>What's in the box?</h2><p>The system is comprised of a number of parts.

The critical part of this system is the RGBIC LED light strip (RBGIC meaning it can show multiple colours simultaneously, rather than just one colour at a time).</p><table data-iscollection="1" ><tbody><tr ><td >collection:</td><td >in the box</td></tr></tbody></table><p>This strip works in partnership with a camera which looks at your TV screen to coordinate the colours.</p><p>Both elements connect through a controller box and there's a powerpack to drive the whole thing. Beyond that, there's some adhesive clips to aid installation, instructions, and some calibration blobs - which we'll explain in a minute.</p><h2>Setup and calibration</h2><ul><li>Designed for 55-65in TVs</li><li>Everything you need in the box</li><li>Govee Home app</li></ul><p>There's a fair amount of setup needed to get running, but it's not a difficult process. All the supplied parts have adhesive stickers on the back, as most of the kit needs to be stuck to your TV in some form.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image2-q4peaa3xyp.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>For us, this meant removing the TV from the wall, because we needed access to stick everything on.

The kit is designed for 55-to-65-inch televisions and the length of the light strip corresponds to this size, with each side getting its own length, connected by a short ribbon cable section to make it easy to turn the corner.</p><p>Finding a location for the controller box is key, as this needs to be stuck to the back of the TV without getting in the way of mounts, and far enough in so that the connected cables are out of sight.</p><p>Fitting the light strip is actually very easy as you simply have to peel off the backing strip and stick it on, but take care to ensure that it's not going to be too visible from the front. If the strip is slightly too long for your TV, you can double it back or run it into the centre of the rear a little to use up some of that slack.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image3-gmnulyokxs.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>There are additional adhesive clips supplied which are useful to reinforce the corners or secure the light strip - we used it to keep some of the ribbon cable tidy.</p><p>You'll then have to secure the camera. There's the option to mount the camera at the top or the bottom of the TV and this wide-angle lens looks at the screen, detects the colours, and passes this information through to the light strips so the colour is coordinated.

It also uses adhesive backing to stick it in place.</p><p>Where you site the camera will be personal preference, but this is the most intrusive part of the kit, because it's visible all the time - especially if you put it at the top. If your TV is on a stand, perhaps with a soundbar, you might be able to hide the camera behind the soundbar, but it projects forward about 100mm and you'll have to think about what's going to look best in your setup.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image14-feks60qbun.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>Once the camera is in place, it connects to the controller box via USB and you're ready to connect and calibrate, for which you'll need the app.</p><p>Once plugged in, you'll use the app to connect the light strip to your Wi-Fi network and you can then get the calibration started. The app walks through each step, so it's easy to complete.</p><p>Calibration involves sticking orange foam blocks to the front of your TV, which you'll then identify using the image from the camera that appears in the app.

You can adjust things slightly by dragging the points in the app around, but basically you're telling the camera where the corners of the TV are, so it can coordinate the lighting.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image4-ewovlj1k3e.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>Don't worry - we found that the orange blocks didn't leave any sticky residue behind once calibration is done. Then you're ready to watch TV with coloured backlighting!</p><h2>Can you use Govee Immersion on smaller TVs?</h2><p>The kit is designed for 55-to-65-inch televisions and there's no smaller kit - it's designed to fit the most popular sizes.</p><p>We actually installed it on a 50-inch model without issue. In this instance we had to take more care in working on the corners - as there's more light strip than you need.

By drawing diagonally towards the centre of the TV at the corners, and securing it with the clips, we found it was easy enough to get a good finish.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image17-fsklasqvai.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>It's a little messy to look at from the rear, but this is a kit that's designed to be hidden, back against the wall.</p><p>The camera is also fine with a smaller screen and we had no problem calibrating to a 50-inch display.</p><h2>Govee Home and smart connectivity</h2><ul><li>Works with Alexa</li><li>Works with Google Assistant</li></ul><p>You can operate the Govee lights using the app you need for setup. It allows for firmware updates, while also offering various modes. Those modes will let you control the response it offers - changing to match the video on the screen, static colours, or working with music.</p><p>It can also be set to react to sound instead of vision, if you want, which some might prefer when listening to music as a sort-of party effect.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-screens-image1-k7lm2tmfua.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="156"></p><p>You can set the brightness and saturation, as well as set timers, so you can control when the system is on or off.

There's also an "effects lab" where you can find a whole range of options to customise the effect the lights are giving out.</p><p>The Govee lights don't exist in isolation, however, and you can easily add them to Alexa or <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/google/137722-what-is-google-assistant-how-does-it-work-and-which-devices-offer-it" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Assistant</a>, so you can control them or group them with other devices. While you'll want the TV lights to work with the TV, you can equally use them as part of a room group, with <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/smart-home/news/amazon/138846-what-is-alexa-how-does-it-work-and-what-can-amazons-alexa-do" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alexa</a>, for example, allowing brightness and colour controls too.</p><p>This means that those with existing systems will be able to coordinate devices and once setup is complete, so there's very little need to use the Govee Home app, as you can just use Alexa voice control, for example. You can't, however, pair with Philips Hue lights that you might already have.</p><h2>Performance</h2><ul><li>Video and music options</li></ul><p>The Govee system actually works very well, with camera quick to detect changes on the screen and reflect that on the light around the TV.

One advantage over input systems is that it will react to anything on the screen from any input.&nbsp;</p><p>The system works really well when you have consistent colouration, so sports look really good because often you have the constancy of the grass to set the main colour to green, occasionally changing to pickup colours from highlighted sections.</p><p><img src="https://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/660x/assets/images/158419-smart-home-review-govee-immersion-image11-5lh7dcbrpf.JPG" alt="" width="200" height="133"></p><p>The system can be a little less enjoyable when you have a scene that's cutting from one shot to another though. That's typical of scenes when people are talking - where they have different colour backgrounds, so you'll find the lights switching with each camera view, which some might find a little much. In movies we've found it to be really effective, picking up on those explosions to bring those red and orange hues across the room, really adding to the immersion of a film.</p><p>There are options to control some of this behaviour.

You can choose to have the main colour from the display as the surrounding hue (called "all"), or different zonal sections of the screen can be reflected with different colours (called "part")