Changelog - First Fortnight of 2016

In the Changelog I go through the top news in tech and mobile, and maybe provide a few extra snippets. Opinions are my own, and links provided are to my preferred news sources.

We're into 2016 and this is the first Changelog of the year. 2016 started with the tech news explosion that was CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, which is held in Las Vegas. CES is a massive trade-show where most consumer electronics and tech companies have some sort of presence. Nowadays there are less actual product launches during the show as tech news lifespan during CES is short lived. Below are the main CES Changelog items.

Huawei announce the Honor 5X for the US market. A mid-range Android device in price, but which delivers considerable bang for buck, you'll only have to put down $199 for it when it goes on sale towards the end of this month. This is a very US-centric announcement as the Honor 5X has already been available in China for a while and is expected to come to Europe "soon". Phil Nickinson of Android Central did a good hands-on with the 5X.

Huawei also announced the Jewel and  Elegant editions of the Huawei Watch. Thanks to Alex Dobie for pandering to my "mockodile thing" in his tweet.

Car Tech was a big thing at CES 2016. Most automotive companies now want to use the consumer electronics and systems on board their vehicles to be a value-add proposition for thier customers. Lots of talk about smartphone integrations, as well as Ford showing off Amazon's Echo integreation. Below is Yahoo Tech's quick video summary.

Hoverboards and CES. I dislike using the term, because if it doesn't hover or have a Mattel logo in my view it isn't a hoverboard. Heavy! Anyway, these mini-segway thingamabobs were very popular towards the end of 2015 to the point that "user testing" prove they are not entirely "consumer proof" [insert rant about average customers of consumer electronics]. When in Asia on business last year they were a very big thing in Shenzhen and I was tempted to put a disco-light boombox two-wheeler in my suitcase on the way back. Many different "hoverboard" companies were at CES, but what caught my attention was the booth raided by authorities due to patent complaints.

Android distribution numbers. Moving away from CES, Google announced the Dashboard update for Android distribution numbers. This is always an interesting snapshot of where Android is in Google markets. Lollipop (Android 5.x) is now more than 32% of the devices using the Google Play Store. Marshmallow (Android 6.x) has just passed 0.7% of the market. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) has now almost completely sunsetted at 3%. Full Android Dashboard report here.

BBC 3 new logo unveiled. The BBC showed off the new BBC 3 logo and the interwebs went a bit bananas. I'm not sure what went on at the BBC, but I have a gut feel that they just wanted to troll everyone. Some were angry and most of us just sat back and chuckled. I even made my own effort with a banana for scale, obviously.

March Of The Droids 2016 tickets are now on sale. I'll be at the event this year MCing. A great Android themed event and an occasion for you to meet like-minded people in real life, this year the event takes place in Edinburgh. Purchase your tickets here.

Microsoft discontinues support for IE 8, 9 and 10. This is actually a good thing for the internet. It will eventually force more users onto more modern browsers. Edge has me pleasantly surprised by how good it is. Brave move from Microsoft which also will improve things for the rest of us.

Skyscanner, my employer, was in the news too. This news confirms Skyscanner is a company well set for doing great things going forward.

Xiaomi announced the Redmi 3. At the price point it will deliver incredible value for money, as well as good battery life (4000 mAh) and a bit more of a quality build. It is on my shopping list. More on the announcement here.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! At the beginning of 2016, I would like to wish you all a healthy and fruitful year ahead.


Last night I enjoyed using my Google Nexus 6P (manufactured by Huawei) to take pictures of the fireworks above Edinburgh Castle for Hogmanay. I'm really impressed by how well the Nexus 6P's camera performs and will no doubt be attempting to fill the Internet with more pictures in the coming year.

Now, if you excuse me, I need to catch up on some sleep and re-hydrate...

Merry Xmas!

Merry Xmas everyone! I'm writing this post to wish you all a very merry Xmas and a pleasant festivity period.

I would also like to thank Elizabeth Whitmere for mentioning me on a thread on Google Plus about THE Christmas album of 2015: All I Want For Christmas Is A Goat.

All I Want For Christmas Is A Goat is an album by the Swedish charity Actionaid, who run a goat centred scheme in less fortunate parts of the world. Not only will the album, available on Spotify and Google Play Music, amuse you but revenue from the music will go to a good cause too.

More info from Actionaid here.

Have a merry Xmas everyone!

This Week On The Internet

This has been a busy week for me. As well as a productive week in my day job at Skyscanner, I appeared on All About Android and the Coolsmartphone Podcast, and published my review of the Meizu M2 Note.

I thoroughly enjoyed being on All About Android, it is always a pleasure to be on the show with Jason and Ron, and this week I was a guest with the excellent Gina Trapani.

Later in the week John and I engaged in blatantly reminding everyone of on the Coolsmartphone Podcast. We touched on various tech subjects, including my review of the Meizu M2 Note and the news that I am now officially on the organising committee of March Of The Droids 2016.

In case you hadn't noticed, this morning I also updated the template to (this site). I've added a Pixel Density Enthusiasm page and am playing around with some new technologies which I will reveal more about soon.

Announcement: I've joined

This post is to announce I have joined as Chief Pixel Density Enthusiast.

I will continue to write posts here now and then, but the bulk of my newsie/opinionist articles about the mobile Industry can be found here: Matteo Doni at Coolsmartphone.

Don't fret though, I have a couple of reviews already written for which will be published here. After all, Leigh and the excellent team at won't want too many doubles, will they?