Android 5.0 Devices Aren't Encrypted By Default Despite Google Promises

When Android 5.0 Lollipop launched, Google proudly claimed that full-disk encryption was a standard feature, enabled by default. But now phones with the OS are starting to appear in the wild, that appears not to be the case.


Blackberry Is Bringing Back The Slider Phone Because Sure Why Not

When square phones don’t quite work and suing Ryan Seacrest is taking too long, what’s a BlackBerry to do? Combine the weirdest new hardware trend and a classic old one together in one super (silly?) smartphone. Blackberry just teased the new “dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard — yes a slider device!” at this years Mobile World Congress.


Blackphone 2: Beat Australia's Data Retention Laws With This Super-Secure Smartphone

“While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we’re going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security,” said Silent Circle’s Mike Janke at the launch of the company’s new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2. And he’s not kidding — though no frills in design, it’s kitted out with some serious security features. It’s the phone that promises to help you beat the Australian Government’s data retention scheme.


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Hands-On: Proper Waterproofing, Two Day Battery

With the Xperia Z4 smartphone nowhere to be seen at MWC 2015 (even if its tablet cousin is knocking about) it falls to Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua to carry Sony’s phone concerns at the show. A mid-ranger, it’s got a few solid features worthy of your attention.


A Windscreen For Smartphones Means You'll Never Shout Over A Breeze

The noise-cancelling software your smartphone uses to eliminate background sounds from your voice when making a call is surprisingly good these days, but still not good enough to deal with the deafening crackle from a sudden gust of wind. That’s why microphones have those puffy foam covers on the end, and why these Windblockers for smartphones and tablets aren’t a terrible idea.


Lenovo's New Phones: A 16MP Camera-Lookalike, First Dolby Atmos Handset

At the Mobile World Congress, Lenovo has announced a pair of new phones. The first, the Vibe Shot, is a slim phone that has pretensions to be a camera; the second is the A7000, apparently the world’s first smartphone to come with Dolby Atmos.


App Deals: Discounted iOS iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone Apps

Today’s best deals include Runtastic Running PRO on Android, Fresh Air on iOS and Skateboard Party 2 on Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!


Google Wants To Become A Wireless Carrier, But Not For Why You Think

We’ve long heard whisperings that Google wanted to become a wireless carrier, and over the weekend, a Google executive confirmed those rumours. Intriguing! Just imagine Google Fibre — but for mobile. However, Google’s not trying to compete with the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world. Think of it more like Nexus for networks.


Your New Samsung Galaxy S6 Will Have A Built-In Expiration Date

Your smartphone’s battery life won’t last forever. Today, your digital companion might work all day long, then party late into the evening — but, a year from now, you’ll almost certainly have depleted a substantial portion of its capacity. What happens when your phone no longer lasts the day? Time to replace the battery! But with Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, that’s not going to be easy.


Lumia 640 And 640 XL: More Budget Microsoft Smartphones

Microsoft hasn’t announced a flagship phone at Mobile World Congress this year — but if you need to keep your bank account in the black then the Lumia 640 and 640 XL are here to help.