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App of the week: My Talking Hank

My Talking Hank

What is My Talking Hank? From the makers of My Talking Tom comes an all-new adorable creature to take of, My Talking Hank. Your adventure begins when the stork drops puppy Hank off on the tropical island of Hawaii, where it’s up to you to nurture him and help him grow up. You can also ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Mobile news

Grab a cuppa and put your feet up – it’s time for this week’s mobile news! This time we’ve got updates on the powerful Lenovo P2 and Google Maps uniting with Uber, as well as when we can expect to see the next handsets from Huawei and Nokia. Lenovo P2 boasts three-day battery life If ...

Get fit with your smartphone

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Do you want to lose weight and make healthier food choices? There’s an app for that. Whether you’d like to trim down, tone up, or eat more veggies, we’ve rounded up some of the best health and fitness apps to help you achieve any goal. Aaptiv Download: Android, iOS Can’t afford a personal trainer or ...

Phones to look forward to in 2017

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If you’re due for an upgrade, 2017 will be a fantastic year to purchase a new smartphone. From wireless charging to futuristic foldable phones, this year will see a host of new and revolutionary innovations in the world of mobile technology. Here are a few of the most highly-anticipated smartphones set to be released in ...

App of the week: Panda Pop

Panda Pop

What is Panda Pop? Help rescue Mama Panda’s cubs from the evil baboon one bubble at a time in Panda Pop. If you remember Bubble Bobble, you’ll love this new take on the classic arcade game. Simply match coloured balloons to pop them and free the trapped cubs as you go along, returning them to ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome to the first mobile news of 2017! With CES 2017 well underway in Las Vegas, we’ve got updates on the LG G6, iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. Asus has also revealed an impressive new smartphone that embraces virtual reality, while Incipio has developed a way to get the headphone jack back on ...

New Year apps to help you achieve your resolutions

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Happy New Year from Tesco Mobile! If you’ve decided to set yourself some resolutions for 2017, we’re here to help you see them through – at least until February… Maybe you want to break bad habits, get fitter, or learn a new language? No matter what your New Year’s resolutions may be, here’s our favourite ...

App of the week: Word Cookies

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What is Word Cookies? Test your spelling skills with the scrumptious new puzzle game for your smartphone, Word Cookies. The aim of the game is to join the letters you’re presented with to create words, with the number of possible answers increasing with each level. While this might seem like a piece of cake, Word ...

Our Phone of the Year 2016

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What a year it’s been in the glorious world of mobile technology! Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 with no headphone jack, Samsung released the Galaxy S7 to critical acclaim, and LG revealed the innovative G5 with a removable battery. Let’s not forget the HTC 10 either, which astounded us with its audio quality, and Motorola’s ...

Mobile phone recycling made easy

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If you’ve received a brand new phone for Christmas and want to know how to recycle your old handset, this post is for you. Once you’ve unwrapped your new smartphone, played with all the functions and enjoyed downloading a whole host of new apps, it’s time to start thinking about what you might want to ...

App of the week: Leap Day

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What is Leap Day? It might be a simple, one touch game, but Leap Day will present you with challenges like no others. You play a cute little yellow character who faces a brand new level every single day. It’s up to you to log in once every 24 hours to face whatever trials await ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, attention turns to the next big releases in 2017, and LG and Apple lead the pack when it comes to rumours and buzz. All isn’t roses for Apple, however, with news that Nokia has launched a major lawsuit against the iconic brand. Advanced technology is also ...

Santa tracker apps

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Add some extra intrigue and magic to the days leading up to Christmas by downloading an exciting Santa tracker app for your smartphone. Kids will love keeping tabs on the man in red, especially on Christmas Eve! Check out a few of the best Santa tracker apps available now and turn your mobile into a ...

App of the week: Santa’s Village

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What is Santa’s Village? It takes a lot of work to get Christmas just right, and if there’s one guy who knows just how true that is, it’s Santa. In Santa’s Village, you’ve got the chance to delve into a whole variety of games that all have one main objective – to help Santa build ...

Instagram tips for the perfect festive photo

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Up your Instagram game this Christmas with our top tips for taking the perfect festive pictures. From shots of everything from snowy trees to cosy coffees, we’ve got all you need to know to help you to nail excellent pictures over the holidays so you can watch the ‘likes’ fly in. Fantastic Christmas dinner snaps ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to another jam-packed edition of our mobile news! This week we’ve got the lowdown on the latest updates for Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, as well as rumours on what we can expect to see next from LG and Samsung. We also have exciting news on a breakthrough development that could mean waving goodbye ...

Best phone accessories for Christmas presents

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With a whole range of prices, styles and functions to choose from, phone accessories make great Christmas presents – especially if you know someone is getting a brand new smartphone over the holidays! Check out some of the best phone accessories available to buy right now and score a few names off your Christmas shopping ...

Online Christmas shopping: top tips

Online Christmas shopping

Take some of the stress out of Christmas shopping this year – pick up your smartphone, sit back and browse a range of brilliant gifts online. Online shopping is the perfect way to keep your feet dry and arms free of heavy bags, not to mention you might even be able to pick up a ...

App of the week: Christmas RADIO

Christmas RADIO app

What is Christmas RADIO? Designed to make sure you’re never without a Christmas hit, this nifty app lets you tune into more than 50 festive radio stations. Choose from a huge number of fabulous festive options from around the world, including Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio and Kristmas Kountry, and indulge in the biggest and best ...

Best Christmas apps to get into the festive spirit

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Love it or hate it, Christmas has crept up on us for another year! Whether you’re already feeling jolly or need a little help embracing the cheer, we’ve pulled together some of the best Christmas apps around to get you and your little ones into the festive spirit. A Charlie Brown Christmas Download: Android, iOS ...

App of the week: ElfYourself

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What is ElfYourself? Get into the festive spirit with our app of the week, ElfYourself! Create an elf ensemble with your friends and family, star in your very own music video and share your Christmas creation on social media for everyone to enjoy. How do I elf myself? The ElfYourself app comes with ready-made video ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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In this week’s mobile news, we take a look at the new features Google Maps has to offer and battery issues for iPhones, as well as what the future may have in store for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and the iPhone 8. So, let’s get started! Step up your selfie game with the Samsung ...

Best location-based apps to try after Pokémon GO

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If you’re reeling from the rise and fall of Pokémon GO, then we’ve pulled together some of the best location-based apps to try in its wake. From real-life Monopoly to ghost hunting, there’s plenty of apps out there that take advantage of GPS to bring gaming into the real world. Landlord: Real Estate Tycoon Download: ...

App of the week: Devil’s Attorney

Devil's Attorney

What is Devil’s Attorney? An oldie but a goodie, step into the smarmy shoes of Max McMann to get crooks off the hook in Devil’s Attorney. Set in the electronic 80s, the more cases you win, the more money you earn to kit out your apartment and buy bonuses to improve your courtroom skills. How ...

Best Bluetooth speakers for your smartphone

Best Bluetooth speakers for your smartphone

With music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer offering excellent smartphone apps, it’s hardly surprising we’re using our mobiles to listen to our favourite songs more than ever. But, why not try ditching your headphones and make the most of your music by pairing up with wireless speakers instead? We’ve chosen five of the best ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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With revelations from Nokia, big claims from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and sneak peeks at the Samsung Galaxy S8, it’s been a busy few days in the smartphone world. Delve into this week’s goody bag of mobile phone news and see which smartphones might be on your wish list in the coming months. Microsoft CEO ...

Best podcasts to listen to this winter

Best podcasts to listen to

Podcasts are a great way to pass the time, whether you’re stuck in traffic on your commute, enjoying a morning run or catching up on emails at work. We’ve chosen a few of the best podcasts around right now, perfect if you’re ready to refresh your listening list. From serious news analyses to irreverent comedy, ...

App of the week: Candy Party: Coin Carnival Dozer

Candy Party: Coin Carnival Dozer

What is Candy Party: Coin Carnival Dozer? Candy Party: Coin Carnival Dozer brings all the fun of the fair to your mobile! Based on the classic arcade game, drop gold coins into the machine to push other coins out, as well as scrumptious prizes for special bonuses. The latest in a long line of coin ...

What is phishing and what can you do about it?

Phishing

If you’ve ever received an email that you thought was legitimate but turned out to be a scam, then you’ve been a victim of phishing. Phishing is when fraudsters send an email that looks like it comes from a genuine organisation, such as your bank, that usually takes the form of an urgent request for ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Mobile news

This week’s mobile news features updates on Qualcomm’s new super Snapdragon 835 processor, the demise of the OnePlus 3 and rumours on foldable phones of the future. We also have the latest on WhatsApp’s new video calling feature, as well as Facebook Messenger’s take on chat rooms. Could we see foldable phones in 2017? In ...

Cyber bullying: how to stay safe online

Cyber Bullying

As the Internet has become more accessible to young people, it’s become increasingly important to stay safe online. Cyber bullying can have devastating effects on not only the victim, but their family too. At Tesco Mobile, we take cyber bullying seriously and want you to know exactly what you can do if you or your ...

App of the week: Taps to Riches

Taps to Riches

What is Taps to Riches? Step into the (designer) shoes of a real estate tycoon, determined to take over the world one business at a time. As its name suggests, this game is all about tapping – tap on buildings to make money, tap to upgrade your businesses, tap to become the billionaire you were ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s edition of mobile news. It’s been a hectic week for tech enthusiasts with news stories from iPhone bugs to Google’s objection to speedy charging. Read on to find out what’s been happening and how it could affect you and your device. Galaxy S8 rumoured to be bigger than ever It ...

iOS 10 hidden features you need to know

iOS 10 hidden features

There’s more to iOS 10 than meets the eye. If you’ve got yourself a brand-new iPhone or have recently updated your trusty handset, we’ve pulled together the best iOS 10 hidden features to help you make the most of your Apple device. Individual read receipts Love them or hate them, you can now choose exactly ...

App of the week: Shadow Wars

Shadow Wars

What is Shadow Wars? In the world of Shadow Wars monsters are real and you, as a Shadow Master, have the power to control them. But you’re not the only Master out there and if you want to survive, you have to collect, train and evolve your monsters until they make a fearsome, fighting team. ...

Best iPhone 7 apps to try right now

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Boasting the brand new A10 Fusion chip and a whole host of new features, the iPhone 7 promises to be a powerful addition to the range. In fact, Apple claims its new smartphone’s chip makes it 40% faster than the iPhone 6, perfect for console-style gaming and high levels of productivity. We’ve chosen five of ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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In this week’s mobile news, we’ve got updates on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as what new emojis we can expect on iOS 10.2 and reports on the end of Vine. We’ve also heard rumours of Facebook testing a new camera feature and updates on Uber, so let’s get started! Samsung Galaxy S7 ...

Best Android launchers to customise your phone

Best Android launchers

Undoubtedly, one of the best things about Android smartphones is how customisable they are. You can transform the look and feel of your phone by adding your own default browser, choosing your own messaging service and even completely revamping your home screen – all with the help of a powerful, yet easy to use Android ...

The best Halloween apps to get into the spooky spirit

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Get set for a day of tricks, treats and scares by downloading a few of the best Halloween apps out there. From gruesome games to cool wallpapers or soundscapes, fill your goody bag with tonnes of great Halloween apps and you’ll be more than ready to make the most of the world’s scariest holiday. 1. ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to another jam-packed edition of our mobile news! This week we’ve got more updates on the Samsung Note 7, as well as Apple’s new AirPods and LG’s next flagship device. As for apps, we’ve got news on Facebook’s plans for its very own version of Prisma and Instagram may be next to try ...

How to stop nuisance calls

If there’s one thing we all dislike, it’s getting nuisance calls on our mobiles. Whether it’s bogus PPI claims or cold calls trying to sell us double glazing we don’t need, nuisance calls can be a major inconvenience and waste of valuable time. But, you don’t have to put up with it! If you’re tired ...

Best microSD cards for smartphone storage

Best microSD cards

We often talk about microSD cards here at Tesco Mobile, but what exactly are they? Simply, they’re a handy way of upgrading your smartphone’s storage if you’re finding the factory storage a little bit on the small side. Not only do they allow you to keep more on your phone, they provide protection should anything ...

App of the week: Best Fiends Forever

Best Fiends Forever

What is Best Fiends Forever? Reunite with the beloved Fiends on their epic journey through the land of Minutia battling all sorts of slimy Slugs along the way! Fun for the whole family, simply tap the screen to slap your enemies and earn coins to spend on upgrades – the faster you tap, the faster ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been another busy week in the mobile world, with big announcements coming out of China, Kodak giving photography fans a snazzy new smartphone option, Apple filing a lawsuit against counterfeit accessories, and Samsung stepping up in the face of the Note 7 debacle. Read on for the inside scoop in our Mobile News weekly ...

Best sleep apps for a better night’s rest

Best sleep apps

There are few things more important to your health and wellbeing than getting a good night’s sleep. Not getting enough kip can cause all sorts of problems, from poor concentration to bad memory, not to mention lethargy and short temper, to name but a few. If you’re struggling to get the recommended eight hours sleep ...

App of the week: Block! Hexa Puzzle

Block! Hexa Puzzle

What is Block! Hexa Puzzle? If you’re a fan of Tetris, then you’re sure to love the new puzzle game to hit the block. The aptly-named Block! Hexa Puzzle is a family-friendly game that’s easy and fun to play – all you need to do is move the multi-coloured blocks to fill up the shape ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for our weekly roundup of mobile news! This week, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 saga finally comes to an end as the company has halted production of the device entirely. We also have news on LG’s foray into wireless charging, as well as updates ...

iPhone tips & tricks you never knew

iPhone tips and tricks

If you’ve got an iPhone, chances are you probably think you know it well. However, we’ve got a few sneaky tips and tricks up our sleeve that you may not know about, which will help you unleash the full power of your smartphone. From battery saving hacks to setting different vibrations for your contacts, we’re here to ...

How to back up your phone

How to back up your phone

Our phones have become much more than a way to simply call each other. Now, they’re packed full of precious memories – from text conversations with loved ones to photos, videos, favourite songs and much more. With so many priceless things saved on your device, it’s absolutely essential that you know how to back up ...

App of the week: Enlight

Enlight App

What is Enlight? Whether you want to enhance, manipulate or completely transform your photographs, Enlight promises to be the only photo app you’ll ever need to do the job. Despite being released last year; it is still dominating the App Store – a testament worthy of its ‘2015 App of the Year’ title. Enlight combines ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s mobile news at Tesco Mobile! It’s been a rollercoaster week for Samsung, winning awards while the Galaxy Note 7 saga continues. Meanwhile, Apple has unveiled its very own iOS Developer Academy, rumours have spread on Amazon’s new music streaming service and WhatsApp has released a new artistic update. And the ...

Best iPad games to try this autumn

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Make the most of that big, gorgeous screen by downloading some of the best iPad games out there. These are just a few of the thousands of games that really have to be played on the iPad to enjoy the full, unadulterated experience – so why not give these games a try? Legend of Skyfish ...

Retro phones – do you remember these?

Retro phones

Can you still remember your first mobile phone? We bet it’s pretty different to the one you’re rocking now! Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a truly amazing rise in technology that’s taken mobile phones from big and bulky to sleek and smart. That said, some of those older phones did have a certain ...

App of the week: Take Off – The Flight Simulator

Take Off - The Flight Simulator

What is Take Off – The Flight Simulator? The sky’s the limit with Take Off! Take your seat at the cockpit of your very own aeroplane and work your way through multiple missions to become a professional pilot. From rescue missions to emergency landings to commercial trips, there’s plenty of variety in this enjoyable app. ...

Best Android phones in the world today

Best Android Phones

While Apple continues to dominate the smartphone market with the iPhone, there’s no denying that Android phones have been increasing in popularity. Whether you prefer the software, look or feel of Android devices over iOS, there’s plenty out there to choose from. We’ve pulled together a run-down of the best Android phones around right now ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s mobile news at Tesco Mobile. This week, we’ve got some updates on the future of BlackBerry, the status of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall and iOS 10, as well as good news for VR gamers and Android Pay users. So, let’s get started! It’s all over for BlackBerry On ...

Best free cooking apps to get stuck into

Get ready to cook up a storm with our definite list of the best free cooking apps out there. Whether you’re on Android, iOS or Windows, we’ve got you covered with a app to suit every level of chef! Cooking apps are perfect for organising your weekly meals, ensuring you’re never stuck for something to ...

App of the week: Rolling Sky

Rolling Sky app

What is Rolling Sky? A simple, yet challenging arcade game, Rolling Sky is suitable for young and old alike. All you have to do is control a rolling ball along an obstacle course with the swipe of your finger – sounds easy, right? Not quite. The ball moves at lightning speed and you have a ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s all about Google this week with updates on Android’s answer to iMessage, the next generation of Nexus phones and a new travel app. We’ve also got some gossip on BlackBerry’s new stab at Android and an update on Apple’s Lightning EarPods, so let’s get started! Allo, Allo Google! It’s time to say Allo to ...

Mobile security: how to stay safe online

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Some smartphones are so sophisticated it’s like having a little computer in your pocket, perfect if you like to email, shop or browse social media on-the-go. Yet, with all that power comes responsibility and in a world where scams and security hacks are prevalent, it’s up to you to keep your personal details safe. You’re vigilant ...

Mobile security: software updates

Mobile security app

Your mobile phone comes with you everywhere and helps you do almost everything, from keeping up with friends to paying your bills. That means we can sometimes forget just how vulnerable our smartphones might be to unsavoury types out to steal your personal details. While it can often seem like a hassle, it is essential to ensure ...

App of the week: Idle Armies

Idle Armies

What is Idle Armies? Embrace your good and bad side with Idle Armies, an endless clicker game that is as funny as it is addictive. Though there is not much in the way of strategy for this game – simply keep tapping the screen – it is the comedic dialogue that makes it stand out ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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As the smartphone world eagerly gets to grips with the iPhone 7 and downloads iOS 10, there have been plenty of other mobile manufacturers snatching the headlines this week – including Samsung, Google and Lenovo. Read on for a snapshot of the biggest news in mobile in the last seven days. Excitement builds for the ...

Best travel apps for late summer getaways

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Enjoying a hassle-free holiday has never been easier, thanks to the excellent selection of travel apps available for your smartphone. Discover a few of the best travel and holiday planner apps available to download today and start planning your next holiday. TripIt Make sure you’ve got everything you need to know about your travel plans in ...

App of the week: Prisma

Prisma photo editing app

Looking for a way to bling up your selfie? Hoping to ad some extra pizazz to a family portrait or nature shot? Turn any photo into a work of art with instant picture editor, Prisma. This arty little app transforms your digital pictures using filters inspired by some of the world’s most famous artists – ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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With the Apple Keynote causing a stir on Wednesday, this week in mobile brings us news of the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, second generation Apple Watch and the brand new AirPods. However, Apple isn’t the only major mobile manufacturer who’s been hitting the headlines this week, Moto, Google and LG have been busy too. Read ...

Apple Keynote 2016 Round-Up

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The sleek, camera-focused iPhone 7 dominates Apple’s Keynote As always, Apple has confirmed suspicions, thrown a few curve balls, and set the smartphone world alight with chatter following its much-anticipated Keynote and unveiling of the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 2. Read the top highlights from the event below. The iPhone 7 ...

Best apps for kids to enjoy

Best Apps For Kids

If your little ones are fixated with smartphones and tablets, there are tons of educational, entertaining and exciting apps for kids out there to keep them amused. So many, in fact, it can be hard to hunt down the right choice for your children. To help makes things easier, we’ve put together a short list ...

App of the week: 50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game

50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game

What is 50 50? A simple but fixating premise, 50 50 is all about slicing various pictures precisely in half – and when we say precisely, we mean exactly in half with even a 0.1% difference clocked! To get cutting, simply tap and drag a straight line across where you would like to slice the ...

LG V20: What we know so far

LG V20

Last year’s LG V10 smartphone was an innovative addition to the mobile market that (we think!) didn’t get the attention it deserved. This year, it’s time for the LG V20 and the second generation handset may just grab headlines all over the world… The LG V20 looks set to be announced on Tuesday 6th September during ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been an exciting week for mobile news with lots to look forward to in the world of mobile technology! Sony has confirmed when its new small smartphone, the Sony Xperia X Compact, will be available in the UK; Apple has revealed new Siri features; and Pokémon GO promises a fun new update. We also ...

Apple Watch 2: features, rumours & updates

Apple Watch Display

Rumour has it that the Apple Watch 2 is set to drop alongside the iPhone 7 in September, so we’re having a look at what else might be on the cards for the second generation smartwatch. At June’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced new software for its watches – watchOS 3. This update promises ...

App of the week: Flip Diving

Flip Diving App

There’s a new game making a splash in the app store, which allows you to take the role of a cliff diver performing dazzling aerial acrobatics! Flip Diving is all about perfecting the ultimate dive, earning coins along the way to unlock new tricks, different divers and new places to practice your skills. Hot on ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Mobile News

This week’s mobile news features updates on the much-anticipated Android Nougat, as well as the LG V20 and Apple’s new Snapchat-inspired app. We also discuss how Google is trying to save you storage space on your device and how soon we can expect to see extended battery life on our phones – so, let’s get ...

App of the week: Reigns

Reigns app

What is Reigns? In Reigns, whether you live or die is in the cards – literally. The brand new gaming app for iOS and Android takes a page out of a certain dating app’s book, as you must swipe left or right on a deck of cards to make decisions for your kingdom. The motive ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Young man looking at his phone

What a week it’s been for updates across all operating systems and devices. With even more gossip from iOS regarding the launch of the new iPhone 7, plus rumoured Nokia releases and the latest on the new video calling app, Duo, let’s get stuck in and give you the latest mobile technology news. iPhone 7 ...

App of the week: Wildfulness

What is Wildfulness? There’s nothing quite like spending time in nature to recharge your body and de-stress your mind. But, if your hectic schedule doesn’t allow you to run to the hills whenever you feel like unwinding, Wildfulness is the app for you. Featuring several hand drawn landscapes, the app immerses you in the beauty ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Young man looking at smartphone

Welcome back to this week’s mobile news, your weekly round-up of all things noteworthy from the world of mobile technology! This week, LG has confirmed an exciting new feature on its V20 smartphone, Facebook has changed its News Feed (again!) and Pokémon GO has released a new feature to help us track those critters easier. ...

App of the week: Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Official Mobile Game

Step into the world’s most exciting sporting event with the Rio 2016 Olympics Games official mobile game. With this easy-to-use app, you can try your hand at six different Olympic sports including archery, basketball, football, skeet, tennis and table tennis, and discover the Olympian within you! Sounds good! Tell me more… To start, choose an ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been a jam-packed week for mobile news, with an exciting password management update from Android, rumblings about the mysterious iPhone 7 Pro and the release of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Plus, we have the scoop on a new user-built phone from ZTE and more details about the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7, ...

Best looking smartphones in the world

Best Looking Smartphones

There’s a lot to think about when buying a new smartphone, from specs and features to arguably the most important thing of all, price. However, design should never be overlooked. To help make the decision easier, we’ve pulled together the best looking smartphones available at Tesco Mobile that are sure to turn heads. Apple iPhone ...

App of the week: Big Bang Racing

Big Bang Racing

What is Big Bang Racing? Start your week with a bang with the all-new, rip-roaring racing game for your smartphone – Big Bang Racing! Unlike your average racing game, each course is a puzzle you must solve as you zoom along, ensuring you never quite know what’s coming next. Starting with an off-road car, single ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Mobile News Group

Welcome back to this week’s pick of the best mobile news stories, and what a week it’s been! With Google rolling out a spam-busting update for their Phone app, Android announcing a new feature that could help save lives and Samsung’s latest step in creating foldable phones, there’s plenty to talk about. We’ve also got ...

Best weather apps for your smartphone

Hand about to touch weather app

If there’s one thing we love to talk about in this country, it’s the weather. Unpredictable and temperamental, it’s hard to know what it’s going to do, but you can be prepared for rain, hail or shine with our round-up of the best weather apps for your smartphone. BBC Weather Price: Free Platform: Apple, Android ...

App of the week: Disney Emoji Blitz

Disney Emoji Blitz

What is Disney Emoji Blitz? We love emojis at Tesco Mobile, so when we heard that the folks at Disney were releasing an app that combines the fun of a matching game with adorable emojis, we couldn’t wait to try it! If you’ve ever been glued to Candy Crush Saga or Bejeweled, then you’ll love ...

Top 5 waterproof phones in the world

Waterproof Smartphones

We’ve all been there: whether it’s slipped into the washing up, fumbled into your tea or just dropped in a puddle, phones haven’t always been the best at surviving a soaking. However, Tesco Mobile offers a number of waterproof phones for customers out there who have learned their lesson, and we’ve rounded up five of ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

Mobile Phones News Girls

Welcome back to Tesco Mobile’s weekly round-up of the biggest and best new stories from the world of mobile technology! This week, we’ve got updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a new design for the next Sony Xperia model, and a new budget Motorola smartphone to look forward to. We also take a look ...

How to Take 360-Degree Photos

How To Take 360 Photos

Snap up the chance to share your holiday pictures on the go this summer with Tesco Mobile! Fully supporting the virtual reality movement, Facebook has rolled out support for 360-degree photos – and we couldn’t help but get involved at Tesco Mobile! But, we don’t want to have all the fun ourselves; we want you ...

App of the week: Pokémon GO

Pokemon Go

What is Pokémon GO? There was only one game that could possibly take the crown of app of the week today and it’s the inimitable Pokémon GO! It’s the nostalgic craze that’s taken the world by storm, allowing players to relive their youth, as well as introducing a whole new generation to the wonderful world ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Prepare yourself – it’s been quite a week for smartphones, with one certain nostalgic app taking the world by storm, a new budget Motorola handset being announced, diverse emojis and rumblings about a secretive Apple laboratory in France. Get the latest scoop and read on to discover all the latest and great mobile news from the ...

App of the week: Voi

Voi App

What is Voi? If you relish unravelling optical illusions and solving logic puzzles, then you’ll love playing Voi. Released in mid-June, the concept is incredibly simple: just emulate the shapes. Each level sets a new geometric challenge and the solver must use the monogram silhouettes, stacking and shifting to recreate the image to move on ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been a week of wild speculation in the tech world. With rumours running high around Blackberry, Samsung and Apple, what can we expect to witness over the coming months? Autumn is always a big time for new releases, so it’s no wonder we’re now becoming privy to the latest hearsay in mobile trends. Find ...

App of the week: Headspace

Headspace App

What is Headspace? Considering that rising stress levels in modern life are often linked to the fact that we are constantly available through our smartphones, it seems ironic that a way to de-stress can also be found through your device. Headspace, however, is an app that is perfect if you’re looking to try to understand ...

Best fitness apps to achieve your goals

Best Fitness Apps

Finding time to stay fit and healthy is difficult enough; finding the incentive is even harder. Luckily, the smartphone market has your best interests at heart, with fitness and health apps to suit any and all levels of ability and motivation. Whether you want to get into running, weights, or just work with what you have, there’s something ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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This week’s mobile news is all about Android and Samsung, with Android’s new operating system finally announced alongside new Nexus rumours, as well as reports of an iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and advancements on “Smart Glow”. So, let’s get started! Android Nougat revealed Google has unveiled the official name of its ...

New phones: what’s next for 2016?

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Part of what makes smartphone technology so exciting is its constant progression. But, while this is great for the industry, it can sometimes make users feel left behind in the fast-paced world of mobile technology. This time of year means a host of new phones are just around the corner, so if you’re due an ...

App of the week: Pocket

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What is Pocket? If you’re someone who has fallen down the Wikipedia rabbit hole one too many times, then Pocket is the app you need to curb your habit of browsing when you really shouldn’t be. Pocket is an app that saves online articles for you to read later, a new interpretation of what was previously called Read ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s been a busy week for mobile technology news with developments from Apple’s WWDC in San Francisco still being analysed daily for new features and plans. But it hasn’t been all about Apple, as we welcome in 72 new exciting emojis, a fun vintage-inspired smartphone case for gamers and intriguing new options for Facebook Messenger. ...

Best iPhone games for kids this summer

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School is almost finished for summer and it’s time for kids to enjoy the holidays. Taking the chance to voyage on trips and vacations is always fun but sometimes keeping younger travellers occupied can be a challenge. With that in mind, let’s avoid boredom and keep them happy in summer 2016 as they swipe and ...

Apple WWDC 2016: Day One Round-Up

Apple WWDC 2016

Apple WWDC, the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference, is back for another year in sunny San Francisco. This time we expect big news on iOS 10 and Mac OS, as well as updates on Apple Watch and of course, the highly-anticipated iPhone 7. To help you keep up with all the latest developments, we’ve pulled ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It hardly feels like a week since our last mobile news update, but it’s that time again! Let’s check out what’s happened in the wonderful world of mobile technology over the last seven days. Tesco Mobile launches Xtras In case you missed it, we’ve launched a brand new way for our Tesco Mobile customers to ...

The best news apps for your smartphone

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Hate being out of the loop? Love being the first to know? It’s time to turn your smartphone into your own personal newshound. We’ve put together a list of our favourite free news apps, so you’ll never have to hear the news second hand again. Stay up to date with the latest headlines wherever you ...

The 5 best smartphones in the world right now

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There’s nothing quite as fast-paced and competitive as the smartphone market. Keeping up with the latest and greatest handsets can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a handy list of the five best smartphones in the world right now to help you choose which device you should go for in 2016. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge The ...

Best photo editing apps for your smartphone

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From holiday snaps to hipster selfies, the rise of the smartphone has revolutionised the way we take, store, and share our photographs. Thanks to huge improvements to the internal memory of our phones, the accessibility of social media, and the creation of online storage hubs like iCloud and Google Drive, we’re snapping away like never ...

Meet the world’s fastest charging phones

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When time is of the essence, the last thing you want to be doing is sitting waiting for your phone to charge. Luckily, a host of smartphone manufacturers have been working tirelessly to cut the wait, and give you a phone that will be off the charger and back in your pocket in no time. ...

Groundbreaking apps that changed the world

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At Tesco Mobile, we love our smartphones – and they’re made even more brilliant thanks to the fantastic apps they support. From free messaging services to personal organisers, apps have become an indispensable part of the smartphone experience, and we’ve picked out six groundbreaking apps that have really helped our handsets reach their full potential. ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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Welcome back to this week’s round-up of mobile news! With new emojis announced, updates from Samsung and Google, and an easy way to prevent nuisance calls, there’s plenty to cover. So, let’s get started… New emojis! Time to reach for the party popper emoji – 72 brand new icons are coming our way later this ...

Are solar phone chargers the future?

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Harnessing the power of the sun to fill your smartphone battery sounds like a dream come true, but does the reality match up? We’ve had a good look at all of the pros and cons of swapping a traditional charger for the solar alternative, to help you decide if you’d like to make the switch. ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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From superhero smartphones to foldable screens and flip phones, it’s been a busy week for mobile news. Check out all the latest updates right here at Tesco Mobile… Batman returns! Fans of Gotham’s legendary superhero rejoice – Samsung has just announced a special edition Galaxy S7 Edge in homage to Batman. The official Samsung Mobile ...

Mobile phone batteries: how to extend battery life

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Does it seem like you’re constantly charging your phone? Maybe you’ve got a spare charger at work, another at home and a portable one in your bag, but you still can’t seem to get a day’s worth of power out of your mobile phone battery? Well, don’t despair – we’ve got a host of simple ...

Google I/O 2016 announcements

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Google I/O 2016, the developer’s annual conference to showcase its latest and greatest technological leaps, has just wrapped up in California and left us wanting more. This year’s event was jam-packed with announcements, including updates on Android N, Google VR, Google Home and Google Assistant, as well as brand new messaging apps Allo and Duo ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It’s that time again – we’re here to give you the lowdown on this week’s top mobile news, rumours, updates and announcements! So, let’s get started… The return of Nokia Nokia is back! After Microsoft bought the famous company back in 2014, the iconic Nokia name was dropped from new handsets – but it is ...

Best Windows phone apps : our top 5

Windows Phone Apps

At Tesco Mobile, we’ve been impressed with the speed with which the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system is catching up with its rivals at Apple and Google, fast becoming the third way when it comes to choosing an OS. Admittedly, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android do continue to dominate the majority of the market, but ...

Seven-day battery life: coming soon to your smartphone?

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Imagine not having to charge your smartphone for a week. That’s a full seven days of battery life at your fingertips, without the need to scramble for a charger every single day. It sounds too good to be true. But, rumour has it there’s a company out there working on this very dream. So, who ...

LG G5 review: the phone to beat in 2016?

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The LG G5 promises to rejuvenate the smartphone market with its new approach to design, featuring a modular system of accessories to personalise your phone for your needs. In theory, this could be a game-changer, making it possible for you to create your perfect phone. However, is the LG G5 really the phone to beat ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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We’re back again to bring you all the latest news, updates, rumours and announcements from the lightning-speed world of mobile technology! So, without further ado, here’s the mobile news you might have missed this week… Huawei P9 Lite UK Release Chinese manufacturer Huawei has announced plans to release the P9 Lite in the UK, as ...

Friendzoned. Are friendship apps the next big thing?

Bumble App

Remember when it was easy to make friends? There’s no denying that the older we get, the harder it is to get to know someone outside our existing social circle. But, what if that circle has depleted, you’ve just moved to a new city, or maybe you just want to add a new member to ...

13 of our favourite Android tips and tricks

Android Tips

Whether you’ve been a faithful follower of Android from the beginning or have just jumped ship from Apple, we’ve rounded up the top Android tips and tricks to help you make the most of your smartphone. No matter what device you have, from Samsung to Motorola to HTC, you’re sure to find a helpful hint ...

Top picks: the best iPhone games for summer 2016

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Summer is (thankfully) almost here, which means you’ll most likely be hitting the road, whether it be on holiday or to visit family. No matter if you’re travelling by car, bus, plane or boat, playing games on your iPhone is one of the easiest ways to pass the time – not to mention, addictive… But, with ...

Mobile news: what happened this week?

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It can be hard to keep up with the fast-paced world of mobile technology with new updates, releases, rumours and announcements happening all the time. To help you stay on top of all the latest developments, we’ve pulled together this week’s top mobile news that you might have missed. Apple Sales Drop For the first ...

Google’s VR headset for smartphones: what’s it all about?

Not too long ago, virtual reality seemed like a distant dream for smartphone developers. That was until Samsung teamed up with VR pioneers Oculus, now owned by Facebook, to bring us the Gear VR in 2015. Now, Google is working on a new virtual reality headset for smartphones to rival Samsung’s attempt and surpass its ...

Android Marshmallow 6.0 under the spotlight: a review

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It’s official: at Tesco Mobile, we love Android Marshmallow! Google’s latest update to the Android OS has been rolling out since October, and with a few months of bug-fixes, tweaks and thorough play-throughs under its belt, we’re happy to say that the 6.0 Marshmallow OS is a significant improvement on previous versions. While there’s not ...

3G & 4G coverage checker: how high-speed is your area?

3G & 4G Network Coverage

Every year, Tesco Mobile’s network partner, O2, rolls out better and more comprehensive 4G coverage across the UK.  In 2016, O2 plan to implement a network that will bring 4G and 3G coverage to 98% of the population of the United Kingdom. This is great news for us, and even better news for our customers ...

Roaming in the EU: Home from Home

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If you’re heading abroad this summer, you might be worried about roaming charges while using your mobile overseas. Well, worry no more. With Tesco Mobile’s new Home From Home promotion, you can use your phone in 31 European countries with absolutely no roaming charges – so all you need to worry about on your holiday is ...

Android N: everything you need to know

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Get ready for the new Android update Android fans assemble: Google is getting ready to launch its latest update, secretively named ‘Android N’ later this year. This addition to the Android market will definitely be something to get excited about. It’s currently available to developers for optimising Android apps, but those who have been able ...

Dual camera phones: the future of smartphone technology?

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Technology brings high-res images to smartphones With the smartphone revolution, we now take pictures of everything. Pretty much everyone’s phone is filled with hundreds of blurry evening shots and grainy snaps of food in dimly lit restaurants. While you get the odd gem, there is no denying that though we take so many of them, ...

Tech in check round up

Tech In Check Round Up

Now that our Tech in Check month is drawing to an end, we’ve compiled an index of all the handy resources contained within our blog posts that can now act as a go-to guide for you to keep your Tech in Check! Resources to help you choose a mobile phone and the best tariff for ...

Tech in check: internet safety for kids

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Internet Safety For Kids So we have dealt with what apps are out there, how they function and what you can do to help your child navigate the world of social media. This blog post takes the discussion a step further and focuses on one key issue that is becoming more and more common in ...

Tech in check: technology and families

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Talking to your Family About Technology The excitement of getting a new piece of technology is something that we can all relate to. Shiny new devices can herald a whole new way of interacting for you and your family and present a world of opportunities that you may never have had access to before. Kids ...

Tech in check: app parental controls

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App Parental Controls Once you have picked devices that suit you and your family’s needs, it’s time to decide whether it’s a good idea to manage your kids’ time online. All kids are different, so deciding what is appropriate for your children will differ from family to family, and child to child. If you do ...

Tech in check: PCs, laptops or tablets?

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Choosing the right techology for your family The world of technology is constantly changing and sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with the latest innovations. We previously had a look at what to consider when choosing a mobile phone and this post looks at what to think about when you are buying a ...

Tech in check: how to choose which phone to buy

How To Choose The Right Mobile

How To Choose Which Phone To Buy Mobile Phones The mobile phone market is ever-changing with new deals, options and payment plans emerging all the time. It can be difficult to choose which phone to buy and finding a suitable tariff can be challenging, which may lead to you opting for a contract that’s not ...

SIM only deals: how do they work?

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At Tesco Mobile we offer a great selection of SIM only deals – with various options on minutes, texts, and data allowance. This flexibility allows our customers to pick the contract that’s right for them according to their usage needs. What’s more, all of our SIMs come with 4G at no extra cost. If you’re ...

Best music streaming apps

Best Music Streaming App

Downloading music has become a thing of the past, as the popularity of music streaming has skyrocketed in recent years. With a wealth of artists and albums available at your fingertips, it’s easy to see why streaming has transformed the way we listen to music, particularly on-the-go. Now with more streaming options to choose from ...

Difference between 3G & 4G

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We’re sure you’re familiar with the terms 3G and 4G – and you probably use the technology on a daily basis. But do you know what 3G is? Or what 4G is? And what’s the difference between the two? The main difference between 3G and 4G is speed – but before we can understand what ...

Are cheap smartphones worth it?

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There’s a lot of hype around our range of high-end smartphones, and rightly so. Whether it’s the iPhone 6s, the HTC One M9, or the Samsung Galaxy S7, we’re proud to offer our customers a choice of flagship phones from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. But what if you don’t want to splash out ...

Tech in Check: Advice from Dr Sue Black

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Walk into any classroom, step into any playground and enter any teenager’s bedroom (after knocking of course!) and you are bound to find some sort of technology – whether that’s a laptop, mobile phone or tablet. In our digital age, engagement with mobile and electronic devices on a daily basis is simply unavoidable. But what ...

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge Review

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Provided you’ve not been hibernating or living in a cave for the past couple of months, you’ll probably have noticed that a couple of high-profile additions to the smartphone family have just hit the shelves. That’s right, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are now available on Tesco Mobile, and to find out ...

Smartphone security tips: how to keep your mobile safe

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It doesn’t matter how smart your smartphone is, when it comes to security, you’re the one in control. While most of today’s phones have some fab safety features, they’re only successful if you keep up your end of the bargain. That’s why we’ve put together some top tips for keeping your smartphone safe, perfect whether ...

The future of mobile phone batteries

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At Tesco Mobile, we like to keep on top of the latest developments in smartphone technology, and recently we’ve been swotting up on the future of mobile phone batteries. We’ve all felt the frustration that comes with the all too finite life of phones which, while we love them dearly, have a tendency to run ...

How much data do I need?

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Busting the unlimited data myth Here at Tesco Mobile we don’t do unlimited data contracts. Hold on just a moment though, as there’s a very good reason for that. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of smartphone users simply don’t need as much data as they are led to believe, so ...

Best Android Games

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From the adrenaline burst of a new high score to the teeth-grinding frustration of a near-impossible boss level (or the dreaded in-app purchase screen), gaming on our Android smartphones is an emotional rollercoaster. But, it’s also a hugely enjoyable experience – so much so that we’ve spent a long time debating and attempting to rank ...

Microsoft Office for Android

Office for Android

From writing a novel to compiling a spreadsheet database or making a presentation, Microsoft Office has cemented its place as one of the most useful and popular desktop tools of the modern age – and it’s now available on your Android smartphone too. The holy trinity of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel can be downloaded ...