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Pixel sits on top of the Christmas Tree Google will be rather impressed with the performance of their Pixel devices over the Christmas holiday weekend. According to Localytics. Samsung didn't do at all well with their super brilliant Note 8 and S8 lag well behind.

Whilst Apple will still be powering ahead with overall activations this will be encouraging news for Google. Over Thanksgiving there was a 12% lift in activations to 31% over the Christmas weekend.

The report is US centric but does give you a feel for how #teampixel will be fairing against its competitors. This time round Samsung and Apple won't be overly worried about these figures, to Google they will be.

The full report is available 👇
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Who gave or received an Amazon Echo/Dot or Google Home for Christmas?

The Amazon Alexa app is number 1 on the Top App section over on Google Play, Google Home sits at number 7.

Over on iTunes Amazon Alexa is number 3, Google is at number 14. Incidentally, Snapchat, Spotify, WhatsApp, Fitbit and Messenger all appear in the top. 10. Surprised to see Snapchat at number 1 on iOS. YouTube is second.

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Sky Sports goes International There's a world of sport out there. Cricket, Football (soccer depending on where you reside), Rugby, NFL and a panel of experts out there to keep you informed and entertained along the way. The Sky Sports app here in the UK is just one way you can keep on top of transfer news, results and pre and post-game analysis.

This has now been opened up to an international audience. There won't be any Permiership goals or highlights, that's reserved for UK and Ireland but you'll get everything else including:

- Personalised "My Sky Sports" area
- Dedicated sports sections for Football, F1, Boxing, Golf, Cricket, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Tennis, NFL, Darts, WWE and Other Sports
- Live blogs

The app is optimised for both mobile and tablet and is pretty much identical to what UK sports lovers have had since Sky Sports was rebranded not that long ago, the new look app was part of that rebrand. No doubt this will be a big hit with EPL fans outside of the UK.

With Disney set to own the whole of Sky it'll be interesting to see what Disney have up their sleeve. NBC has the rights to the EPL in the US, NBC is a subsidiary of Comcast, so come the next round of TV rights Disney may bve hoping to bag these.
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Three Feel at Home expands Using your mobile in lands far and wide is becoming a lot less expensive thanks to Three. They have now signed deals that allow you to chat, message and surf the web as if you were at home. The new additions to the Feel at Home globe are:

Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Uruguay
Vietnam
Mayotte.

Check out the Three website for more. Happy roaming.
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App Update - BBC Sport One of the better mobile applications available on Google Play. If you're a beta tester then some nice updates have been rolling out over the past few months.

Recently a new navigation bar has been added.so when browsing through the app you'll be able to call up Home, My Sport, Guide and All Sport. One in an article a tap of the back button....takes you back and with the update rolling out that should be somewhat quicker.

Chuck in notifications (probably off for cricket fans what with that England performance this far) and other features including lube radio coverage of a host of events it's not at all a bad app.
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Apple buys Shazam The only thing that I'm going to miss with the inevitable Apple only compatibility or even closure is having songs I 'find' bundled into a Spotify playlist. It's a great way to find new music and artists.

Shazam will work well for Apple in a number of ways , they already have Siri integration so Apple users will know Shazam very well and then there is of course the AR aspect to Shazam. From ARkit to a Google Lens type offering Shazam and Apple seems to be the perfect fit.

We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users,"

Snap and Spotify were said to be interested, Shazam would have worked well with both but Apple seems to the better fit. Should Apple pull the plug for non Apple customers there's always SoundHound. If you're a Pixel user the Google's Now Playing feature could have been something like Shazam. Instead it's not.
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AR Stickers This'll be a great way to waste some time as work gets quiet over the next couple of weeks on the lead up to Christmas.

You'll need a Pixel 2 (and XL) running Android 8.1 to to take advantage of the new features, updated ARCore framework and the AR Stickers apps should now be available to you in the Play Store.

Stickers for Stranger Things, Star Wars and more. To use them open the camera, select the menu and you'll find the AR Stickers option to the bottom.

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App update - Files Go Not sure on the name but the functionality is top notch. Getting shot of apps and media to free up space is extremely handy as is sharing apps which just so happens to be included in the update.

Here's the official changeling to the applings:

- Free up more space by removing low-resolution media & memes
- Browse and share any apps stored in your phone
Interface redesign & bug fixes

The app logo has had a lick of paint.

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Datally. What's eating at your data The more apps we download on our devices the more data we're going to eat through. This can be a right pain in the arse as listening to music, watching sport coverage on the go is pretty much the norm but mobile networks are right old Scrooge's when they work out mobile plans. I'm lucky, with an unlimited data allowance I don't have to worry about.

If however you're on a tariff that doesn't have a great deal of data you may get a data warning alert on your device which is all well and good but having the ability to see what's eating your data and putting a stop to it could see those alerts get pushed back.

After installing.Datally and looking back over the last few days various apps have used over 1.5GB of data. That's data I could have put to good use elsewhere if I were on a low data tariff. You can block apps from using data, you can also unblock them too even whilst using the app.

The app itself is fairly straightforward, very few options and it's easy to see what apps are doing what. It may even push you to delete apps that you no longer use or at least stop them from using your valuable data.

Check it out via Google Play.

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HTC U11 Oreo Update The chap below is VP of product management at HTC and earlier he gave the heads up to owners of the HTC u11 in the Americas that Android 8.0 will be heading their way as of tomorrow. Those elsewhere will have to wait for news but it shouldn't be too far behind..... hopefully.

I did consider the HTC U11. At £499 SIM free here in the UK and Android 8.0 on its way it's certainly worth a look should you be after a well made and modern smartphone. The on board 64GB storage also makes it an attractive proposition.

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