Month: June 2020

Sony Xperia 1 II review

Someone stuck an Alpha camera on the back of a tiny Bravia TV. For the new Sony Xperia 1 II, that is. Sony has tended to put out-and-out quality ahead of just about any practicalities with its smartphones, and this £1,099 flagship Android phone isn’t about to throw out the formula now, despite the dismal sales figures.

Sony has stubbornly ignored a number of big phone trends over the past half decade, but this time there’s a sense that it has finally found a compromise between pursuing pure performance and building a phone you could actually live with.

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Could now be the time for Apple to make a truly great pair of headphones?

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Back in 2018, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple was working on its own brand of high-end over-ear headphones, designed “to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound”. Now, after two years in the offing, they might finally make an appearance.

If the rumours are true, the so-called AirPods Studio are being readied for launch at Apple’s WWDC 2020. Their reported feature list is impressive, with active noise cancelling, a type of wear detection that not only knows if you’re wearing them, but how, adjusting the left and right channels to suit, and a

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The Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals actually worth considering

With non-essential shops opening back up in the UK this week, Amazon has decided it’s no longer crass to put its tech products on sale… which is oddly comforting.

Amazon has discounted 15 products across its Echo, Fire TV and Blink lines. So if you’ve been looking around your home in despair at all its ugly unconnectedness the past few months, read on for our top picks, as per our fully tested WIRED Recommends guide to the best Alexa compatible tech. All the deals below run until June 24 with the Fire TV discounts ending on June 26.

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The Android 11 features that will actually change your phone

Android 11 will be released later in 2020 like clockwork, but developers and anyone happy to put up with a half-finished operating system – bored much? – can try it out now. A beta of the software is available here for Pixel 2, 3, 3a and Pixel 4s. It has some, but not all, of the features of the final version.

We’ve taken a look at the beta on one of Google’s Pixel smartphones to see what progress has been made. On reflection, some changes are long overdue, the kind of tweaks a 2016 buyer might expected to see in

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