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All posts by Andy Walker: Gearburn Editor

Andy Walker: Gearburn Editor
Camper by day, run-and-gunner by night, Andy prefers his toast like his coffee -- dark and crunchy. Fuelled by his belief that PvZ: GW2 is 2016's game of the year, Andy also dabbles in the odd hard news story over on Memeburn.
  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Battlefield 1 servers heading to South Africa, DICE confirms

    EA-owned developer DICE has announced that it will be bringing game servers to South Africa, pleasing the slew of Battlefield 1 players in the country. In a forum post published in the early hours of the morning, DICE rent-a-server producer Alexander Hassoon announced that the company will be serving the likes of South Africa, the Middle East and Hong Kong. "I am very happy to announce that we will be deploying official DICE online game servers for the following regions in early 2017," Hassoon explained. "These are but the first steps in our ongoing effort to keep supporting Battlefield 1 and our...

  • Steep beta [PS4] first play: not the face, not the face

    When Ubisoft ended its E3 2016 conference by announcing a new extreme sports game, many an eyebrow was raised. Ubisoft? A new IP? No guns? What is this madness? Finally, those questions have been answered. Somewhat. After a four month incubation period, French developer Ubisoft Annecy has outed Steep in less-than-polished beta guise. And it was well worth the wait. Set in the snow-covered mountains of the Alps, straddling France, Switzerland and Austria, Steep is effectively a massive open world playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. It's the total opposite of any other Ubisoft game we've seen this year. That goes for...

  • PlayStation 4 update 4.06: ‘quality’ update doesn’t add much

    A new PlayStation 4 OS patched appeared on users' machines today, but don't expect it to shower your console with new, exciting features. Nope. Instead, the 312MB patch 4.06 "improves the quality of the system performance", Sony explains in its usually verbose patch notes. This brief update comes after update 4.05 which improved system stability. PS4 System Software 4.06 released (now with more stability) from PS4 While we've seen a fair share of PlayStation 4 updates in the past few weeks, the last major update debuted in September 2016. This PlayStation 4 update improves the "quality" of system performance Labeled 4.00, it brought a mild...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • PlayStation VR finally gets South African price, launch date

    South Africa, you might want to get a pen and calculator out for this. Ster-Kinekor, chief importer of all things PlayStation, has today announced the launch date and price for the PlayStation VR system. The virtual reality system will debut on 24 January 2017 in South Africa, missing the crucial holiday window, but still catching some lucky students during their holiday. There will also be two bundles -- a standard bundle for R6500, and a bundle that also include the PlayStation Camera for R7300. We've rounded up both figures to the nearest whole hundred -- but that barely matters in the...

  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: more smartwatch than fitness tracker

    In the world of wearables, only the practical survive. Sure, gimmicks work for a few weeks, but in the long term, devices that can perform well in almost every situation are usually the ones that outlive all the others. A great example of this? Apple Watch. It wasn't the greatest fitness tracker, nor was it a good smartwatch, but it was adequate for both. It beamed notifications to your wrist, and kept up with your pulse at the same time. A company that's well versed in both smartwatches and fitness wearables is Samsung. Although it recently faced a few questions regarding...

  • Wileyfox Swift review: fantastic little floof

    You have R2500 sitting in your pocket for a phone. You don't fancy taking out a contract because hidden costs and flagship phones are ridiculous overkill. You're looking for a device that can snap the odd picture, send the odd message and looks like something a little more expensive. If that describes you, the Wileyfox Swift might be a good option. When the UK company launched last year I honestly thought "Oh God, not another smartphone company making the same old cheap Android crap, flooding the already stool-filled market with more drab". But thankfully, I was wrong, the Wileyfox Swift, even...

  • LG V20 first impressions: three cameras, two screens, one phone

    Every company has its fair share of bad ideas. Some are worse than others, and some tend to live in the zeitgeist for quite some time. Even so, the key for any firm is to recover from them. For LG, the G5 is more a scar than a beauty spot on the company's past, but the device did give the Korean manufacturer plenty of room to improve. And that improvement now arrives in the form of the LG V20. Although the LG V20 isn't quite a successor to the G5, it takes its older brother's content creation philosophy and builds on...

  • Alcatel Go Play review: get wet on a budget

    If you're in the market for a water-loving smartphone but your wallet isn't exactly enjoying its best years, the Alcatel Go Play might be your best bet. Aimed at the mid-tier market, the phone comes in at a modest R3199, and features most of the modern goodies a smartphone user requires. Sounds good on paper, doesn't it? Of course, while first impressions are everything, I did grow to enjoy my time with the Alcatel Go Play. Arguably, it's company's best device to hit the country in a long, long while. But that's just the surface. Let's take a deeper look at...