Sony Xperia Z3v review: A Sony flagship finally comes to the U.S.

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Sony is known for great TVs, cameras, and the PlayStation, but a lot of people, at least in the U.S., don’t know they make smartphones. Sony is a heavy duty name brand, but for whatever reason, it has taken a while to leverage it with U.S. wireless carriers. The tide might be turning as the Xperia Z3 made its way to T-Mobile and a variant known as the Z3v made its way to Verizon Wireless. Why a variant? Knowing they have more control, Verizon loves to force the up and coming manufacturers to alter their devices. The guts of the phone is almost the same, but the outside appearance is dramatically different. Many might say it’s a lot worse. However, the bigger issue here is if you should be considering Sony for your next smartphone?


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2nd generation Moto 360 could launch in early 2015

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The Moto 360 has only been around for a couple of months now, and already has become the most popular Android Wear smartwatch. Still, it’s far from perfect as many have complained about internal hardware, the lack of an Always On display, and poor battery life. Of course there is also that flat tire display.

Given the early success, I think it’s a big time given that Motorola will make a successor, but the question is when will it become available? My early gut says next fall, but Lenovo VP Gleb Mishin hinted that we could see the device early next year. As far as what would be different about it, he only mentioned that the design is being modified to make it more beautiful and appear more like a clock.


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Plex for Android on sale for $1.99

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I can’t emphasize enough how amazing Plex is for streaming your own content to your mobile devices or your TV via Chromecast / Android TV. Not to mention that it’s also compatible with Apple TV and the Xbox.

If you have been thinking of jumping into the Plex world, today is your lucky day because the Android app is on sale for $1.99, which is a discount of $3.00. You will need the install the Plex Media Server on your computer, but that’s free. We’re not sure how long this sale will last, but I wouldn’t hesitate. We have the download links after the break.


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How to use Motorola Keylink to bypass your lock screen on non Lollipop devices

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Motorola introduced Keylink today, which does a variety of things for $24.99. For starters, it’s a keychain that you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Using the Motorola Connect app, you will be able to see where your keys are on a map in the event that you misplaced them. If it’s your phone that you misplaced, you can force it to ring.

All good stuff, but probably the coolest feature is that Keylink will bypass your security lock screen as long as it’s connected to your phone. Motorola says this will work with only the Moto X (2014), the DROID Turbo, or any other smartphone running Lollipop. The reason for Lollipop is that it has a built-in function called Smart Lock, allowing you to set any Bluetooth device as trusted in order to bypass your security lock screen. Does that mean that users on KitKat, Jelly Bean or other versions of Android can’t use Keylink? Absolutely not.


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Nexus 7 (2012) owners are feeling like their tablet is ‘unusable’ after the Lollipop update

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The anticipation of receiving (or manually installing) a new Android update is mind blowing. Not only can’t you wait to see the new interface, but your also hoping the performance will dramatically improve. Unfortunately that’s not the case for a lot of Nexus 7 (2012) owners.

Many users are reporting that their tablet has become so slow and buggy with restarts that it’s “unusable.” One of the Google product experts suggested clearing the recovery cache partition, but unfortunately that hasn’t helped.


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T-Mobile makes it easier and cheaper to talk to family and friends abroad

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T-Mobile introduced an updated Stateside International Talk plan today. Simple Choice customers can add unlimited calls from the U.S. to landlines in more than 70 countries worldwide for just $5 per month. That’s not per individual, it covers the entire family for up to 10 lines.

If you need to call mobile phones, you can opt for the $10 per month plan. This gives the entire family unlimited calling to mobile phones in more than 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico. Plus you still get the unlimited calls to landlines that comes with the $5 per month deal.


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Samsung will offer a smartphone with a foldable display by next year

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Samsung might be committed to releasing a lower amount of smartphone models next year, but that isn’t going to stop innovation. We have heard about foldable and flexible displays for a while now, but all we have seen are curved displays. Samsung seems to be gearing up for the first ever smartphone with a display that can be folded in half.

According to Lee Chang-hoon of Samsung Display, they are securing  a production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 flexible display units be the end of next year. They feel they will be the only manufacturer with that kind of capacity, but it’s still pretty low in terms of the amount of smartphones Samsung sells on a yearly basis.


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Android One phones to get Lollipop by the end of January

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Android One smartphones might be off to a slow start in terms of sales, but it also appears they are also off to a slow start in terms of updates. According to one of the manufacturers, Spice Mobility, the Dream Uno will receive the Lollipop update by the end of January 2015. More than likely, the Micromax A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V will also get the update around the same time.

Since all Android One phones sport hardware specified by Google and updates come directly from them, you would think the update would be a little quicker. According to sources within Google, the update is ready, so it’s possible that it could start rolling in December. I guess only time will tell.

source: India Today

Meizu unveils the MX4 Pro

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The Meizu MX4 Pro was finally unveiled this morning after months of speculation. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1536) display at 546 ppi, an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, a 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and 4K video recording, 5 MP front facing camera, and 3,350mAh battery. It’s running their own UI skin called Flyme OS on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.


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Moto 360 leads Android Wear market share

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Smartwatches and wearables are still at its infancy, but now that Android Wear is in full swing, it’s a good time to see how the different manufacturers are doing. Since Android Wear launched at the end of June, the third quarter results are a pretty good indicator. According to Canalys, nearly 5 million smartwatches and fitness bands were shipped during the third quarter. That is a 37 percent increase from the previous quarter, which can’t be surprising.


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