Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop

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In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.

The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.


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Google puts two Nexus 6 cases in the Play Store, labeled as “Coming soon”

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Purchase a new device? Its time to accessorize. Accessories, believe it or not, are a big reason a person will purchase a specific device. It is a way to personalize the device. With the Nexus 6, Google will have options available directly through the Play Store. There are two cases listed in the Play Store, both manufactured by Case-Mate.

The first, and the expensive, case is a stand folio. Called the Stand Folio Case, it props up the Nexus 6 for longer viewing sessions. It also stores things like IDs and credit cards with a few slots on the inside. The backside has a cutout for the camera but it will be blocked when the front cover is opened and folded over. The Stand Folio Case costs $40.


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See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

android-appsApps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.
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HTC Weather app now available on Google Play Store

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In an effort to provide quick and easy updates, HTC has been uploading their system apps to the Play Store, and today the HTC Weather app makes its debut on Google’s marketplace. The download is exclusive to HTC devices. No new features or improvements are included, this just allows HTC to update the app without the need for a full system update. Hit the break for a gallery of screenshots and a download link.
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Motorola announces Champagne Gold Moto 360, new slim bands, new watch faces, Moto Body, and more

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Motorola just announced a slew of new things regarding the Moto 360. The first is that the rumored Champagne Gold Moto 360 is indeed real. It will go for $329 and be available in time for the holidays.

If you have been waiting to get a Moto 360 with a metal band, today is your lucky day. As of today, you can order the Moto 360 with an aircraft-grade stainless steel band for $299. You will have your choice of light or dark. They will also offer slim versions of these bands for those with smaller wrists for the same price of $299. Look for them around the same time as when the Champagne Gold option becomes available.


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Samsung working on a 5.9-inch 4K Super AMOLED display for next year’s Galaxy Note 5

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2014 gave us the first smartphones with a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, but that’s not good enough is it? I am thinking 700+ ppi makes a lot more sense doesn’t it? Yup, I am talking Ultra HD baby, as in 4K. Well Samsung seems to agree as they are working on a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display that will sport a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a ppi of 746.


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Here’s what Lollipop will look like on the LG G3

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We have already seen leaks of Android Lollipop for both the Moto X (2014) and the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and now its time for the LG G3. Don’t expect it to be the stock experience as LG has their own skin called Optimus. However, they seem to be using the new style of notifications and tweaking the notification area. You might get a few Material Design animations too, but this is going to look a lot like the current UI.

Underneath it all, you should get some of the new features like the new and improved Android Beam, Trusted Devices, and the ability to restore apps from an older device during the initial setup. Hit the break for a few more shots.


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HTC issues apology for Hot Deal snags

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Yesterday HTC launched a new program to give people a good reason to visit their web site – nine weeks of hot deals. The first one was a doozy as HTC offered the new Nexus 9 tablet for only $199 for a 16GB model. No doubt this caused a virtual feeding frenzy on the HTC site once the sale opened up. Even with all the extra stress and frustration that goes with events like this, HTC apparently felt some of the problems people experienced went above and beyond what could be reasonably expected for a flash sale. For that, the company has issued an apology.
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