The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are upon us, with both devices now available in parts of Europe, and at least one of them likely to hit American shores next month. Sony's rapid-fire release cycle for high-end Android phones results in each generation of phones being the sum of many iterative updates upon the last. That's true of the Z3 series — both phones take their predecessors, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 Compact, and improve upon them in ways both subtle and substantial.
We'll have more to say on both new Sony phones in the next week, but for now we've rounded up both phones and their forebears for a quick photo shoot. Check it out down below.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available for pre-order at all four major US wireless carriers, it would appear that Samsung is stepping up their promotion plans for the upcoming 5.7-inch smartphone with a new, and very long, promotional video.
LG has so far announced two Android Wear smartwatches in the form of the LG G Watch and G Watch R, and FCC documents suggest that the company may be working on a third option. This latest watch undergoing regulatory approval may not even require a smartphone to operate as it may come with its own built-in 3G CDMA radio. If this is accurate, LG's newest smartwatch endeavor would pit it against the Tizen-based Gear S from rival Samsung.
Of course, the most popular option in the poll was Google Play Music. On an Android, it's easy, and the catalogue is pretty rich. And the device limit isn't going to affect most people, so it works great for the majority. Next in line was Spotify, so that's an option some of us will be exploring. After that, things are pretty well split and there's no clear third-place.
Sprint has finally begun taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, becoming the last of the four major US wireless carriers to allow its customers to purchase the 5.7-inch smartphone before its release on October 17.
We're a little all over the place this week with some more giant Nexus news, our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Moto G and Moto X, plus we answer a bunch of your questions live. And there might well have been some singing.
Board games have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years, and it doesn't take a lot of digging in the Google Play Store to see it reflected on Android as well. We've put together our top ten board games for Android for the consideration of long-time board game fans and neophytes alike.
The vast majority of the Android board games on our list employ in-app purchases for expansions, and thanks to established physical games, they tend to be well-balanced and lots of fun.
So if you're having trouble getting everybody together under one roof or just don't have any more shelf space for another box, pick up your Android phone or tablet to grab these fantastic board games.
Through a new decision made by the European Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA, the doors may be opening up to in-flight phone calls, emails, and streaming video on a flight in Europe in the future. Though EASA had allowed the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on flights in airplane mode last year, the new ruling on Friday would allow these devices to remain on whether or not they are placed into a transmission-restrictive airplane mode.
Google is experimenting with a new feature that would allow users to silence audio notifications in the Chrome browser tab. Admittedly, Google says that it is experimenting with this new UI feature after users had mistakenly assumed that they could click on the tab to mute alert tones, and that it is not promising that the feature will make it to a stable release of Chrome in the future.
Vine for Android has seen several significant updates over the past few months, and the latest brings improved editing tools to the party. The app, now up to version 2.5.0 sees the following improvements:
Just Dance Now recently launched for iOS and Android, which offers booty-shaking gameplay minus the console. Players use their smartphone as a motion controller, and any screen with browser access as the primary game display. You need to match up with the movements of the dancer on the TV, laptop, or tablet, and are scored based on how closely you mimic the movements. If you're feeling brave, you can share video clips of your sweet, sweet dance moves to social media.
What's easier than telling your new Moto X to tell you all the things you can command it to do with your voice? Why, getting one of us to tell you first.
Moto Voice is the new-and-improved voice integration that does a lot of what you get with Google Now, but with a few Moto X-specific features as well. When you first set up Moto Voice it'll recommend you take a spin through this list. But if you're still trying to figure out if the Moto X is right for you (and we highly recommend taking a read through our full Moto X review first), here's a preview:
You've seen the first ads for the new Moto X, and now Motorola's taking to showing off the Moto 360 in similar fashion. The first 58-second video, titled "Choose Moto 360" offers a quick look through the physical design of the Android Wear-powered smartwatch, from paper conception to stainless steel milling to the leather strap.
If it seems like Google's apps and services have been becoming more prominent on newer Android phones, it's because they are, and Google's mandated it be so. While Android is technically an open source operating system, as the likes of Amazon have shown with their own complete customizations, the version that most of us see comes with stipulations from Google. Namely, if you want the flagship Google Play Store on the new smartphone you're building, you will do as Google demands.
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