Sony has released two new advertisements for the premium Xperia Z3 smartphone. The new commercials mainly focus on the optics, illustrating just how well the Z3 performs with little to no light at all. Coupled with a sweet melody, these new videos take the viewers on a journey full of light as we see snowboarders dress themselves in LED lighting to put on quite the show.
Clove UK has kicked off pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a unique piece of hardware sporting a curved display on one side of the smartphone. Previous reports suggested the device would be produced as a "limited concept", rather than mass produced like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but Clove announced earlier this month the company would in fact be stocking units for purchase.
We're back with another round of weekly app recommendations so we can share the apps we love, the new apps we're trying, or the apps we think are worth taking a second look at. In other words, if we think it's interesting, we'll share it here.
Apps are a big part of the smartphone experience, and the Google Play store brings a huge number of them into the mix. Take a look at our picks, then be sure to share your favorites in the comments. We're all in this together!
This past week we put the Samsung Galaxy Alpha through its paces, finding it to be Samsung's best-designed Android phone yet — though not without a couple of issues in other areas. Nevertheless, the Alpha is a big deal for Samsung as it launches its new design language. For a quick five-minute roundup of everything going on with the Alpha — available now in Europe in the U.S. — you'll want to check out our Galaxy Alpha video walkthrough.
Nobody likes a trollout. Perhaps the worst words you can see in an announcement about a new release or update to anything is "will start rolling out to users over the next few weeks," or something to that effect. It's called a staggered release. We call it a trollout. It plays with our emotions and, more accurately, our patience.
And it's probably one of the smarter things that happens, at least when it comes to Google releasing things.
That's not to say I have to like it. Chances are I'm just like you. I want the shiny new thing right the eff now. I'm OK with beta testing and I have an unhealthy need to update all the things. It's natural for nerds like us. I sideload core updates more than I care to admit (yes, even while cautioning against it), and I can't remember the last time I actually got an over-the-air update on a Nexus device, instead choosing to load things manually. I probably should go to meetings or something.
We've been playing with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 for a couple of weeks now since it launched at IFA 2014 and while the full review will be posted early next week, what we've got here is a slimmed down, three minute version.
The Google Play Store has been busy churning out some solid Android apps and games this week. Soccer, errr, football fans have an updated FIFA game to dig into, there's a great new strategy games from the Anomaly guys, and a smattering of utility apps to top it all off.
As always, we're eager to hear what you've found in the Play Store, but in the meantime, here are our top ten new Android apps and games of the week.
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.
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