Download: Seasonal Backgrounds From New Google Calendar App

Of all of the Google apps reworked to incorporate elements of material design, Calendar may be the slickest. It adopts the design paradigms of Android 5.0 Lollipop – bold colors, hovering widgets, and drop shadows – to great effect. That work extends to the in-app backgrounds; best viewed in tablet mode, each month features gorgeous artwork. (more…)

République Released to Google Play, a Stealth Action Title Priced at $2.99

A game suited for the stealth action and puzzle lovers is now live on Google Play, one which you may already know the name to. The game, titled République, appears to be pretty popular among iOS and PC gamers, but this is the first chance Android gamers have had the luxury of playing it. In the game, you receive a call from a young girl named Hope, who is being held captive in a futuristic totalitarian state.  (more…)

Google Announces Android Wear 4.4W.2 With GPS and Offline Music Support, New App Categories in Google Play

Two days ago, Motorola announced that a big update was rolling out to the Moto 360 that included a handful of useful tweaks to Android Wear. The LG G Watch received a similar update. In case you missed it, the update was to version 4.4W.2, which is one of the two big updates we are expecting to see from Google for their wearable platform before the year ends. Today, Google made the update official.  (more…)

Sprint Doubles Lowest Data Tier to 1GB for $20 per Month

True to his word, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has wasted no time introducing “disruptive” plan pricing. Just a few months ago, the Now Network doubled data for capped customers, and began offering an unlimited plan for $60 per month. Apparently, the carrier has a few more tricks up its sleeve. The company announced yesterday afternoon that it would double its lowest, $20 per month data tier to 1GB. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Review

I love Sony’s current approach to smartphones. They start with a flagship phone that has top tier specs to compete with anyone. But then to compliment that phone and appease those of us who don’t like oversized phones, they release a smaller, “compact” version that doesn’t lack in any department. These “compact” phones are flagship-level devices, unlike the “mini” phones that LG and Samsung tend to release each year as alternatives to their own flagships.

As you all know, I can’t stand the trend of smartphones these days, which is to constantly make everything as big as possible. (No, folks, bigger is not always better.) Sony gets that. And this year, they are proving that by releasing the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller, but equally impressive version of the Xperia Z3.

The Compact line from Sony is not new to me, as I tested the Z1 Compact earlier this year for a month or so. All I can say after using both it and the Z3 Compact is that I wish more manufacturers would do similar things with smaller phones. They feel amazing in hand, can be used with one hand, and are a fantastic option. Let’s talk about this particular model in more detail.

This is our Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3v Now Available From Verizon for $199

Sony’s latest flagship has officially reached US soil – the Xperia Z3v is now available from Verizon for $199 on-contract, $24.99 with Edge, or $599 at full retail.

The device features a 5.2-inch FHD display, 3,200mAh battery, 20.7MP camera, 32GB internal storage, micro SD support up to 128GB, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and wireless charging. The phone runs Android 4.4 “KitKat” and comes in either black or white.  (more…)

Deal: Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for $24, Free Shipping

A soon-ending deal taking place in the Deals Store can land you a set of Active Wrap headphones for just $24, plus free shipping. The Active Wrap headset is Bluetooth powered, which makes pairing with an Android device incredibly easy.

For those who experience lackluster battery life from their current workout headsets, the Active Wrap promises 8 hours of music playback, which should be able to get you through any type of workout. The unit also features a built-in microphone, built-in noise canceling technology, and much more.  (more…)