Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

  • Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
  • Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
  • Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
  • DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
  • G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
  • OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
  • One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
  • Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
  • Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 268 Votes)

Total Voters: 15,077

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Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

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With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

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This morning, Sony unveiled its newest image sensor designed specifically for smartphones, the Exmor RS IMX230. Sony’s sensors are quite popular in the mobile world, being featured in many of the top smartphones today, such as the iPhone 6 and even the OnePlus One.

The updated Exmor RS is a 21MP stacked CMOS image sensor, using the same stacking technology Sony commercialized back in 2012. In the announcement, Sony highlights three main parts for the new Exmor RS; compact size, higher image quality, and improved functionality.  (more…)

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This is our Sony Xperia Z3v review. (more…)

Sony Smartwatch 3 Now In-Stock and Shipping From Google Play for $249

Sony’s new Smartwatch 3 is no longer a Verizon exclusive and can be purchased from Google Play for $249.

The Smartwatch 3 from Sony is one of the newest Android Wear watches, but it seems to be aimed a little more towards the fitness crowd. Sony has packed a GPS inside the wearable, giving you the opportunity to take workouts on the go without a smartphone connected.

It also packs the latest in smartwatch tech, with features like a 1.6-inch LCD display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 420mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.1.  (more…)