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…)

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…)

Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being

The Nexus 6 from Google and SmartWatch 3 from Sony are now live on Google Play, but for the time being, they are unavailable for purchase or pre-order.

As of this morning, it is not exactly clear when these devices will be available to the masses, but with the pages going live on Google Play, and the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player pre-orders going live, it should be soon. Google stated when the Nexus 6 was announced that pre-orders would be available sometime in “late October.” (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Pre-order Now Open at T-Mobile

The Xperia Z3 from Sony is now available for pre-order through T-Mobile here in the US, with general availability beginning October 29. Packed with great specs and a design that many seem to favor, American consumers have always had a hard time getting their hands on good devices from Sony.

Hopefully now, with the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3v (Verizon) officially launching in the States, anyone who chooses Sony over its competitors is free to do so.  (more…)