Deal: Sony Smartwatch 3 Slashed to $199 at Verizon ($50 Off)

If you aren’t one of the 720,000 people who already own an Android Wear device, but feel like it’s time to join the growing crowd for days like today, check out the current deal running on the Sony Smartwatch 3 through Verizon. At 20% off, you can pickup one of the most feature-packed Android Wear devices for $199, down from its $249 price tag on Google Play.

As a recap, the Smartwatch 3 runs Android Wear just like the Moto 360 and G Watch R do, but it also includes a GPS, so you can take it offline (away from your phone) and still track activity. This is one of the few (maybe only) that has a GPS, making the Smartwatch 3 an awesome fitness tracker for runners or those who take activities outdoors.

The Smartwatch 3 also has a 1.6-inch LCD display, 420mAh battery, quad-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, and is IP68 water and dust resistant.

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Sony Intros the Xperia E4, Touts 2-Day Battery Life

With reports from around the web claiming we may end up not seeing the Xperia Z4 at MWC, Sony has gone ahead and announced a different phone instead this morning, the Xperia E4.

By no means a high-end flagship, the Xperia E4 features a 5″ qHD display (960×540), 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HSPA+ connectivity, 2300mAh battery capable of providing 2 days of juice, and runs Lollipop out of the box.  (more…)

You Decided: OnePlus One Tops LG G3 and Xperia Z3

On Tuesday, we started a new feature called “You Decide,” which is a reader-driven, vote-style competition between a handful of products decided upon by you, hence the name. “You Decide” could be a competition between phones or tablets or Bluetooth speakers or apps, but the idea is that the DL community uses their voices and opinions to pick a winner. It’s not necessarily the most serious of competitions. However, when someone is going to buy their next phone and starts comparing a handful of options, we would love to be able to present them not only our opinions on the matter, but yours too.

For our first “You Decide,” we picked three flagship phones that came out in 2014 that are all still very much relevant, the LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3, and OnePlus One. You could even argue that these three are very underrated, almost underdog type phones, especially when compared to the amount of coverage given to the Galaxys, Ones, and Nexus 6s of the world.  (more…)

You Decide: LG G3, OnePlus One, or Xperia Z3?

Part of the beauty in doing what we do on a daily basis is that we get to offer up a lot of our own opinions on Android, tech, and world happenings. Droid Life is this great platform for expression and we take advantage of that more often than not. You may not always agree with what we say. In fact, we hope that you don’t, because that’s what makes our world great – people should have their own opinions on everything, especially when it comes to consumer tech.

So with that in mind, we wanted to start up a new type of post for 2015 and see where it goes. Rather than a top 5 list from us (that you likely won’t agree with), we figured we would instead turn to you for expert analysis, opinion, and bold statements. This is your opportunity to tell the world which is the best, which isn’t, and why.  (more…)

Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

Deal: Sony Micro SD Cards for as Little as $8 at Amazon Today Only

Need some new flash storage in your life? Maybe a micro SD card to hold your growing movie and music collections? Amazon has you covered today, with a 60% off sale on many of Sony’s flash storage products.

A 16GB micro SD card can be had for $7.99. That’s kind of nuts to think about. If you need more, a 32GB card runs just $11.99; 64GB for $25.99.

And if micro SD is not what you need, maybe a full sized memory card for your camera or a USB drive will do the trick. Yep, those are on sale too.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Gets Update to 23.0.E.1.44, Fixes Bugs

The Sony Xperia Z2…errr…Z3v (our review) on Verizon is receiving its first update today to software version 23.0.E.1.44. The update isn’t major, nor does it include VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0. From the looks of the changelog, we are greeted with a bloatware updater, bug squasher, and minor UX tweaker.

Things like a reduction in mobile data notifications during calls, a simplified access to email notification settings, and improved NFC performance are all listed below. Bloatware like the Lifelog app is seeing some improvements as well.  (more…)