The Sony Xperia Z3v was officially announced for Verizon on October 9th, and the phone is now available. You can pick it up for $199.99 on a new contract, for $24.99 per month on Verizon EDGE, or for $599.99 outright. Sony's latest waterproof flagship is a big deal on Big Red. It's been years since Verizon brought one of Sony's Xperia products to their network.
You can get either the black or the white version of the device. It's interesting to note that there are a few subtle differences between the vanilla Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3v. All the internal hardware is the same, but the outer casing has some minor differences. One other thing worth paying attention to is that even though this device comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Sony has already said they plan to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to it (probably) by the end of the year....
It was only a matter of time before Mr. Blurrycam made an appearance with a Motorola Droid Turbo image in tow. The latest leaked pic still gives us a great overall view of the Droid Turbo despite not being a very good photograph. Here we see both the rear and the front of the black version of the new Droid Turbo, complete with Kevlar-styled backing.
It's pleasing to see that Verizon's logo doesn't take up half the device and is a bit subdued compared to their past MO. It's also worth noting that this leaked shot confirms some of the intel we already shared, namely the QHD Display and the 3GB of RAM onboard. The Droid Turbo is shaping up to be a really good-looking device. Here at HQ, we are enamored by this phone and can't wait to see the Droid series return to its premier status of yore. Here's the Droid Turbo section of the forums: Motorola Droid Turbo Android Forums at DroidForums.net...
If we do not have enough excitement with the Nexus 6, Droid Turbo, Note 4, and Moto X (2014), looks as if Samsung will be selling the Developer Edition of the Note 4 for Verizon. For those unaware, developer edition devices are easier to unlock the bootloader vs the carrier edition. For those interested it will set you back $662.53 plus tax and will be available soon.
This news basically echoes info we have heard before, but since it comes from a new email sent out by Google devs, it bears sharing. Also, it indirectly suggests that Android 5.0 Lollipop will begin pushing out on November 3rd. Google devs is sending out emails to 3rd party Android developers letting them know their Android 5.0 Lollipop tweaked apps will be ready to go November 3rd on the Nexus 9 tablet.
The picture above is a screen shot from one of these emails. It's important to note that this simply repeats what Google said previously in another developer information email. Here's what they said before,
PhoneArena recently put together a series of comparison shots of Nexus products. They wanted to give us a great example of the differences between the new Nexus 6 phablet and every other Nexus smartphone that has come before.
As you can see from the images (shown in their entirety in the thread below), the size difference is enormous when seeing the Nexus 6 next to its older ancestors. Of course, this is to be expected, but it's almost shocking just how large this phone really is. Sound off and let us know how you feel about this after you check out all the pics in the thread.
Hearthstone is an online collectible card game created by Blizzard and set in the Warcraft universe. It's gameplay mechanics are similar to Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers, but the interface is even more polished and refined. The game has been growing in popularity on the PC since its release, and Blizzard previously promised to bring the game to Android at some point.
It looks like that time is coming soon. Blizzard just shared they plan to bring Hearthstone to Android tablets by the end of 2014. They are also working on a phone based version, but that isn't expected until sometime next year. Here's a quote with a few more of the details,
Here's another Android Wear smartwatch story for your morning pleasure. The latest Android Wear update, which is version 4.4W.2 is rolling out OTA. It contains a number of significant fixes and upgrades.
Here's a quick summary:
Smart Battery Saving - When your battery hits 15%, your Moto 360 will turn off ambient mode, so you don’t have to remember to.
Timely Time Checks - Moto 360 will synchronize the time with your phone more often to make sure it is up to the minute.
User Interface Tweaks - We observed with consumers that there are many times where you want to use your Moto 360 as truly a classic watch—a beautiful way to see the time. A new gesture now lets you see the full watch face without permanently dismissing a notification. Just touch the top of a notification and swipe down. You’ll see the notification again when you have another high priority notification.
You can now pick up the Qi wireless charger for the Moto 360 at the Google Play Store. It's priced at $39.99, which is at the upper end, but it is a solid and well built device to go with your solid and well built Moto 360.
As of the time of this article (10AM CTD, October 22nd, 2014), the charging dock is "in stock" and ships in 1-2 days from the warehouse. Here's the link below.
If you like lime green you will love the new YoYo Icon Theme from developer "OpenYourMind". This icon pack includes over 1020 custom hand themed app icons, and 10 wallpapers. If you need even more wallpapers no problem OYM has you covered with his free wallpaper app which includes 3800 custom walls. Each image is drawn at 200x200 pixels for a super High Quality look. The icons are compatible with custom launchers including Nova, Apex, ADW, Action, Smart, Go, plus other launchers that include support for app system filters. This particular app theme also includes icon masks so any icons that are not hand themed will still match the theme. There is a full comprehensive dashboard with a section to view every themed app icon, wallpaper picker, and an icon request tool. Head to the Play Store link for the download.
When you drop your device and shatter the screen it pretty much becomes useless. You could get the screen replaced for $125, but if you are carrying an Android device it may be hard to find someone with the correct parts to fix your device. Even if you could get your screen fixed it may not be financially practical to do so. A device that you could sell for $150 would not be worth paying $125 to fix the screen. While you won't be able to use this device you can pretty easily turn it into a full fledged media center.
Your device will need to be one that supports MHL. Requirements include A USB OTG and a mouse to use to control your device during setup, MHL adapter used to display your device's...