Sony has revealed the the global follow-up to the Xperia Z3 will be named the Z3+.
The new flagship model will offer fairly standard Xperia features, such as waterproofing, a 20.7MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 5.2-in Full HD screen and a familiar design.
It will be powered by a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and will run off a 2930mAh battery that Sony claims will give you up to two days of use and one day of use from just a 45 minute charge.
It’s 0.4mm thinner than the Z3, comes loaded with 32GB flash memory rather than 16GB and has an updated Adreno 430 GPU.
European mobile carriers plan to take the shine off of online advertising with network-wide ad-blocking
Mobile operators in Europe may be planning to block online ads from appearing in your Android’s browser and apps. A report by the Financial Times claims one unnamed carrier has installed ad-blocking software on its network and plans to start using it by the end of the year.
The software is developed by Shine, an Israeli startup, which allows mobile networks to filter out ads provided by Google and others. Shine is partially funded by Horzion Ventures, the investment fund of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest person. Mr Li also controls Hutchison Whampoa, one of the world’s largest telecoms groups, which owns the Three network.
Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer for Shine, confirmed to Little Green Robot that the Financial Times article is accurate, but declined to say which networks they are working with. A spokesperson for Three also said they were not using Shine technology.
Via: Financial Times
If you want a Motorola device or Xiaomi accessories then now is the time as both are running flash sales over 18 and 19 May.
The Moto X 16GB will be £299 until midnight on 19 May while the 32GB version will cost just £339, down from £435.
The 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6 phones will be available at £449 and £519 respectively, down from £479 and £549.
Finally, Motorola is also slashing £50 off the price of the Moto 360 by putting it on sale for just £149.
The next-gen Android Wear smartwatch will be unveiled in next two weeks, with an on sale in July or August
Asus’ CEO has revealed the ZenWatch 2 will be unveiled at Computex expo in Tawain next month.
According to Focus Tawain, CEO Jerry Shen told an earnings conference the next-gen watch will be annouced at the world’s second-largest computer expo, with an on sale date in ‘early Q3,’ which could mean July or August.The original ZenWatch was praised for its premium design
While Computex will take place in Taipei from 2-6 June, we have since confirmed with Asus that the launch event will take place the day before the expo kicks off, on 1 June at 2pm Tawainese time, which is 6am GMT.
Use Graphic Equalizer to enhance your Android’s lockscreen and notification panel
Graphic Equalizer is a mod that adds a music visualiser to your notification panel and lockscreen. It’s reported to work across CyanogenMod and Android Open Source Project ROMs, running either Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 5.0 Lollipop.
We have carried out this tutorial on a Mac, but the steps are the same for Linux and Windows users – just watch out for the ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands which may vary.
Before attempting this hack, install ES File Explorer and Xposed Installer on your device, plus Android Studio and Apktool on your computer – place Apktool in a new folder, called ‘Apktools’.
The Honor Holly is the first handset where users set the price, but does it offer value for money?
It isn’t often that we encounter a true first with a smartphone these days, but we have with the Honor Holly. Intriguingly, when the Holly was launched, Honor said the number of online registrations of no obligation interest in the handset would control its price: more interest equals lower price. Starting at a price of £109.99, the online interest has lowered the phone’s value to just £89.99, which has been made the final, confirmed purchase price.
What you get for the money is an interesting combination. The build is nothing to write home about. It has a lightweight, plastic feel to it and there’s a lot of bezel around the five-inch screen so that the handset looks and feels like a budget buy. The one plus point of having the Android back, home and menu buttons below the screen is that there’s a bit more screen space available for apps to use.
The screen is an IPS LCD panel which has reasonably good viewing angles. The 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution is somewhat behind the leading edge but the text and images are sharp enough. Screen brightness doesn’t go as high as some though.