Entire Sony Xperia Z line to enjoy Android 5.0 Lollipop update

The folks at Sony have revealed their plans regarding the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. We are glad to announce you that all the Z series smartphones will get updated to the new Android version, as confirmed by Sony on their blog. We are very happy to see Sony decided to follow the footsteps of Motorola and HTC.

As usual, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Sony Android phones will be rolled out in phases which means that some might have to wait longer than others. The unlocked variants of the devices will get updated to the new firmware first, followed by the carrier-branded variants. As you may know, the carriers are usually taking their time when it comes to releasing new firmware updates in order to properly test them on the network. But you can be certain that the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition will be the first one to be blessed with Lollipop. For the rest, the rollouts will commence in early 2015.

Which 2013 Phones will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop?

The following products are going to get the Lollipop update:
Xperia Z
Xperia ZL
Xperia ZR
Xperia Tablet Z
Xperia Z1
Xperia Z1S
Xperia Z Ultra
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z2
Xperia Z2 Tablet
Xperia Z3
Xperia Z3v
Xperia Z3 Compact
and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact


Samsung and Android lead synced device advancement

The amount of devices that people own and use on a daily basis has increased dramatically over the last decade. Ten years ago, it wasn't uncommon for people to have just one or two devices, not all of which could even be used for the storage and access of data. It may be hard to conceive of now, but how many of us just had a laptop (or even a desktop computer) and a flip phone? It's amazing that we got anything done!

Today, people are accessing information and data across multiple screens – desktops, laptops, smartphones, and phablets and tablets – and it is important that people be able to access not some, but all of their information across these devices. And the solution can't be a SIM card or thumb drive that you carry on your person at all times. Two companies at the forefront of this movement are Android and Samsung, which are leading the sync devices movement, allowing people to access information safely and securely.

Smart Switch and Google Make Syncing Second Nature
Google and Samsung have both taken steps to make syncing devices quick, easy and hassle-free. Though there are any number of cloud-based services available, Google and Samsung's solutions stand out because they have been designed with user-friendliness in mind. After all, you are likely not alone in thinking, at least at some point or another, that the Cloud was all a bit over your head. Why does some data seem to find its way on the Cloud and other data doesn't? Google and Samsung want to help you avoid this confusion.


Samsung's Smart Switch mobile app makes transferring data between Samsung devices intuitive and mistake-free. To make use of this app, a user need only to install the app on both devices, place them within 50cm of each other (just under two feet away), and activate the app on each device. From there, the user can hit the “Connect” button on either device, and transfer the data of his or her choosing. It's easy, simple and trouble-free. There are no wires. There's no “Cloud.” It's a simple wireless transfer from one device to another.

Do Synced Devices Pose a Risk?
The short answer may be “yes.” It's important to remember that any data that can be accessed via an Internet connection is potentially at risk of being compromised, but there are steps you can take to protect your data.

One of the simplest and most overlooked precautions is simply using a strong password. Think of a password as the equivalent of locking your car doors at night; it might not stop the professional car thief from getting into your car if he or she is determined to do so, but it will likely be a strong deterrent against bored teens just looking for a joyride. Your online access credentials are the same. If you can prevent the amateur hacker from getting access to your data, you are already taking steps to protect yourself.

Of course, a strong password alone shouldn't be your only line of defense. If you have particularly sensitive data that you would not want to get into the hands of others, consider storing it locally only, and not online or in the Cloud. You may also want to consider encryption software to further protect your data. On the whole, cloud-based storage and sync devices can be risky, but they don't have to be.

The Promise of Universal Data is Nearly Here
With sync devices from Samsung making data transfer easier, quicker and safer than ever, and platforms like Google's Android operating system making cloud storage and universal data access commonplace, the long promise of being able to access information at anytime, from anywhere has finally arrived. Now all we need is an OS that recognizes the voice command, “Computer!,” and our Star Trek fantasies will be real.

Shuv To Deliver Ring Forward Songs and Tones Featuring Sony Music

For the First Time Ever, Shuv App Allows Callers to Choose the Ringtone that a Recipient Will Hear;
Partnership with Sony Music Entertainment Delivers Thousands of Songs

New York, NY and Mesa, AZ, October 14, 2014 – Since the introduction of the cell phone, the choice of ringtone has always been in the hands of the person being called – until today. Now, with the release of Shuv, developed by Pink Stone LLC and Appetizer Mobile, callers can choose the “ring forward tone” that the recipient will hear. The patented Ring ForwardTM technology allows you to call or send a picture to any other Shuv user with a tone or custom personal recording of your choosing, on a free, unlimited, worldwide basis (subject to any applicable carrier data charges). This first of its kind, free iOS and Android app allows users to “set the tone” for a conversation like never before.

Shuv is also announcing a relationship with Sony Music Entertainment that will provide thousands of songs from hundreds of Sony Music artists to an upgraded version of the platform. More information on Sony Music artists is available at www.SonyMusic.com. Access to Shuv’s library of songs from Sony Music will be available for $1.99 per month.

Download Shuv Android App

In addition, the Shuv library also features hundreds of fun sounds and tones including “Happy Birthday,” “Angry Cat,” “Evil Laugh,” “Booty Call” and more. A user can also “Shuv” his or her own personal voice recording. And with privacy a major consumer focus, Shuv has chosen to use advanced encryption technology to allow users to communicate with complete privacy and security.

“The introduction of Shuv represents the first major advancement in the ringtone industry in years,” said Chris Warnack, Founder and CEO of Pink Stone LLC, the creative force behind the innovative Shuv technology. “Shuv empowers a caller to be as creative as they want to be when setting a ringtone to accompany a call or a picture, and with the incredible content from Sony Music, the choice of ringtones is truly amazing.”

“We are pleased to be working with Pink Stone to make titles from our catalog available to Shuv users,” said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Digital Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “Music is always a central element of how fans customize their mobile experience.”

Download Shuv iOS App

Using Shuv, users can assign a song, sound or tone to each one (or all) of their contacts via the easy-to-use application interface, which automatically syncs a users’ contacts with their friends who use Shuv. To send a picture, a user simply selects a photo from their camera roll or takes one of their own. Then they just choose a song, tone or custom audio message and send. For the first time ever the conversation starts when the phone rings.

Shuv for iOS can be downloaded from here.

Shuv for Android can be downloaded from here.

About Shuv
Shuv is the first app that allows callers to choose the ringtone that a call or picture recipient will hear. Shuv allows users to “set the tone” for a conversation like never before via the app’s patented Ring Forward technology. The app was developed by Pink Stone, LLC in conjunction with NY-based Appetizer Mobile. More information on SHUV can be found at www.Shuv.com

About Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including Arista Nashville, Beach Street/Reunion Records, Bystorm Entertainment, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Kemosabe Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Inspiration, RCA Nashville, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Vested in Culture and Volcano. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

About Appetizer Mobile
Since its launch in 2009, Appetizer Mobile has designed and developed over 150 apps for world class brands such as, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, NBA Properties, Epic Records, ZocDoc, Montessorium, Universal Music Group and Interscope Records. Mobile applications developed by Appetizer Mobile have aggregated several millions of downloads and have been featured in national advertising campaigns by Apple. Under the leadership of CEO and Founder, Jordan Edelson, the company has been named one of the Top 10 Mobile App Developer in the U.S. for 4 consecutive years.

Android 5.0 has a name: It’s Lollipop

Google has announced the next version of Android, formerly known as Android L, will be called Lollipop, officially version 5.0 of the mobile operating system. It also announced the first two devices to run Android L: the HTC Nexus 9 tablet and the Motorola Nexus 6. What's more, the company confirmed that Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, as well as Google Play edition devices, in the coming weeks.

The company describes the update as a "quantum leap forward", thanks to its revamped design and new features. Android already has an 84.7% share of global smartphone shipments, according to research company IDC. The Android 5.0 SDK is going to be available on Friday, October 17th, which means everything is slowly, and sweetly falling into place ahead of next month. In the meantime, stay tuned, because we'll be updating this post if any additional details come in.


Android 5.0 Lollipop changelog:
Below you’ll find all the new changes, features and additions to Android 5.0 that Google deems noteworthy. The list doesn’t really throw any surprises our way compared to the update’s first outing earlier this year, but it’s nice to get a refresher. Obvious highlights are Material Design and the new design language used throughout the operating system, support for Android TV, ART runtime by default, new battery saving features and a lot more. Now let’s just hope it doesn’t take long for everyone to receive the goods in update form starting later this month.

Material Design
  • A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device
  • Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention
  • New ways to control when and how you receive messages – only get interrupted when you want to be
  • View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications
  • For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get through
  • With Lollipop, incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing
  • Control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content and prioritize or turn off the app’s notifications entirely
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen
  • Power for the long haul
  • A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins
  • Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in
  • Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings
  • Keep your stuff safe and sound
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware
  • Use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car
Device Sharing
  • More flexible sharing with family and friends
  • Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos etc.) by simply logging into another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their stuff
  • Guest user for phones and tablets means you can lend your device and not your stuff
  • Screen pinning: pin your screen so another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff
New Quick Settings
  • Get to the most frequently used settings with just two swipes down from the top of the screen
  • New handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls
  • Easier on/off toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and location
  • Manually adjust your brightness for certain conditions. Then, adaptive brightness will kick in based on ambient lighting
  • A better internet connection everywhere and more powerful Bluetooth low energy capabilities
  • Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to cellular
  • Improved network selection logic so that your device connects only if there is a verified internet connection on Wi-Fi
  • Power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth low energy (“BLE”) devices like wearables or beacons
  • New BLE peripheral mode
Runtime and Performance
  • A faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience
  • ART, an entirely new Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness
  • Up to 4x performance improvements
  • Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications
  • Compacting backgrounded apps and services so you can do more at once
  • Support for 64 bit devices, like the Nexus 9, brings desktop class CPUs to Android
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores
  • Shipping 64-bit native apps like Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, Google Play Music, and more
  • Pure Java language apps run as 64-bit apps automatically
  • Bolder graphics and improved audio, video, and camera capabilities
  • Lower latency audio input ensuring that music and communication applications that have strict delay requirements provide an amazing realtime experience
  • Multi-channel audio stream mixing means professional audio applications can now mix up to eight channels including 5.1 and 7.1 channels
  • USB Audio support means you can plug USB microphones, speakers, and a myriad of other USB audio devices like amplifiers and mixers into your Android device
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance
  • A range of new professional photography features for Android Lollipop that let you
  • Capture full resolution frames around 30 fps
  • Support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW
  • Control capture settings for the sensor, lens, and flash per individual frame
  • Capture metadata like noise models and optical information
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming
OK Google
Easy access to information and performing tasks
  • Even if your screen is off, you can say “OK Google” on devices with digital signal processing support such as Nexus 6 and Nexus 9
  • Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more
Android TV
  • Support for living room devices
  • User interface adapted for the living room
  • Less browsing, more watching with personalized recommendations for content like movies and TV shows
  • Voice search for Google Play, YouTube and supported apps so you can just say what you want to see
  • Console-style Android gaming on your TV with a gamepad
  • Cast your favorite entertainment apps to your big screen with Google Cast support for Android TV devices
  • Enhanced low vision and color blind capabilities
  • Boost text contrast or invert colors to improve legibility
  • Adjust display to improve color differentiation
Now in 68+ languages
  • 15 new additions
  • Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu
Device set up
  • Get up and running in no-time
  • Tap & go: instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC)
  • Whenever you get a new Android phone or tablet, you can bring over your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices
And a whole lot more
  • Tap & pay: easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them
  • Print preview and page range support
  • Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage, and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality
  • New device level feedback for Nexus devices in Settings > about phone > send feedback
  • Easier sharing with
  • Improved ranking of your options within the share menu
  • Android Beam: lets you share a file with someone nearby by gently tapping the two devices together
  • Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice
  • Improved hardware keyboard accessory support including support for multilingual, emoji input, search key, and improved app and system key chords
Have a look at Google’s Lollipop site if you’re interested in seeing more of it illustrated in beautifully crafted renders.


Unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is available on US via Amazon

If you just can’t wait until next week, when all major US carriers will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you can buy the handset right now from Amazon. They are selling the international 32GB model (SM-N910), with the black version priced at $859.94 and the white version at $854.90. The gold version can also be purchased for $904.88, though that model will ship within 6 to 10 days, meaning you’re better off waiting for the official launch on October 17th. The phone also won’t work on CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint.

Unfortunately, Amazon isn’t offering a warranty on the device, which i am not surprised considering it will be an imported unit, though you can buy a 1-year drops & spills warranty for an extra $89.99.

Price of contract free Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 is arguably one of the best extra-large smartphones that money can buy right now. It brings lots of improvements over the Note 3 from last year, including an enhanced display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, faster processor, better cameras (16 MP on the back, and 3.7 MP on the front), and a more useful S Pen stylus.

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