Sony Unveils Xperia Z4

Sony have unveiled the latest phone in their Z range.The announcement arrived on their Japanese website outlining the specs for the new device.

The Z4 will have a 5.2-inch, HD display and is 6.9mm thick. The device will weigh 144 grams and contains a 1920*1080 resolution screen. Sony have made they Xperia range known for their waterproofing and their ability to withstand dust and dirt. The new phone comes with an IP6X dustproof rating and is also IPX5 and IPX8 certified, meaning it is not just splash resistant but can be fully submerged in water for a long period of time. The new device will also have a fully waterproof USB port so there is no requirement for the little caps that were used on earlier devices.

The new device will be available in 4 colours, White, Black, Copper and aqua green but Ssony have not released a price as of yet.

The Z4 will be equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear with a 5 megapixel one situated on the front of the device. Underneath the solid construction, the device contains a 2930mAh battery, a 64-bit Qualcomm snapdragon 810 processor, a whopping 3gb of ram and comes with Android Lollipop installed. Sony state that the device will have 32GB of internal memory with an SD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

As yet Sony have not released an international release date.

Thank you to Cnet for this information.

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Google Launches Family Friendly Store

Worried about your child getting a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for their Android device? Our Advice, don’t be.

The reason we say this is because Google are launching their family friendly version of the Play Store in a few weeks. To fill the freshly available section, Google are inviting current application developers to join the program and create apps to meet Google’s idea of Child safe experiences.

Google have released a list of requirements and advert policies that you need to comply to as a developer before they will allow you to publish the app in the new store.

These rules include:

  • Apps must be rated ESRB for everyone over 10 years of age
  • Apps must comply with laws concerning advertising to children
  • No violent content for children under 13

Sounds like Google are getting pretty serious about making the Play store and phones a safe place for children. You can see all their rules and guidelines here

The launch of the new store will go well with the new user profiles feature in Android Lollipop. You’ll be able to create a profile for your child so you can stop them seeing your information, yet allow them to have a child safe experience with Apps and adverts whilst using the device.

Thanks to Engadget for this information

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Sony Xperia Phones Get Lollipop Update

Sony are continuing their Lollipop roll-out to their Xperia range of devices. The electronics company released on their blog today. The 5.0 upgrade will be available for the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, the X1 compact and the Xperia Z ultra.

Sony plans to bring updates to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, the Xperia ZR and the Tablet Z in the next few weeks.

The update includes features such as multi user profiles, a new and updated user interface and advanced sync features across your other android powered devices. It also includes security features such as trusted devices for your Bluetooth and NFC capable accessories.

Hi-definition voice calling will also be available as part of the update, this will give you ultra-clear voice calls between compatible devices.

Sony have announced that the update won’t be available in all countries at once, so don’t be surprised if it takes a while to become available for your device. My device in the UK hasn’t shown that the update is available so I’m just going to hold tight for now.

It is said that the update is approximately 1.2GB so make sure you have plenty of room available on your handset. It is also a good idea to have a charger and a full battery as sometimes the upgrades can take a fair amount of time.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Receives its Lollipop Update

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition owners might want to get excited, as it seems the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is currently rolling out to all S4 GPE smartphones. This is some big news, as it pushes the Galaxy S4, an older handsets by today’s standards, right up to the likes of the Nexus 6, and others that roll out with Lollipop.

There are many other smartphones that are receiving their Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, but it’s great to see a handset from 2013 receiving some update lovin’.

Source: Ars Technica.

HTC One M8, One M7 Begin Receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Updates

If there’s one phone that really deserves the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update, it’s the HTC One M8 smartphone, am I right? The One M8 and One M7 have been getting their new Lollipop updates, with the Senior VP of HTC, Mo Versi, posting on Twitter that the over-the-air (OTA) updates for the One M8 GPE are being pushed out.

GPE if you didn’t know, is the Google Play Edition version of the HTC handsets. If you’re walking around with one of the GPE versions of the HTC One M8 or One M7, you might be treated to an early Christmas present.

Source: WCCFTech.