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Android 5.0 Lollipop

It’s that time again when smartphone manufacturers start frantically trying to release OS updates to their latest handsets after Google announce the latest version of its hugely popular Android Operating System. After Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), Jelly Bean (4.1 – 4.3) and KitKat (4.4) comes Lollipop (Android 5.0) with many new features and a brand new look.

The list of features includes:

Multiple user accounts - you can share your device with a family member without giving them access to your data, it includes a Guest mode if you want to let a work colleague or other acquaintance borrow your handset.

Improved Notification System and Face Unlock - Notifications appear on the lock-screen and can be tapped to view, or double tapped to action. If the phone recognises your face you’ll go straight to the app, if not it prompts for a PIN/password etc. If a notification (call/SMS/email  etc.) appears whilst you are using the phone it discreetly appears at the top of the screen.

Material Design – the appearance has changed dramatically; simple bold colouring and a more uniform layout make apps easier to use, content responds to your touch as you interact with it and there are animations everywhere.

Performance – Android 5.0 brings a new runtime as standard. ART replaces the aging Dalvik runtime to improve performance up to 3x. Apps take up marginally more space and take longer to install, but the trade-off is speedier performance and better battery life.
Other – Priority Notifications allow only specific people or apps to get through to you at times that you chose. Battery Saver puts your phone into low-power mode to eek out those extra hours when you really need them. Quick Settings have been improved to include a flashlight toggle, easier WiFi/Bluetooth switching, adaptive brightness and a Wireless Hotspot toggle. Smart Unlock also negates the need for a PIN or password to unlock your device if you are in the vicinity of a smartband or NFC tag.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is yet another vast improvement over its predecessor, maybe even more so than the jump up to Ice Cream Sandwich. I’ve been running the Developer Preview (LPX13D) for a couple of weeks and the user interface changes make interacting with the device so much easier. Apps load faster and look better, especially as the design guidelines gradually become adhered to by developers.
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Sony Product Launch

With the buzz word around Sony being GREAT at the moment they have lived up to this with some great new products set to launch. Yesterday they officially announced the new Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Z3 Compact, not forgetting the Sony Xperia E3.

The Sony Xperia Z3 has taken all things great from the Z2 and added the highest level of waterproofing giving it an IP65/IP68 rating. Battery life has always been something that has hampered the top end handsets; however with the Xperia Z3 it has the new and improved Battery Stamina 2 day battery mode. For all those gamers out there the addition of PS4 remote play is an amazing feature meaning you can carry on your game remotely on your Xperia Z3. The new handset also includes upgrades to the camera and screen giving you better photos and viewing in bright lights. We can’t wait to get our hands on this device and we especially like the copper colour.

Moving onto the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, once again Sony has created a device that shows size isn’t everything, still at a modest 4.6” display. This comes in a great array of colours from the standard black and white and adding a red and green. It has the same camera as the Xperia Z3 at 20.7 Mega pixels. The Xperia Z3 Compact has its brightest and sharpest display ever and combined with the new Sony audio technologies it creates a great entertainment device.
Finally, not forgetting the Sony Xperia E3. The Xperia E3 is a great affordable smartphone and Sony has improved the camera from the Xperia E1 to give the Xperia E3 a 5 mega pixel camera and full HD video. This will give this nifty 4.5” display device a real edge at its price point in the market. Another very strong point about the Xperia E3 is that it comes with battery STAMINA mode improving the battery charge by up to four times.

This seems to be really exciting times at Sony Mobile especially with the launch of other wearable products to run side by side (Smartband Talk and Smartwatch 3).

We are now taking Pre Orders on these devices.

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia E3

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World Cup App

You can pick your favourite teams (club and country) to give you instant access to news, tables, fixtures, results and squad lists.

You also get the option of choosing which leagues are included in the “live window”, so no more scrolling through pages and pages of “A Grupa” (Belgium), or Veikkausliiga (Finland) fixtures just to find out that Norwich City lost again.
Pay for the premium version of the app and you’ll even receive push notifications when a goal is scored in any of your favourite leagues.

What sets FotMob apart from other similar apps (Sky Sports Live Football SC, ESPN FC Football) is the design of the app; you can view fixtures in many different forms, either specific to your team or league. This makes finding exactly what you need very easy.

The latest update includes a whole section dedicated to World Cup 2014, including video stories; live “as it stands” leagues and a “bracket view” ideal for seeing who England could play if they get out of their group!

If you follow any kind of football, then this app is a must!
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Press Release from Digital Phone Company