Jealous you can’t get iOS 8’s awesome Handoff feature on your Android phone? Give this new app a try

Best Android Apps PPLNotify

One of this year's coolest new iOS 8 additions is Handoff, a new feature that lets you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. While Android users can't get this feature on their devices, they can get some of its functionalities by downloading the PPLNotify Notifications on PC & Mac app onto their Android phone.

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90’s Kids, Rejoice! SNES RPG Classic Secret Of Mana is Now Available From the Google Play Store

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Here Are Verizon’s New DROID Turbo Ads Starring James Franco

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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 officially official

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Andy Rubin leaves Google

I’ll lay money on the fact that a lot of you know who Andy Rubin is, even if you’re not quite sure why. He’s one of the people responsible for creating Android and was the former CEO at Danger. He left the Android division in March last year but had continued to work at Google until yesterday, when he decided to leave the company.

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Mr Rubin is said to be switching to a new career, starting an incubator for hardware startups.

Co-founder and chief executive of Google, Larry Page, has stated..

I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable – with a billion plus users. Thank you.

More as we get it..

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Motorola Droid Turbo to be offered as Moto Maxx outside of the U.S.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact unboxing and initial impressions

It is here. The day I’ve been waiting for. My newly acquired Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has arrived.

Although I had to wait a little longer than I would’ve liked (due to issues with the shipping companies), it’s here now. So, let’s find out if it was worth the wait.

Here we have the 32GB model, which came from Sony UK. It is selling for £379 but Sony are offering £30 off that price at the moment.

Let’s start with an unboxing video..

As you see in the video above, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a neat little device that weighs next to nothing. This alone is a very impressive feat when compared with the likes of the Lenovo Tab S8 (I will be referencing this as a competition device a lot). In fact, here is a picture of them both side by side..

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You’ll see that there really isn’t a huge difference apart from the Z3TC (as I’ll call it for ease) being noticeably skinnier at 6.4mm instead of 7.9mm. Here is a breakdown comparing the tablets to each other.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

  • Display: 8.0 inch
  • IPS LCD,1200 x 1920 pixels, 283 ppi, Scratch resistant tempered glass
  • Processor: Snapdragon 801 CPU Quad-core 2.5 GHz
  • Internal Memory: 16/32 GB (I bought the 32gb), Micro SD up to 128 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • 3D stereo sound, High Res audio, S-Force Surround
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4500 mAh
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus
  • Front Camera: 2.2 MP, 1080p
  • Android 4.4.4.WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dimensions: 213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm
  • Weight:270g.

Lenovo S8 Tab

  • Display: 8.0 inch
  • IPS LCD,1200 x 1920 pixels, 283 ppi.
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z3745 CPU Quad-core 1.86 GHz
  • Internal Memory: 16 GB.RAM: 2 GB.Micro SD up to 32 GB
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4290 mAh
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Rear Camera: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 1.6 MP, 720p
  • Android 4.4.2.WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 209.8 x 123.8 x 7.9 mm (8.26 x 4.87 x 0.31 in).Weight:299g.

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Having owned several of the Xperia devices in the past 4 years I have become very familiar with the Sony UI and its customisation. However, this time around I have to say that initially I didn’t like the high DPI being used. It’s forgivable on a phone as it makes the whole device easier to use but the same cannot be said on the Z3TC as it makes it feel “toy like” and it really minimises the amount of useable space on the screen. Particularly when using the device in landscape for things like web browsing. I would love to see Sony add an option to make this adjustable for the user without the need to root the device.

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The screen is as usual superb and what I have come to expect from Sony. This is perhaps one area where the Sony can justify the difference in price between the S8 and itself.
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Another area is the connectivity options. As you will have seen above the Z3TC has a larger capacity for expanding the memory. It also supports NFC for file transfers and contactless payment, if it ever really takes off in the UK.

Overall I am impressed with the device and I am glad I waited but is it worth the premium you pay over the S8? This is not something that I can answer right now as I have to really spend some time with both devices until I can draw my conclusions. In the mean time here are some comparison shots

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The Style cover
As an aside, the eagle eyed reader will have seen that I also unboxed the Style cover for the Z3TC. This came as part of the pre-order package deal. It is a fairly nice cover and it is a very tight fit. It covers all the bits it needs to and alleviates any concerns with carrying the Z3TC around day to day. The stand feature is a good way of propping the machine up for viewing content but it is not really suitable for use when typing.

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I have a Bluetooth keyboard case that I will be testing with the devices. This may improve the productivity, however I wish Sony had thought about this and provided a Surface-style docking keyboard as an option.

Keep it here for the Lenovo S8 Tab  and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact review over the next few days.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact unboxing and initial impressions is original content from Coolsmartphone.com

Andy Rubin calls it quits, ditches Google to build his own hardware incubator

Google Andy Rubin Quits

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports. After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google’s new robotics division.

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Google Wallet can now auto-withdraw from banks and send low balance alerts

You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the amount and the schedule (say, once a month or so) you want, to automatically replenish your digital dollars. That's especially useful if you depend on the physical Wallet card, which spends that balance every time it's charged. But in case Wallet balance doesn't matter as much -- say, you have an NFC-enabled Android phone and prefer to tap and pay mostly using credit -- then, you can also just program the app to let you know if it's almost out of cash. These features are available for both iOS and Android, as you can see after the break, but you can only use the tap-and-pay option if your NFC phone runs KitKat or higher.

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