Sony bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z range

Z2 & Z3 Updates will begin rolling out early 2015

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blackSony has confirmed in a blog post that it will be bringing the new version of Android (5.0 Lollipop) to the ‘entire Premium Z series’.

The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition devices will be the first to be updated, with more details to follow shortly.  The core devices from the Z3 and the Z2 range are due to be updated after that – Sony says the updates for these will begin at the beginning of 2015.

We’ve currently got great deals running on both the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact, although the offer for the free case and charger with the Z3 Compact is due to end very soon.

Updates for the other Z devices will then roll out gradually, although a specific time frame hasn’t been given as of yet. The full list of handsets that will receive the update includes:

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, Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition.

Sony says that some new features of its own will be added alongside the Lollipop updates, bringing improvements to functionality and user experience.

CAT S50 vs CAT B15Q

What’s the difference between the CAT S50 and the CAT B15Q

Cat_S50_B15Q (9)In this post we take a look at how the CAT S50 and CAT B15Q compare to each other. We have them available to order respectively on the Clove website here and here.

CAT are slowly becoming a stronger and more recognised brand within the mobile industry.

Their devices have been designed to be rugged and fit the environments many would expect CAT products to be used; within the trades such as construction.

Many would consider them less desirable, but for those who need a tougher phone, their products have a high level of desirability, so how does the recently launched CAT S50 compare with the better known CAT B15Q?

In this post, we look to make comparison between them.

If you would like to watch the comparison, rather than read, then watch the video below.

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Pocket Casts Desktop App Coming Soon

Pocket Casts is probably the best podcast app available for Android; it’s certainly a favourite here in the Clove offices. It isn’t free but it’s definitely an app that’s worth paying for on Android.

The good news is that it’s about to get a lot better – it’ll soon have a desktop app. The desktop interface is currently under closed beta so you probably won’t have access yet, but here’s the link in case you want to give it a try.

pockets casts desktop app

Download Pocket Casts here from the Play Store

The new QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport

Not just a keyboard

Yesterday we had a quick look at some of the features that BlackBerry has added to its new flagship, the BlackBerry Passport. Today we’ll be looking at its redesigned QWERTY keyboard arrangement in more detail.

Going by some of the early accounts, the 3-row physical QWERTY keyboard will certainly take some getting used to. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, it’s just that many of the BlackBerry faithful will be used to the 4-row QWERTY of old.

BlackBerry passport keyboard

That being said, the Passport does still have 4 rows to its keyboard, it’s just that the top row is on-screen rather than physical. This virtual row is where you can access numbers, symbols and shortcuts when typing. Outside of text input, the row of virtual icons will change depending on the app that you’re using.

Order the Passport from Clove here

A trackpad as well

The most ingenious feature of the Passport’s keyboard is its touch sensitivity, and I wonder if this is a feature that we’ll someday see in laptop keyboards.

The Passport’s touch-sensitive input can be used for both device navigation and gesture control. You can swipe one finger back across the keyboard to delete a word. Or you can configure shortcuts, such as double tapping space to end a sentence and insert a full stop.

The touch sensitivity can also be used in conjunction with predictive text. As you type, predictions are shown on-screen. Flicking upwards on the keyboard below the word you wish to use will select it for you.

The keyboard can also be used to navigate the passport. If you double tap the keyboard ‘close cursor control’ is activated, which enables you to navigate more precisely. This is useful when you want to position the cursor at particular point in a sentence.

Because the keyboard can be used as a trackpad, it accommodates one-handed use. Flip the passport on its side and the screen automatically rotates. You can then swipe your thumb over the keyboard to navigate the screen. This photo from Engadget’s review shows it in action:

BlackBerry passport horizontal

Typing language and predictive suggestions can be configured in the settings menu. If you switch between different languages often, there’s the option to switch the input language option by tapping the language icon in the Passport’s virtual row.

The cut, copy and past tools are easy to access. Simply highlight some text and the edit menu pops up. The Passport also supports dictation, which can be initiated by simply tapping the microphone button in the keyboard’s virtual row.

It’s certainly different to any of the keyboards we’ve seen in the past, and we’re looking forward to seeing just how quickly it works in practice.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 price confirmed, due week commencing October 13th

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date set for mid-october, available to order now.

SM-N910_Frost White_Left-45- degree-Pen_011We have now had official pricing confirmed for the SIM Free Samsung Galaxy Note 4; it is available to order on the Clove website for £479.17 (£575 inc. VAT)

We are expecting the first stock of the Note 4 to arrive the week commencing October 13th.

Click here to visit our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 product page and place an order 

We have the Note 4 available to order in black, white and gold. In case you haven’t seen them already, here’s a quick run through of the Note 4 specs:

  • 5.7″ quad HD Super AMOLED display
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MIcroSD memory card slot
  • 4G
  • MHL 3.0
  • 3GB RAM
  • 8.5mm thin
  • Metal frame
  • Android operating system
  • New and improved S Pen technology
  • 16 megapixel rear camera
  • Refined user interface
  • Choice of colours

Galaxy Note Edge not coming to the UK

We have also heard this morning that the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be coming to the UK at launch. However, we will be doing our best to source non-UK stock for those customers that are interested in ordering one. More information available in this blog post.

Huge price drop on Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – down to £349 inc. VAT

Sony xperia z3 compact price dropWe’ve got great news for prospective Sony Xperia Z3 Compact customers: we’ve just slashed its pre-launch price tag from £432 inc. VAT to £349 inc. VAT.

This price change will be applied to both new and existing orders. If you’ve already placed an order with us for the Z3 Compact we will adjust it to the updated price for you and refund the difference.

Click here to place an order for the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact on the Clove website

Previously the Z3 Compact was priced at £360 (£432 inc. VAT), but it’s now down to just £290.83 (£349 inc. VAT). That’s an incredible saving on what promises to be a great handset.

The first stock of the Z3 Compact is expected to arrive towards the end of this month in Black, White and Red options.

LG G3 Interactive Image

With its arrival set for July 1st, we’ve put together this image to advertise the SIM Free LG G3 alongside the free wireless charger offer that we’re running. There are also links to our 60 second review and our full review in case you missed those earlier in the month.

Droid RAZR HD & RAZR M KitKat 4.4 update expected within a few weeks

RAZR 2012 handsets getting  Android 4.4 KitKat soon

Motorola’s David Schuster has confirmed on Google+ that the 4.4 KitKat update for the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR M should arrive within the next few weeks. Hopefully this means that the update for the UK equivalents — the RAZR HD and the RAZR i, which we ranged here at Clove — won’t be too far behind.

Although Schuster’s update on Google+ only refers to the US handsets, Motorola has already confirmed that the RAZR HD and the RAZR i (the UK variants) will receive the update at some point. This is also stated on the Motorola Support website, which you can visit here. This is the message that is currently displayed for the RAZR i:

razr i kitkat update

We’ll keep an eye out for any further developments with the UK updates and post a follow up here on the Clove Blog once more info is available.

Via Android Central

Sony Xperia Z2 Interactive Image

If you’re thinking of buying a Sony Xperia Z2 you’ll want to check out the interactive image below, which contains links to all of the Xperia Z2 content that we’ve produced. You can view the other interactive images that we’ve produced here

Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 & Xperia Z Ultra

Sony firmware update for Xperia Z1 Compact and other includes 4.4 KitKat

sony-xperia-z1-compact-sny-xz1cA firmware upgrade is rolling out for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the Sony Xperia Z1, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which, among other things, includes an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Older devices have not been forgotten mind you; Sony states that the 4.4 update for Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia ZR will be coming ‘mid Q2′. The forthcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will of course launch with 4.4 KitKat.

The update that is now rolling out doesn’t just include an update to Android 4.4, some of Sony’s own developments have been upgraded:

  • That status bar and quick settings have been improved. Sony says that they are now more intuitive, nicer to look at, and will only display the notifications that you truly need.

  • The launch animation and live wallpaper – which are also present on the PlayStation 4 – have been added to the lock and home screens.

  • Sony’s Media apps, WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration, have been upgraded with a better UI and faster download speeds.

  • New Xperia Themes so that you can customise the look of your device. Check the video below for a demo.

Via Sony Blog

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