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

Samsung Galaxy S5 Official Video

Samsung Galaxy S5 main features detailed in official video

Below you can see the Samsung Galaxy S5 official video, which runs through its main selling points:

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Download Booster
  • 16MP Camera with 0.3 second autofocus
  • IP67 protection rating (dust and water resistant)
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MicroUSB 3.0 (for extra fast charging and file transfer)
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode

We’re expecting to have the UK SIM free version of the Galaxy S5 in stock in April and we will have it available to order on the Clove website shortly. One of the features mentioned in the official video is Ultra Power Saving mode, which we posted about here last week.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Ultra Power Saving Mode

New feature to improve Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life

Samsung Galaxy S5During its announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung detailed Ultra Power Saving Mode to improve battery life. This looks like a great way to either preserve battery when you know  you won’t get an opportunity to charge for a while, or to squeeze as much life out of the battery once it has almost lost its charge.

There are a couple of ways that Ultra Power Saving Mode will preserve battery on the Galaxy S5. The first is to reduce connectivity functions to a minimum, effectively creating an enhanced version of aeroplane mode. Another mode that it can toggle is Greyscale. This will render this display in black and white only – reducing the number of colours used cuts down power consumption.

The video below from PhoneArena demonstrates Ultra Power Saving Mode in action and gives a quick look at how the screen appears when in Greyscale Mode. Samsung says that turning Ultra Power Saving Mode on when there is only 10% battery left will generate an extra 24 hours battery life (standby time), which is great if you are going to be unable to charge your phone for a while and can cope with the reduced functionality.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced

Samsung announces Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress

As expected Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, as well as two new additions to the Galaxy Gear range; the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear Fit.

We now have the Galaxy S5 listed on the Clove website and we’ll let you know as soon as a UK SIM Free price and date is available. In the meantime, you can sign up for our S5 mailing list and we’ll send you details as soon as details arise. You may also like to keep an eye on our Galaxy S5 accessories - we’ve already got a fair few available to order and will be adding more in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S5 email sign up

Given the success of the Galaxy S4 there was no need for Samsung to radically reform its design, so the S5 is an iterative update. That said it bring some new features; including a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, microUSB 3.0, and a download booster, which links Wi-Fi and 4G together to achieve the best download speeds possible.

Below is a run through of the S5′s other features, as well as a hands-on video from the UNPACKED event. If you would like to see more images, the full specs or to read about the S5 in more detail, you can do so on our Samsung Galaxy S5 website listing.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Main Features

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Download Booster
  • 16MP Camera with 0.3 second autofocus
  • IP67 protection rating (dust and water-resistant)
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • MicroUSB 3.0 (for extra fast charging and file transfer)
  • 5.1″ Full HD Super AMOLED
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

 

Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL announced

Nokia announces three Android based devices at MWC 2014

Nokia X announcementsNokia has announced three Android handsets at MWC 2014: the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL.

The new Nokia Android handsets come with access to Microsoft’s services as opposed to Google’s. The phones do not have access to the Play Store, but they do have access to other third-party app stores, such as Yandex and SlideMe. Apps can also be side-loaded using a microSD card, plus there’s access to the Nokia store and some of the services that Nokia has developed, such as HERE Maps.

The designs of the Nokia X range are very much Lumia influenced – black slabs surrounded by a bright casing and with tiled home screens. Tiles can be rearranged and resized, and some of them have expanded features when enlarged. The gallery tile, for example, will start to pull through photos from your photo reel once it is made bigger.

You can see a hands on with the Nokia X family in the video below.

What’s the difference between the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL?

The Nokia X and the Nokia X+ are the same save for the X+ has more RAM (768MB compared to 512MB), and it comes with a 4GB microSD card included. Both have a 4″ display. The full spec list can be viewed below.

The Nokia XL is larger – it has a 5″ display. It also has a 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and flash. The front facing camera is 2MP. The other two handsets have a 3MP rear camera and do not have a front facing camera.

The Nokia XL has the same amount of RAM as the X+ (768MB) and all three handsets feature the same processor, a 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz Dual Core.

Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL specs

Below is the basic list of specs provided by Nokia for its Nokia X handsets:

Nokia x specs

LG G2 KitKat update coming in March, video compares improvements against Jelly Bean

UK KitKat update for LG G2 is due to begin rolling out mid-March

LG has announced that the LG G2 Android KitKat update is due to begin rolling out towards the middle of March. The video below has also been released which shows the speed improvements made with the G2 running KitKat instead of Jelly Bean.

We were very impressed with the G2 when we reviewed it back in October and it’s certainly a handset worth considering if you’re out to buy a new handset any time soon. We currently have it in stock and available to order here on the Clove website.



Samsung Galaxy S5 announcement teased in Samsung UNPACKED trailer

UNPACKED video hints at Galaxy S5 announcement

Samsung has released the video below, which undoubtedly hints at the Galaxy S5 being announced at MWC. There’s also a countdown to Samsung’s press event on its website, which you can watch live at 7PM GMT on Monday 24th February.

We’ll be covering all the MWC news (which you can follow here) on the Clove Blog and listing newly announced handsets on our website, you can view our current Samsung range here. Check back over the next few days for some exciting news.

Click the image below to go to the Samsung’s page for its S5 announcement.

Samsung Galaxy S5 announcement

 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Interactive Image

To celebrate the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, we’ve put together this interactive image to present some of the content that we’ve created for it so far. Hover over the tags to reveal a preview of the content that they offer.

If you would like to place an order, we are currently offering a £5 discount when you buy the Xperia Z1 Compact with its official dock. Click here for more details.

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