Sony Xperia Z3 white papers

Sony_Xperia_Z3_CopperSony did not disappoint this week announcing, not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 key mobile devices.

These include the E3, Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact.

If you like finding out all there is to know about new products then the following documents are going to give you everything you could possibly desire.

Below are 3 whitepapers for the new Z3 products.

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Huawei Ascend P7 Languages

Huawei_Ascend_P7When you buy the Huawei Ascend P7 from Clove, it comes pre-installed with the UK language, but you can change this, if you have a preferred alternative language.

The following video shows the language options as do the screenshots below.


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Motorola Moto E Languages

Motorola Moto E Front_smallThe Motorola Moto E looks to set a new standard for quality and functionality at the price point for which it is available.

For less than £100 this Android smartphone has quite a bit to offer from capturing images and video to being able to create documents on the go with full access to the Google Play Store, this handset is water resistant and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for enhanced screen protection.

In the following video we show the language options available on the handset when bought SIM free from Clove.

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LG G2 Mini Languages

The following video and screenshots show the language options available on the LG G2 Mini.

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Make your smartphone triple SIM

Use three SIM cards in one phone

In this video, our friend veryannoyingname demonstrates a $6 Triple SIM adaptor from ebay being used with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

With a Triple SIM adaptor, you can fit three SIM cards into your handset and switch between them using an app, which is automatically installed when you insert the adaptor. There’s no need to reboot your handsets or manually adjust the SIM cards. The app can even be configured to automatically switch between the SIM cards at specified times.

As is, the SIM cards will not operate simultaneously; you need to use them on an individual basis. The video mentions that you could use all three at the same time by using a Bluetooth accessory, although mobile data will not work if SIM cards are used simultaneously. If the SIM cards are used separately, mobile data should work fine on both 3G and 4G.

This is a handy accessory if you have more than one mobile tariff, to take advantage of free text and call bundles, for example. The adaptor demonstrated here is advertised as an iPhone 4G accessory, although it should be compatible with any handset that uses a microSIM. The adaptor connects to the microSIM slot and there are then two extra ports to insert normal sized SIM cards.

Free Evernote Premium (worth £35) with the Galaxy Note 3

Free Evernote Premium on the Note 3

One of the selling points of the Galaxy Note 3 that has not been heavily advertised is that it comes with a year’s worth of Evernote Premium, which would usually set you back around £35.

The Note 3 has been built with added integration for Evernote and any notes created within S Note can now be saved straight to the app. If you make use of the Note’s productivity features but do not use Evernote, you really must give it a try. It’s the kind of app that you need to use fully to benefit from, but it’s well worth it once you have taken the plunge.

How to get Premium

Our device did not receive the notification about the upgrade immediately; it came through about a week after we started using the handset. The notification did appear when we connected using 3G for the first time, although that could be coincidental.

It looks as though you may be able to force the update by going to ‘Explore Evernote’ at the bottom of the main menu within the app and then scrolling down to ‘Special Samsung Upgrade’ at the bottom of the next menu. This will then gift you 120 Evernote Points, which can be used to redeem a year’s Premium subscription. If you already have a premium subscription, the 12 free months will be added to the end of its expiry date.

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Evernote Premium adds some great features to Evernote, including:

  • More space for file uploads (1GB instead of 100MB on the free tier)
  • The ability to search within PDFs and office documents attached to notes
  • Sync notebooks for offline access
  • Add a PIN lock to the mobile app
  • PDF annotation in their companion app, Skitch
  • View related notes on Evernote desktop apps
  • Text to speech with companion reading app, Clearly
  • Unlimited scanning of business cards with companion app, Hello

Why can’t I turn PIN lock off on Android?

What to do if you are unable to turn off PIN, password or pattern unlock on Android

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This is a post from our smartphone FAQ section. To see other questions please click here

In order to use certain features on your Android device, you will be required to set a PIN, pattern or password lock; these are the three most secure methods for locking the device. When one of these is required, the two other methods, slide or face unlock, will be greyed out and display the message ‘Disabled by administrator, encryption policy or credential storage’.

If you are unable to disable PIN, password or pattern unlock on your Android device, it is likely that you have the setting in place in order to use one of the following functions (see a more detailed description for each one after the list below):

  • Screen security. This is located under settings > security > screen security
  • Device Encryption. This is found under settings > security > encryption.
  • Setting a device administrator. This is found under settings > security > device administration
  • VPN. This is found under settings > more > VPN

The first three in the list above are fairly easy to spot as they are all located under the security section of the settings menu. However, it can be easy to forget that you have set a password in order to use a VPN, so if having checked it is not one of he first three requiring a PIN, be sure to check that you have removed any VPNs.

Changing Screen Security

Screen security is either set by you, or can be required by a device administrator (app). If it is the case that you have set a PIN, password or pattern, you can easily turn it off or choose another locking method by going to settings > security > screen security. If you are unable to remove the security setting and see the message ‘Disabled by administrator, encryption policy or credential storage’, it is likely because of one of the settings described below.

Device Encryption

Device encryption is activated or deactivated from settings > security > encryption. If you encrypt the device, a PIN/password/pattern is required each time you turn the device on. It makes your data more secure should you lose the device and takes around an hour to set up. If you are unable to remove the PIN code from your phone, check that you have not encrypted the handset. You can do this by looking under the encryption part of the settings menu.

Removing a device administrator

Some applications will require administrator access to your device in order to perform certain actions. When using an app that requires administrator access, it will usually prompt you from within the app to turn on administrator access. The majority of apps that do this will also show a message to inform you that you need to revoke administrator access before uninstalling the app, which is important.

Some apps only require administrator access to perform certain actions, so you do not necessarily need to grant administrator access to use the entire app, but only to use certain features. Sometimes the app will require that you set a secure lock method as part of its administrator access. One such example of this is adding an Exchange email account. You need to grant the app administrator access with certain permissions and set a secure lock method. This is usually so that the device can be accessed remotely if lost or stolen.

If you are unable to remove the PIN setting from your device, it may be because an administrator is requiring it. You can revoke administrator access by going to settings > security > device administration and then unticking the box next to the apps on the list. If it is an account, such as email, that is requiring the security setting, you will also need to remove this from your device in order to remove the PIN lock.

Adding or removing a VPN on Android

When setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your device, Android now requires that you have a secure lock method in place. Seeing as this is the case, it would make sense to have the VPN menu under security settings, but it isn’t at the moment. This makes it easy to forget that you have set up PIN security for it. If you have tried changing the three settings described above but your handset still requires a PIN number, you may have a VPN that needs removing. To do this navigate to settings > more > VPN, long press on any networks that have been added and then select remove.

Social Live Facebook streaming on Sony Xperia Z1 explained & tested

Stream video live to Facebook from your Sony Xperia Z1

One of the features Sony announced on the Z1 is Social Live which links the Z1’s camera with Facebook.

To date there hasn’t been too much information on how it works and what needs to be done, so we have put it to the test., including a video showing it working.


What is Social Live on the Sony Xperia Z1?

Social Live is a feature of the Sony Xperia Z1 camera that can stream video live to your Facbook page providing you have an active internet connection and are logged into Facebook.

Others (depending on your settings) can then view it when they are logged into Facebook.


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Android 4.3 adds better support for Hebrew and Arabic

Android language support

One of the new features for Android 4.3 that caught our eye was better support for ‘Hebrew, Arabic, and other RTL (right-to-left)’ languages, although what these other RTL languages are is not disclosed on the Google website.

We wouldn’t usually post about an individual feature of an update, but we are often asked about support for these two languages and have many good customers that make use of them.

With Android 4.3 Hebrew and Arabic is supported on the home screen, in settings and can be used in the Phone (dial pad) app and with People and Keep apps.

We should point out that at present the update will only apply to devices that are updated to Android 4.3, but now that it has been built into the stock offering we should start to see it included with manufacturer skins in the near future.

On a similar note, Android has also been translated for Africaans, Amharic (አማርኛ), Hindi (हिंदी), Swahili (Kiswahili), and Zulu (IsiZulu), which are all available in 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality explained

With the recent announcement of the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony came some new terminology in the smartphone world: “TRILUMINOS” and “X-Reality”. But what do these actually mean? And how do they benefit us? This post aims to decipher the technicalities behind the terminologies.


The Xperia Z Ultra is equipped with the very latest screen technology development from Sony’s BRAVIA TV engineers. The 6.4” high-resolution TRILUMINOS display comes with a 1920 x 1080 display, resulting in very crisp images free of jagged edges. The display has a pixel density of 342 pixels per inch which, in comparison to the Samsung Note 2’s PPI of 267, is market leading. TRILUMINOS display from Sony presents rich, deep and authentic colours with subtle tones. Hard to reproduce colours including reds, blues and greens appearing bold and sharp. The new display technology from Sony appears to be innovative and unique, it ultimately delivers a wider colour gamut resulting in a heightened experience with a greater sense of depth. When compared to a standard LCD display the TRILUMINOS display certainly takes the honours with a wider range of colours to choose from, see picture below:

Triluminos display comparison

X-Reality for mobile

This is the latest development of Sony’s picture engines, X-Reality enables you to see everything on the Xperia Z Ultra’s screen the way it should be seen. Everything is analysed and selectively processed by the X-Reality technology to produce clear, clean and lifelike pictures, this is not before the unique noise reduction feature works its magic, however. Some components of an image the X-Reality technology analyses include; texture, outline, colour, contrast and noise reduction, all to create the best possible viewing experience for you with your Xperia Z Ultra.

X-Reality example

Pixel reproduction: The resolution technology from Sony analyses each individual pixel in an image and reproduces ones that it believes are lacking with an aim to give you the sharpest images around.

Texture and outline improvement: X-Reality aims to enhance elements of an image by rendering the texture and sharpening the outlines of images, resulting in a crisp and clear picture.

Colour and contrast enhancement: The Intelligent Image Enhancer reproduces the vividness of the image in its original colour. Pictures are selectively optimised by enhancing the contrast, making images look more detailed and true to life.

Noise reduction: Intelligent Noise Reduction decreases noise which can sometimes occur in high-motion scenes or footage shot in low-light conditions. As a result, images become clearer and smoother.



In an attempt to dispose of that all frustrating screen glare Sony have eliminated a layer of air in the construction of the screen on the Ultra, this brings the touch panel closer to the display. Labelled “OptiContrast”, the panel aims to reduce reflection and enable a clearer view of the screen, even in bright sunlight. This also creates a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off. With the removal of the layer Sony have integrated the sensor on the lens, this has increased the responsiveness of the screen, therefore your touch is more effective with the Xperia Z Ultra and the experience more intuitive.


(1) Lens
(2) Removed air layer
(3) Sensor layer
(4) Display


With all these exciting features coming to the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony we can’t wait to get our hands on one to show you them working in the flesh! Keep an eye on our blog for updates on this one.