Sony Xperia XZ Premium officially released in the US

Exactly one week after it started taking pre-orders for the Xperia XZ Premium in the US, Sony is now officially selling the smartphone stateside. The handset, which is Sony’s newest flagship, can be bought from Amazon and Best Buy, and is offered unlocked for $799.99.

As you can see following the source links below, right now, only the black and chrome (silver) versions of the Xperia XZ Premium are in stock at Amazon and Best Buy. Both retailers say they will have a pink model in stock starting July 3.

The Xperia XZ Premium is a water-resistant, Android …


PlayStation Video app for Android TV released in the Google Play

The PlayStation Video application for Android phones and tablets is available in the Google Play for quite a while. Today, Sony expanded the reach of PlayStation Video to Android TV.

Android TV owners can now search for the PlayStation Video app in the Google Play and decide whether to download it or not. The application allows you to buy or rent movies, as well as stream favorite movies and shows directly on your Android TV.

With PlayStation Video, you also have access to PS Video library, but you’ll also be able to access your PS3 and PS4 systems. …

June's Android distribution figures are released; Android 6.0 is now on top

If it’s the first week of the new month, it must be time to take a look at the latest Android distribution numbers. And as you might suspect, the percentage of Android phones using the latest Android 7.0-7.1.1 builds (Nougat) has increased. This time, the addition amounts to 2.4 percentage points, thus taking Nougat’s share to 9.5%. The biggest slice of the pie belongs to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), which now can be found on 31.2% of Android devices. That is followed by the 30.8% of Android flavored phones and tablets that are powered by Android 5.0-5.1 (Lollipop). Last month it was Lollipop that …

Second beta of watchOS 3.2.3 released by Apple to developers

Apple has released to developers today, the second beta version of watchOS 3.2.3. If you’re not a registered developer, you will have to wait for Apple to push out the final version of the build. Because it is impossible to downgrade software on the Apple Watch, Apple allows beta versions of watchOS to be made available to developers only. The last new release for consumers, watchOS 3.2.2, was released two weeks ago.

The first beta of watchOS 3.2.3, which was seeded to developers just a week ago, contained no new features of note, or even bug fixes. This probably indicates that the new beta …

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should be released next month, will feature a new digital assistant

Officially announced earlier today, Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is undoubtedly one of the most interesting handsets we’ve seen in recent years. The phone is partially made out of titanium (which provides extra toughness), sports a 5.7-inch near-bezel-less display with 1312 x 2560 pixels, and is powered by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 835 processor – certainly, this device will go head to head with all the relevant flagships of 2017.

While the Essential Phone can already be reserved in the US, an exact release date for it hasn’t been provided. Fortunately, …

Telegram 4.0 released with video message support, Telescope and Bot Payments

The team behind Telegram has just announced a range of new features that are now available in the latest version of the application. Telegram 4.0 has been recently released to include important new functions like video messages and Telescope.

Once you download Telegram 4.0, you’ll be able to send video messages to your contacts. Simply head to any chat on Telegram and tap the mic icon to switch to camera mode. Then, tap and hold the camera icon and record your video message.

The application compresses video messages and sends them even as they are being …

Google Contacts 2.0 released on Android with new UI, lots of tweaks

The last major update Google’s Contacts app received dates from last year, but with the upcoming launch of Android O, the Mountain View company thought it’s time to refresh the Android app and give it a new look.

The new Contacts 2.0 has been recently released in the Google Play, but an official changelog has yet to be published. The good news is many of the changes included in the update are pretty obvious for anyone using the app on a regular basis.

Contacts 2.0 is all about design, as the app received lots of design enhancements and minor UI tweaks, which should make it more user-friendly. …

Beta version of Apex Launcher released, stable app coming soon

Once among the most popular Android launchers, Apex Launcher had been left unattended for the last two years, but that’s about to change as developers announced last month they will start updating the app soon.

However, before launching new updates to Apex Launcher, the developer want users feedback, which is why they plan to kick off a beta program that will allow them to test new features and improvements before they go live in the Google Play store.

Those who wish to join the beta program should know that the beta version of Apex Launcher will replace …

Big time Android flaw won't be fixed until next build is released

A serious flaw discovered on Android by cyber security firm Check Point is known by Google, but won’t be fixed until the next build of the Android OS is released later this year. The flaw can lead to a number of malware attacks resulting in “ransomware, banking malware and adware.” And while Android O does remove this vulnerability from the software, it still leaves a large number of phones not expected to receive the upgrade, wide open for attack.

It all revolves around a permissions category that contains one permission, SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW. Originally added with Android Marshmallow, this …

Arrow Launcher 3.4 released with option to create app shortcuts, new Notes card

Arrow Launcher is getting yet another important update that adds new features and improvements. If you’ve been following our latest news about Microsoft’s Android launcher, then you might find the list of changes quite familiar.

About a month ago, the beta version of Arrow Launcher received similar improvements with the promise they will be made available to a wider audience if no serious issues appear during beta testing.

Among the many new features added in version 3.4, it’s worth pointing out the ability to create app shortcuts. Also, Arrow Launcher …