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[Deal Alert] Sony's Xperia XZ Premium dips to $585 on Amazon ($214 off)

[Deal Alert] Sony's Xperia XZ Premium dips to $585 on Amazon ($214 off)

In what could be considered unsurprising, it seems that Sony's Xperia XZ Premium has dropped below $600 over on Amazon. The pink model is currently going for $584.99, meaning you'll save $214, and the silver version is just a tad higher at $585.99, $213 off the launch price of $799.

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Android may hide sensitive numbers from the call log in future versions to protect victims

Android may hide sensitive numbers from the call log in future versions to protect victims

For victims of crime or domestic violence, every little bit of help is welcome. Many countries have police stations, support centers, and hotlines that can be reached, but the one thing you wouldn't want is for your attacker to see that you called one of them. That's why it makes sense to hide these numbers from the call log automatically instead of leaving it to the frightened victim to figure out how to delete a call from their history.

The idea isn't novel and ROMs like LineageOS have implemented it many months ago, but now it seems like it might become part of Android: two commits have been submitted by Spanish phone manufacturer BQ and by Sony to the AOSP code to help with this.

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Sony's Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Marshmallow Concept Is Now Live For Testers, And You Can Try It Out For Yourself

Sony's Xperia Z3 And Z3 Compact Marshmallow Concept Is Now Live For Testers, And You Can Try It Out For Yourself

Few Android OEMs take their updates as seriously and as extensively as Sony does, and Marshmallow is no exception. Ever since the source code for Android 6.0.0 was released by Google, the company revealed which devices in its portfolio will get it (hint: they go as far back as the Xperia Z2), released AOSP binaries for a slew of devices including its new Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, and announced concept Marshmallow builds for the Z3 and Z3 Compact that are open for 10,000 testers. Now these builds are starting to roll to users who signed up for them and you have more opportunities to try them out if you own a compatible smartphone.

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33 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (9/23/14 - 10/6/14)

33 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (9/23/14 - 10/6/14)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Sony Announces Android 4.3 OTA Rollout And New Software Features For The Xperia Z1 And Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Announces Android 4.3 OTA Rollout And New Software Features For The Xperia Z1 And Xperia Z Ultra

It's been a busy week or two for Sony fans. First we get a Google Play Edition of the Z Ultra, then the AOSP On Xperia project expands to the low-cost Xperia L, and now owners of Sony's high-end phones are starting to get their long-awaited Jelly Bean 4.3 updates. According to this Sony blog update, both the Xperia Z1 and the enormous Z Ultra should be getting the over-the-air update starting today, at least for unlocked versions.

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But wait, there's more! Sony's also adding in a bunch of features to its customized build of Android, most notably updating all the Sony apps on both phones to their latest versions.

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CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Now Available For The LG G Pad 8.3, But Don't Try Flashing It On The Google Play Edition Yet

CyanogenMod 11 Nightlies Now Available For The LG G Pad 8.3, But Don't Try Flashing It On The Google Play Edition Yet

Would you look at that. Just one day after the Google Play Edition of LG's G Pad 8.3 went on sale, the CyanogenMod team gets an Android 4.4 build out for the standard retail version. A new CyanogenMod 11 nightly is available for the "LG V500."

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But if you're planning on flashing this to your shiny new Google Play Edition tablet, you should hold off. CyanogenMod team member Ricardo Cerqueira says that the retail V500 build won't work on the G Pad 8.3 GPE, model number V510. The team will need to modify the installation procedure in order to get everything squared away, though I doubt it will take them long.

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Sony Xperia 5 bootloader becomes unlockable as it joins Open Devices program

Sony Xperia 5 bootloader becomes unlockable as it joins Open Devices program

Sony has managed to gain a lot of fans among developers thanks to its Open Devices program. It's an initiative that brings Android Open Source Project (AOSP) builds to some of the company's devices and allows developers to adapt and change the code. It also makes it easier to unlock the bootloader and install custom ROMs. Sony has announced that the latest phone to become part of the Open Devices program is the Xperia 5.

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Sony Xperia S Added To Android Open Source Project As First Experimental Device

Sony Xperia S Added To Android Open Source Project As First Experimental Device

The head of Google's Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Jean-Baptiste Queru, made an interesting proposal recently. He added a new device to the AOSP repository, but this is no Nexus variant. Queru created an empty git project for the Sony Xperia S, but he needs the community to get behind the initiative. This will be the first device not designed under Google's supervision to be supported under AOSP, and that could be a big deal.

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AOSP has been getting more robust as time drags on. Back in the pre-Froyo days there was only a little usable code posted for hardware targets, but more recent Android releases have included exact source files.

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Sony Releases An AOSP-Based Recovery For Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, T2 Ultra, T3, M2, And E3 Phones

Sony Releases An AOSP-Based Recovery For Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, T2 Ultra, T3, M2, And E3 Phones

Sony is continuing its odd support for modifications and software based on Android's open source core. Today they're releasing a collection of flashable recovery partitions for some phones - technically these count as "custom" recoveries, but they're based on AOSP, and therefore pretty close to what you'd find on Nexus devices. Sony's intro video does state that the recovery can restore data, flash custom ROMs, and boot to multiple ROMs, something that most stock recoveries can't handle.

The new recovery is available on the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3, all of which need to be unlocked at the bootloader level and running the latest "generic" software from Sony.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 4: Bluestacks, Yakjus And Tweener Spots

[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 4: Bluestacks, Yakjus And Tweener Spots

The Android Police Podcast is back for another week of... whatever it is we do. Let's get down to it, this week's topics are:

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