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Don't unlock your Xperia Z3 Compact's bootloader if you don't have to. Photo: Sony

Don’t unlock your Xperia Z3 Compact’s bootloader if you don’t have to. Photo: Sony

You may want to think twice about unlocking your Xperia Z3 Compact’s bootloader if camera quality is important to you. Sony has warned developers that hacking their devices could degrade camera performance in low light, making images look noticeably worse than they did before.


Google appears to have quietly increased the Play Store’s refund window for paid apps and games to two hours for a large number of titles.

The window previously gave buyers only 15 minutes to decide whether or not they wished to keep their download or have their money back — and that’s still the case, according to Google’s refund policy. But one report has found that the window now stays open a whole lot longer in most cases.


While the Android L developer preview gives us a taste of what’s coming this fall, many of the features and improvements that were showcased at Google I/O last month are missing. So are some classic Android functions, including the ability to clear all alerts from the notification pane by tapping just one button.

Fortunately for those already running the Android L preview, there is a third-party workaround that will save you a lot of time and frustration.


The quick settings pane is one of the most useful features in more recent versions of Android, giving users fast and easy to access to a whole bunch of shortcuts and toggles for different settings and functions. The only problem is, we all want quick access to different things — depending on how we use our phones — and Google’s stock options aren’t ideal for all.

Third-parties like Samsung and HTC have addressed this complaint by giving users the option to customize their quick settings pane, and a request in the official Android issue tracker suggests may finally do the same for Android L.

The latest Android distribution figures are in!

The latest Android distribution figures are in!

Google has published the latest distribution figures for the Android operating system. The numbers, were uploaded to the official Developer Dashboard blog and reveal a consistent growth in the amount of users running KitKat (4.4), whilst older versions of the OS continue on their long path towards extinction.

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