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Sony Xperia L: A damn awesome looking cheap android device

DNP Sony Xperia L

Here’s another cool smartphone from Sony. Two years in, and the company appears to have hit a stride with its smartphone portfolio, churning out new Xperias on a consistent basis. And today is no different with the unveiling of the Xperia L, a mid- to low-end effort that places a heavy emphasis on the camera experience. Carrying on the Arc’s legacy, this 4.3-inch handset packs an FWVGA display, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1,700mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), NFC and an 8-megapixel rear shooter with Exmor RS sensor into a conspicuously curved body rounded off with that signature Xperia power key.

Though it lacks the greater resolution and screen size of its 720p sibling the SP, this more budget-friendly device does enjoy an exclusive perk: HDR stills and video. A feature Sony’s included to make the L an attractive point-and-shoot option for budget-minded consumers concerned with style points and not LTE or raw performance. Unsurprisingly, it comes pre-loaded with a trio of Sony’s own media apps — Walkman, Movies and Album — a precedent it set at IFA last year.

Note-Taking Service Google Keep Briefly Appears Before Disappearing Again

GoogleKeep

Note-taking app Google Keep briefly went live earlier today at http://drive.google.com/keep/ before disappearing, but not before Android Police spotted it and took screenshots.

As Android Police notes, Google Keep resembles Google Notebook, which allowed users to clip and organize information from the Web but was discontinued back in January 2009, and Evernote (which was quick to extend a welcome to former Google Notebook users). This isn’t the first time that Google Keep has been spotted, either. Last July, Google accidentally included a screenshot in an official Google+ post that included “save to Google Keep” label.

If Google Keep does indeed officially go live later, it will compete with other note-taking services like Evernote, Pocket, and Onenote. Other apps that might potentially join Google’s (Reader-less) roster include Google Play News and the introduction of Google Now to the company’s Chrome browser.