The CES 2015 is about to kickoff in Las Vegas, and leaks are already coming. The latest leak is giving us a look at what Sony is preparing for us on its conference. According to the leak is looks like Sony will be releasing New Walkman device, bringing its old line-up back to live.
The Japanese company didn't ditch its Xperia line-up. Sony is refining the formula behind the aforementioned model by introducing a curvy frame that, again, has all the controls on the side. If the seeming predecessor of this new audiophile gadget is any reference, we'd expect at least 128GB of storage, a 4-inch, 480 x 854 pixel resolution display, and over 32 hours of continuous playback of MP3-encoded audio at 128kbps.
Android users across the world are probably eagerly waiting for roll out of the Android 6 Marshmallow update for their smartphones. While many OEMs are yet to officially confirm the dates, they have listed the devices which will be getting the latest OS update from Google.
It is currently pre-packaged with few smartphones like Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P and HTC One A9. The LG G4 users from Poland and South Korea have got upgraded to Android 6.0. Here is the status update of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for smartphones from different brands.
The Marshmallow update is scheduled to be rolled out to Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note 5 in the next month and In January 2016, the update will be shipped for Galaxy S6 Edge+, S6 Edge and S6 handsets. In February 2016, the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge are supposed to receive it. By the end of April 2016 this update will be available for the Galaxy S5.
As Android M has been rolled out for LG G4 users in certain regions, it is expected that this update will be available for other device across the globe. In Poland update will be received by Dec. 16 or 18. It's quite likely that the newly released LG V10 and LG Class phones will also get the update soon.
We can see from the chart released by HTC that the HTC One M9 and M8 will get the update by the end of 2015.
Other handsets that are eligible to receive the upgrade are - One M9+, One E9+, One E9, One ME, One E8, One M8 Eye, Butterfly 3, Desire 826, Desire 820 and Desire 816. Exact timeframe is yet to be released.
The Moto X Pure Edition (2015), Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto G (2015), Moto X Pure Edition (2014), Moto X (2014), Moto G (2014), Moto G LTE (2014), Droid Turbo, Moto MAXX (2014), and Moto Turbo (2014) are the device that are officially approved by Motorola to avail the Android 6.0 update. This list will also include the newly released Droid Turbo 2 and Droid MAXX 2.
Sony is yet to release any official timeframe to release the Marshmallow update for its smartphones. However, it has revealed that the smartphones like Android 6.0: Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z3+, Z3 Compact, Z2, M5, C5 Ultra, C4 and M4 Aqua will also get the update.
Later last week, Sony Pictures firm got hacked and the hackers stole very sensitive data as an objection on Sony's latest movie "The Interview" that makes fun of the North Korean dictator Kim. Yesterday, the U.S. Pres. Obama said FBI confirmed that North Korea was behind the Hacking attack and the 9/11 attack threats made if Sony released the movie.
North Korea has ratcheted the absurdity level of the Sony hack up a notch by again pleading its innocence and even offering to help find the real perpetrators. North Korea is so anxious to help in the investigation that it used some particularly bellicose language in warning the US of "grave consequences" if it doesn't undertake a joint probe. While on the one hand denying culpability, the rogue nation's propaganda arm KCNA nevertheless went on in great detail about how the Interview "defamed its dignity," and said it would retaliate if the US refuses to work with it.
For now, the movie is still on hold, a decision that was criticized by President Obama and others. However, Sony said yesterday that it hadn't been cowed and may still release the Seth Rogan/James Franco film.
There is no doubt about the potential that VR holds for the future of entertainment and now some of the biggest names in the business have joined forces in order to initiate the largest promotional campaign for VR till date. The Global Virtual Reality Association or GVRA comprises of Facebook Oculus, HTC Vive, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Google, Acer Starbreeze and of course, Samsung.
The group will be responsible for developing, as well as setting software and hardware standards for everything related to the virtual reality business. The campaign is set forward to not only standardize and control the VR market, but also to make VR more popular, attractive, useful and consumer friendly all around the world. As most of the major players in the business have now united (barring a few like Microsoft) under one organization, research and development will probably reach new heights faster than ever before. However, it will be interesting to see if they can make the technology more appealing and affordable for the general masses all around the globe.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Sony SmartWatch 3 quietly made its way to the Google Play store. The Japanese manufacturer's first Android Wear device is listed as coming soon.
The wearable gadget is priced at $249.99. The price tag positions the IP68 certified Sony SmartWatch 3 as a premium Android Wear offering it costs as much as the Moto 360.
The Smartwatch 3 is set to release officially Next Month (November,2014). There is no info about Android Wear 2.0 announcement.
Smartwatches are invading the wearables market and Sony is deciding to take a step ahead. According to Bloomberg report, Sony is said to be making a new Smartwatch whose surfaces are made entirely from E-Paper. The watch is said to "emphasize style, rather than trying to outdo more technological offerings."
This Sony smartwatch will focus on style and customization, using e-paper all around the watch will allow users to completely change the style and look of the watch from the Face down to the Strap.
The project is apparently the first to come out of a new innovation center set up by Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. Intended to produce Sony's next breakthrough product-the Walkman or PlayStation of its time-it's not yet produced anything game changing. There is no expected release date for this watch but we expect it on markets by 2016.
Good News! Sony has Officially released a list of all its Xperia devices that has been confirmed to receive the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
List of Sony Xperia devices to get Marshmallow 6.0 update:
• Xperia Z5
• Xperia Z5 Compact
• Xperia Z5 Premium
• Xperia Z4 Tablet
• Xperia Z3+
• Xperia Z3
• Xperia Z3 Compact
• Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
• Xperia Z2
• Xperia Z2 Tablet
• Xperia M5
• Xperia C5 Ultra
• Xperia M4 Aqua
• Xperia C4
The update will be available as Over-the-air (OTA), However, The company didn't provide a specific time for the roll-out yet but Sony users should expect it by early next year... depending on their market/region.
Android 5.0 Lollipop Final version is coming Later This Month, Google already released the SDK 5.0 along with Lollipop Final Source code few days ago and Now all manufactures is preparing to update their devices and many of them already announced that they will update some of their latest flagships with Android 5.0 / 5.0.1 / 5.0.2 Lollipop.
YouMobile Gathered all the confirmed devices that will get Android 5.0 Lollipop update in one list, We are Regularly Updating this List and Adding new devices once we got a confirmation from the manufacture that this device will get the update or already got it.
Check If your Device is Listed: (Regularly Updated)
Google Play Edition
- HTC One M8 [Updated]
- HTC One M7 [Updated]
- Samsung Galaxy S4 [Updated]
- Moto G [Updated]
- Sony Z Ultra [Updated]
- LG G Pad 8.3 [Updated]
Samsung [Check Status Page]
- Moto X [Rolling-out]
- Moto X 2014 [Rolling-out]
- Moto G [Rolling-out]
- Moto G 4G
- Moto G 2014 [Rolling-out]
- Moto E
- Droid Ultra [March,2015]
- Droid Maxx [March,2015]
- Droid Mini [March,2015]
- Xperia Z
- Xperia ZL
- Xperia ZR
- Xperia Z1
- Xperia Z1s
- Xperia Z Ultra
- Xperia Z1 Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Xperia Z3 [Updated]
- Xperia Z3v [Feb,2015]
- Xperia Z3 Compact [Feb,2015]
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact [Feb,2015]
HTC [Schedule Here]
- One M8 [Rolling-out]
- One M8 Dual-SIM [Delayed]
- One E8 [Delayed]
- One E8 Dual-SIM [Delayed]
- One M7 [Feb,2015]
- One M7 Dual-SIM [Delayed]
- One Butterfly 2
- One Desire 816
- One Desire Eye
- One Max
- One mini
- One mini 2
- SHIELD Tablet [Updated]
- OnePlus One [Updated]
- Oppo N1
- Oppo N1 mini
- Oppo Find 7
- Oppo Find 7a
- Oppo N3
- Oppo R5
Sony released the Xperia Z5 series loaded with top notch features in selected regions across the globe. This variant was not available in the US till now. However, the "Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's" unlocked, international variant can now be purchased via Amazon and Expansys.
You should note that the Xperia Z5 Premium available via Amazon and Expansys won't come with U.S. warranty. The retailers have listed both single SIM and dual SIM options of the Z5 handset and both of the variants will support LTE connectivity. But, the handset will work only under AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM network carriers, as CDMA support is not available.
Coming to price, Amazon's Xperia Z5 Premium will cost $733, whereas from Expansys the same can bought for $779.99. The USP of this smartphone is the 4K display resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. This device is reportedly the "world's first smartphone" with 4K display.
Specifications wise, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will boast a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display. The screen size along with 4K resolution translates to a magnificent 806 ppi pixel density resulting in outstanding viewing experience. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor backed by 3GB RAM. Although currently the OS is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, it can be upgraded to Marshmallow.
As per @Ricciolo1, a well-known leakster, Sony is aiming to upgrade its Xperia Z5 series to Android 6.90 Marshmallow in January and for older models the same update is planned shortly after the Z5.
Marshmallow comes with a bunch of improvements, optimizations and features that'd be very useful to any smartphone. Battery life improvements and performance boosts are the most noticeable changes to the software. But this is a rumour; nothing is fixed and there is no solid timeline. So take this with a pinch of salt.
Sony has been really good with getting the older devices updated. The Xperia Z (not the Z1) was upgraded all the way to Lollipop 5.1.1, although it had an older Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Just like many flagships devices that were launched last year (apart from the One A9), the Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the many still operating on Lollipop.
It would be quite interesting to see what Sony has planned for their version of Marshmallow. We know that Sony has been working on a near-stock Android build for sometime and by using the Marshmallow's Doze feature in conjunction with their own proprietary battery saving software, the battery life in many devices can be enhanced.
Courtesy of GSM Arena, we are now able to take a look at the Sony Xperia F8331 prior to its launch. In case you are not aware, the F8331 is the upcoming flagship smartphone from Sony and it is supposed to be released in 2016. From what we can see, the device looks quite different in comparison to its predecessors and will probably sport a larger display as well. At the back, the position of the camera and the dual-tone flash have been tweaked slightly to give it a new look. A separate panel at the back and near the bottom can also be seen, which looks similar to an antenna window.
There's also the USB Type-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, a NFC antenna and the much loved front facing stereo speakers. We found the device to be gorgeous and the specs look promising so far. There might be a few complains about Sony going with a Full HD display for the F8331 instead of a QHD or even 4K display, but considering how much of a battery hog those can be, we are not complaining. You can still shoot 4K videos with both the front and the rear cameras though.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Sony Xperia XA has just been made official by the Japanese OEM and from what we know so far, it's going to be a mid-range device. The phone looks beautiful thanks to the metal build and color options (Black, White and Lime Gold), but it isn't a slouch under the hood either. The Mediatek Helio P10 SoC will power the device, supported by 3GB of RAM and managed by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The in-built memory is nothing to write home about as it's limited to 16GB, but fortunately, there is a micro-SD card slot on the XA Ultra.
What we found a bit strange is Sony's use of only a 2,700mAh battery to power the giant 6-inch Full HD bezel less display sported by the Ultra. Considering the screen size and the demanding SoC, the battery seems insufficient. However, Sony doesn't agree and has even gone on to declare that the Ultra will last for two consecutive days after a full charge. It does support quick charging and according to Sony, charging the smartphone for only ten minutes will be sufficient to use it for the next five and a half hours.
The highlight of the device is its front camera, which is rumored to be the best in class sensor from Sony. The 16-megapixel "selfie" cam has optical image stabilization, gesture shutter and even a flash for snapping selfies in dark surroundings. Not to be outdone, the rear camera with hybrid autofocus comprises of a beastly 21.5-megapixel sensor. If you are excited about the Xperia XA Ultra, it is due to be launched in July, but no details about the price of the device have been made public yet. Stay tuned to know more.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
This year in February, Sony decided to introduce the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. At the same time they also phased out the Z series. Now, we are expecting another member to join the brand new series. This is about Xperia X Premium, which will be the next device to take the place of Z5 Premium. This smartphone was the very first device with capability to display media in 4K format. Apparently the display screen will be the point of differentiation for Xperia X Premium as well.
It will sport an HDR display, which will be a first for smartphones (but it is gradually becoming a norm in TVs). That would mean that the device will be able to display 1.07 billion colors, in comparison to the 16.8 million color depth of various other smartphones.
The Xperia X Premium will also come with 120Hz refresh rate, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and the display panel will be the brightest among all the available smarphones. It will package 1,000 nits of "white brightness" and could extend upto 1,300 nits, which more than two times of what Samsung Galaxy S7 can achieve (539 nits).
The next smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC from Qualcomm, backed by 3GB of RAM. A USB Type-C connector will also be there. But, there are very few news about the actual launch date of this device.
The Sony Xperia Z has been confirmed for the US market but unfortunately, it won't sport the fingerprint scanner on the side like its international counterpart. We are not exactly sure why Sony decided to leave out the fingerprint scanner for the US version, but we are guessing it must be a patent issue. Whatever the reason may be, it is kind of hard to recommend a flagship smartphone with a premium price tag that doesn't even sport a feature which has become so rudimentary now that even $100 phones sport them.
The Xperia XZ will hit the US on October 2, with a 700 dollar (USD 699.99) price tag. The handset will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, IP68 certified water and dust resistance, a 2,900mAh battery and an attractive design which will come in Mineral Black, Forest Blue, Deep Pink and Platinum color options. There's also a whopping 23-megapixel rear mounted snapper, a 13-megapixel selfie cam and a 1080p 5.2-inch IPS LCD display. Considering that there are cheaper and may be even better options out there, will the Sony brand name be enough to lure you away from them?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Sony is updating the Xperia M5 and M5 Dual this month with a security patch and an upgrade to Android 5.1 Lollipop. E5603, E5606 and E5653 are the three versions of the M5 that are going to receive the updates. Similarly, E5633 and E5663 are the two versions of the M5 Dual that qualifies for the OTA update package. It should be noted though, that there is confusion in regard to whether or not the Xperia M5 Dual E5643 is excluded by Sony. All information was provided by XperiaBlog and reports suggest that the news is authentic.
If you have the M5 Dual, expect to see the build number to be changed to 30.1.B.1.33 after the update and if you have the single-SIM M5, it will show 30.1.A.1.33 post installation. According to Sony, the new updates will solve a number of issues on the two smartphones and will improve other aspects. Better control of volume and silent-mode with overall improvements is one of the elements that were highlighted by Sony, along with the newly added ability to control the M5's camera with the Sony SmartWatch 3.
If you are new to installing OTA updates, follow these steps.
- 1. Go to Settings and navigate to About Phone.
- 2. Find System Updates and select Check for Update from there.
- 3. After the system finds the update, Download it.
- 4. Once the download finishes, Restart and Install.
- 5. The device will now reboot into ROM installation mode and you should see the prompt Installing System Update.
- 6. Just wait and the rest will finish automatically. Your smartphone should sport Android 5.1 Lollipop now.
The anticipated Sony Xperia Z3 is Now official, just 6 months after its latest Xperia Z2 flagship. Also Sony revealed is the sequel to the very capable Xperia Z1 Compact, the Xperia Z3 Compact.
The Sony Xperia Z3 runs on a quad-core 2.5GHz MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chip, alongside 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics. There's no 2K screen to be found, as all the new members of the Xperia family feature 1080p displays. The Z3 comes in at 5.2 inches, just like its predecessor.
Sony was able to trim off about 1mm from all of its dimensions as well as 11g off its weight, making it lighter and thinner than the Xperia Z2. The Omnibalance design has been furthered by the inclusion of a high quality metal frame to complement the glass front and rear panels.
A Photo of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has been leaked from an advertising poster that shows the tablet in white. Along with the photo there is also some info about the Z3 tablets's Specs.
According to the source of the information, the tablet packs an 8" IPS display of 1080p resolution. It packs Sony's Triluminos screen with the X-Reality picture processing engine and an additional layer to decrease reflection.
Under the hood, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is said to feature a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chipset with a Quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There's no information whether a microSD card slot is available, but Sony fitting one is more likely than not.
At the back, the tablet features an 8MP camera with an Exmor RS sensor, presumably with LED flash. The battery is rated in the 4500-5000mAh range and connectivity is comprehensive with LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-FI 802.11ac.
The US variants of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be made available in the next month and they won't feature a fingerprint sensor. The suitable placement of the sensor in an elongated power button on the side of the phone was one of the major factors contributing to its popularity. But, it won't be made available in the US versions of these devices.
As per Sony it was a business decision to discard the sensor and to us it surely seems like a completely unexpected move. Certainly it won't contribute to the success of these devices in North america. We hope Sony has a rock solid reason behind this.
Sony's primary concern right now is to get things moving in the US, considering the plethora of problems the Xperia Z4v had during its US launch and problems that made Verizon ditch the device completely. Sony had to release the same device after few months under the Xperia Z3+ brand on Amazon and B&H. But it seems like Sony is on the verge of another botched up product launch.
There is a major unanswered question: why would Sony get rid of one of most popular feature from a flagship device? We'd have wait and watch to check out how the story will unfold and how would Sony tackle the any kind of adverse situation.
Sony has released five teasers on Instagram within a span of only two days that hint an upcoming Xperia device to be revealed on the 12th of this month. What is interesting is the fact that they have also stressed on the device's availability in pink. When we say "stressed" what we mean is that every one of the teasers had a pink image in them; ranging from spilling pink nail polish and pink flowers to pink balloons and pink paint! In light of the recent rumors, the mobile world is expecting a pink variant of Sony's current flagship aka the Xperia Z5, but nothing is official yet.
Apart from the more popular theory about a pink Z5 being introduced on January 12, there is another rumor which theorizes the introduction of a new phone altogether. The Xperia C series is supposedly a new range of upcoming Sony phones that had been leaked a while ago. According to rumors, the Xperia C line will come in a Rose-Gold color variant, allegedly inspired by the iPhone series last year. Many tech theorists are of the opinion that the Sony Xperia C series is what the teasers are about and the Japanese company will be unveiling this new line of smartphones on January 12.
Sony has shared information on its developer blog on how to get started creating HTML5 and Android TV apps for its upcoming TVs and home entertainment systems. In the process, the company also spilled loose details on its upcoming lineup of Android TV products.
Sony TVs running Android TV will start arriving in 2015 with the company waving goodbye to the Google TV platform. Google Cast is also going to be supported on select Bravia models. The company's Blu-Ray and Home Theater system products will support HTML5 apps, too.
Nevertheless, Sony encourages developers to continue supporting previous Google TV-enabled products. We know that this is unlikely to happen as everyone is eyeing the upcoming release of Android TV.
New images of the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra surfaced today in both colors (Black XM50h, White XM50t). Sony has downgraded the specs to make this a more affordable phablet with a 6-inch screen and resolution of 720 x 1280. A quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 powers the handset, which includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage.
A microSD slot is available if more memory is required. A 13MP snapper is on back and a 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. Android 4.3 is pre-installed.
Reports indicates that the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra coming to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and China priced at €399 ($545 USD). More photos below.
Sony deviced to pump-up the price of its new flag-ship, Sony Xperia Z2 in Germany. The device now sales at €679 up from €599 from a couple of days ago.
There's no official word from Sony as to why the price has gone up. However, we suspect recent reports of supply shortages and stock limitations for the company's latest flagship to be the culprit here. Xperia Z2 price in the UK is £564 SIM-free in major retailers.
Today, a DigiTimes report revealed that Sony will adopt liquid heat-pipe cooling technology for its new products, starting with the Xperia Z2, which seems to be the reason behind why the Z2 is delayed to June,2014 for the launch. Samsung and Lenovo were also looking up the technology together with Taiwan-based thermal module makers. While specialized heat pipes for smartphones are already available for mass production, the two technological giants decided against adopting them for the time being.
Compared to PC and laptop heat-pipes, which range from 0.003 inches (0.8mm) to 0.08 inches (2mm) in diameter, smartphone pipes measure only 0.02 inches (0.6mm). They are said to have better heat-dissipation effects than graphite carbon fiber sheets. Although cooling technology doesn't seem to be an obstacle for device performance right now, heat pipes could become common in next year's flagship models. It goes without saying that, as chipsets and basebands grow increasingly powerful, they will be emitting larger amounts of heat.
Heat-Pipe Cooling Technology
Heat pipes are hollow metal pipes filled with a liquid coolant that moves heat by evaporating and condensing in an endless cycle. As the lower end of the Heatpipe is exposed to heat, the coolant within it starts to evaporate, absorbing heat. As the coolant turns into vapor, it, and its heatload, convect within the heatpipe.
The reduced molecular density forces the vaporized coolant upwards, where it is exposed to the cold end of the Heat pipe. The coolant then condenses back into a liquid state, releasing the latent heat. Since the rate of condensation increases with increased delta temperatures between the vapor and Heat pipe surface, the gaseous coolant automatically streams towards the coldest spot within the Heat pipe.
As the coolant condenses, and its molecular density increases once more, gravitational forces pull the coolant towards the lower end of the Heat pipe. To aid this coolant cycle, improve its performance, and make it less dependant on the orientation of the Heat pipe towards earth gravitational center, modern Heatpipes feature inner walls with a fine, capillary structure. The capillary surfaces within the Heatpipe break the coolants surface tension, distributing it evenly throughout the structure.
As soon as coolant evaporates on one end, the coolants surface tension automatically pulls in fresh coolant from the surrounding area. As a result of the self organizing streams of the coolant in both phases, heat is actively convecting through Heat pipes throughout the entire coolant cycle, at a rate unmatched by solid Heat spreaders and Heat sinks.
Sony seems to be following Samsung on revealing a New Flag-ship phone and in the day too. Samsung already announced that it be releasing the Galaxy Note 4 on Sept,3 IFA event. Today, Sony is also announcing a Exclusive Unveiling Event for a new flagship device, which is the Xperia Z3 of course, Sony picked the same date as Samsung which is September,3rd.
Sony's invitation simply says "You are invited to the IFA 2014 Sony press conference and exclusive booth unveiling", and, how thoughtful of Sony, the event is set to start at 4:15pm local time. The invitation further hints at the products to be announced at the event with a collage of product pictures.
Sony Mobile released 6 Apps that showcase the water resistance of its flagship Xperia smartphones. Sony Underwater Apps is currently Available in the United States for Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z2 via Google Play Store Here.
The apps, which look undeniably fun and goofy, utilize a great deal of clever engineering to work. The end result is an Xperia device that detects and changes behavior when submerged under water.
The abovementioned feat is achieved via a detector, which generates a test tone with frequency beyond that of the human ear. The device uses its dual-microphones to record sounds that are subsequently processed. The resulting spectrograms contain data that helps the device detect if it is in the air or under water.
The Sony Xperia Z3 has an IP68 ratin dust tight and waterproof. But what if you find yourself standing in front of a lake of Coca Cola? Or get stuck in quicksand-like Nutella?
Such sugary questions have arisen in the mind of at least one person because they actually went and tried what would happen if you put an Xperia Z3 in some Coke or a using it as a bread loaf for your Nutella.
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Sony is reported to be working on a 12-inch tablet, a rumor originating with "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" claims. This tablet is reportedly going to become available in the first quarter of next year, so before the end of March.
It will be a high-end slate, and will also feature a stylus, apparently targeting markets with demand for graphics-related applications.
Unfortunately, no other details are known at this point. So far, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is Sony's biggest offering in this space, coming with a 10.1-inch touchscreen.
While the Google Glass project seems to have run its course Sony is picking up the slack with its Single-Lens Display Module. Unlike Glass, Sony's device can be attached to conventional corrective glasses, sunglasses and even goggles. Not much is known about the device itself though the company will make it available next year and will release the SDK to select partners.
The main element is a color OLED microdisplay that projects a 640 x 400 image into your field of vision. The module also contains a processor along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth plus a selection of sensor. The device is based on the SmartEyeglass announced earlier this year.
Sony has been gathering a lot of attention in the past few days with a lot of rumors and speculations about its CES 2015 announcements. It appears that the tech giant has opted to put off major announcements in the mobile division and save the heat for MVC in a few months. This of course means that there is no word yet on a future Xperia Z4 device lineup, which has been a persistent rumor for quite some time now.
Sony users do, however have a lot to be happy about after the presentation and especially owners of devices from the Xperia Z family. The Japanese company has not forgotten its promise to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z3 lineup and according to Michael Fasulo, the company's CEO, first builds for Xperia Z3 devices can be expected as early as next month.
Hot News from CES 2015 today, Sony is bringing back its old "Walkman" brand to the 2015 Android World. The new Walkman device is powered by Android OS and will be priced at $1,200.. which reduces the targeted market size.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is as high-quality as a pocketable player gets it supports FLAC/ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and Bluetooth with SBC/LDAC hi-fidelity codec. Dual-band Wi-Fi is also available for DLNA playback. The player packs a massive 128GB or not so massive considering a single FLAC album is in the hundreds of megabytes, a full gigabyte even. There's a microSD card slot if you run out, but at an ultrabook price we were hoping for a bit more room out of the box.
The Sony Walkman officially runs Android on a 4" screen. The screen is not up to up to par with the audio capabilities. Not that the screen is a crucial part of a music player, but something better than 480 x 854px would have been appreciated.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is also not our top pick. With the whole "will they, won't they" upgrade situation on phones, I don't even want to think what it's like to wait for a music player to be updated.
with a $1,200 Headphones are essential, otherwise the difference between FLAC and MP3 is imaginary. Just saying that you have to add several hundred dollars more if you want this Walkman player. At least it gets decent battery life 60 hours. If you listen to 128Kbps MP3s. If you want to use the player as intended and listen to FLAC, you get about half the battery life, 33 hours.
Purple had become a sort-of trademark color for Sony's premium Xperia Z line, until the Xperia Z3 came along and broke the streak. The fourth-gen Z flagship added Copper and Green to the traditional Black and White color options, but Purple may soon make a comeback.
And not a moment too soon either, the Xperia Z4 family is expected at the MWC 2015 in early March so the window for Z3 launches is closing. ePrice has gotten hold of unreleased product images. It looks like there will be two versions one dark purple and one that's a more traditional Xperia purple.
Reports online suggests that Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone, Sony Xperia Z4 might have been certified by the FCC in the US. It turns out that a unknown Sony smartphone has just visited the agency wearing very little identification. FCC papers show that the device supports LTE bands 2, 5 and 7, which gives away nothing special about the handset.
The latest rumored specs for the Sony Xperia Z4 include two different variations of the phone. A model carrying a 5.2-inch screen with resolution of 1440 x 2560 features a pixel density of 565ppi. Another model with a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution screen offers a pixel density of 424ppi. Both models are equipped with a 64-bit octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor.
In the states, the device will come with 4GB of RAM; in Europe and Asia, the phone will feature 3GB of the stuff. A 20.7MP snapper adorns the back of the handset, while a 5MP "selfie" camera will be found in the front. The 3400mAh battery will keep the lights on, and Android 5.0 will be pre-installed. IP68 certification means that the phone can survive contact with dust and water. The device will be offered in white, black, blue and silver.
It may come as a sad news to some users. Latest rumors indicates that, Sony might Exit the smartphone market in a bid to become profitable once again. The Japanese tech giant's CEO Kazuo Hurai announced at a press conference that Sony will no longer pursue sales growth in the highly competitive field.
Right in line with past reports, Mr. Hirai revealed that the company will consider a sale of its struggling smartphone and television businesses. However, there is no deal currently in the works.
Despite developing quality Android smartphones, Sony has struggled in the highly competitive smartphone field. The company has been sandwiched between rivals such as Apple and Samsung in the high end and the army of Chinese companies in the low end of the market.
Sony invented a new line of microSD cards that can produce better sound if they are made from the right materials and tuned just right to minimize electric noise coming from the card while it's working.
It theory a poorly designed component could interfere with the electric system of a phone or MP3 player and mess up the accuracy of its amps. Though in reality the label is an audiophile placebo that will cost around $155 when it comes out in Japan on March,5th.
Either way, unless you paid twice as much for your headphones than you would for this card and you listen exclusively to FLAC, you don't need the Premium Sound microSD card. And even if you do, you probably still don't need one.
Sony has announced that it will reveal something "slimmer, lighter, brighter" at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC 2015), scheduled to kick off in Barcelona next week. Is it the Xperia Z4 ?
The company posted a teaser image (photo above) on Twitter showing a person holding a white device, which looks similar to the Xperia Z4 tablet that leaked just days ago.The Z4 leak revealed Xperia Z3-like design with rounded metal edges and a 2K display. Stay Tuned!
Sony has just announced a New High-end tablet at the MWC 2015, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 10.1" IPS display of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, which results into a nice pixel density of 300ppi. The display is enhanced by Sony's Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine.
The slate is powered by the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 810 chip, which packs an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 430 and there is 3GB of RAM onboard.
The rest of the Xperia Z4 Tablet specs include 32GB expandable memory, a rear 8MP Sony ExmorRS camera and 5MP wide-angle front selfie snapper, stereo speakers and GSM, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The slate is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery and Sony says it will last 17 hours on video playback.
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, which translates in to a dust-tight shell and waterproof design with endurance for up to 30 minutes into 1.5m deep fresh water.
Sony Mobile made an announcement today regarding the official Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its Xperia devices, sadly this announcement brings some BAD NEWS to few Sony users, as the company will focus only on its main flagship "Xperia Z" series.
Sony surprised everyone by stating via its official Twitter account that the Lollipop update will be released only for the the "Xperia Z" series devices. That means, the Xperia E1, E2, C3, M2, M2 Aqua, T3, and T2 Ultra will not be getting the Lollipop update officially.
@VIVSNO Hi. We can advise that the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is going to be released for the entire Xperia Z series only, we do apologise.— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) March 4, 2015
This decision will affect the sales of its current non-Z series devices on the market, like the Xperia M4 Aqua for example, as these devices may not get future updates. However, Xperia users that won't get the update can still flash custom Lollipop ROMs but this will void their warranty.
Sony skipped the MWC 2015 and didn't announce any new device, many of its fans are getting impatient to see the Xperia Z4. So far, all we got is rumors and nothing is confirmed. The Japanese tech giant is definitely taking its time with it's 2015 flagship.
Today brings a new leak, which allegedly reveals the sony Xperia Z4 dimensions 146.3 x 71.9 x 7.2mm, which is almost identical to the Xperia Z3, which measures 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm. Its display should be 5.2-inches, so the body doesn't really need to be bigger.
The Xperia Z4 rumored to pack a Snapdragon 810 chipset and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, along with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU. It has been suggested that Sony will launch the Xperia Z4 in both 1080p and QHD versions.
Today, Sony has started rolling-out its official Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact too. Both update are Available Over-the-air starting with the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The Japanese company aims to push the Lollipop for the Xperia Z series phones for other regions in in coming two-three weeks. The new Android 5.0 packaging update brings the Material Design user interface packaged with new themes and wallpapers.
The notifications and lock screen also have been tweaked with an option to customize them. Of course, you can create separate profiles for work and personal time.
Sony is currently rolling-out a new system update to its PlayStation 4 gaming console. The New PS4 2.50 system packs several new features and enhancements like the option to Suspend/Resume the games by using the PS button. A very handy feature to switch from Rest mode and then continue enjoying the game where you left off.
Besides that, you can now backup or restore data like user settings and game data to an external USB drive. Other improvements include better Social connect features and more accessibility options.
After the update, you will also be able to set automatic installation of the system updates. The games running at 60 frames per second also get Remote Play and Share Play on the supported devices (Xperia phones and tablets, PSP... etc).
Good News for Sony users, Sony is already rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet across different regions. In the mean time, the company has promised to release the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra devices the Next week.
2/2 #Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra next week, followed shortly after by T2 Ultra & C3. Then Z Series - more on timings soon.— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) April 7, 2015
Following that, Sony will release the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for the T2 Ultra and C3 smartphones. And finally, the company will roll out the update for the original Z series phones Z, ZL, ZR and Z tablet.
Sony fans are all eagerly waiting for the Sony Xperia Z4, we now have some live photos of the Z4 which shows a device that isn't different from the one that was previously unveiled.
Compared to the Z3, the Xperia Z4 has larger front-facing speakers, but that's the only meaningful change. The new Z4 render can be seen in the slideshow below, alongside some previously leaked photos.
It's said that Sony will release 1080p and Quad HD versions of the Z4, both likely sporting 5.2-inch displays. Other features are expected to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM.
Sony fans are impatiently waiting for its upcoming flagship, Xperia Z4. According to new reports circulating the web Sony is planning to announce its new Xperia flagship smartphone aka "Sony Xperia Z4" on April,20th. Xperia's Z4 specs, press renders, and live photos are already here, which hints at a smartphone that clearly can't take much longer to come.
Even though Sony has little to surprise us with at this point, we're keeping our fingers crossed for an Xperia Z4 announcement eight days before the LG G4 drops. There's a lot to love about Xperia smartphones, and the Z4 is shaping up to be the best one so far with its 5.2-inch high-resolution display, Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3 to 4GB of RAM, 20.7MP main camera, and of course, the signature Sony metal and glass build.
Finally, Sony officially launched the Xperia Z4 in Japan today. Sadly, the Japanese giant announced that Sony Xperia Z4 will be Exclusive to Japan Only and will release a another flagship for the rest of the world.
The Sony Xperia Z4 has a slightly tweaked OmniBalance design with 6.9mm profile with a metal frame running around the sides. Just like the predecessor, the Xperia Z4 brings IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
Sony sticks with 5.2-inch 1080p display and still hasn't succumbed to the QHD wave. Under the hood, it houses a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset armed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. A microSD card slot will let you expand the storage by up to 128GB. By default, the smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.
At the back is a 20.7MP camera with Exmor RS image sensor coupled with the BIONZ image processing engine. Clad with G Lens, the 1/2.3-inch image sensor can offer sensitivity all the way up to ISO12800 to capture well exposed images in poorly lit environments. Along with the usual set of HDR and the imaging modes, Sony has added new 'Cooking Mode' for clicking the best images of your food.
Front side 5MP wide-angle camera with Exmor R sensor has been optimized to take selfies along with new shake feature to record videos with reduced shake.
The Xperia Z4 now supports high quality audio performance for wireless playback. Weighing 144 grams, the Xperia Z4 packs a 2,930 mAh non-removable battery. As of now, there is no word on the price and the launch of this flagship in other markets.
Just last week, the Sony Xperia Z4 become official. Now, we are passing along what is alleged to be a picture of the Sony Xperia Z5. Earlier this month we passed along speculation about the fifth-generation Xperia Z handset that could arrive in the fourth quarter of this year if Qualcomm has the Snapdragon 820 SoC ready by then.
From the picture, we can see that the rear camera will be placed on the top left of the phone, where it has been. The side of the device appears to be metallic. The photo was found on a Weibo site out of China, and the posting mentions "Type-C" which could refer to a USB-C port. This will allow users to plug in a USB-C connector with either side of the plug facing up. The posting also shows the number "9" which could refer to a September unveiling for the phone.
Other rumored specs include a 1440 x 2560 resolution screen, a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM inside, an improved rear camera, the Qualcomm Sense ID fingerprint scanner, and a new design.
Sony has officially announced the official list of the Xperia Devices that will get Android 5.1 Lollipop OTA updates in the upcoming months, officially. The list includes high-end devices from Xperia Z3, Z2 and Z family along with some mid-range devices too.
Android 5.1 Lollipop is currently In-development for lots of Xperia devices and it is scheduled for a July release. The dual SIM flavors of the devices above will be treated with the same update as well.
Here is the list of Xperia devices which will get the 5.1 Lollipop update:
- Sony Xperia Z3 series: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Sony Xperia Z2 series: Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Sony Xperia Z1 series: Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z Ultra GPE
- Sony Xperia Z series: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z
- Sony Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua
- Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
- Sony Xperia C3
Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?
Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !
Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.
Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!
Yesterday, Sony officially announced its New Xperia Z5 line-up for the year. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is Sony's flagship this year and it's the World's first smartphone with a 4K screen resolution
The 4K Triluminos display is an IPS panel has 3,840 x 2,160px resolution, that's four times 1080p or just over 8MP. It puts 806ppi pixel density in the palm of your hand for crystal clarity of 4K footage from Netflix, YouTube or some that you've shot yourself.
The camera captures 4K videos too with improved Intelligent Active Mode and SteadyShot technology for smooth, sharp videos at day and at night. ISO for videos goes up to 3,200, for photos the maximum jumps to 12,800. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a stainless steel frame. It's painted in Black, Gold or the unique Chrome option. The body is IP65/68 rated dust-tight and waterproof with a cap-less USB port.
The phone runs Sony-flavored Android 5.1, naturally, powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset with 3GB of RAM. You get 32GB of storage out of the box and can add up to 200GB more with a microSD card if you need extra room for those 4K videos. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will launch globally in November, pricing will be revealed around that time. It will come in single and dual-SIM versions, both of which support Cat. 6 LTE.
Most Android users are waiting for their Lollipop 5.1.1 update. Sony decided not to leave its royal users with older devices without this important update.
Sony is now rolling-out its official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update (build number 10.7.A.0.222) starting today to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and the Xperia Tablet Z in both Wi-Fi only and LTE-enabled iterations.
Currently only certain variations of these models are receiving the update. For the Xperia Z we're talking about handsets with the model number C6602 and C6603, as well as the C6503 and C6506 Xperia ZL units, C5503-badged Xperia ZR, the SGP311 and SGP312 Wi-Fi-only Tablet Z, and the SGP321 Tablet Z with LTE.
Unfortunately the most important Stagefright exploit has not been fully patched in this release, so we expect to see a further, smaller update coming in the future to address that.