Sony Xperia X Lineup Available for Pre-Order in US

Late last month, Sony announced a new lineup of devices for the US, the Xperia X family. Included in this lineup is the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra. Each has a different list of specs, and to align with that fact, each has a very different price tag.

The most expensive of the range is the Xperia X Performance, listed at $699 unlocked. It features a 5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 2,700mAh battery, 23MP rear-facing camera, and fingerprint reader.  (more…)

Sony Xperia X Arrives in US on June 26 for $550, X Performance a Month Later at $700

Sony’s new Xperia X line, the series of phones that was introduced back in February at MWC as a replacement for the Xperia Z line, is officially inching closer to a launch here in the US. Sony, probably as an announcement timed to fit nicely into the blast of Computex announcements, told US press today that the Xperia X series will get here just as the summer is kicking off.

The Xperia X is up for pre-order today for $550 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo, and will arrive on June 26. If you want the Xperia X Performance ($699) or the Xperia XA ($279), you can pre-order either on June 19 before they hit stores on July 17. If the Xperia XA Ultra ($369) is the phone for of your dreams, July 24 is your day.  (more…)

Google Lists More Places to Find Android TV, Changes for Android N

Google did not spend too much time detailing changes for the Android TV platform during its opening I/O keynote yesterday, but following the event, plenty of information was posted to the company’s official blog. Not only did Google explain where potential Android TV users could find the platform in new 2016 TV and set-top hardware from various companies, but also explained a few changes we will see once Android N hits the platform.  (more…)

#TBT: It Won’t Happen, But a New Sony Xperia PLAY Would be Cool

At a time when mobile gaming was starting to get a real feel for itself, with new games launching all of the time on the Android Market (before it was Google Play), Sony introduced the Xperia PLAY at MWC in Barcelona. It was essentially a mobile PlayStation. Good idea, right?

The device launched on Verizon in the spring of 2011, but never really caught fire. It featured a 4″ display, 1GHz processor capable of producing 60FPS, 5MP camera, and ran Android 2.3. In 2011 speak, that isn’t all that bad. Imagine if Sony produced something like this in 2016? A PlayStation phone with QHD display, quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and the ability to stream Fallout 4 directly from your PlayStation 4 console at home. That would be dope.  (more…)

Android N (DP2) Now Available for the Sony Xperia Z3

The Android N Developer Preview 2 (DP2) is available for flashing on the Xperia Z3 from Sony, starting today. Announced by the Android Developers group on Google+, Sony has been working close with Google to offer this opportunity to Xperia owners, granting them very early access to Android N. In fact, this is the first time any device other than one directly from Google (Nexus, Pixel, etc), has received access to an official Developer Preview.  (more…)

Watch: This is Sony’s Take on Android 6.0 “Marshmallow”

Sony uploaded a video to its YouTube channel this week, detailing what Xperia folks can expect once their devices are updated to Android 6.0 “Marshmallow.” When and if the update comes to your phone, Sony has turned everything white, and included many of the important features that come native inside of Marshmallow. These features include enhanced app permissions and easier media sharing between friends.  (more…)

RIP: Sony Confirms Xperia Z Line of Phones is Dead

Earlier this week, Sony announced a new lineup of Xperia X devices that would hit the US. More interestingly, the company confirmed this morning that the Xperia Z line of devices is now no more. In a statement, Sony states that the Xperia Z line has “reached its culmination” and that the Xperia X line represents a “new chapter” of the company’s product strategy.  (more…)