Need some new flash storage in your life? Maybe a micro SD card to hold your growing movie and music collections? Amazon has you covered today, with a 60% off sale on many of Sony’s flash storage products.
A 16GB micro SD card can be had for $7.99. That’s kind of nuts to think about. If you need more, a 32GB card runs just $11.99; 64GB for $25.99.
And if micro SD is not what you need, maybe a full sized memory card for your camera or a USB drive will do the trick. Yep, those are on sale too.
According to Xperia Blog, trackers of all things Sony Xperia, the chances of the Xperia Z4 or another flagship phone from Sony debuting at MWC in a month are slim. Their sources suggest that Sony is waiting for the “summer” to let loose their next set of phones. (more…)
The Sony XperiaZ2…errr…Z3v (our review) on Verizon is receiving its first update today to software version 23.0.E.1.44. The update isn’t major, nor does it include VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0. From the looks of the changelog, we are greeted with a bloatware updater, bug squasher, and minor UX tweaker.
Things like a reduction in mobile data notifications during calls, a simplified access to email notification settings, and improved NFC performance are all listed below. Bloatware like the Lifelog app is seeing some improvements as well. (more…)
While there is likely data out there on the Internet to support which OEM comes through the most consistently with regard to OTA updates, user perception is just, if not more important when it comes to deciding which phone you will purchase.
For the longest time, it seemed that no OEM was really better than any other, until Motorola and HTC decided to make it a race, with HTC going as far as promising updates to the newest version of Android within 90 days for their flagship devices. When someone buys a phone, they want to know their device will continue to see support, so many of you may opt for Nexus devices, assuming Google will provide you with the quickest. However, since Google makes the software, they have a bit of an unfair advantage in this competition, so we have decided to leave them out of this poll.
From how we see it, HTC and Motorola currently sit on top of the OTA update mountain, with Samsung, Sony, and LG trailing. Now, it’s up to you to tell us how you feel on the situation. Below, we have two polls – one which asks who is the quickest OEM to send OTA update, and one asking who is the slowest. Make sense?
Feel free to share your thoughts on the OTA update playing field below.
When Sony announced a new Walkman during its press event at CES yesterday, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. As an owner of previous Walkman players, back in the 90s, I was excited to see how Sony would market one which runs Android and looks much like a smartphone.
Sony expects to price the Walkman NW-ZX2 around $1000, shipping it with Android 4.2.2, which is apparently the most stable build of Android released. When asked, a Sony representative stated that the company was more focused on delivering a consistent and smooth experience, not running the latest build of Android. Needless to say, it is possible Sony will not spend many resources on updating the Walkman anytime soon to Lollipop. (more…)
Press day at CES is quickly coming to a close, but before we start shutting it down for the night, Sony needs to do their song and dance. They host an event up at the Las Vegas Convention Center, rather than at Mandalay Bay with the rest of the crowd, so Tim is on site, ready to see what’s up.
Earlier reports were suggesting that we may see a new Xperia phone or two, but Xperia Blog tried to warn everyone this morning to not expect much in terms of new phones. In fact, they are under the impression that on an Android front, we may only see an Android TV from Sony and nothing else. (more…)
CES 2015 starts on Sunday. Seems a little crazy that it’s back already, I know, but that’s what we get during the second week of every new year – a trip to Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we are headed into the desert once again to see what major electronics manufacturers have in store, even if there is very little focus on mobile or Android these days. The show is still a big enough deal that we need to at least show up to find out.
Keep in mind that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) isn’t what it was four or five years ago. There was a time that it was a really big deal for mobile enthusiasts. It once was a show where new flagship phones were announced from all of the big players, but those show up less and less anymore. Now, we typically get one from Sony, maybe another from LG, and that’s about it. There are wearables and tablets galore, most of which are terrible products from companies you have never heard of that you would never buy, but they have their moment in the news cycle.
Media outlets put up big stages, try to tell you that this week is going to be “Huge!” and that you must tune into their ridiculously over-the-top coverage because it will be the best CES yet, but they are lying. CES is mostly boring these days. Well, unless you like TVs and the technology that goes into cars. Yes, TVs and automobiles now dominate CES. (more…)
2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.
We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.
We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?