Qualcomm: Forget Samsung! All These Other Huge…Errr…Awesome Manufacturers Love the Snapdragon 810!

What happens when a multi-billion dollar company loses its biggest customer and has to adjust its earnings for the 2nd half of a year? Apparently, they turn to all their much smaller, aren’t-going-anywhere-because-we-can’t customers for uplifting quotes on why their product is still the best! With Samsung deciding to pass on the Snapdragon 810 (for who knows what real reasons), companies like LG, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony, and Oppo have come out in support of the new chip, along with an assurance from Qualcomm that 60 “premium tier” mobile devices will hit the streets in the coming weeks and months with the 810 inside.  (more…)

Deal: Sony Micro SD Cards for as Little as $8 at Amazon Today Only

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.

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Sony Xperia Z3v Gets Update to 23.0.E.1.44, Fixes Bugs

The Sony Xperia Z2…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…)

Tuesday Poll: In Your Mind Who Updates Android Devices the Fastest? Slowest?

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.

Which OEM updates their devices the quickest?

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hands-on and Tour

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…)

Live: Sony’s CES 2015 Press Event!

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 Sunday: A Quick Preview

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…)