Verizon’s Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet Both Get Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Owners of the Sony Xperia Z3v and Xperia Z2 Tablet should be on the lookout for an update over the coming days. Verizon posted changelogs of updates for each device, stating that they should each be receiving Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Honestly, I haven’t kept up with either, but a couple of quick searches on the Google machine suggest that the Xperia Z3v is just now receiving Lollipop with this update and never did see 5.0, 5.0.1, or 5.0.2. Is that correct? If so, woof.  (more…)

Sony’s New Xperia X Phones are Coming to the US

Yesterday, to kick off the opening of the show floor at MWC, Sony announced three new phones for its Xperia line, the Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance. To be honest, we initially looked the other way as they were being announced, because Sony doesn’t typically care about bringing any of its new phones to the US. After all, flagships like the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact only arrived here a few weeks ago, yet were announced months and months ago. But today, Sony is trying to pass along word that they are indeed bringing this new Xperia X line to the US and that they hope to do so in a big way, for once.

So, let’s talk about this new line of phones.  (more…)

HTC One M10 May Use the Same 12MP Camera as the Nexus 6P, but With OIS

When Google announced the Nexus 6P and 5X at an event in San Francisco back in September of last year, they talked a lot about the camera that they put inside of each, calling it the “best all-around” they had ever used. One of the major focuses was on the fact that the camera was capturing 1.55 micron pixels, which meant that it could capture more light on bigger pixels and thus the reason optical image stabilization (OIS) was left out. However, during that event to announce each phone, they wouldn’t come right out and specify the model of the camera, but we knew at the time that it was a 12.3MP Sony sensor that Google claimed was originally built for point-and-shoot cameras. Shortly after the festivities, we learned that they were using the Sony IMX377.

I bring all of this up because according to a long-standing HTC leaker, it may be the same sensor that HTC uses in the upcoming One M10 or “Perfume.”

In a Tweet posted this morning, @LlabTooFeR suggests that HTC is going with a main camera on the One M10 that is a 12MP Sony IMX377 that captures 1.55 micron pixels, has laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus, and optical image stabilization.  (more…)

We Might Only be Two Years Away From Week-Long Battery Life for Phones

According to a report from Bloomberg, smartphone users may see a major upgrade in smartphone battery technology over the next couple of years. In the world of mobile devices, while displays are getting more pixels and processors are getting faster, battery tech has fallen behind. It seems that the only way to see decent battery life from devices would be to throw in large amounts of capacity, or just don’t use your phone all that much. However, thanks to an investment of $7.5 million from an unnamed smartphone maker, the UK’s Intelligent Energy is working to change all of this.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact Now Available in the US

Sony’s latest flagship phones, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, are now available for purchase, officially, in the US. After being announced back in September, these phones looked like potential winners from Sony, but as is always the case, their availability has made them a tough option to even consider at this point. What I mean is that Sony always does this (delaying their phones to the US for months) and it’s really too bad, because they can make a good phone, a really good phone.  (more…)

Sony has Plans for MWC as Well, Announces Press Event

Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off in just over a month in Barcelona. We already know that LG is hosting an event and that Samsung will likely do the same to unveil the Galaxy S7. But what about the others in the game? HTC? Sony? This morning, Sony confirmed that it has plans of some sort set aside for the big mobile conference through an invite sent to specific news outlets.  (more…)

OK, Then: No Fingerprint Sensors for Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in the US

Yesterday, Sony announced that its current flagships, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, would be coming to the US on February 7. We assumed that these unlocked GSM versions of the phones they released elsewhere months ago were exactly the same as when originally introduced. Boy were we wrong. According to The Verge, who received a clarification later yesterday afternoon from Sony, each phone will be missing fingerprint sensors.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact Coming to US on February 7 (Updated)

Sony announced this morning that its latest flagships, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, will arrive in the US on February 7.

After releasing months ago in Europe, Sony has decided to release each Stateside as GSM unlocked phones, so there isn’t a carrier tie-in here. If you want them, well, you’ll have to pay full price. Before you know the prices, prepare from price points well above that of the Nexus 5X and Moto X Pure Edition. Ready? The Xperia Z5 will run $599 unlocked, while the Z5 Compact will drop in at $499.  (more…)