Sony Xperia Z4 and LG G Pad X Coming to Verizon?

According to former leaker extraordinaire, @evleaks, the newly announced and mostly underwhelming Sony Xperia Z4 may be on its way to Verizon, along with a new tablet from LG called the G Pad X. Through a Tweet, in typical minimal @evleaks style, all we are told is that these two devices, along with a new iPad mini and the Desire 526 are “coming” to Big Red. No pictures were included.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Returns to T-Mobile at $499 After Short Hiatus

The Sony Xperia Z3 randomly showed back up on T-Mobile’s online shop this week after disappearing nearly a month ago without notice. Not only has the device returned, but it can be had for just $499 without a contract or broken out into monthly payments as low as $20.

We still aren’t sure why the Xperia Z3 disappeared for a couple of weeks, but everyone should be happy that it’s back. This is a hell of a smartphone. Sony’s Xperia line has only gotten better over the last couple of years and should be considered by fans of this operating system even with the Galaxy S6 now available. While the fate of the Xperia line in the US now seems to be up the in air, the Z3 deserves more than a 6-month stay at the Uncarrier.

T-Mobile Link

Sony’s Google Cast Ready Speakers Arrive in June/July, Receivers in May

Back in January, Google announced that it was opening up its Cast technology to speakers, with partners like LG and Sony integrating it into models later in 2015. Now that we are later into 2015, those speakers are almost ready for prime time. Last week, we saw LG announce Google Cast compatibility with their Music Flow speakers, and this morning, Sony announced their Cast-ready equipment as well.

Sony is adding Google Cast to two of its sound bars and two of its receivers as well. The speakers won’t arrive until June and July of this year, but the receivers should hit stores in May.  (more…)

So, Sony Announced the Xperia Z4 Last Night

Did Sony just throw in the towel? I ask because they announced their new flagship, the Xperia Z4, this morning at a press event in Japan. While there is nothing wrong with announcing a product in Japan, they didn’t bother to tell anyone outside of Japan and also don’t have anything to announce yet in terms of availability outside of Japan. That’s odd, right? This is supposed to be their next hit. Or is it? Or is this a, “Hey, we have a new phone, but are about to pull the plug on our smartphone business and don’t want to spend much promoting it,” type of thing? Whatever the reason for the quiet unveiling, let’s talk about the new Xperia.  (more…)

Deal: New Sony Smartwatch 3 for $169 ($80 Off)

The deal of the day goes out to the new listing over at eBay which has the Sony Smartwatch 3 at just $169.99. That’s an $80 discount over the Android Wear-powered device’s usual price, plus free shipping is included.

The Sony Smartwatch 3 sports a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.6-inch LCD display (320×320), 420mAh battery, is IP68 water and dust resistant, and GPS. Thanks to that GPS, the Smartwatch 3 is still one of the only Android Wear devices that can be taken offline (disconnected from your phone) and still track usage. For workout fanatics who need to track long runs but may not want carry along a phone, this is probably the best option.

The deal is in limited quantities, so don’t let it sit for long.

eBay Link

Deals: $50 Google Play Credit When You Buy Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Android Wear Device – $50 Off Sony Smartwatch Too

From today through March 31, should you buy a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or an Android Wear device through the new Google Store, Google will hand you $50 in Google Play credit to spend as you please. If you choose the Sony Smartwatch 3, you will save another $50, as the GPS-equipped watch’s price has been slashed from $249 to $199.

According to the terms, you will receive your Google Play credit once your device ships, but you must claim it by April 20, 2015. The credit is then good through September 1, 2015.  (more…)