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.

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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…)

Latest Leak Provides Best Look Yet at Reported Sony Xperia Z4

According to the latest leaked press renders, we may have our best look yet at the upcoming Xperia Z4 from Sony. From what we can tell in the images, the Xperia Z4 will not be the device Sony uses to branch out artistically from past Xperia devices, and instead, will feature an almost identical look to every other phone that they have made for the past few years.  (more…)

Sony Starts Rollout of Lollipop to Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony announced this morning that the official rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to its Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact has started. The update will begin in the “Nordics and Baltics” before continuing on to the rest of the world in a couple of weeks.

The update is “blending” Lollipop with Sony’s own skin, which means “goodies” are involved. I just hope that really means Sony is ditching their incredibly dated and painful-to-use Android skin. If the first bullet point below that talks of “fresh, streamlined looks” is any indicator of things to come, I may just get my wish. (more…)

Do You Give a Sh*t About VR?

I don’t. But who am I? Every tech company on Earth thinks that you and I should care about VR. It’s the next tablet frontier, and you know, that went so well for Android OEMs.

VR is everywhere. Samsung is in on it – they have two Gear VR headsets now, each of which only works with a single phone. HTC partnered with Valve on one. Occulus is still doing its thing, we think. Sony is too. Don’t be surprised if LG takes a whack at it. Google is ready to bring Android to VR, reportedly. Companies are putting together “mind blowing” demos of it to sell the press on. Somehow, it’s working in that sense. Regular tech press (the smartphone-reviewing kind, not those at actual gaming conferences), who know so much about gaming and VR (that would be sarcasm), love VR. They all take front-facing selfies of VR headsets on their heads to be like, “I am VR. Blown mind is me. Great demo, guys!”  (more…)