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…)

Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

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?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

  • Moto X (2nd gen) (20%, 3,011 Votes)
  • Nexus 6 (17%, 2,545 Votes)
  • Galaxy Note 4 (14%, 2,134 Votes)
  • DROID Turbo (13%, 1,993 Votes)
  • G3 (12%, 1,760 Votes)
  • OnePlus One (9%, 1,282 Votes)
  • One (M8) (7%, 1,104 Votes)
  • Galaxy S5 (4%, 575 Votes)
  • Xperia Z3 (3%, 405 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 268 Votes)

Total Voters: 15,077

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Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

Download: Android 5.0 (and 5.0.1) OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

Sony Unveils the Exmor RS IMX230, 21MP Next-gen Stacked CMOS Image Sensor

This morning, Sony unveiled its newest image sensor designed specifically for smartphones, the Exmor RS IMX230. Sony’s sensors are quite popular in the mobile world, being featured in many of the top smartphones today, such as the iPhone 6 and even the OnePlus One.

The updated Exmor RS is a 21MP stacked CMOS image sensor, using the same stacking technology Sony commercialized back in 2012. In the announcement, Sony highlights three main parts for the new Exmor RS; compact size, higher image quality, and improved functionality.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3v Review

The Sony Xperia Z3v is a strange phone. It’s not quite a Z3, not quite a Z2. Thinking about the Z3v reminds me of the strange Xperia Play commercials where a back ally deal resulted in human thumbs being appended to an android. This mashup of hardware with Sony and Verizon software at first glance might seem like another disappointment, but I think Sony fans and Verizon subscribers ought to find much to love about the Z3v.

This is our Sony Xperia Z3v review. (more…)