Sony has shocked a few people this week, including myself, releasing an Android M Developer Preview build for a total of 12 Xperia devices. In a blog post, Sony goes over the importance of preparing for the official Android M launch, giving developers time to test apps and play with new APIs.
To be exact, the Android M preview has been released for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3. In terms of device support, this is pretty impressive considering you don’t see any other OEM allowing for this. (more…)
It looks like a version of Sony’s new Xperia Z4 will indeed make its way to the US this summer as the Xperia Z4v, a Verizon exclusive. The Xperia Z4v is a lot like its cousin, only it includes a slightly thicker body, slightly bigger battery, and wireless charging, which shouldn’t surprise anyone, since that’s exactly how the Xperia Z3v differed from the Xperia Z3. Oh, it also has an upgraded QHD display over the regular Z4’s FHD display. (more…)
T-Mobile is shipping out its Android 5.0 update to the Sony-made Xperia Z3, bringing Lollipop, Band 12 support, VoLTE improvements, and device stability. Once booted up, users will experience Material Design, lock screen notifications, and so much more. (more…)
Remember how disappointed you were to not only find out that Sony’s Xperia Z4 was essentially a slightly upgraded Xperia Z3 with no drastically improved additions, but that it was also only going to be available in Japan? Assuming you can get past the disappointment of that slight spec bump, we have good news! It’s being re-branded for the rest of the world as the Xperia Z3+ and is coming in June! (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)