Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Thoughts After a Full Weekend With Sony’s Smaller High-End Phone

At CES 2014, we struggled to find interesting mobile-related stories outside of wearables because, well, there just weren’t any. Unless you consider Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, which is the Japanese electronics manufacturer’s take on a smaller phone, just not one that necessarily falls into the “mini” category. With the Z1 Compact, you are looking at high-end specs packed into a phone that is much smaller than other flagships of today. And I say “flagship,” because it certainly stands up to other flagships, outside of its 720p display.

I picked one up last week even though it currently is only available overseas because as I just mentioned, it was one of the only interesting products to come out of CES. The thought of a high-end smart phone in a small package is something I find incredibly appealing, probably because it reminds me a bit of the thought process behind the Moto X. We also wanted to get ahead of this device, as Sony is almost guaranteed to release it in the U.S. six months from now. (more…)

Watch Live: Sony’s CES 2014 Press Event

Sony will finish off the official press day at CES 2014 with a live event at their booth at the convention center. Like Samsung and LG, we will more than likely see all sorts of TV news with a sprinkling of Android. We could see a new Xperia Z1 variant or maybe even a tablet. If we do, we’ll be sure to get our hands on them for you all to see at some point this week.  (more…)

Sony Sheds Light on Plans for Device Updates to Android 4.3 and Android 4.4

XPERIA Z1

We don’t have many Sony device owners here, but should at least get the message out for anyone that might be concerned. This morning, Sony discussed its plans to update several devices to Android 4.3, and a few devices to Android 4.4. As for Jelly Bean, it appears that Sony should have the Android 4.3 update available for seven different devices within the next month, which includes the Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, and even the Tablet Z.  (more…)