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…)
Well, that did not take long. Sony, which has experimented with distributing AOSP versions of firmware for its handsets in the past, revealed it has a functional versions of Lollipop running on the the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3. (more…)
What sells smartphones? Michael Jackson, apparently. At least, that seems to be Sony’s belief with its new deal for Xperia buyers.
The promotion, which starts today, will gift customers of select Xperia devices the XSCAPE album – a postmortem release of new music by Michael Jackson – free when it releases on May 13. (more…)
All hail Android updates. Sony announced this morning that it finalized Android 4.4 Kit Kat firmware for the Xperia Z Utra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact. According to the company, the update brings performance enhancements, tweaks to Sony’s suite of applications, and the Xperia Themes theming engine. (more…)
This year’s gathering at Mobile World Congress is coming up fast and Sony is teasing us with something new. The Sony Xperia YouTube account has uploaded a video today, hinting that they have something up their sleeve, but doesn’t give us much other than that. Could we be seeing the update to last year’s Xperia Z1? (more…)
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…)
Sony announced three new mobile products this evening during its CES 2014 press event, the Xperia Z1s, Z1 Compact, and the Smartband. One is a flagship device headed exclusively to T-Mobile, one is a smaller device that packs top tier specs, and the last is a fitness tracker. (more…)
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…)