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T-Mobile relists the Sony Xperia Z3 on website

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Earlier this April, T-Mobile discontinued its Sony Xperia Z3 deal because we thought it could be paving the way for the Sony Xperia Z4 which was already unveiled a week ago. The Xperia Z3 isn’t exactly a bestseller but we were left wondering why only after six months after its official launch on the network, T-Mobile removed the model from its current lineup. But good news to those who want a Z3, T-Mobile is selling the phone and the black model is listed once again.

The waterproof smartphone which boasts of a 20.7 megapixel camera and gaming integration with PS4 plus the advanced technologies Sony is known for, the Xperia Z3 is now available for only $499. This one is expected since other retailers like Verizon and Amazon are selling this for almost the same price. That’s a lot cheaper than the previous $630 listing. You can also get the phone without any downpayment ($0) but oN a two-year agreement and a $20.83 monthly fee.

Those buying this new device from T-Mobile must first get a SIM Starter Kit worth $15. We’re happy that the Sony Xperia Z3 is back on T-Mobile but we’re really clueless about the reason for stopping sales for a few weeks. T-Mobile has not made an official statement but when asked about the disappearance and absence but the only reply on Twitter was a link to a Sony page on T-Mobile containing all models ready for purchase.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is also rumored to be for Japan only so we’re not exactly banking on to see the latest flagship model on T-Mobile or any other American mobile carriers. Maybe that’s why T-Mobile relisted the Xperia Z3: it won’t have a replacement anytime soon. What do you think?

SOURCE: T-Mobile

Sony officially announces Xperia Z4, launching this summer

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

It’s been a long wait for Sony Xperia fans, but their joy will soon be complete as Sony has officially announced its newest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z4, which will be launching “later this summer”. There are official pics that go with the official press release, so we can all get to ogle at the newest Xperia before it hits the market.

The Sony Xperia Z4 spec list is official – it will feature a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display, powered by the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810, as expected. That will be supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The Xperia Z4 will have a microSD slot that can add as much as 128GB for your storage needs. The Xperia Z4 will feature a 20.7MP camera as the main shooter and a wide angle 5.1MP selfie shooter up front. All of this will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, powered by a 2,930mAh battery. Oh and did we tell you? The Xperia Z4 will feature a metal frame around it.

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As for personalization choices, the official colors for the Xperia Z4 will be White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green. As per usual now with the Xperia line, this announcement now quells rumors of the Z4 not being water resistant – the handset is IP6X certified for dust resistance, and IPX8 certified for water resistance. In consumer terms, this means that the Xperia Z4 will survive water projected to it from any direction. It also means that the phone can be submerged to up to 4.92 feet for 30 minutes.

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There is now word yet on the pricing, and this will launch in Japan first this summer. It was a long wait, but there’s not that long to go now. Hold on to your seats, Xperia fans.

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Sony Lifelog partners with IFTTT for new recipes for wearables

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Wearables are a great way of tracking your daily activities without having to log it in a notebook, old-school style. But when you add even more “recipes” to the pot, then it will be even easier to take digital note of your fitness routines, how much calories you’ve consumed, how many hours you’ve slept, etc, particularly if you need these things for health reasons. Sony Lifelog is partnering with If This Then That (IFTTT) to create a channel specifically for owners of Sony devices.

While you can always create your own recipes on IFTTT, to have an official channel for Sony Lifelog is a different thing. It works with the Sony Lifelog ecosystem which is synced with with the Sony Xperia Z3 and upcoming Xperia smartphones, Sony fitness wearables like SmartBand and SmartBand Talk, as well as the Sony SmartWatch 3. But the Lifelog for Android is not just limited for Sony smartphones. It can actually work with other Android devices as well.

The first batch of ready-made recipes include receiving a summary of your daily activities through email, saving your recorded sleep details on a spreadsheet (because why not?), sharing with your whole Facebook network if you’ve reached your daily step goal, or tweet when you’ve already reached your daily calorie goal (to let your friends know not to offer you any more sweets). You can connect your Lifelog tracking activities to other apps like Evernote, Google Drive, social networks, and email.

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You need to download the Lifelog Android app from the Google Play Store, then activate whichever IFTTT recipes you need through the app. IFTTT also has an app for Android called IF, and you can activate the Lifelog channel through there as well.

SOURCE: IFTTT

Sony (finally) rolls out Lollipop to several Xperia Z devices

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Late last week Sony told us that they will finally be bringing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to several Xperia Z devices, although they did not give a specific date (probably to avoid complaints if it didn’t pan out). But today, they are much more confident as they announced that the rollout for the update to the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra will start today and will reach worldwide markets eventually.

Some Android fans with non-flagship devices have been getting a bit impatient with the (very) gradual rollout of Lollipop, but Sony seems to be stepping up its game. After this batch of updates have finished, then they will begin updating the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3, both with dual sims, starting next week. Again, there is no specific date, but given that they have kept to their word from last week, maybe we can expect around the same time too for the next batch.

The original Xperia Z series, which includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are next in line, although the time table given is “in a few weeks time” so we don’t know when that will be exactly. At least, they are still looking out for older devices, as opposed to just updating the newer and higher-end ones.

If you’re an owner of any of these devices, you should follow Sony’s blog and their Twitter as well in order to be updated as when to expect your smartphone or tablet to be upgraded to Android 5.0.2. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the Material Design, locked-screen notifications and other goodies from Lollipop.

SOURCE: Sony

Sony Remote Device Lab brings Theme Creator tool

Posted by wicked April - 10 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you have tried creating a theme on Sony’s Theme Creator tool, you can now test it using the Remote Device Lab. The fee web service is still in beta but it should be able to help your test your creation on real Sony Xperia devices. This is important because you check the resolution and densities on different screen sizes.

The Theme Creator was revealed only last month but a lot of people, especially the designers, find the tool very useful. You can design wallpapers, icons, buttons, and change colors as you like. You can also use the Sony signature apps pre-installed on your Xperia device. There’s a feature where you can check, test, and verify apps, games, and themes.

The Remote Device Lab features an easy to understand web interface. You can use the devices on the list as if you are testing a real Xperia phone. After each session, the device will factory reset automatically.

Here are instructions on how to test a theme: Go to Theme Creator BETA web services; Build, and Export Test APS. Go to Remote Device Lab and choose a device. You will see a VNC-logo on the screen once connected. Factory reset is done after each session. Note that because of this, you may have to start device setup guide for the nth time.

SOURCE: Sony

Android 5.0.2 coming to Sony Z series starting next week

Posted by wicked April - 9 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

“Product so and so will be receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update soon”. This has been a common headline in a lot of tech news the past months, but some Android devices from different OEMs are still waiting for the update to rollout. Sony has been part of that kind of news when it comes not just to their Xperia devices but to their other series as well. At least now, they’ve finally announced a date. Well, sort of.

On their official Twitter post, Sony announced that the Lollipop will finally arrive on the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet, the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra, as well as the T2 Ultra and C3 (how does anyone keep up with all these confusing names???). The exact date and timings of the roll-outs were not that specific, but they did say that the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra would go first and that will happen sometime next week.te then it will be followed by the T2 Ultra and the C3. The last in that batch would be the ones from the Z series mentioned earlier.

Take note that the update rolling out will be Android 5.0.2 and not the 5.1 that has been rolled out to Nexus devices naturally. Sony recently released a demo video showing users what to expect when their device has finally been “Lollipop-ized”. Major features that will now be on your smartphone or tablet are Priority Mode notifications, lock screen notifications which you can then act on, even while your phone is still locked, Smart Lock, and of course the now-ubiquitous Material Design visual guideline.

Sony device owners should be pretty happy that the OEM is not just limiting the upgrade to its newer flagship devices, but even on to other series as well. So if you own any of the devices we mentioned above, let the (hopefully short) waiting game begin.

SOURCE: Sony (1) (2)

Mystery Sony phone clears the FCC, could be the Xperia Z4

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

No doubt the Xperia Z4 will be Sony’s next flagship Android phone. The company skipped the Mobile World Congress last month but we saw the Xperia M4 Aqua midrange phone and the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Despite all the hype, leaked specs, front panel leaks from a Chinese source, a Geekbench apperance, the front housing and more renders being leaked, and the very recent GFXBench sighting, we have yet to see the light of the Xperia Z4.

Truth is: the phone is arriving very soon. As to when exactly, that remains to be a mystery. However, a recent FCC sighting could mean the phone is almost ready. The commission has just approved a Sony phone known this early as the ‘PM-0780′. It could be the Xperia Z4–or not.

Based on the document, this particular Sony smartphone will have six variants, a non-removable battery, LTE connectivity, and a microSD slot. The phone measures 2.87 by 5.75 inches in dimension which makes it closely like the old Sony Xperia Z3.

As for the software version, we know it’s running Android build number 26.1.A.0.79 as indicated in the FCC document. Could this be the Xperia Z4? Let’s just wait and see.

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VIA: PhoneArena

Sony Xperia E4g now available in China and the UK

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Only two months after its introduction as sibling of the Xperia E4, the Sony Xperia E4g is now available. We mentioned back in February that the Android phone will be out this April and Sony kept its promise. Well, we still have no information when and where we can get this here in the United States but the model has already been listed by ePrice in China and Expansys in the UK. North America should be receiving the phone in the next few days or weeks.

This unit impresses us with Full 4G band connectivity. You can’t go wrong with the price of £109.99 (about $163). Still more expensive than the Sony Xperia E4 but the extra ‘g’ referring to 4G is more than welcome. This makes it among the lowest 4G phones in the market today.

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To review, here are the specs of the Sony Xperia E4g: 4.7-inch touch display, low resolution at only 540 x 960, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 MediaTek MT6732 processor, microSD for expansion up to 32GB, 1GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, a 2MP front-facing camera, and a 2300 mAh battery.

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Sony Xperia E4g is available in two colors only: black and white. Out of the box, the phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The answer to the question if it can be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop is “No”. Sony made it clear last month they are not upgrading non-Xperia Z models to the latest version of Android.

SOURCE: ePrice

Sony Xperia Z phones getting Android 5.0 Lollipop very soon

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Owners of Sony Xperia Z phones have only been waiting for the official Android 5.0 software update to be released. We learned about this was under development quickly after the latest Android platform was launched by Google last year. We were expecting a release last week and rollout to some units have already started. We also mentioned that more Xperia devices are receiving the Lollipop update. Unfortunately, we’re not certain what will happen to non-Xperia Z phones as Sony already announced that they’re not upgrading non-Xperia Z phones to Lollipop.

This week, more Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact owners should be receiving a notification about the new mobile OS version. Next week, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will finally receive their turn. Even the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 will also receive the improvements that come with Android 5.0Material Design elements, more fluid animations, and enhanced lockscreen notifications among others.

Sony Mobile just posted a teaser, telling us that Android Lollipop is coming soon.

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Yet-to-be-released is the sweet Lollipop version for the classic Xperia Z. We have no information on the exact release date but at least we know it’s arriving. This is welcome news for anyone who owns a classic Xperia Z. Moreover, on Twitter, Sony Mobile News mentioned that the software update for the Z1 compact will be released the same time as the Z1 and Z Ultra and that Lollipop for Xperia Z2 will roll out next week.

SOURCE: Sony Mobile (1),(2)

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and C3 to get Lollipop update

Posted by wicked March - 31 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been official for some months now, but the roll-out to various devices has been going really slowly. In fact, Nexus devices, which understandably are way ahead of the pack, are already on the 5.1 update while a lot of other smartphones and tablets are still stuck with good ole KitKat. Sony just announced that its Xperia Z3 devices, namely the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will finally be receiving the update, specifically in markets other than the Baltics and the Nordics.

Just a few weeks ago, the folks over in Europe reported that they were being Lollipop-ized already, so the North American market knew that it wouldn’t be long until they too are updated. Finally, the announcement has been made official, that the rest of the worldwide market with these devices will finally be able to experience Material Design, locked-screen notifications, and other goodies that come with being upgraded to Lollipop. But just like their European counterpart, it will still be Android 5.0.2 and not the 5.1 that is the latest, but only for the Motorola-made Nexus devices.

Unfortunately for other Sony devices, they recently made the announcement that non-Xperia smartphones and tablets will not be upgraded to Lollipop. While enterprising individuals can still root and hack their way into the update, it is still a big risk of course. This latest development was met with a lot of criticism from non-Xperia users who felt let down by the OEM.

But it looks like Sony may be changing its mind because if you own the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia C3, which were previously named as some of those that won’t be upgraded, the OEM says you will be next in line to have the Lollipop. Let’s wait for further announcements about the other devices as well.

SOURCE: Sony