Posts tagged with: Sony
  • by | April 15, 2014 5:53 PM

    Sony's latest flagship, the Xperia Z2, is currently available for sale (assuming you can find somewhere that has it), but what's next for the manufacturer? There are those persistent rumors of Windows Phone devices, and we've also checked out what might just be evidence for an early Z2 Compact. This evening we've got another potentially upcoming Sony handset to talk about, but it's difficult to say just what Sony might be thinking with this one. We're talking about the company’s model D6603, which presents us with that screenshot below. While there's not much to see here, benchmark ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 11:11 AM

    Yesterday we spent a little time looking at reports of some hardware issues with the Xperia Z2, the latest Sony Android to hit the scene, but far from the first to run into a few problems. In addition to other Xperia models experiencing their own share of hardware faults, we've also heard about a few software bugs in our time. Luckily for users, those tend to be a lot easier for a manufacturer to resolve, and Sony is committed to getting such fixes out to us, kicking-off distribution of its latest for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact. The issue at hand is audio output, and how these ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 11:40 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's recent recruitment of an Amazon A9 Search guru with the idea to improve Apple Maps. LG follows the news as we get more details of the LG G Watch that's in the works. Then we talk about the rumors of a Sony Windows Phone 8.1 device, aside from the complaints of the Sony Xperia Z2 already. HTC is next as we talk about a new M8 "Ace" device that was recently leaked. We end today's show talking about the iWatch and some rumors of the device including a UV light exposure sensor. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Amazon’s A9 ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 7:37 PM

    Sony is not having the best luck when it comes to really nailing the quality control for its smartphones. A couple months back we shared with you an issue cropping up with the Xperia Z1 Compact, where light was apparently bleeding through the phone's body from its flash to the camera sensor, washing out pics in the process. Sony's latest and greatest Xperia model is the new Z2, and once again new owners are sharing their dissatisfaction with unexpected hardware problems. First up, we have another build quality issue. Some owners report the presence of gaps between the edge of the phone's ...

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  • by | April 8, 2014 10:58 AM

    A couple of decades ago, Sony products were Sony products, but today we see a Japanese company that's struggling to make a dent in the smartphone market one more time. While Sony Xperia smartphones have done a decent job in gaining traction in Europe, the same can't be said in the United States lately. We've heard rumors of the company returning to its smartphone roots with Windows Phone, and today more of that continues. Reports have Windows Phone 8.1 GDR updates reaching new devices in July, and what's interesting about this is that apparently some Sony models will be in the mix as well. ...

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  • by | April 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    When you think about an Android OEM that has a lot of potential growth in the low to mid-range market, who comes to mind? Motorola? Heck, maybe even Nokia with those new Nokia X models? The latest figures out of India reveal some healthy performance from a company that's not always on our list of mid-range OEMs to keep an eye out for, revealing Sony outpacing Apple in its share of the Indian market. Looking at Q4 2013, Samsung still dominated the Indian market with a 43% value share, but Sony manged to grab 9.1%, versus Apple's 7%. Sony's sales are apparently being driven by devices priced ...

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  • by | April 5, 2014 1:11 AM

    A month before Sony announced the Xperia Z2 -- and quite some time after the release of the Xperia Z1 -- the company brought the flagship to America's T-Mobile, so about the only choice you had, if you were in the US, and wanted an Xperia Z1, was to go with the Magenta version. Now that the Z2 is out (or should be soon, but not necessarily in the US), Sony has released a version of the Z1 which appears to be compatible with most US LTE networks. This unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 LTE is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile bands, as well as some from Canada, if you're a traveler. It will set ...

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  • by | April 3, 2014 1:06 PM

    Back in January, we took a look at a couple rear panels for an unknown Sony smartphone. At the time, the theory was that this was the Xperia Z2, but the Z2 we actually saw Sony launch differed slightly from this design, notably in how the flash is positioned relative to the camera lens. In fact, while both the Z1 and the Z2 placed their flashes below the camera, this to-the-side arrangement was much more reminiscent of the Z1 Compact. This week, with the arrival of some new certification docs at the FCC, we might be starting to get to the bottom of this mystery, as rumors suggest that ...

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  • by | April 1, 2014 3:12 PM

    April is here, and that means that the Sony Xperia Z2, announced back at MWC 2014 in February, is getting ready to go up for sale. Much of our coverage of this phone lately has focused on rumors of delays and shortages, and while Sony has since confirmed that demand for the Z2 is indeed likely to exceed supply, the phone will still be available this month, even if in limited numbers. At least, that's to be the case in the UK; what can we expect from the Z2 over on this side of the pond? That story is slowly coming together, as North American carriers begin preparing to welcome the Xperia ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 7:38 PM

    Every year, we wait for the major players to release their aboslute best smartphone possible. Some bring the heavy artillery to CES in Las Vegas every January. Some wait for the mobile-specific show in Barcelona, Spain, Mobile World Congress. And others, like HTC this year, choose to go it alone. Either way, the first few months of the year are, consistently, when we can expect some of the biggest smartphone announcements of the year. Not every company adheres to that schedule, though. Apple announces and releases its flagship in the last half of every year, typically September. Samsung ...

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  • by | March 27, 2014 10:50 AM

    Will there be an Xperia Z2 delay or not? Earlier this month, we heard rumors claiming that Sony was running into problems putting the Z2 together in the sort of quantities it would like, and as a result, some markets would get the phone later than others. But then despite those warnings, retailers maintained steadfastly that sales were still slated to begin in early April, leaving us unsure what to expect. Now those rumors of delays have resurfaced, and we finally get an official statement from Sony. UK retailers have apparently been notifying shoppers that Sony has informed them of stock ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    Even though some call the Sony Xperia Z2 a minor iteration to last year's flagship, let's remember that the Xperia Z1 has only been in the market for a couple of months. The Xperia Z2 has come to solve a ton of the complaints we found on the Xperia Z1, and add some additional features to sweeten the pot for those customers interested. One of those features is the ability to record video in 4K resolution, which is currently limited to only a few smartphones, and according to some recent statements, you should expect the Xperia Z2 to shine in this department. Kichiro Kurozumi from Sony's ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 2:20 PM

    This time last year, both Samsung's and HTC's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S 4 and One, respectively, were the two phones most of us were eyeing as our next smartphones. The Galaxy S 4 was the least attractive of the pair, but it was packed to the brim with features, for better or worse. The premise of the multiple award-winning HTC One was more soulful and rootsy. As such, while the One had the same specifications, give or take, it had fewer features and seemingly less value, but a markedly better design and build quality. Naturally, this rivalry between Samsung and HTC, paired with ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 1:03 PM

    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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