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    The transition from Z to X is complete as Sony's new series of smartphones are heading to market in Europe today. Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Xperia X, the lower-end Xperia XA and, in some markets, the top-tier Xperia X Performance. And it's doing so with some hullabaloo. For one, it's offering its SmartBand 2 at half-off with a valid pre-order. In the UK, it's a £50 discount while in most of Europe, it'll be around €55. Also, in France, the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, buyers of each product (where applicable) can have their pre-orders completely reimbursed. ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships. Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds. If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts ...

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    Much like LG, Sony keeps bleeding money in the mobile tech segment while earning in many other departments more than enough to survive. Of course, LG washing machines and TVs have nothing on PlayStation hardware and software, though at the same time, there’s no Xperia on the horizon capable of the shipment numbers predicted for the modular G5 this year. All comparisons with rival companies aside, you have to applaud Sony for managing to triple (and then some) its operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 over figures posted the previous 12 months, as well as boost earnings ...

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    Sony's revised smartphone strategy has brought us an upper mid-ranger and a lower mid-ranger this year. We've been teased for a while about what the end of the Xperia Z line will mean for the prospective buyer. The teasing continues, but if you live in the United Kingdom, you can act upon it. Amazon.co.uk has both the Xperia X and the Xperia XA up for pre-order with delivery beginning May 20. The Xperia X, as a reminder, runs on a Snapdragon 650 and has both a five-inch full HD display and a 23-megapixel main camera. As such, it gets a pretty devastating price tag of £499.99 ($720). The ...

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    Good news: your eyesight is now safe. We relayed rumors of the Sony Xperia X Premium getting the world's first mobile HDR display with some billion colors achievable and 1,300 nits of brightness to max things out. Well, Sony Mobile Taiwan has come out to ePrice to simply say that the missive is fake. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, well. Source: ePrice (Google Translate) Via: juggly.cn

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    Sony smartphones may not dominate the market, and sometimes it's difficult to say just how enthusiastic the manufacturer is about selling them in the first place, but for users interested in getting access to cutting-edge software, Sony's emerged as a surprisingly forward-thinking OEM. For the past few years, the company's not been shy about making available early builds of new Android releases for a select group of handsets, and last summer we even saw that early access extend to the still-in-development Android M preview. This year Google surprised us all by releasing its Android N ...

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    The mobile world is still divided as to whether or not Sony dropped the ball by axing the Xperia Z family and replacing it with the Xperia X roster, but while we wait for the top-shelf X Performance to actually start selling, we might get an extra robust pair of Android mid-rangers from the Japanese OEM. These are mid-rangers by Samsung-redefined 2016 standards, mind you, and in certain ways, the Xperia C6 Ultra and M Ultra could even eclipse the Galaxy A9, A9 Pro, and looming Galaxy C7. Namely, as far as camera performance and battery capacity go, with a Chinese tipster claiming the Sony ...

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    With last year's Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony pushed smartphone display limits by bringing the first-ever 4K panel to a phone. It was one hell of a bold move, but maybe one that was a bit ahead of its time – and certainly, we haven't seen 4K return to any of this year's Sony models. But while the world may not be quite ready for such face-melting resolutions on pocket-sized smartphones, that's not to say that Sony's done with bleeding-edge display tech for its mobile lineup just yet, and a new rumor claims that the manufacturer's got something pretty special in mind for an upcoming Xperia X ...

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    It’s almost impossible to be a major Android device manufacturer and not get flak at some point from disgruntled owners of this phone and that tablet. Either you roll out software updates with great delays (the most common complaint), or you give priority to a newer product over an older, more popular one. Following a habitually late and timid start to Marshmallow promotions however, Sony kicked the upgrading machine into high gear recently, making it very difficult for the OEM’s fans to show any sort of dissatisfaction. The Xperia Z5 family was of course the first to receive official ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    Who said public outrage in the form of online complaints, e-petitions and impassioned forum posts doesn’t pay off? Just last month, Amazon yielded to the will of the masses, reconsidering its controversial stance on Fire OS encryption. Meanwhile, HTC appears to be strongly reevaluating its flagship release policy for India and other emerging markets, with Sony finally persuaded by Xperia fans of Stamina mode benefits. It’s not every day that you see a community of Android enthusiasts coming together to support a piece of proprietary “bloat”, especially when Google offers an ...

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    If you had any interest in Sony's latest phones, you had a delightful surprise sent to your inbox this morning as the company said that some "exclusive" pre-order offers are coming soon to Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia Ear — a Bluetooth earbud — buyers. Will it be a big enough splash to really put a dividing line in lineage between the Z and the X series? And whatever happened to the Xperia X Performance? We'll have to see what they are. Sony is also taking the opportunity to promote the Xperia X's SmartCapture technology — it can apparently lock onto a moving item and predict how ...

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    A number of US mobile employees recently got the pink slip from Sony, as the company continues to bleed money on an unfocused, unsuccessful Xperia strategy, and in quite the ironic twist, one of the proposed solutions to its financial conundrums seems to be… pink phones. Not rose gold, mind you, but rather a “stunning” pink, “perfectly complementing” the name tag of the Xperia Z5 Premium, with a glossy finish, as well as a “deep, rich tone” that give the controversial 4K 5.5-incher “an expression of light.” That’s a lot of marketing jargon and propaganda to justify the ...

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    The news that a trio of older Xperia flagships was finally treated to official, fully polished Android 6.0 updates no doubt pleasantly surprised the vast majority of Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact owners. But there were probably also a few users who deemed the rollout a bit of a bittersweet scenario. Namely, beta testers of early Marshmallow builds, which appeared doomed to have their special support wrapped up. Only Sony isn’t ready to give up on the successful continuation of its Concept for Android program, just confirming it still has “several” beta releases in the pipeline for you. Ergo, ...

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    Since the spring lineup of Snapdragon 820 mobile powerhouses is almost complete, with the Galaxy S7 duo, LG G5, Sony Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5 all either announced or commercially launched, and the HTC 10 mere hours away, it feels like a pretty good time to start looking towards the (not-so) distant future. What might fall bring in terms of Android-based flagships? A Galaxy Note 6, without a shadow of a doubt, plus obligatory new top-shelf models from companies like Sony and LG. All these should have a processor in common, and despite Snapdragon 820’s sizzling hot reception, ...

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    Ring flashes, 10-LED flashes, moons and flashes, it all comes in proximity to smartphone cameras these days. Posts on Baidu are now swinging some attention over to the Sony side with another Xperia phone on the loose. This one has a beefy selfie camera and a flash to boot. [gallery ids="469925,469926,469927,469928,469929,469930"]   While the Xperia line hasn't been known for surprising design, there is just enough change to distinguish this leaked phone that we're calling the Xperia C6 Ultra from the Xperia C5 Ultra, both apparently at six-inches in screen size. As opposed to the regular ...

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    Much like the other fledgling industry segment bidding for the title of “next big thing” in tech, the virtual reality market seems to be split in two very distinct categories. But the price gap between smartphone-enabled VR headsets and their PC and console-based counterparts is way larger than the main differentiator of activity trackers and smartwatches. As such, devices like the Samsung Gear VR will easily get the volume advantage over the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Sony PlayStation VR this year. What kind of an edge we’re talking about here? A massive one, Strategy Analytics ...

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    To our knowledge, Sony is yet to iron out the kinks that recently put the Android 6.0 upgrade on hold for the Xperia Z5 in certain markets. But a trio of other Z-series devices are now getting official OTA Marshmallow goodies, signaling everything will be alright soon enough for the entire flagship family. You’re looking at major UI makeovers for three fairly old phones, previously included in a Beta Program that allowed audacious users to test drive the latest OS iteration as a work in progress. The experiments are finally over, and a polished, hopefully stable M build is rolling out to ...

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    Busy with bitching and moaning about the sluggish pace at which even 2015 flagship Android phones were upgraded to version 6.0, we all missed the brilliant but silent software support work performed by Google and its device-manufacturing partners as far as smartwatches are concerned. Granted, there were way fewer of those to bring up to date, with a lot less hardware differences between them, but it’s still extremely nice to see the entire Android Wear family already bumped up to Marshmallow. At least what we like to call Marshmallow, as Google generally tags the latest OS iteration ...

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    Sony may be the smartphone manufacturer turning the biggest profits on each phone it sells, but that figure doesn't mean a heck of a lot if the company isn't moving plenty of inventory. And here in the US, where Sony hasn't been making a very strong effort to compete with larger market forces, what little share the manufacturer did enjoy has been drying up. That's not a situation that lends itself to conducting business as usual, and now it appears that Sony's employees may be feeling the repercussions, as we get word a recent relocation has coincided with a number of job cuts. The company ...

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    Another massively discounted Android classic from the not-so-distant past? Indeed, and while the Sony Xperia Z3 still costs a cool $60 more through B&H than the HTC One M8 on eBay, the water-resistant 5.2-incher might be well worth it. For one thing, it’s roughly six months newer, so even though it’s a long shot, it could ultimately get official support for Google’s post-Marshmallow OS iteration. Of course, first it has to leave the archaic Lollipop version behind, and actually run Android M, which should take a few extra weeks tops. Once it’s up to date software-wise, the ...

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    Sony's bolstering its own grand gaming ecosystem with a virtual reality headset and about 50 games purchasable by the end of the year. The company is selling PlayStation 4 consoles like hotcakes, making for grounds ripe for the upselling. But will the company be able to keep up with sales? Sony software design executive Masayasu Ito took the time at this year's Game Developers Conference to pore through some of the trials, tribulations and triumphs that his company has faced, is facing and will face between now and October, when the PlayStation VR goes to market. For Sony, the pricing ...

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    It’s been a solid three weeks since the first “global” reports of Android 6.0 promotions on the Xperia Z5 family came in, and given there was no news of widespread issues during this time, we figured the software goodies had reached the majority of the three phones’ owners worldwide. Unfortunately, some big red flags are now raised on Sony’s support forum and other discussion portals, with user complaints on stability prompting the Japanese OEM to halt the update in at least one major Western market. Namely, Canada, where the company tweeted over the weekend that it had ...

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    It's 2016 and Sony is finally ready to make its bid in the advancement of mobile gaming beyond casual titles like Candy Runner and Subway Somethingorother. After taking care of the ephemeral space with its announcement of the PlayStation VR, it's now put together ForwardWorks Corp., a new unit that will incubate and sell "full-fledged game titles in the new filed(sic) of the smart device market." The effort is focused at the Japanese and other Asian markets, unlike the products that Nintendo is developing. Miitomo is the first application of several that's expected to reach American, ...

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