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    Oh Snapdragon 810, will you ever catch a break? While on paper the SoC looks like an obvious choice for bringing flagship-level performance to a new smartphone, the chip's arrival on the market has been maligned by recurrent reports of excessive operating temperatures. It seems like every few months new voices arrive to warn of the 810's thermal woes, only for others to step up and insist this really isn't a problem, and that any previous overheating issues have been addressed in the chips landing in currently available phones. Well, today Japan gets its hands on the Xperia Z4 (while the ...

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    The improved touch driver -- to facilitate wet screen usability -- on the Xperia Z3+ is just one of the enhancements hardware-wise that Sony has included in its 2015 remake/flagship. Apparently, the processor inside the phone has been improved as well, as a recently published software source code for the Xperia Z3+ refers to a certain msm8994-v2.1 chip. We do know that the MSM8994 is the Snapdragon 810, but, apparently, Qualcomm has issued a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 version of the chip. There have been a lot of reports and bad press regarding the alleged overheating of the 810 processors ...

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    Just like pretty much every other mobile electronics manufacturer last year, Sony released a bunch of wearables. And beyond its full-fledged smartwatches, we saw the company launch a couple wearables more properly categorized under the fitness tracker banner, the SmartBand and voice-equipped SmartBand Talk. Rumors have suggested that a new model was in the works for 2015, one that would add a heart rate monitor to its hardware. While Sony has yet to formally announce anything, the SmartBand 2 is now as good as confirmed, as the company publishes the wearable's companion app on the Play ...

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    Sony is definetly on a roll when it comes to sofware updates. The company may not be as timely as some of its competitors, but the fact that the Japanese giant is providing software updates to devices that are almost three years old says a lot about its commitment to customers. If you thought the recent Android 5.0 updates to legacy products were cool enough, think again. Sony has just announced that it'll bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z lineup starting in July. Yes, we didn't get that wrong, we're talking about the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia ...

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    One of the main problems with ruggedized (water resistant) phones in general -- including Xperia Z line-up, from the very first iteration to the Xperia Z3 -- is the fact that the touch screen is almost impossible to use while it is wet. Water droplets totally confuse the device and the wet screen does everything chaotically once the user interacts with the display. However, with the latest iteration, the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4), Sony seems to have improved the wet screen usability of the phone. Apparently, the smartphone uses a newer touch driver which focuses exactly on this: wet screen ...

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    Even though the Xperia Z3 is still a phone to consider, there's already a follow-up: if you live in Japan, it's called the Xperia Z4 and if you happen to reside elsewhere, it's the Xperia Z3+. And, while the international version of the Xperia Z3 is already running Android 5.0, the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Lollipop update should start rolling out today. The information comes from Des Smith, the carrier's Product & Technology Evangelist, who took it to Twitter to inform those on Magenta that starting Midnight Pacific Time, the Lollipop refresh should be popping up on devices. Of course, ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Sony has unveiled its 2015 flagships; they're called the Xperia Z4 in Japan, and the Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. While every Xperia Z model was an incremental update over its predecessor, something that hasn't changed over generations (Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z3+/Z4) is the screen resolution. Sony is using Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for its flagship smartphone, and that doesn't seem like it will change, despite competitors heavily pushing 2K/Quad HD screens. Sony recently acknowledged that it is still not looking into higher resolution panels for the near future, mainly because it is "difficult to ...

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    Back in April, Sony announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z4. Only problem was, it only launched the phone in Japan. The rest of the world has been waiting patiently to learn what Sony had in store for it, as well, and yesterday Sony revealed what it had in mind, going official with the Xperia Z3+. This name-change had already been rumored, so while it wasn't surprising to see the phone emerge as the Z3+, why would Sony go to the trouble of coming up with two names for the same phone in the first place? The company's publicly commented on its decision, and it's up to ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    A little over a month ago Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but the device was announced only for Japan. Not long after that we heard rumors that there might be a different device in the works for the rest of the world, but evidence has been found that Sony was planning on using the Xperia Z3+ monicker for the Xperia Z4, outside of Japan. That's exactly what the company just did. The Sony Xperia Z3+ announced today is identical to the Japanese Xperia Z4, and a slight upgrade over the Xperia Z3 (hence the naming convention Sony opted for). Weighing 144gr. and measuring ...

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    A couple weeks back we caught the first sign of what looked like a new Sony Xperia smartphone, upon the leak of a shot of the front panel for a handset supposedly codenamed Lavender. The very thin bezels certainly looked intriguing, as did the big front camera with flash, but we knew very little about that hardware other than that we could see. Today a new trove of Lavender evidence arrives, as new pics and hardware specs attempt to flesh out our expectations for the Android. Supposedly, Lavender may be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 SoC, have 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP main camera. ...

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    Ever since the Xperia Z4 launched in Japan, we've been trying to work out what Sony's plans were for the phone in other markets: would it bring the Z4 to other nations, re-brand it for them somehow, or maybe even come out with an all-new flagship for international appeal? Recently, Sony's been coordinating plans for a number of regional launch event throughout Asia, and rumors had suggested we'd see the Z4 play a part. As we wait to see what happens next week, that Z4 aspect to these events appears to be confirmed, as Sony China shares an image of the Z4 on social media. Indeed, the ...

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    What is Sony thinking when it comes to its Android flagship strategy? The company introduced the Xperia Z4 last month, but only with news of availability in the Sony's native Japan. What about the rest of us? We've been patiently waiting for word of an international flagship since, whether that arrives as the Z4, or maybe with some slightly different branding – and at least some evidence suggests that the phone might become the Z3+ in other markets. Now it looks like answers could finally be about to arrive, as Sony prepares to share its “new Xperia flagship” with Hong Kong and ...

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    Rumors about a Sony smartphone codenamed Lavender date back several weeks at this point, with a number of specs leaking early last month. Those inlcuded components like a 1080p display and MediaTek SoC, making this sound like a solidly capable handset, though one that may fall more into the mid-range of the spectrum. Now the source behind that last leak is back with a photo, detailing a handset with some remarkably thin side bezels. While not yet decked-out with Sony branding, that's supposedly our guy Lavender up top, with a look that might be more at home from one of those Chinese OEMs ...

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    Sony has officially unveiled the Xperia Z4, it's so far Japan-only 2015 flagship, and, just yesterday, the company has refreshed its selfie lineup with the addition of the brand new Sony Xperia C4. However, we've heard that Sony was preparing a May launch, but somehow the Xperia C4 wasn't on the list of mentioned devices; a global version (or a different flagship altogether) of the Xperia Z4 was in the cards. Now, a report from Russia claims that next Wednesday, on May 13, the Sony Xperia Z4 Compact will become official. With model number SO-04G (the Xperia Z4 is SO-03G), the phone's ...

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    Is Sony trying to build up a reputation for low-key smartphone launches? A couple weeks back the manufacturer dropped the Xperia Z4 on us from seemingly out of nowhere – sure, we were expecting it to debut at some point in the near future, but the announcement itself arrived with little warning – and now it's time for another surprise launch, as Sony goes public with the selfie-taking Xperia C4. With a couple C4 leaks finding their way to us last month, this was certainly a model we had on our radar, but that doesn't make today's out-of-the-blue launch announcement any less surprising. ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    Back at the Mobile World Congress we checked out a lot of new mobile products. Beyond the headline-grabbing Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and HTC One M9, we also saw a ton of stuff from other companies, including a bunch of accessories. One Sony product that caught our eye was an unusual little Bluetooth speaker, a very Nexus-Q-looking black orb that entertained us with its pop-up “earstalks,” color-changing accents, and wheels that let it dance around your desk. Still, it wasn't quite ready for commercial release at the time, and we'd have to wait in order to see all its features in action. ...

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    Sony is neck deep in Lollipop updates right now, and when it's not seeding the latest Android builds for its flagship Xperia Z-series models, it's making a few available for lesser-ranked Xperia handsets. But really, it's the Z devices that are the stars of Sony's Lollipop show, and it's been working its way back through the family's history as it brings Lollipop to more and more phones and tablets. The first-gen Xperia Z is a solid two years old at this point, but it's still got Lollipop on the menu, and the only question has been when Sony would release the update. Now it looks like that ...

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    Last week we found ourselves looking at a story about Sony's business selling smartphone camera modules to the manufacturers of other handsets – and specifically, the degree to which Sony was making money from sales of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. We touched on the subject again during the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, noting how Sony's emerged among other camera makers as the one you call out by name when you've got the company's cameras in your phone – beyond Apple and Sony, plenty of OEMs brag about their Sony cameras. But now a new report suggests that this success isn't coming without ...

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    Maybe it's because the company is forecasting a big drop in smartphone sales; maybe it's because it doesn't have a real 2015 flagship yet; or it could simply be because the Xperia Z4 is Japan-only (though it might reach other markets as the Xperia Z3+). Regardless of the reason behind it, Sony just posted a video to its YouTube page (embedded below), where it reminds you what the Xperia Z3 can do, that other flagships can't. They're, of course, referring to the fact that the Xperia Z3 is water and dustproof, so, if you're like the guy in the ad, and like to photograph raindrops, the Xperia ...

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    Sony is a brand recognizable the world around, and a company that makes some pretty attractive smartphones, but it sure seems to have the darnedest time making money selling them. In recent financial reports, Sony's blamed some of its losses on insufficient smartphone sales. This week the company's latest numbers are out, and the future for its phone business isn't looking a heck of a lot brighter. The good news, if you can see it as such, is that Sony's mobile device shipments have plateaued, not showing much growth or loss over the course of a year. And despite shipments staying put, ...

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    Sony was the first one to bring a huge, 20.7 megapixel camera to the Android world, and, for a short period of time, it was arguably the king of Android cameraphones, back in the Xperia Z1 days. Fast forward to today, through the Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact (now with the Xperia Z4 in Japan), and the megapixel count stayed the same, though Sony has improved its sensor, lenses, as well as its camera software. However, Xperia RAW image format is not available for Sony phones, despite the fact that the latest version of Android supports it. Asking about ...

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    There are a lot of Sony smartphone fans out there, but, sadly (for the company), not enough, or not as many as the Japanese manufacturer would have hoped. Regardless of its Xperia line-up (flagship or not), Sony didn't quite manage to sit at the same table with Apple or Samsung, for instance. However, Sony profits from Apple's and Samsung's smartphones, and, it profits even more when it comes to the latest iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 flagships. Components inside the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 are made by Sony. We're referring to the image sensor. The iPhone 6 has not one, but two Sony ...

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