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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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    Sony made a pair of disheartening announcements last week, when the PlayStation VR head-mounted display was slapped with an awfully distant launch date, and pre-orders were only set to open for a bundle containing what some viewed as unnecessary accessories. On the bright side, even the $500 price of the “complete virtual reality experience” looked like a bargain compared to HTC Vive’s lowest rate, and the $400 headset is now headed for US pre-orders by popular demand. If you already own the PlayStation Camera and PS Move motion controllers, and perhaps want to purchase the PS VR ...

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    Sony didn’t exactly play all its cards right in terms of US availability for the Xperia Z5 trio, launching the high-end phones a little late, a little pricey and a little crippled. Worse yet, the Xperia X trio entered the equation perhaps a little early, though they’re only set to commercially roll out in the summer. Can something still be done to save the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium from premature oblivion? Well, “global” Android Marshmallow updates are definitely a first step in the correct direction, and at least as far as the diminutive model goes, the bang for buck factor is ...

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    Will a proven games ecosystem help Sony carve a niche, even take on the big VR guns at HTC and Oculus this year? Time to put a price and a date to the PlayStation VR as the company puts the public on notice for its proprietary virtual reality hardware system for the PS4. The PlayStation blog gave the good numbers out: over 230 developers on the job for content with an estimation of at least 50 games available when the headset launches in October for ¥44,980 in Japan, €399 in Europe, £349 in Great Britain, $399 in the US and about $549 in Canada and Australia (in local currencies, of ...

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    After checking out that report on what it costs Samsung to make the Galaxy S7 you're thinking about taking home, we've got smartphone sales on the mind – and specifically, how much profit these phone-makers take home every time they sell a handset. Sometimes, it's no surprise who's making the big bucks: look no further than Apple's financial reports and you'll see that building the iPhone has been practically a gold mine for the company. But now we're looking at some data that investigates average device profit across a number of manufacturers, and the company that's selling the most ...

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    In addition to working diligently and simultaneously on Android 6.0 updates for a bunch of new and old Xperia devices, Sony took its sweet time to start rolling out Marshmallows in order to make them feel special and personal. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be too much bloat tacked on stock M features like granular app permissions, Doze Mode battery life enhancements, Google Now on Tap cards and so on and so forth. That’s at least what we understand from a 60-second clip uploaded to Sony Xperia’s official YouTube account, shining a spotlight on a few proprietary Android ...

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    Sony sure took its sweet time getting Android 6.0 goodies ready for the fall 2015-released Xperia Z5 smartphone trio, but apparently, that’s because the Japanese company’s software engineers were simultaneously working on updates for a few older devices also. Namely, the previous flagship handheld, the Xperia Z3+, unveiled in May 2015, and the latest jumbo-sized hero, the 10.1-inch Xperia Z4 Tablet, launched commercially last summer as well. These two, alongside the Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 Compact, are receiving Marshmallow over-the-air as we speak in many parts of the world, at least ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z series is dead, long live the Xperia X series as the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance get every single model, including their dual-SIM models, detailed. Funny how the devil's in those details. It's not just twice the nano-SIM slots that you'd be getting on those models: the specs sheet within the white papers Sony published listed flash storage "up to 64GB." For reference, the single SIM versions of each device only have up to 32GB of internal storage. Oddly enough, 12GB of the 32GB disks are taken up by firmware. It occupies 19GB of the 64GB versions. All Sony Xperia ...

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    Just as Samsung and LG tend to release software updates for their Android-based devices in Korea first (and Poland, for some reason), then the rest of the world, Sony seems to have finally begun the Xperia Z5 trio’s Marshmallow makeover in Japan. Not just any carrier in the company’s homeland, since NTT DoCoMo comfortably leads in local subscriber numbers, hinting at this OS promotion less than a month back. Hopefully, the polished, non-Beta, Xperia UI-skinned 6.0 goodies will spread to the UK on Monday, as promised, despite that encouraging tweet from a couple of weeks ago being ...

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    While Samsung and Qualcomm are yet to publicly tackle the reasons for the absence of advanced Quick Charge 3.0 technology from Snapdragon 820-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge configurations, a seemingly innocuous new post on the chip designer’s blog may have just dropped another bombshell. Check that, it absolutely dropped one, since there’s no way QCM made an innocent typo when announcing the Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Performance incorporate Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities. Not 3.0, good old fashioned 2.0. Why can’t it be a typo? For one thing, because the LG G5 has been previously ...

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    The 2016 Mobile World Congress may have technically wrapped up last Thursday, already awarding its best exhibitors in addition to the industry’s overall 2015 standouts, but our exclusive coverage of the Barcelona trade fair isn’t done yet. Blogger, reviewer and YouTube personality Erica Griffin collaborated with our website on a hands-on video and a quick demonstration of the Sony Xperia Projector Concept and Xperia Ear. These obviously played second fiddle to the Z family-replacing Xperia X, XA and X Performance phones, though at least the former has the potential to rock the entire ...

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    A little over an hour ago, at 10am Eastern, HTC opened its doors for pre-orders of the Vive virtual reality headset. With a head-mounted display, wall trackers, and a pair of wireless controllers, Vive's hoping to give users one of the most well-rounded VR experiences they can come by – but it's not alone. Last month, Oculus Rift got its own pre-order party going, offering a slightly more affordable take on home VR. And while it's not quite up to the same consumer-ready stage, Microsoft's opening a new chapter for HoloLens as it begins courting developers with its own pre-orders. All ...

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    What will sell the smartphones of the future? Editor Adam recently penned an editorial detailing Sony’s recent announcement to retire the “Z” line of flagship smartphones. The move to the XPERIA X family of devices seems focused on blurring the line between mid-range and high-end phones. Sony is yet another company publicly resigning from the specs war, walking away from the premier tier of mobile device. Will Sony's move be unique this year, or will other manufacturers follow in Sony's footsteps? Do specs matter? The flagship phone market is a maturing market segment. Across the ...

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    Has the smartphone landscape gotten too predictable? After years of following the same patterns, it's become second nature for us to look forward to smartphone maker X introducing its next new Y-series flagship during the Z season – and look no further than to events like Samsung's most recent Unpacked announcement for evidence of this trend. But for as much as we think we may have wrapped our head around this pattern for now, change is an unstoppable force, and even expectations that have held true year-in and year-out can have a way of suddenly up and falling apart. That's just what's ...

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    We’re reading between the lines a little here, and jumping to conclusions after one isolated social media post, but it sure seems like the steadfast Sony Xperia Z lineup is done. Dead and gone. Discontinued and replaced by the Xperia X roster, which basically dropped out of nowhere at MWC, and initially sent this distinct mid-range vibe. Upper mid-range, definitely, but non-flagship all the same, with the Performance model powered by a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 820 processor, yet smaller and considerably lower-res than the Z5 Premium. Then again, perhaps the financially struggling ...

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    Knowing Sony’s spotty track record in terms of timely US expansions of its chiefly Asian and European-focused Xperia handhelds, it was only natural to fear the surprising new X, X Performance and XA might never pursue their American dream. But while we still have no idea exactly when are the “mid-rangers” supposed to start selling stateside and for how much, pre-registration pages on the Japanese OEM’s US website suggest a happy ending is in store. At least as far as the Sony Xperia X and X Performance are concerned, with no hints of XA availability outside select European and ...

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    When Sony brought its Xperia Z5 Premium to IFA last year, our jaws dropped a bit as we heard the manufacturer describe the hardware: a 4K screen … on a smartphone? It sounded like the sort of spec that landed somewhere between genius and madness, but as we learned when reviewing the phone, this early stab at mobile 4K wasn't quite all it was cracked up to be. This year at MWC, Sony's back with another P-word variant of its latest Android, only instead of Premium, the label of the day is Performance: will the Xperia X Performance live up to its promise, or will we be looking at another ...

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    No Xperia Z6? No problem. Although we weren't holding out hope that Sony would bring the next entry in its flagship lineup to MWC this year, we also didn't have a great sense for what we would be getting going in to the expo. Then right at the last minute, some leaks had it looking increasingly likely that there'd be new phones on the agenda, and earlier today Sony proved those suspicions correct, launching the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. Now we're bringing you our first hands-on look with this new hardware, as we check out both the Xperia X and the ...

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    Well, this pretty much came out of nowhere. Not truly, as Sony timidly teased its MWC 2016 presence a while back, then a few leaks tackled a couple of prospective non-flagship phones. Still, we weren’t expecting very flashy new products from the financially struggling Japanese OEM, since the Xperia Z6 definitely needs more time and behind-the-scenes work. But at least the Xperia X Performance sounds quite remarkable for a “super premium mid-ranger”, as it was billed on the Barcelona stage, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with, get this, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. Sure ...

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    You probably don’t remember this, but Sony announced with relatively little fanfare it was going to swing by Barcelona for MWC 2016 more than a month ago. The reason you have no memory of the conference “teaser” is it contained absolutely no hints regarding what was coming, and the ensuing buildup, well, never took place. It’s crystal clear the Xperia Z6 will sit on the sidelines a while longer, whereas the Xperia C6 may or may not be real, and it may or may not go official just six months after the C5 Ultra. Adding to the intrigue and mystery, Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has a new ...

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    Back in September we saw the release of the Xperia Z5 and its premium 4K model, the Xperia Z5 Premium. While these are both pretty excellent phones they just haven’t seemed to catch the attention of consumers like flagships from other OEMs. This year Sony is going to have to be able to compete with the likes of Samsung with their Galaxy S7/edge and LG with their G5, both which are much anticipated and receiving a lot of buzz.  There is A LOT that Samsung and LG are doing right! Sony has some pretty large shoes to fill! They could so easily become buried. IF Sony decides to release the ...

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    Sony may not be a market leader when it comes to finished smartphones, but the company still manages to play a role in bringing some of the most popular phones around to market. Just as companies like Samsung don't only make their own phones, but also build the electronics that make their way into competitors' handsets, Sony's got a solid business developing components that make it into phones like the Nexus 6P, Galaxy S6, and LG G4. And while the jury's still out as to whether or not we're going to see any new Sony handsets at MWC next week, we've got at least one new Sony product to look ...

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    Unlike most other Android device manufacturers, Sony tends to work simultaneously on software updates for a host of phones, thus stalling the rollout’s start and refusing to give new flagships preferential treatment. The upside is made obvious in a recent tweet from the company’s British Xperia arm, as the Z5 “series”, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ might all receive over-the-air Marshmallow goodies beginning March 7. Granted, we still expect small gaps between deliveries of 6.0 enhancement packages for those products, as well as traditional distribution in so-called waves. But chances are the ...

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