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    Android might still eat iOS's lunch in terms of global usage share, but with the annual bean counts coming up in the tens of billions, you have to wonder how much money the iPhone makes for Apple. Well, at least for this past quarter, it seems like we've reached a high watermark. 94 percent. That figure according to Canaccord Genuity research. Samsung came in second place with a staggering 11 percent while Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Lenovo ended up in the negatives and, thus, accounts for the mathematical discrepancy. Compare these numbers with the shipment report from this quarter: the ...

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    The moment you’ve all been waiting for (not you, Mr. Bond) has finally come. Following the smallest of the Sony Xperia Z5 trio, and the well-balanced Full HD 5.2-inch configuration, the 4K-capable (sometimes at least) Z5 Premium is now up for grabs in a number of markets on the old continent. We’re talking actual availability, where deliveries are possible in a matter of days, not mere pre-orders, with vague shipping due dates. On British shores, the 5.5-inch Lollipop powerhouse costs £629 ($955) direct from Sony, but that’s hardly the most sensible purchasing method. Instead, you ...

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    Way to kick Sony while its so, so down. Or, way to give it to the man? Apparently, even when Sony Pictures is pitching up a tent, all James Bond wants to do is set the paraffin alight and become an Agent Under Fire. Sorry. Apparently, star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes had drawn a creative line-in-the-sand when it came to which smartphone Mr. Bond would grip upon in Spectre. This we know from more emails within the deep void that is the Sony Pictures email hack: BEYOND the $$ factor, there is, as you may know, a CREATIVE factor whereby Sam and Daniel don't like the Sony phone [the ...

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    Sony is the camera darling of the smartphone world and with the purchase of Toshiba's imaging unit, boy, does it ever know it. While Samsung has played around with its own snapshot technology, it still does business with Sony for some of its mobile camera work. "Some" may soon include the upcoming Galaxy S7. According to a respected Weibo leaker, it looks like Samsung is asking about Sony's latest IMX sensors for use in its next spring flagship. Samsung is in talks to buy Sony's IMX 300 series camera sensor. Galaxy S7 should still use ISOCELL in addition to IMX 300s, all 20-megapixels. ...

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    With the highly publicized Stagefright security vulnerability discovered way back in July, you’d think that gave Android device manufacturers enough time to safeguard fall flagships ahead of their commercial launches. But apparently, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact rolled out to a number of early adopters, chiefly in Europe, with their pre-loaded 5.1 Lollipop-based software still open to exploits. Sony didn’t leave the two high-enders unattended for long though, and reports across the interwebs now claim a goodie package weighing around 280MB is downloadable over-the-air in markets where ...

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    Sony's announcement that it is committed to its mobile division brought a lot of relief to many a few months ago. We even heard the news that the company is even investing in building a factory that is dedicated to mobile as well. The problem is that we're still not sure how long is Sony planning to keep this commitment going at a time when its mobile division is still on decline. Sony's Q2/2015 quarter results went live today, and even though the company's overall sales remained flat at 1,8972.7 billion yen when you compare them year-over-year, this is actually due to a mix of success ...

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    The smallest of Sony’s three new flagship smartphones follows in the footsteps of the 5.2-inch Full HD Xperia Z5, going on sale in the US through an unofficial channel. This time, it’s not Expansys that wants to hook you up with an imported Snapdragon 810 handheld, but Amazon, aided by a few third-party sellers. Needless to point out typical US warranty conditions don’t apply to “international” stock, making the purchase a pretty big risk, not to mention 4G LTE connectivity may get inconsistent, even on technically supported GSM carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile. But if you’re ...

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    A certain degree of confusion still concerns Sony’s commitment to the smartphone-making business, even as a new mobile-dedicated factory is reportedly being built, but if the Japanese tech giant remains focused on the TV space, you have to figure Xperias will also live on. After all, CEO Kazuo Hirai may take every opportunity he gets to stress Sony’s TV sets have been turned to profitability recently “through a lot of creative products and a lot of restructuring, cost reductions and efficiencies”, but surely, it’s obvious Android handhelds can yield much higher revenues with the ...

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    If you're not entirely sure what to believe when it comes to Sony and its smartphone business, we won't blame you. There were rumours of the company exiting the smartphone business, which were then debunked, and, more recently, reports of a dedicated smartphone-manufacturing-plant popped up. On top of all those we're now hearing that Sony might be acquiring Toshiba sensor business. There are several reports claiming this, all based on "sources" (meaning nothing's official for the time being), and, according to these people, Toshiba is asking about 20 billion yen ($164.68 million) for its ...

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    For quite some time now, we’ve seen this confusing back and forth exchange of apocalyptic rumors, partial formal confirmations, then adamant dismissals regarding a prospective exit from the mobile hardware-making business for Sony. Most recently, the Xperia architects underlined their commitment to the financially struggling smartphone family, though they appeared to condition its steady future on 2016 sales. Otherwise put, if the Z5 trio, next year’s sequel(s), and whatever 5 and 6-series mid-range Androids are planned fail to turn a profit, it could be time to throw in the towel. Or ...

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    There were a series of reports recently concerning Sony Xperia Z5 Compact touchscreen issues, where the display would start to act up. Errors and misbehaviours reported included the touchscreen either not registering touches, or executing several commands upon a successful registration of the touch. Interestingly, all of these reports referred to the white version of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact — we can’t confirm this as we’re reviewing the black model — and this has lead to the belief that there might be a hardware error specific to the white variant. Interestingly, as it turns ...

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    The official US Sony Mobile e-shop may not list any of the three new Xperia Z5 variants as available for sale or coming soon, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost for Americans interested in at least the 5.2-inch Full HD model. The grey market never sleeps, and the “international” retail sources of Expansys USA already hooked up the import specialist with Xperia Z5 Dual (E6683) inventory in graphite black, gold, and green. The unlocked phones should work sans a glitch on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, including with their 4G LTE bands, despite being designed for foreign ...

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    Sony is behind some of the best imaging sensors around, powering some of the top smartphone shooters on the market, from the Galaxy S6 to the LG G4. When we looked at the Xperia Z3, it had one of the better cameras we'd seen at the time ... but since then, other phones (like the aforementioned from Samsung and LG) have seriously stepped up their game, finally even surpassing Apple's long-time imaging lead with the iPhone. The Xperia Z5 has been tested and rated by some as one of the best camera phones around, but can its smaller sibling hold up the family name? Our Xperia Z5 Compact review ...

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    After some reprimands for some bad corporate behavior, Bell has some good news to share with us this week. It might seem a little topsy-turvy to what the Canadians' counterparts to the south are used to: the US would get first dibs on new, neat things before they do. But as we're expected to get the Xperia Z3+ down here — maybe only online, if soon doesn't come soon enough — ... not this time. Bell will exclusively carry the Sony Xperia Z5 in Canada starting October 29. It's offering a two-contract price, but if you would like to buy a black or white phone outright, say, to take back ...

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    This summer, Sony began an interesting experiment with its Android software, inviting select users to try a very stock-ish, minimalistic Android build that was in contrast to the company’s usual skinning. This “Concept for Android,” as Sony called it, was available for Z3 users in certain markets who signed up, and earlier this month we heard that the next wave of the project was nearly upon us, ready to bring Z3 and Z3 Compact owners an early taste of Marshmallow. But just how long would we have to wait? It turns out, not that long at all, as Sony begins distribution of ...

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    Following Sony’s first official statement concerning imminent Android 6.0 updates for more than a dozen old and new Xperia devices, many expected the list to grow, given notable absences included the Z1, Z1 Compact, Z1s, C3 or T3. Alas, that hasn’t happened just yet, although refreshed support pages on the company’s mobile-centric website confirm some folks stuck on 5.0 Lollipop will not need to wait nearly as long as feared for sweet Marshmallow goodies. The Xperia Z3+, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua, and M5 phones, as well as the Xperia Z4 Tablet should apparently skip the transitional 5.1 ...

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    We already took a first look at Sony's Q4 lineup at IFA 2015 last month, and while the Xperia Z5 Premium stole the show with its mirrored glass back, top-end specs, and 4K display, the Xperia Z5 Compact was still one of the most popular devices of the event. After all, Sony managed to pack most of the same powerful internals into the smaller frame, with a slight downgrade in RAM and screen resolution (2 GB and 720p, as opposed to 3 GB and 4K). The same Snapdragon 810 SoC and Android 5.1.1 software are present in the Z5 Compact, all while retaining a tiny frame and a 4.6" display — ...

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    Despite never engaging in “pointless” megapixel wars, Apple has always enjoyed a good reputation among mobile shutterbugs, with iPhone cameras constantly topping real-life photography performance charts. Naturally, we expected the world from the 6s and 6s Plus in the imaging department, seeing as how the two finally graduated to 12MP sensors, and the larger variant also added optical image stabilization in the mix. Our thorough reviews confirmed the 3D Touch-enabled iDevices are more capable and complex all in all than ever before, even if they don’t aim to reinvent the wheel. The ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 is available for purchase at several European retailers right now. And while Sony Europe may have stopped selling its products direct to buyers online, consumers in the continent can still score smartphones, tablets and SmartWear right from the Sony Xperia Store, too. On that note, if you happen to be in that subset of the customer base, we have good news: you can now get the Sony Xperia Z5 for £549 (838 USD as of this post) or €699 (796 USD). Third-party retailers like Amazon.co.uk and Clove Technologies are bundling in Sony brand Bluetooth-connected headset ...

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    BlackBerry's got a hell of a lot riding on its upcoming Android-powered Priv, and if the company's got any hope of meeting its 2016 five-million-phone sales goal, it really needs to convince its users that this hardware is the future they've been waiting for. Thankfully, some early reports have been pretty promising (other have been more of a mixed bag, to be fair), speaking of a well-balanced design that pulls off its vertical slider routine (a move that's becoming increasingly rare) while still managing to keep the phone remarkably thin. One hardware detail we've heard mentioned a few ...

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    Sony has a turnaround plan for its mobile division. And sure, it's been playing the speed game with the phones, it's pushed the envelope this season and while it has reduced consumers' options for buying its products, Sony is still trying. Any word of its demise is greatly exaggerated. Of course, there has to have been enough of that word to go around in order for a representative to respond to them. Boy, that is an understatement. The story begins with Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai addressing a scrum of reporters on the state of the company's overall turnaround after a stretch of annual losses. ...

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    Sony's not always the highest-profile smartphone brand around, but it's sure managed to catch some good press these past few days, first as it confirmed Marshmallow updates for over a dozen Xperia models, then quickly followed that up with word of a beta program that would give select users even earlier access to under-development Marshmallow builds. And while the manufacturer may be doing right by Android users interested in keeping up with the latest system software, it hasn't been without its bad press, though, like the controversy surrounding confusing messages about smartphone ...

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    Finally realizing it needs to take immediate measures to win the interest and loyalty of as many mobile users as possible, Sony just issued a long though hopefully incomplete list of Android 6.0-ready Xperias, also expanding the Concept initiative to include Marshmallow test builds. If you’re quick to sign up through the Concept for Android app, and own an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland or Germany, you can get an early look at the manufacturer’s proprietary Marshmallow customization work, and ...

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    While we've been ogling the latest trio of Xperia smartphones, Sony has made its retreats from critical retail positions in the West. Out of the outlet stores and carriers from the US to even in Europe, the Japanese conglomerate appears now to be trying the online approach to selling its techie wares. The official Sony Mobile Communications site for the United States is now promoting the Xperia Z3+, known elsewhere as the Xperia Z4. There's a badge telling us that the phone from earlier this year is "coming soon," though there's no follow-on from that teaser. Given Sony's reduced ...

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    HTC and Motorola have officially revealed part of their Marshmallow support plans, LG dropped a few Android 6.0 hints concerning the G3 and G4, and T-Mobile committed to a hefty list of 17 gadgets with Lollipop’s follow-up on the way, including a bunch of Samsungs, LGs, and HTCs. Unsurprisingly, it’s now Sony’s turn to make big promises, which the Japanese device manufacturer wants to deliver on “as quickly” as possible. No actual ETAs are however provided, so here’s to hoping the Xperia Z5 trio will begin receiving M goodies over-the-air by the end of the year. The Z5, Z5 ...

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