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    Sony may not be famous for its attempts in the US market lately, but we can't deny that the company has adopted quite an aggressive strategy in building Android smartphones. Devices like the Xperia Z2 have proven that Sony has a ton of great stuff to offer, but obviously the company is not just after the higher-end portion of the market. Sony is also famous for some decent mid-to-low tier phones, and we get rumors of its next product. Benchmarks now reveal the company working on a device, which is coded the D2403, and judging by its specifications, this does seem to be a device made to ...

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    They're not just summoned from whole cloth, and not everyone can afford the Vienna Boys Choir, so where do ringtones come from? A great many artists and musicians, actually, and we talk to a particularly talented one on today's podcast. Ali Spagnola joins us in the feature segment to share tales of music making, drinking games, and just how one gets banned from Michigan – and on the way we learn exactly how a pair of ringtones called "Radiation" and "Robots for Everyone" found themselves on millions of smartphones the world over. Before that, Adam Z. Lein stops by to tell us all about ...

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    Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today. The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details include: Google’s ...

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    Sony is clearly doing a lot to make its Xperia brand relevant, at least outside the United States. The Xperia Z1 was barely out for six months when the company decided to step-it-up a notch with the Xperia Z2 at MWC 2014. You'd assume that Sony would give the Xperia Z2 some time to marinate some success, as people had a hard time deciding over the Xperia Z1 mainly because of the Xperia Z2, and it seems that won't be the case one again. We get the first leaked photos of what should be the metal frame of the Sony Xperia Z3. Sadly at the moment the only specs we get from this new component of ...

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    When we reviewed the Nokia Lumia Icon earlier this year, I called it the "best Windows Phone yet." Michael thought I was being dramatic … until he had a go with the phone himself, in which he called it "Verizon's first great Windows Phone." Last week, Michael published our review of the Xperia Z2 from Sony and said it's "worth every penny." That's a tall claim in a world where several of what many consider the best Android phones around can be had for around half the price. No less, we thought it would be fitting to compare what we've found to be two of the most high-end, well-rounded, ...

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    What exactly qualifies as a "remix?" How deluded do you have to be to believe in all these "Prime" rumors? Why are we so transfixed by the notion of lasers on smartphones, and so easily taken in by a smartphone commercial, if it's shot like a trailer for Inception? We tackle these questions, and the biggest announcement section in the history of the podcast, in episode 096 of the Pocketnow Weekly. No, that's not bragging – it's just an unavoidable symptom of a month packed with unboxings, hands-ons, product launches, and reviews (both forthcoming and already-published). But even in the ...

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    Sony has just made its 2013 fiscal year-end results official, and even though this used to be one of the biggest tech companies in modern history, it's not having the best of times lately. The company keeps losing money, and according to the company's CEO, this will continue as the company continues to re-invent itself. That said, you'd think that smartphones played a big part in those losses, and that's actually the other way around. The company has just surprised us with a significant growth in smartphone sales, which are up to 39.1 million Xperia units, when compared to the previous 33 ...

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    At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking Sony's new flagship smartphone for its old flagship smartphone. That's partly because of the company's pronounced design aesthetic, and partially thanks to its tendency to fire out new products at a faster pace than its competition. But for all the resemblance the new Xperia bears to its forerunner, there's a world of difference beneath the toughened glass. The Z2's vibrant display puts the elder model's to shame, its innards throb with the power of the best hardware around, and its high-resolution camera is finally a Sony shooter to be ...

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    As we're preparing to publish our Sony Xperia Z2 review -- the video is already up on our YouTube channel, and the full review should be just hours away -- the manufacturer has announced a new device for Japan's NTT DoCoMo. We're looking at the Sony Xperia A2, as seen in the image above, and below; if you think it resembles the Xperia Z1 Compact, you're not alone, and you're definitely not wrong. Available in black, orange, lavender, and white, the Sony Xperia A2 packs a 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 2.2GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB ...

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    Back around the start of the month our attention was called to a very unexpected image, as Sony published a picture that appeared to be its flagship Xperia Z2 adorned with a Verizon logo. Considering how Sony's generally taking an arm's length approach to the US smartphone market, a Verizon partnership sounded quite odd, and it wasn't long before Sony was denouncing the pic as a mistakenly posted “mock-up image.” Why was it even created in the first place, though? Today the mystery deepens as a second Verizon Z2 shot turns up. This time the pic stems from Sony's South Korean site, and ...

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    When two smartphone manufacturers vie for the attention of the same buyer segment, things can get pretty interesting – especially when they take the same broad path to do it. This isn't like our Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 comparison, where huge design differences meant the Sony product was the only one actively trying for a "high end" look and feel. In the case of today's face-off, both the One M8 and the Xperia Z2 have been designed specifically to appeal to those in the market for a "premium" smartphone – but HTC and Sony have taken completely different routes to achieve that luxury fit ...

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    You know those weeks where you're like, "hey - what if we didn't have a weekly podcast eating up half a day in production time? Can you imagine the kind of boost our review coverage could get from that time?" Yeah, us either. Because this is the Pocketnow Weekly, and we're not breaking our perfect streak a month before our hundredth episode. This is podcasting, Jack. Serious business. We've even got us an EXPLICIT tag to prove it. We ain't playin' around.  In this week's installment of the world's most meandering tech podcast, hot news! HTC dodges a big bass-boosted bullet with their ...

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    Sony's one of those rare smartphone manufacturers that really seems to have a great sense of design identity; while from across the room you might struggle to tell an LG phone from a Samsung model, an Xperia handset is unmistakably Sony's. It's also been keeping on top of hardware advancements, delivering flagships like the Z2 that compete on even footing against other Android heavyweights this season. In some respects, Sony's even been a bit ahead of the curve, being one of the first manufacturers to really embrace waterproofing on its devices. But for all it does right, Sony has still ...

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    What's cooler than a Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone? Another Snapdragon 801-powered, 5-inch-plus, waterproof smartphone. That's a poem by noted smartphone researcher Eesee Oveur Eyenot, and while it tells part of the Samsung/Sony drama of 2014, it sure doesn't come close to painting the whole picture. The Xperia Z2 vs Galaxy S5 rivalry is a story of similar specs, yes – but it's also a tale of dueling casings, design approaches, and even lifestyles. One device comes to the ring courtesy of a once-unstoppable juggernaut that's recently let off on the gas ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2. We got our hands on it back at MWC 2014 for an initial impressions video and a comparison or two, but things have been awful quiet since those heady days in Barcelona. That's because we're primarily an American news outlet, and the Xperia Z2 won’t be coming to the United States until summer (when it will likely fly the flag of Verizon Wireless). But thanks to the fine folks at GSM Nation, we were able to get our hands on one just the same! The retailer is one of the first in the US to carry the Xperia Z2, and the team there was kind enough to loan us one of their ...

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