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    Sony's just one of many manufacturers planning big announcements for CES in a little over a week, an event it's already busy teasing. What will be in store for us? There's the possibility of an Xperia Z4, sure, but what about a new tablet? After all, the Xperia Z2 Tablet (above) launched back in February of last year, making a new model just about due. We've already heard a few whispers here and there that Sony could be thinking to push a little beyond its 10-inch comfort zone, and now the latest rumors delve into just what we might hope to get from this hardware. According to supply chain ...

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    Sony has its CES press event coming up just two weeks from Monday. Will it really be ready to announce its next-gen Xperia Z smartphone? What about those rumors of a new, extra-large tablet? We're still looking to put together the complete picture of what to expect from Sony, and now the manufacturer is helping to stoke our speculative fires a little, releasing a teaser video that's backed to the prim with suggestive imagery. If smartphone ads were chocolates, and you could eat too many and give yourself a sugar-fueled fever-dream, this is what you might find. We've got close-ups of very ...

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    CES 2015 is just a couple weeks away, and one of the many phones we're hoping to see at the expo is Sony's next flagship Android, the Xperia Z4. Leaks and rumors have touched upon what we might expect for the past month or so now, but now a big one may have just emerged from the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment hack, outing the Z4 thanks to its tie-in with the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Just as the last Bond film, Skyfall, had an Xperia promo connection, a leak from SPE CEO Michael Lynton's email talks about Spectre also featuring a smartphone tie-in, identified by name as “the ...

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    Of all the major Android manufacturers out there, Sony's been one of the most vocal when it comes to supporting the dev community, and a big part of those efforts has been Sony's work at making AOSP builds available for many of its models, phones and tablets alike. We've been watching it work at this for years now, and today the company announces that it's just hit a pretty noteworthy accomplishment along these lines, completing AOSP coverage for every Xperia model running a Snapdragon chip that's been released this year. The last hold-outs to join the rest of the Xperia family with AOSP ...

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    So far today, we're not off to the best start when it comes to leaked pics of upcoming smartphones; that “Galaxy S6” that's been making the rounds is pretty clearly a fake. But before you get soured to leaks altogether, we've got another one that looks like it's going to hold up a lot better, as some pics emerge of what appears to be Sony's Xperia E4. As a budget model, the E4's not going to be as exciting as something like the GS6, and rumored specs like a quarter HD, five-inch display and a MediaTek MT6582 SoC aren't going to drive you wild with anticipation. But there's a place in ...

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    It used to be that finding a water-resistant, to say nothing of a waterproof smartphone, was tricky business. Here in the US, anyway, such models were few and far between, though the handset market in nations like Japan was a lot quicker to embrace such features. But in recent years we've really seen global availability of waterproof phones take off, as even mainstream flagship models start protecting themselves against wayward moisture. Sony's found itself at the forefront of this big waterproofing push, and has been designing Xperia models for generations now that can take a plunge and ...

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    Yesterday we heard unconfirmed reports that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Lollipop update for the Google Play Edition version of the phone has been rolled out, but today, we're seeing official confirmation from the manufacturer itself concerning the latest and greatest from Google. A post on the official Sony Mobile blog confirms that Lollipop rolls out starting this week for the GPe variant, though some regions might get it earlier than others. Aside from the latest version of Android, with all the fixes, features, and beautification (Material Design), the firmware update also brings the new ...

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    While HTC is still struggling (and owners are still eagerly waiting) to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on HTC One Google Play Edition devices, other manufacturers who have GPe phones are offering the latest dessert treat to owners of their own GPe devices. The Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra Lollipop update has been allegedly spotted reaching at least one phone, if the screenshot above turns out to be true. There is no official word yet but according to the information unveiled by that certain device's owner, the refresh should weigh about 400 MB and should update your phone ...

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    A while back, Jesper Jensen from Denmark wrote in to the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast with a question about antivirus software for Android, specifically, whether or not he needs it on his new Xperia Z3 Compact. I have just received my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and I am infatuated with this little beauty. Coming from a Nokia Lumia 620 it is quite a leap ahead, though I do find I miss a few things about Windows phone. One of the things I didn't miss about Android is the ... more or less useful (apps that come pre-installed from Sony, such as) AVG antivirus. Under normal circumstances I would ...

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    The thing about smartwatches in 2014 is that they're mostly all function-over-form. Just take a look at entries like LG's G Watch and even Sony's SmartWatch 3, and the first thing that pops into your mind is probably "smartwatch," not "fashion statement." As one can imagine, OEMs are hoping to change that as soon as possible, and it looks like Sony could be leading the charge. If a report from Bloomberg citing anonymous sources inside the company is correct, that change may come in the form of a Sony e-paper smartwatch next year. Whether the device would be a success or failure is ...

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    Samsung is not the only giant planning major changes in its smartphone business for 2015. Despite seeing and hearing rumors of an Xperia Z4 and Z4 Ultra for early next year -- after the announcement of the Xperia Z3 raised a lot of eyebrows -- Sony is also planning some major changes as far as its mobile division is concerned. Sales of Sony smartphones aren't exactly up to expectations (the company has revised sales targets more than once), and the Japanese manufacturer has constantly lost ground on the market to competitors like Apple and Samsung. As a direct effect, Sony is fine with ...

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    Last week, we got what was one of our first insights into Sony's possible plans for the Xperia Z4, with the leaks of a few images purporting to reveal the phone's front panel. It looked close enough to the size of the Z3's that we weren't expecting the Z4 to make any radical departures size-wise, but that's about as much detail as the leak managed to provide. With rumors that the Z4 could launch as soon as Sony's press event at CES in January, will much more detailed leaks be soon to arrive? Well, it doesn't quite have the evidentiary spark of those hardware pics, but a new set of rumors ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Last week we saw Sony get a (very) early start to the early 2015 trade show season, which will bring us CES, MWC, and a whole boatload of new devices. Sony announced its schedule for its CES press conference, and while it isn't yet sharing any tantalizing details about what it will be bringing to show off, rumors have been quick to suggest that an Xperia Z4 could be in the cards: after all, we got the Xperia Z2 last winter (though that one was at MWC, not CES). With a possible launch under two months away, leaks are already starting to reveal details about this rumored hardware, and today ...

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    Is it a bit early to look forward to CES 2015? No way. The premier tech event of the year is less then two months away at this point, which means it's time for big manufacturers to begin scheduling press conferences and inviting members of the media to check out new products. One of the first to begin this process is Sony, as it has scheduled a Sony CES press conference for January 5 at 5:00 PM PST in the LVCC. Sony could be announcing – and likely will be – the Xperia Z4, just as it introduced the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z1 Compact on the CES 2014 stage this year. Other possibilities ...

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    Sony surprised us all at IFA 2014 this year when it announced its SmartWatch 3. Well, we had heard that the product was gearing up to make its debut, sure enough, but rumors suggested that Sony would pull a Samsung with the SW3 and that its smartwatch would continue to run a proprietary platform, rather than the cross-device Android Wear. That ultimately turned out not to be the case, with the SW3 confirmed as a full-on Wear product. Since then we haven't had much cause to talk about the SmartWatch 3, which has quietly gone up for sale at Verizon in the interim. But now Sony's wearable has ...

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    Listeners to today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast already know how stricken we are with some of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. While only having had the opportunity to try out the public release on a Nexus 9, our interactions have been so promising that we're itching for our Nexus 6 to arrive and give us a chance to see what the finished Lollipop has to bring to smartphones. Owners of existing Nexus models are eagerly awaiting for their own Android 5.0 updates to arrive (something that could begin happening as early as next week, if the rumors we've heard pan out), and third-party ...

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    In case you're in the US and want an Xperia Z3, but don't want to wait for T-Mobile to release the thing already or buy Verizon's fancy Xperia Z3v, you're in luck, as Sony has just kicked off unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 US sales, letting you buy one full price and activate it on a carrier of your choice. Ponying up the $679.99 asking price will net you an unlocked phone that's compatible with LTE bands on both AT&T and T-Mobile, which includes a select group of prepaid mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) as well. It's available through the link below in White, Silver Green, Copper, ...

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    Google teased its new software update, previously known as the Android L Preview, back at the I/O 2014 developer conference back in June. It showed off new features a new and improved recent apps menu, lock screen notifications, and Project Volta, meant to improve battery life. Among the most important changes, however, is the all new design language, called Material Design. This new interface design is meant to make the UI react to the user’s input the same way their analog – or material – counterparts would in the real world. There is depth and a visible hierarchy to the way ...

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    Remember the Sony Xperia T3? Yeah, so it's been a couple months since it launched, but the exceedingly-thin phone is finally now heading over to the United States, with its mid-range status and all. Apart from the Sony Xperia T3 US availability confirmation, Sony has also affirmed the US availability of an LTE-ready Xperia M2 model. The model of the Xperia T3 that's being offered in Sony's online store is the D5106 variant, which means that the LTE bands of 4, 7, and 17 are supported, which means there should be no problem getting the phone to work on AT&T and T-Mobile's LTE ...

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    Will the next tablet war not be fought over thinness, screen resolution, or even budget pricing, but dominance in the space of the bigger-than-big form factor? Few manufacturers have already pushed things much further past ten inches – Samsung and its NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 models being a notable exception – but rumors of similar models like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple suggest that other OEMs may finally be ready to really start competing in this area. Now a new rumor brings Sony into the mix, claiming that the company is working on a jumbo-sized tablet of its own. According to ...

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    Sony has two very compelling smartphones in its line-up for the end of 2014: the Xperia Z3, and the Xperia Z3 Compact. However, things don't seem to look that well on the general; correct us if we're wrong, but Sony has announced in the past, as well as more recently, that it will focus mainly on the high-end market. That didn't stop the Japanese manufacturer from announcing devices like the Xperia E3, or M2 Aqua, to name just a couple. Fierce competition, as well as a relatively high price point for the premium line-up has determined Sony to expect less than what they have predicted. On ...

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    One of the biggest differences between Android proper and the version of the OS meant specifically for wearables is the fact that no OEM skins are allowed – this means that updates, once released by Google, can immediately start hitting devices from an assortment of manufacturers. That's exactly what's happened today, with the Android 4.4W.2 update hitting Android Wear devices with a bunch of new features and bug fixes. The rollout began earlier today, with the LG G Watch and G Watch R (unreleased, save for the few review units out in the wild) seeing the update first. The update, build ...

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    Mention “hot new tablet” to a mobile device enthusiast this week, and they're likely to assume you're talking about the Nexus 9 or one of Apple's latest iPad models. But those are far from the only tablet to recently catch our eye, and today marks an important step froward towards retail availability of one of the most notable tablets from last month's IFA launches, as Sony kicks-off pre-orders for its Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in the US. We were hoping we might get some kind of news regarding US sales of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact at the New York event Sony hosted earlier this month, ...

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    Updated with the high-quality version of the podcast. Enjoy! Samsung's latest, greatest phablet is here, and it's a hard-edged reminder that it's no longer enough just to be big; you've got to be smart about it, too. We're talking everything from #gapgate to Multi Window to the S Pen on today's podcast-style Galaxy Note 4 review ... and to help us do that, we're bringing in two very sharp tacks from respected corners of the mobile community: Brad Molen of Engadget and Florence Ion of Greenbot! This week's news didn't stop at the Note, of course. We're also talking about the big ...

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