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    What's going on with Sony's Lollipop update efforts? The manufacturer has confirmed Android Lollipop for its Xperia Z family of devices, and while we've already seen the start of those, when will more devices get access? And what's the fate going to be for all those non-Z models? While we've checked out evidence that at least some appear to have Lollipop updates in the works, some formal confirmation that Sony intends to release such updates would be lovely. As luck would have it, we've got new progress on both fronts. Let's start with the Z models, and how a couple weeks back Sony got ...

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    Last summer, Sony threw its hat into the growing ring of smartphones that place a premium on front-facing camera performance with the launch of the Xperia C3, a handset with both a big 5MP front camera and a front LED flash, still a rarity on phones. A little earlier this month leaks started revealing what sure appeared to be at least a spiritual successor to this model, another Sony Android with a very similar front camera arrangement to what we see on the X3, one identified as the Sony Cosmos. Over the weekend another of these images arrived, giving us maybe our best look yet at the new ...

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    Back at the start of the month, Sony dropped a bombshell for many of its Android users: if you weren't rocking an Xperia Z-series phone, you weren't going to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. No sooner had we started panicking than Sony looked like it might be reconsidering things, backing away from its hard “no,” and instead taking a “no comment” approach. We weren't quite sure what to make of that, but now we've got some additional evidence to check out, with signs of a Lollipop update for a non-Z model arriving via official source. We're talking about the Bluetooth SIG, which posts ...

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    When it comes to the unannounced Sony Xperia Z4, rumors are all over the place, just like in the case of any other phone that's about to get announced. However, in the particular case of the 2015 Sony flagship, previous rumors have tried to anticipate that there will be not one, but two different models, with slightly different internals, and screens (as far as resolution is concerned). We're not quite sure whether you should consider such rumors, but, adding to the recently (allegedly) leaked press images, are today's stills, where we're purportedly looking at the display unit of the Z4. ...

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    It was just yesterday that we've seen an alleged high-quality render of the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4, and, today, we're getting more press images of the yet unannounced device. It looks like these renders are part of the same set of computer-generated stills, and they show off more angles and details of the 2015 Sony flagship. We're now getting a good look at the entire front and back of the alleged device, but there is also a disclaimer attached, according to which these are neither final press renders nor they depict the final version of the hardware. Instead, these are claimed to be ...

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    Sony's apparently in no big rush to release the Xperia Z4, with both CES and MWC having passed without sign of the expected flagship. And while we may end up waiting until close to summer before the the flagship debuts, that's just afforded us more time to wait for the arrival of better and better Z4 leaks. Recently, the quality's really been picking up, and earlier this month we had the opportunity to inspect some very nice comparison pics putting the Z3's frame up against a supposed Z4 component. Today we move beyond individual parts to take a look at the fully assembled phone, upon the ...

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    There's a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now regarding Sony's intentions to make Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for many of its second-tier smartphones, but owners of Xperia Z-class devices have been able to rest a lot easier: they're getting Lollipop, and it's just a question of when. For the freshest of the batch we've been expecting to see those releases come quite soon; just last week Sony told users to look forward to Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 sometime this week. Sure enough, no sooner is Monday here than Sony's going official with its Lollipop news, confirming the ...

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    What the almighty heck are we looking at here? One of our favorite ways information on an unreleased phone can surface is when the company behind it accidentaly posts something online before it should have. Remember last fall when Apple outed the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 before it announced them? Or just a few weeks back when Sony shared a pic of the Xperia Z4 Tablet in advance of the MWC launch? Well, now we've got another one from Sony to check out, only this time what we're seeing is very, very odd, and it's not obvious if this is even a Sony product in the first place. The image ...

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    Sony took its time with the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update, and, while it's still not officially out, those rocking the flagship will be able to hopefully get the latest from Google starting next week. The Xperia M4 Aqua we've recently seen at the 2015 MWC comes with Lollipop out of the box, and, according to not one, but two different localized Sony Mobile outlets, next week is the week for the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update. Initially, Sony Mobile Indonesia announced that week 12 (next week), should be the one to look out for, and now Sony Mobile France is saying the same thing, which comes as a ...

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    Late last week we got what sounded like awful news for the owners of many Sony Xperia models: the manufacturer had been going around on Twitter telling users that it was only going to release Lollipop updates for phones part of the Xperia Z lineage of devices: no E3, no E4, no M2 – nothing. Understandably, a lot of you were upset. But could Sony already be reversing course on its position on Android 5.0 updates? We're still not sure, but a couple new developments have us thinking that something has changed. First up is what the company's saying on Twitter. Last week it shared numerous ...

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    Sony's bringing Android 5.0 Lollipop to a bunch of its phones. The company confirmed its update intentions for a number of specific models all the way back in October, ranging from the original Xperia Z all the way up to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. In fact, it's said that every single Xperia Z-series models will eventually be getting Lollipop. And while that's good to know for owners of those phones, what about all the other Xperia Androids under the sun? Sony's been less forthcoming about update details for those guys, and we could understand how its silence may be making you a little ...

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    So far when it comes to leaked pics of purported Sony Xperia Z4 components, we've seen a lot of display panels. There was that early set back in November, as well a few new pics surfacing about a month ago. While those were quite interesting, they left us without a comprehensive view of this upcoming hardware. Now a fresh series of images has arrived to offer new insight to Sony's desing changes, comparing the Z4's frame to that of the Z3. First up, this supposed Z4 looks like it's dropping its microSD and SIM slots – or at least, they're not where they used to be. Clearly the phone ...

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    At this point, it's fair to say that much of the wind has left MWC's sails. From a Sunday packed with pre-MWC launches, we've been seeing a steady dwindling-off of new high-profile hardware as the week unfolds, and by now if a manufacturer had something good to launch at the expo, it's been launched. However, MWC isn't over until tomorrow's done, so we're still out on the show floor looking to check in with devices we might have missed earlier, or taking the time to share with you some of the less show-stopping gadgets that are still worth a few minutes of your time. Let's take a quick ...

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    With as many products as are on display at MWC 2015, it can be tough to make your accessory stand out. Deliver something nice and functional, but with a cookie-cutter design, and you're liable to find yourself quickly forgotten. But spruce things up with a little sound, a little light, and dare we say a little motion, and you're well on your way to catching a few eyes. Sony's doing all that at MWC this year, with its unabashedly cute “smart” Bluetooth speaker BSP60. Pairing over NFC and communicating via Bluetooth, the BSP60 is more than just a speaker. It cycles through colors, raises ...

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    Yesterday was a hugely busy one for new mobile hardware, led off by HTC and Samsung's announcements of the One M9, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 Edge. And while those gave us plenty to pay attention to, we hadn't even really gotten MWC fully started yet - that would wait for today. And the first official day of Mobile World Congress 2015 absolutely did not disappoint, bringing its own series of new device launches. We did our best to cover all the hot new products fresh on the expo floor, but in case you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up on everything we saw today. Sony led off ...

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    With the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is setting out to show that it knows how to deliver some premium hardware. At just 6.1mm thick, it can go head-to-head with the Apple iPad Air 2 in the race for super-thin tablets – and it does so while delivering a screen that's both larger and of much higher resolution. Maybe more importantly, Sony's offering comes in weighing ten percent less that Apple's. Understandably, we're going to be seeing a lot of comparisons made between these two devices, so we wanted to get a head start on our analysis. That meant bringing an iPad Air 2 along to Sony's MWC ...

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    Smartphone progress follows a general trickle-down effect: what was once top-shelf hardware finds itself popping up on more affordable devices as newer, higher-specced components emerge to outfit future flagships. But this year at MWC Sony doesn't have a new flagship model, and the new smartphone it's brought to show off is instead a mid-range handset, the Xperia M4 Aqua. Can it hold a candle to the six-month-old Xperia Z3? We took a look at both models at MWC 2015 to see how they compared. In an impressive number of ways, the M4 Aqua compares quite favorably to the Z3. It sure looks a ...

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    Sony may get a little flack for not being ready with a new Z-series flagship smartphone at MWC this year, but it's not like the manufacturer's just been sitting around twiddling its thumbs, either. Instead, it's come to the conference with some very much flagship-caliber hardware – just not in a pocket-sized variety. Earlier today we saw the company announce the new Xperia Z4 Tablet, and now we have the chance to go hands-on with the model for ourselves. There are thin device, and there are thin devices, with the Z4 Tablet's 6.1mm depth making it very much one of the latter. Despite that ...

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    A few weeks back, it was anyone's guess if Sony was actually going to bring new phones to MWC 2015. Rumors of the Xperia Z4 kept drifting further and further into the future, and our MWC attention instead started turning towards Sony's tablet lineup. And with Sony launching phones like the Xperia E4 and E4g in the weeks before the conference, even if it did have any non-flagship models in the pipeline, would it have any left by the time the show rolled around? As it turns out, that answer is very much in the affirmative, and Sony just went official with its new Xperia M4 Aqua mid-ranger. ...

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    We weren't expecting much from Sony on the smartphone front from MWC 2015 – given that the Xperia Z4 doesn't look to be launching here, and that's pretty much all that's been on our immediate radar as of late – but the company has gone ahead and surprised us a bit with the unveiling of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua through a press release from Barcelona. Let's have a look at the device below. The smartphone is what Sony itself calls a mid-ranger, though the company does go on to state that the phone "sets the new mid-range standard" with its innovative features. There's a 13MP rear-facing ...

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    The announcements out of MWC in Barcelona are reaching a nonsensical level at this point, with HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 out of the way now, and Microsoft set to make its big reveal in just about an hour. Sony has taken this moment of a lull of sorts to reveal two new devices, one of them being its next flagship tablet. Meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, official as of right now. Sony says that the Z4 Tablet represents the perfection of mobile entertainment. There's a bright 2K 10.1-inch display, as well as industry-leading battery life, and it's all rounded out by the powerful ...

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    Sony put a new MWC 2015 teaser out this morning, and unlike the one we got to check out yesterday, this one doesn't do much to show us actual hardware- it's just way too close up. But between those tiny bubbles and the “get ready to make a splash” text Sony accompanies this image with, it sure does seem to have something to do with waterproofing. Now, waterproofing on Sony hardware is hardly something to write home about – Sony's been delivering such devices for years. And even with waterproof models like the Xperia M4 Aqua tipped to be on the company's MWC docket (the Xperia Z4 ...

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    Sony has already shared its Xperia E4g mid-ranger, but it's been looking like the company has still been holding onto a number of new devices for introduction at MWC itself. We've seen signs of an Xperia Z4 Tablet a couple times over the past few days, and today we get what may be our best look at the tablet to date, as well as check out a phone that sources claim is the upcoming Xperia M4 Aqua. That's the supposed Z4 Tablet above, the one Sony seems to have inadvertently teased as having a 2K display, up form the Z2 Tablet's 1080p panel. Sony appears to be introducing a new quick-launch ...

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    A couple days back, Sony couldn't contain its excitement about its upcoming products, and an as-of-now-still-unannounced Xperia Z4 Tablet popped up on the company's Xperia Lounge app. The presence of a date from next week sure seemed to imply that Sony could be readying to introduce the tablet at MWC, meaning that even in the absence of an Xperia Z4, we'd still have some new high-end hardware to look forward to. Now the company's got a new MWC teaser out, and it sure does look like it supports the idea of a tablet launch. While we don't see much of the hardware thanks to the angle and ...

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    The latest rumors have suggested that Sony will come to MWC 2015 without a new smartphone flagship: the best guess we currently have at an Xperia Z4 launch puts the date out closer to May. But Sony's clearly coming to MWC and will have something to show off, so what will it be, then? Beyond that Xperia E4g that just went official, it now appears that Sony could be ready to introduce a new high-end tablet, as the company seems to have accidentally confirmed the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The Xperia Tablet Z2 debuted at MWC last year, and we saw it followed up seven months later at IFA with the ...

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