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    When talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, it used to be that we were asking ourselves whether or not to believe rumors that the chip was a piece of junk, prone to overheating and generally not performing up to par. But as phone manufacturers like LG step up to stand behind the 810, while others like Samsung appear to be turning their backs on the SoC, the more appropriate question may be “is the 810 actually a bad chip, or is it just getting bad PR?” Qualcomm seems determined to do something about the beating the 810's getting in the press, and today released a statement that ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Last year, at MWC 2014, Sony introduced the Xperia Z2. After seeing the Xperia Z3 launch at IFA in late summer, our eyes were once again on the first quarter of the year in the hopes of Sony launching the latest member of this family. CES came and went with no Xperia Z4 in sight, leaving us to assume that we'd be witnessing it appear at MWC in early March. And while that would make enough sense, a new report claims that Sony's got something a bit different in mind, and that it will still be several months before it's time for the Z4 to go official. If not at MWC, then when? We don't have a ...

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    Sony has proven to have a great track record with Android software updates, ever since the company said goodbye to the old Sony Ericsson brand. Even today, we've seen the company update legacy flagships like the first Xperia Z, and its timing for updates is also competitive. We've seen the company tease its Android 5.0 Lollipop launch in the past, but today we get more visuals. For better or for worse, Android 5.0 Lollipop brings changes to the visual aspect of the navigation keys. At the moment only a few OEMs have pushed their Lollipop updates to the masses, and those that use soft ...

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    Where's the Xperia Z4? Sony fans are eager to check out what the manufacturer’s been able to come up with since last summer's launch of the Xperia Z3, and after failing to take the stage at CES, we're now curious if the Z4's warming up for an MWC debut. And while much of our attention is taken up looking through regulatory paperwork trying to track Sony's progress towards the Z4's launch, it's easy forget that the Xperia Z3's story is far from over. Beyond just being a phone that's only been on the market for a few months, it's also one whose retail options continue to mature, and this ...

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    Who's delivering new flagships at MWC? Samsung could be in, but LG sounds like it might be out. What about Sony? The company was rumored to be prepping its Xperia Z4 for CES earlier this month, but after the phone was a no-show, MWC became our next likely contender. And indeed, Sony seems to be making progress towards getting the Z4 ready for release in the coming weeks: just a few days ago we saw the FCC publish certification paperwork for a Sony handset that a few clues point to being the elusive Z4. Now an additional FCC filing seems to reveal another twist on the Z4, outing a dual-SIM ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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    Rumors came and went of the Sony Xperia Z4's debut at CES 2015 but that never materialized, unfortunately, so we're left hoping to see what the company has up its sleeve for 2015 at Mobile World Congress in early March instead. And if this Sony Xperia Z4 FCC pit-stop is to be noted, it seems likely that the phone will see a global launch soon. The phone that's passed through the FCC identifies itself as Type Number PM-0850-BV, and FCC ID PY7-PM0850, and XperiaBlog seems to believe that this is the Z4 we've had our eyes on. It has firmware build number 25.0.A.0.33, slightly different than ...

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    One of the best phones of 2014 flew under the radar a bit in the US, and that's Sony's Xperia Z3v. But Verizon hasn't quite forgotten about it since allowing the phone on its network, and it's keeping it fresh with improvements, having just issued today a Sony Xperia Z3v update bringing bug fixes and more. There's nothing too major about the update – it's essentially a lot of miscellaneous fixes thrown together into one update package – but we do recommend that you grab it as soon as possible to fix some of the nasty bugs highlighted in the full changelog below. The update should be ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    Sony's present doesn't represent the best times in the company's history and Sony Corp's CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has to take important, and, at the same time, rather difficult decisions. As a reminder, Sony has sold its VAIO computer brand, and the new owners have been rumored to enter the smartphone market. Now, a Reuters report citing "company officials familiar with the leadership's thinking" claims that a decision to sell off (or enter a joint-venture) the Xperia mobile division could be on the table, as part of the CEO's business revival plan. The Sony mobile division sale reported has not ...

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    Sony's CES 2015 event came and went without the reveal of a new Xperia smartphone – though if we're to believe the rumors, some lucky execs got to check out the Xperia Z4 behind closed doors. The rest of us will jut have to wait to get our first official taste of Sony's next flagship, though with MWC over the horizon, that could be a matter of just a few more weeks. And while we're eagerly expecting this phone's launch, the jury's been out when it comes to a lot of the details. At least, we've heard a few rumors, some going back months by now, but have yet to see much in the way of ...

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    CES is not always about announcing devices or showing them off at the Convention Center or at special events. As the first show of the year (which also happens to be in the US, one of the largest markets in the world), smartphone manufacturers often show off prototypes of upcoming devices to heads of carriers or retailers. Last year, there was a rumor according to which the Galaxy S 5 (announced later, at MWC), was shown off at CES behind closed doors, and, similarly, this year, there's a report claiming that Samsung has shown off prototypes of the Galaxy S 6 to select few, behind closed ...

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    Sony's got one of the best Android Wear products out there in its SmartWatch 3, the wearable with both the largest battery out of all the other competitors and a dedicated GPS built-in. But one problem people found with the device was that it wasn't exactly ultra-stylish with its plastic band option. Now that Sony has gone official with a metal band option, we couldn't resist trying it out at CES 2015. So here's our stainless steel Sony SmartWatch 3 hands-on video. Internally, nothing has changed from the silicone strap-toting model to this one. It's all in the aesthetics, with a ...

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    Despite being an incremental update to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3 is a great phone, with exceptional performance, awesome battery life, and a build (which you might like or dislike) that makes it resistant to both water and dust. Out of the box, the Sony Xperia Z3 is powered by Android 4.4.4 (with Sony's own UI on top of it), but that's about to change soon, according to the manufacturer. At the CES 2015 special Sony keynote, the company's COO, Michael Fasulo, announced that the Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update will start rolling out to devices beginning next month. ...

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    It's press day in Las Vegas at CES 2015, and that means a barrage of announcements from a bevy of OEMs. We kicked the morning off with LG and Alcatel Onetouch festivities among others, and now we're poised to jump into the next big event of the day, the Sony CES 2015 press conference. As we explained in our full CES 2015 rumor roundup piece, Sony is almost surely going to release something, but we're not quite sure whether that's going to be a gigantic tablet or a new smartphone. Perhaps a wearable or two. There could be mid-rangers, there could be something else. Don't be surprised, even, ...

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    Sony's CES 2015 press event is still a couple hours away, but it looks like one of the company's products has broken cover a little early: a new metal-banded edition of the Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3. The original post providing the image you see above has been withdrawn, but the pic sure appears to fit with the design language we know from the rubber wristbands we see on existing SmartWatch 3 options. The guts of the smartwatch should remain unchanged from the original – this looks to be just the new band. Beyond the band you see here, the watch would support interchangeable ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. So far, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, as well as the biggest disappointments ...

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    We all remember how Sony sold its VAIO PC business earlier this year to JIP, in an attempt to focus on mobile exclusively. As a result, we now have a Sony Corporation that launches Xperia smartphones, and there is also a separate VAIO Corporation, of which Sony still owns a small 5%. We sadly don't know if there is any collaboration between both companies, but we do hear that there is some competition on the way. Japanese sources claim that the VAIO Corporation will launch its first Android smartphone at CES 2015. This VAIO-branded smartphone is rumored to be an affordable device, and ...

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    Who would've thought that increasing the size of the iPhone would amount to so much in 2014? Apple broke all of its sales records during the first few days since the launch of the iPhone 6, and these numbers also broke records in the company's bottom line. If you're wondering how well Apple did this holiday season, the answer is still a shocker. Flurry conducted some very interesting analytics this holiday season, and this consisted in measuring the worldwide mobile device activations during December 19 to the 25th. These are the most common dates when people could've opened gifts for ...

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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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