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    Back in October, when Android 6.0 was barely making its way over-the-air to “pure Google” Nexus devices, Sony vowed to update a whopping 14 Xperia phones and tablets to sweet Marshmallow… eventually. Between then and now however, only a small fraction of Z3 and Z3 Compact owners worldwide got a sample of Doze battery life enhancements and Now on Tap cards as part of a “Concept” beta program. Impatient fans are naturally wondering if the old plan is still on, fearing a few of the products initially announced as headed for 6.0 bumps may ultimately receive the upgrade axe. NTT ...

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    Technically, Sony’s three new flagship Android phones, including the Xperia Z5 Premium, have been up for grabs stateside for several months now for people who were in a hurry and didn’t care about warranties. But official sales, through sanctioned retailers, with manufacturer coverage for first-year hardware malfunctions, are only underway today, at least as far as the “standard” Z5 and Z5 Compact go. The bad news is fingerprint scanners are indeed missing, a controversial decision justified merely on cryptic “business” basis. On the bright side, Best Buy realized very early ...

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    Someday, our favorite smartphones will be left behind by the tide of progress, no long tapped to receive the latest platform updates and doomed to live out the rest of their days on increasingly feature-poor, insecure software: it's just the way of the world, as planned obsolescence pushes us towards newer and fancier hardware. But for the time being, there's still plenty of life left in our favorite flagships, and Android users are experiencing a surge in availability of (admittedly overdue) Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. We just told you about the LG G4 bringing Marshmallow to T-Mobile ...

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    Like Samsung, Sony is yet to update a single Lollipop-powered device to Marshmallow outside of “Concept” beta programs, although we were ready to wager at one point a number of 6.0 rollouts would begin by the end of January for Xperia flagships. Meanwhile, the Japanese hardware manufacturer reconsidered the direct leap plan from Android 5.0 to build M for a couple of lower-end handhelds, but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t a part of the group ultimately due for transitional 5.1 Lollipop promotions too. Instead, the waterproof 5-incher will continue to sit tight on ancient 5.0, waiting ...

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    Who will be the dual-camera king of the hill and who will that king end up serving? While Sony's own mobile hardware sales have sloughed, it's still making money making cameras for many companies including Apple — that company has reportedly been looking for dual-camera system vendors from Taiwan, Korea and Japan. During the company's most recent earnings call, one analyst asked about how OEMs will adopt the technology over the next couple of years. CFO Kenichiro Yoshida responded with an expectation that Sony's own paired camera product would come onto the market sometime next year with ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    Are screen borders a thing device manufacturers should really be looking to eliminate altogether or a necessary evil, given without them, it’d be pretty hard to handle a smartphone or tablet, and keep the risk of accidental touch interaction at a minimum? Tricky question to answer right away, but perhaps we can reach an all-satisfying compromise. What if OEMs shave off the lateral bezels, and retain the top and bottom ones to guarantee decent grip? Sounds like a good idea in theory, though in reality, the execution greatly depends on the thickness of the two horizontal “edges.” Sony ...

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    USB type-C is here in full force, offering convenient reversible cables, high power throughput for fast charging, and maybe even the dream of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Or at least, it would, if we weren't still just a bit sore about having to buy a bunch of new accessories to support it. If your latest smartphone (or hell, even laptop) purchase has brought you into the world of USB type-C connectivity, you've probably already started arming yourself with all manner of cables, but that's just part of the solution. Now Sony's announcing a new USB type-C accessory that looks ...

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    Another financial report from a tech giant, another classic good news/bad news scenario. This time, it’s Sony that’s trying to retain an optimistic outlook on the mobile hardware industry, encouraged by the strong recent box-office performance of its game and network services division, as well as the pictures department. PlayStation 4 unit sales were the main growth driver for the Japanese conglomerate between October and December 2015, although it also certainly helped that Spectre and Hotel Transylvania 2 didn’t lampoon any dictators with a strong hacking fan base. On the not so ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    A couple weeks back we got what sounded like good – if not just a few months later than we'd like – news: Sony was just about to bring some of its latest flagship hardware to the US as it prepared to start sales of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. Better late than never, though, right? Well, if these were the same Z5 and Z5 Compact as we'd seen elsewhere, perhaps we could learn to be happy that we were getting them at all, but it wasn't long before a new wrinkle developed in this tale, as we got word that Sony had altered the construction of its phones and removed one of their most ...

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    Android users know all too well the pain of waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) for the most recent version of the platform to arrive for their phone. Sure, those lucky Nexus owners get their updates straight away, but for the rest of us, we're subject to both OEM and carrier delays. That's why it was such great news when in October of last year, Sony invited owners of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to get a super-early taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow through the manufacturer's “Concept for Android” program. Originally set to wrap up in December, Sony ultimately extended the ...

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    In case anyone still cares, the “super mid-range” Sony Xperia M5 should at long last spread across the old continent in the next few weeks. Unveiled way back in August, the Full HD 5-incher rapidly launched in a handful of emerging European and Asian countries, then… nothing. Granted, a US expansion always felt improbable, considering even the Xperia Z5 is yet to debut on American shores, but it’s hard to explain exactly what took Sony so long to bring the M5 to markets like Poland or the Netherlands. Now, both the company’s regional departments expect the exquisite camera phone ...

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    It’s no secret Sony’s mobile business is intensely struggling, and with such controversial decisions as launching the Xperia Z5 late stateside and with no fingerprint scanner in tow, or restricting the use of that eye-popping “Premium” 4K screen, there likely is no happy ending in sight. But could the company have gotten so desperate to succeed that the Xperia Z6 will go global a mere couple of weeks after Z5’s long overdue US expansion? We highly doubt it, though something is clearly going down on the Xperia release front next month. Specifically, on February 22, starting at ...

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    For a growing and quite vocal segment of smartphone users, hardware that offers a fingerprint scanner is somewhat of a necessity. The need to keep both our phones and the data on them safe is as important as ever, and especially as more and more of us turn to our phones to make mobile payments, strong authentication is either something we seek out or service providers outright demand we use. With more and more flagship devices offering integrated hardware fingerprint scanners, cumbersome PINs and pattern unlocks have fallen out of style, and the discerning shopper demands a fast, reliable ...

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    It's been four months now since Sony gave us its latest smartphone flagships, introducing the Xperia Z5 series back at IFA 2015. And after getting to know the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium with that first-of-its-kind 4K display, we've seen sales of these handsets come to markets around the globe – just not here in the US. Sure, you've been able to import international versions of the phones, and our northern neighbors in Canada have had some luck getting their hands on these phones, but so far Sony's passed the States by. Now that's finally ready to change, as Sony ...

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    With manufacturers scrambling as they are to capture a segment of the about-to-explode internet-of-things market, are we handing out the “smart” label a little too casually? Open your door over Bluetooth? Boom: smartlock. Checking just how chilled your veggies are over WiFi? Watch out, now: you got a smartfridge. And when we start installing light bulbs that can not just be remotely controlled, but also change colors on a whim, we're only too eager to start calling them smartlights. But there's a big difference between tech that can connect to things like smartphones and tablets and ...

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    Sony's not given us a ton to work with when it comes to predicting the company's smartphone strategy in 2016. We'll see an Xperia Z6 at some point, sure, but are we going two-a-year again and will also get a Z7? And what about mid-rangers, especially with rumors pointing to a pretty stark lineup? CES didn't bring much in the way of news, and yesterday's announcement only gave us a new color for the existing Z5; what else could be coming? Now a new leak attempts to shine some light on that question, depicting a possible Xperia C6 handset. The phone we see here is clearly a Sony model, and ...

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    Tired of this played out color yet? Even with the real genuine article? Don't worry. Smartphone industry underdog Sony, as we expected, has kept its rose and gold separate and we mean real separate. Like, months apart. Sony has announced a new color for the Xperia Z5: "a warm, sophisticated pink." Designer Rikke Gertsen Constein called upon influences "from nature and Japan's own Sakura cherry blossom right through to the colours in the sky during a beautiful sunset." Now, take yourself away from your cynicism for a second: color-wise, it's a cooler pink than most other pinks out on ...

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    It seems like each year we're coming away from CES seeing fewer and fewer new smartphones (or at least, those from the major brands we know you look forward to the most). And while we still got to check some great stuff like the Nextbit Robin at this year's show, manufacturers like Sony kinda let us down. That's fine, though, as Sony's sure to bring out its latest models in the near future. We'd been thinking we might get to check out some of those at MWC next month, but now we're wondering if the next Sony Xperia could be here even sooner than we hoped, as the company teases what sure ...

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    Hurr durr, it's that joke that every tech YouTuber's making on Twitter, right? But even though Sony isn't really shredding the pipes at CES this year, at least on the mobile end, it's at least trying to impress all of us with some impressive video quality — and it's all coming out of 12 Xperia Z5 Compacts. Those handsets were arranged in a special 3D-printed rig for 360° video and was sent to the Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France to shoot some magic. And since the Xperia Z5 Compact can shoot 4K, Sony decided to do some marketing at call it "48K." YouTube calls ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    In just a few short days, Pocketnow's CES crew will pack up their bags, hop on their flights, and start converging upon Las Vegas. We won't be the only ones headed out to the American Southwest, and companies from all over the world will similarly be flocking to Nevada to show off their latest hardware, services, and everything that goes with that. As we look forward to soaking it all in for ourselves, we thought we'd take a quick look around at the early announcements, the hottest rumors, and maybe even a long-shot or two as we share with you what's worth looking forward to from CES 2016. ...

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    Update: We'll see you next week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas! That's if we remember to do the podcast in the first place... The stretch between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Year's is a farce. Even with CES 2016 looming on the horizon and PR pitches landing like buzzword-filled mortars at every compass point, getting any kind of work done with a belly full of holiday food and the crackling anticipation of New Year's Eve is just impossible. So for this final episode of the year, we're turning the wheel over to you, listeners and viewers, by taking any questions you want via email and ...

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    In case you were still unclear regarding the two “main” models purportedly due to enrich the Sony Xperia smartphone family in 2016, it doesn’t look like the product roster will be simplified or streamlined very soon after all, as a Z6 Lite is coming alongside a standard Z6, Z6 Plus, Z6 Ultra, Z6 Compact and, possibly, a Z6 Mini too. That would easily exceed this year’s Z-series variety madness, where the Z3+, aka Z4, first entered the picture, followed by a Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium. Of course, none of the above looming handhelds is confirmed right now, and at least the Z6 ...

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