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    Much like LG, Sony keeps bleeding money in the mobile tech segment while earning in many other departments more than enough to survive. Of course, LG washing machines and TVs have nothing on PlayStation hardware and software, though at the same time, there’s no Xperia on the horizon capable of the shipment numbers predicted for the modular G5 this year. All comparisons with rival companies aside, you have to applaud Sony for managing to triple (and then some) its operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 over figures posted the previous 12 months, as well as boost earnings ...

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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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    Every chance they got these past few months, Sony’s higher-ups refuted rampant smartphone retirement rumors, as well as recent whispers of the company possibly looking into in-house mobile chip production. At the same time, caution appeared to characterize the Xperia family’s expansion during 2015, particularly in the year’s latter stages, which is by no means surprising given the sorry state of Sony’s financial affairs. Going forward, you should probably expect less and less Xperia models, though brand dilution may not be the worst comeback strategy. Granted, it seems coerced ...

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    Is having your own SoC the mark of a mature smartphone company? A growing number of manufacturers use their own chips in some, if not all of their handsets, and every so often we hear rumors about new players who might be interested in getting into the SoC game for themselves. One of those more recent reports concerned Sony, suggesting that the company might approach SoC production in an effort to increase its earnings potential. No sooner has that rumor gotten off the ground than Sony has stepped up to deny it. According to Sony CEO Kazuro Hirai, the company has no plans in the works to ...

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    Forget mixed signals, Sony is reportedly as serious as it’s ever been about growing smartphone sales and profitability, despite recently closing e-shop in Europe, and posting a quarterly mobile loss for the umpteenth consecutive time. If the Xperia Z5 trio can’t put the Japanese tech giant’s Android business on the right track, even more could ride on the Z6, which believe it or not, may pack a processor developed in-house to compete against top-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragons and MediaTek Helios. How did Sony reach this ambitious, no doubt money, time and resource-consuming decision ...

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    Sony's announcement that it is committed to its mobile division brought a lot of relief to many a few months ago. We even heard the news that the company is even investing in building a factory that is dedicated to mobile as well. The problem is that we're still not sure how long is Sony planning to keep this commitment going at a time when its mobile division is still on decline. Sony's Q2/2015 quarter results went live today, and even though the company's overall sales remained flat at 1,8972.7 billion yen when you compare them year-over-year, this is actually due to a mix of success ...

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    Sony has a turnaround plan for its mobile division. And sure, it's been playing the speed game with the phones, it's pushed the envelope this season and while it has reduced consumers' options for buying its products, Sony is still trying. Any word of its demise is greatly exaggerated. Of course, there has to have been enough of that word to go around in order for a representative to respond to them. Boy, that is an understatement. The story begins with Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai addressing a scrum of reporters on the state of the company's overall turnaround after a stretch of annual losses. ...

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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    Sony is definetly on a roll when it comes to sofware updates. The company may not be as timely as some of its competitors, but the fact that the Japanese giant is providing software updates to devices that are almost three years old says a lot about its commitment to customers. If you thought the recent Android 5.0 updates to legacy products were cool enough, think again. Sony has just announced that it'll bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z lineup starting in July. Yes, we didn't get that wrong, we're talking about the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia ...

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    Even with the amount of praise that Sony's Xperia lineup has received over the last couple of years, it seems to not be enough to get the company's mobile division back on track. We've seen the company struggle to reach its profitability goals over the last couple of quarters, and it's clear that the company is desperate for a come back somehow. You'd think that the company's turnaround plan would include a heavy focus on mobile, especially given the fact that Apple's success fully depends on it, but the reality is the other way around. In a plan to raise $4.2B in profit by year 2018, ...

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    Sony has won a lot of praise for its recent smartphone offerings. Our reviews of devices like the Xperia Z2 make it clear that the company is doing a great job in making Xperia smartphones very competitive. Xperia tablets haven't gained that same level of fame, but it doesn't mean they aren't good, and rumors have it that there is more to come. Listings are now showing a model number SGP621 being traded around through Indonesia. If you all remember, the code for the Xperia Tablet Z2 was SGP521, and the code for the Xperia Tablet Z was SGP321. This clearly hints to the company working on ...

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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Pebble's launch of its App Store for its smartwatch line-up. We then talk about the HTC M8, and more confirmation that that phone is losing its hardware buttons. Sony is next as we get some leaks of an Xperia smartphone with very little bezels. Sundar Pichai takes the stage next as reports have him as a strong candidate for CEO at Microsoft. We end today's show talking about the predictions for hardware specifications for the Galaxy S 5 and iPhone 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Pebble app store launches for iOS; Android ...

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    A couple weeks back, we got a look at a new breed of Androids from Sharp, boasting some of the narrowest side bezels we've seen in recent memory. As we wring our hands over concerns that such phone are going to introduce new problems, picking up stray inputs from our hands just gripping the phone, manufacturers push forward, towards that day when a phone's display will utterly consume its face. We're still a way's off from that, but one new leak may offer the next step in that direction, apparently revealing a Sony Xperia model with an impressively narrow bezel. At least, that may be what ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the CyanogenMod variant of the Oppo N1, and its official launch today. Amazon follows the news as we talk about their new app store deals and why they exist. Nokia is next as we keep talking about their possible Nokia Android phone, as unbelievable as that may be. Sony is then making headlines with Android 4.3 for existing Xperia smartphones. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans for the display of the Galaxy S 5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition goes up for sale; any takers? - Amazon’s ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent update to Google Apps for Android, which brings some of the KitKat updates that Nexus 5 owners are enjoying. Speaking of Nexus 5, there are complaints of a poor speaker and poor camera, and Google talks about it. We later talk about Sony as the company has laid down its plans for Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its Xperia line-up. Apple follows the news as the Cupertino kids might be working on launching more than one iPhone in 2014. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's ISOCELL cameras and foldable displays. All this and more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Having a non-replaceable battery on your smartphone or tablet is bad enough when it takes hours to recharge, like in the case of the third-generation iPad, which took a crazy 7 hours to return to a usable state. Still, if products could recharge in decent times, like say, an hour, then not being able to replace your battery wouldn't be so bad, and specially at times when the Snapdragon 800 processor makes sure the device will go longer. Such is the case of Sony's future Xperia smartphones. Sony's new invention, which is based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to bring ...

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    It seems like a long ago, but it was only February 2011 when Sony unveiled its "PlayStation Phone", calling it the Xperia Play. Sony had made smartphones before. It had also made gaming consoles and handheld entertainment devices. What no one had done was marry an entertainment system into a cutting edge smartphone. The market potential was huge, and Sony knew it. Not only did Sony release the Xperia Play, it also introduced the PlayStation Certified program which would let other manufacturers build devices worthy of the PlayStation name and enable them to play PlayStation Mobile games. ...

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    There's a big gulf between an unboxing and a full review, and we're always looking for ways to fill it. Our friendly neighborhood FedEx man dropped the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on our porch this morning, whereupon we promptly tore, cut, and otherwise fought our way into its packaging - all to give our fellow geeky voyeurs a rough idea of what the first few moments of Tablet Z ownership are like. (We'd like to thank Negri Electronics, by the way, for the quick shipping that made this end-of-week video possible.) It only took a few minutes to log in to our various accounts and start ...

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    When we first laid hands on Sony's Xperia Tablet Z back at MWC in Barcelona, only our stalwart professional detachment kept us from falling in love at first sight. The tablet, impossibly thin at 6.9mm and with a just-right weight of 495g, felt incredible in our hands - a feeling that only intensified upon learning the tablet was rated for water resistance to IP55 and IP57 standards. Given our love of durable devices, that was music to our ears. Now, thanks to some quick shipping by our friends at Negri Electronics, we've got an Xperia Tablet Z of our very own here in Pocketnow's ...

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    We've witnessed the fact that Sony has tried really hard to return to the smartphone spotlight this year, and sadly hasn't reached that mark. Our reviews of the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have proved that the company is on the right path when it comes to software and design, but their poor choices for hardware have left them a step back when compared to every other company on the market. Now we find some leaked photos of a Sony Xperia S39h and sadly things don't look any better. If this Sony Xperia S39h follows the company's codename philosophy, the S stands for a small device, which is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Galaxy S 4 carrier availability and the irony that TecTiles no longer work for it. Later we go through some Galaxy Note III rumors and the fact that apparently it'll be a bigger and better phone. Some Sony Xperia phones are next as the company plans to apparently give the phablet category a try. Then we talk about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and yes, that's not Android 5.0, we know. We end today's show talking about Google Now and what it means for it to only launch on iOS and not on legacy Android devices. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Sony's plan to differentiate from the crowd has just taken off. Right on schedule, the company has just launched the PlayStation Mobile initiative that they announced recently. The idea is that this will be a cross-platform mobile gaming service where users can buy a game once on the PlayStation Store, and play it on select Android smartphones or tablets as well as in Sony's new PS Vita. The way this works is very similar to how you can purchase an app in the Google Play Store and the app is available across all the devices that share your same Google account, except here everything will ...

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    At the beginning of this year we heard Sony's plans regarding new camera sensors which, opposed to the standard RGB (red, green, blue) contained an additional W standing for white pixels. This way the sensors, as we've been told, offer “higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings”. Sony has now changed the specifications to revert from RGBW to RGB, "as it was found not to meet certain conditions of Sony's image quality standards." These sensors should be at the core of the 2013 Xperia line-up's imaging features and the ...

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