Posts tagged with: Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z, along with the ZL, form Sony's Android flagships for early 2013. The phone has a five-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, and a thirteen-megapixel main camera. One of its most stand-out features is its waterproofing, allowing the phone to function while fully-submerged, even recording underwater video. The Xperial ZL, though similar to the Z in many respects, lacks this key ability.

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    I remember a time when I was switching phones every other week. Literally. I would buy a phone without a contract from an AT&T or Verizon store (or my place of employment), use it for a week or two, then turn around and sell it to the highest bidder on Craigslist. In most cases, I would trade the new phone for a slightly older phone plus some cash. Then I would sell the phone I had just received through the trade for its full value, thus walking away with more money than I had put into the original phone. It's not like I was making money hand over fist, but I was playing my cards ...

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    For those of you that still sport a Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or Tablet Z, we're sure you've been quite pleased with your ability to update these legacy devices to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony has done a great job in keeping its phones up-to-date lately, though not everything has been fun and games. Users have flooded Sony Support forums claiming that there are serious battery draining issues, and apparently there is a fix coming. Sony has confirmed that it has detected the battery drain issues of the mentioned devices, and this problem has to do with Google Play Services. The ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z, despite being surpassed by the company's next two flagships, is still on the company's list to receive software updates. The T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z smartphone is being updated to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), with the OTA now rolling out to applicable users. The update occurs at a time when users of global Xperia Z owners already are basking in the glory of Android 4.4.2, KitKat, which only serves to show just how bad United States carriers are about getting timely updates out to consumers. Said global consumers had this particular update more than five months ...

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    Sony may not be doing the best job in getting the US market full of Xperia smartphones, but they are definitely doing a great job in giving Xperia customers a taste of the latest and greatest of Android. It used to be that Sony was the worse company in updating its smartphones to newer versions of Android, but ever since the launch of the Xperia Z early last year, this has been a different story, and it continues today. The company has just announced Android 4.4 KitKat to devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update details include: Google’s ...

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    The past several weeks have already offered us more than a few opportunities to look at the Sony D6503 “Sirius,” the handset expected to be the next Z-series flagship, and a phone that just might launch as the Xperia Z2. Back in January, some images arrived that showed Sirius up against the Xperia Z1, letting us see what changes to the design (and there really weren't that many) Sony might have in store. Today we're back in the same ballpark, only this time with an additional model for comparison, as Sirius sits down with the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z. From left to right up top we're ...

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    If you have a Sony Xperia Z you should receive a notification for an update being available for your phone. According to official wording from Sony, it should bring you improvements to the phone's Bluetooth connectivity and battery. Alongside other fixes, bits should also refer to a new YouTube app, and some other behind the scenes improvements. The same goodies should also be available for the Xperia ZL and ZR phones, so make sure to check that update notification. If you have an Xperia Tablet Z, the refresh will start rolling out sometime this week (or the next, if your week starts with ...

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    Sony is capable of making compelling smartphones. I have never for a second doubted that. The Xperia Z, my first device review for Pocketnow last year, was a stellar phone. Its design was great (though I'm not partial to the additional slab of glass), the specifications were on par with its counterparts from Samsung and HTC, and performance was not an issue. That said, the unit I received for review from Clove was not compatible with AT&T in my area. It supported UMTA bands 1, 5, and 8, and I was stuck switching between EDGE and GPRS. And the display was … pretty awful. Blacks were ...

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    If you are an owner of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and/or Xperia Tablet Z, you should check for an update notification to hit your device. Sony is letting everyone know that the Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 update is being rolled out, and the same platform version is hitting the rest of the aforementioned devices too. Though "timing and availability may vary by market and carrier", you should all receive your treat of "performance tweaks here & there". In addition to the OS, the Sony Xperia software also brings you smoother graphic experience, Sony Smart Social camera from ...

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    While the Sony Xperia Z Ultra just became a Google Play Edition device, owners of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL also have a reason to be happy. The Android 4.3 update for Sony Xperia Z, as well as the ZL, is now available to download, thanks to XDA Developers. The Xperia Z's firmware (C6603) and the C6503 for the ZL are both available at the source links below. Build numbers are 10.4.B.0.569, but it is not yet known whether this specific version of the firmware will the the final one which will be pushed out to devices by Sony. The source of these leaked ROMs tagged them with ...

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    Before anyone gets their hopes up, as of right this instant, the only device that has an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat is Google's own Nexus 5. That will change as soon as Google releases updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, and as other OEMs begin pushing updates to their flagship devices. HTC has already committed to releasing its updates "within 90 days". In the meantime, Google has already pushed KitKat into the AOSP, and you know what that means: custom ROMs! Custom ROMs come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of stability. Some are rock solid, and some may turn your ...

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    Android 4.4: either you've got it, or you want it (or you're on iOS or WP8, in which case, why are you reading this?). The majority of Android users find themselves in the latter situation for the moment, but even then Google's been releasing app updates to bring portions of the KitKat experience your way. Still, nothing substitutes for the real thing, so most of you out there are probably hoping to learn the details on upgrade plans from your handset's manufacturer. If that means turning to Sony for news about your Xperia, we've got some info to share with you, as the company reveals its ...

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    Can we all agree on one thing? Sony makes some beautiful devices. Hat tip to everyone in Sony's design department. The Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and even earlier devices, like the Xperia S and Xperia ion, are gorgeous. All of these devices are genuinely beautiful smartphones, and the Tablet Z is just as beautiful in its larger form. Their expansive glass surfaces, ruggedized plastic (or metal, depending on the model) trim, and distinguished hard corners, all make these smartphones, aesthetically, stick out from the swarm of other smartphones. Most of them are known to perform ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.3, some hidden features discovered, and we also walk you through how to get it early on your Nexus device. The Samsung Galaxy Note III is next as it seems that Samsung is still not sure of what screen size they'll provide on it. The Sony Honami is next as it now gets compared to the Xperia Z and they do seem very much a like. Steve Ballmer takes the stage next as he states his disappointment over the Surface RT and the lack of sales of Windows 8. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 7 hitting retail stores a couple of ...

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    The Sony Honami has been subject to many rumors, leaks, and reports lately as we're waiting for the phone to become official. In this latest set of images we're taking a look at the Honami pictured side-by-side with the Xperia Z. As you can see in the images above an below, the Xperia i1 (Honami) and the Xperia Z are very much alike. The main design principles are identical. However, the Honami appears to be a tad longer and wider, but it might also be an aberration of the images due to perspective. As a bonus there are a couple of screenshots from the camera app on the upcoming Honami. ...

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    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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