Posts tagged with: Xperia Z Ultra
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    Even with all the rumors surrounding Sony's intention to sell its Xperia division, that hasn't pulled the company back from being one of the best at timely software updates. The company may have taken a little too long to update the Xperia Z3 a few weeks ago, but it seems that a broader plan behind the update was designed to compensate to other customers for the lost time. Today Sony has announced that users off the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra should receive Android Lollipop today. Those of you using the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Xperia C3 (both variants) ...

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    Yesterday we heard unconfirmed reports that the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Lollipop update for the Google Play Edition version of the phone has been rolled out, but today, we're seeing official confirmation from the manufacturer itself concerning the latest and greatest from Google. A post on the official Sony Mobile blog confirms that Lollipop rolls out starting this week for the GPe variant, though some regions might get it earlier than others. Aside from the latest version of Android, with all the fixes, features, and beautification (Material Design), the firmware update also brings the new ...

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    While HTC is still struggling (and owners are still eagerly waiting) to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update on HTC One Google Play Edition devices, other manufacturers who have GPe phones are offering the latest dessert treat to owners of their own GPe devices. The Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra Lollipop update has been allegedly spotted reaching at least one phone, if the screenshot above turns out to be true. There is no official word yet but according to the information unveiled by that certain device's owner, the refresh should weigh about 400 MB and should update your phone ...

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    Usually, when I hit Publish on a review, I've had enough time to mull over the words and reread everything enough to be completely certain of everything I wrote. And if I question anything, I can just grab the phone, double-check my thoughts, and reassure myself that I got it right – right then and there, firsthand proof. In all the phones I've reviewed, there was only one time I can recall that I hit publish and immediately wanted to take it back. It wasn't that I was unsure of what I had said. It was that, no matter how certain I was, I didn't want to believe what I wrote. I remember ...

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    One year ago, almost to the day, I received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra in the mail from Negri Electronics. Brandon and Michael decided I would be the one to review the massive 6.4-inch smartphone from Sony, likely because I've always had a penchant for extra large smartphones – excessive smartphones. Just two months before the Xperia Z Ultra landed on my doorstep, I had reviewed the Galaxy Mega. All things considered, I really liked it. Its specs and display could have been better, but Samsung did a pretty good job at keeping the Mega's physical footprint reasonable – more like the Galaxy ...

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    Last week saw Google take the chopping block to its selection of Play edition devices for sale, pulling the HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3 from its listings. While that may be a sign that new, more modern GPe hardware is on its way, it was still a little shocking to see some of those models retired after just over half a year. If you're wishing you jumped at the chance to buy one when they were available, we've got just the deal for you, as retailer Expansys puts these former (and one still current) GPe models on sale, offering some decent savings in the process. Expansys has ...

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    The feeling of change coming to Google's lineup of Play edition devices has been almost palpable these past couple months. There was that brief hint of a GPe Galaxy S5 back in April, and then last month we noticed half of the six devices making up the series going out of stock, no longer up for purchase. Were new models just about to arrive? Was Google ready to kill-off Play editions entirely in favor of Android Silver or some other new effort? We're still not sure just where this is all headed, but this evening we've witnessed a pretty big shift occurring, as those three out-of-stock ...

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    When did Sony become the manufacturer to compete against when it comes to delivering timely Android platform updates to its smartphone lineup? Lately it's felt like Motorola had the upper hand in that department, quickly getting Google's latest releases out to its near-stock handsets, but Sony might be raising the bar even higher this week, as it distributes Android 4.4.4 updates to a number of its smartphones. Granted, Android 4.4.4 isn't a big update itself, but it only even started rolling out for Nexus models a week ago, so to see an OEM ready so soon with updates of its own is pretty ...

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    Google may have taken its sweet time in getting around to the release of Android 4.4.3 – evidence of the build had been hanging just out of reach for months before Google finally went ahead with distribution this week – but now that it's here we're seeing updates waste no time at all in becoming available. Unsurprisingly, Nexus models led the pack, though Motorola wasn't too far behind with news of updates for its own recent Androids. But before we let Motorola distract us and start checking-in with every OEM under the sun to see where they stand with update availability, what about ...

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    Will we still have the Google Play edition family of Android devices this time next year? With those rumors of the ambitious Android Silver project making the rounds, and the consequences it may have for how Google sells Android hardware, it's difficult to say. But for the moment, at least, GPe devices aren't going anywhere, and today we learn of a pretty big change hitting the first phablet to bear the GPe name, with Google knocking a whopping 30 percent off the price tag for the GPe Sony Z Ultra. Google introduced the GPe Z Ultra alongside the other plus-sized GPe model (the LG G Pad ...

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    Back on Monday, Sprint gave its users the heads-up that a Nexus 5 update was incoming, and based on the information the carrier made available, this sure looked like the arrival of Android 4.4.3. The weird thing was, Google had yet to announce the update itself, and even the factory image download page for Nexus devices failed to reflect the availability of this new version. As of today, we're still waiting to see confirmation of users getting this Sprint update. While we wait, more and more evidence for the release of 4.4.3 in the immediate future piles up, and the latest comes to us from ...

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    Yesterday we spent a little time looking at reports of some hardware issues with the Xperia Z2, the latest Sony Android to hit the scene, but far from the first to run into a few problems. In addition to other Xperia models experiencing their own share of hardware faults, we've also heard about a few software bugs in our time. Luckily for users, those tend to be a lot easier for a manufacturer to resolve, and Sony is committed to getting such fixes out to us, kicking-off distribution of its latest for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact. The issue at hand is audio output, and how these ...

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    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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    "Water proof" and "water resistant" mean the same thing, right? Apparently that's what Archos CEO Loic Poirier thought -- he was wrong. Poirier was happily showing off his new phone -- a Quechua -- which is advertised to French hikers and mountain bikers. He tossed it on the floor. No problem! Then, with cameras rolling, he found a glass jar, dropped the phone in, and started to fill it up with water. The phone is rated at IP54 and advertised as being designed to "withstand the most demanding outdoor conditions". When Poirier tried to turn the phone on, while still submerged, he got no ...

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    Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z1 (or the Z1S here in the States) may only be a few months old, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from already pouring out word of its successor. The Xperia Z2 is said to be a lot of things – bigger, better, more powerful, and the rest of the typical hype-mongering buzzwords – and we're hearing rumors that is just might show its face as early as next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. So what do we want from Sony's next flagship? Where did the last go wrong? Take a gander below to find out!   Fine tune the display If Sony ...

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     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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    For the past couple weeks now, we've been catching signs of a new version or two of Sony's Xperia Z Ultra phablet, including a WiFi-only edition of the handset. It's not too often we see a manufacturer go down this route, and it really got us thinking about the Z Ultra's possible utility as a tablet – with that 6.4-inch screen, it was most of the way there, anyway. Earlier this week we saw signs of the device surface on a Sony website, and today the new model goes official – though not exactly how we hoped. In the first place, Sony only announced the new WiFi Z Ultra, model SGP412JP, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new Beats Music service, and how it competes in today's market. Then we talk about Sony as we get the first leaked photos of the Sony Xperia Z2 being compared to the Xperia Z1, aside from new rumors of a Wi-Fi only Xperia Z Ultra. Apple is next as we get the first leaked screenshots of iOS 7 beta 4 and its possible vehicle mode. Then we move the spotlight over to Samsung and a possible launch of the Galaxy S 5 at MWC. We end today's show talking about a possible ASUS-made Google Nexus 8 after all. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Earlier this month we heard that Sony might be planning to release a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra, the 6.44-inch “phablet” that really pushed our limits so far as how large a phone could get before we just ended up looking at it as a tablet. Yet despite how useful a waterproof, stylish tablet that size might be, Sony had only released the model as a full-fledged smartphone – with the high price to match. This new version of the Z Ultra appeared to be abandoning its cellular radio, switching to an alternate version of the Snapdragon 800 without such support, and had us hopeful ...

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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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    When we reviewed Sony's giant Xperia Z Ultra phablet last summer, we came away with a general fondness for the device, though one tempered by a few concerns. High at that list was that the 6.4-incher was just too darn large for most people to appreciate as a phablet, and really felt like it might be more suitable for the device to just admit that it was a tablet. Well, as it turns out Sony might be thinking quite the same thing, as we see evidence pointing to work on a WiFi-only version of the Z Ultra. We have two separate finds to check out: an FCC certification listing from back from ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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    The big phones only get bigger, it seems. We've been clamoring over gigantic phones since the original Galaxy Note announcement, and possibly even before that over phones which are now comparably quite small. Personally, I've been carrying large phones since January 2012, not long after the original Galaxy Note made its way stateside. And I've been back and forth between loving and hating giant phones ever since. They come with a handful of advantages, and just as much baggage. After all is said and done, though, I'm always happy to come back to a larger smartphone (within reason) due to ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Android 4.4.2 update that just reached Nexus devices, and why it's important. We then go through some of the issues that are haunting Lumia customers due to a bug in the Nokia Camera app. Qualcomm follows the news as its new Snapdragon 410 processor was just announced with 64-bit architecture. We then talk about our Pocketnow Weekly podcast, and our chance to win a nomination for a Stitcher award. We end today's show talking about the Google Edition Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 8.3, aside from the new and white Google Nexus 7. All this ...

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