Posts tagged with: Xperia Z2
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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    It’s almost impossible to be a major Android device manufacturer and not get flak at some point from disgruntled owners of this phone and that tablet. Either you roll out software updates with great delays (the most common complaint), or you give priority to a newer product over an older, more popular one. Following a habitually late and timid start to Marshmallow promotions however, Sony kicked the upgrading machine into high gear recently, making it very difficult for the OEM’s fans to show any sort of dissatisfaction. The Xperia Z5 family was of course the first to receive official ...

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    Who said public outrage in the form of online complaints, e-petitions and impassioned forum posts doesn’t pay off? Just last month, Amazon yielded to the will of the masses, reconsidering its controversial stance on Fire OS encryption. Meanwhile, HTC appears to be strongly reevaluating its flagship release policy for India and other emerging markets, with Sony finally persuaded by Xperia fans of Stamina mode benefits. It’s not every day that you see a community of Android enthusiasts coming together to support a piece of proprietary “bloat”, especially when Google offers an ...

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    The news that a trio of older Xperia flagships was finally treated to official, fully polished Android 6.0 updates no doubt pleasantly surprised the vast majority of Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact owners. But there were probably also a few users who deemed the rollout a bit of a bittersweet scenario. Namely, beta testers of early Marshmallow builds, which appeared doomed to have their special support wrapped up. Only Sony isn’t ready to give up on the successful continuation of its Concept for Android program, just confirming it still has “several” beta releases in the pipeline for you. Ergo, ...

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    To our knowledge, Sony is yet to iron out the kinks that recently put the Android 6.0 upgrade on hold for the Xperia Z5 in certain markets. But a trio of other Z-series devices are now getting official OTA Marshmallow goodies, signaling everything will be alright soon enough for the entire flagship family. You’re looking at major UI makeovers for three fairly old phones, previously included in a Beta Program that allowed audacious users to test drive the latest OS iteration as a work in progress. The experiments are finally over, and a polished, hopefully stable M build is rolling out to ...

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    There are plenty of reasons you might want to be critical of Sony's smartphone game, from the slow-to-evolve design language of its handsets, to a hard-to-predict launch schedule, to a failure to make its phones widely available in some popular markets. But the one thing it's hard to complain about is the degree to which Sony goes out of its way to connect users with in-development software, giving them early access to new Android builds before they're ready for mass distribution. We've seen that with the company's Concept for Android program, and that spirit continues with the new Xperia ...

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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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    HTC and Motorola have officially revealed part of their Marshmallow support plans, LG dropped a few Android 6.0 hints concerning the G3 and G4, and T-Mobile committed to a hefty list of 17 gadgets with Lollipop’s follow-up on the way, including a bunch of Samsungs, LGs, and HTCs. Unsurprisingly, it’s now Sony’s turn to make big promises, which the Japanese device manufacturer wants to deliver on “as quickly” as possible. No actual ETAs are however provided, so here’s to hoping the Xperia Z5 trio will begin receiving M goodies over-the-air by the end of the year. The Z5, Z5 ...

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    The amount of horror stories with Android 5.0 Lollipop is significant enough to have many waiting eagerly for Android 5.1. Surely this newer version is still no Android M when it comes to benefits, but it kills a ton of bugs that reduce the glory that Lollipop deserves. Sony has had a positive track record with software updates, and the trend continues. Sony has just announced that Android 5.1 has just reached the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family. This means that devices like the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should receive the update ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    Sony was the first one to bring a huge, 20.7 megapixel camera to the Android world, and, for a short period of time, it was arguably the king of Android cameraphones, back in the Xperia Z1 days. Fast forward to today, through the Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact (now with the Xperia Z4 in Japan), and the megapixel count stayed the same, though Sony has improved its sensor, lenses, as well as its camera software. However, Xperia RAW image format is not available for Sony phones, despite the fact that the latest version of Android supports it. Asking about ...

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    What's going on with Sony's Lollipop update efforts? The manufacturer has confirmed Android Lollipop for its Xperia Z family of devices, and while we've already seen the start of those, when will more devices get access? And what's the fate going to be for all those non-Z models? While we've checked out evidence that at least some appear to have Lollipop updates in the works, some formal confirmation that Sony intends to release such updates would be lovely. As luck would have it, we've got new progress on both fronts. Let's start with the Z models, and how a couple weeks back Sony got ...

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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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    Listeners to today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast already know how stricken we are with some of the new features in Android 5.0 Lollipop. While only having had the opportunity to try out the public release on a Nexus 9, our interactions have been so promising that we're itching for our Nexus 6 to arrive and give us a chance to see what the finished Lollipop has to bring to smartphones. Owners of existing Nexus models are eagerly awaiting for their own Android 5.0 updates to arrive (something that could begin happening as early as next week, if the rumors we've heard pan out), and third-party ...

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    It wasn’t such a long time ago that we reviewed the Sony Xperia Z2, and yet, here we are four and a half months later, reviewing its successor, the Xperia Z3. While there’s absolutely no doubt about the fact that the Z3 is an update to the Z2 – incremental though – and an improvement over its predecessor, should you be disappointed that your current Z2 flagship is no longer the Sony flagship? Should you go out and sell your Z2 in order to grab the new kid on the block? We’ll try to answer that, and more, in our Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 comparison video. Before we dive ...

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    When the Sony Xperia Z3 went official yesterday, many didn't quite realize how similar it was to the Z2 – Sony's last flagship phone, which was announced just a few months back. As it turns out, these phones are more than just a little similar, but are almost identical on paper. Some things have even become worse across the generation leap, which is disappointing, but let's take a look at the full picture in our Sony Xperia Z3 vs Sony Xperia Z2 specs comparison chart below. There are only two categories in our specs list where the two phones differentiate from each other: processor ...

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    Sony has been really pushing water resistant phones as of late, with many of its latest phones featuring flaps everywhere in order to secure the interior from water damage. But according to Sony, its flagship Z2 can only be kept "under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58" -- a far cry from six weeks at the bottom of the ocean. Apparently though, in a wild Xperia Z2 survival story, that's exactly what the phone managed. It goes like this: Alexander Maxén found his phone accidentally dropped into the sea to a depth of about 10 meters. Maxén wasn't exactly in a ...

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    We have previously compared the camera performance of the Galaxy K Zoom with the incredible shooter on the Nokia Lumia 1020, and now it's time to continue are detailed look at the performance of this camera/phone hybrid, with our Samsung Galaxy K Zoom vs Sony Xperia Z2 camera comparison. It was very clear to some of you which one of the aforementioned performed better, taking the camera as the single factor, so now make sure to watch these samples closely. On one hand, we've got the the Galaxy K Zoom, which relies on physical lens to offer up t0 10x optical zoom to images it captures using ...

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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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    By the time you folks are reading this, I'm probably half-way to my destination at the Adriatic Sea. Taking a vacation for the first time in years was one of the most difficult decisions I had to recently take, but I'm leaving -- for a tad more than a week -- knowing that Pocketnow is in good hands with my dear colleagues I couldn't be more proud of. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its camera grip case, is the main phone I'm packing, and you know why that is: pictures. I don't plan on taking a lot of pictures, but those that I do choose to take, I want them to be good, and the Lumia 1020 is my ...

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    One of the things we dislike about Sony phones is that their sales are restricted to non-US markets for the most part, but it sounds like this could be changing in the future -- we did of course see what's probably the Xperia Z3 go through the FCC's certification process recently. Today the company's current flagship is available for purchase, as it looks like Xperia Z2 US sales are finally a go. Before we get into availability details, let's talk specifications (because that's what everyone cares about, right?). The Xperia Z2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz, a ...

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    Like many smartphones, Sony's Xperia Z2 does not support wireless charging out of the box. For proponents of the tech, that's a big deal, as lowering the bar of entry for wireless charging is often mentioned as being of paramount importance to helping it really catch on. But at least Sony was ready to give users the next best thing, and announced back in May its intention to release official Z2 accessories: a charging plate and wireless charging cover. Except now all of a sudden, near every trace of those products seems to have been wiped clear of Sony's site, leaving us wondering if the ...

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    Ever since the Sony Xperia Z2 came out, we've been wondering about details surrounding a move into United States territory. Sony historically hasn't been too prompt, with examples like the T-Mobile Xperia Z1S for show. That said, several images have hit the internet straight from Sony showing a Verizon Z2 -- could this be happening? Today, a leaked Verizon document shows us that it's likely that a Sony Xperia Z2 Verizon release is imminent. It's been many months since its release, but the Xperia Z2 is still no slouch. As evidenced by our review, it stacks up well against the HTC One M8 ...

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    Update: We have ourselves a winner! Manish Gohil, congratulations, as you're headed home with the Xperia Z2 with custom Pocketnow skin from the guys at dbrand. Check your inbox for details on how we're getting this baby to you, and thanks to everyone who participated! Stop back around on Monday for details on entering the next contest in our series of Pocketnow giveaways. ___ Ever notice how it doesn't matter how perfectly capable your current smartphone is, how well-suited its hardware is to your particular needs, when all of a sudden a shiny new model walks in the room and has you ready ...

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    The close of June marks an end to the latest season of smartphone shindigs: WWDC and Google I/O are behind us, and we've still got a couple months to go until IFA. What's a smartphone fan to do in the interim? Pocketnow's got plenty of news, reviews, and features coming out over the next few weeks to keep even the most fickle smartphone user interested, but this year we thought we'd spice things up even more with a special month-long event. A couple weeks back we brought you our latest smartphone giveaway, as Huawei helped us award a lucky Pocketnow reader a new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE. That ...

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