Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3
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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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    There's a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now regarding Sony's intentions to make Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for many of its second-tier smartphones, but owners of Xperia Z-class devices have been able to rest a lot easier: they're getting Lollipop, and it's just a question of when. For the freshest of the batch we've been expecting to see those releases come quite soon; just last week Sony told users to look forward to Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 sometime this week. Sure enough, no sooner is Monday here than Sony's going official with its Lollipop news, confirming the ...

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    Sony took its time with the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update, and, while it's still not officially out, those rocking the flagship will be able to hopefully get the latest from Google starting next week. The Xperia M4 Aqua we've recently seen at the 2015 MWC comes with Lollipop out of the box, and, according to not one, but two different localized Sony Mobile outlets, next week is the week for the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update. Initially, Sony Mobile Indonesia announced that week 12 (next week), should be the one to look out for, and now Sony Mobile France is saying the same thing, which comes as a ...

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    So far when it comes to leaked pics of purported Sony Xperia Z4 components, we've seen a lot of display panels. There was that early set back in November, as well a few new pics surfacing about a month ago. While those were quite interesting, they left us without a comprehensive view of this upcoming hardware. Now a fresh series of images has arrived to offer new insight to Sony's desing changes, comparing the Z4's frame to that of the Z3. First up, this supposed Z4 looks like it's dropping its microSD and SIM slots – or at least, they're not where they used to be. Clearly the phone ...

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    Smartphone progress follows a general trickle-down effect: what was once top-shelf hardware finds itself popping up on more affordable devices as newer, higher-specced components emerge to outfit future flagships. But this year at MWC Sony doesn't have a new flagship model, and the new smartphone it's brought to show off is instead a mid-range handset, the Xperia M4 Aqua. Can it hold a candle to the six-month-old Xperia Z3? We took a look at both models at MWC 2015 to see how they compared. In an impressive number of ways, the M4 Aqua compares quite favorably to the Z3. It sure looks a ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Where's the Xperia Z4? Sony fans are eager to check out what the manufacturer’s been able to come up with since last summer's launch of the Xperia Z3, and after failing to take the stage at CES, we're now curious if the Z4's warming up for an MWC debut. And while much of our attention is taken up looking through regulatory paperwork trying to track Sony's progress towards the Z4's launch, it's easy forget that the Xperia Z3's story is far from over. Beyond just being a phone that's only been on the market for a few months, it's also one whose retail options continue to mature, and this ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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    Despite being an incremental update to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3 is a great phone, with exceptional performance, awesome battery life, and a build (which you might like or dislike) that makes it resistant to both water and dust. Out of the box, the Sony Xperia Z3 is powered by Android 4.4.4 (with Sony's own UI on top of it), but that's about to change soon, according to the manufacturer. At the CES 2015 special Sony keynote, the company's COO, Michael Fasulo, announced that the Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.0 Lollipop update will start rolling out to devices beginning next month. ...

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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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    It used to be that finding a water-resistant, to say nothing of a waterproof smartphone, was tricky business. Here in the US, anyway, such models were few and far between, though the handset market in nations like Japan was a lot quicker to embrace such features. But in recent years we've really seen global availability of waterproof phones take off, as even mainstream flagship models start protecting themselves against wayward moisture. Sony's found itself at the forefront of this big waterproofing push, and has been designing Xperia models for generations now that can take a plunge and ...

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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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    In case you're in the US and want an Xperia Z3, but don't want to wait for T-Mobile to release the thing already or buy Verizon's fancy Xperia Z3v, you're in luck, as Sony has just kicked off unlocked Sony Xperia Z3 US sales, letting you buy one full price and activate it on a carrier of your choice. Ponying up the $679.99 asking price will net you an unlocked phone that's compatible with LTE bands on both AT&T and T-Mobile, which includes a select group of prepaid mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) as well. It's available through the link below in White, Silver Green, Copper, ...

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    We’ve had the pleasure of reviewing all of Sony’s modern “Z” flagships here at Pocketnow, and, if you’ve been following our reviews and scores, you’ve probably noticed that Sony has managed to continuously improve these smartphones. Starting with the Sony Xperia Z in 2013 – which scored 8.5 – followed by the Sony Xperia Z1 in the same year – we rated it 9.1 – to the Sony Xperia Z2 more recently in early 2014 – that got a 9.2 – we've come to the Sony Xperia Z3 review which you’re currently reading (and, as you can see above, rates 9.3). Not only that, but you’ve ...

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    Last week, Sony and Verizon got together to announce the forthcoming release of the Xperia Z3v for the carrier. While that was interesting news to get, it wasn't quite the big Sony push back into the US that some of its fans had been hoping for, and also did nothing to explain what the Z3 situation on T-Mobile would look like. After all, the carrier had already confirmed its plans to carry the Xperia Z3 – we just needed to get details about when that would occur and how it would happen. Last week may have left us high and dry, but today T-Mobile comes through with some answers, welcoming ...

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    Last month, we saw Sony schedule a press event for today in New York City. Coming so shortly after IFA, we weren't expecting word of any new hardware already, but this sounded like it could be a prime opportunity for Sony to share details about how some of those IFA launches might find themselves going up for sale in the US, especially the flagship Xperia Z3. With Sony's event now underway, we're finally learning just how the Z3 will arrive in the States, as the manufacturer reveals the special carrier-variant Xperia Z3v for Verizon. The Z3v comes to Verizon later this month, with sales ...

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    We knew when the Sony Xperia Z3 went official that it would be headed to T-Mobile, but not many details about the specific model were announced. Would it have carrier branding? Would it be the standard 16GB model? These questions have been answered today by Sony itself, after a webpage with details on the T-Mobile Xperia Z3 went live earlier today. First of all, the storage situation is a bit different. The European unit, which we've unboxed and compared to the Xperia Z2, features 16GB of internal storage, but the T-Mobile version looks to be changing things up with a 32GB helping of flash ...

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    Smartphone enthusiasts who start messing around with the bootloader on their phones know that they're running the risk of seriously mucking things up; that's just one of many reasons why bootloaders tend to come locked-down to the extent that they are. But if you're careful and follow the advice of users who have gone before you, unlocking the bootloader and getting ready for some custom ROM action can be a pretty safe process. Every once in a while, though, we learn of an unexpected consequence to taking such actions, and a new one is coming to our attention this week, with reports of ...

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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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    Sony introduced the world to its Xperia Z3 flagship back at the start of the month, at IFA 2014 in Berlin. The 5.2-inch 1080p waterproof handset packed some solid specs, including a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a big 20.7MP Sony camera. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the phone back on the show floor, but that was far too brief an introduction for our tastes; we needed to spend some more time with this guy. We finally have gotten our hands on a retail unit, and before we put this Xperia through its paces for an in-depth review, we've got a new unboxing video to help whet your ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 may have steered clear of US carriers, but now that the new Xperia Z3 is official, it looks like they'll be taking another look at the company's offerings, and at least some will add the Z3 to their lineups. T-Mobile has already confirmed as much, but what about other networks? And what about other new Sony models, like the Z3 Compact or lower-end E3? We may be getting the full story in just a couple weeks, as Sony schedules a New York City press event for October 9. That's the invitation you see up top, and it doesn't give us much to work with. At least, we're not picking ...

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    One of the primary reasons sites like Pocketnow exist is to review and evaluate the vast array of smartphones on the market at any given time, compile our findings, and report our thoughts and observations back to you. We do the hard work and heavy lifting so you can make the most informed decision when you go to by a smartphone for yourself. If this were a static, unchanging list, the task would be fairly easy, but it's not. The smartphones available t0 buy at any given time can easily rise into the dozens for mainstream devices, and into the hundreds when looking at everything that's ...

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    Sony has had a rough couple of years with its smartphone business. The consumer electronics giant has found significant success in almost every market that it caters to, but smartphones and computers don't seem to be its thing. We've seen how the company closed down the VAIO division a few months ago, and as things look lately, the Xperia lineup hasn't grown as the company expected. The company has just adjusted its economical forecast for the end of its financial year, and after all the adjustments, it seems that the company expects to lose quadruple what it thought it would. We're ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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