Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3
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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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    Sony smartphones may not dominate the market, and sometimes it's difficult to say just how enthusiastic the manufacturer is about selling them in the first place, but for users interested in getting access to cutting-edge software, Sony's emerged as a surprisingly forward-thinking OEM. For the past few years, the company's not been shy about making available early builds of new Android releases for a select group of handsets, and last summer we even saw that early access extend to the still-in-development Android M preview. This year Google surprised us all by releasing its Android N ...

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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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    Another massively discounted Android classic from the not-so-distant past? Indeed, and while the Sony Xperia Z3 still costs a cool $60 more through B&H than the HTC One M8 on eBay, the water-resistant 5.2-incher might be well worth it. For one thing, it’s roughly six months newer, so even though it’s a long shot, it could ultimately get official support for Google’s post-Marshmallow OS iteration. Of course, first it has to leave the archaic Lollipop version behind, and actually run Android M, which should take a few extra weeks tops. Once it’s up to date software-wise, the ...

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    In addition to working diligently and simultaneously on Android 6.0 updates for a bunch of new and old Xperia devices, Sony took its sweet time to start rolling out Marshmallows in order to make them feel special and personal. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be too much bloat tacked on stock M features like granular app permissions, Doze Mode battery life enhancements, Google Now on Tap cards and so on and so forth. That’s at least what we understand from a 60-second clip uploaded to Sony Xperia’s official YouTube account, shining a spotlight on a few proprietary Android ...

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    Sony sure took its sweet time getting Android 6.0 goodies ready for the fall 2015-released Xperia Z5 smartphone trio, but apparently, that’s because the Japanese company’s software engineers were simultaneously working on updates for a few older devices also. Namely, the previous flagship handheld, the Xperia Z3+, unveiled in May 2015, and the latest jumbo-sized hero, the 10.1-inch Xperia Z4 Tablet, launched commercially last summer as well. These two, alongside the Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 Compact, are receiving Marshmallow over-the-air as we speak in many parts of the world, at least ...

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    Unlike most other Android device manufacturers, Sony tends to work simultaneously on software updates for a host of phones, thus stalling the rollout’s start and refusing to give new flagships preferential treatment. The upside is made obvious in a recent tweet from the company’s British Xperia arm, as the Z5 “series”, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ might all receive over-the-air Marshmallow goodies beginning March 7. Granted, we still expect small gaps between deliveries of 6.0 enhancement packages for those products, as well as traditional distribution in so-called waves. But chances are the ...

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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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    Android users know all too well the pain of waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) for the most recent version of the platform to arrive for their phone. Sure, those lucky Nexus owners get their updates straight away, but for the rest of us, we're subject to both OEM and carrier delays. That's why it was such great news when in October of last year, Sony invited owners of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to get a super-early taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow through the manufacturer's “Concept for Android” program. Originally set to wrap up in December, Sony ultimately extended the ...

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    While Sony has been letting a select group of beta testers try out near-stock Android 6.0 builds on the aging Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact for a couple of months now, the newer Z5-series and Z4 should ultimately be given priority for actual official updates. When will over-the-air rollouts begin? It’s hard to say precisely, with the Japanese device manufacturer staying as secretive as always, but based on recent Wi-Fi certifications for domestic versions of the Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z4, January seems like a safe bet. The three phones have essentially received technical approval on all ...

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    Technically, none of the 14 Xperia devices Sony promised to bring to Android 6.0 eventually has been properly and officially updated yet. But if you own a Z3 or Z3 Compact, and don’t cringe at the thought of unpolished, experimental software, chances are Marshmallow holds no secrets from you. As part of a “Concept” trial, the Japanese hardware manufacturer so enamored with UI skins before allowed a limited batch of beta testers to get early insight into a surprisingly close to stock 6.0 user experience. Although Marshmallow source code was published by Google more than two months ...

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    If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Sony to bring at least one of the super-attractive three new Xperia Z5s stateside, you can keep waiting, buy from unauthorized third-party retailers sans a valid warranty, or settle for the old-at-heart Xperia Z3+. This “bad boy” is only five or six months old, but it decidedly looks like a yesteryear flagship, sporting Full HD screen resolution, and no fingerprint recognition method. Technically, Americans were supposed to receive an improved variant dubbed Xperia Z4v on Verizon with a Quad HD panel, but Big Red pulled the plug before the ...

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    Way to kick Sony while its so, so down. Or, way to give it to the man? Apparently, even when Sony Pictures is pitching up a tent, all James Bond wants to do is set the paraffin alight and become an Agent Under Fire. Sorry. Apparently, star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes had drawn a creative line-in-the-sand when it came to which smartphone Mr. Bond would grip upon in Spectre. This we know from more emails within the deep void that is the Sony Pictures email hack: BEYOND the $$ factor, there is, as you may know, a CREATIVE factor whereby Sam and Daniel don't like the Sony phone [the ...

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    This summer, Sony began an interesting experiment with its Android software, inviting select users to try a very stock-ish, minimalistic Android build that was in contrast to the company’s usual skinning. This “Concept for Android,” as Sony called it, was available for Z3 users in certain markets who signed up, and earlier this month we heard that the next wave of the project was nearly upon us, ready to bring Z3 and Z3 Compact owners an early taste of Marshmallow. But just how long would we have to wait? It turns out, not that long at all, as Sony begins distribution of ...

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    Following Sony’s first official statement concerning imminent Android 6.0 updates for more than a dozen old and new Xperia devices, many expected the list to grow, given notable absences included the Z1, Z1 Compact, Z1s, C3 or T3. Alas, that hasn’t happened just yet, although refreshed support pages on the company’s mobile-centric website confirm some folks stuck on 5.0 Lollipop will not need to wait nearly as long as feared for sweet Marshmallow goodies. The Xperia Z3+, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua, and M5 phones, as well as the Xperia Z4 Tablet should apparently skip the transitional 5.1 ...

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    Finally realizing it needs to take immediate measures to win the interest and loyalty of as many mobile users as possible, Sony just issued a long though hopefully incomplete list of Android 6.0-ready Xperias, also expanding the Concept initiative to include Marshmallow test builds. If you’re quick to sign up through the Concept for Android app, and own an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland or Germany, you can get an early look at the manufacturer’s proprietary Marshmallow customization work, and ...

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    While we've been ogling the latest trio of Xperia smartphones, Sony has made its retreats from critical retail positions in the West. Out of the outlet stores and carriers from the US to even in Europe, the Japanese conglomerate appears now to be trying the online approach to selling its techie wares. The official Sony Mobile Communications site for the United States is now promoting the Xperia Z3+, known elsewhere as the Xperia Z4. There's a badge telling us that the phone from earlier this year is "coming soon," though there's no follow-on from that teaser. Given Sony's reduced ...

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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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    Early last week we first got word of a new project Sony was getting underway, recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help it test some new smartphone software. It sure sounded like the company was interested in trying out something new for the UI of its phones, and just a few days later we saw official confirmation arrive, as Sony described the Concept for Android project that would bring its phones a near-stock Android experience while still retaining Sony apps and Sony-exclusive features. It all sounded pretty promising … except the test was only open to Z3 users in Sweden, and even then, only ...

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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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    Companies making smartphones have lots of opportunities to help their handsets stand out from the pack, and we're well used to seeing brands deploy style cues that help make their phones easily recognizable, whether the woven back of a Motorola Droid or the bright polycarbonate of a Lumia handset. For Android OEMs, that ability for a company to give its phones a tell-tale look extends well beyond hardware, and the majority of manufacturers out there also outfit their phones with a customized user interface – their own Android skin. Some companies have been far more successful than others ...

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