Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3 Compact
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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Sony will release its Xperia Z4 someday, but when? Were Sony to follow last year's pattern, the Z4 would have been official by now, launched at CES or MWC. But instead: silence. We've heard a couple theories about when the Z4 might actually launch, ranging from just around the corner in May, to holding off until early fall. And while we'd like to believe the new flagship would get here sooner rather than later, news of a big new Sony advertising push for the last year's Z3 has us reevaluating things. Sony's new advertising campaign is focused on the Z3 and Z3 Compact, extending from TV, to ...

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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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    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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    A while back, Jesper Jensen from Denmark wrote in to the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast with a question about antivirus software for Android, specifically, whether or not he needs it on his new Xperia Z3 Compact. I have just received my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and I am infatuated with this little beauty. Coming from a Nokia Lumia 620 it is quite a leap ahead, though I do find I miss a few things about Windows phone. One of the things I didn't miss about Android is the ... more or less useful (apps that come pre-installed from Sony, such as) AVG antivirus. Under normal circumstances I would ...

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    Updated with the high-quality version of the podcast. Enjoy! Samsung's latest, greatest phablet is here, and it's a hard-edged reminder that it's no longer enough just to be big; you've got to be smart about it, too. We're talking everything from #gapgate to Multi Window to the S Pen on today's podcast-style Galaxy Note 4 review ... and to help us do that, we're bringing in two very sharp tacks from respected corners of the mobile community: Brad Molen of Engadget and Florence Ion of Greenbot! This week's news didn't stop at the Note, of course. We're also talking about the big ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Sony has earned a reputation – be it good or bad – for releasing new phones almost twice as fast as its competitors. While Apple, Samsung, HTC, and the handful of other globally known OEMs typically release an updated version of their various smartphone lineups once per year, Sony keeps its hero series of Xperia devices fresh with an update every five to seven months. That’s approximately one-fourth the typical 24-month agreement here in the States, or one-sixth the 36-month contracts elsewhere. It’s not just the flagship Xperia Z handsets that are updated so frequently either. The ...

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    T-Mobile just shared word of its plans to get sales of the Xperia Z3 started a little later this month, and while that was good to hear on its own, it also got us wondering about the fate of the Xperia Z3 Compact. After all, last week saw Sony add a “buy” link to its US listing for the Z3 Compact, though at the time, clicking it didn't take you anywhere useful. Today, we say that change, as Sony kicks-off US sales of its pint-sized powerhouse. Sony's got the Xperia Z3 Compact in black, white, orange, and green, all going for just about $530. The handset has band support that should ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    If you listened to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you heard us discussing yesterday's Sony event which ultimately brought us the Xperia Z3v for Verizon – and which, to our disappointment, wholly ignored the oh-so-interesting Xperia Z3 Compact. Understandably, we were starting to become nervous that Sony would steer clear of the US once again with this smartphone, drastically limiting its appeal to audiences in the States. But had we spoken too soon? Without much fanfare, Sony has added a listing for the Z3 Compact to its page of phones for the US market. Now, to be clear, the Z3 ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5, while not a showstopper or ground-breaking piece of hardware, is a great smartphone, designed to appeal to a very large demographic. However, its size is simply too large for some. What if there were a device with almost the exact same specifications in a smaller package? Would that phone be as good – or even better – than the Galaxy S5? That phone does exist but, unsurprisingly, it isn't made by Samsung. Instead, Sony makes it, and it's the smaller version of its newest hero device, the Xperia Z3. It's called the Xperia Z3 Compact and it's nearly a spec for ...

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    In terms of size alone, it would stand to reason the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a better match for HTC's One mini 2 and the full-sized Xperia Z3 is better suited for a comparison with the One M8. The latter may still be true, but the Xperia Z3 Compact is actually strikingly similar to the One M8, at least on the inside. Both phones have front-firing audio, similar chipsets, the same RAM, similar storage options, the same battery capacity, and most of the same connectivity options. The One M8 does have infrared and the Z3 Compact has water resistance not found on the One M8. Otherwise, it's ...

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    Sony's cameras are great. We here at Pocketnow swear by them. Most of us use a version of Sony's micro 4/3 NEX series cameras for our stills and videos. Sony's smartphone cameras, on the other hand, haven't always been the best. But in recent months, that has changed. The shooter on the Xperia Z2 was one of the best Android smartphone cameras money could buy. And preliminary reviews of the Xperia Z3 are showing similar results. But what about the miniature version of the Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact? Well, it shouldn't be all that different. Both use the same 20.7-megapixel image sensor and ...

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    In light of some oversized smartphones, many mobile OEMs have adopted so-called "mini" versions of their new flagships. However, most of these mini smartphones either don't have very much in common with their larger counterparts or aren't very mini in the first place. Sony, at least in this specific area, likes to go against the grain. It announced the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES and, much to our surprise, it was a fantastic – and much smaller – version of the Xperia Z1. At IFA, Sony announced the new version of the Compact, the Xperia Z3 Compact. Like before, it's really just a smaller ...

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