Google IO 2016 Coverage

Sony bolsters its growing image sensor business by acquiring Softkinetic Systems

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Sony may be considering the future of its mobile division, according the latest reports, but it’s image sensor business is a rising star, generating much-needed profits. It’s doing so well, that its even helping to cover Sony’s losses in its mobile and television divisions. It should come as no surprise then that the Japanese company is bolstering its image sensor business with the purchase of Belgian image sensor technology company, Softkinetic Systems.

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Sony smartphone division may be back on the chopping block

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Early in 2015, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai announced plans to return the electronics giant to profitability. However, his plans at the time did not include any mention of the smartphone lines of business leading many to conclude the company may exit the smartphone and mobile devices market. Despite producing highly rated smartphones, Sony has struggled to turn a profit on them and has not enjoyed much success in the market, gaining only 1% market share in the U.S. and not much better in other markets. A new statement from Hirai indicates 2016 could be the make or break year for the smartphone division. Read more

Sony to let 10,000 Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact owners beta test Marshmallow build

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It was only yesterday that Sony posted a list of devices slated to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and now the handset maker is giving Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact owners the chance to beta test the latest version of Android on their handsets via its Concept for Android beta initiative.

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Sony posts list of Xperia devices to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

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While Google is busy pushing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to both Nexus and Android One devices, other companies are announcing which handsets will be updated to the latest version of the operating system. HTC posted a list a few days, T-Mobile announced a list of eligible devices earlier today, and now Sony has gone public with its own list.

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Sony answers the important questions about the 4K display on the Xperia Z5 Premium

Android smartphones_Sony_Xperia_Z5_Premium_smartphone_091515Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium features an extremely high resolution 4k display, which is the highest we’ve seen on a smartphone yet. If you’re a pixel junkie, it’s gonna be hard to top Sony’s flagship in that regard, but there are some other concerns about such a high resolution screen on a mobile device.

Fortunately the company has taken to their blog to answer some of the biggest questions, including about battery life and resolution of apps and video. Read more