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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review: Big performance, small phone

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Smaller smartphones have fallen out of style in the past few years with consumers and manufacturers moving towards big, brighter screens. The “standard” smartphone screen sits around 5 inches: the Galaxy S7 offers a 5.1-inch display, HTC has stuck to the 5-inch range over the past few years, and even LG has started to back down on screen sizeswith the G5, which has a 5.3-inch screen. In a sea of large phones, Sony is one of the only companies that pays any attention to the smaller segment of the market with their Xperia Z Compact line, and the Xperia Z5 Compact continues that tradition with a high-end device with a relatively quaint 4.6-inch screen. Read more

ForwardWorks will send PlayStation favorites to mobile devices

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Sony’s PlayStation brand has been synonymous with gaming for more than two decades. The Japanese company pushed out four major video game consoles with additional handheld gaming consoles throughout the years to be home for a massive amount of first-party titles known around the world. Now, with PlayStation getting involved in virtual reality later this year, Sony wants the brand to continue entering new territories.

Today, Sony announced that characters from your favorite PlayStation games will be making appearances on mobile devices. A new studio known as ForwardWorks is tasked solely with bringing PlayStation favorites to phones and tablets.

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SoundCloud gets Sony on board for music streaming service

soundcloudIt looks like SoundCloud’s music streaming service is still on track, as the company has secured a licensing deal with Sony’s music division, which was the last major record label that they needed to bring in the fold. The streaming service isn’t quite official yet, but with that last piece of the puzzle falling into place, it’s likely that we’ll hear something sooner rather than later. Read more

[Deal] Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 20 percent off through Amazon

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The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has not been available for very long in the U.S., hitting retailers in February, but the deals are already starting up. Amazon is currently running a special knocking 20% off the regular price of $500.  The Xperia Z5 Compact is a bit of a rarity in the smartphone market as it comes packed with pretty good hardware, but with a screen that is sub 5-inches in size. If you put any stock in what Apple may be working on, then Sony’s smaller version of a smartphone should definitely meet a need in the market. Read more

Sony begins rolling out Marshmallow update to Xperia Z5 series, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet

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While many of us wait for Marshmallow to hit our respective devices, it seems that Sony has opened the floodgates for its customers with a Marshmallow update rolling out to a slew of devices. If you own any of the Xperia Z5 range, the Xperia Z3+ or the Z4 Tablet, you can expect to see your device being bumped up to Android 6.0 in the coming hours and days. Read more

Sony lists 3 reasons why the Xperia X series is better than your average smartphone

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With the recent announcement that the Xperia Z series is no more, a new line has to take its place. That is where the Xperia X series come in. They look similar to the now-former Xperia Z series, but with more ‘smart’ features. And the phones will be sold in the United States, a path of distribution Sony hasn’t fully committed to in the past.

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