Sony starts rolling out Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

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Sony has just started pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet located in the United States. This upgrade brings the latest build of the Android operating system to the devices, in addition to a truckload of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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More sad news for Sony: T-Mobile abruptly discontinues its Sony Xperia Z3 with less than 6 months on the shelves

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T-Mobile has discontinued sales of its Sony Xperia Z3 device with just under 6 months of being released. While it may be stunning to hear at first, it’s not much of a surprise to most if one were to really think about it. It’s no secret that Sony’s mobile phone division is well behind its competitors (Samsung, HTC, LG, Apple) and with lackluster sales of its Z3, T-Mobile has no other choice but to yank the device from its shelves.  Read more

Report: Sony expects to sell 38 million handsets this year

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The mobile industry has not been kind to Sony for the last few years. Sony has failed to recognize it needs to change in order to stay competitive and considered leaving the industry altogether because of this. It seems like the company will remain involved in mobile for the next year or two because a new campaign promotes their devices’ capabilities. Also, leaks have revealed that a Xperia Z4 is on the way. The Xperia Z4 and other handsets cause Sony to believe that it will sell thirty-eight million handsets in 2015, according to Digitimes. The report notes that Sony’s goal for the year has been lowered because of changes within the company’s mobile division. Sony now has a focus on mid-range and high-end devices.

Source: Digitimes

OnLive announces its shutdown after Sony acquires “important parts”

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Cloud gaming service OnLive has announced it will be shut down later this month. The reason for the shutdown is that Sony has acquired “important parts” of the service and the company has no plans to continue operating OnLive. That decision makes sense considering Sony operates PlayStation Now, another cloud gaming service featuring titles from the platforms vast catalog. So the pieces of OnLive being acquired by Sony are almost guaranteed to be integrated into PlayStation Now.

Data centers supporting OnLive’s services will cease to exist on April 30. Subscribers will no longer be charged and games will go inaccessible on that date. All data will be deleted after accounts are closed.

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Sony says it can stay in the mobile devices market

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Despite being a major brand in the world of electronics, Sony has struggled to find succes, or a profit, in the mobile devices market. This is notably true in the U.S. market. These forces led Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai to announce in February that a plan to return to profitability by 2018 may not include smartphones based on their absence from his statements. A new statement from the company says mobile devices will be part of Sony’s future and to back that up, a new, major advertising campaign is launching this month. Read more

Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now getting Android 5.0

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Sony has announced the official Android 5.0 update roll out for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact as well as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact starting the end of March. This means the update should be already rolling out to the devices, although Sony makes it clear that the timing might vary depending on the region. Read more