Sony’s Xperia Z3+ and Z4 Tablet to use v2.1 of the Snapdragon 810, overheating issues remain

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It’s getting closer to June 15th, the international launch of the Xperia Z3+ (Z4 in Japan), and it seems like its Qualcomm processor is still suffering from the overheating issues that have plagued the Snapdragon 810 chip since release. This is despite Qualcomm developing a v2.1 of the processor, incorporating a revised design with improved thermal management.

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Sony brings voice search to their Android TV remote app

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Using a plugin for their Quick remote: TV SideView Sony app, Sony is enabling users to access voice search on their Sony Android TV devices. The TV SideView Voice Plug-in is designed to only work with Sony’s Quick remote app and a compatible Sony Android TV. The app is capable of working with speakers using English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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Sony announces Android 5.1 update for Xperia Z series to begin rolling out from July

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Sony may be laying off almost half of its Swedish workforce, but that doesn’t appear to be impacting the Japanese company’s plans to provide timely firmware updates to its Xperia Z series of smartphones. The Xperia Z1 handset began receiving its share of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop goodness a few days ago, and now Sony has announced that it plans to begin rolling out Android 5.1 from July onwards. Read more

Sony Mobile cuts almost half of workforce in Sweden

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Sony has confirmed media reports that the company’s mobile division in Sweden is cutting almost 1,000 jobs, which is close to half of the 2,200 jobs at their Lund, Sweden location. According to Sony, the cuts are impacting jobs in all areas of the division, both administrative and technical staff. Of the positions being cut, approximately 400 are contract positions while the rest are staff positions. Read more

The Xperia Z3+ has a slightly brighter, warmer display than the Z3

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It was just a couple of days that Sony announced that the Xperia Z4, as it known in Japan, would be released to the rest of the world as the Xperia Z3+. One of the main complaints is that the Z4/Z3+ isn’t much different than the outgoing Xperia Z3. Apart from the handset being ever so slightly lighter and thinner, its processor being upgraded to the Snapdragon 810 and its MicroUSB socket changing position and making do without a protective tab, there isn’t really much to talk about.

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