63.3% of all Android devices are Samsung branded


When it comes to Android, Samsung has been the reigning king, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to change anytime soon. As of right now, 63.3% of all Android devices has a Samsung logo on it. This includes phones and tablets, and let’s not forget about phablets or phonblets (whatever the kids are calling them these days). The next closest manufacturer is HTC with only 6.5%

When it comes to smartphones alone, the top 10 phones represent a 40.2% market share, but Samsung owns a total of 8 of them for a 37.8% market share. Only the HTC One and the DROID RAZR was able to make the list, and their combined market share is only 2.4%. The Galaxy Ace actually has a larger market share than both of these phones, which is mind boggling.

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Sony Xperia Z1S makes a cameo on Sony’s site


With just one day until a possible announcement, Sony’s Xperia Z1S is seeing what could be its final leak. As you can see at the top left, the device is a miniature version of their flagship Xperia Z1. But here’s the catch, the specs aren’t going to be dumbed down even though the form factor is smaller. Behind the 4.3-inch 720p screen is the Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20.7MP camera. If you’re interested, it may even windup on U.S. shores.

Source: Digi-Wo
Via: G 4 Games

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1, and Tablet Z will be updated to Android 4.4


We’ve been getting confirmation as well as timetables from manufacturers regarding Android 4.4 updates to their devices, and today we’re getting the information from Sony.

According to Sony’s blog, the Xperia Z series will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat— timing information was not included in the announcement. The full device list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1. It’s not expected to come in 2013, though.

This isn’t the complete list that will be updated though, as Sony described this as the “first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for.” It would be a surprise if the Xperia ZR and Xperia SP are not included in the future list.

Source: XperiaBlog


Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity


According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
Via: VR-Zone

Japan Display announces 5.4-inch 543ppi screen for smartphones


After announcing a new 4K capable screen that could be used in a large tablet, Japan Display Inc. is back with another announcement from the FPD International 2013 event in Japan. This time, JDI announces a new 5.4-inch TFT LCD panel running at 1440×2560 resolution, giving it a resolution density of 543 pixels per inch. JDI says they have optimized power consumption and the physical size so it could be used in a smartphone. Since Sony is one of the partners in JDI, don’t be surprised to see one of their devices as the first to incorporate this new screen.

Along with the 5.4-inch size, JDI also introduced a 6.2-inch version capable of running at the same resolution. Due to the larger size, the pixels per inch figure drops to 473ppi, which is still quite impressive.

source: Japan Display Inc.
via: G for Games

Leaked Sony Xperia Z1S image confirms it’s a Xperia Z1 f variant


Sony is all set to announce the Xperia Z1S next month, but is it a variant of the Z1, the Z1 f, or something entirely different? The above image was leaked accidentally on Sony’s website, and it looks awfully familiar to the Xperia Z1 f, except for a couple of differences. First, the front-facing camera is on the left side as opposed to the right side on the Xperia Z1 f. Second, is the absence of the NTT DoCoMo logo, which is found on the Xperia Z1 f because it’s an exclusive for the Japanese carrier. So the Xperia Z1S will be the “mini” version of the Xperia Z1 for the global market.

The specs for the Xperia Z1S (same as Xperia Z1 f) will include 4.3-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.2.2.

source: Sony Viet
via: Phone Arena

Japan Display takes screen resolution to new level with 12.1-inch 4K display


A cooperative effort between Japanese companies Sony Mobile Display, Toshiba Mobile Display, and Hitachi Displays, collectively known as Japan Display Inc., has announced their success in producing a 4K resolution screen (3840×2160) in a 12.1-inch form factor. The screen uses TFT LCD technology to produce a 365 pixels per inch picture. According to JDI, they have also managed to control heat and power usage for the display and kept it thin enough so that it could actually be deployed as part of a consumer device such as a notebook computer or a tablet device. The product is being shown at the FPD International 2013 event in Japan this week.

Many people have expressed skepticism at the need for 4K resolutions on anything smaller than a large television, but it seems manufacturers are continuing to work on producing screens capable of this resolution in a mobile device. Do you think the market will reach the point where 4K capable devices are the standard?

source: Japan Display Inc.
via: Engadget

Sony Mobile to host November 12 event, possibly the Xperia Z1S global launch


Over the weekend, we learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini could possibly be heading over to the U.S. as the Xperia Z1S. Now new information has revealed that Sony Mobile could be hosting an event on November 12 to launch the smaller handset globally. Another possibility for the event could be a budget phablet released in emerging markets.

While the screen of the Z1S is smaller than the flagship Xperia Z1, the internal specs are set to be toe-to-toe with the full size handset. Stay tuned for more info as an invite would have to be sent out relatively soon.

Source: Digi-Wo (translated)
Via: Phone Arena

Sony releases an array of new colored SmartWatch 2 wrist straps

smartwatch_strapThe Sony SmartWatch 2 is cool and all, but the black silicone wrist strap is kind of dull, no? Well, Sony has you covered, and has announced an array of different colored straps, including pink, purple, turquoise and yellow. They are available on the Sony Store website for  £16.99 in the UK and €19.90 in Europe. Also, Sony is now selling fancy black and light brown leather straps, if that’s more your type. Those are available for £20.99 in the UK or €24.90 in Europe.

The new straps don’t seem to be available in the United States just yet. They show up on the US Sony Store website, but no pricing or order info is present.

Source: Sony Mobile
Via: Xperia Blog