Sony is updating their entire Xperia Z line to Android Lollipop

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Sony has stated that the entire premium Xperia Z lineup will be getting the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and all of their variants.
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Sony offering student discount on Xperia Z3 Compact

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Since Sony announced the Xperia Z3 Compact, a smaller but equally powerful companion to their current flagship (the Xperia Z3), consumers have been patiently waiting for the device to become available in the US. Finally, the Z3 Compact is available to order from Sony’s website, though it is currently backordered. Though its no surprise that it finally made its way to the US, what is surprising is customers with a working .edu email address will recieve a substantial discount on the devices full price of $529, instead paying only $477.
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Xperia Z3 and Peek help doctors diagnose eye conditions around the world

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Stewart Jordan, the cofounder of Peek — a portable eye exam kit — was almost diagnosed as being blind and without treatment and contact lenses would most certainly be that way today. As such, Stewart is using Peek, a set of apps loaded onto smartphones and a clip-on adapter, to help ophthalmologists with diagnosing eye conditions around the world. The newest smartphone to be apart of this process is the new Xperia Z3.


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Sony Xperia Z3 coming to T-Mobile October 29

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As expected, Verizon won’t be the only U.S. carrier to offer Sony’s Xperia Z3 (Xperia Z3v for Verizon) flagship phone. T-Mobile just officially announced that Sony’s latest and greatest will be available at participating stores and online starting October 29. Pricing will be $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $26.25 each.

Now if you happen to be a little anxious, you can pre-order the phone starting October 15 at 12:00am PDT. According to T-Mobile’s press release, customers who pre-order “could” receive their phones before the national launch.

We have the full presser after the break.


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Sony introduces the Xperia Z3v and SmartWatch 3 for Verizon

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This fall, Sony will finally see its devices have wider availability in the United States. Sony announced this afternoon in New York City its flagship phone, the Xperia Z3, will be heading to Verizon. The only difference with Verizon will be the name. To represent Verizon carrying it, the name of the handset is Xperia Z3v. Everything inside and out is the same. It has a 5.2-inch display with TRILUMINOS technology and Sony’s own imaging components for a 20.7MP camera.

The Xperia Z3v will arrive online and at Verizon retail stores on October 23 for $199 on-contract. Plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 Tablet? Big Red will take off $200 when purchasing Sony’s phone and tablet together.

Hit the break to see what else Sony and Verizon announced.
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You can now pre-order the ASUS ZenWatch, LG G Watch R, and Sony Smartwatch 3 in the UK

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The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.

The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).


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Sony continues its “Demand Great” series to show off their Xperia Z3 featuring wakeboarding champion Justin Gratzfield

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With Sony’s recent release of their latest flagship in the Xperia Z3, they’ve created their “Demand Great” series to show off the devices capabilities. In this short video, the Z3′s IP65/68 waterproof and “Live on YouTube” features are shown to its fullest. They also bring in wake-boarding champion Justin Gratzfield to showcase the aforementioned features as a demonstration of its capabilities. In the video you can see him bringing along his Z3 while he’s wake-boarding showing off its water-proof feature, and also broadcasting the event using the “Live on YouTube” feature so that his buddy is able to watch what he’s doing right on the go.

Certainly something cool and useful for customers that love the outdoors and don’t want to be worried that their device may get damaged by water. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

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T-Mobile poised to bring Sony Xperia Z3 to U.S. market, other models and carriers unclear

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T-Mobile earlier announced the Sony Xperia Z3 will be joining their portfolio some time this fall. Although the timing was a bit nebulous, it appears the official release may be imminent. This is considerably faster than the timeline for prior Sony devices to come to the U.S. market. T-Mobile has been the only U.S. carrier to show interest in offering Sony devices to their customers, but in the past the release has typically lagged behind other markets by several months. Part of the reason for the faster release this time around could be the accolades Sony’s latest flagship received during IFA 2014.
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Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact get Cast Screen support for Chromecast

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A few months ago, Google brought Cast Screen to Android devices. It provides mirroring of an Android device’s screen to a wherever a Chromecast is connected to. Support is limited to under twenty devices but Google is working on adding more to the fold over time. Two Sony devices in particular are the newest to receive Cast Screen support. The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact can now be used with Cast Screen for seamless mirroring.

Source: Google Support
Via: Xperia Blog