Verizon’s now rolling the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2 Tablet


Verizon has at last begun rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all its carrier-branded variants of the Xperia Z2 Tablet located in the United States. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings the latest version of the Android operating system to the slate, together with a multitude of much-needed bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Sony releases Android Marshmallow, adds Xperia Z5 to Open Device program


Sony has been one of the more open companies when it comes to providing resources for ROM developers who want to build for Sony devices and that trend is continuing with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony announced they have added device configuration, software binaries and build guides to their Open Device program for AOSP Marshmallow.

According to Sony, the files and resources now available can be used to build Marshmallow based releases for all Qualcomm based Sony Xperia devices from 2014 and forward. That includes the Xperia Z5 which is being added to the program with this latest release. Developers can use these materials not only for custom ROMs, but to learn, build and test new features in Android. Sony encourages developers to contribute back to the community by submitting their work back upstream via their GitHub.

source: Sony

Sony denies report that its mobile division is on the market


It’s no secret that Sony’s mobile division has struggled worldwide. The company just can’t gain traction in any market despite being a well-known brand in other industries. In fact, Sony barely gives any attention to the United States, recently canceling plans to launch the Xperia Z4v with Verizon. The only thing that seems to help Sony’s mobile division is the development of image sensors. Sony actually purchased SoftKinetic Systems in an effort to bolster this business. But image sensors may not be enough to keep Sony-made devices from disappearing. A report this week claimed what we heard months ago: Sony’s mobile division could be on the market.

Sony, though, has apparently refuted the newest report that its mobile division is going to be sold.

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Sony bolsters its growing image sensor business by acquiring Softkinetic Systems


Sony may be considering the future of its mobile division, according the latest reports, but it’s image sensor business is a rising star, generating much-needed profits. It’s doing so well, that its even helping to cover Sony’s losses in its mobile and television divisions. It should come as no surprise then that the Japanese company is bolstering its image sensor business with the purchase of Belgian image sensor technology company, Softkinetic Systems.

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Sony smartphone division may be back on the chopping block


Early in 2015, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai announced plans to return the electronics giant to profitability. However, his plans at the time did not include any mention of the smartphone lines of business leading many to conclude the company may exit the smartphone and mobile devices market. Despite producing highly rated smartphones, Sony has struggled to turn a profit on them and has not enjoyed much success in the market, gaining only 1% market share in the U.S. and not much better in other markets. A new statement from Hirai indicates 2016 could be the make or break year for the smartphone division. Read more