Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 evidence appears again


The Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 has been pretty evasive since we first heard rumors of its existence back in March. Today however, some more evidence of the device was leaked.

The leak shows an image of the device showing off its IP58 certification. We can just make out the Verizon logo on the back of the device, suggesting that it will in fact be released to Verizon. Despite this, officially the device will not be available to any of the big 4 major carriers, and will only be available unlocked via the Sony store, but that could change.

Source: UnderKG
Via: PhoneArena


Budget waterproof smartphones said to be the target for 2015


Water and your devices. They just do not go hand and hand. In 2013, Samsung realized that they could serve a consumer that wanted durability and released the Galaxy S 4 Active. And this year Samsung and others, like Sony, made their flagship smartphones water and dust resistant. Durability is something becoming expected and now other manufacturers will take this concept to another market for 2015.

Sources say the entry-level and mid-range smartphones will be the target for waterproofing next year. Right now, the cost of a waterproof smartphone is way too high. So releasing a handset below $300 without a contract that is waterproof is the goal. Getting to that price while waterproofing will not be difficult, but can a quality experience still be provided?

Source: DigiTimes

Sony Xperia XL2 announced in Japan


Today Sony officially announced the Xperia XL2, which has a number of great features, especially compared to its predecessor. The Xperia ZL2 will feature a 5″ 1080p display, similar to the original ZL.

Other specs of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also ship with Android 4.4 with Sony’s UI over the top.

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Sony officially releases Instagram extension app for Smartwatch 2

Sony Smartwatch 2 Instagram

Sony has released an Instagram extension app for the Smartwatch 2 that allows you to check Instagram notifications and comments without touching your phone. It isn’t a complete replacement for the app on your phone, but it’s a useful extension that will help you keep up on any notifications you’re getting. You can adjust how often the app syncs, and it alerts you with a soft vibration on your wrist. Pretty quiet and not intrusive.

The app is freely available in the Play Store, if you happen to own a Smartwatch 2.

source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE can be yours, unlocked, for $449 in the U.S.


Alright, we get it. Not everyone is that big on a stock Android experience. Some people prefer to have a skin to give a little more personality. So rather than buying the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, that just received a price cut, there is another option to get Sony’s massive phablet.

Through Sony’s official store, you can now purchase the Xperia Z Ultra LTE for $449. That is the same price running in the Play Store, but this one keeps Sony’s UI. This device will come unlocked directly from Sony. This is for the LTE model and interestingly enough, the HSPA+ model still costs a whopping $629.

What are you waiting for? Hit the source link below to order yours.

Source: Sony

Sony introduces their latest open source project ‘EvolutionUI’


One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.

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Xperia Z2 for Verizon appears in image posted by Sony on Google+ [Updated]


Oops? It looks like we have a carrier in the United States that will be selling the Sony Xperia Z2. Despite not having any U.S. carriers officially partnering to do so, it is now very likely that Verizon will carry Sony’s flagship smartphone.

The image above came from Sony’s official Google+ page for the Xperia brand. It shows a normal Xperia Z2 with a special piece of branding up top. A Verizon logo is sitting directly above the display. While nothing is official, this does resurrect the previous leak that the Xperia Z2 would indeed land on Big Red’s network.

Update: The post was pulled and Sony sent us the following statement…

“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S. unlocked this summer.”

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Via: Android Central

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition price gets slashed to $449, saves $200


Need a massive phablet that is waterproof and runs stock Android? Get over to the Play Store right now and order the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. The device has received a $200 price cut that brings it down to just $449. If purchasing the device in the United States, you can bring it to carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile.

This phablet is no slouch. The 6.4-inch display does have 1080p resolution. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. For now, it runs Android 4.4.2 which is the latest version of the operating system.

Source: Play Store

Sony Xperia Z2 is scheduled to be released in the United States this summer


Do not expect to get your hands on the Xperia Z2 anytime soon in the United States. Sony confirmed to TechCrunch that its flagship device will be arriving on U.S. soil this summer. While carriers have not been announced just yet, Sony has made it clear the Xperia Z2 will be offered unlocked through its own online store. But if previous leaks are any indication, Verizon will be one of the carriers in the United States electing to offer the Xperia Z2.

Sony’s silent United States presence should be of no surprise. The company does not put a focus on the U.S. market as it is so difficult to gain any traction. Over time, though, that could change. Especially if Sony moves on from its OmniBalance design later this year.

Source: TechCrunch