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OnLive announces its shutdown after Sony acquires “important parts”

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Cloud gaming service OnLive has announced it will be shut down later this month. The reason for the shutdown is that Sony has acquired “important parts” of the service and the company has no plans to continue operating OnLive. That decision makes sense considering Sony operates PlayStation Now, another cloud gaming service featuring titles from the platforms vast catalog. So the pieces of OnLive being acquired by Sony are almost guaranteed to be integrated into PlayStation Now.

Data centers supporting OnLive’s services will cease to exist on April 30. Subscribers will no longer be charged and games will go inaccessible on that date. All data will be deleted after accounts are closed.

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Sony says it can stay in the mobile devices market

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Despite being a major brand in the world of electronics, Sony has struggled to find succes, or a profit, in the mobile devices market. This is notably true in the U.S. market. These forces led Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai to announce in February that a plan to return to profitability by 2018 may not include smartphones based on their absence from his statements. A new statement from the company says mobile devices will be part of Sony’s future and to back that up, a new, major advertising campaign is launching this month. Read more

Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact now getting Android 5.0

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Sony has announced the official Android 5.0 update roll out for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact as well as the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact starting the end of March. This means the update should be already rolling out to the devices, although Sony makes it clear that the timing might vary depending on the region. Read more

Developer edition of Sony’s SmartEyeglass now up for sale

sony smartEyeglassSony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Read more

Front side of Sony Cosmos breaks cover

sony cosmosA new image of the Sony Cosmos has shown up online showing the front facing side of the device. It doesn’t really reveal anything we hadn’t seen before, but you do get a better look at the large front-facing camera that Sony’s including with this phone.

Rumors still point to this device launching with a MediaTek processor and running Android 5.0 out of the box, but otherwise, there’s a ton we don’t know about the device yet. Hopefully more info comes out of the rumor mill soon. Read more

Sony starts pushing out the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact in Baltic regions

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Sony is now pushing out the long-awaited Lollipop update to all unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in Baltic and Nordic regions. The 1.3GB upgrade, which carries firmware number 23.1.A.0.690, transports the latest build of the Android operating system to the handset, in addition to a handful of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

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Here’s your first look at the Sony Xperia Z4

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If you thought that Sony would be drastically changing the design of the Xperia Z4, think again. We have the first image of the device, and although it doesn’t show the entire body, it’s clear that Sony isn’t changing too much with their next flagship.

We still don’t know when Sony will unveil this phone. Based on past practice, it would have been Mobile World Congress. Will Sony wait until IFA in September or will they host a launch event over the summer?

source: @onleaks