Sony releases limited edition Xperia Z3 devices inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

xperia z3 limited editionSony has announced a very limited run of some unique Xperia Z3 devices with designs based off of major cities around the globe. The devices feature an engraved back design with illustrations inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw.

The Xperia Z3 landed the Berlin engraving, designed by Vesa Tapani Sammalisto, while the Xperia Z3 Compact bears a Tokyo-inspired design created by Shinpei Hasegawa. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a design based on Warsaw from Jan Feliks Kallwejt.
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VAIO Android smartphone rumored to debut at CES

vaioWith CES right around the corner, you can expect to see plenty of new electronics being announced, especially when it comes to Android phones and devices. A new rumor suggests that we may see a VAIO branded Android smartphone announced at the event, which would be the first major announcement concerning the VAIO brand since Sony sold it to focus on its own mobile division. It’s a pretty interesting turn of events to see Sony potentially competing against a brand that they built up. (although it is worth mentioning that Sony does still own a 5% stake in the VAIO brand)
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Google, Sony Release “The Interview” Available For Streaming Today


International threats, hacking scandals, a major production company brought to its knees and a hilarious Dr. Evil Saturday Night Live bit later, these past couple of months have been a wild ride for Sony’s film The Interview. Starring James Franco and Seth Rogan, the premise of the film is centered around two talk show hosts being tasked with assassinating the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.

It is widely believed, even by the FBI, that North Korea is responsible for retaliating against Sony with a massive data breach that exposed many terabytes of confidential information from Sony’s computers to the world. The data released globally ranged from completed films like Annie to medical records of famous celebrities.
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Patent portfolio sale sign of détente for smartphone industry?


In another sign of the continuing end of hostilities between the world’s smartphone manufacturers, Rockstar Consortium, Inc. has announced the sale of 4,000 patents to RPX Corp. The portfolio was originally obtained by Rockstar in a bidding war that took place during 2011 between Rockstar and Google to obtain the intellectual property from Nortel Networks. Rockstar is a consortium made up of Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson and Sony. RPX licenses patents to companies that join their syndicate, including Google and Cisco Systems.
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Surviving Several Falls, Sony’s Xperia Z3 Finally Shatters During Drop Test


Need to satiate your thirst for destruction during this final week of the holiday season? Look no further than Digiato’s video of a drop test conducted on Sony’s Xperia Z3.

The device hangs in there for a few drops, but finally gives up the ghost at the end. Click the “Read More” link below to check out the HD video from Digiato’s YouTube channel.
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Top 6 Reasons Why Android OEMs Should Expect Dismal Growth In 2015


As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size.

2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation and ridiculous patent warfare may bleed over into the new year, and I doubt anyone is going to come out victorious in the end.
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Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre


Want to really get people thinking? Then release a video that encompasses very random scenes that ends with a warming “Welcome to the New World” message. That is exactly what Sony has done with its new teaser. Some of the more random scenes include a staring person with ample face paint, a woman smiling with a tear sliding down her face, and a small child next a pregnant woman’s stomach. A less bizarre, but more indicative, has a young woman enjoying a lollipop. The next piece of hardware to come out of Sony should have Android 5.0 Lollipop running out of the box.

We expect to hear more at CES 2015 next month in Las Vegas.

Hit the break to watch the video.

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Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update


Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.

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