Sony updates the Camera app for the Xperia Z5 range, brings refreshed UI and other improvements

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Sony has just begun pushing out an update to the camera app for its Xperia Z5 range of handsets. The updated camera app, or Camera 2.0.0 as it is called, can be found in the pre-installed ‘What’s New’ application. The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium handsets, and includes tweaks, bugfixes, as well as some new options. Read more

Amazon devices, Chromecast to get access to PlayStation Vue

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Sony has announced that they are expanding support for their PlayStation Vue service to include Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices and to Chromecast. Support for the Amazon devices is starting today and Sony says the Chromecast support is coming soon. These new devices will join the PS4, PS3, iPhone and iPad as supported devices for subscribers to access PlayStation Vue. Read more

Sony’s Xperia C4 is now available in the UK for £175

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While it was initially only launched in select markets (read Asia), the Xperia C4 has slowly become available in additional regions. A few weeks ago it was on offer at Best Buy, and now the handset has found its way to the UK. The Xperia C4 (E5303) now has its own listing page on Sony’s UK website and is currently available from Amazon UK from £174.99. Read more

[Deal] You can now pick up a Xperia M4 Aqua for just $199.99

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If you’ve been looking for a budget-friendly waterproof smartphone that wont break the bank, then we may just have the perfect deal for you. In an effort to clear inventory, Amazon has just slashed $100 off the 16GB, GSM/LTE variant of the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua’s price tag — so you can now pick one up for $199.99. The handset is only available in its traditional black colorway and comes with a 12-month warranty.

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Sony’s Xperia Z4 (Z3+) wasn’t considered good enough to be used by Bond in his latest flick

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Daniel Craig can be seen in cinemas in his latest Bond flick, Spectre, and here we have some behind-the-scenes news regarding the product placement and marketing side of things. According to some leaked emails, it would appear that Sony initially wanted its Xperia Z4 (or should it rather be the Z3+ as it is known outside of Japan) to be James Bond’s choice of smartphone, a move that both Bond director Sam Mendes and actor Daniel Craig had reservations about. Read more

Sony starts rolling out Stagefright patch for the Xperia Z5 & Z5 Compact

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Following Sony’s release of the Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact earlier this month, the Japanese manufacturer has today started rolling out a much-needed stability update for its flagship and its scaled down sibling. Unfortunately, the upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality to the handsets, but it does transport a handful of essential bug fixes, as well as a patch for the Stagefright vulnerability exploit.

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Sony’s Mobile Communications division continues to struggle in Q2 2015

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Sony released their latest quarterly financial report revealing struggles continue for their Mobile Communications division. For the second quarter of their fiscal year, Sony saw sales of smartphones decrease by 15.2% with revenues falling from 329.5 billion yen ($2.7B USD) to 279.2 billion yen ($2.3B USD) compared to the same period in 2014. Perhaps more troubling is the fact that for the sales that continued to occur, Sony saw operating income of 5.5 billion yen ($45.4M USD) fall to an operating loss for the division in the amount of 20.6 billion yen ($170M USD) year-over-year. Read more

Sony will acquire Toshiba’s image sensor business by the end of the fiscal year

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Although Sony has not been performing as expected in the mobile business, it has been significantly growing in the image sensor business. In fact, its image sensor business is what has made up the largest part of its recorded profits in the first quarters of 2015. In order to continue growing, Sony confirmed that it will acquire Toshiba’s CMOS image sensor business for about $20 billion yen by the end of the fiscal year.  Read more

Sony rolls out a Marshmallow update via OTA for its Concept for Android beta testers

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Sony announced its Concept for Android beta initiative earlier this month, which would allow Xperia Z3 Z3 Compact owners to test an early build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on their devices. For those that were accepted on to the program, an update with build number MRA58K.Z1.2085 is busy rolling out via OTA with some additional features in tow.

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