Sony readying Android 4.4.4 update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, rolling out to Z1 Compact

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The latest round of devices to receive Android 4.4.4 include the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact. The latter of the trio is already receiving the update to the latest version of Android as it has gone live in Russia, Italy, and Indonesia. The others have received certification to receive the update but there is no expected timetable for when that will happen.

Has your Sony device received the Android 4.4.4 update? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony partners with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from new app

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Sony has partnered with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from the Xperia Z2. The app is officially called “Live on YouTube — by Xperia” and it allows public or private broadcasting. There is also a feature to remind friends when your broadcast is about to start. It is a dedicated app available in the Play Store and requires a you to sign in with a Google account. In addition to signing in, you will need to activate the live broadcast feature within your YouTube account. For now, it is exclusive to Sony’s flagship smartphone, but support for other Xperia devices should arrive over time.

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Upcoming Sony Xperia smartphones codenamed Pegasus, Aries and Leo show up

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Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones this year, but it looks like they are getting ready to release a couple more soon. According to recent rumors, Sony is preparing to release three more smartphones, codenamed “Pegasus”, “Aries” and “Leo”.

The device codenamed “Leo” will supposedly be the Sony Xperia Z3, while “Aries” will be the Z3 Compact. As of right now, there is not yet any speculation as to what the device codenamed “Pegasus” could be, but it may be another variation on the Z3.

Source: Digi-wo and Weibo
Via: GforGames

Verizon said to be getting Sony Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support

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We have heard about Verizon adding Sony’s Xperia Z2 to its lineup for quite some time. The device has even appeared in an image posted by Sony. Even after so much time going by since the device’s launch worldwide, it is going to still make its way to Verizon.. with a twist. According to @evleaks, a Xperia Z2 with LTE-Advanced support has to be certified and tested before arriving. The model number is D6503, codename “Sony Sirius Viv,” and is set to arrive in the middle of the next quarter.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

Image of Verizon branded Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet surfaces

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We have read rumors that Verizon was considering adding the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its portfolio of tablet devices available for consumers. That rumor picked up some new steam today thanks to a leaked image posted by Twitter tipster @evleaks. The image is a front and back view of the Xperia Z2 Tablet showing Verizon branding laid down right in the middle of the back of the device. Of course, we still have no idea of when this may happen, but the existence of a pre-release image could be an indication that the wait may not be too much longer.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Latest Sony Xperia Z3 rumors say September release, compact version but no Ultra

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Some new rumors have surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3 from Twitter tipster @DooMLoRD_XDA. The latest bits of news appear to confirm some earlier reports, contradict some, and add in some new bits of information. According to the latest information, the Xperia Z3 will be released in September. That is consistent with statements made by Sony earlier this year indicating they thought flagship devices need to be released more often than once a year. Sony’s Kurozumi Yoshiro also said at MWC 2014 that Sony was going to go in a new design direction which @DooMLoRD_XDA seems to confirm by indicating the Xperia Z3 will have a new design with slim bezels and will be only 7 mm thick.
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Sony releases SmartBand in the U.S. for $99.99

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Sony has officially released their new SmartBand SWR10 in the U.S. for $99.99. The fitness band is available through their online store, or through selected retail stores.

Currently the device is only available in black, but two additional colors are expected to be released later in the month. The SmartBand SWR10 is designed to work with Android devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. Hit the source link to buy the device for yourself!

Source: Sony

Sony Xperia T3 officially announced

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Sony has been unveiling a number of new Xperia models, and their latest was unveiled today – the Sony Xperia T3. This new device shares a number of internal features with the T2 Ultra, but on the outside is quite different.

The T3 has been hailed by Sony as the worlds thinnest 5.5-inch smartphone, coming in at just 7mm thin. For comparison, this is 1mm thinner than the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, the internal components aren’t as impressive. The Xperia T3 features a quad core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, though that is expandable. The screen is 1,280 x 720 pixels and the device ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Source: Sony

Sony teases a “next big thing” of its own, likely Xperia Z Ultra successor

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Normally it is Samsung saying it has “the next big thing.” This time, it is Sony using the phrase. And it looks like they are using the phrase quite literally. On Twitter, the company tweeted the image above while saying “Shh… do you want to know a secret? Stay tuned for the next big thing this season.” The image does show a rather large device. What could it be? The successor to the Xperia Z Ultra. A massive Sony device, that is the key.

We will keep an eye out for what this could be and let you know of anything else.

Source: @SonyXperia

Sony launches wireless charging plate and cover case for Xperia Z2

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We are all sick and tired of having so many wires in our house. Luckily, many Android manufacturers believe in wireless charging methods. Sony is no different and has launched two accessories for the Xperia Z2 for owners in pursuit of a wireless life. The company now has a wireless charging plate and cover case. The wireless charging standard chosen by Sony is Qi.


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