Google Play Edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra gets Android 5.0 update

Sony_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorsIf you own a Google Play Edition of Sony’s extremely large Xperia Z Ultra, keep an eye out for an OTA update. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update has been released for the device, making it the second GPE device to get updated, behind the LG G Pad 8.3.

The update comes in at a pretty small 397 MB, and it includes several features specific to the Xperia Z Ultra including a battery saving mode and some tweaks to take advantage of the speedy Snapdragon 800 processor. Plus, you’ll still get all the visual and functional improvements that come with Lollipop, anyway.
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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

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

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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 begins rolling out KitKat update for several Xperia devices

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Sony is beginning to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for several of its Xperia devices, including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. The update includes the latest and greatest from Google’s Android team, as well as some tweaks and updated features from Sony. Aside from updating the guts of the software to Android 4.4, Sony is including a tweaked status bar and quick notification toggles and some interface revamps to make it feel more similar to Sony’s own Playstation 4.

The update also updates Sony’s native apps on the devices, including apps like MyXperia, Smart Connect, and Smart Social Camera, and several of Sony’s other media apps are getting cloud integration with Sony Entertainment Network.
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Japanese carrier KDDI adds a slew of Android devices to its lineup

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Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.

The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad.
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Possible WiFi-only Xperia Z Ultra passes through FCC alongside user manual

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A Sony device with the model number SGP412 has recently passed through the US FCC, and it’s believed to be a WiFi only model of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra. All specs are the same as the regular Ultra, aside from the missing 3G/4G radios. In addition to the FCC filing, the user manual for the device has also leaked.

It’s tough to say when we’ll see this device hit the US, but if it’s gotten the green light from the FCC, it shouldn’t be much longer until this tablet sees the light of day.

source: Xperia Blog

Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra appears on AnTuTu and FCC, coming soon?

xperia_z_ultraA Wi-Fi-only model of Sony’s first phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is on its way, according to recent appearances in the AnTuTu benchmark, as well as FCC certification databases. Perhaps Sony is ready to join the small tablets market with the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, without it’s baseband modem, and with it’s thin 6.5 mm frame?

The device is also waterproof, and can be written on with a regular pencil. Pricing and availability are obviously uncertain at this point, but we’re hoping it’ll be cheaper than the LTE version. More info should be coming soon, and we’ll keep you updated.

Source: FCC
Via: Phone Arena

Android 4.3 Rolling Out for the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

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While most of us are anxiously biding our time for Android’s newest iteration, KitKat, a number of devices are making their way to the latest build of Jelly Bean. Among those devices are the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra. While some of you may not be as thrilled and continue to look forward to Sony pushing out the Android 4.4 update, the software update boasts new features on top of performance tweaks. They include:

  •  Sony’s Smart Social Camera – The Xperia Z1 exclusive is now making its way to the Z Ultra. This brings the ability to “download, access and enjoy ‘Xperia Camera apps’ directly from within the viewfinder.”
  • Updated Sony Apps – Messaging, MyExperia, Smart Connect, Track ID, Sony Select, among others, are tweaked and improved.
  • Sony Media apps  - WALKMAN, Album and Movies with Sony Entertainment Network cloud integration are more “converged” allowing for better access to local and cloud content.
  • Themes – Xperia Themes with downloadable UI packs are coming soon.
  • Security enhancements – On top of Android security enhancements Sony has made some of their own to their Xperia in Business platform.

So besides Jelly Bean’s tweaks and enhancements you’ll be seeing Sony’s software enhanced as well. These are just two of the many Sony devices being updated, so look for those announcements in the coming weeks. While you’re at it, drop us a line in the comment section below and let us know if you’ve received the update yourself.

source: Sony Mobile