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. » Read the rest

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. » Read the rest

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?

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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
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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

Stylus ES22 accessory announced for Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a new accessory— the Stylus ES22, which can be extended to the size of a full writing utensil, and is built-in with a 1.5mm ultra-thin point. A case and a cord also come with the stylus. Pricing and availability information is not yet available, but should be soon.

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Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity

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According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
Via: VR-Zone

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra now available in the U.S.

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Sony just announced the availability of both the Xperia Z1 (pictured above) and the Xperia Z Ultra smartphones in the U.S. These are unlocked versions, so you are going to have to pay full retail, but you won’t be tied down to a contract. The Xperia Z1 (C6902) supports UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. Unfortunately no LTE. It’s priced at $649.99 at the Sony Store and select e-tailers such as Newegg. You have your choice of black, white, or purple.

The Xperia Z Ultra is being offered in both the HSPA+ (C6802) and LTE (C6806) versions. The HSPA+ version is priced at $649.99 and supports UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII) 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV) and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. The LTE version is priced at $679.99 and adds in LTE Bands 1,2,4,5,7,8,17. Again, both are available at the Sony Store and select e-tailers. Color choices are the same: black, white, or purple.

Sony Mobile Links – Xperia Z1 / Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra now available for pre-order in the U.S.

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xperia_z_ultraWhile some regions received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra back in July, folks in the US have been waiting. The Xperia Z Ultra is finally available for pre-order in the United States. is offering the 6.44 inch device at $699.99 for the HSPA+ version, and $729.99 for the LTE version. The phone is available in black, purple, and white, and delivery is expected by October 14.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and pre-order.

Via: XperiaBlog

Some Xperia Z Ultra devices have faulty screens, possibly a software problem

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Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is an incredibly nice, although extremely large, device. The obvious selling point on the device is the large and incredibly crisp and detailed display, but some early adopters are reporting problems with their display not properly waking from sleep, or waking from sleep with green bars across the screen. The problem is reportedly not an Android problem, as the OS is running and functioning, and if the power button is pressed enough times it will eventually turn on properly.

The latest firmware for the Ultra has had some effect on fixing the problem for some users, but not everyone. Still, if a firmware update has had some success in fixing the problem, there’s hope that it’s just a software bug and not a hardware problem.

source: Xperia Blog