Today, Mike Fasulo, President of Sony Electronics, confirmed that the Japanese manufacturer will begin pushing out the much-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Xperia Z range of smartphones starting next month.
If 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A 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.