If you’re the proud owner of either an Xperia Z1 or Z Ultra and reside in the United States, you may want to listen up, as Sony has just started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1. update for both handsets in the region. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings the latest build of the open-source operating system, as well as a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations, including a fix for the ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.
Sony is now rolling out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all unlocked variants of the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra in the United States. With regards to added functionality, the upgrade brings the latest build of Android 5.1.1 to the handsets, in addition to a plethora of bug fixes, speed optimizations and, thankfully, a patch for the famous Stagefright vulnerability.
If you own a Sony Z Ultra Google play Edition smartphone, you are in line to receive a second helping of the Android 5.1 Lollipop goodness in the form of an Over-The-Air (OTA) update.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more