DooMLoRD from XDA Developers has released version 11 of his Easy Rooting Toolkit, which allows users to easily and quickly root their handsets. However, only three devices are supported so far, including the Xperia S, Xperia Z, and the Xperia SP. The program works with both locked and unlocked handsets. If you have one of the aforementioned phones and want to use Easy Rooting Toolkit, check out the download links after the break. » Read the rest
The Sony Xperia Z could be released on T-Mobile before we know it. We told you about the possibility a few months ago, and now thanks to a finding by G for Games, we have more reason to believe that the Xperia Z is coming to the United States very soon. A long list of support documents for the Xperia Z were found in a search on T-Mobile’s website. The pages are locked if you try heading to them, but the fact that they even exist suggest that T-Mobile could be very close to launching the phone.
As a reminder, the Xperia Z is a dust-proof, water-resistant 5-inch, 1080p display smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and includes a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video. It’s a top end phone that should we welcomed with open arms from T-Mobile customers. Could it compete with the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4? It has the potential, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: G 4 Games
We know that Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone is one heck of a smartphone already, but it’s looking like Sony is joining the ranks of HTC and Samsung by having a Google Edition of its flagship in the works behind the scenes. According to an insider confirmed that Google and Sony are currently collaborating on an Xperia Z which would feature stock Android and be released sometime in July. This new model should be fairly identical to the existing version and arrive with a quad-core processor, 5-inch TFT display, 13MP camera and be fully dust and water-resistant– but the main difference is that it will come with the latest version of pure, unmolested Android (which could be Android 4.2.2 or possibly Android 4.3).
The fact that this device is in the works shouldn’t be too surprising considering Sony is a staunch supporter of the AOSP and is often very friendly with the developer community. Of course we will need to wait and hear about a confirmation from Sony and/or Google directly— but all indications is that we’ll hear something sooner than later.
source: Android GS
Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.
In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.
A quiet software update has surfaced for you Sony Xperia Z smartphone owners out there. The firmware update keeps the Android software version at 4.1.2, but brings the device to version firmware number 10.1.1.A.1.253 and brings performance tweaks, along with the display calibration tool, new software key and navigational bar colors going from grey to black and the ability to disable the pesky notification light. For now, it’s looking like devices in the French markets are getting the update first, but devices in other markets should follow sooner than later.
Sony has finally given US customers the chance to get their hands on the unlocked version of the dustproof and waterproof Xperia Z through Sony’s web store. It’ll run you $629.99, but that’s about average for an unlocked phone. Unfortunately, though, there’s no LTE on board like the Xperia ZL, but you will be able to use the phone on AT&T and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ networks. If you have to hold out for LTE, you may want to wait for T-Mobile’s rumored LTE version. If you’re ready to open your wallet, hit the link below.
source: Sony Store
T-Mobile’s version of the Sony Xperia Z seems to have passed through the FCC according to multiple documents and pictures. Internal and external pictures are included, as well as a detailed user manual which gives away the model, carrier association, and also points out that the phone will feature WiFi calling. The documents show that there will be an inclusion of AWS LTE (band 4) and pentaband HSPA+.
It won’t be long before T-Mobile officially announces the phone’s release to the public.
Check the pictures and documents out for yourself at the source link below.
Sony announced today that they have opened the software code for their Sony Xperia Z smartphone to the Android Open Source Project. The software has been uploaded to Sony’s GitHub. Between that and information available at Sony’s Developer World site, external developers should have everything they need to get started. The project will be overseen by the same people who were over the Sony Xperia S AOSP. Sony points out that the software is not intended for everyday use and several apps and services one might expect on a standard smartphone are not present. Hit the break for a short video about the project and some shots of what is included in the code. » Read the rest
Although it sometimes seems like Samsung and HTC are the only manufacturers fighting for Android device supremacy, there are others out there producing some top of the line smartphones that should satisfy even the most cutting edge buyer. A good candidate for this is the Sony Xperia Z which just succeeded at selling 4.6 million units during its first 40 days on the market. Sony appears to be ready to try to capitalize on this success and keep the momentum going, at least in the U.S., with plans to expand their retail footprint through the use of stand-alone stores and freestanding Galleries. » Read the rest
As Android smartphones become more powerful with each successive generation, more people are finding them capable of running games they enjoy playing. Depending on a device’s capabilities, it is easily conceivable that it can serve in the same role as a traditional game platform like a PlayStation, complete with a connection to a flat screen TV and dedicated controllers for players. We have seen many companies come to market with controllers for Android devices that replicate the controllers found with leading game systems in pursuit of such a setup. It appears that Sony has decided to get in on this market with the introduction of native support for their PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers on some devices. » Read the rest