While we have know for a little while that Sony wouldn’t be releasing an Xperia Z6, there was still the question of whether Sony would completely discontinue the Xperia Z line altogether. Well know we have an answer to that question. To the possible discontent of long term Sony Fans, the Xperia Z series of Sony devices has been officially discontinued in favor of the newly minted Xperia X lineup.
During its MWC 2016 event, Sony announced the Xperia X series with three new phones. The Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance each have impressive specifications for different consumers, but we were left wondering whether or not the company would continue on with launching the Xperia Z6. Now that the Xperia X series has arrived with moderately high-end specifications, it doesn’t seem like there’s a reason for the Xperia Z6 or any of its potential variants to exist.
Sony responded on Facebook to a concerned consumer who was really hoping to see the Xperia Z6. The response isn’t good for anyone with similar hopes.
Sony has announced that it will be rolling out Android 5.1 to the original Xperia Z series in addition to the T2 Ultra. Yes, folks, that is the Z Series from March 2013, a year that many devices from haven’t even seen the upgrade to Android 5.0, let alone 5.1.
Sony is now rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and the Xperia Tablet Z located in the United States. In addition to the latest build of the operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the Stagefright security exploit.
We have disappointing news for owners of Sony devices that do not belong to the Xperia Z series. Over the last few days, the company has responded to customers on Twitter wondering if their devices would be receiving the Android 5.0 software update. Sony will not be pushing Lollipop to devices other than its flagship series for some reason.
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.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
If you own one of Sony’s recent Xperia devices, then you should be receiving a software update soon. While it is not Android 4.4 KitKat, it is a welcome update. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update adds Sony’s Smart Social Camera app, updates to their own apps, a streamline set of media apps, a new battery management mode, and more enhancements. Of course, the arrival of the update will depend upon your market. To see the specifics of the update, hit the source link.
Via: Android Central
Do you enjoy using your tablet in the kitchen, but wish you could you get a device that was just a little more specialized for that task? If so, you’re probably in a very small demographic, but Sony has just the device for you. They’ve just announced the Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition, which comes with a book stand, a few preloaded recipes and a digital wireless meat thermometer. It’s priced at $650, which is $150 higher than the tablet by itself, but it also comes with 32 GB of storage. If you do a lot of cooking, you would probably benefit from the extras bundled in with this tablet. Hit the break below to check out the press release for more information. Read more
It looks like Sony’s Xperia Z is going to be heading north up to Canada, as Sony has confirmed the device will be available from Bell Canada later this month. The phone will be available to customers in three color options, including black, white, and purple (?). Pricing has yet to be officially announced.
Adel Bazerghi, Senior VP of Products at Bell Mobility had this to say regarding the announcement: “With its amazing durability, Xperia Z raises the bar for superphones and Bell is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier of this innovative and much anticipated mobile device. Combined with the largest LTE network and Bell’s Mobile TV, which includes more than 30 news, entertainment and sports channels, Bell and Sony are making the mobile experience even better.”
Tim Hernquist, VP of Marketing for North America at Sony Mobile Communications, said that ““With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough superphone to Bell in Canada. The Xperia Z brings over half a century of Sony innovation to a superphone for an experience that truly stands out.”
Source: Xperia Blog