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.
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.
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
It might be a little late, but the Sony Xperia Z is finally coming to America. T-Mobile just announced that it will be exclusively on their network on July 17 for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $20. Customers can also pre-order the Xperia Z online on July 16 and receive a free Sony Wireless Speaker gift. If you can’t wait until July 17, you can grab it now from any of the 38 U.S. Sony Store locations or online.
This is the same phone that’s been available internationally for several months. Why carriers wait so long, I will never know. Full presser after the break.
Some information regarding upcoming devices to be sold through O2 Germany show several new HTC devices, some devices from Sony, a pair of mysterious Nokia devices to go with several WP8 handsets, and a couple Huawei smartphones. None of the devices are available now, but their presence on the list indicates O2 Germany anticipates selling them in the near future.
Sure Sony’s mysterious Honami may be a dream for us at this point, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of some of its sweet camera features in the meantime. Crafty XDA user krabappel2548 took some time and was able to successfully port the Honami’s camera app for other premium Sony devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Among the cool goodies users of the camera app will be treated to some nifty goodies like augmented reality capabilities, built-in filters, an awesome time shift function and superior image processing.
If you’re on any of the above aforementioned Sony devices and happen to be on Android 4.2.2, give the camera app a try today by checking out the source link below.
source: XDA Forums
Rumor is that Sony plans on announcing the Honami device come July 4th during their event held in Paris. It’s said to resemble the Xperia Z in many ways but a tad bit bigger in regards to form factor. Other specifications of the device include a 5-inch 1080p screen along side a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s also expected to be waterproof and dustproof.
More news on this device to come in the next few days!
T-Mobile has a little event in New York City on July 1oth, which will probably cover phase 2 of their UNcarrier plan and the Sony Xperia Z. According to a leaked T-Moble roadmap, a “Major EIT Release” is scheduled for July 14, and a few days later, on the 17th is “Device Launch Day”. The devices in question include the Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, and the T-Mobile 768, which will probably be a low-end device from Huawei or ZTE.