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 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.
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
If you recently got your hands on one of the latest and greatest smartphones to hit the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One, you were probably wondering how great it would be to slap the Facebook Home launcher on it. Not really, but it does seem Facebook is hoping owners of those devices might give their Home launcher a try despite the generally poor reception it has received since hitting the market. Although the Facebook Home app still shows its last update as being April 22, 2013, some users have discovered a new screen popping up on their devices asking if they would like to “Use Home Anyway” when they hit the unsupported device screen when launching the app. This appears to be true on both the Galaxy S 4 and the Sony Xperia ZL. Meanwhile, owners of the HTC One don’t even get the unsupported device screen, instead going straight into the launcher.
If you’ve been keeping an eye out for either of Sony’s latest flagship phones, we’ve got some good news about the Xperia ZL, just a day after hearing that the Xperia Z may hit our shores relatively soon. The Xperia ZL, which is the non-waterproof/dustproof cousin of the Z will be hitting Cincinnati Bell on May 1st for $249 with a two year agreement. It’s taken awhile for either of these devices to land on any US carriers, but even with Samsung and HTC fighting for the attention of consumers, I still think the Xperia ZL will move a few devices. It’s definitely a high end option for someone looking for something a little different.
The XL will come sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and that stunning 13 MP camera. It also still has the LTE and GSM bands to work on any carrier in the States, (Band 4 for T-Mobile LTE and Band 17 for AT&T) but there’s no word on if the device will be sim-locked or not. Hopefully not. Hit the press release below for all the details, and be sure to mark the 1st on your calendar if you’re planning on picking one of these up.
Sony has officially added the Sony Xperia ZL to their U.S. web site with a button customers can use to sign up to be notified when the smartphone is available for ordering. No pricing or projected date of availability was provided. Sources indicate the phone will be sim-free and will have LTE antennas available for several bands. The Sony web site lists three colors for the device – red, black and white. The inclusion of the red variant is a nice surprise after that color was shown at an event for South East Asian markets.
Sony may be in the process of adding some screen calibration functions to their forthcoming Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL smartphones. This will likely be a nice feature for those users who are interested in doing some fine tuning of the overall screen display for their device. A screen capture of the settings reveals the ability to adjust white balance, color saturation and color hue.
The screen captures come from a Sony Xperia ZL handset. Assuming the function remains available on production units, it seems likely it would also be available on the Xperia Z.
source: Xperia blog
While this special prototype was on display at the event, Sony is adamant with its claims that this color will not be available when the device will be launched later this year. We’ll have to take its word for it now— but don’t be surprised if we see this bad boy creep up in retailers’ shelves at some point in 2013.
source: Xperia Blog
We already showed you the hands on with the Sony Xperia Z, but we can’t forget about the Xperia ZL. Both were unveiled at the Sony press event at CES. The Xperia ZL has a smaller footprint, but isn’t dust and water resistance. You will also find a rubberized back as opposed to the glass back found on the Xperia Z. It has the same 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and a microSD slot. It’s a little thicker and again the battery is non-removable. Check out the hands on video after the break, and at the end the Xperia Z makes an appearance for some nice comparisons.
We’re awaiting additional details for when the devices will be available and on what carriers here in the States— though we’re aware that both models will be available “in select markets” sometime in Q1 2013. In the meantime, hit the break for the full presser– but don’t forget to check out our nonstop CES coverage here.