Everything that has a beginning has an end, and the same goes for smartphone updates. Although Sony is bringing the Xperia X to the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat build with an upcoming Concept update (limited to Europe), it's going to put an and to Concept updates for that model next month. So if you got used to rocking the latest Android on that handset, you are going to have to pay your respects and move on.Sony's concept updates are a bit of a wild card in that they serve perfectly functional versions of pure Android but aren't really meant as your daily driver. Rather, they are a way for Sony to test features and get user feedback before implementing them in the official firmware.This way, Sony users get a Nexus-like experience while helping the company do due diligence, which is a win for both sides. But Sony has no interest in maintaining Concept update programs longer than it has to, which is why the Xperia X is getting axed out of the program. Users of the official firmware need … [Read more...] about No more Concept updates for the Sony Xperia X from May
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Sony has been a big contributor to the Android Open Source Project, and has been making a push recently to add more of its devices to AOSP, which means that they get stock Android ROMs straight from Sony. The latest to be added to the mix is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.The first device Sony brought to AOSP was the Xperia S, and just last month it also added the Xperia Z. That makes the Xperia Tablet Z the first Sony tablet to be added to the mix, but Sony does want to be clear that this is very early build. You're not going to be able to use this as a daily driver on your Tablet Z, but given how quickly work has gone on the other devices, it may not be too long before we see a usable build. The Xperia Tablet Z won't be the last device added to AOSP from Sony. Next up, Sony has promised to add the Xperia ZL to the list. … [Read more...] about Sony Xperia Tablet Z joins AOSP
How about this for a major haul. Sony is running a easy to enter contest, and the grand prize is the complete Sony Xperia Z3 series and the Sony SmartBand Talk. That means the winner will receive the freshly unveiled Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, and the Sony SmartBand Talk.To enter the contest, all you need to do is click on the sourcelink, and follow the instructions. You will be asked to answer a simple question, pertaining to a video about the products that you can win.Imagine winning not just one of Sony's hot new Xperia Z3 devices, but winning all three! And you also will receive the SmartBand Talk. Which phone would you use as your daily driver? We should all have such problems. And with the phones and tablet all IP68 certified, you can submerge any one of them into 4.92 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, without causing any damage at all to the three devices.The contest shouldn't require more than a minute or two to enter. That is … [Read more...] about Win the complete Sony Xperia Z3 series and a Sony SmartBand Talk, directly from Sony
Last year, one of the more persistent rumors in the Android world was that Google had plans to greatly expand the Nexus line of devices, and might have planned to release as many as five new Nexus devices last year. Obviously the timing of the rumor was off, but it looks like that rumor wasn't completely inaccurate, and is coming around in a surprising way. Google has already announced two Google Edition models of flagship devices, and rumor has it that Sony may be the next up to join the program. So, who else needs to get in on this movement? Sony Xperia Z Google Edition First, let's start with the new rumor about the Sony Xperia Z . All of the indications point to Google keeping the Nexus line as is with one flagship phone , one 7" tablet, and one 10" tablet that bear the official Nexus branding, but the Google Edition brand could conceivably expand to any and every flagship device made by an Android hardware partner. The newest rumor is that Sony is preparing the Xperia … [Read more...] about Google Edition expansion: Sony Xperia Z may be next, who else needs in?
The long-rumored Sony Xperia Z1 is finally here, and improvised camera tests are starting to trickle down from everywhere. Granted, Sony made its own tests, which, unsurprisingly, put the Z1 on top of the cameraphone world against such juggernauts like the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 925, Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5 and the HTC One, but it's based on a survey of people's perceptions about the photos in a blind comparison, so it's rather subjective. Nevertheless, we are supplying Sony's results in the slideshow below for your viewing pleasure, before we take off to the real-life photos and videos that we, and other mobile tech fans, managed to grab with the Z1.Sony samples Xperia Z1 promo test vs Lumia 1020 and 925, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 and HTC One Xperia Z1 promo test vs Lumia 1020 and 925, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 and HTC One 1. Several different scenarios 2. Baby asleep at ultra-low light 3. Baby asleep at low light 4. People at a party (dusk, soft back-lighting) 5. … [Read more...] about Sony Xperia Z1 20 MP camera photo and video samples roundup