Top 10 Android Phones in Russia

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Here’s some interesting information about Russia and the status of Android. According to apteligent,

 Russia has the worst Android device fragmentation in the world 

Not only that, but

 it takes over 230 devices to finally reach 90% of device usage in the region. 

Sony Mobile Reveals Which Xperia Devices Will be Receiving Android 7.0 Nougat

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Android 7.0 Nougat is the latest major OS release from Google and like the year prior, Sony has launched a beta program to give users early access to it while they iron out the features. From Sony:

 We’ve been working hard to bring this major update to as many of our devices as possible, as quickly as we can. We’re really excited about the new Sony features & functionality and the improvements we’ve made to the user experience – and we’ll be sharing more soon 

DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor Coming to Mac and PC

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As somebody who puts Remote Play to good use on my iMac, the following news is nothing but joy. Alongside officially announcing the coming of PlayStation Now to PC, Sony has also unveiled the DualShock 4 USB wireless adaptor for the Mac and PC. Until now, those who’ve wanted to use Remote Play on their Mac/PC have had to plug their controller in with limited functionality (i.e., no headset support). With the adaptor, all that changes.

Official: PlayStation Now Coming to PC

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As expected and rumored earlier in the month, Sony has officially announced the arrival of PlayStation Now to PC. According to Eric Lempel, SVP, PlayStation Network:

 We’re excited to announce that PlayStation Now is making the jump to Windows PC. The app launches overseas in parts of Europe soon and will come to North America shortly thereafter. 

PlayStation Plus Membership Will Increase by 2 Frappuccinos a Year

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According to  Greg Lewickyj, PlayStation Plus Content Partnership Manager, pricing for the digital service is about to increase.

 This marks the first time that PS Plus membership prices will increase in the U.S. and Canada since the launch of the service in 2010. The new pricing reflects the current market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members 

By just how much? The cost of two Frappuccinos.

PS4 Slim Leaks Via a Sold Unit?

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Well this is a bit of a bizarre story – according to an earlier report from the WSJ, people “familiar with the matter” had confirmed to them that come September, Sony would be unveiling not one, but two new PS4 units. The first of the two machines is PS4 Neo, the 4K variant and more powerful PlayStation that was even previously confirmed to exist by Sony. The other of the two machines seemed more of a mystery, until now.

Meet the Sony Nav System (XAV-AX100) With Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

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Earlier this morning and out of left field, Sony unveiled their latest navigation system, the XAV-AX100. As Mitchel Broussard writes for MacRumors, Sony touts their new nav system

 as offering “everything you need” for long car journeys, including smartphone connectivity, a high-quality sound system, and voice command features. 

Microsoft Still Coy that Xbox Scorpio Will Have Exclusives Over Xbox One S

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One of the biggest kerfuffles out of E3 2016 was the unveiling of Xbox One S and Xbox Scorpio, the true successor to Xbox One that will launch sometime in late 2017. At that time, Microsoft announced that even Xbox One S would run games better than Xbox One, only to backtrack on their statement and spat with journalists over it, only to later on confirm it. The next topic at hand, which was also dealt with similar confusion, was the possibility of exclusive Xbox Scorpio games which Microsoft reaffirmed was an absolute no, only to now backtrack on it – though there is a big caveat to it.

Sony Terminating PlayMemories Online Service

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Remember PlayMemories Online? If you don’t, you’re likely not alone. For those unaware, PlayMemories Online was Sony’s take on iCloud Photo Library or Google Photos. Once the free app was downloaded, compatible devices could sync their photos to Sony’s cloud service and have them populate across connected devices that included Android phones/tablets, Bravia TVs, cameras, and even the PS3/PS4.

Sony Xperia Phones Have the Lowest Crash Rates

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Well here is an interesting report that was just released by Apteligent. According to their study which pitted top Android manufactures against one and other, Sony’s Xperia line produces the lowest crash rate among Android smartphones. This is notable because Sony managed to edge out ahead of Motorola, Google’s own produced phones.

Konami Announces Metal Gear Survive

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Because you’ve all been clamoring for a new Metal Gear game, Konami, one of the most loved(?) game publishers of the past five years has decided to indulge you with a new entry in the series. Acting as official canon, Metal Gear Survive takes place directly after Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes (which you’ll soon see in the trailer) when soldiers from the mercenary corporation Militaires Sans Frontières, and I shit you not, are sucked through a wormhole into an alternate universe.

HTC 10 Discontinued in 2 Months by T-Mobile

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HTC and Sony Mobile are two companies that, despite being from different countries, have a lot in common. Like Sony, HTC has dabbled with Windows phones in the past though they rely heavily on Android. Like HTC, Sony once held a much greater market share in the US than they do now. And both companies once saw mobile as a driver of growth, only to be crushed by market realities and their competitors.

Despite their similarities, HTC has enjoyed a lot of success that Sony has only dreamed of. For one, they used to be a darling of the Android community and were able to use their early growth to mount a successful marketing campaign around their products. Samsung may have always been the market leader for Android phones but HTC was able to carve itself a meaningful market for themselves with their powerful phones that attracted enthusiasts. Seeing how the Taiwanese company couldn’t exactly go to toe-to-toe with Samsung and its strong carrier support from Verizon and AT&T, HTC was able to do the next best thing and woo in T-Mobile, known as the Un-carrier network – again, something that Sony has attempted to do in the past.

Donald Trump Takes a Swipe at Sony and Japan

Donald_TrumpI never thought I’d be writing about Trump on this site but alas, here I am. Resident clown and shameful US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a recent gathering, decided that he needed to add another demographic to his list of pissed off nations and people. So who was in his crosshairs this time? None other than the entire nation of Japan and Sony to make things a bit more personal.

No Man’s Sky – Expectations vs. Reality

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Nearly a week into its release, No Man’s Sky, the AAA indie title from Hello Games, continues to divide critics and gamers. Is the game a completely unique vision that gives you a calming, yet fleeting, lonely sense within the universe or is it just boring? No matter where you fall on that, you can’t deny the team’s grand ambition which has brought with it near-endless planets and creatures to explore.

But is it what you thought it be? One fan made video that’s been popping up all over my feed helps put the game and its hype into context, and it’s hilarious.

Sony Xperia Beta Program Returns With Android 7.0 Nougat

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Let’s get the obvious out of the way, shall we? No, not that Nougat is a terrible, terrible name and that the next version of Android was supposed to be named Nutella, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on licensing the name. What I’m talking about is the fact that Sony’s Xperia Beta program was always going to come back, despite being shuttered last month.