Official List of Sony Smartphones and Tablets Receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop

Sony_Xperia_Z3_LollipopAndroid 5.0 Lollipop, previously known as Android L under developer preview, is coming to Sony’s modern fleet of phones. While devices of old like the Xperia S will not be receiving the latest from Google, Sony has promised to update their entire Xperia Z fleet to Lollipop.

 We’ll be making Sony Mobile’s Android L upgrade available for the entire premium Z series 

According to Sony, updates will begin to roll out in 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series. After that, Sony will turn its attention to older devices like the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra. After the jump, the full list of Sony smartphones and tablets that will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop.

TBT: Interview with Kazuo Hirai – IFA 2014

It’s Thursday which means it’s time for a ‘Throw Back Thursday’ post where we dig up something from the past. This time it’s an interview from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai from IFA 2014. During the press conference, Sony announced their latest mobile and wearable initiative with Xperia Z3, SmartWatch 3 with Android Wear, and Smartband Talk.

Sony Xperia Z3 Now Available for Purchase in Japan

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Copper_2With the Xperia Z3 safely headed to US carrier T-Mobile and Verizon, Sony is now focusing on its home turf of Japan. Matching the US with two carriers, the Sony Xperia Z3 today launches on KDDI and NTT DoCoMo, the countries two largest carriers. Come November, Softbank, the nations other mega carrier will also begin to offer the new flagship smartphone. Unlike international models, the Xperia Z3′s offered in Japan will offer 32GB internal storage versus 16GB.

Sony SmartWatch 3 Appears on Google Play Store

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While Sony will likely revise their Fy 2014 sales target downward for the second time in just a short time, the company continues to make strides in improving their carrier relationship. Later this month, the Sony Xperia Z3 will launch on Verizon and T-Mobile, a first for Sony in the US. Along side the Xperia Z3v, designed specifically for Verizon with additional enhancements that are not available on the model sold on other carriers, Verizon will also be carrying the SmartWatch 3. Despite its name, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is actually the fifth iteration from Sony and is based off of Android Wear, the newest software release from Google that’s specifically designed for wearables like watches and fitness trackers.

Now in addition to Verizon outlets, Sony will be offering the SmartWatch 3 on Google Play.

Sony to Likely Further Lower Smartphone Sales Target for FY 2014

Sony_Xperia_Z3v_VerizonFY 2014 was set to be the year that Sony would put its troubles behind and begin turning a profit. A key part of this initiative was to be Sony Mobile, the division which oversees development of the company’s Xperia smartphone and tablets. While Sony has mounted huge losses over the years, it was expected that FY 2014 would result in a modest $500 million loss and with full profitability in the years to follow. Unfortunately for Sony and its investors, due to stiff competition on the high-end from Apple and the cut throat nature of the low-end market due to a flood of devices from China, Sony will likely post a $2.1 billion loss for FY 2014.

Now comes news that Sony may once again revise its sales forecast for the worse and come well below their already lowered target.

Don’t Hide From ‘The Boxtrolls?’

Film_Review_BoxTrollsI wasn’t sure how much I wanted to see The Boxtrolls. I am not familiar with the story it is based on (Here Be Monsters!), but I was definitely intrigued by the animation quality and the inventive characters. And on that front it delivers big time. Where it fails is the marketing and a little bit of its metaphorical choices.

Super cute... but turn that frown upside down and whoa.

Super cute… but turn that frown upside down and whoa.

My hesitation in going was that the trailer shows these incredibly cute, industrious, if still somewhat scary looking creatures called the Boxtrolls being hunted down by some ugly villain with a kill everything kind of zeal. And I was put off with yet another animated story, ostensibly for kids, that involves nothing less than the end of life for an entire species. It seemed loud, brash, and kind of tired for a storyline. The reality wasn’t very far from my predictions. The Boxtrolls themselves are nicely inventive, with an underground home and lifestyle which they fill with the random articles they steal from the upper world each night to build strange and harmless machinery that makes their living situation fun and comfortable. They are shy tinkerers at heart wearing boxes that act as camouflage at the first sign of danger. But being they look like… well… trolls, the upper world finds them repulsive and has trumped up stories of the man-eating, blood thirsty nature of the trolls. The legend was fueled further by the fact that the trolls took a human child years ago and raised it as their own.

PlayStation Store Update (10-21-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 21, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy The Walking Dead Season 2 along with Shadow Warrior and Escape Goat 2.

PlayStation 3 owners now have access to The VoiceSpelunker HD Ultimate Edition and F1 2014. Owners of all 3 systems can download Race The Sun and Samurai Warriors 4 starting today.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there is The Sale of the Dead to celebrate Halloween and PlayStation Plus subscribers get even bigger discounts on these games. Keep reading to see the full PlayStation Store update.

Sony Releases Video Tutorial to Help You Move from Windows Phone to Their Xperia Line

Xperia_Transfer_Mobile_4In addition to launching the free ‘Xperia Transfer Mobile’ app on the Windows Phone Store, Sony has also republished a video tutorial to help you navigate the transfer. Designed to lure Windows Phone users to Android and specifically Sony Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Transfer Mobile app can help transfer contacts, message, calendar, and media with just a few clicks.

Though the video specifically mentions iOS and Android users only, the same steps are in place for those looking to transfer from Windows Phone to Android as this video itself was created some time ago. After the jump, the video tutorial from Sony awaits you.

Full PlayStation TV FAQ

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With each new console release, companies tend to release the big juicy details about their latest in intervals to get the maximum exposure. While the big reveals and announcements usually revolve around the key functionalities of the product, in this case the PlayStation TV, they don’t always address the smaller details that can at times be the key for one person purchasing or not purchasing a given product. The PlayStation TV is no exception and despite its small size, there is a ton this companion unit can offer. Still, there is  no way it will please everyone and check off every item on our wish list at a $99 price point.

To that end, after the jump, you can find the full PlayStation TV FAQ sheet.

Sony Outlines PS4 Firmware 2.0, Codenamed Masamune

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Set to be released this Fall, the PS4 firmware 2.0 is going to bring a host of new features and improvements to Sony’s latest console. Codenamed Masamune, the PS4 firmware 2.0 adds some key features like Share Play which will allow you to take over a friends game and play on their behalf, YouTube support for direct exporting of game captures, and Themes which will allow you to change your background, colors, and more. Along side that, Sony is also highlighting new additions like USB Music Player, new Voice Commands and Broadcasting features and more.

After the jump, we have more details on Masamune.

#TBT: Kaz Hirai Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Kaz_Hirai_Ice_Bucket_ChallengeDo you know what day it is? Hump day? Nope. It’s Thursday which means…it’s throw back Thursday where we get to post things that are old. In truth, I’ve been itching to post the video of Sony CEO, Kaz Hirai taking the ice bucket challenge. The problem was that he took it much later where the hype around the wonderful cause (which I partook in) had begun to die down. Now that some time has passed, I find it appropriate to use the video in a #TBT post. After the jump, Kaz Hirai takes a bucket of ice to the head from a Sony employee.

9 Things I’ve Learned About PlayStation TV

PlayStation_TV_2The PlayStation TV is officially out in North America, nearly a year after it was released in Japan under the name PS Vita TV. Capable of streaming games from PS4 and PlayStation Now, the PlayStation TV will have access to over 700 titles across the Vita, PSP digital, PS One classic, and PlayStation minis spectrum. After performing our video unboxing of the PlayStation TV, here are 9 interesting things I’ve learned about PlayStation TV during my first 24 hours with the companion console.

You can find that list, after the jump.

Sony Wants to Make Transferring from Windows Phone Easier via Their ‘Xperia Transfer Mobile’ App

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Sure Sony’s mobile division is raking up massive losses for the company but that’s not stopping them from trying new ways to lure customers. After already targeting iOS users with a similar tool, Sony is now turning its attention to Windows Mobile users. Dubbed the Xperia Transfer Mobile app, this latest free download helps those who are looking to depart from the world of Windows to Android land by making the transition smoother.

We Unbox the PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV is now available in the US for $99 and allows you to stream games from the PS4, making it perfect for those with two televisions but one console. In addition to streaming games from PS4, the PlayStation TV can also play all PS Vita games as well as titles from PlayStation Now. Besides the base model, Sony has also launched a PlayStation TV bundle for $139. Best of all, the PlayStation TV on launch will have access to 700 titles, making it a very robust machine.  In the above video, we unbox the PlayStation TV.

Sony to Create Its Own PlayStation eSports League

Official_PlayStation_eSports_League_1 Chalk this up to something I didn’t see coming. Today in Spain, Sony officially unveiled the ‘Liga Oficial PlayStation’ which is expected to kick off on October 16th. As the name suggests, Sony is officially creating its own eSport league to take on other major players, mostly notably the MLG which has traditionally focused on PC and Xbox gamers and games. Soon after, Sony will expand the league to Portugal and Italy before coming to the rest of Europe.

After the jump, some more details on ’Liga Oficial PlayStation’ from Sony.

PlayStation Store Update (10-14-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for October 14, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can enjoy the highly anticipated Peggle 2 and an updated version of a fantastic game from last gen, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition.

PlayStation 3 owners journey to Pandora’s Moon today in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and explore the terrifying The Evil Within (also available for PlayStation 4). PlayStation Vita owners can finally join in the survival/building craze with Minecraft PlayStation Vita Edition! 

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and all other weeks subscribers will receive extra discounts. This week there are extra discounts for several new Ultimate Bundles as well as a deep discount on the very fun Strength of the Sword 3 (see our review here). Keep reading to see the complete update!

Major Server Side ‘DriveClub’ Update In The Next 24 Hours

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If you’re experiencing issues with DriveClub at the moment, it’s more likely due to the PSN maintenance that’s currently taking place than an issue with DriveClub. That doesn’t mean though that the game’s network capabilities are fully functioning. Despite being delayed by more than 6 months, DriveClub, which was released nearly a week ago, has been hampered by major online problems. Luckily, Evolution Studios has been working around the clock to patch the game and things have already improved dramatically. However, work remains on the highly-anticipated game and hopefully the next major update will further help DriveClub stabilize.

After the jump, more details on the massive server side DriveClub update.