One thing that makes the Sony Xperia Z3 unique compared to other phones out there is its ability to record in 4K. Having a computer that’s capable of editing 4K, I wanted to put the Z3′s powerful camera to the test and so I headed down to Santa Monica to shoot some footage. My goal throughout this was to treat the phone and in turn the produced footage as if I was an everyday consumer. That means despite being edited together, none of the footage, video or audio, has been altered in any shape.
If you have a TV or computer that’s capable of viewing 4K footage, be sure to click the settings button on the video and select 4K. For everyone else, you can still view the above video in 1080p.
The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition ( a mouthful) has always been a different kind of beast compared to Sony’s other smartphones. Unlike their normal line where Sony handles both hardware and software tweaks within the guidelines of Google, the Z Ultra Google Play Edition is all Sony hardware and all Google software. That’s to say that while Sony fully developed the hardware, all software was left to Google which meant for some less bloatware and a more pure Android experience. At the same time, if you liked any of the apps provided by Sony like Walkman or their cameras, you were equally out of luck.
Still for some, the pure experience of Android and timely OS updates was a unique one to pursue. While it’s been sometime since Google has discontinued the phone, updates are still rolling out for the phone and ones that are even newer than what Sony is releasing.
Sony promised Android 5.0 Lollipop for its fleet of Xperia Z devices and they’ve continued to deliver. Just last week, Android Lollipop became available on the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z Ultra and Xperia Z2 & Z2 Tablets. With most of their newer units having already received the latest OS, Sony is now turning its attention to some older phones like the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact. Specifically, the Android firmware arriving for said devices is 14.5.A.0.242 and brings with it Android 5.0.2. Sony’s most recently-announced devices, the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua, also ship with Android 5.0.2.
At first, we have one leaked image of the Xperia Z4 to go by. Shortly after, as such things are, we had several images and some potential tech specs to go along with them. While none of the leaked images are likely from the actual product and more likely internal renders from Sony, it’s safe to say that we know what the Xperia Z4 will look like. That is to say that it looks somewhere between the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3. For those eager to see a little more, we have one more larger image to share with you after the jump.
The fate of Sony Mobile continues to be up in the air. The division, which was supposed to save Sony, has instead turned out to be a liability for the company. Sony once had ambitious plans for the division which would have seen them sell over 50 million devices last year. Sony now believes they’ll sell 39.2 million units for FY14, a 9% reduction year-on-year. Under current CEO, Kaz Hirai, Sony hasn’t been shy about closing divisions that aren’t working, a decision which led them to sell VAIO, their PC division, and reduce their majority stake in Olympus.
While this doesn’t mean immediate doom for mobile, it does mean that the next few years will be a crucial time for the division. While televisions was allowed to suffer a decade of losses, under the new leadership, Sony will likely not be as lenient to mobile. Starting in 2015, Sony has outlined a new three-year strategy that includes FY15, FY16, and FY17 which ends on March 31st, 2018. Sony hopes to use Return on Equity (RoE) as the primary KPI (Key Performance Indicator) as it targets a group RoE of 10% in FY17.
More details on their strategy and comments on mobile after the jump.
A sign of things to come for sure, T-Mobile has unexpectedly stopped selling the Sony Xperia Z3. Just a little over 6 months into October 2014, we saw T-Mobile begin carrying the flagship smartphone from Sony alongside Verizon. During that time, Sony has claimed that T-Mobile has been a good partnership for them though we’ve had no real sales to go by. The only sales numbers we’ve had have been general ones for the entire mobile division of Sony which have been poor to say the least.
In early March, T-Mobile announced support for Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z3. Now, less than a month later and T-Mobile no longer carries any Sony devices. Is this a sign of good things with the Xperia Z4 in the near future, or a sign of bad things for Sony Mobile?
Discussion after the jump.
On the heels of announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z3 Dual, Sony has also revealed that they’ll be bringing the latest OS update to additional devices as well. Unlike the said updates which will arrive next week, you can look forward to Lollipop on the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet starting today.
Rejoice, Sony fans, as more and more devices are beginning to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. The latest smartphones to receive the newest OS update are the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z Ultra. According to Sony, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will begin to arrive for said smartphones sometime next week. While Sony had previously announced Android 5.0 Lollipop for only Xperia Z devices, they would later revise that statement and include devices like the Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra.
It’s time for the Sony community to rejoice. Remember how Sony said time and time again that Android 5.0 Lollipop would only come to Xperia Z devices? Well, it seems like the company for the better has backtracked on its previous plans and plans to bring Android 5.0 to the Xperia C3 and it’s monster 6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra. More details after the jump.
Thanks to the GFXBench, the popular benchmark program, we might have our first glimpse at what powers the Xperia Z4, the next Android flagship smartphone from Sony. Sporting the E6553, a model number we’d seen previously that was believed to be linked to the Xperia Z4, the benchmark, if accurate (and we have little reason to believe it’s not), reveals quite a bit and puts to rest the 1440p or 1080p screen rumors.
Details after the jump.