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Sony Mobile to ‘Drastically’ Downsize in China

Sony_Mobile_ChinaDespite purchasing Ericsson and going at it alone which has resulted in some beautiful products, Sony Mobile has struggled to gain much traction globally. In the last two years alone, Sony Mobile has seen their year-over-year sales decline with Apple dominating the premium market and handset makers from China like Xiaomi and Huawei eating into the low-end market. With an inability to compete in either market, Sony has been squeezed in a middle ground that’s proving hard for them to sustain. With a focus on premium products, Sony could at least count on greater profit margins on each unit sold where the entry market would provide them with increased revenue.

No country better represents this than China where the middle class is booming with a population of over 300 million who can afford premium products and even more who can afford an entry class device. Unfortunately for Sony, they’ve been unable to capitalize on it and they are signaling a significant downsizing from the country.

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Arrives for Sony Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile

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It’s been teased for months, but T-Mobile is officially bring the latest OS from Google to the Sony Xperia Z1s. Specifically, starting today, you can download Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on the Xperia Z1s via OTA software update. This will move the build number from 14.4.B.0.56 to version 14.5.B.0.236. If you’re not sure about your build number, follow these steps:

  1. From any Home screen, tap Applications.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap About phone.
  4. View the Build Number.

There is still no word on when the Xperia Z3 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop but with the Z1s have just received the latest OS, the update for the Z3 isn’t likely far off. After the jump, instructions on how to download Lollipop.

Sony UCH10 Quick Charger Brings 5.5 Hours of Battery in 10 Minutes to Xperia Z3+

Sony_UCH10_Quick_Charger_3One of the lesser known features of the Xperia Z3+ (known as Xperia Z4 in Japan) is its ability to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology. According to Sony, via the UCH10 Quick Charger which can be seen above, you can get 5.5 hours of battery life for the Xperia Z3+ in just 10 minutes.

More details after the jump.

Official: Sony Xperia Z3+ Launching Globally

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Remember how Sony did that weird thing where they announced the Xperia Z4 but it was exclusive to Japan? Well now Sony is planning to bring their latest flagship smartphone globally and under a new name. Officially called the Sony Xperia Z3+, the phone is every inch the Xperia Z4 that’s being released in Japan but just under a new name. While to the untrained eye, the Xperia Z3+ (E6553) will appear nearly identical to the Z3, it will most certainly feel different, thanks to a slimmer (6.9mm vs 7.3mm) and lighter (144g vs 152g) profile. But cosmetics aren’t the only difference between the outgoing model and the new one.

More details after the jump.

Sony Press Conference in Hong Kong & Taiwan Next Week; New Xperia Flagship?

Sony_Xperia_Z4_Softbank_2It’s believed that next week, Sony will be holding a press conference in Hong Kong and Taiwan where they will unveil new Xperia products. Specifically, on Wednesday the 27th, members of the press are to gather in Taiwan where the unveiling will take place. On the menu is believed to be a new flagship smartphone and tablets.

Details after the jump.

Older Sony Xperia Devices (Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z) Start Receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

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Just because you have an older device doesn’t mean you should miss out on the party. Starting today via OTA, Sony is beginning to push out the latest Android build to older devices. It appears this update is specifically designed to go OTA (over the air) which means you won’t be finding it via any computer connection.

Some more details after the jump.

Official: Android 5.0 Lollipop Coming to Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s on T-Mobile

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In mid-March, T-Mobile confirmed their intentions to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s. A month later, Lollipop would be certified by them for the Xperia Z1s though the company has yet to release the new OS for Sony’s two smartphones. Now, thanks to a new listing from T-Mobile, it seems that we’re closer than ever to receiving Android 5.0 on the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z1s.

Details after the jump.

Sony Lavender (E55XX) Smartphone Image Leaks

Sony_Xperia_Lavendar_E55XXDubbed Lavender, the latest leak from Sony Mobile is believed to be a new mid-range phone with model number E55XX (E5503, E5563). Likely set to be launched sometime in the Fall 2015, this phone had previously popped up and was pegged with a MediaTek MT6752 (64-bit octa-core LTE) chipset that powers a 1080p display.

After the jump, a larger picture from the Sony Lavender panel and some more details about the phone await you.

NTT DoCoMo to Also Carry Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, New Promo Video

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Alongside carrying the flagship Xperia Z4, NT DoCoMo will also carry the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. While definitely designed with entertainment in mind, seeing how you’ll be getting a 10.1-inch IPS (2560 x 1600) 2k display that offers 17-hours of video playback, with an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip (with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores working at 1.5GHz), the Xperia Z4 Tablet strangely might also be a great device for those with a lot of work in mind.

That’s because, beyond the power and fantastic battery life the tablet offers, Sony is also debuting a docking Bluetooth keyboard (BKB50) that has a hinge mechanism which allows the Xperia Z4 Tablet to easily dock. Once connected, the screen can tilt up to 130 degrees, simulating the same functionality you’d get from a laptop.

With Walkman Update (9.0.0.A.0.1) Sony Officially Renames App to ‘Music’

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We’ve already talked fairly extensively about why Sony is renaming the Walkman app to Music, a far simpler naming scheme. For anyone purchasing a new Sony device like the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z4, Xperia A4, or Xperia M4 Aqua, the new naming scheme will be in place from day one. All Sony devices shipping with Android 5.0 or upgraded to Android 5.0 will have the app renamed as part of the process. For those with older devices that won’t be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop, or have yet to receive the new OS, you’ll soon see the Walkman app renamed after a new update is released.