Android 5.0 Lollipop Update Now Live for Sony Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact


We’ve known for some time that Sony would begin its rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its fleet of Xperia Z devices, but we weren’t sure which devices would gain the update first. Now, Sony has put that question to rest by rolling out Android 5.0 to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The update will first come to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in the Nordics and Baltics and continue from there to further markets. It’s unclear exactly how the rollout will work as Sony did not break it down by region, but we should expect it to take nearly two weeks.

So once the update is live, what can you expect from Android 5.0 Lollipop? Details after the jump.

Meet the Sony BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard that Makes the Xperia Z4 Tablet Into a Notebook


Along side the Xperia Z4 Tablet debut, Sony also announced the BKB50 Bluetooth keyboard. Oddly bundled in some countries with the Xperia Z4 Tablet which also inflates its price, the new Bluetooth keyboard promises to turn the Z4 Tablet into a more robust productivity machine. In essence, with the  Bluetooth keyboard which has a dock styled connection, your Z4 Tablet can look and act like a laptop. Even better, Sony will be bringing some custom shorts and UI functionality so you can get more out of your tablet. Details after the jump.

Sony Shows Off Android 5.0 Lollipop on Smartphones & Tablets in a New Video


In a new video, Sony is fully showing off Android 5.0 Lollipop which will come pre-installed on the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua. It’s also safe to assume that, once released, the leaked Sony Xperia Z4 will also come with Android 5.0. Sony has also promised to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z line of devices with T-Mobile confirming that it will support the move. In the video, Sony not only shows off the new, cleaner UI that you’ll experience with Lollipop, but also new gestures, notifications, and features. Those include the ability to move apps to the SD card.

The video, which shows off Android 5.0 Lollipop running on both a Sony tablet and smartphone, awaits you after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet European Prices Revealed


While we’re still a good few months away from its June launch, Sony has officially revealed the pricing of the Xperia Z4 Tablet. For the most part, pricing is higher than previous models in the UK with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Wi-Fi edition starting at £499. That price then jumps to £579 for the 4G LTE variant. So why the jump in price? Sony is taking the unusual move of bundling in their Bluetooth keyboard which more or less turns the Z4 Tablet into an Android powered laptop. Later today, we’ll have a more in depth look at the Sony Bluetooth (BKB50) keyboard. What makes this move a bit more headache inducing is that Sony isn’t bundling the keyboard in all countries. For example, in France, you’ll have a choice of purchasing the Z4 Tablet with or without a keyboard where in Netherlands, you can only purchase the LTE model with a keyboard.

It remains to be seen if this is a limited time promotion or if this is how Sony intends to sell the Z4 Tablet. After the jump, the pricing breakdown of the powerful new tablet across Europe will hopefully make things a bit clearer for you.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Gallery

Sony_Xperia_Z4_Tablet_19It will be some time before we get our hands on the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet but that doesn’t mean we’re not already drooling over it. From a luscious 2K screen to a 8-core processor with a 6.1mm thin design, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet might be the best-looking Android tablet ever. If you’re like us and you want to see more of it, all you need to do is visit us after the jump for a picture gallery that shows you the Z4 Tablet from different angles. If you’re more of a specs person, be sure to read our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs piece that gives you the nitty gritty details.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Specs


If you’ve been wanting to know all the juicy tidbits about the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, then wait no more. Rocking an impressive 8-core 64-bit processor with 3GB RAM, the tech specs only tell part of the story on what you can do with the latest tablet as can be seen in its debut video. Still, sometimes you just have to make sure your next purchase checks off on all of your tech spec wants.

After the jump, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs await you.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Video Preview


Unveiled yesterday, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the most powerful Android tablets ever. Packing an impressive 8-core 64-bit processor and 17 hours of video playback, the Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet has a lot going for it. From Sony’s perspective, you’ll likely be using the 10.1-inch tablet with a 2K screen mostly to consume content and, as such, has packed it with 32GB internal memory with upgradable storage. Besides an extremely high-resolution screen, you’ll find built-in noise cancelation and water/dust-proofing incase you want to consume in more exotic locations.

After the jump, Sony has put together a short video preview (with an insanely high production value) that highlights some of the noteworthy features of the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Announced With 2K Screen and 8-Core Processor


As expected, at MWC 2015, Sony has officially unveiled the accidentally-leaked Xperia Z4 Tablet and it’s a powerhouse. A successor to the Xperia Z2 Tablet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet has some of the latest and most powerful technologies like an insane 8-core processor with 3GB RAM in a design that’s even thinner than its predecessor. Best of all, the new and insanely thin Xperia Z4 Tablet doesn’t skimp out on visual quality with a 10.1-inch IPS 2K (2560 x 1600) display that offers 17-hours of video playback.

Interested? Meet us after the jump for additional details.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Gains PS4 Remote Play


If you’ve got a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, listen up. A new over-the-air (OTA) firmware update (build number 23.0.1.E.0.208) has just been released for your device which brings with it the typical enhancements and bug fixes. More importantly, though, the latest firmware gives the Xperia Z2 Tablet the ability to utilize PS4 Remote Play. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play allows you to connect your device to PS4 and stream the games on your device via local Wi-Fi. Additional details after the jump.

Sony Launches New Mid-Term Strategy (2015-2017)

Image: Kazuo Hirai

On Wednesday Sony Corp. unveiled its mid-term strategy update for the period FY2015-FY2017.

Sony is setting “profit generation and investment for growth” as the theme of its mid-range corporate plan from for the next three years. That means that any divisions running losses better run and hide. Sony won’t keep them. The emphasis of language on profit retention and boosting throughout the news release suggests that any endeavors not proving to contribute directly to profit or growth won’t be tolerated. The key focus now above everything else is to boost profit throughout all businesses and the overall message seemed to be aimed particularly at Sony shareholders. This new plan comes into effect from April.

A few main points that Sony announced:

  • That they will be spinning out the Sound and Video units, which will become wholly owned by Sony
  • A plan “to deliver to investors a consolidated Return On Equity (ROE) of more than 10% and a target for consolidated operating profit of more than 500 billion yen for the Sony Group in FY2017″
  • There was not talk of selling the Mobile division, though it is now considered a threat to financial stability and ‘partners are being considered’

Read on for the full details.