Sony’s latest slate, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, is now available to pre-order in the United States from both the manufacturer’s online portal and from any of its nationwide bricks-and-mortar stores.
According to the listing page, the unit will be available for shipping from Sunday, November 2 and will set you back a whopping $499.99, which, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree, is an awful lot to pay for a 32GB, 8-inch, mid-range device.
With regards to specifications, the Z3 Tablet Compact packs a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 4,500mAh non-removable battery.
Out of the box, the tablet will run the latest build of Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Sony’s Xperia user interface plastered over the top. The device is, however, expected to be one of the first on the market to receive the much-anticipated Lollipop update when it’s distributed later this year.
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If you’re a die-hard Android fan, you’re probably champing at the bit waiting for that Lollipop upgrade — when will you get it? Are you going to get it? Thankfully for you, a number of companies have already promised to upgrade some of their devices to this candy-flavored OS. Google’s Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 models are naturally first in line, as are Android One and Google Play Edition hardware; its outgoing Motorola brand is equally on top of things with plans to patch the Moto E, G and X alongside Verizon’s Droid Mini, Maxx and Ultra. HTC and OnePlus don’t have full details, but they’re both pledging to give their recent flagships a taste of Lollipop within 90 days of receiving finished code. NVIDIA and Sony, meanwhile, are being vague. While they’re respectively teasing plans to update the Shield Tablet and the Xperia Z series, they won’t say when just yet.
As for other manufacturers? Well, don’t hold your breath. LG tells TechRadar that it has nothing to say on “if / when” Lollipop will reach the G3, let alone older gear. The upgrade is likely coming, but the statement is far from reassuring. Mum’s the word from Samsung as well, although leaks show that a Lollipopped version of TouchWiz is in the works. It’s also reasonable to expect that relatively large brands like Acer, ASUS, Huawei and Xiaomi are on deck — just don’t be shocked if their older devices don’t make the cut.
Back in September, Sony announced PS4 Remote Play — a revolutionary new feature which equips users with the facility to take a PlayStation 4 controller and stream games from their console to an Xperia smartphone or tablet that supports the service.
At the time, the Japanese company revealed that the application would be an exclusive to the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact. But now, thanks to a blunder on the ‘Xperia Lounge’ app, it appears that Remote Play will be coming to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet after all, when the app launches next month.
Hit the break below to see the slip-up in all its glory.
Source: Xperia Blog
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A new Android Wear powered smartwatch has surfaced in the Play Store today. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s take on the Android Wear sporting game.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 offers much of the same thing the others on the market do, but there are a few key differences. The SW3’s main display is removable and can be placed in a variety of colored bands that Sony sells. That does rule out the use of more traditional style watch bands that you might already own, but it does give it an additional option that a few of the others don’t. Sony has four color options on display on their site. It is unclear if you will be able to choose from just the black as the Play Store image shows, or if there will be other choices hen it becomes officially available. I am certain you can order it through Sony in any color you want.
Internally it carries the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MBs of RAM and 4GB on board storage. A slight differentiating addition is the battery size, coming in at 420 mAh vs the competitions highest device being the LG G Watch at 400 mAh. It also offers its own GPS chip that allows you to record your runs and adventures without being connected to a phone. I would imagine the bump in battery is to help offset the GPS battery use as well as give it a reported 2 day battery life. Although I have found conflicting information that states 1 day of active use and 4 days of standby with a 1 hour charge time. It will all depend on your use of course.
As you can above, the SW3 offers a small flap on the rear, which is where you will charge the watch via a micro USB cord. Even though Sony went a little more sporty with this one, it doesn’t look all that terrible. I am really liking the look of the clasp.
A previously released video of the device from Sony also shows off some other cool features. Like long pressing on the screen to “wake it up” and placing your hand over the display to “put it to sleep.” I do not have any of the Android Wear watches, so if that is a common feature, excuse me. Either way, check out the video to see a bit more about this device.
There is a curious little addition in the connectivity section about the watch as well. It says Bluetooth 4.1, which is great, but also that the watch is Wi-Fi ready. At this point I am going to assume that it will connect to open WI-Fi networks as you pass by to sync up your GPS and activity logs with the LifeLogging software that Sony provides. That is strictly theoretical until I can find out more in regards to the Wi-Fi aspect.
Anyone considering this one when it finally goes live for the $250 price tag?
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Google has just listed the Sony SmartWatch 3 on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the device isn’t available just yet, it’s catalogued only as “coming soon,” but we do know that it will have a $249 price tag when it eventually displays ‘add to basket’.
For those unaware, the SmartWatch 3 was first introduced at IFA back in September and is Sony’s first Android Wear accessory. The unit packs a 1.6-inch display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels, 4GB of internal storage, built-in GPS, an integrated microphone and a loudspeaker.
To see the full listing over on the Google Play Store — click the source link below.
Source: Google Play Store
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The Sony Xperia Z3 is one nice device, bringing all the goodies of the Z2 and giving it a nice hardware and software bump. While the Z3 is just now getting into the market, Sony is bust prepping their next flagship, the Sony Xperia Z4.
According to AndroidOrigin, they have obtained a leak from a reliable source (the same source they received another leak from that turned out to be spot on) about the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4. It will have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, and the all-new Adreno 430 GPU, 4 GB of RAM. It will get a bump from 16GB as the lowest option to 32 GB. It will also get some new LTE technology, and Bluetooth 4.1. The camera will also be upgraded with a new sensor, but with a similar resolution to 20.7 MP. The design will be very similar to the Z3, but with a display bump up to 5.5″ and a QHD resolution.
Their source also said that Sony will no longer update their flagship Bi-annually, but just every year as we’ve gotten to the point where we’re getting small changes in technology.
Does this device sound good to you?
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Not so long that the newly announced Xperia Z3 has lost any if its newness yet are we seeing information leaked regarding the Z4. Now before you groan and roll your eyes about seeing the Z4 in six months, know that Sony is looking to somewhat future proof its next flagship, at least if this tipster is correct.
If the source can be believed, the Z4 will sport a 5.5-inch screen of the qHD variety. Under that screen will be a Snapdragon 810 at 2.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. It looks like the camera for the Z4 will take advantage of a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a similar resolution of previous Z# flagships.
Sony is also planning to create a superior audio experience by adding amplifiers behind its stereo speakers on the front. However, it should be said — not that it needs to, really — these are highly unsubstantiated specs. Should they pan out though, you’ll be able to rest assured that this will be it for Sony for 2015 as the company is suggesting that it’ll be getting rid of its six-month update cycle.
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We’re creeping up to the PlayStation 4’s one year anniversary and the system is finally getting its 2.0 firmware update. Even better, there are a bunch of surprises; let’s dive in. First up we have the expected: SharePlay which lets you virtually pass the controller for help, YouTube exports and themes. A post PlayStation Blog notes that in addition to those, a USB music player, the ability to change colors of the PS4 dashboard (if custom themes aren’t your thing), as well as improvements to streaming are en route. There’s content organization, voice commands and, last but not least, a new backup feature that lets you archive all your settings, media and data to a USB device coming too. Like the Xbox One patch that hit this week, this adds a whole slew of features that ideally would have been available when the system launched last year. Join us after the jump for a breakdown, yeah?
- PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 16, 2014
Sony came under some fire from fans when it was announced that the only way to listen to music on the PS4 was with a Music Unlimited subscription. That changes with this patch, though, and soon you’ll be able to plug in a USB device full of MP3, MP4, MP4A and 3GP files and listen to your heart’s content. The PS Blog says that music can’t be copied to the system’s hard drive, nor can it be used in conjunction with Music Unlimited. When we’ll see CD support is anyone’s guess, however.
We’re betting that custom playlists won’t be available in-game either. Not happy with the theme pictured below? Well, you can opt for a handful of solid colors for the system UI like those at the bottom of this post.
The patch also addresses a major gripe many have had with the system since launch: decluttering the system dashboard. Now the dashboard will only show the 15 most-used games and apps, with the rest going into the Library, which also is getting some new sorting options. What’s more, lets say you’ve been stocking up on the pretty great, free releases each month that are a part of your PS Plus subscription but you’re running out of storage on your console. Well, from the PlayStation Store you’ll be able to add them to your Library without downloading — perfect for grabbing stuff before it’s no longer free and saving for later, or once you install a bigger hard drive.
Speaking of which, the 2.0 patch also adds the ability to back your system data, media and settings to a USB device. This should make transferring all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the past year to a roomier HDD a while lot faster and much more convenient if you’re living under a data cap. There’s a ton more than that, though! For the rest of the patch notes be sure to hit the PS Blog — sadly, however, it’s missing a release date.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Google unveiled Android Lollipop yesterday, so now we’re seeing device manufacturers clarify when they plan on updating their devices to the latest version of Android. Fortunately for owners of Sony devices, it looks like several devices will see the update at some point in the future.
Sony has stated that the entire premium Xperia Z lineup will be getting the Android 5.0 update. This includes the Xperia Z, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and all of their variants.
The full list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1S, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The Google Play Edition of the Xperia Z Ultra will be the first to see an update, but that’s handled by Google, not Sony. As far as Sony’s own devices, the Xperia Z3 and variants of the Z2 will see the update in early 2015, and Sony will clarify details on the rest of the devices after that.
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Yesterday Google announced the new Motorola Nexus 6, HTC Nexus 8 and the ASUS Nexus Player devices. They also confirmed that Android L is Android Lollipop and is Android 5.0. We know the Nexus line dating back to the Nexus 4 will get an Android 5.0 update at some point. We also know a number a Motorola devices will also be picking up the sweet new treat. Now we hear from Sony what their plans for the new OS will be.
According to a blog post on the Sony site this morning, Sony plans to bring Adroid 5.0 to the entire premium Xperia Z line. That include:
- Xperia Z
- Xperia ZL
- Xperia ZR
- Xperia Tablet Z
- Xperia Z1
- Xperia Z1s (T-Mobile)
- Xperia Z Ultra
- Xperia Z1 Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Xperia Z3
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Compact
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
The Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition will the first device to see the update. From there they will work toward the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series beginning in 2015.
Timing and availability of those updates will be announced by Sony as they become available and will trickle through specific regions and carriers too. I do have a distinct feeling though that the Xperia Z3 here in the sates will be a pretty hard push for Sony. I certainly hope the carriers play nice and make it happen quickly and without issue. It would boost the carrier images as well as get Sony rolling in the right direction stateside.