With every release of Android software, phone owners of devices two years and older get a little nervous because of the possibility that their manufacturer of choice is going to ignore their device in the next round of updates. Not so for Sony, who has started teasing Android Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z even after only rolling out the […]
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We trotted out some truly precious puppies to announce the winners of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, but now it’s time to get down to business. As we do every year, we tasked our editor’s with the monumental feat of sifting through the previous year’s biggest innovations to select the absolute best in show. While there’s some crossover with our Readers’ Choice winners (sorry Fire phone), there were a few notable exceptions. But you’ll have to check out the gallery below to find out what made the cut.
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The votes for the 11th Annual Engadget People’s Choice Awards have been tallied and the winners are in. As is always the case, there were some very polarizing products on the ballot and many of the honorees won by a very small margin. But the real winners this year were the cute and adoptable puppies at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) shelter. The only thing we love here at Engadget more than true innovation is man’s best friend, so we teamed up with the SFACC for a special awards ceremony. Early last week, a set of the most eligible animals in San Francisco accepted “trophies” on behalf of the companies that created your favorite gadgets and software of 2014. To find out who took top honors check out the video above, and to take home one of our special guests, please visit the SFACC for more information.
And check back this afternoon to find out what won this year’s Editors’ Choice awards.
Sony is on a push to update their flagship line across the globe. The company made an announcement this morning that a number of devices worldwide would be seeing Android Lollipop updates today. According to the tweet the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet will be seeing Lollipop updates appearing today […]
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Posted today, Sony announced that their flagships Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be receiving Android Lollipop 5.0 this week. Timing of when you will get the update is dependent based on market and carrier which is usually the case will all Android devices.
Sony has been a bit slower than some of the manufacturers, but nonetheless their devices are still getting the upgrade which is a nice change from Kit Kat 4.4. Now that I have been using Android 5.1, Kit Kat 4.4 seems very dated, so hop on the update as soon as you can.
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A number of alleged Sony Xperia Z4 images have been leaked recently, showing off the device’s chassis. Although we’ve gotten a pretty good look at what we think is the device so far, up until now, we have yet to hear much about the device’s internals. But according to a listing on GFXBench, a new Sony device has made an appearance toting flagship-level specifications.
The device, code-named Sony E6553, could potentially turn out to be the company’s new Xperia Z4 flagship. Previously, the Z3 carried the code name D66XX, while the Z2 was named D65XX. Moving back to the first Xperia Z, that device was named C6603. The jump from ‘D’ to ‘E’ in this case represents the year in which the device was manufactured. And while it’s not confirmed information, the specifications revealed in the benchmark are consistent with what we’d expect a 2015 flagship device to have.
According to the listing, the Sony E6553 has a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (4xCortex A57 + 4xCortex A53), an Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a 20MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and the device is running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
We need to remember that no matter how probable the clues are, nothing has been confirmed by the company. But if these specs turn out to be correct (along with the alleged leaked images that you can find here), has Sony created just another iterative device? Or are the new specifications enough to justify an upgrade? Let us know in the comments below!
A post on the official Sony Mobile blog has confirmed that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be heading to the Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra, following the Lollipop roll out for the Xperia Z3 and Z2 range earlier this month. Sony also stated that a wider global rollout of Lollipop for its Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet would commence next week.
Sony has not given a release date or listed any regional availability for the Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra Lollipop updates, so we will have to keep an eye out for further news.
While Android 5.0 is a welcome update for these handsets, Sony also released Android 5.1 Lollipop binaries for a range of handsets earlier in the month. Although this doesn’t confirm a 5.1 release, it will allow for custom ROMs based on the latest Android OS. The Xperia Z series made up the bulk of the 5.1 list, but the Xperia E3, M2, T2 Ultra and T3 handsets were also mentioned.
If you fancy a look at what Sony’s latest software update has in store for compatible devices, check out the promotional video below.
If you were intrigued by PlayStation Vue as a substitute for cable TV but refused to sign up until you could watch The Walking Dead, it’s time to hop aboard. Sony has added AMC Networks to Vue’s channel roster, giving you AMC proper as well as IFC, Sundance and WEtv. Be prepared to pony up if you just have to catch Portlandia, though — while you’ll get AMC and WEtv in the base Access package, IFC and Sundance are only available if you’ve subscribed to Core or Elite. This certainly isn’t the best deal if you care about AMC or IFC above all else (Sling TV offers it as part of its $20 bundle), but it’ll make Vue a better value for your cord-cutting dollar.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Sony has announced that they’ll officially begin selling their SmartEyeglass developer edition in four countries for anyone interested in making a purchase. You’ll be able to snag one in Germany, Japan, the US, or the UK, unless you’re in a business customer, in which case it’ll be available to you in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
The device runs about $820 in the US, not including tax, so it’s definitely not a cheap investment. It still comes out a little easier on the wallet than Google Glass, though, so it might be worth looking into if you’re interested in developing for it.
Shipping should begin in April.
via: Xperia Blog
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Sony’s Google Glass-like head unit, dubbed SmartEyeglass, is now officially available for purchase in ten different countries. Similar to Google Glass, Sony’s SmartEyeglass (SED-E1) developer edition lets you interact with your surroundings by letting you take photos, send text messages and much more. It’s compatible with any Android device running 4.4 KitKat or higher, and can be paired with the SmartEyeglass app in the Play Store. Unlike Google’s product, SmartEyeglass is controlled by a wired remote that stays connected to the device at all times. The controller houses the battery, microphone and speaker, though Sony is quoting the battery will only last around 150 minutes of continuous use.
For those interested in trying out the first generation product, SmartEyeglass is now available in the United States, Germany, the U.K. and Japan for $840. The company will also sell the head unit exclusively to business customers in Belgium, France, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.
If you’d like a more detailed look at SmartEyeglass, head to the source link below for a list of specifications and additional features. The company plans to have these units available for the general public sometime in 2016, though an exact timeframe has yet to be mentioned.