Select devices from the Xperia family are beginning to see a software update that brings with it the latest version of Android. And, no, it does not include the concept software being tested by Sony.
The Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, and Xperia Z2 Tablet have been approved by Sony to receive Android 5.1 Lollipop. Sony also made some additions and changes of its own in areas like customization, photography, and enterprise:
- Increased customisation options — so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
- Brand new LinkedIn integration — be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar
- Camera improvements — with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
- Enhanced enterprise support — with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
- SmartWear integration — selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button
Sony also went ahead and clarified the status of the software update for older devices. Here are the groups of devices to be taken care of next (in order of soonest to latest):
- Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra
- Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia C3
- Xperia Z
- Xperia M2, Xperia M2 Aqua
The company does note that the “timing and availability” of Android 5.1 for these devices will vary by market, carrier, or both.
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Great news for owners of the Xperia Z2 and Z3 Tablet as Sony has just begun the global rollout of the Android Lollipop update for the devices.
The updates will be delivered in phases and are carrier dependant, so the time in which you receive the Android Lollipop update on your Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will vary.
— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) April 7, 2015
You may have to check with the desktop Sony companion app to see the update rather than OTA.
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Sony is only planning on rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its Xperia Z line of smartphones, which isn’t great news if you own a different class of Xperia device. If you do have an Xperia Z phone, though, you’re in luck, as the company is beginning its rollout of the software in India.
Sony’s Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact are all seeing the Android upgrade going live, and it’s likely going to follow suit in other markets as well. Carrier versions might have to wait a little longer, but rest assured, Sony’s working on it. Hopefully 5.1 won’t be too far off.
source: GSM Arena
Come comment on this article: Several Sony Xperia Z devices seeing Lollipop update in India
In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.
The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.
Come comment on this article: Sony Xperia Z3, Z2, and Z3 get AOSP version of Lollipop
If you’ve been holding out for PS4 Remote Play on your Xperia Z2 (or Z2 Tablet), your wait is over. Sony is officially pushing out the user experience update to those two devices which brings full support for streaming PS4 games to your device. The update will let you play full PS4 games with a Dualshock 4 controller right on your smartphone or tablet, which is an extremely cool feature, especially for gamers.
That’s not the only feature this update is bringing, though. There are also some audio improvements coming to the Z2, all of which are designed to make your music sound much better thanks to new codec support and some proprietary Sony technology that restores some compression lost in digital files. The update also lets the Z2 take advantage of Sony’s latest smart camera features, and it brings along the Ultra Stamina Mode that’s present in the Xperia Z3. This power saving mode shuts down all but the most important functions of the phone, drastically extending battery life.
A few other features in the update include smart auto-rotation, a record screen function for taking videos of what you’re doing on your device (and yes, that does work with Remote Play), and support for Sony’s smart unlock with connected Bluetooth wearables like the Sony Smartwatch. That smart unlock feature has been pretty heavily advertised with Lollipop, so it’s great to see it make its way on to a device still running KitKat.
This is a pretty major update for something that isn’t an Android 5.0 upgrade. If you have an Xperia Z2 or Z2 tablet, keep checking for the update.
source: Sony Mobile
Come comment on this article: Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet getting update for PS4 Remote Play
The Cast Screen for Android devices has slowly made its way to additional devices. Still, the total is quite low and there are some key devices missing. One company that is seeing many of its devices supported is Sony. Last month, its flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller Z3 Compact gained Cast Screen support. Now, the a couple more have been added in.
Here are the newest Sony devices to get Cast Screen support:
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
Come comment on this article: Cast Screen support added to Sony Xperia Z3v, Z3 Tablet Compact, and more
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
Come comment on this article: Sony accidentally confirms PS4 Remote Play is en route to Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet
We already knew Sony would eventually release an LTE version of its super-thin, waterproof Xperia Z2 Tablet; we just had no idea which network it would work on. Turns out, the lucky winner is Verizon. That’s right, the Z2 Tablet is going to be a Big Red exclusive here in the states, at least for now. That’s something of a departure for Sony: the last-gen Tablet Z was compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile. In any case, regardless of whether you’re already a Verizon customer, you can pre-order one tomorrow for $600, sans contract (shipments are expected to start next week, on July 17th). If you place your pre-order early enough, Verizon will also throw in a free noise canceling headset, while supplies last. For a limited time, too, you can buy the tablet for $500 with a new two-year agreement, but let’s be real: Smart shoppers don’t lock themselves into new service contracts just to get a 4G tablet.
Although Sony embraces the Android community and offers a tool to unlock the bootloader on Xperia devices, which you can then gain root, doing so disables certain features.
If you want root, but don’t want to lose features such as the X-Reality engine and TrackID app, please keep reading.
DoomLoRD, with the help of xsacha, GranPC, norti, RyokoN, [NUT] and jcase, just released v01 of Community Rootkit, an ASEC exploit for the Xperia Z2. Community Rootkit gives full root without unlocking the bootloader, but it works on devices with either a locked or unlocked bootloader.
The script is currently Windows-only, with Linux and Mac support is coming soon in v02, and DoomLoRD said it was tested on Xperia Z2 firmware 17.1.A.2.55/.69. The root exploit doesn’t work on the latest .402 firmware, so you would need to downgrade if you’re not on .55 or .69 firmware.
Community Rootkit will root your Z2 as well as install Busybox and SU files. Before running it, making sure you have ADB drivers installed for your device and enable “USB DEBUGGING” and “UNKOWN SOURCES” then it’s as simple as extracting the file, executing “RUNME.bat,” reading and following instructions on the screen and rebooting after the script has finished executing.
For full instruction to freei your Z2 and to download the script, follow the source link below.
Once updated to v02, more devices should be supported as well. DoomLoRD said it was tested on the Xperia Tablet Z2 and it works flawlessly.
VIA: Cult of Android
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