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Sony is an electronics company from Japan. It entered the Android market with the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in 2009. In 2011, Sony fully acquired Ericsson and dropped its name from the branding. The company has created Android phones, tablets, smartwatches, and Chromebooks. Visit the Sony forums.

Ubuntu to Show Off Community Ports on OnePlus One & Sony Xperia Z1 at MWC 2016

Ubuntu has given us another reason to look forward to the Mobile World Congress 2016. The team at Canonical have announced the arrival of two new Ubuntu phone ports community ports, namely for the Sony Xperia Z1 and the OnePlus One. If you’re the lucky owner of a Sony Xperia Z1  you will soon be able...

Sony AOSP Recovery Program is Expanding!

Recovery is a vital part of the Android ecosystem, yet Sony smartphones are distributed without traditional /recovery partition. This is not convenient solution both for users and developers. To include some custom recovery like TWRP, PhilZ or ClockworkMod, ramdisk hacks are required. Despite this somehow weird strategy, we can't say a bad word about Sony as they...

Marshmallow Update & Unofficial Port Round-Up — Get Up to Date!

Come one, come all! While Nexus owners have already gotten a taste of some sweet, sweet Marshmallow, most users are left waiting for an official update. For many devices, it's hard to say when they'll receive their 6.0 updates given how many layers of testing each device needs to go through. Nevertheless, we're compiling a list...

Sony Open Device Program Interview: Opening Much More Than Just Software

At the Big Android Barbecue 2015, we had the honor of interviewing Alin Jerpelea from Sony, after his great talk on Sony's plans to open up the hardware of their devices as well as future plans for their developer programs. You can find the full, highly recommendable talk here. A notable takeaway is that Sony is now helping developers...

Sony Confirms Why the Z5 Only Renders in 4K When Necessary

If you haven't heard about it yet, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the company's latest flagship and the first smartphone with a 4K display. We previously covered that the Z5 Premium does not run at 4K natively all the time, which actually makes sense. Sony has now confirmed this to Phone Arena, explaining content is...

Where Do Successful Manufacturers Still Go Wrong?

If there's an area you think an OEM consistently does badly in, now's the time to share... Even our favorite phones have issues; little bugbears that grow in annoyance as time goes by, problems that we hope will be fixed via a software update or hardware refresh in the next edition. But what happens when the manufacturer fails to...

Sony Unveils the Xperia Z5 Flagship Lineup, Specs and Features

At their IFA announcement, Sony took the wraps off the Xperia Z5 Flagship trio: the Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Xperia Z5 Premium. Starting with the first differentiating factor amongst these is the screen size. The Xperia Z5 comes along with a 5.2" 1080p IPS display. The Xperia Z5 Compact comes with a...

The State Of The Internet Of Things

Tech giant IBM has invested $10 billion in research into the field so far and plans to invest a further $3 billion and hire an additional 2000 employees. Which, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, has solidified their place as a significant driving force behind IoT adoption. The company currently has 13 research centers around the...

Flagship Furore – Why the Market Changed

Recent headlines have talked much about the future of smartphones. We hear the phrase "flagship" banded around, a moniker typically reserved for a company's "headline" product release, used to lead the company flag forward into battle in the marketplace. Back in 2009, when Android first began to gain a sensible level of traction, a flagship...

Sony’s Emergence in The Middle: Is The Price Right?

Sony’s Electronics Division is not in its best days, and its smartphone products are seemingly an important cause of this. The Japanese giant’s Xperia line has been on the decline in terms of sales, and these past few months have been particularly damaging to the company due to the Xperia Z4’s market performance. Sony’s Q1...

Sony Brings Android M Dev Preview to 17 Devices

Sony has now released a guide on creating and flashing a test image of AOSP Android M Preview that can be used for any of the 17 Xperia devices listed on their Open Device Program. Although neither the modem or camera have been implemented, the preview is an excellent opportunity to test the new features...

Sony Announces Android 5.1 Update For the Xperia Line

Sony published a list of devices that will get an update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Users of phones and tablets that got the official Android 5.0 already should not be worried as Lollipop will be bumped on those devices in July. The list contains no less than twenty devices that should get the OTA notification before August. Here’s a...