Sony announced the Xperia M4 Aqua back in March, but as is the norm for the company there was no announcement on if the handset would launch in the United States. The handset landed in 80 other countries around the world, but Sony has yet to launch the M4 Aqua in the U.S.. That does not mean it is unavailable in the country though as it has arrived unlocked via Amazon and can be bought from today.
Sony has launched its new Xperia Z3+ flagship in the United Kingdom, and continuing a recent trend from the company in that region, there are some free goodies to sweeten the deal. The handset will be available across all major networks and will come a free pair of high-res Sony headphones and a three month subscription to the Jay-Z founded Tidal music streaming service.
We have written before about the success Sony is enjoying with its mobile image sensor business, so much so that it is now the most important part of the company. That may come as a shock for those who remember Sony from even a decade ago, but as a hardware brand the Japanese company is struggling. In imaging it is thriving and with the focus now on camera tech, Sony is considering expanding its operations into China.
T-Mobile is finally getting around to updating its Sony Xperia Z3 version to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the upgrade to start tomorrow (midnight). The fourth largest carrier in the United States has been testing the software since mid-May and is now ready to start pushing it out to Sony Xperia Z3 users around the country.
The shift to Quad HD screen technology is well underway. Starting last year with the LG G3, most major Android vendors have at least one device with 1440p displays, but Sony is one company that is sticking to 1080p Full HD for its flagships. The recently launched Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3+ both came with 1080p and it seems the company is going to stick with the older technology for a while longer yet.
Sony surprised us back last month the launch of the Xperia Z4, a new underwhelming flagship from the company that would be a Japanese exclusive. That left the struggling electronics juggernaut with a flagship sized hole in the market around the world, with only last year's Xperia Z3 flying the high end banner. Sony has now updated the Xperia Z3 by announcing the Xperia Z3+, a handset that pushes the older device closer to a running pace with today?s flagships.
Sony's older flagship models the Xperia Z, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra are all being treated to Android 5.0.2 updates, with the software already being rolled out to the handsets. The newer (although still aging) Xperia Z1 products will be getting firmware 14.5.A.0.270, while the even older Xperia Z devices are receiving version 10.6.A.0.454.
Sony's Xperia smartphone division has been struggling in recent years, losing money while also seeing sales decline across the world. However, in Japan (Sony's home country) the company is the best-selling smartphone manufacturer, with its Xperia brand enjoying huge success. The country has a unique smartphone market, where global leader Samsung struggles to sell devices period, while global struggler Sony thrives.
Sony's Xperia smartphone division is taking a beating recently, bleeding money and failing to find a spark with consumers. Considering Sony makes good devices, it is hard to see why, but the company has even reportedly thought seriously about selling the Xperia brand like it did its VAIO personal computer division last year. However, Sony still has a shot to get back to profit and to make money from mobile phones.
After the very disappointing release of the Xperia Z4 recently, Sony could do with releasing some smartphones that hit the mark. The newly announced Xperia C4 certainly fits the bill, it is a marked improvement over last year's well received Xperia C3. While the C4 is not the true flagship we want from the Japanese company, it does prove itself to be one of the best selfie phones available at the moment.