Sony has always had a considerable presence at CES, the yearly Las Vegas based trade show that in 2015 will be taking place between January 6 and January 9. However, CES is more of a consumer electronics show and smartphones have not featured in Sony's launches in the past, at least not flagships. However, the company is reportedly set to launch the Xperia Z4 as the event in two weeks' time, perhaps leaving the PC game and slowing down its TV output has given Sony space to fill at the event.
Sony has a shed a little light on when it will be updating its high end devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the Xperia team sending a tweet on Wednesday. The company said it is going to start the updating process for both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series of products early next year.
It is not only smartphones and tablets that are starting to get a lick of Android 5.0 Lollipop as wearables are also getting in on the action too. The 5.0 update for Google's Android Wear smartwatch platform has now started doing the rounds and Motorola's Moto 360 is getting the bump today. Aside from Motorola's standard bearer, Sony's SmartWatch 3 is also reported to be landing the update today.
The Sony Pictures hack saga show no signs of abating, and in fact the perpetrators, the so-called Guardians of Peace (GOP), are even hinting at a worldwide cyber terrorism act and that Sony is just the first target. They managed to steal 100 terabytes of data including information on employee salaries, movie scripts and even screening versions of upcoming films that have since been leaked online.
Remember September? It was a busy month for smartphone launches with a slew of new handsets landing on the market. The beginning of 2015 is going to be similar with most Android vendors releasing new flagship devices and we may even get some Windows offerings too. Sony is one of the companies that will be launching a new smartphone flagship, the Xperia Z4.
Sony was one of the first to jump on the wearable trend with its SmartWatch devices, paving the way for other companies. The Japanese brand is now marketing the SmartWatch 3, a wearable that stands alongside Android Wear products with much the same specs and features as each other. However, Sony is apparently ready to spread its wearable wings with another smartwatch, one with an e-paper screen.
Samsung has been discussing its smartphone business in recent weeks falling tumbling profits, but Sony got there first when it said that it would also lower its smartphone output in the future. The Japanese company has expanded on that decision to lower costs by only focusing on key areas of the market.
Sony, like other Android OEM's puts its fair share of proprietary software although the Japanese company keeps its own goodies to a minimum compared to the likes of Samsung. That said, one of Sony's built in Xperia Z3 apps is causing some issues for the company and users of its latest smartphones. It seems that the Backup & Store Android app has been compromised.
Considering Sony releases a new flagship every six months we are never too far away from a rumor concerning the company's upcoming high end releases. The Japanese giant may still be giving its all to the September launched Xperia Z3, but behind the scenes they are in the final development of the next flagship handset, the Xperia Z4. Sony normally rolls out its new smartphone in February, so we are only around two months away from seeing the new device.
If you are rocking an Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, or the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and are in the right place, you can grab some free movies courtesy of Sony. The Japanese company has made three different movies available free of charge for the above mentioned devices, although the offer is only for those living in the US, UK, France and Spain.