Sony has been quiet on the smartphone front this year. Sure, you may be thinking about the flagship devices that the company has launched this year from the Xperia Z range, but there have not been a slew of mid-range and low end efforts in 2014. The ailing giant has gone someway to explaining that by confirming that it will be cutting down on mid-tier and budget smartphones in the future.
Sony launched the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA last week and after getting my hands on both handsets I can say that they are very good. Sony is rolling them out quickly too, with both handsets now available in the UK, where certain retailers are even offering them at very enticing prices.
Sony has been updating plenty of its handsets of late, with the likes of the Xperia M 2 and Xperia Z series all being treated to the latest versions of Android 4.4. However, if you are rocking the Xperia SP, M, L, or C then you can forget about any future support because the Japanese company has cut those devices loose today. Sony confirmed that none of those handsets will get future update beyond today.
Sony has announced today that a whole range of its Xperia Z devices are getting an update to Android 4.4.4, the newest release of Google's mobile OS. The Japanese giant announced the news via its official Twitter account, letting some of its older Xperia Z devices catch up to the newer ones with Android 4.4.4.
If you have been reading these pages over the last month then you probably know all there is to know about the Sony Xperia Z3. The Japanese company launched the handset today at its IFA show in Berlin and while there was admittedly nothing new to learn about the device, it is a very good smartphone flagship nonetheless.
Sony has launched its new Xperia Z3 Compact today at IFA, a smaller version of the also announced Xperia Z3 flagship. As we expected, the new Compact follows the Z2 version by offering a complete flagship experience in a smaller form factor. Simply put, if you want a device with a smaller screen then this could be the one for you, and it is infinitely better than handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and HTC One Mini 2.
Sony has been making wearable devices before its rivals (even Samsung) arrived on the scene, but with Android Wear bringing more companies into the game, the Japanese giant has updated its flagship smartwatch. Announced at IFA in Berlin today, the SmartWatch 3 is Sony's latest wearable and is the first the company has made to run Google's Android Wear platform.
Sony got its IFA underway with its wearables today and the SmartBand Talk got the ball rolling in Berlin. When this device leaked this week I speculated that the Talk meant that this fitness tracker could take calls, but that seemed unlikely. As it turns out the SmartBand Talk can in fact take and make calls thanks to the built in microphone and speaker.
We know plenty about Sony's upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship after several massive leaks revealed all but the finer details of the handset. However, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the smaller version of the device has managed to stay quiet with just a day to go until it is launched. Today though the Compact has showed up for some revealing images that are among the clearest leak shots we have ever seen.
Sony has been open about some its IFA line up, while other products from the company have outright leaked. Last week the company issued an image on its website that showed an unknown wearable, which led to speculation that a SmartWatch 3 would land at the Berlin based trade show later in the week. The seems to be the case as Sony will be launching a new version of its wearable, but will also be rolling out another smartwatch product.