At its CES 2014 press conference, Sony Mobile announced a new smartphone arriving soon in the United States. Consumers who were waiting on the Xperia Z1 to launch in the states can look forward to the Xperia Z1s launching on T-Mobile later this month.
Sony today is continuing its run of updating its Xperia devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The latest devices include the Xperia Z Tablet, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia ZR. In addition to adding themes, battery improvements, and a new camera UI, the update delivers across the board improvements in graphical performance and transitions. Xperia Tablet Z owners also get the benefit of Restricted Profiles supporting multiple users having unique experiences with their own storage, settings, and home screen layout on the device. The update schedule varies by region and carrier, so not everyone will see an update today.
Sony has announced plans to update its PlayMemories Mobile browser app that connects Sony Wi-Fi cameras to Android or iOS device. In a related note, the company is also gearing up to improve the Cyber-Shot QX lens cameras that connect to Android and iPhone devices.
The Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z ultra won't be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat for a long time, but the phones are being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right now to tide over some anxious users.
Sony upset some US buyers when the company decided to focus its efforts on launching phones first in Europe and Japan, and that strategic decision appears to continue based on the recent FCC visit of its next smartphone, the Xperia Z1 S.
Sony Mobile has outlined its plans for Android 4.4 KitKat, confirming which devices will receive the update to the latest versions of Android, but the company left many questions to be answered.
Japanese conglomerate Sony reported that it lost 19.3 billion yen (US $197 million) during the second quarter of its fiscal 2013. Losses increased in multiple units, but smartphone sales continue to trend upward.
Most of Sony's recent smartphones have so far been available only in Europe and Asia, which was not surprising given CEO Kaz Hurai's recent comments. Beginning today, consumers in the U.S. can finally get their hands on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Sony Xperia Z.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has publicly stated what anyone paying attention to his company for the past five years already knew: the U.S. market is not a priority for Sony's smartphone efforts; Europe and Japan are areas that command the most attention.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra brought Sony into the realm of large-screen phones unlike any before it. Sony was no stranger to above average displays in its Xperia line, but did the Japanese manufacturer manage to find success with it's first "phablet" attempt?