Sony has been late coming to the Android Lollipop party, but now that the company is moving to Google's newest OS, it is making up for lost time. Just yesterday the Xperia Z3, the company's current flagship, and the Z3 Compact started receiving the update to Android 5.0.2 in Northern Europe. Hot on the heels of that is news that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, and the Xperia Z2 handset are also getting a lick of the Lollipop.
There are still no official signs of Sony's Xperia Z4 flagship, not even a launch date. However, in the wonderful world of smartphone leaks we are now seeing some official renders, or apparent official renders at least. However, this is firmly in the rumor file because Nowhereelse, the image publisher, says that they may not be final designs.
After a couple of weeks of speculation, Sony has confirmed that it is finally updating the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact to Android Lollipop. The company has left it later than most to update its flagship to the newest version of Google's mobile platform, but has been saying in recent weeks that it was coming soon.
Most flagship smartphones have already been bumped to Android 5.0 Lollipop, and in fact some are nearing the Android 5.1 update. However, Sony has been dragging its feet and has yet to upgrade its Xperia Z flagship range to the latest and greatest Android build from Google.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is already shaping up to be an enticingly affordable device with solid specs and a slick design. The handset was launched at MWC earlier in the week and offers mid-range hardware, waterproofing, and a premium feel and look. Sony announced that the device would carry a reasonable retail price of $335, but it seems the handset will be even more affordable.
Sony has denied that the Xperia mobile division is up for sale today, but the company is looking at ways to expand profits. With the company's smartphones struggling to find consistently high sales, it seems that Sony is going to focus on other avenues. That's according to President of Sony Mobile, Hiroki Totoki, who said that the mobile division needs to beef up profits.
Sony has been reportedly thinking of selling its smartphone division. The company has been rumored to be doing just that since last year, and the rumor resurfaced at the start of this year. Sony has never really spoken about it, but it has been clear for some time that the company's mobile output is struggling. Finally the Japanese company has spoken on the subject, but the message seems to be mixed.
Sony kept its flagship Xperia Z4 smartphone for another day and opted not to announce it at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. However, the Japanese company did have a new handset to show off in the form of the Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range device that gets a lot right, including some very slick aesthetics.
Sony may not have had a flagship smartphone to launch at MWC today, but the company did usher in the Xperia Z4 series with announcement of the high end Xperia Z4 Tablet. The flagship slate continues Sony's recent stellar output in this market and will undoubtedly be among the best Android tablets available. It also has a unique calling card as it is the thinnest slate that your hard earned money can buy.
We are just a weekend away from the Mobile World Conference starting, and in the calm before the storm there are a flurry of leaks. While HTC's and Samsung's upcoming flagships are the talk of the smartphone world, Sony will also have a few smartphones making their debut at the expo in Barcelona.