Sony has only recently started rolling out Android Lollipop to the Xperia Z flagship range and the company has been pretty vague about its update schedule. For example, it was widely thought that the company would only upgrade its Xperia Z flagship devices to Lollipop, especially as Sony has not mentioned handsets like the Xperia E3, Xperia C3, Xperia M2, Xperia T3, or the Xperia T2 Ultra. That has changed through.
LG's G4 has passed through benchmarking software and surprised us; now it is the turn of Sony's next flagship, but the Xperia Z4 is exactly what we expected. The handset made its way through GFXBench's suite as the Sony E6553. While that is not the Xperia Z4 by name, the listed specs certainly point to this handset being the upcoming flagship.
While Sony is playing the waiting game before launching the Xperia Z4 flagship, the company did announced the Xperia J1 Compact last week. The handset seems to be a Japan exclusive, but we hope one day Sony will decide to bring its solid specs and dinky size to other shores.
We've been hearing about a new Sony smartphone recently that will apparently play to the selfie crowd, called the Sony Cosmos. This handset will be a replacement for the Xperia C3, a device that also comes with an above averages front facing camera. Today, there is a fresh image of the Cosmos and the front camera module is clear to see.
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.