Sony Stories April 28

Sony pulled a profit on its Xperia smartphones for the first time since 2017

The smartphone world keeps consolidating into just a handful of major brands, and frankly, Sony is not one of the brands we thought we’d still be talking about in 2021. Unexpectedly, though, Sony just managed to squeeze out a profit on Xperia phones for the first time in a few years recently.

Sony Stories April 26

After making its debut earlier this week, the latest version of the Android TV homescreen is expanding to a major part. The Android TV “Discover” homescreen is now rolling out to Sony Bravia TVs.

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Sony Stories April 14

Xperia 5 and 10 III complete Sony’s 2021 smartphone lineup

Alongside the Xperia 1 III, Sony also officially launched the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III to complete the Japanese firm’s smartphone lineup for 2021.

Sony has just unveiled the firm’s 2021 flagship, the Xperia 1 III, with some pretty notable hardware, including what is the first 120Hz 4K display on an Android smartphone.

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Sony Stories March 30

After launching on the new Chromecast last year, Google TV is seeing its first expansion. Sony Bravia TVs are now available in the United States with Google TV on board.

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Sony Stories March 9

Sony’s efforts in the mobile space over the past few years may have been a mixed bag overall, but the Xperia 5 II — and Xperia 5 prior — is easily the best in recent memory for a number of reasons.

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Sony Stories January 27

[Update: Xperia 10 II] Android 11 begins rolling out for Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5

After announcing the Android 11 roadmap for devices including the original Xperia 1 and 5, Sony has now started the official rollout of the OS upgrade for both devices.

Sony Stories January 26

Sony’s smartphone lineup has not been particularly successful, especially in the United States, but now the company is trying something new. The Sony Xperia Pro is a phone made for professionals, and it comes in with a cost of $2,500.

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Sony Stories January 24

Small phones are likely making a comeback thanks to Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini, and as it turns out, one of the most popular is being revived, too. According to the reliable @OnLeaks, Sony is bringing back the Xperia Compact for 2021.

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Sony Stories January 21

Sony may still be struggling to maintain a foothold in the smartphone space, but that isn’t stopping the release of new devices. Renders of the upcoming Sony Xperia 10 III have been shared online showcasing a familiar design and hinting at some internal inclusions.

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Sony Stories January 7

Sony has been using Google’s Android TV platform for over six years now, but going into 2021, the company is making an adjustment. On all of its new releases going forward, Sony will adopt the new Google TV interface that was first launched with the latest Chromecast.

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Sony Stories December 14, 2020

After confirming the official Android 11 road map in recent weeks, Sony has now set the ball rolling with the OS upgrade now heading out for Xperia 1 II devices.

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Sony Stories October 26, 2020

Sony’s new PS5 controller works with Android but not without some issues

Google might have its own gaming platform but there is no end of simmering interest in the upcoming PS5. As review units go out, we now know that the PS5 controller works with Android right out of the box.

Sony Stories October 14, 2020

Apple TV+ has been around for nearly a year at this point and, back at the service’s launch, the Apple TV app was confirmed to be coming to Sony’s Android TV models. Following a false start earlier this year, that app is finally available starting today.

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Sony begins rolling out Android Pie to 30 older TV models

Sony has confirmed that it will be rolling out Android Pie to 30 of its older-generation Bravia and non-Bravia smart TVs from 2016 or later.

Sony Stories September 22, 2020

Sony Xperia Play 2 prototype gives us a glimpse at the canceled gaming phone

Years after the original Sony Xperia Play was let out to pasture, an alleged Xperia Play 2 prototype has surfaced online showing what appears to be the canceled gaming-focused smartphone.

Sony Stories September 17, 2020

Sony has officially announced a follow-up to last year’s Xperia 5 in the form of the Xperia 5 II, which comes with some notable upgrades.

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Sony Stories August 26, 2020

A few days after releasing an exclusive Japan-only Xperia 1 II model, Sony has unveiled the Xperia 8 Lite — another Japanese exclusive smartphone.

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Sony Stories June 12, 2020

Sony brings overdue Android TV Oreo update to its 2015 Bravia 4K models

Sony has been one of the biggest partners for Google’s Android TV platform for years now, but it can sometimes be pretty slow when it comes to updates. Now, a couple of years after it was released, Sony is finally rolling out Android TV Oreo to some of its oldest Bravia models.

Sony Stories May 25, 2020

[Update: Launching July 24] Sony Xperia 1 II pre-orders open in US starting at $1,198, still ‘coming soon’

As Sony struggles to maintain any sort of foothold in the smartphone market, it’s probably some sort of good news that the Xperia II has opened for pre-orders in the US.

Sony Stories May 21, 2020

May 2020 security patch now rolling out for Sony Xperia 1, 5, XZ2, and XZ3

Sony is now pushing out the May 2020 security patch for a series of Xperia devices including the Xperia 1, Xperia 5, the XZ2, and XZ3.

Sony Stories May 8, 2020

Sony Xperia 10 series gets its Android 10 update w/ March security patch

Last year, Sony revamped its smartphone design with the Xperia 10 and Xperia 1, two new smartphones that introduced 21:9 displays and interesting designs. Now Sony is rolling out Android 10 for its mid-range Xperia 10 series.

Sony Stories April 16, 2020

Netflix certifies more Android smartphones from Oppo, Sony, and Xiaomi

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services in the world, but it can be a little picky with what hardware it can run on. This week, Netflix has added HD and HDR10 support to a handful of devices from Oppo, Sony, and Xiaomi.

Sony Stories February 24, 2020

The Sony Xperia 10 II is an updated mid-ranger w/ Snapdragon 665, 4GB RAM, more

Alongside the Xperia 1 II, Sony has also updated its lineup by announcing the Xperia 10 II (or Mark 2).

Sony has officially announced the Xperia 1 II (or Mark 2) even despite the cancellation of its MWC 2020 appearance due to coronavirus concerns.

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Sony Stories February 20, 2020

The Sony Xperia L4 is a budget phone w/ 21:9 notched display, triple camera, and Android Pie

Sony has officially launched the budget-friendly Xperia L4 which might actually be an interesting entry into the affordable Android smartphone space.

Sony Stories February 10, 2020

Sony has withdrawn from MWC 2020 amid the growing novel coronavirus concerns that have overshadowed one of the biggest tech events of the year.

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Sony Stories January 28, 2020

The Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 now receiving the January 2020 security patch

Sony is now rolling out the January 2020 security patch for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5.

Sony Stories January 22, 2020

Finding a flagship phone in compact form is something that has become increasingly difficult as OEMs steadily move to building more oversized devices. However, Sony has persisted with their now-defunct “Compact” series, and more recently the Xperia 5.

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Sony Stories January 11, 2020

[Update: Rollout appears suspended] Android 10 rolling out for the Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium

Android 10 is now rolling out for a trio of Sony Xperia devices, with the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium all receiving the full OTA upgrade.

Sony Stories January 9, 2020

Noise-canceling headphones are becoming the go-to accessory for many smartphone owners, and the Sony WH-XB900N headphones might be the best value option for those wanting great audio and the ability to block out the background noise.

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Sony Stories January 6, 2020

Despite the troubles facing the Sony Mobile Division, according to the latest set of renders, the firm is set to launch a new Xperia 5 Plus handset.

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Sony Stories December 5, 2019

As per a previous Android 10 roadmap for Sony devices, it appears that the OS update is rolling out for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 right now.

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Sony Stories December 4, 2019

Sony is perhaps the biggest name currently using Google’s Android TV platform in consumer products, and this week it’s rolling out a big update. Several of Sony’s 2018 and 2019 Bravia TVs are getting updates with Pie, AirPlay 2, and more.

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Sony Stories November 15, 2019

Sony’s Android 10 roadmap includes 8 devices w/ updates starting next month

Android 10 has seen pretty quick adoption compared to some previous updates and there are many OEMs preparing their rollouts. Today, Sony has announced its Android 10 roadmap for several devices.

Sony Stories October 30, 2019

Apple TV app arrives on Android TV by way of some Sony models

Apple is pushing its way into the streaming TV market and that means debuting apps on other platforms. This week, the Apple TV app has made its way over to Android TV, at least on select Sony Bravia models.

Sony Stories October 7, 2019

The Sony Xperia 8 is a Japanese exclusive mid-ranger

Sony Mobile has quietly announced the brand new Xperia 8 smartphone but the mid-range device is only expected to be available in the company’s native Japan.

PS4 Remote Play support coming to all Android phones later this week

Sony has confirmed that PS4 Remote Play is set to come to all Android phones running Android 5.0 and later this week as part of the console’s version 7.00 system update.

Sony Stories October 2, 2019

Reuters: Samsung and Sony are no longer making smartphones in China

According to a report from Reuters, Samsung and Sony are both ceasing smartphone production in China due to increased competition.

Sony Stories September 10, 2019

Sony has unveiled the Xperia 5 at an IFA 2019 keynote, with the device aiming to provide a smaller form-factor experience without sacrificing power or specs.

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Sony Stories September 9, 2019

Sony has decided that we need a smaller, cheaper alternative to the not-so-popular Xperia 1. So for that reason, they have brought us the slightly more palatable Sony Xperia 5.

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Sony Stories September 4, 2019

[Update: Xperia 5] Sony teases new, smaller Xperia for IFA that fits in ‘the palm of your hand’

Small phones are hard to find nowadays, even from Sony, which has offered several options in the past for those wanting flagship specs in a smaller form factor. This week, an official teaser from Sony hints at a new Xperia Compact for 2019 that “fits in the palm of your hand.”

Sony Stories August 31, 2019

Sony is wasting no time in trying to build upon the refreshed Xperia line with the rumored Sony Xperia 2 leaking in press photos ahead of a potential unveiling at IFA next week.

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Sony Stories August 14, 2019

Sony Xperia 1 now available w/ Alexa built-in for $849 on Amazon

The Sony Xperia 1 is a device that’s known best for its super-tall 21:9 display. Today, Amazon has announced that the Xperia 1 will be its latest Alexa hands-free smartphone, and it’s going to be $100 off to celebrate.

Sony Stories July 26, 2019

Some Sony TVs lose Amazon Prime Video in September, but not Android TV models

Amazon Prime Video has only been available widely on Android TV for a couple of weeks now, but it’s been on Sony’s TVs for quite a while. Sony has recently confirmed that the Amazon Prime Video app on some of the company’s older TVs will stop working, and that’s caused some confusion for owners of the company’s newer Android TV models.

Sony Stories May 22, 2019

Sony’s smartphones are ‘necessary,’ will focus on just four markets going forward

Sony has never been and probably won’t ever be a big name in the smartphone world, but the company keeps pushing every year. Today, Sony’s CEO has defended the company’s smartphone business, calling it a “necessary” component of its hardware business.

Sony Stories May 16, 2019

Sony Xperia 1 arrives in the United States on July 12th w/ Verizon compatibility

Sony’s flagships have never been super popular in the United States, but even with that in mind, it’s been strange that the Xperia 1 has taken so long to hit the US market. Today, Sony has announced release and pricing details for its flagship in the States.

Sony Stories May 15, 2019

Sony Xperia 20 leaks in new renders w/ familiar 21:9 design, fingerprint sensor in power button

Sony tried out something new this year with its Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 smartphones. The new devices were the first to bring in very tall 21:9 displays to mobile smartphones, and it looks like that’s sticking around for the future releases as well. This morning, we’ve got a potential first look at the Sony Xperia 20 in a new round of leaks.

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