Xperia Z1 Stories September 14, 2015

Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact now getting Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

If you’re still using one of Sony’s Xperia Z1 handsets from 2013, this little tidbit is for you. Apparently, Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact handset are getting updated to Android 5.1.1 in some countries (via XperiaBlog). Alongside some really neat updates like richer Xperia themes, several Camera improvements, and new SmartWatch 3 functionality, the update also fixes the vulnerabilities in Stagefright…

Along with the above changes, this update to Android 5.1.1 includes new settings menu icons, “additional options” for WiFi and Bluetooth in the notification pull-down menu, new icons in the Settings menu, LinkedIn integrations for Calendar and Contacts, enhanced enterprise features of some kind, and more. As mentioned, the Camera has also been updated including improvements for focus, speed, and accuracy in “Superior Auto” mode.

Here’s the full change log:

– Improvements to volume and silent mode control, more control of your alerts, simplified and enhanced design – Integration of LinkedIn with your Calendar and Contacts – Camera focus, speed and accuracy improvements in Superior Auto mode – Many new features for Xperia in Business, enhancing enterprise support for Xperia – Now take pictures from the camera using Sony SmartWatch 3; use the SW3 as a remote shutter button – Instant calendar events – create & share smart events directly from any email – Calendar agenda in Email – no need to switch apps to check upcoming events – Richer Xperia themes – New Settings menu icons – Additional options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in notification menu

Xperia Z1 Stories November 6, 2014

Sony testing Lollipop on Xperia Z1/2/3 handsets, developer preview coming soon

If you own an Xperia Z1, Z2 or Z3 handset and are eagerly awaiting an update to Lollipop, Sony announced on its blog that it currently has the latest ASOP version of Android in testing ahead of a planned rollout next year.

This week Google released the source code for Android 5.0; Lollipop – and to celebrate that we have the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version up and running on Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 ….and Xperia Z3

There will be a beta-test program for Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact devices, but the bad news is that this will initially be limited to Swedish owners on the 3 network. Developers, however, will be able to get their hands on the binary files “soon.”

We are working to provide you with the necessary binary files as soon as we can. Once you have them, these binaries can be used as a base for compiling your own custom version of Android, together with source code for AOSP device configuration from the Sonyxperiadev GitHub. Device configurations are already available for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2, these will be updated, and are coming soon for Xperia Z3.

Sony is one of the main contributors to the Android Open Source Project.

Xperia Z1 Stories August 12, 2014

Sony releases six underwater apps for the Xperia Z1

Sony has been making water resistant devices for quite a while now and to capitalize on this particular functionality the company has released a unique suite of underwater-friendly applications. Available to download from Google Play, this somewhat bizarre collection of software is comprised of six apps that showcase what your Sony-made waterproof device can do while submerged under water.

Xperia Z1 Stories August 6, 2014

Android 4.4.4 now available for T-Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z1

Android 4.4.4 is now available to Xperia Z1 owners on T-Mobile’s network. The new software push moves the handset’s build number to 14.4.B.0.37 and adds a few cosmetic changes, along with support for Sony’s SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app.

Xperia Z1 Stories March 19, 2014

Sony announced today on its mobile blog that the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for a few of its new devices has officially kicked off. That means that Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact owners can expect the upgrade soon, although we’ve yet to get reports that the update is available. As always, the timeframe for the update hitting your device will vary by market and carrier.  expand full story

Xperia Z1 Stories January 6, 2014

Earlier tonight during its CES 2014 press conference, Sony took the wraps off of two new Xperia smartphones for the United States market. First off, the company introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact. Sony pointed out that this is no the “mini” version of its Xperia Z flagship, as it thinks that mini phones are just “watered down.” According to the company, this device has “no compromises.”

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