Z Ultra 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

Z Ultra Stories July 31, 2013

Sony Xperia Z Ultra launching on 12th September

The launch date of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra has been confirmed as 12th September, reports AndroidCentralPricing starts at $799 off contract, putting it head-to-head with the Samsung S4 and HTC One – pretty tough competition.

Sony is billing it as the world’s largest HD smartphone, with a 6.44-inch 1080p display, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE, 8MP rear facing camera and 16GB of internal storage upgradeable with microSD card. Like the Z it replaces, the Z Ultra is also water- and dust-resistant.

Interestingly, we were originally expecting the handset to launch in July, and at least one supplier appears to have them in stock already.

We spoke to the folks at Negri Electronics about the Xperia Z Ultra, and they have models in purple and white, starting at $799 USD — and they are in stock right now.

Sony’s overlays are not usually the best (to put it mildly), so we’ll be interested to see how this one stacks up, along with its mini version, the Xperia i1.

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