Sony is known to be one of the leading OEMs to support the third-party Android development community for its devices. This is evident from the AOSP for Xperia program from the company, where it offers a stock AOSP build of the latest version of Android for its selected devices.
Sony Xperia Z1: Specs, Apps, News, Features & Reviews
Sony today announced that it will start rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update for its Xperia Z series of devices from July.
It has been less than two days since Google released a new version of Lollipop with bug fixes and enhancements, and Sony has already gone ahead and uploaded new Android 5.1 binaries for devices that it supports under its ‘AOSP for Xperia’ program.
Sony releases Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP source code and binaries for the Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z3 series
Earlier today, Sony released the required binaries and uploaded the source code of an AOSP build of Android 5.0 Lollipop for most of its high-end Xperia Z devices, including the Xperia Z1 and Z3 series.
In a classic case of hell freezing over, Sony has started rolling out the latest version of Android to some of its devices before any other manufacturer. Android 4.4.4 is now available for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra, merely a week after Google released the update for Nexus phones and tablets.
The Xperia Z2 is the sole handset from Sony that is capable of recording videos in 2160p resolution as well as in slow-motion mode. Thanks to some XDA developers now, owners of Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact can also get these features on their devices.
Sony is offering a nice little bonus for users of the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1 smartphones. According to this new promotion by the company, users of the two handsets will get access to apps and “experiences” worth $350 for free. Unfortunately, a bulk of these apps are only available for the Xperia Z2, indicating that Sony is favoring users of its latest flagship.
Japanese manufacturer Sony has finally begun the much awaited Android 4.4 KitKat rollout for its flagship devices like the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact as well as the Z Ultra. The update will begin seeding immediately and could take a day or two to reach every compatible device around the world.
The Sony Xperia Z2 might be known for its camera or the new 1080p Triluminos display, but the device is also touting a vastly superior S-Force Front Surround Sound speakers. And to further ascertain the true performance of these speakers, a couple of sites have compared it with its predecessor, the Xperia Z1, as well as the HTC One, which sports one of the best speakers in the market.
I have to confess to not always agreeing with industry trends. Non-expandable storage and sealed batteries come near the top of my list here. But there’s one trend I heartily approve of – the possibility to get smaller versions of flagship phones. Except you usually don’t – you get a very watered down version that’s 30% smaller but 200% less satisfying. The exception, featured here, is the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. While by no means perfect, at least you can’t accuse Sony on skimping on the internals….