Sony was the last major Android OEM which continued to include a headphone jack on its flagship devices. That was until the company unveiled the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018.
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Sony launched the voice-assistant powered Xperia Ear back in late 2016. Since then, we’ve seen multiple voice assistant guided smart Bluetooth headphones, including Google’s Pixel Buds. Sony has now unveiled the Xperia Ear Duo, consisting of two ear buds instead of just one. These headphones will break cover in May with a price tag of $280.
Sony today unveiled its latest flagship smartphones with a new design language: the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Both phones come with minimal bezels surrounding their display and the latest and greatest internals that you’d expect from a 2018 flagship.
Sony is the sole Android OEM out there that is yet to release smartphones with an 18:9 aspect ratio display and minimal bezels at the front. With even budget Android phones now coming with full view displays at the front, it was puzzling to see Sony release smartphones with huge bezels at the front.
Apart from Google, no other major Android OEM has ever provided any word on their official Android update policy. Sony, however, is bucking the trend and has provided an official statement on its Android upgrade policy for its devices.
Sony today provided a list of Xperia devices which it will be updating to Android 8.0 Oreo. The company’s announcement only provides a list of devices that will be getting the update, with no mention on when users of these handsets should expect the handset to land.
Smart speakers are all the rage among OEMs. While smart speakers have exploded in popularity, they still have a long way to go. Joining Apple, Anker, Google, and other OEMs, Sony today unveiled its own smart speaker: the LF-S50G.
Sony today became the first OEM to announce smartphones running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are successors to the Xperia XZ and X Compact from last year. Among other things, the new handsets feature a refreshed camera setup which Sony hopes will help garner consumer interest in its smartphone lineup once again.
Back in May 2016, Sony launched the Xperia X in the United States, but with an odd omission — the fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button was disabled. While the exact same Xperia X’s biometric feature worked perfectly fine in other countries, it was baffling why the Japanese phone maker would do such a thing. And it wasn’t the first time either, the Sony Xperia Z5 launched many months before also had it disabled. When pressed for an answer, the company suggested that “due to business decisions” they had to “leave it out”. While that answer was unconvincing, today we finally know that a patent issue might have been the reason.
Sony’s smartphone business continues to struggle, but the company has still not given up on its Xperia lineup as it keeps launching new smartphones every six months. Now, as a part of its investor conference presentation in Tokyo, Sony has announced that it will no longer be launching ‘Premium Standard’ phones.