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Android 4.4 Update Rolling Out To Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z

When you gather all these devices together for an update, there's no doubt Sony really loves the letter Z. Apparently it also loves KitKat, because all these devices are about to get their Android 4.4. KitKat updates. It's more than a number in this case – Sony has made some substantial tweaks.

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Sony Announces Xperia A2 For NTT DoCoMo In Japan, May Be The Z2 Compact If It Launches Internationally

Sony has announced the Xperia A2 in Japan, where it will be available for NTT DoCoMo. This is the phone that could potentially be branded as the Z2 Compact if it ships internationally, though it's far more similar to the Z1 Compact in power and size than the Z2. This device appears to be more about offering a more affordable offering than the same device in a smaller package.

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The water and dust resistant Xperia A2 has a 4.3-inch display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage supplemented by a microSD card slot.

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Sony Enables SmartWatch 2 App Developers To Save Battery Life With Low-Power Mode, Create Watch Faces And Widgets

The Sony Smartwatch 2 companion app received an update last month that introduced a new watch face editor and some other enhancements. Now Sony is updating its SDK for developers to take advantage of these goodies. With the Sony Add-on SDK 3.0, developers can enable their apps to run in low-power mode, extending how long a user can go before having to plug in their watch. The change lets the app run in the foreground while the backlight is off.

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[New App] Sony Publishes The Companion App For The BRH10 Mini-Phone, Even Though You Can't Buy One Yet

Today's phones are big. They're practically trying to be HDTVs, which makes it hard to get them into your pants, and even harder to get them out. So Sony is releasing a teeny tiny phone for your phone that can answer calls with a microphone and a speaker. Insert Xzibit joke here. The BRH10 was shown off at Mobile World Congress back in February, and it's on pre-order at a few places, but you can't buy it yet.

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Sony's Unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE Gets A $230 Price Drop To $449.99

The Xperia Z Ultra is an odd proposal from a hardware perspective. The huge 6.4" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM say "high end," while the 8MP rear camera lacking a flash seems a bit down-market. Perhaps that has something to do with possibly tepid sales at the phone's $679 price point... and also Sony's decision to lower it. XperiaBlog reports that the price for the phone has been dropped to $449.99.

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Verizon Xperia Z2 Makes An Appearance On Official Sony Google+ Page, Quickly Pulled [Updated]

Update: Sony has issued this statement on the matter. In short, nothing has officially changed. Look for the unlocked GSM version to appear in the US this summer.

“A mock-up image was mistakenly posted to the Sony Mobile Google+ page. The image has since been removed and we apologize for any confusion this may have caused. For our U.S. customers eager to find out more information about the availability of Xperia Z2, we are excited to share that the device will be coming to the U.S.

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Sony Updates AR Effect Augmented Reality Camera App, Uploads Six New Themes To The Play Store

Megapixels, megashmixels. We could debate for near eternity over which smartphone has the best camera, but sometimes all that really matters is which is the most fun. Sony wants you to think its cameras are, so the company has updated its augmented reality camera app and tossed in an additional six new themes for good measure.

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The AR Effect app lets certain Sony Xperia smartphone owners add objects and effects to their photos, fundamentally altering what is going on in the shot.

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Official PlayStation App Updated With Push Notifications And Profile Photo Uploads

Attention, gamer: your PlayStation playmates can now goad you into multiplayer matches anytime, anywhere. Well, they can if you've got the latest version of the official PlayStation Android app. Last night's update added push notifications for the PSN game-centric social network, according to the official PlayStation blog.

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The bad news is that this feature seems to be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and certain games, at least at the moment.

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Google Drops The Price Of Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition By $200 – Now Only $449 With Free Shipping

The market for gigantic waterproof phones just got a lot more competitive. Google has slashed the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition by $200. That brings the price down from $649 to a much more respectable $449.

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[New App] Sony Publishes Its Own Exclusive Background Defocus Camera App To Google Play

Taking the background in an image and blurring it is currently the big thing in mobile photography. HTC touted the feature when raving about the M8's duo camera. Google added a similar lens blur effect in the camera app it recently uploaded to the Play Store. Samsung, too, unsurprisingly packed this feature in alongside the plethora of others it crams into the Galaxy S5. Now Sony has uploaded its pre-existing effort to the Play Store, where it can more easily roll out future updates.

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