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Sony Now Supports AOSP Android Builds On All 2014 Qualcomm-Based Phones

Sony hasn't always been the best at updating its phones, but the company does have a commitment to AOSP unlike most others. It contributes a lot of code to Android, and developers are encouraged to tinker with unlocked devices. In fact, Sony has just announced support for AOSP on the Xperia E3 and Xperia T3, meaning all Qualcomm-based phones from 2014 can run pure Android with very little hassle.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Drops To About $430 On Amazon ($70 Off Retail)

There aren't many premium Android tablets worth your money, but Sony has some solid hardware and the software isn't bad either. You don't even have to settle for one of those clunky 10.1-inch monsters. The Z3 Tablet Compact is an 8-inch tablet with great specs, and the price is getting pretty attractive at Amazon ($430 from about $500).

2014-12-10 01_16_03-Amazon.com_ SONY XPERIA Z3 TABLET COMPACT 16GB (WHITE) SGP611GB 8.0_ INCH WI-FI

In case you're unaware, the Z3 Tablet Compact has an 8-inch 1920x1200 LCD, 4500mAh battery, Snapdragon 801, and 2GB of RAM.

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The Sony Z Ultra Is The Latest Google Play Edition Device To Get A Lollipop OTA Update

The one Nexus-style smartphone that's even bigger than the N6 is getting its Android 5.0 update today. At least a few owners of Sony's Z Ultra (nee Xperia) Google Play Edition are getting over-the-air updates to Lollipop, as evidenced by this XDA thread. Conveniently, one of those fine folks has found the link to OTA ZIP file, so you can download and flash it manually to your own phone if you don't want to wait for the rollout.

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[Update: Gone] Sony's Backup & Restore System App Compromised Via The Play Store

Update: The app has been removed from the Play Store. Good job, Google/Sony/users who flagged the app.

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Oh dear. The folks at XperiaBlog got a nasty shock when checking the My Apps section of the Play Store on an Xperia Z3: the Backup & Restore app (a default application pre-installed on the phone) seems to have been compromised. A Play Store page has been added for the app, and now shows "Nirav Patel Kanudo" as the publisher.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Excellent Battery Life, Acceptable Design

Sony was already an experienced veteran of the smartwatch market when Android Wear was announced. Of course, I don't mean that they were experienced selling them—oh, goodness no. Sony sure did make smartwatches, though. When asked if there would be an Android Wear device in Sony's portfolio, the company said it would continue to do its own thing. Well, that didn't last long. The SmartWatch 3 is essentially a beefed up version of Sony's past smartwatches running Android Wear, and that could make it a potent competitor in the burgeoning wearable wars.

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Sony Releases AOSP Lollipop Source Code And Driver Binaries For Xperia Z Phones

Sony is making it easier to get AOSP ROMs up and running on its flagship devices with a few goodies for developers. After showing off stock Android 5.0 running on the Xperia Z3 recently, the company has posted source code and binaries for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.

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[Deal Alert] New Unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 For $399.99 From eBay Daily Deals

Sony is releasing flagship smartphones at a furious pace. Barely six months after the Xperia Z2 was announced, the Z3 is already here. If you don't need to have the absolute latest and greatest, there's a good deal on the Z2 today. Just $399.99 gets you a new unlocked device compatible with US LTE bands.

2014-11-11 15_29_15-Sony Xperia Z2 D6503 Factory Unlocked Quad Core Smartphone New _ eBay

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Sony SmartWatch 3 Becomes Latest Android Wear Device To Go Live In The Play Store

The Sony SmartWatch 3 has occupied a spot in the Play Store since mid-October, where it has sat priced at $249.99 and marked as "coming soon." Soon means now, as the watch has gone live. You can still find it at the same link and for the same price, only now it's available for purchase.

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The watch is more fitness-oriented than the other options in the Play Store, eschewing a metal frame and any attempt at luxury in favor of a plastic band that covers everything except for the screen.

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Sony Shows Off AOSP Lollipop Builds For The Xperia Z1, Z2, And Z3

Sony's back to its AOSP tricks, working to release some functional (if not exactly ideal) versions of the latest release of Android based on open-source code. This time they've quickly put together Android Open Source Project builds for the flagships of the last two years: the Xperia Z1, Z2, and Z3. You can see the bone-stock builds running in the video below.

As always with Sony's developer promotions, these builds aren't intended for end users - they aren't provided with any kind of promise for reliability or functionality.

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Sony Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Update Adds PS4 Remote Play, Hi-Res Audio, Camera Apps, And More

Sony is very serious about giving PlayStation 4 owners the ability to play their console without actually playing with their consoles, so the company is expanding its remote play functionality to more devices. The required app hit the Play Store just last week, but it only worked for the Z3 line of devices. Now that's gradually changing.

Following the latest over-the-air update, the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will be able to share in the experience.

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