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T-Mobile Updates Its Xperia Z3 To Lollipop, Throws In Band 12 LTE Support For Good Measure

Most over-the-air updates include a few bug fixes, maybe a new bloatware app or two, and are thus not really worth getting excited over. Not so for the latest addition to T-Mobile's customized version of the Sony Xperia Z3. In addition to the long-awaited upgrade to Android 5.0, today's update flips a software switch that enables access to band 12, the 700MHz spectrum that T-Mobile began using for LTE earlier this year.

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[It's A Google I/O Miracle] T-Mobile Xperia Z1s Is Getting Lollipop Right Now

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Microsoft Announces That 20 More OEMs, Including LG And Sony, Will Begin Shipping Office, OneDrive, And Other Productivity Software On Their Android Tablets

Microsoft said today in a blog post that they have added 20 new partners to their roster of those who will ship their software on Android tablets. This comes on the heels of the relatively recent stable release of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for tablets running KitKat or newer. Just earlier this year, Microsoft reached a similar agreement with Samsung, Dell, and several other less-known OEMs. Today's headliners are Sony and LG, but many more are included.

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Sony Reannounces The Japanese Xperia Z4 As The Global Z3+ — Same Snapdragon 810, 5.2" 1080p Display, And Waterproof Body

Sony has just announced the follow-up to its flagship device, the... why does it feel like I've written this story before? Oh, because I have. So a month after making its Xperia Z4 official in Japan, Sony is taking that device and releasing it with a more appropriate name for the global market: Xperia Z3+. Let's face it, the changes compared to the Z3 are minimal enough not to warrant a full number increase, so the switch back to the Z3+ is more honest on the company's behalf.

On the outside, the Z3+ looks almost exactly like the Z3, give or take a few slots and speaker grill placements.

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Sony Adds Experimental Google Cast Support To Its Beta Music App [APK Download]

Sony's decision to drop the Walkman brand from its music app left people strangely upset, but maybe this will cool some hot heads. The latest update of the beta music app adds Google Cast support. It's "experimental," but it's better than nothing.

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Sony Xperia ZL, Xperia Z LTE, Xperia ZR LTE, And Xperia Tablet Z Get Their Android 5.0 OTA Updates

Some of Sony's older hardware (well, relatively speaking, anyway) is getting updated to Lollipop today. If you own an Xperia Z (LTE model), Xperia ZR (LTE model), Xperia ZL, or Xperia Tablet Z, all released in 2013, check your status bar for an over-the-air update. According to Xperia Blog and the always-reliable XDA, all four of these devices are being upgraded as of now. As usual, it may take a few days or even a week or two for the rollout to reach you.

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Image source: XDA user ryany57

The various models range from prolific to somewhat niche, but it seems like the updates are going out to most or all countries simultaneously.

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Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, And Z Ultra Receive Post-Lollipop Firmware Update Bringing Back Close All Apps Button And Fixing A Slew Of Bugs

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Sony Releases An AOSP-Based Recovery For Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra, T2 Ultra, T3, M2, And E3 Phones

Sony is continuing its odd support for modifications and software based on Android's open source core. Today they're releasing a collection of flashable recovery partitions for some phones - technically these count as "custom" recoveries, but they're based on AOSP, and therefore pretty close to what you'd find on Nexus devices. Sony's intro video does state that the recovery can restore data, flash custom ROMs, and boot to multiple ROMs, something that most stock recoveries can't handle.

The new recovery is available on the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3, all of which need to be unlocked at the bootloader level and running the latest "generic" software from Sony.

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Sony Smart Tennis Sensor Now Available Online In North America, Europe, And Other Markets

The Sony Smart Tennis Sensor is obviously a niche device. Do you play tennis? Are you dedicated enough to want to track how fast you swing? Are you willing to pay $200 to do so?

For the person that answers yes to all of these questions, the Smart Tennis Sensor is now available for purchase in parts of North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

Sony demoed off a prototype device two CES shows ago, and sometime after that a consumer-ready product launched in Japan. Now it's coming to other parts of the world.

The Smart Tennis Sensor isn't its own racket—it clips onto the bottom of yours.

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Turns Out The Amazon Instant Video APK From A Sony TV Actually Works Really Well For Other Android TV Devices [APK Download]

Android TV may look different from vanilla Android, but underneath that tiled interface is the same operating system you know and love. That means it's possible to sideload whatever APKs you want. The thing is, without a touchscreen, most of them are pretty useless.

Take the regular Amazon Instant Video app. Besides requiring that you have the general Amazon app installed first, it fails to provide a passable experience on Android TV (which lacks an officially sanctioned Instant Video app because Amazon). You can start and stop content just fine, but fast forwarding or rewinding is a non-starter.

You're better off using the Amazon Instant Video app intended for Sony TVs running Android TV.

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