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Sony To Release New Bootloaders That Allow Devices To Boot From Recovery, Making Custom ROM Development Much Easier

Sony has recently been among the friendlier companies for custom ROM developers, but their devices still had a major hitch. They could not be booted from recovery, which meant third-party software had to modify the build system and if things went wrong, it was a lot more difficult to fix. To address this issue, Sony will begin releasing new bootloaders to allow booting from recovery.

This was first reported at FXP, home to developers who work exclusively with Sony devices to bring custom ROMs like CyanogenMod to end users.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Again Available From T-Mobile Website, But With Price Reduced To $500

Earlier this month, a tweet from T-Mobile's official Twitter account said that the Sony Xperia Z3 was no longer available from the carrier, and the phone was nowhere to be found on its website. Instead, searches redirected to refurbished Sony devices. This news came less than half a year after the phone's October release.

As it turns out, the representative managing the account may have been going off the same information available to consumers, that the phone was not listed on the website at the time.

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Sony Says Upcoming Android Wear 5.1 Update Will Also Include Adjustable Font Size And 'Pop-Up Notifications'

Google announced a new update for Android Wear earlier today, but it conveniently failed to tell us the version number. While I'm sure we all assumed it would be 5.1, Sony has confirmed that and added a few more things Google apparently forgot to tell us.

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Sony Xperia Z4 Announced In Japan With Snapdragon 810, 1080p 5.2" Screen, IP68 Waterproofing With Cap-Less USB Port, And Sony's Signature Design

Back at MWC, while everyone was waiting for Sony to announce its follow-up flagship, the Xperia Z4, the company decided to keep it under wraps and instead unveiled the mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua and the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Today, the phone has finally been made official in Sony's home turf of Japan during a press conference that made all of the Z4's details public but left out any information regarding its global release or price.

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The Xperia Z4 follows the same design as its predecessors, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. The squarish shape, metal frame, and glass back are part of the brand's identity, but at the same time they're iterative and have become boring.

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Sony Lollipop Rollout Hits Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact, And Z Ultra

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[Update: OTA ZIP File] Sony Z Ultra GPE Getting OTA To Android 5.1

If you've been following Google's Android 5.1 rollout, it's no secret that the release to GPE devices is well underway. So far we've seen the stock Android variants of the Moto G, LG G Pad 8.3, and HTC One M8 get the update, and now it's time for Sony's massive Z Ultra GPE to have its turn in the sun.

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The build is LMY47D and it's not entirely clear yet how big the OTA is. We don't have a link to the actual ZIP file yet, but once we do, we'll post it here.

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Sony Begins Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Android Lollipop Global Rollout

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[Deal Alert] Sony SmartWatch 3 Available For $169.99 On Ebay Daily Deals- Lowest Price Ever

The Sony Smartwatch 3 is one of the most compelling options among currently available Android Wear devices. Its comfort, water resistant body, great outdoor visibility, and inclusion of features such as GPS and NFC set it apart as the best Android Wear option for fitness and outdoor enthusiasts.

If the compelling features weren't enough to entice you before, a new low price may increase the watch's attraction. The SW3 is currently available on Ebay Daily Deals for just $169.99. That’s $80 dollars off retail and $30 lower than it has ever been listed before. In other words — it’s a freaking steal!

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Sony Xperia Z4 Leaks Pick Up As T-Mobile Halts Sales Of The Z3

It would seem Sony is still engaged in the bizarre ritual of releasing a slightly tweaked version of its flagship smartphone every six months or so. The alleged Xperia Z4 has leaked repeatedly in recent days, and now it looks like T-Mobile might know something we don't. The carrier won't sell you a Z3 anymore, because apparently that phone is yesterday's news.

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Sony Acquires OnLive Game Streaming Tech, Service Will Shut Down On April 30th

After almost going offline in 2012 in the midst of a complete restructuring, OnLive has confirmed the sale of most of its assets to Sony. The deal does not include any continuation of the service, so after five years of streaming, OnLive's gaming service will shut down on April 30th. It's okay, though. You probably weren't using it, thus the reason for the sale.

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OnLive was one of the first companies to try commercializing game streaming. It started with support for PCs, then expanded to phones, tablets, streaming boxes, and some TVs. OnLive's website has been updated with a notice of the shutdown.

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