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Sony Pushing Update To Xperia Z2 With An Assortment Of Performance And Stability Improvements

Sony's latest and greatest is getting a little bit better today as an update for the Xperia Z2 begins making its way out to devices. The Z2 was already on Android 4.4 KitKat, so there's no change on that front. The update (version 17.1.A.2.55) does include a number of notable tweaks and improvements, though.

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Sony Posts Open Source Kernel Files For The Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5322, And XM50h)

Sony's typically quick about releasing the open source underpinnings of its devices. After having announced the Xperia T2 Ultra earlier this year, the company has now made the kernel files for the device available for download. The company's offering these files up for three variants of the device, the D5303, D5322, and XM50h. The software version for the first model is 19.0.1.A.0.207, while the latter two fall under 19.0.D.0.253.

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Sony Smartband SWR10 Is Now On Sale From One Amazon Vendor, Still Up For Pre-Order Elsewhere

One of the many, many wearables we saw at Mobile World Congress is now available for purchase, even if it is a little hard to find. Sony's Smartband SWR10, the company's answer to the Fitbit and similar devices, is now shipping from an Amazon reseller. We're not sure why one Amazon vendor seems to have it before everyone else, even before Sony's own store, but it's there if you want it.

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Sony Makes Xperia Z2 And Z2 Tablet Open Source Kernel Files Available For Download

Sony may not have the best track record when it comes to making its phones available across a wide number of carriers in the US, but it has no problem sharing its open source kernel files on a timely basis. The company officially announced the Xperia Z2 a month ago at Mobile World Congress, and now much of the handset's internal code is available for download on the web.

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These files also apply for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, which Sony also unveiled at Mobile World Congress.

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Sony Xperia M Gets An Update To Android 4.3

It's not KitKat, but at least the Sony Xperia M is getting a little update love from the mothership today. Android 4.3 is rolling out now, but as usual, the exact timing varies by country and carrier. Heading into the update menu and refreshing will pull down the file if your device is eligible.

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Sony Says It Will Continue Using Its Smart Watch Platform Instead Of Android Wear, At Least For Now

It's been scarcely a week since Android Wear exploded into the wearable scene, and everyone's been wondering about what will become of existing smart watch platforms. In the case of Sony's SmartWatch 2 (SW2) and SmartBand, it's full steam ahead. Yes, Sony isn't planning any Android Wear devices right now.

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Sony Begins Android 4.4 Rollout For The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, And Xperia Z Ultra

Sony has been doing an admirable job keeping its Android hardware on the latest releases, and today they're bringing KitKat to three of the newest phones in their lineup. The flagship Xperia Z1, the slightly smaller Xperia Z1 Compact, and the super-sized Xperia Z Ultra all get an Android 4.4 upgrade starting now, according to this Sony Mobile blog post.

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We haven't actually seen any updated devices from tipsters, and Sony makes the usual disclaimer that the rollout may vary by location and carrier.

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[New App] Sony Releases Exclusive 'Voice Balloon Photo' Camera App That Sees What People Are Saying

Sony's released another Xperia-exclusive app into the Play Store, and while this piece of software does extend what your phone's camera is capable of, it isn't quite the Zperia Z1's Timeshift Burst feature that the company posted to Google Play a few months back. This one's just for laughs. Voice Balloon Photo is a dedicated camera app, but rather than improving the quality of your shots, it adds character by capturing the voices around you and turning them into speech bubbles in real-time.

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CyanogenMod Adds Official Support For Sony Xperia Z1 Compact – Nightlies Available Now

Sony's new new smaller-than-average smartphone is getting a bit more appealing for the DIY crowd with official support for CynaogenMod, courtesy of the FXP dev group. Nightly builds for this device are now listed in the CM download portal.

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Sony Opens Up Its Socialife News Reader App To Non-Xperia Devices Running Android 4.1 Or Higher

Sony's Socialife is an attractive app, but it has thus far only found its way into the hands of a limited number of users. This isn't an indictment of its quality. Rather, it speaks to the app's previous exclusivity. The news reader and social network aggregator has only been available for Xperia phones, tablets, and Sony VAIO PCs. Now it's open to any Android device running Jelly Bean or higher. Here it is running on a Nexus 5.

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