When it comes to update roadmaps, manufacturers seem to miss their target rollout dates more often than not, so it's always a nice surprise when an update shows up early. Sony is now sending out the Android 11 update for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 in some markets, earlier than the February date originally given (and even ahead of the newer Xperia 5 II).
Premium Sony phones like the Xperia 5 II are hard to review. They're made for a very specific demographic — one so specific as to comprise roughly zero percent of the market. They're made for people who want both niche features like a physical shutter button and features that used to be common but now aren't, like headphone jacks, expandable storage, and displays without notches or hole-punches.
And that's fine! If you're a member of that subset of a subset of consumers, you'll probably like the Xperia 5 II very much. But the phone costs $950, which, after a barn burner of a year for very competent phones that cost $800, $700, $600, and less, is a bitter pill to swallow.
Sony has taken the wraps off two new premium wireless home speakers: the RA5000 and the RA3000. The RA5000 is the one you see above, and it's kind of hard to deny its resemblance to an electric razor. Artem argues it looks like a set of atabaque drums.
Google TV is the latest iteration of Google's smart TV software, having made its debut on the latest Chromecast a few months back. Sony's new Bravia XR TVs are among the first to arrive with Google TV built-in, and they have some other noteworthy features as well.
Sony's WF-1000XM3 are considered a market leader when it comes to true wireless noise-canceling earbuds. Sadly, their MSRP is relatively high, but you can now save $72 on them and pay just $158 thanks to this deal, which is the lowest they've sold for so far.
Sony used to be one of the quickest manufacturers around when it came to releasing major Android updates, but the company has definitely slowed down in recent years. Sony didn't start rolling out Android 10 until December of last year, and now its Android 11 schedule is starting off on the same foot.
Sony may not be great at selling smartphones, but it has been doing a pretty fine job of acquiring anime streaming companies. It bought Funimation in 2017, and now it looks like another deal might be closing soon that would bring Crunchyroll into the Sony stable at a price approaching one billion dollars.
When Android 11 was officially released back in August, it brought a lot of neat new features to phones. But as usual, the update hasn't rolled out to many existing handsets yet due to how different OEMs handle the upgrade process. Now Sony fans have something to look forward to, as the company has announced when a few Xperia devices will begin to see Android 11's goodies headed their way.
Most of us will be having a pretty quiet holiday this year, but if you want it to be even quieter, you might be looking for some noise-canceling headphones. If you want a pair, but don't want to shell out the big bucks, you're in luck: Sony's WH-XB900N noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones are on sale for just $118 ($60 off) at multiple retailers.
Sony may not be among the most popular Android OEMs, but that doesn't mean its phones are subpar. We called the Xperia 1 Sony's best phone yet in our review last year, and now you can pick it up from Amazon for just $550 — and that's not all. This bundle also includes the top-tier XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation