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Sony said to fix development, eying Apple, Samsung

Sony is looking to streamline product development as it prepares to make a hard run at Apple and Samsung in the wake its PC business sell-off, according to a Japan-based report.

The Japanese electronics maker will pare the number of component suppliers to 250 from the current 1,000, Nikkei reported on Thursday.

The problem, as Sony sees it, is competing for parts with Samsung and Apple.

"Sony is said to spend almost 2 trillion yen ($19.5 billion) a year on parts procurement. But rivals Samsung Electronics and Apple reportedly shell out more than double that amount, and … Read more

Sony kicks off Android 4.4 KitKat rollout across Xperia line

Sony has started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat across its Xperia line.

The company on Wednesday announced that the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact are getting KitKat updates starting on Wednesday, though timing and availability vary by market and carrier. Sony said the KitKat upgrade includes the standard interface improvements baked into the mobile OS, along with the company's "tweaked" Status Bar and Quick Settings features. Sony's KitKat installation also includes PlayStation 4-like user interface elements.

Like most mobile vendors, Sony customizes the standard version of Google's Android to … Read more

Sony tempts Xperia smartphone owners with snazzy themes

Love your new Xperia phone's waterproof design but not so much its software UI? Apparently Sony feels your pain. The company has been at it again, touting the virtues of its Xperia Theme Android skins. First announced as part of Sony's Xperia phone upgrade to Android 4.3, the device maker used its official blog today to drum up buzz around the Xperia Theme engine. … Read more

Sony finally puts full weight behind Xperia phones

BARCELONA, Spain -- You would think Sony's mobile executives would be even a little nervous.

After all, for more than the past year, they have been touting one unique feature for a premium smartphone: the ability to withstand dust particles and be dunked underwater.

So there must have been some cause for concern when Samsung said its flagship Galaxy S5 -- unveiled just hours after Sony's own flagship phone and tablet announcement -- would also be resistant to water and dust, right?

Not really.

"We started the waterproof trend," Ravi Nookala, head of Sony's US … Read more

Sony Xperia Z2 takes 4K video and can survive a dunk in the toilet

The Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest flagship super-phone from Sony, replacing the Z1 released last year. The new phone keeps the same aluminium-edged design, sexy glass front and back, Full HD display, quad-core processor and impressive 20.7-megapixel camera. Like its predecessor, it's completely waterproof.

You might wonder then exactly what is new on the Z2.

Well, it has a slightly larger 5.2-inch display, slimmer bezels around the edge, a marginally faster 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor, the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software and a camera capable of capturing 4K video. Although those are … Read more

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 leak hints at thinner profile, KitKat

It looks like Sony might really have a new smartphone and tablet to unveil later this month at the Mobile World Congress.

Less than a month after details of an alleged flagship handset emerged, a fresh leak shows what is purportedly the Xperia Tablet Z's replacement. According to an image and specs tweeted Monday by @evleaks, the tablet's 10.1-inch display will maintain its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. The device also will have a 2MP rear camera.

However, the waterproof body has been squeezed to a thinner 6.4mm (0.25 inch) and is getting a bit more … Read more

Sony, your phones keep on breaking my heart

For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more

Sony dishes out Android 4.3 update to Xperia foursome

Sony this week commenced the Android 4.3 update for a number of Xperia smartphones. Effective Thursday, the Sony Xperia T, TX, V and SP are finally picking up the most current release of Jelly Bean.

In addition to standard features like Project Butter and support for Bluetooth Smart, the updates add in a number of custom Sony touches. The entire portfolio of Sony apps has been enhanced and upgraded: Walkman, PlayMemories, and the Battery Stamina Mode all receive a fresh coat of paint.

Sony has also loaded a custom interface as part of the update, introducing "Xperia Themes&… Read more

Is January the best month to release a product? CNET 100 says maybe

Here's a secret for gadget makers: If you want to get a lot of attention for your new device, release it in January.

The first month of the year heralds CES with all its noise and bluster. But after the show, when the insanity dies down and holiday sales recede into history, the gadget landscape dries out. As we do each month, we used our unique algorithm to rank gadget buzz according to search volume, engagement on CNET, and editors' ratings. This month, the effects of a dry release cycle come into clear relief. The usual suspects are still … Read more

Sony adds option to buy Xperia Z Ultra as a Wi-Fi-only 'tablet'

Sony officially has morphed its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone into a tablet.

Sporting a massive 6.4-inch 1080P display, slightly smaller than 7-inch tablets marketed by companies such as Apple and Samsung, the phablet more closely resembles a tablet than smartphone. Apparently aware of the appeal inherent in using the device without paying monthly wireless network fees, Sony announced Wednesday it will launch a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra.

If there was any doubt as to Sony's intention, the company referred to the new model as a "tablet" in the press release announcing its availability. … Read more