Sony has announced that it is to discontinue its Xperia Z range of Android devices. But there is no need for fans of Sony’s mobile offerings to panic, as the company has confirmed that the Xperia Z Series is to be replaced a new Xperia X line-up, with the first device having already been shown off at the Mobile World Congress trade show.
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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will soon be receiving an update to the latest version of Android. Sony Japan has confirmed that Android 5.1.1 Lollipop will be made available near the end of July.
Sony has moved to support the developer edition of the next version of Android across much of its hardware. The Android M Developer Preview, which was made available by Google for Nexus devices, can now be used on a wide range of Sony Xperia products.
Samsung’s short-term strategy for Tizen is becoming clearer. The company has announced that the platform will be used to power all of its smart TVs released during 2015.
Sony have announced an update programme that will see a number of its devices receive Android 4.4 KitKat, in addition to a range of app and user interface improvements. There is also tighter integration with the company’s non-mobile products, as some design elements of the revised UI have been borrowed from the Sony PlayStation 4.
There is good and bad news for anyone wanting to get their hands on the Sony Xperia Z2 in the UK. High Street retailer Phones 4u have made the smartphone available for pre-order, although if you do not want to pay anything for the handset up front, it will cost a not-particularly-appetising £47 per month over two years.
Sony has taken a very different approach to the likes of Google when it comes to developing Android tablets. The recent trend has been for inexpensive, 7 or 8-inch devices like the Nexus 7 7 or Lenovo S5000, but with the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet a more premium product will hit the shelves.