Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Amazon Prime Video arrive in Japan

In Asia, one of the geekiest countries getting all the cool tech stuff first is Japan. Of course, that's not surprising because the Land of the Rising Sun is very advanced especially in technology and robotics. It's no wonder that gadgets and services from the West are heading towards the country before they roll out in other parts of the region.

Sony Xperia Z4 taking up some heat, receives a day-one firmware update

Sony Xperia Z4 has finally landed in Japan. Not that it's expected to be anywhere else but the Japan-exclusive phone is finally available courtesy of NTT DoCoMo. The carrier has released the smartphone Sony Xperia Z4 (SO-03G) so the Japanese consumers can now order online or pick up the phone in stores. It's the same Xperia Z3+ introduced to the rest of the world. There's no key difference except for some improvements in software.

Data shows Japanese spend more in Play Store than we do stateside

A new report by AppAnnie has some interesting statistics about Japanese spending habits in the Play Store. According to their research, Play Store Japan is more lucrative than the US when comparing user spending habits. The Japanese Android user will spend roughly 10% more than their US counterpart, an odd turnaround considering that last year Japan was spending about 40% less that we did stateside.

Sony Xperia Z1 tipped to sport IR blaster, 32 GB storage in Japan

For whatever reason, justified or not, it has become common practice to sometimes have variations of the same device model for different countries. While majority of those differences are usually related to network support, it seems that Sony is making quite a substantial difference in its latest Xperia Z1 flagship exclusively for Japan.
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