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Sony launches Concept for Android initiative for 500 users in Sweden

We don’t know exactly why Sweden and what’s with mobile users over there, but they are the “chosen country” for Sony to launch their new Concept for Android initiative. It is actually the OEMs own take on an original concept operating system, but still based on the current Android 5.1 Lollipop that their device is running on. Sony said this is part of their plan in "ensuring our products and services are as good as they possibly can be.”

Sony to roll out two new premium smartphones

No official announcement yet but Sony is said to be introducing a pair of high-end smartphones before the IFA opens in September. Rumor has it that the devices will be part of a new series, which means they won't have the Z, M, E, or C in their names. I know some of you were disappointed about the Sony Xperia Z4 (aka Xperia Z3+ in other areas) but the new series could probably be the reason why there's no new Z model this year. Perhaps Sony was just busy with the new model that the company really didn't have the time to focus much on the Z series.

Sony Xperia Z3+ users go DIY to battle heat and throttling issues

Qualcomm will have to own up to this at some point, but the performance issues that haunt the Snapdragon 810 processor are forcing Sony Xperia Z3 Plus users to extreme measures. It might be that the current Sony flagship shipped with the initial SD810 batch, that is why it suffers from performance throttling issues when the processor heats up. But it shouldn’t come to this – the smartphone’s users turning to DIY solutions like aluminum foil to combat the heating.

Android 5.1 Lollipop rolls out to Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

If you own a Sony Xperia Z2 or Z3 series phone or tablet, we’ve got some good news coming your way. Sony just announced that they are rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that you guys have been expecting for a while now. Along with the new firmware, of course, are new goodies and features for everybody.

Enabling ‘My Xperia Theft Protection’ may brick your Sony Xperia device

“My Xperia Theft Protection” (MXTP) is one of the new features found in the more recent devices of the Sony Xperia line – namely the Xperia Z4/Z3+, the Xperia Z4 Tablet, and the Xperia C4 and Xperia M4 Aqua. MXTP is unique in such a way that it offers bootloader level security to your device – in layman’s terms, this will not allow a thief to just wipe your device clean or flash a new ROM without knowing your Google login.

Stream games from Sony Xperia through Twitch and live screen streaming

For those who aren't into "serious" mobile gaming, the idea of streaming your game live to other people while you're playing it may seem strange. But those who are into that sort of thing know how fun and even useful it can be. Sites like Twitch have been all over that community, becoming available on more and more platforms. Now Sony is partnering with them to enable Xperia Z3+, Z4, Z4v, and Z4 tablet owners to live stream their games to the Twitch network through the Live screen streaming app.

Sony updates Folding@Home to help research in cures for diseases

Who knew that your smartphone can actually someday literally save lives? A groundbreaking app from Sony is being used by scientists involved in research of diseases like breast cancer, Alzheimer's, and some infectious diseases like ebola. They use your smartphone's processing power in order to help protein folding research as there is a huge amount of power needed to " simulate the complex movements of proteins as they change shape." The latest update from the Folding@Home app helps researchers reach that goal easier than before.

‘Play!’ is a PlayStation 2 emulator project for Android

Don’t tell us that this hasn’t crossed you mind, sitting there with a robust smartphone like the OnePlus One, the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I could play Final Fantasy X on my Android device?” For most hardcore gamers, this will have happened, at some point in time or another. There isn’t a stable emulator for the PlayStation 2 on Android YET, but it’s not stopping Jean-Philip Desjardins, a hobbyist programmer, from trying.
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