Android Community Weekly Digest: Jun. 14, 2015

Another week has gone by and things have rather been silent in the Android world, save for a few wrinkles and moans of exasperation in some corners. Can you guess why? Yep, it was Apple's turn to take the stage but even Cupertino could not deny the presence of Android. Or could it? Regardless of intentions, Apple had two surprises for us this week. In the meantime, Sony seems to be flip-flopping a bit and while LG launched its much awaited and much hyped G4 flagship in the US, some mysterious things are happening with it on AT&T and T-Mobile. Weekly Android Community's Weekly Digest for June 8 to 14, 2015.

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.

Sony Xperia Z3+ heating issues, camera modes shown off

We’re no longer waiting for the Sony Xperia Z3 follow up because the Xperia Z4 which was unveiled in Japan is now the Xperia Z3+. We’ve explained to you why it was introduced as the Xperia Z3+ to the rest of the world. Reason for the name change is to focus on individual markets and in Japan, people always want the latest features in flagship phones. Since Sony is dominant in the the Japanese market, it needs to impress the consumers all the time.

MXTP puts Xperia in lockdown mode under suspicious circumstances

While features like Android Device Manager and Sony's own My Xperia are helpful in trying to locate, ring, or lock your missing smartphone, it also lays open your device to being wiped clean by whoever has taken or gotten your gadget. And that means all programs, including the two aforementioned features, will also be removed. Sony has come up with a solution called My Xperia Theft Protection (MXTP) to ensure that only you will be able to wipe your own smartphone clean.

Sony to start shipping Xperia Z4 Tablet before June ends

Sony has built up anticipation for the Xperia Z4 tablet in several ads already and so here we are waiting for the tablet to finally be released in the market. However, there's a bit of a delay in Europe with the launch expected before the end of May but was moved to June 5. Unfortunately again, it was pushed back to June 17. This is for the European region where the tablet is supposed to be available from the Sony Mobile Store.

Video shows you can “dance” with your Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker

We told you about the Sony Smart Bluetooth Speaker a few months ago and now the OEM wants to remind us that the egg-shaped device is ready to be your new best friend, digitally speaking (unless you really need a new electronic best friend). They've released a video showing how the speakers can help you connect with people and with information all throughout the day, even showing off that you can "dance" with the device (if you've run out of dancing partners, that is).

Sony Xperia C4 available starting this week

Back in May, Sony introduced a new smartphone series for the selfie generation. The company knows that selfie addicts need the best phone they could get their hands on for their narcissism and the Xperia C4 could be their new gadget. This model is just one of Sony's next-generation PROselfie smartphones equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera.

Sony SmartBand 2 to reportedly have heart rate monitor

Because a companion app was pushed to the Google Play Store inadvertently, it looks like word is out that the upcoming Sony SmartBand 2 SWR12 will indeed have a heart rate monitor. This piece of info was first leaked back in February but now the product description that is part of the app confirms this and gives a few other details about the wearable that is expected to be announced anytime now.
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