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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2 lines get update to Android 5.1

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2 devices are getting Android 5.1. The rollout will be made in batches, which means you may have to wait a little while for your device to get it, but it is comin’. If you have an Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, or Z2 tablet, rejoice for you are among the first Sony owners to get Android 5.1.

Sony Xperia Z3

This is the official changelog of the OTA:

  • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function

  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronization in your Calendar

  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions

  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work

  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button

 

If you have any of the mentioned devices, you can check for an update now, but be patient because you may get delays related to regional availability and carriers. The Z1 series, M2, C2, T2 Ultra and Z series will get their Android 5.1 update in the following weeks.

 

Source: Sony via Androidpolice

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Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet get global Android lollipop update – go check your phone!

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet are getting their Android Lollipop update today, and it’s happening on a global level. The updates are rolling out in batches, which may take a while especially considering they will vary from region to region and carrier to carrier.

 

Sony Xperia Z2

 

 

The update is available through Sony’s companion software for Mac and Windows and not via OTA update. The Z1 line along with Z Ultra and Xperia Z3 Dual will also be getting their update to Android 5.0 next week, followed by C3 and T2 Ultra.

Source: Sony Xperia Z2, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet via AndroidPolice

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Sony Xperia Z2 resists six weeks in 10 meter deep salt-water

Sony Xperia Z2 is a resilient fellow and its real endurance may just be greater than its official list of resistance. The water-resistant phone was reported to live after six full weeks of being succumbed on a salt water bed 10 meters deep. Even if the phone didn’t remain intact after the adventure, it was still able to boot up and even make calls!

The adventure was reported to happen on Swedish soil where someone from Gothenburg lost his phone in water during a water-skiing trip. The Xperia Z2 reportedly reached the sea bed below 10 meters and, after the owner found out he can still call his cellphone, he decided to try to find it. Six week later, a friend of his went scuba diving and found the phone and recovered it from the water. Even if the device had suffered external damage including a shattered back screen, it was still working as intended in most matters.

Damaged Sony Xperia Z2, source XperiaBlog
Damaged Sony Xperia Z2, source XperiaBlog

Sony officially says the Xperia Z2 can survive being under 1.5 m of fresh water for 30 minutes in compliance with IP58, but it seems that dropping your device in the pool or in the tub for a few seconds will not harm it too much. Other Sony devices have been through much worse and survived!

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Sony Xperia Z2 gets official CyanogenMod support; first nightly available for download

Sony Xperia Z2 received CyanogenMod support today and its first nightly is ready for download. Xperia Z2 is a pretty good looking device right out of the box with its own interface, but some people just love to ROM and flash their device on a daily basis. The latest version of CyanogenMod with Android 4.4 is now available for the Sony device. Its nightly is entitled Sirius and it looks pretty stable at the moment, occupying 260 MB.

You can find the link HERE and all you will need to do is find an appropriate custom recovery and enjoy your tinkering. CyanogenMod’s update is not stable yet, so be prepared for the worst.

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TWRP support for Sony Xperia Z2 – get ready to back up your info before flashing ROMs

TWRP support is now available for the Sony Xperia Z2. Most Android enthusiasts get to a point in life where their only desire is to mod their device, flash a custom ROM or tinker about, and they can’t do that safely without a custom recovery.  The Team Win Recovery Project (which is what TWRP means) is probably the best solution out there, and now it offers support to Sony’s Xperia Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2, source Prepayasyougo/ Flickr
Sony Xperia Z2, source Prepayasyougo/ Flickr

TWRP helps users back up their device so that any ROMs or ZIP files flashed will not render it unusable in the future. Considering the fact that novice devs and modders usually get into trouble, backing up everything on your smartphone or tablet before tinkering is the best and most recommended option.

The image file from TWRP can be flashed by using a fastbot and you will find more instructions on the devs page HERE!