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Creative Lawsuit against LG HTC Samsung Sony ZTE Lenovo Motorola Blackberry

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Creative is suing LG HTC Samsung Sony ZTE Lenovo Motorola and Blackberry. Why SumGuy and what is this Creative lawsuit about? I will circle back to that in just a bit, first and foremost lets respond to the unasked question majority of you are asking; Who the hell is creative? well little Timmy, the ill-fitting name belongs to a Singapore based outfit that designs and makes computer peripherals mostly in the audio realm e.g. headphones, microphones, audio players etc. Ring any bells? no? didn’t think so. They were popular back in the wild days of late 90s and have been stuck in their little bubble for a long time now. empty pockets

Now back to the question of why the lawsuit, and why against such a massive list of the who’s who of Android OEMs. Most likely because their coffers are beginning to run a little low for their tastes thanks to being utterly mediocre.  Creative has filed the lawsuit with the ITC ( US International Trade Commission ), claiming that all the OEMs are stealing their basic design and infringing on their patent that allows a mechanism to show hierarchical categories and songs.  Yes. Creative is saying they invented displaying things in a hierarchy based menu.

Creative is asking ITC to ban all infringing devices in the US. That’s a LOT of phones. Unfortunately for everyone involved in this lawsuit, creative already took Apple to court for this exact thing for their IPOD line of audio players and won 100 Million USD, making this current lawsuit a practical slam dunk. Sadly for Creative unless some of the players decide to settle they wont be seeing the money for a while. ITC isn’t known for its speedy resolutions. We will all see this trickle down to some money in Creative’s pocket over time.

List of the Company and their US subs that are being sued by Creative:

  • ZTE Corporation of Guangdong, China;
  • ZTE (USA) Inc. of Richardson, TX;
  • Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan;
  • Sony Mobile Communications, Inc., of Tokyo, Japan;
  • Sony Mobile Communications AB of Lund, Sweden;
  • Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc., of Atlanta, GA;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
  • Samsung Electronics America, Inc., of Ridgefield Park, NJ;
  • LG Electronics, Inc., of Seoul, Republic of Korea;
  • LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ;
  • LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A., Inc., of San Diego, CA;
  • Lenovo Group Ltd. of Beijing, China;
  • Lenovo (United States) Inc. of Morrisville, NC;
  • Motorola Mobility LLC of Chicago, IL;
  • HTC Corporation of Taoyuan, Taiwan;
  • HTC America, Inc., of Bellevue, WA;
  • Blackberry Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada;
  • Blackberry Corporation of Irving, Texas.

Source ITC.

 

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact for the US have no fingerprint sensor

Sony Xperia Z5 will soon reach the US, but it will not look exactly like the version present on Asian markets. Some reports claim that the Z5 the US will receive will not have a fingerprint sensor attached. Not that such a feature is really desirable since devices that do have one are said to present a pretty shakey accuracy. Sony confirmed that the devices that US customers will get have no fingerprint scanner.

 

Sony Xperia Z5 (1)

 

 

The fingerprint reader is listed on the Z5 Compact spec list at this moment, but it will be removed soon, because Xperia Z5 does not present the feature on its spreadsheet anymore.

 

Sony is launching the Z5 and Z5 Compact in the US in February and they will sell for $499-599. They have been available in other parts of the world for a while now. You can even find them on Amazon for smaller prices than what you would pay for them in US retail shops and they have fingerprint sensors. It all depends on who you trust better at the moment.

 

Source: AndroidPolice

 

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Sony Xperia Z6 rumors, leaks and possible specs

Sony Xperia Z6 is just a dream or a rumor for the moment, but that does not stop the Internet from talking about it. Next year’s Sony flagship will not show up soon, but the rumor mill is already running amok.

Since Xperia Z5 launched globally on September 2015, we are expecting the Z6 to launch sometime in September 2016 (the news was also hinted at by Sony officials for TechRadar).

 

Xperia Z5 image

 

 

Since prices are a bit of a stretch right now, especially since we haven’t seen the device, at least in leaked photos, but that won’t stop us from speculating. If we are to go along with the trends, we would appreciate the price of Sony Xperia Z6 to a hefty $700-800.

 

Since this year’s Sony flagship launched in three forms, the next one could very well launch under a classic Z6, Compact Z6 and Premium Z6 umbrella. It all depends on the overall success of the current flagship.

 

The rumor mill puts Xperia Z6 specs somewhere close to a melange between an iPhone 6S and a Samsung S7. The phone is said to sport pressure-sensitive screen technology and a proprietary form of Apple’s 3D Touch, letting users access various functions and apps by applying different amounts of pressure on the screen.

 

Since Xperia Z5 Premium is the first phone to show a 4K display, we can only hope that next year’s Sony flagship will show the same detail. Some reports suggest that the next flagship will only have a QHD screen.

 

When it comes to processors, Z6 is expected to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. This new SoC promises to offer double the performance of the Snapdragon 810 and improve power efficiency and graphics while keeping the device cool as a cucumber.

 

It is very probable that the Xperia Z6 will keep to the OmniBalance design, but it may change some things. We think that the device will have a high-end metal frame with some waterproof feature and angular corners, plus its uniquely placed volume rockers. The finger scanner on the side-facing home button should also make an appearance, unless Sony decides to move it somewhere else.

 

Sony Xperia Z6 should also come packing with Marshmallow 6.0, an USB Type-C port and its 23MP camera sensor with a little upgrade maybe? We can only hope!

 

Source: TheInquirer

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AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow early version available for Xperia Z2

AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Sony Xperia Z2 device. It is not free of troubles though, but if you are eager to try new things and are initiate in the magic of operating systems, you should be eager to try something experimental on your Sony device.

 

Xperia Z2

 

 

This first build brings about some bugs as well, including the camera not working and a defect in the video playback color calibration. The build itself comes from scstar6696, a senior dev on XDA, where you will find the complete tutorial to what you have to and what you MUST NOT do in order to get AOSP on your Xperia Z2. Happy flashing!

 

Source: XDA forum

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Sony Xperia Z5 review – the world’s best smartphone camera to date?

Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the newer devices on the market and it is trying to re-put Sony on the smartphone market charts after an executive decision of cutting off lots of employees earlier this year. The move did not cut Sony’s daily expenses too much as money is still being siphoned out through the mobile division, but any device being launched could be better than no device at all, right?

 

Sony Xperia Z5

 

 

It appears that Sony is working on keeping itself relevant on the mobile market to no avail, hoping that the future will need its mobile expertise soon.

How does Sony Xperia Z5 fare this year? For one, it is considered the smartphone with the best camera around! The device is basically the dream of every mobile photographer or vlogger out there because not only does it take great photos, but it offers a beautiful display to check them on. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because one of the biggest problems of the device is the battery. But more on that later on.

 

Specs and hardware

 

Xperia Z5 is the latest phone of the line and it does retain the design choices that made Xperia phones must-haves in the past. The Omnibalance design – as branded by Sony – accentuates inoffensiveness and symmetry, but manages to keep the spirit of Sony Xperia alive with every iteration. A few physical differences include a wider and flatter power button that acts as a fingerprint sensor as well, a detail that most other OEMs are getting rid of now.

 

Sony Xperia Z5 is basing its design on an illusion that its display edges are all blunt when, in fact, the sides are rounded up to make sure you don’t hurt yourself? It is comfortable to hold though and there is no danger of dropping it on the floors anytime soon. As it happens with most recent Sony products, the device is water and dust proof and it has an Index Protection rating of 65/68. Of course, it’s all good if you keep the SIM and MicroSD card tray sealed. The microUSB port is capless and, as a result, Sony advises you that if you drop the phone in water, you have to wait for it to dry out before attempting to recharge.

 

When it comes to raw power, Sony Xperia Z5 is sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (made by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 and a quad-core 2GHz Cortex A57) with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Its internal storage is made up of 32GB plus a microSD slot that supports up to 200GB. Everything can be admired through the 5.2-inch display with a 1080 x 1920p resolution at 428 ppi pixel density protected by scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating.

 

 

Xperia Z5

 

 

Sony Xperia Z5 display

 

The 5.2-inch display is one of the best around and, even if it does not go beyond a full HD, it does offer one of the finest mobile screens on the niche market right now. The screen has a Luminous LCD display which has great color reproduction and gorgeous black levels as well as respectable viewing angles.

 

When it comes to sound, Sony used its common front-facing stereo speakers on the top and bottom. They are similar to HTC’s Boomsound speakers. The audio is clear, strong and loud, but some complain that it may lack some bass power.

 

When it comes to performance, Sony’s most recent device proves to be one of the best on the market as well; in benchmarks it manages to catch up and even beat its competition (Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One A9) in some categories. The apps load in a matter of a few milliseconds and there is no slowdown when it comes to running more apps at the same time.

 

The device runs on Android 5.1.1 at launch, which is a little of a disappointment, considering that Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been around for a month or so already. But that will be fixed when the update comes along.

 

Camera – one of the best cameras in the world?

 

Sony Xperia Z5 is branded as having one of the best cameras in the world for a smartphone device in 2015, and the device lives up to the statement. The primary camera has a 32MP sensor that stands out, and it is no surprise since Sony does make cameras and components not only for itself but for Fujifilm, iPhone and Nikon as well. It has a 1/ 2.3-inch Exmor RS 23MP camera with autofocus that allows it to catch clear images in 0.03 seconds. The camera also allows video capture at [email protected] with HDR.

 

 

 

The secondary front camera has a 5.1MP sensor that catches frames at 1080p with HDR.

Sony Xperia Z5′ s camera allows users to catch great moments with automatic effects but it also allows them to control their story with the manual mode. The resulting photos are among the best you will ever find on a smartphone in 2015, with great definition even in night settings where we all know things get pretty blurry and noisy.

 

The letdowns

 

If we are to nitpick, the first concern with Sony Xperia Z5 is the battery. The 2,900 mAh cell promises to last up to two days of usage, but that is just impossible, right? If you are barely using your device, maybe it will last that long. But if you use the gorgeous camera or play some games, that usage period will drop significantly, as it happens with all devices.

 

Xperia z5

 

 

Conclusion

 

Pros: All in all, Sony Xperia Z5 managed to save Sony’s name, at least for now, by offering a great product with little details to criticize. Its camera has reason to be called the best mobile lens in 2015 ( and Samsung may want it in its next flagship!) and its performance does not disappoint. One of the better aspects of the device is the gorgeous display that just makes you want to look at things all the time.

 

Cons: The little problems that Sony Xperia Z5 has are the lackluster battery and the speakers. The device will not last for long when you use it extensively and those speakers cannot be used without headphones or a portable audio enhancement if you want loud music with clear definition.

 

Conclusively, Sony Xperia Z5 is a good smartphone coming from the Japanese multinational. It is perfectly constructed, although some may say it lacks personality. Is it a good acquisition? That depends on how you use your smartphone on a daily basis, but in my personal opinion, it is one if not THE best smartphone around. You can find the device online and in stores at prices starting from $660.

 

Source: GSMArena 

 

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Sony Marshmallow concept available for Xperia Z3 and Compact today

Not many OEMs take updating their devices as seriously as Sony does, and this is what makes them so resilient in bringing their devices closer to the audience with every new smartphone. Since Google released its source code for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Sony announced which devices get the sweet treatment, and it goes really far back, all the way to Z2.

 

Sony Concept

 

 

Plus, they released AOSP binaries for some devices, including the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. Mock builds for Marshmallow were already released for tests on some Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices, and now these builds are starting to roll out to users.

 

Those who want to participate in these beta tests can still apply via this concept app, because more positions have been opened today. Keep in mind that there may be some country restrictions in place; you could be getting a pass in the test groups only if you live in certain European countries.

 

The Marshmallow soak tests are still concept software at the moment, way below a beta version, and they may be buggy. If you want to go through with it and sign up, remember you may get bugs and issues, so you should have a secondary phone around just in case things get unstable.

 

Source: Sony Mobile