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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014

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Amazon Music (Android)

Amazon Music is fine for Prime customers, but serious music lovers will want more.

June 26, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 26, 2014

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Android 4.3 flavors Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra

Sony also promises that the Android 4.3 update is "right around the corner" for the rest of its Xperia lineup.

By December 16, 2013

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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 packs a Full HD display, a quad-core processor, and a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera into a waterproof body and wraps it in an aluminium frame.

September 4, 2013

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Sony gives away free movies, music for Xperia Z2, Z1, Z1S

A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.

By May 1, 2014

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Sony starts Android KitKat rollout on Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z

The company says that the devices will run KitKat as standard and include some updates to native apps.

By May 21, 2014

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Intel launches Z3000 Atom for Windows 8.1, Android tablets

The Z3000 series of Atom chips is Intel's first designed specifically for tablets, and the first big revamp for Atom in five years.

By September 11, 2013

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Microsoft's Stephen Elop: We're out of the Android game

In a memo to the entire company, the former head of Nokia says that Lumia will be the standard-bearer for Windows Phone and that Nokia X will switch to Lumia and Windows Phone.

By July 17, 2014

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Sony sells Xperia Z1 phone with girls gone wet'n'wild

Some say booth babes are a thing of the past. But not, perhaps, if they're athletic, aquatic, and endowed with the right smartphone.

By September 4, 2013