Sony is taking the time to explain its naming mess. Meanwhile, Xiaomi is destroying borders and entering new markets. Stick around to learn it all!
So we are all wondering what the hell is going on with Sony, right? They previously announced the Xperia Z4, then went on to announce the Xperia Z3+, which is pretty much the same as the Z4. Likewise, both phones are nearly identical to the Xperia Z3. What is this?!
Well, Sony has come out and told The Inquirer all about it. Let’s hear it from the dog’s mouth.
“The main reason for the name difference here (UK) is down to Sony being such a dominant force in the Japanese market [where] consumers crave flagship devices with the latest features as soon as they can be delivered. Xperia Z3 continues to perform well as our flagship device across the rest of the world. To address those customers that would like to have the very latest features and refinements, we have introduced Xperia Z3+ as a premium addition to our existing flagship Z3 series.”
Opinion: The situation is still messy and Sony didn’t solve too much with this statement, but we can tell you it does make sense to name this new phone the Z3+. It’s just not different enough to call it a Z4. Now, we do wonder what will happen when the real successor comes. Will there be two Z4’s? Will they just go to Z5?
Some of us were able to get a hold of some accessories from the Xiaomi Mi Store, but USA and European customers were only getting a taste of what was coming. They called it a beta launch, and now it’s time to roll out the official, final version.
Xiaomi has announced their official store is to launch on June 1st at 7 PM PDT for those of us in the USA. Germany, the UK and France will have to wait until June 2nd at 1 PM CEST.
The store will include the same accessories: a couple Mi Power Banks, the Mi Headphones and the Mi Band. No devices yet, but remember Xiaomi likes to take its time.
Opinion: I didn’t get to buy myself a Mi Power Bank last time. They ran out much quicker than I thought! Hopefully this time around I can jump in quicker.
Getting ready to get your Xiaomi Mi Band when the store launches in the USA and Europe? You will be happy to learn the activity tracker will work with Google Fit out-of-the-box. The accessory’s companion app, Mi Fit, has been updated to support Google’s exercise services.
All you need to do is go update your Mi Fit app on the Google Play Store! Go get it, guys.
Opinion: This certainly adds legitimacy to the Xiaomi Mi Band. Google services are very important for most Western markets. Good move, Xiaomi!