Subaru And Honda Set All-time Single-month Sales Records In August

Subaru and Honda set all-time single-month sales records in August

While the U.S. and Japan continue to hash out the details for a new trade deal, American customers showed just how much they love Japanese automobiles. Both Honda America and Subaru of America exceeded expectations in August and set all-time sales records for units moved in a single month. The booming business was led, in part, by the Honda CR-V and Subaru Crosstrek, both of which posted their best sales months ever.  For Subaru, August 2019 marked the best sales month in company history and a claimed 93 straight months of yearly, month-over-month growth. Subaru sold 70,039 vehicles, which beats the December 2018 record of 64,541 vehicles. Top sellers were the Outback (17,110), the Forester (17,076), and the Crosstrek (15,860). The Ascent notably saw a 72.8 percent increase in sales compared to August 2018 with 7,319 sold.  Honda America, which includes Honda and Acura, sold 173,993 total vehicles, 158,804 of which were Hondas. That's up from 147,903 total sales in August 2018. Honda achieved these numbers with strong sales across its lineup, despite the less consumer interest in sedans in general. In August 2019, Honda sold 44,235 CR-Vs (the most ever in a single month) 14,381 Pilots, 10,190 Odysseys, 34,808 Civics, and 30,558 Accords. Acura's SUVs continue to be the company's best-sellers with 5,976 MDXs sold and 5,459 RDXs moved. 

Arrivals At Narita From S. Korea Down In August

Arrivals at Narita from S. Korea down in August

The number of people arriving at Narita Airport east of Tokyo from South Korea during Japan's mid-August holiday period was down sharply from a year before amid worsening of the two countries' ties.

According to the Narita Airport branch of Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, more than 1.05 million people used the airport for international flights during the "bon" holidays from August 9 through 18. The figure is up 4.6 percent from the same period last year.

Apple Will Be Bringing The Homepod To Japan On August 23

Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.

Pre-orders for the HomePod are now live where they are priced at 32,800 yen, which after conversion roughly puts it at around the same price as back in the US, where the HomePod is priced at $299. It is unclear why Apple is taking so long to make the HomePod available around the world, but it could be due to Siri where Apple probably needs to get it right for each country and for the varying accents and languages spoken.

Xperia Lounge To Close By End Of August 2019

Xperia Lounge to close by end of August 2019

Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Lounge app will be decommissioned by the end of August 2019. This makes it another in a long line of Sony's mobile apps that the company will be looking to close. Xperia Lounge was Sony's way of rewarding its users by offering competitions, news and exclusive Xperia Themes and wallpapers back in its heyday.

'pillars Of Eternity' Will Arrive On The Nintendo Switch August 8

'Pillars Of Eternity' Will Arrive On The Nintendo Switch August 8

For gamers who enjoyed games like Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale, the modern equivalent that most would agree comes close would be the Pillar of Eternity series. Now, there have been two games released as part of that series so far, with the second launching on the Nintendo Switch.

It seems a bit strange that the sequel is on the Switch while the original is not, especially for gamers who might not have played the series before and would essentially be starting in the middle. The good news is that if you are looking to complete the series, or at least until its latest release, you’re in luck.

Android 9 Pie Missing From August Distribution Figures

Android 9 Pie Missing From August Distribution Figures

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Google updates the official distribution figures for Android iterations every couple of months. It shows what percentage of Android-powered devices are running on the many iterations of its mobile operating system. Google has now reported the latest figures and rather unsurprisingly, Android 9 Pie isn’t even on the list.

Xperia L1 Gets August 2018 Security Patches (43.0.a.7.70)

Xperia L1 gets August 2018 security patches (43.0.A.7.70)

For owners of the budget Xperia L1 handset, you'll be glad to hear that the firmware has been updated to 43.0.A.7.70 (from version 43.0.A.7.55). Unfortunately there is no movement in the Android version (it still remains on Android 7.0), but at least the security patches have been update to 5 August 2018. If you've downloaded the update, let us know how you're getting on in the comments below.

Xperia Xz2 Gets August 2018 Security Updates (51.1.a.11.26)

Xperia XZ2 gets August 2018 security updates (51.1.A.11.26)

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XZ2 moving the build number from 51.1.A.4.265 to version 51.1.A.11.26. This latest update includes the 1 August 2018 Android security patches. The Xperia XZ2 Compact has not been updated at the time of writing, but it should follow shortly. If you have updated do let us know of your impressions in the comments below.

Xperia Xz1 And Xz Premium Get August 2018 Security Patches (47.1.a.12.270)

Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium get August 2018 security patches (47.1.A.12.270)

Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZ1 moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.235 to version 47.1.A.12.270, and adding the 1 August 2018 security patches in the process. So far, the update for the Xperia XZ1 Compact is not live, but it should be following shortly. We haven't noticed any other changes, but if you've updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below.

Android P's Release Could Be On The 20th Of August

Android P's Release Could Be On The 20th Of August

A couple of weeks ago, the final developer preview for Android P was released. What this means is that this version of Android P is the final release for developers, which means that following this release, the next release will be the public build of Android P intended for all Android users.

Of course this begs the question of when will Android P be released? For those wondering, leakster Evan Blass seems to suggest that Android P could be released in the coming weeks. Blass posted an image of a calendar with the 20th of August marked with "P", indicating that update could be coming soon.