Almost 2 years later and it seems Sony still have not reinstated the lanyard hole on the latest Xperia models. As far as I can tell there is no hole on the XZ2 or XZ3 models. All smartphones are now intended to be used as cameras, so when taking photos anywhere that the phone could easily be lost forever or irreparably damaged if it slips from your grasp (e.g. anywhere high, or over water) it is simply plain common sense to use a lanyard, given that smartphones are typically costly, not to mention the data (e.g. recent photos) that could be irretrievably lost. I always use a neck lanyard on my Z3 Compact (D5803) when taking photos to avoid these risks. As commented by others, few want to use an inelegant case to allow lanyard attachment to overcome this Xperia design omission. Sony, PLEASE take this seriously! Thanks.
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Today I upgraded my Xperia Z3 Compact from its original Android KitKat to the latest 6.0.1 Marshmallow (bypassing Lollipop altogether!) I'd put off upgrading until now, but finally decided the new features in Marshmallow would be worth it. Previously I'd always deliberately prevented Sony PC Companion from updating itself by disabling all of my laptop's network connections before starting it, which prevented it from giving me only two options - update PC Companion now or quit. This worked very well, allowing me to use Sony PCC on a regular basis to copy my phone's contacts and calendar into Microsoft Outlook. Having read this thread I installed Sony PCC on a second laptop (I'd saved the original installation .exe) to perform the Android upgrade. Of course it wanted to upgrade itself to the latest version of Sony PCC, but then failed every time - it seems abundantly clear that Sony have completely sabotaged Sony PCC to force us to use Xperia Companion instead. So I then downloaded and installed Xperia Companion on the second laptop, and successfully upgraded my Z3 Compact to Marshmallow. However, the still-functioning installation of Sony PCC on my first laptop no longer recognises the Z3 Compact now that it's running Marshmallow, so sync in either direction between the phone and Outlook is no longer possible. And Xperia Companion allows backup of contacts only as part of a proprietary Xperia backup - there's no option in XC to sync with Outlook. This confirms what others have said, i.e. Sony in their highly questionable "wisdom" have replaced the well-designed Sony PC Companion with a seriously crippled alternative, Xperia Companion, with much useful functionality stripped out. Sony's management are effectively waving two fingers at their customers, as this was without doubt a management decision. (I have decades of IT experience - developers only cut out functionality when management tell them to save money!) Such arrogance from Sony's management is basically a case of shooting themselves in the foot - if this is how Sony treat their customers, why should I or anyone else buy another Sony smartphone in future? The only way for Sony to dig themselves out of this hole would be to re-introduce into Xperia Companion all the missing functionality that was available in PC Companion, though I strongly suspect Sony's management are far too busy sticking their fingers in their ears.
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