If ever there was an apt time to use the phrase “please don’t try this at home“, then this would be it. What you will see in the video below is the Xperia Z3 being used as the main ingredient for a very tasty looking burger. The Xperia Z3 burger patty gets cooked on a frying pan surrounded by flames. Does it survive? Well you’ll have to watch the video to find out. Whilst the video is in Bulgarian, you can enable English subtitles in the player controls. [read more…]
A new AR effect theme called “Orcs” has arrived on the Google Play Store. The Orc AR effect allows you to transform your photo subjects into an Orc with a horned helmet. You can also see Orcs walking around the screen wielding their swords and interact with them by tapping on them, as well as boars. This is a premium AR effect from third-party developers Be-Rad Entertainment and costs £1.85/€2.34/$2.99 on the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony may be considering a large 12-inch tablet device according to a report from Digitimes. It says that Sony will launch a high-specced 12-inch tablet with stylus during the first quarter of 2015. If true, this new device would most likely launch with the Xperia Z4 following a formal reveal at either CES or MWC 2015.
The report goes on to say that Sony may not be convinced about the demand for such a device, therefore Sony will only place limited orders. There are no other details right now, but is this something you would be interested in? We imagine that a 12-inch tablet would only attract a niche segment. However, if you are looking forward to such a device, we’d love to hear why in the comments below.
Sony has updated its “Audio Recorder” app that was originally designed for the STM10 Stereo Microphone. The new update moves the build number from 1.00.13 to 1.00.26 and adds support for two Sony accessories – the upcoming SmartBand Talk and the Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-C31EM.
One unadvertised new feature is a binaural recording mode when using the MDR-C31EM earphones. This uses the two in-ear microphones to create a 3D stereo effect when recording. Any file that is recorded in this mode will be marked as Binaural. A nice feature for those that own the DNC headset. [read more…]
There has been recent murmurings that Sony may be moving away from its 6-month flagship cycle from 2015. Sony’s Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing, recently said that this “is not a sustainable strategy over the long term,” whilst speaking to TrustedReviews.
Now a report from Digitimes says that Sony Mobile will be amending this policy and plans to launch only one flagship Sony Xperia model each year. Its sources claim that a maturing premium segment has led the company to modify its flagship roadmap. [read more…]
Google has released a new update for Android Wear that brings support for GPS sensors as well as offline music playback. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear device to include a GPS sensor. This means that if you want to track your progress whilst you go for a run or ride your bike, then you no longer need to take your phone with you. The Sony SmartWatch 3 also features 4GB of internal storage, allowing you to store some of your favourite tracks and listen to them via Bluetooth headphones. The SmartWatch 3 will be released at the end of October 2014. [read more…]
Surprise, surprise. The Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616) for T-Mobile US has a locked bootloader. We didn’t really expect any different given that all of T-Mobile’s recent Sony Xperia devices have a locked bootloader, however we thought it was worth flagging in case anyone may have thought differently.
The inability to unlock the bootloader will mean T-Mobile Xperia Z3 owners will not be able to experiment with custom ROMs. Even the ability to root the handset may be limited and is dependent on an exploit being discovered that works on a locked bootloader. The Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile did manage to get root, but only months after its release. [read more…]
Sony has confirmed that the SmartWatch 3 will launch at the end of this month. We recently saw the SmartWatch 3 listed on the Google Play Store in the US. In addition, Verizon Wireless has today commenced pre-orders for the SmartWatch 3 at $249.99. Pre-orders are also live in Europe through the Sony Mobile Store and third-party retailers such as Amazon’s UK and German sites.
The SmartWatch 3 sports some impressive specifications including 1.6-inch (320 x 320) transflective TFT LCD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core A7 processor, 512MB RAM, GPS, 4GB internal storage, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and a 420mA battery which Sony says is good for “up to 2 days normal use”.
Those that pre-ordered the Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US have already started to receive their handsets, this is despite the phone not officially launching on the carrier until 29 October 2014. T-Mobile always said that this was likely for those that pre-order early enough. Check out some unboxing pics from the lucky few that have already got hands-on. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has launched a LittleBigPlanet Xperia Theme for compatible devices. For those that don’t know, LittleBigPlanet (LBP) is a hit gaming series exclusively developed for PlayStation. LBP was developed by Media Molecule and first appeared on the PlayStation 3 back in 2008.
Sackboy is the star of the show and appears in the wallpaper and other graphical assets of this latest Xperia Theme. If you’re a LittleBigPlanet fan, you can check out the dedicated Xperia Theme on the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon is now in stock through Verizon stores and online. It can be picked up for $199.99 on a two-year contract, through Verizon Edge on $24.99 per month (with 2-year contract) or off-contract for $599.99. The Xperia Z3v is available to order in both black and white colours.
Additionally, for a limited time (through 26 November), if you buy the Xperia Z3v you will can get $200 knocked off the Xperia Z2 Tablet (a two-year contract will be required). [read more…]