Sony Mobile is looking to ship 38 million smartphones during FY15 (12 months to March 2016) according to a report from Digitimes citing sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. This would put it slightly behind FY14, where it is expected to ship 39.2 million smartphones. This new target reflects Sony’s new focus away from the entry/mid-range towards the premium segment.
New orders have begun to ship from Taiwan’s ODMs including the Xperia E4 from Arima Communications, Xperia E4g from Compal Electronics and Xperia M4 Aqua from Foxconn/FIH Mobile. [read more…]
So who ended up slamming the huge bezels on the Sony Xperia E3? Well it looks like bezels are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to design as the Xperia E3 has just picked up a “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2015. This is the highest honour that can be given by Red Dot in their annual awards list.
Other Sony Mobile products that also picked up Red Dot awards including the Xperia Z3 series, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia M2 Aqua and the SmartBank Talk/SmartWatch 3. Not a bad haul overhaul on the mobile side. See the full list of Sony winners below. [read more…]
We know that Sony Mobile is set to deliver the Android Lollipop update across all Xperia Z phones. So far the Lollipop experience has started to roll for the Xperia Z3 and Z2 models, whilst the older Z series are still waiting. However, Sony has not forgotten about the older models and released a teaser for Lollipop on the classic Xperia Z. Not much is given away apart from the Lollipop lockscreen on the Xperia Z with the tagline “Coming soon…” We’ll let you know once we have a better idea of rollout. [read more…]
Sony Mobile Japan will launch a Snoopy Special Edition for the recently announced Xperia J1 Compact. The Xperia J1 Compact Snoopy model will arrive with Snoopy-themed accessories including a leather pouch, clear plastic case and screen protector.
The phone will also include seven different Snoopy wallpapers and music from “Linus and Lucy with The Band.” All of this can be had for 62,800 yen + tax, when it launches on 20 April 2015. Shame it’s Japan-only. [read more…]
The Sony E6553 has made an appearance in benchmark program GFXBench. This is not the first time we have seen this model, the Sony E6533 has been seen previously. The likelihood is that this Sony E65XX model will be the upcoming Xperia Z4 flagship.
GFXBench leaks a number of specifications of the device which includes a 5.1-inch (1080 x 1920) display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset (1.9GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 430 graphics). [read more…]
Sony has updated the “Movies” app with build number 9.0.A.0.20 and in the process rebranded the app to “Video”. Other new features include a more simplified drawer with ‘Camera’ and ‘TV’ now nestled under ‘Folders’ for direct access to your own videos.
The layout within ‘Folders’ has been improved and there is also more detail in the options menu including sequential playback, delete video, video info and more. The main view has also been enhanced with easy access to recently added videos. The 11.5MB update is currently rolling out to those on Lollipop through the What’s New app. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has officially confirmed today that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will be heading to the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra. The signs were there after both handsets were certified for Lollipop by the Bluetooth SIG. No timeline has been given, but owners can rest easy that it is coming officially at some point down the road.
Sony Mobile is now shipping wrist straps for the SmartWatch 3. The Smartwatch 3 Wrist Strap SWR510 is available in three colours (Coral Pink, Black and White) across the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. In the UK, the wrist strap is available for £24.99, whilst in mainland Europe it costs €24.99. There are no signs of other colours right now or even the Stainless Steel wristband, but we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]
We recently reviewed the DevilCase aluminium bumper for the Sony Xperia Z3 and today we are following that up with our thoughts on the bumper for the Z3’s little brother, the Xperia Z3 Compact.
DevilCase sent over a gorgeous Champagne Gold bumper for us to check out and we weren’t disappointed. It may not be cheap but the DevilCase aluminium bumper is superbly crafted and enhances the premium look and feel of the Xperia Z3 Compact, whilst offering some protection too. Click through to read our impressions of the DevilCase Xperia Z3 Compact Aluminium Bumper. [read more…]
Sony has today released the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (SED-E1) for consumers in four countries including Germany, Japan, UK and USA. If you are a business customer, the SmartEyeglass can also be purchased in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
In the UK, the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition costs £620, in Germany it costs €800, whilst in the United States it costs $820 (excl tax). Deliveries are expected to take place by the first week of April 2015. For further information click here. [read more…]
Sony will be closing down the Music Unlimited subscription service from 29 March 2015. The service will be replaced with PlayStation Music, powered by Spotify. The PlayStation Music website is now live, with a placeholder promising further details shorty:
“Spotify will soon be available on PlayStation Music, with a special offer for Music Unlimited customers who sign up at launch.”
Sony has also released a very short FAQ confirming that Music Unlimited subscribers will not be able to use the service from 29 March. Details are also given on how your playlists can be exported to a CSV file. You can find the full FAQ below – as soon as we hear official details/pricing on the new PlayStation Music service we will let you know. [read more…]