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…]
Sony Mobile has today launched the Xperia Z3 in Japan on two of its largest carriers. The Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) is out on NTT DoCoMo, whilst the Xperia Z3 (SOL26) has landed on au by KDDI. Softbank is also expected to carry the Xperia Z3, but not until late November. All three models will carry 32GB of internal storage, versus 16GB for the international models. [read more…]
Sony is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia E1 (D2005) which moves the build number to 20.1.A.2.13. The firmware is now available across a number of regions across Europe, Middle East and Asia. We’re not aware of what changes this update has brought, so if you’ve downloaded it let us know what you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]
Little did we know but the latest version of Info-eye includes the ability to actually scan business cards. This feature is powered by LinkedIn, so you should be able to find pretty much any business contact. To use this functionality, simply scan a picture of a business card and the app will then search LinkedIn for appropriate matches.
Sato Takashi, a member of the Info-eye development team says that providing this functionality came with its own challenges. “The inherent difficulties in matching up different fonts, different fields and then integrating all that into a reliable LinkedIn search posed a huge challenge but we’re really happy with the result. For me, they key thing is the immediacy of the contact. As soon as you have someone’s card you can connect with them, whilst you’re still fresh in their mind. It’s a powerful integration.” [read more…]
Sony released an update to the WALKMAN app yesterday with build number 8.4.A.5.3. This update brought with it faster start-up times and a better overview in Walkman home. Sony must have encountered a bug in the app though, as it is now pushing a new update with build number 8.4.A.5.4.
However, you wouldn’t know this from the face of it as the ‘Update Centre’ still refers to the build as version number 8.4.A.5.3. It’s only when you look at the settings you can see it is in fact 8.4.A.5.4. If it hasn’t arrived on your handset yet, you can download it below. [read more…]