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…]
Sony recently launched the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. This new headset places greater emphasis on the music, highlighted by the on-the-ear headphone design but will also help you to take and make calls. The SBH60 headset also has great versatility as it can be used in both wired and wireless configurations.
We have this stylish, discrete and lightweight headset for review thanks to the folks at Mobile Fun. They currently have both black and white colours on sale for £59.99 and deliver worldwide. Click through to read our full impressions of the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. [read more…]
Looks like owners of the Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra will be joining the Android Lollipop family shortly. New firmware with build number 14.5.A.0.242 has just been certified for all variants of the above handsets with the strong likelihood of this being Lollipop.
Sony said that other variants of the Xperia Z series would start to see the update in around two weeks. This was last week, so potentially we could see Lollipop rolling for the Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra by the end of this month. We’ll keep you posted on further developments. [read more…]
Sony Mobile commenced the rollout of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 series of devices early last week. However, the updates were only live for the Nordics and Baltic regions (at least for the generic firmware).
Move forward one week and we have still not seen any other regions receive Lollipop, apart from the above. Also, only some variants of the Xperia Z2/Z3 series have seen the update and this has not changed over the last week. Popular variants that haven’t been updated so far include the HSPA+ variant of the Xperia Z2 (D6502) and the Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633). [read more…]
Sony Mobile is moving a step closer to rebranding the Walkman application to “Music” as the new app is now listed on the Google Play Store (although it cannot be updated just yet). Music or “Xperia Music” as it sometimes referred to in the listing looks like the same app as the current Walkman app, but as you will notice from the screenshots below, the top of the app is now called “Music” instead of “Walkman”.
Previously, the Walkman app was updated through Sony’s “Update Centre” application, however it appears that Sony will bring its new music app to the Play Store in what has been a continuing trend in bringing its key apps to the Play Store. We’ll keep you posted as soon as the listing is live. [read more…]
We first heard of Sony’s Smart B-Trainer at the start of the year, which was demonstrated as a prototype at CES in Las Vegas. The device, designed for runners, provides voice coaching and also intelligently suggests the most suitable tunes whilst out on a run.
At the time we weren’t sure exactly which sensors were baked into the headset, but judging by the packaging we can confirm it includes GPS, a heart-rate monitor, music playback and is waterproof. You can see some unboxing pics below, including the charging pins for the headset and how it charges using the dock too. [read more…]
Sony has announced that it will be the official smartphone and SmartWear sponsor of Tough Mudder 2015. Sony will be highlighting the Xperia Z3, SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk as part of the sponsorship. Xperia Z3’s will be placed at various angles throughout the course documenting how participants are faring from start to finish.
If you are wondering what Tough Mudder is then the video below should help. Tough Mudder is a “team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit.” One of the new redefined obstacles this year includes ‘Arctic Enema 2.0’, adding icy water to the obstacle. [read more…]
If you would like some great tips on how to make the most of your Sony Xperia camera, then check out the video tutorial below. The video covers camera controls from Herman Groenbroek, who has a keen interest in this subject. There will also be a part 2 and part 3 follow-up videos covering post-processing of images and composition techniques.
If you are interested in the subject, then you should also check out Herman’s blog which covers the basics of getting the most out of your Sony smartphone camera here and a more advanced guide here. If you want to see some of Herman’s impressive work on the Xperia Z1 then check out his Flickr page. [read more…]