Sony has released its second quarter results this morning for the three months to the end of September 2014. As expected, it doesn’t make for pretty reading when it comes to the mobile segment. Sony recorded a 176 billion Yen ($1.6 billion) goodwill impairment in the MC (Mobile Communications) segment during the quarter, related to its mid-range portfolio.
This led to a loss for the whole Group of 86 billion Yen ($785 million), which compares to a profit in the same period last year of 14 billion Yen. Sales for the Group were up by 7% to 1,902 billion Yen. However, the MC segment saw sales decline by 4% on a constant currency basis to 292.4 billion Yen. Interestingly, Sony brought particular focus to the fact that this sales decline was attributed to “mainly Japan” – a traditional stronghold for Sony’s mobile business. [read more…]
Sony has released three new smart extension apps for the upcoming SmartBand Talk accessory: Smart Badge extension, Voice Note smart extension and World Clock smart extension. You can find details on each app below. [read more…]
Sony has updated the firmware for the Xperia E1 Dual (D2104, D2105) moving the build number to version 20.1.B.2.15. Sony’s official changelog for this update talks of improved stability to the camera and general software. The update is live across a number of regions in Europe, Middle East and Asia (see below).
The DTV version of the Xperia E1 Dual (D2114) has also been updated, moving its build number to version number 20.1.B.2.16. If you’ve updated, let us know how you are finding this latest firmware. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has launched a new app called “Smart Control extension” for a number of its SmartWear accessories including the SmartBand Talk, SmartWatch 2 and SmartBand. The app allows you to select certain quick actions by a quick tap on the SmartWear device. Functionality includes the ability to turn on/off the phone speaker, Wi-Fi, radio and change audio modes. The app is available to download in the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]
Sony has published the SmartBand Talk SWR30 application in the Google Play Store ahead of its imminent launch. The app allows you to choose how you want it to interact with your phone i.e. you can choose exactly which notifications (Email, Calendar etc) to show and whether you want to use it to answer calls.
The settings menu gives you a number of options including the text orientation of the curved E Ink display. There is also the ability to add dedicated apps, of which Sony is promising more support soon. To get the most out of the SmartBand Talk, you should also download and install Lifelog, which was recently updated to support the accessory. [read more…]
Back in July 2013, we featured an app called “Aqua Z” which allowed Xperia Z owners to take pictures via phone’s the proximity sensor. Remember, the Xperia Z lacked a dedicated camera button and therefore proved tricky to take pictures underwater.
That app turned into a paid app on the Google Play Store called “Aqua Camera Pro” – the good news is that the dev recently got in touch to let us know this app is now free, for good. [read more…]
There was always likely to be a fallout as a result of the recent troubles seen in Sony’s mobile division. Smartphone forecasts have been cut and a strategic review of Sony’s mid-range portfolio led to a massive impairment of the business.
Therefore, it’s perhaps no surprise to see that Sony is changing the head of its mobile division. Sony has announced that Hiroki Totoki (currently in change of Sony’s Corporate Planning, Finance and New Business) will replace Kunimasa Suzuki as CEO of Sony Mobile Communications from 16 November 2014. Suzuki will move to an Executive Vice President role. [read more…]
Sony has updated the Movies application from build number 7.3.A.0.2 to 8.0.A.0.4. The main new feature in this 12.5MB update is the introduction of some simple player options whilst watching video. This includes buttons for rewind/forward and play options such as Play/Repeat all.
The description for this new update also speaks of a new “Movies Small App.” However, this seems to be a bit premature as we could see no sign of this new Small App. Once it is released, you will be able to play your videos in a small window whilst doing other activities such as browsing. We’ll let you know when Sony pulls the trigger on the Movies Small App. [read more…]
A new firmware build (23.0.1.A.1.43) has been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z3 (D6653 variant only) and Xperia Z3 Compact (D5833 variant only). The previous certified build (23.0.1.A.1.38) has not been released up until now, so there’s no guarantee this new build will either.
The last update released for the D6653 Xperia Z3 SKU was version number 23.0.A.2.93 (Telstra Australia has seen the 23.0.A.2.108 build). The same applies for the D5833 Xperia Z3 Compact SKU, the currently released firmware is version number 23.0.A.2.93. The Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) has also seen a new firmware build certified in the form of 23.0.F.1.82 (versus the current 23.0.F.1.74 software). We’ll let you know if Sony decides to release these builds. [read more…]
Sony has released a new update for the Album application moving the build number from 6.4.A.0.16 to 6.5.A.0.10. The 11.8MB update brings a redesigned list view when accessing the “Camera”, “Folders” and “Faces” options from the menu. The redesign gives a greater emphasis to the thumbnail of that folder, stretching it across the screen.
Sony has also introduced a new welcome screen for its PlayMemories Online backup service. It’s a smart move as this feature was pretty much hidden before. The new welcome screen highlights the advantages of free unlimited automatic backup of your photos, which should appeal to many. The new Album update should be rolling across Sony Xperia devices right now, or you can download it below. [read more…]
Whilst some customers recently started to receive the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the 8-inch tablet is due to be widely on sale in the coming week. To celebrate this fact, Sony has released an infographic that highlights the tablet’s light weight, slim profile and water resistance. You can check out the full infographic below. [read more…]