In the past we have seen some instances where phone manufacturers dropped the ball on being ready to meet demand for new flagship devices. A new report from DigiTimes indicates the most recent launches by the major companies have been successful with one exception, the Sony Xperia Z2. According to analysts, Sony is being impacted by a shortage of some parts, which is expected to result in a delay of five to seven months in some markets, including the U.S., the U.K., and Hong Kong. It will be interesting to see how this delay may impact Sony’s strategy for the release of their next flagship device. » Read the rest
According to a new report by DigiTimes, Sony is the second manufacturer to use the liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in a smartphone, mainly the recently announced Xperia Z2.
The first company to adopt this technology was the Japanese vendor, NEC, which used heat-pipes in its 4.7-inch Media X06E announced back in 2013. Since then, Samsung and Lenovo were in contact with Taiwan-based thermal module makers to adopt thin heat pipes technology to be used for their products, though both opted not to use them for the time being. » Read the rest
Today Sony announced the release of their new Lifelog app, initially for their Smartband to connect with the Xperia Z2 and other Xperia devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat. In the coming weeks the app will become compatible with other devices.
Lifelog is at the heart of Sony’s new “SmartWear Experience”, which is their new category for wearable tech. According to Sony, the app will help users to be able to “make the best of life”. Hit the break to watch a video on how it all works!
Sony’s Xperia Z1 which was announced late last year, has been available for sale for quite some time now, however you had to sign a contract to get your hands on it. Sony has now released the unlocked Xperia Z1 with support for US LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks as well as on Canadian LTE network. This means that you can now get a SIM free Xperia Z1 without having to sign a contract.
Everything put aside, the unlocked Xperia Z1 would cost you a whopping $620. Considering that it was released last year in September, the price is quite high.
Did you hear about Michael Jackson’s upcoming posthumous album XSCAPE? Sony is getting involved by hosting a contest that has a ton of prizes to be won. To enter, all you have to do is watch a bunch of videos and tell Sony what your favorite feature is from the Xperia Z2. And in this case, not coming in first is not that bad. To enter, head over to this page.
Here is a breakdown of the prizes:
- 1st Prize (one winner): Four nights in a five-star hotel in New York City, VIP tour of the Museum of Modern Art, an exclusive listening event of XSCAPE, a helicopter ride, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, SmartBand SWR10
- 2nd Prize (twenty winners): Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, SmartBand SWR10
- 3rd Prize (thirty winners): Xperia Z2
Sony U.K has now announced that the device will be launched in May. The reason behind the delay is unknown, but previous rumors suggest that the company was facing troubles with one of its suppliers. » Read the rest
Sony began rolling out the KitKat update for several Xperia devices last week including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. Several markets received the update but now the company is now seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the Xperia Z1 worldwide.
The software update carries the version number 14.3.A.0.681 and comes with a few new additions as well. These include an updated camera app which would enhance your shooting experience, an improved camera software that will enable you to take better pictures, and an enhanced email app which the company hasn’t yet provided any details on.
If you’re eager to get the update, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates to check if the update is available for your Xperia Z1.
Source: Sony Mobile
Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile’s US arm, told CNET today that Sony won’t be using Google’s new Android Wear OS, an Android OS designed specifically for wearable products, for its smartwatch products. He said that they would continue to use their own Android-based platform designed for their smartwatch products.
“We’ve already invested time and resources on this platform, and we will continue in that direction,” Nookala told CNET in an interview.
Google announced its Android Wear OS designed for wearable products last week, which is heavily based on Google Now voice-recognition technology. LG will be the first to implement the Android Wear OS on its G Watch followed by Motorola’s Moto 360, while Samsung has already opted for its own Tizen OS to be run on the Galaxy Gear 2.
T-Mobile customers, get ready for an incoming smartphone from Sony. The Xperia T2 Ultra has passed through the FCC, meaning that the device’s release on the United States’ Un-carrier is imminent. The model number for this device is D5316 and generally an XXX16 model number is left for T-Mobile.
The Xperia Z2 tablet was officially announced at last month’s MWC event with no information about pricing and availability. However, Sony’s UK website has now listed the Xperia Z2 tablet for sale.
UK customers can now grab the 16 GB WiFi-only model for £399 ($550), while the 16 GB LTE variant is priced at £499 ($650) and the 32 GB WiFi-only model carries a price tag of £449 ($619), slightly cheaper than the 16 GB LTE model. In addition, Sony’s online store is now offering customers who order before 24 March a 3 year warranty for just a pence more. The device would reach to the customers in April.