Sony adds live video streams with latest PlayStation companion app

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Sony released an update to their PlayStation App, a companion to their PlayStation gaming consoles. With the update, Sony added a new feature called “Live from PlayStation” which gives users the ability to stream live content to their mobile devices. Instead of building in live video streaming directly into the app, Sony opted instead to use providers like Twich.tv and Ustream. When a user selects a stream to view, the appropriate app will be launched. » Read the rest

Sony set to launch SPA-TA1 tablet attachment for QX10/QX100 lens-style cameras

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Sony Japan is set to launch their new SPA-TA1 tablet camera attachment which is designed to attach to DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras onto tablets. The cameras ship with a mount that only allows for devices up to 75mm thick, meaning that many tablet owners, such as those who own the Xperia Z Ultra for example, are unable to use the camera. This new mount should fix that.

The mount caters for devices between 85mm and 190mm wide. There are 6 arms available in various different sizes, and each weighs in at 31 grams.

The attachment is set to launch in Japan on April 4, 2014, and will cost users 3,675 yen, which is around $36. Hopefully the attachment will see a launch in other countries soon after.

Source: Xperia Blog

FCC filings for Sony Xperia Z2 and new tablet show up

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As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.

In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.

source: phoneArena

New Sony Xperia Z Ultra promo video shows off screen size

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The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the biggest phone that Sony has made to date, coming in at a whopping 6.44-inches. In fact, that’s big enough for Sony to have launched it as a WiFi only tablet in Japan. Sony has created a pretty smart marketing video to back the device, aiming at specifically showing off the large screen size on the Xperia Z Ultra. Hit the break to check out the video, as well as the “making of” video to see how they made the Xperia Z Ultra look so large.

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Sony’s Timeshift Burst released to the Play Store

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One of the most loved features of Sony’s Xperia Z1 was it’s camera, coming with a mode that allows you to capture 61 frames within only 2 seconds. After taking all those photos, you can go through the frames to decide which one you like best. According to Sony, you will never miss a crucial moment with Timeshift Burst.

Well now Timeshift Burst is available to anyone with a compatible device. All you have to do is head over to the Play Store and download the app. You can find a link to the app after the break.

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Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra tablet officially announced for Japan

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We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.

The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.

For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of  ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.

source: Sony Japan

Another Sony device (D6603) leaks via AnTuTu revealing specs

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We have been writing a lot about Sony’s upcoming “Sirius” (D6503) phone, but another device with the model D6603 has surfaced via AnTuTu Benchmarks.

According to the tests, the phone will pack a Qualcomm MSM8974AB chipset as well as a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 graphics, a 1080p display, a 20.7MP rear shooter, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB RAM.

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Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft score higher than Apple in customer experience survey

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For many years, Apple has been the envy of every other tech company, but kinks in the armor are starting to appear. Forrester Research just posted the results of their third study regarding customer experiences for electronics companies, and things didn’t go so well for Apple this time around.

For the first time, Apple fell below Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft. Interestingly enough, Amazon has led this category for the Kindle line of tablets since 2012.  This year, they got their highest score ever of 91, which lands them in the “Excellent” category. Second place went to Sony with a score of 83, and Samsung and Microsoft tied for third with a score of 82. Apple wasn’t far behind at 81. All four of these companies are in the “Good” category.

Now these scores are all pretty darn close, but it is the first time that Apple is this far back. Are you guys surprised with the results?

source: WSJ

 

Sony blocks AnTuTu benchmarking app from being installed on prototype devices

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sony_antutuIf you’re reading this site, chances are you like a good leak. Well, Sony doesn’t, and they’re blocking the AnTuTu benchmarking app from even being installed on prototype devices. If you try, you’ll see the popup above, which isn’t just a warning, but actually forces you to uninstall the app. This surely won’t stop leakers, but they’ll have to find a way around it.

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z1 gets photographed next to its successor, Xperia Z2 (D6503)

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The Sony Xperia Z2‘s (D6503) specifications leaked this morning followed by a flood of screenshots in the afternoon. So it is no surprise that someone managed to photograph the handset next to Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z1. In the image above, the Xperia Z2 sits on the bottom and the Z1 is up top. The handset seems to have a notification light hidden near the top. In one of the images after the break, you can see that the location of the light becomes hidden when unlit.

The handset, codenamed Sirius, is slated for an announcement at Mobile World Congress next month. » Read the rest