Sony’s “Welcome to the New World” teaser video is nothing short of bizarre

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Want to really get people thinking? Then release a video that encompasses very random scenes that ends with a warming “Welcome to the New World” message. That is exactly what Sony has done with its new teaser. Some of the more random scenes include a staring person with ample face paint, a woman smiling with a tear sliding down her face, and a small child next a pregnant woman’s stomach. A less bizarre, but more indicative, has a young woman enjoying a lollipop. The next piece of hardware to come out of Sony should have Android 5.0 Lollipop running out of the box.

We expect to hear more at CES 2015 next month in Las Vegas.

Hit the break to watch the video.


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Sony publishes changelog for recent Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact update

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Just over a week ago, Sony started rolling out an over-the-air update to unlocked models of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact located in the US. At the time of release, we didn’t know exactly what the upgrade consisted of, but, thankfully, we do now as the Japanese company has posted an official changelog on its website.

Hit the break below to see what you can expect from build 23.0.1.A.5.77.


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Unannounced Sony Xperia E4 pictured alongside Z1 Compact

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Sony’s forthcoming sequel to its popular budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia E3, is expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. However, following months of secrecy, the Xperia E4 has now been surreptitiously snapped, and the resulting shots leaked — revealing much of the handset’s appearance and specifications.


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Sony Leaks Xperia Z4 in Hacked Bond Movie Documents?

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Sony just can’t catch a break. First, the “scandal” surrounding the now-canceled Seth Rogen film The Interview has shed light on all sorts of internal quibbling at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the studio has been embarrassed and hostile in response.

On top of that, the script for the upcoming Bond film Spectre has also been leaked. The film only started production last week. Now, related to that, there’s another leak – albeit ostensibly minor – surrounding Sony’s product placement in the next James Bond film, which looks suspiciously like a futuristic Xperia Z4.


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Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra seemingly on the way, 13-inch display included

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Just like phones, tablets are getting bigger and bigger. It seems like Sony will be releasing a tablet with a massive 13-inch display sometime next year. The listing above was spotted by Pad News, showing that the tablet will be known as the Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra. The name is fitting considering the ‘Ultra’ title is designated to Sony’s largest devices. The display’s resolution is 3840×2400 and features the company’s TRILUMINOS, Live Color LED, and X-Reality technologies.


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AOSP available for additional Sony devices released in 2014

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Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.

Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.

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Sony SmartEyeglass gets detailed, concept model to be shown at CES 2015

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Sony has more to share about the SmartEyeglass prototype previewed in September. Sony explains that the “single-lens display module” is in full development and mass production is expected to start in 2015. The device has an OLED microdisplay with 640×400 resolution that is able to match all of the sRGB color space. The micro-optical unit allows the microdisplay to adapt to the environment’s lighting.

To ensure quality applications make their way to Sony’s hardware, the company will release a software development kit (SDK). Sony showed how the device can benefit sports. For cycling, it can track routes and measure speed. Runners can do the same and have a personal timer. And tennis players can analyze the hot spots of a racquet and view hit speeds. The SDK, of course, would allow developers to move outside of sports and create many more apps.

Next month in Las Vegas, Sony will showcase a concept model, called SmartEyeglass Attach!, for CES 2015.


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Sony’s PS4 Remote Play makes its way to unrooted Android devices

remoteplay_Z3-sonySony introduced Remote Play for their newer Xperia devices, letting users stream PlayStation 4 games to their smartphone. The games work with a Dualshock 4 controller, so you’ll get a near-console quality experience on a portable, smaller screen. This feature was obviously only intended for Sony devices, but thanks to some clever work by developers over at XDA, you can get it working on just about any modern Android device.
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Complete specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact leak out

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A new leak has revealed the alleged hardware specs sheet of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra as well as the Xperia Z4 Compact, which are expected to be shown off sometime in Q2 2015. The launch of the Xperia Z4 Ultra is quite significant as Sony hasn’t launched a phablet since the Xperia Z Ultra in mid-2013. A leak from last month gave us some idea about the hardware of the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact and the Z4 Tablet and this merely reiterates some of those details.
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