Sony bringing Android TV to its Bravia lineup in 2015

sony braviaSony announced a handful of new Bravia TVs at CES, and you can bet that you’ll finally be able to pick up a television with Android TV support. Several of the TV lineups support Android TV, including streaming content from the Play Store as well as being able to use apps and games on a big, 4k display. The televisions also have a microphone built-in so you’ll be able to use voice search to navigate. Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of Google Cast, too. Read more

Sony announces two new SmartEyeglass models

sony smartglassSony has announced two new models of its SmartEyeglass platform at CES today, including an attachable module for regular glasses and an all-in-one headset focused around fitness. These two are in addition to the original SmartEyeglass development kit that Sony showed off at IFA last year.

The smart module is called Attach! and clips onto a pair of eyeglasses that you already own, effectively turning a normal pair of glasses into a smart device. Sony has released a development kit for the device, and so far there are several fitness and sports performance apps for the module, but there will be a wider variety before a consumer release is hammered out. Read more

Sony Walkman brand lives on with the ZX2


The Walkman brand has existed for more than thirty-five years. And while it is not nearly as successful as it once was, Walkman still exists today. Tonight at its CES 2015 press conference, Sony introduced the Walkman ZX2. The device is bound to make audiophiles salivate. The Walkman ZX2 supports DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, and Apple Lossless among other types of audio. Aside from connecting to one of the device’s various ports, Sony allows for connecting speakers and headsets with Bluetooth and NFC connections.

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Sony releasing a stainless steel version of the SmartWatch 3


Did the SmartWatch 3 not catch your attention? Perhaps it was because of the rubberized strap that attracted lint as if it were a magnet. Well, Sony has a stainless steel version of the Android Wear device on the way. Everything, except for the build materials, remains the same. The stainless steel version of the SmartWatch 3 still has a 1.6-inch display (320×320), GPS, and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

Sony did not specify a release date or price.

It certainly looks attractive in the image above. Is the Sony SmartWatch 3 back on your radar now this it will be featuring metal? Let us know in the comments.

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Opera TV to hit Android TV in 2015


Opera Software, developer of the popular Opera browser you may be familiar with, has announced a new Opera Devices SDK that uses a Blink-based TV rendering engine to bring the platform to Sony TVs that use Android Lollipop for an Android TV solution. Opera indicates that the advanced HTML5 capabilities used to power premium content will also enable open Internet browsing on Android TV devices using a fully-functional Opera web browser on the TV that can be controlled using a standard remote control. Read more

Sony releases limited edition Xperia Z3 devices inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw

xperia z3 limited editionSony has announced a very limited run of some unique Xperia Z3 devices with designs based off of major cities around the globe. The devices feature an engraved back design with illustrations inspired by Berlin, Tokyo, and Warsaw.

The Xperia Z3 landed the Berlin engraving, designed by Vesa Tapani Sammalisto, while the Xperia Z3 Compact bears a Tokyo-inspired design created by Shinpei Hasegawa. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has a design based on Warsaw from Jan Feliks Kallwejt. Read more

VAIO Android smartphone rumored to debut at CES

vaioWith CES right around the corner, you can expect to see plenty of new electronics being announced, especially when it comes to Android phones and devices. A new rumor suggests that we may see a VAIO branded Android smartphone announced at the event, which would be the first major announcement concerning the VAIO brand since Sony sold it to focus on its own mobile division. It’s a pretty interesting turn of events to see Sony potentially competing against a brand that they built up. (although it is worth mentioning that Sony does still own a 5% stake in the VAIO brand) Read more