In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.
While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.
Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?
The Xperia Z2, Sony’s flagship smartphone for this half of 2014, is receiving a small over-the-air update. It is still Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but the build has gone from 17.1.A.2.55 to 17.1.A.2.69 with this OTA update. There are some reports that Sony has shipped this build with some Xperia Z2 handsets and those without it will be getting it now. There are not major changes made with this update. It seems like Sony is just using it for bug fixes and performance improvements.
Source: Xperia Blog
Sony is keeping up the trend of OEMs adding their stock apps to the Play Store to be updated individually. The latest to hit Google’s servers is the keyboard application for Xperia devices. So far, it doesn’t look like they’ve done too much beyond just throwing the app up for download, but in the future, they’ll be able to quickly and efficiently push out updates for devices.
The keyboard is what you’ll find on Sony’s Xperia devices, completely with emoji key and swipe typing. It’s not the most featured keyboard in the world, but some people like the stock options.
If you own an Xperia device, keep an eye out for updates to your keyboard. If you’re tired of waiting for any updates from Sony, you may want to check out our updated keyboard guide to keep you busy in the meantime.
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.
On the camera side of things, the Oppo Find 7 and Find 7a are exactly the same. So the video put together by YouTube user Danny Winget is representative of both devices. While the cameras have 13MP, video recording can be done in Ultra High Definition (UHD) thanks to some Sony components.
The results of UHD video recording are quite stunning and you can watch Winget’s video after the break.
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
Google has now added the Crackle app to its list of Chromecast supported app which means you no longer have to watch Crackle movies and shows on just your smartphone or tablet if you own a Chromecast device. Now, you can stream all Crackle movies and TV shows right to your TV via Chromecast.
The Crackle app, a Sony-owned free video on demand service, just received an update today with support for Google’s Chromecast. The app allows you to view a number of TV shows and movies for free and includes “new movies and series created by Crackle such as Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Chosen, Extraction, Cleaners and more.” The app currently works in US, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil and Latin America.
Sony announced the Xperia Z2 back in February, and a few weeks ago, Sony halted the pre-order of the SIM-free Xperia Z2, and later said the device will still launch on April 11 as planned.
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.