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

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.
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Sony’s KitKat UI for upcoming Xperia Z2 (D6503) smartphone leaks

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The Sony “Sirius” (D6503) smartphone, likely the Xperia Z2, had a fair amount of screenshots and specs leak this morning. The screenshots obtained were from November 2013 and the device was running Android 4.3; however, a new set of screenshots shows Sony’s user interface revamped in the form of Android 4.4 KitKat. Courtesy of Xperia Blog, we now know that Sony’s upcoming flagship smartphone will launch with the latest version of Android.

Hit the break for a brief overview and gallery packed with every screenshot.
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Upcoming Xperia Z2 (D6503) specs leak again along with screenshots

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We are only a little over a month away from Mobile World Congress, so things are really starting to heat up regarding the new “Sirius” (D6503) smartphone from Sony. It’s expected to be the Xperia Z2, and the rumored specs were already reported last week. Today the specs leak again from another source confirming that initial report.

It’s expected to have a display of 5.2-inches (1080p), a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AB), an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, and 2.1MP front-facing camera. At this present time, it’s running Android 4.3, but it could get Android 4.4 by the time it hits shelves.

What is new with today’s report is a slew of screenshots were leaked showing the UI. Unfortunately, these screens are based on Android 4.3, and from November 2013, but it will give you an idea of what Sony is thinking for their next flagship.

Hit the break for the images.


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Pictures of upcoming Sony D6503 leak

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iRimas from XDA shared a few pictures of the upcoming Sony D6503 handset today, which appears to be an updated version of the Sony Xperia Z1.

The device appears to have smaller bezels, which could mean a 5.2-inch display. There are also larger speaker holes at the bottom of the phone, and a SIM tray appears to be on the left side of the device as well. It also appears as though there’s room for a microSD slot on the side as well.

The volume rocker, power button, camera key, magnetic pins, headphone jack, and the LED notification light seem to be in the same place as they all were on the Z1, including the camera placement on the back.

Specs haven’t been revealed yet, but we’re expecting Sony to take everything up a notch with their new device. Hit the source link for more pictures. 

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z2 to sport 5.3-inch display and 23MP camera?

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Recently we reported that the upcoming Sony Xperia  Z2 will be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, along with a few specs. Today the back cover has been leaked along with slightly contrary specs.

First the cover. If you’re not a fan of glass backs, you will be happy to know that the Z1 won’t sport one. Of course, this pic could be from an early prototype, but assuming it’s close to the final design, it appears to be matte metallic or carbon fiber. It was also divulged that there will be 5 color options.


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Sony confirms Android 4.3.3 coming for Xperia SP, T, TX and V in the next month

sony_xperia_spSony confirmed today that their Xperia SP, T, TX, and V will be receiving Android 4.3.3 “from end Jan / early Feb.” This is a relief for owners who thought they might never get the update, after waiting for it since Sony said it was expected in December. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more precise release dates.

Source: Xperia Blog

 

Sony Takes on the Affordable Market with Its Xperia E1

XperiaE1As the Moto G proved, an affordable phone does not have to sacrifice quality to reach a lower price point. Sony is only reinforcing that idea with their new affordable handset, the Xperia E1. It has the same look and feel as the Z1 Compact. To reach an affordable price point, it looks like Sony is going with a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixal (WVGA) resolution. This suggests a 233 ppi pixel density. It’s not the worst of displays but you’re not going to be blown away by it.

Other specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. No word on if KitKat will be onboard or if the handset will have expandable storage. It will have a 1700mAh battery as well. The device will come in black, white or purple. According to Sony, it will have a 100db loudspeaker and one variant of the phone will have a dual-sim slot.

No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. We have the presser for you after the break.


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Sony unveils two mid-range phablets, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual

Sony_Xperia_T2_Ultra_ColorsSony announced the Xperia Z1 Compact and T-Mobile-s Xperia Z1S last week at CES, but for whatever reason, they decided to hold off on a couple of phones until this week. Probably because they are mid-rangers. The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual are 6-inch phablets sporting mid-range specs.

Both phones are identical other than the fact that the Dual has, you guessed it, dual-SIM capability. Specs for both phones include a 6-inch TRILUMINOS and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile, but the resolution is only at 720p. As to the rest, they sport a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (presumably a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile, 1.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. No word on which version of Android, but you can forget KitKat.


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