When it comes to connecting vehicles, there are a few options. Google has Android Auto, Apple has CarPlay, and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has MirrorLink. Two Sony handsets on the market today opt with the latter of the three. The Xperia Z3 (which we recently reviewed) and the Xperia Z3 Compact come out of the box with MirrorLink support. When a device is MirrorLink-enabled, it connects to a vehicle for music control and simplified navigation. MirrorLink also provides safety because users are no longer focusing as much on the device.
Sony is known for great TVs, cameras, and the PlayStation, but a lot of people, at least in the U.S., don’t know they make smartphones. Sony is a heavy duty name brand, but for whatever reason, it has taken a while to leverage it with U.S. wireless carriers. The tide might be turning as the Xperia Z3 made its way to T-Mobile and a variant known as the Z3v made its way to Verizon Wireless. Why a variant? Knowing they have more control, Verizon loves to force the up and coming manufacturers to alter their devices. The guts of the phone is almost the same, but the outside appearance is dramatically different. Many might say it’s a lot worse. However, the bigger issue here is if you should be considering Sony for your next smartphone?
There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.
The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!
Via: Xperia Blog
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel. Read more
Sony just took the wraps off of the Exmor RS IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other mobile devices. It is the first CMOS image sensor for smartphones that sport an “onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects.”
What the hell does that mean? It means the new camera will do a much better job at capturing fast moving objects with high-speed autofocus. Anyone with kids knows what I am talking about, but don’t forget animals and sporting events. The IMX230 features 21.7 megapixels, and a 192-point autofocus, which is better than the previous generation’s 172.
Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.
Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced. Read more
As Verizon’s reign of exclusivity over Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has now come to an end, residents in the United States can pick up Sony’s smart watch offering from the Play Store for $249. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will ship within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you no later than Friday, November 14.
In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.
The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.
For those interested in an unlocked Xperia Z3 you’ll be excited to hear that the Sony Store has it. According to the web site the device will go for $679.99 and will start shipping on Monday, Nov. 10. It should be noted that this is the global variant (D6603) with support for LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,13,17, and 20. If you do decide to order one, you’ll have your choice of the colors available, including black, copper, olive green and copper. Hit the source link to score one.