It’ll be a busy week, but these are the press events you need to be paying attention to during CES 2016.
Sources in China indicate Sony is preparing to launch a new pink color version of their current flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z5. The device will apparently be an exclusive to Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, although that could change after the initial release. The device is targeted for a release in time for the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. Read more
While we are already seeing leaks for devices not expected until the latter half of 2016, one company who is expected to release devices much sooner is a lot murkier in terms of what to expect. Sony, which almost seems to be operating on a day-to-day mentality with regard to staying in the smartphone market, appears to be on track to release a line of Xperia Z6 devices in the first half of 2016. One of those devices will be a middle-tier smartphone, the Xperia Z6 Lite. Read more
Remember when you had to carry a real camera to make great photos? Yeah, we here at TalkAndroid barely remember those days.
Indeed, why shouldn’t we forget the days of carrying a separate instrument for making photos? Devices like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 (review here) are rendering even high end point-and-shoot cameras nearly irrelevant. The Note 5 was just given a score of 86 by image quality rating website DxOMark, which lands it at number three on the site’s list of top mobile phone cameras. The #1 and #2 spots are occupied by Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Sony’s Xperia Z5, respectively.
Japan Display Inc. has started building the 2nd generation “Pixel Eyes” touch LCD display modules. The new modules are designed with high performance phones in mind.
Sony is currently working on a high-capacity battery that lasts 40% longer on a single charge, says a report from Japanese news group Nikkei. Read more
In the spec wars for smartphones, it looks like LG and Samsung may have finally reached the tipping point, at least when it comes to display resolutions. Over the years, smartphone manufacturers have chased different metrics when it comes to displays, first pixels per inch (PPI) and then resolutions, from 720p HD to full 1080p HD and more recently to QHD (2560 x 1440 resolution). The next step would be 4K, or Ultra HD, displays running at 3840 x 2160 resolution. Although Sony has already taken that leap with the release of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, a new report says Samsung and LG are not ready to make the move with their 2016 devices. Read more
Sony might be a longtime manufacturer of Android devices, but the company is focusing on another mobile operating system when it comes to using its video streaming service. Along with Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Sony announced in November that PlayStation Vue would be accessible on a Chromecast. Support for those two Amazon devices started right away while a wait was put in place for the service’s availability on Google’s little media player. The wait is finally over, but the structure of PlayStation Vue’s Chromecast support is a bit.. limited.
People with Android devices are still unable to use PlayStation Vue on a Chromecast. Happen to own a device with iOS on it? You’re good to go.
Sony’s equivalent of a soak testing program, Concept for Android, has been receiving positive reviews from the company’s development folks, so it is being extended into 2016. At the same time that Sony revealed they were not shutting down the program this week as originally planned, Sony also released an update for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact to start testing Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on those devices. Read more
The mobile division at Sony hasn’t been very successful in recent years, but the company still tries to be a big player in the industry. Sony continues to release waves of new products, sometimes with odd variations that don’t have a clear place in the world while largely ignoring the United States and only sending aged devices there for no one to buy. Because of its struggles, a new focus has been put on image sensors. Both Softkinetic Systems and Toshiba’s entire image sensor business have been purchased in 2015. And as we’re approaching a new year, a report shows that Sony will not be slowing down its efforts to flood the world with new hardware.