Sony has sent out invites for an upcoming event to be held in New York on October 9th. The tagline for the event is #DemandGreat, so we’ll probably see something related to the Xperia Z3 availability on US carriers. T-Mobile is a guaranteed carrier, but there’s always a chance that some other carriers will pick it up. There were rumors not too long ago about Verizon carrying an Xperia phone, so maybe that deal will finally happen.
Regardless, we’re just a few weeks away from knowing for sure. What are you hoping for from this event?
Sony has released some new apps to the Google Play store intended for owners of their Xperia devices. The apps make use of the Sony camera to liven up the images that people capture. That is, if you consider adding Ninjas to a photo an example of making things more exciting.
When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices.
The image above doesn’t look all that appealing, but Sony says it’s a prototype. It will do most of the same things that Google Glass does such as superimposing images, videos, and text. It also includes a 3 MP camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness sensor, and a compass. Battery life is one of the biggest complaints with Google Glass, so Sony has added a bulky battery pack that is wired to the glasses. I’m not sure that is the answer. The prototype will connect to smartphones running Android 4.1 and higher.
Most people have at least one Sony-branded item in their homes as they have been one of the biggest electronics companies in the world for quite some time now. So, it may come as a surprise that after an internal review, Sony is expecting losses in the ballpark of $1.7 billion dollars. The Japanese tech giant attributes these losses to their mobile division and will be forced to restructure their strategy to reduce risk and volatility and to guarantee “more stable profits”. According to their report, this will be achieved by releasing less mid-range devices and focusing on premium, top-tier handsets. It should be interesting to see what the future holds for Sony’s mobile division.
In a new video today, the new software features of Sony’s newest flagship, the Xperia Z3, are detailed. Showing that while the Z3 may not be that different to the Z2 hardware wise, the software aspects of the device may be worth springing for an upgrade. Some of the features showcased include Bluetooth device unlocking, Ultra STAMINA Mode (for a week’s worth of battery),and smartscreen rotation. If you have a little over a minute to spare, we have the video for you after the break. Enjoy!
With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.
Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”
HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party #iPhone6,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.
You can check both tweets out after the break.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
Sony’s latest device is quite the machine, and T-Mobile is more than happy to let you know all about it. The carrier is now selling the device, and in order to get you to make the decision to purchase it, Tmo has uploaded an unboxing video going over all of the neat bells-and-whistles inside Sony’s pretty powerhouse. So watch the vid below, then let us know what you think in the comment section below!