As we get closer to MWC 2014 and the likely release of the Sony “Sirius” device as the Sony Xperia Z2, we have some new images that reveal some of the camera functions on the new device. Perhaps of greatest interest to many, even if usefulness may be limited until the market matures, is the presence of 4K video recording. XDA member iRimas, who has the device, grabbed the screenshots showing some of the settings for 4K video and some other features. Read more
Sony has a lot going on right now and there are a lot of rumors surrounding them, but with the recent release of their Q3 2013 results we should be able to learn a bit more about what lies ahead for the company. Sony enjoyed a 44.8% increase in sales in the Mobile Products and Communication division, with the total sales coming to $4.396 billion. It also managed to have an operating loss reduced by $120 million.
The success in the mobile division is mostly due to a “significant increase” in smartphone sales, and comes despite being put together with the Sony PC business.
A recent update to Sony‘s Gallery app began rolling out to Xperia phones today, bringing the app to version 5.4.A.0.12. While the app does include a couple performance improvements and improvements for PlayMemories, there is something a little more interesting about the update. Interestingly enough, the new update adds “updates for Android 4.4/KitKat” to the changelog.
What’s interesting about that is the fact that Sony currently doesn’t have any Xperia phones running Android 4.4, meaning that an update for Xperia phones to the new operating system could be coming soon. The new app also supports KitKat’s immersive mode for fullscreen.
Source: Android Central
Sony’s newest entry into the Xperia lineup, the Xperia Z1 Compact, is apparently having some issues with the camera flash in low light situations. According to users on Android-Hlife and the Sony Mobile forums, taking pictures at night outside or in dimly lit areas when using the flash causes light bleeding, which distorts the pictures. Basically, it looks like the light emitted from the flash on the back of the phone is refracted back onto the lens, causing some pretty washed out images.
The issue is looking like its more prevalent on the pink and lime models compared to the black and white, which is pretty odd. Hopefully it’s something that Sony can get worked out through a software update, but camera problems can be pretty tricky. Read more
For every phone, there comes a time that support diminishes. Sony made it clear today that that time has come for twelve of their devices that fall outside the 18-month update window that Google and Android have put in place. The complete list:
- Xperia arc S
- Xperia S
- Xperia SL
- Xperia ion
- Xperia acro S
- Xperia go
- Xperia P
- Xperia J
- Xperia micro
- Xperia sola
- Xperia tipo
- Xperia U
Source: Xperia Blog
Following the release of the Pebble Steel, which I think is the first truly great-looking smartwatch, other manufacturers will have to turn up the heat in terms of design in order to stay on top of the trends.
Sony just announced two new editions for its SmartWatch 2 which will launch in March.
The HTC M8 has been hyped up a lot of the past few weeks after a series of leaks of specs and pictures. Now, it looks as though we have some information on a little brother to the M8, the M8 mini. Following suit with Samsung (and now many other OEMs) it seems that HTC is catching on that people want different things from their devices— there is no one true device to “rule them all.”
@evleaks sent out a cryptic tweet earlier today which read: 0P6B:HTC M8::0P8B:M8 mini.
Believe what you want, but this is what we’re going with. (It could also be a possible HTC One mini, which was also rumored for a 2014 release.)
Sony released an update to their PlayStation App, a companion to their PlayStation gaming consoles. With the update, Sony added a new feature called “Live from PlayStation” which gives users the ability to stream live content to their mobile devices. Instead of building in live video streaming directly into the app, Sony opted instead to use providers like Twich.tv and Ustream. When a user selects a stream to view, the appropriate app will be launched. Read more
Sony Japan is set to launch their new SPA-TA1 tablet camera attachment which is designed to attach to DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras onto tablets. The cameras ship with a mount that only allows for devices up to 75mm thick, meaning that many tablet owners, such as those who own the Xperia Z Ultra for example, are unable to use the camera. This new mount should fix that.
The mount caters for devices between 85mm and 190mm wide. There are 6 arms available in various different sizes, and each weighs in at 31 grams.
The attachment is set to launch in Japan on April 4, 2014, and will cost users 3,675 yen, which is around $36. Hopefully the attachment will see a launch in other countries soon after.
Source: Xperia Blog
As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.
In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.