Manufacturers to rethink “Mini” phone strategies after poor sales, according to report

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We’ve seen the trend of mini versions of flagship phones growing over the past year or two, starting with the Galaxy S III Mini. We’ve seen an HTC One Mini and a few other manufacturers produce lesser versions of their flagship models with a squished screen and, problematically, a similar price tag. DigiTimes is reporting that many of these manufacturers are going to be rethinking that strategy in the coming months after poor sales of these “miniature” phones; both Samsung and HTC have had to cut the price of their Mini phones soon after launching, partly because of their inflated pricing, and partly because of stiff competition from other smaller, cheaper mid-range phones.
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Sony Xperia Z1 f brochure leaks with images

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Yesterday we found out that the Sony’ Xperia Z1’s mini sibling would likely be making an appearance NTT DoCoMo’s Winter Presentation next week. Today pictures of the Sony Xperia Z1 f leaked in a brochure that is making rounds on the internet. Along with it we see black, white, pink, lime, and purple as the color choices. Specs aren’t supposed to be toned down despite being “mini.” From a previous leak, the Xperia Z1 f will have a 4.3-inch display. On the inside it’ll have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, and a dust and water resistant body to protect it. Hit the break for more images from the brochure.
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Sony explains PlayStation app, set to release alongside PlayStation 4

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We received news that Sony would be releasing its PlayStation app in November alongside the PS4 a few weeks ago, and today, Sony detailed the app for us, explaining the ins and outs.

The app will have many features that will actually allow you to interact with what’s going on on your PS4.

It will allow users to send invites to multiplayer games, purchase and remotely download games from the PlayStation Network, and send voice/text messages to users on the PS4.

There will also be a “compare trophies” feature, the ability to see what your friends are up to, and access PlayStation Blog news.


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Sony Xperia Z1 f likely to appear at NTT DoCoMo’s Winter Presentation in Japan

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Japan’s largest mobile operator will be holding their 2013-14 Winter Presentation on Thursday, October 4. While the Japanese variant of the Sony Xperia Z1 is likely going to be given an appropriate introduction, a mini version is what people are looking out for. Last week pictures of the Xperia Z1 f leaked, giving light to flagship’s smaller sibling.

From the specs leaked last week, the Xperia Z1 f will be no slouch although the screen is 4.3-inches. Internally it’ll have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragoon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, and a dust and water resistant body. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as the Xperia Z1 f is officially announced.

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony Smartwatch 2 Launched in Europe and Comes With Dedicated App

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The Smartwatch craze continues to push forward, and with it Sony is releasing its second generation of wearable tech with the Smartwatch 2. For £149.99 you can purchase the watch with a rubber wristband where as £169.99 will get you one with a metal wristband from the Sony Mobile Store UK. In Germany the watch with a rubber wristband goes for €179. Other regions including France, Italy and Spain will see it available for €189. The metal wristband goes for €199 in all regions.

The Play Store has also seen the release of a dedicated app for your smartphone. With it, you’ll be able to see what extensions are available for your device. We have a small trailer for you after the break.


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Sony unveils a duo of Jelly Bean powered Walkman music players

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Sony has announced a line of new Walkman music players that run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first model is the NW-F880, which is powered by a TI OMAP dual-core processor and has 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, an FM radio, and a nicely sized 4-inch screen. It’s available in either pink, blue, black, or white, and you can get it in either a 16, 32, or 64 GB model. Those storage options will set you back $274 on the low end and $406 on the high end.

The second model is the NW-ZX1, which comes with 128 GB of storage and most of the features of the F880 but drops the FM radio, and that’ll run about $751. Sony plans on dropping these devices in Japan come December, but if we’re lucky we might see them hit American shores sometime next year.

source: Unwired View

Sony Xperia Z Ultra now available for pre-order in the U.S.

xperia_z_ultraWhile some regions received the Sony Xperia Z Ultra back in July, folks in the US have been waiting. The Xperia Z Ultra is finally available for pre-order in the United States. Newegg.com is offering the 6.44 inch device at $699.99 for the HSPA+ version, and $729.99 for the LTE version. The phone is available in black, purple, and white, and delivery is expected by October 14.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and pre-order.

Source: Newegg.com
Via: XperiaBlog

Sony PlayStation App to be available in November with PS4 release

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Sony is planning to release their new PlayStation 4 this November and they have announced the new PlayStation App will be available for iOS and Android devices at the same time. The PlayStation App will be a companion to the PS4 and will enable gamers to use their tablets or smartphones as controllers for some titles. Even if a title does not allow that, the app has other features that may be useful for gamers, like the ability to serve as a second screen displaying extra information during gameplay. Based on the information provided, it appears users will also be able to order games and trigger their download to their PS4. Sony is planning to include a variety of social networking touchpoints on the PS4 and the PlayStation App should enable users to capitalize and access those features as well.

source: BGR

Sony Mobile seeks to end leaks

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As we’ve seen time and time again, upcoming devices’ designs and specs are leaked much earlier than their intended reveal. While many companies like Samsung are good at keeping things a secret, others are not as fortunate. Sony is among the many that has not been so lucky as their newest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z1, surfaced across the web before its IFA 2013 event in Berlin. So today someone snapped a photo at a Sony Mobile office in Asia that exposed some of their rules. With these rules now being posted for employees to see, Sony hopes to at least slow down the amount of leaks for their devices.


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Bootloader unlock issue for Xperia Z1 confirmed by Sony

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 who unlock the bootloader will discover an unfortunate side effect to doing so, the loss of their camera’s functionality. Sony has acknowledged the issue, going so far as to post a message on their unlock bootloader web site to warn individuals about the problem. A workaround does exist that involves backing up the TA partition, which holds Sony’s DRM keys, before unlocking the bootloader. If the camera is needed, users then have to go through the trouble of restoring the backup and re-locking the bootloader in the process. Hopefully Sony’s developers will have a fix for the problem in short order.

source: Xperia Blog