Sony Xperia Z smartphone receives minor software update

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A quiet software update has surfaced for you Sony Xperia Z smartphone owners out there. The firmware update keeps the Android software version at 4.1.2, but brings the device to version firmware number 10.1.1.A.1.253 and brings performance tweaks, along with the display calibration tool, new software key and navigational bar colors going from grey to black and the ability to disable the pesky notification light. For now, it’s looking like devices in the French markets are getting the update first, but devices in other markets should follow sooner than later.

source: Xperia Blog
via: Phone Arena

Sony unveils Xperia ZR, a mid to high-end waterproof device made for underwater photography

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Sony released specs today regarding its newest addition to the Xperia Z family today in the form of the Xperia ZR. The ZR packs many of the same components and waterproof capabilities as the Xperia Z, putting it in the mid to high-end range. Sony’s putting a lot of emphasis on the ZR’s higher IP rating (IP55 and IP58 as opposed to the Z’s IP55 and IP57), which makes it perfect for those HD recordings of your underwater adventures.

Powering Sony’s new aquatic handset is the Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5 GHz quad-core processor also found on the Xperia Z and ZL. Rounding out the internals are 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The display measures out at 4.55-inches with 720p resolution. On the back they put a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera with an LED flash and “burst mode” capable of taking 15 frames per second.


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Sony tries to lure developers by waiving the $99 PlayStation Mobile licensing fee

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If you have a game and would like to port over to PlayStation Mobile devices, but can’t afford the $99 license fee Sony usually charges developers, then I have some good news for you. For a limited time this summer, Sony has decided to open its Mobile Development program up to all new developers, and waive the license fee.

This could turn out to be a fantastic opportunity for both Sony and developers. If this plan works Sony could see an upswing in development while developers add another platform to launch their games on. This isn’t only limited to Android certified devices either, it also includes development for the PS Vita as well. Let’s hope this plan works out better than expected and Sony makes it a permanent deal.

Check out the video for the PlayStation Mobile Development Program after the break. I feel like the guy in it myself, how many of you can relate?


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Facebook Home support appears for Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Sony Xperia ZL

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If you recently got your hands on one of the latest and greatest smartphones to hit the market, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One, you were probably wondering how great it would be to slap the Facebook Home launcher on it. Not really, but it does seem Facebook is hoping owners of those devices might give their Home launcher a try despite the generally poor reception it has received since hitting the market. Although the Facebook Home app still shows its last update as being April 22, 2013, some users have discovered a new screen popping up on their devices asking if they would like to “Use Home Anyway” when they hit the unsupported device screen when launching the app. This appears to be true on both the Galaxy S 4 and the Sony Xperia ZL. Meanwhile, owners of the HTC One don’t even get the unsupported device screen, instead going straight into the launcher.
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5-inch Sony Xperia A drops by the FCC with a removable battery

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2013 is shaping up to be a great year for Sony’s mobile division. The Xperia A has slid through the FCC, and it appears to be a cousin of the Xperia Z, except for one key difference; a removable battery. Aside from that, the rest of the device looks the same, including the five inch screen and the sturdy power button, as well as most of the internal specs, including the 13 megapixel shooter and 16 GB internal storage. It’s obviously a bit thicker to allow that removable battery, but close enough. One thing that wasn’t mentioned, however, was the processor. I’d be a little surprised to see Sony launch a flagship variant like this with the Xperia Z’s S4 Pro, especially if they’re trying to compete with Samsung, HTC, and LG. Regardless, as soon as anything shows up on the radar, we’ll be sure to let you know.

source: FCC

via: Engadget

Sony’s new mid-range CX190 leaked specs and camera sample surface

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Sony’s new mid-range offering the CX190 (not to be confused with the recently leaked Sony C3) has found its way online in the form of a Picasa sample shown above. Currently codenamed the Xperia C, the modest device is rumored to pack a dual-core Qualcomm processor (either the MSM8627 or the MSM8230), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card. It is also expected to have a 4″ display with a 480 x 854 resolution.

The device will run Android 4.1.2 and house a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video in 720p HD. With these specs its safe to assume that the CX190 will be available for a fairly low price point. While nothing has been officially announced, rumor has it that Sony will announce it at the IFA electronics expo in Berlin at the end of August.

 

Sony officially lists its Xperia SP smartphone on its website as available for pre-order

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Are you in the market for a mid-range smartphone, but don’t want to deal with crummy contracts and would rather get a new phone outright? If yes— then you’ll be happy at this tidbit of news as Sony has officially listed its unlocked Xperia SP smartphone on its website as available for pre-order. The modest device features a zippy Snapdragon dual-core processor, a 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display, 8MP camera and an expandable microSD slot. Additionally, the device will come equipped with a nice assortment of various cellular radios, so it will more than certainly be Ma Bell or Magenta-friendly. Not too shabby indeed.

The device will run customers a cool $489.99 and will start shipping devices sometime later this week. You can find more details once you hit the source link.

source: Sony Store

Sony i1 (Honami) coming to the U.S. this fall as unlocked only

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It looks like the Sony Honami is going to be called the i1 and it will be available this fall in the U.S. as the first One Sony phone. This one (no pun intended) is all about the camera, which could possibly be the best ever in a smartphone. It will supposedly feature a 20MP CyberShot G lens and an Exmor RS Sensor. Rumors point to a body of both glass and metal with some carbon fiber.  At 10mm thick, it certainly won’t be the thinnest phone in the world, but it might be one of the best looking.

The rest of the rumored specs include a 5-inch 1080p Reality display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a battery ranging from 2,700 to 3,000mAh battery. The i1 sounds like an incredible phone, but if you’re in the U.S., don’t expect it to be available on any carriers come fall. Word is that it will only be offered unlocked, which means expensive.

source: PhoneArena

Sony C3 leaks, possibly Sony’s first MediaTek phone

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Manufacturers in the Chinese market have been using MediaTek chips in their phones for a while now, as it’s a cost-efficient solution— the only problem is that most of these companies have not yet created an aesthetically-pleasing device using the chip.

In March we reported that Sony would be bringing something to the table, and it looks like they will because the Sony C3 packed with a MediaTek chip leaked today. Rumors point to Sony building the phone using the quad-core MT6589 processor or the updated 1.5GHz MT6589T chip. We’ll let you guys know when more information is available.

Source: GizChina
Via: PhoneArena

Sony finally puts up Xperia Z for sale on US site

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Sony has finally given US customers the chance to get their hands on the unlocked version of the dustproof and waterproof Xperia Z through Sony’s web store. It’ll run you $629.99, but that’s about average for an unlocked phone. Unfortunately, though, there’s no LTE on board like the Xperia ZL, but you will be able to use the phone on AT&T and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ networks. If you have to hold out for LTE, you may want to wait for T-Mobile’s rumored LTE version. If you’re ready to open your wallet, hit the link below.

source: Sony Store