Sony SmartEyeglass closer to market after FCC visit, release of some official apps

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Although Google is currently in a major state of flux with their Google Glass platform as the company looks to retool their efforts, others are working on getting their version of a face-worn device ready for consumers. One of those companies is Sony which showed off a couple models of their Sony SmartEyeglass product at CES 2015. Following that reveal, one of the models has now passed through the FCC and Sony has released a couple social media apps meant for the device.
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Sony Debuts Xperia E4 Ahead of MWC

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There are many reasons to visit Barcelona: art, history, architecture, food, beaches, mountains, etc. (I used to live there so I’m biased). Aside from those terrific rationales for visiting the Catalan capital, every March the telecommunications industry descends on Plaça d’Espanya at the Mobile World Congress, and event where plenty of mobile leaders debut new devices that cause us to drool over our tapas.

But if you’re attending MWC in hopes of seeing Sony take the wraps off of some new hardware, you’re not going to see it in the form of a keynote. So perhaps to lessen the blow of an un-Sony MWC, the Japanese giant has just unveiled its new Xperia E4 phone.


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No, Sony will not be having a press conference at MWC this year

sony_logo_720While many look toward Mobile World Congress (MWC) as a place to go to be updated on the new smartphone tech coming up in 2015 and beyond, some companies opt for their own announcement press conferences. Unlike Samsung, that will most likely announce the new Galaxy device at a press conference at MWC, Sony is taking a different path this year.

According to Xperia Blog’s sources, Sony Mobile will not be having a formal press conference or live stream this year, which is unlike what they’ve done in previous years. Instead, the company will have a welcome greeting to open the booth on Monday, March 2, for those media who are present.That said, we  can still expect to see something from Sony in the mobile category.

source: Xperia Blog

Sony’s next E series budget smartphone may have surfaced at GFXBench

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A new entry on the GFXBench testing website may be the forthcoming Sony E4. The Sony E4 is expected to be the next iteration of Sony’s budget model following up on the Sony E3. We originally thought the device may be revealed at CES 2015 after an image surfaced back in December. After that did not materialize, we started looking toward MWC 2015 to see whether Sony might reveal the device during that event. The specs listed on the GFXBench site are mostly consistent with earlier reports of the Sony E4, though it looks like the smartphone may have shrunk just a little bit.
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White and black face plates for the Sony Xperia Z4 leak

xperia z4 front panelWe don’t know whether or not Sony will bring the Xperia Z4 to MWC this year, but that’s not going to stop the leaks for the device. The latest images show the front panel of Sony’s upcoming flagship in both white and black, and it looks fairly similar to the Z3 with just a few changes.

The dual front-facing speakers on the device will be split at the top and bottom of the face of the phone, and the sensors and front camera are flipped compared to what we see on the Z3. The camera has moved to the top left of the device, while the other sensors are on the right.
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OnePlus targets Sony employees in announcing new European R&D center

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OnePlus CEO Carl Pei took to Google+ over the weekend to announce the company is building a new research and development center in Europe that the company plans to launch in the latter half of 2015. The wording is a little vague as to whether work has already started on the new facility or if a location has been decided on. The other curious part of the announcement is that Pei linked to an article about Sony cutting 1,000 jobs in its smartphone division, including some in Europe. Apparently OnePlus hopes to scoop up some of these former Sony employees.
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Three Sony Xperia model numbers appear online, one likely belongs to the Xperia Z4

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Things are not great at Sony. The company has been reevaluating its divisions and just announced it would cut jobs from the mobile division. Despite all of this, the company must continue doing business. And, since the mobile division remains in Sony’s hands, the Xperia Z4 is coming. Three model numbers belonging to Sony Xperia handsets have appeared on the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site and one of them seems to be the flagship phone.


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