Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z3, and its successor, the Z2, have yet to receive the Android 5.0 Lollipop update even though the Z3 debuted months ago. A Sony Twitter account has confirmed that users can expect the Lollipop upgrade for both phones at the beginning of 2015.
Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.
Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.
Sony has more to share about the SmartEyeglass prototype previewed in September. Sony explains that the “single-lens display module” is in full development and mass production is expected to start in 2015. The device has an OLED microdisplay with 640×400 resolution that is able to match all of the sRGB color space. The micro-optical unit allows the microdisplay to adapt to the environment’s lighting.
To ensure quality applications make their way to Sony’s hardware, the company will release a software development kit (SDK). Sony showed how the device can benefit sports. For cycling, it can track routes and measure speed. Runners can do the same and have a personal timer. And tennis players can analyze the hot spots of a racquet and view hit speeds. The SDK, of course, would allow developers to move outside of sports and create many more apps.
Next month in Las Vegas, Sony will showcase a concept model, called SmartEyeglass Attach!, for CES 2015.
Sony introduced Remote Play for their newer Xperia devices, letting users stream PlayStation 4 games to their smartphone. The games work with a Dualshock 4 controller, so you’ll get a near-console quality experience on a portable, smaller screen. This feature was obviously only intended for Sony devices, but thanks to some clever work by developers over at XDA, you can get it working on just about any modern Android device.
A new leak has revealed the alleged hardware specs sheet of the Sony Xperia Z4 Ultra as well as the Xperia Z4 Compact, which are expected to be shown off sometime in Q2 2015. The launch of the Xperia Z4 Ultra is quite significant as Sony hasn’t launched a phablet since the Xperia Z Ultra in mid-2013. A leak from last month gave us some idea about the hardware of the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact and the Z4 Tablet and this merely reiterates some of those details.
Samsung has just published its schedule for CES 2015. The South Korean company will hold a press conference at 2.00 pm on Monday, January 5, in the Las Vegas Convention Centre, followed by a keynote address by Samsung Electronics CEO and President, B K Yoon, at 6:30 pm.
Not to be outdone by the myriad of other underwater stores out there, Sony has opened its underwater Xperia Aquatech store in the waters off Dubai. (Could it be anywhere else?) As its name suggests, this is a concept store located four meters underwater. It’s also only open to media, VIPs, and contest winners. On top of that, it will only be open for three days before giving up the ghost. There are popup restaurants with longer lifespans.
Back when Android TV was unveiled at Google I/O, it was announced that Sony would include it on all their 2015 HD and 4K TVs. That’s quite a commitment and should be just the thing to get Android TV off the ground. Is Sony going to offer the same experience as the Nexus Player? Turns out they have a couple of tricks up their sleeve.
The first is that in addition to Android TV, users will also get PS4 Remote Play and Sony’s cloud gaming service called PlayStation Now, which will also link to Google games. The other cool news regarding gaming is that you will be able to use PlayStation controllers, which is a really nice touch.
Sources have discovered that Sony is working on a new smartwatch that focuses on fashion over function. The watch is going to be constructed out of a new e-paper display from Sony that spans not only the watch face, but the band as well. This means users will be able to change the appearance with a tap or two. The smartwatch is not only unique in eschewing functionality – it only provides the time and date – but development of the device has revealed a new business unit within Sony that is part of an effort to get the company back on track financially and in terms of innovation.