Good news, Sony users!
If you have an Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR or an Xperia Tablet Z, you’re in luck. Your device will not only be receiving Android 4.4 in the coming days, but it will also get a multitude of other updates provided by Sony.
Hit the break for more details.
At MWC 2014, Sony indicated that they thought the once-a-year flagship strategy was a dead-end for smartphone manufacturers. Living up to that prediction, even though Sony has just released the Sony Xperia Z2 and is still struggling to get it to the U.S. market amidst supply issues, a leak has already surfaced regarding the Sony Xperia Z3. Read more
Sony has announced its fiscal year 2013 results, including the figures for the last quarter. During this period, Sony reports sales of $74.5 billion and operating income of $257 million, which was largely due to PlayStation 4 sales.
In the last quarter alone, Sony missed its smartphone forecast by almost a million devices. The forecast was for 9.7 million Xperia units to sell during the 4th quarter, but the final result was 8.8 million units.
The Verizon Sony Xperia Z2 has been pretty evasive since we first heard rumors of its existence back in March. Today however, some more evidence of the device was leaked.
The leak shows an image of the device showing off its IP58 certification. We can just make out the Verizon logo on the back of the device, suggesting that it will in fact be released to Verizon. Despite this, officially the device will not be available to any of the big 4 major carriers, and will only be available unlocked via the Sony store, but that could change.
Water and your devices. They just do not go hand and hand. In 2013, Samsung realized that they could serve a consumer that wanted durability and released the Galaxy S 4 Active. And this year Samsung and others, like Sony, made their flagship smartphones water and dust resistant. Durability is something becoming expected and now other manufacturers will take this concept to another market for 2015.
Sources say the entry-level and mid-range smartphones will be the target for waterproofing next year. Right now, the cost of a waterproof smartphone is way too high. So releasing a handset below $300 without a contract that is waterproof is the goal. Getting to that price while waterproofing will not be difficult, but can a quality experience still be provided?
Today Sony officially announced the Xperia XL2, which has a number of great features, especially compared to its predecessor. The Xperia ZL2 will feature a 5″ 1080p display, similar to the original ZL.
Other specs of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will also ship with Android 4.4 with Sony’s UI over the top.
Sony has released an Instagram extension app for the Smartwatch 2 that allows you to check Instagram notifications and comments without touching your phone. It isn’t a complete replacement for the app on your phone, but it’s a useful extension that will help you keep up on any notifications you’re getting. You can adjust how often the app syncs, and it alerts you with a soft vibration on your wrist. Pretty quiet and not intrusive.
The app is freely available in the Play Store, if you happen to own a Smartwatch 2.
source: Xperia Blog
Alright, we get it. Not everyone is that big on a stock Android experience. Some people prefer to have a skin to give a little more personality. So rather than buying the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, that just received a price cut, there is another option to get Sony’s massive phablet.
Through Sony’s official store, you can now purchase the Xperia Z Ultra LTE for $449. That is the same price running in the Play Store, but this one keeps Sony’s UI. This device will come unlocked directly from Sony. This is for the LTE model and interestingly enough, the HSPA+ model still costs a whopping $629.
What are you waiting for? Hit the source link below to order yours.
On May 8th, Sony India will hold a press conference for the Xperia Z2. Rumors have that the actual device being sold in stores won’t happen until the middle of this month. Pricing of the phone will be priced lower than Rs 56,000. Stay tuned for further news.
One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.