Sony has officially added the Sony Xperia ZL to their U.S. web site with a button customers can use to sign up to be notified when the smartphone is available for ordering. No pricing or projected date of availability was provided. Sources indicate the phone will be sim-free and will have LTE antennas available for several bands. The Sony web site lists three colors for the device – red, black and white. The inclusion of the red variant is a nice surprise after that color was shown at an event for South East Asian markets.
Sony is hoping to catch more of the smartphone market share this year in the hopes of placing itself as the third largest brand for mobile devices. As of Q4 2012, Sony was ranked fourth in smartphone market share at 4.5 percent of the market and sitting just behind Huawei with 4.9 percent of the market. Sony’s mobile business head Kunimasa Suzuki spoke at a roundtable briefing in Tokyo and says that they’ll alter smartphone development for each different market. This indicates cheaper, less premium smartphones for more developing countries.
The Jelly Bean 4.1.2 footprint just got a little larger over night. Reports from XDA members began coming in last night that the AT&T Sony Xperia TL is seeing the 4.1.2 upgrade. These upgrades do appear to be coming via PC Companion however, rather than OTA. From the posts, users are reporting a more fluid user interface and a more reliable WiFi connection. These features are of course in addition to all the standard Jelly Bean features such as Google Now and Project Butter. Additionally there are a few camera tweaks included in the update, including an HDR feature, however burst mode was not added. Go grab it if manually downloading your updates via PC Companion are your thing. Otherwise let us know when you see that OTA update or if you can access the update from your About Phone software update option.
The competition in the smartphone market could be getting fierce ladies and gentlemen. Recent reports have surfaced of Sony’s Xperia C670X with specs that are seemingly on par with the popular HTC One smartphone. The specs include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Reports are suggesting that the screen size of the C670X will be slightly smaller than the recently announced Xperia Z, coming in at 4.8 inches with a 1080p resolution, but a higher pixel density.
We would like to note that these specs should be taken with a grain of salt and has not been confirmed as of yet. However, it does make sense for Sony to want to keep up with the competition in the smartphone market. With HTC releasing their One phone and Samsung prepping to release the Galaxy S IV later in the month, competitors will have to step up their game to provide the best experience for consumers. What do you guys think about this potential flagship from Sony? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.
We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?
Today at MWC, Sony announced that its Xperia Z and Tablet Z devices will go on sale globally on March 1st, 2013. The Xperia Z, Sony’s latest flagship phone, is already available for pre-order and available in some parts of the world with varying storage capacities. The Tablet Z, however, was announced back in January, but we didn’t have any details concerning a launch date or pricing. Check out the press release after the break and sure to follow us as we bring you all of the latest news coming out of Mobile World Congress 2013.
Sony has just announced that their dual-sim Sony Xperia E Dual is up for pre-order in the U.S. with units shipping on March 1st. This entry level Android smartphone features a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch WVGA screen and a 3.2MP rear camera. While these specs are nothing to shout about, Sony has presented an entry level smartphone in a very sleek and attractive package. The device will cost $199.99 which on the surface may seem high, however this is the price you pay for the device unlocked. Most of the higher end smartphones cost the same price on a two-year contract with a carrier. For $199.99, this is a great starter phone for anyone jumping into the smartphone market for the first time. Head over to the source to pre-order your Xperia E Dual today.
Source: Sony Store
We recently told you about a leaked mid-range Sony device, features above on the left. So far all we knew was that the Xperia SP had a slightly larger screen, probably around 4.5 or 4.6 inches, and had a Snapdragon S4 under the hood. The latest leaks confirm those rumors, and we now know that the SP will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chip with a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The 4.6 inch screen will be built around an aluminum body with plastic back, that does indeed house a micro SD card slot, in addition to an 8 MP camera and 8 GB of internal storage. Pretty standard these days. Be sure to keep an eye out for more from Sony at MWC next week.
source: Xperia Blog
With Sony’s big announcement last night on the PlayStation 4, it’s no shocker that there would be something Android (and iOS) related. They announced a new app, simply called the PlayStation App, that will allow Android (and iOS) smartphones and tablets to become a second screen when playing PlayStation 4 games. Sega had the vision years ago with the controllers that came with the Dreamcast, but Sony is taking it to the next level.
The TV will still be the display of choice for gameplay, but you can now use your smartphone or tablet to look at maps. It makes perfect sense when playing something like football against a friend because your opponent won’t have any idea what play you’re calling. Users will also be able to purchase PlayStation titles from their devices and watch other gamers.
You may not be able to get your hands on a Sony Xperia Z quite yet as it is just starting to trickle out to some international markets, but when you do, instructions are already available for those who want to root their new device before doing anything else. Gaining root access has been accomplished by XDA forum member DoomLoRD using a modified root file he had for a Google Nexus 4. After some modifications, and with the assistance of some other developers, the new file for the Xperia Z is ready. If you hit the source link for access to the necessary files and instructions, you might note that DoomLoRD achieved this remotely as he does not yet have the device himself.
If you do get an Xperia Z and want to go down the root path, keep in mind you are taking some risks in unlocking the bootloader and flashing a new kernel on your device.
source: XDA Developers Forum