Most people have at least one Sony-branded item in their homes as they have been one of the biggest electronics companies in the world for quite some time now. So, it may come as a surprise that after an internal review, Sony is expecting losses in the ballpark of $1.7 billion dollars. The Japanese tech giant attributes these losses to their mobile division and will be forced to restructure their strategy to reduce risk and volatility and to guarantee “more stable profits”. According to their report, this will be achieved by releasing less mid-range devices and focusing on premium, top-tier handsets. It should be interesting to see what the future holds for Sony’s mobile division.
In a new video today, the new software features of Sony’s newest flagship, the Xperia Z3, are detailed. Showing that while the Z3 may not be that different to the Z2 hardware wise, the software aspects of the device may be worth springing for an upgrade. Some of the features showcased include Bluetooth device unlocking, Ultra STAMINA Mode (for a week’s worth of battery),and smartscreen rotation. If you have a little over a minute to spare, we have the video for you after the break. Enjoy!
With the big unveil of Apple’s upcoming devices today, Sony and HTC took the opportunity to dig in on Apple’s advertising campaign.
Sony tweeted out an image which resembled the Apple Live event invitation, but with the words, “Better than bigger,” and the hashtag, “#DemandGreat.”
HTC’s tweet read, “Bigger screen. Better performance. Elegant design. Welcome to the party ,” with an image of the One M8 next to a blurred out image of the iPhone 6.
You can check both tweets out after the break.
According to a tweet by Sony from earlier today, the manufacturer’s Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will be soon receiving the Android 4.4.4 update.
The new software, in addition to the usual bug fixes, brings improved battery life, WiFi and email improvements and more.
Hit the break below for Sony’s official changelog:
Sony’s latest device is quite the machine, and T-Mobile is more than happy to let you know all about it. The carrier is now selling the device, and in order to get you to make the decision to purchase it, Tmo has uploaded an unboxing video going over all of the neat bells-and-whistles inside Sony’s pretty powerhouse. So watch the vid below, then let us know what you think in the comment section below!
The Xperia Z3 is one of the more popular devices to come out of IFA 2014. It features cutting edge specifications and a crisp 5.2-inch display. To really showcase its TRILUMINOS Display technology, Sony has pre-loaded thirty-five wallpapers. They range from nature shots to abstract designs. There is such a wide variety that Sony is covering just about everyone.
Hit the break to view each wallpaper available and the link to download all thirty-five wallpapers together.
Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.
If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.
Sony had a big day at IFA 2014 when they announced several new devices in just about every mobile device market segment. There was the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, their new flagship device, as well as its variant, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. For more budget-oriented consumers, they released the Sony Xperia E3 smartphone. Tablet shoppers now have a new 8-inch tablet they may want to consider in the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. For wearable fans, they introduced their new Sony SmartWatch 3 and the Sony SmartBand Talk activity tracker. Sony even got in on the software development end of things with their Lifelog application.
If you’re interested in picking up Sony’s Xperia Z3 in the US, you’re at least going to have one option besides importing the device. T-Mobile has announced that it will carry Sony’s PlayStation compatible flagship in store and online this fall. They didn’t give an indication of price, but the $650 dollar range is typically where most new high-end phones fall.
The device features a very high-degree of water resistance, a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 5.2-inch 1080p screen. For right now, this looks like it might be exclusive to T-Mobile like the Xperia Z was, but maybe after the dust from IFA settles we’ll hear something from another carrier.
Sony’s two latest smartphones, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and its latest tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, will support Remote Play from the PlayStation 4. If you have both a PS4 and one of these devices, you can play you PS4 games on the Z3 screen while using the Game Control Mount GCM10. For Android gamers, this feature is a must. Now you can play your PS4 games remotely without needing a PlayStation Vita. This addition has greatly increased the quality of games available for mobile, and all that is necessary is a mount to go on your controller.
Source: Droid Gamers