New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

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Today Sony released a new version of their background defocus app to the Google Play Store. The app is available to Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later.

The app, as the name suggests, allows users to be able to defocus the background of their photos, adding depth of field to their photos. According to Sony, to get the best results users should focus on an object that is 15-45cm away, with a background at least 5 meters away from the subject. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes up for pre-order starting at $499 for 16GB

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In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.

While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.

Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?

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Sony adds Xperia keyboard to the Play Store for Xperia devices

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Sony is keeping up the trend of OEMs adding their stock apps to the Play Store to be updated individually. The latest to hit Google’s servers is the keyboard application for Xperia devices. So far, it doesn’t look like they’ve done too much beyond just throwing the app up for download, but in the future, they’ll be able to quickly and efficiently push out updates for devices.

The keyboard is what you’ll find on Sony’s Xperia devices, completely with emoji key and swipe typing. It’s not the most featured keyboard in the world, but some people like the stock options.

If you own an Xperia device, keep an eye out for updates to your keyboard. If you’re tired of waiting for any updates from Sony, you may want to check out our updated keyboard guide to keep you busy in the meantime. » Read the rest

Sony uses liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in Xperia Z2 and could be the reason for delays

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According to a new report by DigiTimes, Sony is the second manufacturer to use the liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in a smartphone, mainly the recently announced Xperia Z2.

The first company to adopt this technology was the Japanese vendor, NEC, which used heat-pipes in its 4.7-inch Media X06E announced back in 2013. Since then, Samsung and Lenovo were in contact with Taiwan-based thermal module makers to adopt thin heat pipes technology to be used for their products, though both opted not to use them for the time being. » Read the rest

Sony begins seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 worldwide

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Sony began rolling out the KitKat update for several Xperia devices last week including the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. Several markets received the update but now the company is now seeding the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the Xperia Z1 worldwide.

The software update carries the version number 14.3.A.0.681 and comes with a few new additions as well. These include an updated camera app which would enhance your shooting experience, an improved camera software that will enable you to take better pictures, and an enhanced email app which the company hasn’t yet provided any details on.

If you’re eager to get the update, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings > About phone > Software updates to check if the update is available for your Xperia Z1.

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Xperia Z2 Tablet available for sale in the UK from Sony’s website

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The Xperia Z2 tablet was officially announced at last month’s MWC event with no information about pricing and availability. However, Sony’s UK website has now listed the Xperia Z2 tablet for sale.

UK customers can now grab the 16 GB WiFi-only model for £399 ($550), while the 16 GB LTE variant is priced at £499 ($650) and the 32 GB WiFi-only model carries a price tag of £449 ($619), slightly cheaper than the 16 GB LTE model. In addition, Sony’s online store is now offering customers who order before 24 March a 3 year warranty for just a pence more. The device would reach to the customers in April.

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Sony’s Xperia T2 Ultra likely headed to T-Mobile USA

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Thanks to the trusty @evleaks twitter account, T-Mobile might be landing Sony’s Xperia T2 Ultra handset sometime this year. T-Mobile also has the Sony Xperia Z1s, so it looks like T-Mobile wants to keep Sony’s devices in their lineup. For power users, the T2 may not be as attractive as it’s more of a mid-range device. You won’t find waterproof capabilities in this one, and the specs include a 6-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1GB of RAM powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

No other details on launch date, but more will come as we find out. I’m hoping T-Mobile keeps this Sony trend and also releases the recently unveiled Xperia Z2!

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Sony introduces “Xperia Themes” for phones running Android 4.3 or later

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Today Sony launched the new “Xperia Themes” for Xperia phones that are running Android 4.3 or later. This allows users to be able to better customize their phones user interface, and according to Sony users will be able to “skin up to 280 assets” on their device. These “assets” will include the users lock screen, icons, navigation bar, and so on.

Xperia Themes is using themes that are already downloadable via Google Play, and to download new themes, you can go to the “Themes” menu on your handset and press the + icon in the top right hand corner of the screen.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update now available for Sony Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony has rolled out the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z Ultra. The device was officially announced in June of last year and came with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board and now it’s finally ready for Android 4.4 KitKat.

The first Xperia Z Ultra model to get the KitKat update is the C6833 LTE model in Hong Kong, which is available as an over-the-air update, but will also be available to update via PC soon. We expect other markets to receive the update  as well. » Read the rest

Garmin adds Xperia smartphone app with an extension for Sony’s SmartWatch 2

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Xperia users will now have another navigation option to choose from as Garmin announces a new way to navigate. The new app will also work with Sony’s SmartWatch 2. The app itself will include onboard maps, lane guidance, speed warnings, social media integration among other things. The smartwatch extension will display walking directions and provider user navigation without the need to look at your phone. Joern Watzke, VP of world-wide mobile business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH, had this to say:

“We’re thrilled to bring Garmin’s premium navigation features to Xperia smartphones. Garmin XperiaEdition boasts a comprehensive navigation feature set not available from other apps. The unique integration with Sony SmartWatch 2 provides users a seamless experience that extends smartphone navigation in the car to displaying pedestrian directions on the user’s wrist.”  

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