Today is the second day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and after HTC and Samsung hogged the limelight yesterday, Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z4 tablet that boasts a 2K display and is only 6.1mm thick. We have the specifications, video, a gallery of images as well as the full press release just after the break.
Many of us have allowed our home PC’s to be used for the Folding@Home project that utilises the PC’s idle time to investigate the mechanisms of protein folding, aiding medical research into Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases among others. Owners of Sony smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat have previously been able to run the relevant Android app on their devices, and now Sony has updated the app to be compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Perhaps even more importantly, even non-Sony smartphones can run the app thanks to this latest update.
A few hours ago we learned that Sony may exit both the smartphone and television markets in a bid to return the Japanese tech company back to profitability. While the Sony CEO, Kazuo Hirai, said that he would not “rule out considering an exit strategy”, this would not be a quick process if Sony were indeed to quit making smartphones. In the meantime though, a new Sony smartphone has been seen being put through its paces at both the GeekBench and GFXBench sites. The details of which are below.
Sony makes some very nice equipment, especially when it comes to smartphones, and I don’t think there are many people that will argue against that. However, the company has struggled to gain much market share and turn a profit in the wireless industry, partly because of intense competition on both the high and low end, and partly because of their inability to make any headway in the lucrative US market.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai talked about how Sony plans to get back to profitability by the end of the 2018, and those plans include leveraging Sony’s Playstation business, as well as their camera component sales and access to media like TV shows, movies, and music. However, two of Sony’s current major divisions, televisions and smartphones, are absent from that plan.
Things have not been going well for Sony. Even aside from the disaster that it faced with The Interview, the company has seen its mobile and television divisions struggle. Both of them are losing money and CEO Kazuo Hirai is tasked with composing a strategy to stimulate growth for Sony. Thousands of jobs were slashed in the last year and the computer division (Vaio) was sold. Still, more changes are in order for the giant. Sony is reportedly considering joint ventures and selling divisions to improve. The company is heavily leaning on its film and gaming divisions to carry it; however, that can only go on for so long.
We all want to do our part to help those who are less fortunate healthwise, but not all of us are brilliant researchers and scientists. However, we all have at least one extremely capable tool for making progress in the world of fighting disease: a smartphone.
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.
We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced.