Sony partners with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from new app

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Sony has partnered with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from the Xperia Z2. The app is officially called “Live on YouTube — by Xperia” and it allows public or private broadcasting. There is also a feature to remind friends when your broadcast is about to start. It is a dedicated app available in the Play Store and requires a you to sign in with a Google account. In addition to signing in, you will need to activate the live broadcast feature within your YouTube account. For now, it is exclusive to Sony’s flagship smartphone, but support for other Xperia devices should arrive over time.

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Upcoming Sony Xperia smartphones codenamed Pegasus, Aries and Leo show up

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Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones this year, but it looks like they are getting ready to release a couple more soon. According to recent rumors, Sony is preparing to release three more smartphones, codenamed “Pegasus”, “Aries” and “Leo”.

The device codenamed “Leo” will supposedly be the Sony Xperia Z3, while “Aries” will be the Z3 Compact. As of right now, there is not yet any speculation as to what the device codenamed “Pegasus” could be, but it may be another variation on the Z3.

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Sony Xperia T3 officially announced

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Sony has been unveiling a number of new Xperia models, and their latest was unveiled today – the Sony Xperia T3. This new device shares a number of internal features with the T2 Ultra, but on the outside is quite different.

The T3 has been hailed by Sony as the worlds thinnest 5.5-inch smartphone, coming in at just 7mm thin. For comparison, this is 1mm thinner than the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, the internal components aren’t as impressive. The Xperia T3 features a quad core 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, though that is expandable. The screen is 1,280 x 720 pixels and the device ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

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Verizon said to be adding Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet to its rotation

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When a carrier like Verizon decides to expand its device selection, everyone wins. Today, we hear that Big Red will be adding the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet. When? We do not know. There is a very good chance, though, that it arrives alongside the Xperia Z2. Both Sony devices have been said to be heading that way for quite a few months.

If both Sony devices landed on Verizon, would you be interested in either one?

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Sony D2403 pops up in benchmarks, looks to be entry-level device with a high amount of internal storage

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A GFX benchmark for a new Sony device has shown up in the wild. The device has a model number of D2403 and looks like it’ll be a pretty solid mid-range offering in Sony’s Xperia lineup. We’re seeing a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 4.4 inch qHD screen. Best of all, it looks like the phone will have 16 GB of internal storage, which is a rarity for budget devices.

This one won’t knock off Sony’s high end flagships, but for people looking to save a few bucks, keep an eye out for this one to become official.

source: GFX Benchmark

via: Xperia Blog

Sony expects to ship 50m Xperia units in 2014, ships 8.8 million in last quarter

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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.

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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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