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Sony PS4 Remote Play coming to Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Those who’ve been dreaming of having PlayStation 4 Remote Play on their Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablets can finally sleep at because the previously exclusive feature on the Z3 series is coming to other Xperia models. No formal announcement from Sony has been made yet but there’s a reference over at an Xperia Loung app page saying the functionality will be available on the Z2 and Z2 tablet starting November 2014.

This development was something expected. It was only a matter of time before Sony brings the feature to the Xperia Z2 line because there is not much difference between the Z3 and Z2 models. We just don’t know when will Sony rollout the update for the Xperia Z2 but we’re guessing when the latest Android 4.4.4 is released for the series. We won’t wait for the Android 5.0 Lollipop version because we know it might take a while.

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Sony could have accidentally posted the information on the Xperia Lounge app page but it’s a good mistake. Sony Xperia Z2 phone and Sony Xperia Z2 tablet owners would like to hear. It will be available immediately after the official launch of the new feature next month. The PS4 Remote Play allows streaming of games from the PlayStation 4 and the controller to a compatible Sony Xperia handset. This means you can play games you would normally play on the PS4 right on your Sony tablet or phone.

We’ve been hearing Sony PS4 Remote Play feature being ported to Android so this piece of news is not really surprising. Some genius managed to port the feature on other Xperia devices albeit unofficially. As long as you have a rooted device and understand all the codes and tweaks, you can start streaming PS4 games to your Xperia unit. If not, just wait for Sony’s official release.

VIA: Xperia Blog

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Update: Pre-order the T-Mobile Xperia Z3 until October 28 and get a free copy of the PS4-exclusive title Driveclub. Details on how to redeem the offer here.

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Last week Sony announced its plans to bring their flagship device over to Verizon’s network in the form of the Xperia Z3v. What we didn’t hear at the event, however, is when exactly the Xperia Z3 would be arriving to T-Mobile, the other US carrier scheduled to get Sony’s latest and greatest.

Today T-mobile has finally let the cat out of the bag, with plans to launch the Z3 in-store and online come October 29th, with presales beginning on the 15th. No word on when presale devices will ship, other than it will likely arrive a bit ahead of the ‘official’ launch date on the 29th.

The Z3 will set customers back $26.25 a month for 24 months, or $630 outright. If that’s a bit too pricey for you, it’s worth noting that Sony is also selling the unlocked Z3 Compact for just $530 or only $477 for students.

For more details on what to expect from T-Mobile’s Z3, be sure to check out our unboxing and first impressions:

What do you think, planning on picking up the Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile or not?


Source: T-Mobile;

Sony accidentally confirms PS4 Remote Play is en route to Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Back in September, Sony announced PS4 Remote Play — a revolutionary new feature which equips users with the facility to take a PlayStation 4 controller and stream games from their console to an Xperia smartphone or tablet that supports the service.

At the time, the Japanese company revealed that the application would be an exclusive to the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact. But now, thanks to a blunder on the ‘Xperia Lounge’ app, it appears that Remote Play will be coming to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet after all, when the app launches next month.

Hit the break below to see the slip-up in all its glory.

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Source: Xperia Blog

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Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Welcome to Android Authority this week!

This week was the closest thing to Christmas we have in the Android World. After a long, long summer, Google finally gave Android L a name (hello, Lollipop!) and launched the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Packing new features and a beautiful design language, Lollipop is coming from early November to Nexus devices and the rest of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 impressed with top specifications, though our enthusiasm was dampened by their stingy price tags. The surprise of the event was Nexus Player, an Android TV box made by Asus. While our eyes were firmly on Mountain View, we also got some news on the powerful Droid Turbo and Sony’s US-bound Xperias.

Welcome to Android Authority this week!

A brave new world

With Lollipop and the Nexus, Android is entering a new era. Android 5 is the biggest update in years, and, coupled with the advent of Material Design, it’s one of the most appealing yet. Google is getting better at design faster than Apple is getting better at web services, as one former member of the iPad team put it, and Lollipop is the living proof.

It’s too early to tell for sure, but if app developers adopt Material in mass, the quality of the ecosystem will be greatly buoyed. With a feature-rich, polished operating system, great apps that take advantage of a common and consistent design language, and tons of compelling devices from many manufacturers, Android is looking better than ever. It’s a great time to be an Android fan!

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Inside AA HQ

Our traffic is booming! That’s great news, but on the downside, the influx of new readers is taking its toll on our current server. Our backend systems have struggled under load this week, and for a period we even had trouble publishing new posts. Derek is on it though, and the new box that’s about to go online should keep us rocking even during major spikes, when traffic is five times what we get in a typical day. Thank you for your patience!

Our forums hit 30,000 members – not bad for a new community, eh? Luka is doing a smashing job as a community manager and that shows not only on the forums, but on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus as well. Your questions and inquiries there won’t get unanswered anymore, so don’t be a stranger!

Another week, another hot giveaway. Oh, this week it’s actually two, we are giving away a Nexus 6 in our Sunday Giveaway, and the fine people from Opera have put up an Xperia Z3 for grabs.

 

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Turbo time

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Xperias are here

This is the Nexus 9                                                

Google Nexus 9 Tinhte (9)

This is the Nexus 6

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Lollipop updates

Meet Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Nexus Player

Sound off

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Happy Sunday!

Sony releases F2P Fat Princess: Piece of Cake on Android

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Sony has just released its Fat Princess: Piece of Cake game for Android, a free-to-play match three game that you should be able to take to immediately. It’s a classic “match three” game in the tradition of “Bejeweled” so there is no learning curve here to speak of, just another cute and fun time waster on your Android device.

Fat Princess: Piece of Cake will have the user control a group of soldiers who are protecting the princess from an invading force. The game will ask the user to match swords, bombs, and shields in order to perform either attacks or to defend the princess against opponents. If you match hearts, a priest will appear and heal your troops.

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Match gems and you upgrade the skills of your soldiers. The clincher, of course, is when you match cakes – it will be the princess who performs her combo slam attacks. There will be very enjoyable animations to go with your game, so we’re pretty sure you’ll enjoy this game.

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The game is available as a free download at the Google Play Store – check the source link – with in-app purchases. Enjoy!

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Sony Smartwatch 3 now at the Google Play Store, coming soon

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Sony has made its desire known to be a major player in the burgeoning market of wearables. Its newest effort is the svelte and sleek-looking Sony Smartwatch 3, which follows in the trail of Motorola’s relatively successful round-face Moto 360. As part of Google’s Android Wear, the wearable device was bound to show up at the Play Store, and it has now.

The Sony Smartwatch 3 was initially launched at IFA 2014, although ship date was always going to be at a later time. As promised, it will come in black or lime colors. The processor is a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM A7 unit operating at 1.2GHz backstopped by 512MB of RAM. The screen is a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 LCD with capacitive touch.

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Of course, other features include an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, vibrator, compass, gyro, GPS, with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. The Sony Smartwatch 3 is compatible with Android devices running version 4.3 or better. Internal storage is at 4GB, and the battery is rated at 420mAh, which Sony says is good two days of use.

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It is still marked as “coming soon” at the Play Store, but the pricing is already revealed at USD$249.99. As to how successful this will be in competing with a wearables market that is growing increasingly saturated is still anybody’s guess. What do you guys think?

SOURCE: Google Play Store

Sony SmartWatch 3 is now in the Play Store, “Coming Soon” for $250

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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A lot of new devices have arrived in the Google Play Store this week, including the new Android Wear powered Sony SmartWatch 3. The listing for the Sony SmartWatch 3 in the Google Play Store lists the device for $249.99, but has the purchase button greyed out in favor of the label “Coming Soon.”

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is a well equipped wearable, at least as compared to the other offerings on the market. A Snapdragon 400, 512MB of RAM, 1.6-inch 320 x 320 resolution display and 4GB of internal storage are kept lit by a 420mAh battery.

Where the SW3 stands out is in the available sensors and connectivity. Specifically, the SmartWatch 3 comes with its own built-in GPS antenna and lists as being ‘WiFi ready.’ Aside from this, Sony includes a few apps of their own that will step up your fitness tracking game, particularly focused on standalone, or offline, functionality.

Be sure to check out our hands-on of the Sony SmartWatch 3 from its official launch at IFA back in September.

Early speculation includes the idea that the SmartWatch 3 will start to sell in conjunction with the release of an expected upcoming update to Android Wear itself. Android Wear 2, if you will, was expected by many to join Android 5.0 Lollipop and the new Nexus devices in launching this past week. Hopefully ‘soon’ in this case isn’t a long wait.

As the list of available Android Wear smartwatches grows, are you planning on grabbing the Sony SmartWatch 3?


Via: Android Police;
Source: Google Play Store;

Sony adds Xperia Z1, Z2 to AOSP for Xperia, updates Xperia Z

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

While Sony might arguably be not the top Android seller in the world, the OEM is popular for trying to do right by its users, especially when it comes to the Android community, especially modders and custom ROM makers. Aside from providing official instructions, and warnings, for unlocking bootloaders, it also provides kernel sources and configurations on the open source GitHub repository to be used by those who want to create their own Android version of its devices. Today, those sources welcome three devices to the fold.

Technically, only two are new devices. Sony has added the Xperia Z2 and the older Xperia Z1 to its AOSP for Xperia project on GitHub, giving modders the official approval to start cooking up ROMs for these two devices. In addition, Sony has updated the Xperia Z’s repository to Android 4.4.4. Of course, these devices, along with a truckload of Xperia Z models, will be getting Android 5.0 next year, but for now, it’s only KitKat for those who want to make ROMs.

Sony notes that these software are not to be meant for daily regular use and that certain functionality will be missing, like camera and modem, which makes devices useless for photography and phone calls. These, actually the camera, are the most common to be broken when unlocking bootloaders, since they are proprietary technology that rely on DRM to function. That said, Sony does provide binary (a.k.a. closed source) components to make those work, provided ROM makers are willing to have proprietary bits in their projects.

Another gift that Sony is giving Android developers is spring cleaning of its open source repositories. Previously, Sony would have kernel source code for each and every device, which makes it tedious to maintain, both for Sony and for developers. That is why starting today, Sony will be using a single unified kernel for all devices running on the Qualcomm MSM8974 chipset, a.k.a. the ubiquitous Snapdragon 800. This will hopefully not only make it easier for developers to play around with Sony device kernels but also to contribute those changes back to Sony for the benefit of even those running on stock firmware.

SOURCE: Sony

Google Play lists Sony SmartWatch 3 as “coming soon”

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Google has just listed the Sony SmartWatch 3 on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the device isn’t available just yet, it’s catalogued only as “coming soon,” but we do know that it will have a $249 price tag when it eventually displays ‘add to basket’.

For those unaware, the SmartWatch 3 was first introduced at IFA back in September and is Sony’s first Android Wear accessory. The unit packs a 1.6-inch display with a resolution of 320×320 pixels, 4GB of internal storage, built-in GPS, an integrated microphone and a loudspeaker.

To see the full listing over on the Google Play Store — click the source link below.

Source: Google Play Store

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Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

The Nexus 6 from Google and SmartWatch 3 from Sony are now live on Google Play, but for the time being, they are unavailable for purchase or pre-order.

As of this morning, it is not exactly clear when these devices will be available to the masses, but with the pages going live on Google Play, and the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player pre-orders going live, it should be soon. Google stated when the Nexus 6 was announced that pre-orders would be available sometime in “late October.”

The Nexus 6 price starts at $649.99 in both Blue and White for 16GB, while Sony’s take on Android Wear is priced at $249.99.

If you are interested in either of these devices, we recommend bookmarking these pages and keeping your eyes peeled.

Play Links: Nexus 6 | SmartWatch 3

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Nexus 6 and Sony SmartWatch 3 on Google Play, Remain Unavailable for Time Being is a post from: Droid Life