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Xperia Z2′s New Movie Creator creates 30-second videos

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Don’t you just wish sometimes that the photos and videos stored in your mobile device would just go and make a short film about themselves, without you having to lift many fingers? Well, if you own a Sony Xperia Z2 (or planning to buy one), then that option is now available with the New Movie Creator app, which will automatically create 30-second videos based on the media in your smartphone.

It works simply enough, just like Google+’s Auto Awesome Movie mode. The app will take a look at your photo and video timeline (only those stored in your Z2 of course) and then based on the dates on which they were taken, it will assemble a short film, complete with music and transitions. The time period varies; it can create photos from one day, three days or a week. Once it has finished making your 30-second masterpiece, it will notify you that it’s ready for viewing.

The New Movie Creator also gives you the chance to minimally edit the finished product. You can delete those unwanted photos that make you look fat, edit the music that seems out of place for the photos included and change the text included in the video. There’s no indication however that it will allow you to add photos that you want included. Once you’re satisfied that the short film is perfect as it is, you can then export the film to your device or share it with your friends on different social networks.

New Movie Creator can be downloaded OTA in a 9.9MB file through the Update Center. Just make sure that before you start using the app, you don’t have photos or videos that are NSFW or might be considered “damaging” and of course, carefully review the 30-second film before sending it out to the Internet, which never forgets.

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SOURCE: Xperia

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact gets photographed again

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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About a month ago, we had a chance to see the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact when it posed alongside the Xperia Z3. Today, more images have leaked, but this time they are solo shots from Mr. Blurrycam.

It’s also possible that the previous leak isn’t the same phone as this one since the front-facing camera is in a different spot. However, we know manufacturers have various prototypes. The source indicates it will feature a 4.6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, and stereo speakers.

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You have to hand it to Sony, they are the only manufacturer that is willing to offer flagship specs on a compact or “mini” device.

source: Weibo
via: Xperia Blog

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T-Mobile to carry the Sony Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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There are still a few things we don’t know about Sony’s elusive Xperia Z3, but it looks like T-Mobile is going to be one of the carriers offering Sony’s latest device, whenever it’s announced. 

T-Mobile has made an effort to carry multiple flagships from many different manufacturers, and even though the Xperia Z2 still hasn’t managed to make its way onto any US carriers, T-Mobile did carry the original Xperia Z. Since Sony’s devices have been received fairly well over the last few iterations, it makes sense for them to try and elbow into the US market, even if they can only get in on the ground floor.

The Z3 doesn’t look like it’ll offer a huge upgrade in hardware over the Z2, sporting a Snapdragon 801 CPU, a 1080p screen, and a 20.7 megapixel camera. Rumors do point to a major design overhaul, however, which might be Sony’s ticket to success.

source: Techno Buffalo

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Live on Youtube app updated, more Xperia devices supported

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We talked about this cool app a while back, which allows Sony Xperia device users – in actuality, it was initially just for the current flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2 – to broadcast live video over their Youtube channel. An update for the “Live on Youtube” app has just rolled out from Sony, and we’re getting news that more devices are supported.

The standard requirement is still that the app will only run on devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat, and that the user needs to have a Youtube channel (for very obvious reasons). But the device roster has been updated to include the Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact (a late addition to the changelog) and the Xperia ZL2. Now users for these three other Sony devices can do their own webcasts straight from their phones.

The app works by taking 15 minutes of the video feed from the Xperia devices’ cameras – very capable cameras at that – and broadcasts it live on the user’s Youtube account. There are two modes of the app – the public one where you can share the feed’s link on social networks so that the whole world (well, potentially) would be able to see your video. You can also use the private feed and just pick the people you want to share the feed with, maybe just to members of your family.

The rest of the update, according to Sony, are just minor bug fixes and performance enhancements. We still need to remind users that the caveat to this app is that they will need to turn on the “live feature” setting on their Youtube account for the app to work. There are also countries and places where Youtube is not available, and there is also a restriction on the usage of the app in Germany.

VIA: Xperia Blog

New leaked Sony Xperia Z3 photos show start of production

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Ah, leaked photos, we love you and hate you at the same time. You ratchet up the anticipation while not giving us much new details as expected. The new photos of what is supposedly Sony’s new flagship phone, the Xperia Z3 does not give us anything new really, except to show that mass production of the anticipated gadget has already started and that it will come in at least one basic color, for now.

The leaked photos seem to be coming from a manufacturing facility where the Z3 is allegedly preparing for mass production or maybe it’s already in the middle of the production process. The photos also show that the white backing of the phone has a glossy finish and looks a lot like the current flagship, the Xperia Z2, with its simplistic and minimalist design. You can even see a cameo from the photographer, but let’s hope it’s not a clear enough look or someone’s getting fired for sure.

Previous leaks earlier this month seemed to confirm some of the speculation with regards to the specs of the Z3. It will most likely run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. It will supposedly have a 5.15-nch full HD screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a main camera with 20MP while the front facing one is at 2.1MP.

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Just like its outward appearance, there seems to be not much difference with the Z2, so Sony should have something different up its sleeve to convince users to upgrade to the new flagship. The Xperia Z3 is expected to be announced at the IFA this coming September 5, although the OEM has not made any announcements to confirm this, or any other detail about the upcoming smartphone.

VIA: NWE

Sony kills off SUS software, points to PC Companion instead

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you have been a Sony smartphone fan for a while now – even in the early days of Sony Ericsson – you would be familiar with the Sony Update Service, or SUS (which before that was the SEUS). It was the definitive Windows PC software to get if you didn’t want to use Sony’s PC Companion, but now we can tell you with certainty that the SUS is dead.

The SUS was a software for Windows PC that allowed you to update the firmware of your Sony handset without using PC Companion – and all those bells and whistles. It was just a straight-up service for updating the firmware of your device. That’s why we liked it so much, but now Sony has announced that they will stopping support for the software.

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You want proof? Well, this here is proof – when you access the Sony Update Service website, you get this message:

“As from 21st July 2014, the Update Service application is no longer supported. To update the software in your device, use PC Companion instead.”

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To make it clear though, if you have a version of the SUS installed, it will still work. But for how long, though? Sony may have realized that a lot of Xperia handset owners prefer the SUS software to the PC Companion, so in the meantime, the company has kept the server side connections open. But that might really not be for long. If you still want a copy of the software, check out the source link for the download locations.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Folks, the week of July 27 brought us a sneak peek at hot devices coming later this year, from the Note 4 and the Xperia Z3, to the Moto X+1 and the Galaxy Alpha. Next up, Xiaomi launched its latest beauty, Google issued updates to many of its apps, and Nvidia introduced the ultimate gamers’ tablet. We finished with a bang, with a possible first report of a Nexus device made by Motorola.

At AA HQ, we’ve rolled out a few changes to the design of the website, and work continues behind the scenes for more good stuff coming by the end of the summer. Let’s take a look back!

Android Authority this week

New hero menu

If you visit our homepage, you’ll find our new hero menu greeting you at the top. It’s similar to the old menu, but we’ve tweaked it to look better and to make it easier to swipe between stories. Here you’ll find our Featured stories, which range from opinions, to really important news pieces, to versus comparisons, reviews, and more. We hope you like it!

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Database incoming

In  addition to our forums, there was another big component that we long felt we needed in order to make Android Authority  truly the one stop destination for all things Android – a full product database. We want to give you just more than spec sheets, however. The database will integrate with product pages, which will act as hubs for your favorite devices, and there will be review integration and tools you can use to dig in the database and compare devices based on factors like price, battery life, or availability on your carrier.

Forum launch

We’re getting closer to the grand opening of our forums. There are still a couple of big things to sort out, including the integration of forum comments on site posts (don’t worry, Disqus will still be available) and the launch of our merchandise store, where we plan to offer all sorts of AA and Android-themed apparel, mugs, and the like. After that, we’ll be open for business!

Next week

Yours truly will be off for a little vacation starting this Tuesday, but the show will go on, just as usual. Andrew Grush will be in charge, so expect a change of voice for the Android Authority this week segment from next Sunday.

As we’re entering August, look out for more details about the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360 to trickle out over the next days and weeks. The Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha are coming up around the corner, and we’ll definitely keep an eye out for them.

We’ve completed our OnePlus One giveaway spree, and now we’re moving on to another device that we know you love, the Nexus 5. Make sure to enter Sunday Giveaway!

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here’s some of our most interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:

Video roundup

Jayce summarizes the week in his popular video roundup:

Top news of the week

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

Note 4 is in the starting blocks

Google apps updates

Is this the Moto X+1? 

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Here comes the Mi 4

Gamer’s delight

Look, it’s the Alpha

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The next Z

Shamu!

Report: Nexus 6 may be Shamu, a 5.9-inch device built by Motorola

Sound off

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Happy Sunday!

More images of the Sony Xperia Z3 emerge

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know you still haven’t seen enough of the Sony Xperia Z3, so here are some new images for you! These come from leaks extraordinaire @evleaks and give us a good look at the back and side of the mysterious smartphone.

The rounded edges and familiar back are in tow. We are seeing a smartphone that looks more polished than its predecessor, but keeps that iconic Sony design we can recognize from a mile away. Also on board is the volume rocker, a prominent power button, a dedicated camera button and what seems like a microSD or SIM card slot.

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The surplus of Sony Xperia Z3 rumors and leaks may numb your excitement for such photos, but we must point out these do stand out in the crowd. The first set of images didn’t offer great quality, and the second group was nearly as bad (but still better).

Rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 16 GB of internal storage, 20.7MP/2.1MP cameras and Android 4.4. Those are some stunning components. And while Sony doesn’t seem to be joining the QHD display party, 1080p is nothing to scoff at.

Do remember these are all leaks and rumors. Though they have all been pretty consistent, nothing is official until it is. Take it all with a healthy dose of sodium and let’s stay tuned for more details.

Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 images show its side and back

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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It is only a matter of time before Sony unveils its upcoming flagship handset. The Xperia Z3 has leaked in pictures and we have already learned about the specifications. So Sony would be doing the right thing by announcing it sooner rather than later to prevent any further leaks. Today, though, we have some more images that allegedly show the handset’s side and back panel.

All on one side, it looks like the Xperia Z3 will have a lot going on. At the bottom is a dedicated camera button. Moving up, just below the chrome power button, is the volume rocker. And at the top seems to be a microSD card slot. And the image of the back panel shows that Sony is not making any major changes as it looks very similar to the Xperia Z2.

Are you interested in the Xperia Z3? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

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Updated version of Sony Xperia Z3 pays a visit to the FCC

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Last week a Sony device carrying model number D6603 was spotted in an FCC filing. A new device going by model number D6653, which has been identified as the Sony Xperia Z3 has surfaced in a new filing with a new FCC ID number, PY7PM-0806. It is suspected this is the international version of the Xperia Z3 which will surface in Asian markets, notably in Japan with NTT DoCoMo. Like the filing for the D6603, this latest update does not provide much in the way of useful information other than serving as an indicator that the device is very close to being released to the market. Sources suspect Sony is shooting for a September release date.

source: Blog of Mobile

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