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Sony hypes CES 2015 presence with probable Xperia Z4 launch

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Crazy – that’s the word we have for it. We have no arguments whatsoever that the tech industry moves heck fast, but Sony is trying to redefine that statement as we are continuing to receive leaks that Sony will indeed be launching its next flagship phone, the Xperia Z4 this coming January in Las Vegas.

A lot of us are looking forward to CES 2015 – one of the biggest gadget trade shows on the face of this earth – but Sony seems to be giving us more reason to get excited. Phone Arena published a tip from one of its sources that the Japanese manufacturers are already lining up the launch of the Xperia Z4 just mere months after it released the Xperia Z3 (September 2014).

The source also says that the Xperia Z5 will be sporting a 5.4-inch TRILUMINOS display reportedly powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor – not the Snapdragon 810 that we all expected. Rumors also say that the Xperia Z4 will be backstopped by a ginormous amount of RAM – 4GB to be exact. What that will do to the pricing of the device, we still can’t say – but Sony has never back down on RAM before.

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There are leaked pics – which all but confirm the 20.7 MP main camera. We hope it’s the new IMX230 sensor that Sony recently unveiled, as that will bring image plane detection AF technology, 192-point autofocus for blur-free snaps of fast-moving objects, and real-time HDR (wow).

Lastly, the source has news for the Xperia Z4 Ultra, which might be launched side-by-side the Xperia Z4 in Las Vegas (crazy, we tell you). The Ultra will purportedly have a 5.9-inch screen, the same Snapdragon 805 processor and 4GB RAM, but a lower 16MP main camera. The selling point of the Ultra is rumored to be a razor thin 5.7mm chassis.

Are you ready for the Xperia Z4? We ourselves can’t quite believe it yet, but we expect we’ll know for sure soon enough.

SOURCE: Phone Arena

Sony to shrink its smartphone line-up as it seeks to return to profit

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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After posting successive quarterly losses and repeatedly slashing its smartphone sales forecasts, Sony plans to impose cost cutting measures on its mobile and TV divisions. The tech giant will instead be relying on its video game and image sensor businesses to boost profits over the next three years.

This year Sony has reduced its smartphone sales forecasts from 50 million units down to 41 million. Last quarter the company posted a $1.2 billion net loss, with a hefty chunk taken up by mobile losses and advertising. Long term sales figures show that Sony’s mobile shipments have failed to demonstrate any real signs of growth over the past three years, despite global shipments continuing to increase.

Sony stated that its goal is to return its struggling TV and smartphone sectors to a profit, even if sales slide a further 30 percent. It will accomplish this mainly by reducing the size of its product line-up. The company will announce more detailed plans before the end of March 2015.

We’re not aiming for size or market share but better profits, - Sony Mobile Division Chief, Hiroki Totoki

On the positive side, sales at the company’s device division, which contains its lucrative image sensor business, could rise by as much as 70 percent, to generate revenues worth 1.5 trillion yen ($12.7 billion). Demand has already improved recently due to increased adoption of Sony image sensors by Chinese smartphone manufacturers, as well as use in high-end Apple and Samsung handsets.

Sony will also be relying on strong growth in its latest Platstation 4 gaming console to help offset smartphone losses. Sales for the company’s video game division are forecast to reach as 1.6 trillion yen ($13.6 billion) next quarter. Unfortunately, Sony’s impressive game streaming to mobile feature doesn’t appear to have helped handset or tablet sales.

Changes are clearly necessary if Sony hopes return its mobile division to a profit. We will have to wait until next year to see what sort of state Sony’s smartphone business is left in after the measures and what implications this has for the Xperia range.

Specs and images of Sony Xperia Z4 show up

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Not quite a year ago at CES 2014, Sony explicitly indicated they believed the market for flagship smartphone development was going to be on a semi-annual basis, so that is what they set for an internal target. After the release of the Xperia Z2 early in the year, Sony did indeed follow-up about six months later with the Xperia Z3. Sticking to that pattern, sources indicate Sony is ready to announce the Xperia Z4 at CES 2015 on January 5th in Las Vegas. Along with the Xperia Z4, Sony reportedly will also release a larger Xperia Z4 Ultra.

To go with this latest tip, sources provided some alleged details of the devices and images of the new look Sony is going for with their next round of flagship devices. Despite earlier rumors that Sony would opt for a Snapdragon 810 in the Xperia Z4, word now is that they are sticking with the more widely available Snapdragon 805. The processor will help power a 5.4-inch quad-HD display. Sony is supposedly still planning to load the Xperia Z4 with 4GB of RAM to help run Android Lollipop.

The larger Xperia Z4 Ultra will not be much different save for the size of the device. The Z4 Ultra appears to be getting the same combination of a Snapdragon 805 chip and 4GB of RAM. The larger display will be a 5.9-inch panel. Sources indicate Sony will put all of this in a device that is only 5.7mm thin.

One area where Sony hopes to set itself above the competition will be the camera sensor. The company has been working on a new generation sensor, the IMX230, capable of capturing 20.7MP images. The new sensor includes image plane detection auto-focus technology and 192-point auto-focus. Sony is reportedly developing a second sensor in the same family that is “only” 16MP capable. According to sources, these specs match the alleged camera sensors for the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra respectively.

With CES 2015 just over a month away, we should see more rumors and leaks about new Sony flagship devices. What do you think of what has surfaced so far?

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source: phoneArena

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Sony Encouraging SmartWatch 2 Development

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Mobile device companies like selling devices–it’s how they make their money and it’s how they fund the next device that’s already in their pipeline. It also makes it very hard to support those same devices in 6 months when the next iteration is out. There’s one thing that can be said though about Sony, and it’s this: They work really hard to encourage development on their devices, no matter how old they might be. They’ve consistently put out AOSP for their devices, given instructions on how to build custom kernels (which no other OEM does by the way), and provided tools to load custom builds on their original SmartWatch. With the recent release of their 3rd-generation SmartWatch 3 (based on Android Wear), it’s high-time they provide people with a guide for developing Android apps for the SmartWatch 2.

Sony’s Developer World a few days ago published a collection of tips for developers wishing to tackle the SmartWatch 2. The tutorials range from how to get started with creating a new SW2 app, to how to limit battery drain, to creating widgets and clocks, and finally how to port your SW1 app to the SW2. They are presented in very concise form with the necessary steps outlined and help put you on the path you need to create great, imaginative, and original apps for the platform.

If you are interested in getting in on the action and develop some apps for a good, solid smartwatch, head on over to Sony’s Developer World and get started.

[Image taken from Sony Developer World.]

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Sony launches Amazing Spider-Man 2 AR effect app in some countries

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The Amazing Spider-Man has been crawling onto our Android devices the past few years and seems like there is no stopping this superhero. Sony has just released a new app featuring Spider-Man. But no, it’s not a new game but rather some AR effect app that allows you one pose of Spider-man to play with. It’s the second installment already in case you don’t know.

The AR effect app allows you to move Spider-Man left and right and rotate him to whatever direction to help him strike a pose. Resize the superhero so he could fit the picture. Actually, there are 12 poses that you can unlock but you have to visit Sony Brand Shops to get free voucher codes. Going to a store physically can be a hassle but you see, Sony is really trying to get more people into the stores but only select countries will receive the promotion.

These countries will get to enjoy the promo: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Kenya, India, Mexico, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, and Vietnam.

Within the Spider-Man AR effect app, you can interact with Spider-Man by tapping on the reset button and pointing the device to shoot a person. By shoot, I mean take a photo. You can also rotate Spider-Man 360 degrees, left and right and up and down. Zoom in and out to resize the superhero.

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Download Amazing Spider-man 2 app from the Google Play Store

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact are MirrorLink-enabled

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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When it comes to connecting vehicles, there are a few options. Google has Android Auto, Apple has CarPlay, and the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has MirrorLink. Two Sony handsets on the market today opt with the latter of the three. The Xperia Z3 (which we recently reviewed) and the Xperia Z3 Compact come out of the box with MirrorLink support. When a device is MirrorLink-enabled, it connects to a vehicle for music control and simplified navigation. MirrorLink also provides safety because users are no longer focusing as much on the device.

Sony’s Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact the latest smartphones to be MirrorLink®-Enabled

Mass-market MirrorLink handset and vehicle deployments signal rich ecosystem and increased demand for intuitive connected driving technologies

Beaverton, OR – November 21, 2014 — The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization driving global technologies for smartphone-centric car connectivity solutions, today confirmed that Sony’s Xperia™ Z3 and Xperia™ Z3 Compact are MirrorLink®-enabled. Along with other recent mass-market handset and vehicle deployments, the news represents a major step for MirrorLink toward becoming the world’s de facto car/smartphone connectivity standard.

“MirrorLink’s presence in Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact demonstrates just how prolific the MirrorLink global ecosystem has become,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive Director of the CCC. “Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact’s focus on versatility and high performance make them a perfect showcase for MirrorLink’s ability to bring the power of the information age to drivers in a way that increases safety and enjoyment on today’s roads.”

MirrorLink is the leading industry standard for car-smartphone connectivity and is designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars. MirrorLink is also the only OS- and OEM-agnostic standard for car-smartphone connectivity and the only vendor-neutral standard where no single entity has a controlling stake. MirrorLink thus offers the quickest global route to more responsible and enjoyable connected driving.

Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact were introduced by Sony Mobile in September, offering the latest innovations and experiences from Sony Mobile. For more information on Xperia Z3 series, visit www.sonymobile.com/switchtosony.

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Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact owners get 3 free movies

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

If you have purchased a new Sony Xperia Z3 device recently, you may have three free full-length films waiting for you to download. Buyers who recently bought the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact need to check the Xperia lounge app. Sony is offering three popular films at no cost to buyers of these devices including The Amazing Spider-Man 2 among others.

The other two films that recent buyers can pick up are Captain Phillips and Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, the offer isn’t good in all regions where the devices were available to purchase. It is live now in the UK, France, Spain, and the US. In the US, the deal is for buyers of the devices on T-Mobile and Verizon.

If the offer is valid in your area, it will appear in the Xperia Lounge app. If live, you will receive a download code that can be redeemed via the Sony Entertainment Network. The offer expires on January 31, 2015.

That means that you have only a couple months to download the films. Those are three good movies, and this is the 30th anniversary year for Ghostbusters.

SOURCE: Xperiablog

Sony giving three free films to Xperia Z3 device owners

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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There is no better time for Sony to be in a giving mood. Owners of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact can pickup three films from Sony’s Columbia Pictures. The three films are The Amazing Spider-Man 2Captain Phillips, and Ghostbusters. The freebies are region-locked unfortunately. Xperia Z3 device owners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Spain are eligible. The Xperia Lounge app will supply the code required to redeem the offer.

The offer vanishes on January 31, 2015. Don’t wait too long!

Via: Xperia Blog

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Front panel to Sony’s Xperia Z4 leaked, shows a similar size to the Z3

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

xperia-z4-lcd-touch-digitizer-4We’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.

We’re still waiting for more details, but if Sony does end up announcing the Xperia Z4 in January, we won’t have to wait much longer.

source: Future Supplier

via: Pocket Now

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New sensor to bring mirrorless camera to next Sony smartphone

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With mobile camera phones, it’s not always about the pixels, unless you’re just all about the selfies. For serious photo enthusiasts who look for their new smartphone based on its imaging capabilities, you understand that the sensors behind the camera matters very much. Sony announced a new EXMOR RS sensor, the IMX230, that just might revolutionize how the photos you take on your mobile phone look compared to actual DSLR cameras. This would include HDR imaging for photos and better autofocus system, all thanks to the stacked design of the sensor that allows more functionality.

One of the things this sensor could bring to your device is the image plane phase detection AF system that would allow you to quickly follow a moving object while your camera also does high-speed focusing. The IMX230 will be able to use up to 192 AF points which will give your smartphone camera a wider area to trigger the autofocusing. Compare that to the 172 points that Sony has been using on its 4D autofocus technology, and you’ll see this is a vast improvement.

While a lot of phones and cameras now offer High Dynamic Range or HDR imaging, but mostly it is for video. But the IMX230 will be supporting both video and photo in the HDR format. Although, you do have to be careful when using HDR as in the hands of an amateur, the effect on your photos is not really that pretty. In addition, Sony’s new sensor will also be supporting 4K video capture for mobile devices.

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This sensor is still a long way off from making it to a new Sony device, as it will be shipping by April 2015 at a price of around $18. Will their next flagship, presumably the Xperia Z4, be equipped with the EXMOR RS IMX320 or will it have to do with an older version to be able to launch on time? Or maybe Sony would rather postpone the launch of the new smartphone so it will have the new sensor? We’re hoping for the latter.

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