Posts Tagged Sony phone

Xperia Gallery app updated with KitKat support, immersive mode

Xperia Gallery update

Android 4.4-powered Sony phones on the way?

An over-the-air update for Sony's Gallery app is rolling out to Xperia phones today, updating the app to to version 5.4.A.0.12. The update includes performance enhancements and "various" improvements for Sony's PlayMemories service. But more interestingly, the changelog notes that the new version adds "updates for Android 4.4/KitKat." As Sony doesn't currently have any Xperia phones running the latest flavor of Android, this is a sure sign of future devices being prepped with the new OS version. (Indeed, one of the preview images for the app shows a KitKat-style notification bar with a new battery icon and font.)

After loading the updated Xperia Gallery onto a Nexus 5 we've already spotted one such change — the app supports KitKat's immersive mode for fullscreen viewing. Besides that, the app functions much as it did before. Recent leaks have pointed to a Sony phone codenamed "Sirius" appearing in the near future with KitKat onboard, so we'll be watching out for that as Mobile World Congress approaches.

Xperia owners can grab the new Gallery app from Sony's Update Center app on their devices.

read more

    



, , , ,

No Comments

Sony’s Upcoming D6503 ‘Sirius’ Smartphone Revealed In Exhaustive KitKat Screenshots

siriusIt’s no secret that some of the biggest mobile hardware gets announced at Mobile World Congress, fast approaching at the end of February. So it’s about this time of year that we expect to start seeing major leaks from OEMs. Queue XperiaBlog, hot on the trail of the next Sony devices as usual. Today they’ve published an absolutely massive gallery of screenshots from an upcoming Sony phone, codenamed “Sirius” and running Android 4.4.2.

Done With This Post? You Might Also Like These:

Sony’s Upcoming D6503 ‘Sirius’ Smartphone Revealed In Exhaustive KitKat Screenshots was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

    

, , ,

No Comments

Sony’s new case for the Xperia Z Ultra meant to accommodate their QX lens lineup

Sony’s QX lenses were a breath of fresh air for mobile photography. The duo showed us that great still images can be captured via mobile, with the help of some better hardware. Attaching them to a device was always a bit cumbersome, so Sony has released a few cases for their Xperia Z Ultra handset, meant to make the process much easier.

nexusae0_Xperia-Z-Ultra-QX10-QX100-case_thumb


It’s great news for those who have the phone, which is pretty tough to get hold of in the US. None of the four major carriers note it on their websites, and T-Mobile is the only one which has a Sony phone at all (the Xperia Z). Though troublesome to get hold of, the device is pretty great — if you like a 6.44-inch screen size on your smartphone.

The case, like the phone, currently enjoys limited availability. It’s been rolled out to Hong Kong first, with other geographies likely to follow. Pricing is about $30, which isn’t terrible. The $700 phone and $500 lenses, though — that’s where they get you.

The case looks sleek enough to use when not attached to the lens, too. It’s got a pretty shallow ridge on the back, centered to make handling the phone/lens ensemble easier. It’s made of a harder plastic, and of course branded by Sony. With a gigantic phone and lenses, you’ll either have the best viewfinder on earth, or the most awkward camera ever… we’re still not sure which.

, , , ,

No Comments

Sony CEO Won’t Put Up Fight in American Smartphone Battle, Claims “It’s Not Realistic”

Sony CEO Won't Put Up Fight in American Smartphone Battle, Claims "It's Not Realistic"

sony xperia z1

Well, this shouldn’t come as much of a shocker to anyone that is possibly a fan of Sony, but the company’s CEO Kazuo Hirai (appointed last year to help turn the company around) announced that the American smartphone market just isn’t in the cards for now. According to a recent meeting with several journalists overseas, Sony will look away from both the China and American markets, and instead look to Europe and Japan to help them rise in the global rankings. Considering only T-Mobile is a current carrier of a Sony phone (with a Z1 apparently on the way), again, this doesn’t’ surprise us one bit. 

As of Q2 in 2013, Sony held 2% of the global smartphone market, a number that is somewhat depressing when stacked against Samsung and Apple. Nevertheless, Sony isn’t throwing in the towel completely in the U.S., but taking a step back and better positioning themselves globally for a future go later down the road. ”It’s not realistic to try to do everything at once. In the U.S. we’ll start gradually,” Hirai said.

Sony produces good devices, but for Sony to succeed in America, they will need to better market their products and get themselves on the other three top carriers. There is no other way. T-Mobile customers can’t be the only ones paying Sony’s bills.

Via: Reuters

, ,

No Comments

Leaked Sony ‘lens camera’ range is literally a camera for your phone

Xperia Z with lens camera

Sony looks set to bring high-end imaging as a smartphone accessory

Last month we reported on rumors that Sony was preparing a new type of camera accessory for smartphones, which incorporated full camera hardware into a lens-shaped add-on. Today the source of that leak, SonyAlphaRumors, has published detailed leaked renders and photos of the add-on, which looks just as crazy as was described.

Dubbed DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100, the two lenses are said to incorporate almost all the camera hardware into the lens body itself — so sensor, image processor, Wifi and NFC connectivity and an SD card slot. As previously reported, the accessory attaches to the back of smartphones and connects over Wifi (after being paired through NFC), allowing you to use your phone as an oversized viewfinder. Significantly, today's report says the lenses will support both Android and iOS, meaning you won't necessarily need a Sony phone to use these camera add-ons.

In terms of optics, the high-end model will feature the sensor from Sony's latest RX100 Mk. II top-level compact, along with a Zeiss lens. The entry-level version (pictured) is said to feature a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor behind an f/3.3-5.9 Sony G lens with 10X optical zoom.

As we said last month, this kind of product could be significant for Sony, which has identified cameras and smartphones as two of its main areas of focus. Certainly nothing like these "lens cameras" exists on the market today, and if they support the two largest mobile platforms at launch, then Sony could have a niche hit on its lands. There'll be the question of pricing to address first, though.

Any takers? Shout out in the comments. More pics after the break.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors

read more

    

, , , ,

No Comments

Sony ‘My Xperia’ service rolling out worldwide

My Xperia

Sony mobile security service going global 'over the next few weeks'

Following a limited beta rollout in Nordic countries earlier in the year, Sony's "My Xperia" security service for smartphones has begun rolling out globally. After listening to user feedback, Sony has finalized the service, and expects to enable it for 2012 and 2013 Xperia devices around the world "over the next few weeks."

My Xperia lets Sony phone owners locate and secure their devices in the event they're lost or stolen, using a web-based interface. From here, they can sound an alarm, even if the phone's set to silent mode, lock it to keep private information secured, or wipe the phone entirely.

The web interface is live now at myxperia.sonymobile.com.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

    

, , ,

No Comments

Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

Togari_M4_Leak

There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.

Source: Xperia Blog

Come comment on this article: Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

, , ,

No Comments

Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

Togari_M4_Leak

There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.

Source: Xperia Blog

Come comment on this article: Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

, , ,

No Comments

Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

Togari_M4_Leak

There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.

Source: Xperia Blog

Come comment on this article: Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

, , ,

No Comments

Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

Togari_M4_Leak

There is speculation that the Sony phone in the photo above could be their upcoming 6.44-inch Xperia device codenamed Togari, and that the HTC device above and to the right of Sony’s device could be the rumored HTC M4. It’s hard to tell the exact size of these devices to match them with their leaked specs, considering the awkward angle of the photo, but it seems about right. However, recent reports are saying that the photo is indeed a hoax, and Nokia has even released a statement saying that the blue Nokia Windows 8 device in the top right of the photo is not real. We’ll just have to wait to find out the truth on this photo. Check back for more updates.

Source: Xperia Blog

Come comment on this article: Sony ‘Togari’ phablet and HTC M4 spotted in leaked picture, possibly fake

, , ,

No Comments

Sony confirms its My Xperia smartphone recovery service, starts limited trials

Sony confirms its My Xperia smartphone recovery service, starts limited trials

Sony piqued its fair share of interest when it trademarked the My Xperia name for an online service — what could it do in the cloud that it hadn’t already done? Tracking lost devices, it seems. The now-official My Xperia service trial gives Sony phone owners the equivalent to a recovery tool like Find My iPhone or the early form of HTCSense.com, letting them pinpoint a missing Xperia and ping it, lock it down or wipe at least some of its data. Be ready for a very gradual launch, however. The very first wave of tests involves just Xperia acro S users in Nordic countries, and the trial will expand only to 2012 smartphones in the region that are still running Android 4.0. Those of us further abroad will have to wait for the eventual worldwide expansion if we want to easily find that Xperia S buried between the couch seats.

Filed under: , , ,

Comments

Via: Sony, Android Central

Source: My Xperia

, , , , , , ,

No Comments

Production line leak claims to show 6.44-inch screen for Sony device

Android Central

In late 2012 rumors were circulating that Sony was hard at work at a 6-inch-plus large form factor Android phone. If the latest leaked image from China is to be believed, such a device could soon be on the way. The shot above comes from Chinese forum Digi-wo, and was posted by a member claiming that it's a part from a 6.44-inch, 1080p Sony smartphone/tablet device.

There's no way of verifying the image, except to say that the setting certainly looks like a traditional production line leak, complete with sterile-looking background and protective gloves. The screen itself sure looks large, but with nothing for scale it's difficult to get an idea of its exact size. In any case, some quick Photoshoppery reveals to us that it is indeed a 16:9 panel. Also, the lack of physical buttons suggests it's an Android device, though it doesn't match any Sony phone we're familiar with.

With 5-inch smartphones set to become increasingly commonplace this year, manufacturers look set to push things even further in the large smartphone space. At CES a couple of weeks ago we saw  Huawei attempt to gain traction with the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate. And rumors persist that Samsung will target a 6.3-inch screen size for the successor to its Galaxy Note 2.

If this is an upcoming Sony smartphone that's already starting to roll off production lines, chances are we might see it first at Mobile World Congress in late February. Naturally, we'll be there to bring you live coverage.

Source: Digi-wo; via: Engadget

, ,

No Comments

Supposed Sony Component Hints Towards Huge 6.44″ Device on the Horizon

These days you can’t escape the big phone. After the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 have sold millions and millions of units, why wouldn’t every other OEM get in on the game? If the above picture is to be believed, a component for an upcoming Sony phone gives away the massive screen size of [...]

Click the post title to continue through and join the conversation!

,

No Comments

Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.2 ‘shortly after launch’

Android Central

The Xperia Z will be first Sony phone to launch with Jelly Bean when it arrives in late February or early March, but out of the box it'll run Android 4.1 rather than the latest version 4.2. While the 4.2 upgrade isn't a big deal for "skinned" Android handsets, some of us like to be on the latest OS version, and in a recent online Q&A session, Sony fielded a question about future 4.2 upgrades for its new flagship device.

The good news is that a 4.2 update is scheduled for shortly after launch, but unfortunately that's as specific as Sony's being with timeframes at this point –

"Xperia Z launches on JB 4.1, but will receive 4.2 shortly after launch. As always, we’ll share more info on this over the coming weeks on the blog."

Unlike the jump from 4.0 to 4.1, Android 4.2's features are mostly UI-specific changes to stock Android, meaning they'll be less visible on a phone that's running a customized version of the OS. Regardless, Sony's commitment to a quick 4.2 upgrade will come as welcome news to fans of the platform. Here's hoping the company can deliver on its pledge of a speedy update.

Source: Sony; via: Ausdroid

More: Why you shouldn't worry about Android 4.2 updates

, , ,

No Comments

Sony highlights design and connectivity in Xperia Z promo video

Based on our impressions last week, we'd say the Xperia Z is the most promising Sony phone since the original Xperia Arc. It's a 5-inch, 1080p device packing Qualcomm's latest quad-core Snapdragon S4, 4G LTE data and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, contained within a sexy glass chassis. If you missed out on the recent CES unveiling, Sony's published a two-minute promotional video covering the major features of the phone — from the usual Bravia Engine and HD Reality Display nonsense to more tangible stuff like the design, the 13MP camera and connectivity with other Sony gadgets.

You'll find the video embedded above. When you're done, don't forget to check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia Z from Las Vegas.

, , , , ,

No Comments

How would you change Sony’s Xperia U?

Image

The most exciting things in life, we are told, are measured not by the kilo, but the gram. Is that the case with Sony’s Xperia U? The runt of the company’s mid-year litter has an unspectacular camera, adequate internals and a middling five-hour battery life, and yet somehow, it’s more than the sum of its parts. Combine that with the sheer charm of the unit, and you can’t discount it as just another unexciting Sony phone. You’ve had nearly half a year to live cheek-by-jowl with this handset, so why not tell us what you love, what you loathe and what you’d change?

Filed under: , ,

Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Dubious Sony ‘Nexus X’ photos appear online

Android Central

Update: Sources tell Android Central that these images are not of a genuine Nexus device.

The photo above is one of a pair of pictures doing the rounds this morning, claiming to show a future Sony-built Nexus phone. The images appeared on Picasa today, tagged as "Nexus X" and "Xperia Nexus." EXIF information shows the photos were taken on a Galaxy Nexus on Oct. 13 and 14. The front face shows no branding whatsoever, while Google and Sony logos adorn the rear. Along the side can be seen three gold pogo pins and a microUSB port.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice a few anomalies with the image above, and the photo of the front face, which we've included after the break. First up is the odd bulge around the back of the device, and the strangely faded Sony logo. There's also some odd artefacting throughout the photo, particularly around the USB port and the Google logo up top — hallmarks of possible Photoshopping. Then there's the fact that the front face shows a home screen where the Google Play Store icon is not labeled, and there's no persistent search bar up top. If you ask us, there's definitely something fishy going on here.

And then there's the fact that we're pretty sure the LG Nexus 4 is what's next from Google, and that Googlers are currently testing that model rather than any Sony creation.

In any case, let's suspend disbelief for a few minutes and entertain the idea that this is genuine. If so, we'd guess it's either an abandoned prototype or some future Sony phone in a dummy case. Certainly, the exterior doesn't match any Sony phone we're familiar with, though it does share a few design traits with the Xperia S and Xperia Ion. We know from briefings with Sony and other manufacturers that they often produce numerous prototype designs for future hardware, so it's possible that's what we're dealing with here. We also wouldn't read too much into the fact that it's running vanilla Android, as manufacturers must use this as a starting point when building their own UIs.

In any case, we'd suggest you don't get too excited about what we're seeing here. It's not impossible that we might see a Sony Nexus at some point in the future, but if we do, we're pretty sure it won't look anything like this.

Check past the break for the second, equally suspicious photo in this set.

Source: Picasa

read more

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony Xperia T hands-on video and initial review

Android Central

Sony Mobile returns in late 2012 with a new design, and faster hardware in its most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia T. If the Xperia T looks familiar, it might be because it's channeling a little of last year's Xperia Arc, with an elegant-flag front and a curved back. And while the Xperia T is heftier than its predecessor, it feels just as great in the hand. Hardware highlights include a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5GHz, a impressively bright and clear Sony IPS-based HD Reality Display and a 13MP rear camera (check out our initial photo and video samples).

On the software side, we're unfortunately still running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Sony promises an upgrade to Jelly Bean in due course. Being a Sony phone, the Xperia T delivers an understated skin on top of ICS, with Sony-branded apps including a Walkman music player and PlayStation Mobile. Timescape returns to perform its social media duties, and Xperia Link allows an easy way to tether the device to a Sony tablet, if you have one.

On the whole, it's a solid high-end package from Sony, and a marked improvement upon early 2012 efforts like the Xperia S. We'll have a full review written up in the days ahead. In the meantime, check out our full hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

read more

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony Xperia T Set for October 1st UK Launch

Sony’s next flagship device, the Sony Xperia T, is rumored  to hit the shelves October 1st. There has been a few rumored release dates including one for later this month, so this is not set in stone quite yet. People should rightfully be excited about this new Sony phone which was shown off at  IFA 2012. It will have a 13 megapixel camera, 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm S4 processor and a 4.6″ screen.

If you live in the UK, the mobile network Three announced they will be selling the Xperia T “soon”. For those in the United States, there is no official release date, but because of the outed AT&T branded Sony Xperia T, it’s safe to say it should be available before the end of the year. Are you going to the get this phone when it’s finally released?

Source: Eurodroid


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony Xperia sola: a pint-sized Android handset with floating touch (hands-on)

Sony Xperia sola a pintsized Android handset with floating touch

Sometimes getting lost in the maze-like sprawl of the Messe can turn up unexpected surprises. In this case, we chanced upon Sony’s Xperia sola hiding in plain sight at Sparhandy’s booth. The petite Android handset, formerly codenamed “Pepper”, was officially announced earlier this spring and even crept up in FCC filings. But until now, we’d never had quality hands-on time with the 3.7-inch Gingerbread device. For its diminutive size, the wee phone sports a 854 x 480 LCD display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a dual-core CPU clocked at 1GHz, 5-megapixel rear shooter and NFC functionality for Smart Tag use.

As you might expect, the sola fits quite nicely into the palm of your hand, though its tiny screen can pose an issue for those with larger digits. And speaking of touch navigation, this Sony phone separates itself from the rest of the Xperia pack with the inclusion of floating touch technology — much like the Galaxy Note 2. What’s that? Well, turns out this device can detect your finger’s presence up to 20mm away from the screen, allowing users to highlight links, but only from within the browser. Apart from that neat touch, which in practice, is a bit awkward to properly use, the phone functions exactly as it should for the low-to-mid range it occupies. Performance is appreciably quick and pages loaded up in the browser in just about 30 seconds time.

There’s still no word on whether the sola will ever make it stateside, but if you’re keen to see that hovering functionality in action, head past the break for a video demo and check out our gallery below.

Mat Smith contributed to this report.

Continue reading Sony Xperia sola: a pint-sized Android handset with floating touch (hands-on)

Filed under: , ,

Sony Xperia sola: a pint-sized Android handset with floating touch (hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

International Xperia GX (LT29i) sighted in leaked pics

Android Central

While it's been releasing quirky low-end phones like the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo, there's one Sony phone we've been fawning over, the Xperia GX. So far the GX is exclusive to Japan, though we've heard rumors that an international variant, dubbed the LT29i Hayabusa, is headed for Western markets in the third quarter of the year.

Now it seems we have confirmation that such a device is in the works, as photos of the purported phone have cropped up over on XperiaBlog. Though we can't confirm the specifications of the device shown in the leaked images, it looks almost identical to the Japanese version, except for the lack of an NTT Docomo logo. That phone has a 4.6-inch 720p display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and a 13MP rear camera, along with on-screen buttons and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device pictured seems to sport the same slimline, Xperia Arc-style chassis with a slight camera bulge up top. On the "About phone" page, it identifies itself as an LT29i.

Nothing's been confirmed just yet, but we're hoping for an announcement at this year's IFA show in Berlin at the end of August. The device recently piqued our interest when it appeared at the FCC sporting a pentaband HSPA+ radio.

Source: XperiaBlog; via: Recombu

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Xperia GX goes through federal inspection, is still the Sony phone we want

Xperia GX goes through federal inspection, is still the Sony phone we want

Sony’s forthcoming 4.6-inch Android ICS slab has appeared at the FCC, and has revealed a few more details on what appears to be the company’s next flagship smartphone. The highlight of the federal-sanctioned autopsy of the Xperia GX reveals an interesting point; a pentaband 3G radios capable of HSPA speeds, something that’s still a rarity among global smartphones. The filing otherwise offers up a not-so-thrilling glimpse at the hardware labeling and, well, not much else. See for yourself at the link below.

Filed under:

Xperia GX goes through federal inspection, is still the Sony phone we want originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |  sourceFCC  | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony Hayabusa specs rumored: 4.5-inch screen, 7mm thin

The last we heard of the strangely-named Hayabusa, it was sitting on a Sony release list bound for July. At that time we didn’t know anything about the phone, other than the fact that it was one of the most expensive (and presumably most powerful) devices on Sony’s 2012 lineup. Now BriefMobile reports from unnamed sources in China that the phone is the LT29i, destined to become Sony’s next flagship. And if their specs are anything close to real, it’ll be a doozie.

First, the screen will be 4.55 inches, bigger than any Sony phone to date. Naturally it’ll feature the same 720p resolution as the Xperia S. It also packs a whopping 13-megapixel camera with high dynamic range video, A Snapdragon S4 processor with upgraded GPU, a larger than average 2200mAh battery, and crams it all into a case that’s just 7mm thin – impressive, since Sony’s phones haven’t been particularly svelte up to now. The phone is reportedly already running Ice Cream Sandwich.

All of this certainly seems possible. After all, the HTC One X has similar specifications in a slinky frame, and the Hayabusa would have had more time to overcome the engineering difficulties of a larger battery and more dense camera sensor. According to the leak, the phone is expected to have a June announcement and a July release date. The previous roadmap showed the Hayabusa with a price tag of €493, about $650.


, , ,

No Comments

Sony Xperia S, P and U to visit America, Brightstar to buy the tickets

Sony Xperia S, P and U to visit America, Brightstar to buy the tickets

Sony may be readying the Xperia Ion for US shores, but we haven’t heard any news yet on whether the phone-maker’s NXT family of phones will ever visit all those states. That’s where Brightstar comes in. The wireless distributor has announced that it’ll be offering up the Xperia S, P and U — but hasn’t yet offered up any concrete dates or specific markets. This means we may see the three Sony phone appearing on smaller, possibly lesser-known carriers — Brightstar mentions its “regional and local expertise.” The distributor’s excitable press release is right below.

Continue reading Sony Xperia S, P and U to visit America, Brightstar to buy the tickets

Sony Xperia S, P and U to visit America, Brightstar to buy the tickets originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 11:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink Pocketnow  |  sourceBrightstar  | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony Xperia S gets access to the PlayStation Store

This ought to be a no-brainer for any high-end Sony phone, but the company’s new Xperia S flagship now has access to the PlayStation Store. The international phone didn’t launch with the capability, which has been available to other Sony phones and tablets for some time, most notably the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Currently there’s less than twenty original PlayStation games, almost all of which are considerably more expensive than most 3D games in the Google Play Store.

The Xperia S might not have a tablet-sized screen or integrated gaming controls, but with a 4.3-inch 720p screen, dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and a full gigabyte of RAM, it should be able to handle the emulated games (some of which are nearly twenty years old) with ease. Connecting an external controller will be a little tricky though – the Xperia S currently only runs Gingerbread, no without a little hacking it won’t support game controls. Get comfy with virtual d-pads. An ICS update is planned for sometime this summer.

The app downloads from Sony’s web service, which previously had been occupied with a placeholder link. You’ll need to enable non-Google Play installations to get the PlayStation Store to install at first, but after that, it should be no trouble. The Xperia Ion, AT&T’s American variant of the Xperia S, hasn’t launched yet, but it should have the PlayStation Store installed by default when it does.

[via Ubergizmo]


, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments

Sony’s 2012 Xperia series gets together for awkward family portrait

While Sony’s newly-christened Xperia phones are a bit difficult to tell apart, there’s nothing quite like getting the whole clan together to tell these statement slabs apart. It’s largely about the size and build differences here — while the 4.3-inch Xperia S readies itself for retail stores very soon, the middleweight Xperia P is showing off its aluminum unibody frame. The Xperia U then shyly rounds out the series with the smallest footprint of the bunch. Hopefully our gallery will help you decide exactly which Sony phone is the one for you.

Sony’s 2012 Xperia series gets together for awkward family portrait originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

, , ,

No Comments

Sony SmartWatch hands-on (video)

Alongside Sony’s pair of new Xperia handsets, the company’s taken the chance to offer up some new smart accessories to augment their Android phones. Here’s the SmartWatch. The spiritual successor to LiveView, the clippable watch detaches from the flexible watch strap. In fact, we’ve been told that the device can be transplanted to any watch strap. It’s connected to Bluetooth through your phone — acting as a notifier and music play as well as the capability to answer calls and check-up on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The capacitive touchscreen ably picked up our prods, although you’ll need to tap the side-button to wake the display. Thanks to the lightweight rubbery strap, it’s not a chore to wear either, with several strap color options readied for launch. It’s not attempting to match the resolution of your smartphone, although it plays nice with any Sony phone running Android 2.1 and above. We go wrists-on after the break and you can expect the device to adorn your arm some time this quarter at around $149.

Sean Cooper contributed to this report.

Continue reading Sony SmartWatch hands-on (video)

Sony SmartWatch hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink   |   | Email this | Comments

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No Comments