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Sony teases Jelly Bean and Kit Kat updates, details latest for WALKMAN

Without revealing much in the way of specifics, Sony did hit up Twitter with mention of both Android 4.4 Kit Kat and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean earlier this morning. There was mention of them being excited, however the they went on to say they will not be revealing anything additional until sometime next week. The details are expected to include “news on: 4.3, 4.4; products and more.”

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Basically, if you happen to be carrying a Sony Xperia branded device and are on the lookout for details of a Jelly Bean or Kit Kat update — make sure to pay close attention next week. Otherwise, in some news that seems to have gotten buried in the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kit excitement yesterday, Sony also detailed their latest update for the WALKMAN app.

The details of the update come by way of Anu Kirk, who is the Director of Music Unlimited for the Sony Entertainment Network. From what we are seeing, this update came with the focus on removing the difficulty of finding what you want in your collection. Kirk mentioned how they have been “working to build the kind of service that knows what you want, and brings it to you every day.”

That being said, this latest release brings new Smart Playlists along with increased options for rearranging and editing playlists. It was said how it should now be easier to customize those playlists to get them just they way you want. In addition, there was also mention of how TrackID now talks with Music Unlimited. This means users will be able to listen to the songs they identified directly from the WALKMAN app.

And looking forward, Sony did say they plan to expand the availability of Music Unlimited to additional countries and also add support for more devices and make improvements to the core service’s performance in 2014. That bit also came along with a teaser about how they “have a few surprises in store, too.”

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Sony launches two new Walkman players based on Android

Sony Walkman NW-F880Sony has just announced two new Walkman players called the NW-F880 and the NW-ZX1. These players run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and feature relatively outdated hardware, which shouldn’t be an issue since these are media players. These Walkman players will be launched in Japan for prices starting from $275 and ranging all the way up to $750.

The NW-F880 comes in three storage variants – 16, 32 and 64GB. This Walkman packs a 4 inch 480×854 resolution display, a 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP chipset, 1GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as an FM Radio. The NW-F880 will start selling from October 19 in Japan and will be available in White, Pink, Black and Blue color variants.

The NW-ZX1 is very similar to the NW-F880 in terms of hardware, but it comes with 128GB of storage on board. The NW-ZX1 will only be available in Silver. This particular model will start selling in Japan starting from December 7 for $750. Sony hasn’t given out details on the global roll out of these Walkman players.

Sony Walkman NW-ZX1

Considering the popularity of Apple’s iPod Touch devices, it makes sense for Sony to launch a rival offering. But we fear it will get mixed among the hundreds of other Android media players that have flooded the markets.

Source: Sony (Translated)

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Sony media apps get updated, to roll out globally

Sony has just announced the availability of updated versions of their Android media apps. These updates cover their WALKMAN, Album, and Movies apps and are aimed to converge on Sony’s cloud services to provide a more integrated entertainment experience.

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Aside from the usual fixes and performance tweaks, this update focuses on adding support for Sony’s cloud services into the Album, Movies, and WALKMAN apps. Users will now have access to more content and more choices for better entertainment. Apps also gain an intelligent recommendation system to help users pick content based on theme, mood, or friends’ selections.

The WALKMAN app is updated to add support for Sony’s Music Unlimited, enabling it to search and access content both locally and on the cloud. The Albums app gets integration with Sony PlayMemories Online which lets users upload, store, and access photos and videos on the cloud. It also gets a Recall Playback feature that displays content stored in PlayMemories. The Movies app likewise also get support for Sony’s Video Unlimited as well as a new user interface. Sony has also released a video showcasing the new features.

The updates have started to roll out already, but availability and arrival might vary depending on the market or carrier. The updates will be delivered over the air via Sony’s Update Center app for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, and Xperia Z Ultra, but only for those devices that are already running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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The Nightmare of Maintaining Your Music Library [Opinion]

Like many in my generation, I started listening to music on CDs. I used to sit in a rocking chair with my “skip free” portable CD player (I can’t remember if it was a Walkman or not) listening to Now 4 or No Doubt. Around the age of 16 or 17 I was given my [...]

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Android Overload: Sony Walkman App Ripped and Available For Rooted ICS Devices, Google Planning Street View For Mobile Web Browsers, and More

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  • Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android now takes pictures of thieves from your stolen/lost phone. [CRN]
  • Old thumbnails taking a toll on your SD card? Clear them out with Thumbnail Files Deleter. [XDA]
  • HTC launches new web-based tutorial for getting your new HTC device up and running. [HTCSense]
  • Rdio starts paying music artists $10 for every customer they attract. [LA Times]
  • Does iOS6′s adoption rate show that Apple’s closed ecosystem is better than Android’s open one? [Forbes]
  • Android devices can reveal your network names to hackers. [PCMag]
  • Good Guy Google plans to add Street View to Maps for mobile web browsers. iOS users are in luck. [AllThingsD]
  • Sony Walkman music player app available to download. Should work on most (rooted) Ice Cream Sandwich devices. [XDA]
  • Liquid Smooth RC3 ROM now available for 11 devices. [XDA]
  • Sony brings their “Extra Bass” line of headphones to the US. [Engadget]
  • Hands-on video of NTT Docomo’s squeeze-based smartphone UI. [TheVerge]


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Walkman Player from some Sony devices now for rooted ICS devices

Individuals of a certain age may remember a time when a Sony Walkman was the technological, gee-whiz gadget of its time that set the standard for other portable music players. While much has changed over the years, the spirit of the Sony Walkman lives on today in the Sony Walkman Player app. Like other manufacturer specific apps included on Android devices in an effort to differentiate themselves, the Walkman Player is limited to Sony devices like the Sony Xperia S, Xperia T, and Xperia V devices. That situation has changed thanks to XDA forum member Rizal Lovins.

Using a copy of the app he extracted from his own Xperia S, Rizal Lovins has figured out how to get the app to install and run other Ice Cream Sandwich devices that have been rooted. Some quirks are still being worked out, but for the most part users can enjoy the visualizations, equalizers, animations, and other features of the music player app.

For instructions on how to install the Walkman Player on your rooted ICS device, hit the source link below.

source: XDA Developers forum


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It’s Official: Sony’s Xperia T is coming to AT&T as the Xperia TL

We had an idea that Sony’s Xperia T would land on AT&T from the leaked image showing the AT&T logo, not to mention it hit the FCC recently. Well AT&T just announced they will carry it as the Xperia TL. It looks like it will be an identical phone sporting a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) Reality display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will also include three preloaded Sony media applications, Walkman, Movies, and Album. The Album app compliments the camera and features Geo-mapping in satellite and traditional map views, more than 25 editing options, and an improved layout of photo and video folders.

No word on pricing or availability, but I would expect it to launch by the holidays.

Full press release after the break:

AT&T Debuts Exclusive Xperia™ TL, Sony’s Best in Mobile Camera Technology, HD Viewing and NFC Connectivity

Xperia TL Will be Featured in the Upcoming James Bond Cinema Release Skyfall

DALLAS, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T* today announced plans to offer Xperia TL, the latest Sony smartphone bringing Sony’s best HD experiences, easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ sharing enabled by NFC (Near Field Communications) and award-winning** arc design. This 4G LTE smartphone takes connected entertainment to the next level with new Sony media applications.

Photo enthusiasts will delight in the impressive images taken with Xperia TL’s 13-megapixel primary camera that brings even the smallest of details to life. This high resolution camera captures quality images swiftly with its quick launch feature, going from standby mode (sleep) to first shot in just 1.5 seconds,1 making sure life’s unexpected moments are not missed. Plus, both the rear and front-facing cameras deliver HD recording capabilities for vivid video capture on the go.

Xperia TL gives you the ultimate in HD with a superb 4.6-inch HD display (1280 x 720), powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor sharp clarity and brilliance. The viewing experience on Xperia TL is accentuated by a stylish, slim form factor that emphasizes the display. For those looking to take their content from their smartphone screen to the TV screen, Xperia TL connects through MHL or wirelessly through DLNA.

To make enjoying content across devices even easier, Xperia TL supports ‘One-touch’ connectivity through NFC. Now, you can conveniently and instantaneously enjoy your music and photos across an array of NFC enabled devices by simply touching one to another to establish a wireless connection without a cumbersome pairing process. To get started with experiencing NFC, Xperia TL comes with one Xperia SmartTag in box.  Using near field communication technology, SmartTags let you store device preferences for a variety of locations and situations – like opening and controlling volume on the music player if you head out for a run, turning on GPS and Bluetooth in the car or turning on your alarm and silencing your ringer at night.

Xperia TL includes three preloaded Sony media applications, Walkman, Movies, and Album, introducing a consistent user interface across Sony devices. Album will be especially appealing to photo takers with features such as:

  • Geo-mapping in satellite and traditional map views
  • More than 25 editing options
  • Improved layout of photo and video folders, both in device and online

AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network***, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.

Key Specs for Xperia TL:

  • 4.6″ HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 13MP quick launch-fast capture camera that goes from sleep to snap in just over a second
  • Full 1080p HD video recording and a 720p HD front camera for the highest quality content
  • Easy connectivity with ‘One-touch’ function enabled by NFC
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery efficiency and fast graphics performance
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Upgradable to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch.
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • Available in Black

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Xperia arc S and Xperia arc are winners of the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for European Camera Phone 2011-2012. Xperia arc is also the winner of the prestigious red dot Product Design Award 2011.Xperia arc was announced at CES in January 2011 followed up by the announcement of Xperia arc S announced at IFA 2011

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Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets.  4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available.  Deployment ongoing.  Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.  Learn more at att.com/network.

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Sony begins to rollout ICS to Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go

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Sony recent announced it has begun to roll out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to three of their devices. The Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go were all released with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) as they represent entry level devices in Sony's lineup. We saw an update a few weeks back for these devices and we wondered whether or not that would pave the way for ICS, and we're glad to see that it did.

Here are some of the new features you can expect with the update:

  • Lock screen with better functionality
  • Resizable widgets
  • Improved control of data consumption
  • New ways to experience your Sony content in WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • The Xperia Sola will also be getting 'glove mode', which will add Sony's "floating touch" technology to make it work well while wearing gloves

Remember, if you are going to update, you'll need to ensure that your device is attached to a computer. The update is beginning to rollout today and it will continue over the next few weeks, so if you haven't seen it yet, hold tight.

Have you received your update yet? We'd love to hear from you in our Sony Xperia Forum.

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Sony pushing out Tablet S update, brings guest mode and new media applications

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The Xperia Tablet S may be the new kid on the block, but Sony hasn't forgotten about the original Tablet S. U.S. owners of the original 'folded magazine' style Tablet S should be starting to see an Android 4.0.3 based update that brings some of the features of the newer tablet. 

First up is guest mode. For many, the ability to share a single tablet, and restrict access to certain features, apps, as well as having personalizations for each person is a much desired feature. The Xperia Tablet S comes with the feature out of the box, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the Tablet S. 

Also worth noting is the arrival of the new media applications from Sony. The Walkman, Movies and Album apps have all been updated visually and come packed with some new features. 

The small apps too gets a boost, with the addition of some extra windows that you're able to overlay. And, widgets can be registered and utilised as small apps too. Handy for popping up your GMail perhaps while playing a little Crash Bandicoot. 

The OTA update is pushing out now, so if you've yet to see a notification be sure to head into your Settings>About>System Updates to manually check. For the full rundown be sure to hit up the source link below, and head into the comments and tell us your thoughts if you've already downloaded. 

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Sony Begins To Roll Out Ice Cream Sandwich For The Xperia Go, Sola, And U, Coming To Global Markets "Over The Next Few Weeks"

R1_Xperia_go_GroupFrontV_X3_2100x2100 Following the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P last month, Sony is now rolling out the same software to the Xperia Go, Sola, and U.

The rollout for all three devices is beginning today and continuing over the next few weeks in global markets, so keep an eye on your notifications if you’re eager to update your software.

As well as updating users’ devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, this latest update also comes with new Sony media applications, including a new Walkman app.

Some of the cool features and functionality you can look forward to include:

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

In order to update your phone, you’ll have to connect to a PC or Mac.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S gets bunch of official video demos

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The Sony Xperia Tablet S didn't make a huge splash when it was announced last week at IFA, seeing as it looked like not much more than a marginally souped-up version of its predecessor, but this batch of video demos may change your mind. They go over a lot of the new software features that Sony is launching in their latest tablet, including guest mode, small apps, the universal remote, a Walkman app, and the custom multimedia album. 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a decent step up from the original Sony tablet. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. A closer look is available over here in our hands-on video.

  • Slim new aluminium body and splash-proof design
  • 9.4” HD display (1,280 x 800 IPS) with OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0.3 operating system
  • Weight: 1.31 lb
  • Various experiences with original applications and Sony’s network services
  • 1-megapixel HD front camera
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • SD Card slot
  • 16GB internal storage

The videos were uploaded around the same time as the announcement, but was tucked away in a separate YouTube channel for Canadian Sony Trainer reps. Are you guys finding any particularly interesting features in the videos below? 

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Sony Xperia Tablet S gets bunch of official video demos

Android Central

The Sony Xperia Tablet S didn't make a huge splash when it was announced last week at IFA, seeing as it looked like not much more than a marginally souped-up version of its predecessor, but this batch of video demos may change your mind. They go over a lot of the new software features that Sony is launching in their latest tablet, including guest mode, small apps, the universal remote, a Walkman app, and the custom multimedia album. 

The Sony Xperia Tablet S is a decent step up from the original Sony tablet. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. A closer look is available over here in our hands-on video.

  • Slim new aluminium body and splash-proof design
  • 9.4” HD display (1,280 x 800 IPS) with OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0.3 operating system
  • Weight: 1.31 lb
  • Various experiences with original applications and Sony’s network services
  • 1-megapixel HD front camera
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • SD Card slot
  • 16GB internal storage

The videos were uploaded around the same time as the announcement, but was tucked away in a separate YouTube channel for Canadian Sony Trainer reps. Are you guys finding any particularly interesting features in the videos below? 

Via: PhoneArena

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Sony’s Ice Cream Sandwich rollout now in final stages for 2011 Xperia devices

Sony's 2011 Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich rollout now in final stages

You have to hand it to Sony, the company’s more than made good on its Android 4.0 upgrade promise (save for that Play hiccup). After rolling out Ice Cream Sandwich to its NXT mid-ranger just a few days ago, it’s now ready to dole out the software goods to the majority of the 2011 Xperia lineup beginning this week. That’s only the first round though, as a trio of leftover devices — the mini pro, neo L and Live with Walkman — will be privy to this OS boost in the “next few weeks.” With this latest feel-good news reassuring brand loyalists and official word of the Xperia S’ entrance into AOSP, it sure seems like prime time to hitch your ride to the company’s Google-powered mobile wagon. After all, Jelly Bean’s bound to spill over at some point.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Rollout Begins For The Sony Xperia P, Coming "Shortly" For The Xperia Sola, Go, And U

sony-xperia-p-to-receive-ics-update-between-august-19th-and-25th How often do you hear this? Sony has started to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich to the Xperia P ahead of schedule, beating its own date of August 19th.

According to a post on the Sony Mobile blog, the upgrade process is beginning today and continuing globally “over the next few weeks”, so if you’re an Xperia P owner, keep an eye out for any upgrade notifications on your phone. When ICS is ready for your device, you will be alerted, but Sony says that some users may have to use their PC Companion software to perform the update.

Some of the cool features and functionality you can look forward to include:

    • New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
    • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
    • Lock screen with improved functionality
    • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
    • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
    • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

    The post also says that there will be another update for other Xperia phones “shortly”, listing the Xperia U, Xperia sola and Xperia go.

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    More press images of the new Sony Xperia tablet leak ahead of IFA 2012

    Last week we learned about the new Sony tablet that will be unveiled at the IFA Conference at the end of the month. We were pretty certain this tab would be Xperia branded, but now it’s just about a lock as you can clearly see the Xperia logo. Also the UI is very Xperia-like, which shows us that the development for both phones and tablets are becoming more unified.

    For now it looks like Ice Cream Sandwich will be the Android version of choice. One other item to note is the Walkman app icon that’s visible. It looks that will be the next big push for Sony. Why they ever let that name die continues to amaze me.

    Sony really makes some really nice hardware so I’m really interested to get my hands on it. From what I see so far, this one will keep up with their tradition. The big question is if it’s going to be priced right? Hit the break for two more images.

     

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    Sony rep confirms some 2011 Xperia handsets won’t be tasting Google’s Jelly Bean

    Sony rep confirms some 2011 Xperia handsets won't be tasting Google's Jelly Bean

    Some of you might be familiar with Sony’s earlier struggles to successfully (and in a timely manner) deliver Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich to a slew of Xperia handsets. And, as we all know, Android 4.0′s no longer the freshest treat around, thus the Walkman maker will now have to answer all the Jelly Bean questions to come. The first one to do so was a resident Sony mobile expert on the company’s UK Facebook page, revealing that the Xperia Arc S and the itty-bitty Xperia Mini Pro won’t be receiving the latest and greatest OS from Mountain View. Meanwhile, he also stated there’s nothing buttery in the works for the elegant Xperia S, though he did say “ICS should now be approved” for the device. Perhaps this is a sign it’s time to start looking for an upgrade, no?

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    Sony Unveils F800, E470 Series Android-Operated Walkman

    Japanese Electronics Company Sony unveiled via a press release published Wednesday, July 18th, its newest foray into the multimedia market. Reliving the Walkman days, Sony is again trying to rebuild its name by announcing the soon-to-be-released F800 and E470 Walkman Series. These devices will operate on Google’s Android operating system and will come with new features so as to become more attractive to geeks who might want to have a new device dedicated for music and entertainment. The question is would these new Walkman devices attract more than the previous versions did?

    Sony F800 Series

    Based on the press photos provided by the company, F800 Series has more similarities with Sony Ericsson Walkman phones with sharp corners and slimmer profiles. While Android could be one of the best additions, there’s nothing really spectacular that would make it so attractive. The fact is experts and analysts as well as tech enthusiasts doubt if there are Android users willing to pay for it knowing majority of Android smartphones today are also considered as media players and could pretty much do what these media players promise.

    To entice Walkman fanatics, Sony put Nvidia Tegra 2 in it and packaged it with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While F800 Series does not feature Dolby Mobile Sound, it comes packed with the equivalent S-Master Digital Amplifier to produce better audio quality. Given that it runs on Android, it can connect to the internet via WiFi and can pair with other devices through Bluetooth while displays pictures on a 3.5-inch screen. Sony will release 16GB and 32GB models which will be marketed at $269 and $299, respectively.

    Sony E470 Series

    This is the cheaper version of the newest Walkman models Sony will soon release. The company also boasts that this is the world’s slimmest player but that’s just about it. While we know that it will operate on Android, the version hasn’t been disclosed yet. For a thin device with a smaller screen (2 inches), there is no doubt it will come with lower specs and would give us an idea that it may not run on ICS but lower—maybe a Gingerbread. There are speculations that it may not even come with an Android OS considering it does not have a touchscreen display. But we’ll see about that when Sony finally releases it to the public.

    According to the press release, there will be four capacities; 4GB, 8GB and 16GB and they will be priced $79, $89 and $109, respectively. Again, the selling point of Sony for this device is that it is cheaper and thin.

    In a Nutshell

    These new Walkman series would surely make an appeal to audio people but it would just be seen as a failure for Android smartphone users. It is more practical to buy a full-pledged smartphone than to get F800 Walkman, although we still need to see these devices in action before we can make a conclusion about their performance in the market they are targeting. There is no specific date when these devices would be released but Sony said we could expect these devices in August.

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    Sony Announces New Walkman Powered by Ice Cream Sandwich

    Looking for a new MP3 player but simply refuse to use an iProduct? Sony has you covered. Just announced today, the Sony F800 Series Walkman sports a 3.5-inch display, runs Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and comes in 8, 16, and 32GB configurations. Since the new Walkman is Android powered, it has full access to Google Play and even serves as a portable video player. Playback time is rated at 20 hours for audio and 4.5 hours of video but I suspect if you listen to audio via the built-in xLOUD speakers the battery life would be less. No details on pricing or availability at this time but as soon as we hear more we will let you know.

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    Sony unveils a new Android-based Walkman

    Sony Walkman F800

    Sony today announced the new Android-based F800 Series Walkman, with "an extreme on-the-go entertainment experience." OK, then.

    There are three devices in the range, spanning 8-, 16- and 32-gigabyte models.  The F800's got a 3.5-inch LCD display and, uh, plays music and videos and has access to the Google Play store. Playback time is listed at 20 hours for audio and 4.5 hours for video.

    Missing, however, is the all-important pricing. Let's hope it's not too extreme.

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    Sony introduces Walkman F800 with Android 4.0, launching in August

    Sony might be all about Xperia lately, but another brand seeing new life thanks to Android is the toipic of their latest announcement. Sony has a new round of Walkman devices launching in August, a lineup that includes the first in the series to run Android 4.0. The Walkman F800 sports a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 3.5-inch display along with an S-Master Digital Amplifier for improved audio quality. Also announced was the Walkman E470, which ranks as the thinnest Walkman yet at 7.0mm.

    Pricing for the Walkman F800 starts at $269.99 for a 16GB model and goes up to $299.99 for 32GB. As for the Walkman E470, a 4GB options will retail for $79.99, while 8GB will be priced at $89.99 and 16GB at $109.99.

    Sony Unveils Latest Android(TM) Powered Walkman®, Introduces Thinnest Walkman To Date

    SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sony today announced the new line of Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Players featuring legendary premium Walkman® sound quality. With Android(TM) 4.0, the new F800 Series incorporates Sony’s exclusive digital audio fidelity technologies delivering a richer, bolder and louder presence. The new line-up also includes the Walkman® E470 Series, the slimmest model in Walkman® history.

    Designed for music lovers, by music lovers, Walkman® features unparalleled sound quality with Clear Audio technologies by Sony, assuring detailed sound with deep and powerful bass while restoring subtle high frequency details that get lost when listening to heavily-compressed digital music files. The integrated S-Master(TM) digital amplifier incorporated in the flagship F800 Series greatly reduces noise levels and distortion along with additional audio technologies to create an enriched music experience.

    Rich Entertainment

    The new Walkman® models serve as a portal to mobile entertainment. Music lovers have access to more than 14 million songs with Sony Entertainment Network’s cloud-based Music Unlimited Service(1). As part of a simple monthly subscription, Music Unlimited lets users transfer their favorite songs and ad-free radio channels to their Walkman® device for a world of music discovery even when offline. Making it easy for users to load up existing media, Walkman® supports drag-and-drop transfer of music, photos, videos, podcasts and playlists from iTunes®(2) for Windows® via Media Go software or Windows® Media Player.

    Users can also keep their music in tune with their mood with SenseMe(TM) technology by automatically categorizing music tracks into different channels.

    Walkman® F800 Series

    For an on-the-go entertainment experience, the new Android 4.0 powered Walkman® F800 Series offers a generous range of pre-installed apps, from email to maps and media gallery. Interacting with your digital music collection, applications and games is a pleasure thanks to the large, highly-responsive 3.5-inch multi-touch screen and powerful performance with NVIDIA® Tegra® 2 dual-core processor.

    Users enjoy crisp highs and full, thumping bass powered by S-Master Digital Amplifier from Sony that cuts distortion and unpleasant clipping for clearer listening. And with a dedicated W. button, you can now jump to the music application while gaming or browsing the web and enjoy full playback and control their music collection.

    The Walkman® F800 Series is also more than just a music player. The ability to connect to Bluetooth® enabled speakers, headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos is also useful at home or on the go.

    Walkman® E470 Series

    The slimmest Walkman® player ever from Sony, the new E470 Series is the ultimate on-the-go companion at just 7.0-millimeters thin. Available in a metallic red or black finish and featuring crisp premium Walkman® sound quality, the new E470 Series models are also packed with fun features such as karaoke mode, synchronized lyrics and two pre-installed Tetris® and Sudoku® like games, Puyo Pop Fever and NUMBER PLACE, on a bright 2.0-inch LCD screen.

    All Walkman® F800 and E470 Series models include soft hybrid silicone premium ear bud headphones.

    Pricing and Availability

    The new Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Players will be available beginning August 2012 at Sony Stores, participating retailers and online at www.sony.com/walkman .

    The 16G F800 Series will retail for about $269.99 and the 32G will retail for about $299.99. The 4G E470 Series will retail for about $79.99, the 8G for about $89.99 and the 16G for about $109.99.

    (1) Subscription fees apply. This service is subject to terms of use and not available in all countries and languages. See www.munlimited.com/legal

    (2) only Non DRM content can be transferred from iTunes.

    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    *WALKMAN and SenseMe are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.

    *iTunes is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

    *The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license.

    *Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

    *Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc.

     


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    Sony Announces The Ice Cream Sandwich-Powered Walkman F800 Series Media Player

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    Refusing the let the Walkman die, Sony just announced the newest iteration of the series: the F800. The newest member of the Walkman family runs Android 4.0, has a 3.5″ multi-touch display, Bluetooth, S-Master MX digital amplifier, Clear Audio technology, and xLoud speaker system. It will also have access to the Play Store.

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    According to Sony, the F800 should offer up to 20 hours of audio playback, and four hours of video playback. There will be three versions available: 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, though firm price and launch date hasn’t yet been announced.

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    Sony unveils new Walkman F800 media player powered by Android 4.0

    Sony has added several new products to its Walkman line of media players today including the F800 series. Out of all the new devices, the F800 series are the most interesting since they are powered by Android 4.0. The media player can also connect to the Google Play store to download any app you want for mobile gaming and more.

    The media player has a 3.5-inch multitouch screen and features Bluetooth. Users can connect to the Internet using Bluetooth connectivity or integrated Wi-Fi. The media player will come in three different capacities, including 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB. The media player charges via a USB port and is good for about 20 hours of audio playback or 4.5 hours of video playback.

    The F800 series ships with earphones and has integrated xLoud speakers when you don’t want to wear earphones. Sony also unveiled the Walkman S770BT series, the E570 series, E470 series, and a speaker dock called the E473K. Pricing and availability for the products is unknown.

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    Sony Xperia S Android 4.0 ICS Update Now Ready For Download

    The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Sony Xperia S started rolling out yesterday, June 21st, 2012, but only a small percentage actually took some time to update their device. However, it is expected that majority of the owners will be doing the update this weekend. This will make the company’s servers a little busy and there could be some disruptions considering thousands, if not millions, of users will be downloading the package simultaneously. It might be better if you will not go with the rush.

    Xperia S is the first Sony-only branded phone after the company bought Ericsson’s stake earlier this year allowing it to take out the name of the latter from its new smartphones. Eventually, the Japanese company became free in implementing features that reflect its reputation in the world of technology. For the most recent ICS update, Sony focused more on three aspects; Audio, Display, and Photo.

    Walkman Application. For some reason, the term “Walkman” became synonymous to “portable music player” which started in the 90′s. Sony was actually the origin of this. Today, it is trying to implement audio quality that most people know about to its latest devices. This application does not only offer better sound quality, it has social features allowing users to discover, like and share music with their friends. It is also integrated with Facebook so sharing and commenting is open.

    Movies Application. The 4.3-inch screen of Xperia S that features 720 x 1280 pixels resolution was built for multimedia purposes. Video streaming and HD video playback are even made easier and more entertaining. Its LED-backlit LCD screen features better and more vivid picture with the help of Sony Mobile Bravia Engine.

    Album Application. Sony’s Cybershot technology has been a great success. While this smartphone does not bear the logo, the company has given it 12-megapixel camera to capture high-resolution photos which could then be organized using this app. Basically, the purpose of Album Application is for users to be able to sort the larger photos easier.

    Sony promised a lot of things to users who have purchased this smartphone and one of them was the ICS update. Originally, Xperia S was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread which, according to many tech experts, was a disappointment. This update is redemption for Sony and so far, owners are so pleased knowing they can now enjoy the features of Android ICS plus the Timescape user interface. There is a lot more to this update than just the three applications mentioned above. If you want to learn more about this update, you may want to check out the link below.

    Source: Sony

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    Sony Xperia S to Receive ICS Upgrade with New Media Apps

    Sony is pushing out the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 upgrade to the Xperia S phone. On top of the update, the Japanese company also adds new media applications by Sony itself called WALKMAN, Album, and Movies.

    The Sony WALKMAN app is more than a music player. Named after Sony’s iconic cassette player, it integrates social media with music by allowing users to share music with Facebook friends. Facebook in partnership with Gracenote as well enables Walkman App users to see information about the artist, and album art.

    Album brings to users an intuitive way of viewing photos taken by the Xperia S camera, and adds a social element by letting users write comments and share images on Facebook as well as other web-based galleries.

    Movies, for its part, permit users to enjoy a smooth playback of videos. This app is integrated with a library where users can search for information about movies as well as view movie posters.

    Meanwhile, Ice Cream Sandwich expands the Android phone’s functionalities by including new lock screen functions, widgets that may be resized, more control over mobile data, and a fresh Recent Apps button.

    Sony is making the upgrade easy by offering multiple options for downloading ICS and the free apps. The first option is to get it via Wi-Fi and mobile Internet. On the other hand, they may also download it though a computer. The update is available on the Xperia Update website as well as on PC Companion and Bridge for Mac.

    That said, the update has a total size of about 200 MB, so Sony recommends directly downloading it from the phone itself. Sony has even produced an instructional guide on installing the upgrade which is available on the Xperia support page on Youtube for those who need assistance. The company is sending an alert to users when the update is ready for installation on their phone. However, this depends on the users’ carrier.

    The ICS update with the Sony enhancements will be available for the Xperia S in the forthcoming weeks.

    via sonymobile

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    Sony Xperia S Is Next In Line To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Treatment

    Sure it’s been a while since Ice Cream Sandwich has been out, but at least more and more devices are (finally) being updated to the latest Android 4.0.4 software. Sony announced through its blog that its Xperia S smartphone is next in line to get the software makeover. It will gradually roll out the software starting today and promises to bring a host of goodies for Xperia S owners. On the ICS side, users will be treated to items such as an improved lock screen (which includes Facial unlock) and resizable widgets. On the Sony software side— users will be treated to things like the WALKMAN app, which blends Sony’s audio technology with social intergration (think Facebook or Twitter) and the Movies app— which allows users of the device to have the ability to take advantage of the phone’s screen and hardware to stream movies in high quality audio/video.

    The update is pretty hefty— coming in at around 200MB or so. But hey, the end result will make everything worth it… believe us. Keep in mind if you’re on a carrier-branded version of the Xperia S, you may need to wait a while before you see that long-awaited upgrade notification on your phone.

     

     

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    source: Sony Mobile Blog


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    Sony starts rollout of Android 4.0.4 for Xperia S

    Sony has announced that it is beginning to roll out the latest software update for its Xperia S smartphone. The new update will bring new media applications and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to the mobile phone. Among the new features the update will bring you are Walkman, Album, and Movies applications.

    The Walkman application uses signature Sony audio technology and social features to allow you to discover music your friends like and share your personal favorites. The Album application adds new ways to sort and browse photos and video more quickly. It also adds instant viewing, sharing, and commenting for Facebook photos.

    The Movies application streamlines the playback of movies with high-quality audio and video and uses an intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information on the films for better user experience. Other upgrades the new version of Android brings include a lock screen with improved functionality, resizable widgets, improved control for mobile data consumption, and a recent apps button. The download for the update is around 200 MB and the rollout will continue over the next few weeks. The availability of the update and schedule vary from country to country.


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    Android 4.0 rolling out for the Sony Xperia S

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    The word on the street — and straight from the horse's mouth — this morning is that those nice folk at Sony Mobile are rolling out the Android 4.0 update to their recently released flagship device, the Xperia S. The update, in addition to being Ice Cream Sandwich, also brings some additional tweaks to the Walkman, Movies, and Album features on the device.

    Of course this will be most welcomed by existing Xperia S owners but it may also give sales a boost. While many consumers do not know the difference between the different versions of Android, some will and this may well influence them when purchasing a new device.

    Sony promised the update to Ice Cream Sandwich when the device was announced and they have stayed true to their word. It seems that gone are they days of Sony (or what was Ericsson) failing to keep up to date with software versions.

    Good on ya, Sony. Check out the full feature video after the break.

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    Android 4.0 Now Available For The Sony Xperia S

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    Say what you will about Sony and its mobile products, but the complete transparency regarding ICS updates on the 2011 Xperia line has been nothing short of impressive. In their most recent blog post, Sony has detailed the ICS update for the Xperia S, which is rolling out now.

    The update features a new features a new suite of entertainment apps: Walkman, Album, and, Movies. According to Sony:

    • The “WALKMAN” application blends the best of signature Sony audio technology with social features; to discover the music your friends like and share personal favorites. Facebook integration gives you a visual way to interact with content – accessing album art, artist images and information, directly from Gracenote®
    • The “Album” application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia S
    • The “Movies” application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video, whilst using intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information for a richer experience

    The update also brings all of the goodies that come along with ICS, like resizable widgets, improved lockscreen, mobile data usage control, and more.

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    Sony Xperia Z Smartphone to Unleash in August 2012

    Sony’s flagship device for the second half of the year year, the Sony Xperia Z, is rumored to be slated for an August 2012 launch. This device will replace the company’s current flagship device, the Xperia S.

    The forthcoming Xperia Z handset joins Sony’s upcoming lineup of smartphones this year that includes the Xperia C, Xperia E and Xperia Y, three new second-generation NXT phones. Unlike the Xperia Z, however, these three devices will reportedly be launched earlier, possibly in July 2012.

    These devices will all carry an OLED display and an S4 Snapdragon processor. Moreover, they will have camera lenses with Cybershot technology and lenses from the T Camera line. They will likewise sport PlayStation Certification and have an integrated Walkman audio player.

    However, these specifications are only based on rumors, for now, and might not even be present in the phones. At the very least, we know that the specifications of the Xperia Z will be higher than those of the Xperia S, which is still a pretty decent phone according to today’s standards. The Xperia S sports a 4.3-inch LED-backlit capacitive LCD touchscreen and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It also has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon for its processor.

    At any rate, consumers will know soon enough as Sony is scheduled to reveal its fresh Xperia devices in an Xperia media preview event to be held in Singapore this coming June 20th.

    Since its separation from its former partner, Ericsson, Sony had been quite aggressive in producing and marketing its new devices. It made tech headlines recently through a Facebook campaign called “Fast Forward” that allowed users to decide when the company will unveil one of its new Xperia devices. This campaign revealed the Xperia Miro, an Android device targeted at the low- or mid-tier market. The Japanese company as well  recently unveiled another low-end smartphone called the Xperia Tipo.

    via xperia blog

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    Sony Rolling Out Xperia Mini Pro And Xperia Live With Walkman Android 4.0 OTA, Continuing The 2011 Xperia Line Update Program

    xperia-mini-pro-black-horizontal-android-smartphone-940x5291Sony may have disappointed by backing out of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to its PlayStation-certified Xperia Play, but there are still several other Xperia devices out there due an upgrade to Android 4.0. Having recently dealt with the Xperia Arc and Neo, next up is the pint-sized pocket slider, the Xperia Mini Pro. As you might expect, this will include Sony’s usual UI customizations, but considering the Xperia Mini Pro’s rather unique form factor such additions may be welcome in this case. With many of its QWERTY brethren such as the Droid 4 or Captivate Glide still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates, this makes the Xperia Mini Pro a rare device indeed.

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