Posts tagged with: Sony
  • by | March 19, 2014 1:03 PM

    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 3:09 PM

    OnePlus is hard at work on its One smartphone, set to arrive running a special incarnation of CyanogenMod later this year – sometime in the first half, at least. While there's still a good deal we don't yet know about the handset, OnePlus has been remarkably forthright in disclosing certain details about the phone's hardware, and especially in these post-MWC days we've been hearing a ton about what to expect. Pricing, display details, voice commands from sleep, the choice of SoC: all that's out in the open. Today we continue with the flow of OnePlus One news, learning what the company ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 11:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the OnePlus One, and its plans to bring us voice commands from sleep just like the Moto X. Then we talk about Samsung and how its new ISOCELL technology plans to revolutionize low-light photography. Then we talk about the All New HTC One, more leaked photos now in retail packaging and even an eBay listing. Sony follows the news as we go through some possible delays of the Sony Xperia Z2. We end today's show talking about Pioneer's plans to bring CarPlay to other vehicles, and also the sad news that Apple is reducing its return policy for ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 12:12 PM

    Sony's Xperia Z2 was one of the sleeper hits of MWC 2014. While not real flashy and headline grabbing in the way the Galaxy S5 is, the phone has been steadily growing on us, as we learn more and more about what makes it so superior to previous Xperia flagships. With our interest sufficiently piqued, when will start seeing the Z2 become available to the public? Back when the phone was introduced, we were told to expect sales to begin this month, but now a new rumor suggests that Sony's plans may have hit a snag. The theory pops up in an Esato discussion forum, where one user claims to have ...

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  • by | March 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    Slowly but surely, new information about the OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone has been arriving. Last week we saw the company divulge the details behind its choice of SoC, with the promise that full specs on the phone would land sometime this week. Rather than dumping everything all at once, we've instead seen OnePlus reveal the specs little by little. The company just shared news of a 3100mAh battery with some sort of special “mystery tech,” and today follows up with news about the One's screen. It's going to be a 5.5-inch 1080p component, using touch-on-lens tech to enhance both touch ...

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  • by | March 10, 2014 7:05 PM

    Smartphone users absolutely love customizing their handsets. That desire extends from the outside, with cases or even Moto-X-style custom hardware, all the way to the phone's software, setting personalized wallpapers or ringtones. That's just all the surface-level stuff, though, and some users will take things much further, going the custom ROM route or installing alternate launchers to really change their phones' look-and-feel. Sony has picked up on this interest, and in an effort to make smartphone customization as easy as possible for its users, announces the launch of Xperia Themes. ...

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  • by | March 10, 2014 4:04 PM

    I've had some wonderful experiences with Android tablets. Loading CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad, an activity I documented in my first-ever video for Pocketnow, filled in some crucial capability gaps left open by the TouchPad's native OS. Carrying a first-gen Nexus 7 for a week in 2012 taught me just how compelling Jelly Bean in the 7-inch form factor could be. And spending some time last year with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z convinced me that "elegance" and "Android tablet" were no longer mutually-exclusive terms. We've come a long way from the days of Honeycomb and the XYBOARD. But five ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 8:04 PM

    Giving the two phones a casual look-over, it can be easy to miss some of the differences between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the new Z2. On a spec sheet, the changes seem subtle, like an SoC bump, extra RAM, and and a slightly larger display. As time goes on, though, we've been getting a greater appreciation for just what the Xperia Z2 offers, like how that bigger screen also brings with it much superior color reproduction, or how the phone's video-out supports the new MHL 3.0 standard. Now we're turning our attention to the Z2's camera, and what improvements it delivers. Just like the Z1, the ...

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  • by | March 7, 2014 4:01 PM

    Firefox OS didn't really make any big waves when it arrived last year, but despite an underwhelming start, the platform has some nice momentum to it, and with some crazy low-cost handsets on the way in 2014, its chances are looking up. Quite a few OEMs have shown interest in Firefox OS to one extent or the other, a list that includes Sony. While Sony hasn't released any stand-alone Firefox OS device, last winter we saw the company release an experimental ROM for its Xperia E – and that alone is a heck of a lot more than many manufacturers have done. This year it continues showing ...

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  • by | March 5, 2014 11:15 AM

    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 7:56 AM

    Just like its predecessor (the Sony Xperia Z1), the Xperia Z2 also has contacts on its left side that allow the phone to be easily docked. While the Xperia Z1 was using the official DK31 magnetic dock, Xperia Z2 owners will need the new DK36 magnetic dock for their phones. While the device itself will not reach retailer shelves until the beginning of April, the dock can be now ordered in the UK. The Sony Xperia Z2 DK36 magnetic dock goes for £29.16 (£34.99, including VAT), which translates to roughly $50, and allows you to not only charge the phone in a convenient way, but also prop it ...

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  • by | March 4, 2014 7:10 AM

    "Water proof" and "water resistant" mean the same thing, right? Apparently that's what Archos CEO Loic Poirier thought -- he was wrong. Poirier was happily showing off his new phone -- a Quechua -- which is advertised to French hikers and mountain bikers. He tossed it on the floor. No problem! Then, with cameras rolling, he found a glass jar, dropped the phone in, and started to fill it up with water. The phone is rated at IP54 and advertised as being designed to "withstand the most demanding outdoor conditions". When Poirier tried to turn the phone on, while still submerged, he got no ...

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  • by | March 3, 2014 4:57 PM

    When it comes to getting content from our phones onto our TVs, we have plenty of options. Maybe your phone has a physical HDMI output (though those seem to be getting increasingly rare). Maybe you do things wirelessly, using Miracast or an accessory like Chromecast. A lot of smartphone users connect to their televisions using MHL though their phones' micro USB port, which not only carries the video signal, but helps power your phone while it's acting as a video source. As it turns out, among all the product launches we got to see last week at MWC 2014, the first couple devices supporting ...

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  • by | February 28, 2014 4:02 PM

    Sony makes some very attractive smartphones; there's no denying it has a recognizable design language, resulting in some very sleek, smart-looking hardware. Its flagship Xperia models have delivered top-notch specs, and all the pieces have seemed like they've been in place for Sony to be a really strong competitor in the market... but then there are those screens. Perhaps the most recurring complaints we hear about Sony smartphones have targeted disappointing display performance. Luckily, it appears that Sony has finally taken all that criticism to heart, and analysis of the Xperia Z2's ...

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