Posts tagged with: Sony
  • by | February 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Ever since the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple has been famous for the device's image quality, and ever since the launch of the iPhone 4s, Apple has been using Sony sensors for its main iSight camera. Sadly the 1.2 megapixel front facing camera of the device hasn't been as famous, and up to the iPhone 5s, this was supplied by OmniVision, which seems to be ready for a change with the iPhone 6. Japanese sources are now claiming that Sony will take over all of the sensors of the iPhone 6, by stating that: "The Japanese firm already supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:29 PM

    This year's Mobile World Congress officially begins on Monday February 24, and while the expo will continue running through that Thursday, we're already expecting a majority of the show's big news to arrive on that first day. Nokia was the first to announce a February 24 event, and later Samsung shared news that its Unpacked 5 event would round-out the day. Today we add one more company's announcements to the calendar, getting word of Sony's event. Now, for the moment we don't have an official invite to refer to, but Xperia Blog reports with confidence that it's learned of a Sony MWC event ...

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  • by | February 9, 2014 1:26 AM

    If you have a Sony Xperia Z you should receive a notification for an update being available for your phone. According to official wording from Sony, it should bring you improvements to the phone's Bluetooth connectivity and battery. Alongside other fixes, bits should also refer to a new YouTube app, and some other behind the scenes improvements. The same goodies should also be available for the Xperia ZL and ZR phones, so make sure to check that update notification. If you have an Xperia Tablet Z, the refresh will start rolling out sometime this week (or the next, if your week starts with ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 5:33 PM

    When we first went hands-on with the Z1 Compact at Sony's CES 2014 press event, our heads were still ringing with Sony's proclamation that despite its small size, it was a "no-compromise" flagship phone. Sony's website makes the claim a bit plainer: The Xperia Z1 Compact is everything you expect in a premium smartphone, beautifully crafted to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The timing couldn't be better for us to test this claim: we've just spent a few days with the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile USA, whose user experience was by and large wonderful - especially in terms of camera ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 10:23 AM

    Is Sony actually going to release a smartphone running Windows Phone 8? We've been talking about the idea of the manufacturer expanding past Android as a platform for a little while now, with rumors early last month suggesting that Sony had been meeting with Microsoft regarding the idea. A week later, comments from a Sony exec confirmed that some discussion had taken place, but Sony wasn't being clear just what direction it would take. As we wait to learn if a Sony Windows Phone handset will ever see the light of day, the company is once again commenting on the issue, and once again giving ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 7:33 PM

    We were all very surprised when it was announced Google had moved to purchase Motorola Mobility in the second half to 2011. As I noted in my piece from Monday, we were all taken aback and curious as to why Google had moved to purchase a hardware company. Obviously, the purchase was heavily – if not entirely – fueled by Motorola's immense, mobile-related portfolio of over 20,000 patents. But when Google's own Dennis Woodside moved over to Motorola as the new CEO, we could only speculate that Google, despite making it very clear Motorola would remain a separate company, wanted Motorola ...

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  • by | February 6, 2014 1:41 AM

    We know, we know: unboxings come first, then come the features and reviews. That's how it's supposed to go. Well who says breaking with tradition is such a bad thing? Actually, that's not why we're posting this unboxing out of sequence. The real reason: an absurdly busy week that's only going to get busier as 2014 picks up steam and more devices come tumbling down the chute - including smartphones like the Z1S's close cousin, the Z1 Compact, which should arrive in our labs in mere days! So let's get down to business (we don't got no time to play around, what is this?). This is the Sony ...

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  • by | February 5, 2014 11:47 PM

    Update: T-Mobile has responded to our request for clarification. The press material accompanying this device was incorrect; there is no OIS on this unit. The camera movement we saw is a result of the camera's autofocus system. Pocketnow regrets the error. When we first laid eyes on the Sony Xperia Z1S last month at CES 2014, we weren't exactly blown away. Not because there was anything wrong with the device -its specs were great and its glossy glass construction was just as fetching as it had been on the Xperia Z1 we'd reviewed some months before- but because there wasn't much to set it ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    A smartphone camera's flash seems almost deceptively simple: it needs to illuminate a scene while a picture's being taken. With a xenon flash, timing can be a little tricky, but the LEDs so common on phones make the process a snap. As a result, we can begin to take a properly working flash a little bit for granted; it's only when problems arise that we really take notice. Unfortunately for new owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, things have taken such an unwanted turn, and it seems that a design flaw may be interfering with the phone's flash. The issue is manifesting as light from the ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 8:36 AM

    Got a Sony Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo, or Xperia U? You'll be sad to find out that Sony is apparently preparing to no longer offer support for these models, some of which, while not the most recent ones, still have a tad to go until they reach a two-year-old venerable age. The good folks over at Xperia Blog took their time is flipping through the support pages for the above mentioned devices, gathering all of them together in the list you see above. If you want to check the status for ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 11:36 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Pebble's launch of its App Store for its smartwatch line-up. We then talk about the HTC M8, and more confirmation that that phone is losing its hardware buttons. Sony is next as we get some leaks of an Xperia smartphone with very little bezels. Sundar Pichai takes the stage next as reports have him as a strong candidate for CEO at Microsoft. We end today's show talking about the predictions for hardware specifications for the Galaxy S 5 and iPhone 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Pebble app store launches for iOS; Android ...

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  • by | February 3, 2014 12:38 PM

    A couple weeks back, we got a look at a new breed of Androids from Sharp, boasting some of the narrowest side bezels we've seen in recent memory. As we wring our hands over concerns that such phone are going to introduce new problems, picking up stray inputs from our hands just gripping the phone, manufacturers push forward, towards that day when a phone's display will utterly consume its face. We're still a way's off from that, but one new leak may offer the next step in that direction, apparently revealing a Sony Xperia model with an impressively narrow bezel. At least, that may be what ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 8:03 PM

    Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z1 (or the Z1S here in the States) may only be a few months old, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from already pouring out word of its successor. The Xperia Z2 is said to be a lot of things – bigger, better, more powerful, and the rest of the typical hype-mongering buzzwords – and we're hearing rumors that is just might show its face as early as next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. So what do we want from Sony's next flagship? Where did the last go wrong? Take a gander below to find out!   Fine tune the display If Sony ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 8:08 AM

    Whether you like black, lime, pink, or white, you can have any, if you're in the UK, and consider O2's offer for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Announced at the beginning of the year in Las Vegas with the occasion of CES 2014, the Z1 Compact brings flagship specs to the smaller form factor. £479.99 is what you'll have to pay if you choose the pay-as-you-go option (around $790), but things can get somewhat cheaper if you choose one of the tariffs. You won't have a charger inside the box as O2 removed it. Why? Trying to reduce waste, and O2 assumes you already have one lying around. Luckily, ...

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