Posts tagged with: XPERIA
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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    Sony is definetly on a roll when it comes to sofware updates. The company may not be as timely as some of its competitors, but the fact that the Japanese giant is providing software updates to devices that are almost three years old says a lot about its commitment to customers. If you thought the recent Android 5.0 updates to legacy products were cool enough, think again. Sony has just announced that it'll bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z lineup starting in July. Yes, we didn't get that wrong, we're talking about the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia ...

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    Even with the amount of praise that Sony's Xperia lineup has received over the last couple of years, it seems to not be enough to get the company's mobile division back on track. We've seen the company struggle to reach its profitability goals over the last couple of quarters, and it's clear that the company is desperate for a come back somehow. You'd think that the company's turnaround plan would include a heavy focus on mobile, especially given the fact that Apple's success fully depends on it, but the reality is the other way around. In a plan to raise $4.2B in profit by year 2018, ...

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    Sony has won a lot of praise for its recent smartphone offerings. Our reviews of devices like the Xperia Z2 make it clear that the company is doing a great job in making Xperia smartphones very competitive. Xperia tablets haven't gained that same level of fame, but it doesn't mean they aren't good, and rumors have it that there is more to come. Listings are now showing a model number SGP621 being traded around through Indonesia. If you all remember, the code for the Xperia Tablet Z2 was SGP521, and the code for the Xperia Tablet Z was SGP321. This clearly hints to the company working on ...

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    Sony has just made its 2013 fiscal year-end results official, and even though this used to be one of the biggest tech companies in modern history, it's not having the best of times lately. The company keeps losing money, and according to the company's CEO, this will continue as the company continues to re-invent itself. That said, you'd think that smartphones played a big part in those losses, and that's actually the other way around. The company has just surprised us with a significant growth in smartphone sales, which are up to 39.1 million Xperia units, when compared to the previous 33 ...

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    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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    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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the CyanogenMod variant of the Oppo N1, and its official launch today. Amazon follows the news as we talk about their new app store deals and why they exist. Nokia is next as we keep talking about their possible Nokia Android phone, as unbelievable as that may be. Sony is then making headlines with Android 4.3 for existing Xperia smartphones. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans for the display of the Galaxy S 5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition goes up for sale; any takers? - Amazon’s ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent update to Google Apps for Android, which brings some of the KitKat updates that Nexus 5 owners are enjoying. Speaking of Nexus 5, there are complaints of a poor speaker and poor camera, and Google talks about it. We later talk about Sony as the company has laid down its plans for Android 4.3 and 4.4 to its Xperia line-up. Apple follows the news as the Cupertino kids might be working on launching more than one iPhone in 2014. We end today's show by talking about Samsung's ISOCELL cameras and foldable displays. All this and more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Having a non-replaceable battery on your smartphone or tablet is bad enough when it takes hours to recharge, like in the case of the third-generation iPad, which took a crazy 7 hours to return to a usable state. Still, if products could recharge in decent times, like say, an hour, then not being able to replace your battery wouldn't be so bad, and specially at times when the Snapdragon 800 processor makes sure the device will go longer. Such is the case of Sony's future Xperia smartphones. Sony's new invention, which is based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to bring ...

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    It seems like a long ago, but it was only February 2011 when Sony unveiled its "PlayStation Phone", calling it the Xperia Play. Sony had made smartphones before. It had also made gaming consoles and handheld entertainment devices. What no one had done was marry an entertainment system into a cutting edge smartphone. The market potential was huge, and Sony knew it. Not only did Sony release the Xperia Play, it also introduced the PlayStation Certified program which would let other manufacturers build devices worthy of the PlayStation name and enable them to play PlayStation Mobile games. ...

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    There's a big gulf between an unboxing and a full review, and we're always looking for ways to fill it. Our friendly neighborhood FedEx man dropped the Sony Xperia Tablet Z on our porch this morning, whereupon we promptly tore, cut, and otherwise fought our way into its packaging - all to give our fellow geeky voyeurs a rough idea of what the first few moments of Tablet Z ownership are like. (We'd like to thank Negri Electronics, by the way, for the quick shipping that made this end-of-week video possible.) It only took a few minutes to log in to our various accounts and start ...

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    When we first laid hands on Sony's Xperia Tablet Z back at MWC in Barcelona, only our stalwart professional detachment kept us from falling in love at first sight. The tablet, impossibly thin at 6.9mm and with a just-right weight of 495g, felt incredible in our hands - a feeling that only intensified upon learning the tablet was rated for water resistance to IP55 and IP57 standards. Given our love of durable devices, that was music to our ears. Now, thanks to some quick shipping by our friends at Negri Electronics, we've got an Xperia Tablet Z of our very own here in Pocketnow's ...

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    We've witnessed the fact that Sony has tried really hard to return to the smartphone spotlight this year, and sadly hasn't reached that mark. Our reviews of the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have proved that the company is on the right path when it comes to software and design, but their poor choices for hardware have left them a step back when compared to every other company on the market. Now we find some leaked photos of a Sony Xperia S39h and sadly things don't look any better. If this Sony Xperia S39h follows the company's codename philosophy, the S stands for a small device, which is ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Galaxy S 4 carrier availability and the irony that TecTiles no longer work for it. Later we go through some Galaxy Note III rumors and the fact that apparently it'll be a bigger and better phone. Some Sony Xperia phones are next as the company plans to apparently give the phablet category a try. Then we talk about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and yes, that's not Android 5.0, we know. We end today's show talking about Google Now and what it means for it to only launch on iOS and not on legacy Android devices. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Sony's plan to differentiate from the crowd has just taken off. Right on schedule, the company has just launched the PlayStation Mobile initiative that they announced recently. The idea is that this will be a cross-platform mobile gaming service where users can buy a game once on the PlayStation Store, and play it on select Android smartphones or tablets as well as in Sony's new PS Vita. The way this works is very similar to how you can purchase an app in the Google Play Store and the app is available across all the devices that share your same Google account, except here everything will ...

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    At the beginning of this year we heard Sony's plans regarding new camera sensors which, opposed to the standard RGB (red, green, blue) contained an additional W standing for white pixels. This way the sensors, as we've been told, offer “higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings”. Sony has now changed the specifications to revert from RGBW to RGB, "as it was found not to meet certain conditions of Sony's image quality standards." These sensors should be at the core of the 2013 Xperia line-up's imaging features and the ...

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    A Romanian and an American at a German trade show featuring Asian devices? Things just got international, ya'll. Grab some bratwurst and Bitburger and join Michael Fisher and Anton D. Nagy for the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, straight from one of the smallest hotel rooms in Berlin. This is a special-edition podcast, covering all the devices we got hands-on time with at IFA 2012! From gymnasium-level Samsung to mini-booth ASUS, we cover it all ... and share some insights on trade shows -and Germany- along the way. If that kind of international IFA intrigue sounds like something ...

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    We know that Sony is preparing a special press event prior to the IFA in Berlin and, while we're expecting a couple of Xperia phones, the manufacturer has been rumored to release its first Xperia branded tablet, as a follow-up to the Tablet S. We've already seen initial leaks and now it looks like we're looking at alleged press renders. The wedged design, found on the Tablet S, seems to be gone even though the side render shows that there is a slight impression of a tapered build. There are also a couple of bits accompanying the images; the Xperia tablet will reportedly be powered by ...

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    The Sony Xperia SL will be the successor to the Xperia S launched at this year's MWC in Barcelona and, as we've heard last month, it will bring new color options to the table as well as bumped up processor specifications. We're expecting Sony to unveil the Xperia SL (among others) at their pre-IFA press event in Berlin at the end of this month. In the image above you can allegedly see the new color options (or some of them). The phone is also rumored to pack a faster processor, replacing the 1.5GHz Snapdragon on the Xperia S with a new, faster, 1.7GHz Snapdragon (S3). However, there is no ...

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    Sony's come out with a couple Android tablets so far; it has the unusual clamshell design Tablet P, and while its Tablet S has a more traditional layout, even that model features some unusual styling with its oddly-tapered back. Sony may be about to augment its lineup with a new Xperia-branded tablet, at least according to the quite detailed leak to just surface. A user claiming to work for Sony posted the information to the XDA-Developers forum, revealing the contents of a slideshow highlighting the model's features. It appears that it will keep the same display as the Tablet S, but move ...

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    Last week we learned that there were no plans to update last year's Xperia models to the latest version of Android but Sony considers that the official Facebook message was sent out in error. The possibility of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean official update is being actively investigated for all devices, says Sony on it official Xperia product blog. Until then, the "Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned". There are no specifics regarding which devices, whether it's the entire 2011 line-up or just a few phones, as well as no information on a ...

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    Exactly which of the Sony phones recently rumored will be announced in Berlin with the occasion of the IFA is yet unknown. However, Sony is sending out invitations to a pre-IFA event with a Press Conference and a booth unveiling. Invitations might not be sent out to everyone but anyone with a valid press accreditation for IFA can join the event. It will happen on August 29 at from 16:15 to 17:00 local time (which translates to 10:15a to 11a EDT). The Xperia SL is our best guess and is most likely to be unveiled with a possible CPU bump over the Xperia S announced at this year's MWC. The ...

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    The Sony Xperia Play ICS story is a sad one not only if you are one of the owners. Everyone was expecting the gaming phone to receive its Android 4.0 update alongside the other 2011 Xperia Models but later on the manufacturer dropped the bomb that there will indeed be no official ICS refresh for the PlayStation phone. However, an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware popped up, certified, over at PTCRB. Does this mean that Sony changed its mind and will indeed push out the refresh? Possible, but unlikely, after such a vehement denial. However, one thing to note is that the firmware was probably ...

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