While some companies are putting the kibosh on wearable development, others have shown a strong commitment to their products. Take Sony, for instance, which today announced new features coming in a software update for the SmartWatch 2.
The highlight of the update is customizable watch faces. The nifty addition allows you to design your own watch display by dragging and dropping widgets that display date, weather, notifications, and other information. A selection of pre-installed watch faces and widgets is included, but third parties can add their own. (more…)
The Xperia Z2 Tablet from Sony has received official pricing and availability confirmation from Sony, with the tablet hitting retailers on May 4. The tablet is priced at $499.99 for the 16GB model, while the larger 32GB model is priced a bit higher at $599.99. (more…)
To show good faith, and that they haven’t forgotten about their loyal customers, the Sony team has updated its product pages, detailing the next version of Android which is to hit select Xperia devices in May. So far, the list is pretty solid, with the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z slated for the update. (more…)
If you have been looking for a great camera in a smartphone, Sony’s Xperia Z2 may be up to snuff. According to tests conducted by DxO Labs, the 20.7MP BSI CMOS sensor is no slouch whatsoever, taking the highest score ever for a mobile device in their camera benchmark.
The first phase of the test was shooting still images. The Xperia Z2 was able to secure the highest score in the DxOMark database for stills, and took pictures impressively. Colors were accurate, noise levels were generally low, and details were sharp. (more…)
What sells smartphones? Michael Jackson, apparently. At least, that seems to be Sony’s belief with its new deal for Xperia buyers.
The promotion, which starts today, will gift customers of select Xperia devices the XSCAPE album - a postmortem release of new music by Michael Jackson – free when it releases on May 13. (more…)
All hail Android updates. Sony announced this morning that it finalized Android 4.4 Kit Kat firmware for the Xperia Z Utra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact. According to the company, the update brings performance enhancements, tweaks to Sony’s suite of applications, and the Xperia Themes theming engine. (more…)
The ease of personalization has long been one of the Android platform’s most attractive features. In particular, theming – re-skinning portions of Android’s UI – has been popular practically since the dawn of Eclair. Unfortunately, though, the process isn’t necessarily straightforward, and relatively few devices from major manufacturers have supported such customization out of the box.
Challenging convention, Sony’s embracing Android’s openness with the release of Xperia Themes. According to the Sony Mobile blog, the new app will ship with the 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade for eligible Xperia devices. (more…)
We know that not every phone released has an awesome camera, as not every company has the resources to throw in huge sensors to bump the price of their products. Sony’s answer to the problem is to let everyone take advantage of their camera technology via the QX-line of detachable smartphone lenses. Last year, they released the QX-100 and QX-10 lens, which are attachable to almost any smartphone that is currently available for purchase. (more…)