Google just dropped the price of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition by $200, for those interested in the behemoth-of-a-phone. Normally priced at $649, the Z Ultra and its 6.4-inch display haven’t exactly been the most popular of GPE phones, at least if you consider the lack of buzz amongst our community. But hey, at $449, phablet lovers be on alert – you may have a deal in front of you.
On the DL Show, we often talk about how irrelevant Sony is in the US smartphone race because they can’t seem to launch any of their phones over here in a timely manner. From the Xperia Z1 to their tablets to countless other phones in the past, many of the products they announce typically find their way to our shores when they are old enough in tech terms that there are much better options worth considering. It’s unfortunate, and was a trend we were hoping would be bucked when the company announced its new 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. Unfortunately, it looks like Sony has let us down again. (more…)
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…)
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…)