Sony has rolled out the Xperia Beta Program, which invites smartphone owners to join the company in squashing bugs and improving Android 6.0 Marshmallow ahead of public release. It's worth noting that this new program is not the same as the Concept for Android, and is solely for trying out Android 6.0.
Whatever other difficulties the Japanese electronics giant has faced in recent years, you can't fault the overall quality of Sony's high-end Xperia smartphones. The schedule at which it refreshes its phones hasn't altered much in the same time frame and as we approach the end of 2015 we've recently had some new additions which continue what we love most about Sony.
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Sony is working on a new Android software concept build. It's believed the company is looking to revamp the Xperia UI and is currently running a beta test in Sweden. Should you reside in the region you'll be eligible to join the upcoming beta and see what the company may launch on new hardware.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 Jul 2015 5:33 am
Samsung launched Game Recorder+, a utility that allows you to record and share gameplay videos from select high-end Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy S6. Sony is now joining the action by launching a similar utility dubbed Live screen streaming for Xperia handsets.
Sony has released three new Xperia themes on the Google Play Store, allowing those with Xperia hardware to refresh their user experience with some designs for Blue Note jazz record label and the upcoming Blue Note Festival. The new themes include Blue Note, Blue Note Vinyl and Blue Note Story.
Sony has released a new app for its Xperia line of Android phones allowing users to create digital stickers from their photos for easy personalization and scrapbooking. Dubbed Sticker Creator, the app ties into your Xperia phone's camera and allows you to either capture a new image and use that as a sticker or use an existing image from your camera roll, trim it and create a custom sticker out...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Sep 2014 4:26 am
After revising its annual forecast earlier this year, Sony is at it again, with the latest revision taking into account a 180 billion yen (around $1.7 billion) "goodwill impairment charge", which quadruples the company's losses for the financial year.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 7 Aug 2014 3:29 am
Sony may launch a new Xperia tablet at this year's IFA, if a certification listing on Indonesia's Postel website is any indication. The device, which sports a model number SGP621, has a similar naming convention to earlier tablet models in the Xperia series, the Xperia Tablet Z (SGP321) and the Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521).
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 11 Jun 2014 4:53 am
A day ahead of the kickoff ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Sony has unveiled an Xperia theme for the event. While the theme was leaked in its entirety last month, it is now officially available for download in the Play Store.
Though the international variant of the Sony Xperia Z was recently upgraded to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, those in the U.S. aren't as fortunate as T-Mobile has only finally gotten around to updating the waterproof handset to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. T-Mobile customers should begin getting their update notifications now. This brings the firmware build to 10.4.C.0.814 for the Xperia Z on T-Mobile.
As Japanese tech giant Sony restructures its businesses, there are signs of more growing pains to come. The company revealed that it expects losses of ¥50 billion ($489 million) in the financial year ending March 2015, whereas analysts had predicted a net profit of ¥59 billion. The previous year saw the company lose ¥128.37 billion ($20.62 billion), and Sony's financial woes continue despite...
Confirming earlier leaks, Sony has today unveiled the Xperia A2 for NTT Docomo in Japan, joining Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z2 on the Japanese network. As rumored, the Xperia A2 is almost identical to the Xperia Z1 Compact, a phone which arrived in Japan last year as the Xperia Z1 f.
Sony is an official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as such it's prepared its very own theme for its Xperia phones in time for the start of the tournament. While the theme hasn't been officially released just yet, it has managed to leak out online, where it's available to download for Xperia phones running Android 4.3 and above.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 8 May 2014 7:03 am
After shuttering its Reader Store in the US and Canada earlier this year, Sony has confirmed that it will be discontinuing the service in four other countries: UK, Germany, Austria and Australia. However, customers using the Sony Reader and select Xperia devices will be able to access Kobo's e-book store once the Sony Reader Store shuts down on June 16.
Around a month ago we got the first hint of an updated Sony "Compact" smartphone heading to the Japanese market, as a handset codenamed "Atlair" passed through the FCC. And now we're seeing more on the physical form of the handset, which might launch on local carrier Docomo as the "Sony Xperia A2." Japanese blog ATRPG has published images from a Japanese brochure showing the Xperia A2 name...
While Sony continues to struggle to get its Xperia phones directly into U.S. carrier stores, there's good news for American Sony fans wanting to pick up GSM unlocked versions of the company's latest Xperia Z2. Engadget reports that the Japanese firm has confirmed its intention to sell the Z2 on its online store in the U.S. at some point "in the near future."
Continuing its recent trend of releasing its apps into the Google Play Store, Sony has now made the background defocus camera app available to download, too. Of course, you'll still need a Sony Xperia phone to use it – it plugs into the camera rather than being a standalone app – and you'll have to be on Android 4.2 and up.
Previously background defocus has been exclusive to the Xperia Z1s...
Sony 'Altair' looks like an refreshed Z1 Compact for Docomo
The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact" might be on its way to Japanese shores, as a Docomo-bound Sony miniature has just passed through...
Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages
Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May.
O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-order on O2 Refresh Pay Monthly, priced between £609.99 and £19.99 depending on the monthly price and...