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Sony debuts underwater demo apps for Xperia Z1s

Water resistance has been a key selling point for Sony smartphones for the past couple of years, and now the company is highlighting its phones' underwater credentials with a series of quirky new apps. Sony's underwater collection, available in the U.S. on Google Play, showcases ways in which the company's waterproof phones can detect when they're subjected to varying levels of water — from a light rain shower, to being fully submerged. To determine whether the phone is underwater, the apps can emit a high-frequency sound, then use the microphones to detect how that sound resonates, giving an indication of whether it's submerged.

Examples include an animated fish which flops around unless it's underwater, an underwater "endless runner" game and a virtual cactus which springs to life on your device. You'll find more details on Google Play at the link above, though you'll need to be in the U.S. to see the apps — they're designed for the T-Mobile-only Xperia Z1s. Otherwise, the demo reel above does a good job of showcasing each app without requiring a Sony phone — or dunking it in the water.

Source: Google Play; via: GSM Arena

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • My HTC phone doesn't come with an umbrella app....RIP OFF!!! some of these do seem pretty pointless. I find the underwater sub runner to be the most interesting. The karaoke has to be the worst I think though... Posted via Android Central App
  • Dumbcow,
    If your HTC phone is the m8, then there is no need for an app. It just works under water. HTC One M8 Underwater Test: Posted via Android Central App using the all new HTC One (m8)
  • Hmmm yes and I'm gonna submerge my £475 phone that is NOT listed as waterproof by the manufacturer.
  • Neat apps, kind of strange to debut at this stage of the Z1s life cycle but interesting that the time was taken to make these by Sony. Posted via Android Central App w/G2
  • I fail to see the usefulness of these apps other than "fun" and "cool" Posted via Android Central App
  • "Fun" and "Cool"? "Stupid" and "Dumb" is more like it. Who would actually even do any of that?
  • I guess you're right. It may be fun in the short run, but that's just temporary. I mean who would want to play submarine game while swimming, or use a phone as an umbrella? Posted via Android Central App
  • It's more like a showoff thing. I think my 6 year old would get a kick out of the fish one for a few minutes. Posted via Android Central App w/G2
  • It's all fun and games until a 6 year old drowns playing Angry Bass ;)
  • If you look past the apps they are showing, you can see that this can be a useful tool. I can see a dive team using this type of technology to maybe measure uneven surfaces when sonar signals are not enough.