Showing posts with label Sony. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sony. Show all posts

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sony is shutting down PlayStation Mobile this July 2015

Sony has announced that it’s wrapping upPlayStation Mobile (PSM) later this year. The platform featured games that were compatible with the PS Vita handheld gaming system as well as PlayStation certified Android devices.
No new titles will be published on PSM after July 15, and in-app purchases and purchased games will not be available after September 10. You’ll still be able to play PSM games after that, provided you activate your devices by following the instructions issued by PlayStation Support .
The move is likely due to PSM’s poor adoption across the board. Sony even pulled support for PSM on Android devices running KitKat 4.4.3 and newer last August.
The only hope for the PS Vita is that people might still use it to enjoy PlayStation 4 titles using Remote Play.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sony launches €299 Xperia M4 Aqua with Android Lollipop and octa-core processor

Sony has today launched a new mid-range smartphone dubbed the Xperia M4 Aqua, and yes, it’s fully waterproof, as you might expect with a name like that.
Aside from its water-repellent capabilities, the device comes with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera (with F2.0 aperture lens), octa-core processor, 5-megapixel selfie snapper and a claimed two-day battery life.

Like some of the other Xperia models, it has cap-free waterproofing, meaning you don’t need to remember to close off your microUSB connector and the device should still be fine if it takes an accidental short dip.
Under the bonnet, the device will arrive running Android Lollipop out of the box, and supports 4G LTE connectivity, as well as the expected slower data standards. This isn’t always a given on a mid-range device.

Sony said the M4 Aqua will go on sale in white, black, coral and silver in Spring in more than 80 countries. It’ll be available SIM-free or via carriers in these markets, the company added.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sony’s 4G version of the Xperia E4 will arrive from April priced at $145

Sony has revealed the Xperia E4g, the latest addition to its smartphone line. It unveiled the Xperia E4 earlier this month, but it was notably missing 4G support.
The new model is largely the same as the Xperia E4. As well as adding 4G connectivity, it offers a bump in speed with a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor versus the E4’s 1.3Ghz chip.
As with the E4, the Xperia E4g has a 5-inch qHD display, 1GB RAM, a “two-day” 2,300mAh battery and a 5-megapixel snapper on the rear. You also get just 8GB of storage as standard.
It’s due to launch in April for around $145 (€129). 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sony is trying to sell a $160 64GB microSD card to music buffs

Would you spend $160 for 64GB microSD card? Well Sony thinks so, as it has the potential to provide less electrical noise when reading data leading to better audio quality.

Sony has just announced a new microSDXC card with a 64GB capacity priced at $160 (Rs. 9,800), in a market where the average price of a Class 10 64GB microSDXC is slightly over Rs. 2,000. Now you would think that this new card would be super fast, but sadly it isn't. Strangely Sony has proclaimed the USP of the new card as made for ‘Premium Sound’.

Now if the card provides the same speed as most of the microSDXC cards out there, then how can it provide a better audio experience? Sony’s explanation here is that it gives less electrical noise when reading data which means a more crisp audio experience and lesser loss in quality.

Sounds logical, but how does it work? Well, even Sony has not mentioned as to how technically it works, and to add insult to injury, a Sony spokesperson has said “We aren’t that sure about the product’s potential demand, but we thought some among people who are committed to great sound quality would want it.” Confused much Sony?

Now why would one buy an overpriced memory card just because it is said to offer lesser electrical noise interferences without viable proof? Just a month ago Sony had announced a super expensive $1200 Walkman for music purists, which was again some absurd pricing from the company.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 available from March

Over the last few months our SmartEyeglass prototype has been one of the most talked about smart eyewear concepts – today the project takes a major step forward, as we announce both commercialisation and launch from March 2015.
The SmartEyeglass Developer Edition SED-E1 will give developers access to both the physical sample and official supporting software developer kit – as we continue to grow the ecosystem of transparent binocular lens experiences and superimposed augmented reality content.

Pre-order starts from today in United Kingdom and Germany, with SmartEyeglass Developer Edition available from our Sony Developer World portal from early March* for around €670. It will sit alongside the updated SDK, with regularly updated information and support for developers to get going and unleash their creativity on this new platform.
Check out Sony Developer World for the full scoop on our Android smartphone-extending eye-wear concept – and stay tuned for more, as we head towards the launch and beyond.
*At launch SmartEyeglass Developer Edition will also be available for purchase in the United States and Japan. It will also be available only for enterprise customers in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Sweden.
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Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: The Best-Performing Android Smartwatch Yet

Sony's been trying the smartwatch thing for years, but the original SmartWatch and theSmartWatch 2 both... what's the word I'm looking for here? Sucked? Yeah. But the SmartWatch 3 has solid performance and two nifty features you won't find on any other Android Wear. It'sthe first with built-in GPS and a screen you can read without backlighting.
Android Wear watches are off to a pretty decent start. The Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, and the Asus ZenWatch are all lovely and useful in their own ways. So why might you buy a Sony smartwatch instead?
Because this year, Sony did something smart. It abandoned its own (train-wreck of a) smartwatch OS and opted to use Android Wear. Android already has hundreds of apps that are optimized to work with Wear, letting you do things like manage notifications, call a car, follow recipes or navigation directions, and sure-why-the-hell-not, right or left-swipe in Tinder. It's actually very intuitive and easy to use, and it's frequently easier to give your wrist a glance than to pull out your phone and unlock it just to see why it's been buzzing.
The good news is that the Sony SmartWatch 3 lets Android Wear do its thing without getting in the way. (If only more phones were that way!) Android Wear runs fast and smoothly on the watch, which is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A7 and 512MB of RAM. That's more or less standard for Android Wear, though some manufacturers have gone with older, slower, more power-hungry processors, and performance suffers. Not the SmartWatch 3: out of every Android Wear device I've tried—and I've tried them all—it's the most stable.

But I don't know if I'd call it handsome. It's not unattractive, it's just kind of there, which is okay. Basically, you've got a simple black rectangular body with notable bezels set in a black rubber watch band finished with a silver clasp. The clasping mechanism is definitely nice, easy to pop in and out of, but secure enough that there's next to no chance it'll fall off your wrist. There's a single button on the right side for waking up the screen and quickly accessing settings. That's about it. Definitely not nearly as handsome as the Moto 360 or Asus ZenWatch.
The utilitarian construction does give the Sony another benefit, though: it's waterproof down to five feet for half an hour, which is more than than its Android Wear brethren. While I wouldn't recommend taking it into the water because the screen freaks out like you're pressing it with a thousand fingers at once, it's nice to have that peace of mind.

The watch's display is a rectangular, 1.6-inch transflective TFT LCD. So what the heck does transflective mean? Well, as the name suggests, it's a display that can both transmit light and it can reflect ambient light. This means that in most lighting situations (i.e. outside use, or reasonably well-lit indoors) you can read the screen without having to wake up the backlight. It's particularly useful outdoors. The sun still washes out the colors, but it's pretty readable.
The SmartWatch 3 also has the biggest battery of any Android watch to date at 420mAh, narrowly besting the 410mAh pack in the LG G Watch R. That, combined with that transflective screen and an efficient processor gives it the best battery life of any Android Wear device so far. The G Watch R usually got me about 40 hours of usage on a charge, but the SmartWatch 3 routinely nets over 48 hours. That's obviously a lot shorter than the Pebble smartwatch, which gets a solid week on a charge, but frankly, the Android Wear watches just do a lot more. Assuming you have an Android phone, of course.

So how about that built-in GPS? Combine that with a recent Android Wear update that lets watches locally store music from Google Play, and it means you can pair some Bluetooth headphones and head out on a run without having to tote your phone with you. There aren't very many apps that can take advantage of the GPS yet, but the basic functions of Runkeeper worked without a hitch.
But I'm a little skeptical that anyone would want to run with the watch alone. For starters, the Runkeeper watch app is pretty limited. It couldn't do any of the audio voice coaching as I ran. The UI that lets you browse through music is somewhat limited, and you're stuck with whatever you've already downloaded (which is limited to just a few gigs). Plus, if you turn your ankle or encounter some other kind of emergency, it's much safer to have a way to call for help. There are so many good, secure ways to attach your phone to your body that it doesn't feel like much of a selling point.


Best battery life for an Android Wear watch yet, and the transflective screen is nice for quickly checking the time of day.
I love that the charging port is just a plain old micro USB, which means it's really easy to charge it anywhere.
The watch itself doesn't catch your eye so much, which is generally a good thing, though fashionistas may find it boring.

The clasping mechanism feels nice and strong and yet easy to get on and off.

No Like

The SmartWatch 3 doesn't have a built-in heart rate monitor, which is become a key feature for wrist-worn devices for people who are serious about their health. The Moto 360, Fitbit Charge HR and Basis Peak constantly monitor my heart, giving me a much better estimate of my real caloric burn and heart health. If I had to choose between HRM and GPS, I'd take the HRM in a heartbeat. Yes, that was a pun.
The screen isn't quite as pretty as the Wear watches that use AMOLED displays.
While the band feels strong, it's a bit on the thick side where the clasp is on your inner wrist, which can get annoying while you're typing.
The micro USB port is covered by a little rubber gasket that feels like it'll eventually break off.
The pre-installed watchfaces are more than a little lackluster, but there are loads of gorgeous ones you can download from the Google Play Store.

Should You Buy It?

It's a tough call. It many ways, it simply performs better than any of the other Android Wear watches. But on the other side, it looks a bit plain, and looks matter when you're talking about something you're going to be wearing all day, every day. The lack of heart rate capabilities is the biggest ding, and it's up to you how heavily you weight that. If health and fitness are priority for you, the Moto 360—even with its godawful battery life—is probably the smarter buy. Even though the SmartWatch 3 lasts more than twice as long on a charge, and operates more smoothly, it's the one for me. That said, if you like the way it looks and tracking your daily burn isn't a big deal, I think you'll be happy with the Sony.
The SmartWatch 3 sells for $250, which ties the Motorola for second-most expensive Android Wear watch, behind the $300 LG G Watch R. It ain't fancy, but it's a solid performer, and it's the first smartwatch from Sony that might actually be worth your trouble. [Google Play]
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