St George puts banking on your wrist with the Sony Smartwatch 2; Glassware and Android Wear still to come

St George bank has today announced that they're addressing the growing wearables market, announcing that they've updated their St.George Banking App, to work with the Sony Smartwatch 2. The App will now supply account balances and directions to the watch. The new features require three apps installed on your phone for it to work, the Sony Smart Connect app, SmartWatch 2 extension and of course the St.George Mobile Banking App. This will then allow customers to access their account balance at a glance, St George also says that the app will also direct customers to ATMs... Continue reading

Sony launches the Xperia T2 Ultra dual – Available in Australia this week

Sony yesterday announced that they will begin selling the Xperia T2 Ultra dual - the Dual-SIM version of the T2 Ultra - in Australia, with stock of the handset due to begin arriving in stores from the end of the week. With a 6″ 720P HD display up front, the T2 Ultra is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage coupled with a Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB. Sony is a world leader in camera tech and has included a 13MP Exmor RS camera on the... Continue reading

Telstra starts rolling out the KitKat Update for the Xperia Z1

Last month we saw Sony starting to roll out the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update to the unbranded Xperia Z1, and now it looks as though the carriers are finishing their testing and are starting to roll out the updated version to their customers. According to their respective update blogs, Optus and Telstra customers should start to see the update now if you haven't got it already. Keeping with the standard Android KitKat, Sony have also added a few little tweaks to the UI to be more intuitive and easily customisable. Sony have also updated their native applications... Continue reading

Blinky Bill joins Sony PR to help sell their QX Lens-Style cameras

Sony has partnered up with Wild Life Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour for a bit of a promotion on their QX Lens-Style cameras, enlisting the help of Bruce, Aaron, and Bill - three koalas in residence to help show off the selfie. Sony, with help from the keepers at the zoo, showed off how easy to use the lens-style cameras are, with the Koalas taking their own 'selfies'. Tory Cefai, Product Manager, Sony Australia said of the exercise We wanted to know if the koala could take their own selfie. With the versatility of the cybershot QX and a lot of... Continue reading

Rumour: Telstra getting ready to launch the Sony Xperia Z2 on $70 per month Accelerate plan

It looks like Telstra could be about to launch the long-awaited Sony Xperia Z2. The national carrier has apparently accidentally let the cat out of the bag by releasing two online ads naming the handset on their $70 per month Accelerate plans. The two ads showed up on News.com.au, with one a banner ad at the top of the page: While the other showed up further down the page in the side-bar : Both ads directed to the Telstra website, but to a non-working page, which brings up an error saying 'Oops. We can't connect you with that... Continue reading

Sony to offer the upcoming Michael Jackson album ‘XSCAPE’ with Xperia Z2

Yesterday amongst the April Fools news, Epic Records announced that they would be releasing a new Michael Jackson album called 'XSCAPE' which will be filled with unreleased material. Sony has advised via their blog, that they will be making the album available to Xperia Z2 owners. When the album is released on May 13th, owners of the Xperia Z2 (and the Xperia Z1s which isn't being released in Australia) will be able to download the album through the Xperia Lounge app. The promotion will run until the 31st May 2014 and owners must redeem the album through the... Continue reading

Sony QX100 Lens-Style camera — Review

The QX100 Lens-style camera that can be attached to your Smartphone, but is it worth a shot? Manufacturers have been including cameras in mobile phones for over a decade and as phones get more powerful and portable, so have the built-in cameras. With these advances in camera technologies, consumers want to be able to take high quality photos from a device that comes in a fairly small package. The challenge that most manufacturers face is where to draw the line, in terms of the quality and functionality of the cameras that they include. With a device like the QX100 which... Continue reading

Optus adds the Sony Xperia E1 to their pre-paid lineup with World Cup Ball exclusive in tow

Optus has today announced that they've added the Sony Xperia E1 to their pre-paid range. The 3G only handset will be sold online and in-store for $149. It's a pretty decent deal for a low end phone, but Optus is going the extra mile. As a bonus for early adopters, the phone is being paired with a Soccer World Cup promotion which means that customers will receive an official Match Ball Replica valued at $30. Sony Xperia E1 Specs : 4” 800x480 WVGA resolution display 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor 512MB RAM 4GB internal storage (2GB available to the user) with microSD Card slot (up... Continue reading

Google mandating that ‘powered by Android’ logo to appear on boot-up screen

Android Central recently noticed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 boot-up screen had one curious addition to the screen, in the form of a somewhat large 'Powered by Android' logo appearing on the bottom of the screen. This also seemed the case for the recently launched HTC One (M8) smartphone as well. There has been a fair bit of speculation that this latest addition to the boot-up screen was the result of a meeting between Google and leading Android manufacturers. However, it now seems this is part of a much larger plan currently playing out. According to an email confirmed... Continue reading

Sony turning down Android Wear for now

When Google announced its Android Wear SDK last week, everyone seemed to turn to the encumbents in the Smartwatch area - Pebble and Sony, both of whom are on their second hardware iterations of their respective smart watches. Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky told Android Central they welcomed Android Wear, and so what about Sony? Well, it seems they're sticking to their Sony made guns for the Smartwatch. In an interview with CNet, Ravi Nookala, head of Sony Mobile's US arm has stated that instead of adopting Android Wear the company will stick with their own Android-based SmartWatch platform. Nookala... Continue reading

Xperia Tablet Z2 and Xperia Z2 Phone user manuals now available to download

If you're waiting for the launch of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 and the Xperia Z2, and if you're wanting a nice bright, large screened waterproof tablet or phone then why wouldn't you be? Then by now you'll know what the tablets will cost at least, but now you can check out the user manuals with both the WiFi and LTE Tablet manuals and the Xperia Z2 manual now available to download. All the manuals are in PDF form and available from the Sony support page on the Sony Website. The Xperia Z2 Phone has the largest manual at... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet pricing available now, actual stock still not available

Announced alongside the Xperia Z2 phone back at Mobile World Congress last month, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is a beautiful, thin and stylish, though some would say over-bezeled tablet, while we haven't seen any launch date for the device, the Sony Australia website can now provide pricing for the three models that will launch here. There will be three models, a 16GB and 32GB model both of which will only support WiFi connectivity and a 16GB LTE model. All three will have the same 10.1" FullHD Triluminous Display, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, and of course... Continue reading

Sony begins rolling out Android 4.4 update to Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Sony has announced via their SonyMobile Blog that they have begun the rollout of Android 4.4 to the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, but as usual it's only to unlocked devices. There's quite a bit that's new in the update including some new PS4 UI stylings which is interesting, but not unexpected as Sony is still interested in the 'One Sony' branding across their product range. There's updates to Apps and the Sony Xperia Themes look interesting as well. The complete changelog : Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance... Continue reading