The next Sony flagship phone, known by the codeword ‘Sirius’ has apparently been getting around a fair bit with the device appearing last night in a video tour of the UI from the phone and now tonight the black and white versions have appeared on Chinese site Digi-wo. The video tour concentrates on the UI but not the hardware, the maker of the video assures us the software is not final but still in testing. The video shows the lock screen complete with Camera shortcut and a look a the Camera App later on, there’s also a demonstration of the[Read More...]
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Camera phones have been around for more than a decade, and not a lot has changed with their overall function in this time. Modern smartphones may have more advanced specifications compared to the early camera phones, but they still function like a simple point and shoot camera. Now Sony is trying to change our views on how smartphones interface with cameras with their range of QX lens-style cameras. These cameras look and function similarly to a compact camera lens, with the ability to control it from any Android (2.3+) or iOS device. The Sony QX100 camera includes the 3.6x optical[Read More...]
We’ve talked about Sony‘s QX10 and QX100 “lens-style cameras” a lot in the past, and it’s nice to see Sony committing to keeping the cameras up to date with new firmware. Sony’s January update introduced a few new features: Users now have the ability to change the ISO setting, an increased video recording resolution from (up from 1440×1080 to 1920×1080, or 1080p) and added a Priority Shutter speed function to the QX100. If you’ve been waiting to jump on board the lens-style camera bandwagon, Sony isn’t actually the only game in town. Taiwan-based Altek launched their “Cubic” camera in December,[Read More...]
All good things must come to an end, and so it is for Android updates to older model phones. Sony has updated the support pages for a range of their older model Xperia handsets noting that their build is the final version, meaning that owners should begin either accepting the final version of their software build or begin looking at the ROM community. The devices range in age from around the 18 – 24 months old, which seems to be about the average age for Smartphone updates, although the fact that a number of these devices are still only on[Read More...]
With features that almost match its larger sibling, the Z1 Compact caused a stir when announced at CES last month and while it’s due in Australia as a Telstra exclusive in April, Mobicity have just opened up pre-orders for the Z1 Compact on their website. Available to pre-order in four colours – Pink, Lime and of course Black and White – the Z1 Compact is unfortunately not compact in price, at least at the moment – sometimes the price drops as the stock availability draws near – with Mobicity asking for $729.95 + postage to pre-order. That price makes it[Read More...]
Welcome to the 99th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Dan and Geoff took a good close look at the news and made sure everyone knew how the felt about it. Those communication classes are clearly helping! Topics: Motorola Moto G: Review and launch details Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite LG G Flex exclusive to Harvey Norman Accessorise your Nexus Rumours: HTC M8 Rumours: LG G3 Rumours: Sony Sirius (and another rumour a couple of days later) Samsung Galaxy S5 Pocket Weather 4.0 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes[Read More...]
We’ve taken a fairly good look at Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra before, and when Matt reviewed it, he rather liked it, except for the fact that for a phone, at 6.4″, it was just too big. It seems that this view wasn’t uncommon, and being as the Xperia Z Ultra borders on the smaller side of tablets (rather than the extremely large side of phones), Sony has heeded the call and released a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra which lacks the cellular component, thus rendering the device truly a small tablet. While the cellular radios have been removed, the[Read More...]
On Sunday we reported on the images and sparse details of a new Sony phone that had leaked via an XDA member. Not long after we received a tip from someone who also had the device confirming the details. The tipster confirmed the 5.2″ 1080p screen with a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC and 3gb RAM. He also confirmed that his version, from November, was running Android 4.3 but being a preproduction model couldn’t comment on what version it will release with. Interestingly though, the tipster’s device has the board and device codename of Shinano but everything else matches up with[Read More...]
Following the announcement of the Xperia E1, Sony has also announced two further devices, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. Sony has squarely aimed the Xperia T2 lineup at developing markets, wanting to bring them a large-screen device with LTE at an affordable price. Feature-wise, the Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual are the same, including: 6″ HD display at 720p 13 MP camera with Exmor RS and 1.1 MP front facing camera Snapdragon quad-core 1.4 GHz processor 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage 3,000 mAh battery The only distinction between the two[Read More...]
Sony has introduced a new addition to its Xperia line of Android handsets with the Xperia E1. While undoubtedly entering the market somewhere in the middle, the Xperia E1 does appear to pack a little bit of a punch. Sony has focused on the music features of the Xperia E1, with an integrated 100dB speaker on board to produce loud, clean sound that can hold its own in any environment, even against a motorcycle according to Sony’s press release. This will be welcome news for commuters who dislike listening to other people’s music on loudspeakers.. Besides this beefy speaker, the[Read More...]
The latest rumours for upcoming Sony devices point to a new phone – codenamed Sirius – and a tablet – codenamed Castor – to be launched at Mobile World Congress next month and an XDA Member – iRimas – appears to have gotten their hands on an as yet unreleased Sony handset with the model # : D6503 which could possibly be the Sirius. Specs rumoured for the Sirius include a 5.2″ screen with a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC – a variant of the Snapdragon 800 with higher clock speeds, iRimas also confirms a 20.7MP Camera on the model he[Read More...]
Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It’s taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we’ll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony – Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei – Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus – Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer – 7″ and 7.9″ tablets Acer – C720P Chromebook Samsung – Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan – Agora[Read More...]
Owners of some older Sony Xperia devices need not feel left out of the recent Android updates for too much longer. The official Sony Xperia Twitter account, @SonyMobileNews, has put out some advice for Xperia owners this morning, advising that Xperia T, TX, V and SP will receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the end of February. https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/status/423758239293923328 Yes, it’s not an update to the latest and greatest, but it’s an update none the less. Are you an Xperia T, TX, V or SP user, and will you be looking forward to this update?