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...]
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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?
Sony debuted a new cradle at CES that allows your phone to be incorporated into their in-car entertainment systems. The XSP-N1BT is a cradle / double DIN receiver for your smartphone, allowing you to control your in-car entertainment experience with a touchscreen interface. Bluetooth connectivity means you have full control over the functions of your head unit, including the source (USB, CD, Aux input or radio), Volume, Balance and Equalizer settings. As with many of Sony’s recent mobile products, it’s nice to see that they’re not practicing ecosystem lock-in – the cradle will work with Sony’s own, and non-Sony, Android[Read More...]
With the Sony Xperia Z now a year old – it was launched at CES this time last year – the details could be coming on an updated Phone and Tablet that Sony are working on for a possible release at Mobile World Congress in February. The phone – codenamed Sirius – is tipped to have a 5.2″ screen and be powered by a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC – a variant of the Snapdragon 800 which can see slightly higher clock speeds, although there is some speculation that the Snapdragon 805 could be seen instead. While the rumour tips the[Read More...]
Sony today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in recent months – a smaller, “mini” version of its flagship Xperia Z1 (which we rather liked) is coming. It’s called the Xperia Z1 Compact, and it brings the headline features from its big brother into a 4.3 inch device. The big draw card for the Z1 Compact is that it doesn’t compromise on specs for its smaller form factor, a trend many of us at Ausdroid have been lamenting for the past couple of years. The main changes for the form factor are a 720p display in place of the Z1′s[Read More...]
Last week, Sony began rolling out the Android 4.3 update to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, but today it’s the turn of the other 2013 Xperia ‘Z’ devices, namely the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. The update includes all the goodness that was rolled out to the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra including the ‘Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience’. In terms of Apps, all these devices will receive the Smart Social Camera experience that launched on the Xperia Z1 as well as updates to Apps such as Messaging, MyXperia,[Read More...]
It seems Xperia SP users are in for some Kit Kat Goodness, with Sony hinting that the device will get an upgrade to Android 4.4, according to an update to their Xperia Support site. Sony has also changed the software update status on an additional 4 Xperia devices to advise that they are under investigation for an upgrade to Android 4.4. The four additional Xperia devices which Sony are considering for a possible upgrade to Android 4.4 are the Xperia T, TX, V and ZR. With the Software Support site for each device now showing the following at the end[Read More...]
The Sony Xperia Z1S has leaked, being photographed next to its larger brother, the Xperia Z1. You may be wondering why you haven’t heard of the Z1S before – that’s because it is the international version of the previously seen Z1F . The Z1F apparently is the Japanese only version, with the Z1S being the international model. The Xperia Z1S is the mini version of the much admired Xperia Z1, but unlike other manufacturers mini versions, the Z1S packs all of the hardware of the powerful Z1, except the screen has shrunk to a 4.3″ display and the battery is smaller.[Read More...]
When Sony and NTT DoCoMo announced the Sony Xperia Z1 f for the Japanese market last month there was an immediate outcry for the phone to be launched internationally, and a small slip-up by Sony showing a model of phone called the Z1s on their website could be the pre-cursor to just that. The prospect of a ‘Mini’ version of a flagship phone that finally didn’t compromise anything – well, maybe the screen – had many Android fans who long for a smaller screened flagship device very much excited. The Z1 f matched the current Sony flagship the Z1 spec[Read More...]
Sony’s second 2013 flagship phone doesn’t disappoint. Earlier this year, we rather enjoyed our time with Sony’s Xperia Z. The company’s waterproof, dustproof, “lifeproof” device proved popular despite being the underdog in the annual HTC-Samsung duopoly of mega powerful flagship phones. It’s thought that the device’s popularity may have been assisted by the release window, which saw Sony get the Xperia Z to market a month or two before the One and the Galaxy S4, but the device wasn’t without its flaws. Sony’s breaking with the accepted market trend of releasing one-flagship-per-year, taking a second bite at the Xperia Z[Read More...]
The introduction of Tap & Pay in Android 4.4 has sparked the hopes of many Android users in Australia of an phone based NFC payment system such as that used in the US since the launch of Google Wallet back in September 2011, but as a traditionally US based service, will this work in Australia? The ability to use your phone to tap and pay at any one of the hundreds of thousands of NFC enabled Visa Paywave or Mastercard PayPass terminals that are present in retailers across Australia has been a dream since Google Wallet was first introduced. What[Read More...]
Welcome to the 91st episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Geoff and Scott spent some time going over the big Android stories from the last couple of weeks. Production note: The audio quality in this episode should be much improved! Please let us know what you think. Topics: OMG it’s an Ausdroid app! Goodbye, Android-branded KitKats Nexus 5 leakapalooza Nexus 10 fakeapalooza Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review Android, and “openness” Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast RSS iTunes Get in contact with us via our Podcast Email, or leave a comment[Read More...]
Want a new wrist based accessory? The Smart Watch 2 could be it. The Sony SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is Sony’s third generation smart watch, and the successor to what Sony simply called the Smart Watch. The current model is an advance in all aspects from the previous edition. The SmartWatch 2 is perhaps more properly described as a second screen for your phone, as it’s not a standalone item, it relies on being tethered to your phone via Bluetooth to receive its smarts. In the box you get the SmartWatch 2 with a black silicon band, a quick start guide[Read More...]