Sony Unveils The Android 4.1 Powered Xperia E Smartphone

Sony recently unveiled the Android powered Xperia E smartphone. It is the company’s first device to ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Sony Xperia E will be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. This handset features noise cancellation that filters out background noise and allows you to have clear conversations in any environment.

Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual. They are perfect for those seeking affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.”

Sony Xperia E features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, USB 2.0, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, up to 6 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 530 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

The single-SIM variant will be available in black, white and pink colors, while the dual-SIM variant will come in black and gold colors. This handset will go on sale from Q1 of 2013. Sony has not yet announced the price of this device, but the price is expected to be around $200.

Sony Xperia P, U, Go And Sola Gets A Software Update

Earlier this year, Sony launched the mid-range P, U, Go and Sola smartphones. Sadly, all of these devices were shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, as promised, the manufacturer has already released the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Samdwich) update for these devices. Today, Sony is rolling out a new software update for the Xperia P, U, Go and Sola.

Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the latest update does not bring the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. However, it comes with lots of other enhancements, bug fixes and performance tweaks. According to the manufacturer, all Xperia P users will get a notification when the upgrade is ready, but direct availability in the phone may vary across different markets and carriers.

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On the other hand, Xperia U, Xperia Go and Xperia Sola users with Android 4.0 will receive a notification in your phone and will be able to download it over-the-air. The latest update brings improvements to: stability, WiFi, tethering/portable hotspot, camera (capture and playback), NFC and Messaging.

If you have not yet upgraded your device to the Android 4.0 OS, then you will need to manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier.

Sony Xperia T And TX Get Feature-Rich Software Updates

Sony has started rolling out a new software update for its brand new flagship handsets – the Xperia T and Xperia TX. The update brings a bunch of new features to the handsets and enhancements including extended standby mode, screen mirroring, enhanced media applications and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update from Sony’s blog post -:

Screen Mirroring 

Screen Mirroring lets you experience the full Xperia T/TX interface wirelessly on your TV** – get the bigger picture as you share photos, videos, games, maps, emails and music.

Extended standby mode

Extended standby mode increases the standby time by up to 4 times. When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will temporarily be disabled and most applications will become inactive. Core functions such as calling and messaging will work as normal; you will still be able to receive calls, messages and notifications. Once you touch the screen to wake the device up from standby all functions are back to normal!

Sony’s media applications

The upgrade also brings new improvements to Sony’s media applications – we continue to evolve our applications to make your experience of enjoying and sharing content more personalised and effortless.

  • Movies app now let’s you run the show from the dashboard with a small viewing window, controls and film gallery.
  • “WALKMAN” app’s interface is more dynamic, with changing colours to reflect the track’s album art.
  • Album app utilises Mobile BRAVIA Engine with even higher contrast, depth and sharpness in photos and videos. You can also make full use of SenseME Slideshows, delivering a tailored presentation matching music to your image’s ambience.

HD Voice***

Xperia T supports HD Voice, the most significant voice quality upgrade in mobile history; transmitting a broader spectrum of the human voice resulting in a more natural sound filtering out distracting background noise. It’s now easier to recognize voices, and to hear and understand what the person at the other end is saying, even in noisy environments.

The HD voice feature is only available where it is supported by the carriers. Keep in mind that if you own a carrier-branded Xperia T then the update will be only available to your handset, once it has been approved by your carrier, which can take sometime.
Sony will roll-out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T and other Xperia handsets by early next year.

Sony To Release A Direct Galaxy S3 Competitor Next Year; Fails To Realize The Galaxy S4 Will Be Around The Corner By Then

Sony has been struggling with its mobile division for quite sometime now. The company has failed to release remarkable handsets that woo in customers. Sony, however, aims to change all that with its next flagship Android smartphone that will be competing directly with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.

Sony CVP of Sales & marketing, Dennis van Schie said “We will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III”.

In all probability, Sony is talking about its already leaked smartphone – the Yuga – which will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and more. Sony expects to unveil this handset sometime at CES or MWC early next year.

What Sony fails to realize here is that the Galaxy S III has already been in the market for nearly 6 months, and by the time Sony actually releases its Galaxy S3/iPhone 5 competitor to the general consumer, the iPhone 5 would also be nearly 6 months old.

People would be eagerly waiting for the One X successor from HTC and the Galaxy S IV will just be around the corner. By then, no one would be interestedin this Galaxy S3 competitor from Sony. The company’s phone has been consistently behind HTC and Samsung in terms of both software and hardware, which has what led to its downfall.

Even now, the latest and greatest phone from Sony — the Xperia T — comes with a dual-core Krait processor and 1GB of RAM, while Samsung and HTC phones are coming with quad-core Krait processors and 2GB of RAM. Before you guys jump in and say that hardware is only one part of the story, let me tell you Sony is not really doing well on the software side. The company expects to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to the majority of its devices only in early-2013. By that time, Samsung and HTC would have already updated their flagship handsets to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Via – PhoneArena

Sony C6603 ‘Yuga’ Pictures Leak; Shows Off 1080p Screen and S4 Pro Processor

Sony may have received a lot of love from Android community, developers and Android’s lead engineer – JBQ – himself, but the company has consistently failed to release a true “hero” device.

The Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the much more recently released, the Xperia T, are all decent phones, but they are always a step or two behind the competition, in terms of software as well as hardware.

However, it looks like Sony is working hard on changing that with the ‘Yuga’ handset. The C6603 ‘Yuga’ sports a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch display with on-screen navigation buttons with a resolution of 1080p. While these specs won’t put the ‘Yuga’ ahead of its competition, it will definitely put Sony’s flagship handset on par with the competition when Sony announces it at CES early next year. Now, if only Sony got the release date and timing of the device right!

The leaked pictures of the handset show the unibody enclosure of the device along with an odd-looking power button. The unibody enclosure means that in all probability the handset will not have a user-removable battery. Another leaked picture shows the handset running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean albeit with a newer kernel version (v3.4), which is found on the Nexus 4.

The folks over at Android Schweiz have got a bunch of pictures of the handset showing off the device in all its glory.

Xperia V Release Date Pushed Back To January 2013; To Come With Jelly Bean Instead

Back at IFA this year, Sony announced its updated Xperia line-up of handsets including the Xperia T and V. Back then, Sony had stated that it will release the Xperia V in late-November/early-December.

However, it looks like Sony has decided to push back the release date of Xperia V to early-January. The company announced via its Sony Xperia France Twitter account that it will be releasing the Xperia V in January 2013 now. The reason behind this delay is that Sony wants to release the handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board instead of Android 4.0.4 as it had originally announced.

Along with this, Sony will also be reducing the price of the handset to €529 from its original intended price of €549 to compensate for the delay.

It is not yet confirmed whether the Xperia V will be delayed in France only or the whole of Europe. The handset will, however, go on sale in Japan this week under the KDDI network as announced.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony Reports Q2 Earnings: Revenue Tops $20B, Net Loss of Around $198M

Sony has seen bad times in the last couple of years, and it reported a $5.7 billion loss last year, with continuing losses since. It has focused on cutting down operating expenses by restructuring in a bid to return to profitability and its moves seem to be working. It plans to cut almost 10,000 jobs this year to clamp down on administrative expenses.

Anyway, it reported revenue of $20.57 billion in Q2, with an operating profit of $388 million, and a net loss of $198 million.

Digital imaging products generated $2.34 billion in revenue and $33 million in operating income while its Game division generated $1.89 billion in revenue and $29 million in operating profit. Mobile products revenue more than doubled, reaching $3.85 billion with an operating loss of $296 million. Home Entertainment brought in revenues of $3.02 billion, but also saw an operating loss of $203 million. Devices, which includes semiconductors and components, saw revenue of $3.20 billion and an operating profit of $382 million.

Sony Pictures generated revenues of $2.09 billion and an operating profit of $101 million, while Sony Music ringed up sales of $1.27 billion and an operating profit of $101 million.

The Financial Services division saw revenue of $2.96 billion and operating income of $400 million.

Sony’s cash reserves increased to $7.55 billion, while its marketable securities are now up to $8.13 billion.

Sony will be launching quite a few major products in the coming quarters, especially in the gaming, TV and mobile segments.

Check out Sony’s complete results here: Sony Q2 Earnings

Sony’s Xperia Motion Snap App for Android Converts Videos into Live Wallpapers

One of the coolest things about Android is live wallpapers. Yes, they aren’t particularly utilitarian, but some of the live wallpapers are truly breathtaking. Now Sony has released an app to enable you to add a personal touch to your live wallpapers.

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Xperia Motion Snap is a new app from Sony, which can record a short video and use it as a live wallpaper. After you record a video, the app will automatically convert into a looping live wallpaper. There are a few additional options, including miniature effect, which adds a nice looking blur effect to the video.

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The bad news is that this app is only available for Xperia users in Japan. Fortunately for us, some enterprising users have already extracted the APK and shared it with the world. You can download and install the APK on any device. The other alternative is to use Video Live Wallpaper, which is a free app available in the Play store. Video Live Wallpaper has a few more options and can cycle through multiple videos. Xperia Snap, on the other hand, only works with videos recorded through the app, and is less configurable. However, Sony’s graphics engine is capable of recording pretty looking videos that work well as live wallpapers.

[ Download Xperia Motion Snap ]

Sony Xperia J And Xperia Miro Launched In India

Along with the Xperia SL, Sony has also launched the mid-range Xperia J and Xperia Miro smartphones in India. Both the handsets are powered by the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Sony Xperia J is a budget smartphone targeted at the emerging market of Asia including India. On the other hand, Xperia Miro is targeted at the Facebook users who spend most of their time updating status and getting connected with their friends on the go. It offers deep Facebook integration with contacts, gallery and the music player for sharing and discovery.

Sony Xperia J:

Sony Xperia J features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 600 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Miro:

Sony Xperia Miro features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0, up to 36 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time and up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia J comes with a price-tag of Rs.18,399 (approx. $340), while Sony Xperia Miro is available for Rs.15,249 (approx. $280) in India.

Sony Xperia SL Launched In India For Rs.32,549

Sony recently launched the Xperia SL smartphone in India. This handset is basically the upgraded variant of the popular Xperia S smartphone. It comes with a 4.3 inch HD display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB internal memory and much more. Sony Xperia SL runs on the Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This device has the highest PPI (pixels per inch) of any Sony smartphone, and is certified as the sharpest HD smartphone display.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India said:
“Given the ever growing demand for entertainment on-the-go, we are launching the new range of Xperia Smartphones today, to offer seamless visual HD experience, social networking on-the-go, finest looks and the smarter music experience. Sony is also driving itself across price segments to keep up with the expectation of every Indian consumer who aspires to own a smartphone.”

Sony Xperia SL features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 8 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 420 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia SL comes with a price-tag of Rs.32,549 (approx. $600) in India.