Sony’s Nexus Handset Pictures Leak?

Today, a couple of pictures of what is apparently the Nexus handset from Sony have made its way on Picasa. As of now, there is no way of confirming whether these pictures are real or are fake.

While there is no Nexus or Xperia branding on the handset, the picture of the handset showing off the stock Android 4.x home screen is enough to fuel the rumors that this might be the Nexus handset from Sony.

Earlier this year, Wall Street Journal had reported that Google will apparently be launching multiple Nexus handsets at the end of the year. Since then, rumors about the Nexus handsets were too far and few until October started. Since the beginning of October, the pictures and other details of the next Nexus handset from LG have made their way to the Internet, almost daily.

The lack of leaks and rumors as to the Nexus handsets from other OEMs suggested that there will only be one Nexus handset from LG this year, but the above pictures, if true, suggest that Google might just unveil multiple Nexus handsets this year.

As a religious Android follower, I doubt the authenticity of the above pictures. If there were indeed multiple Nexus handsets this year, some information would have leaked about them by now.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony’s 2013 Android Lineup Spotted; Odin to Be the Next Xperia Flagship

AndroidSony has been pretty active this year, releasing new handsets every few weeks. Some might argue that Sony would perhaps be better served by focusing on releasing a handful of stellar performers, rather than confusing customers with dozens of different choices. However, Sony’s strategy of moving fast is definitely more preferable over its previous habit of mostly sitting and watching. It appears to be finally capable of releasing smartphones with both hardware and software that are current generation. The Japanese giant’s hard work seems to be paying off as reports suggest that Sony is now selling more devices in Europe than Nokia and Research in Motion. Of course, that isn’t really saying much, but it’s still progress.

2013 will hopefully see Sony continue its march in the right direction. While Sony has understandably been tight lipped about its next-gen devices, proof has emerged of the existence of at least three devices belonging to the 2013 lineup. The first device, which goes by the codename ‘Odin’ and sports a model number C650X, will be next year’s flagship. Unfortunately, the only thing that we know about the device at the moment is that it is running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1).

The other two devices that have been spotted are C150X and C160X. A Nenamark2 benchmark for the C160X suggests that the handset will be an entry level offering powered by a 1.0GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A chipset with Adreno 200 graphics. It will most likely feature a small display (less than 4 inch) with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. No info is currently available for the C150X, but the model number suggests that it will possibly be an even cheaper variant of the C160X.

Sony PlayStation Mobile Now Available For Compatible Devices

Earlier this year, Sony announced that it is expanding its PlayStation suite to include devices made by other OEMs. The first company whose handsets were compatible with PlayStation Mobile was the HTC One series line-up.

Now, after a quite a few months since the announcement, Sony has finally released the PlayStation Mobile app for all the compatible devices. The PlayStation Mobile will allow Android users to play some of the old PlayStation classic games right on their handset. As of now, the list of PlayStation Certified devices include all the devices from Sony, and the HTC One X, S X+ and V.

Currently, the PlayStation Mobile has 20 gaming titles, which should hopefully grow as the time passes by. Users can play any game purchased from the PlayStation Mobile on three different PlayStation Mobile compatible devices with the same ID.

If you have a compatible Android device, head over to this link to install the PlayStation Mobile app on it. Keep in mind that the service is only available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Via – Android Community

Sony Unveils The Xperia AX For Japanese Market

Sony has announced its latest addition to the Xperia line-up, the Xperia AX. The handset is meant only for the Japanese market, and is similar to the recently announced Xperia V.

The Xperia AX sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with 720p resolution powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 13MP camera at its back and the usual connectivity features such as GPS with A-GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi etc.

Since the Xperia AX is targeted towards the Japanese market, it comes with some Japan-specific features such as infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet, and mobile TV among others. The AX looks exactly like the Xperia V and even has the IP57 certification as the former.

The handset will sadly launch with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board with Sony’s new Media applications such as Walkman, Album, Movies and more. Sony did not specifiy as to when the handset will be available in Japan, but it should ideally be around the same time as the Xperia V hits the shelves in Europe.

Sony Rolling Out The Android 4.0 Update For Xperia U, Go And Sola

Earlier this year, Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones running on the Android Operating System. The worst part was that almost all of the devices unveiled before June was powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Xperia Neo L is the company’s first device, which runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS out of the box.

In this post, we’ll focus on the Sony Xperia U, Xperia Go, Xperia Sola. These mid-range devices were launched during the first half of 2012 and was powered by the Android 2.3 OS. Today, the manufacturer finally started rolling out the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS for these smartphones.

The latest update brings with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Unlock, mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, home screen folders and more. Xperia Sola will get an additional new feature called as Glove Mode. It is basically an extension of the floating touch technology that allows the owners of Xperia Sola to use the device in the cold while wearing gloves. Check out the complete features below.

Features;

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies.
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption).
  • Lock screen with improved functionality.
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization.
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption.
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications.

The latest update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia U, Go and Sola smartphones, you will need 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. To learn more, head over to this page.

Sony Xperia Tipo And Xperia Tipo Dual Launched In India

Back in June, Sony unveiled the entry-level Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual smartphones. As the name suggest, Xperia Tipo is a single SIM variant, while the Xperia Tipo Dual is a dual-SIM variant and the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. Apart from that, there are no major difference in the specs of these devices. It comes with a 3.2 inch display, 800 MHz processor, 3.2 megapixel camera and more. These handsets run on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

After waiting for nearly 3 months, Sony finally launched the Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo dual smartphones in India. The handsets are bundled up with pre-loaded apps such as Bollywood Hungama, Dainik Jagran, appXtra and Cricbuzz. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India said:
“With the Xperia brand, our aim has always been to innovate ahead of consumer demand. After the launch of Xperia NXT series earlier this year, we are now launching the phone that will reach out to entire India. We have expanded our Xperia range with Tipo – Sony’s first entry level price category smartphone under Xperia brand.”

Sony Xperia Tipo and Tipo Dual features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225AA single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel camera rear-facing camera with VGA video recording and playback, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 3 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 30 hrs music playback time, up to 5 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Tipo is currently available for Rs.9,999, while the dual-SIM variant comes with a price-tag of Rs.10,499 in India. Vodafone subscribers will get 500 MB of free 3G data for three months, with the purchase of this smartphone.

AT&T Xperia Ion Gets The Android 4.0 ICS Update

Earlier this year, Sony announced the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset was shipped with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Now, AT&T is finally rolling out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device in the US. We’re not sure if this device will ever get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update.

The latest update bring the usual Ice Cream Sandwich goodies along with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure, home screen folders and much more.

According to the AT&T blog post,
“The Android 4.0 update will provide faster Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds. Exchange Active Sync has also received several upgrades thanks to Android 4.0. Several calendar and e-mail status indication enhancements were made to help you stay organized, while passcode security enhancements for unlocking Exchange Active Sync will give you more peace of mind. Up-to-date and improved visuals have been added to the street view in Maps, and when watching a YouTube clip you will also notice improved performance when rotating between portrait and landscape views.”

Sadly, this update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia Ion smartphone manually, all you have to do is just connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. It is advised to backup all your data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. To download PC Companion or Bridge for Mac, head over to this page.

Sony Announces The Super Slim PS3; Available In 250GB and 500GB Variants

If you thought that the slim ware was limited only to smartphones and TVs, think again. Sony has announced a ‘Super Slim’ version of the PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show.

The new smaller and lighter PS3 will be available in two HDD capacities – 250GB and 500GB. Sony claims that the ‘Super Slim’ PS3 is 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current model. It is also lighter by more than 1.1 pounds, and is power efficient as well (200W vs 190W).

Sony will be also be releasing a limited edition bundle 250GB PS3 bundle featuring Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and more than $30 of bonus digital content for DUST 514 on 25th September for $269.99 in the United States.

The 500GB version of the ‘Super Slim’ PS3 will cost $299 when it hits the U.S on October 30th and will come bundled with Assassin’s Creed III.

Sony Releases Xperia S Binaries To Help The AOSP Experiment For The Handset

A few weeks ago, Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Technical Leader, Jean-Baptiste Queru, decided to conduct an experiment of adding support for the Xperia S in AOSP. This is the first time that efforts are being made to include support for a non-Nexus device in AOSP.

The CyanogenMod team and other developers immediately started helping Jean with in this experiment. Today, Sony is also extending their help to the CM team, JBQ and his experiment by releasing all the closed sourced binaries of the Xperia S to public. In addition to all the binaries (drivers), Sony is also assigning one of its lead software engineers, Björn Andersson, to lead this project from the Japanese company’s side.

According to Sony, thanks to the binaries and the AOSP code, the Xperia S will now be able to boot up to the home screen without any issues. However, this does not mean that the Xperia S can run AOSP Android builds without any issues. The experiment is still in infancy with a lot of work still to be done. There is still no guarantee that the Xperia S will ever get proper support from AOSP and this experiment will be a success, but it is still good to see the whole of the Android community come together and work on this exciting experiment.

Interested developers can download the binaries and get more appropriate information over at the official blog post from Sony.

 

 

Sony Unveils Two Ice Cream Sandwich Running Droids – Xperia V And Xperia J

In addition to its latest flagship Xperia handset, the Xperia T, Sony also announced two other Xperia handsets, the Xperia V and J. The Xperia V is a LTE compatible phone from the Japanese company, and will come with the highest level of water resistance possible in a smartphone.

The V is similar to the Xperia T except that it is meant for the United States. The specs of the V include a 4.3-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 225 GPU, one-touch connectivity thanks to NFC, PlayStation Certified, a 13MP camera with FullHD (1080p) video recording, Clear audio+, MHL connectivity and much more.

The Xperia J is a budget-oriented Droid from the company that is aimed at emerging markets of Asia. The 9.2mm slim Xperia J packs in a 4-inch display with FWVGA resolution, a 5MP snapper in the back and a VGA camera in the front. Both the handsets will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box instead of Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

The handsets will be available in a bunch of colors before the holiday season of 2012 kicks-in.