Computers, Smartphones & Tablets

Sony Updates PlayMemories Mobile for iOS With Notifications and More

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Sony has just updated their PlayMemories Mobile app for iOS devices. The PlayMemories Mobile 4.2.3 update brings with it improved compatibility for the company’s line of attachable lenses which require to be connected via the app to function. The update now allows for an improved photo-taking experience on the QX10 and QX100 by allowing you to touch the shutter icon to focus on the image at hand.

Is the Sony VAIO Fit Prone to Catching on Fire?

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Part of the last PC that Sony will ship, the VAIO Fit 11a was part of Sony’s strategy to capitalize on the Netbook and tablet market by offering a hybrid unit. Since that time, Sony has shipped nearly 26,000 units, mostly in Europe, but due to a manufacturing defect, each unit shipped is prone to overheat and catch fire.

More Hints of Minor 4.3 Update for Xperia M

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Recently we found what appeared to be new firmware coming for the Xperia M via a major global network, a minor bug-fixing update that many users have been asking for. It’s not unusual for such an update to follow a major uplift.

This would be a timely update as the latest Jellybean version that was released brought elegance and a few bugs for users ranging from uninstallable Xperia themes to bluetooth turning itself off.

What’s appearing looks like fairly early testing so nothing is coming tomorrow. This reveal comes 10 weeks since 4.3 was originally tested, so things are looking good for some fixes. This fresh hint appeared just a few hours ago…

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Approved for AT&T

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You remember how Sony Announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet back in February? Well your soon-to-be favorite Android tablet with a quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, and a 10.1-inch FHD Triluminos Display is making its way to the US of A sometime in the future thanks to AT&T, as revealed by the FCC.

Sony KitKat Update News – Which Devices, When is the Update, What’s Included

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Sony recently announced which of it’s smartphones are getting KitKat first, along with fresh info on what users can expect with the very latest Android uplift. The first devices to get KitKat were the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.

The next round involves many more devices including the Xperia Tablet Z and last year’s flagship, Xperia Z. Both of these devices show firmware versions of 14.x over at the certification body PTCRB.

KitKat brings smart caller ID which identifies an unsaved number when someone calls, an ultra low-power audio playback state to get extra juice out of your media player and the most elegant Android UI yet.

Read on for the full details.

New Xperia M Update Coming to Fix 4.3 Bugs?

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Recently Sony treated Xperia M users (and now Dual too) to 4.3 Jellybean. It brought cool new camera features, a slick, white UI and updated media apps. But some users have not had a good experience with the update. The stunning Xperia Themes which were shown off beforehand appear to be broken as no one can download them, the much-loved T9 keyboard is gone from the English keyboard settings and some users report frequent freezing or a sluggish UI in general.

A major global network has posted details of an update to the Xperia M mentioning “feature release 2″. Is a new update coming?

Sony Xperia Z2 Coming to Canada

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest Android flagship smartphone that’s designed to take on Apple and Samsung. As a recap, the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) Triluminos display, 3GB RAM, a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS, and 4K video recording. As we said, it’s certainly flagship quality and it’s now coming to North America. Keyword is North as in the very North.

Xperia L 4.2 Jellybean Update Certified – 15.3.A.1.17

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Sony is continuing it’s Jellybean rollout for Xperia owners, this time it’s the L.

The 4.3″ mid-range device that was released in May last year hasn’t enjoyed may updates yet, and is surely overdue a 4.3/4.4 upgrade that is worthy of it’s reasonable specs.

An update should be coming soon, as a new software version has been certified. It looks to be another 4.2 update, likely bringing bug fixes and a smoother UI.

Xperia M Dual Jellybean 4.3 is Now Live

Xperia M Dual 4.3 SoftwareXperia M Dual users can now update to 4.3 Jellybean.

The official Sony Mobile page shows that version 15.5.A.0.18 is available and has been labelled 4.3 Jellybean.

Users will be pleased to know that the update includes several new camera features including Burst Mode and Superior, a sleek new UI combined with better graphics handling and a newer Battery Stamina Mode to name a few.

Why Sony’s Image Sensors are Selling like Lemonade on a Hot Day

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Now that we are just a few days away from the end of Sony’s financial year, the company has reported a 16% rise in sales of image sensors compared with 2012. This news should help the company maintain it’s pole position in the lucrative smartphone image sensor market. Sony has twice purchased more factories to boost CMOS sensor production as currently demand is expected to outstrip supply within two years. The Japanese electronics giant has benefited from the cultural rise of the ‘selfie’ along with a flourishing global smartphone market.

But this is more than just a case of being in the right business at the right time. Smartphone sales may be thriving, but not all manufacturers are benefiting. In just a few years, Sony has completely changed it’s strategy regarding access to their coveted image sensors. Under the leadership of the previous CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the plan was to limit competitors access to the technology. Now under CEO Kaz Hirai, any company looking to supply their phones with Sony’s image sensors are absolutely welcome, it seems. It’s an overhaul from being ‘alone in the sandpit’ to ‘selling lemonade on a hot day’.

Rival Samsung chose Sony to supply the Galaxy S4 with Japanese tech but has now started taking this production in-house. This presents a formidable new competitor in the CMOS market. How did Sony get to the top of this market and what is Sony’s plan to stay dominant?

Sony Xperia M 4.3 Update is Live!

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Xperia M users! The 4.3 Jellybean update is finally here!

The upgrade that we’ve been waiting for now appears as new software on Sony Mobile.

Currently, the Dual version does not seem to have an update, though it likely will follow soon.

Sony Mobile previously mentioned to expect updated media apps, an improved battery stamina mode and a wider selection of themes. People in Europe and Asia are reporting getting the update first, and describe a a very smooth and sleek user interface.

Xperia M Dual users can now update to 4.3 Jellybean too.

Tomorrow Is the Last Day to Buy a Sony VAIO

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While in hindsight, the selloff of VAIO, Sony’s PC division isn’t a huge shocker, seeing how low of a market share the division held (just under 2%), the entire news did come as a surprise. Under the agreement, VAIO will be transferred/sold to Japan Industrial Partners which will oversee the future of the company in just Japan. This will result in VAIO disappearing off store shelves in all other countries and territories.

From the initial announcement, we’d learned that Spring was the targeted timeframe for Sony to wind down VAIO but we didn’t know the company was being that literal.

Sony Xperia Smartphones Have Extremely Low Retention Rate

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It appears that making a world class smartphone and selling a world class smartphone are two very different things. According to a new survey among 3,000 people in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia, the number one smartphone on their list was the iPhone. In fact, a whopping 76% of them would purchase a phone from Apple again. While making every phone design possible with screen sizes aimed at infant to giants, Samsung has stayed a distant second with 58% retention rate among consumers.

For Sony, things weren’t nearly as rosy, despite the companies growth in the mobile sector, resulting in the company not being able to place in the top 5 and quite aways away from the market leaders.