A usual trend in business is that a company is at its strongest in its home country. Apple sells the most iOS and Mac units in the US. Nokia does far more business in Europe and that Nintendo’s popularity trumps the Xbox in Japan. Following this often correct rule, you would assume that Sony’s mobile efforts which currently have little to no presence in the US would also be vastly higher in Japan, their home country but you’d be wrong.
Despite being a brand that’s born in Japan and continues to development most of its electronics there, for many years, Sony smartphone sales began to lose ground to Apple. While on its on, this might seem like a huge ordeal, it’s even a bigger cause of concern when you are accustomed to the Japanese culture and their tech habits. To them, the idea, the idea of iOS and the simplicity it offers is often times an alienating thing. For every time you may have used a Sony device and cursed its UI, remember that this was developed in Japan and always well received. Now, things are beginning to look a lot rosier for Sony.
Way back in May, thanks to FCC documents, we learned that the Xperia Z, a true flagship Android smartphone from Sony would be headed to T-Mobile. Despite the phone not having arrived yet for the carrier, those interested in the phone could still get their hands on an unlocked version of the phone from Sony retail stores and Sony’s online portal. Now, T-Mobile has announced that the Xperia Z is coming exclusively to their network in the coming weeks.
For better or worse, developers always want access to more. More API’s, more SDK content, and the holy grail if possible, more control over the devices firmware. Be it an iOS or Android device, firmware is usually one of the areas thats blocked off from developers in order to keep device performance at a certain threshold. Many of the devices we own are capable of more if the firmware is tweaked but such things can equally have a negative consequence like diminished battery life.
Much in the way that PlayStation is betting on indie developer, so is Sony by granting devs access to the SmartWatch firmware with the Open SmartWatch Project.
In some respects, tech specs are like porn for our geeky minds. We get to compare all the goodies a device has underneath that make it the device that it is. Take the Sony VAIO Pro for instance, the latest flagship Ultrabook that’s here to replace the VAIO Z. According to Sony, it’s the worlds lightest Ultrabook while still delivering performance with its optional Haswell Core i7-4500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512 GB solid-state drive. So now that we know all there is about how the SonyVAIO Pro performance behind closed doors, we thought we’d give you a chance to salivate over how it looks once you decide to take it out. Can you say trophy computer? After the jump, our Sony VAIO Pro image gallery.
The best thing we can do after breaking news about the Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabooks is to follow it up with some official specs and that’s exactly what you will find below. This means that fans of the powerful and elegant Sony VAIO Z can finally rejoice that Sony has not indeed forgotten them and a replacement unit is coming and coming soon. In fact, Sony’s new fleet will launch in June 9th! To start things off, Sony is giving you two options, a 11-inch model and 13-inch with each weighing less than the VAIO Z.
You’ve been clamoring for it and we’ve finally got the news you’ve been craving. Ever since the arrival of Windows 8, many wondered what the fate of the VAIO Z lineup would be. The series is known for its slim and powerful design but lacked touchscreen capabilities, a staple of Windows 8. As time went on, it became apparent that Sony would phase out what inventory they had of the Windows 7 laptop and so many looked to CES for an update pro line. When CES came and went, still no news came from Sony’s pro line, leaving many to wonder if Sony was exiting that category with a focus on consumer devices. Now, thanks to a tipster, we can announce that Sony will once again be entering the category with the unannounced Sony VAIO Pro Ultrabook.
Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony, sat down with Jon Fortt of CNBC’s “Closing Bell” at the AllThingsD Digital Conference yesterday to address rumors that the company was “looking a spinoff 15 to 20%” of their Entertainment division, including Sony Pictures and Sony Music.
Remember that Sony 13.3-inch e-ink tablet from last week? The one capable of running for three weeks on a single charge? Despite it not being available till late 2013 to select Japanese universities, Sony is further teasing the technology. This time around, E Ink’s TFT tech, the company and technology behind the flexible display, is showing off the screen’s capabilities, like being flexed while still offering touchscreen capabilities. This makes it a remarkably robust product for those in the medical profession, construction industry, and students who want the familiarity of paper in a digital format, something that tablets still don’t offer. Due to that, the unit itself will be bigger than traditional tablets since it’s meant to replicate a full size A4 paper, but still weigh far less than tablets half its size at just 60 grams.