Sony Mobile

Sony Xperia Z5 Receiving New Camera App UI


For the Xperia Z5 series which includes the Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium, Sony is releasing a new camera app with a refreshed UI. The new Camera 2.0 update

 brings a minimalist interface and new features designed to make capturing the best shots and accessing Xperia Camera apps even easier. 

More after the jump, including what the new app does and the weird limitations of it.

Purchase the Overpriced Sony Xperia Z3+ or Z4 Tablet & Get a $50 PSN Gift Card


Sony sure knows how to kick off the holiday shopping frenzy. While the team at PlayStation has things covered, having just announced 30.2 million PS4 units sold, Sony Mobile continues to struggle on, well, everything. Last week, it was revealed that for some reason or another, the Sony Xperia Z3+ would be sold as an unlocked device through B&H Photo with a $499 price tag. Nothing says we truly don’t give a damn like releasing a 7-month old device (and not their newest Z5 flagship series) at full price on a site that most people have never heard about. Luckily they’ve since added Amazon but that’s also a hot mess that you’ll see after the jump.

Honestly, will Sony even move a thousand of these? I doubt it. If they could, there would be some carrier support here. At any rate, if you’re interested in the Xperia Z3+ or the much better designed and highly under appreciated Xperia Z4 Tablet, then Sony is looking to sweeten the pot by giving you a $50 PSN gift card. Details after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Gets New Firmware (28.0.A.8.260) Update


You would have thought that much like the rest of us, Sony would have forgotten about their tablet initiative by now. Fortunately for owners of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is still looking at new ways to improve the powerful and sleek portable. In this case, it comes in the form of a new firmware update.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Lands in More European Countries


The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was always going to arrive after the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. With the flagship phone having launched last week in the UK via Carphone Warehouse, more European countries and carriers are now starting to offer the phone.

Offers and availability currently vary with Clove and Unlocked Mobiles carrying the Z5 Premium while 02 has exclusivity (though likely not for a long period of time) on the gold model.

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z3+ Launches In US


I’m not even sure what to make of this. An unlocked Sony Xperia Z3+ has just launched in the United States. Carried by B&H Photo, a big partner of Sony since they exited the US retail space and shut down their online portal, the semi-flagship phone is available in an unlocked variant for $499.99 in black and white with a generous (?) 1-year warranty.

More thoughts after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact & Premium to Launch Exclusively on NTT docomo


As of now, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available in Japan. According to Sony, NTT docomo will be the exclusive carrier of the Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium. The latter of the two phones, however, won’t be launching till later this year. The Z5 Compact however is now available for purchase.

Info pertaining to Pricing and color options can be found after the jump.

Sony e-paper Watch Launches Next Month

detailimg29_10.0One of the more interesting moves by Sony in 2015 has been First Flight, an internal crowdfunding platform by Sony that was meant to help surface creative ideas at the company. The idea here is that the platform allows for Sony employees to get creative with products with low cost to the company. If consumers back and fund the project, Sony steps in and look at how it can scale and deliver on the vision.

One of the first successful products from Fight Flight was the FES e-paper watch and it’s set to go on sale next month.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Launches in UK


The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium – you know, the monster 5.5-inch phone with a 4K display – is now officially available in the UK. Offered by retailer Carphone Warehouse, the ultra flagship phone as a recap offers a 23-megapixel rear-camera that can shoot in 4K, 64-bit Octa Core processor with 3G RAM, and 32GB internal storage that’s expandable via microSD with Android 5.1 as the core OS.

If you’re interested, I talk price and an interesting cross promotion after the jump.

Future Sony SmartWatch Could Include LTE


Google has just announced an update to Android Wear, their wearable OS, which could heavily impact the way future Sony SmartWatch’s are designed and built. With the latest build, Android Wear now provides LTE support, meaning devices with compatible chips can easily navigate off of their Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth connection to an available LTE network.

This feature alone can greatly enhance and propel wearables forward as they’re currently tied to our smartphones for most of their advanced functionality. Let’s dive a little more into this after the jump.

Sony Xperia C4 Becomes Available in More European Countries


Originally destined for Asia, Sony has begun a slow expansion into Europe with the entry level Xperia C4. Unlike the premium mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5, the C4 is much more a traditional mid-range unit as its price reflects. Luckily Sony didn’t skimp on some of the more routinely-used features and packs a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

After the jump, details on price and availability.