Report says Sony to replace Timescape with Socialife starting with XPERIA Z

January 15 | Posted by nadine | App News Tags: , , , , , , ,

According to a report, Sony will doing away with its longtime feature, the Timescape app, and will be replacing it with the Socialife app. This will start with the XPERIA Z, the Japanese firm’s latest 5-inch superphone.

The report comes to us courtesy of the Xperia Blog. The site says, “Timescape has been a feature of Sony Xperia Android handsets from the very beginning. It was one of the headline features announced for the Xperia X10 back in late 2009 and has appeared in every phone since then. Timescape integrates social media services and gives users a quick glance on their Facebook and Twitter streams.

“However, its inclusion divided opinion. Many people simply did not use it given the performance and battery issues on early Xperia devices. Back in early 2011, we conducted a poll on the issue and found that over 80% of people did not use Timescape.

“However, with the launch of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL handsets it looks like Timescape’s reign is over. Timescape will be replaced by Sony’s Socialife app in all future Xperia smartphones. Up until now, Socialife was only featured in Sony’s tablet offerings. The basic premise of Socialife is similar to Timescape – it offers a way to manage your social streams through one viewer.”

CNET UK points out, “Socialife will hopefully do a better job, though the app has an average rating of just 2.8 stars on Google Play, with some reviewers complaining of sign-in woes and problems refreshing the app.” We’re hoping Sony fixes these issues if it wants Socialife to do well. With rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the successor of the iPhone 5 (whatever apple plans to call it) expected to be huge hits, Sony will need every help it can get.

Will you miss the Timescape app, or are you looking forward to the Socialife app on the Sony XPERIA Z? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.

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