Posts Tagged ‘Sony’
It looks like Sony is jumping into the Firefox OS bandwagon.
On Telefónica’s blog, the network operator announced, “Telefónica and Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today reinforced the strength of their commercial partnership in a multi-year agreement that confirms the operator’s ranging support for Sony Mobile’s 2013 Xperia™ Android device portfolio, as well as laying out a joint technical collaboration to explore the development of a handset running Mozilla’s Firefox OS open source mobile platform.”
It adds, “Under the terms of the agreement, Telefónica and Sony Mobile will further strengthen their partnership and investigate emerging technologies such as the Firefox OS platform to extend Sony’s premium product portfolio to a wider customer base.”
Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Bob Ishida, Sony Mobile Communications’ Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Products Business Group, said, “At Sony Mobile we continue to evaluate innovative technologies that can help deliver the premium user experiences that Sony’s consumers expect.”
He adds, “Our engineers are now working with Firefox OS Mobile and HTML5, evolving technologies which show great potential. In addition, we continue to work with our operator partners, including Telefónica, on a development project with an ambition to bring a product to market in 2014.”
Marieta del Rivero, Telefónica’s Group Devices Director, said, “Sony’s Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z are stunning devices that really raise the bar when it comes to the premium smartphone and tablet segment- and we’re delighted to be partnering to bring these to market across a number of our global channels.”
He adds, “As well as the great opportunity we have in 2013, our further collaboration around a possible device on the Firefox OS mobile platform will create the opportunity to reach new segments of the market, allowing us to provide an even wider choice of premium Sony device offerings for our customers.”
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On Twitter, Three announced that the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) bean update is now available for the Sony XPERIA T. It tweets, “News for Sony Xperia T owners on Three, Jellybean is being rolled out.”
Sadly, the update will not be available via an OTA (over-the-air) update. Owners will have to download and install the update via the Sony PC Companion software, by plugging their phones into their PCs.
Three provides instructions on its website. It says, “From time to time Sony may release new software for your phone. By updating your phone to the latest software version, you’ll improve your experience.
“Before you can update your phone, make sure your battery is fully charged. You should also make sure that you have backed up your personal data, like contacts, that are stored on your phone.
“Software updates need to be approved by mobile networks before your phone will allow you to update your software. If you’re using a phone that you didn’t get from us, an update may not be available at the same time as it would be for a phone that came from Three.
“To update your software, you’ll need the latest version of Sony PC Companion software. You can get this from Sony’s website.
“Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable and open Sony PC Companion.
“When the Sony PC Companion recognises your phone, it should automatically check for an update. If it doesn’t, click Start on Support Zone.
“Click Start on the Phone Software Update screen.
“If an update is available, click Update now and follow the onscreen instructions.
“The software on your phone will now have been updated.”
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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.
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