Motorola has been making a name for itself by uploading many of its pre-installed apps (both the exciting and the utterly mundane) into the Play Store where it can serve out updates more quickly, but the Google-owned company isn't the only one to make use of this approach. Today Sony has uploaded the Xperia ZI's Timeshift Burst functionality into the Play Store.

Update: According to comments, the app is also compatible with a handful of other Sony devices, including the Xperia Z, ZL, ZQ, and the Tablet Z.


This app allows the Xperia Z1 (and the Z1S) to capture 61 frames within seconds. You could call this taking the shotgun approach to photography, as a user is bound to come across a decent image in the bunch. The functionality is especially useful for getting a photo of a subject on the move.

If you already have a phone that can run this app, chances are it's already installed. Nevertheless, you're free to take a look in the Play Store below. Everyone else, sorry, you will have to settle for window shopping only.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Dominic Powell

    Hopefully this becomes the norm, so that OEM's can push out updates more quickly to the base software as well as their proprietary software.

    • Marcell Lévai

      This +100000 (I'm looking at you, Samsung)

      • shonangreg

        Yeah, Samsung's uber-trashy Kies software makes me want to avoid them anytime possible. I installed their Sochi 2014 app on my Nexus 7 and then pointedly declined their advice to add their software push update service needed for the notifications. I just don't trust them to not add bloat and suck my battery.

  • Jeff718

    What an amazing feature. Can't wait for the Nexus camera software to do great things.

  • Deco

    I totally install it in my xperia z, and it works like a charm :)

    • Bu88leZ

      Same here, stock standard Xperia Z on 4.3

  • Armando Rodriguez

    They also have the Augmented Reality add on for the camera on Play Store -> AR Effect https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonymobile.androidapp.cameraaddon.areffect

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      thanks dude!

  • Dario Leon Rincon

    Can i install this on a Z1 with custom rom?

    • Giedo Terol

      Nope, just tried it. Tells me my device is incompatible while technically it should state that the rom is lacking the appropriate sony framework or something like that

      • Dario Leon Rincon

        I will try with the apk

    • Ambroos

      You need the Sony camera addon framework for this. Even with the apk it won't install.

  • Marcos Amano

    This is also compatible with the Xperia ZL/ZQ(and probably the Z).

    • Felipe Pimenta

      And even Tablet Z :D

  • Marcell Lévai

    Hallelujah! The first follower. I hope moar OEM's will do so!

  • jeffrey beck

    Shows as "unavailable for this device" on the sony xperia z

    • Ambroos

      Need to have 4.3 for camera addons!

      • jeffrey beck

        I have 4.2. Bummer. Good thing my Z1s arrives in a week!

  • Michael M.

    This app was in stock on my Xperia Z1

    • Billy de Fretes

      and now it's available for my xperia z :)

  • Mihai

    working on xperia u? or just the newer ones?

    • sourabh sekhar

      Why the fuck will they work on a U?
      its dead.

      • Mihai

        whoa there little chucky it's not like I killed your mom.

        • sourabh sekhar

          please dont comment on a persons size when you dont know a thing about them.

  • Billy de Fretes

    this app only work for 4.3 devices

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    You can add the Z Ultra to that list as well. Thanks!

  • John

    Installation works on Xperia Z Ultra, but the camera app crashes as soon as i try to switch to Timeshift. So almost there