Sony's released another Xperia-exclusive app into the Play Store, and while this piece of software does extend what your phone's camera is capable of, it isn't quite the Zperia Z1's Timeshift Burst feature that the company posted to Google Play a few months back. This one's just for laughs. Voice Balloon Photo is a dedicated camera app, but rather than improving the quality of your shots, it adds character by capturing the voices around you and turning them into speech bubbles in real-time.


I can think of a few choice words coming from this man that the app didn't pick up on.

If voice recognition doesn't quite work, you have the option to input text manually and re-arrange the bubbles however you wish.

How to use Voice Balloon Photos
1. Start Camera and select Voice Balloon Photos.
2. Let the device recognize voices around you. Once voices are recognized, speech balloon will appear.
3. Tap the camera key to take photos with displayed speech balloons at your desired timing.
4. Once a photo is taken, you can move the speech balloons or change the theme. Tap on a speech balloon to remove it or edit its text.
5. Tap the save button.


Nope, I don't think oops is the correct four-letter word. Try again

Enjoy your exclusive, Sony device owners. This one's just for you.

Update: Judging from comments, apparently a good number of Sony devices are unable to install this app. We're still waiting to see precisely which ones (or one) can .

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.

  • Adrian


  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    That's an... interesting application. Real world usage might be nonexistent, but it's definitely an idea I've not come across. Keep pushing, Sony.

  • http://research.edm.uhasselt.be/~bbonne Bram Bonné

    That last photo. It reminds me of something.

    • ken147

      Such Sony.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Can someone please modify the APK to show Comic Sans?

  • Reid Knight

    Incompatible with Xperia Z1s?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    It's not compatible with my Sony Xperia Z1.
    Seriously, Sony? For whom does this work?

    • ash

      Yes not even compatible with my Z1 compact. What the hell

    • Chris P

      Seems okay to me... (in that I can install it to my Z1)

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Yeah now it does.
        It was only compatible with Android 4.4 apparently, while every Sony device out there at the time this was released was still running 4.3 as the latest version.

        • Chris P

          My Z1 has 4.4.2, mighta been why. :P

  • Aooga

    What exactly is this compatible with?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      My best guess: the Sony Xperia Z2.
      "Oh you want to use this app on your Z1? Better upgrade to the Z2 for compatibility."

      I hope this doesn't turn out true.

      • Aooga

        Seems like the new direction sony is going with everything now. I can always make it run by just using the apk though.

      • Chris P

        Installs fine on my Z1...

  • SPtheALIEN

    Not compatible with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, ZL, or the Z.

  • Matthew Fry

    This is kind of fun. Next step, gifs with voice bubbles. Instant motion comics.

  • funzo24 .

    I hate exclusive apps, get the point of android people! (I'm just jealous)

    Edit: Someone get me the apk

  • WhyWai

    Not even Z1 and Z1C are compatible from the comment? Guess people hate and complaint SOny's lack of support is not without their point...

    • Chris P

      Z1 owner here. App is compatible.