Smartphones are great; they organize our lives, provide us with news and information, and keep us in touch with friends no matter how far away they may be. Smartphone gloves on the other hand? Not so much. They don't do a great job of keeping your hands warm in the cold weather, and they aren't exactly renowned for their comfort.
Fortunately for Xperia sola users, Sony has you covered. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the sola, which began today, includes a new feature called "glove mode" which, you guessed it, allows you to wear any pair of gloves and still use your smartphone. Read More
Following the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P last month, Sony is now rolling out the same software to the Xperia Go, Sola, and U.
The rollout for all three devices is beginning today and continuing over the next few weeks in global markets, so keep an eye on your notifications if you're eager to update your software.
As well as updating users' devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, this latest update also comes with new Sony media applications, including a new Walkman app.
Some of the cool features and functionality you can look forward to include:
- New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
- Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
- Lock screen with improved functionality
- Resizable widgets for improved personalization
- Improved control of your mobile data consumption
- Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications
In order to update your phone, you'll have to connect to a PC or Mac. Read More
Sony's Tablet S (or "S1") was released over a year ago to little hubbub. Still, that's not keeping the increasingly-awesome Sony from shooting a new update out for it with many of the software features of its successor, the Xperia Tablet S. None of them are especially mind-blowing, but they certainly add functionality:
- Guest Mode
- Redesigned media players
- More "Small" (floating) apps
- Expanded functionality for the remote control app
- New widgets
- Social Feed Reader Cloud has been updated to Socialife
- Oddly, they suggest people also download Watch Now from the Play store
Otherwise, things stay basically the same. There are no Android updates included (still 4.0.3), nor other changes, from what we can see. Read More
One of the most common questions users have regarding Google's various content offerings is "Why isn't it available in [insert any number of countries here]?" Google has been working to change that, offering more and more of the Play Store's non-app content abroad. In that spirit, today it announced that Google Play Movies is now available in Korea (where we saw Eric Schmidt having some Gangnam style fun earlier this week).
According to the announcement, Korea's Play Movies includes "hundreds of full-length feature films from some local Korean studios and Hollywood." The post goes on to invite users to start their movie enjoyment with The Avengers. Read More
Do you like the idea of a low-end prepaid phone that's probably marginally overpriced for what it is? Does Cricket Wireless intrigue you? Then have I got the news of the century for you. Meet the ZTE Engage. It's not particularly exciting. It's not particularly cheap. But it's... a phone. And it runs Android 4.0. So there's that.
The ZTE Engage does other things, too. Like music. And apps. Here are some specifications that describe it:
- 4.0” WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz
- Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)
- MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included
- Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery
If those don't get you pumped up, well, you're probably a person of pretty reasonable expectations. Read More
Just yesterday, ASUS promised both TF201 and TF700 owners their Jelly Bean updates on September 28th and 29th, respectively. While they owned up to that for the Prime, the Infinity isn't so lucky: they just had to push the update back.
According to ASUS rep Gary Key, "a couple of applications that were recently updated (Facebook 1.9.10 on 9/20 as one example) required a last minute firmware update for the keyboard to operate correctly in the "Comment" area with Android 4.1."
It's not all bad, though - the update should still begin rolling out early next week. Personally, I'd rather wait a few more days for a fully working OS than have to deal with a buggy system right now, anyway. Read More
We already know the Galaxy Note II is headed to all of America's "big four" carriers with Exynos and LTE (well, LTE on 3 out of 4) in tow. What we don't know is when. Samsung promised "before the holidays," but that's a pretty large window. It seems likely that window is about to close - next month.
Samsung has announced an event to be held on October 24th in NYC, and the invitation makes it quite obvious what the topic of discussion will be.
We'll be there on the the 24th, bringing you the details. It should be a.... noteworthy evening. Read More
It's that time again - rumor time. This one's from our favorite "industry sources" rumor-monger, the venerable Digitimes. They're saying that, according to industry sources, Google is making two new models of the Nexus 7 that are expected to be thinner. Sounds credible.
They're also saying these two new tablets will be priced at $199 and $99, respectively, and will hit the market by the end of 2012.
Listen, we know Digitimes is incredibly hit and miss about this kind of stuff. In fact, we frequently discount a lot of what they publish, because it's usually picture-less, often credited to no-name sources, and littered with conditional language. Read More
Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia T, which was announced at IFA last month, is now available to purchase in the UK from Three.
As with most phones on the network, the Xperia T is available with truly unlimited data on the One Plan, which will cost customers £34 a month with an upfront cost of £29. The cheaper Ultimate Internet 500 plan is also available, and will put customers back £30 a month.
Users who don't want to sign up to a contract can buy the phone on Pay As You Go for £399.99 plus a £15 top-up. As long as you top-up £15 every month, you will be able to take advantage of unlimited data along with 3000 texts for 30 days. Read More