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6
May

Sony Xperia C4 announced as the phone for selfie-takers


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Another company has announced a phone that targets selfie-takers. This time it is Sony and the new Xperia C4 as it has a 5MP front-facing camera. Sony bundled some of its most popular camera components to ensure that users get optimal results for their selfies. The Xperia C4 features a 25mm wide-angle lens, Exmor R sensor, soft LED flash, and SteadyShot technology. Sony also included special software to add some fun to the device’s experience. The AR Mask app, for example, allows users to take a selfie and place their face over someone else’s.

Hit the break to see what else is going on with the Xperia C4.

Key specifications:

  • 5.5-inch, 1920×1080 resolution display
  • MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor
  • 2G of RAM
  • 13MP rear camera / 5MP front camera
  • 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Black, white, and mint color options

The Sony Xperia C4 will launch in select markets next month alongside a dual-SIM variant.

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6
May

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 uses ‘several’ different camera sensors


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When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6, you might have noticed that the company stopped touting its in-house ISOCELL camera tech. Was it using relying on someone else’s sensor instead? As it turns out, the answer is yes… sort of. The Korean firm has confirmed owners’ discoveries that the rear sensor is alternately made by Samsung or Sony. There are “several different vendors” making S6 cameras, a spokesperson says, although there’s no mention of how Samsung distributes those components. Not that you’ll need to be worried, apparently. The company insists that they all meet “strict global quality and performance standards,” and SamMobile has conducted tests showing that the practical differences are slight. In short, you’ll likely get quality photos regardless of whose imaging hardware is under the hood.

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6
May

Xperia C4 brings the same great selfie camera, upgraded specs


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Sony announced the successor to the “world’s best selfie smartphone,” last year’s Xperia C3. Featuring the same great 5MP frontal camera, the Xperia C4 offers upgrades across the board.

Like the C3 before it, the Xperia C4 comes with a 5.5-inch LCD screen that uses Sony’s well-known display technologies, including Bravia Engine 2 and super-vivid mode. However, the C4 is 1080p, for an excellent 400 ppi pixel density, compared to 720p on the previous generation.

The Xperia C4 is powered by a 64-bit octo-core processor from MediaTek (MT6752), 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with a card slot allowing the addition of an extra 128GB. The rear camera is a respectable 13MP, while the battery capacity received a 100 mAh bump up to 2,600 mAh. This 147 grams device has a plastic body that resembles the C3 very closely, and is available in white, black, and teal.

Of course, the big fuss about the C4 is its front camera, which features a 5MP Sony Exmor R sensor, a 25mm wide-angle lens, LED flash, HDR, SteadyShot software stabilization, and Sony’s Superior Auto mode that adapts image settings based on the scene. The differences don’t seem to be too big compared to the C3, though Sony added a few bells and whistles to the camera app.

Overall, the C4 is definitely a nice upgrade, and, if the price is right, a potentially compelling option for the mid-range crowd.

The Xperia C4 will be available in single and dual-SIM variants starting in June 2015. Sony has not revealed any details on the Xperia C4’s price and availability by market.



6
May

Sony unveils the selfie-centric Xperia C4 with 5.5-inch Full HD display and 5MP wide-angle front camera with flash


 

Sony Xperia C4 (2)It wasn’t too long ago that the Sony’s successor to the selfie-centric Xperia C3 was first seen, and now it’s official. Sony has taken the cover off its Xperia C4 smartphone that is once again aimed to take advantage of the selfie craze. 

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We’ll get to the rest of the specifications in a moment, but let’s discuss the C4’s main claim to fame, the front camera that boasts a soft LED flash. That’s right, the C4 not only has a LED flash to complement its rear camera, it also has one on the front so that you can take better quality selfies. After all, no one likes a dull selfie, am I right? Needless to say, these higher quality selfies deserve to have their own special name, and what could be better than to call them PROselfies? The front facing camera also has a 25mm wide-angle lens with an 80-degree field of view, helping you to capture your crowd of besties in the (PRO)selfie.

Rest of the specifications:

  • 5.5-Inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080)
  • Octa-core MediaTek MTK6752 processor @1.7GHz (64-bit)
  • Mali 760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 128GB)
  • 13MP Rear-facing camera with flash, AutoFocus and Image stabilizer
  • 5MP Front-facing camera with 25mm wide-angle lens and flash
  • Dimensions: 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 147 grams
  • Battery: 2,600mAh
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Durability: Scratch-resistant

The Xperia C4 supports LTE in selected markets only, and although a dual-SIM version will also be available, it will no doubt only be sold in selected markets. The handset can be had in White, black and mint colours from June 2015. Sony hasn’t released any details on pricing at the time of writing. What do you think? Is the Xperia C4, with its 5.5-inch display, 5MP (PRO)selfie camera and front-facing flash, the phone for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Full Press Release:

Sony launches next generation “selfie smartphone” – Xperia™ C4
Capture your best selfies with a high-quality 5MP front camera and a raft of fun Xperia camera apps
Enjoy your entertainment to the fullest with a large 5.5” Full HD screen powered by Sony’s BRAVIA® TV technologies
Super-fast Octa-core processor makes multi-tasking easy, without running out of power
London, 6th May 2015 – The selfie phenomenon is about to kick up a notch with the introduction of Xperia™ C4 – Sony’s next generation PROselfie smartphone, featuring a best in class 5MP front camera, a Full HD display and superior performance.
“Following the success of Xperia C3, we are proud to introduce Sony’s evolved PROselfie smartphone,” said Tony McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets you capture perfect selfies, while its quality display and performance features provide an all-round advanced smartphone experience.”
We all like a high-profile selfie – so go ahead and get snapping:
You can now stage the perfect selfie, getting everything – and everyone – in shot, thanks to the powerful 5MP front camera with 25mm wide-angle lens. Sony’s Exmor RTM for mobile sensor, soft LED flash and HDR features means the pictures will always be stunning, even in those ‘hard to perfect’ low light conditions.

Superior auto automatically optimises settings to give you the best possible picture and SteadyShot™ technology compensates for any camera shake. With 13MP, autofocus and HDR packed in there is no compromise on the rear camera, which delivers great shots for those rare moments you’re not in the picture.
You will also be able to get even more fun out of your smartphone with a suite of creative camera apps such as Style portrait with styles including ‘vampire’ and ‘mystery’ to add a unique edge to your selfie. Moreover, apps such as AR mask give your selfie a twist by letting you place a different face over your own face or others’ faces while you snap a selfie.
Experience your entertainment in Full HD.
Now you can enjoy every picture and every video in detail with Xperia C4’s 5.5” Full HD display. Watching movies on your smartphone is more enjoyable thanks to Sony’s TV technology – such as Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 and super vivid-mode – which offers amazing clarity and colour brightness. Enjoy viewing from any angle with IPS technology.
Great video deserves great audio to match, so Xperia C4 features Sony’s audio expertise to deliver crisp and clear audio quality. With or without headphones, you can sit back and enjoy your favourite entertainment in all its glory.
The design of Xperia C4 has also been crafted with precise detail and care to ensure every aspect amplifies the sharp and vivid display. A minimal frame around the scratch-resistant screen enhances both the viewing experience and the smartphone design, while its lightweight build feels comfortable in the hand. Xperia C4 comes in a choice of white, black and a vibrant mint.
Superior performance, with a power-packed battery that just keeps going
Whether you’re running multiple apps, checking Facebook, snapping selfies or listening to the best music – you can do it all at lighting speed thanks to Xperia C4’s impressive Octa-core processor. Powered by an efficient 64-bit Octa-core processor, Xperia C4 makes it easier than ever to multitask and switch between your favourite apps, without affecting performance. Ultra-fast connectivity with 4G capabilities means it’s quicker than ever to download your favourite audio or video content and surf the web without lag.
The large battery (2,600mAh) provides over eight hours of video viewing time, meaning that the entire first season of Breaking Bad can be binged uninterrupted, while Battery STAMINA Mode 5.0 ensures you have complete control over how your battery is used.
Xperia C4 is compatible with more than 195 Sony NFC-enabled devices including SmartBand Talk (SWR30) and Stereo Bluetooth® Headset (SBH60).

You can also customise the smartphone with the protective desk-stand SCR15 Cover or with a full range of original Made for Xperia covers.
Xperia C4 will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets from the beginning of June 2015.

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6
May

Best Android Watches


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A number of new Android Wear watches have been hitting the market lately, which means it might be difficult to tell which one is right for you. So, to help you make that decision, we’ve rounded up the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy.

Here’s what you need to know about the best Android Wear watches available right now.

Editor’s note – this post will be updated periodically, as new devices hit the market.


LG Watch Urbane

The LG Watch Urbane is just now making its way into the hands of consumers. Available now from the Google Store for $349, this new Android Wear-powered device brings a classy look to the wearable market. It features just about the exact same internal specifications as LG’s G Watch R, though it sports a more premium aesthetic that’s hard to pass up if you’re in the market for a new smartwatch.

While our full review is in the works, take a look at our hands-on and first impressions video below for more information on the device.

Specs

  • Display: 1.3-inch POLED 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 410mAh
  • Water protection: IP67
  • Weight and size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm

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Huawei Watch

Huawei recently launched its first Android Wear device at MWC 2015 a few months ago, and it’s already made a huge splash in the wearable community. Featuring a beautiful sapphire crystal circular display, the Huawei Watch definitely gives the LG Watch Urbane a run for its money on the aesthetic side.

We’ve gone hands-on with the device, and you can check out our first impressions below. Huawei has yet to announce pricing and availability details for the Watch, but as of right now, this is shaping up to be one of the more sought-after wearables of 2015.

Specs

  • Display: 1.4-inch sapphire crystal AMOLED 400 x 400 pixels
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 300mAh

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Motorola Moto 360

It’s hip, it’s stylish, and it’s customizable. The Moto 360 was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches announced, and, while it took Motorola more than half a year to release it, the sleek circular device has been well received. Featuring a large circular screen (albeit with the infamous “flat tire” cutout at the bottom), a sleek brushed metal build, and several replaceable bands, the Moto 360 will look good in just about any occasion.

On the inside, the processor is older than the competitors’, while the battery is on the small side – still, the Moto 360 will last a day of usage for all but the most active users, and you get wireless charging. With a variety of cool watchfaces taking advantage of the round screen and more launching constantly, the Moto 360 is a great choice if style is your biggest priority.

Specs

  • Display: 1.56-in IPS LCD 320 x 290 pixels
  • Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP 3
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 320 mAh
  • Water protection: IP67
  • Weight and size: 49g, 46mm diameter

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LG G Watch R

The other circular smartwatch on our list is the G Watch R, and, as LG likes to point out, there’s no cutout here. The full circle screen is beautiful, and everything will look nicer on it thanks to the 245 ppi (higher than the Moto 360’s). While the Moto 360 has a minimalist flair, the G Watch R will appeal more to fans of sport watches, with its beveled engraved ring and aggressively sculpted body.

The G Watch R impresses through its large battery and the Snapdragon processor inside ensures steady performance. The device ships with a nice leather strap, but if you don’t like it, you can easily swap it with any standard 22 mm strap.

Specs

  • Display: 1.3-in P-OLED 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 410 mAh
  • Water protection: IP67
  • Weight and size: 62g, 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 mm

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Asus ZenWatch

Asus’ ZenWatch has been one of the nicest surprises in the Android Wear ecosystem so far, thanks to its good specs and stylish design, proving you can make a rectangular smartwatch that doesn’t look geeky. With a smoothly rounded two-tone metallic body and a standard-sized stitched leather strap, the ZenWatch looks sophisticated and timeless.

There aren’t any bells and whistles on the hardware side, but Asus makes it up with the software stack, including some nice watch faces and several interesting Asus features (available through an app) like the ability to double tap the screen to launch a feature. All and all, if you don’t want a round watch, but still want style, this looks like your best option.

Specs

  • Display: 1.63-in OLED 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 370 mAh
  • Water protection: IP55
  • Weight and size: 75g, 51 x 39.9 x 7.6 ~ 9.4 mm

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Sony SmartWatch 3

Runners, hikers, and cyclists, stop looking, this is the Android Wear watch you need. Sony used its own OS for the previous generations, but embraced Android for SmartWatch 3, and we couldn’t be happier. The Sony SmartWatch 3 stands out through its onboard GPS module, which lets you track your activities without needing a smartphone that weighs you down. Just as easily, you can connect a pair of Bluetooth sports headphones and enjoy your music straight from the watch.

Available in black, white, pink, and lime, SmartWatch 3 looks as sporty as it acts. The rubber strap is non-standard, but at least you can swap it in a few seconds without any tools. The watch is IP68 water resistant and the screen is transflective LCD, which means you can read it more easily in the sun. All in all, a great choice for active use.

Specs

  • Display: 1.6-in Transflective LCD 320 x 320 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 420 mAh
  • Water protection: IP68
  • GPS, NFC, IR
  • Weight: 45g (core unit)

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There you go – our look at the best Android smartwatches available right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments.

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5
May

JXE Streams: Blasting robot dogs in ‘Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’


One year ago, Machine Games did an unbelievable thing: it made Wolfenstein relevant again. id Software’s 1992 original is still fondly remembered; it was, after all, the only game in town where you could eat a bowl of dog food before blowing up Robo Hitler. The series had grown stale over the decades, though, a relic rather than an enduring institution. Wolfenstein: The New Order was a monumentally impressive resurrection with solid action on PS4 and Xbox One alongside a surprisingly moving, if simple, story. Now Machine Games is back with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and we’re playing it for your viewing pleasure on today’s stream.

Join us here in this post, at Engadget.com/gaming or over on Twitch.tv/Joystiq for a solid 90 minutes of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood starting at 3:30PM ET. What was old B.J. Blazkowicz getting up to before napping his way into the ’60s? We’ll find out together.

If you enjoy our streams, please follow us on Twitch.tv/Joystiq and bookmark Engadget.com/gaming.

[We’re playing Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on PlayStation 4, streamed through an Elgato Capture HD via OBS at 720p.]

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5
May

Here’s how the Samsung and Sony camera sensors on the Galaxy S6 differ


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Yesterday, a report surfaced online claiming that Samsung is shipping some units of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with its own ISOCELL camera sensor on board, instead of the Sony IMX240.

Up until today this was nothing but speculation. However, the folks at SamMobile have managed to get hold of an S6 Edge packing the ISOCell sensor, and have uploaded some comparison pictures, which can be seen below.

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5
May

Sony’s sold two million PS4s in the UK


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Although Sony’s other businesses aren’t faring too well, its entertainment division is helping keep the company’s head above water. This is thanks, in part, to the success of the PlayStation 4, which continues to outstrip sales of the Xbox One and further compound Microsoft’s console misery. With 22.3 million worldwide sales now in the bag, Sony has provided an update on how well the PlayStation 4 is getting on in the UK, announcing that it’s now shifted more than two million units. According to Sony, the console reached the milestone over the past weekend, keeping it ahead of the super successful PlayStation 2. Those sales have also helped make it the best-selling domestic games console for 2015 so far. While it took 42 weeks for the PS4 to reach one million sales, it only took a further 35 weeks for Sony to double that tally. Something tells us that the console price wars are definitely influencing buyers, but exclusive games like Bloodbourne are doing their bit too.

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5
May

Sony pushes Lollipop 5.0 update with bugfixes to Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges


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Sony has just announced that it is pushing out an update to its Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges of smartphones and tablets, bringing a variety of bugfixes and tweaks with it whilst keeping the devices on Android 5.0. We have the changelog after the break.

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As stated, the update brings a collection of bugfixes and tweaks, as detailed in the changelog below. I’ve just fired up my Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet and sure enough, the update has appeared. The update was a 19mb download, although it may vary depending on which device you own. The most useful bugfix for me is to do with the LED, which is now able to act independently of the sound settings. Which makes sense when the screen is off and the device is on silent.

If you haven’t received the notification that an update is available just go into Settings, About Tablet and tap on Software update to check manually. The roll-out has already begun, although as with all updates, your region and carrier may dictate when your device is eligible.

Changelog:

  • Ensured the lock-screen/notification bar doesn’t show ‘no-service’ when the device has coverage
  • Added a Sony feature, brought back the ‘close-all’ button in the activity menu, so you can close all the apps at once instead of swiping away one app at a time.
  • Unblocked devices with server policies (Microsoft Exchange Active Sync for e-mail), to enable the new Lollipop lock-screen notifications
  • Improved messaging functionality in Ultra Stamina mode – some conversations couldn’t be opened when in Ultra-Stamina mode.

Source: Sony

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5
May

Android Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z should start rolling out next week






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Of all the phone manufacturers, Sony has been one of the most consistent with releasing updates for its aging devices. The Sony Xperia Z, the first of its Xperia Z devices, is yet to get its long awaited Android Lollipop update, but has been confirmed to be getting it almost as long as the software has been out in the wild. And for owners anxiously waiting for that day, you’ll be delighted to know that Android Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z will be ready as early as next week after Sony Philippines dropped the news today.


Of course, don’t necessarily be expecting that Android 5.0 will magically appear on your device by the end of the week – there will likely be a delay for the update to reach your device, wherever you are in the world – but it shouldn’t be long after that the update will be available. If we’re not mistaken, that will make the Xperia Z the oldest device to get a official software update, for now anyway.

What do you think about Android Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z releasing next week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter via GSMArena

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