The latest rumors from Boy Genius Report suggest some juicy details about AT&T's planned devices for the first quarter of 2012.
BGR indicates AT&T is gearing up to offer yet another Windows Phone device on March 18: the 4G-equipped HTC Titan II at $199. There's word that the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Samsung Exhilarate, and Sony Xperia Ion also will debut on the carrier toward the end of March, but pricing is unknown.
Lastly, the rumors note that a Sony tablet (code-named Crystal) with HSPA+ will launch on AT&T for $409. I fully believe that Crystal is the dual-screen Sony Tablet P that has evaded a U.S. launch (despite being available in Japan for several months now).
There aren't any sources listed for the rumored information, but BGR has built a bit of a reputation for itself with several credible road map leaks in the past. Regardless, we still recommend you take this news with a grain of salt until things become official. … Read more
Here's the first decent look at the forthcoming Sony Xperia U. Also known as the ST25i and code-named Kumquat during development, the Xperia U is one of Sony's first phones since taking control of the Sony Ericsson brand.
Inside is reported to be a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera, with the screen displaying a 480x854-pixel resolution.
Read more of "Sony Xperia U, codename Kumquat, revealed in leaked photo" at Crave UK. … Read more
The matrimonial relationship between Sony and Android may not be as monogamous as we all believed.
According to NokiaWP, leaked photos of a few new Sony phones included one phone running Windows Phone 7. The phone still brandishes the Sony Ericsson brand, so it's safe to assume that this prototype started out as an old endeavor back before Sony bought out Ericsson's stake of the company in October 2011.
In that same month, the president of Sony, Bert Nordberg, told The Wall Street Journal that although he was "curious about Windows Phone," he wouldn't feel "comfortable investing in a platform" that wasn't what he believed to be as good as Android.
That line of thinking, along with Sony's current family of Android-only Xperia phones (which includes the highly anticipated Sony Xperia S), gave us all the green light to assume that the manufacturer wasn't interested in other types of operating systems at all.
But perhaps this prototype says otherwise.… Read more
LAS VEGAS--Near field communication (NFC) technology enables smartphones to work with mobile payments and public transit systems, but a new accessory from Sony could make the wireless wonder much more personal.
For example, swiping your phone by a SmartTag placed on a nightstand could turn your phone silent, turn off Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, and activate your alarm for the following morning. While the aforementioned tasks are easy to do on your own, perhaps there is a certain charm … Read more
Aside from the usual role of charging the Ion, it also has several features worth looking at.
For example, like with several other Android smartphone docks out there, an HDMI port mirrors your phone's display on the TV. You can see in our hands-on picture that there's a simple interface for browsing among content and features. Certain TV remotes will also be able to control media playback, presumably through HDMI-CEC.
Perhaps what's most interesting … Read more
LAS VEGAS--On the heels of launching its new Xperia Ion for AT&T, Sony gave us even more when it unveiled its new Xperia S smartphone the evening before CES officially began.
Not to be confused with last year's Xperia Arc S, the Xperia S is the first smartphone in Sony's NXT (next-generation) series. And, like the Ion, it drops the "Ericsson" name.
LAS VEGAS--I bet when you think of AT&T, chances are the words "bleeding-edge smartphone" don't immediately spring to mind.
Sony plans to reboot customer perceptions with its new Xperia Ion handset, the company's first 4G LTE device and phone to bear the Sony moniker.
Besides breaking new ground as one of the few handsets to access AT&T's burgeoning LTE infrastructure, the Xperia Ion is the first launched under the Sony brand name, rather than Sony Ericsson. Also impressive are the phone's massive 4.6-inch (1,280x720-pixel) HD resolution screen, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, and roomy 16GB of internal memory. … Read more
If you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone, you're more than likely a gamer, and this is something that will interest you this holiday season.
OnLive, the pioneer of cloud-based gaming, announced Thursday that its free OnLive app for Android has been updated to support the slide-out game controls on the phone. This means the phone's owners now can enjoy almost all OnLive games, including the latest AAA console-class titles.
Unlike other Android-based smartphones, the the Xperia Play combines the traditional touch-screen control with slide-out dedicated gaming keys, analog touch joysticks, and shoulder buttons, making it an … Read more
Specifically, the company's blog posted a timeline as to when various models will get the Android 4.0 update. And as we might have expected all along, the newer releases like the Xperia Arc S and Xperia Ray will see the update before older devices such as the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.