It might seem strange that Sony would try once again to create a smart wearable considering that it has released multiple iterations of the Smart Watch, the most recent being less than one year ago. However, that didn't stop Sony from using CES 2014 to debut the Sony Core, one of many fitness tracking systems on display here at the Consumer Electronics Show.
There's not much to write home about when it comes to the Sony Xperia Z1s, heading to T-Mobile later this year because it's a US version of a phone we've already seen. However, if you need to know more about the new Android device, watch this video.
The size decrease of the Z1 Compact did not lead to a cheapening of the specs, according to Sony, which promises that there will be "no compromises" should someone chose it over its larger sibling. That's a tall order for a small phone, but upon first impressions, it's one that Sony has managed to fulfill.
At its CES 2014 press conference, Sony Mobile announced a new smartphone arriving soon in the United States. Consumers who were waiting on the Xperia Z1 to launch in the states can look forward to the Xperia Z1s launching on T-Mobile later this month.
Sony today is continuing its run of updating its Xperia devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The latest devices include the Xperia Z Tablet, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia ZR. In addition to adding themes, battery improvements, and a new camera UI, the update delivers across the board improvements in graphical performance and transitions. Xperia Tablet Z owners also get the benefit of Restricted Profiles supporting multiple users having unique experiences with their own storage, settings, and home screen layout on the device. The update schedule varies by region and carrier, so not everyone will see an update today.
Sony has announced plans to update its PlayMemories Mobile browser app that connects Sony Wi-Fi cameras to Android or iOS device. In a related note, the company is also gearing up to improve the Cyber-Shot QX lens cameras that connect to Android and iPhone devices.
The Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z ultra won't be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat for a long time, but the phones are being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right now to tide over some anxious users.
Sony upset some US buyers when the company decided to focus its efforts on launching phones first in Europe and Japan, and that strategic decision appears to continue based on the recent FCC visit of its next smartphone, the Xperia Z1 S.
Sony Mobile has outlined its plans for Android 4.4 KitKat, confirming which devices will receive the update to the latest versions of Android, but the company left many questions to be answered.
Japanese conglomerate Sony reported that it lost 19.3 billion yen (US $197 million) during the second quarter of its fiscal 2013. Losses increased in multiple units, but smartphone sales continue to trend upward.