Sony has announced that it has started rolling out the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update to a number of its devices, the update will start today in selected countries and will continue rolling out over the next few weeks.
The list of devices that are getting the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update include the Sony Xperia Z, the Xperia ZL, the Xperia ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z, they also announced some other updates to various Sony apps for each device.
In the console world, there is no bigger battle than the Sony PlayStation versus the Xbox One. In some markets, the PlayStation is the clear winner, while in other markets, the Xbox platform is the winner. However, Sony is looking like a clear victor lately with each months sales.
In the US, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has managed to outsell the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. This news comes from the NPD Group whose recent figures have proven that the PS4 has sold more units compared to the Xbox One for the month of April in the US. You might remember the days when the Xbox 360 console managed to dominate the US market for more than a year. Well, that was then and this is now. Times have changed.
As for video games in general, the NPD Group says that Titanfall is currently the best selling game at the moment, followed by Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14, Minecraft, LEGO The Hobbit, The LEGO Movie Videogame, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Not too long ago, the folks at Sony shared some details about the upcoming PlayStation 4 Update 1.70 on their blog, along with the list of interesting new features and enhancements it will come with.
If you’re patiently waiting for the update, Sony shared some valuable details about its launch. The company mentioned on Twitter that PS4 firmware update 1.7 will go live on April 30, which is next week.
Sony has finally released an updated PlayStation Vita model in the United States, after introducing it in the United Kingdom in January. There was also a Japanese launch late last year. This PS Vita Slim is 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the original version.
Aside from that, very few changes have been made to the handheld game console overall. One of the changes that did take place is the OLED panel, changed to a 960×540 IPS LCD version, which along with the other improvements, will improve battery life so that it lasts up to six hours.
You can look forward to the same quad-core Cortex A9-based processor with 512MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM, but it adds 1GB of built-in storage for game installs and other content. Connecting the PS Vita Slim is also different now, with Sony’s proprietary solution being ditched for a microUSB version. Fans of the handheld may want to give it a shot, as well as those who haven’t taken the plunge yet. That is, if you like lighter and thinner handhelds that come along with other improvements. And who doesn’t? Sony hopes to sell a lot of these this year.
What does Sony have in store for us at this year’s E3? Some details have leaked about the conferences from Sony, thanks to the folks at DualShockers. There are game details and also a claim that price drops for the PlayStation 3 and Vita will be revealed at the event.
The timing does seem right for a PS3 price drop, since the PS4 is out and in many homes. The details come from an unnamed source and a secondary source was contacted and confirmed some of those leaked details. Take it with a grain of salt just the same. You know how it goes.
It looks like Sony will show off a 3-minute trailer for Uncharted on the PS4, showing “in-engine footage” and gameplay. That should get the crowd pumped. The release for the game is said to be Summer 2015. Also arriving in 2015 will be a new title from Media Molecule.
Sony has sent out press invites to its Sony E3 2014, which will take place on the 9th of June, and the conference will take place at 6PM Pacific Time.
This is the same day that Microsoft are holding their Xbox 360 conference at E3, although that one starts at 9.30 AM Pacific Time, and we can expect a number of announcements from both companies at E3.
Sony has launched a new app for the Sony SmartWatch 2, the app is called Smart extension for Instagram, and it is designed to let you view Instagram notifications on your Sony SmartWatch 2.
The app will work with your smartphone, and will provide an vibrating alert when an Instagram notification comes through to the SmartWatch 2, you can find out more details about the app below.
We previously heard rumors about a Verizon Sony Xperia Z2, and now a photo of the handset has turned up on Sony’s website in Korea, along with Verizon branding on the back of the device, as you can see in the photo above.
As a reminder, the Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2 inch full high definition display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the device also features a quad core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm.
Sony has launched a new smartphone in Japan, the Sony Xperia A2, and the handset will be available with mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo in Japan.
There have been a number of rumors that the Sony Xperia A2 was Japan’s version of the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact, well it turns out that the Xperia A2 is just a refreshed version of the Xperia Z1 compact, and not a completely new device.
Sony has released its latest financial results for its fiscal year that ended on the 31st of March 2014, and the company also revealed details on how many of its Sony Xperia smartphones it sold.
Sony managed to sell a total of 39.1 million Xperia smartphones in 12 months, this is up around 20 percent for the same period in the previous year.
The Sony Xperia M2 was announced at MWC 2014 back in February, the handset has been available to pre-order since March, and it is now available to buy in the UK.
Retailer Unlocked Mobiles has the Sony Xperia M2 in stock, the handset is available for £224.98 including taxes, the price is for the unlocked version of the handset without a contract.
Sony has announced a new smartphone in Japan, the Sony Xperia ZL2, and the handset comes with similar specifications to the Sony Xperia Z2.