Sony have expanded their Xperia range with three new phones unveiled at IFA 2012.
Sony have officially announced three new devices that’ll be making their way on to the market. Each device will be a new addition to Sony’s popular Xperia series, and each will target a different area of the market which Sony hope to make a bigger dent in.
The Sony Xperia T will be the flagship device of the three, and will launch with Android 4.0, with an update to 4.1 soon after launch. Alongside a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.6″ screen, the Xperia T will include a 13-megapixel camera and 720p display.
Second in command is the Sony Xperia V, which will also include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 13-megapixel camera similar to the Xperia T. You’ll also find a 4.3″ HD display powered by Sony’s BRAVIA engine, as well as full NFC connectivity for all Sony Mobile accessories. It’ll also ship with Android 4.0, with the update to 4.1 coming soon after.
We review the Sony Xperia U, a budget Android phone with dual-core processor and high-res display
Sony’s Xperia range of smartphones is now an established brand, and the new Xperia U follows the form quite well. It is a small handset, in size as well as in price, and it might well have its greatest appeal among those who like a bit of bling with their gadgetry.
In fact, the Xperia U is the smallest of the current Xperia crop which also includes the Xperia P and Xperia S. Weighing just 110g and with a 3.5 inch screen it feels relatively tiny compared to the massive-screened devices we’ve been seeing at the top end of the market this year.
But 3.5 inches it still what you’d get from an iPhone, and considering its price of around £200, the Xperia U has a lot going for it.
This tutorial guides you through ROM Control, the best feature of AOKP custom ROMs for Android phones.
Although it has not yet reached the same levels of awareness as CyanogenMod, AOKP, which stands for Android Open Kang Project, is becoming an increasingly popular custom ROM to put on an Android device.
Like CyanogenMod it is based on the Android Open Source project, so replaces the launcher and apps that you device’s manufacturer pre-installed with a ‘vanilla’ version of Android – stock launcher, core Android apps and no additional bloat.
In fact, many builds of AOKP will be based on CyanogenMod in the first place. But while that means that the two custom ROMs look essentially identical, and in by and large perform at the same level, AOKP adds one extra feature in the form of ROM Control. This is a veritable goldmine for tweakers.
Use Soundcloud to showcase your voice with the masses. Here’s how to get started with it.
There are plenty of ways you can show off your singing talents nowadays, but Soundcloud is one of the first that’s available on your Android smartphone. The app is essentially a stripped back recording studio, allowing you to belt out your favourite numbers where and whenever you want.
It doesn’t take much to get started with the app, and in no time at all you’ll have created your own profile and be sharing your voice with your followers. The app supports a range of external accessories to make the recording session feel a lot more authentic, for example, you can connect an external microphone to your device, and then record a song using that alongside the app. Another bonus is being able to upload your own album art for every recording.
In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basics of setting up and using the Soundcloud app. We’ll show you how to go about recording your voice, what to do after, and how you can then share your work with your friends and family.
The Coolpix S800c will include both the form of a camera, but the function of a phone.
Nikon have today announced their first ever Android-powered camera. The Coolpix S800C is a 16-megapixel shooter, with 10x optical zoom to boot. Although on the outside it may not look like anything special, the camera does in fact come with Android 2.3 already running.
It’s fully WiFi-enabled, and even comes with full access to the Google Play Store. This means you’ll be able to pack out the 2GB of internal storage on the camera with a series of editing and sharing apps for all your photos.
The user interface runs on a 3.5″ OLED touchscreen and stock Android, with a few Nikon twists thrown in for good measure. Alongside the device, Nikon will release their very own Picturetown app. This will allow users to geo-tag every photo they take, and add several sharing features as well.
Panasonic announce expansion to smart appliances range
Although they’re yet to reach our shores, Japanese manufacturer, Panasonic, have been busy developing Android-controlled home appliances.
The company already produces NFC-enabled steam ovens, and rice cookers which can both be used to transfer recipes from phone to appliance, but will soon expand their appliance range to cover refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioner.
Each appliance will be developed alongside Panasonic’s new NFC app, that will allow the users to systematically control their smart appliances at the same time.