Sony Mobile Ion Streets June 24 for $99
AT&T today announced that the Sony Ion, the company's first U.S. LTE 4G device, will go on sale June 24 with an on-contract price tag of $99. The Ion is the first phone to ship from Sony without the Ericsson branding attached to it. The Ion is an Android phone with a 12-megapixel camera. It uses Sony's Exmor R sensor. It boasts a 4.6-inch full 720p HD Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine. The front camera supports 720p capture, and the Ion includes HDMI-out, and is PlayStation Certified. The Ion is also the first Sony device in the U.S. to include Sony Music Unlimited and Sony Videos Unlimited entertainment services, which can be used to consume music, movie, and television content on the device. The Ion will be boxed with several SmartTags, which are programmable NFC stickers that can be used to alter the Ion's behavior or change its settings (similar to Samsung's TecTiles). The Ion ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Sony Now Selling Xperia Z1 Compact in US
Sony recently added the Xperia Z1 Compact to its U.S. web store.
Sony Reveals the Slim Xperia T3
Sony today announced the Xperia T3, an Android smartphone with mid-range features and a premium design. The T3 borrows heavily from Sony's Z2 smartphone with a metallic rim and a slim, 7mm profile.
Sony Trots Out the Xperia Z4 with Little Fanfare
Sony today announced the Xperia Z4, a modest update to is 2014 flagship, the Z3. The Z4 features a glass and metal design that is water and dust proof.
Sony Shows Off Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet
Sony today announced its next-generation flagship smartphones at an event in Berlin. The Xperia Z3 family includes three devices: the Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact.
They're having a special event at a Best Buy in NY beginning at 1 minute past midnight on the 27th where they're giving away signed copies of a CD by Maroon 5 with the purchase of an Ion by the first 50 customers.
Only a 3 day difference, but it sure would be nice if they gave a firm date that wasn't so round-about.
gettin this one