Sony Ericsson Wants 'txtrs' to Mix It Up
Sony Ericsson today announced two new feature phones that have touch screens and Xperia-like user interfaces. Shared features of the Mix Walkman and txt pro include 3-inch, scratch-resistant displays; quad-band GSM/EDGE, Bluetooth, FM, and Wi-Fi radios; 3.2 megapixel cameras with video capture; and support for 32GB memory cards.
- Mix Walkman: The Mix is a music-focused handset that features a karaoke function that mutes the vocal track in songs, and also has a dedicated "Zappin" key that, when pressed, lets users preview the chorus of the next track. It has colored bands so users can customize the look of the Mix.
- txt pro: This sideways slider has a QWERTY keyboard and a number of messaging features. It includes easy access to the user's top five contacts and their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Hands-On with Xiaomi MIX
Xiaomi calls the MIX a "concept" phone even though it will ship in early November. This handset is similar to small-batch bourbon in that it is refined in a way no other device can be and is meant for a small number of people who appreciate the nicer things.
Cricket Wireless to Sell Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
Cricket Wireless today announced that it will offer the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 beginning Nov. 6.
Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 Shrinks the Screen, Improves Design
Xiaomi today announced the Mi Mix 2, its second-generation showcase handset with a bezel-less design and ceramic chassis. This year's phone dials back the size a bit.
Sony Seeking User Interface Design Feedback from Swedes
Sony today announced the Sony Concept for Android program in Sweden, which is a way for the company to test new user interface features for its smartphones. To start, Sony is offering 500 Swedish owners of the Xperia Z3 access to a new user experience that's based on a nearly stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with some core Sony elements tossed into the mix.