Xperia XZ Premium will not inherit the Sony Concept for Android

Sadly, when Sony stated a few days ago that its Concept for Android for the Xperia X would cease in May, it had no intention of resurrecting the program for another device, namely the Xperia XZ Premium.  In that initial announcement, Sony said “the next steps will be to launch a community similar to the InTouch community for our upcoming Xperia XZ Premium”. As plain as that statement sounded at the time, the XZ Premium will not be inheriting the Concept for Android program after all.

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Sony has now clarified that what they really meant was “Concept for Android is not planned for another device”. So there’s that. But people being people, always full of hope, even that statement is now being interpreted to maybe mean that the program is not dead and buried entirely and will be resurrected again in future. This is entirely possible, as the Concept program was quite well received, but for the immediate future at least we will not be seeing Sony concept software released for any Xperia device.

Deal: Sony Xperia X Performance can be yours for $367.09 on Amazon (25% off)

At MWC 2016, Sony took the wraps off the Xperia X Performance, which retailed for $700 when launched. The high-end smartphone is now on sale over on Amazon and can be yours for exactly $367.09. It normally sells for between $450 and $500, which means you can save around $100 (or 25 percent).

The smartphone is unlocked and comes in Lime Gold, though the other colors aren’t available as part of this deal.

It might be more than a year old, but the Xperia X Performance is still a great smartphone. Especially at this price point. It sports a 5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. You’ll find a 23 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the back and a selfie snapper that has a 13 MP sensor on the front.

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It comes with 3 GB of RAM and offers 32 GB of storage, expandable up to 256 GB with a microSD card. Other notable features are its 2,700 mAh battery, NFC, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Android Nougat), and a fingerprint scanner located on the right side.

To get the Sony Xperia X Performance, visit Amazon’s website by clicking the button below.

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The online retail giant claims that there are only eight units left in stock, so you might want to place your order sooner rather than later to secure the discount.

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

At least, for now, the PS4 and PlayStation 4 Pro are an unstoppable duo. Gamers got their first taste of the consoles back in 2013 when the original launched around the time of Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Last year’s Pro launch pushed the PS4 a step further. It brings even more detailed graphics to games updated specifically to support it. Better looking games are just one of the many exciting things you can do with the console. There are more features where those came from.

The Sony PlayStation 4 has only gotten better with time. New software updates since 2013 have add tons of new features. That’s on top of the two hardware updates that the console has had in recent years. At first, it seemed like the Xbox One and Sony’s offering might be in for a difficult fight, but that wasn’t to be. The PlayStation 4 offered just a bit more power than the Xbox One did, making it the console to buy for those that absolutely wanted the best games possible. The PlayStation 4 Pro is joined by the PlayStation 4 Slim, which offers 1TB of storage at no additional charge. Every PS4 can play video with enhanced color contrast.

Read: 29 PlayStation 4 Tips & Tricks

What is the PS4?

The PS4s are living room entertainment consoles. Think of them as reasonably priced computers that you can connect to your television. To be clear, you can install Windows on them or use them to get work done. They’re purposely built for playing games and watching videos, though they also offer some music streaming options.

The PlayStation 4 Slim costs $299 and the enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro that offers better graphics for games costs $399.

What Can PS4 Do?

PS4s are designed to offer great looking games without the complexities that come along with gaming on your PC. Each game costs $60. You can move around the entire experience using a compact controller instead of a keyboard and mouse. There are no driver updates. Software updates, which contain new features and fixes, do come regularly. A gaming service, called PlayStation Network, offers digital games and effortless multiplayer with friends.

Read: Xbox One S vs PlayStation 4 Slim: Which is Better for 4K & HDR Video

A number of entertainment apps provide things for users to do when they aren’t enjoying games. Entertainment apps include Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu Plus. Crackle, which is owned by Sony, is also available too. PlayStation is the home of one of the best live TV services ever. Sony calls this service PlayStation Vue.

The PS4 and PS4 Pro are amazing devices. Here’s a look at the most exciting things that you can do with one of these consoles. Use these to decide whether purchasing a PlayStation 4 is right for you.

Watch Blu-Ray Movies

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Watch Blu-Ray Movies

 During the middle of the last generation of consoles, Sony fought a battle for control of upcoming video formats. The company won, and Blu-Ray discs are one of only two methods that you can use to get games on the PS4 and PS4 Pro. That same drive also makes them great for watching movies. That’s because their disc drives include playback for DVD movies and Blu-Ray movies too.

Don’t only buy a PS4 for Blu-Ray playback, there are some less expensive options available. That being said, if you already wanted one for its other features, being able to watch Blu-Rays is pretty great.

 1 / 12

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

At least, for now, the PS4 and PlayStation 4 Pro are an unstoppable duo. Gamers got their first taste of the consoles back in 2013 when the original launched around the time of Microsoft’s Xbox One console. Last year’s Pro launch pushed the PS4 a step further. It brings even more detailed graphics to games updated specifically to support it. Better looking games are just one of the many exciting things you can do with the console. There are more features where those came from.

The Sony PlayStation 4 has only gotten better with time. New software updates since 2013 have add tons of new features. That’s on top of the two hardware updates that the console has had in recent years. At first, it seemed like the Xbox One and Sony’s offering might be in for a difficult fight, but that wasn’t to be. The PlayStation 4 offered just a bit more power than the Xbox One did, making it the console to buy for those that absolutely wanted the best games possible. The PlayStation 4 Pro is joined by the PlayStation 4 Slim, which offers 1TB of storage at no additional charge. Every PS4 can play video with enhanced color contrast.

Read: 29 PlayStation 4 Tips & Tricks

What is the PS4?

The PS4s are living room entertainment consoles. Think of them as reasonably priced computers that you can connect to your television. To be clear, you can install Windows on them or use them to get work done. They’re purposely built for playing games and watching videos, though they also offer some music streaming options.

The PlayStation 4 Slim costs $299 and the enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro that offers better graphics for games costs $399.

What Can PS4 Do?

PS4s are designed to offer great looking games without the complexities that come along with gaming on your PC. Each game costs $60. You can move around the entire experience using a compact controller instead of a keyboard and mouse. There are no driver updates. Software updates, which contain new features and fixes, do come regularly. A gaming service, called PlayStation Network, offers digital games and effortless multiplayer with friends.

Read: Xbox One S vs PlayStation 4 Slim: Which is Better for 4K & HDR Video

A number of entertainment apps provide things for users to do when they aren’t enjoying games. Entertainment apps include Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu Plus. Crackle, which is owned by Sony, is also available too. PlayStation is the home of one of the best live TV services ever. Sony calls this service PlayStation Vue.

The PS4 and PS4 Pro are amazing devices. Here’s a look at the most exciting things that you can do with one of these consoles. Use these to decide whether purchasing a PlayStation 4 is right for you.

Watch Blu-Ray Movies

 1 / 12
Watch Blu-Ray Movies

 During the middle of the last generation of consoles, Sony fought a battle for control of upcoming video formats. The company won, and Blu-Ray discs are one of only two methods that you can use to get games on the PS4 and PS4 Pro. That same drive also makes them great for watching movies. That’s because their disc drives include playback for DVD movies and Blu-Ray movies too.

Don’t only buy a PS4 for Blu-Ray playback, there are some less expensive options available. That being said, if you already wanted one for its other features, being able to watch Blu-Rays is pretty great.

 1 / 12

12 Exciting Things You Can Do with a PS4 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Sony Xperia X Concept updates will end in early May

Owners of the Sony Xperia X single-SIM device in Europe who have been updating the device using the company’s Concept software will have to make other arrangements soon. Sony has confirmed that it will be ending the release of Concept updates. The last such release is scheduled for sometime in early May.

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The original idea behind the Concept updates was to give Sony the chance to get feedback from Xperia X owners about what new features and improvements might be added to the phone. Sony used that feedback to release those updates under an Experimental track, apart from the regular firmware and OS updates for the Xperia X.

In a forum post, Sony stated that the members of the Xperia InTouch community “have been invaluable to us” in helping to release these Concept updates for this version of the Xperia X. Indeed, the last such release was made earlier this week, as Sony updated the Xperia X to Android 7.1.2 Nougat. While the updates will end in May, the community forum will continue to stay open for the time being.

While the Concept updates are going to stop for the Xperia X, Sony is hinting strongly they may continue for an upcoming phone. It’s forum post stated it will launch an online community similar to the InTouch group for the Xperia XZ Premium. That high-end phone is expected to launch sometime later this spring.