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Old January 14th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First of all I would just like to say that in this thread I link to a supposedly real report "leaked" from a Japanese Android Blog. Please take this with a grain of sand.

According to THIS from Japanese Android Blog "Android Noodles" Sony is planning their own "Nexus" device.

The only thing that gives this thing any legitimacy is that this report is from August and correctly identifies LG as an OEM working on a Nexus phone. What do you guys think?

I hate to admit it but knowing how smexy everything Sony touches is I would probably have a hard time resisting a Nexus from them.

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Old January 14th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I played with the Xperia Z and ZL at CES and they were quite nice. Wouldn't mind a Nexus from them.
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I just don't want the next Nexus the shape of the RAZR
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Old January 14th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just don't want the next Nexus the shape of the RAZR
The RAZR is Moto. This thread is about Sony's potential entry into Nexus foray.

I for one said that if LG has in fact stopped making the Nexus 4 I would probably make Sony my OEM of choice since I have always had a high regard for the level of innovation and quality they stand for. (Sony PSP was the most ground breaking device of last decade and I wouldn't be surprised if alot of what we are seeing is thanks to the trail blazing done by Sony back in 2005.)
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Don't really think of Sony as an OEM, but on the other hand making a Nexus does seem to give you a lot of Kudos in the Android world: look how well HTC did when they made the Nexus 1 and how well Sammy have done while they were making 'em.

Certainly, the Xperia phones look gorgeous. Not sure you could sell 'em for $300, though

Personally, I'm not sure it matters who makes the next Nexus: Google will be calling the shots on the design and features and if the N4 is anything to go by, that works out pretty well.
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heard about this a long time ago, definitely a possibility. I've always thought Sony were guilty of always being a bit behind with the times when it comes to the hardware in the phone but with the Xperia Z it looks like a statement of intent and really does look like a cracking phone.

Google would cover any hardware costs as they make the money back off the play store so i'd be surprised if they didn't make a nexus phone... in fact I think most manufacturers will start doing them as apparently google has said we may get more than one a year.
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I like this idea especially if they bring over the Waterproof-ness of the Xperia Z

The first waterproof Nexus haha

I did think the next Nexus was going to be Motorola though, making everything in-house, meaning since Google owns Motorola they are basically making their own device, by themselves
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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Certainly, the Xperia phones look gorgeous. Not sure you could sell 'em for $300, though
Sony's unlocked phones are actually fairly reasonably priced. They're usually $100-200 cheaper than other companies' flagship's full price. I recently bought a brand new Sony Xperia Acro S (basically a water-resistant version of the Xperia S) from Buy.com for $300. The only brand new, factory unlocked phones with better features for the price are the Nexus phones sold directly by Google. Admittedly, Sony does tend to release flagships sporting hardware that's one year behind.

I agree with Sony's phones being gorgeous. That and the availability of water-resistant models are the 2 reasons I buy Xperias otherwise, I'd just stick to Nexus phones. I'd love to have a Nexus version of the Xperia Z (except without all the fingerprint magnet gloss). Sony's hardware might be nice but the speed of their firmware update roll-out leaves much to be desired.
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This is very interesting. Never used a Sony phone but theory do look sweet. Does Sony also have their own proprietary overlay like Samsung, HTC and the others? And, if yes, how is it?
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This is very interesting. Never used a Sony phone but theory do look sweet. Does Sony also have their own proprietary overlay like Samsung, HTC and the others? And, if yes, how is it?
Yep. It's called TimeScape. I like Sony's UI. Seems to be fairly lightweight on system resources, too.
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Yep. It's called TimeScape. I like Sony's UI. Seems to be fairly lightweight on system resources, too.
Thanks. Also, is it true that when connected to a PC the Sony phones are not recognised as USB devices? I believe this is the case with the Xperia U.
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Also, is it true that when connected to a PC the Sony phones are not recognised as USB devices?
From version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (well, started with the tablet-only 3.0 Honeycomb, really), Android uses the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) instead of regular USB Mass Storage Class (MSC). I don't have the Xperia U but on my Xperia Acro S, I have the option to use either MTP or MSC. In MSC mode, only the microSD card is accessible. Since the Xperia U doesn't have a microSD slot, it probably only works in MTP mode.
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Yep. It's called TimeScape. I like Sony's UI. Seems to be fairly lightweight on system resources, too.
Lightweight compared to what because there are a lot of differences in lightweight compared to Samsung UI and HTC UI.
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From version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (well, started with the tablet-only 3.0 Honeycomb, really), Android uses the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) instead of regular USB Mass Storage Class (MSC). I don't have the Xperia U but on my Xperia Acro S, I have the option to use either MTP or MSC. In MSC mode, only the microSD card is accessible. Since the Xperia U doesn't have a microSD slot, it probably only works in MTP mode.
Odd...because when I coonect my Nexus 10 to my laptop, it reads it as a drive...and I move files around seamlessly....though come to think about it, the N10 is not recognised as a USB device...its just recognised, if you know what I mean.
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