Changes in Android Kitkat met Xperia’s UI to render a blend that is expected to go well with smartphone fans and experts.
Sony’s so called “No more leakage” campaign has proved to be inept in its job, with the hardware details of forthcoming Xperia Z2 “Sirius” leaked. And now we have a glance of the software that will be running on Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM.
Those familiar with the Sony’s Xperia UI, will notice that Sirius has basically the same roots as of earlier OS with exceptions of new themes, colours and wallpapers. There are add-on of a transparent status bar, new tweakable quick settings in notification shade. Also Kitkat features device-initiated printing and user selectable SMS defaults are included. If this seems overpowering or complex, Sony has considered a “Simple Home” UI as well.
The vital changes are under the home screens. Get into the Settings and you see support for Glove mode and X Reality engine settings. But this is not it, there are other things here to get you on your feet, Sony is introducing a new camera software with features like Timeshift, a high speed recording for slow motion effects and also the same background defocus that we see on the Xperia Z1s. And remember, This is all at 4K video resolution.
Other accessories include custom white balance settings for the screen, goodbye blue or purple whites, and Smart black lighting control that tracks to keep the screen on while you are looking at it. Sending voicemail out of business, Smart call handling lets you use Z2 as answering machine if you want to.
It appeared that 2014 will be the year of software, and it looks like Sony is all set. Hope to hear more next month at Mobile World Congress.