Quick Note: Sony Reportedly Prepping Elite Android "Nexus X" Smartphone
October 15, 2012 12:33 PM
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Leaked images show a Google-branded Sony Android
Sony Corp. (
) has quietly built a name for itself in the world of Android smartphones -- with models like the
Gingerbread-powered Xperia Play 4G
The PlayStation Phone
") and the
"Live With Walkman" music-minded handset
. That said, its sales of Xperia Androids remain well removed from the volumes of market leaders.
But the company -- which has
thus far escaped lawsuits
from Microsoft Corp. (
) and Apple, Inc. (
due to prior art concerns
-- is reportedly preparing to take a big step forward into the limelight, with some help from Google.
to Google Inc.'s (
) picture sharing service Picasa show a Google-branded Sony smartphone, which is reportedly dubbed the "Nexus X". The images were posted by someone called "Mutul Yeter" whose name offers
no Google search hits
(other than about the posted images) -- suggesting the name is a pseudonym.
Such things -- as the Xperia Blog who
the possible leak, notes -- can be faked. However, the device looks reasonably plausible in the mid-resolution images posted.
The Sony "Nexus X" [Image Source: Mutul Yeter/Picasa]
It appears to be loaded with
Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean"
, and pack the typical 'Droid fare -- a front and rear camera, plus microUSB.
So far Google has worked with a number of OEMs on "Nexus" branded smartphones, but not Sony. The first in the series -- the
(Jan. 2010) -- was built by HTC Corp. (
). It was succeeded by the
(Dec. 2010) and
(Nov. 2011) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
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10/15/2012 3:48:54 PM
I guess I don't understand the need for tons of only minorly different phones. Haven't we kind of come to a 'common denominator' in terms of phones at this point. Every time a new Android comes out, I kind of just yawn. It's not that exciting seeing marginal incremental changes that have little to no impact.
Sad to say, but at this point screen real estate is the only thing aside from OS software that even makes anyone feel like their phone is an upgrade at this point, and the Android updates are kind of at terrible pace from the point Google releases to the point it makes it onto your device (not counting rooting).
Idk, maybe thats just the ultimate destination of general purpose computers; overly generic.
10/15/2012 4:02:38 PM
You don't understand it, so stop right there.
All phones, even the iPhone, have pretty much similar specs. It's the details that make them different.
10/15/2012 4:21:10 PM
Marginal incremental changes are exactly what brought us from the terrible Tmobile G1 to where we are now with Android devices. If you expect anything other than a slow evolution in technology, you'll be disappointed 99.9999% of the time regardless of the product or field. Evolution at a steady pace means that in 5 years you will have something amazingly better than now, but you may not notice it along the way. I've got gadget magazines sitting around from about 2005 and it's a real trip to read through those. It's mind boggling to think all that happened in 7 years.
10/16/2012 5:43:24 AM
But he has a point. Aside from us techy folks, were we read all the specs and know what they mean, the common buyer isnt going to and thus the differences between the 'new' phone and the current model may seem minimal at best. What does a HTC One do that this RazrM doesnt? Same OS, same apps, same microusb. The only differences for the commoner is with or without SD card and removable batt which for alot of people isnt nearly a deal breaker as some us make it out to be. Yes most of the changes in models has been small but it does seem like were at the point of multiple phones being cranked out without a big enough difference to sway me away from a already existing device(flag ships excluded for the moment).
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