New Xperia Smartphone Renders Leak; 21:9 Design Maintained

New Xperia smartphone renders leak; 21:9 design maintained

The first leak for a 2020 Xperia device has arrived. The pictures you see below show the first CAD renders of the device, coming from Steve Hemmerstoffer of @OnLeaks fame – a reliable source of new smartphone renders for a number of years now. The pictures show a design that continues on from Sony's 2019 devices, with the long-and-thin 21:9 displays making a return.

New Measure Against Smartphone-addiction

New measure against smartphone-addiction

A local assembly in western Japan has come up with a measure to prevent minors from becoming addicted to the Internet and computer games.

Kagawa prefectural assembly has presented a draft ordinance that suggests limiting the use of smartphones, PCs and game apps by children under the age of 18 to 60 minutes on a weekday and up to 90 minutes on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.

Police Seize Smartphone In Arson Attack

Police seize smartphone in arson attack

Investigative sources say police in Japan have seized a smartphone after searching the home of the suspect in the deadly arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto.

Police entered the apartment unit where Shinji Aoba lives in Saitama, near Tokyo, on Friday. The sources say the smartphone believed to belong to Aoba was among the confiscated items, and police intend to analyze the device in hopes of determining a motive. The sources say Kyoto Animation products were also seized in the raid.

Sony May Launch Foldable Smartphone Under Xperia F Brand

Sony May Launch Foldable Smartphone Under Xperia F Brand

Could Sony be jumping on the foldable smartphone bandwagon as well? A rumor out of China appears to think so. Despite the fact that Sony is exiting the smartphone market in all but four regions, it’s believed that the company may launch its first foldable smartphone under the Xperia F brand.

According to a report out of China, we may see Sony launch its first foldable smartphone in 2020 with the Xperia F moniker. The F would understandably stand for “foldable.” It’s also claimed that the device is going to use Samsung’s flexible OLED display panel, presumably the same one what we saw on Samsung’s own foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold.

Sony's Smartphone Shipments Fell To Record Lows In Q1 2019

Sony's Smartphone Shipments Fell To Record Lows In Q1 2019

As some of you might be aware, Sony hasn’t been having the greatest of runs in the smartphone market for the past couple of years. This has been reflected in the company’s shipments for the previous quarter. Sony’s smartphone shipments fell to a record low in the first quarter of this year.

The company had previously forecasted shipments of 10 million units for the fiscal year ending March 2019. It later revised this figure down to 9 million and later to 7 million. It was revised once again in January this year to 6.5 million. That’s how many smartphones Sony has been able to ship in Q1 2019.

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

Sharp Shows Off Prototype Vertically Foldable Smartphone

In 2019, we saw the official launch of the foldable smartphone concept where companies such as Samsung and Huawei have come forward with foldable smartphone concepts of their own. Clearly they are not alone and according to a recent video, it looks like Sharp could be interested in such devices as well.

The video above shows off a prototype from Sharp in which instead of a display folding outwards vertically like we’ve seen from Samsung and Huawei, Sharp has opted for a display the folds vertically. The display in question is said to measure 6.18-inches with a resolution of 1440×3040.

Sony's Smartphone Workforce To Be Reduced By 50 Percent

Sony's Smartphone Workforce To Be Reduced By 50 Percent

Sony has been finding it difficult to compete in the intense smartphone market. It has become a three-way fight in the premium segment between Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. On the other hand, there are many strong competitors in the mid-range and budget segments. Sony has been trying hard to maintain its footing but it hasn’t been able to do that very well and that will result in its smartphone business workforce being reduced by 50 percent come 2020.

According to reports, Sony will cut up to half of its smartphone workforce as it battles with declining sales amid strong competition. Sony has seen its smartphone market share fall considerably over the past few years, it’s under 1 percent currently.

Sony To Halve Smartphone Workforce By 2020

Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

Sony will be cutting up to 50 percent of its smartphone employees by 2020 in order to turn a profit, according to a report from Nikkei. The news puts into context yesterday's news around Sony merging its mobile, imaging and TV divisions, as well as closing its Beijing smartphone factory.

Nintendo's Most Successful Smartphone Game Is 'fire Emblem Heroes'

Nintendo's Most Successful Smartphone Game Is 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

Nintendo has launched several mobile games to date, a very different change in pace compared to several years ago when the company was adamant about not launching games on mobile. Turns out it was a great decision because according to the latest data from Sensor Tower (via AppleInsider), Fire Emblem Heroes has made the company a lot of money.

If the data is accurate, Fire Emblem Heroes has reportedly made Nintendo a whopping $500 million to date. This makes it the most successful mobile game that Nintendo has launched so far. This is versus other Nintendo titles such as Super Mario Run which only made $68 million to date (which Nintendo had previously expressed some disappointment at), along with Dragalia Lost and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp which made $74 million and $70 million respectively.

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-dash Car Display

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-Dash Car Display

#CES2019 – If you are buying a new car, you might be given the option to choose an infotainment system that will support Android Auto or CarPlay. If you aren’t buying a new car but want those features, there are some aftermarket options to check out. However if you think that those are still a bit too pricey, maybe Pioneer could have something for you.

At CES 2019, the company announced a new device called the SPH-10BT Smart Sync in-dash receiver. This will basically take your smartphone and turn it into an in-dash car display that will use the Pioneer Smart Sync Driving system. This means that it won’t be Android Auto or CarPlay, but at the same time it will leverage the use of your phone which should help cut down on costs.