Combining these new screenshots with the hard Xperia Z2 specs and design information leaked earlier this week, we have a very clear view of Sony’s 2014 flagship.
The leaked UI screengrabs reveal a host of key features that will be introduced with Sony’s Android 4.4 KitKat UI and the Xperia Z2, codenamed “Sirius”.
Sony’s UI update for Android 4.4 KitKat is rather huge and brings consumers new features like 4K recording, two home launchers and USB DAC support among other things.
The Sony Xperia Z1 was originally tipped to feature 4K video recording, but it seems the functionality has been reserved for the Z2 as it can clearly be seen inside the new camera app.
Another new camera app addition is “Timeshift Video”, which allows users to record with high frame rates then apply slow-mo after-effects. This may well be similar to the slow-motion video option of the iPhone 5S, which captures video in 120fps 720p HD and then offers the ability to add slow-motion to afterwards.
New display options include “Glove Mode”, a white balance adjustment, a smart backlight control that keeps the screen awake so long as you’re looking at it (similar to the Samsung Smart Stay feature) and smart call handling. The latter allows you to reject calls by shaking the device, answer a call by raising the Z2 to your face and mute the ringtone by turning the phone face down.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z’s double tap screen wake feature is also present in the Z2.
You can also utilise the Z2’s in-built answering machine that is embedded into the dialler. There are options to enable it for certain time periods and choose your own greeting.
Sony has introduced two home launchers, accessed from within the “home” option in the setting menu. The Simple Home is for those who could have difficulty reading the screen, as it offers larger icons and bigger text.
“Xperia Home” is the launcher seen on previous Xperia handsets.
You’ll also be able to play hi-res audio using an USB DAC/DAC amp with the Xperia Z2 – a welcome addition for audio geeks.
There are also a number of new options to manage notifications, the ability to change the default SMS app and personalise the apps present in the status bar.
On the Xperia Z2, when you swipe up you’ll be presented with Google Now and a shortcut to Sony’s “What’s New” feature. From what we can see, it looks like some sort of lifestyle hub for films, music and other content.
You can now switch between Notifications and Quick Settings from the drop down menu, and you can also edit the order of the Quick Settings icons.
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