A report says that Sony will be ditching its age-old feature, Timescape, for Socialife, an app that can be currently found on its tablets. The move is said to start with its new waterproof superphone the 5-inch XPERIA Z.
This comes from the Xperia Blog. It says, “Timescape has been a feature of Sony Xperia Android handsets from the very beginning. It was one of the headline features announced for the Xperia X10 back in late 2009 and has appeared in every phone since then. Timescape integrates social media services and gives users a quick glance on their Facebook and Twitter streams.
“However, its inclusion divided opinion. Many people simply did not use it given the performance and battery issues on early Xperia devices. Back in early 2011, we conducted a poll on the issue and found that over 80% of people did not use Timescape.
“However, with the launch of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL handsets it looks like Timescape’s reign is over. Timescape will be replaced by Sony’s Socialife app in all future Xperia smartphones. Up until now, Socialife was only featured in Sony’s tablet offerings. The basic premise of Socialife is similar to Timescape – it offers a way to manage your social streams through one viewer.”
Pointed out by CNET UK, “Socialife will hopefully do a better job, though the app has an average rating of just 2.8 stars on Google Play, with some reviewers complaining of sign-in woes and problems refreshing the app.”
We hope Sony addresses these problems if it’s looking to make the XPERIA Z a success. With future smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 destined to be hit, Sony will need to step it up.
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