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Sony’s New D6503 ‘Sirius’ UI Preview, Pre-MWC Edition

February 13, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

Sony has been making some waves lately.  With their Xperia line, they have made some quality phones, and they have also been pushing the boundaries as to the acceptable sizes of smartphones.  Now, we have a new Sony handset to look forward to, called the D6503, dubbed ‘Sirius’.  There was a prototype of this bad boy released to the public not too long ago, so we have heard a bit about it before its expected debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  Today, you can even see a video of the tweaks that Sony made to their old Xperia UI for this new toy.  A video on YouTube, released by Rimas Flyil, shows us a preview of the software changes Sony made in the Android 4.4 KitKat-based firmware.  Overall, we see that there are some new notification bar icons, some new live wallpapers, and new lock screen controls for Sony’s Walkman app,alongside a transparency theme in the launcher itself.  An important detail to note is that this is not the final product.  The firmware is still in testing, and is expected to be finalized by Barcelona for the MWC.  This gives Sony a little under two weeks to finalize this, which is entirely doable for them.  We would not be surprised to see ‘Sirius’ called something like the ‘Xperia Z2’, or something of the like.

In the video, we do not see much of the actual physical frame of the device, but from what we can make out, the horizontal borders of the phone appear to be reduced slightly when compared to its predecessors in the Xperia line-up.  We would not be shocked to see the whole device follow very closely to the established footprint of the Xperia Z1, which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on your personal tastes.  With MWC quickly approaching, we are beginning to see more and more leaks, that only aid in us being more excited for what will be revealed there.  With technology improving has much as it has been, the products revealed will hopefully be very revolutionary and innovative.  What do you think of the new UI?  Does it appeal to you, or will you pass on it?  Let us know in the comments!