Sony Replacing Timescape with Socialife, Starting with the Xperia Z

When it comes to Android and the newest smartphones, we're always excited for the hardware but, if they don't get the software right then the device could very well flop. For Sony, the Xperia Z is a very important smartphone launch and if they get it wrong it could be pretty damaging for the company. For a long time, Sony have shipped their Timescape widget and app combo that aimed to bring all of your social media together in one place for you to get your fix. Now, though, it looks like the company is ready to say goodbye to Timescape in favor of Socialife, their alternative that first shipped with Sony tablets.

It seems like a good idea to move away from something that seems to have negative connotations in the community but will it be enough to make people think twice about a Sony phone? The Socialife widget is and app serves the same purpose but it's laid out in a different manner and we'd hope that Sony has made some tweaks to it to make it easy and more coherent than Timescape. Where formatting is concerned, there is an image to the right and then text to the left of it.

As far as the Xperia Z - and the ZL - are concerned, Sony seem to realize that their skin needs to add extra value, and not become a change for the sake of it. They've also added their Battery Stamina app to the software build, which is said to dramatically bolster the length of your batter. With Battery Stamina you can choose what services and apps are done away with when the screen is off and you can also leave some apps exempt. So, if all you need to know about when on the go is GMail and SMS then leave those two exempt and you can enjoy longer battery life without feeling cut off from the world.

Does an improved social media app and interesting battery features make enough to bring new buyers in? Would you consider a Sony Android device or, is anything but stock Android a turn off? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: Xperia Blog]

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