Checking in from the Sony booth: We’ve received a fair few comments, and noticed much of the on-the-ground buzz here at IFA is around Xperia Z1′s design…
I caught up with Xperia Z1 design lead, Keita Hibi, to talk strategy / creativity / inspiration and more – enjoy.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself – who you are, where you’ve been and where you’re going…
I’m Keita Hibi. I’m a senior designer at Sony Mobile, based in Tokyo – I’ve been working for Sony for around 14 years, having joined Sony Ericsson three years ago. My thing is hardware design; previously I worked on WALKMAN, Cyber-shot and Alpha NEX… I was also responsible for Xperia S (notably, the acclaimed transparent element), Xperia Z and now Xperia Z1.
I want to see where OmniBalance can go, with products free from restrictions. “Usability” is just accepted, but why settle for it? I’m keen to explore concepts that bypass that notion – things that just “work” and “happen”.
Gaming is a blatantly obvious solution for fighting boredom. It’s one of the most awesome things you can do on your smartphone these days, and it brings us different worlds, characters and plots we can immerse ourselves with on-the-go. This in turn fuels our creativity when it comes to making amazing start screens for our Nokia Lumia 625. For the above we used Skinery Themes.
Our announcement that Microsoft plans to acquire Nokia’s devices and services division was a historic event. We talked to Timo to find out where that leaves the Asha and feature phone ranges produced by our Mobile Phones unit.
Why is Nokia’s Asha and feature phone business attractive to Microsoft?
Has the LG Nexus 5 actually hit the FCC already? The answer might be in the affirmative, as the smartphone was spotted earlier on in one of Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat video, where an anonymous Google employee was spotted holding what seemed to be a LG Nexus 5, although that could not be confirmed.
HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma.
It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.
Following of trio of devices announced as of late, the folks from Alcatel have just confirmed a new device for the One Touch Idol family here at IFA in Berlin. The new One Touch Idol Alpha is their brand new flagship 4.7-inch device, which is showcasing their new design direction with sleek curves and aluminum designs. We have all the details below.
The One Touch Idol X was announced back at Mobile World Congress, and late last month they quietly unveiled the Idol S and Idol Mini, so the new Alpha is the latest in their 4 phone attack. The screen isn’t as big as the X, but here’s what we know so far.
Google Glass might not exactly be ready yet as everyone thinks or hopes. At least definitely not for this year. A Google representative has mentioned that a Play Store-like system for Google’s eyewear won’t be ready at least until next year.
Rumors, and wishful thinking, have previously sprung up pointing to a possible commercial launch of Google Glass by the end of 2013. This, however, contradicts statements made by Eric Schmidt in April, saying that Glass won’t be ready for another year. Quality assurance and marketing considerations aside, it seems that one reason for the delay is that a key piece of the Glass ecosystem is still not ready.
We’ve had ASUS’ next 7-inch phone tablet in our radars for almost a month now, starting with a leaked roadmap that detailed the comapny’s future device line up. It seems that ASUS is just about ready to unveil the revamped FonePad 7 and has prepared a video spot showcasing its features.
Today has been full of excitement and random news with Google’s own Sundar Pichai announcing Android 4.4 will officially be called KitKat. Along with the announcement was our first pictures of the KitKat statue going up on the Google HQ lawn, just like previous years, but something caught a few eagle-eyed viewers eyes. Did Google just accidentally unveil the new LG Nexus 5? Possible, but they quickly pulled the video.
Just like previous Android releases Google gets another awesome Andy statue to go on their front lawn, and this time was a big