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Sony launches crazy Underwater Apps for select Xperia phones

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Sony launches crazy Underwater Apps for select Xperia phones
Sony was the first important smartphone manufacturer to release a water-resistant flagship handset - the Xperia Z from early 2013 - and now it’s also the first to launch... Underwater Apps (that’s their official name).

At the moment, these applications are available only for the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z, and only in the US. They make use of the two handsets’ resistance to water, and of the fact that the smartphones literally know when they're underwater. How can they do that? Well, Sony relies on a detector that generates test tones (with a frequency that we, humans, cannot hear) and records sound via the two microphones of the smartphones. Spectrograms are then generated, and their different values help detect “in air and in water states.” If you’re a developer interested in making Underwater Apps, follow the source link at the end of this article for more info.

There are 6 Underwater Apps that are available for the beginning: Goldie, Photo Lab, Plantimal, Sink Sukn, Rainy-oke, and Tiny Umbrella. They don’t really have a purpose, other than providing entertainment and showing off the water-resistance capabilities of Sony’s phones. You can see all the Underwater Apps in the slideshow below, with download links included on the right side of each video. We remind you that you’ll need an Xperia Z or Xperia Z1s bought from the US to use the apps.


source: Sony / GitHub via Xperia Blog

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posted on 11 Aug 2014, 20:14 4

1. naittosan (Posts: 174; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


This is kinda Cool

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 20:19 3

2. uchihakurtz (Posts: 239; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


As a Z1 Compact owner... Why??

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 20:32 9

3. Miracles (Posts: 480; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Because its funny lol

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 21:03 4

4. na7noo7 (Posts: 220; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Tiny Umbrella is useful for the Z2 Tablet.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 21:09

5. drunkenjay (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


looks pretty useless.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 21:35 7

6. Duketytz (Posts: 443; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


It's for fun! Why so serious my friend?:(

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 05:48

10. RuiBacelar (Posts: 124; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


It's not meant to be usefull....

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 16:05

12. neonix (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Aug 2014)


Yeah, it's meant for fun. It also serves as a pretty good marketing tactic to promote the water resistance feature of the Xperia phones.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 21:56 2

7. kent-gaga (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i wish they sell the phone by putting em in tanks like in the first video

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 13:47

11. SamDroid (unregistered)


Thats how Sony sell some of their water-proof mp3 players. They come in bags filled with water

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 23:09 1

8. j3ss323 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


Perfect Marketing!

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 03:26 1

9. cireyaj15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


cool. 'cept for the last one. lol

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