Sony launches crazy Underwater Apps for select Xperia phones

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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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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