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

Related phones

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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12 Comments

9. cireyaj15

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

cool. 'cept for the last one. lol

8. j3ss323

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Perfect Marketing!

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

11. SamDroid unregistered

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

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1705; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

looks pretty useless.

6. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

10. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

12. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

4. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Tiny Umbrella is useful for the Z2 Tablet.

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

As a Z1 Compact owner... Why??

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Because its funny lol

1. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

This is kinda Cool

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