Sony replacing Timescape with Socialife starting with Xperia Z

Sony replacing Timescape with Socialife starting with Xperia Z
Sony’s Xperia smartphones come with a fairly light skin on top of Android, and one part of it - the Timescape social network integration tool - has remained constant in the last three years or so after its debut in the Xperia X10. Now, that signature feature of Sony smartphones might disappear or rather transform into the brand new Socialife app coming with the newly introduced Sony Xperia Z.

The tool looks somewhat similar but differently formatted. Instead of seeing an image of a particular post as the background to its text, in Socialife the image is positioned on the right while the text is on the left.

Socialife first appeared on Sony tablets and is making the jump from bigger screens to smartphones. The new app is divided into three sections. First, you have the My Stream home panel aggregating content from your Facebook and Twitter accounts, then Discovery mode for finding out new news sources and finally Favorites where you keep your bookmarks.

How do you like the new Socialife app, and would you miss Timescape?

source: Xperia Blog


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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

No Google+ integration? Sad :( guess I have to wait what friendstream offers for the upcoming HTC sense :(

5. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Think they will have it once it is released. And tbf, who uses G+ anyway...

8. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Google+ is much more powerful that Facebook, it's just that majority of people never heard of it.

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

coz google+ are for geeks and android savy!

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

totally agree! i joined google+ over a year ago (march i think) but until now, it is still boring! but actually google+ has people...since most people now has android and google force them to use google+ integration in all android/google related things that you do on it!

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

PhoneArena hangout....

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Video dead!

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Looks nice. Can't wait till it comes out but video is broken

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

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6. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Timescpe looks cool but not that great for reading tweets/facebook post. This Socialife looks like a great substitute for the app.

9. Awsan

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Windows phone 8 is that you =_=

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony tablet S release this around 2011 sorry hahahaha

11. Feanor

Posts: 1366; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Funny how Timescape was so poorly received and now so many miss it :-)) I think it was an excellent idea but poorly implemented.

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

as long as it is not as bad as the nokia social!

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

and bb social feeds

16. the_EDJ

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 28, 2008

Using the SocalLife app from my Sony Tablet S, I was underwhelmed and went back to official apps or 3rd Party Replacement apps. The feed was always slow to aggregate recent posts, so you lose out on the immediacy of Twitter. The widget constantly crashed too and failed to update. Worth giving a second look? Yes. But it needs a lot of work to be usable. C'mon Sony, stick with the hardware, let others worry about software.

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