The Xperia Z1, Sony's flagship device, has been extremely popular overseas, so much so that it has made its way into the U.S. market as the Xperia Z1S, a modified version of the original. Known more commonly as the "waterproof smartphone," the Xperia Z1 packs one of the most powerful cameras on the market, with an impressive 20.7 megapixels.
Since the device is only available for T-Mobile here in the States, unless you currently have that carrier, the chances of you getting your hands on Sony's smartphone are slim. To that end, I'm going to show you how to get some of the exclusive Sony Xperia Z1 apps on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, so you don't have to miss out on all the fun.
Since these Sony applications aren't available on Google Play, you'll need to have Unknown sources checked to install them. Enable it by going to Settings -> Security and checking Unknown sources, then grab the downloads in their respective sections below.
Yes, Sony developed the "Walkman", and yes, they're still touting that brand. Walkman, Sony's music app, sports a minimal user interface with album, artist and song blocks, as well as built-in "Music Unlimited" integration—their $10/month music streaming service.
Playing a song will present you with purple visuals, including a mini player at the bottom of the app for easy access to your tracks.
Directly from the current song page, you'll be able to see what's playing next, which you can then swipe on the screen to get access to.
Sound enhancements can be found in the settings, allowing you to configure the built-equalizer with bass boost and surround sound.
Sony's Album also comes with third-party integration, allowing you to upload pictures to the cloud-based service "PlayMemories". As for the pictures on your device, they're separated into several albums, including Camera, Globe, Maps, and SD Card.
From each picture, you can add them to PlayMemories and perform several other features typical of a photo gallery application.
One unique feature is Add geotag, where you can manually select where the picture was taken on a map that appears within Gallery.
Sony Movies is the final app in the trifecta, which works with "Movies Unlimited" to access and stream countless Hollywood blockbusters, as well as seamlessly provide information on actors, directors, and films.
Within Movies, you can also check out all of the videos on your device, which you can view by tapping on them. They will also show up on your homepage, playing at the top of the screen.
Just like the music application, Movies also has a built-in equalizer which you can then enable and configure to your liking for better sound in your videos.
So while Sony may just be breaking in their latest device stateside, it doesn't mean our trusty GN3's need to be left out of the fun. Give these apps a try, and let me know what you think in the comments below.
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