Sony Readers updated, apps coming this fall
Update: The Sony Style product page has been updated.
Do you recall that job listing I showed youthat specified Android experience? Sony wanted someone to work on the apps, not a Sony Reader running Android. They’re going to release Sony Reader apps for Android and iOS in November, and new PC and Mac apps in December.
They’re expanding this year into Spain, Italy, and Australia. Later expansion will include China and Japan.
There won’t be any firmware updates for the current models, and the new models will not be getting the new DRM that B&N are using.
Now let’s talk about the hardware. All 3 ereaders have been updated. They’re all getting the new Pearl screen and a bump in Flash storage. Also, the touchscreen component has been improved, I’m told. It’s supposed to be a lot better than the current screens. All 3 models will also have 12 dictionaries (2 English, 12 translation).
First, the hints about PRS-950 that I showed you a week ago are confirmed. Sony did update the Daily Edition with the new Pearl screen and Wifi. It’s also getting a boost in Flash (4GB), and it’s keeping the dual card slots.
They’ve boosted the battery life (27 days standby). Retail hasn’t changed, unfortunately. It’s still $299.
Next we have the Sony Touch Edition. It has the same general size and shape as its predecessor, and it kept the dual card slots. It also got the new Pearl screen and a bump to 2GB Flash. It won’t be getting the Wifi.
This one’s shipping immediately. and the retail is $229.
Last, we have the new Sony Pocket. We already knew from the leaked photos a couple weeks ago that it had a touch screen. But now I can tell you that it still lacks the card slots, but it does have the new screen and 2GB Flash. And since it now has a touchscreen, it will also the note taking and highlighting abilities of the Touch Edition.
It’s shipping immediately, and the retail is $179.