The new Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 takes your viewing experience to the next level [video]

Remember when we explained Mobile BRAVIA® Engine earlier this year? Now we’ve deployed an improved version, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, which is a key part of the great viewing experience of the recently announced Xperia Z. It is also included on Xperia ZL and Xperia V. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 has an updated contrast enhancement algorithm and a more advanced sharpness filter, to further improve viewing experience. Continue reading as we will tell you all about what’s new, and how Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 works!

The Mobile BRAVIA® engine and Mobile BRAVIA® engine 2 are subsets of the advanced image engine present on Sony BRAVIA® TVs, and it’s optimised for mobile displays. Like the previous version, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 applies a software layer to the decoding step for video and for images in the Sony Album app, where the processing is done in real-time. This means that it does not alter the image or video file, but only the way it is represented on the screen.  And just like the first version of the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 enhances the viewing experience in several steps.

First, contrast enhancement brings out the details in the picture and videos. This is done by making the darkest parts slightly darker, which results in a perceived higher contrast. The contrast enhancement is adapted to each individual image to avoid further reduction of brightness on images that are already dark. Next, colour management gives deep and vivid colours by increasing the colour saturation for specified colour ranges. Then a noise reduction filter reduces common noise artefacts such as block noise and mosquito noise, for clear video viewing. This is especially useful when streaming low quality video from online sources. Finally, a sharpness filter increases the detail level by enhancing the edges in the image.

And now let’s look into what’s new in Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 – a more advanced contrast enhancer and a content-type classification engine.

The advanced contrast enhancer brings out the details in your videos and pictures
In Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, the contrast enhancement algorithm has been updated compared to the previous version, to optimise the contrast of every scene by analysing the distribution of luminance in each frame. It reproduces true blacks while faithfully recreating all the subtle gradations. This will give your images and videos more dynamics and better perceived details, which make the scenes come alive.

Illustration showing the contrast enhancement effect of Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2.

The content-type classification engine for an optimised sharpness filter
Another nice feature of Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 is the sharpness filter, which is equipped with a content-type classification engine. This engine intelligently chooses the most suitable set of filter parameters depending on properties of the video source, such as resolution and frame type. This makes it possible to increase the overall detail level in the image without adding noise, in the best possible way for any type of content.

Illustration showing the effect of the sharpness filter in Mobile BRAVIA® engine 2.

So now, to experience the effects of Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 for yourself, try watching a video or some photos in the Sony Album app on the Xperia™ Z and Xperia™ ZL, or on the Xperia™ V. Drop us a comment below and let us know what you think!

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  1. By Cenio Kay

    #1

    Hi, is there any app to check if BE2 really works?

  2. By Debabrata Banerjee

    #2

    I have xperia s can I have mbe2

  3. By naveen av

    #3

    Hai-Anna Aleryd
    I love sony xperia devices.and i have xperia zr..i have a question-why bravia engine 2 not working on lock screen wallpaper and live wallpapers???and will bravia engine 2 update to bravia engine 3??
    please reply me
    thank you :)

    • By naveen av

      #4

      no response in my msg

  4. By Anonymous

    #5

    hey
    I am using Xperia M.. How can I get Bravia engine on it?
    plz do reply,,,

  5. By Lokesh Kumar Singh

    #8

    Hi , I m using xperia L . Its fantastic phone wid amazing camera . Having Adreno 305 stil its display does nt outweighs cheap competitors !! BE2 wil sound good boasting of sony technology .HOW CAN I HAVE IT ON MY XPERIAAA!!???

  6. By Tilak Patel

    #9

    Hi,, ‘m using Xperia L and I just wanted to know whether any of the software updates will contain BRAVIA engines…???

  7. By Tilak Patel

    #10

    Hi,, ‘m an Xperia L user and I just wanted to know whether any of the software updates will contain any BRAVIA engines…??

  8. By Leonardo Barbosa

    #11

    Hi, I have an Xperia Z and I would love if Mobile Bravia Engine 2 was activated all the time, not only for photos and videos. Colors really seems wahsed outside photo and video apps. By the way, will Mobile Bravia Engine 2 works on MX Player, Youtube and QuickPic?

    Thanks!

  9. By Mikael CitrusChilli Chuaungo

    #12

    Anna, you are cute. hehe
    And btw, is there a way of using BRAVIA ENGINE 2 on other apps like Quickpic, which is my fav app for viewing pics and videos.
    oh and ya, i own Xperia SP and the screen is so dull and washed out even at high brightness. Screen comes alive only when i open the Album App

    • By Anna Aleryd

      #13

      Hi,

      Thanks. hehe

      For still images, the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 only works in the pre-loaded Album app. However, for video playback it works in many (but not all) other apps, it depends on how they are implemented.

      Br,
      Anna from Developer World

  10. By Eliran Biton

    #14

    Hello I have a Sony XPERIA v waves after upgrade to 4.1.2 I have a problem with the camera is not open all the time I turn it on a black screen and the device reports the application of the camera has stopped working what do you do? How to restore the old version 4.1 or 4.0 in-law

  11. By Don Balot

    #15

    Just make mobile bravia work on everything. Not just on pics and videos. I know you knw that xperia screen is wash out. Pls do it on your next update before galaxy s4 will release or your phone will be thrown in a garbage can.

  12. By Don Balot

    #16

    Can u please activate mobile bravia on the whole thing. Because the screen on xperia z is kinda wash out. If you could just activate mobile bravia on everything, i will not tare my phone to upcoming s4. Im an s4 user so im kinda into super amoled thing. Thanks

  13. By Ghim Boon Lim

    #17

    Why does unlocking the bootloader remove Bravia Engine 2 on still images? Video still works.

  14. By Jose Moya

    #19

    I would like to know if the mobile bravia engine 2 is coming as a new feature in the jelly bean update for.the Xperia SL?
    I just wonder, because in the video you just explained that is a software.

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