The Yakuza game series is one of Sega’s most popular games of the last few years and has primarily been exclusive to Sony PlayStation consoles since the beginning. These are open world action-adventure games set in cities across Japan – think of it as a Shenmue-lite type experience (referring to the hugely popular Dreamcast games).

Sony has collaborated with Sega in this latest instalment to include the Xperia XZ as a key part of the interface to type messages in-game as well as to take pictures with (with the full Xperia camera UI in sight too!) You can check out more in the video below. Sega launched Yakuza 6: Poetry of Life in Japan last December and it is due for a western launch in early 2018 (under the name Yakuza 6: The Song of Life). [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact, which moves the build number from 34.2.A.0.273 to version 34.2.A.0.292. This new update updates Google’s security patches to 1 January 2017, but we expect there are few other big changes. The update is live for all variants and we will include FTF firmware links shortly. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for Xperia X Nougat Concept users in the form of build number 38.3.A.0.66. This latest update adds a new feature called “Night Light”, which is similar to what apps like Twilight do.

When switched on through the display settings, “Night Light” will tint your screen a pink-ish amber colour during night time, which is meant to make your phone easier to read at night and help you to sleep better as it reduces exposure to blue light. The settings allows you to turn the feature on from sunset to sunrise, or you can customise the exact timing. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile appears to have pulled the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update for the Xperia Z5 family. The Nougat update, in the form of build number 32.3.A.0.372, started to roll earlier in the week, but is now nowhere to be found on Sony’s servers. We have received various reports of the update disappearing for people, where it was previously available.

The Nougat update has been pulled for all variants of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. We’re not sure, whether this is a temporary blip, or whether Sony has found some fundamental issues that it plans to fix in a revised future update. We have reached out to Sony and let you know if we hear anything back. If you have had problems with this latest update, please let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance, along with the dual-SIM variants, which moves the build number from 39.2.A.0.374 to version 39.2.A.0.386.

The update includes Google’s latest (January 2017) security patches. Sony was also looking to fix an issue where the phone clock would reset after a reboot, they promised it would be fixed in the next update, so hopefully this has now been resolved. If you’ve noticed any other changes, please let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Japan Display Inc (JDI) has announced that it has started to mass produce a new 5-inch low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) LCD display that will pack an impressive 1440 × 2560 pixel resolution, giving it a pixel density of >500 PPI.

JDI has said that it has reduced the LCD power consumption in this WQHD resolution by using new materials that allows the panel power consumption to reduce depending on the display image signal. The LCD also uses JDI’s second generation Pixel Eyes in-cell technology, resulting in thinner borders, deeper black levels and better use with wet fingers. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has started to send out invites to its Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference, which is being held at the Barcelona tradeshow on Monday 27th February at 8.30am CET. We can’t confirm whether the event will be live-streamed, but it was last year, so there’s a good chance it will be again.

We are expecting to see at least two new mid-range Xperia smartphones to be launched at the event. We have heard no word on a new flagship launch, so Sony might be holding this back until IFA in September. What would you like to see Sony announce at MWC? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is shaping up to launch at least two-midrange devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow in Barcelona. We have already seen model numbers Sony G31XX and Sony G32XX leak, along with confirmation that they will run the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset with Mali-T880 graphics. The Sony G31XX is expected to use a 720p display, while the Sony G32XX is expected to run a 1080p display.

Now it appears we have some more information on the Sony G32XX model, this time from an appearance on the AnTuTu benchmarking site. The listing appears to suggest that the Sony G3221 will have 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 23MP rear camera and a 16MP front-facing camera. Benchmarking sites have been wrong in the past regarding specs for upcoming phones, so these may not be final specs. However, if the reality ends up being anywhere to close these specs, then it looks like Sony will have a very capable mid-range device to kick-off 2017. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout to the Xperia Z5 range yesterday, with build number 32.3.A.0.372. Well a day later, Sony is now seeding Nougat for the Xperia Z3+ and Z3+ Dual with the same firmware build.

Expect the update to be identical to the one rolling to Xperia Z5 users – if you are an Xperia Z3+ user and looking for impressions, you may want to hit our previous post to check out how Xperia Z5 owners have reacted to the update. We will include FTF firmware links for the update as soon as we can. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout for the Xperia Z5 series with build number 32.3.A.0.372, just a few days after the firmware was certified. The new update is currently live across select variants of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium as of writing, but we expect it will shortly arrive on the Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet.

The new firmware version brings support for native Nougat features such as multi-windows and Sony is promising longer battery life, something that Z5 owners will be welcoming. Other additions include the addition of a self-timer button for the front camera and the latest Xperia Home launcher with Google Now integration. If you have updated your handset, please share some impressions and pictures in the comments below. We will stick up FTF firmware links shortly. [read more…]

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Sony is set to launch two new Xperia smartphones that will use the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset, according to UAProf’s (user-agent profile) from Sony. The chipset combines a 2.3 GHz quad-core and 1.6 GHz quad-core and runs Mali-T880 graphics.

This new chip is set to adorn the Sony G3112 (G31XX), the model number of which has already leaked, as well as the Sony G3221 (G32XX). The UAProf highlights that the Sony G3112 will use a 720p display, whilst the Sony G3221 will use a 1080p display. There is little other detail revealed, but Sony is probably looking at MWC 2017 for a likely launch. [read more…]

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Android Nougat certified for Xperia Z5 and Z3 Plus series (32.3.A.0.372)

January 13, 2017

Android 7.0 Nougat may shortly be released for the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ series, as Nougat firmware build 32.3.A.0.372 has just been certified by the PTCRB. Whilst the PTCRB, a cellular certification company, stopped publishing public links of new Xperia devices – links for the older devices still remain accessible. It shows that […]

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Sony could launch an OLED Xperia smartphone in 2018

January 11, 2017

Sony recently announced their first OLED television, with the fabulously designed A1 series. The use of OLED technology may also be extended to Xperia smartphones according to a report from Nikkan.co.jp. The report suggests that Sony will launch a premium Xperia smartphone using an OLED display next year. This new display will be adopted in […]

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Sony explains why DUALSHOCK 4 support on Concept firmware is tricky

January 9, 2017

Sony Mobile’s recent Xperia X Concept firmware introduced the PlayStation Remote Play application, after much request from the community. However, whilst the application was once again supported, Sony said that there was no support for the DUALSHOCK 4 PlayStation 4 controller. If you are wondering why Sony did not include DS4 support, you can check […]

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Sony explains what ALKALEIDO metal really is

January 6, 2017

Sony Mobile used a new form of metal called ALKALEIDO, when it created the Xperia XZ. This was the first time that the metal was used in a smartphone and Sony has given some further detail behind its creation. Sony’s Shinji Kanada, who works in Sony’s mechanics department in Tokyo, says that the ALKALEIDO is […]

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