Sony Mobile has started to roll out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update for the Xperia Z5 range, including the Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, as well as the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. The new update moves the build number from 32.3.A.2.33 to version 32.4.A.0.160, and includes the latest 1 June 2017 Android security patch.

We will include FTF firmware links for all variants shortly, but in the meantime please share your impressions and screenshots in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has announced that the Xperia XZ Premium has been added to its Open Devices Program. This continues Sony’s legacy of adding its key devices to its AOSP project. This means that budding developers can now try and build their own custom ROMs based on Android Nougat. If you’re interested in hearing more, click through the source link below. [read more…]

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Android smartphones offer a variety of security options to keep your phone protected. Sony Xperia phones typically offer pin, password, swipe and pattern options, but we’ve not seen the company adopt facial recognition authentication. There’s probably a good reason for this, many of the manufacturer’s that use 2D face recognition have found that the phone can easily be unlocked using just a photo of the person instead.

Sony is looking to get around this by utilising a 3D facial recognition system. Sony has been showing off this technology on Xperia smartphones at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, using software from a company called KeyLemon and a special 3D depth sensor from SoftKinect, a wholly owned Sony subsidiary. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling a new Nougat update for Xperia X and Xperia X Compact owners that moves them from Android 7.0 to 7.1.1. The firmware update is being pushed through new build number 34.3.A.0.194 (versus 34.2.A.2.69 previously) and lands with the 1 June 2017 Android security patches.

If you have received the update, please post some impressions and screenshots below. We will also update this post with the latest FTF firmware files shortly. [read more…]

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Sony’s latest flagships, the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, launched with a brand new camera. Gone was the 23MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with 24mm wide-angle G Lens that Sony had used since the Xperia Z5. Instead, this was replaced with a 19MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with a redesigned 25mm wide-angle G Lens.

Sony dubbed this the ‘Motion Eye’ camera – it features predicative capture (buffering images one second before you press the camera button, giving you four images to choose from), and the embedded memory in the sensor allows for faster image scanning (great for keeping fast moving objects in focus). This stacked memory is what also enables the camera to shoot 960 frames per second slow motion video. [read more…]

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Sony has released its interactive projector, the Xperia Touch, into Europe. Sony has moved quickly to commercialise the Xperia Touch, which was a concept only a year ago. This ‘Minority Report’ type of device turns any surface into a 23-inch HD touchscreen, and allows you to interact with games, apps, project content or make video calls. Check out some videos below of the Xperia Touch in action.

The Xperia Touch can be ordered through the Xperia Store, where it will set you back a steep £1,299.99 in the UK and €1,499.99 across many regions in Europe. The Xperia Touch is initially available in UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, but it will roll out to other regions worldwide in the coming months. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia L1 recently received its first firmware update, moving it from build number 43.0.A.3.39 to version 43.0.A.4.46. As you can tell from the small change in build number, this is not a huge update, but it does move the Android security patch from 5 April 2017 to 5 May 2017. The Android 7.0 Nougat firmware is currently live on all variants of the Xperia L1 (G3311, G3313) and L1 Dual (G3312).

The Xperia L1 is Sony’s 2017 entry level model, with a 5.5-inch 720p HD display, MediaTek MT6737T chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, USB Type-C port, NFC and a 2620mAh battery. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released an Xperia Theme to celebrate the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. The theme includes live wallpaper of Spidey, as well as a number of customised icons. The theme is free to download on the Google Play Store, and Sony also have given a sneak peak of creating the theme, which you can find below. [read more…]

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A quick heads-up for our US readers to let you know that the Xperia XZ Premium is now available across various retailers. The handset is available in three colours (Bronze Pink, Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome) for $799.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy and B&H Photo among others. Sony is officially selling the dual-SIM version (G8142) in the US. So, who is picking one up? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Japan Display Inc, a joint venture between the display panel businesses of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, has announced the mass production of a new 6-inch display with a 18:9 display aspect ratio and 1080 x 2160 resolution.

The ‘FULL ACTIVE’ LCD display, as JDI refers to it, has a slim bezel design on all four sides, which hopefully gives Sony the incentive for much smaller bezels on the top and bottom of its devices. The LCD module also uses JDI’s Pixel Eyes technology, resulting in deeper blacks and better operability with wet fingers. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has a history of launching different charging docks for its Xperia smartphones. The latest dock is the Sony DK60 USB Type-C Charging Dock, which as the name suggests, is the company’s first USB Type-C dock. The Sony DK60 dock was launched when the Xperia XZ and X Compact arrived, and it also supports that latest 2017 Sony models such as the Xperia XZ Premium.

We managed to get hands on with the DK60 sock thanks to Mobile Fun, who offer a wide range of smartphone/tablet accessories and deliver worldwide. The dock is available for £39.99 – click through too read our full impressions. [read more…]

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Xperia XA Android Nougat update released (33.3.A.0.127)

June 16, 2017

Android 7.0 Nougat has started to seed for the Xperia XA, which follows on from the release of Nougat for the XA Ultra yesterday. We have noticed that the Nougat update is live across all five variants of the Xperia XA including the F3111, F3113, F3115 single SIM models, as well as the F3112, F3116 […]

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Android Nougat starts rolling for Xperia XA Ultra (36.1.A.0.179)

June 15, 2017

It has been a long time coming, but Sony Mobile has finally started the Android Nougat rollout for the Xperia XA Ultra through firmware number 36.1.A.0.179. At the time of writing, the firmware is only live on a couple of XA Ultra variants including the F3211 and F3212, but we expect it to be live […]

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Sony G34XX model number outed – upcoming mid-range Xperia

June 14, 2017

Sony will look to launch a new mid-range handset later this year with model format G34XX. This Xperia model number has been outed by a Sony Mobile UAProf (user-profile agent) which details that it will sport a Full HD (1080p) display and is being tested on Android 7.0 Nougat. This follows our earlier news of […]

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Sony G83XX uncovered through UAProf – new Xperia flagship on horizon

June 14, 2017

A new Sony Xperia model has been outed by an official UAProf (user-agent profile). The Sony G83XX will arrive in a single-SIM variant (G8341) and dual SIM variant (G8342), with a Full HD (1080x x1920) display and Android 8.0. The chipset has not been identified through the UAProf. To give you some context, the Xperia […]

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