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2014-11-24 09.43.07Sony has a potentially serious issue on their hands as its “Back up & restore” app appears to have been hacked. Looking at the Play Store ‘My apps’ section on our Xperia Z3 reveals that the app is now managed by the “HeArT HaCkEr Group.” As a system app, there is no way to delete the app either, so given the permissions this particular app has (see below) it is a serious issue.

We’re not sure how the app has been hacked. Potentially, Sony Mobile’s Play Store account may be compromised, where the hacker has replaced the original app. However, we’ll wait to hear from Sony directly. The Google Play Store listing for this new hacked version can be found here (PLEASE DON’T INSTALL IT). [read more…]


sony_xperia_e3A new firmware build is currently rolling for the Xperia E3 (D2203, D2206) which moves the build number from version 18.4.C.1.36 to 18.4.C.2.12. In addition, a new update has arrived for the Xperia E3 Dual which moves the build number from version 18.4.B.1.20 to 18.4.B.2.14. You can see which regions/carriers this new build is rolling out to below. If you’ve updated, please post your impressions and pics below. [read more…]


THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2_0Not happy with the Spider-man AR effect app that Sony has already released, it has now published another one. This one ties in with the latest movie, hence is called “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 AR effect” app. This one works slightly differently and is also only available in selected regions worldwide.

Once you download the app from the Google Play Store, you are allowed one pose of Spider-Man to play with. However, there are 12 altogether. The catch is that to unlock all 12 poses you need to visit a Sony Brand Shops where you will receive a free voucher code (Sony trying its best to get people into stores). [read more…]


GMC10 MountPS4 Remote Play for the Sony Xperia Z3 series went live at the end of October, with support added for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet earlier this month through the Android 4.4.4 firmware update. Despite this, the one key accessory that has been used in all ‘PS4 Remote Play’ marketing material has been absent. We are of course referring to the Sony Game Control Mount GCM10 for the PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4 controller.

Well the Sony GCM10 Mount is finally available via the Sony Mobile Store UK for £24.99. Strangely, the GCM10 is not available across other European Sony Mobile Store sites and is currently out of stock across other third-party sites such as Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. While you wait for availability to widen, check out Sony’s latest PS4 Remote Play marketing video below. [read more…]


Xperia Z2_23.0.1.A.3.12A new firmware version with build number 23.0.1.A.3.12 has been certified for the Xperia Z2 (D6503 variant only) and Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521 only). This is likely to be a small bug-fix update destined for carriers only. The last such update was build number 23.0.1.A.3.9 that only hit Orange/T-Mobile carriers in Europe along with O2 Germany. The last global update remains build number 23.0.1.A.0.167. We’ll let you know once this new update starts to roll and whether it sees a more global release. [read more…]


SoftBank Xperia Z3One of Sony’s big strategic objectives for its mobile division is wider carrier support. The company is making small inroads on this path, we have seen both T-Mobile and Verizon carry Xperia devices in the United States and now Japanese carrier SoftBank is offering a Sony Xperia handset for the first time.

The Xperia Z3 (401SO) for SoftBank has today launched in Japan in all four colours (black, white, copper and silver green). NTT DoCoMo and au by KDDI are already offering the Xperia Z3, but the SoftBank version is closest to the global model in terms of branding (you won’t notice any SoftBank logos on this Xperia Z3). Like the other Japanese models, it does carry 32GB of internal storage though (versus 16GB for global models). The list price is 69,120 Yen (£374, €468, $587) and is available via SoftBank right now.


Xperia Z3A new software update has unexpectedly landed on the Xperia Z3 (D6603) which moves the build number from version 23.0.A.2.93 to 23.0.1.A.5.73. This is for those on “Generic Global” firmware and has been arriving OTA (not via PC Companion). Users that have downloaded the update have not noticed any big changes, however if you have downloaded the update let us know your impressions below. [read more…]


sony-xperia-z3-cameraThe Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launched with what looks a near-identical camera spec to its predecessors. However, a couple of differences included a wider-angle camera lens (25mm G Lens) and a maximum ISO of 12,800 for low-light photography. The latter is what Sony is highlighting in this latest infographic.

The infographic shares some fun facts around low-light photography and what makes the Xperia Z3 series so capable. This includes explaining what the ISO number actually means, some tips from professionals and social stats. Check it out below. [read more…]


Case-Mate Tough Z3_15Case-Mate has a strong pedigree when it comes to their “Tough” case series. Typically, Case-Mate Tough cases offer dual-layer protection, good grip in a slim and lightweight body. The case is perfect for those that want better-than-average case protection, in a form-factor that leaves the front glass exposed.

The Xperia Z3 Case-Mate Tough case offers the best protection for the handset that we’ve seen, especially since some competitors such as Otterbox do not offer a Z3 case. Mobile Fun is selling the case for £24.99 and offers delivery to select countries worldwide. They also stock a variety of other Xperia Z3 cases. Read on for our impressions of the Xperia Z3 Case-Mate Tough case. [read more…]


SpideyIf you recently bought a Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact then you might want to check out the Xperia Lounge app. Sony is offering three movies for Xperia Z3 series owners, including ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Ghostbusters’.

The offer won’t be available in every region, but it is live in the UK, France, Spain and the US (T-Mobile and Verizon). The offer will appear in the Xperia Lounge app if it is live – you will receive a download code which can be redeemed via the Sony Entertainment Network. Don’t miss out, the offer ends on 31 January 2015. [read more…]


SMS Small App_1_resultThere are a number of different “Small Apps” available for Sony Xperia devices. However, a new one that has been launched by third-party developer “LuuTinh” relates to your SMS texts. The SMS Small App allows you to read and reply to text messages in a small window overlay.

SMS Small App can read/reply to five people on the same screen, it also allows you to directly call that person. The app’s background can also be customised. The app is currently free and available on the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]


New firmware certified for Xperia M2 (18.3.1.C.0.21 and 18.3.1.A.0.21) and Xperia M2 Dual (18.3.1.B.0.18)

November 18, 2014

New software builds have been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia M2, Xperia M2 Aqua and Xperia M2 Dual. The LTE versions of the Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua have seen build number 18.3.1.C.0.21 certified (versus 18.3.C.0.40 currently), whilst the HSPA+ Xperia M2 (D2305) has seen build number 18.3.1.A.0.21 certified (versus 18.3.A.0.31 currently). […]

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New software (23.0.1.A.4.30) certified for Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

November 18, 2014

A new software version with build number 23.0.1.A.4.30 has been certified for the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This compares against the current version on the tablet with build number 23.0.1.A.0.167. There is a possibility that this might be a carrier-specific version, so don’t automatically assume it will be heading to your tablet soon. We’ll confirm […]

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What’s New update (1.4.A.0.0) removes shortcut when swiping up

November 18, 2014

Android users will be familiar with being able to access Google Now by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Well Xperia users also have the option of accessing Sony’s “What’s New” app using the same gesture, whether they find What’s New useful or not. That is now changing as Sony has launched a […]

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Mugen Power outs 3700mAh Battery Case for Xperia Z3

November 18, 2014

Mugen Power, the third-party smartphone battery specialist, is now offering an extended battery for the Sony Xperia Z3. The Mugen Power 3700mAh Battery Case [CC-XPERIAZ3] allows you to boost your charge, via the flick of a switch, when the Xperia Z3 is running low. Many may find the Xperia Z3’s 3100mAh battery sufficient, especially with […]

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