The lucky Japanese always get the good stuff. Sony Mobile released a red limited edition version of its DK60 USB Type-C Charging Dock. The red DK60 dock was available for free for the first 10,000 Xperia XZ Premium owners who had bought the ‘Rosso’ version of the handset.

The dock comes with all the necessary inserts, allowing you to dock various sized phones with or without a case. There is of course no difference in the red dock compared to the normal version, but it’s great to see it fit nicely with the red Xperia XZ Premium. Who would like to see the DK60 dock launched outside of Japan? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile launched its ‘my Xperia’ location tracking service for its phones back in 2013, but since then a lot has changed. The service, which is similar to Google’s ‘Find My Device’ allowed you to remotely lock and/or wipe your Xperia device. Given the similarities with Google’s service, it’s perhaps not a surprise to learn that Sony has closed it down. If you try to access myXperia now, you are automatically redirected to Google’s Find My Device site.

The decision was confirm over at the Sony Mobile Talk Forums, with the following statement: “As of January 17, 2018, the my Xperia web service has also been discontinued and you will now be redirected to the Find My Device web service instead.” Did any of you use the service? Will it be mourned? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile’s upcoming Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra look like fantastic mid-range all-rounders. Sony has recently released the manuals for both devices, which confirms the status of the dual SIM versions of both devices. For those looking at the Xperia XA2 Dual, it will have a hybrid SIM tray which means you can only use either two Nano SIM cards, or one SIM card and the microSD memory card.

It’s a better story for the larger Xperia XA2 Ultra Dual, which includes a dedicated microSD memory card slot, as well as the use of two SIM cards. Incidentally, the same is the case for the entry level Xperia L2. You can find links for all user guides below. [read more…]

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Rumours have circulated for over a year that Sony will introduce an Xperia device with OLED display panel. Initial rumours pointed to Sony releasing an OLED-equipped Sony Xperia in 2018, and recent job listings for a display engineer with OLED experience only adds fuel to those rumours.

However, rather than just introduce an OLED panel, what if Sony is about to go one step further and release one with 4K resolution? This would represent a first for the smartphone industry, and would be a great marketing point for Sony, much like it was when it introduced a 4K IPS LCD display for the Xperia Z5 Premium, and subsequently a 4K HDR panel for the Xperia XZ Premium. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile’s appetite for its smartphone business is often questioned. Sony has plenty of loyal fans that want to see the company deliver great mobile products, but in recent years volumes have shrunk rather than grown. This has led to rumours, that Sony might just shutter its mobile operations if things don’t turn around.

This is unlikely to be the case according to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who doesn’t believe Sony Mobile should throw in the towel according to an interview with The Guardian. Kaz says that they need to be in smartphones, otherwise it “won’t have the opportunity to play in the next paradigm shift” in the communication space. Judging by the quotes, it sounds like Kaz is looking at what is beyond smartphones, although no one really knows exactly what that is right now. [read more…]

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Mark your diaries folks, Sony Mobile has confirmed that its 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference will take place at 08.30 CET on Monday 26 February 2018. The event will also be live-streamed on Sony Mobile’s official blog, so you don’t need to worry about missing out.

We can’t be sure that Sony will announce any flagship Xperia devices at the show. However, given that Sony has effectively cleared the slate by announcing its mid-rangers at CES, there’s a strong possibility that we will see a premium model announced. Following a strong showing at CES at the start of the year, we’re eager to see what Sony has in store for us. What are you hoping for? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has this morning updated its flagship devices, the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact to build number 47.1.A.12.34 (from 47.1.A.8.49), adding 1 January 2018 Android security patches in the process. If you have updated to this firmware, please share any screenshots you have, and let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Long-term Sony Xperia users will be very familiar with Flashtool, it has been the da facto method of flashing firmware of Xperia devices to a different region. It has been around since the advent of Sony’s Android Xperia phones, but support was not added for any of the 2017 Xperia devices.

However, Flashtool developer Androxyde has updated the application to version 0.9.24.2, which now includes support for the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Do note though that this new version of Flashtool has moved from Java 8 to Java 9, so you will need to run a 64-bit operating system. If you want to download the new version, click here. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun to roll out the 1 January 2018 Android security patch to the Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance series of handsets. This sees the models move from build number 41.3.A.2.24 to version 41.3.A.2.58. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below.

It is not clear whether this update provides a full fix for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities, as Sony’s initial statement on the issue was that this would only be covered those that were patched from “5 January 2018 or later”. We did see Sony’s Xperia XA1 series patched with 5 January security updates recently. [read more…]

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We are once again partnering with Terrapin Accessories to give away 5 cases for your Sony Xperia smartphone. Terrapin Accessories has built its name offering good quality cases, with a keen eye on value, becoming one of the top-selling brands on Amazon globally. Five lucky winners can select any Xperia case of their choice from the Terrapin website. You can choose between a wide range of cases, including the latest Sony Xperia XZ1 devices.

You can enter the competition using the widget below (it is open to our readers in the UK, USA and Europe). There are various ways to enter, each giving you an additional chance to win. The competition closes on Friday 19 January 2018. Good luck! [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is pushing a firmware update to the Xperia XA1 Ultra today that moves the build number from 42.0.A.4.153 to version 42.0.A.4.167. The new update adds the 5 January 2018 Android security patches, but little else has changed. The Android version remains Android 7.0 Nougat. If you have updated please post your impressions in the comments below, along with any screenshots of the new firmware. [read more…]

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New Xperia Loops wallpaper from Xperia XA2 available to download

January 13, 2018

Sony Mobile has created a new variant of its Xperia Loops wallpaper for its new 2018 handsets, including the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. If you’re looking to try this new wallpaper for yourself, then you’ll be glad to hear that the APK has been extracted and modified to work on your stock Xperia handset. […]

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Sony Mobile job listing hints at an OLED Xperia future

January 12, 2018

One year ago (to the day almost) we reported that Sony Mobile was planning to launch a premium Xperia flagship in 2018 that would incorporate an OLED display. Well you can now add more fuel to the fire on that lingering rumour. We have come across some official Sony Mobile job listings for a ‘Display […]

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Pre-orders open in United States for Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2

January 12, 2018

Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for its latest ‘super mid-rangers’ in the United States. Pre-orders are currently live at Best Buy, with all colour options available to order. While the US market remains a niche one for Sony Mobile, it is great that all of these smartphones will finally have working fingerprint readers straight out […]

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Xperia XA1 and XA1 Plus updated with Spectre and Meltdown patches

January 12, 2018

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Plus with new firmware updates that move the Android security patch to 5 January 2018. The importance of this security update is that the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities are now patched. The Sony Xperia XA1 firmware has moves the build number from 40.0.A.6.175 to […]

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