Xperia Home Launcher_10.0.A.0.40_6Sony Mobile has launched a new beta programme for another one of its apps – this time it is for the humble home launcher. By joining the Xperia Home Open Beta you will be able to test the latest launchers from Sony. As part of the launch, Sony is distributing a new Xperia Home with build number 10.0.A.0.40. There is very little change over the last version (10.0.A.0.30) that we’ve noticed.

Sony is testing a new way of distributing updates with this beta. Now, updates will be delivered through the built-in Xperia Software Update software (Settings > About phone > Software update). When you click on this maintenance release, you will notice the circle pane continues to try and load – this is natural and is because there is no release notes attached to this particular update. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia XNow that we’re under a month before the release of the Sony Xperia X, it was a matter of time before the system dump was leaked and that time has come. The full Xperia X system dump is available to download from the single SIM model (F5121) with firmware build number 34.0.A.1.264. It shouldn’t be too long before we see ports of that snazzy new lock screen and other bits and pieces. What are you personally looking forward to being ported? [read more…]

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Xperia X Netherlands offerPre-orders for the Sony Xperia X are already live across third-party retailers, as previously reported. However, we have been waiting for Sony Mobile to open up their own pre-orders across Europe, particularly as some offers have been promised. Whilst we still await Sony to open its own pre-orders across most European regions, it looks like Sony Netherlands has decided to jump the gun.

Sony Netherlands has teamed up with various Dutch retailers such as MediaMarkt.nl, CoolBlue.nl, Mobiel.nl, BelSimpel.nl and BOL.com, to include a free wireless headset with each Xperia X pre-order. This seems like a good incentive, especially if you were already planning to lay down €599 for the Xperia X anyway. We’ll bring you news of other Sony Europe offers as soon as they go live. [read more…]

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Xperia LogoSony may have some new handsets on the horizon targeting the lower mid-range. Two new model numbers have been revealed by the GFXBench benchmark, outing the Sony F3216 and F3311. Both devices are armed with MediaTek chipsets and one of them has a 16MP front-facing camera, which probably means this is the Xperia C series successor that we saw pictures of recently. See the full specs of each below. [read more…]

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Sony BuildingSony has released its full year results for the 12 months to 31 March 2016. There aren’t too many surprises on the mobile front, as the company has delivered on its revised expectations set back in January.

The results do, however confirm that Sony Xperia shipments plunged 57 percent in Q4 FY15 to 3.4 million units. You have to go back five-and-a-half years to the summer of 2010 when it delivered the same volumes. For the full year, Sony delivered 24.9 million units, representing a year-on-year decline of 36 percent. [read more…]

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Xperia-UEFA-Champions-LeagueThe UEFA Champions League is probably the biggest club football (or soccer if you prefer) competition in the world. Sony has sponsored the competition for many years, but it started to promote the Xperia brand for the first time at the start of this season back in October 2015.

This week, we are at the semi-final stage of the competition and interestingly Sony has heavily promoted the upcoming Xperia X on the pitch-side digital billboards. The handset was seen in the match yesterday between Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and also in tonight’s game (Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich). It’s great to see Sony build awareness of the device, even though it’s not due to hit the market for another month or so. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 SoftBankJapanese carrier SoftBank has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Sony Xperia Z4 (402so). The update has landed with build number 32.1.D.0.284 and includes STAMINA battery mode, as seen in the recent NTT docomo Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z4/Z5 series. We should see STAMINA mode hit international models in due course, we will keep you updated. [read more…]

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Xperia Companion 1.1.24.0_1Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Companion computer application to version 1.1.24.0 and brought various improvements. First of all, Sony has widened support to include compatibility with all Sony Xperia models back to the Xperia J. The newest version also allows users to back-up their Xperia device to a computer, along with a restore function.

Another new feature is the ability to transfer music to your Xperia device. The Settings menu now includes a new option allowing you to toggle whether the Xperia Companion app shows in the notification area once your computer starts. If you want to download the utility click here. [read more…]

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Xperia XThe Sony Xperia X (F5121) and Xperia X Dual (F5122) models have both appeared on the PTCRB website, highlighting that the handset is on track to launch next month. Build number 34.0.A.1.205 is the first firmware version to be certified for the handset, but we can’t say for sure whether this will be the launch firmware. We will keep you posted as the phone nears its launch. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Tablet ComapctAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow is finally rolling to the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact through build number 23.5.A.0.570. The update had already rolled to other members of the Sony Xperia Z2/Z3 range, but it was missing from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact until now.

The update is live on both LTE (SGP621, SGP641) and Wi-Fi (SGP611, SGP612) variants of the tablet. We will include FTF firmware links to download shortly. In the meantime, let us know your impressions of Marshmallow in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia X on pre-orderPre-orders for the upcoming Xperia X and Xperia XA have now opened at Amazon.co.uk, priced at £279.99 and £549.99 respectively. Amazon UK has also given an indication on the release dates of both handsets, the Xperia X is due to land on 20 May 2016, whilst the Xperia XA will follow on 10 June. These dates tie in with Clove pre-orders, which has the Xperia X on 23 May and Xperia XA on 6 June.

However, it is the price of the Xperia X in particular that seems particularly ambitious. Remember this is not the Xperia X Performance that comes equipped with a Snapdragon 820 chipset and IP68 water certification. The Xperia X has a Snapdragon 650 chipset and no dust/water certification. For our previous look at the spec comparison click here. [read more…]

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Pink Xperia Z5 Premium now on sale in Taiwan

April 25, 2016

Sony Mobile Taiwan has confirmed that the Xperia Z5 Premium Pink has gone on sale in the country starting from today. The handset is available at retail through larger Sony Stores across the region with a recommended price point of NT$ 24,900 (£533, €684, $770). The Pink Xperia Z5 Premium Pink is also available to […]

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Pink Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on pics

April 22, 2016

Sony Mobile is expected to ship the pink Xperia Z5 Premium from Monday in Taiwan. Up until now we’d only seen the renders of the Xperia Z5 Premium Pink, but if you want to see some hands-on pictures you can check out a selection below. This new colour variant is similar to the gold model, […]

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Xperia Z3 Android N FTF firmware file now available – see the first screenshots

April 21, 2016

Google and Sony Mobile announced the Xperia Z3 as the first non-Nexus device to receive the Android N Developer Preview earlier today. The preview is only available to two variants of the Xperia Z3 – the D6603 and D6653. You are able to install the update via Xperia Companion, however if you would like to […]

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Android N Developer Preview arrives on Xperia Z3

April 21, 2016

Sony Mobile and Google have released the Android N Developer Preview for selected variants of the Xperia Z3 (D6603 and D6653 only). This gives developers a chance to get Android N apps ready for the upcoming update. This includes new app features such as multi-window UI and direct reply notifications. If you want to find […]

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