Sony Japan has announced its own digital assistant, or “communication robot”, called the Xperia Hello! This is Sony’s take in the ever growing home assistant market including products such as Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod.

The Xperia Hello! (model number G1209) utilises a swivelling camera as the robot’s head, as well as a 4.6-inch 720p display as its body that is used to express emotions and display messages, weather, time etc. Sony is promoting the fact that the Xperia Hello! can recognise different family members and adapting the conversation around that person. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has started to roll the first firmware update for the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The update moves the build number from 47.1.A.2.324 to version 47.1.A.2.374, a small change which includes the latest 1 October 2017 Android security patches. If you’ve updated to the latest version, let us know what other changes you have noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact have been out for a weeks now. Sony’s latest flagship devices comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and some of the latest hardware specs including a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

If you are a recent owner, we would love to hear your impressions so far. What do you like, and what frustrations do you have? Did you upgrade from a previous Xperia, if so, how much of an improvement is the Xperia XZ1 series? We’d love to hear your views below.

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Jolla first announced that it was looking to bring the Sailfish OS to an Xperia device earlier in the year. Fast forward to today, and Jolla has announced that Sailfish X for the Xperia X is now available for purchase and download.

This secure operating system has Android app support and is supported on the single SIM version of the Xperia X only. Once you purchase the ROM, you will be prompted to download and install Sailfish X straight away. If you want to give the ROM a try then head over to the link here. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has started to roll a new firmware update for the Xperia Z5 range (including Z5 Compact & Z5 Premium), as well as the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. This new update keeps the handset on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and moves the build number from 32.4.A.0.160 to version 32.4.A.1.54. The Android security patch has been updated to 1 September 2017 (from 1 June previously), but little else appears to have changed from a quick first initial view.

A number of Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z4 Tablet owners have been complaining about battery and heating issues since the Android 7.1.1 rollout first commenced, earlier in the summer. We don’t know yet whether some of these problems have been addressed in this update, but if you have noticed any improvements, please let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony’s 3D Creator app is one of the standout features of the recently launched Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The app allows you to create 3D scans of people and objects in surprisingly accurate detail. These scans can then be used as avatars or you can even print them out in 3D.

Well Sony has announced another cool feature using 3D Creator that can put you centre-stage inside Blade Runner 2049, the well-received sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic, that has just hit cinemas. [read more…]

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Hot on the heels of the earlier update for Xperia X/X Compact owners which included the 1 October 2017 Android security patches, similar firmware is now rolling for Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance owners. The new update moves the build number from 41.2.A.7.65 to version 41.2.A.7.76. Given the small change in build number, we don’t expect any other tangible improvements, but do let us know if we’ve missed anything in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is started to roll a new firmware update for the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact, moving the build number from 34.3.A.0.228 to version 34.3.A.0.238. The update includes the latest 1 October 2017 Android security patch – once again it is great to see Sony leading the pack in providing the latest security patches. It looks like little else has changed in this update, but let us know below if you’ve noticed anything else new. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has added Android 8.0 Oreo AOSP to its Open Devices program, which means that budding developers can now use these tools to help create their own custom ROMs. Software binaries have been added for a number of devices including Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X and Xperia X Compact. If you want to download the binaries, then head over to the source link below, which also includes the necessary tools and instructions to begin development. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra with new firmware updates that adds the 5 August 2017 security patches. There is no change to Android version, so both handsets remain on Android 7.0 Nougat. The Xperia XA moves from build number 33.3.A.0.131 to version 33.3.A.1.97, while Xperia XA Ultra moves from build number 36.1.A.0.182 to version 36.1.A.1.86. If you have downloaded the update, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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For those of you who hoping for a more relevant Sony Xperia smartphone design, in a year that has given has near bezel-less phones, then you’ll be glad to hear that a refresh may finally be on the cards.

Kenichiro Hibi, Sony Mobile India’s man in charge, told indianexpress.com that Sony could look to adopt a similar design language which will arrive “soon”. Hibi went on to say, “we have deployed an omnibalance design as long as the X series continues to be available in the market. Also, we are planning to launch new generation of products and you can expect a complete new design from the devices”. [read more…]

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Xperia XZ Premium camera reviewed by DxOMark; scores an average 83

September 22, 2017

DxOMark camera review site recently changed its review protocols for mobile products to take account for new advances in technology including dual-camera setups, on-sensor phase detection for quicker autofocus and better low-light performance. Therefore, DxOMark has pretty much reset all of its scores for all new reviews. DxOMark finally got round to reviewing the Xperia […]

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Xperia XA1 Plus launches in India for Rs. 24,990

September 21, 2017

Sony Mobile India has announced launch details for the Xperia XA1 Plus. The device is set to hit retail stores and Sony Center from tomorrow, where it will be available for Rs. 24,990 (£284, €322, $385). The phone will be available in three colour options including Gold, Black and Blue. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus […]

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Xperia XZ1 now shipping in United States for $700

September 19, 2017

Sony Mobile has begun shipping its latest flagship, the Xperia XZ1, into the US market. The exact variant that Sony is selling in the United States is the Xperia XZ1 Dual (G8342), so users will benefit from dual SIM support. Sony continues to use a hybrid SIM tray with the Xperia XZ1 Dual, so if […]

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Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and L1 get new updates with August 2017 security patches

September 18, 2017

Sony Mobile has released new firmware updates for some of its entry-level and mid-range devices, moving the Android security patch to 5 August 2017 in the process. There is no change to the Android version, which remains on Android 7.0 Nougat. The Sony Xperia XA1 update moves the build number from 40.0.A.6.121 to 40.0.A.6.135, while […]

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