Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition_1Sony has today released the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (SED-E1) for consumers in four countries including Germany, Japan, UK and USA. If you are a business customer, the SmartEyeglass can also be purchased in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

In the UK, the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition costs £620, in Germany it costs €800, whilst in the United States it costs $820 (excl tax). Deliveries are expected to take place by the first week of April 2015. For further information click here. [read more…]

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PSM-TileSony will be closing down the Music Unlimited subscription service from 29 March 2015. The service will be replaced with PlayStation Music, powered by Spotify. The PlayStation Music website is now live, with a placeholder promising further details shorty:

Spotify will soon be available on PlayStation Music, with a special offer for Music Unlimited customers who sign up at launch.

Sony has also released a very short FAQ confirming that Music Unlimited subscribers will not be able to use the service from 29 March. Details are also given on how your playlists can be exported to a CSV file. You can find the full FAQ below – as soon as we hear official details/pricing on the new PlayStation Music service we will let you know. [read more…]

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SBH60_10Sony recently launched the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. This new headset places greater emphasis on the music, highlighted by the on-the-ear headphone design but will also help you to take and make calls. The SBH60 headset also has great versatility as it can be used in both wired and wireless configurations.

We have this stylish, discrete and lightweight headset for review thanks to the folks at Mobile Fun. They currently have both black and white colours on sale for £59.99 and deliver worldwide. Click through to read our full impressions of the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1_14.5.A.0.242Looks like owners of the Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra will be joining the Android Lollipop family shortly. New firmware with build number 14.5.A.0.242 has just been certified for all variants of the above handsets with the strong likelihood of this being Lollipop.

Sony said that other variants of the Xperia Z series would start to see the update in around two weeks. This was last week, so potentially we could see Lollipop rolling for the Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra by the end of this month. We’ll keep you posted on further developments. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2_D6502_23.1.A.0.690Sony Mobile commenced the rollout of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 series of devices early last week. However, the updates were only live for the Nordics and Baltic regions (at least for the generic firmware).

Move forward one week and we have still not seen any other regions receive Lollipop, apart from the above. Also, only some variants of the Xperia Z2/Z3 series have seen the update and this has not changed over the last week. Popular variants that haven’t been updated so far include the HSPA+ variant of the Xperia Z2 (D6502) and the Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633). [read more…]

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Xperia Music_0Sony Mobile is moving a step closer to rebranding the Walkman application to “Music” as the new app is now listed on the Google Play Store (although it cannot be updated just yet). Music or “Xperia Music” as it sometimes referred to in the listing looks like the same app as the current Walkman app, but as you will notice from the screenshots below, the top of the app is now called “Music” instead of “Walkman”.

Previously, the Walkman app was updated through Sony’s “Update Centre” application, however it appears that Sony will bring its new music app to the Play Store in what has been a continuing trend in bringing its key apps to the Play Store. We’ll keep you posted as soon as the listing is live. [read more…]

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Sony Smart B-Trainer_1We first heard of Sony’s Smart B-Trainer at the start of the year, which was demonstrated as a prototype at CES in Las Vegas. The device, designed for runners, provides voice coaching and also intelligently suggests the most suitable tunes whilst out on a run.

At the time we weren’t sure exactly which sensors were baked into the headset, but judging by the packaging we can confirm it includes GPS, a heart-rate monitor, music playback and is waterproof. You can see some unboxing pics below, including the charging pins for the headset and how it charges using the dock too. [read more…]

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Tough MudderSony has announced that it will be the official smartphone and SmartWear sponsor of Tough Mudder 2015. Sony will be highlighting the Xperia Z3, SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk as part of the sponsorship. Xperia Z3’s will be placed at various angles throughout the course documenting how participants are faring from start to finish.

If you are wondering what Tough Mudder is then the video below should help. Tough Mudder is a “team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit.” One of the new redefined obstacles this year includes ‘Arctic Enema 2.0’, adding icy water to the obstacle. [read more…]

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Xperia photographyIf you would like some great tips on how to make the most of your Sony Xperia camera, then check out the video tutorial below. The video covers camera controls from Herman Groenbroek, who has a keen interest in this subject. There will also be a part 2 and part 3 follow-up videos covering post-processing of images and composition techniques.

If you are interested in the subject, then you should also check out Herman’s blog which covers the basics of getting the most out of your Sony smartphone camera here and a more advanced guide here. If you want to see some of Herman’s impressive work on the Xperia Z1 then check out his Flickr page. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra LollipopEarlier this month we reported that the Android Lollipop update had been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, well the Xperia T2 Ultra has now seen the same. Bluetooth SIG has certified the “Tianchi Update to L”, signifying the ‘L’ for Lollipop update for the Xperia T2 Ultra (codenamed Tianchi).

Sony has not made it clear whether it plans to update select 2014 non-Xperia Z series handsets to Lollipop, but these certifications are promising and shows that Sony is at least internally doing some testing. As soon as we have word one way or the other, we will let you know. [read more…]

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Close All LollipopOne of the KitKat features missed by some in the Sony Xperia Android 5.0.2 Lollipop build is the “Close all” button when accessing recent apps. Well XDA-developer niaboc79 has come up with a mod that produces a floating material button when accessing recent apps, allowing you to clear all with ease. The mod currently works on the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2 providing you have root. For the download and full instructions hit the source link below. [read more…]

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Album Beta (7.1.A.0.12) brings 4K output over MHL and more

March 20, 2015

Sony Mobile has released a Beta of its Album application to testers, moving the build number from 7.0.A.0.26 to version 7.1.A.0.12. The move from 7.0 to 7.1 brings some big changes including the ability to output 4K images via MHL – particularly useful when connected to a 4K screen. Other changes include the option to […]

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Small Xperia Z3 Dual update (23.0.1.F.0.102) rolling in Portugal

March 20, 2015

We would love to be able tell Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) owners that Lollipop has landed, but unfortunately the wait continues. However, minor build number 23.0.1.F.0.102 that was recently certified has now been released – at least in Portugal for both the Generic and Optimus (NOS) builds. We’ll keep you posted as soon as Lollipop […]

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New leaks of the Xperia Z4 front panel – could it sport a 1440p display?

March 19, 2015

A few more pictures supposedly of the LCD panel of the Xperia Z4 have leaked, confirming all that we have seen so far. The image comes from a supplier who claims it will have a 5.2-inch display with a WQHD resolution (1440 x 2560). For many months now, rumours of the Xperia Z4 display resolution […]

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Album app now pushed to the Google Play Store

March 19, 2015

In a continuing trend, Sony Mobile has pushed another of its apps to the Google Play Store. This time it is the turn of the Album app, which is now on the Play Store with build number 7.0.A.0.26 (which compares to previous build version 7.0.A.0.24). Sony says that the slight change in build number brings […]

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