Xperia Z3+ Home Screen_2We recently reported on the new Sony Xperia home launcher that supports auto rotation and the ability to change icon settings. Whilst we could see auto rotation in action, the icon setting option was not live in that build. Well it looks like the Xperia Z3+ is running the latest home launcher, as this setting has been shown off by Btekt in the video below (skip to around the 4-minute mark).

It shows that there are two options (Large and Small) and that the actual difference between the two is rather subtle. However, for those that have always found the Lollipop icons too large, this new launcher should be a welcome relief. [read more…]


cropped_M_Preview_NexusGroupGoogle announced Android M earlier today along with a whole raft of new features baked into this next major Android update. Whilst we’ll have to wait until later in the year for the public release, the Android M Developer Preview is live right now. If you wanted a quick roundup of the key new features in Android M then head past the break. [read more…]


Google Photos_5Google has announced “Google Photos” a new approach to store and organise your photos and videos. The standalone app is now live on Android (see the APK link below), iOS and the web that will let you store an unlimited number of photos (up to 16MP) and videos (to 1080p). Your photos and video will be automatically backed up and synced across all of your devices. If you want to find out more check out the video below and the source link. [read more…]


10_Xperia_Z3_PlusSmartphones with Quad HD (QHD) resolution displays are starting to become more prevalent on flagship devices, but don’t expect such a feature from Sony any time soon. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile’s Taiwan branch, recently said that despite many internal discussions regarding a move to a resolution of 2K (1440 x 2560 pixels), convincing the consumers of the ‘upgrade’ remains difficult.

At the moment, making the move to 2K technology on 5- to 5.5-inch screens does not seem able to achieve market segmentation, so we have no plans to launch 2K phones,” said Lin. He went on to say that the move to QHD will need to wait until Sony Mobile can make “significant improvements in display quality and digital image processing technology.” [read more…]


Smudge Sketch BetaSony Mobile has updated the Sketch Beta application to version 6.1.C.6.0 (from 6.1.A.5.0). The big new addition is a smudge tool which has been introduced due to popular demand. Other additions include thinner brushes and an improved photo import. Head over to the Sketch Beta group if you want to download the update or you can hit the link below. [read more…]


Xperia Z3 Plus Display_1The Sony Xperia Z3 was found to have a much ‘colder’ display when compared to its predecessor, the Xperia Z2. If you compare them side-by-side you will notice that the Xperia Z3 has what looks like a blue tone to it. Judging by the pictures below, it looks like the Xperia Z3+ will be closer to the Xperia Z2 in terms of tone.

According to Sony, the Xperia Z3+ has a screen that is 16% brighter than the Xperia Z3 and it shows in the comparison pics. The second picture showing a head-on shot of the Google home page shows off the fact that the Xperia Z3+ has a warmer screen too. Obviously unless you are comparing side-by-side you may probably not notice the difference, but it’s good to see Sony improve the Z3+ display over the Z3. [read more…]


FlashTool_XperiFirm integrationTwo of the most essential utilities for any Sony Xperia owner are Flashtool and XperiFirm. The combination of both of these tools allows any user to download, install and check firmware for any region and any variant of Sony Xperia device. The good news is that XperiFirm has now been integrated into the latest release of Flashtool.

Whilst the build number has not changed, the re-release of Flashtool version includes an XperiFirm button that launches the program. It also means users now don’t have to manually delete the fwinfo.xml file that was causing errors when creating FTF firmware files. You can download the latest release over at the Flashtool website. [read more…]


CM12.1Official Sony support for the Xperia M (C1904, C1905) might have ended a while back, but the handset lives on thanks to the developer community. Well if you own the handset you might be pleased to hear that official CM 12.1 nightly builds have landed for the device – this means Android 5.1 support. This is down to XDA developer PecanCM who has done the hard graft in getting these builds live. Head over to the CyanogenMod website and look for code name “nicki” to download the latest CM12.1 nightly build. [read more…]


Xperia Z3+ Camera Manual SettingsMany of us were disappointed when we learned that Sony Mobile did not support manual camera settings through the Camera2 API within Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, it looks as if Sony is listening to everyone’s demands of wanting greater manual control within their Sony Xperia devices.

A hands-on video from our friends at Btekt confirms that the upcoming Xperia Z3+ will indeed support most manual settings including focus, white balance, ISO and shutter speed. [read more…]


Music 9.0.1.A.3.0beta_1Sony has rolled a new update to the Music Beta moving the build number to 9.0.1.A.3.0beta. The big new change is a quick play button which can be used to shuffle your songs under various parameters (all, most played, favourite, newly added).

There does seem to be a bug though as the button is not present for everyone (us included). The devs are aware of the issue and will look into it tomorrow. The other addition is colour picking on landing page items. The update can be downloaded from the Google+ Walkman Beta page or via the link below. [read more…]


Xperia Z1sSony Mobile has released the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update for the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s (C6916). The update will move the build number from 14.4.B.0.56 to version 14.5.B.0.236. You should be able to download the update right now, but if you want to do it manually we have attached the FTF firmware file below. If you have upgraded, please post your impressions in the comments. [read more…]


So why did Sony change the name of the Xperia Z4 to Xperia Z3 Plus?

May 27, 2015

It would have been quite a big deal for Sony to market the Xperia Z3+ as the Z4 outside Japan. The single-digit move from Z3 to Z4 should suggest a tangible upgrade over the previous flagship. Given the near identical design, Sony sensibly decided to stick with a name that tied the Z3+ as a […]

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New firmware (14.5.A.0.283) certified for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra

May 27, 2015

A quick heads-up to let owners of the Xperia Z1 series and Xperia Z Ultra know that a new firmware update has been certified by the PTCRB with build number 14.5.A.0.283. The update has been certified across all variants of the Xperia Z1 (C690X), Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) and Xperia Z Ultra (C68XX) indicating it […]

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Sony SmartWatch 3 gets Android Wear 5.1.1 update [OTA URL available]

May 27, 2015

Sony SmartWatch 3 owners have been patiently waiting for the Android Wear 5.1 update to land, but that wait is now over. The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling for the SW3, if you want to manually upgrade we have attached the OTA URL below. This new update brings Wi-Fi support that means the watch […]

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Microsoft partners with Sony to bring Office apps to Xperia Z4 Tablet

May 26, 2015

Microsoft has announced that it has reached strategic agreements with a number of global partners to make Microsoft’s productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets. This includes Sony, where Microsoft confirmed that the upcoming Xperia Z4 Tablet will arrive with a number of apps pre-installed including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. […]

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