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Recent firmware build 17.1.2.A.0.323 for the Xperia Z2 that was recently certified has now started to roll. The update has only landed for Vodafone owners in the UK and Germany. Changes include the addition of a video icon when receiving calls,  although hitting the button doesn’t appear to do anything right now. We don’t know at this stage whether this update will see a global release,  but we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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Sony has unveiled the Xperia M2 Aqua (D2403, D2406), which as the name suggests is a waterproof version of the Xperia M2. The handset is one of the most dust and water resistant phones that Sony has produced with an IP certification rating 65/68. This is the maximum it can be.

The 4G LTE handset comes with a 4.8-inch qHD 540 x 960 screen (230 PPI pixel density), 8MP Exmor RS camera and 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset with Adreno 305 graphics. It also has 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, NFC, Bluetooth and a 2330 mAh battery.
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The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Xperia M2 started to roll last week,  but at the time there was no news for M2 Dual owners. Well  Sony earlier announced the KitKat update for both handsets and we can confirm that build version 18.3.B.0.31 for the Xperia M2 Dual has started to roll. The update includes all of the changes you would expect to see from previous KitKat Xperia builds,  including app to SD card functionality. If you’ve updated your Xperia M2 Dual to KitKat, let us know how you are getting on below.

Thanks to all that sent this in!

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Sony has launched an update for the Movies app which moves the build number to version 7.2.A.0.4. The update improves the design and layout of the Details page. It also shows related content on the cast,  crew and details page from Video Unlimited. The app will now also inform you if there is an update in the notification tray. The update is hitting Xperia Z1 Compact owners,  but expect the release to widen soon. [read more…]

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An 8-inch Sony Xperia tablet has been rumoured recently,  with the SGP621 model number recently cropping up.  Well it looks like it is definitely on the way as a reference to the “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” has appeared in a recently revised manual for the Sony Bluetooth Speaker BSC10. Look for the new tablet to be formally announced at IFA 2014 on 3 September. [read more…]

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FlashTool_6We recently reported on a fantastic new tool called XperiFirm, which allows you to browse and install the latest firmware files for any Sony Xperia device. We have had a number of people get in touch asking us how they can use those files to flash that firmware onto their handset using FlashTool. Therefore, we have created a tutorial below, which walks through the process in baby steps.

The combination of XperiFirm and FlashTool makes for a powerful and complete recovery solution for Sony Xperia owners. The great thing is that the process is very simple and it has never been easier for Xperia users to take matters into their own hands when trying out new firmware updates. Check out the guide below, which shows you how to create your own FTF firmware files. [read more…]

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EISA Xperia Z2 TabletThe Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has followed in its predecessors footsteps by winning the EISA European Tablet of the Year award for 2014-2015. EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) holds yearly awards for the best in consumer technology. Last year the Xperia Tablet Z, won the same award, so it’s good to see Sony dominate this category two years in a row.

If you’re wondering who won the smartphone awards, the Huawei Ascend P7 picked up the award for European Consumer Smartphone whilst the LG G3 was awarded European Advanced Smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom was awarded the European Smartphone Camera. The full list of 2013-14 award winners can be found here. [read more…]

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Xperia M2 KitKat_18.3.C.0.37The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Sony Xperia M2 has started to roll. So far, KitKat build number 18.3.C.0.37 has only begun seeding to the D2303 LTE variant of the Xperia M2. It is currently rolling out to carriers in France, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Singapore and Thailand. We have not seen the generic version of the firmware make an appearance so far.

The update has not started to roll to the D2305 and D2306 variants of the Xperia M2 at the time of posting. Neither have we seen the update roll for Xperia M2 Dual owners (D2302, S50h). We’ll keep you posted when it starts to roll for other Xperia M2 variants. If you have downloaded the update, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sketch 4.2_1Sony has updated the Sketch app from version 4.1 to 4.2. The main additions in this update are notifications when new sticker packs are available as well as premium sticker packs. Regarding the latter, Sony says that these are “still free”, which is likely to mean that it will soon start charging for them (best to download them all now!)

The build number of the app moves from 2.0.A.1.1 to 2.0.A.1.6 and the 10.2MB update is currently rolling OTA through the Update Centre app on your Sony Xperia. You can download the APK below. [read more…]

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Xperia BookWe often hear a lot of negativity around the camera performance of Sony Xperia handsets. This post is here to counter that argument, as well as reminisce about an older Xperia device.

Julián Monge-Nájera is a Costa Rican ecologist and author of 20 books published by several Costa Rican universities and Oxford University. He has also acted as a scientific adviser for the BBC and the National Geographic Society. Multi-talented Monge is also a professional photographer and he recently got in touch about a new book he has published. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1_14.4.A.0.133The latest firmware update for the Xperia Z1 with build number 14.4.A.0.133 has started to roll to those on the Vodafone Germany, Spain and Netherland networks. Users that have downloaded the update report no differences to the older 14.4.A.0.118 and 14.4.A.0.108 releases. It is unknown whether this ’133′ update will see a global release. Keep an eye on Xperia Update Checker or XperiFirm for a wider rollout. [read more…]

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Slim and reversible USB Type-C connector finalised; headed to future smartphones

August 14, 2014

The near ubiquitous use of USB 2.0 (Micro-B) connectors across all smartphones (barring Apple’s offerings) has been fantastic for consumers. It means there has been no need to use different chargers when switching mobile phones, something we remember all too well from the past. However, one constant pain is making sure you put the cable […]

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Minor update (18.1.A.1.21 and 18.2.A.1.18) certified for Xperia T3

August 13, 2014

A quick heads-up to owners of the Xperia T3, a minor firmware update for the handset has been certified by the PTCRB. The build number for the LTE variants (D5103, D5106) moves from 18.1.A.1.17 to 18.1.A.1.21. The HSPA+ Xperia T3 (D5102, M50w) sees its build number move from 18.2.A.1.14 to 18.2.A.1.18. Don’t expect any noticeable […]

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha will go up against the Xperia Z3 Compact

August 13, 2014

Samsung has unveiled a new phone today called the Galaxy Alpha. It is an important phone for Samsung in many respects as it is the first model adopting “a fresh approach to design”, which we expect to be replicated in future models. The Galaxy Alpha eschews the full plastic body of past models in favour […]

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Xperia Z3 Compact passes through FCC; confirms 4.6-inch display size

August 12, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact recently passed through the FCC in two variants: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812. At this stage, we have not seen details that confirm which of these FCC ID numbers correlates with the Xperia Z3 Compact model numbers D5803 (M55w) and D5833. Interestingly, the FCC documents did reveal the dimensions of […]

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