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2014-09-19 19.33.46Sony’s “AR effect” fun augmented reality application has seen a small update to build 3.1.10. The latest version will now highlight when a new AR theme is available once you hit the “Get more” button. Sadly, Sony didn’t coincide this functionality with any new AR themes, but it could more are due to hit the Play Store shortly. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Compact vs iPhone 6Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the masses today. No doubt you have already seen the hysteria surrounding the launch with hundreds of people queuing to be one of the first to own Apple’s new wares. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is flying the flag for Android as probably one of the best competitor devices in terms of size, hardware and build.

If you want to see how the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sizes up against the 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact, then check out a great comparison video from our friends at Btekt. Both look like great phones and if you’re already invested in iOS then there’s probably no Android phone that will turn you away. However, if there was any phone that could cause those backward glances, we feel the Xperia Z3 Compact is best equipped. Also, check out a video comparison against the Xperia Z3 below. [read more…]

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Sony SmartEyeglass ThumbWe first caught eyes on the SmartEyeglass, Sony’s answer to Google Glass, at the MWC tradeshow earlier this year. Whilst, Sony has been silent on its progress since February (despite an appearance at IFA 2014), it has today announced the release of a software development kit for the SmartEyeglass.

The SDK allows developers to build apps for the SmartEyeglass platform to “support the product at launch.” The news indicates that Sony does plan to launch the product at some point, although we imagine the final design will be much sleeker and discrete. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra Dual_19.1.1.C.0.56_1Last week we saw the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update roll for the Xperia T2 Ultra in the form of build number 19.1.1.A.0.165. At the same time, we didn’t get a chance to report on the Android 4.4.3 update hitting the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual with build number 19.1.1.C.0.56. Users who have updated to the latest firmware are reporting slightly better battery life.

We still find it strange that Sony decided to only update the Android build to version 4.4.3 rather than 4.4.4, especially since the ground work was already done with the Xperia Z series. Perhaps, Sony didn’t want Xperia Z2 owners to feel too upset, since they are still stuck on Android 4.4.2. [read more…]

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Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset_8Sony recently announced the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60 at the IFA tradeshow. This latest headset from Sony takes a departure in terms of design from its predecessors, it is a stylish over-the-ear wireless headphone that can make and receive calls.

You can listen to your music wirelessly and if a call comes in, you simply need to press once to answer. The SBH60 also comes with a 3.5mm audio cable so that you can use it with non-Bluetooth enabled devices. The headset is charged via micro USB with a 145mAh battery that should be good for 13 hours of audio streaming time. [read more…]

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Album_6.3.A.0.12_1Sony continues its day of media app updates, this time updating the Album application moving the build number from 6.3.A.0.10 to version 6.3.A.0.12. The minor change in build number shows this is a minor bug fix update and rectifies the issues that people were having with the screen flickering or freezing. [read more…]

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Movie Creator_2.1.A.0.4_3Sony has updated the Movie Creator app from build version 2.0.A.0.9 to 2.1.A.0.4. The app now gives you greater control of the ‘Highlight Movie’s that are created from your own photos and videos. For example, you can now change the background music to any music that is stored on your device. In addition, there are new graphic patterns available for the title of your movie. The 10.0 MB update is currently rolling OTA, if you haven’t received it yet, you will find the APK below. [read more…]

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Movies_7.3.A.0.2_2Sony has updated the Movies app from build version 7.2.A.0.4 to 7.3.A.0.2. The update allows you to easily playback videos full-screen from the details page, simply by rotating the device into landscape mode. Sony has also improved the stability. The 13.3 MB update should be rolling now, or you can download the APK from the link below. [read more…]

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Walkman _8.4.A.4.4_2Sony has released an update to its WALKMAN application, moving the build number from version 8.4.A.3.1 to 8.4.A.4.4. The 11.8 MB update now shows you what music is currently playing in Walkman home, as well as bringing other bug fixes and performance enhancements. [read more…]

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Sony smartphoneHere is renowned cartoonist’s Kipper Williams piece in today’s The Guardian in the UK, reflecting Sony losses. This only highlights the kind of PR battle that Sony is facing with the news yesterday that it has taken a huge impairment charge to its mobile division. [read more…]

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Xperia E3 DualSony has announced the Xperia E3 and Xperia E3 Dual for the Indian market. Both phones have been priced, with the Xperia E3 landing at Rs 11,990 and the Xperia E3 Dual at Rs 12,990. However, Infibeam already has the Xperia E3 Dual in stock for Rs 12,220.

If you have been waiting for news on the Xperia Z3 in India, then you’ll be glad to hear that a launch event is due to take place on 19 September, with the handset expected to be available the day after. We have heard that this will be the LTE model with pricing expected to be around the Rs 50,000 mark.

Thanks Armaan, Ben and Kshitiz!

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Competition: Win a Mugen Power Battery Case for Xperia Z2

September 17, 2014

If you own the Xperia Z2 and fancy a bit more endurance on the battery front, then you can’t go wrong with the Mugen Power 3700mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z2. The case does add a bit of heft to the Xperia Z2 but it will give you addition power when your battery is […]

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Sony cuts forecast due to huge ‘mid-range’ mobile writedown

September 17, 2014

Sony has slashed its full-year forecast and has no plans to pay a dividend following a massive 180 billion yen ($1.7bn) impairment charge to the mobile segment. This impairment of goodwill comes as Sony has revised its “Mid-Range Plan” in the mobile segment. Sony began a review of its mid-range Xperia portfolio at the end […]

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TrackID version 4 with new UI finally starts to roll

September 16, 2014

Back in mid-July we brought you news of an updated version of the TrackID (music recognition) app that introduced a new UI. At the time, there was a very limited rollout, so the only way to update to that version was via the APK download link (this moved the build number to 4.0.B.1.0). Well Sony […]

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Latest SmartBand update leads to outcry from users demanding their icon back

September 16, 2014

The Sony SmartBand SWR10 recently received a firmware update from version 1.4.0.392 to 1.5.0.488. The official changelog includes the removal of the SmartBand connected icon in the status bar, the ability to change themes for non-Sony devices and a fix for the repeat alarm in certain time zones. However, the icon change has caused a […]

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