When Sony Mobile confirmed which Xperia devices will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow, perhaps one of the key surprises was a lack of an update for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra owners. Yes, the older Xperia Z series was not on the list either, but given that these handsets launched in the spring of 2013 we always thought unlikely that they would see an update to Marshmallow. These models now have Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and have experienced a good bunch of updates since it arrived with Android 4.1.2. [read more…]
Japanese operator SoftBank has announced the Sony Xperia Z5 as part of its winter collection. Unlike the NTT docomo or au versions of the handset, the SoftBank Xperia Z5 has no branding on the exterior. The SoftBank Xperia Z5 will be available in four colours (White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green). Pre-orders will start tomorrow (9 October 2015) with the handset expected to launch towards the end of the month. No pricing details have been announced right now. [read more…]
A small firmware update is on the horizon for the Xperia E4 models. The single SIM version has seen build number 24.0.A.5.22 certified by the PTCRB, which compares to current build 24.0.A.5.14. The Xperia E4 Dual has seem build number 24.0.B.5.22 certified, which compares to current build 24.0.B.5.14. Expect the firmware to contain minor bug fixes. We’ll let you know once it starts to roll. [read more…]
Sony Mobile had already released a premium Xperia Theme based on the hit animation movie “Hotel Transylvania 2”. It has now published another premium theme based on the movie – this time focusing on Dracula. The theme is available for £1/€1/$1 in the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Now that the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact have been released, we should start to see accessories for the handsets start to appear. The official Style Cover Window cases are now available from the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. This includes the SCR42 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z5 and SCR44 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z5 Compact, both priced at £34.99/€39.00.
The Style Cover Window cases allow you to access up to five customisable widgets through a smart window. The cases are water (IPX5/8) and scratch (3H) resistant and uses NFC to easily connect to your handset. The front cover also includes a magnet to switch between modes. The cases are available in four colours each – black, white, gold and green for the Xperia Z5 and black, yellow, white and coral for the Xperia Z5 Compact. [read more…]
Sony’s Chief Executive Officer Kaz Hirai has issued some cautious words around the Xperia smartphone business whilst speaking to reporters. He confirmed that the restructuring within the smartphone division continues and that “alternative options” will need to be considered if the company cannot deliver at least sustainable break-even profits from next year onwards.
2015 has been a year of transition for Sony and whilst there has been positive buzz around its newest Xperia Z5 series, its other products released this year have not been bona-fide hits. The Xperia Z3+ in particular created a lot of negative publicity, mainly surrounding the choice of chipset, which Sony has largely conquered in the latest Z5 models. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has yet to announce any plans to carry the Xperia Z5 family in the United States. No US carriers have picked up any of the models (so far) and Sony is currently not selling the unlocked version (with US warranty). This has led to a large number of emails from readers in the United States wondering how they can get hold of an international model and any potential pitfalls involved.
Given the volume of incoming we have received on this, we thought we’d create a buyer’s guide for US customers looking to buy the international model. We’ve tried to cover most of the questions we’ve received, but feel free to let us know if we’ve missed anything in the comments below. [read more…]
Sony Mobile will give 10,000 users the chance to try Android 6.0 Marshmallow through its “Concept for Android” programme. If you want to participate, you will have to be quick as it is on a first come, first serve basis. Simply download the “Sony´s Concept for Android” application to register your details.
The programme is only open to Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact users in the following countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. If you are successful, Sony says you will be notified in the coming weeks. The confirmation from the app points to activity expected to start in mid-October. [read more…]
The Sony SmartBand 2 SWR12 is now available to buy through the Sony Mobile Store. The SmartBand 2 includes a heart rate monitor over the original SmartBand, which helps to monitor stress and activity levels. The SmartBand 2 is in stock across all of the European Sony Mobile Store sites. It is available for £99.99 in the UK, €119.99 in Germany/Spain and €129.99 in France, Italy and Netherlands. [read more…]
A number of new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact owners appear to be suffering from a problem with the touch screen sensitivity of the device. Reports first started to surface on the Sony Mobile support forums a week ago and since then the thread has grown with others experiencing the same issue.
The problem revolves around a lack of sensitivity when trying to navigate around the touch screen. The touch sensor will either not register an input at all, or if a button is pressed, for example when typing, it will register multiple inputs of that one command. [read more…]
Sony Mobile could be planning to release the Xperia Z3+ into the United States judging by the official website. The Xperia Z3+ listing on the Sony Mobile US website popped out of nowhere at the end of last week and is listed as “coming soon”.
The product page appeared following the Verizon Xperia Z4v being listed and subsequently removed as we reported last week. Therefore, this could be Sony’s flagship answer for the US market considering the Xperia Z4v is now canned, for now at least. We imagine Sony will look to sell the Xperia Z3+ unlocked through retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H. [read more…]