The Xperia E and Xperia E dual have reached their end-of-life (EOL) when it comes to software updates, as Sony has confirmed that support for both handsets have ended. As befits an entry-level model, the phone saw very few updates over the life of the handset.
The phone launched with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and was updated to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, where it remained. The last update for both phones was released in July 2014, with the Xperia E updated to build 11.3.A.2.33 and the Xperia E dual to build 11.3.A.3.1. [read more…]
Sony is rolling out a new update for the Video Unlimited application to select handsets such as the Xperia M2. Video Unlimited has been updated to build number 13.0.B.0.4, with the same changelog that was seen in the last update (13.0.A.1.1). This includes an improved layout of titles within the Store home as well as improving the drawer menu and button design. The APK can be downloaded below. [read more…]
Sony’s latest IFA 2014 tease relates to the water resistance of its devices. Since the introduction of the Xperia Z, the water resistance of its flagship phones has been one if Sony’s key selling points. Well it looks with the new generation of phones, Sony will be taking their waterproof qualities to the next level.
Sony’s tweet says “We’ll be getting deep at #IFA2014. But how deep..?” There is a picture of an arrow pointing to 2 metres with a question mark, implying it could be even greater. On the face of it, this probably means an IP certification of IP 65/68 as seen in the recently announced Xperia M2 Aqua. [read more…]
Some new details on Sony’s new SmartWear accessories have been rumoured by 9to5Google. They claim that Sony will launch two new wearable accessories at IFA 2014 next week, including the SmartWatch 3 and a SmartBand Talk, which will sport a curved E Ink display.
The SmartWatch 3 will run Android Wear according to the report, which if true, would mean Sony ditching its current Android-based efforts in this space. This would be a shame, but perhaps inevitable given the challenge of drumming developer interest into niche apps. The watch will take design cues from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and will feature a 1.68-inch (320 x 320) display and will come with IP58 certification. [read more…]
The Lifelog application was updated earlier this week, moving the build version from 2.1.A.0.6 to 2.1.A.0.10. From what we can tell, there are no new additions to the update. The biggest issue many are still having with Lifelog relates to battery drain – if you have downloaded this update, let us know if you are finding better power consumption in the comments below. [read more…]
The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra Dual are currently running Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, however it seems that soon enough the handsets will be updated to Android 4.4.3. The leaked screenshot below shows the latest certified firmware build (19.1.1.C.0.56) for the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual (D5322) running Android 4.4.3.
A similar build has not been certified for the single SIM version of the Xperia T2 Ultra, but it can’t be far behind. We do find it strange that, if true, why Sony didn’t just update straight to Android 4.4.4, like it already has done for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra. We’ll let you know when the update starts rolling. [read more…]
Sony’s Sketch app has been updated from version 4.2 to 4.2.1, bringing with it stability improvements. This is a minor update moving the build number from 2.0.A.1.6 to 2.0.A.1.7. You can download the update below if it hasn’t started rolling to your device yet. [read more…]
The What’s New application has currently only graced more recent Sony flagships such as the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1. However, Sony is now rolling out the app to older Xperia Z devices such as the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z.
The What’s New build number moves from 1.2.A.0.2 (on the Xperia Z2) to 1.2.A.0.5. We noticed no changes between versions. The last update brought a change in design of the detailed view to improve discovery. Price and platform information around PlayStation content was also added. You can download the APK below. [read more…]
Sony has released another small teaser ahead of IFA 2014, which starts next week. Sony asks “What could these numbers possibly mean?” and then gives what looks like the following dimensions:
124mm x 6.4mm x ?
These numbers do not tally with the leaked dimensions we have seen for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, so either the rumours are wrong or the above ‘dimensions’ actually point to something else. [read more…]
Sony’s flagship Xperia smartphones will utilise a metal-alloy chassis in 2015 according to a report from Digitimes. These phones will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics in its northern China factory, with the chassis to be supplied by Foxconn Technology. The report states that many of Sony Mobile’s current models use a plastic chassis with metal-alloy edges made by Catcher Technology.
Sony Mobile’s big focus is to get greater carrier support for its mobile devices. Whilst the company has had good support in Europe and parts of Asia, it hardly has any presence in the United States.
Well it looks like Sony will get support from Sprint in the US and SoftBank in Japan for an upcoming model (SoftBank and Sprint announced a merger last year). Reuters is reporting that a Sony Xperia handset will be sold on both carriers for the very first time, likely to be the Xperia Z3. [read more…]