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Xperia_keyboard_6.4.A.0.6The latest version (6.4.A.0.6) of the Xperia Keyboard recently arrived in the Google Play Store bringing new features such as backup & sync using your Sony Entertainment Network account. However, Sony has only made the latest version available for Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Don’t worry though, as if you have a rooted device, you’ll be glad to hear that the keyboard has been ported to Xperia devices running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and above. Hit the source links for further information. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1 f glass backWe already know by now that the global Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503) came to the market with a back made out of a high-rigid plastic sheet. This was confirmed by Sony after much confusion, where at least initially the company made claims that the handset came with a glass back.

The confusion lay due to the fact that the Xperia Z1 had a glass back and it was believed that the Japanese version of the Xperia Z1 Compact, the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F), did too. This much has been proven in the following video which compares the rear parts of the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia Z1 f. [read more…]

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Timeshift burstSony’s Timeshift burst feature has been updated to version 1.1.0.0. The new version of Timeshift burst includes the ability to pinch-to-zoom just before taking a picture (the volume control can also be achieved for the same effect). Another new feature includes the ability to hide the thumbnails when trying to decide on the best shot – this can simply be done by tapping the screen to display/hide the thumbnail images. The update is available right now via the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 UK_2Limited supplies of the Sony Xperia Z2 have started to ship in the United Kingdom for a lucky few pre-order customers. We know that a number of companies have started Xperia Z2 deliveries including EE, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U. Initial stocks are limited, with wider availability expected from the beginning of May 2014. See some pictures of the Xperia Z2 UK retail box below, which shows it comes with the MDR-NC31EM noise-cancelling headphones. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1C ThumbA quick heads up to let you know that the diminutive Xperia Z1 Compact has gone on sale in Hong Kong from today for a suggested retail price of HK$4,298 (£330, €400, $554). All four colours will be available including lime, pink, black and white. The handset will be preloaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 vs GS5 and HTC One M8_12It is interesting to look at the latest Android flagships from Sony, Samsung and HTC side-by-side. Each company has adopted a design language that it is happy with, which shows how each handset looks very similar to the last. A very quick glance at the pictures below and you could be mistaken in thinking you are looking at the Xperia Z1 against the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One M7.

What we do have is the Xperia Z2 stacked against the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. All very capable Android flagships, each one attracting different users. It is interesting to contrast the monolithic, square Xperia Z2 against the curvier One M8 and Galaxy S5. As with the Xperia Z1, one of the early criticisms of the Xperia Z2 is how comfortable it is to hold the device. However, one cannot argue against the very sleek and elegant look of the Xperia Z2, which at least gives the phone a premium look to match the price tag. Have a gander at the comparison pictures below, courtesy of The Verge. [read more…]

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Xperia Keyboard Play StoreSony continues to separately publish some of its core apps away from its stock ROMs. This time round it has pushed the “Xperia Keyboard” into the Google Play Store. This is the default keyboard that is installed on all new Xperia phones and includes all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The keyboard offers a swiping experience as well as the traditional tapping method.

The build offered through the Play Store is version number 6.4.A.0.6. This is a newer version compared to what is installed on current KitKat Xperia builds, with version number 6.3.A.0.18. We found that the new build can only be installed on Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2 KitKat. So you may well find that you are unable to install the latest update even if you have a Sony Xperia device. Sony says new features for this build includes backup and sync using your Sony Entertainment Network account and a new improved layout for the Thai language. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 featuresSony has created a couple of videos detailing most of the new features that can be found within the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in the Xperia Z2. The videos highlight, in particular, the extra functionality that Sony has added compared to vanilla Android software.

Sony covers a number of features in these videos including live wallpaper, media apps, ICE (In case of Emergency) contact information, new camera modes, local answering machine, Xperia Themes, Sketch and new Calendar/Email functionality. Sony also confirms that many of the features will also arrive on other Xperia handsets running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which we have already seen in the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact. [read more…]

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Sony Z Ultra Gpe Android 4.4.3The Bluetooth SIG has certified the Android 4.4.3 KitKat firmware update for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition. The certificate below shows the “Togari GPE” (Togari is the Z Ultra’s codename) certified with software version KTU72.S1.3013. The KTU72 part of the build is widely believed to a reference to Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Obviously there’s no timeline for release, but given the certification it shows the update will roll very soon after it hits Nexus devices. [read more…]

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Google Camera Xperia_11Google has taken its stock camera app and launched it separately onto the Play Store. The Google Camera application will run on any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat. Obviously Sony devices have a great stock camera app, but you may want to give Google’s new app a try if you’ve ever wanted to try Photo Spheres (for immersive 360º views), which was never ported to Sony models.

A new feature introduced in the app is Lens Blur mode which adds a bokeh depth-of-field effect to pictures, much like Sony’s Background Defocus mode. Other features include Panorama mode with high resolution and a 100% viewfinder. We tested the app on a Xperia Z1 Compact and was pleasantly surprised about the Lens Blur mode which created results with less trial-and-error than Sony’s solution. If you have upgraded your Sony Xperia to KitKat, then you can download the app here. [read more…]

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Xperia KitKat May 2014A month ago Sony confirmed that the older Xperia Z devices would be updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat during the middle of Q2 i.e. May 2014. Well to show that there has been no change to that schedule so far, Sony has updated its product pages for the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. It pegs the release date explicitly as May 2014 for these handsets, meaning that we could start to see KitKat rolling in a months’ time (being naturally conservative, we assume the release will take place towards the end, rather than the beginning of the month). We’ll bring you any further news as we have it. [read more…]

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New firmware (10.4.C.0.808) certified for North American Xperia Z (C66X6)

April 16, 2014

The North American Xperia Z (C6606, C6616) has seen a bunch of firmware builds certified recently, without release. We first had 10.4.C.0.793, then 10.4.C.0.797 and now a couple of new firmware builds have been certified including builds 10.4.C.0.800 and 10.4.C.0.808. Given the change in version number, each appears to be incremental updates over its predecessor, […]

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Has KitKat just been certified (14.3.D.0.183) for T-Mobile’s Xperia Z1s?

April 16, 2014

T-Mobile US Xperia Z1s customers are still awaiting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update, despite the fact that the global Xperia Z1 has already received the update. Well judging by the latest PTCRB certification for the C6916 model number, it looks like it may roll in a matter of weeks. Firmware build 14.3.D.0.183 has been […]

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Some Xperia SP owners report of flickering screens after update to Android 4.3

April 15, 2014

Since the update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, some Sony Xperia SP owners have been reporting on a flickering backlight display problem with their handsets. We have attached some videos highlighting the issue, which shows light flickering of the backlight, which we imagine can prove to be quite distracting when trying to read content or […]

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Sony D6603 model number appears again in leaked screenshot

April 15, 2014

A new screenshot which supposedly shows the ‘About’ screen of the Sony D6603 has leaked. The build and kernel information has been masked, but the screenshot does show the D6603 model number and Android version 4.4.2 KitKat. Previous benchmark leaks pointed to the Sony D6603 offering very similar specifications to the Xperia Z2 (D650X). This […]

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