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Z3 CompactSony Mobile has released a very small update for the Xperia Z3 Compact (D5833) moving the build number from 23.0.A.2.105 to 23.0.A.2.106. The update has only been released in Brazil so far and it’s unclear whether we will see a wider rollout. We’ll keep you posted if that changes. [read more…]

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Sony SmartWatch 3Sony’s Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 (SWR50) is now listed on the Google Play Store in the United States. The listing confirms the price as $249.99, but it is not available to order right now, nor is there any release date.

Pre-orders for the SmartWatch 3 are open in Europe, with the Sony Mobile Store listing the wearable for £189.99 in the UK and €229.99 across the major European countries. Sony says that deliveries will start from 16 November, which ties in with third-party retailers such as Amazon.co.uk who has a 15 November release date. [read more…]

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Weather widget_2.0.A.0.74_1Sony Mobile has now started to update its Weather widget through the “Update Centre” app, at least for the Xperia Z3 series. A new update moves the Weather widget build number from 2.0.A.0.65 to 2.0.A.0.74 on the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Changes include improved language support as well as bug fixes/performance enhancements. Older handsets, including the Xperia Z2 remain on 2.0.A.0.52 for now, however a download link for the latest update can be found below. [read more…]

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DualShock-4-controllerSony has inadvertently confirmed that PlayStation 4 Remote Play (currently an exclusive to the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact), will indeed be heading to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet on launch. The Sony slip-up can be found in the “Xperia Lounge” app, which confirms that the Xperia Z2 series will see PS4 Remote Play at launch in November 2014.

We knew all along that this was the likely outcome, especially given the lack of any significant hardware differences between the Xperia Z2 and Z3 flagships. What we didn’t expect was compatibility at launch. The likelihood is that Sony will bake this functionality into the Xperia Z2 series within the impending Android 4.4.4 rollout. [read more…]

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Xperia Theme Candy Crush_2_resultAre there any obsessive Candy Crush fans amongst us? If so, you may want to check out a dedicated Candy Crush Xperia Theme, straight from the developers (King) of the hit game. As you probably would expect, the theme is full of bright colours and cartoony assets. The Candy Crush Xperia Theme is available on the Google Play Store at a price of £1.69/€1.79/$2.50. [read more…]

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Z3 Tablet CompactSony UK is currently running a limited promotion on the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. This includes a discount code worth £30 against any Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact SKU as well as the Style Cover Stand SCR28 for 1p. You can therefore pick up the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with SCR28 case for £299.01.

Seems like a good deal for those considering picking one up anyway. Sony says the offer is valid until 3 November, but we’ve seen the company pull offers before the sell-by-date before so be quick if you’re interested. The discount code can be found below. [read more…]

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Sony logoAttention will soon start to turn to Sony’s next flagship handset, now that the Xperia Z3 has been released. The Sony Xperia Z4 is expected to launch towards the end of March 2015, no surprise here given past releases in previous years. AndroidOrigin earlier today released what it says are leaked specifications of the Xperia Z4.

The Xperia Z4 is believed to include a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 64-bit chipset (octa-core processor, Adreno 430 GPU) and 4GB RAM. The Xperia Z4 will also apparently be the first Sony Xperia device to sport a curved Exmor RS CMOS imaging sensor. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile_14.4.B.0.56New firmware for the Xperia Z1s (C6916) for T-Mobile has been certified by the PTCRB, moving the build number from 14.4.B.0.37 to 14.4.B.0.56. The ’37’ firmware build brought Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the Xperia Z1s for the first time, so expect this ’56’ build to bring some bug fixes and performance enhancements. We’ll keep you posted on its release. [read more…]

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Xperia™ Style Cover Window S_resultSony has released four “Xperia Style Cover Window” themes on the Google Play Store. The themes are of the same colours that the Xperia Z3 comes in i.e. Black, White, Copper and Silver Green.

We imagine this release coincides with the imminent launch of the Style Cover Window SCR24. It means that you can choose the same coloured theme that matches your phone and case for the smart window functionality (dedicated smart window widgets and apps). You can find the Play Store links below. [read more…]

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Android_LollipopSony Mobile has just confirmed that it will upgrading the entire range of Xperia Z devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop at the start of 2015. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes the following handsets:

Xperia Z
Xperia ZL
Xperia ZR
Xperia Tablet Z
Xperia Z1
Xperia Z1S
Xperia Z Ultra
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z2
Xperia Z2 Tablet
Xperia Z3
Xperia Z3v
Xperia Z3 Compact
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Compact_23.0.1.A.1.38A new firmware version has been certified for the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Build number 23.0.1.A.1.38 looks to offer some reasonable improvements over the current software (23.0.A.2.105) judging by the version number i.e. moving from 23.0.A.X.XXX to 23.0.1.A.X.XX. We’ll let you know if and when it starts to roll. [read more…]

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Android 4.4.4 firmware (23.0.1.A.0.32) for Xperia Z2 leaks; pics included

October 16, 2014

An older Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware build for the Sony Xperia Z2 has leaked. The software has been leaked by the EXR Team which has successfully leaked Sony firmware in the past. The firmware build for the leaked ROM has version number 23.0.1.A.0.32, which is an older build than the one recently certified by the […]

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Sony launches “Who Am I” Xperia Theme

October 16, 2014

Sony Mobile has launched a new Xperia Theme based on the German movie “Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher“. The choice is an unusual one for an Xperia Theme, especially given that the cyber-thriller is little known outside of the German market. The theme has some nice graphical touches, particularly in the app […]

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Xperia Z1 and Z2 added to AOSP for Xperia project; plus unified kernel announced

October 16, 2014

Sony Mobile has added the Xperia M2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 to its “AOSP for Xperia” project. In addition to this, Sony has also updated the AOSP for the Xperia Z. Sources are now available on the SonyXperiaDev GitHub, which gives developers the tools to help with making their own custom ROMs. AOSP limitations […]

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Let’s speculate: Which Sony Xperia devices will get Lollipop?

October 15, 2014

Google officially unveiled the latest major Android release in the form of Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier today. Alongside this news, Google also announced two new Nexus smartphones: the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 (details below) which will be loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop on release. The company also confirmed that Lollipop will also be […]

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