Hiroki TotokiSony Mobile CEO and President, Hiroki Totoki, has given an illuminating interview to Arabian Business touching on a range of topics, including the company’s position in the mobile space. When addressing rumours about Sony potentially selling its mobile division, Totoki says that Sony “will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business.”

Totoki talks about 2015 being a “year of big transformation” with hopefully an improved performance in 2016. Remember Totoki has only been in the Sony Mobile CEO hot-seat for nine months. He goes on to refer to an industry with “severe” competition, but believes Sony can come on top through new technology and high quality products to drive the user experience. Check out some choice quotes below and the source link for the full interview. [read more…]

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Theme Inverse Purple Space_1_resultThe use of Sony Xperia Themes seems to divide users, some love the customisation it offers, others find many of the themes a bit crass and strive for more minimal and elegant themes. Step forward theme developer Andrew Borodiy who is slowly building a catalogue of beautiful Xperia Themes through a website called Desmobox.

You can check out a selection of Borodiy’s themes below (all the ones listed below are free and work without root on Android KitKat and Lollipop). However, Desmobox has its own “Themes catalogue” application on the Play Store which keeps you updated on new themes as well as a selection of wallpapers. If you’re interested in the themes below, then you can check out more through the Desmobox website or app. [read more…]

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Folding@Home 2.0 Xperia_2The Sony Mobile Folding@Home application for Android smartphones has seen a big update released, which moves the build number from 1.00.40 to version 1.00.51. The app utilises the processing power and Wi-Fi connection of your smartphone to help find cures for a number of diseases.

Changes include a new user interface with a central on/off switch allowing you to contribute whenever you want (previously you were limited to 6 hours per day). The usual stipulations remain if you want to contribute i.e. you must be connected to a charger, be fully charged (100%) and also be connected to a Wi-Fi network. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3+ Premium Pack_1Sony Mobile’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z3+, is now on sale in a number of regions across South East Asia. The handset is being sold with a number of extra accessories across these regions, which is in stark contrast to the vanilla package being offered in Europe.

In Singapore, the Xperia Z3+ is available from Sony Stores for S$998 (£476, €667, $741) and carriers Singtel and M1. Each Xperia Z3+ sold includes a Sony Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-DNC31 and Sony Quick Charger UCH10. In addition, those that had pre-ordered also received a DK52 USB charging dock. [read more…]

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Style Cover Stand SCR38_ThumbThe Sony Style Cover Stand SCR38 for the Xperia C4 is now available to buy in the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. The SCR38 case offers protection for the Xperia C4 including a sleep/wake function and it can also be used as a desk stand. Only the black version is available right now.

The case is only available through select regions for €25 (in Spain) and for €40 (in France and Netherlands). If you don’t want to buy through the Sony Mobile Store, then Amazon.fr has it for €29.29 and ships across Europe. [read more…]

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IFTTT_Lifelog_1IFTTT (If This Then That) has collaborated with Sony to create a Lifelog channel. IFTTT uses the Lifelog API to make this possible. For those that don’t know, IFTTT compromises close to 200 channels which includes services such as Google Drive, Facebook and Twitter. These can be connected together to form what are called recipes based on certain trigger points.

So for example, if you reach your daily calorie goal in Lifelog you could then automatically tweet that. Or you could track your recorded sleep in Lifelog in Google Drive automatically. A number of existing recipes exist or users can create their own. Click on the source link for more information. [read more…]

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Sony Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH70 ThumbThe Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH70 has officially gone on sale through the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. The headset is priced at £59.99 in the UK and is available in mainland Europe from around €80 In Germany and Italy and €90 in France and Spain.

The Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH70 is a stylish accessory designed to be worn around the neck and features retractable earphone cables, voice commands and comes with an IP57 certification rating for water resistance. [read more…]

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Sony WalknRun_0_resultA few days back we reported on the “run+1” app that encourages users to run by starting off small and building on that to run quicker and longer. The app is still in beta, but Sony has now renamed the app “WalknRun”.

The other change is that each level is given a stronger identity with colours and titles. Users can also select their coaching character. For further detail on the app check our previous post here. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Plus_Sony Xperia StoreThe Sony Xperia Z3+ is now in stock at the Sony Mobile Store UK. Those in the UK can now buy the Xperia Z3+ in four colours SIM-free for £499.00. Up until now the Aqua Green variant has been exclusive to Carphone Warehouse, whilst the Copper variant is exclusive to Vodafone.

If you’re not bothered by the colours, then the best SIM free deal we have come across is through John Lewis. They are offering Black and White colours of the Xperia Z3+ for £499.95 but is also including the Sony MDR-10RC headphones free of charge. This is the only SIM free deal that includes the headphones. [read more…]

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Xperia T3_18.2.A.2.38A small firmware update has been certified by the PTCRB for the Sony Xperia T3 (D510X). The LTE Xperia T3 variants (D5103, D5106) have seen build number 18.1.A.2.32 certified, which compares to current version 18.1.A.2.25.

The HSPA+ Xperia T3 (D5102) has seen build number 18.2.A.2.38 certified, which compares to current version 18.2.A.2.32. We guess most Xperia T3 owners would like to see Android Lollipop, but Sony has still not confirmed whether Lollipop is on the agenda for this model. We’ll let you know as soon as we have word either way. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia Z3+ Aqua Green and Copper_5Sony design some great hardware, of that there can be no denial. The company have always offered some unusual colour choices away from the usual black and white models you can expect from most manufacturers.

The introduction of Aqua Green for the Xperia Z3+ was inspired with its silver frame fused with a light sky blue colour. The first Copper-coloured Sony Xperia debuted last year with the Xperia Z3 and its success has seen it re-appear with the Xperia Z3+. [read more…]

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Summer and Japanese AR effect themes released

July 3, 2015

Sony Mobile has released two new themes for the AR effect application. This includes a Summer AR effect theme to create a beach scene with surf board, water front and beach umbrella. The Japanese AR effect theme allows you to add 3D masks to your entire body, allowing you to turn into a sumo wrestler, […]

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Sony’s stupidly expensive USB car charger now on sale

July 2, 2015

A number of our loyal readers are likely to be hardcore Sony fans, you guys will know that buying a Sony product normally means paying a premium for the brand. However, sometimes we feel that Sony is really taking the biscuit when it comes to pricing. Without getting started on the excessive Xperia Z3+ price […]

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Xperia Lounge update (3.1.7) fixes log-in issues

July 2, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Lounge application to build number 3.1.7. Sony says that the new update makes it “easier than ever to become Gold or Silver”. We are more excited that Sony has fixed the annoying bug that meant one had to re-login every time the app was updated. The new build also […]

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Premium “Frozen Kristoff” Xperia Theme launched

July 2, 2015

Sony Mobile has launched a new premium “Frozen Kristoff” Xperia Theme to sit alongside the Elsa, Anna and Olaf themes it released at the start of the year. The theme shows Olaf going to the beach with all of the main characters, hence the sandcastle, bucket and spade menu icons. The theme costs £1.99, €1.99, […]

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