Vulkan is a high performance, low-overhead, 3D API from Khronos. This should mean improved graphics with a lower CPU utilisation. Vulkan drivers shipped with Android Nougat firmware for select hardware, including the Snapdragon 810 chipset found in the Xperia Z5 series.
However, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Z5 family does not have Vulkan driver support on Nougat firmware. The only Sony Xperia devices to support the Vulkan API are the Xperia X, X Compact, X Performance and the XZ. However, all is not lost for Xperia Z5 users as there is a mod on XDA which ports the Vulkan drivers which you can find here. [read more…]
Google formally unveiled Android Wear 2.0 last week and along with its introduction, it highlighted a list of watches that would receive the update. The Sony SmartWatch 3 was not on the list and whilst some remained hopeful that the update would arrive at some point in the future, the signs weren’t good. However, we now have confirmation that Android Wear 2.0 will not arrive on the SW3.
Sony’s product page for the SmartWatch 3 says that “Android Wear 2.0 and onwards are not supported“, dashing the hopes of many SW3 owners. Obviously, owners of the watch are not happy and have started a petition to get Google & Sony to change their mind. The petition has over 1,500 signatures and if you want to get involved, you can find it here. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released an official Xperia Theme for Valentine’s Day that you can download free of charge. It has a nice little heart animation on the home screen, but there is no themed keyboard in this release. If you want to get into the mood, you can download the Valentine’s Xperia Theme from the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is pushing a small update to the Xperia XA Ultra which moves the build number from 36.0.X.2.109 to 36.0.X.2.146. Firmware update build number 36.0.A.2.146 is rolling to the single SIM variants (F3211, F3213, F3215), whilst version 36.0.B.2.146 is rolling to the dual SIM variants (F3212, F3216).
We were hoping that the next update to these handsets would be Android 7.0 Nougat, but it looks like Sony wanted to push this small update first. Let’s hope that this doesn’t mean the Nougat update is still a way away. If you own the Xperia XA Ultra, let us know what’s new in the comments below. We’ll include the relevant FTF firmware links shortly. [read more…]
Some leaked pictures showing at least one upcoming Sony Xperia device have leaked over at Weibo. It is difficult to gauge much from the pictures, but one of them confirms the use of 4GB RAM, which is one spec that was rumoured previously. We don’t know whether this iis from the same mid-range device we have seen before, but all is set to be revealed at the MWC tradeshow in a few weeks. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has re-commenced the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware rollout for the Xperia Z5 series, the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. New firmware build 32.3.A.0.376 hopefully fixes all of the bugs found in the previous Nougat release (32.3.A.0.372), which Sony had to suspend due to various issues, including audio playback via third-party apps.
The new firmware build has started to seed on all of the above devices – we will attach include FTF firmware links for each variant in due course. In the meantime, if you have downloaded, feel free to share your impressions and pictures of the latest build below. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has pushed a quick update to the Xperia X Concept firmware with build number 38.3.A.0.107. The new firmware adds Google’s latest 1 February security patches, updates the modem software and brings stability improvements. The update is live on the Experimental track of the Concept firmware, but will hit the Stable track next week. [read more…]
Google has officially announced Android Wear 2.0 today, which includes a redesigned user interface, modular watch faces, smart reply functionality, better Google Fit/Assistant integration and Google Play support.
However, for Sony SmartWatch 3 owners, all of this is a moot point. Google officially announced which watches will get the update and, unfortunately, the SW3 is not on the list. The SmartWatch 3 was announced back in September 2014, so it is one of the older Android Wear smartwatches in the market. Despite this, there was some hope that the SW3 may receive this next big Android Wear update. [read more…]
Sony has developed the industry’s first triple-layer stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphones. Sony’s previous camera chips, such as the IMX318, used a dual-layer stacked CMOS. This new 3-layer 1/2.3-inch 21.2 MP (megapixel) chip adds a DRAM layer, to the traditional back-illuminated CMOS image sensor layer and the logic processing technology layer.
So what does the additional DRAM layer add? Well it makes it possible to significantly increase data readout speeds, allowing users to capture still images of fast-moving objects with minimal distortion as well as filming super-slow motion movies at 1,000 frame per second (8x faster than the Sony IMX318 chip) in Full HD (1080p). The chip is also capable of recording 4K movies at 60 frame per second. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new Xperia Theme called ‘Art Deco’. This theme uses dark colours, so it may not be to everyone’s taste, but the use of the art deco icons are a nice touch. The Xperia theme is free to download on the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony Mobile’s latest update (38.3.A.0.94) to the Xperia X Concept includes a new feature called “ambient display”, which will wake the screen when you receive a notification (similar to the iPhone). The feature can be turned on and off in the display settings.
The camera viewfinder has also been updated to include a fixed level of brightness that is independent of your current screen brightness. The idea behind this is that it should better match the actual photo taken. [read more…]