Another of Sony Mobile’s new accessories announced last week at MWC in Barcelona was the BRH10 Bluetooth Remote with Handset Function. This dual-function device can be used as a remote control for your smartphone or tablet as well as an ultra-light mini handset with speakerphone function for easy calling.
You can also use Google Voice Search to make calls, search the web, or activate certain functions. The BRH10 remote will come with its own dedicated Android app (currently not live), which includes a ‘find remote’ function if your remote gets lost. The BRH10 remote features Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, micro USB charging via a table stand, an RGB LED indicator and is also water resistant (IP57 certified). If you want to see a quick hardware tour of the remote, check out the video below. [read more…]
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (LTE) owners saw their tablets updated to firmware build 10.4.1.B.0.101 in the beginning of February. This Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware brought an enhanced user experience, improved battery life, faster shutdown times and software performance improvements including better Bluetooth connectivity.
Well, Xperia Tablet Z (Wi-Fi) owners have had to wait a month, but their tablets are finally receiving the same update – moving from build number 10.4.B.0.577 to 10.4.1.B.0.109. The update is out across most territories including the UK, Germany and the Nordics. [read more…]
The Sony MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset is now in stock in the UK, with retailer Handtec selling both the black and white versions for £29.99 plus postage. The Sony MDR-NC31EM headset will be bundled with the Xperia Z2, combining with the Z2’s digital noise-cancelling (DNC) technology to reduce up to 98% of all ambient sounds.
As the DNC technology is built into the Xperia Z2, it negates the need for bulky headphones. The MDR-NC31EM headset includes a mic on each ear that tracks the noise around you. These sounds are sent to the Xperia Z2’s DNC circuit, which inverts the sound wave before sending it back to your ears with the reduced noise. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 is the first Xperia handset to sport stereo front-facing speakers. The actual speaker units used in the Xperia Z2 are larger than that included in the Xperia Z1 too. To get a sense of what difference this makes, check out the video below. It pits the Xperia Z1 against the Xperia Z2 at full volume alternately playing Katy Perry’s Roar.
The Sony Xperia Z2 doesn’t necessarily sound significantly louder than the Xperia Z1, but there is no denying it offers a fuller and deeper sound. The Xperia Z1 sounds almost tinny by comparison. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]
A screenshot of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware was revealed a few days ago, which is likely to come from a leaked build. Well now the system dump from this firmware (14.3.A.0.681) has also leaked, courtesy of the EXR Group on XDA.
Interestingly a peak into its contents reveals that the firmware does contain a few goodies seen in the Xperia Z2 such as the Simple Home launcher, Movie Creator and Answering Machine. However, a number of significant features are left absent including 4K video, Timeshift video, Tap to wake, Smart call handling, Smart backlight control and Glove mode. [read more…]
Sony Mobile launched a couple of new cases last week at MWC that included the new BKB10 Bluetooth Keyboard. The BKB10 is an ultra-thin wireless keyboard, weighing 200 grams, which features NFC for easy pairing, Bluetooth 3.0 and a couple of LED indicator lights to show Bluetooth and charging status.
The keyboard can be charged via micro USB and Sony claims that the battery will last up to three months in STAMINA mode. The BKB10 Bluetooth Keyboard is expected to be priced at £54.99 in the UK when it launches in mid-April. [read more…]
If you want to get an idea of the Sony Xperia Z2′s camera prowess in low-light situations then check out the full-resolution photo samples below. They were taken on the night streets of Tokyo, Japan with a pre-production Xperia Z2 running 17.1A.0.504 firmware. All the pictures below were taken at 20.7MP resolution, therefore it’s perhaps no surprise to see noise in the pictures.
However, RingHK that took the pictures said there was a real noticeable improvement in focus speed and colour accuracy over the Xperia Z1, especially when taking pictures of nearby objects. They also saw more accurate white balance and metering. Check out the pictures below and click on each one to enlarge to their full resolution. [read more…]
Sony Mobile launched a new type of docking station at MWC in Barcelona last week. Sony has taken its magnetic charging dock and added a NFC and Bluetooth-enabled speaker to create the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. The BSC10 will charge your Xperia device whilst playing audio through its speakers at the same time.
The Xperia device can be paired via NFC and connects to the BSC10 via Bluetooth. This means that the speaker can also be used for making and taking calls i.e. as a speakerphone. There is a dedicated key to make/take calls too. Unlike the magnetic charging dock series, it appears that the BSC10 will work with different Xperia phones and tablets as long as they have magnetic connectors. If you want to see a quick hands-on demo of the BSC10 then check out the video below. [read more…]
Sony Mobile was one of the first manufacturers to offer support to the Firefox OS open-source mobile platform when it was announced a year ago. The company has been technically evaluating Firefox OS ever since, even launching a Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E.
Following on from this work, Sony is submitting new Firefox OS functionality in the form of “gadgets”. In more familiar terms, ‘gadgets’ are what you would know as widgets on Android. As the video below shows, these gadgets can be added to a home screen or lock screen, they can also be interacted with, moved around and resized. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 features a number of improvements over the Xperia Z1. On the camera side this mainly focuses on 4K video and Timeshift video (slow-motion recording). However, the actual CMOS in both handsets is the same 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS chip. Both handsets also feature Sony’s G Lens and BIONZ image processing software.
You would therefore expect pictures between both handsets to be fairly similar, although this doesn’t seem to be the case judging by these comparison pics. They show an Xperia Z1 on 14.2.A.1.136 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware against a Xperia Z2 with 17.1.A.0.417 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. [read more…]
A new firmware update for the Sony Xperia TX (LT29i) with build number 9.2.A.1.199 appears to be rolling according to a user on XDA. Strangely the user got a OTA notification, but checking the customisation number, no new update seems to be available. The OTA download is only 8.3MB, so either it was mistakenly pushed out by Sony or it only has minor changes.
Anyway, this new firmware build (9.2.A.1.199) was recently certified for the Xperia T and Xperia V, though the Xperia TX page has not been updated. We expect this new update to bring a number of bug-fixes from the previous Android 4.3 firmware (9.2.A.0.295), from which a number of users are having problems. We’ll keep you posted on the rollout for other handsets. [read more…]