Xperia Y_1Sony cannot be happy with Wikileaks right now, given that the latter decided to create a searchable archive of all of the emails and documents related to the hack that its Sony Pictures division suffered last December. Once of these leaked documents contain a number of official Sony concept designs of possible future Xperia handsets.

It gives a rare insight into what Sony’s designers are thinking of, both in terms of handset design and UI. Whilst all of the images are concepts, there is a good chance that some of the images may prove to provide a base for real upcoming models. One such stunning concept is the ‘Y’, which looks far more developed in terms of design compared to the other concepts. One annotation referring to this handset talks about a “new design & form”. [read more…]

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Xperia i1-4_1Last December, Sony Pictures suffered a massive email leak, with North Korea blamed for the attack. As part of that leak, details and a picture emerged of what Sony refers to as the “Xperia Z Fourth Generation.” Since then we have seen numerous images and details of this handset leak that ties into that image.

More recently there has been speculation that this handset may not be branded the Xperia Z4 and could be a revised Xperia Z3 called the “Xperia Z3 Neo”. Regardless of what the handset is called, new images from the same leak have emerged thank to Wikileaks who published an “analysis and search system for The Sony Archives”. [read more…]

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wpid-img_20150414_173531_wm.jpgSony Xperia Z1s (C6916) T-Mobile owners have yet to see Lollipop roll out. Recently, Lollipop firmware update 14.5.B.0.220 was certified by the PTCRB and now a newer update has been certified with build number 14.5.B.0.228.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before it is released. [read more…]

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wpid-wp-1429027390986.jpegA new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.726 has started to roll for the Sony Xperia Z2. This is the same update that recently hit the Xperia Z3 series. The update is live across a number of regions including USA,  Hong Kong,  France,  Germany,  Portugal and Spain. It is said to bring a number of bug fixes relating to notifications on the lock screen as well as providing a fix to Vivid mode and X-Reality. [read more…]

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A few days back we spoke of the impact that the Samsung Galaxy S6 series has had on the market and the competition are taking notice and perhaps reshaping marketing plans.  The latest rumour is that perhaps Sony is eschewing the Xperia Z4 moniker for its next flagship and going for a new name that doesn’t suggest such a marked change from the Xperia Z3.  Leakster @ViziLeaks suggests that it will in fact be called the Xperia Z3 Neo.  This could mean a more marked flagship upgrade later in the year and maybe even a new design language. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has finally started to roll the Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update. The firmware,  with build number  23.1.1.E.0.1 has already been released across a number of regions including Brazil,  Middle East,  USA and Russia. Further regions are expected to roll in due course. [read more…]

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imageSony Mobile has confirmed that the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will commence rollout for the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra next week (w/c 20 April 2015). This will include the update for dual SIM versions of both handsets.

Owners of the original Xperia Z series (including the Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z),  will see Lollipop “in few weeks” according to Sony. We’ll keep you posted once it starts to roll out.

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Sony Mobile has begun to roll the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update with build number 14.5.A.0.242 to the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. As with the other handsets that have received Lollipop,  the update is only live for select regions and variants. 
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There is no doubt that Samsung has created a wave with its latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The latter in particular is completely unique when it comes to smartphones with its curved edge on both sides of the display.  Whilst the genuine usefulness of this curved edge remains questionable,  the general consensus is that the S6 Edge looks like a next-generation device. For the first time, Samsung has clad the front and rear faces of its Galaxy flagship with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with an aluminium frame around the side of the phone.

However,  it is not only the looks where Samsung is winning plaudits,  the Galaxy S6 has the specs to match including a 5.1-inch 1440p AMOLED display,  octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset (4 x 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 cores and 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores),  3GB RAM, a 16MP rear camera with OIS, wireless charging, integrated fingerprint scanner and infra-red sensor. It is nice to see internal storage options starting from 32GB too –  16GB has no place on a flagship device these days in our view. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun to roll new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware builds for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in select regions. Build number 23.1.A.0.726 has been released for both handsets in regions such as Russia, Latin America, USA, Turkey and the Middle East, whilst build number 23.2.A.0.278 has been released for Telekom.de in Germany. It is a bit early to know exactly what has changed,  so if you have updated, chime in with your impressions below. [read more…]

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imageA couple of new Sony Xperia Z4 renders have leaked showing the front of the device.  There is no new detail here,  but the pics reaffirm what we have seen before. [read more…]

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Android 5.1 now hitting the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition

April 9, 2015

Google has begun to push the OTA Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware update for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition (C6806). Once updated the handset moves to build number LMY47D. The OTA zip file can be found here.

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Sony brings back “Close all” button for Recent Apps in latest Lollipop builds

April 9, 2015

Sony Mobile removed the “Close all” button for recent apps when it first released Android Lollipop, to the annoyance of some. Well it appears that Sony developers are listening as the button has reappeared in select Lollipop builds for the Xperia Z2 series that started to roll earlier this week. This particular feature is not […]

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More Xperia Z4 sample pics leak

April 8, 2015

The first alleged sample picture from the Sony Xperia Z4 leaked earlier this week.  Now a couple of new sample pics have appeared for you to check out. If you want to access the raw files,  hit the source links.

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Sony “Lavender” (E5503) on horizon with MediaTek chipset?

April 8, 2015

Tipster @upleaks tweeted details of a new handset earlier today,  claiming that the Sony “Lavender” is coming soon running the MediaTek MT6752 (64-bit octa-core LTE) chipset. The handset is expected to sport a 1080p display and run Lollipop firmware with a build number starting with ’29.X’. The handset,  codenamed ‘lavender’, will have model number E5503 […]

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