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T-Mobile Xperia Z3_5Those that pre-ordered the Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile US have already started to receive their handsets, this is despite the phone not officially launching on the carrier until 29 October 2014. T-Mobile always said that this was likely for those that pre-order early enough. Check out some unboxing pics from the lucky few that have already got hands-on. [read more…]

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LittleBigPlanet XPERIA Theme_3_resultSony Mobile has launched a LittleBigPlanet Xperia Theme for compatible devices. For those that don’t know, LittleBigPlanet (LBP) is a hit gaming series exclusively developed for PlayStation. LBP was developed by Media Molecule and first appeared on the PlayStation 3 back in 2008.

Sackboy is the star of the show and appears in the wallpaper and other graphical assets of this latest Xperia Theme. If you’re a LittleBigPlanet fan, you can check out the dedicated Xperia Theme on the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Verizon Xperia Z3vThe Sony Xperia Z3v for Verizon is now in stock through Verizon stores and online. It can be picked up for $199.99 on a two-year contract, through Verizon Edge on $24.99 per month (with 2-year contract) or off-contract for $599.99. The Xperia Z3v is available to order in both black and white colours.

Additionally, for a limited time (through 26 November), if you buy the Xperia Z3v you will can get $200 knocked off the Xperia Z2 Tablet (a two-year contract will be required). [read more…]

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Z3 auSony Mobile has today launched the Xperia Z3 in Japan on two of its largest carriers. The Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) is out on NTT DoCoMo, whilst the Xperia Z3 (SOL26) has landed on au by KDDI. Softbank is also expected to carry the Xperia Z3, but not until late November. All three models will carry 32GB of internal storage, versus 16GB for the international models. [read more…]

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Xperia E1_20.1.A.2.13Sony is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia E1 (D2005) which moves the build number to 20.1.A.2.13. The firmware is now available across a number of regions across Europe, Middle East and Asia. We’re not aware of what changes this update has brought, so if you’ve downloaded it let us know what you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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LinkedInLittle did we know but the latest version of Info-eye includes the ability to actually scan business cards. This feature is powered by LinkedIn, so you should be able to find pretty much any business contact. To use this functionality, simply scan a picture of a business card and the app will then search LinkedIn for appropriate matches.

Sato Takashi, a member of the Info-eye development team says that providing this functionality came with its own challenges. “The inherent difficulties in matching up different fonts, different fields and then integrating all that into a reliable LinkedIn search posed a huge challenge but we’re really happy with the result. For me, they key thing is the immediacy of the contact. As soon as you have someone’s card you can connect with them, whilst you’re still fresh in their mind. It’s a powerful integration.[read more…]

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WALKMAN 8.4.A.5.4_1Sony released an update to the WALKMAN app yesterday with build number 8.4.A.5.3. This update brought with it faster start-up times and a better overview in Walkman home. Sony must have encountered a bug in the app though, as it is now pushing a new update with build number 8.4.A.5.4.

However, you wouldn’t know this from the face of it as the ‘Update Centre’ still refers to the build as version number 8.4.A.5.3. It’s only when you look at the settings you can see it is in fact 8.4.A.5.4. If it hasn’t arrived on your handset yet, you can download it below. [read more…]

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Sony XperiaThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sony may be planning once again to cut smartphone shipment forecasts for FY14 (year to March 2015). Back in July, Sony had reduced its smartphone estimates from 50 million units to 43 million units. To give you some context, Sony sold 39 million smartphones in FY13.

WSJ says that Sony is “likely to trim its smartphone sales target by several millions of units”, which could mean it is expecting a similar number as the prior year i.e. a broadly flat position. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3_23.0.A.2.108A small firmware build for the Xperia Z3 (D6653 variant) has been certified by the PTCRB with version number 23.0.A.2.108. This compares to the current 23.0.A.2.105 build that is widely on Xperia Z3 devices.

A couple of more recent firmware versions with build numbers 23.0.A.2.106 and 23.0.1.A.1.38, haven’t seen a global release, so there’s no guarantee that Sony will release this build to consumers. If it does get released, we’ll let you know. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compactThe 8-inch Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is due to hit stores at the start of November, but if you can’t wait until then to get a first glimpse of the packaging then check out the video below. It shows the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact being unboxed along with a quick tour of the device (in Danish). [read more…]

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WALKMAN_8.4.A.5.3_2Sony has updated its WALKMAN application, moving the build number from 8.4.A.4.4 to 8.4.A.5.3. The new update significantly increases start-up time according to Sony, as well as providing a better overview in Walkman home with fewer items. Sony still gives you the option to open the full list view. The 12.3MB update is currently rolling out to a number of Sony Xperia devices. [read more…]

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Album app update (6.4.A.0.16) adds hide option for PlayMemories Online

October 21, 2014

Sony has updated the Album application which moves the build number from 6.3.A.0.12 to 6.4.A.0.16. The main addition to this update finishes what Sony started in the last update i.e. the ability to hide PlayMemories Online photos from the main grid (previously, hiding a photo would only remove it from the top area). The 14.4 […]

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New update (14.4.A.0.155) certified for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra

October 20, 2014

A new firmware update with build number 14.4.A.0.155 has been certified for a number of handsets including the Sony Xperia Z1,  Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. The update would move the build number from version 14.4.A.0.133 (which only hit selected carrier devices) or the older 14.4.A.0.108 build that saw a global release.

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Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact on pre-order in the US for $499.99

October 20, 2014

Sony has placed the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact on pre-order in the United States via the Sony Store. We only noticed one SKU available on the Sony Store website which is the 32GB Wi-Fi version in white for $499.99. Sony expects to ship the tablet on 2 November 2014.

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Small update (23.0.A.2.106) hits the Xperia Z3 Compact in Brazil [Update]

October 19, 2014

Sony 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.

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