Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet, moving the build number to 32.3.A.2.33. This latest version includes 1 March 2017 Google security patches and we are hearing reports that Sony may have finally fixed the audio issues introduced with the Android Nougat firmware. This includes a fix for the imbalance of top/bottom speakers and low in-call volume fix. If you’ve updated your handset let us know what changes you have noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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Samsung finally unveiled its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, earlier today despite a torrent of leaks in the weeks leading up to the launch. The device will launch in two Quad HD display configurations – 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch (Galaxy S8+) with slightly strange 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which means it will be longer and thinner, much like the LG G6.

The big change in terms of design, is the removal of the physical home button, which means the ‘infinity display’ as Samsung calls it now takes up pretty much the whole of the front face. Bezels are at a minimum with the Galaxy S8 sporting a screen-to-display ratio of 83%. While the physical home button may have been removed, Samsung does include an always-on home button that can be ‘pressed’ at any time through the use of force touch technology. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has launched a great new Xperia Theme to celebrate the latest game in the Mass Effect franchise called Andromeda. The theme has a number of cool animations and parallax effects throughout the theme, including new icons too. If you want to download it, head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile started to use a hybrid SIM tray for its dual SIM Xperia models in its 2016 devices. This meant that if you wanted to install a microSD memory card in your phone, then you could only use one SIM card instead of two – or, if you need to use two SIM cards, then you cannot use a memory card.

This is unlike the dual sim Xperia models from before 2015, which allowed you to use two SIM cards, as well as a micro SD card. Well, if you were hoping that Sony might change this for its 2017 models, then the omens don’t look great. We can confirm that the Xperia XZs Dual will also use the hybrid SIM tray, as you can see from the pics below. There is still a chance we could see a proper dual SIM + memory card option in other Xperia models this year, but don’t get your hopes up. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZs is due to launch in early April 2017 and now we have the first unboxing pictures. The pictures below show the Xperia XZs Dual in Taiwan, where the phone is due to be officially launched at a press conference on 31 March.

The pictures show that the packaging is similar to that used for the 2016 Xperia models. This particular model comes with the Quick Charger UCH12 and will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat (firmware 41.2.A.0.191). There are also a couple of images that show the Xperia XZs against its predecessor, the Xperia XZ, highlighting the new raised camera lens ring. Anyone excited for the Xperia XZs? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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We earlier reported that the system dump for the upcoming Xperia XZs and Xperia XA1 is now available. So it’s of no surprise that a number of goodies have been extracted and is available to download below, courtesy of PhonerX from XDA. All of the below, work on stock Xperia Nougat software without the need for root. You will find the latest Xperia XZs Loops Theme, Live Wallpaper, Clock Widget and wallpapers. Enjoy!
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Sony Mobile’s firmware for the upcoming Xperia XZs and Xperia XA1 is now live on Sony’s servers, which has meant that developers have been able to extract the official system dumps for each handset. This means that the official wallpaper, widgets and more can be ported to other Xperia handsets. You can find download links below. [read more…]

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Google formally unveiled Android O earlier today, announcing the Developer Preview enabling devs to start work on the newest OS to ensure their apps are compatible. Some of the big additions include better batter life by restricting background processes as well as improvements to notifications.

What we found most interesting though, is the amount of work that Google’s partners are putting into Android O and specifically Sony. According to a report from The Verge, Sony has been one of the biggest contributors with “more than 30 feature enhancements and 250 bug fixes” so far. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Weather Beta with a big update that adds a new Clock & Weather widget. This is the same one that you would have seen on the new Xperia handsets announced at MWC recently.

Tapping the widget allows the clock to be opened (if you press the left part) and the Xperia Weather app (by touching the right side). The widget currently only supports your current location at the moment, but this should be updated to add any destination going forward. If you’re a fan of the old Xperia Weather widget, then fear not as both widgets will run side-by-side. You can check out the full change-log below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has launched a new budget handset out of nowhere called the Xperia L1 (G3311, G3313) and Xperia L1 Dual (G3312). This is a budget handset that will use a 5.5-inch 720p HD display with a MediaTek MT6737T chipset (1.4GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and Mali-T720 MP2 graphics). The handset will come with 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC internal storage, along with microSD memory card support.

Camera duties are taken care of by a 13MP rear camera with F2.2 lens and a 5MP front camera with 24mm wide angle F2.2 lens. Other features include a 2620mAh battery, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC. It has dimensions of 151 x 74 x 8.7 mm and weight of 180g. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile may have a budget model on the horizon, according to a certification found on Russia’s Federal Service for Accreditation (RusAccreditation). According to the site, the Sony G3312 smartphone has passed through, along with the marketing name “Xperia L1”.

The Xperia L name only found its way to one Sony smartphone back in 2013, so Sony may be looking to update it with a 2017 version. If you’re asking us, why? Well we have no idea, it certainly seems strange to bring it back out of the blue, especially since the Xperia E series has denoted Sony’s budget range over the last few years. If anything comes from this, we will keep you posted. [read more…]

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Xperia X Concept update adds aptX support (38.3.1.A.0.74)

March 17, 2017

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia X Concept firmware to build number 38.3.1.A.0.74, which introduces the aptX Bluetooth code. This means that you can now take advantage of hi-res audio, especially if you don’t own a pair of headphones with LDAC support. As well as aptX support, the update also includes the latest 5 March […]

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Sony patents wireless phone-to-phone charging

March 16, 2017

A new Sony patent has turned up at the US Trademark and Patent Office, which shows that the company is exploring the possibility of wirelessly enabling power charging between mobile devices. So, this means that if you are running low on juice, you could turn to your friends’ phone for a top-up. At this stage, […]

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Xperia XZ, X Performance, X and X Compact get March 2017 security updates

March 15, 2017

Sony Mobile is rolling out new firmware updates for the Xperia XZ, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X and Xperia X Compact which includes the 1 March 2017 Google security patches. Software build number 39.2.A.0.442 is rolling out to the Xperia XZ and X Performance, whilst version number 34.2.A.0.333 is rolling to the Xperia X and […]

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Xperia XZs on pre-order in Netherlands with free Sony SRS-XB30 speaker offer

March 13, 2017

The Xperia XZ Premium has garnered most of the headlines since the MWC reveal, but Sony also has the Xperia XZs on the horizon which will sport the same motion eye camera capable of 960 frames per second slow motion video. The Xperia XZs will only launch in select regions, and within Europe, the phone […]

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