sony-online-store-shutdown-screenshotSony has already closed all of its retail stores in the USA, apart from its flagship showroom on 550 Madison Avenue in New York City. Well now the Sony Store website is set to follow suit as Sony has announced it will stop taking orders at 13.00 PST on 28 August 2015.

Sony will be introducing a new product website at some point later, which will allow users to purchase from Sony’s authorised dealers rather than the company directly. Sony has a list of FAQs about the change here, the main thing to note is that if you have any Sony gift cards then you will need to use these before the 28 August. [read more…]

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Sony IFA 2015Sony Mobile is set to announce the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 tomorrow, but it will likely keep back its newest Z series at a time closer to the IFA tradeshow. Sony Italy confirmed that its 2015 IFA press conference will take place on 2 September, so mark your diaries. It’s still not clear whether Sony will announce new Xperia devices on the day or just before, but we’ll keep you posted either way. [read more…]

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Xperia C5 Ultra and M5_3New Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 devices have leaked in full ahead of their formal reveal next week as Russian site Hi-Tech.Mail.ru has just published a preview of both devices.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is the one that will probably get all of the headlines, a unique frameless smartphone from Sony that looks gorgeous, whilst the Xperia M5 looks like a lower-cost version of the Xperia Z3+, sporting very similar design cues and a very capable camera. You can check out some close-up photos of each device below as well as a specs rundown. [read more…]

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screenshot1Flashtool developer Androxyde has pushed a latest version of the popular Sony Xperia utility moving it to build number 0.9.19.0. The latest release now supports the latest Sony Xperia devices such as the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet and for the first time MediaTek-based devices are also supported such as the Xperia E4 and E4g series.

We would advise some caution before updating however. Flashtool now needs a template script for your particular handset before a FTF firmware file can be flashed. This can be generated by a program such as Simple USB Logger, but the procedure to capture this data is complex. [read more…]

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New Xperia ColourSony Mobile has released another teaser ahead of next week’s new device reveal on Monday 3 August 2015. This time Sony has used the caption “something golden is sparkling on the horizon,” which strongly hints of a new gold-coloured Xperia device. In fact, yesterday’s picture tease has a gold-tint and we unearthed another photo related to this teaser campaign, showing the handset will be water-resistant as well as the new gold colour. Only a few days to see what Sony has up its sleeve. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 TabletIf you are in Canada and were hoping to get your hands on either the Xperia Z3+ or Xperia Z4 Tablet, then we’ve got some unfortunate news. Sony Mobile Canada has confirmed that it has “no current plans” to bring either device to the region.

However, every cloud has a silver lining and Sony confirmed that there are “great new products coming to Canada later this year.” This pretty much confirms the launch of new products in the second half of the year. Not a surprise, as earlier today Sony teased a new Xperia device may land next week on 3 August. [read more…]

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Smart Badge SmartBand TalkThe Sony SmartBand Talk has received updates to a few apps that should improve the overall experience. First of all the Countdown Timer app has been updated to build 1.00.10, which now allows you to change the time without your phone – simply control the minutes using the volume buttons.

The Smart Badge extension has been updated to build 1.01.02 which includes new fields for emergency contact and medical information. Lastly, the Calendar Smart extension has been updated to build 1.00.38 which now shows appointments vertically, so no need to contort your arm into funny shapes. [read more…]

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Sony_HQSony Corporation reported Q1 FY15 results earlier today for the three months ended 30 June 2015. Overall, Sony reported good growth with Group Q1 operating income increasing by 39% to 97 billion yen. However, the state of the mobile division was less rosy with Sony Mobile reporting a “significant decrease in smartphone unit sales resulting from a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability”.

Mobile Q1 FY15 sales were down by 16% to 281 billion yen, whilst operating loss declined further to 23 billion yen (Q1 2014: loss of 2 billion yen). However, Sony did talk of an “improvement in product mix” during the quarter as the company focuses on its premium offering. Sony sold 7.2 million Xperia units during the period, a 23 percentage year-on-year reduction. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia split second photosLooks like Sony Mobile will be releasing a new handset on 3 August 2015 that will be able to capture split-second photos. Could we finally see the Sony Exmor RS IMX230 sensor included in a new Sony Xperia device? [read more…]

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Xperia Keyboard_6.7.A.0.84_1Sony Mobile recently updated the Xperia Keyboard within the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop builds to add a numeric row on phones. It has now pushed a separate update on the Google Play Store with a similar changelog, allowing everyone to access the new features and moving the build number from 6.6.A.0.52 to version 6.7.A.0.84.

Apart from adding a numeric row, other improvements include a new layout for number fields, Punjabi language support and access to more word suggestions on phones by long pressing the “…” in the word choice menu (only available if more than three choices are available). [read more…]

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Pixels NERD Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has already launched two official Xperia Themes to promote Sony Pictures new movie, Pixels, but hey there’s always room for one more. This time round, Sony has launched a Pixels NERD (National Electronics Rescue Division) Xperia Theme, of which you can find some screenshots below. If you want to download it, head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony’s Concept for Android software leaks; download it now

July 29, 2015

Whilst we were not too surprised that screenshots of Sony’s Concept for Android software leaked yesterday, we are surprised that the actual firmware itself has leaked. This allows anyone with an Xperia Z3 (D6603) to try it out for themselves. The official trial is only available to 500 Sony Xperia Z3 users in Sweden. However, […]

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Xperia C5 Ultra prototype valued at $12m recovered by Brazilian police

July 29, 2015

In an interesting story out of Brazil, it appears that a Sony Xperia C5 Ultra prototype was stolen from a certification forum on 17 July, which the user then tried to sell on an “ebay-like” marketplace. Police say that the prototype was eventually recovered and the thief arrested. The prototype was valued at R$40m (around […]

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Motorola Moto X Style uses the Sony IMX230 camera sensor; when will we see it in an Xperia device?

July 28, 2015

Sony fans have been waiting for an improvement in the camera tech inside Xperia devices for a while now. Most of the recent flagship Xperia devices have used the Sony IMX220 camera sensor, but the latest Sony Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor is yet to make an appearance. Ironically, the new camera chip has now […]

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New screenshots of Sony’s Concept for Android software

July 28, 2015

The first few screenshots of Sony’s ‘Concept for Android’ Xperia software made an appearance last week, showcasing a stripped down UI – much closer to a stock Android experience. 500 Xperia Z3 owners in Sweden are being selected to trial this new software and it was always likely that it wouldn’t be too long before […]

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