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Sony e-paper watchA couple of days back we reported that Sony was working on a watch that would feature an electronic paper face and strap. In that post, we referenced the ‘FES Watch’ as to what the Sony e-paper watch might look like. At the time it was believed that the FES Watch was developed by an independent company looking to crowd sourcing to bring it to market.

Well it actually turns out that the FES Watch was developed by Sony all along under the name “Fashion Entertainments.” The five-person Sony engineering team wants to redefine e-paper as a fabric and looked to keep the project under wraps. [read more…]

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Movie Creator 2.2.A.0.8_3The Sony Movie Creator app has received an update that moves the build number from version 2.1.A.0.7 to 2.2.A.0.8. The 8.7 MB update allows you to manually create your own movie highlight – simply hit the “Create” button in the “Coming soon” page. Sony says that you also have access to more music on the cloud but we’re not sure what this means in practice. The update should be rolling to Sony Xperia phones right now, or you can download from the link below. [read more…]

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Case-Mate Barely There Z3C_4There is a debate that many go through when purchasing a new smartphone i.e. should I use a cover or not? Some prefer to use their phone naked, showing off the phone in all of its glory, while others want a cover to protect their invest in case of an accidental bump or fall. The ‘Case-Mate Barely There’ series of cases are designed for those that are happy with some light protection, but want to keep as close to a naked experience as possible.

Today we are reviewing the Case-Mate Barely There case for the Xperia Z3 Compact thanks to MobileFun, who also stock a wide range of other Xperia Z3 Compact cases. This is the ‘Clear’ version of the case, ideal if you want to show off the colour of your handset. It is a very lightweight and slim case that also has access to most ports, buttons and magnetic charging pins. Click through for our impressions. [read more…]

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feswatchicoSony is currently developing an unusual watch that will use electronic paper in its entire body i.e. the face and strap according to Bloomberg. The emphasis of the product will be on style rather than cutting edge specs and could launch as early as next year.

The face and wrist band of the watch would be made from a patented e-paper material allowing the entire surface to act as a display. To understand the concept, the FES Watch is trying to crowdsource something very similar in Japan (see the gif below). Is this something you could be interested in? It certainly would bring a wow factor to Sony’s wearable offering.
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Weather widget_ 2.1.A.0.10_4A new update to Sony’s Weather widget now brings the ability to resize it. Up until now the widget has used a fix space of 1 x 4 spaces on the home screen. The update now allows you to fill an entire home screen with the Weather widget if you want to. The new update moves the build number from version 2.0.A.0.74 to 2.1.A.0.10. The only other change is improved language support. [read more…]

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Walkman update_3A new update to the Sony WALKMAN application is now rolling which moves the build number from version 8.4.A.5.4 to 8.5.A.0.6. The main new feature is Android Wear support – you can control music playback from your Android Wear device. In addition, you can also download playlists to your Android Wear device. Seems like a great update if you recently bought the SmartWatch 3. [read more…]

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Xperia M2 Android 4.4.4Sony has begun to rollout the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia M2 (only D2303 and D2306 LTE variants so far). The update moves the build number from 18.3.C.0.40 to 18.3.1.C.0.21. The issue of delayed audio has been fixed. If you have downloaded the update, let us know what changes you’ve noticed below. [read more…]

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sony-logoSony held an Investor Day for its Electronics business in Japan earlier today, where it gave some initial insights into its plans for the mobile division. Sony will be providing a full strategic update on the mobile business in early 2015, but some of the key themes were laid bare now.

Sony has had success in its premium Xperia Z series range, reporting an increase in FY2014 sales within this segment, however the low/mid-range segment saw a significant year-on-year decline, as previously reported. So how does Sony plan to address this situation? [read more…]

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Z3 RootIt was a relief during the summer when we saw most Sony Xperia devices being able to get root with locked bootloaders. This was thanks to various exploits (such as TowelRoot) that were discovered and tweaked by the fantastic developer community at XDA and other places. These exploits have been patched in the latest Xperia firmware builds, which means there is currently no method to root any Xperia Z3 series device that has a locked bootloader.

There will always be a strong demand to gain root for any handset, so the XDA community has gathered together and is currently running a bounty for whoever can root the Xperia Z3 series with a locked bootloader. The pot currently stands at $2,394 at the time of posting, which highlights the demand for Root. Hopefully it is a matter of time before an exploit is discovered, we’ll keep you posted if there is any success on this front.

Thanks sxtester!

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Xperia M_15.4.A.1.10_2Who says updates for the Xperia M were dead? After the Xperia M received a new firmware certification back in September for build number 15.4.A.1.10, the update has finally started to roll. However, this might be a carrier-only update – it has only hit Boost Mobile in Australia so far.

This is a very small update, moving the build number from 15.4.A.1.9 to 15.4.A.1.10, so only expect some small bug-fixes. It is currently rolling as a 20.1 MB OTA update, but if you want to try it for yourself you will find the FTF file below for the C1904 Xperia M variant. [read more…]

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2014-11-24 09.43.07Sony has a potentially serious issue on their hands as its “Back up & restore” app appears to have been hacked. Looking at the Play Store ‘My apps’ section on our Xperia Z3 reveals that the app is now managed by the “HeArT HaCkEr Group.” As a system app, there is no way to delete the app either, so given the permissions this particular app has (see below) it is a serious issue.

We’re not sure how the app has been hacked. Potentially, Sony Mobile’s Play Store account may be compromised, where the hacker has replaced the original app. However, we’ll wait to hear from Sony directly. The Google Play Store listing for this new hacked version can be found here (PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL). [read more…]

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New firmware rolling for Xperia E3 (18.4.C.2.12) and Xperia E3 Dual (18.4.B.2.14)

November 23, 2014

A new firmware build is currently rolling for the Xperia E3 (D2203, D2206) which moves the build number from version 18.4.C.1.36 to 18.4.C.2.12. In addition, a new update has arrived for the Xperia E3 Dual which moves the build number from version 18.4.B.1.20 to 18.4.B.2.14. You can see which regions/carriers this new build is rolling […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 AR effect app launches in selected regions

November 21, 2014

Not happy with the Spider-man AR effect app that Sony has already released, it has now published another one. This one ties in with the latest movie, hence is called “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 AR effect” app. This one works slightly differently and is also only available in selected regions worldwide. Once you download the […]

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Sony GCM10 Mount now in stock via Sony Store UK; make the most of PS4 Remote Play

November 21, 2014

PS4 Remote Play for the Sony Xperia Z3 series went live at the end of October, with support added for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet earlier this month through the Android 4.4.4 firmware update. Despite this, the one key accessory that has been used in all ‘PS4 Remote Play’ marketing material has been absent. […]

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New firmware (23.0.1.A.3.12) certified for Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet – likely carrier bug-fix update

November 21, 2014

A new firmware version with build number 23.0.1.A.3.12 has been certified for the Xperia Z2 (D6503 variant only) and Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521 only). This is likely to be a small bug-fix update destined for carriers only. The last such update was build number 23.0.1.A.3.9 that only hit Orange/T-Mobile carriers in Europe along with O2 […]

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