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Xperia Z3 Copper cropFollowing our earlier post, we know that you’d like to see what the Xperia Z3 would look like in a Copper colour. Well feast your eyes below – the press picture shows the Xperia Z3 in copper and the sharp-eyed amongst you will also notice that the model is wearing a new SmartBand.

A few days back we reported on the ‘SmartBand Talk’ which would come with a curved E Ink display – looks like this is the one and the same. Look for the full details at Sony’s IFA 2014 press conference tomorrow. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia CopperSony intended to release the Xperia M2 Aqua in a new Copper colour, but it looks like this was ditched at the last minute to keep the colour an exclusive for the more premium Xperia Z3. You can see the side profile of the copper-coloured Xperia M2 Aqua below – expect the Copper Xperia Z3 to use a similar tone.

Rumours of a copper coloured flagship intensified last week, when one of the cryptic clues in its IFA 2014 teaser video was around “Cu” (the periodic table symbol for Copper). The spec list revealed earlier today also spoke of Copper being one of the three colours for the Xperia Z3 (the other two being the usual Black and White). [read more…]

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SmartShot QX1 mit Xperia von Sony_04Well what do we have here? Looks like Sony’s new QX1 lens-style camera with E-Mount attachment. The QX1 will use the Exmor APC-S sensor judging by the pics. The pictures also confirm some kind of pop-up flash.

The press photos also show the first official picture we have seen of the Xperia Z3. We mostly get to see pictures of the rear of the handset. [read more…]

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all1jpA picture of the Xperia Z3 with a spec-sheet on the back has leaked. We can’t verify the authenticity of the picture, but what the specs reveal tally with what we have seen so far. It appears that the leak was taken at some kind of training session for the device.

The spec list reveals new info on the handset including the addition of a Copper colour, for the first time on a Sony Xperia device. It looks like the Xperia Z3 will feature Sony’s advanced Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX), which upscales the existing sound source to near High-Resolution sound quality. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Compact_3Sony’s IFA 2014 press conference is just a day away, but it looks like the lid has been blown on the heavily rumoured Xperia Z3 Compact. Press pictures of the device have been leaked, showing some striking new red and mint colours.

Ausdroid, who leaked the pictures, says the device will come with a 4.6-inch 720p display, 20.7MP camera, 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2600mAh battery. They also claim that the phone will use a Nano SIM, which would make it the first Sony Xperia to do so if this were true. We can’t wait to find out more tomorrow. [read more…]

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FlashTool_0.9.18.1 _6FlashTool is one of the most powerful tools for Sony Xperia devices and has been around since the Xperia X10 days. The utility has been updated to version number 0.9.18.1, which brings a very useful new feature – the ability to download the latest firmware files for your Sony Xperia device.

Once you have downloaded the latest version, simply head over to the Update Checker part of the tool to select and download your firmware. In theory, this negates the need to use two tools (XperiFirm and FlashTool) to create a FTF firmware file as detailed in our recent guide. See some steps below in how to take advantage of this. [read more…]

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Xperia logoIn two days’ time, Sony will reveal three new devices – that much is pretty certain. These new products are likely to be the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. There is compelling evidence from what we have seen over the last few months that these mobile devices will be announced for sure on Wednesday 3 September.

However, another entry-level model number that has been outed recently is the Sony D22XX (D2202, D2212, D2203, D2243). There is a possibility that Sony could also announce this model later this week, but obviously without the prominence of the flagship ‘Z3’ products. [read more…]

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Xperia E EOLThe Xperia E and Xperia E dual have reached their end-of-life (EOL) when it comes to software updates, as Sony has confirmed that support for both handsets have ended. As befits an entry-level model, the phone saw very few updates over the life of the handset.

The phone launched with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and was updated to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, where it remained. The last update for both phones was released in July 2014, with the Xperia E updated to build 11.3.A.2.33 and the Xperia E dual to build 11.3.A.3.1. [read more…]

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Video Unlimited_13.0.B.0.4_5Sony is rolling out a new update for the Video Unlimited application to select handsets such as the Xperia M2. Video Unlimited has been updated to build number 13.0.B.0.4, with the same changelog that was seen in the last update (13.0.A.1.1). This includes an improved layout of titles within the Store home as well as improving the drawer menu and button design. The APK can be downloaded below. [read more…]

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Sony IFA 2014Sony’s latest IFA 2014 tease relates to the water resistance of its devices. Since the introduction of the Xperia Z, the water resistance of its flagship phones has been one if Sony’s key selling points. Well it looks with the new generation of phones, Sony will be taking their waterproof qualities to the next level.

Sony’s tweet says “We’ll be getting deep at #IFA2014. But how deep..?” There is a picture of an arrow pointing to 2 metres with a question mark, implying it could be even greater. On the face of it, this probably means an IP certification of IP 65/68 as seen in the recently announced Xperia M2 Aqua. [read more…]

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SmartWatch 3_ThumbSome new details on Sony’s new SmartWear accessories have been rumoured by 9to5Google. They claim that Sony will launch two new wearable accessories at IFA 2014 next week, including the SmartWatch 3 and a SmartBand Talk, which will sport a curved E Ink display.

The SmartWatch 3 will run Android Wear according to the report, which if true, would mean Sony ditching its current Android-based efforts in this space. This would be a shame, but perhaps inevitable given the challenge of drumming developer interest into niche apps. The watch will take design cues from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and will feature a 1.68-inch (320 x 320) display and will come with IP58 certification. [read more…]

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Lifelog update (2.1.A.0.10) brings small bug fixes

August 30, 2014

The Lifelog application was updated earlier this week, moving the build version from 2.1.A.0.6 to 2.1.A.0.10. From what we can tell, there are no new additions to the update. The biggest issue many are still having with Lifelog relates to battery drain – if you have downloaded this update, let us know if you are […]

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Android 4.4.3 heading to the Xperia T2 Ultra in next update?

August 30, 2014

The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra Dual are currently running Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware, however it seems that soon enough the handsets will be updated to Android 4.4.3. The leaked screenshot below shows the latest certified firmware build (19.1.1.C.0.56) for the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual (D5322) running Android 4.4.3. A similar build has […]

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Sketch 4.2.1 update improves stability

August 30, 2014

Sony’s Sketch app has been updated from version 4.2 to 4.2.1, bringing with it stability improvements. This is a minor update moving the build number from 2.0.A.1.6 to 2.0.A.1.7. You can download the update below if it hasn’t started rolling to your device yet.

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What’s New app (1.2.A.0.5) lands on older Xperia Z devices

August 30, 2014

The What’s New application has currently only graced more recent Sony flagships such as the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z1. However, Sony is now rolling out the app to older Xperia Z devices such as the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z. The What’s New build number moves from 1.2.A.0.2 (on the Xperia Z2) […]

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