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Lifelog Google Log-in_2Sony’s Lifelog application has been updated to build version 1.0.A.1.1. No changelog has been provided in the Google Play Store, but it seems like non-Sony phones are now supported with users able to log-in using a Google account. For Sony Xperia handsets, it is mandatory to log-in via a Sony Entertainment Network account and we have found no way around this.

The other change that we noticed is a couple of new options within Settings > Profile where you can set your “Stride length” and “Running stride length”. The SmartBand SWR10 application has also been updated (1.2.0.326) with the main change being the addition of an auto night mode. [read more…]

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Xperia Z KitKat leaked screens_15Just yesterday we were speculating that a new firmware build (10.5.A.0.227) for the Xperia Z (C6603) was most likely Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Well today XDA legend DooMLoRD has released some screenshots of this firmware build for the Xperia Z, confirming it is indeed Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

From the face of it, the screenshots look similar to the Xperia Z1 with full-screen transparency that KitKat brings, the new Notification/Quick settings drop-down bar that we’re not fond of and an update of the camera apps. DooMLoRD also confirmed, unsurprisingly, that there is no double-tap-to-wake feature. We understand that DooMLoRD may be in a position to leak this ROM soon, so we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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NAVIGON Smartwatch Connect_4_resultOkay the app itself went live a few weeks back, but we missed it at that point. Thought we would share that if you are a Garmin Xperia Edition subscriber then you can download this companion app for the SmartWatch 2. The app provides walking directions, enabling you to see your current position as well as the route, a zoom function is also available. A free 30-day trial is available for the Garmin Xperia Edition. You can download the app from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Xperia Privelege mergeThe Xperia Privilege app is now defunct. If you try to access the app you will be met with the following screen. As we have already started to see more and more recently, any kind of promotions will now be run via the Xperia Lounge app. This probably makes sense in the long-term as having a dedicated app just for promotions, meant that for many users there were long periods without anything new. Feel free to mourn (or not) in the comments below. [read more…]

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Spider-Man 2 gameThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 game from Gameloft is being offered for free to select Sony Xperia owners. The game is currently £2.99 via the Google Play Store but also has in-app purchases. The initial apk is 14.79MB in size and if you want to download the full game, you will need 678MB of space.

The promotion can be found in the Xperia Lounge app, but it is only live for certain phones. For example, whilst it has appeared for the Xperia Z and Xperia Z2 Tablet, it is nowhere to be found for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Tablet Z in our testing. If you have found the promotion in Xperia Lounge for your phone let us know what model you have in the comments below.

Update: Judging by the comments, it seems that this promotion depends on which region you are in. An Xperia Z1 owner in one country may see the update, but not in another. [read more…]

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Flashtool_0.9.16.0Flashtool has been updated to version number 0.9.16, which, amongst other features, supports on-the-fly updating of new device files. Devices are now synced directly from the GitHub repository, so as soon as a new device is added to it, all FlashTool users will have it locally.

The latest update also brings support for the Xperia Z2 Tablet as well as the ability to add your own UpdateURL (to check for firmware updates for your phone) as well as the ability to edit the CDFID to check for an update for your specific phone’s customisation version. To download the latest version click here. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1 Compact_14.3.A.0.761A small firmware update with build number 14.3.A.0.761 has been certified for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is likely to offer bug fixes over the previously released firmware with build number 14.3.A.0.757. The last firmware fixed the sound bug issue prevalent in the first release of KitKat and quashed a number of bugs that people were having. We expect this new release to bring further stability.
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Xperia Z2 Tablet AustraliaThe Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is now available to pre-order in Australia, where it is expected to launch on 29 April 2014. You can pre-order the tablet online right now via the Sony Store website. The 16GB Wi-Fi version costs A$599.00, with the 32GB Wi-Fi version costing A$699.00. The 16GB LTE version will set you back A$749.00.

To sweeten the deal if you pre-order before 28 April, Sony will throw in a CPF5 portable charger (5000mAh) for free , with various colours to choose from. The tablet will also be available through Telstra on 29 April 2014. For those waiting for news on Xperia Z2 availability, Sony’s social team said: “It’s our next announcement, you won’t be waiting much longer“. [read more…]

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The Green was one of the first developers to create a number of themes when Xperia Themes first launched, many of you have no doubt installed Noir or Prorobot. Well the developer has today launched five new premium themes into the Google Play Store including Bestfriends, Headbanger, Sporty, Blinger and NewEngland. You can see screenshots of each below – let us know which one is your favourite. [read more…]

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20140423_bSome were surprised when the Xperia Z2 Tablet used the same resolution as its predecessor i.e. a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) WUXGA resolution display with 224 PPI. Well judging by the latest development from Japan Display Inc (JDI) it looks like we might see a 10.1-inch 4K2K (3840 x 2160) IPS display (438 PPI) land on the next iteration of the Xperia Tablet.

JDI has begun shipping samples of this new display for tablets. The display incorporates low-temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology for low power consumption. JDI says that its power consumption is as low as a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) LCD display. Given Sony’s strong support of the 4K format across its phones, televisions, cameras, camcorders and video content it would be no surprise to see a tablet launch with such a resolution next year. [read more…]

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OnePlus One_13A new entrant looking to shake-up an already saturated Android market announced its new smartphone today – the OnePlus One. We reported on the phone recently when the company teased some if its key specifications versus the Xperia Z2, but today saw its formal launch so we now know its full specs, design and pricing.

The key thing that the OnePlus One has going for it versus current Android flagships from Sony, HTC and Samsung is its price. The actual hardware is pretty much on par with the best Android handsets on the market, but it will cost less than half these handsets on launch. [read more…]

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Background defocus app arrives on Google Play Store

April 23, 2014

Sony has launched the latest version of its Background defocus imaging app (version 1.2.6) onto the Google Play Store. The app appears to be available to Sony Xperia phones running at least Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Background defocus allows you to create a bokeh effect in your pictures, adding depth of field. Sony says to […]

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Xperia Z’s KitKat firmware (10.5.A.0.227) spotted on EMMA

April 23, 2014

We are all expecting Android 4.4.2 KitKat to arrive on the Xperia Z at some point next month, along with the Xperia ZL, ZR and Tablet Z. Well it looks like Sony is hard at work to deliver this on time as a suspected Android 4.4.2 KitKat build (10.5.A.0.227) for the Xperia Z (C660X) has […]

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Big Album (6.0.A.0.26) and WALKMAN (8.3.A.0.2) update hits Xperia handsets

April 23, 2014

Sony has pushed out a big update for its Album and WALKMAN applications, showcasing a new UI similar to that seen in the recent Movies app revamp. Both apps see a new sliding menu, which contains most of the functionality you need by swiping right from wherever you are in the app. The Album app […]

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Xperia Z2’s slow motion video compared against the HTC One M8 and Galaxy S5

April 22, 2014

The Xperia Z2’s Timeshift video allows users to record slow motion video in 720p at 120 frames per second. This is a feature also found in other leading Android smartphones such as the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G Pro 2. Mobile Geeks has compared this feature across all four of these […]

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