Sony Xperia Z4 TENAAThe Sony Xperia Z4 (E6533) has passed through TENAA, the telecoms regulator in China, pretty much confirming that the device will land in the region. Whether it will be marketed as the Z4 or Z3+ remains to be seen.

This particular variant has support for TD-LTE band, to support the Chinese carriers. Specifications listed on the certification confirm this model has a 5.2-inch 1080p display (no QHD resolution here), Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, dimensions of 146.3 x 71.9 x 6.9 mm and a weight of 143 grams. [read more…]

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Xperia M4 Aqua unboxingThe Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is due to launch next week, at least in the UK, according to retailer Clove. They have both black and white handsets available for £227.99 plus postage and deliver worldwide. Amazon UK has the handset on pre-order for £229.99 and points to a 1 June 2015 launch. While we wait for the release, you can check out an unboxing video of the Xperia M4 Aqua from our friends at Clove. It also includes a quick demo of the new Xperia home launcher that we reported on yesterday. [read more…]

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Xperia Sponsor Champions LeagueIf you like football (or soccer for those in North America), then you’ll already know that the UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest global tournaments for the sport that takes place each year. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has sponsored the Champions League for many years promoting the PlayStation brand.

Earlier today, Sony announced that it had extended this partnership for a further three years up until the season commencing 2017/18. However, the great news for Xperia fans is that Sony Mobile will also partner UEFA, which means that the both brands will enjoy extensive rights to the matches, pre-match training sessions, media, hospitality, events including the Final, as well as the exclusive digital partnership on UEFA.com. [read more…]

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Xperia Z LTE LollipopSony Xperia Z LTE owners will be happy to hear that the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update is now seeding for the LTE variants – this includes both the Asian/European C6603 as well as the North American C6616. The updates are downloading through PC Companion, so no need to wait for it to arrive OTA. At the time of writing, Lollipop is available on the C6603 variant in Hong Kong (Generic) and Sweden (Three).

The update for the Sony Xperia ZR LTE variant C5503 is also now available. Once again, only the Hong Kong generic update is live, but other regions should see it soon. You can download the FTF firmware files below. [read more…]

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What's New 3.0.A.0.3_2Sony Mobile’s What’s New application has seen a minor update that moves the build number from 3.0.A.0.2 to version 3.0.A.0.3. The 6.0MB update is available OTA (over-the-air) right now and likely brings some minor bug-fixes over the prior version that introduced a new look and feel and richer content. [read more…]

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Xperia ZL_10.6.A.0.454_3Sony Mobile started to release the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia Z and Xperia ZR yesterday. The update was only live in select regions and only via OTA (over-the-air), rather than PC Companion. Well today it is the turn of the Xperia ZL (C65XX) and Xperia Tablet Z (SGP3XX).

Android Lollipop build number 10.6.A.0.454 is live for a number of variants of the Xperia ZL including the HSPA+ C6502 (Taiwan only) and LTE C6506 (USA). Likewise the Xperia Tablet Z has seen the update in Taiwan (SGP311, SGP321), Hong Kong (SGP321) and USA (SGP351). [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 ThumbA number of Asian media sites are reporting that Sony Mobile is due to hold press conferences next week that could see the next Xperia flagship launch in the region. First of all, a conference will take place in Taiwan on Wednesday 27 May where the Xperia C4 and Z4 Tablet are expected, along with the Z3 Plus (Z3+) according to reports.

In addition, Sony Mobile Hong Kong has sent round invites to a press conference on 28 May relating to “the new Xperia flagship”. The invite references “Top camera, screen, sound, water and design all rolled into one.” Sony is also sending four product development engineers from Japan to the Hong Kong press conference to talk about the design of the new models. We’ll let you know if we do hear of an Asian Xperia Z4/Z3+ launch next week (remember a similar press conference is also taking place in India on 26 May). [read more…]

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New home launcher_3Sony will introduce a new home launcher shortly that will bring some long-awaited features. Long pressing an empty space in the launcher will bring a new “Home Settings” icon (the Widgets and Apps icons have been combined into one icon to allow space). There will then be options to allow the home screen to auto rotate into landscape mode as well as the ability to adjust icon sizes. Previously, you could only use the launcher in landscape mode if docked.

The pictures below show the auto-rotation setting within the new home launcher. The icon size setting will also be added in a later version. This information has also been confirmed in the Xperia user guide linked below. We don’t have an ETA of when the new launcher will land, but it should be useful nonetheless. [read more…]

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Sony BKC52 Bluetooth Keyboard with Tablet Cover Stand_1If we rewind back to last summer, Sony was looking to launch the “BKC50 Bluetooth Keyboard with Tablet Cover Stand” for the Xperia Z2 Tablet. The accessory combined the BKB10 Bluetooth keyboard with case, providing an inclusive option for those power users out there. Well, shortly after announcing the cover, Sony discontinued it due to a compromised design where there was a risk that the tablet could fall out of the cover.

That seemed to be the end of it, however it seems that Sony provided a tweaked version of the case earlier this year. The “BKC52 Bluetooth Keyboard with Tablet Cover Stand” has essentially the same functionality as the BKC50, including the same BKB10 Bluetooth keyboard. The BKC52 Tablet Cover Stand is available in a number of retailers including Amazon UK for £98.12 and Handtec for a cheaper £83.99. It is also available in mainland Europe around the €99 mark. Not cheap, but if you get a lot of use out of your Xperia Z2 Tablet you may want to check it out. [read more…]

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Xperia Z_10.6.A.0.454Sony Mobile has begun the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rollout on the older Xperia Z series. The update appears to be arriving via OTA only, therefore you will not find any reference to it on XperiFirm right now. Various users have got in touch confirming the update on at least the Xperia Z and Xperia ZR – we would imagine it is also live for the Xperia ZL and Tablet Z too. The new update moves the build number to version 10.6.A.0.454. If you have updated, please post your impressions and screenshots in the comments below. [read more…]

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2015-05-20 12.22.06A new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra will start to roll today according to Sony. The new update will move the build number from 14.5.A.0.242 to version 14.5.A.0.270.

The update is currently only live on Telus Canada for the C6906 variant only, but it should start seeding for the other Xperia Z1 variants shortly (along with the Z1 Compact and Z Ultra). A number of people have received emails from Sony regarding this update over the last 12 hours or so, so it should be too long before it rolls. [read more…]

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Album app updated to version 7.2 for those on stable release (7.2.A.0.12)

May 20, 2015

Sony Mobile has today updated its Album application to version 7.2 for those not participating in the beta. The production release with build number 7.2.A.0.12 is currently rolling to all users in the Google Play Store. New features include theme support in the navigation bar, updated full screen layout, “Tips and Tricks” within the settings […]

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Theme Creator BETA (0.0.2) no longer restricts you to using Adobe Photoshop

May 20, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated its Theme Creator tool, which allows users to create their own Xperia Themes. Theme Creator BETA version 0.0.2 adds a number of new features including the ability to use your own favourite image editor (previously you could only use Photoshop). Other changes include an updated UI, performance improvements, extensive bug-fixing, ability […]

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‘Live on YouTube’ app adds support for Android Lollipop

May 19, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the “Live on YouTube – by Xperia” which finally brings support for Android Lollipop. The build number of the app moves from 01.00.41 to version 01.00.47. No other changes have been noticed. ‘Live on YouTube’ allows you to broadcast and share live moments with the world or privately to your own […]

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Xperia Z4 announced for SoftBank Mobile in Japan

May 19, 2015

Sony Mobile has announced that the Xperia Z4 (402SO) will be heading to SoftBank Mobile in Japan – this now makes three Japanese carriers that will stock Sony’s latest flagship. The model is the same in design/specs that we have already seen, however it is refreshing to see that SoftBank will not adorn any logos […]

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