The Sony Xperia Z3+ recently went on sale in the United States, it’s not the Xperia Z5 that fans were hoping for, but Sony is trying to make the offer sweeter by including $50 PlayStation Store credit with every purchase.
Sony Mobile USA’s promotion includes both the Xperia Z3+ (E6533) and Xperia Z4 Tablet Wi-Fi (SGP712) – once you purchase either device from Amazon.com or BHPhotoVideo.com you will be entitled to the PS credit. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new update for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow Concept firmware for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Build number MDB08M.Z1.2153 brings some nice additions including Xperia Theme support, a “Take screenshot” option in the power off menu and the ability to set your default home screen.
Other changes include ‘simple’ support for the Sony Smart Cover and a number of stability fixes. Sony’s developers are doing a great job of slowly adding some core Xperia features to the Marshmallow experience, whilst still keeping bloat low and performance zippy. The latest update is rolling out OTA to all those in the Xperia Concept Marshmallow beta. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has gone local for its latest Xperia Theme, basing it around the Malmö FF (Malmö Fotbollförening) Swedish football team. Malmö is a short distance away from Lund, where a part of Sony Mobile’s global offices are based. For those don’t know, Malmö FF is one of the most successful football teams in Sweden in terms of trophies. If you’d like to adorn your Xperia device with the colours and logos of Malmö FF then head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has made available an experimental AOSP (Android Open Source Project) camera for developers. The idea behind the move is to encourage development of custom ROMs with basic camera functionality. We say ‘basic’ because the open source camera does not include any of Sony’s enhancements, the camera is based on the Qualcomm framework and is not “designed for daily use.”
It is worth flagging that this developer-only camera framework has a number of limitations. For example, the camera is not calibrated therefore the picture quality is not to the same standard as what you are used to seeing with the Xperia camera software. Sony also cautions that “you will experience lags and crashes.” [read more…]
Sony Mobile is considering the development of its own application processors for use in mobile devices, according to a report from DigiTimes. The report says that both Sony Mobile and LG plan to develop in-house chips, following on other manufacturers that already do this such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei.
If true, this could eventually mean a move away from Qualcomm and MediaTek as the two main chipset suppliers for Xperia devices to date. The report goes on to say that Global Unichip, the Taiwanese-based dedicated fabless ASIC provider, has won development orders from “Asia-based handset vendors”. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new premium Xperia Theme called “Bokeh”. The theme is one of Sony’s more mature and elegant Xperia Themes, compared to earlier ‘cartoony’ themes. It comes with a dark night image, out of focus using the bokeh camera effect. The theme is available in the Google Play Store but will set you back £0.99/€1.00/$1.00. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia Z4 Tablet with build number 28.0.A.8.260. The new firmware is a “bug fix and enhancement” update according to Sony and moves the firmware from current build version 28.0.A.8.251. The new firmware is widely available for both LTE (SGP771) and Wi-Fi (SGP712) variants of the tablet.
Interestingly, there is also a new firmware build available for the Sony Xperia Z3+ Dual (E6533). It is available only for one market (Generic China) and comes with build number 28.0.A.8.266. We’ll let you know if this new ‘266’ build or the 28.0.A.8.260 build starts to roll to global Xperia Z3+ models too. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new Circus Augmented-Reality Effect for Xperia devices. As you can tell by the name (and pictures below) this is all about the big top – clown faces will be superimposed onto your face, whilst you watch a tiger jumping through hoops or an elephant balancing on a small podium. There are also effects for juggling and balancing objects. You can download the Circus AR Effect on the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has officially launched the Xperia Z3+ (E6553) into the US market, as expected. The Xperia Z3+ product page now links to B & H Photo Video who is selling the handset for $499.99. The phone comes with a 1-year USA Manufacturer Warranty and is available in both black and white colours. Hopefully, we’ll see unlocked versions of the Xperia Z5 family launch in the US soon. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has updated the beta version of the Music application to add a much requested “Dark theme” option. Users can now toggle between light and dark themes in the settings, to your preference. Build number 9.1.2.A.1.0beta is currently rolling out to all beta testers, or the APK is available below. [read more…]
Sony Mobile updated the camera UI for the Xperia Z5 series earlier today with the Camera 2.0.0 update. So far, the update is only live on the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, but the APK will also work on the Xperia Z3+ without modification.
However, if you own an earlier Xperia Z series model with 20.7MP camera, then you’ll be glad to hear that Camera 2.0.0 has been ported (as long as you have root). The Xperia Z5 camera port will work on the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z3, and Z3 Compact. To install, hit the source link to download the zip file and then flash through recovery. There are still some bugs being ironed out, but keep an eye on the source link for future updates. [read more…]