Jungle Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has launched a new AR (augmented reality) effect into the Google Play Store. The Jungle AR effect brings a cute tiger, giraffe or orang-utan into play with the rear camera for your photos and videos. If you are using the front-facing camera then you can watch a snake curl around you, find a monkey sitting on your head of a toucan singing on your shoulders. Head over to the Play Store to download the Jungle AR effect – make sure you have AR effect v3.1.1 or higher for it work. [read more…]

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Xperia NexusA few pictures have surfaced on Reddit claiming to be of a leaked document sent by a design lead at Sony Mobile to Google HQ. The document highlights a new handset called the Sony ‘Porpita’, which it claims is a new Xperia Nexus. It talks of a mid-April release being pushed back to June due to Snapdragon 810 heat issues.

It even includes a schematic of the device and spec sheet which includes a 4.3-inch 1080p display (526 PPI), 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage and a 3780mAH battery. Obviously, somebody has gone to great lengths with these fake documents – referencing current issues to try and give credence to its authenticity. [read more…]

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XperiaWe now know three new model numbers that Sony is expected to launch later this year. The model numbers were revealed on the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site, which has been an accurate source of upcoming handsets in the past.

The revelations include one flagship model (Sony E6533), which has a good chance of being the Xperia Z4. Last year’s Xperia Z2 had model number D65XX, whilst the Xperia Z3 model number was D66XX. The move from ‘D’ to ‘E’ relates to the change from 2014 to 2015 handsets. [read more…]

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Walkman 8.5.A.2.7_Material_5Sony has updated the WALKMAN application that now includes a new (subtle) material design, compatibility with Android 5.0 Lollipop and the ability to use any equaliser of your choice. The update includes a new icon and gives an idea of the direction that Sony is heading with a much more sober flat design compared to Google’s native Lollipop experience that uses brighter colours. So what are your impressions? The 14.0 MB update is rolling out OTA right now (the APK can be downloaded below). [read more…]

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PlayStation MusicSony has announced that it will be closing its Music Unlimited service and will instead launch PlayStation Music with Spotify. Users will be able to link their PlayStation Network accounts with Spotify. The Music Unlimited service will close on 29 March 2015.

PlayStation Music (PS Music) will launch this spring on Xperia smartphones/tablets and the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 across 41 regions around the world. As part of the process, Sony will also be rebranding Video Unlimited to PlayStation Video (PS Video).

Via PlayStation Blog.

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Smartphone-BrandsWe imagine that a lot of you come to this site as you either own a Sony Xperia device or are at least interested in keeping abreast with Sony’s plans. You may also be Sony fans waiting for the company to launch the next killer product.

However, recent reports have not made for easy reading including job cuts within Sony’s smartphone business, a change in strategy following huge losses and declining market share. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Dual_23.0.F.1.96A firmware update is now rolling for the Sony Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) that moves the build number from 23.0.F.1.82 to version 23.0.1.F.0.96. The update has been released across a number of regions including the US, Brazil, Russia, Middle East and Ukraine. If you have downloaded the update, do let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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SonyNikkei is reporting that Sony is planning to cut an additional 1,000 employees within Sony Mobile in a drive to bring the division back into profit. The job cuts are mainly expected to land in Europe and China.

These job cuts are on top of the 1,000 job cuts that Sony announced in October 2014. The workforce will shrink to 5,000 by March 2016. Further details on the job cuts are expected when releases its quarterly results update on 4 February 2015.

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t-mobile-4g-coverage-map-348x196T-Mobile is slowly expanding coverage of sites using the low-band 700MHz (Band 12) LTE spectrum in the United States. The good news is that Sony Xperia Z3 owners will be able to take advantage of this. T-Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Z3 will get 700 MHz support in May 2015 via a software update.

Not all areas will get 700 MHz coverage as T-Mobile does not hold a license for all places and in other regions TV stations occupy that spectrum. Still it is good news nonetheless that support is being added, if you’re lucky enough to be covered.

Via TmoNews.

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CPW Xperia Z3Looks like the new Purple Xperia Z3 will be landing in Europe after all. The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will exclusively be stocking the Purple Xperia Z3. It is already listed on the site and is available to pre-order from £33 per month for a new contract. Upgrade options are also available. Click here for more detail.
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TELUSCanadian operator TELUS has suspended sales of the Sony Xperia Z3 due to Wi-Fi hotspot compliance issue that exceeds the limits set by Industry Canada. Sony is working on a firmware update to address the issue, but in the meantime TELUS has also disabled the hotspot capability for the Xperia Z3. TELUS is expected to resume sales of the Xperia Z3 once Sony has delivered a fix. See Sony’s statement on this below. [read more…]

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No new Sony flagship expected at MWC 2015

January 26, 2015

We are currently receiving word that there is a good chance that Sony will not present a new flagship device at MWC 2015. Of course, plans can always change, but we understand that right now Sony is planning a ‘summer’ release for its next generation phones. Sony has traditionally launched new flagship devices into the […]

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Purple Xperia Z3 to hit Taiwan on 27 January

January 26, 2015

We recently reported that the new purple colour option for the Xperia Z3 will hit Hong Kong later this month. News on other regions are thin on the ground, but there is now confirmation that the Purple Xperia Z3 will also be landing in Taiwan on 27 January i.e. tomorrow. The official cost for the […]

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PSA: Xperia Z3 free movie offer expires on 31 January

January 26, 2015

Just a quick reminder to any Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact or Z3 Tablet Compact owners out there who may not have claimed their free movies. The offer to claim three movies including ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ expires this Saturday 31 January 2015. If eligible, you can download the movies via […]

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Root arrives for Xperia Z3 owners with locked bootloaders

January 24, 2015

Are you a Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact owner with a locked bootloader? Have you been craving root access since you bought your handset? Well your prayers have now been answered as an exploit has been found that will root the handset, even if you have a locked bootloader. This comes courtesy of XDA […]

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