xperia-h113If you want to get an early look at the Xperia Z5’s implantation of its “SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode” mode then check out the video below. It puts the Xperia Z5 side-by-side against the Xperia Z3 to see which handset fares better when it comes to video stabilisation. The Xperia Z5 wins convincingly but we don’t know what settings were used for each phone (the Xperia Z3 video quality looks worse than it should). Either way, the Xperia Z5 is looking like a very accomplished handset already. [read more…]

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Video 9.4.A.0.4.beta_1Sony Mobile updated the beta version of its Video application last week, moving it to build number 9.4.A.0.4.beta. The update brought about a number of significant changes including a change to the user interface introducing a tabbed view with your personal videos in “My Library” separated by “My Stream”.

“My Stream” content includes video content such as movie trailers and podcast videos. The other main change is a light theme, similar to that introduced to the Music Beta application earlier today. Other changes brought about through user suggestions includes showcasing all videos in the to screen and moving the settings menu to the drawer list. Overall, it’s a large update, which you can download by joining the Google+ Sony Video Beta. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 CanadaGood news for Canadian Xperia fans, Sony Mobile confirmed earlier in the week that both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be landing in the region. This follows news at the end of July, where Sony Canada confirmed that they would not be making the Xperia Z3+ nor the Xperia Z4 Tablet available in the country. It’s a shame that the Xperia Z5 Compact has been missed off the list, but hopefully it will land off-contract at some point.

The misery for US Xperia fans continue though. There has been no word of any US carriers picking up the Xperia Z5 series so far, but this could still change at some point. T-Mobile said to Cnet that they had no plans to carry the Xperia Z5 range and Verizon made no comment about future devices, let alone confirm what is going on with the Xperia Z4v. The time taken to get the Verizon Xperia Z4v onto retail shelves could put its launch plans in jeopardy given the Xperia Z5 reveal. Whatever happens, we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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Ninjago Tournament Xperia Theme_1_resultLego has released an Xperia Theme for the first time. The theme is based on the popular Ninjago television series and LEGO sets. Whilst the theme may not appeal to all, it is great to see other companies produce Xperia Themes. If you’re a fan, then the Ninjago Tournament Xperia Theme is free to download from the Google Play Store.
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Xperia Z5 Dual Heat PipesWe recently reported that the Sony Xperia Z5 appears to do a much better job with the Snapdragon 810 chipset versus the Xperia Z3+ that constantly suffered from overheating. The Xperia Z5 was able to run at least 10 minutes recording 4K video footage and could have gone on for much longer. We wondered whether this was down to hardware modifications or software optimisations. Now we may have part of the answer.

A picture that supposedly shows a teardown of the Xperia Z5 Premium clearly depicts that Sony is using two heat pipes and thermal paste to help dissipate the heat created by heavy processing. Sony first started to use a heat pipe in the Xperia Z2 and also used one in the Xperia Z3, but it only used a single pipe. We can’t say for sure whether the same cooling was used for the Xperia Z3+/Z4, but given the similarity in design, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Fast AutofocusWant to know exactly how quick 0.03 seconds really is? This is the speed taken for the Sony Xperia Z5 series camera to autofocus, which Sony claims is the fastest in the world. Well, to give some context on just how fast this is, Sony has created a fun infographic that shows what can be achieved within that short space of time. Check it out in full below. [read more…]

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Sony Music 9.0.3.A.1.0beta_1Sony Mobile has updated the beta version of its Music application to build number 9.0.3.A.1.0beta. The main new feature is the introduction of a new “Light theme”, the first new theme that the team has introduced. The update includes everything from the previous build (9.0.3.A.0.0) and other performance enhancements. If you want to become a beta tester head over to the Google+ Walkman Beta Test community. [read more…]

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StopWatch for Sony SmartBand Talk_1_resultSony Mobile has launched an official StopWatch application for the SmartBand Talk SWR30. To use the app, you simply need to press on the screen to both start and stop the timer. You can also set up a vibration feedback frequency at various intervals. The app is available to download from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Maison Kitsune Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has launched a second Xperia Theme related to Maison Kitsuné. This new theme is much easier on the eyes compared to the “Kitsuné Summer” theme that was launched back in July. It comes with a plain blue wallpaper background with the Maison Kitsuné logo. We also like the menu icons which include the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower as the back, home and recent apps buttons respectively. The Maison Kitsuné can be downloaded via the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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2015-09-03 20.45.09Sony Mobile has released an update to the Sketch app which moves the build number to version 6.3.A.0.6. Changes include a new crop tool when starting with an image and improved UI when selecting stickers. Sketch also now has its own web page showing what the app is capable of. The update is available through the Google Play Store or you can download the APK below. [read more…]

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Android 5.1.1 Xperia T2 Ultra_1Sony Mobile has released the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual (D5322) in the form of build number 19.4.A.0.182. This compares to the previous update on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with build number 19.3.A.0.472. The update patches the phone against the Stagefright exploit. We expect the same build number to roll to the single SIM version of the Xperia T2 Ultra as well as the Xperia C3 models – we’ll let you know as soon as they are released. In the meantime, if you have updated, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Here’s how to set up your fingerprint in the Xperia Z5 series

September 3, 2015

Sony Mobile has used a fingerprint sensor in its Xperia devices for the first time. From the Xperia Z5 hands-on videos seen so far, it looks like it works well in practice. The sensor is able unlock a phone very quickly and mostly within the first try. Overall, it is a great addition to the […]

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Xperia Z5 4K video test shows Snapdragon 810 heat issues conquered

September 3, 2015

Sony had to bear a lot of criticism around the Xperia Z3+ which was plagued with heating issues that caused the handset to force-close frequently, particularly when using camera apps. One of the primary reasons behind this is the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, which is widely reported to suffer from overheating issues […]

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New camera interface heading to Xperia Z5 series

September 3, 2015

In amongst all of the new yesterday at Sony’s IFA press conference, Sony also highlighted that a new camera UI is destined for the Xperia Z5 series. The new interface is shown throughout its promo videos (we’ve included some stills below) which gives brief glimpse of the new layout. Gestures will play a more important […]

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Xperia Z5 series priced in Europe (spoiler: they aren’t cheap)

September 2, 2015

Sony Mobile officially announced the Xperia Z5 family earlier today and it hasn’t taken long for retailers to price the new handsets. Sony handsets are never cheap when first announced and it is no different this time. Typically, the mainland European prices for the new handsets are as follows: €599 for Xperia Z5 Compact, €699 […]

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