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Xperia Z3 disassembly_3The Sony Xperia Z3 adopts a very familiar design to the Xperia Z2, therefore it’s perhaps no surprise to see that the method to disassemble the phone is broadly similar. We’ve included some teardown pictures for the IP65/IP68 rated Xperia Z3 below. Once again, seeing these pictures makes us really appreciate the effort taken in both design and engineering. Check out all Xperia Z3 disassembly pictures below. [read more…]


Xperia M2_18.3.C.0.39Firmware build number 18.3.C.0.39 was recently released for the Xperia M2 (D2303), this brought no noticeable changes with the Android build remaining on 4.4.2 KitKat.

Judging by the PTCRB website, another minor update with build number 18.3.C.0.40 is on the way. This update is due to hit both the Xperia M2 (D2303, D2306) and Xperia M2 Aqua (D2403, D2406). We’ll let you know once the update hits. [read more…]


Xperia T3 PTCRBThe LTE-enabled Sony Xperia T3 (D5103, D5106) has recently seen a new update in the form of build number 18.1.A.1.21, likewise the HSPA+ Xperia T2 (D5102) saw a move to build number 18.2.A.1.18. These were just minor bug-fixing updates.

Well it looks like another is on the way for the LTE Xperia T3, as build number 18.1.A.1.23 has been certified by the PTCRB website. Once again, this looks like a bug-fixing update so don’t expect any big changes. [read more…]


Xperia_z3_series_campaign_4You have no doubt already seen the ‘Demand Great‘ tagline that Sony has been using with the launch of the Xperia Z3 series. Well this forms the basis of Sony’s new global marketing campaign for the Z3 series and new SmartWear products such as the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk.

The line ‘Don’t settle for good. Demand great,‘ will be used across all media (TV, print, digital) to highlight the details that make a “truly great” smartphone. The TV advert highlights the low-light features of the Xperia Z3, capturing snowboarders descending a mountain in darkness and lit up by special suits. The ad features the track Night Call by London Grammar. [read more…]


Z3 Compact RecoveryThe Sony Xperia Z3 (D66XX) and Xperia Z3 Compact (D58XX) have received ClockworkMod-based Recovery and Root just in time for the release of both handsets. The Touch Recovery is built from CWM sources. XDA legend DooMLoRD has posted all of the details in the source links below, including instructions and download links.

The main requirement to install this CWM-based Recovery is to have an unlocked bootloader. You need to be on stock firmware – this means build number 23.0.A.2.93 for the Xperia Z3 and firmware version 23.0.A.2.105 for the Xperia Z3 Compact. The only known issue is that adb is not working in Recovery. DooMLoRD has also posted instructions on how to root the handset, which requires you to flash the kernel from the source link. [read more…]


Info-eye_1.6.07_1Sony has updated the Info-eye application from build number 1.4.10 to 1.6.07. New features include the ability to detect packaged products from various categories – Sony says it can detect millions! The app will also now recognise brand logos and reveal more information about that company. Landmark support has also been widened. The 20.7MB update is currently rolling OTA. [read more…]


Xperia Z3 SeriesSony has released the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact devices across many regions around the world. This includes Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK amongst others.

So now that a lucky few have already had a chance to play with Sony’s new flagship handsets, we wanted to ask you what are your initial impressions? Did you upgrade from a previous Xperia, if so, how much of an improvement is the Xperia Z3 series? If you have moved from a different manufacturer, what do you like/dislike? We’d love to hear your views below.


Xperia Z3 underwater unboxingIt’s surprising that no one has thought of this before, but what better way to unbox a waterproof phone than to do it underwater. Obviously, in doing so means all of your other accessories will get destroyed, but this didn’t stop Carphone Warehouse from producing this great unboxing of the Xperia Z3. The Xperia Z3 is Sony’s first flagship device with IP65/68 certification, meaning that you will not find a more water resistant phone on the market. Check out the humorous unboxing below. [read more…]


MPMany thanks to all of you who entered our competition to win a Mugen Power Xperia Z2 Battery Case. We have now collated the results and drawn a winner using random.org. We can announce that the lucky winner is Manuel Barrachina.

Many congratulations to him and commiserations to everyone else. All those that entered will be receiving a personalised 10% discount code. Many thanks to Mugen Power for making this competition possible.


sony-inviteSony Mobile is sending out invites to the US media for an event being held in New York on 9 October 2014. The invite has a #DemandGreat tagline hinting that we’re likely to hear about Sony’s US plans for the Xperia Z3 series. We already know that the Xperia Z3 is landing on T-Mobile US, but Sony may have secured the handset on additional carriers (Verizon maybe?) We’ll bring you word as soon as we hear more. [read more…]



Sony India has today announced that the Xperia Z3 will launch in the country for Rs. 51,990 (£518, €666, $847) and the Xperia Z3 Compact for Rs. 44,990 (£449, €576, $733). The Xperia Z3 will be available in all colours (Copper, Black & White) apart from Silver Green. The Z3 Compact will be available in four colours including Orange and Green, as well as the usual Black and White.

Both phones are available from today across all Sony Center, Sony Smartphone Lounge and electronic stores across India. Sony’s new SmartWear accessories such as the Smartwatch 3 and SmartBand Talk will also hit the country from December, although no pricing details were given just yet.


First new downloadable “AR effect” theme arrives – Ninja

September 24, 2014

Sony has released its first new downloadable theme for the AR effect app in the form of “Ninja”. AR effects include transforming people into Ninja’s with a Ninja hood graphic, as well as a number of animations that can be interacted with by touching the Ninja’s. The Ninja (1.0.9) theme is available to download via […]

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Lifelog API and website to launch soon

September 24, 2014

Sony has announced that it will soon be opening the API for Lifelog, allowing developers to integrate its services within their own apps. Sony’s lead planner of Lifelog, Markus Eriksson, says that the options are endless and could include “personal training, medical aids, tourism apps, music playlists and even dating apps”. Sony also plans to […]

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Sticker creator app lets you create personalised stickers and decorate photos

September 24, 2014

Sony has released another new camera app today called Sticker creator. As the name suggests, the app allows users to create their own personalised stickers, which can then be used to decorate pictures taken with the camera. To create a sticker you first need to highlight what you would like to use as your subject […]

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Sony’s AR fun camera app hits the Play Store

September 24, 2014

Sony has released the AR fun augmented reality camera app into the Google Play Store. It is a nice app to play around with images and videos, you can add text (scribbles) and animations on what you see through the camera lens. A number of options are available including different font sizes, colours and AR […]

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