Sony Mobile launched a new type of docking station at MWC in Barcelona last week. Sony has taken its magnetic charging dock and added a NFC and Bluetooth-enabled speaker to create the Sony BSC10 Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. The BSC10 will charge your Xperia device whilst playing audio through its speakers at the same time.
The Xperia device can be paired via NFC and connects to the BSC10 via Bluetooth. This means that the speaker can also be used for making and taking calls i.e. as a speakerphone. There is a dedicated key to make/take calls too. Unlike the magnetic charging dock series, it appears that the BSC10 will work with different Xperia phones and tablets as long as they have magnetic connectors. If you want to see a quick hands-on demo of the BSC10 then check out the video below. [read more…]
Sony Mobile was one of the first manufacturers to offer support to the Firefox OS open-source mobile platform when it was announced a year ago. The company has been technically evaluating Firefox OS ever since, even launching a Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E.
Following on from this work, Sony is submitting new Firefox OS functionality in the form of “gadgets”. In more familiar terms, ‘gadgets’ are what you would know as widgets on Android. As the video below shows, these gadgets can be added to a home screen or lock screen, they can also be interacted with, moved around and resized. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 features a number of improvements over the Xperia Z1. On the camera side this mainly focuses on 4K video and Timeshift video (slow-motion recording). However, the actual CMOS in both handsets is the same 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS chip. Both handsets also feature Sony’s G Lens and BIONZ image processing software.
You would therefore expect pictures between both handsets to be fairly similar, although this doesn’t seem to be the case judging by these comparison pics. They show an Xperia Z1 on 14.2.A.1.136 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware against a Xperia Z2 with 17.1.A.0.417 Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware. [read more…]
A new firmware update for the Sony Xperia TX (LT29i) with build number 9.2.A.1.199 appears to be rolling according to a user on XDA. Strangely the user got a OTA notification, but checking the customisation number, no new update seems to be available. The OTA download is only 8.3MB, so either it was mistakenly pushed out by Sony or it only has minor changes.
Anyway, this new firmware build (9.2.A.1.199) was recently certified for the Xperia T and Xperia V, though the Xperia TX page has not been updated. We expect this new update to bring a number of bug-fixes from the previous Android 4.3 firmware (9.2.A.0.295), from which a number of users are having problems. We’ll keep you posted on the rollout for other handsets. [read more…]
Sony announced the Stereo Microphone STM10 at MWC last week. This unique accessory, which is compatible with the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet, allows you to capture rich detailed audio. Sony says that the small recording device is simple to set up, fitting straight into the Xperia Z2’s 3.5mm headphone jack (5-pole audio connector).
The aluminium STM10 has a high sensitivity stereo condenser microphone with a 90° tilt function so that you can point the mic to the main sound source. It sounds like a nice accessory to have for family and party clips, although we are curious to see how much of a difference it actually makes versus the Xperia Z2 mic. The Sony STM10 Stereo Microphone will launch in early April at a price of £39.99 in the UK. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 has already been available to pre-order from the official Sony Mobile Store for some time now. We are now seeing that the launch date seems to be firming towards early April, with many retailers pointing to a release during week commencing 7 April 2014.
In the UK, this comes at a SIM-free price of £599.99, but Sony will throw in the SRS-BTX300 wireless NFC speaker for free too. Sony is including the Sony Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones (MDR-NC31EM) as part of the retail contents and we expect this to be included with all Xperia Z2 units. [read more…]
A purported screenshot from a Sony Xperia Z Ultra (C6833) allegedly shows the first picture of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update. The picture shows that Android 4.4.2 will arrive with build number 14.3.A.0.681, although if this is true, the final release is unlikely to have the exact same version number.
We can’t verifiy the authenticity of the picture but given the current Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware runs build number 14.2.A.1.136, there is every chance that KitKat will come with the 14.3.A.X.XXX build template. If true, it could mean that the update may be launched within weeks. We will keep you posted on further developments. [read more…]
When Sony announced the Xperia Z Ultra at the end of last summer, one of the big features was the fact that you could use pretty much any pen or pencil as stylus input for that 6.44-inch display. Well it appears that both the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will also have this feature.
The Sony development team confirmed this at MWC recently, proof of which you can see from the photos below. There is also reference to “stylus pen support” in the white papers for the Xperia Z2/Xperia Z2 Tablet. Do check out the interesting slides from a media presentation from Sony courtesy of ePrice. You will also find a video showing how well the SteadyShot stabilisation feature works. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is beginning to create cases for some of its handsets, last year we saw the CP12 Power Cover for the Xperia Z Ultra and then earlier this year Sony announced the SCR14 Style Cover Stand for the Xperia T2 Ultra. Well Sony has also created a Style Cover Stand SCR10 for the Xperia Z2.
The SCR10 Style Cover Stand for the Xperia Z2 is a protective cover with appropriate openings for the camera, magnetic charging pad and 3.5mm headphone jack. The case can also be used as a stand and the screen will automatically wake the cover is flipped open. UK retailer Clove earlier confirmed that the SCR10 Style Cover Stand is now in stock in both black and white colours for £24.99. [read more…]
A quick heads-up to let you know that the Vine camera app was recently added to Sony’s Smart Social camera ecosystem. It means that you can access Vine directly from your Sony Xperia camera to shoot a looping six-second video. You can download it via Sony Select, which will ultimately take you to the Google Play Store listing here. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2′s system dump was leaked over the weekend, which meant that developers were free to try and extract some of the phones best features. Well it has only been a few days and pretty much all of the key features have already been ported.
Rather than spam the blog, with every new Xperia Z2 port, we have rounded them all up in one post below. You will find a quick summary below and links to XDA, from where you’ll find more information and the download links too. In almost all cases you’ll need to have a rooted phone if you want to try these mods. [read more…]