Sony Mobile is set to launch the “World’s First Memory Embedded Camera” in select 2017 Sony Xperia models, according to a leaked internal slide. The picture below highlights a feature called “Motion Eye”, which we have also heard from some of our own sources.

We understand that the feature will entail a type of predictive capture. Once the camera detects motion, it will start buffering, taking 4 pictures in the one second prior to the shutter being pressed and saved. [read more…]

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Following on from the audacious Xiaomi Mi Mix that launched last year, with its barely existant bezels, it looks like 2017 will really be the year that manufacturers go to war on the bezel. Both the upcoming LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are likely to feature significantly reduced bezels, whilst there are growing rumours of something similar for the next iteration of the iPhone due in the autumn.

We don’t know what Sony has in store for us this year, but there is a strong chance that we will see little change to the design used in the Xperia X series of handsets. If this was the case, would it put you off going for a Sony Xperia flagship model this year, all else being equal? How important is the screen-to-display ratio to you? Or, are you one of those people that appreciate a bit of bezel to grip onto the phone? We’d love to hear your view either way in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XA which moves the build number from 33.2.X.3.81 to 33.2.X.4.70. Unfortunately, this is not the Android Nougat update that users are waiting for, but it does move the Google security patches from 1 August 2016 to 5 January 2017.

Software build number 33.2.A.4.70 is rolling to the Xperia XA (F3111, F3113, F3115), whilst version number 33.2.B.4.70 is rolling to the Xperia XA Dual (F3112, F3116). The update is live across all variants in selected regions. We will include FTF firmware links shortly. If you have noticed any other changes, apart from the security patches, please chime in below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ has dropped in price in the United States to a very reasonable $449.99 through Amazon.com. Only the Forest Blue colour is available at this price through Amazon, the other colours are priced higher. We don’t expect the price to last long, so if you’re interested, you should move quick. The link can be found below. [read more…]

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Sony already provides a number of manufacturers with its camera sensors, for example you will find Sony’s image sensors in the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. However, it looks that Sony’s battery technology may also be sought after, if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything to go by.

The WSJ is reporting that Samsung is turning to Sony as one of three battery suppliers for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship (the others being Amperex and Samsung SDI). After the debacle last year that was the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung wants to ensure it sees no more exploding phones. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a small update for the Xperia Z5 range, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 tablet, which moves the build number from 32.3.A.0.376 to 32.3.A.0.378. It is too early to say what has changed, but it is likely that Sony has taken the opportunity to further quash some Nougat bugs. If you have updated, please let us know any differences that you have noticed in the comments below. We will also shortly include some FTF firmware links. [read more…]

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Vulkan is a high performance, low-overhead, 3D API from Khronos. This should mean improved graphics with a lower CPU utilisation. Vulkan drivers shipped with Android Nougat firmware for select hardware, including the Snapdragon 810 chipset found in the Xperia Z5 series.

However, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Z5 family does not have Vulkan driver support on Nougat firmware. The only Sony Xperia devices to support the Vulkan API are the Xperia X, X Compact, X Performance and the XZ. However, all is not lost for Xperia Z5 users as there is a mod on XDA which ports the Vulkan drivers which you can find here. [read more…]

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Google formally unveiled Android Wear 2.0 last week and along with its introduction, it highlighted a list of watches that would receive the update. The Sony SmartWatch 3 was not on the list and whilst some remained hopeful that the update would arrive at some point in the future, the signs weren’t good. However, we now have confirmation that Android Wear 2.0 will not arrive on the SW3.

Sony’s product page for the SmartWatch 3 says that “Android Wear 2.0 and onwards are not supported“, dashing the hopes of many SW3 owners. Obviously, owners of the watch are not happy and have started a petition to get Google & Sony to change their mind. The petition has over 1,500 signatures and if you want to get involved, you can find it here. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released an official Xperia Theme for Valentine’s Day that you can download free of charge. It has a nice little heart animation on the home screen, but there is no themed keyboard in this release. If you want to get into the mood, you can download the Valentine’s Xperia Theme from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is pushing a small update to the Xperia XA Ultra which moves the build number from 36.0.X.2.109 to 36.0.X.2.146. Firmware update build number 36.0.A.2.146 is rolling to the single SIM variants (F3211, F3213, F3215), whilst version 36.0.B.2.146 is rolling to the dual SIM variants (F3212, F3216).

We were hoping that the next update to these handsets would be Android 7.0 Nougat, but it looks like Sony wanted to push this small update first. Let’s hope that this doesn’t mean the Nougat update is still a way away. If you own the Xperia XA Ultra, let us know what’s new in the comments below. We’ll include the relevant FTF firmware links shortly. [read more…]

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Some leaked pictures showing at least one upcoming Sony Xperia device have leaked over at Weibo. It is difficult to gauge much from the pictures, but one of them confirms the use of 4GB RAM, which is one spec that was rumoured previously. We don’t know whether this iis from the same mid-range device we have seen before, but all is set to be revealed at the MWC tradeshow in a few weeks. [read more…]

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Android Nougat rollout re-starts for Xperia Z5, Z3 Plus and Z4 Tablet (32.3.A.0.376)

February 9, 2017

Sony Mobile has re-commenced the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware rollout for the Xperia Z5 series, the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. New firmware build 32.3.A.0.376 hopefully fixes all of the bugs found in the previous Nougat release (32.3.A.0.372), which Sony had to suspend due to various issues, including audio playback via third-party apps. The […]

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New Xperia X Concept firmware (38.3.A.0.107) adds February security patches

February 8, 2017

Sony Mobile has pushed a quick update to the Xperia X Concept firmware with build number 38.3.A.0.107. The new firmware adds Google’s latest 1 February security patches, updates the modem software and brings stability improvements. The update is live on the Experimental track of the Concept firmware, but will hit the Stable track next week.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 not on the Android Wear 2.0 list

February 8, 2017

Google has officially announced Android Wear 2.0 today, which includes a redesigned user interface, modular watch faces, smart reply functionality, better Google Fit/Assistant integration and Google Play support. However, for Sony SmartWatch 3 owners, all of this is a moot point. Google officially announced which watches will get the update and, unfortunately, the SW3 is […]

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Sony’s new triple-layer CMOS image sensor includes DRAM; smartphones will be capable of 1,000 fps super-slow video

February 7, 2017

Sony has developed the industry’s first triple-layer stacked CMOS image sensor for smartphones. Sony’s previous camera chips, such as the IMX318, used a dual-layer stacked CMOS. This new 3-layer 1/2.3-inch 21.2 MP (megapixel) chip adds a DRAM layer, to the traditional back-illuminated CMOS image sensor layer and the logic processing technology layer. So what does […]

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