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xperia-z1-speakerOne of the big upgrades that the Xperia Z2 has over the Xperia Z1 is stereo speakers. However, if there are any Xperia Z1 owners who want a taste of stereo sound then you may want to check out a new mod. It uses the earpiece speaker as the second speaker to create stereo sound.

Obviously the earpiece speaker is not designed to output as much sound as the main speaker, so follow the linked instructions carefully to make sure you don’t cause any damage to your handset. The mod can be installed via recovery, all download links can be found at XDA.

Thanks dontbelive and dyEpnOoDLe!

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Deff micro USB Magnetic Adapter Review_3We recently reported on the Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter that was being exclusively sold in Japan, before UK retailer Clove managed to source them for sale. The adapter is an ideal solution for those who have an Xperia device with a magnetic charging connector (Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z Ultra).

The adapter connects to any micro USB socket to turn it into a charging point using the magnetic connector bringing greater convenience and less wear-and-tear for the USB port flap. These magnetic adapters are now in stock through Clove costing £10 + VAT (plus delivery on top). They are available in both black and white colours. Click through for some pictures and impressions below. [read more…]

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Live-on-YouTube_result-150x150The “Live on YouTube – by Xperia” camera application has seen an update to build number 01.00.13, which brings support to two new handsets: the Xperia Z1 and Xperia ZL2. Up until now the app only officially supported the Xperia Z2. It will only work on handsets updated to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Other changes include improved performance and minor bug fixes. The Live on YouTube camera app allows users to broadcast up to 15 minutes of live video via YouTube. You can use the app to share video publicly to the world or privately with friends & family in the app’s private mode.

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Xperia C3 versus T3_12Want to see some hands-on pictures of the recently announced Xperia C3 PROselfie smartphone versus the elegant Xperia T3 with its stainless steel frame? Then have a gander below, it shows the mint Xperia C3 and the purple Xperia T3 sized up against each other. Which one gets your vote? [read more…]

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Thumb_resultWe have already seen a number of analogue watch faces for the SmartWatch 2 from third-party developer Julian J Wong. The watch faces come courtesy of Sony opening up its API to developers to create their own clocks and widgets. This means that these watch faces can be installed a native clock and will work in active and low power mode to save battery.

JJW’s newest SmartWatch 2 creations are watch faces with animated gears. The watch face only displays animated gears whilst the screen is powered on and not when it is in standby mode, however it’s a nice idea nonetheless. Three premium watch faces have been released on the Google Play Store, with all links included below. [read more…]

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Xperia E1 Dual_20.1.B.0.60The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Sony Xperia E1 Dual has been certified by the PTCRB. KitKat will arrive on the handset in the form of build number 20.1.B.0.60 for the D2104 and D2105 variants. The DTV variant (D2114) will see KitKat with model number 20.1.B.0.61.

Sony said that the Android KitKat update for the Xperia E1 and E1 Dual will start to roll from July 2014, so we hope to see the rollout begin shortly. KitKat has not been certified for the single SIM Xperia E1 just yet, but it shouldn’t be far behind. The update is expected to bring apps to SD card, as seen in the recent KitKat Xperia T2 Ultra firmware. [read more…]

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Sony QX30We recently reported that Sony would launch at least one new Lens Style Camera at IFA 2014 in early September. This would follow on from the launch of the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 cameras at last year’s IFA. One of these new models is believed to be the DSC-QX30, following the appearance of a registration on the Korean RRA (National Radio Research Agency) site.

The previous report suggested a lens-style camera with 30x zoom, perhaps this is why the number ’30′ is used in the DSC-QX30 model number. It would be no surprise to see a new lens-style camera from Sony, especially since last year’s models were effectively a new imaging form factor. It shows there was enough success in these models to warrant a new release. [read more…]

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SUS_2Sony has officially ended support for the Sony Update Service application for Windows. The software, that used to be known as SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service) and more recently SUS, was a more focused way for users to update their Sony Xperia devices.

It’s sole purpose was to update the firmware of Sony Xperia devices without any of the extra bells and whistles that you get through PC Companion. [read more…]

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Camera 360We always enjoy hearing from Sony designers that create Xperia devices, especially the challenges involved in making a particular handset. This time we get to hear the thoughts of Ying Shao, the lead designer of the Xperia T3. Whilst the Xperia T3 adopts the OmniBalance design seen in many Sony Xperia handsets, it differs by being the first to have a steel frame and is just 7mm in thickness.

Shao was involved in the design of the Xperia T3 from the first prototypes to the final product. Shao has also worked on some older Xperia devices including the Xperia Tipo, Xperia Miro, Live With Walkman and WT18. The mantra when designing the Xperia T3 was ‘mirror and merge with the world around you’ according to Shao. [read more…]

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z3backNew pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z3 have leaked, showing a design that is consistent with the previous leaked images we have seen. The pictures come courtesy of @evleaks who yesterday revealed a spec-sheet that is very similar to that of the Xperia Z2. This includes a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 5.15-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 20.7MP Exmor RS rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera.

The pictures tie with the previous Xperia Z3 leaks, although it seems that the design here is more refined and probably of a more recent prototype. The dedicated camera button, for example, appears to be longer than from the earlier leaks. [read more…]

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Sony SRS-X1We have been drooling over the portable Sony SRS-X1 Waterproof Wireless Speaker since it was first announced for the Japanese market. It seems like an ideal speaker to use in a kitchen/bathroom, or even on holiday given its IPX5/IPX7 rating for water resistance.

Well the good news is that Sony Europe has now listed the speaker on its regional European websites. You cannot buy the speaker just yet, if you try to click the buy button you are met with the following notice: “Unfortunately, SRS-X1 is no longer available at the Sony Store Online.” However, the listing has only just appeared, so we imagine it will be available to purchase soon. As soon as it does we’ll bring you details on pricing. [read more…]

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Xperia T3 hits pre-order in India and Poland

July 24, 2014

Sony India has officially announced the Xperia T3 which will launch at the end of the month. The Xperia T3 has a recommended price point of INR 27,990 (£274, €347, $467) and will launch on 28 July 2014 through all Sony Center, Xperia Flagship and major electronic stores across India. Online retailer Flipkart already has […]

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Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightly Builds for Xperia L commence

July 23, 2014

The Xperia L has been stuck on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for a while now, with no sign of an upgrade on the horizon to a newer Android build. Well if you haven’t taken matter into your own hands by now, then that time might come soon. Official CyanogenMod 11 support has landed, with the […]

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Watch the Xperia Z2 Tablet being pieced together [Update]

July 23, 2014

We are used to seeing teardown videos of a number of devices, but in this case Sony has pushed a ‘build up’ video. It shows a Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet being put together from its constituent parts and then booted up. Please take note of the bottom caption – taking apart your Xperia Z2 Tablet […]

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Xperia Z3 specs leaked by @evleaks; not much change from the Xperia Z2

July 23, 2014

Leak artist @evleaks has put his hat into the ring into the purported Xperia Z3 (D6653) specifications. Judging by his very good track record, they are probably quite accurate too. On the face of it, the hardware spec-sheet reads very similarly to the current Xperia Z2 flagship. This includes a higher-clocked processor in the form […]

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