Socialife_NEWSSony’s Socialife News application was updated earlier this week and a new Material Design icon introduced. We didn’t notice any big changes in the UI of the app itself, however another change is that the app now supports screen rotation so that news can be consumed in landscape view. The update is live in the Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Android-5.0-LollipopSony Mobile hasn’t started to roll the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to Xperia Z series owners yet, but we get asked almost daily what the plan is for those who didn’t buy a Xperia Z series device last year. This includes the Xperia C3, E1, E3, M2, M2 Aqua, T2 Ultra and T3.

Sony has only ever formally communicated Android Lollipop plans for Xperia Z series owners, without even a mention for those using other handsets. Well the omens don’t look great as the official Sony Mobile twitter channel has started to tell owners of non-Xperia Z series owners that the Lollipop upgrade will be exclusive to Xperia Z owners only. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Dual firmwareThe Sony Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) has seen a new firmware update certified by the PTCRB, unfortunately it is not the anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop firmware. The minor update would move the current Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware with build number 23.0.1.F.0.96 to version number 23.0.1.F.0.102. Expect this to bring bug fixes and performance enhancements. The wait for Lollipop continues for another day. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 chassis_2Pictures of supposed parts for the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 have leaked. The pictures come from the same source that presented alleged front panel pictures of the Xperia Z4 last November. This time we get a good look at the Xperia Z4 chassis and how it compares to the Xperia Z3.

The pictures confirm that the Sony Xperia Z4 will continue to use the OmniBalance design, with hardly any changes in the frame versus the Xperia Z3. What we can see is that the micro USB port is now exposed, confirming cap-less micro USB charging as seen with the recently announced Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 Tablet. [read more…]

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Xperia E3 firmwareAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat has already appeared on the Sony Xperia E3, but only the HSPA+ models (D2202 and D2212). The LTE variants of the Xperia E3 (D2203 D2243 and D2206) are currently still running Android 4.4.2, but that may soon change as new build number 18.5.C.0.19 has been certified for these handsets. This would move the build from the current 18.4.C.2.14 build. We’ll let you know once the update starts rolling. [read more…]

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Translate Small App_2If you regularly need to translate text whilst on the move, then the “Translate Small App” may be just what you are looking for. It comes from serial Small App developer hansip87 and provides a small window that can translate using three different engines including Google, Bing and SDL. If you want to give it a try, the Translate Small App is available on the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-logoEarlier in the year, we brought you word that Sony Mobile was not planning to introduce its flagship smartphone at MWC 2015. The event has come and gone and now the question on everyone’s lips is when we may see the possible launch of the Xperia Z4.

There has also been speculation that the MWC no-show could hint towards a yearly flagship product cycle. However, this has been dismissed by a couple of Sony Mobile executives at MWC this week. First of all, Tim Harrison Sony Mobile’s VP of Global Communications ruled out the move to a traditional move to a 12-month cycle, referring to a phasing of products more than anything else. [read more…]

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android-l-vs-android-kitkatWe already have a good idea of what to expect in Sony’s Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Sony Xperia devices, thanks to a number of hands-on videos at MWC this week. However, if you want a side-by-side comparison of how Sony’s latest skin compares against the current KitKat build then check out the video (in Italian) and screenshots below (courtesy of PhoneArena).

The video compares two Sony Xperia Z3 Compact devices, one running the latest Android Lollipop software against another with KitKat. PhoneArena’s comparison shows screenshots from an Xperia M4 Aqua with Lollipop against an Xperia Z3 on KitKat. Are you happy with the direction that Sony Mobile has taken? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]

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Sony-Xperia-Z1-camera-techSome of the latest Sony Xperia devices have some excellent image stabilisation software, but despite this the use of optical image stabilisation (OIS) would still be high on many people’s wish lists when it came to future devices. Well a video from ON Semiconductor taken at MWC earlier today suggests that its technology may appear in a future Sony Xperia device.

Arthur Gonsky, Solutions Development Manager from ON Semiconductor’s Global Marketing Department, appears to suggest at around the 1:15 mark that their inexpensive solution can be found in premium phones such as the Sony Xperia brand. This could be clutching at straws, but would you like to see OIS implemented in an upcoming Xperia device? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]

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tealWe know everyone is waiting for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Sony Xperia devices, but while we wait you may want to try and download these new Flat Xperia Themes designed by XDA-developer MixaDJ. Various colours are available to try including Black, Blue, Deep Purple, Green, Red and Teal. These are nice clean Xperia Themes and well worth a download. The download link below includes APKs for all colours and root is not required. [read more…]

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Lifelog ThumbSony Mobile has released some interesting data captured by the Lifelog API between April 2014 and February 2015. The infographic shows just how much data has been logged and tracked by the app. The Sony Lifelog app has been a key part of the company’s wearable platform since it launched the SmartBand SWR10 and followed this more recently with the SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3. All of this data should help Sony when developing future products. [read more…]

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TrackID Material Design update now rolling for all, leaves Beta

March 4, 2015

Back in December, Sony launched the TrackID Beta, which was one of the first Sony apps we saw with the material design update. A number of users have got in touch today to confirm that the new update has now left the beta and is now rolling out for all on the Google Play Store. […]

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Download free Frozen and Mickey Mouse Xperia Themes [Xperia Lounge Gold]

March 4, 2015

A quick heads-up if you are a Xperia Lounge Gold user – you are able to download four Frozen and Mickey Mouse Xperia Themes free of charge. Head over to the Xperia Lounge app, scroll through the list for the ‘GOLD’ tagged items. You should find three Frozen themes and one Mickey Mouse theme. You […]

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Photo Editor 4.0.1 sees minor bug-fix update (3.1.A.0.48)

March 4, 2015

Sony has updated the Photo Editor functionality for the Album application, moving it from version 4.0 (3.1.A.0.46) to version 4.0.1 (3.1.A.0.48). The 1.7MB update simply relates to “bug corrections” and is rolling to Sony Xperia handsets right now.

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Sony Mobile’s 2015 MWC keynote now available to watch

March 4, 2015

Sony Mobile had a low-key event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There was no proper keynote and no livestream for the fans. Instead, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, Sony Mobile President Hiroki Totoki and SVP of Sales & Marketing Dennis van Schie took to the stage to welcome the assembled media to Sony Mobile’s MWC […]

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