Android Marshmallow BetaSony Mobile has confirmed that a new update for those on Beta Marshmallow firmware will start to roll from next week. The Beta Marshmallow program is for select users of the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803). Sony says that altogether there are 1,500 fixes in this version including the much-awaited return of STAMINA mode and ULTRA STAMINA mode.

The update also includes improvements to memory handling, Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth audio. We expect the new version to also include the latest security updates. Further information on the key improvements can be found in the changelog below. Overall, it looks like a great update, especially if Sony has managed to improve stability and battery life. We’ll let you know once the update starts to roll. [read more…]

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DevilCase DevilDock_12We have featured DevilCase a number of times on the blog, normally when looking at the company’s aluminium bumpers. DevilCase is a Taiwanese-based company that produces a variety of premium smartphone accessories. Today, we are reviewing the DevilCase ‘DevilDock’, which is a USB charging dock that is compatible with a number of Sony Xperia devices.

This is no ordinary charging dock though, it is crafted from precision-machined aluminium, with a weighty premium feel, it includes its own tools to use your own cable and has a non-slip base. The dock is available in various colours and can be used with or without a chunky case or bumper. Click through for our full thoughts below. [read more…]

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Xperia Weather 1.1.A.0.30_1Sony Mobile has added a new Beta update for the Xperia Weather application, moving the build number to version 1.1.A.0.30. The big new feature in this latest build is the inclusion of a widget transparency option within settings. You will now find a slider that allows you to set the exact level of transparency required.

In addition, the stable release of Xperia Weather moves to build number 1.1.A.0.22, which includes a number of features previously seen in the beta version. This includes new background images for the fog state and additional support for changing weather details such as humidity, UV index and wind speed. [read more…]

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Xperia X pre-ordersSony Mobile has officially kicked off pre-orders for the Xperia X family in Europe. The Sony Mobile Store has opened up pre-orders of the Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance (in select countries only) across various regions in Europe.

We have covered European pre-order pricing from third-party retailers before, but now you can see a list of the official Sony pricing below. The Xperia X will set you back £469 in the UK and starts from €599 in mainland Europe. The Xperia XA costs £239 in the UK and from €299 in mainland Europe. [read more…]

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Xperia XA promo videoSony Mobile has released a number of promotional videos for the Xperia X series today. Some of these we had already seen before, but there are some new ones too, including an advert for the Xperia XA.

There are design videos for each of the Xperia X, XA and X Performance . The Xperia X camera is also highlighted in one video, showing off the predictive hybrid autofocus, the 0.6 second quick launch to capture image and predictive shutter speed. The last two videos cover the 2-day battery life of the Xperia X range. Check them all out below. [read more…]

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Music Beta 9.1.9.A.1.0_1Sony Mobile has updated the Music Beta to build number 9.1.9.A.1.0 to include a couple of neat features. The first change is that Sony now allows you to manually fetch album art for your music tracks. Prior to this, the main option was to “update while you play”. To do this, simply long press on a track item (or click the three dots) and press “Edit music info”. Then click “Download” underneath the section entitled “Download music info”.

The second change is that Genre support has been improved in that you are now able to edit the genre for a particular track. You can change this under the “Edit music info” setting as described above. At the moment, there is no way to change the genre of a whole album. Music Beta users can download the update from the Google Play Store or you can use the APK below. [read more…]

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James Bond 007 L'Exposition Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released its second James Bond Xperia Theme to celebrate the 007 L’Exposition which is currently taking place in Paris. The James Bond exhibition has been touring the world for the last four years and is now being held at La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris until 4 September 2016.

The exhibition centres on 50 years of Bond Style, presenting over 500 original objects including an Aston Martin, suits, gadgets, sketches, photos of shootings, Ian Fleming’s originals and exclusive pieces from Spectre. The simple and elegant James Bond Expo Paris Xperia Theme can be downloaded from Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Xperia Home Launcher_10.0.A.0.40_6Sony Mobile has launched a new beta programme for another one of its apps – this time it is for the humble home launcher. By joining the Xperia Home Open Beta you will be able to test the latest launchers from Sony. As part of the launch, Sony is distributing a new Xperia Home with build number 10.0.A.0.40. There is very little change over the last version (10.0.A.0.30) that we’ve noticed.

Sony is testing a new way of distributing updates with this beta. Now, updates will be delivered through the built-in Xperia Software Update software (Settings > About phone > Software update). When you click on this maintenance release, you will notice the circle pane continues to try and load – this is natural and is because there is no release notes attached to this particular update. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia XNow that we’re under a month before the release of the Sony Xperia X, it was a matter of time before the system dump was leaked and that time has come. The full Xperia X system dump is available to download from the single SIM model (F5121) with firmware build number 34.0.A.1.264. It shouldn’t be too long before we see ports of that snazzy new lock screen and other bits and pieces. What are you personally looking forward to being ported? [read more…]

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Xperia X Netherlands offerPre-orders for the Sony Xperia X are already live across third-party retailers, as previously reported. However, we have been waiting for Sony Mobile to open up their own pre-orders across Europe, particularly as some offers have been promised. Whilst we still await Sony to open its own pre-orders across most European regions, it looks like Sony Netherlands has decided to jump the gun.

Sony Netherlands has teamed up with various Dutch retailers such as MediaMarkt.nl, CoolBlue.nl, Mobiel.nl, BelSimpel.nl and BOL.com, to include a free wireless headset with each Xperia X pre-order. This seems like a good incentive, especially if you were already planning to lay down €599 for the Xperia X anyway. We’ll bring you news of other Sony Europe offers as soon as they go live. [read more…]

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Xperia LogoSony may have some new handsets on the horizon targeting the lower mid-range. Two new model numbers have been revealed by the GFXBench benchmark, outing the Sony F3216 and F3311. Both devices are armed with MediaTek chipsets and one of them has a 16MP front-facing camera, which probably means this is the Xperia C series successor that we saw pictures of recently. See the full specs of each below. [read more…]

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Sony shipped 3.4 million units in Q4 FY15; the last time it was this low was Summer 2010

April 28, 2016

Sony has released its full year results for the 12 months to 31 March 2016. There aren’t too many surprises on the mobile front, as the company has delivered on its revised expectations set back in January. The results do, however confirm that Sony Xperia shipments plunged 57 percent in Q4 FY15 to 3.4 million […]

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Xperia X heavily promoted in the UEFA Champions League

April 27, 2016

The UEFA Champions League is probably the biggest club football (or soccer if you prefer) competition in the world. Sony has sponsored the competition for many years, but it started to promote the Xperia brand for the first time at the start of this season back in October 2015. This week, we are at the […]

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow lands on SoftBank Xperia Z4 (32.1.D.0.284)

April 27, 2016

Japanese carrier SoftBank has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Sony Xperia Z4 (402so). The update has landed with build number 32.1.D.0.284 and includes STAMINA battery mode, as seen in the recent NTT docomo Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z4/Z5 series. We should see STAMINA mode hit international models in due course, we will keep […]

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Xperia Companion updated (1.1.24.0) to support more models; adds backup/restore

April 26, 2016

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Companion computer application to version 1.1.24.0 and brought various improvements. First of all, Sony has widened support to include compatibility with all Sony Xperia models back to the Xperia J. The newest version also allows users to back-up their Xperia device to a computer, along with a restore function. […]

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