Sony_HQSony Corporation reported Q1 FY15 results earlier today for the three months ended 30 June 2015. Overall, Sony reported good growth with Group Q1 operating income increasing by 39% to 97 billion yen. However, the state of the mobile division was less rosy with Sony Mobile reporting a “significant decrease in smartphone unit sales resulting from a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability”.

Mobile Q1 FY15 sales were down by 16% to 281 billion yen, whilst operating loss declined further to 23 billion yen (Q1 2014: loss of 2 billion yen). However, Sony did talk of an “improvement in product mix” during the quarter as the company focuses on its premium offering. Sony sold 7.2 million Xperia units during the period, a 23 percentage year-on-year reduction. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia split second photosLooks like Sony Mobile will be releasing a new handset on 3 August 2015 that will be able to capture split-second photos. Could we finally see the Sony Exmor RS IMX230 sensor included in a new Sony Xperia device? [read more…]

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Xperia Keyboard_6.7.A.0.84_1Sony Mobile recently updated the Xperia Keyboard within the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop builds to add a numeric row on phones. It has now pushed a separate update on the Google Play Store with a similar changelog, allowing everyone to access the new features and moving the build number from 6.6.A.0.52 to version 6.7.A.0.84.

Apart from adding a numeric row, other improvements include a new layout for number fields, Punjabi language support and access to more word suggestions on phones by long pressing the “…” in the word choice menu (only available if more than three choices are available). [read more…]

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Pixels NERD Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has already launched two official Xperia Themes to promote Sony Pictures new movie, Pixels, but hey there’s always room for one more. This time round, Sony has launched a Pixels NERD (National Electronics Rescue Division) Xperia Theme, of which you can find some screenshots below. If you want to download it, head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Concept for Android FirmwareWhilst we were not too surprised that screenshots of Sony’s Concept for Android software leaked yesterday, we are surprised that the actual firmware itself has leaked. This allows anyone with an Xperia Z3 (D6603) to try it out for themselves. The official trial is only available to 500 Sony Xperia Z3 users in Sweden.

However, if you don’t live in Sweden, or weren’t one of those selected, then you can download the firmware from the link below. Installing the firmware works the same as with any FTF firmware file using Androxyde’s Flashtool program. Be warned you will lose all of your data, but you can revert to stock Sony firmware be flashing an official Sony KitKat or Lollipop build. [read more…]

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Stolen Xperia C5 Ultra in Brazil_2In an interesting story out of Brazil, it appears that a Sony Xperia C5 Ultra prototype was stolen from a certification forum on 17 July, which the user then tried to sell on an “ebay-like” marketplace. Police say that the prototype was eventually recovered and the thief arrested. The prototype was valued at R$40m (around US$12m), which relates to the development cost of the device.

We started researching and found the Facebook page, then we expressed an interest in buying the device. We set in a diner called Baron Gerard. He was there, he took the phone out and we arrested the suspect red-handed,” said the investigating officer (translated). [read more…]

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Moto_X_Style_White_Front_BackSony fans have been waiting for an improvement in the camera tech inside Xperia devices for a while now. Most of the recent flagship Xperia devices have used the Sony IMX220 camera sensor, but the latest Sony Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor is yet to make an appearance. Ironically, the new camera chip has now appeared in a smartphone, a competitor, the Motorola Moto X Style that was announced earlier today.

The Moto X Style has a 21 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.1 micron 1/2.4-inch sensor, Phase Detect Auto-Focus (PDAF) and 1080p/4K video HDR. DPReview has a number of sample picture of the new sensor, whilst DxoMark ranked the phone second only to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The sensor looks great so we look forward to seeing it in an upcoming Xperia device – the only question is how long will we have to wait? [read more…]

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xperia-concept-app-drawerThe first few screenshots of Sony’s ‘Concept for Android’ Xperia software made an appearance last week, showcasing a stripped down UI – much closer to a stock Android experience. 500 Xperia Z3 owners in Sweden are being selected to trial this new software and it was always likely that it wouldn’t be too long before more screenshots leaked, which is precisely what’s happened.

The Concept for Android software is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and bundled apps are kept to a minimum, although we still noticed that Sony’s Album, Music, What’s New and Xperia Lounge apps were present – along with Sony’s camera app. New updates to the software will appear for the beta testers periodically via OTA, which may change functionality. Do you like what you see below? So far, Sony has always talked about this being a concept only, but we may see this Nexus-like experience hit Xperia devices at some point in the future. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3+ OverheatingThe Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 has received a bad rap mainly down to the overheating issues that have been widely portrayed. Most place the blame on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, with many people avoiding any device that runs this maligned chipset. However, whilst we’ve all seen the benchmarks and temperature charts we wanted to ask Xperia Z3+ owners what your real day-to-day experience was like?

Does the Xperia Z3+ overheat as much as the media makes out? Has the whole issue been overblown? Or does overheating really get in the way of using your phone effectively? We’d love to hear Xperia Z3+ owners speak out and set the record straight once and for all.

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Xperia Z2 Android 5.1.1_23.4.A.0.546_2Sony Mobile has started to roll the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia Z2 series in the form of build number 23.4.A.0.546. The update has only been released for carriers of the D6503 Xperia Z2 variant so far, primarily for Vodafone, however we would expect generic versions to arrive soon enough.

Likewise for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, only carrier versions of Android 5.1 have started to seed for the LTE version (SGP521). We will update this post with FTF firmware links as they become live. If you have updated, let us know how you are getting on with the update in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3+ Dual CopperSony Mobile Malaysia has released the Xperia Z3+ Dual (E6533) into the region at a recommend price of RM2,599 (£440, €621, $682). So far only the black and copper colours are available. The handset is available to buy online right now.

Thanks AmeiN and Ben!

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Xperia C5 Ultra confirmed as snippets of user guide unveiled

July 26, 2015

Sony Mobile will shortly launch the Xperia C5 Ultra (E5506, E5553), codenamed Lavender. This has been confirmed by a leaked manual for the device. We have previously seen a number of in-the-wild pictures of the front panel and of the display itself, which suggested it will have a bezel-less frame (at least on the left […]

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Android 5.1 Sony Xperia video demo

July 24, 2015

If you are awaiting the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update for your Sony Xperia device, then you may want to check out a few hands-on videos below to show what you have to look forward to. The videos show the new changes that this update brings versus the previous Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware builds. If […]

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Lifelog update (2.9.A.0.18) adds new goal progress layout, Android 5.1 support and more

July 24, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the Lifelog application moving it from build number 2.8.A.0.16 to version 2.9.A.0.18. The application now includes support for Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (MR1) that started to seed recently for the Xperia Z3 series and a new layout for Goal progress, giving you a percentage achieved so far. Other additions include new card […]

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Will Sony’s H2 flagship be “Made for Bond”? Leaked promo pic suggests so

July 24, 2015

The leaked promo picture below appears to suggest that Sony will tie-up its latest smartphone release with the new James Bond flick, SPECTRE, when it launches in November 2015. The pic shows “Made for Bond” with “Xperia -5” underneath. The letter has been masked, which It means it could be the Z5 or maybe Sony […]

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