Xperia E1_D2005_20.1.A.2.19It has been a number of months since the Sony Xperia E1 received a firmware update, well it looks like another is on the horizon. The Xperia E1 (D2004, D2005) has seen an update certified by the PTCRB that will move it from the current build (20.1.A.2.14) to version 20.1.A.2.19.

Meanwhile, the Xperia E1 Dual (D2104, D2105) has seen an update certified moving it from 20.1.B.2.15 to build version 20.1.B.2.29. The DTV version of the Xperia E1 Dual (D2114) has seen build number 20.1.B.2.30 certified. We’ll keep you posted on further developments. [read more…]

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Xperia M2_D2303_18.3.1.C.1.15Yesterday, we posted about minor firmware updates being certified for the Xperia M2 (HSPA+) and Xperia M2 Dual. Well today it is the turn of the LTE Xperia M2 models (D2303, D2306) and the Xperia M2 Aqua (D2403, D2406). Firmware build 18.3.1.C.1.15 has been certified, which is a small update compared to the current 18.3.1.C.1.13 build. We’ll let you know once the firmware starts to roll. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 D6503_23.1.A.1.28A new firmware update has been certified by the PTCRB for the Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) and Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521). Build version 23.1.A.1.28 has been certified, which compares the current build of 23.1.A.0.740. This could mean a reasonable update moving the build template from 23.1.A.0 to 23.1.A.1. It could also signify a carrier-specific update. Either way, we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.740A new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.740 has started to roll for select Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices for Orange customers. If you are an Orange customer in France, Poland, Romania, Slovakia or Spain then you will be prompted to update your handset.

This new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware is live for the Xperia Z3 (D6603), Xperia Z3 Compact (5803), Xperia Z2 (D6503) and Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521). We expect this build number to remain a carrier-specific update. The latest global update for these handsets remains build version 23.1.A.0.726. [read more…]

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india-flagSony Mobile may be planning to launch entry-level Xperia smartphones exclusive to the Indian market according to a report by the Economic Times. Kenichiro Hibi, Sony managing director, has said that India is one of the few countries seeing rapid growth, even outpacing China. Therefore, this requires a separate strategy to that adopted by Sony Mobile Global.

“Sony may not globally have models in the Rs 8,000-10,000 range, but we have to launch such models in India to survive in this tough market where there are almost 100 smartphone brands,” said Hibi. These phones could even have a ‘Made in India’ tag, with Sony thinking about manufacturing the phones in the country. [read more…]

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Xperia M2 Dual_18.3.1.B.1.10Sony Mobile has not officially confirmed whether or not the Xperia M2 (D230X) will see the Android Lollipop firmware, but in the meantime a small update is on the horizon. Firmware build number 18.3.1.A.1.9 has been certified for the Xperia M2 by the PTCRB, which compares to current build number 18.3.1.A.1.7.

In addition, the Xperia M2 Dual (D2302) has seen firmware build number 18.3.1.B.1.10 certified, compared to current build 18.3.1.B.1.8. As you can tell from the movement in build numbers these look like minor releases. We’ll let you know if/when the firmware goes live. [read more…]

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Sony World Photography Awards Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released an official Xperia Theme to celebrate the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA). The theme is one of the better ones seen recently, with a clean interface and simple icons. The theme is available to download right now via the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Walkman_9.0.0.A.2.0 beta_2Sony Mobile updated the beta version of its Walkman application earlier today moving the build number to “9.0.0.A.2.0 beta”. According to the “Walkman Beta Test” group on Google+, the changelog of this new update includes a new full player, playqueue in drawer and a new context menu.

Through the beta, the app has been renamed from “Walkman” to “Music”. For the first time, a splash screen on this new build explains why Sony has changed the name. Sony explains that “The Walkman app is changing its name to Music – because that’s what it is all about”. [read more…]

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T-Mobile Xperia Z3Earlier in the month, it had looked though as if T-Mobile US had stopped sales of the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616). The phone had disappeared from the T-Mobile website and social media reps appeared to confirm that “the Z3 is no longer available.”

Well just like that, the Xperia Z3 is now back on the site and with a price reduction to $499.92 too. This saves $130 off the previous retail price. If you prefer to be on contract, the phone is available on a two-year contract for $20.83 per month. Seems like a good deal, although we don’t know how long the phone will stick around this time. [read more…]

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Spectre 007You may have thought that given the James Bond movie franchise is financed by Sony Pictures it would be a relatively easy task to get a Sony Xperia device front-and-centre when it comes to product placement. However, the reality is far from that, judging by leaked emails from the North Korea hack last year.

The emails show that getting a Sony mobile phone on set is a priority for the company, but Sony Pictures need compensation given that it “would be giving up a potentially huge product placement deal.” Various figures fly around including $18m for the above the line marketing and a fee of $5m for Daniel Craig (who plays James Bond) to use the phone. [read more…]

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LollipopThe Android Lollipop (19.3.A.0.470) firmware update has started to seed for Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra owners. The update is only live for the single SIM variants of each handset including the Xperia C3 (D2533) and Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303). The generic update is live in Taiwan for each handset at time of publishing, but wider availability is expected shortly. [read more…]

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Five new Sony Xperia model numbers outed

April 21, 2015

Sony Mobile may have talked about a more streamlined product portfolio going forward, but five new model numbers have just been unveiled by the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site. This includes the Sony E6833 – the closest previous handset to this model was the Xperia Z Ultra (C68XX). Then there is the Sony E6683 – could […]

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Google details new Android Wear 5.1 features for SmartWatch 3

April 21, 2015

Google and Sony has outlined some neat new features for an upcoming Android Wear 5.1 update. One of the big updates is Wi-Fi support for the SmartWatch 3, this means the watch will be able to carry on getting notifications, even if it is not connected to your phone via Bluetooth. The SW3 will need […]

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Newer Lollipop build (19.3.A.0.470) certified for Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra

April 20, 2015

A newer Android Lollipop firmware build has been certified by the PTCRB for both the Xperia C3 and the Xperia T2 Ultra. Build number 19.3.A.0.470 is only marginally higher than the previously certified version (19.3.A.0.468). The update is due to release this week, we will keep you posted.

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New firmware (23.1.A.0.740) certified for Xperia Z3 and Z2 series

April 20, 2015

A new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.740 has been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z3 (D6603), Z3 Compact (D5803), Z2 (D6503) and Z2 Tablet (SGP521). This compares to the latest Lollipop build on these devices with build version 23.1.A.0.726. We’ll let you know when it starts to roll.

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