xperia-nougat_2Sony Mobile has released a video highlighting all of the new features of the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware that recently started to roll for Xperia XZ and X Performance owners. This includes multi-window support, previewing media in the messaging app, self-timer on the camera app amongst other features. Check out the video below. [read more…]

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playstation-xperia-theme_1_resultSony Mobile is set to release five exclusive Sony retro Xperia themes. The first of these celebrates the company’s gaming roots, with a PlayStation 1 inspired theme. This is a very clean looking theme, with iconic imagery including the original controller and the trademark buttons. This is a premium theme, but it is available for free Xperia Lounge Gold owners. Head over to the Xperia Lounge app to download it for yourself. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-xz-nougatSony Mobile has started to seed the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ. The update has arrived in the form of build number 39.2.A.0.327 for the Xperia XZ (F8331) and XZ Dual (F8332). The release includes a number of native Nougat features including multi-window support (run two apps simultaneously), customisable quick settings and redesigned notifications. The update is available in select regions right now, but should hit more regions over the coming days. If you have updated, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-concept-volteSony Mobile is working with operators to add VoLTE (voice over LTE) support for the Android Nougat Concept firmware for the Xperia X. The benefit of VoLTE is that calls should connect faster and have better sound quality too, there is no need to switch to a 2G/3G frequency to make a call.

However, it is somewhat difficult to implement the technology as it requires both phone and network support. This means that Sony will need to add support on an operator by operator basis. The next Concept update will include VoLTE support for three of the largest German mobile carriers including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica/02. [read more…]

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xperia-x-performance-nougatSony Mobile has commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout and Xperia X Performance owners will see it first. Firmware build number 39.2.A.0.327 is currently rolling to the Xperia X Performance (F8131) and X Performance Dual (F8132). The update is currently only rolling to select regions, we will include FTF firmware links shortly. In the meantime, if you’ve updated, feel free to share some screenshots, along with your experiences below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-compactSony Mobile is offering a discount on the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact in the UK right now. If you head over to the UK store (click here) and enter the code below, it will take off 25% off the cost of either a Xperia XZ or Xperia X Compact. This will bring down the cost of a Xperia XZ to £411.25 and the cost of a Xperia X Compact to £284.25 – easily the cheapest price in the UK right now. You can also go through cashback Quidco site for an extra £22 off. You can find the necessary codes below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-concept-38-1-a-0-342_1Sony Mobile has released the first update for the Xperia X Concept for Android Nougat firmware. Sony is aiming to release weekly updates for those that have opted in to its experimental track. For those that prefer more stable releases, Sony is aiming to release these monthly.

The first release is in the form of build number 38.1.A.0.342 (NBD91K4) and adds a number of improvements including 1 November Google security patches, the addition of X-Reality support in the Album app, a new version of Xperia Home (10.2.A.1.15) and Xperia Transfer (2.2.A.4.12). Sony has also fixed a number of bugs including a new fingerprint driver and fix for the camera and FM Radio.
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xperia-xz-deep-pink_2The Sony Xperia XZ has already seen a limited ‘Deep Pink’ version launch in select regions such as Japan and the UK. Well, Sony has also announced that the Deep Pink colour will hit Hong Kong and Macau from early December and in Taiwan later this month. We hope to see the Deep Pink colour’s availability in the coming months. [read more…]

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xperia-x-compactblackWe reported earlier that the Xperia XZ had a firmware update that included the latest November 2016 Google security patches. Well, a similar update is also rolling to the Xperia X Compact with the same patches in the form of firmware build number 34.1.A.3.49. Little else is known about the update at this stage, but if you’ve noticed anything new then let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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xperia-xzSony Mobile has commenced an update to its flagship Xperia XZ model, moving the firmware number to build number from 39.0.A.1.250 to version 39.0.A.3.30. Sony has not made it clear what changes have been made in the latest update, although we can see that the latest November 2016 Google security patches have been included.

Some users have had issues over double tap to wake responsiveness, but it’s not yet clear if this has been improved in the latest update. We have included FTF firmware files for the new version below. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-performanceWe recently reported that a number of Sony Xperia X Performance owners were suffering from problems relating to the accelerometer, where it would suddenly stop working. The only solution up until now was to restart your phone, but Sony has today issued an update in the form of build number 35.0.A.1.297 which should fix this bug.

The update is seeding for both single SIM (F8131) and dual SIM (F8132) variants of the Xperia X Performance. We will link to the relevant FTF firmware files shortly, but in the meantime, do let us know if the new firmware solves the accelerometer bug, along with any other changes you’ve noticed. [read more…]

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Xperia X is new flag-bearer for Sony’s Concept for Android software

November 8, 2016

Sony Mobile has today announced that the company’s Concept for Android software, which we love by the way, will now be heading to Xperia X owners in Europe. Sony’s Concept software enables the Xperia developer teams to push the latest and, sometimes, experimental features to users and to get feedback from the passionate community. Don’t […]

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How durable is the Xperia XZ? This bend/scratch/burn test video reveals all

November 4, 2016

YouTuber JerryRigEverything has made a name for himself by stress testing the latest smartphones and this time he has the Xperia XZ in his hands. It can be quite torturous seeing the Xperia XZ being put through the ringer with scratch tests, a burn test and then a bend test. However, the videos do serve […]

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Xperia XZ disassembly guide

November 4, 2016

If you want to get a peek inside the Sony Xperia XZ, then you should check out the teardown pictures below. It shows Sony’s latest greatest picked apart piece-by-piece and makes you appreciate the efforts of the company’s engineers. It’s interesting to note that we couldn’t see any sign of dual heat pipes, which Sony […]

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‘Dia de Muertos’ premium Xperia Theme released

November 2, 2016

Sony Mobile has released an Xperia Theme to celebrate ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday where family and friends come together to celebrate and honour their deceased loved ones. The theme has an elegant colour scheme with lovely designed skulls in the wallpaper and lock screen. The premium Xperia Theme costs […]

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