MWCWe are currently receiving word that there is a good chance that Sony will not present a new flagship device at MWC 2015. Of course, plans can always change, but we understand that right now Sony is planning a ‘summer’ release for its next generation phones.

Sony has traditionally launched new flagship devices into the market by the end of March each year. The first hint we got that things might be different this year came from the leak of the Xperia Z4 from the Bond product pitch. The leaked email pointed to May/November release dates for the H1 and H2 Sony Xperia flagship devices in 2015. [read more…]

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Purple Xperia Z3_1We recently reported that the new purple colour option for the Xperia Z3 will hit Hong Kong later this month. News on other regions are thin on the ground, but there is now confirmation that the Purple Xperia Z3 will also be landing in Taiwan on 27 January i.e. tomorrow. The official cost for the handset will be NT$ 19,900 (£423, €566, $636). We’ll bring word on other regions when we have it. [read more…]

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SpideyJust a quick reminder to any Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact or Z3 Tablet Compact owners out there who may not have claimed their free movies. The offer to claim three movies including ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Ghostbusters’ expires this Saturday 31 January 2015. If eligible, you can download the movies via the Xperia Lounge app. See our original post for more detail.

Thanks Joe!

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RootAre you a Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact owner with a locked bootloader? Have you been craving root access since you bought your handset? Well your prayers have now been answered as an exploit has been found that will root the handset, even if you have a locked bootloader. This comes courtesy of XDA dev zxz0O0 who has created the “giefroot rooting tool”.

The method involves plugging your Xperia device into your computer and running an extracted install.bat file. The one caveat though is that will only work on the older firmware build (23.0.A.2.93). If you are already on the newer build number (23.0.1.A.5.77), then you will have to downgrade your firmware using FlashTool/XperiFirm first before you can get root. [read more…]

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SmartEyeglass APX Labs demoSony continues to work on SmartEyeglass and recently presented the Google Glass-like eyewear at CES at the start of the year. Sony took the opportunity to show off some of the real world business applications that can be used with the SmartEyeglass, in a collaboration with APX Labs.

The video below illustrates this best and includes examples of warehouse logistics, surveillance of machines within an industry or easily retrieving patient information in a hospital. APX Labs builds real-time hands-free solutions for businesses and its Skylight enterprise smart glasses platform integrates with several SAP products including HANA and Work Manager. [read more…]

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SmartBand-SWR10-leather-brown-800x626Sony has begun to sell the SmartBand SWR10 with Brown Leather wrist strap. This version is available via the Sony Mobile Store in Europe where it costs £79.99 in the UK, €79.90 in Germany and €99 in France/Spain. Unfortunately, the wristband is not available separately. [read more…]

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Xperia E3 Android 4.4.4Sony will shortly release Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the Xperia E3. Firmware build 18.5.A.0.26 can already be downloaded through XperiFirm for the D2202 HSPA+ variant. The update isn’t rolling publicly yet, only the “internal” versions are currently available to download. There doesn’t seem to be too much that has changed in the update. The FTF can be downloaded below (at your own risk), but if you have already tried the update let us know your thoughts below. [read more…]

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iFit Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has launched the iFit Xperia Theme. iFit produces calorie tracker and running apps. The theme includes customised soft keys and icons in the app tray menu. You can download the theme from the Google Play Store.

The iFit Outside app includes an online fitness tracker and is designed for Android Wear devices. The good news for SmartWatch 3 owners is that you get three months free access to the pro features of iFit Outside allowing you to map training runs, monitor performance and control music on your SmartWatch 3. [read more…]

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CyanogenmodA few days back, we brought news that official CyanogenMod 12 Nightly Builds has started for a number of Sony Xperia devices. However, Sony’s newest flagship Xperia Z3 devices were conspicuously missing from the list. Well, CM12 Nightly Builds (based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop) are now available for the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact LTE (the Wi-Fi version was available a few days ago). As always, don’t expect the nightly builds to be stable, but if you want to give them a try hit the source links below. [read more…]

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Android Lollipop Xperia Soft Keys_2Sony’s screenshots of the recent Movie Creator update actually shows the Xperia handset running Android Lollipop. This gives us a first look at Sony’s new soft keys that it will use in the Android Lollipop update. So, do you like? [read more…]

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Movie Creator 2.3.A.0.3_1Sony is pushing a new update to its Movie Creator app that moves the build number from 2.2.A.0.8 to version 2.3.A.0.3. Changes include some new UI design, which includes a new Material Design-esque icon. Other additions include unfinished movies that are now listed, as well as allowing users to add photos/videos for Highlight Movie creation. The 9.5MB update is rolling OTA right now. [read more…]

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Sony officially confirms Xperia Z3 Purple Diamond Edition

January 22, 2015

Sony Mobile Hong Kong has confirmed that it will launch the “Xperia Z3 Purple Diamond Edition” by the end of January 2015. This is a new colour for the Xperia Z3 which was previously only available in Black, White, Copper and Silver Green. The new handset has also seen a HK$1,000 price cut to HK$ […]

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Sony BSP60 Smart Bluetooth Speaker passes through FCC

January 22, 2015

It looks like Sony plans to launch a new portable Bluetooth speaker according to newly released documents from the FCC. They point to a new spherically-shaped speaker called the ” Sony BSP60 Smart Bluetooth Speaker.” Unusually, the BSP60 appears to have two wheels on the bottom which leaves us intrigued as to what purpose they […]

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Dual-SIM variant of new Sony Xperia model passes FCC

January 21, 2015

The Xperia Z3 (D66XX) was the first flagship from Sony to launch with dual-SIM support outside of Asia. The Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) even launched in selective European countries such as Poland, which had not happened before. Well there is a chance that this continues with the Xperia Z4. Newly released FCC documents highlight a […]

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Purple Xperia Z3 spied

January 20, 2015

We recently reported that the Sony Xperia Z3 would be getting a new colour option – purple – to add to the existing colours (black, white, copper, silver green). Well pictures of the upcoming purple Xperia Z3 have now leaked, showing exactly which tone of purple that Sony plans to use. The Purple Xperia Z3 […]

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