The 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…]
The 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.
Sony 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…]
Sony 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.
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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 and right sides of the phone).
The user guide confirms this, as you can see in the snippets below. Specifications confirmed by the guide include a 13MP rear camera (there is no confirmation of front-facing camera resolution, although this is also rumoured to sport a 13MP sensor), 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD memory card slot with nano SIM. The handset will have a front-facing flash. [read more…]
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 you have had a chance to play with the newest Android 5.1 firmware for a couple of days, we’d love to hear how you’re getting on in the comments below. [read more…]
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 layouts, the return of ’Swipe between graphs’ and reducing the possibility of long ghost activities during night. The app update is currently live on the Google Play Store. [read more…]
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 is promoting a new letter for the Bond phone.
The picture comes courtesy of Digi-wo, who have a good track record when it comes to Xperia leaks. Of course, the picture could have been created by any one, so take with a pinch of salt for now. However, we know Sony was working on getting the new H2 flagship into the movie, so expect it to be in the movie somewhere. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has entered into a joint venture with ZMP to develop and provide drones to the enterprise market. The joint venture company will be called “Aerosense” when it is formed in early August 2015. The JV is part of Sony’s focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) sector.
The new entity will utilise Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies. Aerosense will look to provide autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for business customers at the start of 2016. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is very likely to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset in its H2 2015 flagships, just as we speculated yesterday. The UAProfs (user agent profile) for the Sony E66XX flagship model (Xperia Z5?) and Sony E58XX flagship compact (Xperia Z5 Compact?) appear to confirm this detail.
The UAProfs show that both the Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823) will utilise the MSM8994 (Snapdragon 810) chipset. Other details confirmed include the fact that the Sony E66XX will have a 1080p display, whilst the Sony E58XX will sport a 720p display. Both phones are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. If this news turns out to be true regarding chipset, would this put you off Sony’s H2 models? Chime in with your thoughts below. [read more…]
Earlier this week we reported on Sony’s ‘Concept for Android’ initiative that it will trial in Sweden. This gives select Swedish Xperia Z3 owners the chance to test a new Sony Xperia Android software experience. Sony has today revealed a few more details on the project, including a couple of screenshots.
The new Sony Android experience has been developed in response to feedback from users. Sony describes the Concept for Android as having a “stripped back, vanilla Android look and feel, with native Sony features and apps we find most popular amongst our users.” The new UI is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. [read more…]