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android_studio_logo-300x300Some of the more consistent comments that we see on this site relate to “where is my firmware update?” For any manufacturer, working on Android updates is an economic decision. Newer handsets will always be supported first, sometimes leaving older handsets languishing on older firmware and Android builds.

Look at the Xperia C for example, it has only received two firmware updates since the handset launched. It is likely that most Xperia C owners would have reasonably expected better support, the handset hasn’t moved from its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean build that it launched from. [read more…]

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Z2 vs OPO_9The OnePlus One has been creating waves since it was announced earlier in the year. The promise of flagship specifications at a fraction of the price has enticed many. The OnePlus One still hasn’t properly launched, with potential buyers relying on receiving an invite via the official forums or promotions via social media. We have previously compared the specs of the OnePlus One versus the Xperia Z2, but now we have some hands-on pictures of both handsets side-by-side.

The OnePlus One is a tall handset at 152.9mm versus 146.8mm for the Xperia Z2, but the OnePlus One does house a 5.5-inch display versus the 5.2-inch display in the Xperia Z2. This can be seen in the pictures below, however despite this, the OnePlus One has a similar weight of 162g (Xperia Z2: 163g). [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 Tablet 17.1.2.A.0.314 update rollingThe latest firmware build (17.1.2.A.0.314) for the Xperia Z2 Tablet has now started to roll for the LTE variant of the tablet (SGP521). The same update was released for the Xperia Z2 recently bringing improved touch performance and charging when the battery is low. We should see similar improvements for the Xperia Z2 Tablet, however Sony has not yet updated its support pages with the new changelog.

There’s no word of the update rolling for the Wi-Fi variants of the Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP511, SGP512), but we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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Xperia Movie Creator_3Sony has released a new application this morning for the Xperia Z2 called “Movie Creator”, with build number 2.0.A.0.9. The Xperia Movie Creator automatically creates short videos of around 30 seconds in length using existing photos and videos. The idea is very similar to Google+’s Auto Awesome Movie mode.

The software will automatically determine the timeline to create its movie – so it could take a selection of photos/videos from a Saturday afternoon, or for a three-day period or for a week. When the film is created you will be notified (notifications can be turned off in the settings). [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 insert moldWhen we first started to see leaks of the Xperia Z2, many were surprised to see a design that in many respects looked almost identical to the Xperia Z1. We know now that there were a number of changes including stereo speakers, SoC, higher RAM but what is less talked about are the small design changes between the Xperia Z1 and Z2.

One of the big changes internally in the Xperia Z2 was the use of insert molding to create a seamless structure of polycarbonate resin and metal. These parts were separate in the Xperia Z1. By integrating these together in the Xperia Z2, it allowed Sony engineers greater space leading to a larger display (5.0 → 5.2-inch), larger battery (3000 → 3200mAh) as well as a lighter (170 → 163 grams) and narrower body (74.0 → 73.3 mm). All of this was thanks to insert molding. [read more…]

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netflix-logoFor a while now, we have received a slow but steady stream of emails from readers complaining about problems with the Netflix app on their Sony Xperia smartphone or tablet. It is not just us though, if you do a search on Sony’s official Talk Forums and XDA you will find a number of threads talking about the same issue.

The most common complaints relate to an audio delay, which can be very off-putting when watching video. Other complaints relate to bouts of freezing and stuttering, but by far the most common issue is the audio lag problem described above. [read more…]

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Xperai E1_20.1.A.0.45A few days back, we saw Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware certified for the Xperia E1 Dual (D21XX). The KitKat update has now also been certified for the single SIM Xperia E1 (D2004, D2005) in the form of software build number 20.1.A.0.45.

We would expect this new firmware to offer apps to SD card functionality, which was also included in the recent Xperia T2 Ultra KitKat update. We’ll let you know once this firmware starts to roll. [read more…]

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xperia-z1-speakerOne of the big upgrades that the Xperia Z2 has over the Xperia Z1 is stereo speakers. However, if there are any Xperia Z1 owners who want a taste of stereo sound then you may want to check out a new mod. It uses the earpiece speaker as the second speaker to create stereo sound.

Obviously the earpiece speaker is not designed to output as much sound as the main speaker, so follow the linked instructions carefully to make sure you don’t cause any damage to your handset. The mod can be installed via recovery, all download links can be found at XDA.

Thanks dontbelive and dyEpnOoDLe!

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Deff micro USB Magnetic Adapter Review_3We recently reported on the Deff Micro-USB to Magnetic Connector Adapter that was being exclusively sold in Japan, before UK retailer Clove managed to source them for sale. The adapter is an ideal solution for those who have an Xperia device with a magnetic charging connector (Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet and Z Ultra).

The adapter connects to any micro USB socket to turn it into a charging point using the magnetic connector bringing greater convenience and less wear-and-tear for the USB port flap. These magnetic adapters are now in stock through Clove costing £10 + VAT (plus delivery on top). They are available in both black and white colours. Click through for some pictures and impressions below. [read more…]

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Live-on-YouTube_result-150x150The “Live on YouTube – by Xperia” camera application has seen an update to build number 01.00.13, which brings support to two new handsets: the Xperia Z1 and Xperia ZL2. Up until now the app only officially supported the Xperia Z2. It will only work on handsets updated to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Other changes include improved performance and minor bug fixes. The Live on YouTube camera app allows users to broadcast up to 15 minutes of live video via YouTube. You can use the app to share video publicly to the world or privately with friends & family in the app’s private mode.

Update: Sony has updated the changelog to reveal the Xperia Z1 Compact is also supported.

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Xperia C3 versus T3_12Want to see some hands-on pictures of the recently announced Xperia C3 PROselfie smartphone versus the elegant Xperia T3 with its stainless steel frame? Then have a gander below, it shows the mint Xperia C3 and the purple Xperia T3 sized up against each other. Which one gets your vote? [read more…]

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Watch faces with animated gears land on the SmartWatch 2

July 25, 2014

We have already seen a number of analogue watch faces for the SmartWatch 2 from third-party developer Julian J Wong. The watch faces come courtesy of Sony opening up its API to developers to create their own clocks and widgets. This means that these watch faces can be installed a native clock and will work […]

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KitKat update (20.1.B.0.60) certified for Xperia E1 Dual

July 25, 2014

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Sony Xperia E1 Dual has been certified by the PTCRB. KitKat will arrive on the handset in the form of build number 20.1.B.0.60 for the D2104 and D2105 variants. The DTV variant (D2114) will see KitKat with model number 20.1.B.0.61. Sony said that the Android KitKat update […]

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New QX30 Lens-Style Camera on the horizon with 30x zoom?

July 25, 2014

We recently reported that Sony would launch at least one new Lens Style Camera at IFA 2014 in early September. This would follow on from the launch of the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 cameras at last year’s IFA. One of these new models is believed to be the DSC-QX30, following the appearance of a registration on […]

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RIP SUS: Sony ends support for Update Service software

July 24, 2014

Sony has officially ended support for the Sony Update Service application for Windows. The software, that used to be known as SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service) and more recently SUS, was a more focused way for users to update their Sony Xperia devices. It’s sole purpose was to update the firmware of Sony Xperia devices […]

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