Xperia Z3 DualSony Mobile will shortly launch a new Xperia Z3 Dual variant in Hong Kong with model number D6683. This particular model will support 4G LTE on both dual SIMs, so for users in Hong Kong it is likely to support both China Mobile and China Unicom 4G networks. No price or launch date has been set and don’t expect this variant to launch outside of China. [read more…]

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2015-05-01-finally-boot-to-recovery-enabled-in-special-bootloaders-from-sonySony Mobile plans to make it much easier for developers to install custom ROMs. Sony will release new bootloaders for Xperia devices that will enable them to boot from the recovery partition, a key requirement to installing and booting custom ROMs.

This means that Sony Xperia users will now not have to worry whether a custom ROM even has a recovery as it will always be installed on your device. It also means users will be able to use normal recovery images used on any AOSP-based project. [read more…]

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Sony Clear allOne of the big bugbears for many that have upgraded to Android Lollipop is that the “Close all” button has been removed. This meant users had to individually swipe to remove their recent apps. Sony did bring back the “Close all” button for select handsets and firmware builds, but it seemed like a rushed afterthought both in terms of placement and design.

Well, one of the new features from the recently released Xperia Z3 firmware (build number 23.2.A.1.62 that we reported on a few days back) is that Sony has re-introduced ‘close all’ in the recent apps pane. However this time, Sony uses the ‘clear all’ graphic that is normally found within the notification pull down screen. This particular firmware only hit Hong Kong, but hopefully we will see this button be used in all future Lollipop builds. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 waterproofSony has released a new promo video for the Xperia Z3 to highlight the premium waterproof design. One thing that Sony always does very well is its promo videos, they always hook you in and are superbly crafted. The short aspirational video plays heavy on the waterproof part of the Xperia Z3, with a man in a slick suit whipping out the phone whilst it’s raining to video the drops, almost like he’s had some kind of epiphany. No doubt Sony is reminding people that the Xperia Z3 still exists given some of its key Android competitors have released new flagships. That’s not to give any disservice to the Xperia Z3 which remains a wonderful all-rounder. [read more…]

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Xpria Z3Judging by a statement that The Verge received from T-Mobile US, it looks like the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616) Android Lollipop update may still be a long way out. The statement says that T-Mobile is “hoping” to roll the update in the “upcoming months”. Ouch.

T-Mobile also gave a bit of extra colour regarding the Xperia Z3’s brief sales hiatus and subsequent reappearance. Rather than it being an issue of demand, T-Mobile said that stock was temporarily removed as it “waited to receive additional inventory from Sony.” Check out both statements below. [read more…]

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LollipopWe have purposely delayed this post as we wanted to wait until a good majority of Sony Xperia owners were on Lollipop before asking for your impressions. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware first started to roll on 16 March 2015 for the Xperia Z2/Z3 series and since then the rollout has expanded to other handsets including the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact, T2 Ultra and Xperia C3. Lollipop still awaits the older Xperia Z series, but hopefully that will start seeding in a matter of weeks.

Given that Lollipop has been out on Sony Xperia devices for over six weeks now, we wanted to ask for your thoughts on the update so far. Has it lived up to your expectations? Do you really enjoy the new look and Lollipop features? Let us know what bugs/issues you’ve had. Is battery life on par with KitKat? If you’ve downgraded, let us know why. Your experiences will be invaluable for those still waiting to upgrade.

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SCR30 Xperia Copper ThumbSony Mobile will launch the SCR30 Style Cover Window case for the Xperia Z4 when it is released later this year. The Style Cover Window is a waterproof case (IPX5/8 classification) which has a window allowing you to activate a number of tasks without opening the cover including reading a message, controlling music, answering a call or activating the camera. The SCR30 case is made from PU leather and will be available in four colours (Black, White, Copper, Aqua).

To prepare for the launch, Sony has updated its Xperia wallpaper themes for three colours (Black, White and Copper) to match the case you may end up buying when the Xperia Z4 launches. This includes new wallpaper for these colours. Links to all can be found below. [read more…]

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SmartBand Talk Update_4.0.0.56_1Sony Mobile has updated the SmartBand Talk SWR30 (app version 4.0.0.56; firmware version 4.0.0.65) to bring in a few more features which includes an out-of-range alert that notifies the user if their phone has been left behind. The alarm has also been improved with support for a vibration-only mode.

In the last update, Sony allowed users to choose from a range of customizable watchfaces for the first time. Sony has added another watchface to the mix (see the screen below). For the weather watchfaces, Sony has improved the location search. It’s nice to see some useful updates here. [read more…]

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Xperia smartphone shipmentsSony Corporation has released its FY14 results (for the year ending March 2015) reporting sales of $68.5bn, a flat performance year-on-year on a constant currency basis. Sony delivered operating income of $571m despite recording a $1.5bn impairment relating to the mobile division.

In terms of the mobile segment, sales were up 7% on a constant currency basis to $11.0bn. This was mainly due to “an improvement in product mix as a result of a focus on high value-added models.” Overall, Sony Mobile shipped 39.1 million smartphones – bang in line with the previous year. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3_23.2.A.1.62A new Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update is currently rolling to the Sony Xperia Z3 D6653 variant. Build number 23.2.A.1.62 has been released for Hong Kong, but little is known about what new features the update brings. If you have updated to the new build, let us know your impressions below.
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Xperia RAW cameraSo how badly do you want to see RAW image capture on your Sony Xperia smartphone? Rickard from the Sony Mobile support forums confirmed what we’ve already known up until now, that it does not support RAW capture within Lollipop. This is despite Android 5.0 supporting this feature within the Camera2 API.

As you might expect, he goes on to say that the door isn’t shut on incorporating RAW in the future, but it depends on how much demand there is for it. So let’s hear you – if you’d like to see RAW image capture supported, voice your opinion below. [read more…]

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New update (23.1.A.1.28) certified for Xperia Z3 series

April 28, 2015

Yesterday, we saw build number 23.1.A.1.28 certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z2 series. Today the same build number has been certified for the Xperia Z3 series including the Xperia Z3 (D6603, D6653), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803, D5833) and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (SGP621, SGP641). As previously mentioned, given that the firmware format has […]

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Two separate updates hitting the Video app (build 9.1.A.0.8 and 8.0.A.2.4)

April 28, 2015

Sony Mobile has today rolled two updates to its Video application, depending on which handset you are running. For handsets on older firmware, Sony is rolling Video build number 8.0.A.2.4 (upgraded from 8.0.A.0.8) which changes the name of the application from “Movies” to “Video”. Another update is also rolling for newer handsets running Lollipop with […]

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PlayStation Video app (13.2.A.1.2) released; Video Unlimited replaced

April 28, 2015

Sony Mobile has begun to roll an update to the Video Unlimited application in the form of build number 13.2.A.1.2, which rebrands it to “PlayStation Video”. Apart from the rebranding to PS Video and new blue colour scheme, there appears to be no other changes over the previous Video Unlimited app. The 8.6MB update is […]

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Xperia Z4 to be marketed as Xperia Z3+ globally?

April 28, 2015

Sony Mobile Japan announced the Xperia Z4 last week, however an international release was noticeably absent. A number of people have criticised Sony for releasing an iterative update to the Xperia Z3, with changes limited to the chipset, 5MP front-facing camera and cap less micro USB charging port. In particular, the design remains essentially the […]

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