Xperia C5 Ultra Display_1Users in Hong Kong are reporting that Sony Mobile may be using two different displays in the Xperia C5 Ultra. There appears to be tangible differences to the displays used in the white Xperia C5 Ultra’s versus the black models.

By entering the service menu of the phones (*#*#7378423#*#*), it shows there are two different hardware types being used. The good one on the black models show “Truly” in the ‘LCM Hardware’ line, whilst the white model has “Innolux” which is believed to be the worse model. [read more…]

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What's New 3.2.A.0.3_3Sony Mobile has updated the “What’s New” application to build number 3.2.A.0.3, which adds a new welcome screen, improves the portrait layout for tablets and brings user interface enhancements. Sony appears to now have opted for less transparency on the slide out menu with a lighter background compared the dark UI used previously. In related news, the “What’s New” team has launched its own community on Google +, click here if you would like to join it. [read more…]

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Chromecast for Smartband Talk_1_resultSony Mobile has released a Chromecast extension app for the SmartBand Talk SWR30 that will allow users to control their media. Think of the extension as a remote control for Chromecast, it will mainly allow you to pause and resume playback. To use the app, the main SmartBand Talk app will need to be installed. The extension is currently live on the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra_19.4.A.0.180The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra has been certified by the PTCRB. Build number 19.4.A.0.180 has been certified for all variants of both handsets, including the dual-SIM versions. This compares to current build number 19.3.A.0.472. We will keep you posted once the Android 5.1 update is released. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Plus_28.0.A.8.251Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet in the form of build number 28.0.A.8.251. Unfortunately, for those that were hoping this would bring Android 5.1.1, you’ll be disappointed to learn that this firmware is still Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

The update is live in select regions for the Xperia Z3+ (Italy, Turkey, Vietnam), Xperia Z3+ Dual (China) and the Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE (Indonesia, Singapore). The firmware file is over 2GB in size, which shows Sony’s updates keep growing in size. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1_14.6.A.0.368Let the countdown begin – the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update has been certified by the PTCRB for the Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact in the form of build number 14.6.A.0.368. The build number has been certified across most variants for each handset: Xperia Z1 (C6902, C6903, C6943, C6906), Xperia Z Ultra (C6802, C6833, C6843, C6806) and Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503).

A software update page for Australian carrier Telstra confirms that this latest update will include a patch for the Stagefright exploit “including the recently released patch for CVE-2015-3864.” Telstra points to an end-September release, but we would expect the generic firmware versions to be released much sooner. We’ll let you know once the firmware starts to roll. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Press_3Sony Mobile’s social media channels inadvertently published a few press pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z5 flagship earlier today. The handset is due to be formally unveiled at IFA 2015 next Wednesday, but you can get a first glimpse of the handset below. The pictures match the leaks we have already seen to date and confirm that the latest Xperia flagship will have a 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS camera with six-lens system.

The pictures show a slightly rounded frame with the ‘XPERIA’ logo engraved into the side. Colours on show include gold, white and what looks like a dark turquoise. What we cannot tell for sure is whether some of these pictures relate to the larger rumoured Xperia Z5+, but all will become clear next week. Like what you see so far? [read more…]

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Sony Xperia IFA 2015Sony Mobile has confirmed that its press conference will take place at 16.45 CEST on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at the IFA tradeshow. In the latest tease, Sony says to join it for the “future of Xperia evolution” at that time. The picture tease has blanked out the phone being used in a selfie. We’ll bring you more details as we have them. [read more…]

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Xperia C5 IndiaSony Mobile India has hinted through its social media channels that the 6-inch Xperia C5 Ultra will soon be available in the country. Further launch details on pricing is expected tomorrow, although a price point of around Rs. 29,000 is likely. [read more…]

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wpid-wp-1440445392784.jpegNot that there was any doubt, but Sony Mobile has confirmed that a new smartphone “with greater focus” will launch at IFA 2015 on 2 September 2015. We expect that Sony will launch a new Xperia flagship, along with a smaller ‘compact’ sibling. Sony is most likely to market these as the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. A phablet version is also expected by the end of 2015, but this may not be ready for an announcement at IFA. [read more…]

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wpid-wp-1440190358622.jpegA new set of pictures allegedly showing a dummy unit of the Sony Xperia Z5 have appeared. The pictures show the dummy handset in a case but gives a better look of what to expect in Sony’s upcoming flagship. Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think of the design in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony SmartWatch 3 receives Android Wear 1.3 update (LCA43) – intros interactive watch faces

August 21, 2015

Google recently announced the latest update to its Android Wear platform, with version 1.3 introducing interactive watch faces. What this means in practice is that a tap of the watch will reveal more information or even launch a specific app. You can choose to access certain info at a glance whether that be emails, weather […]

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Xperia Z5 Compact spotted in promo image

August 20, 2015

Sony Mobile is set to announce at least the next Xperia flagship and ‘Compact’ flagship at IFA in early September 2015. A supposed promotional image for the Xperia Z5 Compact has leaked showing the rear of the device. The lens and LED flash placement match what we have seen, so we believe the image is […]

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Lifelog update (2.9.A.0.22) adds support for SmartBand 2

August 20, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the Lifelog application to build number 2.9.A.0.22, which adds support for the SmartBand 2 SWR12. The other main change for this new version is that you can now log physical activities whilst in battery Stamina mode (only applies to Xperia devices).

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Sony SmartBand 2 announced with advanced heart rate tracking

August 20, 2015

Sony Mobile has finally announced the much-rumoured SmartBand 2. The main new feature it brings over its predecessor is the inclusion of advanced heart rate tracking. The tracker gives you a better insight to your fitness through accelerometer and heart rate sensors which monitor pulse and heart rate variability. The SmartBand 2 will launch across […]

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