Sony AN420 Car Quick Charger_2A number of our loyal readers are likely to be hardcore Sony fans, you guys will know that buying a Sony product normally means paying a premium for the brand. However, sometimes we feel that Sony is really taking the biscuit when it comes to pricing. Without getting started on the excessive Xperia Z3+ price points globally, Sony has just released the Car Quick Charger AN420 across Europe.

Sony says that this USB car charger “supports fast charging (1.8 A)” – don’t confuse this with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 – and it can charge two devices at the same time. Sony wants £30 of your hard-earned money for this car charger in the UK and as much as €40 in mainland Europe. Madness. Having a quick look at Amazon, we found the very well-reviewed Anker 4.8A car charger (533 reviews; 4.6 stars) for £10.99 (or without the cable for £6.99). This is better specced than Sony’s offering, from a customer-focused brand at a third of the price. [read more…]

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Xperia Lounge 3.1.7_1Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Lounge application to build number 3.1.7. Sony says that the new update makes it “easier than ever to become Gold or Silver”. We are more excited that Sony has fixed the annoying bug that meant one had to re-login every time the app was updated. The new build also includes performance enhancements and bug fixes. [read more…]

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Frozen Kristoff Xperia Theme_0_resultSony Mobile has launched a new premium “Frozen Kristoff” Xperia Theme to sit alongside the Elsa, Anna and Olaf themes it released at the start of the year. The theme shows Olaf going to the beach with all of the main characters, hence the sandcastle, bucket and spade menu icons. The theme costs £1.99, €1.99, $1.99 and is available to download from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Micro USB Charging Dock DK52 Hands-On_1The Sony Micro USB Charging Dock DK52 for the Xperia Z3+ is now in stock via the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. The dock costs £29.99 in the UK and €39.00 within mainland Europe. As the name suggests, the dock offers an easy way to charge the phone via micro USB, but has no other functionality.

We have included some hands-on pictures of the dock that shows it comes with three attachments to help the Xperia Z3+/Z4 fit, even with a case. If you live in Japan, then you may also want to check out the Solid Metal Charging Dock from MSY which comes in snazzy Gold and Silver colours. [read more…]

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0Following on from yesterday’s news that Sony had released its UCH10 Quick Charger, there was some confusion over which Sony Xperia models were Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 certified. We thought it best to quickly clarify the models that support Quick Charge 2.0 (so far), which you can see in the list below.

This mainly extends to the Xperia Z2/Z3/Z4 series of devices, although only the Japanese versions of the Xperia Z2/Z3 are Quick Charge 2.0 certified. Sony says that using a Quick Charge 2.0 certified charger on the relevant model allows for 5.5 hours of runtime on just a 10 minute charge. [read more…]

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Support Nepal Xperia Theme_2Sony Mobile has released a new Xperia Theme called “Support Nepal”. The region suffered an earthquake back in April which saw close to 9,000 people killed and 23,000 injured, it was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Sony has created this new theme to highlight the beauty of this Himalayan nation and encourage users to donate to the appeal through Oxfam Sweden.

The theme features Brian Sokol’s photographs of Nepal that were taken before the earthquakes struck. Brian Sokol has been covering the earthquakes for over 20 years in Nepal, where he lives and works. The United Nations recently confirmed that 8.1 million people are still in need of humanitarian support while another 1.9 million require food assistance in Nepal. If you enjoy the theme and can offer your support, then please click here. [read more…]

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SmartBand Talk SWR30_5.0.0.66_6Sony Mobile has updated the SmartBand Talk SWR30 application from build number 4.0.0.56 to version 5.0.0.66. This is a big update for the SmartBand Talk adding the ability to scroll content with the volume keys.

Other new features includes the ability to connect to Google Fit, voice search by tapping a button for two seconds and three new watch faces including Weekdays, Long shadow + and Cross +. Head over to the Play Store to update your SmartBand Talk now. [read more…]

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Sony Quick Charger UCH10_ThumbThe Sony Quick Charger UCH10 is now available to order through the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. The UCH10 charger is Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 compliant, which means you can take advantage of faster charging times for the Xperia Z3+. Sony says that a 10 minute charge is good for 5.5 hours, whilst a 45 minute charge will last the day. The charger costs £19.99 in the UK and €29.00 in mainland Europe. [read more…]

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Sony First Flight logoIf you remember Sony’s e-paper FES Watch, then you’ll know Sony has a small engineering team tasked with coming up with new gadget ideas. Within the business, Sony’s Seed Acceleration Program looked to fast-track new ideas into fully-fledged businesses. The latest initiative from this programme is the launch of “First Flight”, a crowdfunding and e-commerce platform.

The First Flight platform will allow start-ups to share their ideas then bring those ideas to fruition. Sony will support the launch of new business ventures through the platform. The first two business projects to launch on the platform will be MESH, which is a smart DIY kit that “turns anyone into an inventor,” and the e-paper Fes watch. Sony has also unveiled the e-paper HUIS remote control. For further information check out the dedicated First Flight site (Japanese only). [read more…]

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What’s New 3.1.A.0.1_1A quick heads-up to let users know that the “Whats’s New” application has seen a marginal update, which moves the build number from 3.1.A.0.0 to version 3.1.A.0.1. We noticed no significant changes, so expect only bug fixes. [read more…]

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Sony run+1_1_resultSony Mobile launched a health and fitness app called “run+1” a few months back, which we’ve only just discovered. The app is currently in beta and promotes the idea of trying to get people to run by starting off in small bursts. The app analyses your workout, even if it’s just going for a walk or a minute of running and then gives you a personalised running target for next time.

This time is broken down into short running intervals, allowing you to walk as much as you like in between as you hit that target. As your body becomes slowly accustomed to the running, you’ll feel fitter which is Sony’s ultimate aim here. The idea is a good one, although we haven’t yet tried it ourselves. Hit this Google Play Store link if you want to give it a try. [read more…]

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New firmware lands for the Xperia E4 (24.0.A.5.14) and E4 Dual (24.0.B.5.14)

June 30, 2015

Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the MediaTek-powered budget Xperia E4. The Xperia E4 has seen firmware build 24.0.A.5.14 release for the E2104 variant (in Latin America) and E2105 variant (in France, Greece, Russia and Turkey). The Xperia E4 Dual has seen build number 24.0.B.5.14 release for the E2115 variant across a […]

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DxOMark rates Xperia Z3 Plus camera as best Xperia yet

June 30, 2015

Who says that the Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 camera is no different to the Xperia Z2 or Z3? Camera specialists DxOMark have rated the Xperia Z3+ as having the best Sony Xperia camera yet with a score of 82 (both the Xperia Z2 and Z3 have a score of 79). This score puts the Xperia Z3+ […]

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“balloon photo(beta)” app released by Sony

June 30, 2015

Sony Mobile launched the “Voice balloon photo” app in March 2014, but we have not seen a single update since then. However, Sony recently released the “balloon photo(beta)” to test new features before adding them to the Voice balloon photo application. We cannot immediately see what is new in these beta over the original app, […]

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Xperia Z4 slips down the Japanese charts, just one week after launch

June 29, 2015

The Sony Xperia Z4 launched in Japan on 10 June and almost immediately we saw reports of users complaining about heat issues. There’s no denying that Sony has had a bit of a torrid time since then, with various reports regarding throttling and overheating as the handset saw a wider release, including the Xperia Z3+ […]

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