android_nougatSony Mobile’s Concept team is ambitiously targeting to be the first manufacturer outside of Google to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat. This latest update adds a number of features including a restart option in the power menu (at long last) and the image keyboard for supported apps.

Sony’s dev team said that “this is our (the Concept teams) number 1 priority” and that “if you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes![read more…]

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volte-xperiaSony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia X Android Concept, which adds the previously announced VoLTE compatibility. Firmware build number 38.1.A.0.367 adds VoLTE for a number of Germany’s biggest carriers including Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica/02. Other carriers will follow suit from the UK and Spain.

Other changes include the 5 November 2016 Google Security patch which fixes the ‘Dirty Cow’ exploit. There is also a camera fix for those that experienced crashes with unlocked bootloaders. The latest Xperia Home version (10.2.A.1.16) is also included that fixes the problem regarding icon packs. The update should be rolling for all those on the Concept programme running the experimental track. [read more…]

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the-last-guardian-xperia-theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released an official Xperia Theme for its latest hit game, The Last Guardian. The game comes from Team Ico, the same developers that made the classics ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, and has been in development since 2007. The game has been getting some great reviews recently, so if you’re a fan, you may want to head over to the Google Play Store to download the theme. Check out some screenshots of the theme below. [read more…]

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xperia-z5-firmwareSony Mobile has updated the Xperia Z3+, Z5 and Z4 Tablet series with a new firmware update. The new version moves the build number from 32.2.A.0.305 to 32.2.A.5.11 and includes the November Google Security patches. The update is rolling to all variants (including dual SIM models), across a number of regions. If you have updated your handset, let us know what changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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xperia-nougat_2Sony Mobile has released a video highlighting all of the new features of the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware that recently started to roll for Xperia XZ and X Performance owners. This includes multi-window support, previewing media in the messaging app, self-timer on the camera app amongst other features. Check out the video below. [read more…]

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playstation-xperia-theme_1_resultSony Mobile is set to release five exclusive Sony retro Xperia themes. The first of these celebrates the company’s gaming roots, with a PlayStation 1 inspired theme. This is a very clean looking theme, with iconic imagery including the original controller and the trademark buttons. This is a premium theme, but it is available for free Xperia Lounge Gold owners. Head over to the Xperia Lounge app to download it for yourself. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-xz-nougatSony Mobile has started to seed the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ. The update has arrived in the form of build number 39.2.A.0.327 for the Xperia XZ (F8331) and XZ Dual (F8332). The release includes a number of native Nougat features including multi-window support (run two apps simultaneously), customisable quick settings and redesigned notifications. The update is available in select regions right now, but should hit more regions over the coming days. If you have updated, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-concept-volteSony Mobile is working with operators to add VoLTE (voice over LTE) support for the Android Nougat Concept firmware for the Xperia X. The benefit of VoLTE is that calls should connect faster and have better sound quality too, there is no need to switch to a 2G/3G frequency to make a call.

However, it is somewhat difficult to implement the technology as it requires both phone and network support. This means that Sony will need to add support on an operator by operator basis. The next Concept update will include VoLTE support for three of the largest German mobile carriers including Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefonica/02. [read more…]

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xperia-x-performance-nougatSony Mobile has commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout and Xperia X Performance owners will see it first. Firmware build number 39.2.A.0.327 is currently rolling to the Xperia X Performance (F8131) and X Performance Dual (F8132). The update is currently only rolling to select regions, we will include FTF firmware links shortly. In the meantime, if you’ve updated, feel free to share some screenshots, along with your experiences below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-compactSony Mobile is offering a discount on the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact in the UK right now. If you head over to the UK store (click here) and enter the code below, it will take off 25% off the cost of either a Xperia XZ or Xperia X Compact. This will bring down the cost of a Xperia XZ to £411.25 and the cost of a Xperia X Compact to £284.25 – easily the cheapest price in the UK right now. You can also go through cashback Quidco site for an extra £22 off. You can find the necessary codes below. [read more…]

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xperia-x-concept-38-1-a-0-342_1Sony Mobile has released the first update for the Xperia X Concept for Android Nougat firmware. Sony is aiming to release weekly updates for those that have opted in to its experimental track. For those that prefer more stable releases, Sony is aiming to release these monthly.

The first release is in the form of build number 38.1.A.0.342 (NBD91K4) and adds a number of improvements including 1 November Google security patches, the addition of X-Reality support in the Album app, a new version of Xperia Home (10.2.A.1.15) and Xperia Transfer (2.2.A.4.12). Sony has also fixed a number of bugs including a new fingerprint driver and fix for the camera and FM Radio.
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Deep Pink Xperia XZ announced for Hong Kong and Taiwan

November 16, 2016

The Sony Xperia XZ has already seen a limited ‘Deep Pink’ version launch in select regions such as Japan and the UK. Well, Sony has also announced that the Deep Pink colour will hit Hong Kong and Macau from early December and in Taiwan later this month. We hope to see the Deep Pink colour’s […]

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Xperia X Compact also gets November security patches (34.1.A.3.49)

November 13, 2016

We reported earlier that the Xperia XZ had a firmware update that included the latest November 2016 Google security patches. Well, a similar update is also rolling to the Xperia X Compact with the same patches in the form of firmware build number 34.1.A.3.49. Little else is known about the update at this stage, but […]

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New Xperia XZ update (39.0.A.3.30) rolling with November security patches

November 13, 2016

Sony Mobile has commenced an update to its flagship Xperia XZ model, moving the firmware number to build number from 39.0.A.1.250 to version 39.0.A.3.30. Sony has not made it clear what changes have been made in the latest update, although we can see that the latest November 2016 Google security patches have been included. Some […]

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New Xperia X Performance update (35.0.A.1.297) fixes accelerometer issues

November 11, 2016

We recently reported that a number of Sony Xperia X Performance owners were suffering from problems relating to the accelerometer, where it would suddenly stop working. The only solution up until now was to restart your phone, but Sony has today issued an update in the form of build number 35.0.A.1.297 which should fix this […]

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