Xperia Z5 on sale in USThe Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact handsets are now shipping in the United States. Amazon.com has both handsets in stock with the Xperia Z5 costing $599.99 and the Z5 Compact for $499.99. Only the black models are in stock, however there is also a Gold Xperia Z5 and Coral Xperia Z5 Compact, with availability expected in “2 to 5 weeks”.

As a reminder, Sony has removed the fingerprint sensor capability of these models for the US market due to a “business decision”. This has now been confirmed in the white papers for both devices as seen below. Are there any US Sony fans planning to purchase an official USA model? Were you planning to before hearing about the disabled fingerprint capability? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]

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Groovy Xperia Theme_1_resultLove, Peace and Happiness. If you want to tap into your seventies love, then Sony’s “Groovy” Xperia Theme might be right up your street. It includes flower wallpaper and bubble-styled icons and fonts. This is a premium Xperia Theme and costs £0.88/€1.14/$1.20 on the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Valentine Sony AR Effect_1_resultSony Mobile has launched a new AR (augmented reality) camera effect theme just in time for Valentine’s Day next week. The Valentine AR Effect allows you to love-up your pictures and videos with various effects including hearts, teddy bears and chocolates. The new effect is available in the Google Play Store or you can download it below. [read more…]

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Album 7.4.A.1.22_1Sony Mobile has updated its official Album application (7.4.A.1.22) to support Google Cast. This means you can cast still pictures to your TV screen – you can also choose whether you want to cast your original or compressed pictures.

Sony has also introduced a trouble-shooting feature called Album Assistance. Clicking onto this option within the settings helps fix any errors with photos and videos – particularly if you are seeing errors or if your content is not found. The other main feature is quick access to rotate right/left/180 degrees options found within the rotate option. The new update is rolling via the Google Play Store or you can download the APK below. [read more…]

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Xperia M4 AquaWith a number of handsets receiving the Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware update that weren’t expected to, we’ve had many Xperia M4 Aqua owners ask whether the same will happen for them. Well according to Sony’s official twitter channel, the M4 Aqua will not receive Android 5.1 and instead skip straight to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as was originally envisaged.

While we wait for Marshmallow, Sony Mobile has updated the Android 5.0 firmware of the Xperia M4 Aqua (E2303) and M4 Aqua Dual (E2333) in the Nordic region. This upgrades the build numbers to 26.1.A.3.92 for E2303 and 26.1.B.3.91 for E2333. We haven’t seen the firmware appear for other Xperia M4 Aqua variants, so this might only be region specific. FTF firmware files are available below if you would like to give the new update a try. [read more…]

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xMarshmallow Concept Launcher_4Sony introduced a new home launcher for the Concept for Android Marshmallow , which has a number of options versus the launcher available for the official stock firmware. Now the launcher has been ported to support all devices running Android 5.0 and greater. The “xMarshmallow Concept Launcher” does not require root and even supports icon packs from the Google Play Store. If you want to give it a try then check out the links below. [read more…]

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Dual-lens-smartphoneSony has a very successful image sensor business – the company’s camera components feature in a number of high profile smartphones across various manufacturers. Interestingly, during the recent Q3 FY15 results, the company confirmed that its own dual-lens camera platform would feature in products from “major smartphone players” over the next year.

Obviously, no names were given, but this follows recent rumours that the iPhone 7 Plus may adopt this new type of camera module. Sony did temper expectations though saying that it believed the flagship smartphone market is slowing which could impact production and therefore expects that the real “takeoff of smartphone with dual lens camera will be in the year of 2017”. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia TabletsSony has made some of the best Android tablets in the market – at least since the introduction of the Xperia Tablet Z in 2013. All of the tablets have great build quality, a slim/lightweight design, long battery life, good performance, sharp displays and, to top it off, water resistance. Sony Xperia Tablet customers are also happy too – check out the high Amazon UK ratings that each model has received below.

However, given the challenging smartphone market, as evidenced by last week’s results there is no guarantee that Sony will continue to cater for the tablet market. A recent Japanese blog post by a Sony store manager speculated that the company may withdraw from the tablet market after receiving marketing material suggesting so. [read more…]

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Xperia M CM13The Xperia M (C1904, C1905) has become the first Sony handset to receive official CyanogenMod 13.0 nightly builds. This milestone is primarily down to the hard work of developer PecanCM (Ron Gokhale) over at XDA, who had been working on an unofficial CM13 beta since November 2015.

This means that Xperia M owners can now move to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow through these official nightlies. The update is reasonably stable with most features working. If you are an Xperia M owner and want to give this a try, you will need to make sure you are running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware and have an unlocked bootloader with a recovery installed (either CWM or TWRP). [read more…]

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Disney Princess Ariel Xperia Theme_1Any big fans of Disney’s classic The Little Mermaid here? Well then you’ll be delighted to hear that the official Ariel Xperia Theme is now available to download free of charge for Xperia Lounge Gold users. The theme is one of the nicer Disney Xperia Theme offerings and, hey, you can’t complain about something that’s free – right? Head over to the Xperia Lounge app to download the theme for free. [read more…]

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Sony Camera remote control for SmartWatch 3_1_resultSony Mobile has launched a Camera remote control application for the Sony SmartWatch 3. The app works with a number of Sony Action Cams (FDR-X1000V, HDR-AS200V, HDR-AS100V, HDR-AZ1, HDR-AS30V, HDR-AS20) and allows you to capture photos, preview pictures taken remotely, start/stop videos, check the angle and control the shutter. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Anyone planning to jump to the Samsung Galaxy S7?

February 1, 2016

Legendary leakster @evleaks has been doing a sterling job in unveiling key details and pictures of some of the biggest flagships launching later this month around MWC 2016. This includes detailed press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. If these pictures are accurate it looks like Samsung will be using an almost […]

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Sony launches USB Type-C flash drive – could we see the port heading to 2016 Xperia models?

February 1, 2016

The USB Type-C standard is slowly starting to be adopted across different devices. The new USB Type-C connector is reversible (much like the Apple Lightning cable) and should bring faster charging times too. There aren’t many phones that support the new USB Type-C standard just yet – the only Android devices we can think of […]

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New schematic for Xperia C5 Ultra successor ties in with previous leaks

January 30, 2016

A new schematic and render of an upcoming Sony Xperia model has been released by ‏@OnLeaks. The render ties in with the near bezel free model that we saw pictures of at the start of the year. It bears more than a resemblance to last year’s Xperia C5 Ultra, given the tiny side bezels. Some […]

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Android 5.1 now rolling to Xperia M5 (30.1.A.1.33) and M5 Dual (30.1.B.1.33)

January 29, 2016

Sony Mobile has today updated the Xperia M5 to Android 5.1 Lollipop. The single SIM Xperia M5 (E5603, E5653, E5606) moves to build number 30.1.A.1.33, whilst the Xperia M5 Dual (E5633, E5663, E5643) moves to version 30.1.B.1.33. All of the variants, apart from E5643, are seeing the update roll at the time of writing. Users […]

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