iF design logoSony Mobile has continued its long heritage of designing some of the most desirable technology around by picking up four iF Design Awards 2015. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet was the big winner, being awarded a Gold award, with the jury calling it an “honest, outstanding device”.

Other Sony Mobile products to also win include the Xperia Z3, SmartBand/SmartWatch and the Lifelog application. This builds on the success from the 2014 iF Design awards, where Sony was recognised for its efforts on the Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia. Here’s hoping to more success over the coming year. [read more…]

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Xperia wallpaper Soft Purple_1_resultSony recently released a Purple Xperia Z3 and now to go along with that we imagine it will shortly launch a Purple SCR24 Style Cover Window case. The evidence of this is that Sony has released a Soft Purple Xperia wallpaper theme in the Google Play Store to accompany the case. We cannot see a Purple SCR24 listed so far, but it must be round the corner. [read more…]

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Spotify on PlayStation MusicSony is closing the doors on its Music Unlimited service and will launch a new music service called PlayStation Music at the end of March 2015. PS Music will be powered by Spotify and will be available for Sony Xperia devices as well as the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

However, as everyone may not have caught the memo at the end of January, Sony is now alerting Xperia users via the Walkman app. Music Unlimited users who opened the app today were greeted with the message below i.e. it is letting people know that “Spotify on PlayStation Music” will replace Music Unlimited from 29 March 2015. [read more…]

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Sony MWC Make SplashSony has pushed out another MWC teaser ahead of a full reveal on Monday 2 March 2015 at the Barcelona event. This time we see the familiar ‘10.35’ clock face with water being poured onto it and a strapline: “Get ready to make a splash.” Both the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua are likely to have IP68 certification for water resistance. We’ll bring you the full specs of both devices on Monday. [read more…]

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fThe 64-bit Sony Xperia E4g is now available to pre-order in the UK. Various retailers have pre-orders live, although MobileFun has the edge on pricing with pre-orders at £110. Clove has the handset available at £125 in both black and white colours.

Amazon is currently the most expensive at £129.99. The device is expected to launch in early April. It is worth noting that UK stock will be for the E2003 model that supports NFC and LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua2Pictures of a new Sony Xperia device have been leaked showing a previously unseen handset. The Sony Xperia model features stereo speakers, Android Lollipop, a large front-facing camera (possibly 5MP), as well as an exposed micro USB port.

There have been rumours that this year’s Sony Xperia waterproof models will feature an exposed port, which will be a relief for many worrying about water creeping into their handset through USB port flap wear. [read more…]

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vodafone-logoVodafone Australia has posted its latest “Software Update Weekly Wrap” for 26 February 2015, giving an idea when a customer’s phone will see their next update. The Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 have been awaiting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update since the start of this month and there has been still no change there. However, the venerable Xperia Z has now just joined that list. Obviously, these reflect a carrier schedule and does not reflect when the generic updates might start to flow. [read more…]

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Smiley theme for AR_2_resultSony Mobile has launched the Smiley theme for the Xperia AR (Augmented Reality) effect app. The new AR effect brings smilies to the real world by superimposing a range of emotions to your face that can be included in your photos/videos.

Once installed, simply tap on the face to change emotion effects. Tapping outside of the face will change the mood effects. To download the Smiley theme, make sure you have AR effect v3.1.XX or higher installed. [read more…]

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Xperia E4g_3Believe it or not, the Sony Xperia E4g is Sony’s first 64-bit phone. Sony says that the Xperia E4g is armed with the MediaTek MT6732 chipset, which was announced a year ago at MWC. At the time, MediaTek said that the 64-bit LTE SoC would “spur the new super-mid market”. The chipset consists of a 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor system and Mali-T760 graphics.

Despite sporting a 64-bit processor, the Xperia E4g will be running a 32-bit version of Android. It will be interesting to see what noticeable benefits this chipset will bring over the MT6582 chipset (1.3GHz quad-core) found in the Xperia E4.

Thanks Sanjaya!

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folder-icon-512x512If you’ve ever wished there was an easy way to keep your picture collection organised through the Album application, then Sony has you covered. In the next major update of the Album app (version 7.0), you will now be able to move photos to other folders. We look forward to seeing what other features that Sony will bring in the next Album update. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 Tablet Verizon with PS4 Remote PlayA new firmware update has landed on the Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet with build number 23.0.1.E.0.208. One of the main additions of the update is the introduction of PS4 Remote Play with PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4 controller support. Other changes include optimised touch sensitivity, font size and layout improvements and improved TalkBack accessory support. Check out the full changelog below. [read more…]

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Sony teases the Xperia Z4 Tablet; confirms MWC reveal

February 26, 2015

Sony has effectively confirmed the existence of the Xperia Z4 Tablet on its social media channels with the caption: “Slimmer. Lighter. Brighter. All will be revealed on 02.03.15.” The date and hashtag of #SonyMWC effectively confirms the new tablet will be formally unveiled in just a few days at MWC 2015. Judging by the picture, […]

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Folding@Home app now supports non-Sony devices

February 26, 2015

Sony has updated the Folding@Home application to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop support, but more importantly the app will now work on non Sony smartphones. The Folding@Home app is probably one of the most important that Sony has released, giving users the chance to help find a cure for diseases. The app utilises the processing power […]

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Xperia E4 unboxed; compared against Xperia E3

February 26, 2015

The Sony Xperia E4 (E2105) has seen its first video unboxing in what looks like a retail model. The device is booted up and a quick tour given around a Sony skin that will be familiar to most readers. The user who took the video (adrianisen) did complain about the responsiveness of the display. He […]

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A glimpse of the new Album app icon with Material Design

February 26, 2015

Sony has been updating all of its media applications to bring its take on Material Design. We have already seen the Walkman and Movies updated, but one of the biggest – the Album app – has not been updated so far. Whilst the waiting continues, we have caught a glimpse of how the new icon […]

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