Sony Mobile has released a new update for the TrackID application with build number 4.3.B.2.4. The new addition includes a design change to the history feed, which condenses all of your past tags making it easier to browse your full feed.
The other main change is to the song page, with the text buttons replaced by icons instead for play preview, adding a song to a playlist, share and YouTube search. This update hit beta users around three weeks back, but it is now live for all. [read more…]
Sony Mobile’s Sketch application is becoming a great tool to both create and discover user art. Sony has updated the beta version of the application to build number 6.4.C.0.12, which takes this a step further. Sony now allows you to follow other ‘sketchers’ by clicking their profile, by doing this you can also see how many follows a particular person has.
The other main addition is that “Explore” now acts as a global feed of content, whilst your own feed includes your own creations as well as those you follow. For any creations you really like, Sony has added a comments feature too. The update is rolling out via the Google Play Store for those in the Sketch Beta. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow Concept software, moving the build number to MDB08M.Z1.2157-somc. After a feature-packed build in the last update, this new version mainly focuses on small enhancements and bug fixes. Sony has changed the automatic brightness in this version, as well as fixing some issues with the Sony Email app (11.0.A.0.3).
This includes a user interface issue when a number of mails would interfere with the subject line. Sony has also fixed the issue when viewing attached problems along with a bug fix on notifications. The update is rolling out OTA to all beta participants right now. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z3+ recently went on sale in the United States, it’s not the Xperia Z5 that fans were hoping for, but Sony is trying to make the offer sweeter by including $50 PlayStation Store credit with every purchase.
Sony Mobile USA’s promotion includes both the Xperia Z3+ (E6533) and Xperia Z4 Tablet Wi-Fi (SGP712) – once you purchase either device from Amazon.com or BHPhotoVideo.com you will be entitled to the PS credit. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new update for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow Concept firmware for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Build number MDB08M.Z1.2153 brings some nice additions including Xperia Theme support, a “Take screenshot” option in the power off menu and the ability to set your default home screen.
Other changes include ‘simple’ support for the Sony Smart Cover and a number of stability fixes. Sony’s developers are doing a great job of slowly adding some core Xperia features to the Marshmallow experience, whilst still keeping bloat low and performance zippy. The latest update is rolling out OTA to all those in the Xperia Concept Marshmallow beta. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has gone local for its latest Xperia Theme, basing it around the Malmö FF (Malmö Fotbollförening) Swedish football team. Malmö is a short distance away from Lund, where a part of Sony Mobile’s global offices are based. For those don’t know, Malmö FF is one of the most successful football teams in Sweden in terms of trophies. If you’d like to adorn your Xperia device with the colours and logos of Malmö FF then head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has made available an experimental AOSP (Android Open Source Project) camera for developers. The idea behind the move is to encourage development of custom ROMs with basic camera functionality. We say ‘basic’ because the open source camera does not include any of Sony’s enhancements, the camera is based on the Qualcomm framework and is not “designed for daily use.”
It is worth flagging that this developer-only camera framework has a number of limitations. For example, the camera is not calibrated therefore the picture quality is not to the same standard as what you are used to seeing with the Xperia camera software. Sony also cautions that “you will experience lags and crashes.” [read more…]
Sony Mobile is considering the development of its own application processors for use in mobile devices, according to a report from DigiTimes. The report says that both Sony Mobile and LG plan to develop in-house chips, following on other manufacturers that already do this such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei.
If true, this could eventually mean a move away from Qualcomm and MediaTek as the two main chipset suppliers for Xperia devices to date. The report goes on to say that Global Unichip, the Taiwanese-based dedicated fabless ASIC provider, has won development orders from “Asia-based handset vendors”. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new premium Xperia Theme called “Bokeh”. The theme is one of Sony’s more mature and elegant Xperia Themes, compared to earlier ‘cartoony’ themes. It comes with a dark night image, out of focus using the bokeh camera effect. The theme is available in the Google Play Store but will set you back £0.99/€1.00/$1.00. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia Z4 Tablet with build number 28.0.A.8.260. The new firmware is a “bug fix and enhancement” update according to Sony and moves the firmware from current build version 28.0.A.8.251. The new firmware is widely available for both LTE (SGP771) and Wi-Fi (SGP712) variants of the tablet.
Interestingly, there is also a new firmware build available for the Sony Xperia Z3+ Dual (E6533). It is available only for one market (Generic China) and comes with build number 28.0.A.8.266. We’ll let you know if this new ‘266’ build or the 28.0.A.8.260 build starts to roll to global Xperia Z3+ models too. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new Circus Augmented-Reality Effect for Xperia devices. As you can tell by the name (and pictures below) this is all about the big top – clown faces will be superimposed onto your face, whilst you watch a tiger jumping through hoops or an elephant balancing on a small podium. There are also effects for juggling and balancing objects. You can download the Circus AR Effect on the Google Play Store. [read more…]