Sony Mobile is updating a number of handsets with a new Themes app (version 5.2.A.0.10), which introduces a refreshed user interface. When launching the Themes app from the stock launcher, you are now able to clearly see a selection of themes (both installed and downloadable), with a clear ‘tick’ highlighting which one you are using.

Sony’s thumbnails for each theme now includes a screenshot of the actual theme itself, rather than an icon, so you can easily see if that theme is something you would want to download. Sony has also updated the theme browser to find new themes, including the introduction of a search function. The latest version of Themes is rolling across a number of Xperia handsets right now, including Xperia XZ1, XZ Premium, older X series and Z5 models. [read more…]


Sony Mobile has released a new update for its 3D Creator app for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium, which introduces the selfie scanning mode – allowing you to scan 3D images of yourself.

Sony has also improved the scanning performance, as well as the quality of the scans when uploaded to Sony’s servers. Sony’s post-scan cloud processing will render your 3D scans in 4K textures for even more realism. When ordering a 3D print, you can also now choose a new material option – full colour plastic. In addition, you can have your 3D models engraved in crystal in select markets. The update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store now. [read more…]


Sony Mobile has finally unveiled the Xperia XZ2 Premium. It was due to be announced at MWC earlier in the year, but was held back for some reason. The device arrives with a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and is the first Xperia device that comes equipped with dual cameras on the rear.

Sony says the camera has the world’s highest ISO sensitivity video recording in a smartphone with ISO 12,800 for video and an astonishing ISO 51,200 for photos with bright live view-finder. One of the camera sensors will shoot colour and the other will be black and white. [read more…]


Sony Mobile is now rolling out new firmware update for the Xperia X and X Compact that moves the build number from 34.4.A.2.32 to version 34.4.A.2.50. The latest update adds the 1 April 2018 Android security patches, as we have seen with Sony’s other flagship devices recently. We haven’t noticed any other changes in this latest update, and the FTF firmware files for both devices can be foiund below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released the first firmware update for its new flagship devices, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. New build number 51.1.A.3.159 includes the 1 April 2018 Android security patches for the handsets, arriving only a few days later compared to Sony’s older flagships.

We are likely to see the same quick support for security patches, like we have seen on more recent Xperia devices. If you recently picked up either the Xperia XZ2 or XZ2 Compact and have updated to this firmware, please let us know if you’ve noticed any other changes in the comments below. [read more…]


The Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact are now in stock at the Sony Mobile Store in Europe, as well as other retailers across Europe. Both flagship handsets are available at, and is set to launch in Amazon’s other European sites from tomorrow. The Xperia XZ2 will set you back £699 in the UK, with the Xperia XZ2 Compact at £529. Who plans to pick one up? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]


Sony Mobile is now rolling a firmware update to its Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium flagship devices, moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.119 to version 47.1.A.12.145. Sony has added the 1 April 2018 Android security patches, but little else has changed. If you’ve updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the firmware for the Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance, bringing the 1 April 2018 Android security patch for the handset through build number 41.3.A.2.107 (from 41.3.A.2.99 previously). It’s great to see Sony updating these handsets so quickly, particularly with Easter in between. No other tangible changes have been noticed, but if you’ve noticed any differences let us know in the comments below. [read more…]


A quick heads up for US fans looking to pre-order Sony’s latest flagships, the Xperia XZ2 can be ordered through B&H Photo for $799.99. The Xperia XZ2 Compact is also available to pre-order for $649.99. All colours of both handsets are available. The listing still looks like it is being finalised, so there is no indication of launch date in the US right now. It will be available in Europe from 5 April. [read more…]


Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for its new mid-rangers, the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, which moves the build number from 50.1.A.4.102 to version 50.1.A.5.59. The update adds the 1 March 2018 Android security patch (it was on 1 January 2018 patches before). No other changes are noticed, but if you’ve updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]


Sony’s range of Xperia tablets were some of the best received in the Android ecosystem. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was a fan favourite, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet was a bona-fide productivity machine, with its excellent keyboard and home launcher modifications.

It is close to three years since the Xperia Z4 Tablet launched, and fans have been eyeing new hardware ever since. While Sony executives have stated on the record that it was not planning any future tablet products due to poor sales (something all manufacturers have suffered from in the Android space), there may be a glimmer of hope. [read more…]


Who plans to pick up a Xperia XZ2 or XZ2 Compact? [Poll]

March 26, 2018

By now you have probably formed an opinion on the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. Judging by the comments we have received, you broadly fall into two camps. You are either comfortable with Sony’s new design direction and absence of headphone jack, and look optimistically to the future. Or, on the other hand, you find […]

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Enable Night Light mode if you’re running the March 2018 security update

March 22, 2018

Sony Mobile is introducing Night Light mode officially into the firmware of the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. However, if you’re not planning to upgrade, and would like access to the feature then you might be in luck. A workaround now exists to enable the Night Light option within the ‘Display’ settings. We have […]

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Xperia L2 gets March 2018 security patch (49.0.A.4.55)

March 21, 2018

Sony’s latest budget phone, the Xperia L2, has received March 2018 Android security patches, with a new firmware build number that moves from 49.0.A.3.72 to version 49.0.A.4.55. It is great to see Sony update its budget handset with the latest patches, at the same time as its premium devices. The Xperia L2 remains on Android […]

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Sony Mobile – Let Xperia owners delete the Facebook app [Update]

March 21, 2018

#deletefacebook The huge controversy surrounding Facebook in recent days highlights the importance of our privacy and how user data is collected and used. There is a growing movement looking to delete Facebook across the world. The issue for Xperia owners is that Sony does not allow its users to delete the app – you can […]

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