Sony announced the Stereo Microphone STM10 at MWC last week. This unique accessory, which is compatible with the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet, allows you to capture rich detailed audio. Sony says that the small recording device is simple to set up, fitting straight into the Xperia Z2’s 3.5mm headphone jack (5-pole audio connector).
The aluminium STM10 has a high sensitivity stereo condenser microphone with a 90° tilt function so that you can point the mic to the main sound source. It sounds like a nice accessory to have for family and party clips, although we are curious to see how much of a difference it actually makes versus the Xperia Z2 mic. The Sony STM10 Stereo Microphone will launch in early April at a price of £39.99 in the UK. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 has already been available to pre-order from the official Sony Mobile Store for some time now. We are now seeing that the launch date seems to be firming towards early April, with many retailers pointing to a release during week commencing 7 April 2014.
In the UK, this comes at a SIM-free price of £599.99, but Sony will throw in the SRS-BTX300 wireless NFC speaker for free too. Sony is including the Sony Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones (MDR-NC31EM) as part of the retail contents and we expect this to be included with all Xperia Z2 units. [read more…]
A purported screenshot from a Sony Xperia Z Ultra (C6833) allegedly shows the first picture of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update. The picture shows that Android 4.4.2 will arrive with build number 14.3.A.0.681, although if this is true, the final release is unlikely to have the exact same version number.
We can’t verifiy the authenticity of the picture but given the current Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware runs build number 14.2.A.1.136, there is every chance that KitKat will come with the 14.3.A.X.XXX build template. If true, it could mean that the update may be launched within weeks. We will keep you posted on further developments. [read more…]
When Sony announced the Xperia Z Ultra at the end of last summer, one of the big features was the fact that you could use pretty much any pen or pencil as stylus input for that 6.44-inch display. Well it appears that both the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will also have this feature.
The Sony development team confirmed this at MWC recently, proof of which you can see from the photos below. There is also reference to “stylus pen support” in the white papers for the Xperia Z2/Xperia Z2 Tablet. Do check out the interesting slides from a media presentation from Sony courtesy of ePrice. You will also find a video showing how well the SteadyShot stabilisation feature works. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is beginning to create cases for some of its handsets, last year we saw the CP12 Power Cover for the Xperia Z Ultra and then earlier this year Sony announced the SCR14 Style Cover Stand for the Xperia T2 Ultra. Well Sony has also created a Style Cover Stand SCR10 for the Xperia Z2.
The SCR10 Style Cover Stand for the Xperia Z2 is a protective cover with appropriate openings for the camera, magnetic charging pad and 3.5mm headphone jack. The case can also be used as a stand and the screen will automatically wake the cover is flipped open. UK retailer Clove earlier confirmed that the SCR10 Style Cover Stand is now in stock in both black and white colours for £24.99. [read more…]
A quick heads-up to let you know that the Vine camera app was recently added to Sony’s Smart Social camera ecosystem. It means that you can access Vine directly from your Sony Xperia camera to shoot a looping six-second video. You can download it via Sony Select, which will ultimately take you to the Google Play Store listing here. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2′s system dump was leaked over the weekend, which meant that developers were free to try and extract some of the phones best features. Well it has only been a few days and pretty much all of the key features have already been ported.
Rather than spam the blog, with every new Xperia Z2 port, we have rounded them all up in one post below. You will find a quick summary below and links to XDA, from where you’ll find more information and the download links too. In almost all cases you’ll need to have a rooted phone if you want to try these mods. [read more…]
Sony continues to kit out each new flagship Xperia smartphone with its own customised magnetic charging dock. We would love to see a one-size-fits-all solution but that doesn’t look like it’s coming anytime soon.
The Sony DK36 Magnetic Charging Dock is tailored towards the Xperia Z2, allowing you to charge the phone via the magnetic connector i.e. no need to remove the USB port flaps. As with the other magnetic docks, it offers two interchangeable inserts to charge the phone both with and without a case/cover. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z launched a year ago and was probably the most important handset launch for Sony since it started its Android journey. The Xperia Z, along with the Xperia Tablet Z, helped deliver a breakthrough year for Sony Mobile, which the company built upon with the Xperia Z1 and more recently, the new Z2 flagship devices.
The introduction of a water resistant flagship device with stunning looks and great specs was no doubt key to its success. The Xperia Z was the first OmniBalance design, which Sony has been wise to use again for the Xperia Z1 and Z2 handsets. People are starting to recognise Xperia devices with its signature design language and this can only be a good thing. [read more…]
The FreeXperia Project has announced that it is now supporting the Xperia M, introducing CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4.2) starting from the FXP309 build. The support comes off the back of the huge work undertaken by Ron Gokhale (PecanCM on XDA).
We already reported on his unofficial CM11 build at the start of the year, so it’s great to see this leading to a FXP release. At this stage, we still haven’t heard what Sony’s plans are in relation to future official updates for the Xperia M. If you’re not keen on waiting, click here to give CM11 a try.