Android 8.0 Oreo gets official

by XB on 21st August 2017

in Android, Videos

Google has confirmed that Android 8.0 will officially be known as Android Oreo. This is Android’s second branded release, after Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Android Oreo includes a number of improvements including picture-in-picture, Autofill, and improvements to the notification system including notification dots, categories and snoozing.

Google has worked hard on optimising battery life, start-up time, graphics rendering, and stability. There are also 60 new emoji added in Android Oreo if that gets you excited. Another key addition is Project Treble, which makes it easier for manufacturers to push quicker Android updates. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is expected to announce three new Xperia smartphones at the IFA 2017 tradeshow at the end of August. While we have had a good look at the Xperia XZ1, there has been little on the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which is expected to be a true ‘compact’ flagship, unlike what we saw last year with the Xperia X Compact.

You can check out a number of renders below, including a 360-degree video, based on factory CAD information from @OnLeaks, who has a good track record of getting hold of this information. So, when looking at the images below, remember they represent an illustrative example of what to expect, based on the dimensions and other details provided by the CAD. [read more…]

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The clearest in-the-wild pictures of the Xperia XZ1 have leaked, showing Sony’s latest flagship from most angles. If you were hoping for a big departure in terms of design, then you will be disappointed, as the handset looks like a smaller version of the Xperia XZ Premium. The leak confirms the side mounted power button fingerprint sensor and a new placement for NFC (next to the rear camera sensors).

Other specs confirmed by the marketing sticker on the front device point to a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64GB internal storage, IP65 and IP68 dust and water resistance and a 5.2-inch HDR-enabled display. The camera will the same as the Xperia XZ Premium, with a 19MP Motion Eye camera with 960 frames per second slow motion video and a 13MP front-facing camera. We’ll bring you more information at the official unveil on 31 August at IFA 2017. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is expected to launch three new Xperia devices at the IFA 2017 tradeshow at end of the August. Rumours are currently pointing to the three devices being the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1. Judging by the latest leak of the rear housing of the Xperia XZ1, it looks like it will follow a design that is very similar to the Xperia XZ Premium, particularly when comparing the back of the handset in terms of lens and camera sensor placement.

The lack of rear mounted fingerprint sensor in the rear chassis, highlights that the Xperia XZ1 is likely to feature a side-mounted sensor as seen in Xperia devices to date. In terms of specs, the current rumours doing the rounds point to the Xperia XZ1 sporting a 5.2-inch FHD display with Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM and 3000mAh battery. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XZ Premium moving the build number from 45.0.A.7.90 to version 45.0.A.7.120. The latest update adds the 1 August 2017 Android security patch, with few other differences. Sony has still not added double tap to wake, but we hope this is on the company’s agenda at some point. If you’ve updated, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony is currently rolling new firmware updates for a number of Xperia X series handsets, updating to the latest 1 August 2017 Android security patch. The Xperia XZ and X Performance has seen their firmware builds move from 41.2.A.7.35 to version 41.2.A.7.53. The Xperia XZs is also likely to see the same build released shortly.

The Xperia X has seen its firmware build move from 34.3.A.0.206 to version 34.3.A.0.217. The Xperia X Compact should also follow suit shortly, although the update is not live at the time of writing. We are not aware of any other changes in these updates, but if you’ve noticed anything new, let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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We know that Sony will announce at least two new Xperia smartphones at the end of this month at the IFA tradeshow. We have previously reported on the Sony G83XX and G8441 model numbers, and now we have the first images of the devices themselves.

The pics offer the first glimpse, and it does not look like much as changed in term of designs language on initial view. The phones look similar to the Xperia XZ Premium, using the same omni-balance design. The biggest change appears to be the location of the fingerprint sensor, which has now moved to the back. It is interesting to see that both phones are running Android 8.0, which could point to the latest Android OS’ formal launch within the month. [read more…]

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The Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s first smartphone that supports a 4K HDR display however actual HDR content has been limited so far. The Amazon Prime app supports HDR and now Netflix has also added HDR support to the Xperia XZ Premium. Netflix says that you need to be running the latest firmware for HDR playback to work properly, along with a premium subscription. If you’ve tried watching HDR on the Xperia XZ Premium, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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We recently reported about the performance issues that Xperia Z5 users had when upgrading to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. A number of users have suffered lag, battery woes and crashes, however some have reported that disabling the Movie Creator application helped improve performance.

Now Sony has weighed in on the matter, saying that an update for the Movie Creator app (version 4.7.B.1.3) helps provide a fix. Sony is recommending users to update the app and restart your handset. This particular update landed on 21 July 2017, so if you’ve already updated the app without any fix, you’ll probably need to wait on Sony for a proper fix. [read more…]

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Sony reported first quarter results for the three months to 30 June 2017 earlier today. These were good numbers for Sony, with overall revenues up 15% year-on-year to 1,858 billion yen, with operating income of 158 billion yen, nearly 3x higher than the same quarter last year.

On the mobile side, Sony shifted 3.4 million smartphones, up 10% from last year, although these are still low numbers on the face of it. Sony kept its full year smartphone shipment target of 16.5 million units unchanged. [read more…]

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We have been receiving a number of reports from owners of the Xperia Z5 range (including the Xperia Z3+ and Z4 Tablet), complaining about the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update (32.4.A.0.160). Users are reporting about sluggish performance with the new update, including high temperatures, crashes and reboots.

If you have updated, we want to hear your experiences of this firmware in the comments below. Some people have reported that they have had some success in fixing the issue, by disabling the Movie Creator app, booting into Safe Mode (power menu > press and hold restart), and then rebooting as normal. Let us know if this fix worked for you. [read more…]

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Xperia XA1 Ultra launches in India

July 20, 2017

Sony Mobile India has launched the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra in India at a recommended price of Rs. 31,990 (£383, €428, $497). However, the handset is available for rs. 29,990 in all Sony Center stores across India, where you can choose one of four different colours (White, Black, Golden and Pink). Sony is including a […]

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Xperia XA1 Ultra now on sale in United States

July 14, 2017

Sony Mobile is now officially selling the Xperia XA1 Ultra in the United States. Best Buy is the exclusive retailer of the phone, who has all four colours (Black, White, Pink, Gold) of the handset in stock. The variant that Sony is stocking is the G3223 which supports the following LTE bands: 2, 4, 5, […]

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Xperia XZ Premium gets new update with July security patches (45.0.A.7.90)

July 13, 2017

A new firmware update is currently rolling for the Xperia XZ Premium (G8141) and XZ Premium Dual (G8142) that moves the software build number from 45.0.A.5.1 to version 45.0.A.7.90. The latest version includes the latest July 2017 security patches (from June 2017 previously). It doesn’t look like much else has changed, and still no double […]

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Xperia X Performance and XZ receiving July 2017 security update (41.2.A.7.35)

July 11, 2017

Sony Mobile has begun to seed an update for the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ that moves the build number from 41.2.A.7.8 to version 41.2.A.7.35. The new update primarily updates the Android security patch to 1 July 2017 (from 1 June previously). At the time of writing only a few regions (at most) have […]

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