SmartBand 2 SWR12 Sony Mobile StoreThe Sony SmartBand 2 SWR12 is now available to buy through the Sony Mobile Store. The SmartBand 2 includes a heart rate monitor over the original SmartBand, which helps to monitor stress and activity levels. The SmartBand 2 is in stock across all of the European Sony Mobile Store sites. It is available for £99.99 in the UK, €119.99 in Germany/Spain and €129.99 in France, Italy and Netherlands. [read more…]


Xperia Z5 Compact touch screen issueA number of new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact owners appear to be suffering from a problem with the touch screen sensitivity of the device. Reports first started to surface on the Sony Mobile support forums a week ago and since then the thread has grown with others experiencing the same issue.

The problem revolves around a lack of sensitivity when trying to navigate around the touch screen. The touch sensor will either not register an input at all, or if a button is pressed, for example when typing, it will register multiple inputs of that one command. [read more…]


Xperia Z3+_1Sony Mobile could be planning to release the Xperia Z3+ into the United States judging by the official website. The Xperia Z3+ listing on the Sony Mobile US website popped out of nowhere at the end of last week and is listed as “coming soon”.

The product page appeared following the Verizon Xperia Z4v being listed and subsequently removed as we reported last week. Therefore, this could be Sony’s flagship answer for the US market considering the Xperia Z4v is now canned, for now at least. We imagine Sony will look to sell the Xperia Z3+ unlocked through retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and B&H. [read more…]


Sony Xperia Android 6.0 MarshmallowSony Mobile has confirmed which devices will be receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the next major Android update. Sony will update the Xperia Z2, Z3, Z4 and Z5 series to Marshmallow, but this means that the older Xperia Z series and Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra are off the list.

Other handsets to receive Android 6.0 include the 2015 released mid-range models such as the Xperia Z4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and M5. Sony hasn’t put a timeline of when Android 6.0 Marshmallow will land, but hopefully it’s not too long before Sony commits to a date. [read more…]


Android Marshmallow XperiaGoogle has commenced the Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout for Nexus users. The newly-announced Nexus 5X and 6P will get Android 6.0 out of the box, but the update is being released OTA for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player too.

Android 6.0 brings new app permissions for even more control, battery-smart features (Doze and App Standby) to extend battery life, increased fingerprint support for access to Play Store/Android Pay, USB Type-C charging and Google Now on Tap. [read more…]


Verizon cancels Xperia Z4vThe omens weren’t good and now Verizon has made it official – it will no longer be launching the Xperia Z4v. Verizon has released a statement confirming the cancellation, but it extends an olive branch by stating it still remains “committed to supporting Sony Mobile’s product portfolio”.

Does this disappoint you? Were you looking forward to the Verizon Xperia Z4v? Given that we’ve seen no news of the Xperia Z5 being picked up by US carriers, does this mean we could see Verizon picking it up instead? Sound out in the comments below. [read more…]


Support Refugees Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released a new Xperia Theme but instead of the frivolous ones we’ve seen recently, this one has a more serious message. The “Support Refugees” Xperia Theme has been created in collaboration with UNHCR to highlight the plight of thousands of refugees entering Europe from conflict zones in Syria and Afghanistan.

The app offers a way to support the campaign directly, simply open the “Support Refugees” app and hit “Support” to donate and help spread the word. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. [read more…]


The Sony Xperia Z5 was recently released and therefore it was inevitable before we started to see some unboxing pics and videos of the device. You can check out some of these below, but as you’re most likely already aware, there’s not much extras included in the box. We’ve embedded two videos showing the retail unboxing of a gold Xperia Z5 and another showing the green Xperia Z5. There are also some pictures showing a white Xperia Z5. Check them out below. [read more…]


Pan Xperia Theme_1_resultPan, the Peter Pan live-action origin movie, is due to hit cinemas later this month (US: Oct 9, UK: Oct 16) and to celebrate the release Sony Mobile has released a Pan Xperia Theme. The movie covers the origins of Peter Pan and Captain Hook and stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Amanda Seyfried. The theme is available to download through the Google Play Store. [read more…]


Xperia Z5 User ManualThe Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact has started to ship in some markets, so it’s a perfect time to remind new owners that the user guides are available. Each manual is 145-pages, which we’ve embedded below. If you’re looking for the manual in other languages you will find it at the following links: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Dual and Xperia Z5 Compact. [read more…]


ThemeCreator070Promo_660x384-660x384Sony Mobile has updated its “Theme Creator”, currently in beta stage to version 0.7.0. Theme Creator is a free tool that allows users to create and publish their own Xperia Themes.

The latest version introduces a number of changes including enhanced previews of components (buttons, switches, text fields) to quickly verify your design and how it fits with the rest of the UI. It also includes Android Lollipop support for Adobe Photoshop template files. [read more…]


Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet sees test Android Lollipop firmware released

October 2, 2015

The Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP561) is still languishing on Android Kitkat, despite the global Xperia Z2 Tablet running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. If you have had enough of waiting and want to take matters into your own hands, then an official unreleased Lollipop build is now available for you to download Build number 23.1.D.0.509 is […]

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New updates rolling for Xperia E4g (25.0.A.2.31) and E4g Dual (25.0.B.2.31)

October 2, 2015

Sony Mobile is rolling a new Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia E4g models. The single SIM models have moved to build number 25.0.A.2.31, whilst the Xperia E4g Dual has moved to build 25.0.B.2.31. Sony’s official changelog for the update points to “bug fixes and enhancements”, so it’s unlikely there are more tangible changes. […]

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What’s New (3.2.A.0.5) brings new icons to side menu

October 2, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the “What’s New” application, moving the build number from 3.2.A.0.3 to version 3.2.A.0.5. The main change is the icons on the slide-out menu have changed slightly. They are larger than before and no longer sport the white frame around the icons. Check the “What’s New” app for the latest version or […]

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Spectre 007 James Bond Xperia Z5 Compact unboxing

October 2, 2015

We were not aware that Sony Mobile had a James Bond special edition planned for the Xperia Z5 Compact to celebrate the upcoming movie, Spectre. But it looks like Sony will be using special 007 packaging on some Xperia Z5 Compact units, as you can see below in the video unboxing. However, unlike the Sony […]

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