Sony-Xperia-Z1-camera-techSome of the latest Sony Xperia devices have some excellent image stabilisation software, but despite this the use of optical image stabilisation (OIS) would still be high on many people’s wish lists when it came to future devices. Well a video from ON Semiconductor taken at MWC earlier today suggests that its technology may appear in a future Sony Xperia device.

Arthur Gonsky, Solutions Development Manager from ON Semiconductor’s Global Marketing Department, appears to suggest at around the 1:15 mark that their inexpensive solution can be found in premium phones such as the Sony Xperia brand. This could be clutching at straws, but would you like to see OIS implemented in an upcoming Xperia device? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]

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tealWe know everyone is waiting for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Sony Xperia devices, but while we wait you may want to try and download these new Flat Xperia Themes designed by XDA-developer MixaDJ. Various colours are available to try including Blue, Deep Purple, Green, Red and Teal. These are nice clean Xperia Themes and well worth a download. The download link below includes APKs for all colours and root is not required. [read more…]

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Lifelog ThumbSony Mobile has released some interesting data captured by the Lifelog API between April 2014 and February 2015. The infographic shows just how much data has been logged and tracked by the app. The Sony Lifelog app has been a key part of the company’s wearable platform since it launched the SmartBand SWR10 and followed this more recently with the SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3. All of this data should help Sony when developing future products. [read more…]

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TrackID_3Back in December, Sony launched the TrackID Beta, which was one of the first Sony apps we saw with the material design update. A number of users have got in touch today to confirm that the new update has now left the beta and is now rolling out for all on the Google Play Store. TrackID has moved to build number 4.1.B.0.15 versus the Beta version (4.1.B.0.5). [read more…]

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Xperia Lounge Gold Frozen_5A quick heads-up if you are a Xperia Lounge Gold user – you are able to download four Frozen and Mickey Mouse Xperia Themes free of charge. Head over to the Xperia Lounge app, scroll through the list for the ‘GOLD’ tagged items. You should find three Frozen themes and one Mickey Mouse theme. You will be then be given a special code which can be redeemed via the Google Play Store. The themes may not be to everyone’s taste, but free is free. [read more…]

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Photo Editor 4.0.1Sony has updated the Photo Editor functionality for the Album application, moving it from version 4.0 (3.1.A.0.46) to version 4.0.1 (3.1.A.0.48). The 1.7MB update simply relates to “bug corrections” and is rolling to Sony Xperia handsets right now. [read more…]

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Kaz-Hirai-Exec-WelcomeSony Mobile had a low-key event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There was no proper keynote and no livestream for the fans. Instead, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, Sony Mobile President Hiroki Totoki and SVP of Sales & Marketing Dennis van Schie took to the stage to welcome the assembled media to Sony Mobile’s MWC stand. If you are intrigued to hear what they had to stay, then check out the 19-minute ‘Executive Welcome’ video below. [read more…]

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Xperia Lounge thumbSony revamped the Xperia Lounge app last week, bringing a whole new user interface. Sony talked about new Lounge tiers that would bring exclusive Sony content to Gold and Silver users. At the time there was little information on these tiers, but Sony has now revealed all.

Your Xperia Lounge tier is determined by the handset you own. All Xperia Z series owners will have access to Xperia Lounge Gold, whilst all other owners will get Xperia Lounge Silver. There will be varying levels of exclusive content depending on which tier you belong to. This can include exclusive competitions, offers, new apps or the latest movies, music or TV episodes. [read more…]

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SonySony outlined its three-year corporate strategy last month and with it a strong emphasis that the Mobile business was not a key growth factor. It also confirmed that it will “continue to explore potential alliances with other companies”. That brought a lot of eulogies for Sony Mobile from the media, talking about the end of a journey and the Xperia brand.

Well, Sony took multiple opportunities at MWC to completely refute suggestions that the division is up for sale. First of all, Sony’s Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai said the following to the BBC when referring to Mobile: “We need to keep a closer eye on the return on capital, what the competition is doing… But that’s not to say we’re getting out of the business.[read more…]

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Sony Movie Creator appSony has given the Movie Creator application a big update moving it from build number 2.3.A.0.3 to version 2.4.A.0.4. Interestingly, Sony has now published the Movie Creator app on the Google Play Store, so we’ll probably see no more updates through the “Update Centre” app.

Changes include a completely different and more colourful icon, additional Sony-designed video filters as well as the ability to change these filters. Sony has also added portrait video support, which is useful if you have lots of portrait photos or videos (hopefully no one takes portrait videos!) Other changes include the ability to select the export video size (Full HD/HD/SD). The update should be live in the Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Album 7.0.A.0.24_1Sony Mobile has released the ‘Material Design’ update for its final media app – the Album application. The much awaited update moves the build number from 6.6.A.0.6 to 7.0.A.0.24. The new update includes a lighter design with the header screens swathed in a mustard orange colour.

The other major update, apart from design, is the ability to manage and move your photos into folders as previously detailed here. Also the icons on the folder show where these photos are stored (SD card or internal memory), although this feature was introduced in the last update. [read more…]

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Xperia M4 Aqua now on pre-order in Germany for €279

March 3, 2015

Germany retailer Amazon.de is one of the first to open pre-orders for the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. It has both the black and white variants on pre-order (no Coral option) for €279. Sony’s recommended price for the handset was around €299. No date is given on the listing, but expect it to land next month.

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Xperia Z4 Tablet on pre-order in Europe; BKB50 Keyboard bundled in select markets

March 2, 2015

Pre-orders for Sony’s new Xperia Z4 Tablet have now commenced, well at least if you live in Europe. The Sony Mobile Store has placed the tablet on pre-order revealing pricing across a number of markets. In the UK, the Wi-Fi version will cost £499 rising to £579 for the LTE model. Whilst the pricing may […]

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Sony on Lollipop rollout: “We’re finalising testing, still focused on rolling out soon”

March 2, 2015

Sony Mobile has just confirmed on its social channels that they are finalising testing on Android Lollipop and that they are still planning to release it “soon”. In a follow-up tweet, Sony confirmed that releasing a stable update is its main priority. No further detail was given on ETA.

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Here is Android Lollipop running on the Xperia Z3 [Video]

March 2, 2015

Today Sony unveiled two of its newest devices – the Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 Tablet – both which are running Android Lollipop. If you head over to YouTube you will find numerous videos of how Lollipop runs on Sony’s latest hardware. However, we know what you really want to see is Lollipop on […]

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