Sony Welcome to the New WorldSony has just published a very cryptic video teaser entitled: “Welcome to the New World”. The 43-second video doesn’t explicitly say what it relates to but there are numerous references to its mobile devices including our list below (please let us know your thoughts in the comments below). The title of the video is purposely vague, we’re eager to find out more. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4Sony Pictures has been facing a torrid time recently,  suffering from a very serious hacking attack that has exposed personnel details,  emails as well as upcoming films too. Buried in all of this leaked info is a Sony pitch to get its products placed in the next Bond movie,  Spectre.

Amongst the products includes what is believed to be the “Xperia Z Fourth Generation”. The leaked email highlights the possible release dates too: “Sony MOBILE has now provided us with the needed visuals of the new Z4 Phones. These phones are the planned phones for MAY/NOVEMBER of 2015.[read more…]

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Sketch update_1_resultSony has updated its Sketch application moving the build number from 5.0.A.0.2 to version 6.0.A.0.5. One of the big new changes in this update is a new UI – an almost material-like design, with bright colours and a flat design across certain elements. In addition, Sony now lets you share sketches with other users, allowing them to join the fun. The latest update can be found on the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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test-sony-xperia-e4-1The Sony Xperia E4 (E2105) was leaked recently with a number of hands-on pictures showing a nice looking budget device with thin bezels. Now a “full review” has been published by the same team that published the original pictures. This includes a bunch more pictures of the device itself, but also some camera and video samples.

Rumoured specifications for the Xperia E4 include a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display and MediaTek MT6582 chipset with 1.3GHz quad-core processor and Mali-400 MP4 GPU. Other features include 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a 5MP camera and 1.9 MP front-facing camera. [read more…]

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Xperia C3_19.2.1.A.0.72_2A new firmware update is currently rolling for Xperia C3 (D2533) and Xperia C3 Dual (D2502) owners that moves the build number to version 19.2.1.A.0.72. This particular Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware is rolling to pretty much all territories for each handset, so if you haven’t updated, check your handset now. You will need to update via PC Companion (OTA is not supported right now Edit: OTA now supported). If you’ve downloaded the update, let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Smart Connect_resultSony’s “Smart Connect” application has just received an update with the main changelog being “Adaptations for Android 5.0“. Now we don’t know what this means exactly, the UI is the same, so it’s likely to mean changes to the back-end, getting ready for Android Lollipop. This does highlight that we could start to see the update as soon as we hit 2015.

Sony Mobile’s Twitter account re-confirmed that the Xperia Z2 and Z3 series will be upgraded to Lollipop at the “beginning of 2015″, so hopefully all is on track. We have already seen Lollipop firmware builds being tested so it is probably a matter of weeks now. We’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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BSP10 SpeakerWe have a fantastic competition prize for you all today, where one lucky winner will receive the Sony Bluetooth Speaker BSP10 and Wireless Charging Plate WCH10. In case you didn’t know, Sony’s BSP10 portable speaker can be wirelessly charged by the WCH10 charging plate.

Today’s competition is brought to you by UK-based retailer Clove, so please check them out. They offer a range of mobile devices across manufacturers and ship worldwide. Over the years, they have gained a strong reputation for customer service and we’re sure many on this site are familiar with the name. [read more…]

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SW2 update_2Sony has released a new update for the SmartWatch 2, the first for months, which brings a number of neat new features. The update moves the build number to 1.0.B.6.30/1.0.A.4.11 and with it some new watch faces too. In addition, Sony finally allows users to customise the app order within the SW2’s home screens. This is managed on the phone within the Smart Connect app, allowing you to easily rearrange apps into home screen 1, 2, 3 etc.

Sony now also allows you to choose up to three watch faces that you can swipe between. Finally, given that the SmartWatch 2 has a pretty harsh vibrate function, it’s great to see that it has added a “Do not disturb” feature within the settings. This will be especially handy if you’re in a meeting. [read more…]

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Sony SmartEyeGlass_1Sony has announced that it is developing a “Single-Lens Display Module with OLED Technology” that attaches to normal glasses turning it into a smart device. Think of it as an easy way to project a visual display into your eyewear, similar to Google Glass.

The technology includes a 0.23-inch 640 x 400 pixel colour OLED micro-display and a miniaturized control board with processing power similar to some smartphones (ARM Cortex-A7). Sony says that because the module is detachable, you can use it only when it is needed (i.e. when playing sports), which perhaps avoids some of the privacy issues that Google Glass has faced. [read more…]

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Lifelog Running_resultSony has updated the Lifelog application which now includes support for Android Wear GPS tracking. This means that the app will log information whilst running, for example, without the need for your phone. Obviously, this is targeted towards the SmartWatch 3, which remains the only Android Wear device with integrated GPS.

The update moves the build number from 2.3.A.1.10 to version 2.4.A.0.16. Other features include ‘encouraging notifications’ when you reach 80% of your daily step goal, gold medals in the dashboard and sync improvements to handle historical data.

Thanks Gavin!

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sony-xperia-t2-ultra-leather-case-dToday’s competition is brought to you by Noreve, known for their range of luxury leather cases for mobile devices. They have been kind enough to offer three cases for the Xperia Z1, Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia Tablet Z. Do check out the Noreve website for a whole range of cases for Sony Xperia devices.

To enter the competition all you have to do is follow @XperiaBlog and @Noreve. Then leave a comment below saying which case you’d prefer (only pick one please). We will pick a winner randomly when the competition closes at 14.00 (GMT) tomorrow (Thursday 18 December 2014). Good luck! [read more…]

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Sony shows how to unlock your Xperia bootloader in step-by-step video

December 16, 2014

If you have ever considered unlocking the bootloader for your Sony Xperia device but have been a bit tentative, then you may want to check out the video below. Sony has created a step-by-step video that shows how you can unlock the Xperia bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to root your device as well […]

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Sony brings AOSP support to entire Qualcomm-based 2014 Xperia line-up

December 16, 2014

Sony has added AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for a few more handsets today, which means that it covers all Qualcomm-based Xperia devices released in 2014. The Xperia E3 and Xperia T3 were added today, whilst the source code for the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia M2 were also updated to improve stability. This means […]

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Xperia Blog Xmas Competition: Win a Nillkin case for Xperia Z2, ZL, SP and V

December 16, 2014

We are continuing our XperiaBlog.net Christmas giveaways and this time we have a number of Nillkin frosted shield cases to give away for four phones: Xperia Z2 (Black), Xperia ZL (White), Xperia SP (Black) and Xperia V (White). To enter the competition all you have to do is follow @XperiaBlog leave a comment below saying […]

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Sony launches limited edition ROXY SmartBand SWR10

December 15, 2014

Sony has teamed up with lifestyle brand ROXY to release a limited edition SmartBand SWR10. The ROXY SmartBand has a cobalt blue wave embellishment across the band. The specs include IP58 certification, despite the exposed micro USB. The SWR10 works with Sony’s Lifelog app to measure your day-to-day activity including sleep cycle. The band can […]

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