Sony Mobile has released its second James Bond Xperia Theme to celebrate the 007 L’Exposition which is currently taking place in Paris. The James Bond exhibition has been touring the world for the last four years and is now being held at La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris until 4 September 2016.
The exhibition centres on 50 years of Bond Style, presenting over 500 original objects including an Aston Martin, suits, gadgets, sketches, photos of shootings, Ian Fleming’s originals and exclusive pieces from Spectre. The simple and elegant James Bond Expo Paris Xperia Theme can be downloaded from Google Play Store right now. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has launched a new beta programme for another one of its apps – this time it is for the humble home launcher. By joining the Xperia Home Open Beta you will be able to test the latest launchers from Sony. As part of the launch, Sony is distributing a new Xperia Home with build number 10.0.A.0.40. There is very little change over the last version (10.0.A.0.30) that we’ve noticed.
Sony is testing a new way of distributing updates with this beta. Now, updates will be delivered through the built-in Xperia Software Update software (Settings > About phone > Software update). When you click on this maintenance release, you will notice the circle pane continues to try and load – this is natural and is because there is no release notes attached to this particular update. [read more…]
Now that we’re under a month before the release of the Sony Xperia X, it was a matter of time before the system dump was leaked and that time has come. The full Xperia X system dump is available to download from the single SIM model (F5121) with firmware build number 34.0.A.1.264. It shouldn’t be too long before we see ports of that snazzy new lock screen and other bits and pieces. What are you personally looking forward to being ported? [read more…]
Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia X are already live across third-party retailers, as previously reported. However, we have been waiting for Sony Mobile to open up their own pre-orders across Europe, particularly as some offers have been promised. Whilst we still await Sony to open its own pre-orders across most European regions, it looks like Sony Netherlands has decided to jump the gun.
Sony Netherlands has teamed up with various Dutch retailers such as MediaMarkt.nl, CoolBlue.nl, Mobiel.nl, BelSimpel.nl and BOL.com, to include a free wireless headset with each Xperia X pre-order. This seems like a good incentive, especially if you were already planning to lay down €599 for the Xperia X anyway. We’ll bring you news of other Sony Europe offers as soon as they go live. [read more…]
Sony may have some new handsets on the horizon targeting the lower mid-range. Two new model numbers have been revealed by the GFXBench benchmark, outing the Sony F3216 and F3311. Both devices are armed with MediaTek chipsets and one of them has a 16MP front-facing camera, which probably means this is the Xperia C series successor that we saw pictures of recently. See the full specs of each below. [read more…]
Sony has released its full year results for the 12 months to 31 March 2016. There aren’t too many surprises on the mobile front, as the company has delivered on its revised expectations set back in January.
The results do, however confirm that Sony Xperia shipments plunged 57 percent in Q4 FY15 to 3.4 million units. You have to go back five-and-a-half years to the summer of 2010 when it delivered the same volumes. For the full year, Sony delivered 24.9 million units, representing a year-on-year decline of 36 percent. [read more…]
The UEFA Champions League is probably the biggest club football (or soccer if you prefer) competition in the world. Sony has sponsored the competition for many years, but it started to promote the Xperia brand for the first time at the start of this season back in October 2015.
This week, we are at the semi-final stage of the competition and interestingly Sony has heavily promoted the upcoming Xperia X on the pitch-side digital billboards. The handset was seen in the match yesterday between Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and also in tonight’s game (Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich). It’s great to see Sony build awareness of the device, even though it’s not due to hit the market for another month or so. [read more…]
Japanese carrier SoftBank has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Sony Xperia Z4 (402so). The update has landed with build number 32.1.D.0.284 and includes STAMINA battery mode, as seen in the recent NTT docomo Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z4/Z5 series. We should see STAMINA mode hit international models in due course, we will keep you updated. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Companion computer application to version 188.8.131.52 and brought various improvements. First of all, Sony has widened support to include compatibility with all Sony Xperia models back to the Xperia J. The newest version also allows users to back-up their Xperia device to a computer, along with a restore function.
Another new feature is the ability to transfer music to your Xperia device. The Settings menu now includes a new option allowing you to toggle whether the Xperia Companion app shows in the notification area once your computer starts. If you want to download the utility click here. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia X (F5121) and Xperia X Dual (F5122) models have both appeared on the PTCRB website, highlighting that the handset is on track to launch next month. Build number 34.0.A.1.205 is the first firmware version to be certified for the handset, but we can’t say for sure whether this will be the launch firmware. We will keep you posted as the phone nears its launch. [read more…]
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is finally rolling to the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact through build number 23.5.A.0.570. The update had already rolled to other members of the Sony Xperia Z2/Z3 range, but it was missing from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact until now.
The update is live on both LTE (SGP621, SGP641) and Wi-Fi (SGP611, SGP612) variants of the tablet. We will include FTF firmware links to download shortly. In the meantime, let us know your impressions of Marshmallow in the comments below. [read more…]