Sony-Logo1Sony Mobile is looking to ship 38 million smartphones during FY15 (12 months to March 2016) according to a report from Digitimes citing sources at Taiwan’s handset supply chain. This would put it slightly behind FY14, where it is expected to ship 39.2 million smartphones. This new target reflects Sony’s new focus away from the entry/mid-range towards the premium segment.

New orders have begun to ship from Taiwan’s ODMs including the Xperia E4 from Arima Communications, Xperia E4g from Compal Electronics and Xperia M4 Aqua from Foxconn/FIH Mobile. [read more…]

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Red Dot Awards 2015So who ended up slamming the huge bezels on the Sony Xperia E3? Well it looks like bezels are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to design as the Xperia E3 has just picked up a “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2015. This is the highest honour that can be given by Red Dot in their annual awards list.

Other Sony Mobile products that also picked up Red Dot awards including the Xperia Z3 series, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia M2 Aqua and the SmartBank Talk/SmartWatch 3. Not a bad haul overhaul on the mobile side. See the full list of Sony winners below. [read more…]

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Xperia Z Lollipop coming soonWe know that Sony Mobile is set to deliver the Android Lollipop update across all Xperia Z phones. So far the Lollipop experience has started to roll for the Xperia Z3 and Z2 models, whilst the older Z series are still waiting. However, Sony has not forgotten about the older models and released a teaser for Lollipop on the classic Xperia Z. Not much is given away apart from the Lollipop lockscreen on the Xperia Z with the tagline “Coming soon…” We’ll let you know once we have a better idea of rollout. [read more…]

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Xperia J1 Compact SNOOPY_2Sony Mobile Japan will launch a Snoopy Special Edition for the recently announced Xperia J1 Compact. The Xperia J1 Compact Snoopy model will arrive with Snoopy-themed accessories including a leather pouch, clear plastic case and screen protector.

The phone will also include seven different Snoopy wallpapers and music from “Linus and Lucy with The Band.” All of this can be had for 62,800 yen + tax, when it launches on 20 April 2015. Shame it’s Japan-only. [read more…]

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imagesThe Sony E6553 has made an appearance in benchmark program GFXBench. This is not the first time we have seen this model, the Sony E6533 has been seen previously. The likelihood is that this Sony E65XX model will be the upcoming Xperia Z4 flagship.

GFXBench leaks a number of specifications of the device which includes a 5.1-inch (1080 x 1920) display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset (1.9GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 430 graphics). [read more…]

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Video_9.0.A.0.20_1Sony has updated the “Movies” app with build number 9.0.A.0.20 and in the process rebranded the app to “Video”. Other new features include a more simplified drawer with ‘Camera’ and ‘TV’ now nestled under ‘Folders’ for direct access to your own videos.

The layout within ‘Folders’ has been improved and there is also more detail in the options menu including sequential playback, delete video, video info and more. The main view has also been enhanced with easy access to recently added videos. The 11.5MB update is currently rolling out to those on Lollipop through the What’s New app. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra and C3 LollipopSony Mobile has officially confirmed today that Android 5.0.2 Lollipop will be heading to the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra. The signs were there after both handsets were certified for Lollipop by the Bluetooth SIG. No timeline has been given, but owners can rest easy that it is coming officially at some point down the road.

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Sony SWR510 Smartwatch 3 Wrist StrapSony Mobile is now shipping wrist straps for the SmartWatch 3. The Smartwatch 3 Wrist Strap SWR510 is available in three colours (Coral Pink, Black and White) across the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. In the UK, the wrist strap is available for £24.99, whilst in mainland Europe it costs €24.99. There are no signs of other colours right now or even the Stainless Steel wristband, but we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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DevilCase Bumper  Xperia Z3C_6We recently reviewed the DevilCase aluminium bumper for the Sony Xperia Z3 and today we are following that up with our thoughts on the bumper for the Z3’s little brother, the Xperia Z3 Compact.

DevilCase sent over a gorgeous Champagne Gold bumper for us to check out and we weren’t disappointed. It may not be cheap but the DevilCase aluminium bumper is superbly crafted and enhances the premium look and feel of the Xperia Z3 Compact, whilst offering some protection too. Click through to read our impressions of the DevilCase Xperia Z3 Compact Aluminium Bumper. [read more…]

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Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition_1Sony has today released the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition (SED-E1) for consumers in four countries including Germany, Japan, UK and USA. If you are a business customer, the SmartEyeglass can also be purchased in Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

In the UK, the SmartEyeglass Developer Edition costs £620, in Germany it costs €800, whilst in the United States it costs $820 (excl tax). Deliveries are expected to take place by the first week of April 2015. For further information click here. [read more…]

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PSM-TileSony will be closing down the Music Unlimited subscription service from 29 March 2015. The service will be replaced with PlayStation Music, powered by Spotify. The PlayStation Music website is now live, with a placeholder promising further details shorty:

Spotify will soon be available on PlayStation Music, with a special offer for Music Unlimited customers who sign up at launch.

Sony has also released a very short FAQ confirming that Music Unlimited subscribers will not be able to use the service from 29 March. Details are also given on how your playlists can be exported to a CSV file. You can find the full FAQ below – as soon as we hear official details/pricing on the new PlayStation Music service we will let you know. [read more…]

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Sony SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset Review

March 26, 2015

Sony recently launched the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH60. This new headset places greater emphasis on the music, highlighted by the on-the-ear headphone design but will also help you to take and make calls. The SBH60 headset also has great versatility as it can be used in both wired and wireless configurations. We have this stylish, […]

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Android Lollipop (14.5.A.0.242) certified for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact

March 25, 2015

Looks like owners of the Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra will be joining the Android Lollipop family shortly. New firmware with build number 14.5.A.0.242 has just been certified for all variants of the above handsets with the strong likelihood of this being Lollipop. Sony said that other variants of the Xperia Z […]

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Xperia Lollipop firmware certified on PTCRB for Xperia Z2 and Z3 series

March 25, 2015

Sony Mobile commenced the rollout of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 series of devices early last week. However, the updates were only live for the Nordics and Baltic regions (at least for the generic firmware). Move forward one week and we have still not seen any other regions receive Lollipop, […]

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Xperia “Music” app appears on Play Store to replace Walkman; not live just yet

March 25, 2015

Sony Mobile is moving a step closer to rebranding the Walkman application to “Music” as the new app is now listed on the Google Play Store (although it cannot be updated just yet). Music or “Xperia Music” as it sometimes referred to in the listing looks like the same app as the current Walkman app, […]

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