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Z3 auSony Mobile has today launched the Xperia Z3 in Japan on two of its largest carriers. The Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) is out on NTT DoCoMo, whilst the Xperia Z3 (SOL26) has landed on au by KDDI. Softbank is also expected to carry the Xperia Z3, but not until late November. All three models will carry 32GB of internal storage, versus 16GB for the international models. [read more…]

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Xperia E1_20.1.A.2.13Sony is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia E1 (D2005) which moves the build number to 20.1.A.2.13. The firmware is now available across a number of regions across Europe, Middle East and Asia. We’re not aware of what changes this update has brought, so if you’ve downloaded it let us know what you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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LinkedInLittle did we know but the latest version of Info-eye includes the ability to actually scan business cards. This feature is powered by LinkedIn, so you should be able to find pretty much any business contact. To use this functionality, simply scan a picture of a business card and the app will then search LinkedIn for appropriate matches.

Sato Takashi, a member of the Info-eye development team says that providing this functionality came with its own challenges. “The inherent difficulties in matching up different fonts, different fields and then integrating all that into a reliable LinkedIn search posed a huge challenge but we’re really happy with the result. For me, they key thing is the immediacy of the contact. As soon as you have someone’s card you can connect with them, whilst you’re still fresh in their mind. It’s a powerful integration.[read more…]

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WALKMAN 8.4.A.5.4_1Sony released an update to the WALKMAN app yesterday with build number 8.4.A.5.3. This update brought with it faster start-up times and a better overview in Walkman home. Sony must have encountered a bug in the app though, as it is now pushing a new update with build number 8.4.A.5.4.

However, you wouldn’t know this from the face of it as the ‘Update Centre’ still refers to the build as version number 8.4.A.5.3. It’s only when you look at the settings you can see it is in fact 8.4.A.5.4. If it hasn’t arrived on your handset yet, you can download it below. [read more…]

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Sony XperiaThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sony may be planning once again to cut smartphone shipment forecasts for FY14 (year to March 2015). Back in July, Sony had reduced its smartphone estimates from 50 million units to 43 million units. To give you some context, Sony sold 39 million smartphones in FY13.

WSJ says that Sony is “likely to trim its smartphone sales target by several millions of units”, which could mean it is expecting a similar number as the prior year i.e. a broadly flat position. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3_23.0.A.2.108A small firmware build for the Xperia Z3 (D6653 variant) has been certified by the PTCRB with version number 23.0.A.2.108. This compares to the current 23.0.A.2.105 build that is widely on Xperia Z3 devices.

A couple of more recent firmware versions with build numbers 23.0.A.2.106 and 23.0.1.A.1.38, haven’t seen a global release, so there’s no guarantee that Sony will release this build to consumers. If it does get released, we’ll let you know. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-z3-tablet-compactThe 8-inch Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is due to hit stores at the start of November, but if you can’t wait until then to get a first glimpse of the packaging then check out the video below. It shows the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact being unboxed along with a quick tour of the device (in Danish). [read more…]

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WALKMAN_8.4.A.5.3_2Sony has updated its WALKMAN application, moving the build number from 8.4.A.4.4 to 8.4.A.5.3. The new update significantly increases start-up time according to Sony, as well as providing a better overview in Walkman home with fewer items. Sony still gives you the option to open the full list view. The 12.3MB update is currently rolling out to a number of Sony Xperia devices. [read more…]

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Album_6.4.A.0.16_3Sony has updated the Album application which moves the build number from 6.3.A.0.12 to 6.4.A.0.16. The main addition to this update finishes what Sony started in the last update i.e. the ability to hide PlayMemories Online photos from the main grid (previously, hiding a photo would only remove it from the top area). The 14.4 MB update is currently hitting handsets right now, but you can also download it from below. [read more…]

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wpid-wp-1413842605396.jpegA new firmware update with build number 14.4.A.0.155 has been certified for a number of handsets including the Sony Xperia Z1,  Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. The update would move the build number from version 14.4.A.0.133 (which only hit selected carrier devices) or the older 14.4.A.0.108 build that saw a global release. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact USSony has placed the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact on pre-order in the United States via the Sony Store. We only noticed one SKU available on the Sony Store website which is the 32GB Wi-Fi version in white for $499.99. Sony expects to ship the tablet on 2 November 2014. [read more…]

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Small update (23.0.A.2.106) hits the Xperia Z3 Compact in Brazil [Update]

October 19, 2014

Sony Mobile has released a very small update for the Xperia Z3 Compact (D5833) moving the build number from 23.0.A.2.105 to 23.0.A.2.106. The update has only been released in Brazil so far and it’s unclear whether we will see a wider rollout. We’ll keep you posted if that changes.

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SmartWatch 3 listed in US Play Store for $249.99; European pre-orders open through Sony Store

October 18, 2014

Sony’s Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 (SWR50) is now listed on the Google Play Store in the United States. The listing confirms the price as $249.99, but it is not available to order right now, nor is there any release date. Pre-orders for the SmartWatch 3 are open in Europe, with the Sony Mobile Store listing […]

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Weather widget updated (2.0.A.0.74) with improved language support

October 18, 2014

Sony Mobile has now started to update its Weather widget through the “Update Centre” app, at least for the Xperia Z3 series. A new update moves the Weather widget build number from 2.0.A.0.65 to 2.0.A.0.74 on the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Changes include improved language support as well as bug fixes/performance enhancements. Older handsets, […]

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Sony confirms PS4 Remote Play heading to Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

October 18, 2014

Sony has inadvertently confirmed that PlayStation 4 Remote Play (currently an exclusive to the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact), will indeed be heading to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet on launch. The Sony slip-up can be found in the “Xperia Lounge” app, which confirms that the Xperia Z2 […]

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