Xperia M2 Dual_18.3.1.B.1.10Sony Mobile has not officially confirmed whether or not the Xperia M2 (D230X) will see the Android Lollipop firmware, but in the meantime a small update is on the horizon. Firmware build number 18.3.1.A.1.9 has been certified for the Xperia M2 by the PTCRB, which compares to current build number 18.3.1.A.1.7.

In addition, the Xperia M2 Dual (D2302) has seen firmware build number 18.3.1.B.1.10 certified, compared to current build 18.3.1.B.1.8. As you can tell from the movement in build numbers these look like minor releases. We’ll let you know if/when the firmware goes live. [read more…]

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Sony World Photography Awards Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released an official Xperia Theme to celebrate the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA). The theme is one of the better ones seen recently, with a clean interface and simple icons. The theme is available to download right now via the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Walkman_9.0.0.A.2.0 beta_2Sony Mobile updated the beta version of its Walkman application earlier today moving the build number to “9.0.0.A.2.0 beta”. According to the “Walkman Beta Test” group on Google+, the changelog of this new update includes a new full player, playqueue in drawer and a new context menu.

Through the beta, the app has been renamed from “Walkman” to “Music”. For the first time, a splash screen on this new build explains why Sony has changed the name. Sony explains that “The Walkman app is changing its name to Music – because that’s what it is all about”. [read more…]

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T-Mobile Xperia Z3Earlier in the month, it had looked though as if T-Mobile US had stopped sales of the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616). The phone had disappeared from the T-Mobile website and social media reps appeared to confirm that “the Z3 is no longer available.”

Well just like that, the Xperia Z3 is now back on the site and with a price reduction to $499.92 too. This saves $130 off the previous retail price. If you prefer to be on contract, the phone is available on a two-year contract for $20.83 per month. Seems like a good deal, although we don’t know how long the phone will stick around this time. [read more…]

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Spectre 007You may have thought that given the James Bond movie franchise is financed by Sony Pictures it would be a relatively easy task to get a Sony Xperia device front-and-centre when it comes to product placement. However, the reality is far from that, judging by leaked emails from the North Korea hack last year.

The emails show that getting a Sony mobile phone on set is a priority for the company, but Sony Pictures need compensation given that it “would be giving up a potentially huge product placement deal.” Various figures fly around including $18m for the above the line marketing and a fee of $5m for Daniel Craig (who plays James Bond) to use the phone. [read more…]

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LollipopThe Android Lollipop (19.3.A.0.470) firmware update has started to seed for Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra owners. The update is only live for the single SIM variants of each handset including the Xperia C3 (D2533) and Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303). The generic update is live in Taiwan for each handset at time of publishing, but wider availability is expected shortly. [read more…]

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Xperia logoSony Mobile may have talked about a more streamlined product portfolio going forward, but five new model numbers have just been unveiled by the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site. This includes the Sony E6833 – the closest previous handset to this model was the Xperia Z Ultra (C68XX).

Then there is the Sony E6683 – could this be the international variant of the Xperia Z4 (E65XX) that was announced in Japan yesterday? We could see a broadly similarly-specced handset but with a higher 2K resolution display perhaps. Another potential high end handset is the Sony E5803, which may be a ‘Z4 Compact’ given the numbering. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact had model number D58XX. [read more…]

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SW3 Android Wear

Google and Sony has outlined some neat new features for an upcoming Android Wear 5.1 update. One of the big updates is Wi-Fi support for the SmartWatch 3, this means the watch will be able to carry on getting notifications, even if it is not connected to your phone via Bluetooth. The SW3 will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and the phone will need a data connection.

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wpid-img_20150420_225112.jpgA newer Android Lollipop firmware build has been certified by the PTCRB for both the Xperia C3 and the Xperia T2 Ultra. Build number 19.3.A.0.470 is only marginally higher than the previously certified version (19.3.A.0.468). The update is due to release this week, we will keep you posted. [read more…]

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wpid-img_20150420_224431.jpgA new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.740 has been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z3 (D6603), Z3 Compact (D5803), Z2 (D6503) and Z2 Tablet (SGP521). This compares to the latest Lollipop build on these devices with build version 23.1.A.0.726. We’ll let you know when it starts to roll. [read more…]

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Watch Impress Z4_5Sony Japan officially launched the Xperia Z4 earlier today, planning for a summer release. Whilst we wait to see whether Sony launches the handset outside Japan, we thought we’d share some hands-on pics of the handset from the Japanese media. These include a number of comparison pics against the Xperia Z3, showing some subtle changes in design including a capless micro USB port and no magnetic charging pins. Check out the pictures below. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia Z4 announced in Japan

April 20, 2015

Looks like the ‘Xperia Z3 Neo’ rumours were wrong as Sony Japan has quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4. The handset is no different to the one that has been heavily rumoured over recent weeks and months. The design is very similar to the Xperia Z3, although it adopts the stereo speaker positioning of the Xperia […]

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Is Sony working on an all-metal Xperia flagship? Multiple official concept images leak

April 18, 2015

Sony cannot be happy with Wikileaks right now, given that the latter decided to create a searchable archive of all of the emails and documents related to the hack that its Sony Pictures division suffered last December. Once of these leaked documents contain a number of official Sony concept designs of possible future Xperia handsets. […]

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New images of Sony’s “Xperia Z Fourth Generation” leak

April 17, 2015

Last December, Sony Pictures suffered a massive email leak, with North Korea blamed for the attack. As part of that leak, details and a picture emerged of what Sony refers to as the “Xperia Z Fourth Generation.” Since then we have seen numerous images and details of this handset leak that ties into that image. […]

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New Lollipop update (14.5.B.0.228) certified for the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s

April 14, 2015

Sony Xperia Z1s (C6916) T-Mobile owners have yet to see Lollipop roll out. Recently, Lollipop firmware update 14.5.B.0.220 was certified by the PTCRB and now a newer update has been certified with build number 14.5.B.0.228.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before it is released.

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