Style portrait_1_resultSony Mobile has published the ‘Style portrait’ application onto the Google Play Store. Up until now the app was only available to the latest devices such as the Xperia Z3+, C4 and M4 Aqua. ‘Style portrait’ allows you to add style effects to your portrait photos, as the name suggests. A number of different style add-ons have already been pushed to the Google Play Store previously. These styles include face effects, colour filters and deco frames. If you want to ty it for yourself, head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia fingerprint scannerA picture allegedly showing the next Xperia Z series flagship and compact model has appeared from tipster ‎@vizileaks. Could this be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact model that will launch in the second half of this year? Both handsets sit between an iPhone – the larger Z series model nearest to us shows the fingerprint scanner that sits on the right side of the phone. The volume control has therefore moved lower down. The OmniBalance is used again, which fits with what we’ve heard for the H2 Xperia Z-series release. Do you like what you see? Chime in with your comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia C5 Ultra Hands-On_6Sony Mobile unveiled two promising new mid-rangers earlier today in the form of the Xperia M5 (E56XX) and Xperia C5 Ultra (E55XX). We’ve all had a chance to glance over the lovely press shots, but if you want to get an idea how the handsets fare hands-on, then check out the videos (in Russian) below.

Sony has confirmed that both handsets will only arrive in select emerging market countries, so don’t expect to see wide availability in Europe. We imagine Sony will be pushing the newest Xperia Z range in Europe instead once they are announced in the coming weeks. [read more…]

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Xperia C5 Ultra Press_4Sony has unveiled the Xperia C5 Ultra (E5553, E5506) and Xperia C5 Ultra Dual (E5533, E5563), which offers the smallest bezels yet seen in an Xperia device. It also surpasses long-time screen-to-phone ratio champ, the Xperia ZL, offering a ratio of 75.93% versus 74.97% for the ZL.

The two standout features for Sony’s latest ‘PROselfie’ offering is the “near borderless” 6-inch (1080 x 1920) IPS display with 367 PPI pixel density and the use of twin 13MP Exmor RS front and rear cameras with picture/video HDR. [read more…]

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Xperia M5 Press_5Sony Mobile has formally unveiled its latest mid-range offering, the Xperia M5 (E5603, E5606, E5653) and Xperia M5 Dual (E5633, E5643, E5663), which is a bit of a powerhouse by our reckoning. One of the key features that sets the Xperia M5 apart from other Sony Xperia devices is its camera.

It comes equipped with a 21.5MP Exmor RS sensor and ISO 3200 with 0.25-second Hybrid Autofocus that utilises Phase detection AF (PDAF) for faster shutter speed response and Contrast detection AF for added precision. Sony hasn’t confirmed chip details, but we would imagine this is the Sony IMX230 sensor. [read more…]

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sony-online-store-shutdown-screenshotSony has already closed all of its retail stores in the USA, apart from its flagship showroom on 550 Madison Avenue in New York City. Well now the Sony Store website is set to follow suit as Sony has announced it will stop taking orders at 13.00 PST on 28 August 2015.

Sony will be introducing a new product website at some point later, which will allow users to purchase from Sony’s authorised dealers rather than the company directly. Sony has a list of FAQs about the change here, the main thing to note is that if you have any Sony gift cards then you will need to use these before the 28 August. [read more…]

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Sony IFA 2015Sony Mobile is set to announce the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 tomorrow, but it will likely keep back its newest Z series at a time closer to the IFA tradeshow. Sony Italy confirmed that its 2015 IFA press conference will take place on 2 September, so mark your diaries. It’s still not clear whether Sony will announce new Xperia devices on the day or just before, but we’ll keep you posted either way. [read more…]

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Xperia C5 Ultra and M5_3New Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5 devices have leaked in full ahead of their formal reveal next week as Russian site Hi-Tech.Mail.ru has just published a preview of both devices.

The Xperia C5 Ultra is the one that will probably get all of the headlines, a unique frameless smartphone from Sony that looks gorgeous, whilst the Xperia M5 looks like a lower-cost version of the Xperia Z3+, sporting very similar design cues and a very capable camera. You can check out some close-up photos of each device below as well as a specs rundown. [read more…]

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screenshot1Flashtool developer Androxyde has pushed a latest version of the popular Sony Xperia utility moving it to build number 0.9.19.0. The latest release now supports the latest Sony Xperia devices such as the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet and for the first time MediaTek-based devices are also supported such as the Xperia E4 and E4g series.

We would advise some caution before updating however. Flashtool now needs a template script for your particular handset before a FTF firmware file can be flashed. This can be generated by a program such as Simple USB Logger, but the procedure to capture this data is complex. [read more…]

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New Xperia ColourSony Mobile has released another teaser ahead of next week’s new device reveal on Monday 3 August 2015. This time Sony has used the caption “something golden is sparkling on the horizon,” which strongly hints of a new gold-coloured Xperia device. In fact, yesterday’s picture tease has a gold-tint and we unearthed another photo related to this teaser campaign, showing the handset will be water-resistant as well as the new gold colour. Only a few days to see what Sony has up its sleeve. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 TabletIf you are in Canada and were hoping to get your hands on either the Xperia Z3+ or Xperia Z4 Tablet, then we’ve got some unfortunate news. Sony Mobile Canada has confirmed that it has “no current plans” to bring either device to the region.

However, every cloud has a silver lining and Sony confirmed that there are “great new products coming to Canada later this year.” This pretty much confirms the launch of new products in the second half of the year. Not a surprise, as earlier today Sony teased a new Xperia device may land next week on 3 August. [read more…]

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SmartBand Talk receives updates to Countdown Timer, Calendar and Smart Badge

July 30, 2015

The Sony SmartBand Talk has received updates to a few apps that should improve the overall experience. First of all the Countdown Timer app has been updated to build 1.00.10, which now allows you to change the time without your phone – simply control the minutes using the volume buttons. The Smart Badge extension has […]

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Sony Q1 FY15 results: “Significant decrease” in Xperia sales; full-year forecasts lowered again

July 30, 2015

Sony Corporation reported Q1 FY15 results earlier today for the three months ended 30 June 2015. Overall, Sony reported good growth with Group Q1 operating income increasing by 39% to 97 billion yen. However, the state of the mobile division was less rosy with Sony Mobile reporting a “significant decrease in smartphone unit sales resulting […]

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Sony teases new phone to arrive on 3 August; will capture “split-second photos”

July 30, 2015

Looks like Sony Mobile will be releasing a new handset on 3 August 2015 that will be able to capture split-second photos. Could we finally see the Sony Exmor RS IMX230 sensor included in a new Sony Xperia device?

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Xperia Keyboard update (6.7.A.0.84) adds numeric row, Punjabi language support and more

July 29, 2015

Sony Mobile recently updated the Xperia Keyboard within the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop builds to add a numeric row on phones. It has now pushed a separate update on the Google Play Store with a similar changelog, allowing everyone to access the new features and moving the build number from 6.6.A.0.52 to version 6.7.A.0.84. Apart […]

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