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Xperia M2 Aqua announced; 4.8-inch waterproof mid-range handset

August 19, 2014

Sony has unveiled the Xperia M2 Aqua (D2403, D2406), which as the name suggests is a waterproof version of the Xperia M2. The handset is one of the most dust and water resistant phones that Sony has produced with an IP certification rating 65/68. This is the maximum it can be. The 4G LTE handset […]

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Xperia M2 Dual KitKat update (18.3.B.0.31) released

August 18, 2014

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Xperia M2 started to roll last week,  but at the time there was no news for M2 Dual owners. Well, Sony earlier announced the KitKat update for both handsets and we can confirm that build version 18.3.B.0.31 for the Xperia M2 Dual has started to roll. The […]

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Movies update (7.2.A.0.4) released; includes small layout changes and related content for cast and crew

August 18, 2014

Sony has launched an update for the Movies app which moves the build number to version 7.2.A.0.4. The update improves the design and layout of the Details page. It also shows related content on the cast, crew and details page from Video Unlimited. The app will now also inform you if there is an update in […]

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Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact outed by official support docs

August 18, 2014

An 8-inch Sony Xperia tablet has been rumoured recently,  with the SGP621 model number recently cropping up.  Well it looks like it is definitely on the way as a reference to the “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” has appeared in a recently revised manual for the Sony Bluetooth Speaker BSC10. Look for the new tablet to […]

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Create your own FTF firmware files using XperiFirm and FlashTool [Guide]

August 16, 2014

We recently reported on a fantastic new tool called XperiFirm, which allows you to browse and install the latest firmware files for any Sony Xperia device. We have had a number of people get in touch asking us how they can use those files to flash that firmware onto their handset using FlashTool. Therefore, we […]

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Xperia Z2 Tablet wins EISA’s European Tablet of the Year award

August 15, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has followed in its predecessors footsteps by winning the EISA European Tablet of the Year award for 2014-2015. EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) holds yearly awards for the best in consumer technology. Last year the Xperia Tablet Z, won the same award, so it’s good to see Sony dominate […]

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Xperia M2 Android KitKat update now rolling

August 15, 2014

The Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update for the Sony Xperia M2 has started to roll. So far, KitKat build number 18.3.C.0.37 has only begun seeding to the D2303 LTE variant of the Xperia M2. It is currently rolling out to carriers in France, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Singapore and Thailand. We have not seen the generic […]

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Sketch 4.2 brings sticker pack notifications and premium sticker packs

August 15, 2014

Sony has updated the Sketch app from version 4.1 to 4.2. The main additions in this update are notifications when new sticker packs are available as well as premium sticker packs. Regarding the latter, Sony says that these are “still free”, which is likely to mean that it will soon start charging for them (best […]

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Xperia S used to create stunning book of photos on Costa Rican natural history and landscapes

August 15, 2014

We often hear a lot of negativity around the camera performance of Sony Xperia handsets. This post is here to counter that argument, as well as reminisce about an older Xperia device. Julián Monge-Nájera is a Costa Rican ecologist and author of 20 books published by several Costa Rican universities and Oxford University. He has […]

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Xperia Z1 update (14.4.A.0.133) starts rolling to select Vodafone Europe owners

August 14, 2014

The latest firmware update for the Xperia Z1 with build number 14.4.A.0.133 has started to roll to those on the Vodafone Germany, Spain and Netherland networks. Users that have downloaded the update report no differences to the older 14.4.A.0.118 and 14.4.A.0.108 releases. It is unknown whether this ’133′ update will see a global release. Keep […]

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Slim and reversible USB Type-C connector finalised; headed to future smartphones

August 14, 2014

The near ubiquitous use of USB 2.0 (Micro-B) connectors across all smartphones (barring Apple’s offerings) has been fantastic for consumers. It means there has been no need to use different chargers when switching mobile phones, something we remember all too well from the past. However, one constant pain is making sure you put the cable […]

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Minor update (18.1.A.1.21 and 18.2.A.1.18) certified for Xperia T3

August 13, 2014

A quick heads-up to owners of the Xperia T3, a minor firmware update for the handset has been certified by the PTCRB. The build number for the LTE variants (D5103, D5106) moves from 18.1.A.1.17 to 18.1.A.1.21. The HSPA+ Xperia T3 (D5102, M50w) sees its build number move from 18.2.A.1.14 to 18.2.A.1.18. Don’t expect any noticeable […]

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha will go up against the Xperia Z3 Compact

August 13, 2014

Samsung has unveiled a new phone today called the Galaxy Alpha. It is an important phone for Samsung in many respects as it is the first model adopting “a fresh approach to design”, which we expect to be replicated in future models. The Galaxy Alpha eschews the full plastic body of past models in favour […]

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Xperia Z3 Compact passes through FCC; confirms 4.6-inch display size

August 12, 2014

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact recently passed through the FCC in two variants: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812. At this stage, we have not seen details that confirm which of these FCC ID numbers correlates with the Xperia Z3 Compact model numbers D5803 (M55w) and D5833. Interestingly, the FCC documents did reveal the dimensions of […]

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Sony readying 6.1-inch FWVGA entry level Xperia handset

August 12, 2014

We have previously come across the Sony D22XX (D2202, D2212, D2203) model, which appeared on the Indonesian Postel site. Little is known about this handset, apart from the model numbering suggesting it will sit in between the Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 in terms of positioning. However, an entry on the GFXBench benchmark has given […]

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