Xperia L1 gets new update (43.0.A.7.25)

January 31, 2018

Sony Mobile has a new firmware update rolling for the Xperia L1 which moves the build number from 43.0.A.6.49 to version 43.0.A.7.25. The update is live on both single SIM and dual SIM variants, and this build is likely to move to a more recent Android security patch. If you have the Xperia L1 and […]

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New 5-inch Sony Xperia hits the FCC with slim bezels

January 30, 2018

A new Sony Xperia device has passed through the FCC with ID number PY7-24118Q. There is little to glean from browsing through the documents, but we do see a more normal location of the FCC ID label, compared to the previous handset rumoured to have no 3.5mm headphone jack. The FCC documents do reveal that […]

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Sony to partner with LG for OLED displays; foldable phones in the pipeline?

January 29, 2018

Sony will be partnering with LG Display to extend is current TV OLED partnership into smartphones, according to a report by Business Korea. Apparently LG Display will supply flexible OLEDs to Sony for the smartphone segment, although no details on timing were given. “We know that Sony is working with flexible OLEDs,” said an official […]

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Aibo Xperia Theme available to download

January 28, 2018

Sony Mobile created an Xperia Theme celebrating the re-release of its Aibo robotic dog in Japan. While this theme is not easily available for Xperia users around the world, it is available to download below. The official theme has been modified slightly by @请叫我马少 and @Zackbuks on Weibo, including changes to the ringtones. The zip […]

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Sony Xperia L2 unboxed and hands-on [Video]

January 28, 2018

Sony’s entry-level Xperia L2 has only just been released and we already have our first unboxing video, courtesy of YouTube Xperia super-fan Phone Battles. He takes an oversized meat cleaver to get inside the packaging, which is no different to that used in 2017 Xperia models, to show that the contents are still just as […]

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Newflasher guide to install new firmware for Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and more

January 28, 2018

One of the most frequent questions we get asked from Sony Xperia owners is how to change the firmware. Whether that relates to upgrading/downgrading major Android versions, debranding the handset or simply changing the firmware region for faster updates. Using the Flashtool application has been the main way to go about this, but when Sony […]

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Celebrate Australia Day with this Sydney Xperia Theme

January 26, 2018

For those that don’t know 26 January is Australia Day. So what better way to celebrate our friends down under then getting a shrimp on the barbie, and cracking open a cold one. If you’re in one of the freezing Northern Hemisphere countries where that kind of activity would get you sent to the asylum, […]

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Xperia C5 Ultra (29.2.X.0.166) and Xperia E4g (25.0.X.2.35) get new updates

January 26, 2018

A few days ago we saw new firmware hit the Xperia C4 out of the blue, and now the same has happened with the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia E4g. As with the Xperia C4, these firmware builds already appear to have been released over-the-air (OTA) months ago, but for some reason they were not […]

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French Police make huge order for Sony Xperia devices

January 26, 2018

France has two national police forces, the National Police (Police Nationale), and the National Gendarmerie. Both organisations put out a tender to supply their forces with smartphones and tablets, to make them more effective in the field. The great news is that Sony Mobile won the hardware tender, with Orange providing SIM cards, in a […]

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Xperia L2 now on sale in UK

January 26, 2018

Sony’s new entry-level model for 2018, the Xperia L2, is now on sale in the United Kingdom. The handset is available through Clove, which is selling both black and gold variants for £199 excluding delivery (Clove also dispatch internationally). We have yet to see the handset appear in other UK-based retailers, but we imagine they […]

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Will Samsung’s Galaxy S9 MWC reveal spoil Sony’s party?

January 25, 2018

Samsung has confirmed that it will unveil its Galaxy S9 smartphone at MWC on Sunday 25 February at 6pm CET (9am PST, 12pm EST, 5pm GMT). Samsung revealed a teaser highlighting a ‘reimagined’ camera. Given Samsung’s clout in the Android market, rightly or wrongly, the event is likely to receive huge attention which will spill […]

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Official LineageOS 14.1 build arrives on Xperia Z5 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)

January 25, 2018

The official LineageOS 14.1 custom ROM is now available to download for the Sony Xperia Z5. LineageOS 14.1 is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and provides a close to stock experience, for those that don’t like the official Sony software. If you want to find out more information, head over to XDA. Hopefully, this is […]

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Xperia C4 gets a new firmware update (27.3.X.0.165) out of the blue

January 24, 2018

Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia C4 to its servers this morning, with build number 27.3.A.0.165 for the Xperia C4 and version 27.3.B.0.165 for the Xperia C4 Dual. There is evidence of this update already released OTA a few months ago, but this is the first time it is available […]

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Xperia Z5 family unlikely to get ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ patches

January 23, 2018

Sony Mobile has spoken of its plan to issue patches to fix the widely-documented ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities. We always felt it likely that these patches (updated with Android security updates from 5 January 2018 and onwards) would only appear on the latest Xperia models. Judging by a reply from Sony Mobile’s Twitter support, […]

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JDI develops Glass-based Fingerprint Sensor; shipments start this year

January 23, 2018

Japan Display Inc (JDI) – formed through the consolidation of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba’s display panel businesses – has announced a move into the sensor segment, through the development of a transparent glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor. JDI says that these new glass-based sensors will be able to replace the silicon-based fingerprint sensors currently found in […]

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