Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2016

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 to all of our readers! We hope you enjoyed the celebrations last night. We want to take this moment to say thank you to all of our readers for visiting during the year. The smartphone industry is maturing and it is becoming even harder to wow consumers with mobile devices, we […]

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Sony Style Cover Touch SCTF10 for Xperia XZ Review

December 30, 2016

Sony created two official cases for the Xperia XZ, we have already reviewed the Style Cover Stand SCSF10 and today we are looking at the Style Cover Touch SCTF10. The Style Cover Touch case is quite unique in that it allows you to continue to use your phone via a see-through front cover. This means […]

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Vote for your favourite Sony Xperia of 2016

December 29, 2016

It is that time of the year again where we call on our readers to let us know your favourite Sony Xperia devices of the past year. All in all, Sony released 7 Xperia models during the year (not including their dual-SIM counterparts), which is fewer than the number of devices released in 2015 (11). […]

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Is this a first glimpse of a 2017 Sony Xperia model?

December 27, 2016

Sony looks set to continue its OmniBalance design language into 2017 if this latest rumoured leak turns out to be true. The picture you see below is said to come from a gold front panel of an upcoming Sony Xperia device. The placement of the front camera, proximity sensor and speaker does not fit with […]

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Minor update (34.2.A.0.273) hits the Xperia X and X Compact

December 27, 2016

A new Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update is currently rolling for Sony Xperia X and Xperia X Compact owners that moves the build number from 34.2.A.0.266 to version 34.2.A.0.273. The previous update had Google security patches from 1 December 2016, so any changes in this latest release is likely to be minor bug fixes. If […]

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DxOMark reviews the Xperia XZ camera; ranks it in line with the Xperia Z5

December 25, 2016

DxOMark has put the Sony Xperia XZ through its test labs and awarded the phone an overall score of 87 points. This places it in line with last year’s flagship, the Xperia Z5, but one point behind the Xperia X Performance (88 points). DxOMark says that the phone shares many of the strengths and weaknesses […]

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Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings from Xperia Blog

December 25, 2016

We wanted to take this quick moment to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year. We hope you enjoy the holiday period with those closest to you and maybe you were one of the lucky ones to find an Xperia under the tree! We really appreciate your support throughout […]

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Xperia XZ and X Performance receive new update (39.2.A.0.361) with December security patches

December 23, 2016

Sony Mobile has pushed a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance that moves the build number from 39.2.A.0.327 to 39.2.A.0.361. This latest Android Nougat update adds the 1 December 2016 Google security patches, but not much else appears to have changed. The update has landed in the Nordics and Latin […]

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Flashtool update (0.9.23.0) brings Android Nougat support

December 21, 2016

Flashtool developer Androxyde has added Android 7.0 Nougat support to the popular Xperia flashing utility. Flashtool build number 0.9.23.0 now allows the ability to flash Nougat FTF firmware files to Xperia devices. Other changes include TA raw backup for all devices that can be exploited by the dirtycow vulnerability. There is also a new property […]

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Xperia XZ is surprise hit of H2 2016

December 20, 2016

If you’ve been wondering how the Xperia XZ has compared against other flagships since launch, then the latest report from research firm Apteligent may surprise you. It shows that the Xperia XZ has had the highest adoption rate in the second half of 2016, compared to other handsets including the Google Pixel. Sony has no […]

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New Sony SmartWatch 3 update (M1D64T) adds December security update

December 19, 2016

A new firmware update has landed for the Sony SmartWatch 3, moving the build number to version M1D64T. The new update adds Google’s latest December security patches, but little else has been noticed so far. If you have captured the OTA URL then please paste it in the comments below.

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Android Nougat arrives for the Xperia X and X Compact (34.2.A.0.266)

December 16, 2016

Sony Mobile has begun to rollout the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update for Xperia X (F5121), Xperia X Dual (F5122) and Xperia X Compact (F5321) handsets. The new update moves the build number to version 34.2.A.0.266. The new firmware is currently live across select regions such as Australia, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Thailand […]

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New render of likely 2017 Sony Xperia model leaks

December 15, 2016

A render has leaked from @OnLeaks showing what is believed to be a new 2017 Sony Xperia model. According to the leak, this model has a 5-inch display with a USB Type-C port and dimensions of 145 x 66.8 x 8.0mm. If real, it could be a successor of the Xperia X, or XA, but […]

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Sony CES 2017 conference takes place on 4 January

December 15, 2016

Mark your diaries folks, Sony will host its CES 2017 press conference on 4 January 2017 at 5pm PST (1am GMT, 2am CET, 6.30am New Delhi, 10am Tokyo, 12pm Sydney). A livestream of the event will also be available at this link on the day. We have not had any new Sony Xperia phone launches […]

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Xperia Home Beta adds option to change grid size (10.2.A.2.10)

December 13, 2016

Sony has updated the Xperia Home Beta to build number 10.2.A.2.10, adding a much-requested feature in the form of a grid-size option. The latest launcher allows you to select different grid sizes for your home screen including 3×4, 4×4, 4×5 and 5×5. The new launcher now dynamically adapts the icon size, depending on the grid […]

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