Xperia sales forecast to nosedive in fourth quarter

January 29, 2016

Sony Corporation reported its third quarter results earlier today for the three months ended 31 December 2015 and it doesn’t make for good reading on the smartphone side. On the volume side, unit sales for the third quarter period was 7.6 million units, marginally behind expectations. Sony now expects to ship 25 million Xperia units […]

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“What’s New” update (3.4.A.0.5) allows you to disable notifications

January 27, 2016

Sony Mobile has updated the ‘What’s New’ application to build number 3.4.A.0.5 and the primary new feature is the ability to disable notifications within the settings menu. We’ve never found the notifications that intrusive, but it may be an issue for some. Other changes include performance improvements and UI enhancements. The update is rolling through […]

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Sony to sell E6603 Xperia Z5 variant in United States

January 27, 2016

If any US Sony fans were wondering exactly which variant of the Xperia Z5 Sony plans to launch next month, then a placeholder listing from B&H Photo has the answer. It confirms that it will be selling the E6603 model, which has most of the necessary bands to support AT&T and T-Mobile (the latter lacks […]

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Xperia Weather app updated with forecast layout changes (1.1.A.0.8)

January 27, 2016

Sony has updated its Xperia Weather app to build number 1.1.A.0.8 (from 1.1.A.0.6) to include a slight change to the forecast layout. For example, the weather icon for the forecast days now sit next to the temperature stats, previously they sat next to the name of the day. Sony has also improved background animations and […]

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Xperia Z5 Premium durability tested to limits in bend test

January 26, 2016

A tear comes to the eye watching a beautiful Chrome Xperia Z5 Premium being tortured as seen in the video below. YouTube member JerryRigEverything subjects the handset to a scratch test, flame test and bend test. The Xperia Z5 Premium screen does well in the scratch test but fares less well to the flame test. […]

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Sony confirms acquisition of Altair Semiconductor for $212m – signals intent in IoT space

January 26, 2016

Sony Corporation has this morning confirmed that it plans to acquire Altair Semiconductor for $212 million. We initially reported on this last week, but it looks like Sony has formally announced the deal, expecting it to complete by early February 2016. Altair develops always on, low power LTE chipset solutions that are ideal for Internet […]

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What specs does the Xperia Z6 need to put Sony ahead of the pack?

January 25, 2016

There are numerous rumours swirling around about new smartphones being launched, most likely at or just after MWC 2016 in late February. We expect new flagships from Samsung, HTC and LG within the month or two. Sony is likely to wait until after MWC to reveal its flagship, so we wanted to ask you, what […]

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Sony releases premium Treasure Island Xperia Theme

January 23, 2016

Sony Mobile has launched a new premium Xperia Theme called “Treasure Island”. Captain Spriggs has been marooned on Ynos Island, so use the treasure map to help find him and the treasure will be yours. The cartoony Xperia Theme is available on the Google Play Store for £1.00/€1.15/$1.00.

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Kitsuné Fox Xperia Theme launched

January 23, 2016

Sony Mobile has released the third Xperia Theme based on the French fashion label Maison Kitsuné. The new theme, called “Kitsuné Fox”, has as the name suggests a couple of foxes in yin-yang unison against a backdrop of a flat design colour scheme that fits the Material design nicely. The Kitsuné Fox is free to […]

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Sony acquires Altair Semiconductor for $200m to boost IoT plans

January 22, 2016

Sony has acquired Altair Semiconductors, a developer of high performance, ultra-low power LTE chipsets for $200 million according to Israeli media. The company is one of the leading provider of single-mode LTE chips, which feature in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Altair has already been supplying chips to Sony for a number of years and […]

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Xperia M5 hits pre-order in UK; Carphone grabs exclusivity on Gold version

January 22, 2016

Carphone Warehouse now has the Sony Xperia M5 up for pre-order in the UK. Carphone Warehouse has three colours available to pre-order (black, gold and white), however it has nabbed exclusivity over the gold version. The phone is expected to be released on 8 February 2016. The handset is only available on pay monthly two-year […]

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Xperia Marshmallow Concept users don’t want the trial to end

January 21, 2016

Sony developers sent out a survey to all of those running the Concept for Android Marshmallow on Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets late last year, asking how happy were they with the beta and how long they wanted it to go on for. The results were recently released, which you can see below, and […]

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First 2016 Xperia model numbers revealed – F51XX and F31XX

January 21, 2016

The first two Sony Xperia smartphone model numbers of 2016 have been revealed as the Sony F3116 and Sony F5122 according to the Indonesian Postel site. The coding follows the trend that we have seen the last few years, where the letter in the model number represents the year. In this case ‘F’ stands for […]

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DevilCase Xperia Z5 Aluminium Bumper review

January 21, 2016

Regular readers of the blog will know that we have reviewed several DevilCase aluminium bumpers in the past. DevilCase create aluminium bumpers for a wide range of flagship smartphones (not just Sony Xperia models). Today we are looking at the Xperia Z5 DevilCase bumper and we’re happy to say it delivers the usual high standard […]

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Birthday AR Effect launched to celebrate your special day

January 20, 2016

Sony Mobile has released a ‘birthday’ themed augmented reality app to help celebrate your special day. The AR effect will add balloons, decorations to your photos and videos. Other features include the ability to personalise the cake or dress yourself with party hats and other props. The new AR effect can be downloaded via the […]

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