Xperia X is new flag-bearer for Sony’s Concept for Android software

November 8, 2016

Sony Mobile has today announced that the company’s Concept for Android software, which we love by the way, will now be heading to Xperia X owners in Europe. Sony’s Concept software enables the Xperia developer teams to push the latest and, sometimes, experimental features to users and to get feedback from the passionate community. Don’t […]

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How durable is the Xperia XZ? This bend/scratch/burn test video reveals all

November 4, 2016

YouTuber JerryRigEverything has made a name for himself by stress testing the latest smartphones and this time he has the Xperia XZ in his hands. It can be quite torturous seeing the Xperia XZ being put through the ringer with scratch tests, a burn test and then a bend test. However, the videos do serve […]

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Xperia XZ disassembly guide

November 4, 2016

If you want to get a peek inside the Sony Xperia XZ, then you should check out the teardown pictures below. It shows Sony’s latest greatest picked apart piece-by-piece and makes you appreciate the efforts of the company’s engineers. It’s interesting to note that we couldn’t see any sign of dual heat pipes, which Sony […]

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‘Dia de Muertos’ premium Xperia Theme released

November 2, 2016

Sony Mobile has released an Xperia Theme to celebrate ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday where family and friends come together to celebrate and honour their deceased loved ones. The theme has an elegant colour scheme with lovely designed skulls in the wallpaper and lock screen. The premium Xperia Theme costs […]

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Xperia Nougat Beta starts rolling, see the first screens

November 2, 2016

The Android 7.0 Nougat Beta is now rolling to the lucky few Xperia X Performance owners who managed to get into the trial. The beta is only open for the single SIM variant (F8131) of the Xperia X Performance across select regions. Users will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat with firmware build number 39.2.A.0.248, […]

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Xperia XA Dual firmware (33.2.B.3.105) with September security patches released

November 1, 2016

Sony Mobile has released a new update for the Xperia XA Dual with build number 33.2.B.3.105, which includes Google Security patches to 5 September 2016. The previous update (33.2.B.3.81) had security patches to 1 August 2016. Strangely, the update has a very limited release. It is only available on one Xperia XA Dual variant (F3116) […]

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Sony lowers full year Xperia units estimate by 11%

November 1, 2016

An unfortunate trend when it comes to Sony’s financial results, is that we often see a downward revision to the number of expected smartphone units to be shipped that year. In FY14, we saw three cuts to Xperia unit estimates, in FY15 we saw two cuts during the year and already in FY16 we have […]

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Xperia Nougat Beta to start very shortly for X Performance owners

October 31, 2016

It seems like that we have been talking about an Android Nougat Xperia Beta for a while. We first heard about pre-release Nougat firmware heading to the Xperia X Performance in early August, with registration finally opening in late September. Now, a month on, users that had signed up are now beginning to receive emails […]

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Xperia XZ in camera lens scratch test

October 31, 2016

The guys over at Witrigs wanted to see how the Sony Xperia XZ’s camera lens would fare when subject to various everyday items such as coins and keys. The rationale being that these can often be found in the same pocket as your phone. Well judging by the video, it is good to see the […]

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First 2017 Xperia model numbers spotted – Sony G3112 and G3121

October 30, 2016

We still have two months of 2016 left and we imagine Sony is hard at work on 2017’s Xperia models. Well it looks like testing of at least one model has begun, as the Sony G31XX model number has been spotted at the Eurasian Economic Commission. Following previous model numbers, the ‘G’ number signifies the […]

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Album Beta (8.0.A.1.4) adds quick search button and Android N support

October 27, 2016

Sony updated the beta version of the Album app recently to version 8.0.1, which brought about a number of changes. The biggest is the inclusion of a new quick search button on the bottom right of the screen. However, this is not search as seen within the Google Photos app, but instead it filters the […]

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Sony’s “Live on YouTube” app to be discontinued tomorrow

October 27, 2016

If you have used the Sony Xperia “Live on YouTube” app previously, then you may not be too happy to hear that Sony will discontinue support for the app on 28 October 2016. The app will not support Android Nougat and we imagine the rationale for Sony’s move is that the YouTube now supports live […]

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Small Xperia C5 Ultra firmware update released (29.2.X.0.129)

October 26, 2016

Sony Mobile has released a minor firmware update for the Xperia C5 Ultra, moving the build number to 29.2.A.0.129 for the single SIM variants and build 29.2.B.0.129 for the dual SIM variants. We haven’t noticed any big changes with this Android 6.0 firmware, apart from the inclusion of July 2016 Google security patches. Let us […]

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Xperia XA Ultra update (36.0.X.2.109) provides camera ISO fix

October 26, 2016

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XA Ultra with firmware number 36.0.A.2.109 for single SIM models and 36.0.B.2.109 for dual SIM models. The new build adds September 2016 Google Security patches and also fixes a camera problem with the ISO. Previously, using manual mode to adjust ISO made no difference as it still used automatic […]

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Xperia X Compact updated with September security patch (34.1.A.3.22)

October 25, 2016

Just a quick update for Xperia X Compact owners – Sony Mobile recently started to update the handset with new firmware build 34.1.A.3.22. Sony has included the 1 September 2016 Google security patches with this new update, although we have not noticed any other big changes. The update is still based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, […]

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