XperiFirm 4.9.0 adds default download folder option

April 21, 2016

XperiFirm, along with FlashTool, are two of the best third-party tools for Sony Xperia devices. XperiFirm developer Igor Eisberg has just released a new version (v4.9.0) which adds a new option allowing a user to set a default download folder. Previously, you were asked each time where you wanted to download your firmware files. There […]

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FM Radio removed in latest Concept update to fix Bluetooth issues (MMB29V.Z1.3571)

April 20, 2016

Sony Mobile has removed the FM radio from the latest Android Concept for Marshmallow release with build number MMB29V.Z1.3571. The reason behind this is that for some unknown issue it caused a conflict resulting in choppy audio over Bluetooth. The FM radio function is handled by the same chip which also deals with Bluetooth, hence […]

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STAMINA mode makes a return to Japanese Xperia Z4/Z5 models on Marshmallow

April 19, 2016

Sony Mobile and Japanese operator NTT docomo have released an Android Marshmallow update that sees the return of the STAMINA mode, as expected. The battery-saving mode was axed when Marshmallow first arrived, as Google’s native Doze feature does something very similar. The new firmware build number 32.1.F.1.38 is currently live on the Xperia Z5 (SO-01H), […]

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Angry Birds Happy Planet Xperia Theme released by Sony

April 18, 2016

Sony Mobile has released its second Angry Birds Xperia Theme called “Happy Planet”. This new theme celebrates Earth Day, which takes place on 22 April 2016, with a number of important messages such as conserve water, recycle, turn off the lights and so on. If you want to check it out then head over to […]

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Sony expands Marshmallow rollout to Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z2 Tablet and other Z2/Z3 variants

April 18, 2016

Sony Mobile commenced the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware rollout for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 range earlier this month. However, at the time, Sony had only made the firmware live for those device variants that were involved in the Beta Marshmallow program. This included one variant each for the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and […]

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Xperia X: See the first full-resolution camera samples

April 18, 2016

As we slowly edge closer to the summer release of the Sony Xperia X series, we will trickle any new information we can on these devices. The guys over at Recombu have recently been feeding their impressions of the Xperia X, there’s a great 24-hours hands-on impression piece here and a camera review here. The […]

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Music Beta (9.1.8.A.1.1) adds “queue last” feature

April 15, 2016

Sony Mobile has updated the beta version of its Music application, moving it to build number 9.1.8.A.1.1. The main new feature in the latest version is ‘queue last’, which adds songs to the end of a play queue. The other changes include a longer timeout within ‘Edit music info’, bug fixes in the DLNA code […]

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SmartBand 2 update (2.1.17) encourages you to keep moving; brings third-party support to heart sensor

April 15, 2016

Sony Mobile has updated the companion app for the SmartBand 2 SWR12 fitness tracker, which brings numerous improvements. The newest version (build 2.1.17) adds a new feature called “Get moving” which gently encourages you to get off your arse if you’ve been sitting idle for too long. Sony now also allows you to use the […]

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Xperia X pre-order offers coming soon; new promo video released

April 14, 2016

Sony Mobile has been sending out emails today to those who had pre-registered their interest in the Xperia X family of smartphones. Sony confirms that ‘exclusive’ pre-order offers will be available on the Xperia X/XA and Xperia Ear from the Xperia Store. Sony is keeping tight-lipped on what these offers are, but all will become […]

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FM Radio added to latest Concept Marshmallow firmware (MMB29V.Z1.3568)

April 14, 2016

Sony Mobile has added FM radio to the latest version of the Android Concept for Marshmallow. The new build, which moves to firmware number MMB29V.Z1.3568, has also fixed some camera bugs and updates the Android security patches to 2 April 2016. However, be aware that there is a known problem with Google Now not working […]

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STAMINA battery mode is returning on Marshmallow [Confirmed]

April 14, 2016

Probably the biggest complaint we have heard when Sony Mobile updated Xperia devices to Marshmallow, was the removal of STAMINA mode. Sony’s STAMINA mode has been a part of its smartphones since 2013 and offers a way to preserve battery life by reducing background activities. The feature was removed from Xperia Marshmallow as Google’s Doze […]

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HTC 10 gets solid impressions – any Xperia fans planning to switch?

April 12, 2016

HTC announced its new flagship for 2016 earlier today, simply called the HTC 10. The HTC 10 doesn’t do anything ground-breaking, but judging by the hands-on reaction from the tech media, it has been winning praise as being a solid all-rounder. One of the key features is the camera, which HTC says is the “best […]

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Pink Xperia Z5 Premium now official

April 12, 2016

Sony Mobile has today officially launched the Xperia Z5 Premium Pink, just as we had expected following on from our report yesterday. The new colour follows the design of the Chrome version with a mirror effect on the rear, rather than the matte finish on the Black and Gold models. There is no word on […]

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Sony plans 6-inch Xperia with front-facing flash according to leaked pics

April 11, 2016

Sony Mobile may be planning to launch a 2016 successor to the ‘C’ series, which typically includes a front-facing flash, according to leaked pictures. The handset below is said to have a 6-inch display with large front-facing camera and flash – it could end up launching as the Xperia C6 if it makes it to […]

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Xperia Beta Marshmallow program to continue until summer

April 11, 2016

Sony Mobile commenced the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware update for Xperia Z2/Z3 devices over the weekend. The build number released (23.5.A.0.570) was the same as the latest Xperia Beta build, which led some to question whether the beta program was now over. Well, Sony developers have responded this morning with a statement to confirm that […]

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