Xperia XZ Premium is a beast when it comes to 4K video; it goes on and on

July 4, 2017

Some Sony Xperia devices of yesteryear, used to suffer from thermal issues, which meant that these phones could easily overheat. In particular, features such as 4K video recording felt like a novelty on older Xperia devices, only lasting minutes before shutting down due to overheating. Youtube user Phone Battles wanted to test just how far […]

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS to begin testing on Xperia X in a few weeks

July 3, 2017

Jolla announced earlier in the year that its open operating system, Sailfish OS, would be heading to Sony Xperia devices. A port of Sailfish OS on the Xperia X was shown off at MWC in Barcelona. Jolla has given an update on the progress it is making, and confirmed that community release for the Xperia […]

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TrackID music recognition service closing down

July 3, 2017

In an unexpected move, Sony Mobile will be closing its TrackID music discovery app on 15 September 2017. The reason for the closure hasn’t been given, with Sony simply saying that “all businesses move forwards, and sometimes this means that apps are discontinued”. Unfortunately, this means that your TrackID history will also be lost after […]

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Sony, please make this flagship Xperia concept a reality

June 30, 2017

There’s no doubt that Sony has a very loyal following. Many of you reading this blog today own (or have owned) Sony products, and hopefully there’s a fair few of you rocking Xperia smartphones too. You all have your own views how Sony could (and should) be in a much stronger position in the mobile […]

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Sony’s IFA 2017 press conference is on 31 August

June 29, 2017

Sony will be holding its IFA 2017 press conference on Thursday 31 August at 13:00 CEST. Sony has traditionally had a presence at the IFA tradeshow for a number of years now, announcing new hardware every time. This year, we are expecting to see at least new two Xperia devices make an appearance, most likely […]

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Qualcomm intros Snapdragon 450 chip for the mid-range

June 29, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon’s range of chips covers four tiers (200, 400, 600, 800) catering for all devices from entry-level to premium devices. Sony Mobile has traditionally stuck with Qualcomm Snapdragon for its high mid-range and flagship devices, such as the Xperia X that used the Snapdragon 650 and the Xperia XZ Premium which uses the Snapdragon […]

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Android Nougat temporarily on hold for Xperia XA and XA Ultra

June 28, 2017

Sony commenced the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Xperia XA and XA Ultra just over a week ago, after a long wait. However, Sony Mobile pulled the Nougat update for these devices around a week ago with little notice or explanation. We reached out to Sony to find out the reasons for halting the […]

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Qualcomm’s under-display fingerprint sensors coming in 2018

June 28, 2017

Qualcomm has announced the next-generation of ultrasonic fingerprint sensors, which will allow manufacturers to place their fingerprint sensors under the front display of a phone (pretty much what Samsung had initially planned for the Galaxy S8, as well as rumours that Apple may try something similar for the next iPhone). Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors can also […]

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Android 7.1.1 now seeding for Xperia Z5 family, Z4 Tablet and Z3 Plus (32.4.A.0.160)

June 28, 2017

Sony Mobile has started to roll out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat firmware update for the Xperia Z5 range, including the Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, as well as the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet. The new update moves the build number from 32.3.A.2.33 to version 32.4.A.0.160, and includes the latest 1 June 2017 Android […]

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Xperia XZ Premium joins Sony’s Open Device Program

June 27, 2017

Sony Mobile has announced that the Xperia XZ Premium has been added to its Open Devices Program. This continues Sony’s legacy of adding its key devices to its AOSP project. This means that budding developers can now try and build their own custom ROMs based on Android Nougat. If you’re interested in hearing more, click […]

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Sony testing 3D facial recognition on Xperia phones

June 27, 2017

Android smartphones offer a variety of security options to keep your phone protected. Sony Xperia phones typically offer pin, password, swipe and pattern options, but we’ve not seen the company adopt facial recognition authentication. There’s probably a good reason for this, many of the manufacturer’s that use 2D face recognition have found that the phone […]

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Android 7.1.1 released for Xperia X and X Compact (34.3.A.0.194)

June 22, 2017

Sony Mobile is rolling a new Nougat update for Xperia X and Xperia X Compact owners that moves them from Android 7.0 to 7.1.1. The firmware update is being pushed through new build number 34.3.A.0.194 (versus 34.2.A.2.69 previously) and lands with the 1 June 2017 Android security patches. If you have received the update, please […]

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Sony responds to Xperia XZ Premium and XZs camera distortion issue

June 21, 2017

Sony’s latest flagships, the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, launched with a brand new camera. Gone was the 23MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with 24mm wide-angle G Lens that Sony had used since the Xperia Z5. Instead, this was replaced with a 19MP 1/2.3-inch sensor with a redesigned 25mm wide-angle G Lens. Sony dubbed this the ‘Motion […]

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Xperia Touch now available in Europe for those with deep pockets

June 20, 2017

Sony has released its interactive projector, the Xperia Touch, into Europe. Sony has moved quickly to commercialise the Xperia Touch, which was a concept only a year ago. This ‘Minority Report’ type of device turns any surface into a 23-inch HD touchscreen, and allows you to interact with games, apps, project content or make video […]

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Xperia L1 updated with May 2017 security patches (43.0.A.4.46)

June 20, 2017

The Sony Xperia L1 recently received its first firmware update, moving it from build number 43.0.A.3.39 to version 43.0.A.4.46. As you can tell from the small change in build number, this is not a huge update, but it does move the Android security patch from 5 April 2017 to 5 May 2017. The Android 7.0 […]

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