Xperia X and X Compact receive March 2018 security patch (34.4.A.2.32)

March 15, 2018

Today it is the Xperia X and X Compact’s turn for the 1 March 2018 Android security patch, with new firmware that moves the build number from 34.4.A.2.19 to version 34.4.A.2.32. It’s great to see Sony update its X-series of Xperia smartphones so quickly with the latest security patches. There doesn’t appear to be much […]

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Xperia XZ1 update rolling with March 2018 security patch (47.1.A.12.119)

March 14, 2018

A new firmware update has been released for the Xperia XZ1, which moves the build number from 47.1.A.12.75 to version 47.1.A.12.119. The latest update adds the 1 March 2018 Android security patch. The Xperia XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium are due to receive the same update, and should see it rolling very shortly. It is […]

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Sony explains why it dropped the headphone jack for the Xperia XZ2

March 13, 2018

For all of Sony’s audio prowess, it still remains inexplicable to us that it decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. A recent FAQ published by Sony explains that the headphone jack was dropped in order to accommodate the new ‘Ambient Flow’ design, as well as the “major […]

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Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance get March 2018 security update (41.3.A.2.99)

March 13, 2018

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance which moves their build numbers from 41.3.A.2.75 to version 41.3.A.2.99. The latest update includes the 1 March 2018 Android security patch, but little else is known at this stage. We will include FTF firmware files shortly, but if […]

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The Xperia XZ2 speakers are VERY loud – check out how they compare to the XZs

March 12, 2018

Sony Mobile has stated that the S-Force surround stereo speakers on the Xperia XZ2 are the loudest speakers to ever adorn an Xperia device. This is demonstrated clearly in the following video, which compares the speakers of the Xperia XZ2 against the XZs. It’s not clear from the video that the volume of both devices […]

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An unintended consequence of Sony’s new Ambient Flow design

March 12, 2018

One of the great things about Sony’s existing smartphone design, with its straight lines and blocky shape, is that when laid on a table you could interact with the phone with no issues. With Sony’s new Ambient Flow design, the handset is more ergonomic so is more comfortable in the hand, but the curved rear […]

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Xperia XZ1 picks up iF Gold Design Award – vindicates use of bezels

March 12, 2018

The prestigious iF Design Awards were recently announced for 2018, and it was great to see three of Sony Mobile’s handsets pick up awards. The Xperia XZ1 picked up top honours, winning an iF Gold Design Award – the only smartphone out of all manufacturers to pick up the accolade. Two other handsets also won […]

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Sony’s EC270 cable allows Xperia XZ2 users to listen and charge simultaneously

March 9, 2018

For those looking to pick up either the Sony Xperia XZ2 or XZ2 Compact, you’ll be well aware that neither handset has a 3.5mm headphone jack. For those that don’t want to get rid of their current wired setup, then Sony is including a USB Type-C to 3.5mm Audio Jack Adapter in the box. Of […]

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Xperia R1 and R1 Plus get Android Oreo

March 9, 2018

We know very little about Sony Mobile’s Xperia R1 and R1 Plus devices, which launched late last year. Both handsets were released exclusively into the Indian market, but software does not appear to be managed on Sony’s usual servers, as we’ve never been able to obtain the firmware files like we can for all other […]

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Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact hit pre-order in Europe; confirms 5 April 2018 launch

March 8, 2018

Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact are now live on Amazon sites across Europe. Amazon UK has the Xperia XZ2 priced at £699, with three colours on offer (Liquid Black, Liquid Silver and Deep Green – no Ash Pink unfortunately) and a release date of 5 April 2018. Amazon is also […]

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Android P Developer Preview announced by Google – Adds notch support, improved notifications

March 7, 2018

Google has released the Android P Developer Preview, giving the first insight into the new features that will arrive in Android’s next major iteration. This is Google’s first developer preview, allowing developers the chance to test this early build, feeding back to Google, before it is released later in the year. Some of the key […]

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Would you like to see a ‘notch’ in a future Xperia?

March 7, 2018

One of the most polarising smartphone design trends that emerged last year, was a cutout or ‘notch’ in the display. The Essential Phone PH-1 was the first to use one, with a modest cut-out for the front facing camera. However, the design was popularised by Apple, with the launch of the iPhone X and its […]

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Sony brings Night Light and One-handed mode to Xperia XZ2

March 7, 2018

Sony Mobile will finally add a ‘Night Light’ mode to its official Xperia firmware for the first time. The new feature will be introduced in the Xperia XZ2, with the option found under the Display settings. We really enjoyed using the feature when Sony had included Night Light in its Xperia Concept firmware, so we’re […]

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What do you think of Sony’s new ‘Ambient Flow’ design language?

March 1, 2018

Sony Mobile introduced a new design language for its flagship devices called ‘ambient flow’, earlier this week at MWC. There’s no denying that the launch of the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact has created some divisive opinions. On the positive side, people like the adoption of smaller bezels and 18:9 display. On the negative […]

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Xperia XZ2 will come with 6GB RAM in Asia

February 27, 2018

If you are looking for the ultimate Sony Xperia XZ2, then you may want to look to import it from Asia. Sony Mobile is adding 6GB RAM to the Hong Kong and Taiwan variants (H8296), versus 4GB seen elsewhere globally. We’re not entirely sure why Sony couldn’t add 6GB RAM for everyone, but if you […]

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