Sony Mobile is introducing Night Light mode officially into the firmware of the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. However, if you’re not planning to upgrade, and would like access to the feature then you might be in luck. A workaround now exists to enable the Night Light option within the ‘Display’ settings. We have tested this and it works as intended – we’ve missed the option since it last appeared in the Xperia Concept firmware.

There are a couple of conditions though, 1) you need to be running a Sony Xperia device which has received the March 2018 Android security patch, and 2) you need to be comfortable using ADB to send commands to your phone from a PC (neither root or an unlocked bootloader are needed). [read more…]


Sony’s latest budget phone, the Xperia L2, has received March 2018 Android security patches, with a new firmware build number that moves from 49.0.A.3.72 to version 49.0.A.4.55. It is great to see Sony update its budget handset with the latest patches, at the same time as its premium devices. The Xperia L2 remains on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. If you have updated the Xperia L2, please post your impressions below. [read more…]



The huge controversy surrounding Facebook in recent days highlights the importance of our privacy and how user data is collected and used. There is a growing movement looking to delete Facebook across the world.

The issue for Xperia owners is that Sony does not allow its users to delete the app – you can only allow disable it, which is a half-measure. Plus, some users would still have concerns that even in this situation, Facebook can still track you. [read more…]


Sony Mobile will use hybrid SIM trays for the dual-SIM variants its latest Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagships. This shouldn’t surprise many, as Sony has not supported a dual SIM + micro SD card configuration for its flagship since the Xperia Z5 series.

Both the Xperia XZ2 Dual and XZ2 Compact Dual will allow you to use either two Nano SIM cards together, OR one Nano SIM card and a microSD memory card. If having dual SIM + SD card working together is important to you, then you should check out the Xperia XA2 Ultra. You can find links for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact user guides below. [read more…]


Sony Mobile is now rolling the 1 March 2018 Android security patch for the Xperia XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium. The Xperia XZ1 had already received this firmware version (47.1.A.12.119) last week, so today we see its siblings receive the update.

As well as the latest security updates, the new firmware provides a bugfix for the persistent GPS notification in the status bar. If you have downloaded the update, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]


Sony Mobile released new firmware updates for the Xperia XA2 and L2 recently. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra saw an update that moved the build number from 50.1.A.4.76 to version 50.1.A.4.102. The update first was released a couple of weeks ago, and arrived with the 1 January 2018 Android security patch.

Sony also pushed a minor update for the Xperia L2 a little while back, which moved the build number from 49.0.A.2.62 to version 49.0.A.3.72. While Sony pushes timely updates for its flagship phones, it will be interesting to see how it will treat its 2018 mid-rangers, in terms of frequency of updates. [read more…]


The Sony Mobile Store has opened up pre-orders of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact across Europe today. We were already aware of pricing – £699/€799 for the Xperia XZ2 and £529/€599 for the Xperia XZ2 Compact –but with Sony’s official pre-orders opening, it has also outlined what goodies it is giving as part of the pre-order promotion.

The promotion available varies across countries – those in Germany get the best deal in our view, and are able to pick one of five Sony items, choosing from devices including a PSVR, wireless headphones and Google Assistant wireless speakers. Some regions like Italy and Norway will get some noise-cancelling headphones. [read more…]


Owners of the Sony Xperia XA1 can finally rejoice – Android Oreo is finally here. Sony Mobile has released an update that moves the build number for the Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus and XA1 Ultra from 48.0.A.1.131 (Android 7.0) to version 48.1.A.0.116 (Android 8.0.0). This particular update has the 5 February Android security patch. We’ll include FTF firmware files shortly, but in the meantime, if you’ve updated to Oreo please let us know your impressions below – Is it running smoothly? Are you encountering any bugs? [read more…]


Sony Mobile has introduced support for A/B (Seamless) System Updates in the Xperia XZ2 and XA2 series of phones. For those unaware, seamless updates were first introduced by Google in Android Nougat, but has not seen wide support from manufacturers until recently. It’s primarily the Google Pixel phones that have supported seamless updates up until now.

A phone that features seamless updates has two system partitions, A and B. When a firmware update arrives, it is downloaded and installed on the inactive partition. Once the update is installed on the inactive partition, the phone will reboot and switch to the partition with the newly updated firmware. [read more…]


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 else that has changed – if you have updated to the latest firmware, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]


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 too early to say whether the GPS icon bug has been fixed in this firmware, but if you’ve updated let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]


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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