Sony Mobile has today confirmed it’s Android 7.0 Nougat plans for its Xperia devices. The company says that it’s most recent devices will receive Android 7.0 Nougat including the Xperia Z3+/Z4, the Z5 family and all of the Xperia X family. Unfortunately, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 range will no longer be supported. [read more…]

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Just as the Rio Olympics are coming to a close, Sony Mobile has released a new Xperia theme to celebrate the beautiful city. It’s a very nice theme using Brazil’s colours and a silhouette of Christ the Redeemer. If you want to download it, click here [read more…]

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AlbumSony Mobile has announced that it is terminating the “PlayMemories Online” feature from the Xperia Album application. PlayMemories Online offered free storage allowing users to back up their photos and videos. Sony is now sending emails to users confirming that the service will end on 31 March 2017.

After 31 March 2017, all PlayMemories Online will be deleted. In light of this, Sony has provided a tool, which you can download here, that will allow users to download all of their stored content onto their computer. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-z3-01A report from mobile app insight company, Apteligent, has highlighted that Sony Xperia smartphones have the overall lowest crash rates in the Android ecosystem. Apteligent only looked at apps that have over half a million daily downloads, mainly as these apps are highly optimised and therefore have the lowest crash rates.

Sony Xperia devices had an average crash rate of 0.08%, which was better than all other Android devices including handsets from Samsung, Motorola and HTC. It is good to see Sony’s software doing well here, but does this chime with your experiences? We’d love to hear your views below. [read more…]

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Xperia Android Nougat
Sony Mobile has launched a new Xperia Beta Program for the Xperia X Performance, which will enable select users to test a pre-release firmware version of Android 7.0 Nougat. Sony is currently taking sign-ups across a few regions including the Nordics, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands. Sony says that the program will be limited so you’ll need to act quick. There’s no word whether the program will open up to other handsets in the Xperia X family. [read more…]

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Xperia QuadRooterEarlier in the week we reported on a new Android vulnerability affecting smartphones using the Qualcomm chipset. A number of users have been asking what the manufacturers plan to do about this (notwithstanding the fact that any fixes are due from Qualcomm itself). Well, Sony Mobile has responded to questions about the vulnerability by highlighting that they are “working to make the security patches available within normal and regular software maintenance”. No specific timelines are given, but Sony reminds users to stay safe by only downloading apps from trusted app stores. See the full comment below. [read more…]

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Florida Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released a new premium Xperia Theme called “Florida”. The theme is adorned with flamingos, swimming pools and even a Florida orange for its app tray icon. The app is a premium app and costs £1/€1/$1 in the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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JDI Full Active Display_ThumbJapan Display Inc has announced a new type of LCD display called a “full active” display, which will allow smartphone manufacturers to design phones with minimal bezels. JDI’s new display utilises a number of technologies to reduce the width of the bottom bezel, enabling it to be as narrow as the other three sides.

The technologies include a new high-density wiring layout, as well as new processing techniques and module assembly. The result, says JDI, is that it will allow the creation of bezel-less smartphones i.e. where the size of the handset is pretty much the same size as the display. JDI has created a 5.5-inch display for smartphone devices and plans to start mass production by the end of March 2017. Given how many people complain about the bezels on some Xperia devices, let’s hope we see one of these new full active displays appear on a Sony smartphone next year. [read more…]

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QuadRooter Xperia_ThumbCheck Point Software Technologies has revealed details of a new Android vulnerability that affects phones using the Qualcomm chipset. The vulnerability called ‘QuadRooter’ affects over 900 million devices, according to Check Point, which includes a number of Sony Xperia devices that we’ve tested.

QuadRooter involves four vulnerabilities, which an attacker can take advantage of to gain root access. However, this can only be done through the use of a malicious app, so always tread with caution when installing new apps. For example, only download apps from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Xperia XA Ultra USA_ThumbThe Sony Xperia XA Ultra launched into the United States at the end of July at an official price point of $369.99. However, it hasn’t taken too long for the handset to see a decent price cut – the official USA model of the Xperia XA Ultra has now been cut to under $300 at Amazon.com. Both Black and White models are available for $298.48, which includes a free 64GB microSD memory card. This seems like a great price for Sony’s 6-inch handset – you can find links for both models below. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia F833X OnLeaks_1We have already seen some pictures leak of the Sony F833X (F8331, F8332) – the company’s next flagship. Now, we have some renders of the device created by Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @OnLeaks), who has a good reputation of being able to get hold of the schematics of upcoming devices.

The renders highlight what the upcoming handset is likely to look like, although @OnLeaks has used some artistic license when it comes to the colour. He says the phone will have dimensions of “roughly” 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm. Previous leaks highlight the phone will have a dual LED flash and USB Type-C charging port. So, does the Sony F833X look like a phone that will be on your wishlist? [read more…]

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New update (23.5.A.1.291) rolls for Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices

August 4, 2016

A new firmware update with build number 23.5.A.1.291 has begun to roll to the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family of devices. Right now the latest build number is only live on the Xperia Z2 (D6503), but we expect availability to widen very shortly. This new update is expected to re-introduce Sony’s new STAMINA mode […]

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New firmware (23.5.A.1.291) certified for Xperia Z3 Compact

August 3, 2016

A new update has been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z3 Compact with build number 23.5.A.1.291. This update compares to current build 23.5.A.0.575 – the move from 23.5.A.0.XXX to 23.5.A.1.XXX is likely to mean a reasonably tangible update, which is likely to re-introduce STAMINA mode for the Xperia Z3 series. We will let […]

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Sony to focus on premium smartphone segment in India

August 2, 2016

We recently reported that Sony Mobile was looking to ‘defocus’ on several markets, one of which included India. A report from Times of India has confirmed that Sony India is planning a shift in its Xperia strategy and will now only focus on the flagship Xperia smartphones. Sony India’s Vijay Singh Jaswal, who heads up […]

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New SmartWatch 3 update (M1D63G) arrives

August 1, 2016

A new firmware update is currently rolling for the SmartWatch 3 with build number M1D63G. The latest update is based on Android Wear 1.5.0.3044569. The update comes with Android security patch level 5 July 2016. The update does not appear to bring any big changes, but users are reporting better battery life. Check your watch […]

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