Well this is a sweet surprise – Sony Mobile has commenced the rollout of Android 9 Pie for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The update is currently rolling out over-the-air (OTA) across a number of regions, with a file size of 1,059MB. Sony has moved the build number from 51.1.A.11.51 to version 52.0.A.3.27 with this update, and it includes the latest 1 October Android security patches too.

It’s good to see that Sony has included the new camera app with the update, although there is no portrait selfie mode. Sony should be commended on releasing this update so timely, hopefully it gives confidence that other Xperia devices due to receive Android Pie will also receive them in a timely manner. If you’ve updated let us know what changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s first smartphone with an OLED display, and is now widely available across Europe and Asia. It’s still on pre-order in the USA, where it is expected to be in stock next week. So if you are one of those that pre-ordered the phone and have now taken delivery, or if you recently picked up the phone, we want to hear your first impressions. How does Sony’s new OLED display stack up to previous Xperia displays? What do you think of the design and ergonomics? Are the new AI features useful, including Side sense? Let’s hear it all in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has started to roll the first firmware update for the Xperia XZ3, Sony’s newest flagship – the first with an OLED display. The new firmware update moves the build number from 52.0.A.1.220 to version 52.0.A.3.27, adding the 1 October 2018 Android security patches in the process. The update is currently rolling to all variants of the Xperia XZ3. If you have updated let us know what changes you have noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony’s Xperia Lounge app comes pre-installed on all Xperia phones, and showcases all that is new to Xperia customers including themes, tips, news, offers and competitions. Sony used to segment its customers into Gold and Silver memberships – Gold for those that bought flagships and Silver for everything else. Those with Gold would get exclusive offers or free themes.

Sony has now decided to scrap the Gold and Silver membership in the Xperia Lounge app, saying that it values “all of our Xperia customers”. This is good news, as it was never really clear what advantages Gold membership really brought. Do you even use Xperia Lounge? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Twitter user @OnLeaks has followed up on yesterday’s leaks of the Xperia XA3 and L3, now showing factory-based CAD renders of the supposed Xperia XA3 Ultra. Like yesterday’s devices, the Xperia XA3 Ultra the handset sports dual rear cameras, a side mounted fingerprint sensor and thinner bezels than before.

According to MySmartPrice the phone will have a 6.5-inch 2:1 display, with dimensions of 167.4 x 73.3 x 8.3mm. It will also retain the headphone jack (thankfully). Who’s looking forward to Sony’s 2019 mid-rangers? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a Xperia Theme to celebrate the release of Venom, Sony’s latest blockbuster Spider-Verse release. The theme has an understated look with Venom’s face superimposed on a black background. If you fancy taking this theme for a spin, head over to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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It might still be some way off, but @OnLeaks has revealed some early factory-based CAD renders of what will likely be referred to the Xperia XA3 and Xperia L3. The renders appear to show devices that adopt a 2:1 display ratio and dual rear cameras. For the Xperia XA3, the display size is said to be 5.9-inches with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution. n terms of dimensions, the Xperia XA3 will measure 155.7 x 68.3 x 8.4mm with a thickness of 8.9mm at the thickest point.

The budget Xperia L2 will have a 5.7-inch display, expected to have HD+ resolution. It will have dimensions of 153.8 x 71.9 x 9mm. So what do you think of both devices? Do you like the direction that Sony is headed in? Are you excited that we’ll see dual rear cameras on even the budget models, whereas this year, we only saw that on the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has enhanced the audio capabilities of the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, by officially enabling high-resolution audio and DSEE HX in the latest firmware update (build number 50.1.A.13.83).

DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales your existing audio to near high-resolution quality, while high-resolution audio requires the use of a compatible headset. Seems like a decent update for Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra owners. [read more…]

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Some may have feared that there were no more updates for the Xperia X range, but Sony has updated the handsets with the latest September 2018 Android security patches. The Xperia X and X Compact have seen their build number move from 34.4.A.2.107 to 34.4.A.2.118.

In addition, the Xperia XZ and XZs have seen their build numbers move from 41.3.A.2.171 to version 41.3.A.2.184. It looks like Sony has stopped updates for the Xperia X Performance, as that phone has not seen an update since June. The updates should be rolling out to all regions over the coming days. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the firmware for its mid-rangers, adding the September 2018 Android security patches for the Xperia XA2 range and the budget Xperia L2. The Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus has seen its build number move to 50.1.A.13.83.

The Xperia L2’s build number moves from 49.0.A.5.70 to version 49.0.A.6.46. The updates to all devices are slowly rolling out to all regions. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Xperia XZ3 in the United States. The handset is now available to order from Amazon.com for $899.99. Three colours are on offer – Black, Forest Green and White Silver – it looks like Bordeaux Red is not available right now. There is a bonus if you pre-order the black version, you can get the Xperia Ear Duo for free. You can check out the pre-order links below.

So, for our US friends, who plans to pre-order the Xperia XZ3? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia XZ2 series receive September 2018 security patches (51.1.A.11.51)

September 14, 2018

A quick heads-up for owners of the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium, Sony is now rolling a new firmware update adding the 1 September 2018 Android security patches. This follows-on from the Xperia XZ1 series/XZ Premium update this morning. The latest update moves the build number from 51.1.A.11.26 to version 51.1.A.11.51. If you’ve […]

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Xperia XZ1, XZ Premium and XZ1 Compact get September 2018 security patches (47.1.A.16.20)

September 14, 2018

Sony Mobile is now pushing the latest firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 family, moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.270 to version 47.1.A.16.20. This latest update includes the 1 September 2018 Android security patches. So no Android Pie just yet, but it has been caught testing on the Xperia XZ Premium, so […]

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Xperia Ear Duo gets new firmware with dynamic normalizer

September 13, 2018

Sony Mobile has updated the firmware of the Xperia Ear Duo, moving it to v2.0.0. The main new feature is the introduction of a dynamic normalizer function, which increases the volume of an audio source with a low volume, to match it with other audio sources. There is now also a caller name read-out function, […]

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Xperia XZ3 pre-orders in Europe will get a free copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

September 11, 2018

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is due to be released on 5 October 2018, and if you pre-order the device from the official Sony Store Europe then you will be able to claim a free copy of the latest instalment in the Call of Duty franchise – Black Ops 4. The promotion will allow you to […]

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