Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ3, XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium today. The update moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.84 to version 52.0.A.3.126, and adds the 1 December 2018 Android security patches. Let us know what changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile recently started to roll build number 47.2.A.2.33 to the Xperia XZ Premium last week, adding the November 2018 Android security patches. It was odd that the update didn’t hit the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact at the same time, but it is rolling now. The update is rolling across a number of regions across both devices. Please let us know your impressions if you’ve updated below. [read more…]

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New CAD renders have emerged of what is expected to be a 2019 Xperia Compact device, courtesy of CompareRaja and @OnLeaks. Little is known about the device, but it is believed to sport a 5-inch display with overall dimensions of 139.9 x 66.5 x 9.3 mm. For reference, the Xperia XZ2 Compact has dimensions of 135 x 65 x 12.1mm.

Other interesting bits from the leak include that there will be no dedicated camera button (why Sony?), and a change in the volume buttons. It’s good to see a return of the 3.5mm headphone jack though. The device will feature single cameras on both the front and rear. We’ll bring you more news as we have it. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium which moves the build number from 47.2.A.0.306 to version 47.2.A.2.33. The latest update includes the 1 November 2018 Android security patches. Normally, the same build would land on the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets at the same time, but so far, it only is live on the Xperia XZ Premium. If you’ve updated, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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New CAD renders of an upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone is shown to reveal some exciting new features in 2019. The renders, courtesy of @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, show an Xperia phone – which they have dubbed the Xperia XZ4 – with a triple camera array on the rear, and the return of the side-mounted fingerprint sensor (rejoice!)

This is a tall, skinny phone which is most likely adopting a 2.1 ratio display. According to the leak, it will come with a 6.5-inch display and have dimensions of 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2mm (at its thickest point it will be 9mm thick). Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we will see the return of a 3.5mm jack. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has today released the Android 9 Pie firmware update for the Xperia XZ2 Premium with build number 52.0.A.3.84. This firmware update comes with November 2018 Android security patches, and the same build (from 52.0.A.3.27) is also currently rolling to the Xperia XZ3, XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

While Sony has not adopted Android Pie gesture navigation, Xperia XZ2 Premium owners will get Sony’s new camera interface. It will be interesting to see if Sony have made any further changes to the camera, this being the company’s only dual rear camera on the market. If you’re a Xperia XZ2 Premium owner and have updated to Android Pie, please let us know your impressions below, particularly on the camera. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact today. As of writing, the update has only seen a limited release in terms of regions and model variants, but it will widen in the coming days.

The update moves the build number to 47.2.A.0.306, and arrives with the 1 October 2018 Android security patch. Android Pie was due to be released in late October, so it’s a little late due to bug quashing. This is why we suspect Sony didn’t push the update with the latest November security patches. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released new firmware for the Xperia XZ and XZs, which moves the build number from 41.3.A.2.184 to version 41.3.A.2.192. The latest update adds the October 2018 Android security patches, but there seem to be few other changes. By now, it does look like the Xperia X Performance is not receiving anymore updates, as it used to be on the same software track, but hasn’t received an update since June. Let us know if you’ve noticed any other changes on the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Corporation released its fiscal second quarter results earlier today (three months to end of September 2018), and while overall results are sound, its mobile division continues to disappoint. Quite frankly, it was a terrible quarter for Sony Mobile. The business only managed to ship 1.6 million Xperia smartphones during the quarter – the lowest ever for Sony – with shipments down by over half compared to the same period last year.

Once again, Sony Mobile has lowered its full-year shipment expectations – the third consecutive downgrade, and now expects to ship only 7 million smartphones during this fiscal year. Again, this is half versus what it shipped in the last fiscal year. Sony says that the main volume decline has been led by lower sales in Europe. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has slowly been reducing the ‘value-add’ features on its Xperia smartphones over the last couple of years. Now it looks that Xperia Themes may be on its way out – Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia XZ3 will not support themes due to a “low usage rate”.

While Xperia XZ3 owners can still use the live wallpapers from a particular Xperia Theme, it won’t support all of the local assets and animations that the theme entails. The move does not appear to be related to Android Pie either, as Sony says that devices that are upgraded to Android Pie will still support Xperia Themes. [read more…]

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For some inexplicable reason, Sony Mobile removed the ‘double tap to wake’ feature from its phones since 2017. The last Xperia phone to feature tap to wake was the Xperia XZ. We’ve never understood the reasoning behind its removal, particularly as it used to be a standard Xperia feature year after year – and most other phones these days.

While the feature has not returned in its most simplest form, the Xperia XZ3 does bring it back in a more convoluted way. If you delve into the “Ambient display” options and enable “Smart activation”, then double tapping the display will show the clock and notifications, double tapping again will show the lock screen. So the method is slightly contrived, but it works. However, unfortunately, double tap to sleep remains off the cards (for now at least). [read more…]

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Sony confirms early Android 9 Pie updates for some Xperia models

October 18, 2018

We speculated that Sony Mobile might be releasing Android 9 Pie earlier for some models, when it unexpectedly started to roll the update to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact last week, ahead of schedule. Well it turns out that this is indeed the case. Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 […]

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Xperia XZ3 now out in the United States

October 17, 2018

If you are a Sony Xperia fan and are in the United States, then you’ll be glad to hear that the Xperia XZ3 has now been released. The handset is available in three colours (Black, Forest Green and White Silver) at both Amazon and Best Buy for $899.99. Unfortunately, the Bordeaux Red colour option is […]

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Android Pie rolling for Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact (52.0.A.3.27)

October 12, 2018

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 […]

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Xperia XZ3 owners – what are your first impressions?

October 11, 2018

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 […]

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