Sony Mobile is looking to shutter two more apps according to notices that have appeared. Both the ‘What’s New’ app and the ‘Audio Recorder’ apps will be retired on 30 September 2019. The ‘What’s New’ app was Sony’s curated selection of apps that it was looking to promote. Most users always looked for a way to disable the app, so we don’t imagine many will miss it.

This is not likely to be the case for the ‘Audio Recorder’ app, which provided a clean, minimalist UI to record audio and it’s a shame that Sony is removing all subscription data by the end of September. It’s very likely that the app will continue afterwards, but Sony says the app “may not function as intended”. Will you miss these apps? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia 1 flagship, which moves the build number from 55.0.A.2.278 to version 55.0.A.2.314. The update adds the July 2019 Android security patches. It is currently live on the dual SIM variant of the Xperia 1 (J9110), but should shortly arrive on the single SIM versions too (J8110, J8170).

We await to see if this new update brings some promised fixes to the camera, including the addition of native 21:9 photos. If you have updated please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and Xperia XZ3 which adds the July 2019 Android security patches. The new firmware moves the build number from 52.0.A.8.83 to version 52.0.A.8.107. No other changes have been noticed, but if you have updated, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Sony may be about to jump onto the foldable tablet bandwagon, judging by Twitter leaker Max J. (@Samsung_News_). Max has a good track record of leaking Samsung products, and he was also the first to claim that Sony will release a hexa-cam Xperia smartphone.

Many Xperia fans may wonder why Sony would want to jump so early into the foldable tablet market, when both Samsung and Huawei are obviously having troubles getting their respective Galaxy Fold and Mate X tablets to the market. Even more so considering that Sony continues to struggle making a dent with its smartphones. [read more…]

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Somewhat unexpectedly, a new Sony Xperia smartphone model has just popped up on XperiFirm – a third-party repository to download Xperia firmware. XperiFirm does not host any files themselves, but replicates what they are seeing on Sony’s servers. This normally only happens once the phone is due to launch within weeks.

Therefore, the fact that this new model – the Sony J8010, codenamed ‘Sphinx’ – has appeared suggests Sony has a new phone to be announced very soon, perhaps even before the IFA 2019 tradeshow, which takes place in early September. Are you excited? What would you like to see in this new model? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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US Xperia fans are able to rejoice. Often they get the raw end of the stick when it comes to any pre-order offers for the latest Sony Xperia devices. Typically there’s never any offers, however in a turn for the books, Sony is throwing in a pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling over-the-ear headphones if you pre-order the Xperia 1.

The Xperia 1 is available at various retailers (see the list in the below tweet) and is available for $949. To get the free headphones you will need to pre-order at the suggested retailers prior to 12 July 2019, when the phone will officially launch in the USA. If you’re in the US, do you plan to take up this offer? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile recently announced the Xperia Ace (SO-02L) for the Japanese market. This is Sony’s smallest handset released in 2019, with a 5-inch FHD+ display, a water resistant body, Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

While we only had the initial renders to view on release, we now get to see the first in-the-wild pictures, and from what we’ve seen, we’d love to see an international release. [read more…]

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A week ago we reported on a wild rumour that Sony might be planning to launch an Xperia smartphone with a total of six cameras on the rear. The news isn’t completely in the realms of fantasy as Sony has confirmed previously that it is partnering with Light to develop multi-camera smartphones in the future.

The leak came from Twitter user Max J (@Samsung_News_) and he has followed that up with further details on the camera specs (see below). He caveats the news by saying the camera is still in development, so specs can (and likely will) move before release. The six-camera setup includes lenses ranging from 8MP to 48MP on the rear, as well as a Time of Flight sensor. Front facing camera duties are taken care of by a 10MP sensor and a Time of Flight sensor. [read more…]

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A new firmware update is rolling to the Xperia XZ Premium XZ1 and XZ1 Compact that moves the firmware number from 47.2.A.10.62 to build version 47.2.A.10.80. The new update adds the June 2019 Android security patches, no other changes have been noticed. If you have upgraded, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Some very surprising news emerged yesterday suggesting that Sony is working on a new Xperia smartphone that would have a total of six cameras on its rear, and two on the front. The news came from Twitter leaker Max J (@Samsung_News_) who has a good track record of leaks.

Max said the phone is still in development, so there’s no guarantee that it would be released. However, we’re surprised that Sony is even considering it. This is the Sony that was late to the party with dual-camera smartphones – only introducing its first dual-camera smartphone last year. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium) today. The new firmware moves the build number from 52.0.A.8.50 to version 52.0.A.8.83, and adds the 1 June 2019 Android security patches. No other changes have been noticed. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Xperia 1 gets first firmware update (55.0.A.2.278) adding June 2019 security patches

June 6, 2019

Sony Mobile is rolling out the first firmware update for its new flagship, the Xperia 1. The update moves the build number from 55.0.A.2.205 to version 55.0.A.2.278, moving the Android security patches from April 2019 to June 2019 in the process. The update is live on both single SIM and dual SIM variants. Frustratingly, Sony […]

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Xperia 1: What is your favourite colour?

June 5, 2019

So, the Xperia 1 is already released in parts of Europe, and should hit other regions in the coming weeks. The Xperia 1 is available in four colours including Black, White, Grey and Purple. If you have already bought the Xperia 1 which colour did you go for and why? We know that in some […]

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Sony brings back HDMI support with the Xperia 1

June 4, 2019

Sony’s older Xperia models used to support HDMI out, but for some inexplicable reason once Xperia phones started to adopt USB Type-C, it dropped support for HDMI/MHL output. None of the 2018 Xperia models, or older phones with USB Type-C supported HDMI/MHL output. The good news is that Sony has finally brought back HDMI support […]

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Xperia XA2 and Xperia 10 range receive May 2019 security patches

June 3, 2019

Sony’s 2019 and 2018 mid-range families are seeing a new firmware update with the May 2019 Android security patches rolling out. Last year’s Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and XA2 Plus are seeing the firmware move from 50.2.A.0.352 to build number 50.2.A.0.379. For the 2019 models, the Xperia 10 has had a new update to firmware […]

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