Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that moves the build number from 47.2.A.10.28 to version 47.2.A.10.45. The new update adds the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We have not noticed any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has been rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium), which moves the firmware number from 52.0.A.8.14 to build version 52.0.A.8.25. The latest update includes the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. There is little else that we have noticed has changed, but if you have updated to this build, please chime in with your experiences in the comments below. [read more…]

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Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the February 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony will be cutting up to 50 percent of its smartphone employees by 2020 in order to turn a profit, according to a report from Nikkei. The news puts into context yesterday’s news around Sony merging its mobile, imaging and TV divisions, as well as closing its Beijing smartphone factory.

The report says that up to 2,000 jobs out of a total of 4,000 jobs will be cut within the next year, by March 2020. Sony is looking to take out fixed costs in the business, as well as reshaping its procurement functions. Nikkei says that Japanese employees will be transferred to other divisions, while voluntary retirement will be offered in Europe and China. [read more…]

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Sony has announced that it will combine its mobile business with its imaging and TV businesses starting from 1 April 2019. The move will see the Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S), Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S) and Mobile Communications (MC) businesses merge to combine one unit called Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S).

EP&S will be headed up by Shigeki Ishizuka (currently in charge of imaging), with Ichiro Takagi serving as deputy (currently in charge of TV). So what does this mean in practice? Well it should ensure even closer levels of collaboration between Sony’s divisions, enabling its smartphone business to leverage the best technologies from its imaging and TV stable. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that has moved the build number from 47.2.A.8.24 to version 47.2.A.10.28. The latest update adds the 1 March 2019 Android security patches for these phones, but there are few other changes. If you’ve updated, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Imaging specialists DxOMark have finally put the Sony Xperia XZ3 camera through its paces, giving the phone a score of 79 overall. For context, this is below that achieved by the Xperia XZ Premium (83), and above that of the Xperia XA2 Ultra (75). It is the same score achieved by the budget Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018).

DxOMark places emphasis on camera smartphones that have additional rear cameras, for features such as bokeh and zoom with a telephoto lens, therefore this is where the photo part of the score is really affected. It scored 27 for zoom and 25 for bokeh, which affetcs the weighting for the overall score for the camera (76). On the video side, the Xperia XZ3 scored a respectable 85. [read more…]

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Sony has a history of winning awards for design, and that is no different for its Xperia smartphones. Last year saw four Xperia products pick up iF Design Awards, including a Gold Award for the Xperia XZ1. This year, Sony is once again not empty-handed, as the Xperia XZ3 has won a 2019 iF Design Award. It’s very much a worthy winner. The Xperia XZ3 was the first Sony phone to use an OLED display, and came with a seamless design appealing to the mass market including the use of a 3D curved display. [read more…]

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A quick heads-up for Xperia XZs owners – Sony Mobile is now rolling out the latest 1 March 2019 Android security patches. The update moves the build number from 41.3.A.2.223 to version 41.3.A.2.234. There does not appear to be any other changes, but let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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A few days ago we noticed that Sony’s key @SonyXperia Twitter handle was deactivated. Sony Mobile runs a number of Twitter handles, with channels for each of the key geographic areas. However, the main @SonyXperia Twitter channel had by far the most followers (>1 million).

Now if you try and find @SonyXperia you’ll find that it has disappeared. This is not the case for Sony Mobile’s key Facebook and Instagram accounts, so we can only assume this is some mistake on Sony’s part. We’ve reached out to Sony to find out what’s happened and let you know if we hear back. [read more…]

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In the absence of Sony releasing a 2019 ‘compact’ flagship (at least so far), who would have thought that Xperia fans would be turning to Samsung to fulfil their needs. Sony Mobile has dampened plans to release any more ‘compact’ flagship devices. Earlier in the year, Sony Mobile’s Vice President of Marketing said that consumers wanted bigger displays, implying that Sony may be ending its compact range.

In light of this, there is a good chance that Sony will lose plenty of customers to Samsung. It’s interesting how many people have got in touch through email or social media, to cite the Galaxy S10e as a device that piques their interest, in the absence of any flagship compact from Sony. [read more…]

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Xperia XZ2 family and XZ3 get March 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.14)

March 14, 2019

Sony Mobile started to roll out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ2 range (XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium) and Xperia XZ3 earlier today. The latest update moves the build number from 52.0.A.3.202 to version 52.0.A.8.14, adding the March 2019 Android security patches in the process. There are no other big changes noted. Those […]

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Android Q Beta released; gives a good idea of new features to come

March 13, 2019

Google has released the Android Q Beta for early adopters and developers today. Google has made this first beta available for all Pixel smartphones (including the original 2016 devices). While the final release of Android Q is not expected to arrive until the third quarter of 2019, this preview gives everyone a good idea of […]

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Xperia 1 hits pre-order in United States for $999.99

March 13, 2019

Sony’s newest flagship, the Xperia 1, recently hit pre-order in the UK for £849. It is now available to pre-order for our US friends too, as Amazon.com has the handset listed for $999.99. Only the Black colour is listed at the moment, but we would expect other colours to be available in due course. The […]

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Xperia 10 home launcher ported for non-root devices

March 11, 2019

So, you fancy trying out the latest Xperia 10 and 10 Plus home launcher? Well, xda-developer Sahaab has done the hard work for us, by porting the launcher to existing Xperia devices running Android Pie. The great thing is no root is required to get this port working, all you need is the latest Android […]

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