Sony Mobile has released a minor firmware update for the Xperia XA1 series of phones that adds the 6 November 2017 Android security patch. All handsets remain on Android 7.0, so we’re not seeing any major Android upgrades for these phones just yet.

The recently launched Xperia XA1 Plus sees its first firmware update, moving the build number from 48.0.A.1.66 to 48.0.A.1.99. The 5-inch Xperia XA1’s build number moves from 40.0.A.6.135 to version 40.0.A.6.162, while the 6-inch Xperia XA 1 Ultra’s build number moves from 42.0.A.4.101 to 42.0.A.4.133. We’re not sure whether these phones will get Android 7.1.1 anytime soon, or Sony may decide to skip it and move straight to Oreo. Let us know any changes you’ve noticed in this latest update. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact series, upgrading the build number from 47.1.A.2.374 to 47.1.A.5.51. This new firmware build now brings the Xperia XZ1 devices into the same software branch as the Xperia XZ Premium, which recently launched with the same build.

The latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo update adds the camera distortion fix option, which can be found in the camera settings, along with the latest 1 November Android security patch. It should start rolling out across all regions over the coming days, although timing will vary by region. [read more…]

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Sony is planning new mid-range models for 2018, judging by new model numbers found in the GFXBench website and through UAProf’s (user-agent profiles). The Sony H3213 ‘Avenger’ model was spotted in GFXBench which looks like be a 6-inch 1080p device, running either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 636 or 660 chipset.

The benchmark points to a device with 32GB internal storage, 4GB RAM, with a 23MP rear camera and 16MP selfie camera. The same Sony H3213 (H32XX) model number was also spotted through an official UAProf, along with a Sony H3123 (H31XX) model. Both of these confirmed the use of a 1080p display. We’ll bring you more news as we have it. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated firmware for the Xperia XZ Premium , moving it from build number 47.1.A.3.254 to version 47.1.A.5.51. This update includes a fix for the camera sensor issues that owners of the dual-SIM version were encountering, where the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) sensors were not working as they should.

The new firmware also includes the latest 1 November 2017 Android security patch. The new firmware is currently live across a number of regions – please post your impressions below once you have updated. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun to roll out a new firmware update for the Xperia X Compact that moves the build number from 34.3.A.0.238 to version 34.3.A.0.244. The small change in build number denotes that Sony has included the latest 1 November 2017 Android security patch. The same firmware build is expected to hit the Xperia X, although this is not live at time of writing. If you’ve updated, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile plans to launch the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus at the end of this week. These entry-level handsets will be exclusive to the Indian market, at least initially. Both models will sport a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and 2620mAh battery. Camera duties will be served by a 13MP rear snapper and 8MP selfie camera.

What is interesting however, is that Sony might be using a new camera user interface on these phones. One of the only hands-on videos of the Xperia R1 Plus, gives us a good tour of the device, including a look at the camera app. The new camera UI appears to be a much simpler fare, with bigger icons, perhaps befitting the handset’s entry-level status. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has created a new infographic that helps to explain all of the processes involved in new software updates. It highlights the step from when Google announces a new Android update, to when it arrives at Sony Mobile, before eventually hitting your Sony Xperia device.

For those that always wonder why there can be a long delay in receiving updates, hopefully the infographic below makes you appreciate all of the work needed to take place before you receive that next big Android update. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium recently received the Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware update. As part of the update, Sony also included a fix for the camera distortion issues that users were facing. However, the update brought a new issue, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) camera sensors were not working as they should.

The result was blurry images and features such as 3D Creator that no longer worked. Sony has confirmed that there is an issue (only on the dual SIM version we should add), attributing the problem to “software configuration”. The good news is that Sony has said it will be fixed in a new software update due later this month. [read more…]

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Sony Corporation reported its fiscal Q2 FY2017 financial results earlier today. At the Group level, Sony is on the right track, reporting a revenue increase of 22% to 2,063 billion yen, with operating income of 204 billion yen – approximately 4.4 times higher than the same quarter last year. This led to Sony upping its overall forecasts for the full year, thanks to a good performance from its Semiconductors, Music, and Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S) businesses.

All divisions reported a profit in Sony’s second quarter, apart from its mobile business. Mobile sales during the quarter were down by 3% on a constant currency basis, with an operating loss of 2.5 billion yen. Sony attributed this loss due to a change in the geographic mix of smartphone sales and an increase in the price of key components. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile India has announced two new entry level smartphones exclusively for the Indian market, the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus. The handsets share a number of similar specs, including a 5.2-inch HD 720p display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with 2620 mAh battery.

Through the Snapdragon 430 chipset, the phones feature Uplink Data Compression (UDC), which Sony says improve data transmission, allowing you to download web pages up to 50% faster. It works by compressing all uplink traffic so that the same information can be uploaded with fewer bits from the phone to the tower. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile introduced a new camera lens with the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs earlier in the year, and since then it has been fielding complaints from users on the distortion effects when taking pictures. The same camera is used in the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact flagships that launched recently.

The complaints of distortion are consistent with that of utilising a wide angle lens, rather than a problem with the camera itself. However, it is great to see Sony listen to its customers, as it has provided a software fix for those who have a keen eye for the distortion effect. [read more…]

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Android Oreo released for Xperia XZ Premium (47.1.A.3.254)

October 23, 2017

Sony Mobile has begun to roll the Android 8.0.0 Oreo firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium. It’s great to see the update to unexpectedly arrive so quickly, especially as just last week we thought we might be waiting until December. The update is available as a 1.3GB OTA firmware update, in the form of […]

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Xperia XZ Premium to get Android Oreo from December 2017 says Sony Japan

October 18, 2017

Sony Mobile Japan confirmed earlier today that the Xperia XZ Premium will receive the firmware update to Android 8.0 Oreo from December 2017. Up until now there’s been no indication of timeline for when we can expect some of Sony’s Xperia models to receive the Oreo update. It’s worth noting that while Japan won’t see […]

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Red Xperia XZ Premium announced in Japan

October 18, 2017

Japanese operator NTT docomo announced the Xperia XZ1 (SO-01K) and XZ1 Compact (SO-01K) will launch on its network earlier today. However, what caught our eye was that the Xperia XZ Premium (SO-04J) will shortly be available in a new red colour. We had previously caught some pictures of the red version back in May, but […]

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Sony announces Xperia Hello! “communication robot”

October 17, 2017

Sony Japan has announced its own digital assistant, or “communication robot”, called the Xperia Hello! This is Sony’s take in the ever growing home assistant market including products such as Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod. The Xperia Hello! (model number G1209) utilises a swivelling camera as the robot’s head, as well as a […]

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