We have often reported that Sony will not give up on its smartphone business, despite drastically shrinking its operations in recent years. Sony has previously said that this has been led by the ambition of being a leading 5G player has seen the smartphone at the hub of that. Sony’s CEO reiterated its commitment to smartphones but gave a more fundamental reason to keep dabbling in mobile.

CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “we see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable. And younger generations no longer watch TV. Their first touch point is smartphone.” [read more…]

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Sony held a corporate strategy day earlier today, detailing its medium-term plans for the business to FY 2020 (31 March 2021). An update on each of the businesses was given, including the Electronics Products & Solutions Segment (EP&S) which now houses the mobile communication (MC) business under its umbrella.

There wasn’t much new information within what was presented. Sony confirmed it wants MC to be profitable by FY 2020, by reducing operating costs by 50 percent (vs FY 2017). It also aims to leverage its reorganisation under the EP&S segment to strengthen its product appeal for smartphones. It highlights the Xperia 1 as the first example of this. [read more…]

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Some shocking news emerged over the weekend that is likely to have huge ramifications for the Android market. Reuters reported that as of last week, Huawei has been added to the ‘Entity List’ which means that US companies will no longer be able to conduct business with Huawei, without explicit approval from the US government first.

As a result, Google has frozen Huawei out of any hardware and software products – the only thing that Huawei has access to are open source licences. In practice, this means that any future phone that Huawei (or sub-brand Honor) brings to the market will not be able to access to the Google Play Store, Gmail and anything else covered through the Play services framework. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile and NTT docomo have announced the Xperia Ace (SO-03L) a brand new smaller form-factor smartphone for the Xperia range. It will be a Japan exclusive for now, and launches on the docomo network, alongside the Xperia 1 (SO-03L).

It arrives with a 5-inch 18:9 HD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset with 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM. It also is IP65/8 dust and water resistant, and comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. [read more…]

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Sony’s 2019 flagship – the Xperia 1 – is still yet to formally launch, yet here we have the first leaks on its newest devices, which are likely to launch at IFA in early September 2019. Twitter user @OnLeaks, who has a great track record of providing accurate 3D renders of upcoming phones, has leaked what are expected to be the successors to the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10, which he has dubbed as the Xperia 2 and Xperia 20 respectively – it remains to be seen what Sony will call them.

The design of both phones mirror what we have already seen, but the ‘Xperia 2’ has moved the triple camera sensor array to the top corner– rather than the middle. It is believed that it will have a 6.1-Inch display with dimensions of 158 x 68.3 x 8.3 m. As for the ‘Xperia 20’ the handset looks almost identical to the Xperia 10, with 21:9 aspect ratio, and dual rear cameras. Dimensions are expected to be 157.8 x 68.9 x 8.1 mm. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 1 has been formally announced for the Japanese market. Two carriers have so far picked up the device, including au by KDDI, where it will have model number SOV40, and Softbank, where it is expected to have model number 802SO. One of the curious things about the Japanese Xperia 1, is that Sony has gimped the model versus what we’ll see internationally.

The Japanese version has internal storage of 64GB, whereas it is 128GB everywhere else. This is an unusual move for Sony’s home market, where most times this scenario plays out in the opposite way i.e. the Japanese Xperia models get better features. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a number of updates for older phones recently. First up last year’s flagship devices the Xperia XZ3 and the XZ2 family (XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium) have received the May 2019 Android security updates. The build numbers have moved from 52.0.A.8.25 to 52.0.A.8.50.

Some even older handsets got updates out of the blue. This includes the Xperia XA which saw its firmware move from 33.3.A.1.115 to build 33.3.A.1.126, with the 5 December 2017 Android security patch. Its sibling, the Xperia XA Ultra, received an update from 36.1.A.1.106 to 36.1.A.1.112, but with the same 5 January 2018 Android security patch. [read more…]

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Google announced further details of Android 10 Q last night, including the news that the latest Beta (v3) will be available to 21 phones in all. The full list can be found here, and the great news for Xperia fans is that the Xperia XZ3 is on the list. Android Q brings a number of new features including the much awaited dark mode (great for the XZ3’s OLED display), new gestures, live captioning, as well as stronger privacy and security controls. One feature that you might not be happy about is that Google is removing the back key, and replacing it with a swipe gesture. More details can be found here. [read more…]

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If you are an avid user of Sony’s Sketch app then you won’t like hearing that it has become the latest causality of Sony’s app portfolio rationalisation. The Sketch team has confirmed that all online parts of the Sketch service will be discontinued from 30 September 2019. This means that all syncing, sticker downloads, and community functionality will stop working.

Sketch has been a fun casual drawing app, which used to be pre-installed on Xperia devices. There was fun stickers, with a vibrant community and the online syncing part meant that you could carry your sketches across devices. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZs has received a minor update recently, which moved the build number from 41.3.A.2.234 to version 41.3.A.2.239. The only change that we can see with the latest update is the addition of 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We are probably coming towards the end of software support for the Xperia XZs, so it will be interesting to see how many more security patches Sony has in store for the XZs. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile’s troubles have been well flagged in recent years. Sony’s latest results highlight that its mobile business saw revenues decline by 31% in the year to 31 March 2019 to 226 billion yen. The reduction was mainly due to the number of Xperia units sold halving, from 13.5 million units in the previous year, to just 6.5 million over the last 12 months.

This means that Sony shipped only 1.1 million Xperia units in the last quarter – the lowest ever, and by quite a margin. This resulted in much higher losses for the division, with operating losses increasing by 70 billion yen to 97 billion yen overall. Sony reiterated that it plans to reduce operating expenses within its mobile division by 50%, with a plan to turn Sony Mobile profitable in the 12 months to March 2021. Halving the smartphone workforce will help Sony to achieve this. [read more…]

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Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)

April 15, 2019

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 […]

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Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)

April 11, 2019

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 […]

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Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)

April 4, 2019

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 […]

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Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

March 29, 2019

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 […]

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