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Sony Xperia E4g: the same Xperia E4, now with 4G

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It hasn’t even been a month since Sony unveiled the Xperia E4, a rock-solid budget smartphones, surprisingly running on MediaTek’s chip, with a rock-solid two-day battery life. Now, with just a few days left before MWC 2015, Sony is once again busying itself with the device’s half successor. As the name would imply, the Xperia E4g is pretty much the same Xperia E4, except for one new feature: it now has support for 4G LTE connectivity, which, when paired with the long battery life, is perfect for keeping connected always.

For a quick spec sheet recap, the Xperia E4 ran on a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 and has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and a 5-inch 960×540 qHD screen. The Xperia E4g, in comparison, is mostly the same, except for one minor detail. The processor has been bumped up a bit to 1.5 GHz, presumably still MediaTek’s chip. In everything else, the two are the same, which means you get to enjoy Sony’s unique design as well as software features.

The highlight, however, of the new variant is the LTE connectivity. This means faster download times, fewer buffering, and no holds barred social networking. This new feature goes hand in hand with the 2,300 mAh battery to keep you always connected and always with power. On the Xperia E4, Sony advertises two days of battery life, even without its STAMINA mode. On the Xperia E4g, it’s saying the same thing, though one has to also factor in the added power consumption from a 4G connection.

The Sony Xperia E4g will become available starting April, with a price tag of 129€. Like the Xperia E4, it will also come with a dual SIM variant. Sadly, this smartphone won’t be heading to the US any time soon, if at all.

Sony unveils Xperia E4 and E4 Dual with 2-day battery life

Posted by wicked February - 10 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony has announced a new smartphone today called the Xperia E4 that is aimed at users wanting entertainment and long battery life from a smartphone. The Xperia E4 is available in a single SIM and a dual SIM version and comes in black or white colors. Other than the dual SIM cards on the Dual version the two devices have the same hardware features.

Those features include Android 4.4.4 out of the box, a 1.3GHz MTK MT6582 quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, and up to 8GB of storage. Storage expansion is available via microSD cards. The screen measures 5-inches and has a resolution of 960 x 540 with 167k colors.

The rear camera has a resolution of 5MP and 4x smooth zoom with the ability to record full HD resolution video. The front camera is a 2MP unit with the ability to record 720p video. The smartphone has an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. Supported networks vary a bit depending on the model chosen. The E2104 supports UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz.

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The E2105 version supports UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz, GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. Power comes from a 2300mAh internal battery good for up to 12 hours and 11 minutes of talk time on GSM networks and up to 696 hours of standby. On UMTS networks, the battery is good for 12 hours and 43 minutes of talk. With only 8GB of storage, 5GB is available for the end user with the other 3GB used for firmware. Both the single SIM and dual SIM versions will launch in mid February at an undisclosed price.

Sony Xperia Z4 front panel leaks from Chinese sources

Posted by wicked February - 9 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Most Sony Xperia fans are still hoping for a flagship unveiling at the Mobile World Congress 2015 from Sony, although spirits have been dampened somewhat by rumors that the Sony Xperia Z4 won’t be launched at the Barcelona trade show but will be pushed back to a mid-year launch date. Of course, nothing is sure, and this leak of possible Xperia Z4 front panels might just give people some hope.

This is reportedly the first leak of the Sony Xperia Z4 front panels – although leakers usually would like to claim they were first. From these pictures, if legit, we can see that Sony is really standing by their design language and has not made any radical changes to the look of the device – at least the front panel. It looks like the same dual front speakers will still be present.

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It also looks like Sony will be staying with the 5.2-inch screen, if this Xperia Z4 leak be true. Other rumors have speculated on the specs – either a Snapdragon 805 or a Snapdragon 810 processor, but we will seriously question the choice of a lower processor if the 810 is ready for primetime. There’s also the 3GB RAM and a spanking new camera sensor.

Would you still buy this baby if it looks quite the same as a Sony Xperia Z3? That can be a deal-breaker for some. Tell us your thoughts on the comments section below.

VIA: Weibo

MultiROM now available for Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The world of multiboot goodness keeps growing, as MultiROM – the project that seeks to allow devices to boot into different versions of Android whenever the user feel like it – now adds support for the high-end Sony Xperia devices, the Xperia Z2 and Z3. MultiROM has been available in other Sony devices for some time now, but it’s just now that users of the Xperia Z2 and Z3 will actually get a taste of this cool project.

Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 will now be pleased to know that – thanks to XDA member “Myself5” – these top-of-the-line Sony Xperia devices now have fully usable ports of MultiROM. There is one small caveat to these – it is that touch support isn’t quite cooperating with the ports as of now, which means users have to utilize the volume rocker to navigate the menu instead. But it works, and that’s what’s important.

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Actually, these ports were available for the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 a few weeks back, but as of today, support for the MultiROM Manager app has been added. That means that it will now be easier to update the mod and the ROMs you’ve installed via the companion app, which is totally a big deal.

Check out the official XDA thread here and here if you have questions, or will be looking for instructions to get this mod. And then gives us a shout back via the comments section if you have the mod working on your Xperia phone.

SOURCE: XDA

Achievement unlocked: Root for Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact

Posted by wicked January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

In another pleasant display of showing the big corporations that, in the world of Android, nothing stays locked down for too long, clever minds have finally broken through the locks Sony has put on the bootloaders of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, making it possible for you to finally gain root access to these devices. In their defense, Sony has been one of the more lenient manufacturers when it comes to tweaking their devices for AOSP (Android Open Source Project). Well, there are just some locks that are meant to be broken down.

XDA developer “serajr” revealed the secret formula behind the Sony locks, thanks to the tireless probing of fellow developer “zxz0O0″. The process, however, is not an easy one, and like any modification, this has the potential to turn your Z3 handset into a complete brick. For starters, current firmware is not compatible with the mod, so this means you will have to roll back your unit to version 23.0.1.A.5.77 before you can do anything. Once this has been achieved, it’s on to creating a pre-rooted version of your device’s hardware, flashing a recovery image, and applying the root exploit to your device.

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It should be noted at this point that this mod applies mainly to US handsets locked down by their carriers. It is not worth trying on the international versions of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, as these already have unlockable bootloaders and can be easily fiddled with to suit your custom requirements. The hack largely does not apply to Sony devices offered by Verizon either, as these may come with already-modified hardware.

With quite a number of restrictions, it may also help to ask yourself if rooting your Sony Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact is worth the trouble; Sony is set to release updates to enable its devices to run on Android Lollipop soon, anyway. Still, if you’re intent on getting the most out of your (locked) device, check out the XDA forum thread to try and set free your Sony Xperia device on your own.

VIA: Android Authority

MultiROM now available for Sony Xperia devices

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’ve talked about MultiROM a few times already here. Anyone who fancies running versions of Android KitKat, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean all from the same device can now see that dream come true. Sony Xperia devices are the latest ones to enjoy MultiROM multi-boot goodness with the new MultiROM v30x mod.

The MultiROM v30x appears to support a number of Sony Xperia devices including the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, and the Xperia ZL models. So if you’ve thought about running multiple ROMs on your Xperia device — heck even an Ubuntu Touch firmware or any other Linux-based system — now is your time to shine. A built-in boot manager appears upon startup and gives you the power to choose which systems to run for your device at a particular time. Installing and managing ROMs is done through the built-in MultiROM manager app.

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Probably the only thing that would limit your device from enjoying the multiboot advantages of MultiROM is your device’s storage limit. You can have as many ROMs as you can possibly fit into your smartphone’s external memory card. Another limitation is that MultiROM, at present, will not work with data encryption, but that shouldn’t be a significant concern to you unless you’re absolutely serious about your device’s data security.

There is always a concern when tweaking your phone like this, understand that most smartphones were created without any notion of multi-booting, and tweaking them this way can easily turn into one big epic fail. Like any custom hack — and this is a major one — it is always a good idea to back up data in your device so that you don’t end up with a particularly expensive block of worthless electronics. Interested? Check out the official thread via the source link.

SOURCE: XDA

CM12 nightlies bring Lollipop to eight Xperia devices

Posted by wicked January - 19 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Early this month, CyanogenMod turned on the engines that will produce the nightly builds for CyangeonMod 12, which is based on the Android 5.0. As much as 31 devices and models were the first to receive the candy goodness, but now 8 more devices from Xperia‘s ranks are joining the fray. From the most recent Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact to the older Xperia T and V, Xperia fans can now try out the latest Android version on their devices, provided they’re willing to take the risk.

Of course installing any custom ROM requires flashing the device and wiping it clean For some more recent Xperia models, this might mean losing out on some features that are driven by proprietary DRM code or drivers. And you might also be missing out on the special features that Sony’s own ROM provides. In exchange, you will gain CyanogenMod’s own special features as well as an advanced taste of Android Lollipop.

If that proposition sounds acceptable, the next requirement would be that you own one, or more, of the supported devices:

Xperia T (Mint)
Xperia V (Tsubasa)
Xperia Z Ultra (Togari)
Xperia Z Ultra GPe (Togari_GPE)
Xperia Z1 (Honami)
Xperia Z1 Compact (Amami)
Xperia Z2 (Sirius)
Xperia Z2 Tablet (Castor)
Xperia Z2 Tablet Wi-Fi (Castor_Windy)
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wi-Fi (Scorpion_Windy)

Do be aware that these are very early nightly builds, so more than any other nightly builds, these would have less than beta quality and stability than the previous nightly builds based on CyanogenMod 11.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony’s Xperia phones to join in effort to provide cure for diseases

Posted by wicked January - 13 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

“Protein folding” is not a new concept – this refers to the way our bodies proteins fold into different forms that correspond to different body parts. A mistake in this folding process actually contributes to diseases and bodily malfunctions like Alzheimer’s, so it unlocking the secrets in this folding process is key to medical professionals and scientists providing cures and solutions for said diseases. But where does your Sony Xperia phone come in?

Folding@Home was an effort to distribute the computing load in simulating the folding process – the “slowest” proteins fold in a few milliseconds, so one can imagine the computing power needed to simulate this. Folding@Home has been around for a while, helping a team at Stanford University to look into the process and where it goes wrong. The effort has used the distributed computing powers of home computers, even idling desktop GPUs, PlayStation 3 units, and a whole lot more. As a result of the data gathered, the Folding@Home team has published papers leading to major advances in medicine.

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Can your Sony Xperia phone help in this effort? Say for example, contribute to the folding process while you’re asleep and your phone is charging? It just might work. A typical Sony Xperia phone would be able to contribute an average 30 GFLOPs of computing power. The world record for distributed computing was “1 Petaflop” – achieved in 2012 when PlayStation 3’s contributed to Folding@Home.

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A new Folding@Home app – still in its beta version – is available at the Google Play Store for all Xperia Z series smartphones, as well as the Xperia T3, T2 Ultra, M2 Aqua and C3 to contribute to this effort. It will take around 50,000 smartphones to equal that world record, but think about this – in order to achieve a data breakthrough, the Folding@Home team needs 150,000 days of computing from one phone. Split that load to 10,000 phones and the time drops to just around 2 weeks. What more if there were more than 10,000 Xperia phones contributing to this?

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Do something cool for the world. If you own an Xperia model mentioned above, get the app and help out.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

More rumored specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 leaked

Posted by wicked January - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Late last year, we were talking about rumors of Sony crazily launching its next flagship phone, the Sony Xperia Z4, in January at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Fortunately for us, CES has come and gone, and the world is still a bit sane as we know it – no launch from Sony in January. But more and more rumors point to an unveiling in March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – as more info about the specs of the Xperia Z4 continue to leak out.

This new leak seems to confirm that the Z4 will continue with its predecessor’s design language, keeping the metal frame but adding some colors therein. Sony has never been one to back away from flamboyant colors, so it will be interesting to see if we see more colorful designs – a blue fuselage version has been rumored – in the Xperia Z4.

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The Sony Xperia Z4 is also rumored to have a specialized waterproof micro USB port. The problem Sony had – especially with the Xperia line pushing for water-resistant and waterproof standards – is that a metal micro USB element usually suffered if the waterproofing cover leaked and/or was damaged. It would be interesting to see how Sony remedied that issue.

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Lastly, the Xperia Z4 is reportedly keeping its 5.2-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display – but rumors say there will be a 2K resolution version to be released in the US. This has both good and bad sides. The good thing is that with Sony’s history of amazing display quality, the 2K TRILUMINOS display would probably be nothing short of stunning. The bad side is that the battery needs to keep up with the higher power consumption of lighting up more pixels. In this case, Full HD doesn’t seem so bad.

Are you guys excited for the new Xperia Z4? Or is it just too soon after the Xperia Z3 launch late last year?

VIA: Eprice

Hands-on with the New Sony Products at CES 2015 – XDA TV

Posted by wicked January - 11 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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At the 2015 International CES, Japanese manufacturer Sony released an Android powered Walkman, the ZX2. We were very excited to take a look at it, and also ran into the other two latest products from Sony while we were there: the Xperia Z3C tablet and Sony Smartwatch 3.

XDA TV Producer Jordan got a chance to get his hands on the Sony triplets and learn more about them. Jordan shares what he learned in our latest XDA TV video, and also shows off the devices in all their glory. Take a look!


Be sure to check out other great XDA TV Videos

Check out Jordan’s YouTube Channel and Jordan’s Gaming YouTube Channel

The post Hands-on with the New Sony Products at CES 2015 – XDA TV appeared first on xda-developers.

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