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Sony Xperia Z3 spotted in TENAA with Z2 specs

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Stop the endless hardware specs race. Sony is planning to prove you that they can bring you a great Xperia Z3 with a similar Z2 internal hardware. With Sony’s official press event coming in 2 weeks, its Xperia Z3 is now certified by TENAA in China, listed as L55t and L55u models with different network bands.

According to the previous rumor, Xperia Z3 has an internal code name “L55t”. The L55t from TENAA supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE network, while the L55u model supports WCDMA and TD-LTE network. As listed in the filing details, Xperia Z3 will be powered by a quad core 2.5GHz processor, comes with 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, Android 4.4.x KitKat, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSDXC card slot, Bluetooth, FM Radio, WiFi and GPS. There is also a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. A screenshot from this leak has further revealed the processor to be Qualcomm MSM8974AC with Adreno 330 GPU.

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As you can see from the above comparison tablet, Xperia Z3 and Z2’s internal hardware is almost identical except a faster Qualcomm processor. The main changes should be the phone design, at least it is slimmer and lighter with Xperia Z3. What’s not listed in TENAA certification is the rugged protection. The existing Xperia Z2 is protected with IP55/IP58, while we expect the Xperia Z3 to be equipped with the same durability feature too. It is not sure if Sony will take the protection to the next level with IP65/IP68 – which they just did it for Sony Xperia M2 Aqua this week.

Sony has scheduled its press event on September 3rd, be sure to follow us for live event coverage and other IFA 2014 announcements!

SOURCE: Tenaa (1), (2)

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact named in user manual

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like Sony has an unexpected compact surprise coming soon. While we have been mostly distracted by rumors of the Xperia Z3 and its Xperia Z3 Compact incarnation expected to arrive this IFA 2014, we certainly didn’t see an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact coming. But this won’t be an ordinary Xperia tablet as it is clearly marked to be a smaller than usual one.

The revelation comes via the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. That charging pad is compatible with many Xperia devices but would require a special attachment for different devices. Under the BSC10A attachment, supported devices include the Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and a certain Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Given the unexpected appearance of this mobile device, the rumor mill is still at a loss as to the size of this “compact” tablet. The current titleholder, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, measures 10.1 inches. Naturally the upcoming one would be smaller, but how much smaller? Sony hasn’t unveiled a small tablet in a long time but it has quite a number of gigantic smartphones, with the Xperia Z Ultra being the largest at 6.4 inches. This Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could very well be a 7-inch device, though an 8.9-inch tablet is not yet out of the question.

As to the specs, that part is even more up in the air. But if we use current trends as a basis, we can expect this to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen resolution. We will most likely see the real deal at IFA in Berlin next month, when Sony will be unveiling its new generation of Xperia devices.

VIA: Techtastic

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua takes waterproofing to budget level

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony is announcing a new smartphone. Actually, it’s partly a rehash of an existing smartphone. The Xperia M2 Aqua is everything that its name suggests: a variant of a mid-tier device that was announced early this year, blessed with Sony’s popular dust and water proof ratings.

In all aspects save one, this is the same Xperia M2, meaning that you really get what you pay for. It doesn’t boast of high-end specs but just has enough power, with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, to get you through the day. The Exmor RS-toting 8 megapixel camera might be decent for taking pictures and videos, but viewing the same from the 4.8-inch qHD, meaning 960×540, screen might not be an equally pleasant experience. Still, the 2,300 mAh battery is sure to last you longer than most high-end devices, especially considering the lower specs. The Xperia M2 itself just started getting is Android KitKat update, but luckily this one comes with Android 4.4 right out of the box.

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Of course, the selling point of this model is the new waterproof features. Sony boasts of a score of IP65/IP68, claiming it to be the highest found on a smartphone. Definitely the highest for a consumer-grade one. And Sony definitely takes waterproofing seriously. Just last week, an Xperia Z2, which has an even lower IP rating, was rescued from its watery grave after spending 6 weeks on the seabed and was still miraculously alive. Imagine how much more torture the Xperia M2 Aqua can take. Or you don’t have to imagine. Just play one of these underwater games if you ever get a chance to get your hands on one and find out for yourself.

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua will be available in black and white color options. No pricing detail has been disclosed yet, but availability will start from Autumn this year. Target markets include Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, with no mention of any plans to bring the device to the US.

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SOURCE: Sony

Easily Create Sony Xperia Themes for Android 4.1or 4.2

Posted by Will Verduzco August - 17 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Much of the joy of owning an Android device comes from being able to customize and modify the OS as we see fit. While the most impactful device modifications undoubtedly involve changing elements of the Android OS such as the kernel, ROM, and so on, a large part of the user experience can be improved by simply adding a theme. Because of this, Android theming has become quite common in the forums.

Although there are thousands of themes available for various devices in the XDA forums, there are many reasons why one would wish to create his or her own theme. After all, everyone’s own personal taste is different. If you’re a theming newbie with a Sony Xperia Device running either Android 4.1.x or 4.2.x and you’d like to easily create a Sony Xperia compatible theme for your device, XDA Senior Member abo hani has the perfect guide for you.

In order to follow the guide, you’ll need APKTool and Notepad++ (or equivalent). Luckily, links to both are provided in the thread. Abo hani’s guide covers every step, from start to finish, in great detail. There are pictures and a sample theme to build your own theme from. Unfortunately, this guide only works with Sony devices running Android 4.1 or 4.2, as the theming engine was changed in 4.3 and beyond.

If you own a Sony Xperia device that runs Android 4.1 or 4.2, simply head over to the Sony Xperia Jelly Bean theme creation guide to learn more.

The post Easily Create Sony Xperia Themes for Android 4.1or 4.2 appeared first on xda-developers.

Sony D2203 shown to be a low-spec budget 6.1-inch giant

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Most of the attention in Sony‘s world might be focused on the upcoming Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, but naturally the mobile world, even Sony’s, doesn’t just stop there. The manufacturer is now believed to be preparing another 6-inch phablet, but this time, this D2203 comes with specs that might leave some wanting or even walking away.

Sony isn’t a stranger to phablets, even the larger ones that the sit at the extreme end of the line. It’s highly marketed Xperia Z Ultra reaches 6.4 inches and the more recent Xperia T2 Ultra does clock at 6.0 inches. So the 6.1-inch display of this Sony D2203 doesn’t really come as a surprise. The spec sheet that comes with it, however, might seem a bit baffling, falling lower than the Xperia T2 Ultra, which can already be considered a mid-range beast at best.

Most glaring, perhaps, would be resolution of this supposed phablet, a measly FWVGA, meaning 854×480 pixels. On a 4.7-inch or lower smartphone, it might be forgivable. On a 6-inch screen, almost incomprehensible. It runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, definitely the low end of the spectrum, but probably still fortunate not to be a dual-core processor. RAM is at 1 GB and internal storage is at a very cramped 4 GB. It will probably come as no shock that rear and front cameras max out at 5 and 0.3 megapixels, respectively.

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The specs wouldn’t sound as bad on a midget smartphone, but it might be quite difficult to think of places where this giant would do well except as a Sony-branded contender in budget markets. Even so, there are quite a few contenders in that segment already, and some with both strong brands and stronger hardware. Sony might be hard pressed to find a spot on shelves but we’ll have to wait and see for the real D2203 to come out from the woodwork before we can judge it with finality.

VIA: >Xperia Blog

Sony Lifelog update: power enhancements, notifications for goals

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Activity-tracking application Lifelog, developed by Sony originally for its Xperia devices but now available for other Android phones, has now been updated with a few new enhancements and of course the usual bugfixing. The update includes power consumption enhancements as well as receiving notifications every time you accomplish one of the goals that you set.

One of the problems that apps like Lifelog, which keeps track of your daily activities, has is that it consumes so much of your battery life. And of course since you also use a lot of other apps, the battery drain is a pain (rhyme intended), especially if you’re always mobile. Lifelog’s update ensures that the app consumers less power than its previous version so you could enjoy both the app and your phone more.

You can also now receive notifications on your smartphone whenever you’ve successfully completed goals that you’ve set for yourself. So if you’ve reached a running milestone or lost a certain number of calories through your activities, your smartphone will be there to congratulate and commend you. Other minor updates include extending support to your Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) account and a few bug fixes for the product support for the life-logging accessory, the SmartBand.

As we mentioned earlier, the Lifelog app has been made available for non-Xperia devices and as long as you have an Android device, you can download it from the Google Play Store. It does have some features that would only work on Xperia, like recognising your transportation and bicycle activities as well as changing the activity type on the app. But otherwise, it should look good on any smartphone or tablet running on Android 4.4 and up.

Sony pushes Kitkat update to Xperia E1, E1 Dual

Posted by wicked August - 9 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Sony has been slowly bringing its devices up to Android 4.4 Kitkat standard – at least those that can hack Android’s latest and greatest version. Next up, according to the official Sony Mobile blog is the Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 Dual, both members of Sony’s lower to mid-tier class of phones.

The update should be rolling out any time soon, and it will be bringing some Kitkat goodness, as well as some performance tweaks and added features. At the top of the list is a new Status Bar and Quick Settings feature for the phones, a more “easier on the eye” version of it.

The update will also be bringing native ability to transfer applications to the microSD card storage – we keep wondering why phone manufacturers don’t do this out of the box – especially since the E1 and E1 Dual only has around 4GB of internal storage, with usable storage even a little less than that.

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Lastly, both phones will be getting the latest and greatest versions of most of Sony’s apps – including Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, Sony Select, and Battery STAMINA Mode, and Sony’s Media apps WALKMAN, Album and Movies. The roll-out period will vary from carrier to carrier, and so Xperia E1 and E1 Dual users should wait a bit if they don’t see the software update notification yet.

SOURCE: Sony Mobile Blog

Get Your Xperia Device’s Firmware Up to Date with XperiFirm

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Being able to run an updated version of Android is probably one of the most important things that we look for when it comes to Android devices. This is exemplified in the countless updates we feature here on the XDA Portal every time there is an indication, a leak, and release of new firmware of the major devices in the Android world, making sure you get to enjoy the newest features, bug fixes, and more as early as possible.

There are also specific tools available to help keep your device on track. And since this is a development-oriented site, one of the members of our community created such a utility for Sony devices called Xperifirm. Developed by XDA Forum Member IaguCool, Xperifirm is a tool that allows you to check for and download the most current and up to date official Android firmwares for every single Sony and Sony Ericsson Xperia Device. Xperifirm pulls up every single regional variant of firmware available for your device, and displays each one in a logical and easy to navigate interface.

Xperifirm currently runs only on PCs running Windows XP SP2 and newer at the moment, and requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or newer. You also need to have either Flashtool or Java Runtime Environment installed. And for users of Windows 8 and 8.1, you’ll need to download an extra ZIP package in order to run Xperifirm.

If you would like to give Xperifirm a go, be sure to head over to the Xperifirm tool thread to get started.

The post Get Your Xperia Device’s Firmware Up to Date with XperiFirm appeared first on xda-developers.

Sony Xperia Z3 opens its flaps for a photo shoot leak

Posted by wicked August - 6 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

With IFA 2014 just around the corner, leaks and rumors about expected devices are sure to ramp up. This latest round is dedicated to Sony‘s next flagship, but it leaves more questions than answers, as expected from any leak. Focus is given to the smartphone’s edges and in particular, the flaps that cover the device ports and slots.

There isn’t really much to gawk at here, aside from Sony’s usual premium taste in design. Sony’s smartphones usually sport a more unified (unibody) look and prefers to hide usually exposed openings with flaps to keep up that appearance. Thanks to this leak, we now get to see the Xperia Z3′s micro USB port, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot. Interestingly, these photos seem to leave out some edges of the device, so we aren’t able to spot the unique placement of the power button that Sony debuted in the Xperia Z1. Since it has become a Sony design hallmark, we’ll just presume that it’s there.

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If these photos look in anyway familiar, it’s because some of them have been leaked before already. Amusingly, they were labeled as the Xperia Z3 Compact back then. However, there have actually been doubts whether that was actually the mini flagship based on previous leaked photos. The discrepancy can probably be explained away by considering these latest batch as the Xperia Z3 and not the compact variant. Confusing maybe, but that’s how leaks and rumors usually go.

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We wouldn’t have to rely on unofficial third-party sources for long, though. Sony has booked September 3 for its IFA 2014 press event so we will most likely hear about the real deal on that auspicious day. That day will hopefully answer many of our questions like whether the Xperia Z3 will simply be an incremental upgrade over the Xperia Z2 like the latter was for the Xperia Z1 or whether Sony has really decided to forego an Xperia Z2 Compact to jump right into an Xperia Z3-based version. As always, IFA is shaping up to be a fun-filled week even before it starts, so be sure to join us there when we cover one of the world’s biggest mobile conferences.

VIA: Baidu

Download official Xperia firmware with XperiFirm

Posted by wicked August - 4 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With the demise of the Sony Update Service software, it seemed that all Sony Xperia handset users were doomed to use PC Companion, which is now Sony’s only recommended software for getting firmware updates. So it is relatively a good thing that software like XDA Senior Member IaguCool’s XperiFirm is available for when you want to get the current firmware for your Xperia device officially from Sony servers without hassle.

Official interface software tend to be bloated with features that consumers won’t normally use, and for one, that equates to a pretty heavy download and installation that you wouldn’t normally acquiesce to (but then you have to). That is unfortunately the case with Sony’s PC Companion, and that was why the SUS software was so famous with Xperia users, until recently when Sony announced that it was killing off support for that specific software.

XperiFirm was developed not really in SUS’s mold, but certainly in the spirit of giving Sony and Sony-Ericsson device users a hassle free search for current firmware. XperiFirm searches Sony’s online servers for the latest firmware available, and only the ones that exist on Sony’s servers. From there, users can pick which one they want and download it through the app, and then decrypt it to output an easily usable FTF file (Xperia users should be familiar with this).

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There is more information about the app from its original XDA thread here. Initially, the app requires that your PC be running Java Runtime Environment and Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or better. Look for the download link via the source link below, and also check the original XDA theread if you have any questions.

VIA: Xperia Blog