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Sony may have just confirmed the Xperia Z4 in China

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

We don’t know what Sony is up to, not releasing the Xperia Z4 for the global market, and I don’t suppose we’ll know anytime soon. But a bit of good news, the Japanese company may have just confirmed the upcoming launch of the flagship phone for the Chinese market. At least there’s one other country who’s going to enjoy that great phone.

Our friends over at the Xperia Blog have reported that the Sony Xperia Z4 has just been certified by China’s FAA parallel, the TENAA, which means the device might just be days away from launch. With the image posted above coming from Sony’s Weibo account, we have a very obvious “Z” on the text. Also, we have a date, which is “5.26” or May 26, which is a couple of days from today.

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We can either expect the Xperia Z4 in all its glory making its way to the Chinese market soon, or some sort of Xperia Z device – you have rumors of an Xperia Z3+ that will purportedly be launched in some world markets. Again, we can’t say for sure what Sony’s intentions are until we see which device is launched.

If you’re asking again, the answer is “no, there is no information yet” on any rumor that will bring the Sony Xperia Z4 to North American shores. Honestly, that is a bit of a bummer, and Sony better have a big and better plan for the global market at the rate its going.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony now allows custom recovery on select Xperia devices

Posted by wicked May - 19 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony has always been a standard apart when it comes to helping their smartphone users customize their devices to the way they want it. Sure, they may have locked bootloaders, but Sony will unlock those for you. They’re even moving more into AOSP (Android Open Source Project) territory when the announcement came out that they will be officially allowing custom recovery installation on select Sony Xperia devices.

We did notice that these are the older devices – which include the Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and the Xperia T3. But these are by no means lame devices, Sony’s commitment to premium hardware has ensured that. Now Sony is enabling recovery mode, something that was not enabled on these devices initially. Entering recovery mode is usually one of the first steps – after gaining root access – to installing custom ROMs and tweaks to your device.

With Sony opening this partition up, more and more Xperia users can install customized after-market software and tools to their devices. You will need an unlocked Xperia device, of course. With that, you can use the official flashing program for Xperia devices to the updated software, and if needed, a new bootloader.

If you are interested in doing this, the complete instructions are found via the source link. Make sure you backup your data before doing any tweaks on your device.

SOURCE: Sony Mobile

NTT DoCoMo rolls out new smartphones, three models now available

Posted by wicked May - 14 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

New smartphones have just landed on NTT DoCoMo: the Sharp AQUOS ZETA SH-03G, Sharp AQUOS EVER SH-04G, and the Sony Xperia A4 SO-04G. All three phones are part of the 2015 summer lineup that consists of more smartphones and tablets, most of which will be released before the month of May ends.

Headlining the lineup are the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge that are now on sale in Japan. But since more people demand for affordable smartphones, the mobile network is offering two new Sharp AQUOS units and one Sony Xperia phone. These are mid-range phones but each one comes with specs that can make them rival the latest premium phones.

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SHARP AQUOS ZETA SH-03G

This new AQUOS phone comes equipped with IGZO LCD display that features an improved backlight and color filters. The AQUOS ZETA SH-03G comes with a metal frame, a camera that can shoot at 210fps, optical image stabilization, wide-angle lens, and some 4K video recording capabilities.

At the back of the phone, you can see a new fingerprint sensor that can be used for authentication and unlocking the phone. It’s carried by DoCoMo so you can connect to PREMIUM 4G especially when needed. Phone also supports VoLTE calling. As for the features, there’s a 5.5-inch Full HD display screen, Snapdragon 810 processor, 13MP main camera, 2MP front-facing cam, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, and 3000mAh battery. Phone will be available in white, black, and red.

 

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SHARP AQUOS EVER SH-04G Gateway

This Android phone features a 5-inch HD screen, 1280 x 720 resolution, a Quad-core 1.2GHz chip set and a 13MP camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, and a 2450mAh battery. Just like the SHARP AQUOS ZETA SH-03G, this one is also waterproof. Available in gold, pink, white and black. Phone already runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and VoLTE is also supported.

 

SONY XPERIA A4 SO-04G

SONY XPERIA A4 SO-04G

The Sony Xperia A4 SO-04G features a 4.6-inch display screen, 20MP main camera, 2MP front-facing camera, up to 12800 ISO, and some camera shake correction technology to reduce blur. Smartphone also packs a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 16GB built-in storage, a 2600mAh battery, and a 2GB RAM.

This new Sony Xperia A4 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and is considered a worthy successor to the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Expect this one to be available in mid-June. Phones also available in Gray, Pink, Blue, and 4 colors of White.

 

FUJITSU ARROWS NX F-04G

FUJITSU ARROWS NX F-04G

The ARROWS NX F-04G is another smartphone packed with the standard smartphone features. This one boasts an iris scanner for authentication of devices. The model will be available later this May. Specs include a 5.2-inch screen with 2560 × 1440 QHD resolution and a 21MP main camera. This one has got an iris scanner too. It’s one feature that some of the latest Japanese smartphones are getting for a more secure authentication for different purposes.

Here’s a list of other devices available from NTT DoCoMo:

• Galaxy S6 edge SC-04G
• Galaxy S6 SC-05G
• ARROWS NX F-04G
• AQUOS ZETA SH-03G
• Disney Mobile
• XperiaTM Z4 SO-03G
• AQUOS EVER SH-04G
• XperiaTM A4 SO-04G
• AQUOS PAD SH-05G
• XperiaTM Z4 Tablet SO-05G
• ARROWS F-05G,
• AQUOS SH-06G

SOURCE: Impress.co.jp (1),(2),(3), NTTDocomo

Android 5.0.2 rolls out for Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

While more Motorola phones are getting Android 5.1 already, Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 are still being prepped for Android 5.0.2. That’s just a slight difference and at least, the Xperia Z phones are getting a taste of Lollipop unlike others not totally getting the new Android version. Sony Xperia Z2′s build number is known as 23.1.A.1.28 which rolled out to the model only yesterday. Next Xperia models to receive the same software update include the Xperia Z3, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z3 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Sony has also released the changelog for the Z2 and Z3 series. It’s been confirmed that the new ‘close-all button’ for recents apps is now included. Lock screen and notification bar will no longer show “no service” when phone has coverage. The ‘close-all-button’ has been placed back in the activity menu so all apps can be closed easily at once.

Sony has also unblocked some devices with server policies like the Exchange Active Sync for e-mail. With this update, lock-screen notifications are enabled on Lollipop. The LED light is now lit across all sound modes. Even in silent mode, the LED light will still light up unlike before.

Since some devices were having problems when moving files from the built-in memory to an external miroSD card. Sony has fixed the issue to allow easier and smoother file transfers for Z2 and Z3 owners. And if you’re in Ultra stamina mode, you may notice some improvement in messaging functionality on your device as well.

VIA: XPERIA Blog

Root access gained for T-Mobile Xperia Z3, Verizon Xperia Z3v

Posted by wicked May - 6 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We’ve talked about Sony’s locked bootloaders recently, and we feel the consumers who can totally relate with that are Sony Xperia device users in the United States. It doesn’t matter what carrier you get it from, it will most likely have a locked bootloader, because life just sucks like that. We kid, of course – it’s just more difficult for US Xperia users, that is a fact. But there just might be good news at the jump.

Against all odds, XDA member “zxz0O0” was able to gain root access for the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 (D6616) and the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v (D6708). The hack leverages on a new exploit, specifically CVE-2014-7953. If you use any of these models and are itching to gain root access, this might be the time for you.

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A couple of caveats – installation will include running a BAT executable file from your PC, so if you’re not comfortable with that, then this might not be for you. Specifically for the Verizon Xperia Z3v, users will have to make sure that they are on the original shipping firmware – build number 23.0.E.0.376 – in order for the exploit to work.

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Last few warnings, exploiting your device to gain root is a major hack – you will need to take responsibility for it when something goes wrong. And yes, at some point in time, something is bound to go wrong. We suggest having a full working backup of your phone just in case something bad happens. Check out the instructions in the official XDA forums – for D6616 and D6708.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Special bootloaders from Sony to allow recovery access

Posted by wicked May - 4 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If there’s probably just one thing you’d hate about owning a Sony Xperia device, it’s probably the bootloaders that prohibit booting into a recovery partition. Make no mistake about it, Sony Xperia devices are known for their aesthetic and chic minimalist design, and their premium hardware. But tweaking the software to run the custom ROM you want is always a huge headache.

For those who regularly try custom ROMs, booting into a recovery partition is part and parcel of the standard operating procedure in tweaking Android devices to run custom ROMs. That is why most manufacturers allow (after a fashion) booting into the recovery partition. Sadly, Sony was not of that same persuasion. The locked bootloaders and the “no recovery” policy meant there had to be special ways to run custom ROMs in Xperia devices. We have CyanogenMod, AOKP, and OmniROM for that, but still, the headache exists.

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That may not be for long though, as Sony Mobile is releasing new bootloaders that will allow booting into a recovery partition. This has yet to be announced, but the bootloaders are already available for download and installation. Check out the source link below for clear instructions on how to do this. The caveat, of course, is that you have an unlocked bootloader to begin with. You may need to contact Sony for that, but it’s worth it.

The new bootloaders are, for now, only for the Sony Xperia devices that have Cortex-A7 processors. Those include the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia M2, and Xperia E3. We hope other devices from the Xperia line follow suit soon.

VIA: FXP Blog

T-Mobile relists the Sony Xperia Z3 on website

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Earlier this April, T-Mobile discontinued its Sony Xperia Z3 deal because we thought it could be paving the way for the Sony Xperia Z4 which was already unveiled a week ago. The Xperia Z3 isn’t exactly a bestseller but we were left wondering why only after six months after its official launch on the network, T-Mobile removed the model from its current lineup. But good news to those who want a Z3, T-Mobile is selling the phone and the black model is listed once again.

The waterproof smartphone which boasts of a 20.7 megapixel camera and gaming integration with PS4 plus the advanced technologies Sony is known for, the Xperia Z3 is now available for only $499. This one is expected since other retailers like Verizon and Amazon are selling this for almost the same price. That’s a lot cheaper than the previous $630 listing. You can also get the phone without any downpayment ($0) but oN a two-year agreement and a $20.83 monthly fee.

Those buying this new device from T-Mobile must first get a SIM Starter Kit worth $15. We’re happy that the Sony Xperia Z3 is back on T-Mobile but we’re really clueless about the reason for stopping sales for a few weeks. T-Mobile has not made an official statement but when asked about the disappearance and absence but the only reply on Twitter was a link to a Sony page on T-Mobile containing all models ready for purchase.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is also rumored to be for Japan only so we’re not exactly banking on to see the latest flagship model on T-Mobile or any other American mobile carriers. Maybe that’s why T-Mobile relisted the Xperia Z3: it won’t have a replacement anytime soon. What do you think?

SOURCE: T-Mobile

Sony officially announces Xperia Z4, launching this summer

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

It’s been a long wait for Sony Xperia fans, but their joy will soon be complete as Sony has officially announced its newest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z4, which will be launching “later this summer”. There are official pics that go with the official press release, so we can all get to ogle at the newest Xperia before it hits the market.

The Sony Xperia Z4 spec list is official – it will feature a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display, powered by the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810, as expected. That will be supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The Xperia Z4 will have a microSD slot that can add as much as 128GB for your storage needs. The Xperia Z4 will feature a 20.7MP camera as the main shooter and a wide angle 5.1MP selfie shooter up front. All of this will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, powered by a 2,930mAh battery. Oh and did we tell you? The Xperia Z4 will feature a metal frame around it.

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As for personalization choices, the official colors for the Xperia Z4 will be White, Black, Copper and Aqua Green. As per usual now with the Xperia line, this announcement now quells rumors of the Z4 not being water resistant – the handset is IP6X certified for dust resistance, and IPX8 certified for water resistance. In consumer terms, this means that the Xperia Z4 will survive water projected to it from any direction. It also means that the phone can be submerged to up to 4.92 feet for 30 minutes.

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There is now word yet on the pricing, and this will launch in Japan first this summer. It was a long wait, but there’s not that long to go now. Hold on to your seats, Xperia fans.

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Sony Lifelog partners with IFTTT for new recipes for wearables

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Wearables are a great way of tracking your daily activities without having to log it in a notebook, old-school style. But when you add even more “recipes” to the pot, then it will be even easier to take digital note of your fitness routines, how much calories you’ve consumed, how many hours you’ve slept, etc, particularly if you need these things for health reasons. Sony Lifelog is partnering with If This Then That (IFTTT) to create a channel specifically for owners of Sony devices.

While you can always create your own recipes on IFTTT, to have an official channel for Sony Lifelog is a different thing. It works with the Sony Lifelog ecosystem which is synced with with the Sony Xperia Z3 and upcoming Xperia smartphones, Sony fitness wearables like SmartBand and SmartBand Talk, as well as the Sony SmartWatch 3. But the Lifelog for Android is not just limited for Sony smartphones. It can actually work with other Android devices as well.

The first batch of ready-made recipes include receiving a summary of your daily activities through email, saving your recorded sleep details on a spreadsheet (because why not?), sharing with your whole Facebook network if you’ve reached your daily step goal, or tweet when you’ve already reached your daily calorie goal (to let your friends know not to offer you any more sweets). You can connect your Lifelog tracking activities to other apps like Evernote, Google Drive, social networks, and email.

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You need to download the Lifelog Android app from the Google Play Store, then activate whichever IFTTT recipes you need through the app. IFTTT also has an app for Android called IF, and you can activate the Lifelog channel through there as well.

SOURCE: IFTTT

Sony (finally) rolls out Lollipop to several Xperia Z devices

Posted by wicked April - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Late last week Sony told us that they will finally be bringing the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update to several Xperia Z devices, although they did not give a specific date (probably to avoid complaints if it didn’t pan out). But today, they are much more confident as they announced that the rollout for the update to the Xperia Z3 Dual, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra will start today and will reach worldwide markets eventually.

Some Android fans with non-flagship devices have been getting a bit impatient with the (very) gradual rollout of Lollipop, but Sony seems to be stepping up its game. After this batch of updates have finished, then they will begin updating the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3, both with dual sims, starting next week. Again, there is no specific date, but given that they have kept to their word from last week, maybe we can expect around the same time too for the next batch.

The original Xperia Z series, which includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are next in line, although the time table given is “in a few weeks time” so we don’t know when that will be exactly. At least, they are still looking out for older devices, as opposed to just updating the newer and higher-end ones.

If you’re an owner of any of these devices, you should follow Sony’s blog and their Twitter as well in order to be updated as when to expect your smartphone or tablet to be upgraded to Android 5.0.2. Then you’ll be able to enjoy the Material Design, locked-screen notifications and other goodies from Lollipop.

SOURCE: Sony

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