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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

Sony unveils the Sony Xperia T flagship smartphone

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Today, at IFA, Sony unveiled three new smartphones, each for a certain price range and category: Sony Xperia T, Sony Xperia V, and Sony Xperia J. Out of these three, the Sony Xperia T  (Sony LT30) is the high-end flagship device. Let’s see what we can get with this phone.

As far as specs go, we get a dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 processor, the same one that is available in the HTC One X and the Galaxy S3 in the US, a 13 MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, a 4.6″ display with an HD 1280×720 resolution, 16 GB of storage, microSD expansion, MHL connectivity, and a 1,850mAh battery.

The specs look good, especially the camera, but Sony has yet to release a phone with a cutting-edge processor. So I’m hoping for another flagship by the end of the year (perhaps the Xperia S successor?) to come out at least with S4 Pro, like LG’s upcoming flagship.

As far as software goes, they also seem to fall behind a little, launching it with Android 4.0, considering the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony promises the Jelly Bean upgrade will be available shortly after the phone’s launch, but we would’ve been a lot more impressed if it came directly with it.

Sony’s skin doesn’t seem to be too deep, with slight customizations and some custom apps of their own, so it shouldn’t be too hard to upgrade from ICS to Jelly Bean. Here’s hoping that the upgrade will arrive weeks and not months after the phone’s release.

I think Sony is making some very solid phones lately, and they could easily make a  Nexus phone, especially with Google’s guidance. It’s actually something I’d like to see, because of Sony’s more unique designs compared to everyone else (although they are starting to use them a little too often), because of their cameras, which I think are the best on the market as fast as “normal” phone cameras go, and their high-quality sound, thanks to their Walkman history.

It’s important to note that Sony also announced a Sony Xperia TX variant (Sony LT29) that has mostly the same specs, but with a dual core S3 processor instead. The TX comes in pink, and it will be available in some specific markets.

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Sony Mobile to layoff 1,000 employees over next two years

Posted by wicked August - 23 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Dark days are ahead for some folks working at Sony Mobile, as today the Japanese company announced plans to layoff a total of 1,000 workers. Sony Mobile, as many of you will remember, was once the struggling Sony Ericsson, until Sony bought the company out earlier this year $1.3 billion. It sounds like Sony is having a difficult time getting the mobile division back on its feet, as it will have let 1,000 employees go by the time March 2014 rolls around.


Around 650 of these 1,000 layoffs will happen at its mobile plant in Lund, Sweden, with the remainder of the layoffs affecting the company’s Swedish consultants. There is a bit of good news in that the Lund plant won’t be shutting down, but that will be little consolation to those losing their jobs.

Along with this round of layoffs comes some restructuring as well. Sony Mobile is getting ready to move its corporate headquarters from Lund to Tokyo, and will be doing so in October. The announcement of these layoffs comes after Sony cut its operating profit forecast for 2012/2013, which is just the latest in a long line of financial hits the company has taken recently.

Sony Mobile isn’t the only division within Sony that’s struggling to make a buck. Sony president Kazuo Hirai – who was promoted to the position earlier this year after serving as Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment – has a lot of work ahead of him, and unfortunately it seems that the company wasn’t able to avoid cutbacks in some areas. Keep it tuned to Android Community for more information, as we’ll update you if any new details about Sony Mobile surface.

[via SlashGear]



Xperia Ion Review – $100 4G LTE Android smartphone with 12 megapixel camera on AT&T

Posted by wicked August - 3 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Xperia Ion Review – $100 4G LTE Android smartphone with 12 megapixel camera on AT&T
Xperia Ion comes exclusively to AT&T’s 4G LTE network and is Sony’s first LTE smartphone. For $100 bucks on contract, you get a software and hardware feature-packed phone; including the highest 12.1 megapixel camera, 1.5 Ghz dual core processor, HDMI-out and media galore, but it ships with an older version of Android. Is that caveat [...]

Xperia Ion Review – $100 4G LTE Android smartphone with 12 megapixel camera on AT&T is a post from: AndroidTapp.com



Sony Xperia Arc and Neo officially updated to ICS

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

“Enough with the betas already,” said the international hardware giant, “they’re ready for the real thing.” Xperia Blog reports that Sony is rolling out the final version of its Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo phones, free for the asking for anyone who prefers up-to-date software. Sony had already updated the Arc S, Neo V, Ray and the Tablet S. The rest of the 2011 Xperia line, with the notable and disappointing exception of the Xperia PLAY, will be updated later.

Sony is taking a unique approach to its Android 4.0.4 updates, probably due to its habit of releasing more unlocked models in the Americas than other companies. Instead of over-the-air updates, Xperia owners will need to download installation files directly from Sony, then install the update via their PC. There’s still something of a rollout process – individual phones will be updated in batches, identified by the SI numbers on the back of their phones. Xperia Arc owners can check here, and Neo owners can check here.

Despite the Xperia PLAY debacle (and that’s quite a big thing to get past if you’re an Xperia PLAY owner), Sony has been refreshingly up-front with its intentions for upgrades. The beta program in particular is something we’ve rarely seen from manufacturers, though we’d certainly like to see more of it. Those who aren’t fans of Sony’s software are always free to root and mod their phones, as none of the devices have a locked bootloader.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : XPERIA Arc
    Manufactuer : Sony
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : January 06, 2011
    Release Date : March 21, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.20 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×854
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.92 Inch
  • Width : 2.48 Inch
  • Depth : 0.34 Inch
  • Weight : 117 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 430 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Qualcomm MSM8255
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : .512 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8.1 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via Phandroid]



Sony confirms: no Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia PLAY

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Android gamers, I’ve got some bad news for you: that issue earlier this week that saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY removed from Sony’s Ice Cream Sandwich update list has been confirmed. In a press statement today, Sony said that they were opting not to release a final Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, on the basis that a stable experience for both phone functions and gaming cannot be achieved on the older hardware.

Here’s Sony’s official statement:

In regards to Xperia PLAY, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY.

This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia PLAY smartphones.

Sony reached the decision after carefully monitoring feedback from the Beta Android 4.0 ROM that they made freely available to developers and other root users. Their claim of issues is backed up by independent reports. The combination of the Xperia PLAY‘s rather unique input hardware and Ice Cream Sandwich seems to cause some serious issues with games that don’t present a challenge for the more stable Gingerbread build.

Sony reaffirmed its commitment to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the other members of the 2011 Xperia line. Those of you who aren’t satisfied can still try the beta ROM, or opt for one of the Ice Cream Sandwich builds floating around the mod community, many of which are based on Android Open Source Project code. So, Sony, when are we getting an Xperia PLAY 2, huh?

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : XPERIA Play
    Manufactuer : Sony
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : February 13, 2011
    Release Date : April 01, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.00 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×854
  • Screen Type : TFT
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 4.69 Inch
  • Width : 2.44 Inch
  • Depth : 0.63 Inch
  • Weight : 175 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 425 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Snapdragon
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : .4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 2.0
    Location Features:
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :




Sony announces Ice Cream Sandwich delays – no OTA updates either

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Sony’s been uncharacteristically forthcoming when it comes to their plans on updating phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. The manufacturer committed to updating all of its 2011 Xperia phones to Android 4.0, a promise it’s already starting to make good on with ICS betas for The Xperia Play and others. Unfortunately, it looks like users will have to wait a little longer than they’d previously thought. Sony said in December that the first updated phones would be the Xperia Arc S , Neo V and Ray would be getting official updates in March, but they’ve bumped them back to mid-April. No word on the rest of the Xperia line, previously said to be updated in April or May.

In addition, Sony said that they won’t be sending out any updates over the air, as most Android manufacturers do in conjunction with mobile carriers. If you want an Ice Cream Sandwich update (when it becomes available), you’ll need to download it directly from Sony’s website and install it via their desktop clients, PC Companion and Bridge for OSX users. Sony says that they want to make sure customers make an informed decision before the major upgrade.

As unconventional as this approach is, I kind of dig it. One, anyone who’s Android-savvy enough to want Ice Cream Sandwich will be more than willing to put in a little legwork on their computer. And two, this may well get updates into the hands of consumers faster, helping to solve a problem that plagues the mobile platform. Who knows, maybe Sony can even skirt around US carriers, who almost always delay updates by a significant factor when compared to international contract-free phones.

If you’ve got an Xperia Play, Arc S , Neo V or Ray, you can download a beta ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich right now and avoid the wait (so long as you’re not particularly attached to your warranty). Everyone else should be getting  their updates in less than two months… we hope. Kudos to Sony for keeping us informed, at least.

[via PocketNow]



Customize Walkman Button on Some Xperia Devices

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

One of the more fun modifications out there is changing the hardware or capacitive buttons to something else. Mods exist that turn the search capacitive key into a camera button for some devices, for example. For those out there with Sony Ericsson Xperia devices with a Walkman button, you are now among those that can have those mods.

XDA Forum Member kenny313 has figured out the file that would be needed in order to modify the Walkman button to change it into a search button. From there, it is possible to change it to open pretty much any application or use any phone function that the user chooses. The file is called pm8058-keypad.kl, and you’ll need your favorite root file manager application to find it and edit it. However, once in the file, it’s a matter of changing a couple of lines of code to make it do what you will. As kenny313 says:

VENDOR_1 is used to tell android which action the key will take
so if we change VENDOR_1 to SEARCH wolkman key will be recognized as a SEARCH key.

After changing the code, it’s a simple matter of rebooting to make everything take effect. From there you can change it to practically anything you can think of as long as you know the code to use.

For those who want to change their Walkman buttons, head on over to the original thread for full instructions on how to do it and a rather long list of applications and commands you can set the Walkman button to. Be sure to make a backup before attempting, just in case.



Sony Xperia S Unboxing Vids and Leaked Promo [Videos]

Posted by wicked February - 21 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.

There is still some Sony Ericsson branding found inside the box, with the cables, chargers, and paperwork, but it makes sense that Sony is simply using up their old inventory.

Also from these videos, we get to see glimpses of what the Sony user interface looks like. They’re calling their custom skin UXP NXT, which I presume is supposed to stand for “User eXPerience NeXT”, alluding that this is the next evolution of their UI. Noticeable changes include the gallery, media player, and overall feel of the user interface.

The Xperia S, which features an anti-stain coating and fast charging, will also include an interesting feature called Fast Capture, which you can see in the second video below. By holding the physical camera button down while the phone is asleep, the camera app is launched and a photo is taken in under two seconds. Pretty nice.

So if you’re waiting for the launch of Sony’s first Android phone without the Ericsson name, watch the videos below to get your fix. March is not very far away!

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source: androidandme



Sony Xperia S promo video leaks teasing new UI changes

Posted by wicked February - 20 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

Sony is aiming for a big year in 2012 with Android and today we have a brand new promo video that has leaked. It shows us plenty of what we’ll be seeing with their new phones. Xperiablog got their hands on a promo video highlighting key new features of the Sony user interface that shows off a some beautiful new widgets, and even calls the UI “UXP NXT”.

We got an early hands-on with the ion and Xperia S at CES but this video shows a few things that weren’t present last month. The video highlights several key features including all new home screen, lock screen, FM radio, music player, gallery and widgets like you see at the beginning. Check it out, they even show some awesome 3D-type SPB shell stuff at the end. If you liked Sony’s Timescape UI before, you’ll love what is coming next.

Thoughts? Looks beautiful doesn’t it? Sony hasn’t been extremely popular here in the states but other regions have seen strong sales. With Sony looking to gain an edge in the mobile landscape and buying out Ericsson’s half we are hoping for some strong phones and awesome devices to follow. With a sharp UI and impressive widget effects like those shown on video — they are well on their way. It’s safe to assume many of the 2011 Sony Ericsson devices will be updated with this new UI but we can’t say for sure.