Computers, Smartphones & Tablets

Firmware Update on the Horizon for Sony Xperia E1 and Xperia M2

Xperia E1 Colours resizedSony has been giving its mobile fleet a booster shot all week long by bringing updates to the Xperia Z2, Xperia SP, Xperia E, and Xperia T2 Ultra among smaller app updates. Now the company has announced the next set of firmware updates and the lucky two smartphones are the Xperia E1 and Xperia M2. The Sony Xperia M2 was initially revealed in February as a mid-range smartphone with a quad-core processor.  Thanks to an accidental coding error on Sony’s own site, it seems that an updated Sony Xperia M2 Aqua D2403 is on the way in the near future that will likely bring a water resistant housing to the phone.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Gains Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Sony_Xperia_T2_UltraAs if Sony has woken up to the fact that they command an extensive fleet of Android devices, the company is checking another device off of its list of smartphones to upgrade. Earlier in the week, the Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia E, and Xperia SP were just two of the phones Sony rolled out new firmware for. Now, the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is receiving the red carpet treatment from Sony with a new firmware upgrade that brings the 6-inch phablet to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

What can we expect from the newest firmware update? Quite a bit, it seems like.

Sony Xperia Z2 Update 17.1.2.A.0.314 Now Live (Updated)

Sony Xperia Z2 Update 17.1.2.A.0.314

If you have in your position a Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone then you’ll notice something is awaiting you in the cloud. Starting today, the Sony Xperia Z2 update 17.1.2.A.0.314 is live though what changes it brings with it are currently elusive. Those who’ve initiated the update are reporting no changes in their Android build indicating that Sony is not yet ready to move beyond Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Many had hoped that the firmware update would bring with it Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

As is with the way Sony handles firmware updates, the Sony Xperia Z2 build 17.1.2.A.0.314 is not available in all countries. After the jump, we get into more detail.

Sony Xperia Z3 to Offer 802.11ac Wireless?

Sony Xperia Z3 802.11ac

Thanks to our friends at the FCC, we already know that the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603) has been approved for the United States. This means that Sony is legally able to sell their next flagship Android smartphone if they so wish, though I wouldn’t expect it to arrive in the US for many months after its international launch. Now thanks to the FCC, we may have uncovered another detail about the Xperia Z3 which would truly make it a next generation smartphone.

iPhone 6 to Feature Sony 13-Megapixel Exmor IMX220 Camera Sensor?

Sony Exmor IMX220When the iPhone 6 launches later this year, it’s expected to do large numbers with its rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes. Beyond offering a larger display, it’s believed that Apple will be upping the megapixel count on their front facing camera which is already the world’s most popular way to take photos. For the last three iterations of the iPhone, Apple has tapped Sony to provide the image sensor and has opted to keep the same Sony’s IMX145 8-megapixel 1/3.2” sensor. In order to improve photo quality with each model, Apple has instead tweaked the iPhone lens to better use available light and other similar tweaks to the camera. With a complete shift in design and size, it’s now believed that Apple will be once again tapping Sony for the iPhone 6 sensor but this time, with a higher megapixel count. So what can we expect Sony to provide Apple? Let’s talk details.

Sony Splits Contacts App on Android; Updates to 16.1.B.3.2

Sony Android Contacts 16.1.B.3.2

If you’ve been rocking Android 4.4.4 on your Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact which the US is finally getting, or the Z1 Ultra then this news is for you. In a trend that current affects the mentioned phones which will likely expand to all current Xperia smartphones, Sony is separating the Contacts app from all firmware updates and instead is planning on treating as a standalone app. Sony already does this with their media apps like Walkman which was just updated to build 8.4.A.1.4. With that move, the Contacts update 16.1.B.3.2 went live as well.

After the jump, we discuss why this is an important step for Sony and what Contacts 16.1.B.3.2 brings with it.

Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603) is Approved by the FCC

Sony_Xperia_Z3_ D6603_FCCIn the past, the FCC has been our best friend at revealing Sony’s hand for upcoming devices, particularly smartphones. For those not familiar, the FCC, or Federal Communications Commission, must approve all electronic products with wireless capabilities in the United States. This can range from simple Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to more advanced wireless features like LTE. The latest device to make its rounds through the FCC appears to be the Sony Xperia Z3, the company’s next flagship Android smartphone.

Sony Xperia SP Update 12.1.A.1.207 Certified

Sony Xperia SPSeemingly out of nowhere, Sony has been quietly updating older Xperia smartphones. Just the other day, the Sony Xperia E update 11.3.A.2.33 went live which brought minor changes. Now, the Sony Xperia SP update 12.1.A.1.207 has been certified, so let’s talk details.

Sony Xperia E Update 11.3.A.2.33 Now Live

Sony_Xperia_EReleased in early 2013, the Sony Xperia E was always designed as an entry level smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor with only 3G connectivity, 320 x 480 pixels display, and 3.1-megapixel camera meant the Xperia E also carried an appropriate price of ₹9,290 when released in India. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, Sony has released a new update, taking the Xperia E build from 11.3.A.2.23 to 11.3.A.2.33.

After the jump, let’s talk about the Sony Xperia E update 11.3.A.2.33.

Sony Xperia Z2 Gets Disassembled in Length on Camera

Sony_Xperia_Z2_DissembledTill the Sony Xperia Z3 is released to the public, the Xperia Z2 will continue to be the flagship Android smartphone from Sony. Boasting some incredible specs, the Xperia Z2 is a phone that’s to be reckoned with, even half a year later. But let’s say for one reason or another, you’ve already moved onto another phone and have a spare Xperia Z2 or maybe simply you like taking things apart.

After the jump, the folks at Witrigs will show you how to disassemble the Sony Xperia Z2 and conveniently have spare parts on their site in case you were to break the magnetic charging flex, for instance. While the video isn’t for the faint of heart and I wouldn’t recommend anybody doing this purely for fun, the video offers great details for those who work in the repair industry and/or for those who are interested in repairing their damaged Z2. It’s also worth noting that by doing this, you’re 100% voiding your warranty so again, don’t do this for the sake of doing it, especially if the Xperia Z2 is your main phone.

Sony Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 App Update Now Live

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If you’ve been enjoying the Sony Walkman app on your Android phone then listen up. Sony is rolling out the Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 update which brings with it some good UI tweaks and the inevitable “bug fixes” that tend to come with all software and firmware updates. Those looking to get their hands on the latest Walkman app update need Android 4.2 or higher on their smartphone and can download the small in size Walkman 8.4.A.1.4 update over the air (OTA).

After the jump, let’s talk details and device compatibility for the new Walkman app.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua (D2403) – A Water Resistant Variant?

Sony_Xperia_M2Revealed in early Spring, the Sony Xperia M2 (pictured above) is a mid-level Android smartphone from Sony that still packs a punch. As a recap, the 4.8-inch phone features a 1.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor, with an 8-megapixel camera, LTE connectivity, and NFC for easy pairing with other accessories (preferably those from Sony right?). Now thanks to the powers of the internet, a group of users found a rogue XML address from Sony’s own site that points to a yet to be announced device, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua D2403.

Google Ends ‘Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition’

Sony_Z_Ultra_Google_Play_EditionLate last year, Google introduced the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. While the phablet was everything we’d come to know about the device that offers a 6.4-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) Triluminos display on a Qualcomm 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, and 4G LTE connectivity, there was one big difference. Google and not Sony would be handling the software on the device. This meant more timely Android updates and no custom Sony software like their highly liked Timescape skin. Pros and cons for a fantastic, albeit niche device.

Now all of that is coming to an end.