Sony begins rolling out Android 4.4 update to Xperia Z Ultra, Z1 and Z1 Compact

Sony has announced via their SonyMobile Blog that they have begun the rollout of Android 4.4 to the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, but as usual it's only to unlocked devices. There's quite a bit that's new in the update including some new PS4 UI stylings which is interesting, but not unexpected as Sony is still interested in the 'One Sony' branding across their product range. There's updates to Apps and the Sony Xperia Themes look interesting as well. The complete changelog : Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance... Continue reading

Xperia Z2 going head to head on price with the Galaxy S5 at Mobicity – now available to pre-order

Although most of the press from Mobile World Congress was focused on the launch of the Galaxy S5, the other phone to impress at the communications conference was the Sony Xperia Z2. Mobicity has just announced that they've opened pre-orders for the phone, and it appears to be going head to head with the Galaxy S5 on price as well as specs. Mobicity are accepting pre-orders for the Xperia Z2, in Black, White and Purple colour options asking $899.95 + Delivery for the Sony flagship, the same price as the Galaxy S5. Stock is expected to begin arriving either on... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 104 – Wearing out the wearables

Welcome to episode 104 of the Ausdroid podcast! We only managed to cover Nokia's and Samsung's announcements from Mobile World Congress in episode 103, so this week we covered other announcements and - of course - the news of the week. Hosted by Jason Murray, with Scott Plowman and Adam Ricket. Topics: TV shows now available on Google Play in Australia Sony: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet LG: F Series (and don't forget the L Series III) HTC: Desire 610, 816 Huawei: Mediapad Tablets, Ascend G6 Wearables at MWC: Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Sony unveil their new Xperia Z2 flagship

The Sony Xperia Z2 has just been unveiled by Kunimasa Suzuki, the CEO and President of Sony Mobile Communications. The new bigger brother to the Xperia Z1 doesn't have a large hardware improvement over its predecessor, although there are a few noticeable differences to refresh our thoughts on what a flagship phone should be able to do. So let's get into the specs of the Xperia Z2: Omnibalanced design with more rounded edges compared to the Xperia Z1 5.2- inch 1920 x 1080 (424ppi) TRILUMINOUS Display with the X-Reality mobile picture engine 2.3GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) / Adreno™ 330... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Sony’s new SmartWear Experience – Lifelogging, flexible SmartBand and Life tools

Sony have just made launched their next endeavour into wearable smart devices with the SmartBand, a flexible fitness tracker that's designed to pair with smartphone using Bluetooth via NFC to log health statistics. The SmartBand is being touted by the company as a 24/7 wearable device. The company has stated that the Smartband is waterproof and while initially available only in black, more vibrant colours will be made available at a later date still to be announced. There will also be a special edition version of the Smartband which will be available in time to help celebrate the 2014... Continue reading

[MWC 2014] Sony announce the mid-range Xperia M2

While most of the focus of Sony's MWC event was on its 2 new flagships, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Tablet Z2, they also announced another phone, the Sony Xperia M2. Following on from last year's Xperia M, the M2 is a 4.8-inch phone aimed at the mid-range market, with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 960x540-pixel display, 8-megapixel camera, 2300mAh battery and LTE. Like it's predecessor, the M2 will be available in a few different colours; black, white, and purple. The M2 will be running Android 4.3 at first, but Sony promises... Continue reading

Sony teases MWC reveal with ‘Something extraordinary is coming from Sony…’ video

It's time to ramp up the MWC teasers apparently with Sony also launching a Mobile World Congress teaser overnight. As usual the teaser doesn't actually show any products instead leaving it up to the viewers imagination to infer what is coming, so...Half Life 3 confirmed? In all seriousness, we expect, nay, hope to see the Xperia Z2 phone, as well as possibly the Xperia Tablet Z2 - perhaps even a Z2 Ultra - at the Sony Press event which is scheduled for 8:30am on the 24th of February in Barcelona. Continue reading

Xperia Tablet Z2 appears in render form and more rumoured specs

After posting purported specs of the Xperia Tablet Z2 yesterday, @evleaks has followed up this morning with a press render of what the tablet will look like and for those people who were fans of the hard rectangular Xperia Tablet Z, the design of the Tablet Z2 appears very similar. Despite being the best leaker in the business, @evleaks isn't alone however with a new Twitter account appearing with some further information on the Xperia Tablet Z2 and more press renders. @Gadgetleaks only appeared in the last 12 hours and concurs with the specs that EvLeaks released... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 to be thinner, faster and running Kit Kat

The Xperia Tablet Z was a surprisingly nice tablet, that Sony launched last year, surprising in that the last two tablets from Sony the Xperia Tablet S and Tablet P weren't generally speaking raging successes but the light, thin, fast, waterproof design of the Tablet Z was quite an attractive package, now it looks like a Tablet Z2 is coming up soon. @Evleaks has just provided the specs for what they believe Sony will call the Xperia Tablet Z2, previously known by the codename 'Castor' : The specs update the CPU from a Snapdragon S4 Pro to last year's SoC of... Continue reading

Sony Xperia G coming soon – a mid-range handset with 8MP camera

While the main hype for Sony products is for their high-end flagship models, there's always room in the market for their mid-range devices and according to @vizileaks, that new handset will be the Xperia G. Shown off initially with the Xperia Z to give an idea of the phone's total footprint, ViziLeaks then proceeded to give some possible specs for the device : Additionally, you can see the microSD card slot in the first picture and GSMArena believe that there will be no Ingress Protection on the Xperia G. The Sony MWC launch will conflict with the Nokia MWC event with... Continue reading

New leaks of the Sony ‘Sirius’ D6503 gives a look at the hardware and software

The next Sony flagship phone, known by the codeword 'Sirius' has apparently been getting around a fair bit with the device appearing last night in a video tour of the UI from the phone and now tonight the black and white versions have appeared on Chinese site Digi-wo. The video tour concentrates on the UI but not the hardware, the maker of the video assures us the software is not final but still in testing. The video shows the lock screen complete with Camera shortcut and a look a the Camera App later on, there's also a demonstration of... Continue reading

Sony QX100 Lens-style Camera — First Impressions

Camera phones have been around for more than a decade, and not a lot has changed with their overall function in this time. Modern smartphones may have more advanced specifications compared to the early camera phones, but they still function like a simple point and shoot camera. Now Sony is trying to change our views on how smartphones interface with cameras with their range of QX lens-style cameras. These cameras look and function similarly to a compact camera lens, with the ability to control it from any Android (2.3+) or iOS device. The Sony QX100 camera includes... Continue reading

Sony QX Lens Style Cameras updated to support Full 1080P and more

We've talked about Sony's QX10 and QX100 "lens-style cameras" a lot in the past, and it's nice to see Sony committing to keeping the cameras up to date with new firmware. Sony's January update introduced a few new features: Users now have the ability to change the ISO setting, an increased video recording resolution from (up from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080, or 1080p) and added a Priority Shutter speed function to the QX100. If you've been waiting to jump on board the lens-style camera bandwagon, Sony isn't actually the only game in town. Taiwan-based Altek launched their "Cubic"... Continue reading