Telstra pushing Android 4.2.2 to HTC One XL and Xperia Z over the air

HTC One XL and Xperia Z owners will have been seeing an update to Android 4.2.2 on their phone over the last couple of weeks. Craig on the Telstra Crowd Support forum has advised that the Xperia Z began seeing the Android 4.2.2 update beginning its rollout on the 30th of August while the HTC One XL began on Monday. The Xperia Z 4.2.2 update has been listed as including the following updates : General stability and performance improvements New settings available: "Increasing Ringtone" and "Pulse Notification" Application security improvements Lockscreen widgets Customisable "Quick Settings" in the notification bar (max 10) Transparent notification and... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z Ultra coming to Optus, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Sony Stores

Although it's not Sony's newest device, the relatively new Xperia Z Ultra -- a larger Xperia Z -- will be launching here in Australia very, very soon. Sony Mobile confirmed that Optus would be the only carrier to have the device at launch. Retailers such as Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, and Sony's own stores will also stock the device, with Harvey Norman confirming to Ausdroid that it will available for pre-order online later this afternoon for $733 -- Dick Smith will also open pre-orders this afternoon. For the first 250 people to pre-order the Xperia Z Ultra, they will... Continue reading

Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

You'd be forgiven for missing the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, with all the announcements made at IFA last night there was a large number of devices from various manufacturers announced, but in terms of camera, the Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most promising. Sony advised in their launch that they expected to launch the Xperia Z1 globally this month so we reached out to Sony as well as the Australian Carriers to find out which ones will be carrying the device. The Sony online store will be accepting pre-orders for the Z1 from Sony online from... Continue reading

Sony QX10 and QX100 lens cameras officially announced.

The Sony detachable 'lens cameras' designed to attach to your mobile phone have just been made official at the press event held at IFA in Berlin. The two models are the DSCQX10 and the DSCQX100 which are available in Black and White. Both the devices pair to your device using NFC to initiate a WiFi connection and pictures are stored on an SD Card built into the unit. The DSCQX10 contains an 18MP sensor with a f/3.3-f/5.9 lens that offers a 10x Optical Zoom. The DSCQX100 offers a slightly higher end 20MP sensor but a much better f/1.8-f/4.9 lens... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z1 officially announced – 20.7MP Camera with ‘G’ Lens

Sony has just announced the Xperia Z1 - the phone formerly known as 'Honami'. The phone comes in a unibody aluminum shell in black, white and purple and is heavily focused on imaging. The phone contains a 20.7MP camera behind a G Lens which Sony has advised will have zero loss of clarity. The phone will be fully waterproof and dustproof, carrying an IP55 & IP58. Specs for the Xperia Z1 are as leaked this morning : 5-inch 1920x1080 (441 ppi) TFT, Triluminous, X-Reality Display 2.2GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 / Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM ... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z1 specs released via leaked press release

Sony's upcoming flagship device -- the Xperia Z1 -- has had its renders and specs leaked onto the internet for all to see. So let's get a rundown of these specs that we'll hopefully see confirmed at Sony's event tomorrow morning. 5-inch 1920x1080 (441 ppi) TFT, Triluminous, X-Reality Display 2.2GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 / Adreno 330 GPU 2GB RAM / 16GB Internal MicroSD Slot 3000mAh Battery Water / Dust Resistant (IP55/IP58) 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS CMOS Camera 144 x 74 x 8.5mm / 170 grams Running Android 4.2.2 -- in true Sony fashion. So there we have it, the leaked info about the Xperia Z1. It's impressive... Continue reading

Sony QX100 Lens attachment US pricing leaked.

If Sony's external lens concept that has been leaking like a sieve has captured your attention, then the price may just make you baulk before reaching for your wallet. SonyAlphaRumours - the original source of the external lens attachment leak - is advising that the QX100, the higher end of the two lens attachments will be priced at US$450. They've also found pricing in New Taiwanese Dollar from Taiwanese site ePrice who is advising that they will cost - QX100 = NT$14,900 = AUD557.29 QX10 = NT$6,900 = AUD258.07 The AUD price is not taking into account a price hike to cover... Continue reading

Sony teases their upcoming flagship in new promo video

September 4th is nearly upon us and that means we'll soon see what all the teases that have been coming out have been about. The video teaser shows off the upcoming phone which seems to depart from the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z in having a more chamfered edge making it a litle easier to hold. https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/372269294689591298 They've been pushing the #BestOfSony hashtag fairly heavily with these teases and at nearly six months since the launch of the Xperia Z, they're almost due for a flagship refresh. With a rumoured Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5" 1080P screen, 20MP camera with support... Continue reading

Sony maintenance update for certain Xperia devices coming, new features added

Sony have confirmed via their blog, that a maintenance update for the Xperia S, Xperia SL and Xperia Arco S is coming soon and based on feedback, they have added some new features along with the usual performance and stability fixes. The following has been taken directly from the Sony blog website: For camera, we’ve… Addressed an abnormality in the white balance. Improved the “Quick Launch” button functionality. Smoothed out (1080p) video recording, minimizing lag. For apps, services & data, we’ve… Streamlined Exchange Active Sync, particularly when running an encrypted set-up. Boosted connection stability for 2G network data. Ensured preferences on 3rd party apps remain after reboot –... Continue reading

Sony ‘Honami’ teased again – My what a big Eye you have.

If an Android based camera phone is what you want and the Galaxy S4 Zoom isn't doing it for you then the lens being shown off on this latest teaser tweet from the Sony Xperia twitter account could tempt you into an Xperia phone very shortly. Have we captured your attention yet...? #bestofSony pic.twitter.com/FJ5zus1rWn— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 26, 2013 As Adam our resident Sony Xperia fan said of this latest teaser 'Gentlemen, you had my curiosity. But now you have my attention'. With a rumoured 20MP camera capable of capturing 4K video, that lens is going to... Continue reading

Will the Xperia Z1 ‘Honami’ be both waterproof and colourful?

The Xperia 'Honami' or as it may be called the Z1 when it's officially announced as expected just prior to the IFA conference in Germany, has been teased again for a second time in two days by the Sony Xperia Twitter feed. The latest official teaser, shows up just a day after we were shown the first real look at of all things, the power button. This time being shown that the phone, as with most of the Xperia Z stable of devices, will be waterproof : https://twitter.com/sonyxperia/status/370818955386290176 It's a fairly limited look at the phone, but XperiaBlog have something a... Continue reading

Sony shows of a hint of Honami with a picture of a dedicated power button.

The Sony Mobile Twitter feed has released a teaser for a new phone tweeting with the hashtag #BestOfSony. Now, with very few products on the horizon, the most obvious candidate is the oft rumoured Sony Honami or Z1 as it could possibly be announced as. It’s the smartphone everyone’s been talking about... not long now #bestofSony pic.twitter.com/y3Zo3RlV7c— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) August 22, 2013 There's not much to the tweet and the photo merely shows a dedicated photo button nested next to what could be either a volume rocker or power button, depending on the button placement on... Continue reading

Sony Honami could be called Xperia Z1, press renders leaked

Sony has announced their pre-IFA press conference on September 4 in Berlin, and it's widely expected that they'll formally announce and possibly launch their latest flagship smartphone, which has been leaking with the code-name 'Honami' which is being called the 'Xperia Z1' by unwiredview. The Honami has leaked countless times so far, but there has never been a solid indicator of what it will end up being called once it goes on sale. There have been mumblings a while back suggesting that it would become the Xperia i1. But according to Twitter member @doomlord_xda and backed up by... Continue reading