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Sony makes its Xperia background defocus app available in Google Play

Continuing its recent trend of releasing its apps into the Google Play Store, Sony has now made the background defocus camera app available to download, too. Of course, you'll still need a Sony Xperia phone to use it – it plugs into the camera rather than being a standalone app – and you'll...
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony sets base US pricing for Xperia Z2 Tablet at $499.99

Sony has told us today what the Xperia Z2 Tablet is going to cost here in the U.S. The 10.1-inch premium tablet will cost $500 for the 16GB version or $600 for the 32GB version for Wifi-only models. This lines up closely with the £399 and £449 price we've seen for the United Kingdom. Sony also...
Sony Xperia ZL

Sony to roll out Android 4.4 to Xperia Z hardware in May

Sony is set to bring Android 4.4 (KitKat) to consumers this coming May, according to the Sony website. Those who own older Xperia Z products will be updated to the later version of the operating system. This covers the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z. We previously looked at the company'...
Update for Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra fixes KitKat audio bug

Update for Sony Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra fixes KitKat audio bug

There's an update available for Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra that promises to fix a speaker issue that cropped up when the handsets were updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The new firmware build 14.3.A.0.757 corrects the bug that sent audio through the handset speaker (the one you use...
Sony Xperiz Z2

Gapping and 4K heat reported by Sony Xperia Z2 owners

With widespread delays reported, Sony's having a tough time getting its new flagship phone, the Xperia Z2, out to consumers around the world. But even in countries where the Z2 has already gone on sale, there are reports of hardware issues affecting some users. Following the Xperia Z2's recent...
Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 available from Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u next week

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse sends news that it'll begin stocking Sony's new Xperia Z2 in limited quantities from next week, ahead of the handset's general availability on May 1. The 5.2-inch Z2 sells for £549.99 outright, and is also available on 24-month contracts through EE, T-Mobile, Orange...
Sony Lifelog and SmartBand

Sony Lifelog app now available in Google Play for Xperia Z2, expanding to other Sony phones

Sony's Lifelog application is now available in Google Play for the Xperia Z2, and will be coming soon to Xperia devices running Android 4.4.2. The Lifelog application, and the Sony Smartband (available at Newegg) work in tandem to keep track of your movement, and capture your physical, social,...
Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 delayed to June in Hong Kong

Sony's Xperia Z2, already held back in parts of Europe, has been delayed even further into the summer in Hong Kong. A post on Sony Mobile Hong Kong's Facebook page says the phone is expected to arrive in June, while thanking fans for their patience and support. No reason was presented for the...
Blurring the background: Understanding focus, defocus, refocus and Ufocus

Blurring the background: Understanding focus, defocus, refocus and Ufocus

Your HTC One M8 isn't a Lytro, but that doesn't mean you can't create some neat-looking effects Background defocus effects are the hot new feature for smartphone cameras this year. Sony, Nokia, LG, Samsung and HTC are all offering DSLR-like bokeh effects in photos through software trickery....
Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1 LTE now available to buy from Sony U.S.

16GB black model available for $619.99 Sony has made the SIM-unlocked LTE version of the Xperia Z1 available in the US. Sold through the Sony web store in black, purple and white, the soon-to-be-outdated Android device (remember, the Z2 is launching this month in some countries) is going for $...
Xperia Z1 Compact with KitKat

Sony: Fix coming for Xperia KitKat audio bug

Since Sony's Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra started receiving their Android 4.4 KitKat updates a couple of weeks back, some Xperia owners have been reporting audio glitches on their devices. Specifically, a troublesome bug would sometimes cause notifications and calls to be played through the...
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

An updated Sony 'Compact' could be headed to Japan

Sony 'Altair' looks like an refreshed Z1 Compact for Docomo The small but mighty Sony Xperia Z1 Compact might have only just arrived in the West, but it's old news in Japan, where it's been available since December under the Xperia Z1 f monicker. And there are already signs a refreshed "Compact...
Sony Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 to be a Bell exclusive in Canada, launching in May

Canadian carrier Bell has locked down an exclusive on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z2. This bad boy’s waterproof, shoots 4K video, and packs a beefy 3200 mAh battery. We got our filthy mitts all over the Z2 when it was announced back at MWC. The Canadian launch will also include that new Michael...
Sony Xperia Z2 teardown

Sony Xperia Z2 gets torn apart, insides examined

The Sony Xperia Z2 is easily one of the more anticipated phones of the year — bezels and all — and as such it’s time to tear that sucker down. Mobile China’s done the deed, stripping the phone down from its fully assembled form to something that looks like, well, it looks like a smartphone that’s...
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Sony handing out Michael Jackson's new XSCAPE album to Xperia Z1s, Z2 buyers

Michael Jackson fans that also purchase certain Sony Xperia smartphones are in for a treat come May 13. The latest album from the King of Pop, Xscape, will be made available for free on launch day through the Sony Xperia Lounge app on devices including the Xperia Z1s and Xperia Z2. Xperia Z2...
Sony Xperia E1

Sony Xperia E1 goes on sale in Europe, direct from Sony for as little as €119

The Sony Xperia E1, the 4-inch Android phone with a 100db speaker, is now on sale throughout Europe. Purchasing through Sony's online store will cost £159 in the UK, though Amazon UK and Handtec are each selling the phone for £119. Prices in the rest of Europe range from €119 in Italy, €139 in...
Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2 up for pre-order on O2 + Three UK, availability still a month out

Further signs of Xperia Z2 stock shortages Sony's new flagship smartphone, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z2, is now available to pre-order from British networks O2 and Three — though customers may not receive their devices before late April or early May. O2 has the purple and black Z2 available for pre-...
Xperia Z2

Sony Xperia Z2 will still be available in the UK in April

Sony working hard to deliver pre-orders made through key partners though demand might not be met across the board There has been some talk that the new Sony Xperia Z2 may be delayed from its expected April availability in the UK and other locations. The potential issue was highlighted once more...
Sony Smartwatch 2

Sony not boarding the Android Wear train with its Smartwatch line

Already too invested in its own platform to make the switch Sony has been making smartwatches for a while now, but anyone hoping for an Android Wear flavored Smartwatch 3 and beyond will be disappointed. In an interview with CNET, Sony's Ravi Nookala, said that won't be happening. "We've...
Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet on sale in the UK from £399

Buy from Sony and get a 3-year warranty for a penny Sony's latest tablet offering, the not-so-elegantly named Xperia Z2 Tablet, is now on sale in the UK. Sony has put it up for sale on its own online store with prices starting at £399 for the 16GB Wifi-only model. Double the on-board storage...

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