Well that didn’t take long. Just yesterday we saw Sony prepping some Jelly Bean updates for Xperia T devices, and today they’ve officially started rolling out. The update that’s been hitting devices matches what was on the original website, so it looks legit. As of right now, the update is confirmed live in just the Netherlands, but it’s bound to pop up on other parts of the globe. Let us know in the comments if you’re getting your taste of Jelly Bean on your device.
source: Xperia Blog
Those of you living in the UK are one step closer to getting the Sony Xperia Z smartphone in their hands. At the time of this writing, the smartphone is now available for pre-order through O2, Three UK, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. Pricing for the device will vary by the retailer and carrier, so you’ll need to hit past the break in order to get all the juicy deets.
Those of you out there who own a variant of the Sony Xperia T smartphone are about to get a taste of some buttery goodness in the near-future. According to the PTCRB website, a new firmware version of 9.1.A.0.489 has been certified for the Xperia T (LT30p) and Xperia TX (LT29i) smartphones— which effectively moves the software up from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Oh and owners of an American variant of the smartphone won’t be left out either— the Xperia TL (LT30at) for AT&T is also getting a new firmware version certified with 9.1.F.1.120, which would also bring the device up to Jelly Bean as well.
So while the new pieces of firmware have been certified, it would still be a matter of weeks before we see the update land on the respective devices. Hopefully the different Xperia T owners out there will be able to contain themselves in the meantime.
source: Xperia Blog
Sony has kicked off a new pilot project to bring a remote security service to market for owners of their Xperia smartphone devices. Sony is calling it “my Xperia” as they pilot the service in the Nordics and target a global release during the second quarter of 2013. One of the individuals behind the service, Sony Experience Planner Marcin Zielinski, described some of the service’s features in a one sentence blurb as helping “you locate your misplaced Sony smartphone and protect your personal data.”
I think Sony gets the prize for using just about every letter in the alphabet. I dare anyone to rattle off all the phones they have released in the past two years. My family tree is less complicated than Sony’s chart of phones. It looks like Sony has no intentions of slowing down because word is they plan on adding Xperia SP and the Xperia L to the mix.
The Xperia SP will feature a transparent bar so it will be in the NXT series, and since there is an “S” in the name, it will be similar to the Xperia S. It will feature a 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and Adreno 320 grahics. The codename is Huashan and the model is C530X (C5302, C5303, C5306).
The Xperia L is going to be a lower-end phone. It will feature a FWVGA (854 x 480) display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, and Adreno 305 graphics. No word on the codename, but the model is C210X (C2104 and C2105).
The whispers are suddenly starting to become screams and shouts about a new Sony phablet that’s on the way. In case you’re not familiar, Sony has a smartphone codenamed “Togari” that is expected to measure in with a 6.44-inch panel surrounding the device. According to Ramu from the Esato forums, Sony plans on equipping its phablet beast with a Snapdragon 800 series processor, a 6-inch (or larger) full HD screen, a 3,500mAh battery and wait for it—- an actual stylus that would compliment the device is possibly in the works as well.
So while it is still a little early to tell, it appears that Sony certainly is intent on making a Galaxy Note III killer and take a major bite of the phablet market share. We know you are all itching to grab more deets, so head on down to the source link to get a better idea of what Sony is cooking.
Say hello to the Xperia C5303 HuaShan smartphone— Sony’s next great mid-range device for 2013. Rumored specs of the device includes a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T processor, an HD display and Jelly Bean 4.1.2 as some of the noteworthy features powering the intriguing smartphone. Design-wise, the smartphone features a look that’s consistent with the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones such as the on-screen virtual buttons and a circular metal power key in the middle of the right side. In addition— the smartphone seems to have some extra heft in its chassis, indicating that it is probably a device that will likely be water and dust-proof.
Despite the world now seeing this attractive phone in all its glory, Sony is staying mum for now and won’t give up any additional details about the device at this time. The good thing however is that we shouldn’t fret— Sony is expected to showcase the device at MWC this year, so it’s literally a matter of weeks before we see this thing in person.
Sony is hoping for a hit with the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. Both certainly seem like really nice phones from what I saw at CES. Probably the most unique feature is the waterproof and dustproof aspect, but will this be enough to put a dent into Samsung’s market share?
They certainly seem to be trying to get a jump start ahead of other flagship devices that will be announced at Mobile World Congress. According to Yodobashi Camera in Japan, the release date will be February 9, and they already have working demo units for you to try out. The picture above was taken in the Kichijoji store. They didn’t tell us pricing yet, but I am sure word will drop soon. Will this be Sony’s breakout year?
You can also check out our hands on from CES on both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.
Still waiting on that Jelly Bean update for your Xperia T? If you’re the adventurous type, Sony has released an alpha build of Jelly Bean for the T for you to play with, flashable via Sony’s own flashing tool for unlocked Xperias. There’s a few issues with this build, though; no WiFi, no Bluetooth, no mobile data, and no Google apps, and you won’t be able to update to the official firmware once it’s released. It’s basically the build for a fancy MP3 player at this point. The UI also hasn’t been updated to reflect the newer versions that will likely be the same as on the Xperia Z. So unless you’re an adventurous developer, you may want to wait for this build to get touched up a bit on XDA before flashing. But if you just can’t wait, hit the source below to get the download link.
source: Sony Mobile
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol.