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horrible design, what is sony upto ??

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Sony Mobile ends software support for Xperia S, ion, P, U, go and more

Final software support Sony Xperia


Every phone has a finite life when it comes to firmware updates, after which it is no longer commercially viable for the company to keep producing updates or it could be the case that the hardware no longer supports future upgrades. Well, Sony Mobile has today confirmed that a number of its older smartphones will “not receive any further software upgrade support”.

The phones which are no longer supported on the software side are anywhere between 18 months and two years old, so most people wouldn’t necessarily expect support beyond this time frame. We understand that the full list of phones where software support is now EoL includes the following models: Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo and Xperia U.

We appreciate that Sony Mobile is now providing some transparency over when software support for a phone has ceased. At least it avoids people hoping and wishing for an update. You will notice that Sony has begun to update some of the support pages for the above mentioned phones under the Android version overview, which says “Latest & final version” for the phones where software support has ended.

Xperia S EoL

We can imagine that this may upset some customers, but looking at it objectively, if you are one of those affected, how long did you expect software support to last? Do you think support ended too soon for your phone? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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Sony ends support for the Xperia T, TX and V

Xperia T Final software_Thumb


The time has come for Sony Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V owners. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be the last major Android version for these handsets as the company has confirmed on its software support pages that this is the final version (EoL).

Xperia SP owners will have to wait to see whether they will get KitKat as Sony says this version is still “under investigation“.

Xperia T Final software

Xperia TX Final software

Xperia V Final software

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Xperia Z2 on sale in UAE through Etisalat

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Etisalat is the largest carrier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and up until now has not offered Sony’s recent Xperia smartphones. Both the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 were sold through DU (the second service provider in UAE). Well it looks like Etisalat didn’t want to miss out on the action when it comes to the Xperia Z2, as they are currently have the handset on sale.

The handset can be picked up for no cost if you sign up to Etisalat’s new Postpaid smartphone plan. On an 18-month contract, you can get 300 flexi-minutes and a 10GB monthly data package for AED 400 (£65, €80, $109) per month with no upfront charge for the Xperia Z2. If you want it on a 12-month contract, you will need to pay AED 500 upfront for the handset and AED 250 per month. The handset is available now through all Etisalat outlets and authorised dealers.

Xperia Z2 Etisalat

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High-res audio and DSEE HX added to Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

High-res audio and DSEE HX added to Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra


Sony Mobile has enhanced the audio capabilities of the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, by officially enabling high-resolution audio and DSEE HX in the latest firmware update (build number 50.1.A.13.83).

DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales your existing audio to near high-resolution quality, while high-resolution audio requires the use of a compatible headset. Seems like a decent update for Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra owners.

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By: Ingus Keivs

2014-10-28 12.20.29



The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has started to ship to those that pre-ordered the tablet in the UK. Checking the Sony.co.uk website it appears all SKUs of the tablet are temporaily out of stock at the moment but we have been contacted by a number of people today that have already received their tablets. We would imagine that it will begin to roll across other retailers and throughout Europe over the next week.

2014-10-28 12.20.29



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Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)

Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)



Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that moves the build number from 47.2.A.10.28 to version 47.2.A.10.45. The new update adds the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We have not noticed any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

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Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)



Sony Mobile has been rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium), which moves the firmware number from 52.0.A.8.14 to build version 52.0.A.8.25. The latest update includes the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. There is little else that we have noticed has changed, but if you have updated to this build, please chime in with your experiences in the comments below.

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Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)

Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)



Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the March 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below.

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Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020



Sony shall be chopping up to 50 % of its smartphone staff by 2020 so as to flip a revenue, in accordance to a report from Nikkei. The information places into context yesterday’s news round Sony merging its cell, imaging and TV divisions, in addition to closing its Beijing smartphone manufacturing unit.

The report says that up to 2,000 jobs out of a complete of 4,000 jobs shall be minimize throughout the subsequent yr, by March 2020. Sony is trying to take out fastened prices within the enterprise, in addition to reshaping its procurement capabilities. Nikkei says that Japanese staff shall be transferred to different divisions, whereas voluntary retirement shall be supplied in Europe and China.

As a results of the transfer, Sony Mobile will focus its gross sales to Europe and East Asia, whereas limiting gross sales to Southeast Asia, as we’ve already started to see. This transfer is due to smartphone gross sales falling sooner than anticipated, each for Sony and the trade itself. We simply surprise if Sony’s ever-shrinking smartphone enterprise shall be ready to compete once more – taking out useful resource solely makes the problem that rather more insurmountable.

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Sony restructures to hide mobile performance; closes smartphone factory

Sony restructures to hide mobile performance; closes smartphone factory



Sony has announced that it’ll mix its mobile enterprise with its imaging and TV companies ranging from 1 April 2019. The transfer will see the Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S), Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S) and Mobile Communications (MC) companies merge to mix one unit known as Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S).

EP&S shall be headed up by Shigeki Ishizuka (presently accountable for imaging), with Ichiro Takagi serving as deputy (presently accountable for TV). So what does this imply in observe? Well it ought to guarantee even nearer ranges of collaboration between Sony’s divisions, enabling its smartphone enterprise to leverage the very best applied sciences from its imaging and TV secure.

However, on the flip aspect, it signifies that Sony will now masks the monetary and working efficiency of the mobile division making it simpler for the company to push again on these wanting Sony to shut it due to ever-mounting losses.

Jefferies’ analyst Atul Goyal just lately downgraded Sony on issues over the mobile division. “Sony’s unwillingness to exit Smartphones is a disappointment and a strategic mistake, in our view,” Goyal mentioned in a word final week.

In addition, Amir Anvarzadeh, strategist at Asymmetric Advisors mentioned: “By hiding the mobile-related losses, they’d take the stress off from shareholders to shut the division down. Nevertheless, the losses are certain to rise additional.

Sony have hit again although, with spokesperson Takashi Iida saying: “Through extra cooperation amongst our divisions, we are able to create new worth by higher using the mixed belongings and personnel in our electronics space. More interplay amongst staff can even lead to the event and progress of our workers.” He additionally mentioned that they are going to proceed to disclose outcomes for the mobile division “for the foreseeable future.”

Apparently Sony will present extra data on what it intends to disclose on 26 April 2019, when it releases full 12 months outcomes. However, there’s a good likelihood that this may now not embody transparency on models offered for instance. Given how a lot the smartphone enterprise has shrunk over latest years, this information doesn’t come as a specific shock, nevertheless it means it is going to develop into even tougher to assess how Sony’s mobile enterprise is faring.

The final set of outcomes from Sony Mobile have been horrendous, and that is seemingly the explanation behind stories citing that Sony shall be closing its smartphone factory in Shanghai so as to save prices. Production will cease by the top of the month, leaving solely its plant in Thailand. Sony will proceed to outsource to different producers.

In different information, Sony additionally announced that Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai shall be retiring from his position of Sony Chairman. Despite the transfer, Kaz will proceed to act as a Senior Advisor to the company.

Current CEO Kenichiro Yoshida had this to say on the information: “Hirai-san and I’ve been engaged on administration reforms collectively since December 2013. While he shall be retiring from each Chairman and our Board of Directors, we glance ahead to his persevering with high-level help to Sony’s administration that encompasses a breadth of numerous companies.

Kaz mirrored on his time on the company: “Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san final April, as Chairman of Sony, I’ve had the chance to each guarantee a clean transition and supply help to Sony’s administration. I’m assured that everybody at Sony is absolutely aligned beneath Yoshida-san’s sturdy management, and are prepared to construct an excellent brighter future for Sony. As such, I’ve determined to depart from Sony, which has been part of my life for the previous 35 years. I would really like to prolong my warmest gratitude to all our staff and stakeholders who’ve supported me all through this journey.

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