Xperia XZs gets March 2019 security patches (41.3.A.2.234)

Xperia XZs gets March 2019 security patches (41.3.A.2.234)



A fast heads-up for Xperia XZs homeowners – Sony Mobile is now rolling out the most recent 1 March 2019 Android security patches. The replace strikes the construct quantity from 41.3.A.2.223 to model 41.3.A.2.234. There doesn’t seem like another adjustments, however tell us your impressions within the feedback beneath.

Thanks Bayuzacky, Hock and Tang Kien Hiang!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Sony deactivates main Xperia Twitter handle

Sony deactivates main Xperia Twitter handle



A couple of days in the past we observed that Sony’s key @SonyXperia Twitter handle was deactivated. Sony Mobile runs a variety of Twitter handles, with channels for every of the important thing geographic areas. However, the main @SonyXperia Twitter channel had by far essentially the most followers (>1 million).

Now in the event you attempt to discover @SonyXperia you’ll discover that it has disappeared. This isn’t the case for Sony Mobile’s key Facebook and Instagram accounts, so we will solely assume that is some mistake on Sony’s half. We’ve reached out to Sony to seek out out what’s occurred and allow you to know if we hear again.

Thanks Daniel and Joey!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Sony needs a ‘compact’ device to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S10e

Sony needs a ‘compact’ device to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S10e



In the absence of Sony releasing a 2019 ‘compact’ flagship (not less than to this point), who would have thought that Xperia followers can be turning to Samsung to fulfil their needs. Sony Mobile has dampened plans to launch any extra ‘compact’ flagship gadgets. Earlier in the yr, Sony Mobile’s Vice President of Marketing stated that customers needed greater shows, implying that Sony could also be ending its compact vary.

In gentle of this, there’s a good likelihood that Sony will lose loads of clients to Samsung. It’s attention-grabbing how many individuals have gotten in contact by means of electronic mail or social media, to cite the Galaxy S10e as a device that piques their curiosity, in the absence of any flagship compact from Sony.

It’s not exhausting to see why. The Samsung Galaxy S10e ticks a lot of packing containers together with a flat AMOLED 5.8-inch show (the first time a Samsung flagship has had a flat show since the Galaxy S7), IP68 certification for water resistance, headphone jack, microSD reminiscence card assist and good battery life. This is all whereas sporting the newest hardware specs (Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB RAM, 128GB inside storage).

To high all of it off, Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10e in some funky colors, like Canary Yellow and Flamingo Pink. Bright colors have been a staple for Sony’s compact gadgets for a few years. So for all intents and functions, Samsung has finished a good job in replicating the system that Sony did so effectively.

Now, we concede that the Galaxy S10e is way from ‘compact’. With dimensions of 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm, it’s actually not compact in comparison to Sony requirements. The 5-inch Xperia XX2 Compact had dimensions of 135 x 65 x 12.1mm, however even this was greater than Xperia followers had been used to. The 4.6-inch Xperia XZ1 Compact, for instance, had dimensions of 129 x 65 x 9.3mm. Despite this, the Galaxy S10e is as shut to a flagship device that exists at the second.

Since, Sony’s announcement of the Xperia 1 and 10 sequence, many have requested us the place is the compact mannequin. Xperia followers would love to see a compact model in a 21:9 type issue, perhaps one thing comparable to the Xperia ray of yester-year. But this stays excessive on individuals’s wishlist, fairly than there being any actual indication of an Xperia compact device surfacing this yr.

If you’ve gotten been a fan of Sony’s compact gadgets in the previous, who will you flip to this yr in the absence of a Sony mannequin? Is the Samsung Galaxy S10e enticing? Are there different fashions you might be contemplating? Please tell us in the feedback beneath.



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Xperia XZ2 family and XZ3 get March 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.14)

Xperia XZ2 family and XZ3 get March 2019 security patches (52.0.A.8.14)



Sony Mobile began to roll out a brand new firmware replace for the Xperia XZ2 vary (XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium) and Xperia XZ3 earlier at present. The newest replace strikes the construct quantity from 52.0.A.3.202 to model 52.0.A.8.14, including the March 2019 Android security patches within the course of.

There are not any different massive adjustments famous. Those hoping for an enormous digicam leap might be upset, because the digicam app has solely seen a small model leap to construct 2.2.A.1.7. If you have got up to date, please tell us of any adjustments you have got seen within the feedback beneath.

Thanks Niaboc79!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Android Q Beta released; gives a good idea of new features to come

Android Q Beta released; gives a good idea of new features to come



Google has launched the Android Q Beta for early adopters and builders in the present day. Google has made this primary beta out there for all Pixel smartphones (together with the unique 2016 units). While the ultimate launch of Android Q will not be anticipated to arrive till the third quarter of 2019, this preview gives everybody a good idea of what we are able to count on on this newest Android model.

Google has outlined a full blog post with the important thing adjustments, however in abstract, these are the some of the latest features:

Greater management over location – Android will now give customers extra management to use location for a explicit app solely when the app is in use (operating), or on a regular basis (when within the background)

Access settings panels inside apps – Users will now have the opportunity to toggle airplane mode and switch Wi-Fi on/off with out leaving their app

Sharing shortcuts – Allows customers to soar immediately into one other app to share content material

Portrait mode help for pictures – Android will make it simpler for apps to use depth information by requesting a JPEG + Dynamic Depth picture

Support for foldable units – Android will higher help split-screen functions

Possible theme engine help – Google can also permit customers to completely different accent colors, headline and physique fonts, and icon shapes

Obviously, it is going to be a whereas earlier than we are able to begin speaking about when this arrives to Xperia units, however it appears like Android will probably be getting some much more helpful features in its subsequent main iteration.



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Xperia 1 hits pre-order in United States for $999.99

Xperia 1 hits pre-order in United States for $999.99



Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia 1, just lately hit pre-order in the UK for £849. It is now out there to pre-order for our US mates too, as Amazon.com has the handset listed for $999.99. Only the Black color is listed in the intervening time, however we’d count on different colors to be out there in due course. The itemizing could also be a bit untimely, as Amazon’s itemizing states a launch date of 31 December 2019! This is little question an error, with the handset anticipated to launch in late May/June.

If you’re in the United States do you propose to pre-order? If not, what different handsets would you contemplate at this worth? We’d love to listen to your ideas under.

Thanks Jolou-senpai!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Xperia 10 home launcher ported for non-root devices

Xperia 10 home launcher ported for non-root devices



So, you fancy making an attempt out the most recent Xperia 10 and 10 Plus home launcher? Well, xda-developer Sahaab has accomplished the onerous work for us, by porting the launcher to present Xperia devices operating Android Pie. The good thing is not any root is required to get this port working, all you want is the most recent Android Pie firmware, and you must be capable of set up the APK (linked to under) to get it working. You may even get the most recent ‘pill’ gesture supported by way of easy adb instructions. All of the hyperlinks and instructions are within the supply hyperlink under. Let us understand how you get on.

DOWNLOAD APK: Xperia 10 Home Launcher (No-Root)

Vis xda-developers.

Thanks Diogo!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Sony demoed a 5G mmWave Xperia at MWC

Sony demoed a 5G mmWave Xperia at MWC



Sony Mobile confirmed off a 5G-capable Xperia smartphone at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona, earlier this month. The prototype was one in every of a only a few at MWC that really supported mmWave performance – most others solely supported sub-6GHz 5G capabilities.

Very few carriers plan to assist mmWave 5G frequencies in 2019, one in every of these is Japanese provider NTT docomo, set to roll it out this yr. This is probably the rationale, why Sony went full-in on mmWave assist, and may very well be prepping Xperia fashions to assist this tech later within the yr.

The precise prototype 5G Xperia, identified internally as “AG-1” was powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, which incorporates the X50 5G modem. You can see from the pictures under that the tall-and-skinny design language, with sharp edges and angular traces, is in step with the 21:9 Xperia 1 and 10 collection launched earlier this month.

However, this explicit unit appeared even longer and thicker than the brand new Xperia 1 flagship. It additionally had twin rear cameras with Zeiss optics and an OLED show. A selfie digicam was additionally current, together with a USB Type-C charging port. It must be famous that you simply shouldn’t count on this to be the end-commercial product – numerous modifications are anticipated as soon as community testing is full.

So how does Sony plan to leverage this tech? “At Sony, we’re fascinated with the potential of capturing actuality, whereas additionally delivering Real-Time worth, with a lack of latency and content material supply with immediacy. We imagine stay and Real-Time content material will likely be tremendously accelerated with the introduction of 5G,” stated Mitsuya Kishida, President and Representative Director Sony Mobile.

Kishida additionally confirmed that it’s at present engaged on numerous prototypes, each Sub-6 gigahertz and mmWave. “5G future is crucial for our Sony group, and Sony Mobile will likely be extra related than ever to content material creation, viewing, and sharing,” stated Kishida.



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Xperia 1 hits pre-order in UK for £849; available late-May

Xperia 1 hits pre-order in UK for £849; available late-May



The Sony Xperia 1 has prompted an enormous splash, however followers have been resigned for an extended wait earlier than they will get hands-on. Sony solely gave a imprecise ‘late spring’ launch window, but it surely appears to be like like we’re getting a greater thought on timing. UK retailer Clove has listed the Xperia 1 up for pre-order at a worth level of £849. Clove is anticipating first shipments to reach in late May 2019. This means there may be nonetheless near a three-month wait sadly.

Who plans on choosing up a Xperia 1? Is the value level what you anticipated? Has Sony introduced the handset too early, given the close to summer time launch? We’d love to listen to your ideas beneath.

Thanks Saša!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

How do you feel about Sony’s 21:9 super-tall displays?

How do you feel about Sony’s 21:9 super-tall displays?



No one can argue that Sony isn’t daring, when wanting on the introduction of 21:9 ultra-wide shows in its newest Xperia smartphones. The adoption of this ‘cinema’ 21:9 facet ratio is the important thing advertising and marketing level for Sony’s 2019 smartphones. It additionally offers differentiation towards friends in what stays a really aggressive market. Sony has launched its fair proportion of gimmicks over time, however is that this one in all them?

On paper, the sensation is that whereas these super-tall shows may feel good within the hand, they may very well be a bit cumbersome in day by day use given the size – notably in trouser or jacket pockets. However, people who have used the Xperia 1 or 10 collection present shock how straightforward it’s to get used to, and the additional display screen actual property is welcome, notably for multitasking.

What are your ideas with Sony adopting this new tall facet ratio? Are you wanting ahead to attempting it out, and may you see the advantages? Or, do you lengthy for a return to the extra ‘normal’ 16:9 facet ratios of the previous? We’d love to listen to your ideas under.



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Here’s why Xperia cameras have never lived up to their potential

Here’s why Xperia cameras have never lived up to their potential



It’s a thriller that has perplexed Sony Xperia followers for a few years – why does Sony, who has a lot imaging prowess although their digital camera division, produce Xperia smartphones the place the digital camera efficiency is sub-par versus the competitors. Well, in accordance to a TrustedReviews interview with Adam Marsh, Senior Manager of Global Marketing, the reply is probably going one which we must always have anticipated all alongside.

Marsh confirmed that inside obstacles between the digital camera and smartphone groups, meant the data didn’t movement freely between groups. “Sometimes (there have been) obstacles that Alpha didn’t need to give Mobile sure issues, as a result of hastily you have the identical as what a £3,000 digital camera’s received,” mentioned Marsh.

So, Sony didn’t need to cannibalise its dearer Alpha cameras, with individuals shopping for Xperia smartphones as an alternative. However, this view was extremely short-sighted, because the tempo of progress in smartphone cameras has solely change into ever-faster lately. Whether this be in computational images that Google’s Pixel telephones have pushed, or the usage of a number of cameras to give customers elevated flexibility.

Unfortunately, Sony Xperia smartphones have been left behind, and this has confirmed via the numerous decline in Xperia volumes lately. However, Sony lastly appears to be like like they have listened – helped by the restructuring that has taken place since Kenichiro Yoshida took cost as CEO. He introduced on Kimio Maki (beforehand taking care of Digital Imaging) to take over the helm of Sony Mobile.

The upshot of this will probably be a lot nearer collaboration between the Sony Alpha digital camera staff and the Xperia cellular groups. The fruits of this tighter relationship will probably be seen within the Xperia 1 first, leading to decrease picture noise, higher autofocus and even RAW assist. We’re excited a few brighter future for Xperia digital camera efficiency, however after a few years of hoping for higher, we’ll look ahead to the outcomes earlier than partying too early.

Discussion with Adam Marsh, Senior Manager of Global Marketing

On higher collaboration throughout the Sony Alpha digital camera groups

“(Kimio Maki – Head of Product Development for Sony Mobile) stopped production on what would have been a Sony XZ4. He said, ‘okay, so we work with Alpha here, let’s take this bit, we work with the CineAlta brand, let’s bring this bit’. He opened up the whole of digital imaging for us. Because that imaging team is all together, they can share that experience across Cybershot, Alpha and Xperia.”

On the likelihood for extra Sony Alpha options on Xperia smartphones

“It’s possible. If it’s software, it could be possible to bring it across. A closer collaboration with Alpha is a definite, thanks to the management change that’s happened in Tokyo with Mobile now belonging to Imaging.”

On inside obstacles that stopped Sony producing the very best Xperia digital camera expertise

“Even though we’re one company, there are still sometimes barriers that Alpha doesn’t want to give Mobile certain things, because all of a sudden you have the same as what a £3,000 camera’s got. Now that barrier’s gone a little bit. They’re saying ‘okay, we see that having a smartphone and camera that gives you the same experience is a good thing’.”

On autofocus enhancements

“If you compare the burst mode to the XZ2, when you zoom in it’s not kept in focus. Whereas on the Xperia 1 it’s in focus and the colour and the contrast is also kept.”

On picture noise discount

“Normally when you take a picture, the phone will then compress it into a JPEG and then add the noise reduction. How Alpha does it is that it takes the Raw image, adds the algorithm to reduce the noise on the Raw image, then compresses it to JPEG, then you put noise reduction on top. That’s how Alpha is doing it. From Xperia 1, that’s how Xperia 1 will do it as well. So from a noise reduction point of view, it’s going to be massively improved compared to even XZ2 Premium. That’s going to be a big step up.”

On RAW picture information

Adam Marsh confirmed that the Xperia 1 will assist the flexibility to extract the RAW picture file utilizing a 3rd social gathering Android app.

On the brand new Xperia telephones not supporting the newest 48MP sensors

“The Tokyo camera team said ‘okay, because of what we want to achieve from a quality point of view, three 12-megapixel cameras will provide us with much better quality than one 48-megapixel camera’. The 48-megapixel module is, for example, not memory stacked, so you can’t do the 960fps super slow motion that we can do on the 12-megapixel sensor. So that’s one example where they went ‘okay, you can have this, but actually we then lose this’.”

On the explanation to purchase a Sony Xperia smartphone

“Sony as a brand is not going to appeal to everybody. We’re not a Samsung, we’re not a Huawei. But what we will appeal to is people who want quality products where they are able to take amazing pictures or a video, or do something different. Our key USPs will be the screen and the camera. The screen thanks to Bravia, the camera thanks to Alpha. Competitors have different key USPs, which may attract certain customers. But for us, people who know their photography and people who want to buy into that Sony ecosystem of interchangeable lenses, will buy an Xperia 1.”



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now

Xperia 10 and 10 Plus pre-orders open in US; will work on Verizon too

Xperia 10 and 10 Plus pre-orders open in US; will work on Verizon too



Sony’s newest Xperia 10 and 10 Plus smartphones can already be picked up in Europe through the official Sony eStore. Plus, if you buy earlier than 10 March, Sony is throwing in a free Style Cover Stand case. The Xperia 10 is offered for £299/€349, whereas the Xperia 10 Plus is offered for £349/€429.

Our US buddies have to attend a little bit longer, however pre-orders have opened for the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, with shipments anticipated from 18 March. The Xperia 10 is available for $349.99, whereas the Xperia 10 Plus is available for $429.99. They might be pre-ordered from a wide range of retailers, together with Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo and Focus. Both telephones are solely obtainable to order in Black and Silver colors.

The excellent news for these on Verizon is that each the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are certified to work on the network. The phone can be supported by AT&T and T-Mobile, as with earlier unlocked Sony smartphones.

If you might be in the United States, do you propose to choose up the Xperia 10 or 10 Plus? Or, are you ready for the Xperia 1? Please tell us in the feedback beneath.

Sony Xperia 10 on Amazon – $349.99

Xperia 10 – Black
Xperia 10 – Silver

Sony Xperia 10 Plus on Amazon – $429.99

Xperia 10 Plus – Black
Xperia 10 Plus – Silver

Thanks Diogo!



For all the latest Root Android Tutorials, download Root Android Tutorials App now