Sony What’s New 3.0.A.0.3 app updated

Two days back Sony What’s New app got a new update in the form of 3.0.A.0.3 version over the older 3.0.A.0.2 version. What’s New 3.0.A.0.3 is a minor bug-fixing update and brings access to richer content.  You can get access to various apps, games, themes etc recommended by Sony from this app.

Sony has integrated Update Center app in What’s New app so don’t get confuse to look for Update Center app in Lollipop firmware update on Xperia devices.

Sony What’s New App

Update via OTA, size is 6 MB.

What’s New 3.0.A.0.3

Download Sony What’s New 3.0.A.0.3 apk from the below link if you haven’t got the update notification yet.

Gizmo-Bolt-Download-

What’s New 3.0.A.0.3 apk

Facing any issues with the app, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Xperia M4 Aqua available in UK from Carphone Warehouse

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is now available for purchase in UK from online retailer Carphone Warehouse (and from its offline stores too). For the time being Xperia M4 Aqua is available for £15.50/month with operator contracts in coral, black and white color (only black unit is available for delivery right now). Unlocked Xperia M4 Aqua handsets are not listed.

Xperia M4 Aqua is powered Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core 64 bit processor, 13 MP rear cam, F2.0 aperture with Sony’s Superior Auto Mode (ISO 3200 sensitivity), 5 MP selfie front cam with wide angles, following Sony’s signature OmniBalance design, cap-less micro USP port (water resistant) and running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Xperia M4 Aqua sports 2400 mAh battery, 5″ 720p HD Display, 7.3 mm thin, 2 GB RAM, 8/16 GB internal storage and weighing 140 grams.

Xperia M4 Aqua available in UK

Xperia M4 Aqua is also available in Coral color at Carphone Warehouse (to be delivered by 1st June).Xperia M4 Aqua available in UK at Carphone Warehouse

Sony is holding a press conference in India on 26 May where either Xperia M4 Aqua or Xperia Z4 is expected to get launch, there are chances that we may end up seeing both.

Are you looking to buy Xperia M4 Aqua? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – Carphone Warehouse, via – GsmArena

Customized Xperia Lollipop Boot animation for 720p, 1080p resolution devices

Sony recently rolled Android Lollipop 5.0.2 update on Xperia devices, but the boot animation remained same as it was on KitKat. If you are looking for a dedicated Xperia Lollipop boot animation for your device, then we are sharing one today.

You need rooted Xperia device (preferably with 720p or 1080p screen resolution) to install the below-posted boot animation. To root the latest Lollipop firmware on Xperia Z, follow this tutorial.

Xperia Lollipop Boot animation

Download the concerned boot animation file as per your device’s screen resolution.

For 720p resolution devices

Download Lollipop720p.zip

For 1080p resolution devices

Download Lollipop1080p.zip

How to Install?

  • Download above posted zip files. After downloading, rename them to “bootanimation.zip”.
  • Navigate to system/media folder.

NOTE: Take a backup of your old bootanimation.zip file.

  • Now set permissions rw- r– r– on downloaded bootanimation.zip file and replace it with the old bootanimation.zip file present in system/media folder. (In case you are new to this process, follow this tutorial on how to push apps in system/media folder and set correct permissions.)
  • Reboot your device.

Check out the full range of Xperia Boot Animations here.

Like the boot animation, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – XDA ( by Deleunes254 )

Sony Lavender in White, Bezel-less display pics leaked

Sony Lavender which recently appeared in an alleged pic showing a bezel-less display has appeared again. In-production unit of Sony Lavender in white has appeared showing a full zero-bezel side display and a close shot of 5 MP selfie camera with LED flash.

In pics, you can see Sony Lavender is having a big top bezel though a slim one at bottom and speakers position like Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z4. Device display looks huge, not sure if it is 5.2″ or not.

White Sony Lavender pics leaked

Check out the fresh leaked pics of Sony Lavender below.

Sony Lavender 5MP front camer pic leaked

Sony Lavender front display pic leaked

White Sony Lavender Pic leaked

As per the already known details about Sony Lavender, it will have model number  E5503, Type Number PM-0861-BV and running 29.x firmware (hopefully Android Lollipop). It seems Sony is gearing up for another mid-range Xperia device powered by MediaTek SoC.

Sony Lavender E5503 is expected to feature Mediatek MT6752 64 bit Octa-Core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz and 1080p resolution. It is expected to feature a 13 MP rear camera. It is expected to be released in the month of June this year.

We will keep you updated if more info comes on Sony Lavender.

Do you like the zero-bezels? Drop your comments below.

Source – NoWhereElse FR (@stagueve) | Thanks for the tip, XperiaViet & Ben DL!

How to root Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware on Xperia Z?

Sony has updated Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update 10.6.A.0.454 firmware but the update, still has not been released in many regions. As the Lollipop update is still seeding other regions of the world will get it very soon.

After updating to Lollipop update, if Xperia Z users are looking for rooting their device then pre-rooted flashable zips are now available. There is no one-click root method available for the time being. Do remember rooting your device voids the warranty.

Root Xperia Z Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware

Below posted method is for both locked as well as unlocked bootloader device.

Pre-requisites

  • Xperia Z (C6602/C6603)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Sony firmware) installed on your device.
  • Rooted.
  • Recovery installed (CWM recovery preferred).
  • Take Backup of your KitKat ROM via recovery.

Download Pre-Rooted 10.6.A.0.454 firmware (flashable zips)

Below posted are pre-rooted 10.6.A.0.454 firmware ROM for Xperia Z.

For Xperia Z, C6602

Download C6602 Customized US 10.6.A.0.454.zip

For Xperia Z, C6603

Download C6603_10.6.A.0.454_Customized HK.zip

OR

Download C6603_10.6.A.0.454_Customized_HK_Prerooted.zip

root Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware

What is working?

  • Root with SuperSU working.
  • Recovery of Lollipop firmware is not working.

So in case if you want to go back to KitKat firmware then you have to flash the KitKat firmware ftf for Xperia Z > root your device > get recovery installed > flash the backup.

How to Flash?

Flash the above posted pre-rooted zips via CWM recovery (as TWRP recovery is giving boot loop error).

Do a full wipe (data, system, cache, davilk) > Flash zip file > Reboot.

If any Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z user has still not updated to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware, follow the links posted to update your device.

Xperia Z Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware rolling

Xperia ZL Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware rolling

Xperia ZR Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware rolling

Xperia Tablet Z Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware rolling

NOTE: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware is now available via XperiFirm too. So, if you want to download 10.6.A.0.454 firmware from XperiFirm and flash it on your device, use the below links (Below posted links have only tutorial, compatible with all Xperia handsets).

How to download 10.6.A.0.454 Lollipop firmware using XperiFirm tool?

How to flash 10.6.A.0.454 Lollipop firmware ftf using Flashtool?

Facing any issues, drop your comments below.

Source – XDA ( Pre-rooted zips by kassyan_123asakurato )

Xperia Z4 E6533 certified at China’s TENAA – Network License Passed

Earlier today we posted that Sony China is about to have a press conference on 26 May where they will be announcing Xperia Z4 exclusively and now Xperia Z4 E6533 has been certified at China’ TENNA (where its network license got passed).

Xperia Z4 E6533 which is spotted at TENNA will have TD-LTE band (along with GSM, LTE FDD, WCDMA) powered by Snapdragon 810 quad-core CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 143 grams in weight, 146.3×71.9×6.9 mm as dimensions, 1080p FHD 5.2″ IPS display, Android Lollipop out of the box.

Xperia Z4 E6533 spotted at TENAA

Check out the images of Sony Xperia Z4 E6533 spotted at TENAA.

Xperia Z4 E6533 Image

Xperia Z4 E6533 China

Xperia Z4 E6533 TENNA China

Xperia Z4 E6533 Images China

For the time being Xperia Z4 is present in Japan on NTT DoCoMo, au by KDDI, and on SoftBank Mobile only.

Xperia Z4 weighs 144 grams and is 6.9mm thin with 5.2″ FHD Display (1920 x 1080 resolution, no 2K) packed in an aluminum frame with glass back. Xperia Z4 features Snapdragon 810 64 bit Octa core processor (2 GHz) with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage (with micro SD card support). It features 20.7 MP camera 25mm wide-angle, 1 / 2.3 inch size sensor (ISO 12800). It features 5.1 MP front camera (25mm wide-angle). Xperia Z4 features 2930 mAh battery (which is less as compared to Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z2).

Sony has also scheduled a press conference in India also on 26 May.

Drop your comments below.

Source – TENNA, Thanks for the tip, Iril (via – Esato)

Install Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2 app with Auto Rotation feature

Sony brought a new auto rotation feature in latest Xperia Home launcher version 8.0.A.1.2 which, spotted on the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 10.6.A.0.454 firmware update on Xperia Z. Auto rotation feature will make Xperia homescreen auto rotate as soon the phone is held in landscape mode.

Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2 version is now available for download but can only be installed on rooted Xperia devices running Android Lollipop firmware and should have superuser mod installed (on a deodexed ROM). It can’t be installed on non-rooted Xperia devices for the time being.

Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2

Before installing this latest version of Sony Xperia Home, do backup your original home launcher.

To install SuperUser Mod by serajr, follow this thread.

After installing SuperUser Mod, download the deodexed Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2 apk from here.

Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2 apk

After downloading move the apk, move it in system/app folder, set permissions rw- r– r– and reboot.

Permissions rw- r-- r-- for moving apps to system/app folder

How to enable auto rotation?

Tap anywhere on homescreen’s empty space > Home settings > move the slider to enable auto rotation.

How to enable auto rotation in Xperia Home launcher

Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2 Auto Rotation

Xperia Home 8.0.A.1.2

New Xperia Home launcher version 8.0.A.1.2 app is expected to roll out soon on other Xperia handsets running Lollipop.

Let us know, if it works on your device.

Source – XDA ( Apk by Igor Eisberg  & SU Mod by Serajr ) | Screenshots by ogunja

Sony will announce Xperia Z4 in China on 26 May

Sony recently launched Xperia Z4 in Japan and till now it was expected that we may not Xperia Z4 outside the Japan, but now it is confirmed that Xperia Z4 will come to China sure. Sony China has officially revealed a poster announcing the release date of Xperia Z4 in China on 26 May.

Sony will also be having another press conference in India on 26 May where a water resistance Xperia device is expected, it can either be Xperia M4 Aqua or Xperia Z4/Xperia Z3+ (and even both).

Xperia Z4 coming to China

Sony China released a poster showing a mint leaf falling in a bowl containing ice as a wallpaper on Xperia Z4 screen.

Sony China Xperia Z4 launch Press conference on 26 May

For the time being Xperia Z4 is present in Japan on NTT DoCoMo, au by KDDI, and on SoftBank Mobile.

Xperia Z4 weighs 144 grams and is 6.9mm thin with 5.2″ FHD Display (1920 x 1080 resolution, no 2K) packed in an aluminum frame with glass back. Xperia Z4 features Snapdragon 810 64 bit Octa core processor (2 GHz) with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage (with micro SD card support). It features 20.7 MP camera 25mm wide-angle, 1 / 2.3 inch size sensor (ISO 12800). It features 5.1 MP front camera (25mm wide-angle). Xperia Z4 features 2930 mAh battery (which is less as compared to Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z2)

We will keep you updated with the Xperia Z4 launch in China and will bring live updates from the launch event in India (check out Sony India press conference media invite poster here) on 26 May.

Drop your comments below.

Source – Sony China Weibo, Thanks for the tip, Raul Al!

AOSP recovery mode available on selected unlocked Xperia devices

A few days back we posted that Sony is about to release bootloaders allowing booting from the recovery partition on selected unlocked Xperia devices i.e. Xperia devices with cortex-A7 processors viz.Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia T3, Xperia E3 and Xperia M2 and now Sony has made an official statement regarding this.

In a fresh update Sony has made following Xperia devices compatible viz. Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia E3, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia T3 devices. More devices will be added later with upcoming firmware updates.

AOSP recovery mode available on Xperia devices

Karl-Johan Dahlström, Head of Developer Relations, Sony said “Our overall goal with the open device program is to offer a development environment similar to the one for Nexus devices. Now, by making it much easier to debug, we hope this will further encourage innovation and kernel development on Xperia devices”.

Check out the official video posted by Sony below.

Above mentioned Xperia devices need to have unlocked bootloader.

How to enable recovery?

To install the required recovery on your Xperia devices, download the latest version of official Xperia Flash Tool from here.

  1. Install the latest updated firmware available for your Xperia devices.
  2. Switch off your device, hold volume down key and plug in USB cable into your PC. Green LED will display and your device will be recognized by FlashTool and bootloader upgrade with “Open Devices” name will be available

Xperia Z1 in Recovery Mode

After going through above mentioned two steps, new recovery is enabled on your device and you can flash custom recovery images on your device.

Check out more about this recovery on the below mentioned source link. Drop your comments below.

Source – Sony Mobile Developer World