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Don’t Rush to Get Rid of Your Old Smartphone: 5 Interesting Uses

Don’t know what to do with your old phone you’re not using anymore? Don’t throw it away! Read through these 5 ways to use an old smartphone. Every couple of years, everyone faces the same problem: what to do with their old phone when they upgrade. Some opt to sell them, which is a viable option, but most of the time these phones gather dust in a drawer somewhere. Or end up on a pile of garbage in the rubbish dump.

Plastics might be all the rage right now, but e-waste is turning into a massive problem, too. The issue with electronics is that many of the parts cannot be recycled. Plus, those that end up in the garbage leak acidic compounds back into the ground.

In the spirit of reusing and recycling, here’s a look at how to give an old smartphone a new purpose.

5 Creative Ways to Reuse an Old Phone

  1. A New Digital Photo Frame

Old phones are usually packed full of old memories and what better way to honor them than to display them proudly. Plus it’s a great way to keep old photos around without having to move them to the new phone.

Just create a gallery with the images – and even videos – that should be displayed and select the slideshow option. Make sure to change the phone’s settings so the screen doesn’t dim. Of course, this does work a little better with larger smartphones or tablets, but smaller ones would still do nicely.

There are also a couple of apps that are dedicated to this purpose. DayFrame (Android) and LiveFrame (iOS) allows people to set up slideshows on their devices with images from anywhere. From the device itself to cloud-based services and social media accounts. There’s also Framee (Android) which lets family and friends add new photos to the slideshow from anywhere.

  1. A Permanent GPS/Podcast For the Car

While many newer cars already have these functions built-in through a screen on the dashboard, not everyone has that luxury.  Those who find themselves clipping their phone into a dashboard mount every time they get into the car might find this tip handly.

Especially since the process usually takes about 5 minutes each time. What with having to clip the phone in, plug in the power cord, and connect the Bluetooth? Then all of that’s undone when getting out again.

With an old phone, that arduous process is in the past. Simply leave the phone in the car and use it as a music or podcast player and a GPS. The only small workaround is the connection. If there isn’t a spare sim card lying around, then everything will have to be downloaded at home or the office. Luckily, there are GPS apps that work well offline.

  1. A Baby Monitor

Baby monitors can be expensive, especially those that connect over WiFi. An old phone can work just as well, and it can make video calls, too, when necessary.

As they say, there’s an app for that– yes even for this. Thanks to apps like BabyCam (Android) and Universal Baby Monitor (iOS), parents can look in from anywhere. These apps also have added features like warnings when there’s noise in the room and night lights.

For home security, something like Alfred Home Security Camera (Android) could work. It streams a live feed and features both night vision and motion detection. This supports only one phone, and the concept won’t replace a full security system, but it is handy.

Regardless of what the phone’s camera will be used for, it’s important to make sure it stays secure. Getting a mobile VPN is essential when using a phone as a security camera to make sure no outsiders can hack in. No one wants their personal lives on display to intrusive onlookers who hopped a ride onto the network.

  1. It Could Be a Life-Saver in an Emergency

Every phone is required by law to be able to make an emergency phone call even if it’s not connected. Keeping an old phone stashed away somewhere within easy reach in the house or car can make all the difference. Optimally, it should be kept charged, but it doesn’t have to be on a phone plan. Plus, it could come in handy as a backup if the new phone ever gets stolen.

  1. The Best Universal Remote Control

Many new appliances are connected to the internet of things(IOT), and smartphones can often be used as a universal remote.

SURE (Android) is an app that turns a phone into a remote for any smart device in the home. While something like AnyMote (Android) focuses solely on smart TVs and entertainment devices, most streaming service apps offer this option for their streaming devices.

Old phones still have plenty more uses than those mentioned here. Don’t just throw them away or let them gather dust. Recycling is also an option through some phone makers and carriers, so look into whether they take old phones back. Just make sure to wipe all the data before giving it away!

Features to look into when buying a gaming gadget

Are you a gaming freak? Well, if yes then you might be interested in buying all the gaming gadgets out there ranging from smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, laptops, computers, headsets, HDTV etc. One needs a wonderful display, a powerful graphic card and a mammoth processor to get the best experience.

In case you are a fan of gaming console then factors like motion capturing, games, storage, video-audio quality becomes important. Focussing on computers and mobiles; display, GPU and CPU plays an important role.

Top 4 features to Look into when buying a gaming gadget

4 major features viz. Processor, Display, GPU and RAM are the crucial deciding factors while buying a gaming gadget.


Powerful processor helps in smooth transition of game on the device you are playing. For computers, powerful processors from Intel like i7-6850K, i5-7600K, i3-7100 and from AMD like Ryzen 7 1700 are among the best multi-core processor available. Check out some of the best gaming processors here.

For smartphones Qualcomm’s latest MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset was recently spotted in smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8, Xperia XZ Premium; is a powerful chipset ideal for gaming. Though all Snapdragon 8XX processors are equally efficient for gaming.


Screen size is crucial for a wonderful experience. If you are looking for display monitors, then go with screen sizes like 38″ (LG 38UC99-W), 27″ Samsung LC27F591FDN, etc. with good resolution like 3840 x 1600 px, 3840 x 2160 px, 2560 x 1440 px, 1920 x 1080 px, etc.

Smartphones with bigger screen size than 5″ fits perfectly well in hand to play the games. Bezels in a smartphone also play an important role in holding it comfortably, otherwise you will end up touching display while playing games, ex. if you are playing online games like live roulette with real live dealers then you wouldn’t want to touch unnecessary on the screen to avoid penalty. As smartphone industry is adapting to larger screen sizes, Full HD resolution display has become a standard to provide in a good smartphone. Smartphones with 4K, QHD resolutions provide a mesmerizing experience in terms of color and video quality.


To get a high frame rate while processing graphics when a game is run you need a power graphic card.  Graphic cards from NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon should be an ideal choice for a powerful gaming system.

Most of the flagship models of various mobile manufacturers features Adreno 540 (GPU) or Mali-G71 MP20. Higher Adreno model should be your preference while buying a smartphone.


To avoid any speed related issues (in accessing the memory) while playing games, your system must have high RAM. 4GB RAM is minimum recommended for good gaming experience. It is always preferred to buy CPU in which there is extra RAM slots. Smartphone nowadays features RAM ranging from 3-6GB which is sufficient to play almost all games.

Pricing of your gaming gadget mainly depends on the above mentioned 4 features. Higher the specifications, more expensive the device is.

We would like to know which features you look into while buying your ideal gaming gadget. Let us know, drop your comments below.

Use Parental Controls For Android To Monitor Your Teen’s Cyber Life?

Are you familiar with your teen online activities? Do you know what content they publish? Who do they connect with? What apps do they use on their Android smartphones?

If you know the answers to these questions, then great, but if you don’t; you can. Let me tell you how but before that, understand what is the cyber-world all about.

The Cyber-World

Cyber-world as many of you already know is the wired world that connects everybody. The world has its own perks and perils. The perks are the enlightenments, knowledge-base, easy communication and so on whereas the perils are the unrestricted distribution of content, limited privacy, and zero verification. In short, cyber world has everything for everybody and the problem starts when our kids neglect their age and start experimenting on their own. They browse inappropriate sites and become friends with stranger-danger online; all through their smartphones. You can never be sure of their security online as most of the times, they see the content accidently.

To ensure their safety, you as a parent have to monitor what they do with their phones and what content they come across. Monitoring teens’ devices may seem to be a tough job,s but it really isn’t if you have the parental controls for Android installed.

How can parental Controls help?

Parental Controls are the gateways to monitor your teens’ device use. One digital parenting tool gaining popularity among parents is FamilyTime. You can use this app to monitor your teens’ online activities. But, in order for this app to work effectively, you need the consent of your teen.

FamilyTime - Parental Control App Review

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In this case FamilyTime lets you:

  • Monitor your teens’ web-history, favorites and bookmarks.
  • Check the list of apps installed on their phone or tablet.
  • Track their app usage frequency; to check how much time they spend on each app.
  • Blacklist questionable apps.
  • Remotely lock their phone.

This is not all. The app offers many other interesting features for location tracking, Geo-fencing places, Watchlisting contacts, sending and receiving alerts and much more.

Monitor To Be Your Teens’ Mentor

Teens use the internet mostly through their smart phones or tablets these days. So now, you don’t have to use multiple tools, use one parental control app for Android and monitor your teens’ online and offline life.

Monitoring can help you become the best mentor for your Teen. Happy Parenting!

Sony launches Style portrait app on Play Store officially

Sony has officially launched Style portrait app on Play Store. Earlier we saw Sony launched Style portrait effects on Play Store but app was only limited to Xperia C4, Xperia M4 Aqua, etc but now it is available for all Xperia devices which have Sony Social Smart Camera app installed (Android 4.2+).

Style portrait app allows you to apply different styles to the photos captures from your device, styles may include face effects, color filters and deco frames.

Style Portrait app

Download Style portrait app, version from Play Store.

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Sony Style portrait apk

Download Style portrait app

Sony Style portrait app

Is app working on your device? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Sony Xperia Keyboard app, 6.7.A.0.86 version updated

Sony Mobile introduced a new Xperia Keyboard (app, 6.7.A.0.84 version) in its Android 5.1.1. Lollipop update and now a new 6.7.A.0.86 version was recently spotted on Play Store (3 days back).

Xperia Keyboard now officially supports numeric row on the phones (to be enabled from keyboard settings) and new layout for number fields.

Sony Xperia Keyboard app

Download Xperia Keyboard app, 6.7.A.0.86 version from Play Store.

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Xperia Keyboard app, 6.7.A.0.86

If you are unable to download it from Play Store, use the below link to download the apk.

GizmoBolt Download Button

Xperia Keyboard app, 6.7.A.0.86


Check out all latest Sony Xperia app updates here.

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

Xperia M5 launched with 21.5 MP rear cam with Hybrid AF

Sony launched two of its class super mid-range smartphones today viz. Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia M5. Xperia C5 Ultra features an innovative borderless display and Xperia M5 features powerful 21.5 MP rear cam with Hybrid AF.

Xperia M5 is powered by 2.0 GHz 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 Octa-core processor, IMG Rogue G6200 GPU and 21.5 MP rear cam (Exmor RS) with Hybrid AF F2.2 (ISO up to 3200) and 13 MP front cam (Exmor RS) with AF.

Xperia M5

It has 5″ FHD IPS display (1920×1080 resolution). Xperia M5 is 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm in dimensions, weighs 142.5 grams. It has 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage.

Xperia M5 - Gold Color

Xperia M5 with 21.5 MP rear camera

Xperia M5 capless USB port

Xperia M5 launched in 3 colors

Xperia M5 with 7.6 mm thin

Xperia M5 with 13 MP front camera

Xperia M5 Features

Sony launched Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra with MediaTek chipset. How comfortable you are with MediaTek SoC, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – Sony Mobile

Xperia Z2 Tablet Cover Stand BKC50, BKC10, Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10

Sony announced so many accessories for Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Z2, launched at MWC 2014 and one of them is “Xperia Z2 Tablet Cover Stand BKC50 with Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10”. It is a specific type of keyboard which can be paired with your Xperia Z2 Tablet wireless and you can use the Cover Stand BKC50 as a protective cover case for your Xperia Z2 Tablet and to carry and fit the Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 inside it.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Cover Stand BKC50 is a folding type protective case, helps you to put your tablet and Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 inside it and both can be removed easily whenever you want to use them with another device. Sony mentions on the official listing page that Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 will continue to work up to 3 months before you need to charge it ( condition applies ) in Stamina mode only.

Let’s have a look at what Xperia Z2 Tablet Cover Stand BKC50 has to offer.

Cover Stand BKC50 and Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10

Folding case to act like a stand.

Cover Stand BKC50

Attach Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 in the case and pair it with NFC.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Cover Stand BKC50

Remove the Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 to pair it with another tablet or smartphone.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Stand BKC50

Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 fits well with Xperia Z2. There are two LEDs present on keyboard, one indicates Bluetooth On and other one indicates charging mode/low battery.

Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 Xperia Z2

Xperia Z2 Tablet fits well with Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10

Xperia Z2 Tablet Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10

Technical Specifications

  • Keyboard Dimensions – 260 x 135 x 5 mm
  • Case folded with Xperia Z2 Tablet and Keyboard Dimensions – 278 x 200 x 17.5 mm
  • Keyboard Weight – 200 grams
  • Cover Weight  – 390 grams

Power On/Off key is present on Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10, Bluetooth 3.0 powered and micro-USB charging via AC adapter only.

Either you can purchase the Cover Stand BKC50 which contains both Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 and cover or you can individually buy Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 alone. Both items are under coming soon tag, prices will be soon out. Check the official listings here ( 1, 2 ).

Cover Stand BKC50

Interestingly Sony has listed a very similar Cover Stand BKC50. Check its listing here.

Cover Stand BKC50 Xperia Z2

What say guys, liked it ? Well there are many Bluetooth keyboards present in market, nothing new spotted with the Bluetooth Keyboard BKB10 and same goes for cover stand also. Drop your comments below.

Sony Stereo Microphone STM10 launched for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet

Sony announced Stereo Microphone STM10 at MWC 2014 exclusively along with Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Stereo Microphone STM10 is a specific high sensitivity microphone for true audio quality while shooting videos, available only in white color. Stereo Microphone STM10 comes with a 90 Degree tilt action so that it can be moved in the direction where audio source is located.

Stereo Microphone STM10 can be used with any Xperia smartphone which has 3.5mm headphone jack connector. Inside the box there is 1 microphone set and wind screen. It is made up of aluminium frame and stainless steel mesh.

Lets have a look at official photos of Stereo Microphone STM10.

Xperia Z2 Stereo Microphone STM10

Sony Stereo Microphone STM10

Xperia Z2 fits very well.

Xperia Z2 STM10 Stereo microphone

Technical Specifications

  • Audio Connector – 3.5mm 5-Pole connector – 4 conductor/1 earth TRRS connector
  • Mic Configuration – XY pattern
  • Frequency Response – 50Hz – 20kHz.
  • Sensitivity : -40dBV/Pa (+-3dB )

Stereo Microphone STM10 is under coming soon tag, no specific info on pricing is available. Check the official listing here.

You like it guys, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 for Xperia Smartphones and tablets announced

Sony has launched Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 at MWC 2014 which is a new kind of speaker which allows you to stream music via Bluetooth pairing and you can charge your Xperia smartphones and tablets which have magnetic charging connectors. Superior audio quality and wireless music streaming are two big advantages of these speakers besides NFC connectivity option.

Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 comes with call-handling facility which allows you to take calls, just press the call button. Now have superior video conferencing experience with these speakers, best thing is that they fit well with many Xperia devices like Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1S etc.

[ UPDATE – 23 MarchSony Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 Hands On Photos

To charge your Xperia device via this Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10, just put it gently like you place it on any Dock; make sure magnetic charging connectors are well connected.

Lets take a look at official photo gallery of Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 .

It has power On/OFF Key, Volume Up/Down key, Call/Answer and Bluetooth pairing key.

Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10

Press the call button to answer the calls.

Charging Pad BSC10

Charging is done by Micro-USB only.

Xperia Z2 Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10

Pair via Bluetooth or NFC.

NFC Connectivity Charging Pad BSC10

Xperia Z2 fits well.

Xperia Z2 Charging Pad BSC10

Xperia Z2 Tablet fits well.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Charging Pad BSC10

Technical Specifications

  • Weight – 500 grams
  • Dimensions – 120 x 80 x 80 mm
  • Speaker – 5W
  • Bluetooth Profiles – A2DP/AVRCP/HSP/HFP
  • 3.5 mm audio in.

It seems a good combination of speaker with a charging pad. Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10 is under coming soon tag now, no specific info on its price is available for the time being. Check the official listing here.

What do you say guys, you like it ? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z2 Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-NC31EM announced

Sony has announced an interesting headset during MWC 2014 event i.e. Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-NC31EM for Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet exclusively though can be paired with any smartphone featuring 3.5mm headphone jack. Sony has featured Digital Noise Cancelling technology in Xperia Z2 which reduced the ambient noises up to 98% when paired with above DNC MDR-NC31EM headset.

Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-NC31EM will be available in white and black color and for the time being they are under coming soon tag so no specific info is there on price, we expect them to be priced at around £60. Hands-free calling is also enabled which will only work if it is connected to 3.5 mm 5 pole audio-contact. 13.5 mm dynamic speaker type is used in DNC Headset MDR-NC31EM.

Let’s have a look at the official photo gallery of Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-NC31EM.

MDR-NC31EM Xperia Z2 Headset

Digital Noise Cancelling Headset MDR-NC31EM

DNC Headset MDR-NC31EM

Technical Specifications

  • Weight – 21 grams
  • Length – 1 m
  • Nominal Independence – 31 Ohm
  • Microphone – ECM
  • Frequency Response – 20Hz – 20000Hz.

Inside the box you will get 1 headset, warranty manual and 3 ear buds of 3 different sizes. It is clearly mentioned that DNC Headset MDR-NC31EM will not work with the devices which don’t have 5-pole connector.

Eagerly waiting for them to be available for purchase, you like them fellas. Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z2 Style Cover Stand SCR10 Announced in Black and White

Users used to complain that Sony is not launching any official protective cases for their smartphones and now here they come. Sony has announced a special protective cover for Xperia Z2 i.e. Style Cover Stand SCR10. Style Cover Stand SCR10 is a ultra thin flip cover style case exclusively made for Xperia Z2, will be available in white and black color. It is a special notebook style case which can be used as a desk stand for perfect viewing.

Sony has also launched a separate Style Cover Stand SCR12 for Xperia Z2 Tablet. Style Cover Stand SCR10 is under coming soon tag on Sony’s online store and no info on the price of Style Cover Stand SCR10 is available for the time being. It should be priced somewhere between €40-€50 as it is an official Sony product. Perfect apertures are provided in the case for camera opening, stereo speakers and other ports.

Let’s have a look at Xperia Z2 Style Cover Stand SCR10 photos.

Bumpers are provided at the all corners.

SCR10 Xperia Z2 Style Cover Stand

Opening for hearing speaker is also provided on front cover.

SCR10 Xperia Z2 Black Style Cover

SCR10 Xperia Z2 Cover Price

Both white and black SCR10 cover looks very elegant.

SCR10 Xperia Z2 Case

Use it like a desk stand for better viewing while watching movies.

Xperia Z2 SCR10 Case Review

As soon as Xperia Z2 Style Cover Stand SCR10 is available for purchase we will post the detailed review for the following.

Do you like the design of SCR10 cover for Xperia Z2, well we liked it; just hoping it’s not too bulky to carry. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z2 Tablet magnetic charging dock DK39 Priced at £39.99 in UK, €45 in Spain and Netherlands, €29 in Italy

Xperia Z2 magnetic charging dock DK36 is already available from Sony online stores in Europe at a split price range as per different regions just like the pre-order price for Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Sony has launched two magnetic charging docks this time again separate one for each device and for Xperia Z2 Tablet they have launched new model magnetic charging dock DK39.

Xperia Z2 Tablet magnetic charging dock DK39 is priced at £39.99 in UK, €45 in SpainNetherlands and France, €29 in Italy, €39 in Germany, 369 kr in Sweden and 139 Polish złoty in Poland. It is right now under coming soon and soon will be available for sale from Sony online stores.

Check the listing of Xperia Z2 Tablet magnetic charging dock DK39 i n UK.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Dock DK39

Technical Specifications

  • Weight – 54 grams
  • Dimensions – 80 x 80 x 20 mm

You will get 1 user manual, warranty card and you get 1 adapter only this time.

Check below Xperia Z2 Tablet resting on magnetic charging dock DK39.

DK39 Magnetic Charging Dock Xperia Z2 Tablet

Again we are saying we would like to see Sony also selling EC21 magnetic charging cable separately, it would become a lot easier to charge the devices.

What do you think guys, is it Xperia Z2 Tablet magnetic charging dock DK39 overpriced or not ? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact first 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update rolling

A few days ago we saw 14.2.A.1.142 firmware getting certified for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 along with Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra on PTCRB and it has just started rolling on Xperia Z1 Compact now officially. Out of the box Xperia Z1 Compact came with android 4.3 14.2.A.1.114 firmware and then 14.2.A.1.136 firmware was certified which has not been rolled till now but some users are now reporting directly getting 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update. 14.2.A.1.142 firmware open sources files were uploaded yesterday by Sony.

14.2.A.1.142 firmware keeps Xperia Z1 Compact on android 4.3 and is available via PC Companion and SUS, no OTA for 14.2.A.1.142 firmware seen yet. Connect your Xperia Z1 Compact to PC Companion and look for firmware update notification, if you got on  proceed as per on screen instructions. 14.2.A.1.142 firmware is still seeding so it may take time to reach your region. 14.2.A.1.142 firmware confirmed in Taiwan and Italy region as per user mag1017. At present it is not clear whether this carrier specific update or for regular variants but as soon as we get info, we will update post.

[ UPDATE – 23 FEB ]

Chinese Xperia Z1 Compact M51w got 14.2.A.1.146 firmware update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update

  • Phone – Xperia Z1 Compact D5503
  • Android – 4.3
  • Firmware – 14.2.A.1.142
  • Kernel version – 3.4.0 Build Date Jan 9
  • Baseband version – 8974-AAAAANAZQ-10270028-36

Slight change in baseband and kernel is noted. No specific chnagelog is available for 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update yet.

Download Xperia Z1 Compat D5503 14.2.A.1.142 firmware ftf for manual flashing.

Download the 14.2.A.1.142 firmware ftf from below link.

Download D5503_14.2.A.1.142 (KEVIN3688)_Sony.ftf
[ via roerisi ]

After installing above file, flash it with the help of flashtool. No root needed. No need to unlock the booloader. Download flashtool from below link.

Download flashtool- 

Follow the guide below to flash. Below tutorial is based upon Xperia Z1 flashing, same procedure goes for Xperia Z1 Compact.

How to flash Xperia Z1 Compact 14.2.A.1.142 ftf using Flash Tool Manually ?

14.2.A.1.142 firmware update has not been rolled on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra yet. If you have already updated your Xperia Z1 Compact on 14.2.A.1.142 firmware then let us know, anything you find new. Drop your comments below.

How to enable pen mode on Xperia Z1 – Pen,Pencil working as Stylus

Xperia Z Ultra supports sensitive pen mode which enables user to write with pen or pencil and use them as stylus, well this feature is superb if you have tried but somehow Xperia Z1 didn’t see any such feature enabled. XDA user RyokoN confirms this pen mode feature can now be enabled on Xperia Z1 also and somehow was disabled by Sony on Xperia Z1.

Original mod comes from AOKP, which RyokoN implied on Xperia Z1 and it works as stated by many users. To enable pen mode on  Xperia Z1, your handset must be rooted, well lets see how to use this feature.

Enable pen mode on Xperia Z1

UPDATE ] Below mentioned Pen Mode also works on Xperia SP. Do apply screen protector before writing with pen. Try at your own risk on Xperia SP.

Download the below mentioned pen mode enabling and disabling toggle app.

Download Pen_mode.4.apk

Turn the app on to use pen mode on Xperia Z1 and toggle it off when not using it as the app increases the touch sensitivity of screen so you might not feel comfortable keeping it on all time.

To have additional improved touch experience, change the below mentioned values.

Navigate to system > usr > idc > clearpad_pen.idc. You will find the below code written…

# Pressure
touch.pressure.scale = 0.2

Change the above mentioned code to below and reboot…

# Pressure
touch.pressure.scale = 0.1

Pen Mode in Xperia Z1

Let’s see how good is pen mode on Xperia Z1.

How to enable pen mode on Xperia Z1

 If you own Xperia Z1 then try above mod, you will love it. We did it and it is working pretty smooth now. Faced any issue, visit XDA concerned thread for any doubt.

If you have enabled pen mode on Xperia Z1, let us know if it went well or not. Drop your comments below.

10.4.C.0.797 firmware certified for Xperia Z C6606 and C6616 variants

A new 10.4.C.0.797 firmware build has been certified for Xperia Z C6606 and C6616 variants on PTCRB following the previous certification of 10.4.C.0.793 firmware which was not rolled. 10.4.C.0.797 firmware seems to be a particular carrier specific firmware update for T-Mobile Xperia Z or any other Xperia Z carrier variant model. 10.4.1.B.0.101 firmware released for Xperia Z C6602/C6606 still has not appeared on PTCRB.

Previous firmware which marked appearance of Xperia Z T-Mobile was 10.4.B.0.569 build and this new 10.4.C.0.797 firmware  may or may not come seeing the frequent change in build within 10 days of certification of last firmware.

Check below the 10.4.C.0.797 firmware certification on PTCRB page.

10.4.C.0.797 firmware Xperia Z

At present we don’t have info regarding KitKat firmware update for Xperia Z but for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact, testing of KitKat firmware has already started. It seems other members of Xperia Z family will get KitKat update later after flagship models are updated.

No ETA is there for 10.4.C.0.797 firmware rollout yet, we will let you know if this 10.4.C.0.797 firmware rolls out on Xperia Z. It will not come to global versions of Xperia Z.

Thanks Matt 🙂

Xperia Z2 Tablet Press Render Pics Leaked with New Specifications

Yesterday we saw @Evleaks allegedly leaking the Xperia Z2 Tablet specifications, which is codenamed as Sony SGP521 Castor tablet which will make an appearance at MWC 2014 event hopefully. Till now we have seen that Xperia Z2 Tablet features Snapdragon 800 SoC 2.3 GHz quad core processor, 10.1″ screen display with 1920×1200 resolution Triluminos for Mobile, 3GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage with external SD card slot, 8MP Rear cam and 2 MP front cam, 6000mAh battery, 6.4mm slim with IP ratings and running Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware but now more specifications of Xperia Z2 Tablet have been leaked with the actual press render pics.

Xperia Z2 Tablet press render pics first came from @Evleaks which shows the front panel of Xperia Z2 Tablet. New Android 4.4.2 Xperia KitKat wallpaper is seen on the home screen with Sony logo embossed on top bezel. Check below the first Xperia Z2 Tablet press render impression.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Press render Pics

Below you can see Xperia Z2 Tablet, well if you are thinking if it is named Xperia Z2 Tablet or not, then confirmation for the same has also come now from @GadgetLeaks.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Press Render Pic

Xperia Z2 Tablet New Specifications 

New Xperia Z2 Tablet press render pics and specifications have been leaked by @GadgetLeaks, stating Xperia Z2 Tablet weighs 426 grams for Wi-Fi version and 439 grams for LTE model. Exact dimension of Xperia Z2 Tablet is 266 x 172 x 6.4 mm.

Find more Xperia Z2 Tablet Press render pics below.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Leaked Pics

You can see the bezels in Xperia Z2 Tablet are huge but they helps in holding a 10″ tablet firmly, isn’t it ?

Xperia Z2 Tablet Leaked Press Renders

Xperia Z2 Tablet White Pic Leaked

Xperia Z2 Tablet is shown in white and black color only, we expect these two color be the exact models launched. 8MP rear cam is spotted at back but with no flash LED light. You can see 3.5mm headphone jack at top.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Leaked

Notice the magnetic charging dock pins and thickness, it’s exactly slim like Xperia Z Ultra.

Xperia Z2 Tablet Waterproof IP ratings

We are looking forward for Sony’s MWC press conference now to see Sony D6503 ( hopefully be Xperia Z2 ) and Xperia Z2 Tablet to go live in real. Mark your calendars Sony will hold a press event on 24 Feb at opening day of MWC. Check below link for more info.

So are you impressed by the design of Xperia Z2 Tablet and its specifications. Let us know. Drop your comments below.

[ REVIEW ] Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve

Today we have brought another leather flip case for review from Noreve, exclusively for Xperia Z1. In past we have reviewed leather flip cases for Xperia Z, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia SP and Xperia ZR from Noreve and one of the finest leather quality we have seen in the cases manufactured by them, it’s just superb. We will be reviewing two different cases for Xperia Z1 here in two different posts.

Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve, model number Tradition D is priced at 44.08€ inclusive of all taxes and ships world wide with in 24 hours free of cost. You get to design your own case if you want, choose the various color combinations and textures available. You need to pay extra 4.17€ for customization excluding default black color case. Option for gift wrapping the case is also available on paying extra 5€.

[ REVIEW ] Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve

As usual it came in black and red box combination which looks very neat for a retail box of a phone’s case. Let’s have a look at it. Case is present inside a red pouch.

Noreve Xperia Z1 case

Now let’s have a look at naked Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve.  In the above pic you can see on front is has Noreve’s brand logo on bottom right corner.

At back Noreve- Saint Tropez is written in silver color and stitched in black thread.

Noreve Xperia Z1 case Leather

Let’s put Xperia Z1 inside the case. Case fits perfectly. Notice the front flap’s inner lining there is Noreve embossed everywhere, surface lining is smooth so that no harm to screen is made. All bumper clips are at perfect place so that phone fits firmly inside case.

Non-magnetic closure is included in the case.

Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve

Xperia Z1 inside the case. Do notice the width of the flaps of case.

Xperia Z1 Noreve

Perfect space for speaker grills in the case.

Noreve Xperia Z1 Leather case

Notebook style of case. You can’t access any ports while case in on along left profile of case i.e. you can’t use magnetic charging dock DK31 or EC21 charging cable while this case is on.

Xperia Z1 Noreve Leather case

Opening for 3.5mm headphone jack in the case. Do note that there is no opening for hearing speaker on front flap which means if you use the phone for call while case on then hearing sound will be very low as what we faced.

Noreve case Xperia Z1

While case in on, you may still be able to access the power button, volume rocker keys, SIM card slot and external camera key on right profile of Xperia Z1.

Z1 Leather case

SIM card slot port opening.

Xperia Z1 Flip case

External camera shutter key opening.

Xperia Z1 Notebook case

Perfect camera opening in the case without any obstruction for LED flash light. An opening for secondary microphone is also provided at top.

Xperia Z1 Leather case

Noreve logo is embossed in whole inner lining of front flap.

Noreve Xperia Z1


  • Superb leather quality.
  • Durable enough
  • Protection against normal daily life shocks and jerks.
  • Ports Accessible – Yes.
  • Hand made leather used.
  • Can be used as a back stand.


  • Absence of hearing speaker slot in front flap.
  • Some users may find it a bit expensive but it’s a quality product you must admit.

Thanks Noreve for providing case for review 🙂 Check the official listing of Xperia Z1 Leather Flip Case from Noreve.

Do let us know if you have ever used a mobile case from Noreve, do you like the leather quality. If you are using some other good quality leather cases for Xperia Z1, let us know in comments.

Xperial L 15.3.A.0.27 firmware certified by PTCRB – Bug Fixing Update

Sony recently crowned Xperia L with android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware update with which Xperia L joined the elite club of Xperia Z series which were already on android 4.2.2 firmware a lot ago. Thought the 15.3.A.0.26 firmware update brought many new features on Xperia L but with it brought some bugs too.

Xperial L 15.3.A.0.27 firmware ( android 4.2.2 ) is recently certified on PTCRB, a minor bug fixing update over previous android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware. 15.3.A.0.27 firmware is spotted for both Xperia L C2105 and C2104. No ETA for the 15.3.A.0.27 firmware update yet. We saw many users who were asking us to post previous firmware builds which clearly states that the current firmware has some serious bugs.

Xperial L 15.3.A.0.27 firmware certified by PTCRB - Bug Fixing Update

No specific date is there for the release of 15.3.A.0.27 firmware but it should come soon hopefully, a delightful news for all Xperia L owners. Sony has recently exposed its plans for android 4.3 update and android 4.4 update. It is very much clear not that android 4.3 will not come to Xperia L but it should be in the second batch of devices getting android 4.4 update next year.

Let us know Xperia L users what bugs you are currently facing on android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware, drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 f SO-02F launching on 19 December via NTT DoCoMo Japan

Xperia Z1 f SO-02F, younger sibling of mighty Xperia Z1, marked its presence a while ago in Japan ( on 10 October ) but now NTT DoCoMo Japan has officially listed it on their website with a release date of 19 December 2013. Xperia Z1 f SO-02F will be available in 4 colors viz. Black, white, pink and lime as mentioned on NTT DoCoMo Japan’s site.

Xperia Z1 f SO-02F features almost similar specifications of Xperia Z1 except for a smaller screen size, battery power. While in the Japanese version of Xperia Z1, IR Blaster was also seen which is truly missing from global versions of Xperia Z1.

Xperia Z1 f SO-02F launching on 19 December via NTT DoCoMo Japan

Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) specs

  • Android – 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Dimensions – 127mm x 64.9mm x 9.4mm
  • Display – X-Reality for Mobile.
  • Screen Size – 4.3″ HD 1280×720 resolution.
  • Battery – 2300 mAh.
  • Processor – Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2 GHz
  • Memory – 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory.
  • Connectivity – BlueTooth 4.0, LTE enabled.
  • Camera resolution – 20.7 MP rear cam and 2.2 MP front cam.
  • IP 55 / IP 58 dust and water resistance.

So all Xperia fans from Japan, get ready Xperia Z1 f is coming to your region very soon. It is speculated that the global version of Xperia Z1 f which was recently seen in some alleged images as Sony D5503 may mark its presence officially during CES 2014. We will keep you updated as soon as it comes.

Major Sony SmartWatch 2 1.0.B.3.46/1.0.A.3.8 Firmware Update – New watch faces

It looks firmware update season has come for Sony devices as this winter in December many Xperia devices will be getting android 4.3 update and yesterday we saw Xperia UL SOL22 getting Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware update and now Sony has started rolling 1.0.B.3.46/1.0.A.3.8 Firmware for Sony SmartWatch 2 ( SW2 ), a major update it is which has brought many changes this time.

As per Sony’s statement, update has brought more stability for firmware, rest all features are under the hood. So if you own SmartWatch 2 then go for this update it has brought many features this time.

Main Features of update

  • New Watch faces, now you get a digital clock with date.
  • Adjustable Back Light i.e. adapt to lightning conditions option is there now.
  • Stop Watch app
  • Larger fonts now.
  • Expanded Bluetooth and vibration menu.
  • Notifications can now be deleted with one swipe now.

Besides 1.0.B.3.46/1.0.A.3.8 firmware you will also see updates in many app extensions like Camera Smart extension, Music Player Smart extension.

Let us know if you have updated your SmartWatch 2. Do you like the update, drop your comments.

Thanks Mugenmundo for pics 🙂 

Xperia UL SOL22 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware update rolling

As when Xperia fans are waiting for Android 4.3 launch in December, some Xperia handsets are till being updated to android 4.2.2. Just now KDDI in Japan is updating Xperia UL SOL22 for AU on Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware update. as mentioned on their official website. Android 4.2.2 is already available on every Xperia Z series handset quite a while ago, it seems they are pretty late.

10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware brings Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on Xperia UL SOL22  from android 4.1 firmware. 10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware is of 897.7 MB if done via PC or if an OTA update is done, it is of 234.7 MB size.

10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware brings standard android 4.2.2 features which were also seen on other Xperia handsets, like DUALSHOCK 3 Controller support, transparent navigation bars on home screen and integration of video unlimited in movies apps.

If you have updated your Xperia UL SOL22 on Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.D.0.220 firmware, let us know how it was. Was it worth updating ? Drop your comments below.

[ REVIEW ] Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair

After reviewing a lot many cases in a row for Xperia Z1 from Roxfit, Brando, TETDED, Muvit, RockPhone CN, PDair today we will review a premium book type case from PDair for Xperia Z. Xperia Z has such a sleek body that one would think twice before covering it with any case but in order to protect the glass panels on both side you should opt a case.

Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair came as review sample unit for us, it is priced very decently at $29.99 and is shipped worldwide ( from Hong Kong ). Available in more than 10 colors and also comes with a leather belt clip.

Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair comes in brown box similarly just like Xperia Z1 case came from them. “PDair” logo is embossed on top of box.


The case is as usual stitched in white thread and is made from premium handmade deluxe South Korean cowhide leather. We must say the quality of leather is very good and it smells a bit for some days due to leather stuff issues.

We are currently noticing that many flip book style cases have no hearing speaker opening in the front flap in this case it is also missing may be because the thickness of front flap it too much as it may not be practically possible to do a hole then.

It comes with a magnetic colsure to close the front flap.

Front side of Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair

Back of the case is fitted with removable 360 degrees belt clip which can be very well inserted in the belt of trousers or jeans. Notice the opening at the camera lens, it seems it obstructs a pit portion of camera flash and camera flash seems distorted. A hole opening is given for secondary microphone at the back. While case is close no port is accessible.

Camera opening of Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair


While case is closed, you can access the SIM card slot, power button and volume rocker keys partially; to access them completely you need to open the case.

Ports opening of Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair

SIM card slot opening in Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case

At the bottom phone is being held by two clips of case itself.

Bottom side of Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair - Revie

3.5 mm headphone jack port is well accessible.

3.5 mm headphone jack port is well accessible in Xperia Z PDair case

At the book flap side, Micro SD card and USB port slots are well accessible including magnetic charging port but due tot thickness of the case you can’t use the magnetic charging port while case is on.

Magnetic charging port opening in Xperia Z Book Type Leather Case from PDair

Inner lining of the case has velvet touch surface to protect the screen from any scratches.


  • Genuine leather used ( Cowhide ).
  • Removable 360 Degrees Belt Clip support.
  • All ports accessible.
  • Variety of colors available.


  • Too thick.
  • Too bulky.
  • Camera opening obstructs flash.

If you are looking for a good leather case for Xperia Z, then it is a good choice but do keep in mind that camera opening hole obstructs LED flash path a bit.

Thanks PDair for sending 🙂 Check the listing of PDair Xperia Z Book type case here, if you want to buy it.

Which flip case you are using for your Xperia Z, as in past we have reviewed flip cases for Xperia Z from Roxfit, Noreve . Drop your comments below.

Install Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T

Bravia Engine, Sony’s popular technology for enhancing image and video qualities in phone was first seen in Xperia S and then in many phone. Well first it was Bravia Engine 1 as BE1 and now with the flagship device Xperia V and Z, there it came Bravia Engine 2 as BE2 on it, a much better and improved version of Bravia Engine 1.

Well the then Sony Xperia S, SL, Acro S, Ion and T users are asking for it, well here it comes Bravia Engine 2 for you 🙂 XDA member yash.pranjale86 has done such a great work, thumbs up.

Install Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T

xLoud is another feature which is seen in Walkman settings, well it is already available for Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T yet any other phone brand user can port this 😛

Install Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T

Let’s see how to install now Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T.


  • Phone Required – Xperia S, SL, Acro S, Ion and T. May work on other handsets but not tested yet.
  • ROM – Stock Sony ROM needed, working 100% on them. It may or may not work on other custom ROMs.
  • Android – Android 4.0.4 + version needed.
  • Root Access needed.
  • Working recovery needed. To install recovery refer to below link.

Install CWM Recovery v6.0.3.0 Xperia S SL Jelly Bean LOCKED bootloader

How to Install Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T  ?

Download the Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud flahable zip files from given below link.

Download ( For Xperia as well as non Xperia  Phones )

Donwload ( For non Xperia  Phones )


Backup your whole system + data via recovery, in case you lost your Bravia Engine, you can restore back.

  1. Download the Bravia Engine 2 zip file from above link or in case you also want xLoud, download it also.
  2. Store it on your SD card / internal memory of phone.
  3. Reboot into recovery.
  4. Install “” from SD card.
  5. Reboot device.

Done 🙂 we are done installing Sony Bravia Engine 2 and xLoud on Xperia S,SL,AcroS,Ion,T . Please report back in case you are not able to install it, or don’t see Bravia Engine 2 on your device in display settings.

ERROR of 2 Bravia Engines installed at the same time ?

Did you get any error like both Bravia Engine 1 and Bavia Engine 2 are simultaneously showing up on your phone, Check below image.

ERROR of 2 Bravia Engines installed at the same time on Xperia S


If you are also facing an issue stated above, then please try this solution.

  • Go to build.prop file. 
  • Find these lines…These are for Bravia Engine 1


  • Remove the above mentioned lines from your build.prop file and check whether these below mentioned lines are present or not. Below lines are for Bravia Engine 2.


  • Reboot your device after removing codes for BE 1. 

Now check whether both Bravia Engines still there or not.

If it is still there, then proceed as

  • Now check if you have this code written 2 times in build.prop file. Delete one set of similar line from the build.prop file. Save it, Reboot device and Check again.

### Pimp my Rom : BRAVIA Engine 2 ro.service.swiqi2.supported=true persist.service.swiqi2.enable=1

### Pimp my Rom : BRAVIA Engine 2 ro.service.swiqi2.supported=true persist.service.swiqi2.enable=1

  • You may find Both Bravia Engine still, if yes then look for another code of BE 1. Delete this set of code also and now reboot for 3-5 times in a row. Now check if you still have both BE or not.

Bravia Engine 1 ro.service.swiqi.supported=true persist.service.swiqi.enable=1

After doing above mentioned steps, users have been able to use only Bravia Engine 2, let us know if it worked for you or not…

Now click some photos or view photos with and without Bravia Engine 2, do you see any difference, post your views.

Please comment back reporting your changelog, whether it worked or not…Post your photos with Bravia Engine 2 on and off…

[ via – XDA ]

Install Xperia Honami, ZU Album,Walkman,Movies App on Xperia S LT26i ,SL,Ion

We have posted tutorials regarding a lot many leaked Xperia Honami and Xperia Z Ultra aka ZU apps and widget and today we have got for you is the main media apps from Xperia Honami and Xperia ZU system.

If you haven’t install any Honami mods yet, you can install from given below link.

Install Xperia Honami i1 ,Xperia ZU Home Launcher and Widgets on Xperia S,SL,Z,ZL

Download Xperia Z Ultra ZU, Xperia Honami Android 4.2.2 Official Themes and wallpapers

Install Honami,ZU Messaging, Calendar, Clock, Album App on Xperia S SL

Install Xperia Honami, ZU Album,Walkman,Movies App on Xperia S,SL,Ion

Let’s see how to install all media apps from Xperia Honami. New layout and more settings are added in these new version of apps. All media apps are from android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware.


  • Phones Required – Xperia S, SL, Acro S, Ion – Tested. May work on Xperia P also.
  • Must have latest Jelly Bean update. To update your Xperia S and SL, please refer to link below.

How to Flash Xperia S, SL Jelly Bean 6.2.B.0.211 World-India ftf file ?

  • Root access is required. To root your phone, check our link below on how to.

How to Root Xperia S, Z, SP, ZL, P, Go, Acro S, Ion Jelly Bean by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v15

  • Deodexed ROM is needed to install. Get your Xperia S and SL ROM deodexed by visiting given below link.

How to Deodex Xperia S, SL 6.2.B.0.211 Jelly Bean Odex stock ROM ?

After confirming all above 3 requirements, proceed below.

How to Install ?

Download the latest Xperia Honami and Xperia ZU Album, Walkman, Movies App apk from given below link.

Download Xperia ZU Walkman App

Download Xperia ZU Walkman App

Download SemcMusic.apk

Download Xperia ZU Album app / Movies app.

Install  Xperia ZU Album app on Xperia S SL Ion

Install Xperia ZU Movies app on Xperia S SL Ion

Combined link of all 3 apks are added below.

Download [Signed]Walkman Album and Video Of Xperia

Download the zip file from above link, Extract all the three apks of Music, Movies and Album and keep it aside.


Before installing above apks please back up all your related apks of Album,Movies,Videos in case you find any bug or not able to install them, you can restore your original media apps.

How to Install ?

  1. You can also flash the above zip file to get all three apps on your device. Flash it in Recovery > Reboot. Or you can try below method.
  2. Copy and replace the above 3 apks in system/app folder setting permissions as rw-r-r.
  3. Reboot your phone.
  4. Done 🙂


Please push in system/app normal install won’t work. In case you find any problems in installing them, let us know in comments, we will help you out. In case they worked for your or not please leave a feedback below it will help our fellow readers and users to know about the bugs and other things.