Xperia E3 LTE 18.5.C.0.19 firmware rolling – Android 4.4.4 KitKat update

Xperia E3 LTE variants D2203 & D2206 (not released for D2243 yet) are getting new Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in the form of 18.5.C.0.19 firmware over Android 4.4.2 update (18.4.C.2.14 firmware). HSPA+ variants of Xperia E3 are already on Android 4.4.4 KitKat version.

18.5.C.0.19 firmware update is confirmed in Nordic regions, UK (other European regions also). It is only available via PC Companion for the time being, no OTA seen yet. Now every variant of Xperia E3 is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Xperia E3 Android 4.4.4 update

Check the about phone screenshot of 18.5.C.0.19 firmware below.

18.5.C.0.19 firmware update

New Xperia Themes, wallpapers, boot animation is there with other changes under the hood.

If you haven’t got the 18.5.C.0.19 firmware update yet, then you can install the 18.5.C.0.19 firmware ftf. Download 18.5.C.0.19 firmware ftf from below link (size 936 MB). Check out this link to see installation instructions via Xperia FlashTool.

Gizmo-Bolt-Download-

Have you got this update on your device, let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA

Xperia Z1s C6916 14.4.B.0.37 firmware certified – KitKat update

In month of June we saw a new 14.4.B.0.20 firmware build for Xperia Z1s C6916 getting certified at PTCRB which is expected to be Android KitKat update well now a higher build 14.4.B.0.37 firmware is spotted at PTCRB. At present Xperia Z1s is still on android 4.3 Jelly Bean since its launch at CES 2014 in Jan.

Sony has already updated Xperia “Z” series to KitKat where Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra are on android 4.4.4 KitKat version. We are still wondering why Sony is so slow with carrier updates. We saw Xperia Z on T-Mobile got its major update after a very long wait.

[ UPDATE – 6 Aug’ 14Xperia Z1s 14.4.B.0.37 firmware Android 4.4.4 KitKat update rolling for T-Mobile US users

14.4.B.0.37 firmware certification

Below you can see 14.4.B.0.37 firmware certification for Xperia Z1s C6916 T-Mobile US on PTCRB.

14.4.B.0.37 firmware Xperia Z1S C6916

 

A few days back full root was achieved on Xperia Z1s C6916 so if you want to root your device, check the below link.

Root Xperia Z1s C6916 T-Mobile – Install Recovery

We will keep you updated as soon as Sony rolls KitKat 14.4.B.0.37 firmware update on Xperia Z1s C6916. If you are facing any major bugs on present android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Ben for the Tip!

Download Voice balloon photo app version 1.0.A.0.0 from Sony

Sony Mobile rolled Android 4.4.2 KitKat for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact yesterday and foretold its plan to update other Xperia devices ( Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, M2, E1, T2 Ultra ) on KitKat in future. Sony Mobile has rolled “Voice balloon photo” photography app for its Smart Social Camera app for all devices updated in KitKat yesterday.

Sony Voice balloon photo app allows you to put text on the photo in form of balloons by recognizing the voice of the users around the camera. You can edit the words spoken, put them in three different style options and can really give words to your beautiful pic captured. Let’s see how it works.

Voice balloon photo app

At present Voice balloon photo app is exclusively only available for Xperia KitKat devices in selected regions only ( available in UK ), you may not be able to download it officially from Play Store. If it is not available for your regions like India etc then you can download the  Voice balloon photo apk from below and install it normally.

Voice balloon photo app confirmed working on Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact running KitKat. Other Xperia devices running android 4.3 not tested yet. Not working for Android 4.3 Xperia SP.

Voice balloon photo app Version 1.0.A.0.0

For Stock KitKat Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact and Z2 – No Root Needed

Download com.sonymobile.voiceballoonphoto-1.apk

Voice balloon photo app Version 1.0.A.0.0

Voice balloon photo app For Android 4.3 Devices – No Root Needed

XDA user kongaz2 has ported Voice balloon photo app version 1.0.A.0.0 for android 4.3 running devices. Download the apk from below and install it like normal apk on Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP, T, TX, V.

Download [4.3+]Voice balloon photo v1.0.A.0.0.apk

Voice balloon photo app fro Android 4.1.2 Devices – No Root Needed

XDA dev xperiaz2 aka Ash has ported Voice balloon photo app version 1.0.A.0.0 for android 4.1.2 running devices, confirmed working on Xperia M, L, E if Sony Smart Camera is ported on them.

Download VoiceBalloonPhoto.apk

How it works ?

Install Sony Voice balloon photo app.

Voice balloon photo app

Read the instructions  to use Voice balloon photo app.

Sony Voice balloon photo app

As soon as you see microphone on screen then start speaking some words.

How Sony Voice balloon app works

As you will speak, text words will appear on screen and keep on coming till you are speaking.

Sony Voice balloon apk

You can move, edit the text in different styles. Hold on balloon box and move it.

Download Sony Voice balloon apk

There are 3 themes available in Voice balloon photo app viz. Pop, Comic and Chalk.

Download Sony Voice balloon version 1.0.A.0.0

Xperia Z1 Voice balloon photo app

Do try this Voice balloon photo app on your KitKat running Xperia device and let us know you like it or not. Drop your comments below.

Install Xperia Z2 What’s New, Movie Creator, Sony Podcast, Simple Home apps on Xperia devices

Xperia Z2’s many KitKat features and apps have been ported to other Xperia smartphones running android 4.3+ today viz. Xperia Z2 Smart call handling feature port, Xperia Z2 Camera apps Addons port – Creative Effects, AR Effect 2.0.4 , Background Defocus 1.1.7, TimeShift Video port and Xperia Z2 KitKat Media apps viz. Movies 6.1.A.0.4 and Walkman 8.1.A.0.4 app port on rooted Xperia smartphones and Xperia Z2 Phone Answering Machine port.

Now a few more Xperia Z2 KitKat apps like What’s New, Movie Creator 1.1.A.0.1 version, Sony Podcast 1.1.A.0.0 version, Simple Home 1.0 version have been ported to Xperia devices booth rooted as well as unrooted devices by XDA Dev Levered. Unrooted Xperia Smartphone users running android 4.3+ can now install atleast below mentioned 4 Xperia Z2 KitKat apps.

Download Xperia Z2 KitKat apps

Below mentioned 4 files work on both rooted as well as unrooted devices. Install like a normal apk.

Download Xperia Z2 What’s New app

Download SonyEntrance.apk 

Access “What’s New” app from the app drawer like you launch Google Now.

Xperia Z2 What's New app

Download Xperia Z2 Movie Creator app

Movie Creator 1.1.A.0.1 version

Download Movie Creator.apk

Go to Album app, select any movie and then you will see below an option to edit movies like you can trim them or slow any portion of it.

Xperia Z2 Movie Creator 1.1.A.0.1 version

Download Xperia Z2 Simple Home Launcher

Simple Home 1.0 version

Download SimpleHome.apk

Now you can access to Xperia Home launcher, Simple Home is such a launcher.

Xperia Z2 Simple Home 1.0 version

Xperia Z2 Simple Home Launcher

Xperia Simple Home Launcher

Download Xperia Z2 Sony Podcast app

Sony Podcast 1.1.A.0.0 version

Download SomcPodcast.apk

You can access this app from new Movies 6.1.A.0.4 app only.

#For Rooted users

If any of above is not installing or giving FC, flash the below mentioned files.

Download Media Apps Lib v2.zip

As soon as more Xperia Z2 KitKat apps and features are ported we will post them here, stay tuned till then 🙂 They worked fine on non-rooted Xperia Z1, Xperia SP, Z, you can also try on Xperia ZR, ZL, Z Ultra, L, M, C etc. Great work by Levered once again 🙂

Do let us know if above apps worked on your handset especially nonrooted users. Drop your comments below.




KitKat sent Old Nexus 7 2012 Tablet to Indian KitKat Nexus Promo Winners while shipped New Nexus 7 2013 Tablet everywhere

As when android 4.4 KitKat was announced by Google officially, their cooperation with KitKat came into light, at the same time Nestle KitKat launched a “KitKat Nexus Promo” worldwide where they mentioned they will get some lucky winners “new Nexus 7 Tablet”. A similar promotion was also running in India and now a few days back Nestle KitKat announced winners of that promo.

It has come to light as winners are stating that KitKat is giving away old generation Nexus 7 2012 Tablet to all winners in India sadly. Let us dig a bit deeper into this matter. KitKat launched this contest in India 27th September 2013 to 22nd November 2013 and stated as “1000 winners will be given as new Nexus 7 Tablet”. Though in there terms and conditions it was not stated that Nexus 7 2013 Tablet will be given but then why Nestle KitKat gave Nexus 7 2013 tablet everywhere except in India, is this deal fair ?

KitKat India cheated winners by giving Nexus 7 2012 Tablet.!

In all the promotion done by KitKat in India showed images of Nexus 7 2013 tablet but what users are getting is Nexus 7 2012 Tablet. Winners in US of this promotion has received Nexus 7 2013 tablet, have a look at the image posted by such user.

KitKat gave Nexus 7 2013 to US Winners

While the winners in India of this contest have been given Nexus 7 2012 tablet, is it fair ? Let’s see what an user “Shravan Bhatt” posted in a Facebook group which has been started to take up this cause.

KitKat’s response on this issue

Is it fair for such a brand to act like this. Well in frustration many users asked the same question to KitKat India Twitter account and what they responded to all is “We hear you’re unhappy. Winners got the Nexus7 tabs available in India in Sept (contest date). The new version launched only in Nov.”

Let’s have a look at their tweet…

It’s very clear that KitKat has to bear a lot shame on this issue as many popular Indian tech sites have posted about this issue and it is spreading like fire now. KitKat’s response on this issue is very lame, can’t believe they wrote that. When everywhere they are shipping the new Nexus 7 2013 tablet so why not here…

If you are one of the lucky winner of this campaign by KitKat in India, do let us know what’s your thought on this issue, do you feel cheated or you think it is OK afterall it was a freebie. Drop your comments below on this issue.