Water Enters Inside Xperia Z Screen – Dissembled, Screen Backlight Recovered to Work

Sony Xperia Z, the first of its kind phone of Xperia Z family elder one from all was launched with many great features the then but now it has been so long since it has been in market. Xperia Z sports IP57 certification which makes it water resistance and do has good water resistance abilities, tested myself. But some Xperia Z users from time to time are complaining about Xperia Z water resistance failure and such one case we are reporting today.

We tested that when water enters inside Xperia Z speaker grill, it’s volume loudness goes to mum and within a few hours it is back to normal as soon water is dried out. If you ever had such issue with you, kindly check our post in this.

Xperia Z Low Speaker Volume Problem Solution after getting in Water

Today’s case is a but different, an Xperia Z user by his fault only got water inside the Xperia Z screen and then made his Xperia Z back to work, see how…

Water Enters Inside Xperia Z Screen

Due to back glass panel of Xperia Z being lifted up, water entered inside the Xperia Z screen and LDC backlight was dimmed and not working properly. XDA user “coolingmy” dissembled his Xperia Z in order to make it function properly and fortunately he succeeded, check it out.

Xperia Z was dissembled by himself and he reached out to screen component to make it dry. All of this was done at home from manual tools. Keep in mind do not perform this with your phone, it will void the warranty and can make your phone non-functional forever.

Water was dried out using a hair dryer.

Xperia Z lifted back panel

Water Enters Inside Xperia Z Screen

Xperia Z Back Removed

Xperia Z Back Cover

Xperia Z Battery removed

Xperia Z Camera Module

Water Inside Xperia Z Screen

Amount of water inside screen was less this time but it was still there…

Xperia Z back covered with Transparent Cover

He put the Xperia Z on his screen side at bottom and left it as it as for night and when he saw it in the morning, water was gone almost and screen was working properly almost.

Xperia Z

Xperia Z Back to working after water was inside it

A water resistance adhesive was used to stick the back panel again to the phone.

Many Xperia Z users questions the water resistance ability of it but keep in mind it is a water resistance phone only not water proof, do not push it further from its limits.

That was brave of him, that he did all this with his Xperia Z, well if any such incident ever happened with you, let us know drop your comments below.

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware Update Rolled Out – Carrier Based Update

A new 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware has been certified on PTCRB site for Xperia Z C6603, nothing updated for Xperia Z C6602 yet, hope to be done soon. Recently a few days back minor 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update rolled on Xperia Z both LTE and HSPA+ versions over previous major 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update.

10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware is a minor update ( Android 4.2.2 only ) and expected to fix some bugs only nothing new. PTCRB has updated the list on their site on 1st Oct.

Check the PTCRB listing of 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware below.

PTCRB Certified Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware - Minor Update

10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware was seen before it was certified on the Xperia Z C6603 which belong to one of the XDA member. Let’s hope 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware rolls globally but till now it is expected that it will come only on certain carriers.

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware Update Rolled Out

Just now we have got info that 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware update has been rolled out and it’s specifically a carrier based branded update. Confirmed for 3 AT and 3 DK and possibly will  also roll for 3 IE, 3 SE and 3 UK carriers.

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware Update Rolled Out

  • Android – Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Phone Model – Xperia Z C6603
  • Baseband Version – 9x15A-ACEFWMAZQ-30110068-47
  • Kernel Version – 3.4.0-g43a9ba9 [email protected] #1 Mon Aug 26 10:05:33 2013
  • Build Number – 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware

In Austria region, Branding 3AT we spotted this 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware running on customization number 1270-6492, R9B.

If you have this 10.3.1.A.2.74 firmware update on your Xperia Z, let us know about it in comments…

[ Review ] Sony Xperia Z Leather Flip case by Noreve

A post back we reviewed Sony Xperia Z Ultra leather case by Noreve and now is the turn of Xperia Z leather case by Noreve. This is the second Xperia Z leather case we will be reviewing from the same manufacturer. Previous one was flip top case which like many users we also don’t prefer to use but this one is flip style like notebook and we liked it a lot. Mentioning in the starting of paragraph that if you are looking for some cheap leather cases than Noreve is not the brand, their cases are the premium ones and costlier too.

Sony Xperia Z Leather case by Noreve costs around €54.99, ships free of cost world wide within 24 hours and the best thing is that you can style the design of case as you wish. Fits on both C6602 and C6603.

This case came along with Xperia Z Ultra case for review, now let’s have a look at what this case beholds.

[ Review ] Sony Xperia Z Leather Flip case by Noreve

As like all Noreve cases, it also came in black-red tough cardbox which has a red pouch inside it, in which the Xperia Z leather case resides. You will just love the packaging.

Now let look at the naked case, it’s well stitched with black thread same like case color and you will notice a “Half-moon and a dot” logo embossed at the bottom right corner.

Noreve Sony Xperia Z leather case front pofile

It’s a flip style case fits perfectly and as you flip the top cover you will see the “Noreve” text logo embedded on both side of covers.

Noreve Sony Xperia Z leather case opened profile

Noreve St.Tropez is embossed in silver on the back side of cover. Case has well openings for all the ports like camera / flash, external microphone at back, USB charging ports and headphone jack.

Pros

  • Superb leather quality.
  • Light Weight.
  • Tight fitted case.
  • All ports of phone are easily accessible.
  • Hand made stitched Italian leather case, life time warranty 🙂

Cons

  • Very Costly but quality has it’s cost. The prices are mentioned with all taxes included. So with the prices you have to remove 20% so it is 40€ .
  • Leather smells a bit. But it’s normal as real leather smells obviously.

If you are looking to buy this case or check out it’s detailed features than follow the given below link.

Thanks Noreve for providing us Xperia Z Leather Case for review 🙂 Recommended product.

Sony Xperia Z Leather case by Noreve looks very elegant and simple on Xperia Z. If you have ever used Noreve product than let us know did you like it…

[ Review ] Muvit Sony Xperia Z Wireless Charging Pack

Xperia Z when launched during CES 2013 attracted too much attention due to its wonderful specifications but out of some of the features it missed was support for wireless charging. Xperia Z sports 2330 mAh battery which any user who browses internet a lot will not find sufficient as the display screen time is low on Xperia Z. After going through a lot many charging alternative solution for Xperia Z, we came across “Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack” which allows you to charge the Sony Xperia Z wireless. Thinking how it can be charged wireless when it don’t support wireless charging well Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack has a special type of wireless charging pad and charging case which allows you to charge your Xperia Z wireless.

Ascendeo.fr sent us this Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack sample for reviewing. It is priced a bit high at € 89.90 and ships world wide free of cost. 

Let’s have a look at the detailed functionality of Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack.

[ Review ] Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack

Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack sent to us in a very big box taking care that it doesn’t get damage, we appreciate the packaging done to send it to us 🙂 Let’s have a look at the Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack in its cover.

Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack - Back Cover

Back side of cover shows the various parts of charging pad and case.

Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack - Back Cover Side

What it includes ?

  • Wireless charging flip case.
  • Charging pad.
  • AC/DC 19V-1A Adapter

So how does it charge ?

Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack has wireless charging case which has charging dock pins in it which are used to charge Xperia Z. This wireless charging case has an integrated electronic part fitted on nits back cover which actually receives the signals and they are used to charge the Xperia Z. Put on this case on your Xperia Z.

Now connect the AC Adapter provided with in the box to the charging pad. As soon as you connect it you will see “Green” light being lighted at its bottom shows that it is ready for charging. Now put your Xperia Z which is inside that charging case on this charging pad and you will see that charging begins in Xperia Z.

Well you see it’s so easy to charge your Xperia Z via this Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack.

A question arises why to use this Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack ? Well it comes with a charging case, which is great to put on, leather case. Put in your Xperia Z everytime and whenever you feel like charging your phone, just place it on the charging pad. No need to connect the adapter again and again into the Xperia Z’s USB port.

Charging Time

Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack takes around approx 4 Hours to charge the Xperia Z from 0-100% and while using only AC Adpater it takes around 140 minutes to charge Xperia Z. Charging time is a bit high so prefer to use this case while you are at home as it make you free from inserting cable again and again, just put the phone on charging pad and it’s done.

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • No need to plug-in cable into phone to charge it.

Cons

  • Charging time is 4 hours, may be an issue for some users.
  • Phone gets a bit hot during charging.

Thanks Ascendeo.fr for sending us Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack for review, recommended product 🙂

We are still using this Muvit Sony Xperia Z wireless charging pack to charge our Xperia Z whenever we are not in hurry to charge it. It’s a nice accessory for Xperia Z. If you have ever used this or anything similar to this let us know your reviews on it.

[ Review ] Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand

A few days back at IFA 2013 Berlin event we saw Sony launching detachable QX 10 and QX 100 lenses for more advanced photography. Going through other similar accessories for Xperia smartphone we saw “Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand”, it’s not an alternative to above mentioned two lenses but it’s a different type 12x Zoom Telescope lens to take some far distant shots via your Sony Xperia ZBrando.com has this Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand, an amazing product listed at price tag $36.50, shipping world wide free of cost. We had this sample from them for hands on review.

If you love to shoot photos from your Xperia Z 13 MP Sony Exmor RS sensor and this accessory can help you to take some better shots. Let’s have a look at what it can do for you…

[ Review ] Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand

Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand will be shipped from Hong Kong and took around 5 days to reach here in India via registered air mail, number of days for shipping may vary depending your location. Instrument came in a tough package.

Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand Review

Take a look at the outer covering of Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand box.

On the back of box, what is included in box, some specifications and Tripod user guide is written.

What is included in Box ?

  1. 12x Zoom Lens.
  2. 1 piece of cleaning cloth.
  3. Tripod Stand.
  4. Xperia Z Protecting case.
  5. A small black bag having tightening screw in it.

Note :- Universal holder is not included in the box. What damage of not including it can happen we will let you know.

Technical Specifications

  • Telescope – 12x Zoom Lens.
  • Focus distance – 3M Min.
  • Filed View – 246M
  • Lens dimension – 33×94 mm.
  • Angle of view – 70 Degrees.

How to Adjust Xperia Z on tripod ?

You can use the 12x Zoom telescope photolens in two ways either put it up directly on your Xperia Z. A bit risky it would be but we tried, though not recommended at all, as the weight of lens may take down your Xperia Z and it’s cam may be damaged.

  • Put your Xperia Z in the case which came inside box.
  • Now take 12x Zoom photolens and tighten it in the screw hole opening given in the case and use the phone to take photos.

Note :- Switch flash off while taking photos like this. Hold your phone gently and the 12x Zoom photo lens even more tightly.

Now let’s see how to put your Xperia Z on Tripod.

  • Adjust the tripod first on its legs. Spread them a bit.

Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand Legs

  • Take the “Lens holder ring adjustment screw”  and put the photo lens inside it.

Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand Legs and lens screw

  • Now tighten the lens holder ring adjustment screw on top of tripod and tighten with the help of black screw given at the side of tripod. Once the tripod is set up, attach your Xperia Z on the tripod lens.

Note :- In the absence of “Universal Holder” as mentioned above phone keeps on losing the grip on tripod stand and there is a chance of occurring any accidental damage to your Xperia Z.

So we won’t recommend it unless you have the universal holder with you to have a batter arrangement while taking photographs and reducing the chance of any damage to your phone.

Photo Results

We didn’t find any better photograph taken with the help of this 12x Zoom photolens as compared to normal digital zoom of our Xperia Z. Photos taken appeared blurred, not at all satisfied with the photo results as what product description suggests.

Pros

  • Can act as a substitute lens for taking some photos of distant objects.
  • Keeping a good focal length, nice snaps appears.

Cons

  • Not suitable for every user. Tricky arrangement may cause accidental damage.
  • Blurred images not clear if focal length is not adjusted properly.
  • Regular digital zoom of Xperia Z provided better pics.

Thanks Brando.com for providing us Sony Xperia Z 12x Zoom Telescope with Tripod Stand for review 🙂

We may not use this product without universal holder as it may cause damage to our phone, if you need an additional zoom lens for your phone you can try otherwise we don’t think that Xperia Z need any additional lens to take photos from a normal user’s eye.

Let us know you review on above product if you have used this or similar to state above…

[ Review ] Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z, the first and the most reputed member of Sony Xperia Z family, the then flagship of Sony launched during CES 2013 boosted sales of Sony Mobiles a lot. Everything about Sony Xperia Z is great, from its 5″ 1080p full HD screen with Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and it’s water and dust resistance ability. Being an Xperia Z C6602 user, I am totally satisfied with Xperia Z performance overall but one thing that bothers me is the non removable 2330mAh battery inside it. It is certainly not enough for Xperia Z, it’s full HD display withdraws a lot of battery juice while screen is on. Usually you will find your Xperia Z lasting for around 13 hours on 3G talktime, 6-7 hours of video playback and web browsing. So if you are not near the charging slot, you might think twice to play video on it. I don’t watch to many videos on my Xperia Z but certainly browse internet a lot on it. So to keep my Xperia Z display a lot longer I came across “Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z”. If you are looking for some additional battery power for your Xperia Z1, this is the best one we have got.

Mugen Power is the leading name when it comes for battery replacement for your phone. As Xperia Z has non removable battery so to provide much longer battery juice they came up with 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z. It is just like another regular back cover but much more advanced and can supply massive 3000mAh battery power to your Xperia Z in addition to original 2330mAh battery power of Xperia Z.

Let’s have a closer look at Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z hands on review.

It is priced at $89.50 with world wide free shipping and 365 days return policy. Available in White and Black color.

[ Review ] Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z is shipped from Hong Kong via regular postal service and it usually takes around 5 business days to reach India, it may take more depending on your location. Pretty much satisfied with the packaging sent to us.

Below you can see Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z naked look of front side. It is sealed in transparent cover.

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z - Front Cover

Back side of cover displays a sheet of instructions on how to use it.

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z - Back Cover

Have a look at Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z out of the box.

Description

At the back of Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z, you will see 5 LED lights and a button at the right side beside them, pressing it lights up LED and the number of LED lighted up displays the power remaining in the Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z.

Four Blue LED lights indicate power level.

  • 4 Blue LED lights – Power 100 %
  • 3 Blue LED lights – Power 75 %
  • 2 Blue LED lights – Power 50 %
  • 1 Blue LED light – Power 25 %

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z - LED Lights indicate power level.

Flashing LED indicates power is below 10 % and it is the time to charge Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case via AC adapter

Technical Specifications

  • Cell Type – Li Polymer.
  • Voltage – 3.7v
  • Capacity – 3000mAh
  • Input – DC 5V – 1.5A
  • Output – DC 5V – 800mAh

Instructions on How to Use ?

  1. On/Off button is there at the bottom, slide it towards On side. Now put on your Xperia Z inside the case, make sure the charging dock pins are well inserted inside the case.
  2. As soon as charging pins of Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case comes in contact with the Xperia Z, phone’s charging takes place.

On/OFF Button – How to Charge the Case ?

  • OFF Mode – During this mode if you connect AC Adapter to Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z, the case will be charged.
  • ON Mode – During this mode if you connect AC Adapter to Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z both phone and case will charged.

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z blends in very well with the phone. The lower portion of the case is bit heavy as where the battery plate is situated while the upper portion is light in weight. Case has well openings for every port and flaps on the phone. Case is a bit thick but it is usual as it has 3000mAh battery plate inside it.

It is  a lot durable, well built, tough in nature and acts has hard shell covering for your phone. Do not try to put phone in your pocket while case in on. Place it somewhere in open or in your hands if you are simultaneously using the phone while charging is on.

Charging Test Results

It takes around approx 4-5 hours to charge the Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z from 0 to 100%. It’s a lot time, but you have to bear it.

So how much time will this case back up your Xperia Z ? You must be thinking for now…

  • While charging our Xperia Z from 60-100% battery, it took around 2 Hours 20 minutes and only 25% battery was left in Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z.
  • While charging our phone via AC Adapter it usually takes around 2 Hours 10 minutes to charge it fully and the battery temperature usually lies around 31 degree Celsius but charging via Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case, the back of phone gets heated up to 40 degree Celsius while the case discharges from 100 – 50% and after that temperature dropped to 35 degree Celsius.

Update :- Heating issue is solved at the plant 🙂

Pros

  • Durable. It my seem bulky to some users, but 3000mAh case has to be logically.
  • Easy to use.
  • Price worth.
  • Battery back up sufficient if charging from low 10%.

Cons

  • Too much time taken to charge the case.
  • Phone heats up during charging.

Thanks Mugen Power for sending us Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case for Sony Xperia Z for review 🙂 Recommended product.

Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case is also compatible with Docomo Xperia Z SO-02E version and is of great use if you travel a lot then it is wise to have an alternate power source for your phone and with this case you get some additional hours on your Xperia Z. As now Xperia Z1 battery results have come up and they didn’t impress many users a lot, we are expecting a much better battery power case like this for Xperia Z1 also from Mugen Power.

If you have used this case and wants us to add us something in above review, drop your comments and let us know your review on it…

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR on 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18

Sony has now officially rolled out 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware for Xperia Z, ZL and ZR which brings display, camera, battery fixes & performance tweaks to these devices. Only for now Xperia Z Tablet is left and very soon it will also be updated with same 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware.

As you all know Sony has patched the perf_event exploit from 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware onwards so in order to root the devices one need to use the older rootable firmware kernels as mentioned by legendary XDA Developer DooMLoRD.

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR on 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware

Before rooting and using below DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18 make sure your Xperia Z, ZL and ZR is on 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware. If not then use below links to update your phone by manually flashing the ftf file.

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update Rolled Out – Minor Bug fixing

Xperia ZL 10.3.1.A.2.67 Firmware Update Rolled Out – Minor Bugs fixed

Xperia ZR C5503/C5502 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update Rolled Out

WARNING

We have performed the steps for rooting Xperia Z, Below mentioned kernels are for Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 only. Please do not use them on Xperia ZL or ZR. 

Download below mentioned files

Download XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.A.0.423_Generic_NL.f tf  | 7.12 MB

Download DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18 from below to root Xperia Z, ZL and ZR.

Download DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip | 2.96 MB

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18

Download XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.1.A.2.67.ftf | 7.17 MB

If you have Flashtool then it’s good otherwise download it from given below link.

Download flashtool-0.9.11.0-windows.exe

After downloading above files, proceed as per below mentioned instructions strictly. Back up your device before proceeding.

How to Root Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware – STEPS

Works on both Locked as well as UnLocked Bootloaders.

Enable USB Debugging  and unknown sources option on your phone before proceeding. Do not use other kit version except V18.

  1. Download Flashtool, Open it. Flash the “XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.A.0.423_Generic_NL.f tf” file on your Xperia Z. It is the kernel of an old firmware of Xperia Z which was rootable.
  2. Reboot your Xperia Z after flashing. Connect to PC in USB Debugging mode.
  3. Do not forget to close FLASHTOOL. CLOSE FLASHTOOL , before proceeding next step or you will get serious error.
  4. Extract the downloaded “DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip” file and run the “runme_win” file.
  5. Follow onscreen instructions to root Xperia Z and once it is rooted, device will reboot. Verify that you are rooted, run SuperSU app.
  6. Now switch off your Xperia Z. OPEN FLASHTOOL.
  7. Now you need to flash “XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.1.A.2.67.ftf” file in order to get back the true kernel of Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware of Xperia Z.
  8. After flashing, disconnect the phone from PC, reboot it and your Xperia Z is now rooted and we are done with Root Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware steps.

How to Root Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware

How to Root Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR on 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware ?

In order to Root Xperia ZL and ZR you need to get separate kernel files for your respective devices. Do not flash kernel files of Xperia Z, if done so your phone will not boot up.

Download Kernel files for Xperia ZL

Download XperiaZL_C6502_423_Kernel.ftf

Download C6503_10.3.A.2.67 Kernel Only_Generic DE.ftf.7z

Xperia ZR uses should also do the same.

NOTE :-  As firmware is just released we are trying to get the kernels files for Xperia ZL and ZR as soon as we get them will update the links. Kernel files for Xperia ZL will be uploaded soon.

If you successfully rooted your Xperia Z, ZL and ZR on 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware , let us know drop your comments below. If you have got the kernel files for Xperia ZL and ZR, send us using TIP US form.

[ Via – XDA ]

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update Rolled Out – Minor Bug fixing

We reported back on 1st Sept, that 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update will be coming on Xperia Z soon and here it comes. After Xperia ZR and Xperia ZL got an update with build number 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware, Xperia Z has also been hit with same 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware. Now only Xperia Tablet Z is left which will also be updated with same 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware very soon as mentioned by Sony Mobile’s tweet.

10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware keeps Xperia Z on Android 4.2.2 only and is simply a minor bug fixing update only being confirmed in Morocco only till now as per checked by an user from EMMA software. Available over PCC / SUS and Bridge. 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware is in seeding stage now, shortly all regions will receive it.

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware currently confirmed hitting Xperia Z C6602 HSPA+ versions only. We have not seen any C6603 user stating that firmware update.

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Details

  • Android – Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Phone Model – Xperia Z
  • Baseband Version – 9x15A-ACEFWMAZQ-30110068-44
  • Kernel Version – 3.4.0-g43a9ba9 [email protected] #1 Mon Aug 26 10:05:33 2013
  • Build Number – 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update

If you haven’t got the 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update yet, then you can flash manually the ftf on your Xperia Z, just like we did.

Download Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware ftf

Below file is extracted from Device: Xperia Z C6602, FW: 10.3.1.A.2.67_HSPA_Global, CDA: 1274-1558

Download C6602_10.3.1.A.2.67_MAR by bleu.ftf | 732 MB
[ via XDA user nCuXaPaA ]

NOTE :- C6603 is not seen with this update yet, as soon as it comes will update the ftf links. If you want to flash the above file you can and to access the 4G/LTE services, do this > Dial *#*#4636#*#* > Phone Info > LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL) – via DooMLoRD suggestion.

10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware brings only some minor bug fixing but as per Sony Mobile tweet this 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update brings display, camera, battery fixes & performance tweaks.

If you have already got this 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware, let us know if you noticed any changes. Drop your comments also mentioning the region of 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update.

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison

Everything about Sony Xperia Z1 is mesmerizing from its insanely powerful 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB RAM, the device is awesome. Xperia Z features 5″ Triluminos Display with 441 ppi desnity, 1080p Full HD screen ( 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution ) and comes with X-Reality for Mobile which enhances the video and picture quality. In short Xperia Z1 is a master piece from Sony.

On the other hand Xperia Z, the predecessor of Xperia Z1 is the first smartphone of Xperia Z family. Xperia Z features 5″ Full HD 1080p screen display with 443 ppi density ( 2 points greater than Xperia Z1 ), having Mobile Bravia Engine 2 in display settings. Xperia Z has a wonderful screen if you ask me but many Xperia Z users criticized Xperia Z for its poor viewing angles. Xperia Z Ultra was the first phone from Sony with Triluminos Display and it has better viewing angles as when compared to Xperia Z.

So how much difference is in between screen display of Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z. Are viewing angles improved in Xperia Z1 ? Let’s have a look at series of some photographs which shows “Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison”. Do check out our Xperia Z Ultra’s Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison also.

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison

Below sets of pics were shot with Canon PowerShot SX220 HS , original dimension as 4000 x 3000 pixels and are cropped to 30%  to fit in post layout of this site. Click on Pics to ZOOM them.

Check below pics with same wallpaper and brightness level on both phones.

[ Xperia Z1 Right : Xperia Z Left ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - White Wallpaper

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Pink Wallpaper

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Blue background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Green background

[ Xperia Z Top : Xperia Z1 Bottom ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Beach background

[ Xperia Z1 Top : Xperia Z Bottom ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Purple Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Multicolor Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - White Mountain Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Blue Sky Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Ocean Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Hill Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Hills Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Green Water Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Sky  Water Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Clear City Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Clear Clouds Background

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Clear Mountains Background

Check below sets of pics clicked at different viewing angles of both phones.

[ Xperia Z Left : Xperia Z1 Right ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Bottom Viewing angles

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Top Viewing angle

[ Xperia Z1 Top : Xperia Z bottom ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Side Viewing angle

[ Xperia Z1 Bottom : Xperia Z Top ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Side Profile Viewing angle

[ Xperia Z1 Right : Xperia Z Left ]

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Diagonal Viewing angle

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison - Top corner viewing  angle

Xperia Z1 Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison shows that viewing angles in Xperia Z1 not so great, almost similar as Xperia Z. Color contrast is also similar on both phones, nothing much comparable. Brightness level in both phones are equal.

Though they may have a difference, our’s statement is not a verdict so don’t start a war on it.

It seems when we made a Xperia Z Ultra Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z display comparison, Xperia Z Ultra was the clear winner but by seeing above pics we can’t declare any of above handsets as a winner.

You might be interested in seeing some other comparisons also.

Sony Xperia Z1 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Comparison

Xperia Z1 20.7 MP Cam Test Results against iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020

Xperia Z Ultra Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z display comparison

What do you think guys, which phone’s display looked more pleasant to you, do consider the viewing angles in mind. Drop your comments and let us know…

Image Credits :- Przemyslaw Orawiec, thanks buddy for sending them in 🙂 . If you are looking for some hands on videos for Xperia Z1, head to shem2409 YouTube channel

Download Xperia Z Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App OTA update

One of the Xperia Z Media app has been updated just now. Walkman App previously on Version 7.9.A.0.1 has got an update to new Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 app version.  Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 update is available as an OTA update, 13 MB update.

We got Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App update notification on our Xperia Z c6602 India, just now 🙂

Download Xperia Z Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App

Check in your “Update Center” app whether you have got any notification for Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 version update, if yes proceed it. If you haven’t got the update notification then download the Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 apk from below link and install it manually like a normal apk file.Xperia Z Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App OTA update

Download XperiaZ Walkman 7.12.A.0.0.apk

No significant changes has been noticed in this new Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App update as compared to previous update but a bit more smooth now.

Official Features of  Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App from Sony

  • Software performance improvement and bugs fixed.
  • New releases and top charts in music unlimited.
  • Free Trial of Sony Entertainment Network’s music streaming service “Music Unlimited”, including offline playback support.
  • High Quality visual and audio enhancement.
  • UI enhancements, cleaner, smoother and faster user experience.

If you have noticed any major change in this new Walkman 7.12.A.0.0 App then let us know, drop your comments below.

Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware ( in Testing ) Update may come soon – Same UI as of 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware

Starting of month August brought a new stable bug fixing major 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update to Xperia Z both C6602 HSPA+ and C6603 LTE version and it has been a month since there is no news regarding any other firmware update for Xperia Z.

No firmware is certified on PTCRB also, may be Sony is busy with the Xperia Honami aka Xperia Z1 launch.

Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware update may come – in Testing Now

[ UPDATE – 21 Sept ]

Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update Rolled Out – Minor Bug fixing

[ UPDATE – 17 Sept ]

Xperia ZR C5502 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware Update Rolled Out

[ UPDATE – 20 SEPT ]

Xperia ZL 10.3.1.A.2.67 Firmware Update Rolled Out – Minor Bugs fixed

Sources at XDA claims that one of the member have this 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware on his Xperia Z C6603 and it is a “TESTING” version now which keeps Xperia Z still on Android 4.2.2 and have the same UI like existing android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware. It will soon arrive on hopefully Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z.

Take this info as rumor as per now.

Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware ( in Testing )

No info is available regarding the 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware arrival time and whether it will come or not and we may or may not see some higher build being certified on PTCRB instead of it.

Tipster also claims that he has running Xperia Z1 C6903 on 14.1.G.1.518 firmware which was certified on PTCRB 3 days ago.

Stay tuned to us more info on Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware will be revealed next week as per the tipster told to us…

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison with Pics – Shows How big Xperia Z Ultra is.

Xperia Z one of Sony’s most remarkable phone till now was launched with the tag “best of Sony in a smartphone”. Well days have have passed and we saw Xperia ZL, ZR and then the best Xperia Z Ultra, mighty phone from Sony.

Today we have put both Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra head to head for a size comparison among them. Xperia Z is 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm in dimension having 5″ full HD 1080p screen with Bravia Engine 2 and on the other hand Xperia Z Ultra is 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm in dimensions and features a whooping 6.4″ full HD 1080p screen with Triluminos display and X-Reality for mobile ( superior to Bravia Engine 2 ).

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra is surely a beast with it’s 6.4″ screen display and 7.06″ in total length. Xperia Z looks so small in front of it. Look at the pics below and decide yourself…Is Xperia Z Ultra really a beast 🙂

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - Top profile

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - Which is Longer

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - Side profile
Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison Horizontal view

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - length

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison pics

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - Top surface

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison - Head to head

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison photo

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison Display screen

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Size Comparison top view profile

Earlier we put Xperia Z Ultra’s Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display and surely Xperia Z Ultra’s display is the best one Sony has produced yet.

Xperia Z Ultra’s Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison

Now we bet you are clearly able to see how big Xperia Z Ultra is and Xperia Z looks so small in front of it, though a 5″ screen phone itself is a big one.

Let us know what do you think actually regarding the monstrous size of  Xperia Z Ultra which is categorized in phone category rather than a phablet by Sony. Drop your comments below.

Image Credits – Matts Lindmark, Thanks Buddy 🙂

Anti Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z Review

Continuing our streak of reviewing protective accessories for Xperia Z, today we are reviewing a unique type of screen guard for Xperia Z which is shock proof. Yes a slight different from all other screen guards available in market.

Folks at BhavTav sent us this “Anti Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z”, priced a bit high Rs 400 around 3.5$ due to its special shock proof nature otherwise all other screen guards for Xperia Z and normally available for Rs 100 i.e. 1.5 $ only.

Anti Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z Review

As usual we didn’t like the way in which packaging was done, for our last item also “Xperia Z hard case” outer packaging was poor. Well let’s have a look at the cover of this anti shock screen guard for Xperia Z.

Cover’s front says “Ultimate Explosion-Proof”, an animation made which looks very artificial.

Anti-Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z

Cover’s back describes the process to use the screen guard.

Anti-Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard Cover For Sony Xperia Z

Let’s look at the naked screen guard. It comes with a green covering which you have to peel it off before applying. Screen guard has opening for front cam but nor for sensors and LED notification area.

New Anti-Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z

How to Use it ?

We will recommend that you take this Anti Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z to a retailer and ask him to apply on your phone as he is more experienced one.

Well still if you want to try this at home, let’s see the proper method.

Anti-Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z C6602

  1. Clean the screen, tear apart along the protective film projection.
  2. Pull protective film completely stripping.
  3. Confirm positive and negative film, stick on it.
  4. Click in the screen by hand to execute the air.

Well at first look it seems like a normal screen guard but it’s just a bit thick as compared to other screen guards, let’s take a look at screen guard from Roxfit and this Anti Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z.

Some of the other worthy features are, non-slip grip, scratch resistance, air bubble releasing adhesive.

P.S. All screen guards are almost same, thought the above one says that it has “impact resistance and super-scratch resistance”; to be honest we didn’t try this all. We can’t scratch the screen or checking it’s shock proof nature. We didn’t test it.

Thanks BhavTav for sending this Anti-Shock Screen Protector Scratch Guard For Sony Xperia Z to us for review.

Above mentioned screen guard was different from what we have used till now though unfortunately we were not able to test all its abilities. Try it guys if you want.

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware Update Rolled on France’s Orange Carrier

A new Xperia Z C6603 firmware has been rolled out with build number 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware on France’s Orange carrier. Previous global update seen on Xperia Z’s both variants C6603 and C6602 was 10.3.1.A.0.244 which was a major bug fixing update.

It seems it is a carrier based update and 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware update ( android 4.2.2 ) is only available with “Orange” Carrier, we don’t see any such update notification on our Xperia Z C6602 here in India. It seems a minor bug fixing update only available over PC Companion/SUS and Bridge.

Xperia Z C6602/C6603 , ZL Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update Rolled Out – Install

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware Update Rolled on “ORANGE” Carrier

Below update is got by editing the cutomization number and phone model from build.prop file. Check out tip below 😛

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware Update Rolled on ORANGE Carrier

  • Android – Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Phone Model – Xperia Z C6603
  • Baseband version – 9x15A-ACEFWMAZQ-30110057-41
  • Build Number – 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware
  • Kernel – 3.4.0-g3865184 [email protected] #1 Tue Jul 07:57:34 2013

10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware has a little change in baseband version when compared to 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware and kernel is same in both firmware even the build date is same.

Install manually France’s Orange Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware by Flashing

If you haven’t received the 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware update notification yet, then you can also manually update your Xperia Z C6603 by flashing the 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware ftf files.

Below files are extracted from :-

  • Region – France
  • Branding – Orange FR
  • Customization number – 1271-0707

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.1.10_Orange FR.part1.rar | 456 MB
Download C6603_10.3.1.A.1.10_Orange FR.part2.rar | 353.36 MB
( via XDA user Ambroos )

NOTE :- If any other region Xperia Z ( C6603 / C6602 ) user want to get this update officially over PC Companion, then if they are rooted they can get this 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware notification in any region be editing the build.prop file. Just change your customization number to 1271-0707 and model number as C6603 and you will get the official update notification 😛

Xperia Z C6603 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware – Review / Changelog / Screenshots

10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware is specifically a ORANGE Carrier based firmware.

  • If you are global Xperia Z user, then you might not like the Orange boot logo.
  • In Top notification bar, you see “Carrier” name is written.
  • A lot many Orange carrier specific bloatwares.
  • New Lockscreen Wallpaper for stock “amber” theme.

If you like the above new lockscreen wallpaper from Amber theme, you can save the image from below.

New Amber Lock screen wallpaper from Xperia Z 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware update

10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware update is specifically for “Orange” carrier phones and if you already have got this 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware on your Xperia Z, we advice you to remain on it only for now 🙂

If you have updated to this 10.3.1.A.1.10 firmware let us know what changes you noticed, drop your comments…

[ via – XDA & user changkho1908 ]

Xperia Z Ultra’s Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display Comparison

Sony’s latest Xperia Z Ultra features whooping 6.4 inch full HD 1080p “Triluminos Display” screen with 342 ppi pixel density which is best yet seen in any Xperia smartphone. Though in its promotion we saw X-Reality for mobile in Xperia Z Ultra but it is missing in recently launched Xperia Z Ultra C6802 HSPA+ version, soon it is expected to get in new firmware version.

On the other hand Xperia Z and Xperia ZL both features 5 inch full HD 1080p display screen with 443 ppi pixel density (Xperia Z ) having Mobile Bravia Engine 2 in it. Both Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra have wonderful display screen, though Xperia Z was criticized by many users for it’s not very good viewing angels. Let’s see comparing both…

Xperia Z Ultra’s Triluminos Display Vs Xperia Z Display

Today we have put Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z against each other comparing their display, check it out and decide yourself who wins 🙂 Notice the viewing angles and brightness…

Top view of both phones.

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Google Chrome Website layout comparison

Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z featuring same wallpaper.

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Home Scree layout Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - LockScreen layout comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Red Xperia Wallpaper Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Similar City Wallpaper Display comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Similar Hill Wallpaper Display comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Similar Pond water Wallpaper Display comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Similar Wallpaper Display comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Maps layout comparison

Z Ultra and Xperia Z featuring same captured pic.

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - True Photo colors comparison

Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z seen with different view angles.

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Viewing Angles Comparison - Bottom view

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Viewing Angles Comparison - Top  view

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z - Viewing Angles Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra Vs Xperia Z Display

Image Credits :- “Matts Lindmark“, Thanks for sending 🙂

Xperia Z Ultra seems a lot better to us than Xperia Z, Xperia Z Ultra surely have better display and viewing angles. What do you think guys, Xperia Z Ultra wins this display comparison isn’t it ? Let us know your views in comments.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case – Ultra Thin Rubberized – Review

Continuing our review streak, today we got our hands on Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case – Ultra Thin Rubberized. We love our Xperia Z a lot so we keep on trying different type of cases for it. Back Cover is the most common type of protective case which every smartphone user prefers over other cases like flip covers.

BhavTav sent us this Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case, which we will today review. It costs Rs 450 and ships free all over India.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case – Review

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case was sent to us in a very loose packing, even the cover pack inside was not sealed properly though the product was in good condition. When compared to the package covering that RoxFit and Noreve sent to us, package covering was not at all good from BhavTav.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case

Xperia Z fits completely in this Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case, as it has perfect dimension of 140x72x10 mm which completely covers Xperia Z which has 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm dimensions.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Back Side

Xperia Z weighs around 146 grams and weight of this Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case is around 15-20 grams which seemed very suitable to us.

Accessibility 

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case has openings at proper places where they should be, except you can’t open the SIM card slot and SD card slot while the case in on. It may be because there is no need of using those ports very frequently, rest all other ports are very well accessible. Flaps on USB charging port and earphone jack port are easy to open while wearing case.

USB Charging port while Xperia Z wearing back cover.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - USB Charging

Earphone jack port while case in on Xperia Z.

Connectivity in Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case

We had a bit difficult in putting the phone in charging dock while wearing back cover.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Side view - Charging Docks visible

Perfect opening for camera and secondary microphone is given in the case.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Camera Opening

Speaker grill have their enough space in the case.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Speaker grill

Power button and volume rocker buttons are easily accessible.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Power button opening

Durability 

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case is a tough case made up of  Ultra Thin Rubberized material. A lot flexible yet tough and has a very smooth finish on back which according to us gives a bit slippery touch.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Side Profile

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case is washable, you can clean it with a piece of cloth, no finger print impressions on its back while holding it.

Xperia Z Back Cover Hard Case - Top view

Pros

  • Tough case made of Ultra Thin Rubberized material.
  • All ports are easily accessible.
  • Very Light weight.
  • Smooth finish.
  • Perfect dimension.

Cons

  • Back side gives a bit slippery touch.
  • While removing it you may get scratches on side of your Xperia Z.

Though we think the above mentioned cons are present in every case, so they must be ignored while buying it.

Thanks to BhavTav for sending us Xperia Z Back cover hard case for review.

Well we are still using the above back case on our Xperia Z and we like it, recommended product for any Xperia Z user…

Track Xperia Z by Android Device Manager – Rolling for Xperia Phones

A few days ago we saw Google launching Android Device Manager to locate lost and stolen phones just like we have MyXperia app on our Xperia handsets. Well now we have spotted officially Android Device Manager Rolling for Xperia Phones and it is already out for Xperia Z. As per Google it will be available for all devices above android 2.2+. ADM also confirmed on Xperia SL LT26ii and Xperia S also.

Track your Xperia Z / Xperia Phones via Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager Rolling for Xperia Phones - Out for Xperia Z

Android Device Manager is a security administrator app just like MyXperia and you should see it on your phones already rolled out or rolling in…We spotted the Android Device Manager app on our Xperia Z C6602 just now. Well let’s see you can track your lost phone via Android Device Manager.

How to Open Android Device Manager ?

  1. Go to “Google Settings” app.
  2. Check if you have “Android Device Manager” listed in settings option as shown in below pic.

Android Device Manager in Google Settings Option

If you have “Android Device Manager’ listed than tap on it and check-mark both options “Remotely locate this device” and “Allow Remote Factory Reset”, allowing this app will enable ADM to wipe all data of phone when done by you.

Android Device Manager Settings Option in Xperia Z

How to  Activate Android Device Manager in Xperia Z / Xperia Phones ?

  1. Go to Settings > Security option of your phone.
  2. Choose “device administrators” option.
  3. Now you will find Device Administrators listed there like “Enterprise Service, MyXperia, Android Device Manager”. Activate Android Device Manager by checking the option.

How to  Activate Android Device Manager in Xperia Z  Xperia Phones

Now you have successfully activated the Android Device Manager settings on your phone. Well now let’s see how to track phone.

How to Track stolen or lost Xperia Z / Xperia Phone via Android Device Manager ?

To track your lost / stolen Xperia Z follow steps given below.

  1. Log on to Google’s Android Device Manager Website.
  2. You will see locate option, track your device. Google Maps will point to approx location of your device based on GPS tracking.
  3. Clicking on “ring” option, you device will ring in full volume for 5 minutes, swiping through screen or pressing power button shuts the ring.
  4. Choose “Erase Device” option will remotely factory reset your phone and will protect it from any misuse.
  5. You can also edit the name of your device.

How to Track stolen or lost Xperia Z  Xperia Phone via Android Device Manager app

MyXperia Vs Android Device Manager

When we traced our device from Android Device Manager, we got almost same location as where the device was present. Looking for the difference in application of MyXperia and Android Device Manager we found no difference in the location only that MyXperia app have more options or things to do with phone. Below you can see the tracked location as by MyXperia app.

Xperia Z Tracking by MyXperia app

Main Benefit of Android Device Manager is that it is Google’s stock feature so all those device for which MyXperia has not been rolled out yet, can have the benefit of this wonderful feature now 🙂

Let us know in comments if Android Device Manager has already been rolled on your Xperia Phone or not ? Xperia S, SL, Acro S, Ion, J,U, V,P, T, ZL, Z Ultra users please report…Do you like it over MyXperia Sony app ?

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Flip Case by Noreve – Review

Speaking of premium leather case for phones, we have brought you today Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve St.Tropez for review. The finest leather quality we have seen till now for any smartphone’s leather cases.

Noreve St.Tropez, from France manufacturers only the leather cases for phones and we tell you without any biasing, they have the awesome leather quality.

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather flip Case by Noreve – Review

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve comes in a black and red cardbox which has a texture just like wooden surface, loved the packing of case, having Noreve St.Tropez logo embossed on top right corner.

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve Cover

 

 

Cases are sealed inside a red color pouch, tied with a black knot.

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve in Red Pouch

Have a look at the naked pic of Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve.

 

Both cases are stitched with a fine thread of the same color as of cases and leather has a very smooth touch.

 

Texture

Xperia Z Leather Case by Noreve is an upside down leather case, stitched at the bottom flap. 

Inner lining is very smooth and has Noreve logo embossed everywhere. No scratches on screen from the inner lining.

It has a fine leather texture on upside flap of case with a steel logo embossed on top right corner of case as “half-moon and a dot” as a brand identification mark.

Identification mark of Xperia Z Leather Case by Noreve

Xperia Z case has the same texture as on upside flap cover and as on backside.

Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve has the similar structure just like Xperia Z case but instead it has smooth leather finish on upside down flaps rather than any textured surface.

At the back of Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve, Noreve St.Tropez is embossed in silver color.

Noreve St.Tropez Logo at back of case

Accessibility

Upside flap of case don’t have any magnetic closure which we would have been preferred. It just closes itself, but when trying to open it by its self closure strip, we find it very uncomfortable to do so.

Self Closure in Case

All the ports of phone are fully accessible after opening the upside flap of case.

At the back the holes for rear camera-flash and the microphone is at proper place no objection in their positions.

Speakers stainless steel mesh protector is provided at the back of Xperia SP leather case, to protect any unwanted damage to the speakers.

Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve Steel sheet for speakers

Durability

Leather used for making these Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve and can sustain daily wear and tear, though washable by the leather cleaning liquid, we did and it was fine.

Both the upside down flaps are strong enough to protect it from any daily damage, don’t expect it to protect your phone from drop.

Pros

  • Premium fine quality leather.
  • Easy Accessibility to all ports of phone.
  • Light Weight.
  • Strong enough for daily usage.

Cons

  • Difficulty in opening the self closure flaps.
  • Speaker volume reduced in Xperia SP due to stainless steel mesh protector.
  • Stretch marks at the bottom stitched strip.
  • Uncomfortable to touch the onscreen soft keys of phone.

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Flip Case by Noreve – Comparisons

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve - Comparisons

When comparing the leather quality of Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve with the Roxfit Xperia Z Flip Case, Noreve’s quality is a lot better. You get a premium feel while holding the cases.

Wrap Up

Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve are the best ones till now we have seen in terms of leather quality. Though in accessing the on-screen keys on phone we had some trouble but can be avoided when used to. Overall we loved the design and quality of Xperia Z and Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve.

You get to choose your own color of the case and even textures also you can design and order, Xperia SP Leather Case by Noreve costs 49.99€ and Xperia Z Leather case by Noreve costs 54.99€.

Thanks Noreve for providing us Xperia Z Case and Xperia SP Leather Case for review.

Recommended product if you are looking for upside down cases for your Xperia Z and Xperia SP.

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock Review

Review time again. Do you own an Xperia Z, yes the Sony’s flagship device launched some months ago. Well as you all know that Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant phone due to which all ports of Xperia Z are covered with the flaps, it means whenever you want to connect any USB or charging cable to the phone you need to open those ports.

Isn’t it is a bit annoying everytime to open those flaps to charge your Xperia Z well to overcome this issue we have brought you Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock, it allows you to charge your Xperia Z without opening any flaps 🙂

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock Review

We are talking about Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock model number LC-SXPZ and it is one of the coolest Xperia Z accessory we have ever seen. Mind you, Sony has also officially made Xperia Z Charging Dock DK26 model which is an official accessory from Sony and these Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock is an alternative to those.

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock Cover

What comes with it ?

  • Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock model number'

  • A USB charging cable.
  • A manual.

What is it for ?

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock - Charging in view

As the word “charging” in name suggests, Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock only charges your phone, don’t expect it to transfer any kind of data through it 😛 You need not to open the USB Port flap to charge, just put your phone horizontally in the Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock with those bright orange strips side of Xperia Z inside the dock.

How does it Work ?

Charging Pins - Goose White Xperia Z Charging

You see there are two bright orange-colored pins inside the Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock and when you put your Xperia Z inside it, these pins make contact with the charging dock strips of Xperia Z and charges the phone. These charging dock strips on Xperia Z are not covered by any flaps and when dipped in water, it didn’t affect it’s capability.

USB PORT of  Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock

On the bottom rear side of Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock, there is micro USB cable slot, which can be connected to the USB cable came along with your phone, if you don’t have it no issues, in the pack of Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock, a charging cable also comes.

What Power Source needed ?

AC Power source for Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock works well with both AC charging adapter of Xperia Z as well as connecting cable with a computer it also charges your phone, that was great. We found that some Xperia Z Charging docks won’t connect to a PC.

Accessibility 

Besides one side of Xperia Z that is inside Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock, all other side and ports are easily accessible. You can easily touch the screen of your phone, as it rotates itlself whenever Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock is connected, means it will be in landscape mode till it is connected.

Sony SmartConnect app comes into play as soon as your Xperia Z is connected with Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock, you can see the notification on screen and then can proceed with onscreen instructions. You can set particular settings or launch some apps as soon Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock is connected with the help of SmartConnect app.

Charging Time ?

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock failed our charging test badly. Checking the charging time it took almost 30 minutes to charge 10% of battery which means it will take more than 5 hours to complete charge your Xperia Z. So take this Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock as not your primary source of charging, use it when you need to watch movies or do something else in landscape mode which requires phone not to be in hands.

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock Snaps

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Charges phone both via AC Adapter and also by PC.
  • Light weight, easy to carry.
  • Cost efficient.

Cons

  • Poor Charging time noticed. It can be the faulty functionality of the Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock supplied to us or it is its usual time.
  • Very loose hold on the device, our device fell twice with just a shake.

Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock costs around £19.99 ( including VAT ) available in white and black color. It looks nice on your desk 🙂

Thanks Clove.co.uk for sending us the Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock for review.

As an alternative to official Xperia Z Charging dock from Sony, Goose White Xperia Z Charging Dock is the best option one have, recommended product.

Xperia Z Smart Pack Flip Case by Roxfit – Review

Last time we reviewed Xperia Z and Xperia SP Pouch case by Roxfit and today we have brought you another Xperia accessory by Roxfit. As you all know Roxfit is a premium brand when it comes to Xperia accessories.

When it comes to protective gear for your smartphone, what do you use…A pouch case, a flip case or a back cover, well instead to buy all these things separately Roxfit has made “Xperia Z Smart Pack”. It costs £29.99 including delivery charges.

Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit

So what does it have, well it contains…

Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit Contents

  • Xperia Z side opening flip case.
  • Xperia Z front and rear clear protectors.
  • Xperia Z NFC tags.

Let’s proceed with the review of Xperia Z Flip case which was included in this Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit.

Xperia Z Flip Case by Roxfit

Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit comes in a touch silver color cardbox which mentions the pack content on the front pack and a pic of Xperia Z Flip Case by Roxfit. Back side of cover reads a small info about the pack content.

Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit Front

Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit Back

Have a look at the Xperia Z Flip case by roxfit without phone.

Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit Front Side

Case is made up of fine leather grain just like the Xperia Z and SP Pouch case but this one has a different feel while moving fingers over it, a little bit rough just because of the hard cover inside it, so no issues as it is needed also to protect the phone.

Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit Back Side

The case is stitched with white thread and “Made for Xperia” is embossed on the front cover.

Made for Xperia Logo on Xperia z Roxfit flip case.

You can Roxfit logo embossed on the inner side of front cover.

Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit Inner Lining

Inner lining of front side of Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit is made of soft velvet which is a lot smooth, leaving no marks on the screen.

Inner surface of back cover is a tough shell in which Xperia Z fits perfectly, no issues in adjusting it.

Dimensions

Xperia Z Flip case by roxfit is 140x77x14 mm in dimension in which we found our Xperia Z ( 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm in dimension ) fits easily.

Dimensions Xperia Z Flip case

Accessibility

The front closure of Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit is magnetic which tightly holds your phone when it is inside it.

Magnetic Flap - Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit

At the back side, we have two holes one for rear cam and flash and one is for the secondary microphone which have a complete viewable area. No objections in it.

Camera Module of Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit

While as the phone completely gets fit in the Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit, so whenever you are folding the front side of cover to view the notifications on-screen or to perform any task, you get a little bit folding marks on the case which we think is usual to get but we saw many marks on the cover after repeatedly folding of it.

Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit fold

We guess it can’t be avoided even, fold marks will come on cover sure.

All the ports are easily accessible on phone, you don’t need to take out phone from the Xperia Z Flip case.

But while charging our Xperia Z on the charging dock we do find some issues, we could not connect it properly neither it was comfortable so that’s an issue as front cover can’t hold itself too long at back.

Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit Vs Case came with our Xperia Z

Sony gave a leather flip case for Xperia Z here in India, no it’s not officially from Sony but it was just provided with Xperia Z as an additional accessory by the vendor.

Comparison of  Xperia Z flip Case by Roxfit with another case

We can definitely say that Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit is far better than it, it has a lot premium leather, easily accessibility to all ports on the phone and the magnetic front closure.

Durability

Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit is a premium case, a tough one as compared to other ones. It is easily washable by the leather cleaner liquid and can take daily wear and tear. Do not expect it to protect your phone from drop but yes it can easily sustain some small rough handling.

Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit Snaps

Pros

  • Premium leather used, very smooth.
  • Phone fits perfectly.
  • Easy accessibility to all ports.
  • Front side of cover has magnetic closure.
  • Tough back shell.

Cons

  • Using case with the charging dock is a bit uncomfortable.
  • Fold marks on front cover.
  • A little bit problem in opening the flaps of ports of phone while cover is there especially the charging port.

Overall we loved Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit over other cases we have seen in market.

Additional accessories with the Xperia Z Smart Pack

Xperia Z Screen Guards

Xperia Z Screen Guards

You also get front and rear screen guards for your Xperia Z with the Xperia Z Smart Pack. Though Sony has officially applied them on the phone before but that’s very thin one so you must apply screen guards on to them for better protection from daily scratches on phone. They are provided with an applicator and a cleaning cloth.

NFC Smart Tags

2 NFC Smart tags are provided with Xperia Z Smart Pack, though no confirmation is there on the color of the tags. On the cover of Xperia Z Smart Pack, purple and green color is shown and we also go the same ones. They belong to NT2 category of Xperia NFC Smart Tags, provided with an official manual from Sony with it.

Xperia Z NFC Nt2 Tags

They are very easy to use, you just need to activate the NFC on your Xperia Z and then just touch the tag on the back of phone. Well while the Xperia Z Flip case by Roxfit was on, tag was detected with no issues. After the tag has been detected, smartconnect app will open it and you can adjust the settings as per onscreen instructions.

Thanks to Roxfit for providing us the Xperia Z Smart pack for review 🙂

To every Xperia Z use we recommend this Xperia Z Smart Pack by Roxfit, if you have just bought your Xperia Z then it is perfect accessory to buy on…

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18

As we all know last night Sony rolled a lot many firmwares for it’s beloved Xperia Z Series phones. Xperia Z, ZL and ZR were updated on same Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware with same kernel version and baseband. The most serious concern for the update was that, Sony has patched the perf_event exploit which was used to root the devices. But not issues.

Legendary XDA Developer has found a solution to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by his new DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18.

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware

Before rooting your phone you must be on Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware, if you are not, please update your Xperia Z, ZL and ZR before beginning. DooMLoRD has done a smart thing, he is asking users to first use the kernel on which root exploit works then root the device and then flash back the latest kernel on phone again 😛

Xperia Z / ZL Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update Rolled Out – Install it.

Xperia ZR C5503 / C5502 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update Rolled Out – Install it.

WARNING

Below method and files for downloading only works for Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware. Do not test it on other phone / firmware variants strictly.

Download 3 files

Download XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.A.0.423_Generic_NL.f tf  | 7.12 MB

Download DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18 from below to root Xperia Z, ZL and ZR.

Download DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip | 2.96 MB

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18

Download XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.1.A.0.244_BE.ftf  | 7.17 MB

If you have Flashtool then it’s good otherwise download it from given below link.

Download flashtool-0.9.11.0-windows.exe

After downloading above files, perform the given below steps.

How to Root Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware – STEPS

Works on both Locked as well as UnLocked Bootloaders.

Enable USB Debugging  and unknown sources option on your phone before proceeding. Do not use other kit version except V18.

  1. Download Flashtool, Open it. Flash the “XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.A.0.423_Generic_NL.f tf” file on your Xperia Z. It is the kernel of an old firmware of Xperia Z which was rootable.
  2. Reboot your Xperia Z after flashing. Connect to PC in USB Debugging mode.
  3. Do not forget to close FLASHTOOL. CLOSE FLASHTOOL , before proceeding next step or you will get serious error.
  4. Extract the downloaded “DooMLoRD_Easy-Rooting-Toolkit_v18_perf-event-exploit.zip” file and run the “runme_win” file.
  5. Follow onscreen instructions to root Xperia Z and once it is rooted, device will reboot. Verify that you are rooted, run SuperSU app.
  6. Now switch off your Xperia Z. OPEN FLASHTOOL.
  7. Now you need to flash “XperiaZ_C660X_KernelOnly_10.3.1.A.0.244_BE.ftf” file in order to get back the true kernel of Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware of Xperia Z.
  8. After flashing, disconnect the phone from PC, reboot it and your Xperia Z is now rooted and we are done with Root Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware steps.

Root Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware  by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18

How to Root Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware ?

In order to root your Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR on the same firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18, you need to perform the same above 8 steps as mentioned. But the files for the kernel would be different for both phones. Do not flash the kernel of Xperia Z Strictly.

Get the kernel files of old rootable and new firmware for Xperia ZL and ZR separately and then you can root your device using above steps.

Download Kernel files for Xperia ZL

Download XperiaZL_C6502_423_Kernel.ftf

Download XperiaZL_C6502_244_Kernel.ftf

So finally the root is also achieved on Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18. Do let us know in comments if you find any issues in rooting your device. We will help you out.

[ via – XDA ]

Xperia Z C6602, ZL Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ftf

A month back on June 24, Xperia Z was officially update to  Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 10.3.A.0.423 firmware and some days back we saw another Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236  firmware OTA update being rolled on Xperia Z but only on developer handsets, which was a lot curious why such a firmware was rolled and users reporting it were very few.

But now, in INDIA region, we have just spotted another 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware on our Xperia Z C6602 HSPA+ version via PC Companion as well as via SUS. No such update is seen listed on PTCRB site also. Update also confirmed on Xperia Z C6603 LTE version now.

10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update confirmed in India, Sweden, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Poland till now. Same 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update is also confirmed on Xperia ZL C6503.

We can confirm that 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update for Xperia Z C6602 is just a patch update of Android 4.2.2 🙂  Sony must have patched the perf_event exploit. So Root from previous 10.3.A.0.423 firmware will now be lost sadly.

[ UPDATE ]

Xperia Tablet Z SGP321 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update Out

Xperia ZR C5503 / C5502 has also been updated to same Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update, check below link.

[ Update ] 

Xperia ZR C5503 / C5502 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update Rolled Out – Install it.

[ UPDATE ]

How to Root Xperia Z, ZL, ZR Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v18 – ROOT ACHIEVED 

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware details

Xperia Z C6602 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update is a full update of 758.5 MB size as like last one.

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware details

  • Android – Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • Phone Model – Xperia Z C6602
  • Baseband version – 9x15A-ACEFWMAZQ-30110057-39
  • Build Number – 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware
  • Kernel – 3.4.0-g3865184 [email protected] #1 Tue Jul 07:57:34 2013

10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update has some old kernel 3.4.0 as like 10.3.A.0.423 firmware

Xperia ZL C6503 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware details

Xperia ZL C6503 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware details

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via PC Companion

Connect your Xperia Z to PC Companion and check whether a firmware update notification is available or not. If yes, then please proceed as shown below.

PC Companion says, latest android software, may be it’s a new version 😛

Xperia Z C6602 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via PC Companion

Click on “Update” button and proceed to confirm the new 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware as old 10.3.A.0.423 firmware.

Download Xperia Z C6602 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via PC Companion

Xperia Z C6602 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update will be automatically download and phone will be updated. First reboot after update will be a bit slow, it will get back to normal soon 🙂

As soon as phone boots, it will say Android is upgrading, total files are 74, it means they are fixing some bugs in this firmware. Let it happen then applications will start.

Sony must have patched the perf_event exploit in Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update

Xperia ZL C6503 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via PC Companion

Connect your Xperia ZL to PC Companion and look for update notification and proceed if update is available.

Xperia ZL C6503 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via PC Companion

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via SUS – Sony Update Service

If any Xperia Z user is not able to get any update notification via PC Companion, do check your phone with SUS also.

To update via SUS, Switch off your phone, Wait for 30 seconds and now press volume down button ( Saw Green LED ) now holding volume down button connect phone to PC, let SUS detect your phone and you will see an update notification of 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware just like below.

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via SUS Sony Update Service

After clicking on Software Update ( Recommended ) option, proceed with the update.

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update via SUS

As soon as phone updates, it will be shown on screen.

Xperia Z C6602 / C6603 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ftf – Manual Updating

[ UPDATE ]

XDA Developer DooMLoRD has just tweeted that all Xperia Z / ZL users who have rooted handset, shouldn’t flash this 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware ftf file directly. They should use OTA ROOT KEEPER, otherwise root will be lost in this new firmware. 

How to keep Root in Xperia Z, ZL Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ?

If you are updating your Xperia Z, ZL directly via Flashtool, everything in (the /system partition) gets formatted completely, so you loose root :/ So update it over OTA to keep root.

Root Access will be lost, if flashing via FlashTool.

Use OTA RootKeeper, if you want to have root access remain to your phone. If you are updating your Xperia Z, ZL by “Update Center” app, then using OTA RootKeeper, you can save your root access.

All those who have not got update yet can download the ftf file and install it manually.

Download Xperia Z C6602  Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ftf file

[ UPDATE ]On the request of all Xperia Z C6602 ( Indian / World ) users, XDA member alfiabraham has uploaded files for it, download them from below link.

Files are extracted from:-

  • Phone Software Version – 1269-5309_10.3.1.A.0.244 Generic User
  • File System Version – INDIA_HSPA_10.3.1.A.0.244
  • Customization version – 1270-7186_R5B

Download C6602_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic India.part1.rar | 511 MB

Download C6602_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic India.part2.rar | 256.72 MB

Download Xperia Z C6603  Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ftf file

Flashing doesn’t require any root or unlocked bootloader.

Below files extracted from:- (Works on any Xperia Z)

  • Phone Software Version: 1269-5309_10.3.1.A.0.244 GENERIC – user
  • File System Version: GLOBAL-LTE_10.3.1.A.0.244
  • Customization Version: 1270-9081_R5B
  • Branding – Belgium

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Proximus (Vfe) BE.part1.rar | 512 MB ( via XDA member Apollo89 )
MD5 Sum: 4067297887b62b23fbebd2275af0524b

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Proximus (Vfe) BE.part2.rar | 217 MB
MD5 Sum: 40d896e740a756b8ffe9deb85824a604

Or

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244 R6B_Swisscom.ftf I 729 MB – Brand -Switzerland 

Or

Download Xperia Z C6603 – Branding: Generic NCB (unbranded) ( Nordic Combined)  file from below. ( via XDA member Rekoil )

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic NCB.ftf.zip.oo1 | 450 MB

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic NCB.ftf.zip.oo2 | 300 MB

Or

Download Xperia Z C6603 – Branding: Generic ES (unbranded) ( Country – Spain )  file from below. ( via XDA member Apollo89 )

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic ES.part1.rar | 512 MB

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic ES.part2.rar | 257 MB

To Download Generic – Central Europe 3 ftf of this firmware, use below link.

Customization: 1270-7296_R2B – Central Europe 3

Download C6603_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic CE.ftf | 724 MB

Xperia ZL C6503 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update ftf – Manual Updating

You can download the ftf file from below link and update your Xperia ZL manually by flashing the ftf file.

Download C6503_10.3.1.A​.0.244_1270-06​92_R4B_Generic RU.ftf I 721 MB

or

Download Xperia ZL (C6503)_10.3.1.A.0.244_Generic DE.ftf | 755 MB ( via XDA member brenopapito )

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware Customization info.

Download Build.prop file of Xperia C6602 on 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware from below link.

Download build.docx

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware Customization info

  • Phone Software Version – 1269-5309_10.3.1.A.0.244 Generic User
  • File System Version – INDIA_HSPA_10.3.1.A.0.244
  • Customization version – 1270-7186_R5B

Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware – Review / Changelog

10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update is simply a patch update of android 4.2.2. It has fixed a lot bugs of  10.3.A.0.423 firmware update. Overall satisfied with the performance in this update. If you are looking for Xperia Z 10.3.1.a.0.244 vs 10.3.a.0.423 firmware then surely given below changelog will tell you…

  • More smooth Boot animation.
  • Efficient RAM management, 1784 MB RAM available for usage.
  • Home launcher is more smooth, No lags here.
  • Update Center has got a new UI. Check image below.

New Update Center UI in Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware

  • Album app taking a bit time to load pics ( even from UHS Class 10 card ).
  • 3G Signal strength improved.
  • Touch response is improved a lot.
  • AnTuTu Benchmark score dropped after 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update to 20483 from 21456. Battery dropped by 2% During test and a lot heated during test.

AnTuTu Benchmark score dropped after Xperia Z C6602 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update to 20483

  • Sleep and Wake is a bit faster now.
  • Camera Image quality in dark improved.
  • Changes in car mode app.

Car Mode App in Xperia Z C6602 Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware

  • High resolution image is captured in normal mode with HDR off. ( Around 2.8 MB )
  • No screen flickering now.
  • No unusual battery reading bug till now. Booted twice in between 30-20% battery and having no issues.
  • Battery backup has increased, checked 🙂 ( reporting after 24 hours of update ).

[ BUGS ]

  • Users are reporting now Heating issues on their Xperia Z after Android 4.2.2 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update :/ Can’t say much on this now, need to test.
  • Battery Reading Bug has Re-Appeared – Battery indicates now lower value first on screen and then as soon screen is unlocked or touched, battery shows the real battery stats, ex like i have in original 74% battery, on screen it showed 72% as soon as i unlocked screen it showed again 74%, weird huh :/

If you have already updated your Xperia Z on this latest android 4.2.2 jelly bean 10.3.1.A.0.244 firmware update, please post your review below with bugs and changelog info 🙂 We are expecting soon Xperia ZR Android 4.2.2  firmware update will be released now 🙂 It is speculated that Xperia ZR will also be directly updated to 10.3.1.A.0.244.

Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update Rolled Out

Sony Xperia Z got another update, but wait is it global ? Naa…it don’t seem to be. Last month we saw Sony Xperia Z C6603 and C6602 getting android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 10.3.A.0.423 firmware update but just now a person at XDA reports that another Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update is rolling out.

Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update Rolled Out

XDA poster has confirmed that Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update has been received on his developer handset, confirming he posted the pic of same. Originally no news of such Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware has been posted on PTCRB site also.

Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update Rolled Out

It is confirmed that Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update rolled out on a prototype device of Xperia Z C6603, which creates speculations whether the same update will reach to consumer “red” devices or not. Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update is simply of 43 MB which marks that it may a bug fixing update only, not a fresh one.

Below you can see the prototype Xperia Z C6603 device which got this Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware update. Customization of device is 1270-6697_r4b.

Xperia Z Jelly Bean 10.3.1.A.0.236 firmware OTA Update on Prototype device

It is simply unkown right now whether the update will be available now for other devices or not. We can just wait now to get another firmware certified on PTCRB. Hopefully a new firmware is on line for Xperia Z 🙂

Do check your device, may be it has got a update 😉 Let us know if you have got any…

[ via – XDA ]

How to Deodex Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM ?

Widgets and apps from system dump of Xperia i1 Honami and Xperia Z Ultra have been leaked and the most basic requirement to install them is that you should have Deodexed ROM on your phone. Well last time we wrote a tutorial for Xperia S and SL users on how to deodex their ROM which you can find below, now Xperia Z C6603 and C6602 users can also deodex their stock Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM.

How to Deodex Xperia S, SL Android 4.1.2 6.2.B.0.211 Jelly Bean Odex stock ROM ?

How to Deodex Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM ?

To install mods and themes from system dump of Xperia i1 Honami and Xperia Z Ultra you need deodex ROM, let’s see how you can do that…

Requirements

  • Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean on Xperia Z C6603 / C6602. If you haven’t updated yet, please update from given below link.

How to Install Manually Xperia Z C6603 Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean firmware ftf file ?

  • Rooted Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 on Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM. Root your Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 using DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v16. Please use v16, download it and run the script. Done.

How to Root Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 on Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM by DooMLoRD Easy Rooting Toolkit v16

Rooted Xperia Z C6603  C6602 on Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM

  • CWM Recovery installed on your Xperia Z. To install CWM  v6.0.3.0 Recovery on your rooted Xperia Z, please follow the given below link.

How to Install CWM Recovery v6.0.3.0 on Xperia Z on LOCKED bootloader ?

Install CWM Recovery v6.0.3.0 on Xperia Z on LOCKED bootloader

When you are done with above 3 must steps, proceed with below mentioned steps to deodex your ROM.

How to DeOdex Xperia Z ROM ?

Please make a nandroid backup of your ROM and SD card data before proceeding.

We tested on device :- Xperia Z C6602

Download the below DeOdexing Zip file.

Download 423_DXD_CWM.zip I 366 MB

NOTE :- Above Posted DeOdex Zip file is NOT a ROM. It will just convert all “odex-files” to “deodex-files” in these folders /system/app and /system/framework.

  1. Reboot your Xperia Z C6603 / C6602 in CWM recovery.
  2. Make sure /system partition is unmounted otherwise you may get Error 7.
  3. Wipe the Dalvik Cache.
  4. Now flash the 423_DXD_CWM.zip file in Recovery.
  5. Reboot.

Done, you have now  Deodexed Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM 🙂 Go to system/app and check if there is any odex file, if not then the process if fully done.

Deodex Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 10.3.A.0.423 Jelly Bean ROM

If there is any, please report in comments something must have gone wrong.

As now you have deodexed ROM you can try some of the mods and themes on your Xperia Z.

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

If you find any issues in deodexing your ROM or anything leave comment we will help you out 🙂

[ via – XDA ]