Download Xperia Z1S Background Defocus camera app apk – Install on Rooted as well as Non-Rooted Xperia

Sony’s latest addition in Sony Smart camera app is “Xperia Background Defocus camera app” which was exclusively seen in Xperia Z1S at its official unveiling at CES 2014, previously Sony has used this Background Defocus camera app in its “Cybershot” digital cams and this is the first time it is introduced in any Xperia handset exclusively.

With the help of Background Defocus camera app in your Xperia handset, user will be able to focus on a particular object in a pic to crate a DSLR like effect blurring out other parts. There are many options available in Background Defocus camera app for focusing and blurring out other parts of pic.

It is believed that Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra users will see Background Defocus camera app officially in next android 4.3 14.2.A.1.114 firmware update which is about to release very soon. For all those users who are willing to test this Background Defocus camera app now in their Xperia Z1, well good news we have got the extracted app from Xperia Z1S.

Download Background Defocus camera app apk 

Below app is confirmed working on android 4.3 Xperia Z1, ZL, Z, Z Ultra, Xperia V.

#For Non-Rooted Xperia ( Android 4.3 )

Just download it and install it like another apk.

Download bgdefocus-noroot-signed.apk | 7 MB
[ via XDA user Ambroos ]

#For Rooted Xperia  ( Android 4.3 )

Download apk and push to system/app folder and set correct permissions and do a reboot.

Download bgdefocus.apk | 7 MB
[ via XDA user Soheil_rf ]

#For android 4.1.2 Non-Rooted Xperia ( like Xperia S, SL, SP, T,TX, V )

Download bgdefocus.apk | 7 MB
[ via XDA user Levered ]

Download Xperia Z1S Background Defocus camera app apk

How to Install Background Defocus camera app apk on Xperia Z1 ?

If installing on non-rooted Xperia, just install it like normal apk, if it shows “installation failed” then try clearing the cache and do a reboot and now try again, we hope it helps 🙂

As above Background Defocus camera app apk is a system file so you need to you have rooted Xperia and then push the above Background Defocus camera app apk in the system/app folder.

What does Background Defocus camera app do ?

It blurs the background of the object you captured then allow you to change the intensity of the blurring in 3 different modes. 3 different capturing camera modes are available viz. two are 8 MP mode with 16:9 and 4:3 crop and one is 2 MP mode with 16:9

Below is one sample pic from Xperia Z1S Background Defocus camera app, it’s not that good as stated by Sony in demo video.

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Xperia Z1S Background Defocus camera app Photo Sample

Xperia Z1S Background Defocus camera app - Sample Photo

If any developer can make above posted Background Defocus camera app apk file to work on non-rooted devices it will be great then. Do let us know if the above Background Defocus camera app works on your Xperia device like Xperia V, SP, T, TX which have Sony smart camera app, we would like to hear do you like this app. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Matthew Martin 🙂

Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL album app version 5.2.A.1.20 OTA Update

While all Xperia users are waiting for android 4.3 update on their devices which is due in December as per Sony’s statement on their blog recently, Sony has rolled out recently some updates to their stock media apps. Recently we saw Sony rolling out Xperia Keyboard 5.6.D.1.28 version OTA update on Xperia S, SL and P. Just now we received album app version 5.2.A.1.20 update on our Xperia Z1 C6902.

Album app version 5.2.A.1.20 update is available as an OTA update only, and confirmed by users of Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z and ZL. Album app version 5.2.A.1.20 is an update over previous album 5.2.A.0.6.

Check in update center and look for album app version 5.2.A.1.20 notification as shown below.

Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL album app version 5.2.A.1.20 OTA Update

What’s new ?

  • More Sony PlayMemories Online functions.
  • All sync – automatic and unlimited photo uploads from phone ( resized ).

Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL album app version 5.2.A.1.20 OTA Update

If you have not received it yet, you can download it from below link and install it like normal apk.

Download album app version 5.2.A.1.20

Download com.sonyericsson.album.apk | 11 MB

Download album app version 5.2.A.1.20 on Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

 

Changelog

  • Thumbnails load a lot faster.
  • No lags, smooth transition while scrolling images.
  • X-Reality transition loads much better than before.
  • Lighter in size.

Above album app version 5.2.A.1.20 is tested on Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZL and should also work on Xperia ZR, L, M Dual. If it works on your Xperia device not listed here, let us know…

If you have already got album app version 5.2.A.1.20 update, let us know if you find any other changes or bugs, drop your comments.

Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14 Update

20.7 MP camera in Xperia Z1 is the most attractive feature of it including all the camera apps which are associated with it. Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live which allows users to broadcast videos live to Facebook is a wonderful app. Social Live app has just been updated to version 1.0.14 from version 1.0.13 in Google Play Store.

Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14 update is available on Google Play store only, exclusively for Sony Xperia Z1 users.

Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14 Update

If you unable to download it from Play Store, download it manually from given below link.

Download Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14

Download com.bambuser.sociallive.apk

Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14

What’s new ?

  • Small UI refinements and fixes.
  • Better handling of network problems.

To use the app, open camera app, tap on Social Live app icon and then log in your Facebook account and start recording your videos and broadcast them live on Facebook and share with your friends.

Above update also works on the ported Xperia Z1 camera on Xperia L and Xperia V, let us know if it works for you.

If you find any bug or new feature in this Xperia Z1 Camera app Social Live Version 1.0.14 Update , let us know in comments.

Install Latest Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version on Xperia Z1, Z

Xperia L was recently updated to android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26  firmware which brought a lot many features which Xperia Z family android phones got in their update. It’s overall a major update for Xperia L users and has enhanced the performance of the device. Noticing carefully it was found that some stock apps have also been updated which are not yet updated on Xperia Z1 and other android 4.2.2 running Xperia smartphones. Recently we saw Sony rolling out Album app version 5.2.A.0.6,  Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 and Info-eye version 1.1.02 on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra ( Album app on all Xperia Z family ).

Xperia Home launcher has been updated to version 6.1.A.0.5 in Xperia L android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware though the present Xperia Home launcher on Xperia Z1 reads as version 6.0.2.A.0.13.

Working on ? For now Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version is tested for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z only 🙂

Download Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version

Install Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version on Xperia Z1

Download the new Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version from below link. Extracted from Xperia L.

Download com.sonyericsson.home.apk

How to Install ?

Just install like normal apk. No root needed.

In case you don’t like it you can roll back to old version of Xperia Home 6.0.2.A.0.13 on Xperia Z1.

Download Home.apk

New Features

  • Number count written in front of installed and most used apps.
  • More smooth.
  • A bit fast.

Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version on Xperia Z1

Try the Xperia Home 6.1.A.0.5 version on your android 4.2.2 running handset and let us know in comments does it work for you or not.

Thanks Ben DL 🙂




Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z, ZR, ZL Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 OTA Update

A new Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 has been rolled as OTA update on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra just now. Recently we saw Sony rolling out Album app version 5.2.A.0.6,  Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 and Info-eye version 1.1.02 on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra ( Album app on all Xperia Z family ).

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 replaces the older Walkman app version 7.12.A.0.0 and brings out bug fixes and performance enhancement as per changelog associated with this update.

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 OTA Update

Update available over OTA only, look for the notification in the update center app. Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 update is confirmed rolling on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, we hope whole Xperia Z family will get it soon.

[ Update ] Confirmed rolling on Xperia Z, ZL and ZR also. Downloading link is at the end of post.

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 OTA Update

Sony added below changelog with this update.

Features :-

  • Added “Recently played playlist”.
  • Added “Rearrange is playlist”.
  • Added “Featured Playlist” powered by Music Unlimited.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancement.

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 OTA Update Changelog

 Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 Features

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 takes 23.7 MB memory space.

Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0 Memory details

Download Walkman app version 7.15.A.0.0

Download Walkman version 7.15.A.0.0.apk

Download above app and try it on your device. It may or may not work on Xperia C, SP, S, SL, T, V, J, L, M, E. Try it and let us know in comments if above app works on your device successfully.

If you notice any other changes or bugs in this new Walkman app, let us know in comments section…

Xperia Z1, Z, ZL, ZR, Z Ultra Album app version 5.2.A.0.6 OTA Update

Yesterday we saw 14.1.G.2.257 firmware rolling on Xperia Z1, a major update which fixed a lot many issues on Xperia Z1 like camera noisy images issue, Wi-Fi range, automatic reboot issue, screen calibration etc. 14.1.B.2.257 firmware is also expected on Xperia Z Ultra soon in a day. Just now we spotted notification for Album app version 5.2.A.0.6 as OTA update rolling on both Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra.

Album app version 5.2.A.0.6 OTA update is confirmed on both Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, all versions. Check in update center app if you have got any notification just like shown below. If you have got it proceed download.

[ Update ] Confirmed on Xperia Z, ZL and ZR.

Xperia Z1 Album app version 5.2.A.0.6

It is an update over previous Album 5.1.A.0.4 app on both phones.

Download Xperia Z1 Album app version 5.2.A.0.6

Xperia Z1 Album app version 5.2.A.0.6 Details

No major changes noticed on Album app version 5.2.A.0.6, a bit more smooth and fast from previous version. X-Reality transition appears more smooth, better colors now 🙂

An official changelog  below :-

  • More Sony PlayMemories Online functions.
  • Upload all photos-automatic and unlimited photo uploads from Xperia phones.
  • All photos in one view, from all devices. Once enabled you can view your photos whenever you want, wherever you are.
  • Software performance improvements

Download Album app version 5.2.A.0.6

Below app is taken from Xperia Z1 C6902

Download com.sonyericsson.album-1.apk | 14.86 MB

We guess the above app may only work on android 4.2.2 framework, still you can download it and try it on your Xperia phone. It is confirmed working on Xperia SP, S, T etc. Drop your comments letting us know whether it works for you nor not.

Xperia Z1, Z Ultra Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 Available for OTA Download

Sony has officially rolled out a task, to-do list, reminder app of its own and Xperia Z1 users are getting this Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 as OTA update on their phone. Just now we got this Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 update notification on our Xperia Z1 C6902 in India via update center app on Xperia Z1.

Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 is an app similar to other to-do list apps found in Google Play store but this one comes directly from Sony this time. Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 till now seen rolling on Xperia Z1 only.

Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1

Check for update notification of Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 in update center app on your phone. If you have got the update, download it now.

[ Update ] It also rolled on Xperia Z Ultra as mentioned by some users.

Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1

Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 OTA update

  • Tasks App Version – 1.0.A.0.1
  • Size – 0.5 MB
  • Total space in storage – 1.21 MB

Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 download OTA

Download Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1

Download com.sonymobile.tasks-1.apk | 530 KB

Like any other android task app, you can create a list of reminders on this Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 . Simply tap on new task option, enter details and your reminder is set up.

Sony Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1

Xperia Z1 Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 App Update

Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 apk file not working on Xperia SP android 4.1.2, download from above link and try installing it on your device. It seems Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 is working only on android 4.2.2 for now i.e on Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Z Ultra. ( Though not tested yet. )

If it works on your Xperia other then Xperia Z1, let us know in comments.

If you got this Tasks App version 1.0.A.0.1 update, let us know do you like it over other similar apps available.

Xperia Z1 Camera app Info-eye version 1.1.02 update rolled

Talking of Xperia Z1 firmware updates, it has got three updates till now at very frequent intervals, they are necessary to as many Xperia Z1 users are complaining of yellow hue and tint on screen, a lot noise in camera pics taken in superior auto mode and fake sleep of death ( SOD ) issue on Xperia Z1 in which the screen black outs due to some problem is auto back-light optimization.

Just now two updates are being noticed on Xperia Z1 one is Camera app Info-eye version 1.1.02 update which has been rolled out and other is unseen 14.1.G.2.213 firmware update of Xperia Z1 which has not been rolled but yet seen on someone’s handset in wild.

[ UPDATE – 20 Dec ]

Download Xperia Z1 Info-eye app version 1.2.04 update 

Xperia Z1 Camera app Info-eye version 1.1.02 update

Xperia Z1 camera app Info-eye has been updated to version 1.1.02 now and is confirmed on both Xperia Z1 C6902 HSPA+ and C6903 LTE handsets in India, UK as an OTA update.

Xperia Z1 Camera app Info-eye version 1.1.02 update

Xperia Z1 users are complaining very much over the Xperia Z1 camera app which is not behaving as it should, hope we may see a new major firmware update soon or atleast a quick update to camera app.

If you have not got it yet then download Xperia Z1 Camera app Info-eye version 1.1.02 from below and install it like normal apk.

Download Info-eye™ version 1.1.02.apk | 21.6 MB

Nothing noticeable has been seen on this update, in case you have noticed anything drop your comments letting us know.

Thanks Gire Prasad 🙂