Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update rolling for carrier handsets

Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 has got a new 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update (only for the carrier handsets) in Austria and Germany region on T-Mobile AT and Telekom.de carriers respectively. Last firmware to hit the global variant of Xperia Z1 Compact was 14.5.A.0.270 build.

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 14.5.A.0.283 firmware is also certified for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra also thought roll out on global variants of these devices is not confirmed for the time being.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update

14.5.A.0.283 firmware update is also available for download via XperiFirm tool.

[UPDATE] 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update is now rolling on Xperia Z Ultra C6833 in Greece, Netherlands, and Poland.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update

Download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 ftf 

For D5503 (Germany Telekom.de)

Download D5503_14.5.A.0.283_GermanyTelekom.de[WwW.SonyROMS.iR].ftf

NOTE: Non-Carrier Xperia Z1 Compact users, kindly do not flash the carrier ftf on their handset. Flashing steps here.

If you want to download 14.5.A.0.283 firmware from the XperiFirm tool and flash it on your Xperia Z1 Compact, use the below links (Below posted links have only tutorial, compatible with all Xperia handsets).

How to download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 Lollipop firmware using XperiFirm tool?

How to flash Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.283 Lollipop firmware ftf using Flashtool?

Have you got 14.5.A.0.283 firmware update on Xperia Z1 Compact? Let us know, drop your comments below.

via – XDA (ftf shared by demonio98)

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.242 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop rolling

Sony has rolled Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact today along with Xperia Z Ultra in the form of 14.5.A.0.242 firmware build. Xperia Z3 Dual also got Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.1.E.0.1 build today, rolling worldwide; mentioned by Sony officially.

Android 5.0.2 14.5.A.0.242 Lollipop firmware is confirmed for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503  in regions like Malaysia, Israel, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, MENA Arabic, Germany, Austria. Update is not live in India yet.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.242 Lollipop update

Check out the about phone screenshot of 14.5.A.0.242 firmware running on Xperia Z1 Compact.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.242 screenshot

Download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.5.A.0.242 firmware ftf

If you haven’t got the update yet, use the below 14.5.A.0.242 firmware ftf/flashable zip to update your handset.

For D5503

Download D5503_14.5.A.0.242_Customized_MEA.ftf
[ by XDA user Haminjuri ]

For D5503 – For Malaysia region

Download D5503_14.5.A.0.242_R2D_Customized MY.ftf
[ by XDA user mercury_beta ]

How to Flash above ftf, see this tutorial.

NOTE14.5.A.0.242 firmware update is LIVE via XperiFirm tool also, so if you want to download it from there and flash it on your Xperia Z1 Compact, use the below links:

How to download Xperia Z1 Compact Lollipop firmware using XperiFirm tool?

How to flash Xperia Z1 Compact Lollipop firmware ftf using Flashtool?

UPDATE: Xperia Z1, Z Ultra users can update to 14.5.A.0.242 firmware by following below mentioned link:

Xperia Z1 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 14.5.A.0.242 firmware rolling now – Update it!

Xperia Z ultra Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 14.5.A.0.242 firmware rolling now – Update it!

Xperia Z3 Dual Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.1.E.0.1 firmware rolling now – Update it!

Let us know your review on Lollipop update. Drop your comments below.

Image Credits: mercury_beta

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact & Z Ultra

Sony has already rolled Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update for Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series in limited regions and while other regions are waiting for it, 23.1.A.0.690 firmware is now certified for all variants of Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series so it will come soon now.

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 14.5.A.0.242 firmware has been officially certified for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact & Xperia Z Ultra now. Sony will update its whole Xperia “Z” series on Android Lollipop version very soon.

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z1

14.5.A.0.242 firmware has been certified Xperia Z1 i.e. C6902, C6903 on PTCRB.

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z1

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z1 Compact

14.5.A.0.242 firmware has been certified Xperia Z1 Compact D6503 on PTCRB.

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z Ultra

14.5.A.0.242 firmware has been certified Xperia Z Ultra i.e. C6802, C6806, C6833, C6843 on PTCRB.

14.5.A.0.242 firmware certified for Xperia Z Ultra

We will keep you updated once 14.5.A.0.242 firmware starts rolling.

Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.155 firmware certified

A new 14.4.A.0.155 firmware has been certified for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact at PTCRB which is a bug fixing android 4.4.4 update over previous 14.4.A.0.108 firmware. It has been a long since all these three handsets got any update.

14.4.A.0.155 firmware is certified for all variants of these handsets which makes it a possibility that this 14.4.A.0.155 may see a global release unlike 14.4.A.0.133 firmware which hit only selected carriers.

Xperia Z1 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

Check 14.4.A.0.155 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 at PTCRB below.

Xperia Z1 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

Check 14.4.A.0.155 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact at PTCRB below.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

Xperia Z Ultra 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

Check 14.4.A.0.155 firmware certification for Xperia Z Ultra at PTCRB below.

Xperia Z Ultra 14.4.A.0.155 firmware

We will keep you updated as when 14.4.A.0.155 firmware starts rolling. Let us know if you are facing any issues on current firmware. Drop your comments below.




14.3.A.0.761 firmware rolling for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact as OTA update

A new 14.3.A.0.761 firmware has been spotted rolling on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact where same 14.3.A.0.761 firmware was spotted on Xperia Z1 L39h in early May this year. 14.3.A.0.761 firmware is available via OTA update only as reported by many users and not seen on Xperia Z Ultra yet.

14.3.A.0.761 firmware seems a minor bug fixing update only as it is of less than 2 MB ( 1.9 MB ) size via OTA. 14.3.A.0.761 firmware is mostly seen on C6903 variant, only a few C6902 users reported this update. 14.3.A.0.761 firmware not seen in India and other Asian regions, mostly available in European regions. Just letting users know that recently a higher build as 14.3.A.0.769 firmware has been certified on PTCRB which we may see eventually getting rolled in future. Battery drain bug is fixed for Xperia Z1 users and overheating for Xperia Z1 Compact as mentioned by many users.

Xperia Z1 17.3.A.0.761 firmware

Check in your update center app for 14.3.A.0.761 firmware update notification and download the update.

Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.761 firmware

Xperia Z1 C6903 14.3.A.0.761 firmware

Download Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.761 firmware ftf

Use Flash Tool to flash the below given ftf file, no root needed.

Download C6903_14.3.A.0.761_SFR-FR_1276-5845_R6C.ftf

If you want a flashable zip file of 14.3.A.0.761 firmware, use the below mentioned one. Root needed to flash via CWM.

Download C6903_14.3.A.0..761_NCB.flashable.zip
[ via XDA user juanpirulo ]

Xperia Z1 Compact 17.3.A.0.761 firmware

Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 users are also reporting the 14.3.A.0.761 firmware update.

Xperia Z1 D5503 14.3.A.0.761 firmware

Download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.761 firmware ftf

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.761_1279-4149_Nordic_Generic.ftf
[ via XDA user paul5425 ]

If you have already updated your Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact on 14.3.A.0.761 firmware, let us know if any major change noticed. Drop your comments below.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware certified for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact

A few days back we saw 14.3.A.0.761 firmware on Xperia Z1 L39h in China while the same update not seen anywhere else. Following 14.3.A.0.761 firmware, a new 14.3.A.0.769 firmware has been certified at PTCRB for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra recently. After buggy KitKat update from Sony, 14.3.A.0.757 firmware was released to fix those bugs but unfortunately they are still there as users are reporting them.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware is not certified for all variants of Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra as only certain region handsets have got certification yet on PTCRB. Either 14.3.A.0.769 firmware will be certified later for all regions or is it again a carrier specific firmware update; time will tell.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware

14.3.A.0.769 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 C6903 on PTCRB.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware Xperia Z1

14.3.A.0.769 firmware certification for Xperia Z Ultra C6833 on PTCRB.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware Xperia Z Ultra C6833

14.3.A.0.769 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB.

14.3.A.0.769 firmware Xperia Z1 Compact

We will keep you updated as soon as 14.3.A.0.769 firmware starts rolling on above mentioned devices. Let us know what bugs you are facing currently. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case priced at $89.50

Sony launched Xperia Z1 Compact earlier this year in January at CES 2014 event and now it has been “Mugenised” by Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case. Xperia Z1 Compact is the mini version of Xperia Z1, powered with 2300 mAh battery which is enough to keep alive the 4.3″ 720p screen of it but still if you are feeling that its not enough here comes the solution. Xperia Z, Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Mugen Power battery cases are already available, priced at $89.50, $89.50 and $98.50 respectively.

Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case is priced at $89.50 on Mugen Power website. Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case model number is compatible with Xperia Z1F SO-02F DoCoMo version also. You are getting total power of 5300 mAh with Mugen Power case, case will be shipped after 6 June 2014.

Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case

Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case is available in black color with a 365 days replacement and free return warranty, shipped world wide. Phone is charged via magnetic charging dock pins attached to the case. You need to charge the battery case separately with an AC adapter came along with your phone.

NOTE :- Well let us tell you one thing very clearly, as it says it is a 3000mAh battery case, it doesn’t mean you get additional 3000mAh power for your Xperia Z1 Compact as the output voltage of cases are normally different ( like we have 1.5A for AC adpater ) so when you put the case on with phone charged at 0%, you may end up getting only 50-60% phone charged with full 3000mAh battery power of the case consumed. So before buying the case, do confirm all things with Mugen Power customer support.

Xperia Z1 Compact Mugen Power 3000mAh Battery Case

Technical Specifications :- Model Number [CC-Xperia Z1F]

  • Capacity – 3000mAh
  • Cell – Li-Polymer
  • Voltage – 3.7V
  • Battery Door – Not Required.

If you go to the product listing page there you will find an option for “Share on Facebook to get discount”, it will fetch you a discount of $4.48 on total price so final price would be $85.02.

Xperia Z1 Comapct Mugen Power Case 3000 mAh

If you are thinking to buy it, let us know. If you know any alternative to above mentioned case do let us know as think it is a bit high priced. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.E.0.1 firmware certified on PTCRB

A new firmware in form of 14.3.E.0.1 firmware is being certified at PTCRB for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 which is a very different build firmware configuration as when compared to present android 4.4.2 14.3.A.0.757 firmware. As the firmware config. has changed it seems a specific firmware for some carriers rather than regular Xperia Z1 Compact global variants.

After Sony released android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact, all users were complaining regarding the bugs in this major update brought though Sony rolled a bug fixing update also but it failed to address the issue. Currently users are facing issues like battery drain, heating issues and sound issues.

14.3.E.0.1 firmware

Below you can see the 14.3.E.0.1 firmware certification at PTCRB.

14.3.E.0.1 firmware Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 Do let us know what bugs you are facing on current KitKat firmware on Xperia Z1 Compact.

We will keep you updated as soon as we get more info on 14.3.E.0.1 firmware. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update rolling – KitKat Bug Fixing

14.3.A.0.681 firmware update was rolled a dew days back on Xperia Z1 Compact as android 4.4.2 KitKat and users have been reporting some serious bugs the then like sound coming from hearing speaker instead from external speaker, heating issues, battery drain. Sony has rolled a new 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update to fix all acknowledged bugs by them.

14.3.A.0.757 firmware is a bug fixing update over 14.3.A.0.681 firmware which keeps Z1 Compact on android 4.4.2 only. 14.3.A.0.757 firmware is confirmed on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 in regions  Russia, France, China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Austria, Philippines, 14.3.A.0.757 firmware is available over PC Companion and SUS, no OTA seen yet.

UPDATE – 9 April ]

Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update rolling – KitKat Bug Fixing

Xperia Z Ultra 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update rolling – KitKat Bug Fixing

Xperia Z1 Comapct 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update

Connect your Xperia Z1 Compact to PC Companion and look for a notification as shown below, proceed as per on screen instructions.

Xperia Z1 Comapct 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update

If you have not got official 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update  yet on your Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 , then download 14.3.A.0.757 firmware ftf from below mentioned links and flash it manually using flashtool.

Download Xperia Z Ultra 14.3.A.0.757 firmware ftf

#For D5503

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.757_RU.ftf
[ Via XDA user – John.D.. ]

We will soon post other regions 14.3.A.0.757 firmware ftf and detailed changelog. If you have also got the 14.3.A.0.757 firmware update on your Xperia Z1 Compact, let us know what changes you noticed. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact size comparison – Exclusive photos

Sony has officially started selling Xperia Z2 in Taiwan yesterday at price 23900 New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) i.e £475, €566, $783 which comes with Noise cancelling MDR-NC31EM headphones and Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK36 included in the retail box. Yesterday we also posted retail packaging of Xperia Z2 4G LTE version available in Taiwan.

Today we have brought for you a size comparison of Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact. Xperia Z1 Compact aka Xperia Z1 Mini launched as Xperia Z1 Colorful Edition in China and Xperia Z1F in Japan features 4.3″ screen while Xperia Z2 features 5.2″ screen which is more than Xperia Z1 screen size.

Below you will see retail unit of Xperia Z2 along with Xperia Z1 Compact  / Colorful Edition.

Xperia Z2 is 8.2 mm thick while Xperia Z1 Compact is 9.5mm thick.

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact thickness

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact camera comparison

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact thick

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact size comparison

Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 Compact back panels

Xperia Z1 Colorful Edition vs Xperia Z2

Xperia Z1 Colorful Edition vs Xperia Z2 comparison

We expect Xperia Z2 to hit other regions of world soon ( pre-orders already started in Europe ), we will keep you updated as soon as it hits market of other regions.

Like the pics, let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – Digi-Wo

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

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

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

Voice balloon photo app

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

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

Voice balloon photo app Version 1.0.A.0.0

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

Download com.sonymobile.voiceballoonphoto-1.apk

Voice balloon photo app Version 1.0.A.0.0

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

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

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

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

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

Download VoiceBalloonPhoto.apk

How it works ?

Install Sony Voice balloon photo app.

Voice balloon photo app

Read the instructions  to use Voice balloon photo app.

Sony Voice balloon photo app

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

How Sony Voice balloon app works

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

Sony Voice balloon apk

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

Download Sony Voice balloon apk

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

Download Sony Voice balloon version 1.0.A.0.0

Xperia Z1 Voice balloon photo app

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

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

A moment ago Sony officially confirmed that Android 4.4.2 KitKat update rollout for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra has started rolling and it should come to devices very soon ( still in seeding stage ). Sony has also mentioned that they will be rolling android 4.4.2 KitKat for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR in mid Q2 2014 and Xperia T2 Ultra / Dual, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 will also be upgraded to android 4.4.2 KitKat but no specific date for rollout mentioned yet.

Just now Sony Mobile has update the Xperia Z1 Compact latest version on Software page as Android 4.4.2 KitKat, roll out starting date 19 March 2014 with build number 14.3.A.0.681 firmware. 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 has not been spotted yet on user’s handset in regions and as soon as it rolls out we will let update you.

UPDATE – 20 March ] Download Voice balloon photo app from Sony – Smart Social Camera app for KitKat devices

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z Ultra 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware Screenshots

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 About Phone

2 Tab option is seen in notification panel > Notifications and Quick Settings.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Notification Panel

New Home screen UI spotted with new battery icon, transparent navigation and status bar.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Home Screen

New Start up screen.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Start Up screen

Download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf for manual flashing

#Commercial and Journalist firmware

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_Commercial.ftf

OR

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_Commercial.ftf
[ via XDA user Jozinek ]

#Generic firmware

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_GenericUK.ftf
[ via XDA user Darkimmortal ]

OR

Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.001
Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.002
Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.003
[ via XDA user louis0815 ]

To install Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf, download Xperia Flash Tool from below and you can also refer to ours manually flashing guide.

Download flashtool-0.9.15.0-windows.exe 

How to flash manually Android 4.4.2 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 ?

Download concerned ftfs from above links.

Note :- No Root Needed. Warranty not void, safe. Works on both Locked/Unlocked bootloaders. Below mentioned guide is for Xperia Z1 and is similar for Xperia Z1 Compact .

Kindly un-check the options “Wipe Data, cache, logs” if you want to protect your phone’s data after flashing.

Guide :- How to flash Android 4.4.2 Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf using Flashtool manually ?

14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update Official Changelog as per Sony.

  • Camera app update to improve overall camera performance.
  • Stock email app is updated.
  • Stability, performance and battery improvements.
  • New Xperia KitKat UI as per Google’s android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.
  • Tweaked status bar and quick settings options. 2 Tabs notification panel included.
  • New UI for Sony Playstation 4. New animation and live wallpapers for lockscreen and homescreen.
  • New Sony Media apps including Walkman, Album, Movies.
  • Sony’s native stock apps updated like Message app, Call app, TrackID, TackID TV, MyXperia, SmartConnect and small apps.
  • New Xperia downloadable themes included.

As per the changelog provided by Sony it is clear that there is No 4K cam app, No TimeShift Video app, No Smart Call Handling app, No Smart Backlight Control, No Glove Mode, No Tap to Wake up feature which is spotted in Xperia Z2 KitKat firmware.

Xperia Z1 Compact KitKat changelog as per users

  • New Homescreen and locksreen wallpapers.
  • Transparent navigation bar and status bar.
  • New Battery icon.
  • No touch to wake up feature.
  • New start up screen.
  • New KitKat Boot animation.
  • Screenshot option in Power menu.
  • Calendar app updated.
  • Answering machine option in call app.
  • Manage notification settings for particular app.
  • Default SMS app settings.

There is no point of giving all Xperia Z2 exclusive firmware features to other Sony devices until Xperia Z2 is available in market for purchase.

We will soon post the Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf and screenshots as soon as it is out.

If any Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 user already got this new 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update then do let us know. Post your screenshots and changelog below. Drop your comments.

[ Pics via XDA user Jozinek ]

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Rolling for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact – Sony confirms

A very good news for all Sony Xperia fans, Sony Mobile has just now confirmed that Android 4.4.2 KitKat roll out has started for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact. No exact build number is included in the post but we expect either 14.3.A.0.681 or 14.3.A.0.747 firmware to come on Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra handsets as KitKat firmware.

Sony has also mentioned that they will be rolling android 4.4.2 KitKat for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR in mid Q2 2014 and Xperia T2 Ultra / Dual, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 will also be upgraded to android 4.4.2 KitKat but no specific date for rollout mentioned yet.

UPDATE – 20 March ] Download Voice balloon photo app from Sony – Smart Social Camera app for KitKat devices

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

UPDATE – 19 March ] Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z Ultra 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

What is new in this Android 4.4.2 KitKat update as per Sony ?

  • New Xperia KitKat UI as per Google’s android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.
  • Tweaked status bar and quick settings options. 2 Tabs notification panel included.
  • New UI for Sony Playstation 4. New animation and live wallpapers for lockscreen and homescreen.
  • New Sony Media apps including Walkman, Album, Movies.
  • Sony’s native stock apps updated like Message app, Call app, TrackID, TackID TV, MyXperia, SmartConnect and small apps.
  • New Xperia downloadable themes included.

As per the changelog provided by Sony it is clear that there is No 4K cam app, No TimeShift Video app, No Smart Call Handling app, No Smart Backlight Control, No Glove Mode, No Tap to Wake up feature.

We can’t see now news about Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout for Xperia SP, Xperia C, Xperia V, T, TX and Xperia L for the time being, hope Sony provides the info soon.

If you have already got android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update on your Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra then do let us know in comments. Drop your comments below.

[ via – Sony Mobile ]

KitKat 14.3.A.0.681 firmware certified for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact – Android 4.4.2

After a long wait something credible regarding android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact have come up, just now a new 14.3.A.0.681 firmware has been certified on PTCRB for both phones. A few days back android 4.4.2 KitKat 14.3.A.0.681 firmware build was spotted rolling on Xperia Z Ultra C6833 which is believed to be either internal leak or an update over a developer’s handset and day before yesterday we saw new 14.3.A.0.747 firmware running on Xperia Z Ultra.

At present 14.3.A.0.681 firmware is certified only for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 and Xperia Z1 C6943 variants, nothing spotted for any varaint of Xperia Z Ultra yet. It is very much believed that this 14.3.A.0.681 firmware build may not roll out as a few days back Sony has started testing a new higher build 14.3.A.0.747 firmware for Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra.

UPDATE – 19 March ] Android 4.4.2 KitKat Rolling for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact – Sony confirms 

UPDATE – 19 March ] Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

UPDATE – 19 March ] Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

Check below 14.3.A.0.681 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 C6943 on PTCRB.

Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware PTCRB

Check below 14.3.A.0.681 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB.

Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 14.3.A.0.681 firmware

 If you have already got android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update on your Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra then do let us know in comments. Drop your comments below.

White Xperia Z2 Vs Xperia Z1 Vs Xperia Z1 Compact color contrast comparison

Sony’s latest flagship device Xperia Z2 is launched in 3 colors white, black and purple just like Xperia Z1 while Sony launched Xperia Z1 Compact in black, white, lime and pink color. White gives you elegant and clean look and obviously gets dirty before any color gets, so here found some pics of all three handsets in white color.

Below you will find pics of White Xperia Z2 Vs Xperia Z1 Vs Xperia Z1 Compact color contrast comparison and you can  see the exact difference in white color contrast among three handsets. Phone’s side profile and edges shows a difference in contrast of white color, in pics it gives a silver look. Have a look and let us know your opinion.

[ Extreme Left – Xperia Z2 , Middle – Xperia Z1, Extreme Right – Z1 Compact ]

White Xperia Z2 Vs Xperia Z1

[ Top – Z1 Compact, Middle – Xperia Z1, Bottom – Xperia Z2 ]

White Xperia Z1 Vs Xperia Z2
White Xperia Z1 Vs Xperia Z1 Compact
White Xperia Z2 Vs Xperia Z1 Compact

It is clearly visible all three whites are not of same contrast, difference can be spotted among them easily.

What do you think guys, which one looks more pleasant to you. Let us know, drop your comments below.

[ via – Digi-Wo ]

Install Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port on Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact

A few moments ago we shared Xperia Z2 System Dump from Android 4.4.2 KitKat 17.1.A.0.289 firmware and the development process has begun already. XDA Dev RyokoN has ported Xperia Z2 Smart call handling feature on Xperia Z1 and it works fine. Your Xperia Z1 needs to have root in order to install this port.

Xperia Z2 Smart call handling features lets users answer the calls without touching the screen, to answer the calls bring the phone near to ear, to reject the calls just shake the device and silent the phone by just placing it face-down. Check the Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port installation steps from below.

How to install Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port

Note :- Confirmed working on Xperia Z1, Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 Compact.

Download below mentioned both files.

Download Intelli_signed.zip – Flashable Zip

Download Gesture.2.apk – Installable App

  • Flash the Intelli_signed.zip file on your device in recovery.
  • Install the Gesture.2.apk.
  • Open the Gesture app and enable it.

Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port

It’s done now you are ready to use Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port on your Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.

Let us know if the above Xperia Z2 Smart call handling port worked on your Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Xperia V Display Comparison Photos

Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 aka Xperia Z1 Mini, pocket friendly handset with specifications of a flagship device. Xperia Z1 Compact features S800 SoC, Adreno 330 GPU, RAM 2 GB, 16 GB internal storage, 4.3″ 720p IPS Display, 20.7 MP rear cam with dust and water resistant certifications, only screen size and battery power is less than Xperia Z1. On the other hand Xperia V LT25 is 2012 Xperia ( flagship in some regions ) lineup device which also has 4.3″ 720p display and water-dust resistance.

You see both devices have 4.3″ 720p screen display, while Xperia Z1 Compact has IPS panel which we saw against Xperia Z1; has a very good display but Xperia V has TFT display, good viewing angles and bright colors. Well we have got some Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Xperia V Display Comparison Photos, let have a look at them and decide yourself which one is better.

Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Xperia V Display 

[ Left – Xperia V, Right – Xperia Z1 Compact ]

Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Xperia V
Xperia D5503 vs Xperia LT25
Z1 Compact vs Xperia V
Display comparison Z1 Compact vs Xperia V
Xperia V vs Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia V vs Xperia Z1 Compact Display

Well almost both display looks same vibrant and brighter but in a few pics Xperia Z1 Compact shows better colored display.

What do you think guys of Xperia Z1 Compact Vs Xperia V Display Comparison, which one looks more better to you. Let us know. Drop your comments below.

[ via – XDA ]

14.2.A.1.144 firmware certified for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact

As when 14.2.A.1.142 firmware was certified for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact, we mentioned that 14.2.A.1.144 firmware will be soon certified and it seems a carrier specific firmware and here it comes, just now 14.2.A.1.144 firmware has been certified for Xperia Z1 C6903 and Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB, nothing spotted for Xperia Z Ultra yet.

Yesterday we saw 14.2.A.1.146 firmware hitting Chinese Xperia Z1 Compact M51w and a day before that 14.2.A.1.142 firmware hit Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 but no update spotted for Xperia Z1 and Xperia z Ultra yet. Though it seems again a carrier specific update but you never know it comes 😉

Check below the 14.2.A.1.144 firmware certification.

14.2.A.1.144 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 C6903 on PTCRB.

Xperia Z1 14.2.A.1.144 firmware

14.2.A.1.144 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.2.A.1.144 firmware

We will update as soon as we get more info on this new 14.2.A.1.144 firmware certification. It seems Android 4.4.2 KitKat is far unfortunately.

If any Xperia Z1 or Xperia Z1 Compact carrier user get this 14.2.A.1.144 firmware update then do let us know. Drop your comments below.

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

Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 got its first android 4.3 14.2.A.1.142 firmware update yesterday which seems only a minor bug fixing update though no specific changelog is spotted so far from any user. Same 14.2.A.1.142 firmware is also expected to hit Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra but chances are very low as we are expecting direct android 4.4.2 KitKat 14.3.A.x.xxx firmware to roll on these two devices.

Just now Chinese Xperia Z1 Compact M51w which is yet not available for sale, saw Android 4.3 14.2.A.1.146 firmware update. As when it will be available for sale, users will be getting this update hopefully or which ever update is available then.

Xperia Z1 Compact M51w 14.2.A.1.146 firmware details below.

14.2.A.1.146 firmware details

Kernel build date of both 14.2.A.1.142 and 14.2.A.1.146 firmware is same i.e. 9 Jan 2014.

Download Xperia Z1 Compact M51w 14.2.A.1.146 firmware ftf 

Download the ftf file from below link. Do not cross flash the below file on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 as it is of 3G version only.

Download [email protected]
[ Key – 7jm7 ] [ via – UXT Team , macallen ]

Download Xperia FlashTool from below link to flash the above 14.2.A.1.146 ftf file.

Download flashtool-0.9.14.0-windows.exe 

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

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

Let us know whenever you get this 14.2.A.1.146 firmware update on your Xperia Z1 Compact M51w, what changes you noticed. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact officially available in India at price INR 36990 – Buy from Infibeam and Snapdeal Stores

Xperia Z1 Compact has officially landed in India just now at price tag of INR 36990 i.e $594,  €431, £356, listed on Sony Mobile India official product page. Xperia Z1 Compact is the mini version of Xperia Z1, launched at CES 2014 event with a smaller 4.3″ screen display, 2300mAh battery, Snapdragon 800 SoC, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 20.7 MP rear cam with flagship water proof and dust resistant IP ratings.

Xperia Z1 Compact was put on sale in Europe and other parts of world in early Feb from Sony and now it finally appeared in India. Xperia Z1 Compact Price in India is INR 36990 which if compared to its price in other nations is very cheap. Xperia Z1 Compact is launched in all 4 colors white, black, lime and pink. Only HSPA+ model of Xperia Z1 Compact is available in India.

Check the official listing of Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on Sony Mobile India product page.

Xperia Z1 Compact Price in India INR 36990

At present Xperia Z1 Compact in India is available from online stores like Infibeam and Snapdeal ( not seen on Flipkart yet ) and from official Sony authorized Xperia stores.

Buy Xperia Z1 Compact from Snapdeal

At the time of writing this post, Xperia Z1 Compact is out of stock in white, lime, pink color while available only in black color for the time being at a price of INR 36898 from Snapdeal. Check the below link.

Xperia Z1 Compact – Buy from Snapdeal

Buy Xperia Z1 Compact from Snapdeal

Buy Xperia Z1 Compact from Infibeam

Xperia Z1 Compact is available at Infibeam at INR 36990 in all four colors at stock right now, free shipping. Check the below links for the listing page. Sony Mobile is also giving a case worth INR 1990 and Xperia Accidental Damage Cover.

Xperia Z1 Compact Black – Buy from Infibeam
Xperia Z1 Compact White – Buy from Infibeam
Xperia Z1 Compact Pink – Buy from Infibeam
Xperia Z1 Compact Lime – Buy from Infibeam

Buy Xperia Z1 Compact from Infibeam

Soon we expect Xperia Z1 Compact to be available at Amazon India and Flipkart. If you are looking to buy a pocket friendly high end mobile then surely Xperia Z1 Compact is the best mobile phone in that category.

Do check our hands on experience Xperia Z1 review below.

Xperia Z1 Compact Hands on Experience Photos and Review

Let us know if you are looking to buy Xperia Z1 Compact in India or have already bought. Share your first impression on Xperia Z1 Compact. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z1 Compact using JDI and AUO display Panels differently confirmed

If you remember sometimes back it was spotted that Sony has used two different display panels from JDI and AUO in Xperia Z1F and now same scenario is now spotted on Xperia Z1 Compact, international version of Xperia Z1 Mini released at CES 2014. As per reports Sony has used panels from JDI/JDC and AUO again in making Xperia Z1 Compact display, as many users have now confirmed that they have two different panels in their Xperia Z1 Compact.

Interestingly both JDI and AUO display panels used in Xperia Z1 Compact have superb display as per users but some of them are reporting bluish tint in the screen of Xperia Z1 Compact on both panels. Both panels have good brightness level and nice viewing angles.

Let’s have a look at Xperia Z1 Compact display panels.

Xperia Z1 Compact using AUO Display panel

Xperia Z1 Compact using AUO Display panel

Xperia Z1 Compact using JDI Display panel

Xperia Z1 Compact using JDI Display panel

How to Identify which panel your Xperia Z1 Compact using ?

You may need root to find that out but if your Xperia Z1 Compact is not rooted then use a file manager like “Solid Explorer”. Open it and then navigate to #_ System Root > sys > devices > mdss_dsi_panel > panel_id and Check what is mentioned there.

Sony has used different panels for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 F and now for Xperia Z1 Compact, well it seems display lottery will affect future flagship devices also. Xperia Z1 Compact users do answer a short poll below which will help us to find out which display panel is used more in making Xperia Z1 Compact.
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Let us know what do you think guys over this. As per us this is a very bad policy. Drop your comments below.

Thanks Søren Hejnfelt, [email protected] 🙂

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certified for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact

At present Sony Mobile is in middle of crisis regarding continuous delay in android 4.3 update for Sony Xperia SP, T, TX and V as promised by them and in middle of that regular updates are being rolled for Xperia Z family members. Recently we saw 14.2.A.1.136 firmware getting rolled for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and same is expected to hit Xperia Z1 Compact very soon. 10.4.1.B.0.101 firmware was rolled on Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z.

Just now a new 14.2.A.1.142 firmware  is certified for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact on PTCRB for all the variants. 14.2.A.1.142 firmware has very less chances of getting rolled as we heard Sony is now currently working on 14.3.A.X.XXX firmware which will bring Android 4.4.X KitKat update on Xpera Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact.

[ UPDATE – 22 FEB ]

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

[ UPDATE – 11 FEB ]

14.2.A.1.142  and 14.2.A.1.144 are both carrier based firmware so they may not be rolled on regular variants  If everything went well next update will be 14.3.A.x.xxx firmware KitKat.

Let’s have a look the 14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification.

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 C6902 / C6903 / C6906 / C6943 on PTCRB.

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 C6902 14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z Ultra C6802 / C6806 / C6833 / C6843 on PTCRB.

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z Ultra C6802

 

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB.

14.2.A.1.142 firmware certification for Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 on PTCRB.

Above mentioned firmware has very less chances of coming now, we would be surprised if it comes anyhow.

At present users and we are more interested in seeing any updated info on android 4.3 for Xperia SP, T, TX and V. Sony Mobile has now stopped replying users on Twitter regarding this crisis. Drop your comments below…

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Size and Screen Display Comparison Pics

Xperia Z Ultra, this beast need no introduction; Sony’s mid 2013 flagship device, first Snapdragon 800 SoC powered device with 6.4 inch 1080p HD screen with pencil touch input screen and flagship water and dust resistant nature. What amused tech enthusiasts about Xperia Z Ultra most is its enormous size 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm and weight 212 grams. It’s kind of Sony’s first phablet device and it was a lot praised by users for its good screen quality and viewing angles, unlike Xperia Z and Z1.

Xperia Z1 Compact is the mini version of mighty Xperia Z1, features exact similar specifications of a flagship device in a smaller 4.3 inch screen size and 2300 mAh battery power. We are now stacking up Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra. Check the post below. We are not criticizing either of both phones for screen display, we are just putting up one against another so that users can check it out for fun 😉

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Size Comparison

Xperia Z Ultra is 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm  in dimension, weighing 212 grams while Xperia Z1 Compact is 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm in dimensions, weighing 137 grams.

Have a look at pic below we put Xperia Z1 Compact on Xperia Z Ultra and it feels so tiny in front of it.

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Size Comparison

 Z1 Compact vs Z Ultra

 Z1 Compact vs Z Ultra size

Xperia Z Ultra has a thickness of 6.5 mm while Xperia Z1 Compact has 9.5 mm. Check below the difference in thickness of both phones.

Z Ultra vs Z1 Compact size

Sony Z Ultra vs Z1 Compact size

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen Display Comparison

Xperia Z1 Compact features 4.3 inch screen display 720p while Xperia Z Ultra features 6.4 inch screen display 1080p. Let’s have a look at blacks on both device.

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen Display Comparison

Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen Display Comparison

Let’s have a look at whites on both devices.

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen Display Comparison

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen Display
Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra Screen comparison

 Well screen on both handsets is beautiful and with good viewing angles while whites on Xperia Z Ultra were a bit warm may be because of yellow hue, which can be altered using white balance app.

If we take the size of Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z Ultra, former one looks so tiny in front of Xperia Z Ultra. We hope you liked the post. Xperia Z1 Compact is already out for shipping officially in Europe, have you got yours ? Let us know in comments below.

Thanks Henry Green for pics 🙂

Xperia Z1 Compact shipping in France, Italy, Spain officially from Sony Online Stores

Xperia Z1 Compact has now marked its appearance in France, Italy and Spain officially, just we now spotted Xperia Z1 Compact is in stock at Sony online stores in respective regions. Xperia Z1 Compact is already available in UK at £449Germany at €499, Sweden at 4695 kr , Poland at 1999 zł, Netherlands at €549. Availability of colors are varying from region to region depending upon the stock and in the box accessories also.

As usual two delivery options are there from Sony viz. express delivery takes 1‑2 working days & standard delivery takes 3‑5 working days. You are not able to redeem any promotional offer now.

Xperia Z1 Compact shipping in France

Xperia Z1 Compact is shipping in France at a price of €499, available in all four colors. In box accessories includes EP880 Charger, Media Cable EC801 and MH750 Wired Headset. Visit Sony Online Stores in France.

Xperia Z1 Compact France Price

Xperia Z1 Compact shipping in Italy

Xperia Z1 Compact, shipping in Italy at a price of €489, available in 3 colors. Pink Xperia Z1 Compact not in stock, if you need it, make a reservation, shipping will start in early Feb for the same. In box accessories includes EP880 Charger, Media Cable EC801 and MH750 Wired Headset and a screen protector also. Visit Sony Online Stores in Italy.

Xperia Z1 Price in Italy

Xperia Z1 Compact shipping in Spain

Xperia Z1 Compact, shipping in Spain at a price of €539, available in 2 colors. White and Lime Xperia Z1 Compact not in stock, if you need it, make a reservation, shipping will start in early Feb for the same. In box accessories includes EP880 Charger, Media Cable EC801 and MH750 Wired Headset and a screen protector also. Visit Sony Online Stores in Spain.

Xperia Z1 Compact Price in Spain

Summing up Xperia Z1 Compact’s availability from Sony online stores in Europe, it is more expensive in  Netherlands. Sony has online stores in 8 nations across Europe and now Xperia Z1 Compact is available through all.

So are you planning to buy it ? Well we are sure 😉 Do let us know of you have already got your Xperia Z1 Compact in hands. Drop your comments below.