Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 23.2.A.0.278, 23.1.A.0.726 firmware rolling

New 23.2.A.0.278 firmware firmware which was recently certified for Xperia Z3 (the then tagged as “Android 5.1”) is now officially rolling and is confirmed as Android 5.0.2 only. 23.2.A.0.278 firmware is confirmed rolling for Xperia Z3 D6603 in Germany (Telekom carrier). Update follows Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware update for Xperia Z3.

Another bug fixing Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update in form of 23.1.A.0.726 firmware is rolling on Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 & D5833 whereas 23.2.A.0.278 firmware is also confirmed for Xperia Z3 Compact Germany users.

Xperia Z3 23.2.A.0.278 firmware update

Check out the about phone screenshot of 23.2.A.0.278 firmware on Xperia Z3. “Close Recent” apps options is not present in this update which was seen in Xperia Z2 Lollipop update.

[ UPDATEXperia Z3 Compact 23.1.A.0.726, 23.2.A.0.278 firmware rolling now – Android 5.0.2 update

Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 23.2.A.0.278 firmware

[ UPDATE ] Xperia Z3 23.1.A.0.726 firmware update for D6603 in Russia.

Xperia Z3 23.1.A.0.726 firmware

23.2.A.0.278 firmware update is just a bug fixing update, nothing major spotted so far.

For the time being 23.2.A.0.278 firmware seems a carrier update only, lets see if it rolls worldwide or not. We will post the 23.2.A.0.278 ftf as soon as it is out.

Note: If you haven’t got the firmware update yet and the same firmware is showing in XperiFirm tool, then you can download it now and flash it using Flashtool. Check the tutorial given below:

How to download Lollipop firmware using XperiFirm tool?

How to flash Lollipop firmware ftf using Flashtool?

Let us know if you have got 23.2.A.0.278 firmware update on your Xperia Z3.

Drop your comments below.

Thanks for the tip, Shuhail! Screenshot by okti35!

Xperia Z3 23.2.A.0.278 Android 5.1 Lollipop firmware certified

Surprisingly a new 23.2.A.0.278 firmware has been certified for Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact, which possibly looks Android 5.1 Lollipop update over current Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware build for Xperia “Z3” series. 23.2.A.0.278 firmware has been certified only for Xperia Z3 D6653 and Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 only for the time being.

Sony has already rolled Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on whole Xperia “Z3” series in Nordics and Baltic regions whereas now it is being rolled globally region by region for both Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 series.

Xperia Z3 Android 5.1 Lollipop

Check out the 23.2.A.0.278 firmware certification for Xperia Z3 D6653 on PTCRB.

[ UPDATE ] 23.2.A.0.278 firmware is Android 5.0.2 confirmed, it is not Android 5.1 and Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 23.2.A.0.278 firmware rolling now whereas 23.1.A.0.726, 23.2.A.0.278 firmwares are rolling on Xperia Z3 Compact.

Xperia Z3 Compact Android 5.1 Lollipop

Check out the 23.2.A.0.278 firmware certification for Xperia Z3 Compact D5833 on PTCRB.

23.2.A.0.278 firmware Xperia Z3 Compact Android 5.1 Lollipop

We will keep you updated once Sony starts rolling Android 5.1 Lollipop 23.2.A.0.278 firmware update for Xperia “Z3” series.

Thanks for the tip, XperiaViet!

Install Xperia Z3 Lollipop Live Wallpaper with new lock screen effect

Sony has started rolling Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Z3 Tabelt Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet in form of 23.1.A.0.690 firmware build and many regions have already got it. As expected Lollipop firmware ftf are out now and Lollipop mods have started coming out.

Today we are sharing Xperia Z3 Lollipop Live Wallpaper with new lock screen effect visible on home screen also. It works on non rooted Xperia device running Android 4.4.4 (tested on our Xperia Z2). Compatibility with Android 4.3 unknown yet.

Xperia Z3 Lollipop Live Wallpaper

Download Xperia Z3 Lollipop Live Wallpaper version 2.1.A.0.19 apk from below link and install normally.

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Xperia Z3 Lollipop Live Wallpaper

Xperia Z3 Android Lollipop LiveWallpaper

Download Xperia Z3 LiveWallpaper Lollipop

Like the new lock screen effect, let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (by JanM RS)

See how Sony Android 5.0.2 Lollipop UI looks in a video

Sony has officially started rolling Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact which brings new material design UI. Sony has released a same 23.1.A.0.690 firmware on both devices.

Sony has officially stated that they will start rolling Android Lollipop update on other Xperia “Z” series handsets in next two weeks so users have to wait now for further announcement.

Sony Android 5.0.2 Lollipop UI

Check out the official video below posted by Sony showing new Lollipop UI. Sony has brought new Xperia themes, wallpapers, material design UI, Multi-user and guest mode options, apps to sd card option, new lock screen and quick settings option.

[ UPDATE ] Xperia Z3 users, check the below post to update your phone on Android 5.0.2 update.

Xperia Z3 23.1.A.0.690 firmware Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update rolling

Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware

[ UPDATE ] Xperia Z3 Compact users, check the below post to update your phone on Android 5.0.2 update.

Xperia Z3 Compact 23.1.A.0.690 firmware Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update rolling

Xperia Z3 Compact 23.1.A.0.690 firmware about phone screenshot

[ UPDATE Xperia Z2 users, check the below post to update your phone on Android 5.0.2 update.

Xperia Z2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware rolling – Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update

We will keep you updated once Sony rolls Android Lollipop update for other Xperia “Z” series handsets.

Like the new UI, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Pic Credits: tankos, Dennis

Xperia Z3 23.1.A.0.690 firmware Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update rolling

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update is finally seeding on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware is now being reported in Nordic regions, Norway, Denmark, Sweden as reported by many users. Update is available for download via XperiFirm tool and via PC Companion also now.

23.1.A.0.690 firmware follows the same old 3.4.0 Kernel which was also spotted on 23.1.A.0.632 firmware running on Xperia Z3 at MWC 2015. Update is confirmed on Xperia Z3 D6603 LTE version for the time being. Sony has officially confirmed the new on their blog also and for next Xperia “Z” series handsets it will roll in next 2 weeks timeframe.

Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop Update

Update is now available via PC Companion.

[ UPDATEHow to download Lollipop firmware via XperiFirm Tool?

[ UPDATEHow to flash Xperia Z2/Z3 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.690 ftf using Flashtool Manually ?

23.1.A.0.690 firmware PC Companion update

Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

Check out the about phone screenshot of Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware below.

Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware

Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop 23.1.A.0.690 firmware changelog

  • Material Design UI.
  • New Xperia Themes and wallpapers.
  • White system UI.
  • Updated Sony Media apps with material design UI.
  • ART runtime.
  • New Quick settings.
  • New Notification screen with an option to see on lock screen.
  • New navigation keys.
  • Multi-user profile and guest mode.
  • Move apps to SD card feature.

23.1.A.0.690 firmware Settings UI Xperia Z3 Android 5.0.2

 

23.1.A.0.690 firmware Xperia Z3 Androd 5.0.2 Quick settings

Download Xperia Z3 23.1.A.0.690 firmware ftf

You might not have got 23.1.A.0.690 firmware update yet via PC Companion on your Xperia Z3, so if you are looking to update it right away, use the below link to download 23.1.A.0.690 ftf and flash using Xperia Flash Tool (check this link for flashing instructions). It is not available in India yet.

For Xperia Z3 D6603 Nordic NCB

Download D6603_23.1.A.0.690_Customized_NCB.ftf

Android 5.0.2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware ftf

For Xperia Z3 D6603 Baltic Generic

Download D6603_Customized BAL_1288-5530_23.1.A.0.690_R3C.ftf
[ via user Desperanto86 ]

[ UPDATE ] Xperia Z3 Compact users, check the below post to update your phone on Android 5.0.2 update.

Xperia Z3 Compact 23.1.A.0.690 firmware Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update rolling

[ UPDATE Xperia Z2 users, check the below post to update your phone on Android 5.0.2 update.

Xperia Z2 23.1.A.0.690 firmware rolling – Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update

We will keep you updated as soon more info comes on 23.1.A.0.690 firmware global release.

Pic Credits : tseyksuli, Thanks Dennis Sievert for screenshots and ftf!

Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile soon getting 700MHz LTE 12 Band Support update in May 2015

T-Mobile is planning an update for Xperia Z3 in upcoming May 2015 which will bring 700MHz LTE 12 Band support for it which means better higher speed LTE connectivity. It seems that Android 5.0 Lollipop update will come later on Xperia Z3 T-Mobile may be after May 2015.

At present Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge enjoy T-Mobile 700MHz LTE 12 Band Support and as soon as T-Mobile is done rolling an OTA update for the same in May 2015, Xperia Z3 users will also be able to see it.

An user at XDA (CollinFX45) posted that he was able to connect to LTE 12 Band on T-Mobile network on his Xperia Z3 in US, may be T-Mobile is testing it now ( as they can’t enable it without due permissions ) and soon it will be enabled for all to connect.

Xperia Z3 on T-Mobile soon getting 700MHz

Xperia Z3 12 LTE Band T-Mobile

Xperia Z3 12 LTE Band T-Mobile USA

700MHz T-Mobile Xperia Z3 update

LTE Band 12 T-Mobile Xperia Z3

T-Mobile's map for 700MHz spectrum

Check out the T-Mobile’s map for 700MHz spectrum at present in USA.

via – Droid-Life, XDA | Source – T-Mobile

Let’s have a look at shades of Xperia Z3 in Copper color

Sony started the trend of launching Xperia handsets in vibrant color with Xperia Z1F ( Japanese model of Xperia Z1 Compact ) and now the latest flagship Xperia Z3 has been launched in two new colors i.e. mint ( green ) and copper color.

Recently we hared some great pics of White Xperia Z3 and Copper colored Xperia Z3 hands on and below you will see now different shades of Xperia Z3 in Copper color.

Xperia Z3 in Copper color

Xperia Z3 looks really stunning in copper color.

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Xperia Z3 Copper Color Model

Want to show off your amazing Xperia Z3, send us cool pics of your handset. Drop your comments below.

via – Digi-Wo | Image Credits : sunniton

Stunning pics of Copper colored Xperia Z3

For the first time Sony launched its flagship device i.e. Xperia Z3 in vibrant colors like Copper and Green ( Mint ). White and Black version of handsets have already been seen but Xperia Z3 in green and copper looks really stunning.

We have already posted some cool pics of White Xperia Z3 hands on and below you will see now Xperia Z3 in stunning copper color.

Copper colored Xperia Z3

In some pics you may feel that color is overexposed.

Xperia Z3 Copper

Copper Colored Xperia Z3

Copper colored Xperia Z3

Xperia Z3 in Copper

Xperia Z3 Photography

Copper colored Xperia Z3 in pic

Xperia Z3 Pics Copper Colored

Xperia Z3 Copper Color

Want to show off your Xperia Z3 here, send us cool pics of your handset. Drop your comments below.

via – Digi-Wo | Image Credits : Photos by Zack ( @Zackbuks )

23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware rolling for Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact

A new 23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware ( Android 4.4.4 build ) has hit Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact ( carrier handsets only for the time being ) in regions like Germany, UK, Netherlands, Spain on Vodafone carrier. Previous firmware to present updated firmware was 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware.

A user claimed at XDA that he got OTA update for this firmware and no major noticeable changes over the 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware ( 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware update brought new Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.7 version with new animation, Portrait Re Touch app in Camera, more responsive and fast UI ).

23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware

Below you can see various customization on which 23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware has been released.

23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware rolling

We will soon post the 23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware ftf for manual flashing.

If you have got 23.0.1.A.5.79 firmware update on your Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Thanks for the tip, Ben!

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware update rolling

23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware is now rolling on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact ( Android 4.4.4 update ). 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware update is confirmed in Greece, Russia on Xperia Z3 Compact D5803 and in Germany on Xperia Z3 D6603, update rolling via OTA as well as via PC Companion.

23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware update brings new Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.7 version with new animation, Portrait Re Touch app in Camera, more responsive and fast UI.

Xperia Z3 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware

Below you can see OTA update notification for 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware, 128.6 MB in size.

Xperia Z3 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware

Download Xperia Z3 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware ftf

Download ftf from below and flash using Flash Tool

For D6603

Download D6603_23.0.1.A.5.77_Customized_DE.ftf

Sony has included Portrait Retouch app in Camera which was earlier spotted in Xperia C and Xperia C3.

Portrait Retouch 3.0.A.2.2 apk

Xperia Z3 Compact 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware

Below you can see about phone details of new firmware

Xperia Z3 Compact 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware

Download Xperia Z3 Compact 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware ftf

Download ftf from below and flash using Flash Tool.

For D5803

Download D5803_23.0.1.A.5.77_RU.ftf

If you have already updated your device, let us know what changes you noticed. Drop your comments below.

Source – XDA & XDA User – Jozinek, Thanks for the tip and screenshot, Ben!

[VIDEO] Xperia Z3 hands on review – has Sony got a winner?

With its crazy 6 month release cycle, Sony has the 4th generation of its flagship “Z” series smartphone ready for consumers. Is the successor to Xperia Z2 which is going to bear the flagship status for a mere 6 months going to be a worthy successor? What changes can be found in the new model and does such a quick release schedule make sense? You will find the answer to these and more questions in our detailed video review of the device.

Xperia Z3  features the Android 4.4.4 out of the box, Snapdragon 801  2.5 GHz quad core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM and a 5.2″ HD display packed into a redesigned aluminium shell.  The brilliant 20.7 MP Exmor RS rear cam has been improved with higher ISO sensitivity to aid in low light photography.

[ VIDEO ] Xperia Z3 Review

What has changed since the previous model? Is it time to upgrade? Is this the best phone of 2014. Check out our full review to find answers to the above questions.

Final Words

Sony Xperia Z3 is one of the best smartphones Sony has ever built but the lack of significant improvements since the Xperia Z2 and its steeper price make us question the quick release cycle. What do you think?

Do not forgot to see our other videos featuring the Xperia Z3 and its predecessor

[VIDEO] Xperia Z2 hands on review with sample 4K videos

[VIDEO] Hands on Xperia Z3 Vs Galaxy Note 4 Comparison

Let us know if you have enjoyed the review and if you are going to purchase the Z3. Also checkout our Z3 Compact review if you are after a smaller device.

Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z3 – First Look of case

Sony SCR24 Style Cover is Sony’s first Window case exclusively launched for Xperia Z3. SCR24 Style Cover is enabled with Smart Window functions which allow you to download certain apps and widgets which can be accessed from the lock screen of the device through smart window of the case.

One touch pairing option is available via in built NFC tag in the case. Smart Window option make its easy to handle device’s some important feature without opening the case. Sony SCR24 Style Cover Case is available for £34.99 / $54.5 from Clove UK.

[ First Look ] Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case

Let’s take a look at Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z3. Below you can see the outer cover of the box.

Sony SCR24 case cover box

At back side of cover, smart window function list is displayed.

Sony SCR24 case box

SCR24 case out of the box.

Sony SCR24 Xperia Z3 Case

Box Contents

  • 1 Sony SCR24 case.
  • 1 Sony DK48 Magnetic Charging dock adapter.
  • Manual.

Sony SCR24 case box contents

Blow you can see the broad size Sony DK48 adapter.

Xperia Z3 DK48 Charging Adaptor

Specifications

Sony SCR24 case for Xperia Z3

Case is Made in China, below you can see the various certifications mark on it.

Sony SCR24 case Certifications - Made in China

How to Pair ?

To pair the case with your Xperia Z3, activate NFC on your device and then bring it near the below shown in built NFC tag on SCR24 case. It will prompt you to download the various smart windows widgets and apps which can be accessed from smart window without opening the cover.

You can also download the Sony’s official SCR24 case Xperia Themes available on Play Store.

Sony SCR24 case NFC Tag Mark

If you look closely, there is a circular mark in below pic; it is where magnetic sensor is placed.

Sony SCR24 Smart Window function

How to place your device ?

Peel of the sheet from the inner side of back flap of case and place your device on the adhesive gel pad.

How to Put Xperia Z3 in SCR24 case ?

Remove the protective layer from smart window.

Put Xperia Z3 in SCR24 case

USB and magnetic charging dock port can be accessed without opening the case. Check the below pic without Xperia Z3 showing that USB cable and charging dock pins can be easily inserted.

Sony SCR24 Case ports area

Xperia Z3 SCR24 case vs Xperia Z2 SCR10 case design

Sony introduced Smart Window cover for the first time ( for Xperia Z3 ) and previously they launched SCR10 case for Xperia Z2. Both cases are made up of PU Leather material.

Xperia Z3 SCR24 case vs Xperia Z2 SCR10 case design

Sony branding is placed on front flap on SCR10 case for Xperia Z2 and on back side of SCR24 case for Xperia Z3.

Sony SCR24 vs SCR10 case

Ports openings are not accessible in SCR10 case ( while case is closed ).

Sony SCR24 vs SCR10 case

SCR10 can be used as desk stand while the same functionality is absent in SCR24 case.

Xperia Z3 SCR24 case vs Xperia Z2 SCR10 case

Flexible movement of back flap of SCR10 case is possible.

SCR24 vs SCR10 case

Read our full Xperia Z2 SCR10 case hands on review here.

Smart Window functions

You can perform following things from smart window of the case.

  • Access Sony Walkman app.
  • Access to Sony Clock and Alarm app.
  • Access to Sony’s Weather Widget app.
  • Access to Sony Camera app ( in 4:3 ratio you can take pictures ).
  • Access to answer/end call.

Pros

  • Light Weight.
  • Smooth finished material.
  • All ports accessible without opening cover.
  • Perfect fit.
  • Compatible with Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK48.
  • Smart Rotation function enabled.
  • Magnetic sensor inside the case.
  • Smart Window widgets and app provided access to camera, calls etc.
  • In built NFC tag.

Cons

  • Can’t be used as desk stand case.
  • No Magnetic closure.
  • Inner material of front flap attracts dust.
  • Shock Proof – No
  • No real leather used, synthetic material used.
  • Adhesive gel pad seems to loose it sticky property after you remove the phone a few times.

Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case is available now in all 4 colors from Clove UK, shipping world wide.

Smart window functions is a very catchy feature of Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z3 and if you are going for a flip cover for Xperia Z3, it seems a very good choice. A full review of SCR24 case with Xperia Z3 will be soon put up.

If you are using Sony SCR24 Style Cover Window case for Xperia Z3, let us know if you like the product. Drop your comments below.

[ VIDEO ] Xperia Z3 WCR14, WCH10 Wireless Charging Cover and Qi Plate Unboxing & Hands on

Sony WCR14 Wireless charging cover and Sony WCH10 Qi Plate for Xperia Z3 is now available officially in the market where WCR14 wireless charging cover can only be used with Xperia Z3 specifically. Xperia Z3 doesn’t support wireless charging officially so it needs a Qi plate for charging.

In the retail packing you get both Sony WCR14, WCH10 Wireless accessories inside the box ( as shown in the video ). Dimensions of WCR14 cover with Xperia Z3 inside it – 152 x 81 x 13.5 mm, weight ( without phone ) – 72 grams, weight of WCH10 plate is 51 grams. Xperia Z3 WCR14 cover is very similar to Sony Style Cover for Xperia Z2.

[ VIDEO ] Xperia Z3 WCR14, WCH10 Wireless Accessories hands on

Below you can see the unboxing and hands on video.

Sony Xperia Z3 WCR14 cover is available in white and black for the time being. Sony WCH10 Qi charging plate is compatible with all Qi wireless charging enabled devices.

We are still waiting for an Xperia devices supporting Qi wireless charging out of the box, what do you say guys. Drop your comments below.

via – [email protected]Clove | Thanks for the tip, Ben!

Sony posts a SmartBand Talk unboxing video and Xperia Z3 2 day battery test by Brownlee Boys

Sony’s latest edition to Xperia flagship Xperia Z3 is now available in market, getting sold, getting firmware update; in other words Xperia Z3 has found its way inside android smartphone market whereas on the other hand Sony is gearing up for the launch of Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk officially in the market.

Sony has provided a curved 1.4” e-paper display, built-in microphone and speaker. Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 features HD Voice support with short call function enabling you to listen and talk into your caller. It has built-in accelerometer and altimeter sensor technology. SmartBand Talk SWR30 is IP68 certified ( water proof ). Connectivity options available are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ( micro USB for charging ). There is no removable core in SmartBand Talk SWR30 but you can remove the wrist strap and connect any exchangeable SmartBand Talk Wrist Strap SWR310.

SmartBand Talk unboxing video

Sony posted officially SmartBand Talk unboxing video and explains some of its features, check it out below.

Don’t forget to check out our post on Hands on Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 – First Impression.

Xperia Z3 2 day battery test by Brownlee Boys

Olympians athlete Brownles brothers test Xperia Z3’s 2 day battery ability. They went for an early morning swim in the freezing cold waters of Loch Lomand, Scotland and what else ? Check the video below to find out…

Have you got your Xperia Z3, satisfied by its battery life ? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – Sony Blog | Thanks for the tip, Ben!

Xperia Z3 back cover lifting up itself issue spotted

Recently we posted an issue of Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen with a hairline crack and the Xperia Z3 Bent frame case but now Xperia Z3 back cover lifting up itself issue has been spotted. Earlier a similar kind of back cover lifting issue was spotted on Xperia Z ( for which we got a new replacement unit for our Xperia Z last year ). It is very surprising that three infamous issues found on previous Xperia flagships have already hit Xperia Z3.

An user Sophinia posted a pic of his/her Xperia Z3 at Sony Talk Forums, whose back cover is being lifted from top edge. Proper reason for this is unknown yet. It can be a manufacturer fault or can be user’s fault but nothing can be said at this moment. One of the possible reason can be excessive heat but no confirmation on that for the time being.

Xperia Z3 back cover lifting up

Check out the pic of Xperia Z3, back cover lifted at top.

Xperia Z3 back cover lifting up

What do we think ?

Before jumping to any conclusion, have a look at the below issues earlier spotted.

Xperia Z2 self cracking screen issue spotted like Xperia Z, Z1 had

Xperia Z1 Self cracking screen issue seen exactly like Xperia Z had

Xperia Z1 Screen and Body bent appears – User’s fault or Hardware issue ?

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1 – Poor Build Quality or User’s Fault ?

Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen issue appears – One of the first case spotted with a Hairline crack

Xperia Z3 Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1, SP

NOTE : We have not seen many users reporting Xperia Z3 Back cover lifting issue neither at XDA nor at Sony Talk Forums. As it is one of the FIRST CASE that has been reported so nothing can be said at the moment whether it is manufacturing defect or user’s fault.

We do hope that this back cover lifting case doesn’t become infamous like it became for Xperia Z.

Let us know if your Xperia Z3 also has any kind of similar issue. Drop your comments below.

Xperia Z3 Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1, SP

Once hyped iPhone 6 bend gate has already settled and now it seems the issue is popping up on Sony Xperia Z3. Recently we posted that a few users of Xperia Z3 are facing self cracking issue in their handset and now a T-Mobile Xperia Z3 users has posted pics of bent frame of his handset. Similar kind of frame bent issue was earlier spotted on Xperia Z1 and Xperia SP.

T-Mobile Xperia Z3 user dhaliwal925 posted a few pics of his bent Xperia Z3 on XDA. User claims his phone has not been dropped and neither he put his phone in back pocket or in ultra tight fitting jeans though he uses “arm band” and it may have caused his Xperia Z3 to develop this issue. He further adds “The armband couldn’t have been too tight otherwise I would have no blood flow to my arm, and if it was near my elbow no movement.”

Xperia Z3 Frame Bent

Let’s have a look at Xperia Z3 Frame bent pics.

Xperia Z3 Frame Bent

Xperia Z3 Bent Issue

Xperia Z3 BendGate

T-Mobile Xperi Z3 bent

Xperia Z3 Bending issue

What do we think ?

Before jumping to any conclusion, have a look at the below issues earlier spotted.

Xperia Z2 self cracking screen issue spotted like Xperia Z, Z1 had

Xperia Z1 Self cracking screen issue seen exactly like Xperia Z had

Xperia Z1 Screen and Body bent appears – User’s fault or Hardware issue ?

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1 – Poor Build Quality or User’s Fault ?

Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen issue appears – One of the first case spotted with a Hairline crack

NOTE : We have not seen many users reporting Xperia Z3 Frame bent issue neither at XDA nor at Sony Talk Forums. As it is one of the FIRST CASE that has been reported so nothing can be said at the moment whether it is manufacturing defect or user’s fault.

We sincerely hope that this bent frame issue doesn’t pick up pace for Xperia Z3 like it did for Xperia Z1.

Get in touch with us if your Xperia Z3 also have any kind of bend in the frame. Drop your comments below.

How to unlock Xperia Z3 Bootloader, Install Custom TWRP Recovery & Root – Video Tutorial

Sony recently revamped their bootloader unlocking service and if you own Sony Xperia Z3 and want to root it along with unlocking bootloader then today we are sharing a video tutorial on how to root your Xperia Z3 bootloader, install custom recovery and root it. Keep in mind unlocking bootloader voids the warranty of your device and loss of your DRM keys if not backed up.

Xperia Z3 comes with android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box with bootloader status allowable for unlocking. Keep in mind for Xperia Z3v ( on Verizon for US users ) you can’t unlock the bootloader as it is not allowed.

[ VIDEO ] Unlock Xperia Z3 Bootloader

Below mentioned are some important links you will be needing for unlocking the Xperia Z3 Bootloader.

Sony’s Bootloader unlocking service.

WARNING : Sony has issued a warning for Xperia Z3 users, that unlocking bootloader affects camera algorithm on their device. Proceed ahead if you wish to.

Certain pre-loaded content on your device may also be inaccessible due to the removal of DRM security keys. For high-end devices running recent software versions, for instance Xperia Z3, the removal of DRM security keys may affect advanced camera functionality. For example, noise reduction algorithms might be removed, and performance when taking photos in low-light conditions might be affected. The secure user data partition may also become inaccessible, and you will not be able to get any more official software upgrades if you unlock the boot loader.

How to Unlock Xperia Z3 Bootloader

Xperia Z3 Drivers, Download

Latest SuperUser app, Download

Root & Support Thread from Dev.

How to Install and setup Android SDK, video tutorial.

If you face any issues in unlocking the bootloader, let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – YouTube@wwjoshdew | Thanks for the tip, Ben!

Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen issue appears – One of the first case spotted with a Hairline crack

Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact have already hit market and now it’s time users will start flooding with the issues arising on their device. Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2 saw a very unusual issue of self cracking screen and now an Xperia Z3 has been spotted with the same self cracking screen issue unfortunately ( as per user ).

Xperia Z3 has IPS LCD 1080p 5.2″ Triluminos display with shatter proof glass same like Xperia Z2. A user ( likepeas ) on XDA forum has reported that a hairline crack has appeared on his Xperia Z3 without any drop. Though the corners of the device seems smooth ( a few small scratches spotted in one corner ) , it can’t be said whether it has been dropped or not ( although user claims it has not been dropped ).

Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen issue – FIRST CASE

Below you can see the pics of Xperia Z3 with hairline crack. Scratches seen on the aluminium frame corners in the pics are due to normal usage without any case, as mentioned by the user of this handset here.

Xperia Z3 Self cracking screen issue

Xperia Z3 Hairline crack on back panel

Xperia Z3 Screen Cracks

[ UPDATE ] Another user Ken approached us and his Xperia Z3 also has been affected by the same issue, have a look at his handset below.

Sony Xperia Z3 Screen Cracked

Xperia Z3 Screen Cracking Issue

What do we think ?

Before jumping to any conclusion, have a look at the below issues earlier spotted.

Xperia Z2 self cracking screen issue spotted like Xperia Z, Z1 had

Xperia Z1 Self cracking screen issue seen exactly like Xperia Z had

Xperia Z1 Screen and Body bent appears – User’s fault or Hardware issue ?

Xperia SP Frame Bent Issue appeared like Xperia Z1 – Poor Build Quality or User’s Fault ?

Many users claim it happens due to heating or may be due to manufacturing defect but as the same self cracking screen issue has been spotted on all Xperia flagship devices since Xperia Z launch, it is a matter of concern for the users who have been affected by this.

NOTE : We have not seen many users reporting Xperia Z3 self cracking screen issue neither at XDA nor at Sony Talk Forums. As it is one of the FIRST CASE that has been reported so nothing can be said at the moment. Many Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact users have got in touch with us regarding this issue now.

Probability of its happening is very low ( almost negligible but it do happens as seen from past cases ). So is it user’s fault or manufacturing fault – this statement is debatable so no comments on it! 

As per our talk with one of the Sony service center guy in India, Sony do consider hairline crack issue under warranty but no assurance is there that they will always consider your request for replacement.

Let us know if you come across any such Xperia Z3 self cracking screen issues on your handset. Drop your comments below, we would like to know what do you think.

Want to eat Xperia Z3 Burger on Fire ? Survives Flame Test

Sony says Xperia Z3 is IP68 certified and water resistant and yes it is as it has been put to test number of times besides Xperia Z3 Chocolate Test, Xperia Z3 Coca Cola Test, Xperia Z3 Knife Test and Xperia Z3 Compact Milk Curd Test. Now it is time to see can Xperia Z3 stand a little bit of fire also.

In a very interesting video posted, Xperia Z3 is used as one of the ingredient to make a burger. You will see meat loaf around Xperia Z3 and then put to flames in a frying pan and finally in a burger.

Xperia Z3 Burger

Below are some of the screenshots from the video. Does Xperia Z3 survive the flame test, check out the video below.

Xperia Z3 Burger

Xperia Z3 Fire Test

Xperia Z3 on Fire

How to make Xperia Z3 Burger

Xperia Z3 Fired Burger

Now’s let’s see how to make Xperia Z3 Burger. Do not try to do this with your Xperia Z3, you may or may not end up damaging it.

Touch screen response of the phone seems unresponsive because of oil but it seems good as far as appearance is concerned.

Like this Xperia Z3 Burger, let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – YouTube @nixanbal

Xperia Z3 D6653 23.0.A.2.108 firmware certified – Minor Bug Fixing Update

A new 23.0.A.2.108 firmware has been certified for Xperia Z3 D6653 at PTCRB following the 23.0.1.A.1.38 build. New firmware move the build to 23.0.A.2.xxx from older 23.0.1.A.1.xx, though 23.0.A.2.108 firmware seems a minor update over an older 23.0.A.2.105 firmware.

23.0.A.2.108 firmware is only seen certification for Xperia Z3 so far and specially for D6653 variant only. 23.0.1.A.1.38 build was seen certified for Xperia Z3 Compact but newer build 23.0.A.2.108 has not seen certification yet.

Xperia Z3 23.0.A.2.108 firmware certified

23.0.A.2.108 firmware is certified for Xperia Z3 D6653 at PTCRB, check details below.

23.0.A.2.108 firmware

We will keep you updated if the 23.0.A.2.108 firmware rolls out anyhow.

Let us know if you are facing any bugs on your present android 4.4.4 firmware on Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Drop your comments below.

Thanks for the tip, Ben!

[ VIDEO ] Xperia Z3 Knife Sensitivity Test – Fruit Ninja Played with Knife

Yesterday we posted a video where Xperia Z3 successfully passed Nutella Chocolate and Coca Cola Test and now it is the turn to see how sensitive Xperia Z3’s screen is where Fruit Ninja 2.0 update is played on Xperia Z3 with the knife.

Sony has not provided a screen protector over Xperia Z3 just like Xperia Z2. Do not repeat the actions shown in video on your device, doing so may damage your device.

Xperia Z3 Knife Sensitivity Test

In the below video you can see Xperia Z3’s screen responds to knife’s pointy touch pretty fine.

 It is clearly visible that Sony has done a pretty good job with Xperia Z3’s screen responsiveness quality. It would have been great if it also supported stylus support like Xperia Z Ultra.

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

Xperia Z3 passes Nutella Chocolate, Coca Cola Test – Video

Sony Xperia Z3 is IP65/68 certified smartphone which makes its the best water resistant phone present today along with Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet.  Earlier we have seen Xperia Z3 getting unboxed under water and now Xperia Z3 is dipped in Coca Cola and Nutella, passes both test successfully.

Do not try to do any of the below shown act in video to your Xperia Z3, you may end up damaging it. Neither we nor the person in video recommends it, doing so may void your warranty somehow if something gets inside the device.

Xperia Z3 Coca Cola Test

Touch response of screen is working pretty good after the test even with some Coca Cola on the screen. No speaker test is shown in the video.

Xperia Z3 Nutella Test

After Chocolate is rolled over Xperia Z3 fully you can see touch is working great. Though audio intensity got low a bit for sometime but it got back later. No chocolate was seen inside the side of rear frame.

What say guys, are you also thinking of dipping your Xperia Z3 in Coca Cola ? Well we would say NO to that!

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

Video by adrianisen

Install Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.5 and Widgets from Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 has already reached the hands of users and now ports of its KitKat firmware are coming up. Today we are sharing new Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.5 version along with Clock, Photo, Top Contacts, World Clock and Weather widget for rooted Xperia handsets running KitKat ROM ( preferably with SuperUser Mod ).

Download the Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.5 app and new widgets from below and install them normally or push in system/app folder, set permissions rw- r– r– and reboot. They worked great on rooted Xperia Z, Z1 and Z2 handsets.

Xperia Z3 KitKat Apps Ports

Tested with KitKat devices only, compatibility with Jelly Bean devices unknown for the time being.

Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.5

Download Home.apk

Xperia Home 7.0.A.1.5 apk

Xperia Z3 Clock Widget

Download ClockWidgets.apk

Xperia Z3 Photo Widget

Download PhotoWidget.apk

Xperia Z3 Top Contacts Widget

Download TopContactWidgets.apk

Xperia Z3 World Clock Widget

Download WorldClockWidget.apk

Xperia Z3 Weather Widget

Download WeatherWidget.apk

Install the above apps on your device and let us know if they work as mentioned. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA

Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact launched on DoCoMo, au by KDDI & SoftBank Mobile in Japan

Sony Mobile has recently announced the launch details regarding the release of Xperia Z3 series in Japanese Market. Sony has exclusively launched Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact on NTT DoCoMo, au by KDDI and SoftBank Mobile. For the first time Sony has come up with a handset on SoftBank Mobile in Japan.

As we all know Japan is the home turf for Sony, so they will be trying hard to dethrone other companies with their new flagship device. Xperia Z3 is already been released in other parts of the world. Recently it went on sale in India, available online at Flipkart.

Xperia Z3 (Japanese Version)

Models Info : Xperia Z3 (SOL26) on au by KDDI, Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) on NTT DoCoMo, Xperia Z3 on SoftBank Mobile. 32 GB model is launched.

Xperia Z3 (SO-01G) on NTT DoCoMo

Xperia Z3 Compact(Japanese Version)

Models Info : Xperia Z3 Compact (SO-02G) on NTT DoCoMo.

Xperia Z3 Compact (SO-02G) on NTT DoCoMo

Note that Xperia Z3 Compact is an exclusive of for DoCoMo carrier and it has the same 16 GB internal memory as of the international version.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Wi-Fi SGP611JP, Xper models will also be available in Japan later in November.

Do tell us what you think about these Japanese version of Xperia Z3 series. Drop your comments below

Source – NTT DoCoMo (1,2), Sony Japan (1,2). Thanks Ben for the Tip!