AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow early version available for Xperia Z2

AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Sony Xperia Z2 device. It is not free of troubles though, but if you are eager to try new things and are initiate in the magic of operating systems, you should be eager to try something experimental on your Sony device.       This first build brings about some bugs as well, including the camera not working and a defect in the video playback color calibration. The build itself comes from scstar6696, a senior dev on XDA, where you will find the complete tutorial to what you have to and what you MUST NOT do in order to get AOSP on your Xperia Z2. Happy flashing!   Source: XDA forum

Sony Xperia Z5 review – the world’s best smartphone camera to date?

Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the newer devices on the market and it is trying to re-put Sony on the smartphone market charts after an executive decision of cutting off lots of employees earlier this year. The move did not cut Sony’s daily expenses too much as money is still being siphoned out through the mobile division, but any device being launched could be better than no device at all, right?       It appears that Sony is working on keeping itself relevant on the mobile market to no avail, hoping that the future will need its mobile expertise soon. How does Sony Xperia Z5 fare this year? For one, it is considered the smartphone with the best camera around! The device is basically the dream of every mobile photographer or vlogger out there because not only does it take great photos, but it offers a beautiful display to check them on. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because one of the biggest problems of the device is the battery. But more on that later on.   Specs and hardware   Xperia Z5 is the latest phone of the line and it does retain the design choices that made Xperia phones must-haves in the past. The Omnibalance design – as branded by Sony – accentuates inoffensiveness and symmetry, but manages to keep the spirit of Sony Xperia alive with every iteration. A few physical differences include a wider and flatter power button that acts as a fingerprint sensor as well, a detail that […]

Sony adds Android 6.0 AOSP binaries, including files for Xperia Z5

Sony recently released the AOSP Android Marshmallow binaries for the open devices and Xperia Z5 is included. Unlike other OEMs, Sony recently decided to empower its devices with unlockable bootloaders and if you do own one of these smartphones or tablets, you will find it easier to flash AOSP ROMs on your device. The Marshmallow-based AOSP binaries for almost all Sony devices are out now and you will be able to find them via the source link below.     The most important of all devices is Sony Xperia Z5, one of the better smartphones out there. It is distinct from the previous Sony smartphones like Xperia Z3+/ Z4, mainly because it is free from the previous devices’ overheating issues. Its design is much improved as well, making it one of the slimmest and most beautiful smartphones of 2015. This smartphone is now open to tweaking, modding and after-marketing too. If you own one of the Xperia devices that can be unlocked, then you too can start flashing Android 6.0 AOSP on your smartphone.   Which Sony Xperia devices get AOSP binaries?   Below you can find a list with the devices getting AOSP binaries for Android 6.0:   Xperia T3 T2 Ultra Xperia M2 Xperia E3 Xperia Tablet Z Xperia Z Xperia ZL Z Ultra Xperia Z1 Compact Xperia Z1 Xperia Z2 Z2 Tablet Xperia Z2 Compact Xperia Z3 Z3 Tablet Xperia Z3 Compact Xperia Z4 Xperia Z3+ Xperia Z4 Tablet Xperia Z5 Compact Xperia Z5.   There is a nice list of devices […]

Flashtool utility update available to all Xperia devices

Flashtool is a necessity for Sony Xperia device owners who like to tinker and bake their devices. This utility was made by “Androxyde” and it is used when you want to flash any kind of firmware on your Xperia device. Now it has been updated and it supports all Xperia devices as a result.       This new version combines old flashing methods with no script with the new method by asking the utility to automatically look for the existence of a script. If it does not detect any Flashtool script, it will recur to defaulting the old method and it will support old and new Xperia smartphones.       Flashtool is preferred by Sony users because of its versatility. Sony’s own flashing utility will allow you to easily upgrade the firmware while the tool itself will let you upgrade to the version you like best. Just in case you have an unlockable bootloader, you can use the unlocker you will find within this utility.   You can find the Flashtool utility download links on the developer’s official website. You should use the newest version, but keep an eye out for the specific instructions from the source link as things may get a little messy after installing.   Source: Xperia Blog

Sony announces OTA to Android 5.1 for all Xperia Z devices starting july

Sony recently announced it will start updating its devices to Android 5.1 in July. This includes most smartphones and tablets from the Xperia Z line and some mid-range models are thrown in there for god measure too.     This update works with devices that are already updated to Android 5.0 and that means all Z series devices plus their compact versions – Z, Z1, Z2, Z2 Compact, Z3, Z3 Compact among them. The Z tablets will also be updated. The surprises getting this update are Xperia T and C3 which will also jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1.   The OTA will begin rolling out in July but it will take some time to get to all regions. Sony will also update Xperia M2 and M2 Aqua from KitKat to Lollipop 5.1. This OTA will begin after all the above Z devices are up to date though, so there’ s some waiting to be had there. Source: Sony

Sony Xperia Z1s from T-Mobile gets OTA to Android 5.0.2

It appears that older devices are also getting a flavor of Lollipop today as Sony Xperia Z1s is receiving its OTA. Even if Sony usually releases a phone every 6 months, few make it to the US market; Z1 is one of those phones rebranded as Z1s by T Mobile. The device is now finally getting Lollipop after all that time of KitKat-ing.     The OTA is available for the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s C6916 and it brings it to version number 14.5.B.0.236. It is based on Android 5.0.2. The update is available via the system menu and you can also find a mirror on the Xperia Blog just in case you want to update manually. Source: Xperia Blog