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Get hands-on with the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus

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As you’ve probably heard, we’ve launched some great new smartphones here at MWC – the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. You can find out everything you need to know about the stunning devices right here on our official blog, with round-ups of the key features of the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus and the unprecedented professional technologies of the Xperia 1. For those of you who want to see the devices in action, we filmed a hands-on video with Chris Barraclough, editor-in-chief of Recombu. The tech expert takes a look at Sony’s new Xperia smartphones, from the ... Read more

Endurance runner Susie Chan puts the Xperia Ear Duo through its paces

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Whether you’ve made a vow to make 2019 your fittest year yet, or you’re pushing to beat your personal best, making the time to go for a run can be tricky, particularly when life gets busy. Users of Xperia Ear Duo may already know that the wireless “open-ear” style earphones are the perfect running companion, offering a new listening experience while keeping you connected to the world around you. Simply hook the lightweight device around your ears and you’ll be able to pound the pavements as you enjoy your favourite playlist, make important calls or check out your schedule for ... Read more

Android: Find My Device – Locating Your Lost Xperia

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You pat down your pockets and are reassured, you’ve got your keys, your wallet and smartphone. You get home and decide to check your messages, but, disaster, that wasn’t your Xperia, that was a napkin. In time gone by, this could have meant never being reunited with your handset, but now misplacing your phone is more irritating than irreplaceable with the better than ever Find My Device, helpfully pre-loaded into Android devices. Xperia XZ2 located using Find My Device Don’t believe us? We put it to the test, with a city-wide game of hide and seek. We sent a member ... Read more

Tested: The Xperia Ear Duo Translator Road Test

It’s summer holiday season and if you’re lucky you will be travelling somewhere exotic, trying new foods, meeting new people, watching the sun go down after a hard day’s sunbathing. But with the excitement, comes the panic learning of a couple of common local phrases that get forgotten as soon as you reach your hotel. Look, you can’t speak all the languages, so don’t be embarrassed. Having said that, your attempts to illustrate your order to the waiter with a mixture of hand signals and throwing on an accent isn’t garnering any results and so you resort to pointing at ... Read more

Tested: How Dynamic Vibration System adds a new dimension to gaming

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To get the verdict on DVS and gaming we recruited, mobile, gaming, and all-round tech guru Tom Wiggins to put the feature through its paces. Tom, over to you… Mobile phones have been vibrating since the mid-nineties, but until Sony’s Xperia XZ2 came along, they did little more than discreetly let you know when you had a text or a call coming in. But Sony’s latest smartphone comes with one particular feature that sets it apart from the crowd:  Dynamic Vibration System. A bit like the rumble function found in your PlayStation 4’s DUALSHOCK controller, DVS is designed to add ... Read more

Tested: Hater, the dating app with a difference

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If you’ve tried dating apps, you’ll know that most try to match people based on shared interests. Hater does things a bit differently… Created by former Goldman Sachs banker Brendan Alper, Hater offers up topics, usually in the form of a gif, which you decide if you hate or not. They’ll then match you up based on your selected “hates” and the rest could be history. Hater currently has a whole host of randoms topics including Boston Terriers, bubble baths, the sound of filing nails and even YouTube stars. Like Bumble and Tinder users swipe through the topics choosing either ... Read more

Tested: Can Investment Apps Make You Rich?

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Sony Mobile Blog, you will have noticed our recent budgeting post and potentially started managing your finances directly from your Xperia. Great choice. But now does it feel like that cash is burning a hole in your pocket? Sure, you could splash those hard earned savings on a flat white – or – you could launch your empire. You’ve seen Wolf of Wall Street, it’s easy, buy low, sell high, retire at 26. Okay, it’s not that straightforward, but we’ve tested some of the most downloaded apps that could see that one coffee, ... Read more

The 2018 Google Play Indie Games Contest

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Since we picked up our XZ1 at IFA last year, we haven’t been able to stop playing games on it. The super-speedy Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 keeps games running smoothly while Sony display and audio tech keep games looking and sounding great. Now with a trip to MWC in Barcelona coming up, this feels like the perfect time to load some new games onto our devices for the flight. Way back in October, when we heard Google announce their second annual Google Play Indie Games Contest in Europe, we were excited. The shortlist of twenty finalists has been chosen ahead of ... Read more

The top budgeting apps to keep saving on track

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So you’ve made it through month one of your New Year’s resolution to budget and save more money and now you’re wondering how you’ll make it to December… Luckily, your smartphone is here to help. There are several top budgeting apps on Google Play to help take control of your spending and we thought we’d get you started with some of our favourites. Mint One of the highest rated budgeting apps on the market, Mint is a free money manager and budget tracking app that works to bring all of your bank accounts, bills, credits cards and savings together so ... Read more

The best fitness apps that give you a reason to run

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New year… new you? Easy to say but have you seen the weather outside? Icy winds, pouring rain, and plummeting temperatures. No thank you, we’d much rather turn up the temperature at Sony Mobile HQ and stay indoors until MWC. However, perhaps our smartphones can help provide the incentive we need. We’re all familiar with fitness trackers, but what about apps that actively encourage you to lace up your shoes, get out there, and start working off all that festive indulgence? We downloaded some of the most popular apps, watched the training montage from Rocky IV, and headed outside. Zombie ... Read more