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Sony Xperia Z Cannot Send / Receive Text Messages [How To Fix]

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Perhaps the most common problems with cellphones and smartphones is that there are times when they just cannot do their common tasks, i.e. sending and receiving text messages. This operation is the most basic function yet you’ll be surprised sometimes that even a device as powerful as the Sony Xperia Z cannot do it.

There are actually two variations of this problem wherein. The following emails from our readers could explain them:

Xperia Z Can’t Send / Receive Text Messages

My Xperia Z just started acting crazy yesterday, I couldn’t send text messages. Using my “dumbphone” I texted the people I often get messages from and ask if they texted me, they said yes and they were surprised not being able to receive replies from me since I usually do that. Do you know how to fix this? 

Xperia Z Can’t Send Text Messages 

I just got my phone last month, it’s a Sony Xperia Z and I love it. However, there are times when I just can’t send a text message. Today, it happened again and whatever I do, it just does not go through. Help me fix the problem. Thanks. 

Xperia Z Can’t Receive Text Messages 

I don’t know if you guys are familiar with the Xperia Z not being able to receive text messages. I can send texts just fine but I can’t receive any. I’ve confirmed (through Facebook) that one of my textmates sent a message to me in the morning but I haven’t received it at all. 

Troubleshooting

This problem is, more often, a temporary device issue. In fact, many users who have encountered it reported having the problem resolved without doing something at all. There are a lot of factors that may have caused it but there are actually just a few troubleshooting procedures you could do to fix it.

Step 1: Check signal. Look at your status bar and check the signal strength to make sure your phone is connected to a network. If you can see it is weak or not receiving signal at all, move to an open location or to a place that you know you could get the signal you need. If you’re still not getting the signal, try to reboot your phone to refresh its memory. Others may object to this procedure but a procedure as simple as this may be just what you need to resolve the issue.

Step 2: Check memory. Make sure your phone has sufficient memory needed to execute this very simple function. If the memory is full, you may need to remove or delete some conversations or files just to give your phone a little more space.

To view the status of your memory

  1. From your Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings > Storage to view the status of your memory.

To delete a message

  1. From your Home screen, tap Apps, then find and tap Messaging.
  2. Tap the conversation containing the message you want to delete.
  3. Touch and hold the message you want to delete, then tap Delete message > Delete.

To delete conversations

  1. From your Home screen, tap Apps, then find and tap Messaging.
  2. Press Menu, then tap Delete conversations.
  3. Mark the checkboxes for the conversations that you want to delete, then tap Apps > Delete.

Step 3: Check number. Use the full phone number when you send a message. When you enter the country code, use “+” instead of “00″. Touch and hold “0″ to add a “+”.

Share with us your problem

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Sony Xperia Z WiFi Connection Keeps Dropping [Troubleshooting Guide]

xperia z wifiAmong the most common problems any smartphone user could encounter is the dropping of the internet connection irrespective whether you are using mobile data or WiFi. Sony Xperia Z owners already have their share of the problem. While others say the phone is inclined to drop WiFi connection more often than others, there is no solid evidence that could prove such claim. It is however, safe to assume that Xperia Z is no different from other Android phones that could also be plagued by the issue. But the thing is, there is a lot of things you can do to troubleshoot, fix and prevent it from happening.

Troubleshooting Procedures

Reboot phone, turn WiFi on and off. The first thing you should look into is the possibility that it is only a temporary device issue affecting WiFi. To eliminate this possibility, it is recommended you restart your Sony Xperia Z. Once the phone has rebooted, turn the WiFi off and on again to refresh data needed to connect to a network. You can do this procedure in a minute or two and it oftentimes solve minor WiFi problems.

Restart router. Many of WiFi-related problems were caused by faulty routers so you cannot just eliminate this possibility. However, one way to know if your router is causing the problem is by restarting (powercycling) it. Doing so will refresh your entire network. For those who just purchased a new router, make sure it is WiFi certified. You could also know the performance of your network by using other IP-capable devices such as laptops and tablets to connect to your network. If they can connect and browse the web just fine, your router is fine.

Make sure you are within good range. When you’re getting 1 or 2 bars only, there is always a tendency the connection will drop because of the inconsistency in transmission. If you can, move a little closer to the hotspot to get good connection.

Remove protective case. While these cases can give you peace of mind, there are some of those that interfere with the signal. In case the WiFi drops after you put one of those, remove it to verify if it’s the one that causes signal dropouts.  If it does, find one that doesn’t.

Turn WiFi sleep policy to ‘Always’. By default, WiFi connection in Android is set to disconnect whenever the phone goes into idle mode. This is a part of Android’s core system that minimizes battery consumption when the device is not in use. To eliminate this possibility, here’s what you need to do:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Press Menu.
  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep.
  6. Select an option.

Change router security settings. If you have full access over the network you connect to and has basic knowledge on router settings, you might want to try to change the network security you’re using. You can check the user guide of the router or contact your router manufacturer for instructions.

Try using static IP address. Service providers often give subscribers dynamic IP addresses but if you happen to have one static IP address, you might want to call your provider and ask for correct settings. Here’s how you manually set the IP address on your Sony Xperia Z:

  1. From your Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings > Wi-Fi.
  3. Touch and hold the network you are connected to.
  4. Tap Modify network.
  5. Mark the Show advanced options box.
  6. Under IP settings, select Static.
  7. Scroll down and enter the required settings.
  8. Tap Save.

Check for firmware updates. This is applicable to both your phone and your router. You can contact your router’s manufacturer for instructions and you can check under Settings in your phone for some Android updates.

Factory reset. We don’t usually recommend this because there are a lot of things to do. But if anything else fails, it is your last option. More often, for WiFi problems that cannot seem to be fixed, this procedure often helps.

Problems with your phone?

Email us at [email protected] and we will help you find solutions. Please be detailed as much as possible so that we will know where to start and how we can help you better. However, we cannot guarantee that we could respond to every email we receive.

Sony Xperia Z USB File Transfer Is Not Working [Troubleshooting Guide]

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We did receive emails from Sony Xperia Z owners saying they have problems transferring files to and from their phone. The Xperia Z uses the typical USB cable used in other smartphones and Sony provided all necessary drivers so that the device would be detected by the computer whenever it’s connected. Problems like this are quite normal and as long as you know what to do, you will be able to fix the problem in no time.

The following is procedures could be helpful in troubleshooting the USB file transfer problem on the Sony Xperia Z. But before that, here is one email that best explains the problem.

Hi Droid Guys, 

I seem to be experiencing problems transferring files from and to my phone, Sony Xperia Z. Yesterday it was working fine but today my computer refused to detect it at one instance but then it has detected it again after several tries. Even so, I cannot copy files to my phone. I only wanted to add music tracks to my current collection and copy photos from my phone’s memory to my computer to back them up. These procedures aren’t just possible as of the moment. I would surely appreciate if you could make guide for this problem. I’m sure I’m not the only one having this problem so it may just be worth it. Thank you. 

Sienna

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting USB connectivity does not need expert knowledge. In fact, all you need is basic knowledge on how the USB file transfer works. Here’s the basic process: when you connect your phone to your computer, it would take few seconds for the computer to successfully detect the device. The phone confirms the connection by displaying USB icon on the notification bar. This time, you can copy files from your phone to your computer and vice versa.

Check physical connection. Make sure the USB cable is properly connected to devices on both ends. To double-check the connection, unplug and re-plug the cable.

Check cable condition. If the computer couldn’t detect the phone, you should check the physical condition of the USB cable you’re using. Check for damages or breakages. Above all, make sure you’re using the original cable that came with the phone when you bought it.

Restart computer. It would take just a minute or less to do this. Make sure your phone is NOT connected yet when you do this; it is necessary to refresh your computer’s memory.

Reboot phone. To eliminate the possibility that some things aren’t right in your Xperia Z, take a little time rebooting it.

Change USB connection mode. Now that you’ve rebooted both your phone and computer, try to change the connection mode before plugging in again.

  1. Make sure that your phone is not connected to a USB cable.
  2. From your Home screen, tap Apps.
  3. Find and tap Settings > Xperia > USB Connectivity > USB connection mode.
  4. Tap Mass storage mode (MSC) > OK.
  5. Tap OK.
  6. Connect the phone and computer using the USB cable.

Use popular file transfer tools. There are tools you can use to help you transfer files from your phone to your computer and vice versa. The following are the most recommended tools by Sony.

PC Companion – this is a good application for Windows OS.

Media Go – still for Windows but has a good proven record.

Sony Bridge for Mac – use this if you have problems connecting your phone to your Mac computer.

Media Go and Sony™ Bridge for Mac can determine the best settings for your device and convert and encode your media files for optimal performance before transferring them to your phone or computer.

Share with us your problem

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Android 4.4.4 rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z

Android 4.4.4 rolling out to the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z

The Xperia Z3 might be the device making headlines since its debut at IFA, but that doesn’t mean Sony has forgotten about the devices that came before its latest flagship. Today, the company has announced that the Android 4.4.4 update has begun rolling out to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL, and the Xperia Tablet Z. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.4 KitKat by March, says Polish carrier

Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.4 KitKat by March, says Polish carrier

The Sony Xperia Z completed an year of existence on the market last month, and its users got an early present by receiving the Android 4.3 update way back in December last year. Now, it seems like Sony is once again preparing some goodies for Xperia Z owners – according to Play, one of Poland’s largest carriers, the Xperia Z should begin receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update sometime between late February and March.

Naturally, if the update arrives in Poland in the aforementioned time frame, it shouldn’t be long before it makes its way to other regions as well. But, as always, carrier estimates of update rollouts have a tendency to miss the promised schedule, so if you’re an Xperia Z owner, it would be a good idea not to get excited just yet, if only because Sony will most likely focus on newer devices like the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra first. However, it’s pretty much certain that the Xperia Z is getting KitKat at some point, but again, whether the February – March time frame holds true remains to be seen.

Via: Xperia Blog | Source: BlogPlay 

Sony Xperia Z Gets ‘Download was unsuccessful’ Error from Play Store

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A couple of Sony Xperia Z owners emailed us about the error they got while trying to download apps from the Google Play Store. The error ‘Download was unsuccessful. Please try again.’ is a very common popup message when obviously, the download process is interrupted, halted or simply wasn’t successful for any reason.

Errors related to download applications from the Play Store is actually a very common problem to any Android user. But the thing is, it is very easy to fix or work around with. This post will serve as a troubleshooting guide for Xperia Z owners who might be experiencing this problem.

Read: Sony Xperia Z Cannot Send / Receive Text Messages [How To Fix]

Possible Causes

  • Internet connection was interrupted.
  • Xperia Z connection was dropped during the download.
  • Google Play Store stopped working during the download.
  • Recent updates prevented Play Store from downloading apps.

Possible Error Messages

  • “Download was unsuccessful. Please try again.”
  • “Download was unsuccessful.”
  • “com.google.process.gapps stopped working.”
  • “Cannot download apps from the Play Store.”

Possible Solutions

Again, this is a troubleshooting guide and we don’t exactly know what the problem is. The first step to solving the problem is knowing what is the problem and that’s what we’re going to do.

Step 1: Check your internet connection

If you’re connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot or network, try to disconnect first, ‘forget’ the network and reconnect. Try to browse the web using your Xperia Z’s browser to confirm you have an active internet connection. For those who connect to a mobile data network, double-check you have the correct APN settings. Disable and re-enable mobile data and try to browse the web.

Forget Wi-Fi on Xperia Z 

  1. Tap Applications icon from the Home screen.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Under Wireless & Networks, tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap and hold the Wi-Fi network name you’re connecting to.
  5. Tap Forget Network.

Reconnect to Wi-Fi on Xperia Z 

  1. From the Home screen, tap Applications icon.
  2. Scroll to and tap Settings.
  3. Under Wireless & Networks, tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Let the phone scan for available networks.
  5. Tap the network you want to connect to and enter credentials if necessary.
  6. Tap Connect.

APN & Data Settings on Xperia Z 

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  2. Scroll to and tap Settings.
  3. Under ‘WIRELESS & NETWORKS,’ tap More.
  4. Scroll down to and tap Mobile networks.
  5. Ensure that Mobile data traffic is checked.
  6. Tap Access Point Names. By default, the device should be set to the T-Mobile Data APN.
  7. Tap the Menu icon in the lower-right corner.
  8. Tap New APN.
  9. Enter the access point information as necessary.
  10. Tap the Menu icon in the lower-right corner.
  11. Tap Save.
  12. Select the newly added APN from the list.

If you already have an active internet connection, try downloading an app from the Play Store and see if you can. Perhaps, this is the only problem you have. If not, then proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Clear Google Play Store Cache & Data

If you got an error like “com.google.process.gapps stopped working.” then it is a sign that the Play Store stopped working as well since it is one of the Google apps that were installed on the phone by default. You need to boot your phone if this is the case. But if the problem just occurred without apparent reason, you may need to clear Play Store’s and Download Manager’s cache and data. Here’s how:

  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Applications.
  4. Touch Manage applications.
  5. At the top of the screen, touch the All tab.
  6. Scroll to and touch Download Manager.
  7. Touch the Clear data button.
  8. If prompted, touch OK on the warning that all the saved information will be deleted.
  9. Press the Back key.
  10. Scroll to and touch Google Play Store.
  11. Touch the Clear data button.
  12. If prompted, touch OK on the warning that all the saved information will be deleted.
  13. Press the Home key.

You may need to setup your account on the Play Store after this procedure but after that, try to download any app and see if you can.

Step 3: Uninstall Google Play Store Updates

There were hundreds of Android users complaining not being able to download apps from the Play Store after updating it. Obviously, one way to test the theory that it could have been the new update that’s causing the issue is by uninstalling it reverting the app back to its working state.

  1. From the Home screen, press the Menu key.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch Applications.
  4. Touch Manage applications.
  5. At the top of the screen, touch the All tab.
  6. Scroll to and touch Google Play Store.
  7. Tap Uninstall Updates.
  8. Tap Force Stop.
  9. Tap Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  10. Reboot the phone.

Now try to see if the problem was solved.

Step 4: Factory Reset

If all else fails, backup everything in your Xperia Z especially your important data because you would need to revert the phone back to its factory settings by doing a factory reset. Here’s how you do it:

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Applications icon.
  2. Scroll to and tap Settings.
  3. Scroll to ‘Personal,’ and then tap Back up & reset.
  4. Clear the Automatic restore check box.
  5. Under ‘Personal Data,’ tap Factory data reset.
  6. Tap Reset phone.
  7. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password, and then tap Continue.
  8. Tap Erase everything to confirm.

I hope these procedures help.

Tell us your phone problems

The solutions we provided here are based on reports and testimonies from owners who have encountered these problems. I also ask my XDA developer friends regarding some of the problems. Now if you have other problems or questions with your smartphone that you want answered, don’t hesitate to send us email at [email protected]

We don’t guarantee a reply to all emails because we receive hundreds of them daily, but rest assured your email messages will be read by me. But I urge you to provide as much details as possible so I could easily find references and compare your problems with reports from other owners. If your problem is as common as others, there could already be solutions that exist and I would surely point you to them. Screenshots often help so attach one if you can.

Android 4.4 KitKat Update Rundown: January Edition

You know, it’s funny. And sort of sad. Every time Google starts work on a brand new Android version, more so as we near a fresh release and especially immediately after the rollout, we get our hopes up and expect things will be different. Yet they never are.

Android Version History

Meanwhile, fragmentation flourishes, the life cycle of devices, even high-enders, dwindles, and next thing you know, it’ll begin feeling like us Android aficionados are no longer using the same operating system, but two, three or four completely distinct platforms.

Just take a look at 2.3 Gingerbread and tell me how much it has in common with 4.4 KitKat. Exactly.

Not that all hope is lost for KK to truly throw a monkey wrench in this fragmentation nag. It’s still early days after all for the chocolaty piece of software, launched two and a half months back. But for crying out loud, OEMs have to pick up the pace, as 4.4 accounted for a measly 1.4 percent of Google Play visits during the opening week of January.

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I mean, no one expects Android 4.4 to be dominant by March, yet the combined share of 4.4, 4.3, 4.2 and 4.1 had better reach 75 percent or so before long. Otherwise, you may see people jump ship on a regular basis.

Can that happen? Could KitKat hit 10, 20, 30 percent in a month or two? Let’s take it from the top and have a (second, updated, revisited) look-see at the strongest and weakest candidates for an imminent software bump:

The certainties

When I say certainties, I think of not necessarily gizmos due for Android 4.4 before the end of time, but more like those whose updates are, or should be, near. Plus, to cover all our bases, we’ll recap the handful of gadgets which launched with older Android versions, but are already on KitKat. Let’s start with the latter category, shall we?

Nexus 7 KitKat

Moto hit a few bumps on the road with the Verizon-exclusive trio, which is why I listed them separately from the X and G, but in a couple of weeks tops, they should be all smooth and chocolaty, with bugs and glitches behind.

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  • HTC OneKK is also live on the GPe One and headed to the base version by the end of January
  • HTC One mini, One max – according to unconfirmed rumors, the pair is breathing down One’s neck, ready to take things to the next level in February
  • LG G2 the update is live in Korea, was at one point believed to spread its wings this month, but ultimately is only expected in March on the old continent. America? Possibly even later.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 – reports pegged all these for “early 2014” upgrades, however the schedule may be a bit too tight for Samsung to squeeze everything in by, say, May

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  • Galaxy S4 zoom, S4 Active, Note 10.1 2014, Note 8.0 – everything is on the hush-hush here, but make no mistake, all these have KitKat headed their way, since they’re relatively new, impressive hardware-wise and fairly popular
  • HTC Droid DNA – Verizon is worryingly quiet about an update initially slated for Q1 2014, so in the end I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they pushed it back
  • The it-shouldn’t-be-long-now-though-official-information-is-light-or-non-existent-group: Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z1, Z Ultra, Tablet Z, LG G Flex, G Pad 8.3, Asus PadFone Infinity, Infinity 2, Huawei Ascend P6

The maybes

  • The next-in-line-but-probably-more-than-a-little-ways-behind group: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Tab 3 7.0, 8.0, 10.1, Motorola Droid Razr M, Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD, Electrify M, Atrix HD, Sony Xperia SP, T, TX, V, ZR, LG Optimus L7 II, L9 II, Optimus F7, G Pro, Optimus G

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The never in a million years

Being pessimistic at this point is not the wisest, healthiest approach, but let’s put it this way. After HTC made it clear and official the 14 month-old One X+ (!!!) and 20 month-old but 720p display-toting, quad-core-packing One X are to stay on Jelly Bean until the end of their sorry existences, I’d rather be pleasantly surprised going forward than driven to tears by similar announcements.

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So if you’re not seeing your phone or tab on the above list, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Oh, and mind you, the maybes could hit bumps on their road to happiness at any point, so look at them with caution and vigilance.

Heck, a couple of “certainties” division members could be demoted to “maybes”, then “never in a million years” at the flick of a switch too, so whatever you do, don’t assume and be sure of anything before the sweet sound of a prompt message flying over-the-air goes ring ring. Damn you, HTC, and your depressingly lousy software support.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs HTC One Max – Specs Comparison

The ultimate phablet smackdown. El Plato Supreme. The Catalina Wine Mixer. You can call it many things, but it’s definitely big. Both literally and figuratively.

One Max Note 3 Z Ultra

It’s the duel for possibly the most coveted gold medal of the mobile industry nowadays. Sure, many still consider phablets niche devices, but the numbers don’t lie. Nor do The Oxford Dictionaries, where smartphones “having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer” have recently been inducted.

Talking about numbers, you’d probably reckon Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has it easy in its quest for domination. Yet starting yesterday, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, for some reason rebranded as just Z Ultra, runs Android 4.4 KitKat in a Google Play edition.

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Game-changer? We shall see in the following lines, where HTC’s One max will also get a chance to shine and show off its strengths against the two other contenders. Strengths that many have overlooked so far. Showtime:

Galaxy Note 3 vs. Z Ultra vs. One max –design and build quality comparison

Apples and oranges. At first glance, it looks like these three have very little in common design-wise, thus probably targeting very different audiences. Want to go big, but not too big and have no problem with plastic? Then the Note 3’s your man.

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Think life in plastic is so not fantastic and have taken a liking to HTC One’s smooth all-metal body but always dreamed of extra screen real estate? Vote One max. Finally, the Z Ultra is the go-to bad boy for extreme folks whose “bigger is better” views on life have no limits.

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Ironically, the biggest fellow is at the same time the slimmest, which actually helps it tip the scales at 5 grams less than the One max. Talk about architectural marvels, eh? Bottom line, I think I’m going to call this battle a three-way tie, albeit gun to my head, I’d probably choose HTC’s contestant. What can I say, I’m partial to aluminum and 6.4 inches is simply too bonkers for me.

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Note 3 vs. Z Ultra vs. One Max – specs comparison, take two, display

Why does everything have to be so darn complicated? I mean, come on, how can one say this or that screen is better when all three are Full HD, rock outstanding viewing angles and are as vibrant and bright as my $800 39-inch LED TV at home?

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Sure, when it comes to pixel density, the Note 3 has the upper hand, with 386 ppi, followed by the One max, with 373, and the Z Ultra finishes the race dead last, with 344. However, the ranks are overturned in usable screen real estate, so ultimately it once again comes down to personal preferences. Here, I’d go with the superior ppi and extra portability of the Note 3, but that’s just me.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

Sorry, HTC, but I’m afraid your One max has nothing on its rivals. Don’t get me wrong, Snapdragon 600 and 2 GB of RAM make for a decent system, yet it’s not decency we’re looking for. It’s cutting-edge speed and the Note 3 is the textbook definition of just that.

The 5.7-incher packs quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 power and a whopping 3 GB RAM, whereas the Z Ultra is narrowly behind, with an S800 clocked a tad lower (2.2 vs. 2.3 GHz) and a “measly” 2 GB of memory.

Galaxy Note 3 camera

As far as cameras go, the Note 3 prevails one more time, with 13 MP and 2 MP snappers, far superior to the 8 and 2 MP units on the Z Ultra and 4 “UltraPixel” and 2.1 MP shooters on the One max. That’s two points for Samsung, zero for the competition.

Software and battery life battle

Thought it was all over after the speed and camera duels? Well, think again, as the Z Ultra is back in with a shout, thanks to being the only of the three running Android 4.4 KitKat. Best of all, it’s stock 4.4, albeit you may struggle to find the Google Play Edition available soon enough.

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Meanwhile, the Note 3 and One max are 4.3 Jelly Bean-powered and due for their own 4.4 makeovers before long. The million-dollar question is which one will nab the update first? My money’s on Samsung, though it’s never wise to have certainties in life.

The battery clash? In my book, it’s a Note 3-One max tie, as the former packs a 3,200 mAh cell and the latter a 3,300 mAh. Granted, Samsung knows how to optimize software better and has the smaller panel, but HTC retaliates with the less power-demanding processor. The Z Ultra? It doesn’t even play in the same league, with a meager 3,050 mAh ticker.

Pricing, availability and others

The biggest ace up Note 3’s sleeve, possibly bigger than its winning SoC/RAM combo, is availability. You can find Samsung’s baby at basically every street corner of every city in every country in the world and that matters a whole lot for an everyday tech user.

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Not to mention the billboards, ads and promos you’re bound to glance over every day on your way to work, school or wherever. Also, the Note 3 can be had with and without contracts anywhere, costing $150 give or take with American pacts and $700 or so outright.

The Z Ultra and One max are much more difficult to score, albeit the former has got a major push from Google once the GPlay Edition has rolled out. The KitKat chocolaty model is up for grabs at an almost affordable $650 outright, with no carriers picking it up as of now and nothing in this department on the horizon.

Finally, the on-contract One max starts at $110 with Verizon and $100 on Sprint, going all the way up to $650 with no contractual obligations.

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Before making your final decision however, there are a number of little details you should take into account, like the fact the One max sports fingerprint recognition technology (gimmicky, but cool), the Z Ultra is water and dust protected, and the Note 3 has S Pen support. So which one is the best in the end? I’ll let you do the math and come up with your own conclusions.  

T-Mobile releases Android 4.2 update for the Sony Xperia Z

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T-Mobile Xperia Z

T-Mobile has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2 update for the Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The handset broke cover earlier this year at the CES event, but only made its way to T-Mobile a few months ago. The Xperia Z is one of the many water resistant smartphones launched by Sony this year, and it’s good to know that the smartphone finally has the update, although quite later than expected. The update is more than an year old now as it launched with the Nexus 4 in late 2012, and we’ve already had two major updates available since then (Android 4.3 and Android 4.4), so it’s not particularly a major update by any stretch of the imagination.

There’s an aura of uncertainty over the future of the Xperia Z on T-Mobile although Sony has promised full software support for the entirety of its 2013 flagships. As this is a gradual rollout by T-Mobile, it will stretch until the 18th of December, so users are advised to remain patient. Check for an update manually over at the settings if you haven’t received an update notification yet.

Source: T-Mobile

Via: Cult of Android

NFC File Transfer On Sony Xperia Z Not Working [Troubleshooting Guide]

xperia z nfcWe have received emails from our readers suggesting the NFC file transfer function on their Sony Xperia  Z smartphone is not working. For those who are not familiar with the feature, the problem might pose some challenges. However, troubleshooting it requires straightforward procedures and that’s what I’m going to present in this post. In case you are one of the owners experiencing this problem, here are the things you should do:

Enable NFC and Android Beam. When transferring a file from one phone to another using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, it is required that both devices have necessary hardware and software to execute it, otherwise, all your efforts would be wasted. To turn on the NFC function, go to Settings > More > the mark the NFC checkbox. To turn on Android Beam, go to Settings > More > Android Beam > tap switch from off to on.

Hold phones next to each other. This makes sure both device are within NFC detection and scanning range. When the phones connect using NFC, they both vibrate and the file transfer starts. The location of the NFC detection area in a phone can vary depending on the phone. You can swipe an NFC tag against the back of your phone to detect where the NFC detector is located.

Use the right apps during transfer. When transferring a photo to another device, you should use the Album application, otherwise the transfer wouldn’t push through. The same goes in sharing music files; you should use the Xperia Walkman player. While there are other apps from the Play Store that could also trigger transfer files from your Xperia Z to another NFC-enabled device, both the Album and Xperia Walkman come pre-installed on your phone. So, for the sake of practicality, use them.

Go to Home screen when receiving. In case you’re the one receiving a file from another device, make sure you are on the Home screen during the transfer or it won’t go through. Navigating away from it while the transfer is in progress will cut the connection off.

One at a time. While the NFC technology transfers files at a high speed, it currently does not support simultaneous transfer, which means that you can only transfer one file at a time irrespective of the type or the size.

Check other phone for NFC support. In case the transfer won’t push through whatever you do, double-check if the other device supports NFC. While many of the smartphone manufacturers started integrating the technology to their new devices, there are still other models that don’t support it.

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Unlocking Bootloader Of Sony Xperia Z Breaks Camera Functionality

One of the reasons why a lot of developers like Sony is that the company provides a way to unlock the bootloader of their devices. While not all devices are supported, most of the Xperia releases from 2011 and onwards can have their bootloaders unlocked using tools from the official sonymobile site.

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The reason why people unlock the bootloader of their devices is that it will allow them to put custom ROMs in their device. This means that the stock Xperia experience can now be replaced with CyanogenMod, MIUI, Paranoid Android, or any other preferred ROM. Sony has warned that this procedure may void the warranty of the device. The company has also stated that “Sony can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your device, and will not be responsible for any unsigned custom software.”

The Sony Xperia Z is one device that can have its bootloader unlocked however it is still not listed as a supported device at the sonymobile site.

If you own this device then be aware that those who have tried to unlock the bootloader have reported some issues with the camera functionality on stock firmware. Before unlocking the device the camera works just fine but right after they performed the procedure the camera does not seem to work anymore.

Some people might point out that the device isn’t listed as a supported device for unlocking which is probably the reason why the camera fails to function. However, the Xperia Z Ultra isn’t listed as a supported device as well but those who have unlocked its bootloader are not experiencing any camera issues at all.

One way around this problem is for owners to back up the TA partition of the Sony Xperia Z before unlocking the bootloader then restoring it after the process has completed to use the camera normally.

Hopefully Sony will come up with a fix to this issue soon.

via xperiablog

Two New Leaked Images Reveal Sony Xperia Z1 Colors and Metal Frame

As more and more details of Sony Honami Xperia Z1 smartphone leak, we are getting a clearer picture of what device the company has made and we could even conclude what place in the market the smartphone cum phablet is going to take.  Just a few days ago, a photo of the Xperia Z1 leaked revealing a lot about the design of the device.  Earlier today, two more images of the high end smartphones found their way to the internet and we can finally ascertain, if the images are legitimate, that the Sony Xperia Z1 or Honami will be available in at least 3 colors – Black, White and Purple – and that it has a metal frame inside it.

The two new images of the device published on GSMInsider and they reveal a metal frame that shows all the covers and connectors of the device, which is waterproof just like its predecessor the Sony Xperia Z.  If you are keen, you will also notice that the three colors the Sony Xperia Z1 will come in are the same exact colors the Sony Xperia Z is available in.  What does this mean?

What we can say now is that the same amazing build of the Sony Xperia Z is coming to the Z1.  Alleged press render of the device leaked earlier today, revealing a device that is almost identical in shape and build to the Sony Xperia Z – except that although it will be slightly bigger, it will also be slightly thinner than the Xperia Z.  The leaked metal chassis that first appeared on a Taiwanese Supplier website proves that the Xperia Z1 has keys and slots for the power button, the volume rocker keys, a physical camera button as well as a microSD card slot right on the metal frame.  The site goes ahead to note that the keys and slots on the metal frame all have waterproof layers.

With the leakage of the Honami’s press render, what else can we expect to know about the phone during its launch?  As a summary, we already know that the Xperia Z1 will come with a 20.7 megapixels rear camera with Exmor RS and Sony G Lens, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5 inch full HD display and 32 GB internal memory.  Sony is expected to launch the Xperia Z1 on September 4th during the 2013 IFA event in Berlin Germany.

Sources: eTrade Supply via GSMInsider

Sony Xperia Z Back Panel Getting Unglued, Water Resistance Compromised

The Sony Xperia Z is one of the best models of Sony today that comes with great hardware and a bunch of nice features. One of its prominent features is its water resistance which is being highlighted in its ads. It is an IP57 certified device which means it can withstand water and dust more than any other ordinary smartphone.

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Some owners of the device are now reporting that the water resistance of this model is being compromised since the back panel seems to be getting unglued.

Over at the xda-developers forum one member has reported that he has owned the device for 2 months now and it has endured water and stress tests. Lately though he has noticed a bulge or lift on the top left side of the device. Upon checking on the matter closely it appears that the back plate has become loose.

This isn’t the only reported incidence of the back plate becoming loose as other owners have also said that it is also happening on their devices.

Once the back plate gets loose there is a good chance that water will seep into the device which may lead to water damage. Most owners have said that the raised panel has not caused any issues so far however some owners are reporting that the water resistant indicators are turning red even if all the flaps are closed.

One probable explanation as to why the back plate is getting unglued is due to a hot environment. When the device gets hot through extended gaming periods or other similar tasks it seems to melt the glue that is holding the back plate. The part that’s getting unglued is the upper left side where the Snapdragon chipset is located and is where the most amount of heat is generated.

Some members in the forum say that Sony repair centers are turning people back since there is no way of telling if the water damage is caused by a loose back panel or by accidentally leaving a flap open. Devices without any water damage but have a loose back cover are generally accepted at the repair centers.

Owners are solving this issue on their own by using a hair dryer to melt the glue then pushing the glass back in and waiting for the glue to dry. Some are even applying glue around the edges as a temporary fix.

If the device is still under warranty then the best course of action is to have it repaired by Sony.

via xda-forums

LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones

This is our LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones comparison, a side-by-side assessment of how the new LG smartphone stacks up against the competition in terms of its specifications. In particular, we are comparing the specifications of the LG G2 with those of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. For easy reference, we have organized the information in a chart.

LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones
LG G2 vs. flagship smartphones

Throughout the launch, LG emphasized that its new smartphone is the result of what the company has learned from its users. Such information was used in the various aspects of the LG G2. These include the design, display, camera, sound, and UX.

Design

LG claims that it has put a premium on the design of the G2. It says that despite the fact that humans hands are generally not getting bigger, smartphones are. This causes frequent smartphone drops that are a result of poor design. To address this, LG designed the G2 to allow for easy handling regardless of which hand holds the device.

Basing its decisions on research, it strived to create an ergonomic device that allows for easy access to the camera, features like QuickMemo, as well as the volume and power button. Consistent with this principle, it designed the device with very thin bezels measuring only 0.1 inch or 2.54 mm. By comparison, the Pantech Vega Iron, which was announced last April, claims to have 2.44 mm bezels, or 10 mm less than the measurement of the LG G2’s bezels. Earlier, a photo showing the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 side by side clearly showed the difference in the sizes of the bezels of the two devices.

Design, of course, is subjective, and it is difficult to say which among the smartphones has the best design. Suffice it to say that each manufacturer has a different idea of what consumers want. For instance, with the Moto X, the focus was on customization. With the LG G2, it appears to be comfort and ease of use.

Processor

The LG G2 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. LG promises that this will ensure excellent performance. It offers fast speeds, a long battery life, support for 4G LTE Advanced, and premium graphics.

As Adrian previously reported, there are currently only two other smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors. These are the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The LG G2 should provide some competition against these two devices, which reportedly show high scores in benchmark tests. LG’s advantage over these two is its global availability. In the United States, the smartphone will be available from the four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. AA total of around 100 carriers are eventually expected to offer the G2. Apart from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the LG G2 also comes with 2GB of RAM as well as dedicated memory for graphics. This is another first for LG, as CNET points out.

Camera

LG claims that the G2 has the first 13 MP camera in the world to feature optical image stabilization. Previously, this feature was only common for cameras with around 4 to 8 MP. The result is a camera that allegedly prevents blurred shots even in low lighting conditions or when the subject is in motion. There are different shooting modes available as well as 8X digital zoom. It may be premature to make judgments simply based on LG’s claims, but until actual photos are compared, LG’s main camera does seem pretty powerful.

Display

The LG G2 has a 5.2-inch display. This is larger than the 4.7-inch display of the LG Optimus G from 2012. This is also larger than the display of the Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, and the Nokia Lumia 1020. In terms of pixel density, it has 424 ppi, which is lower than that offered by the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.

Battery

The LG G2 packs a massive battery with a capacity of 3,000mAh. This could potentially beat all the others in the group, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 which supposedly has a long battery life. Of course, actual battery tests would need to be performed to see which really lasts the longest.

Don’t forget to check out David’s report on the launch of the LG G2.

via engadget, cnet