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Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 & Xperia Z Ultra

Sony firmware update for Xperia Z1 Compact and other includes 4.4 KitKat

sony-xperia-z1-compact-sny-xz1cA firmware upgrade is rolling out for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the Sony Xperia Z1, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which, among other things, includes an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Older devices have not been forgotten mind you; Sony states that the 4.4 update for Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia ZR will be coming ‘mid Q2′. The forthcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will of course launch with 4.4 KitKat.

The update that is now rolling out doesn’t just include an update to Android 4.4, some of Sony’s own developments have been upgraded:

  • That status bar and quick settings have been improved. Sony says that they are now more intuitive, nicer to look at, and will only display the notifications that you truly need.

  • The launch animation and live wallpaper – which are also present on the PlayStation 4 – have been added to the lock and home screens.

  • Sony’s Media apps, WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration, have been upgraded with a better UI and faster download speeds.

  • New Xperia Themes so that you can customise the look of your device. Check the video below for a demo.

Via Sony Blog

The Sony Xperia Z2 – An introduction

Sony_Xperia_Z2_SplitSony took to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce the newest addition to their Xperia range, the Sony Xperia Z2 and as the market heats up we’ll be looking what features make this the phone you should be buying.

One thing that the Sony Xperia devices are well known for are their build quality. You only have to look at the sleek design to know that a great deal of time and effort has gone in to making this a device that stands out from the competition.

On the inside you’ve got a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon  801 processor running at 2.3 GHz which will see you swiping between apps. playing the latest games and all with a power management system that ensures only the needed amount of battery is being used.

For the movie buff, the dancing queen and the game boy, sound and vision are all taken care off. A 5.2″ screen  to beat your friends to the finish line, watch the latest hit films and dance the night away with  dual stereo speakers, if next door start complaining  enjoy noise-free sound with the sleek MDR-NC31EM headphones.

All these features and more we’ll be taking a very close look at over the coming weeks. If you have any questions or would like us to cover anything specific please let us know in the comments below or via our community channels. If you have already made your mind up that this is the phone for you, head over to our website and place your pre-order now.

Sony Xperia Z price drop – save £96

Sony Xperia Z£96 dropped off the Sony Xperia Z

The Xperia Z1 compact and Z2 are capturing the headlines at the moment, but what about the original Xperia Z that set the trend going?

You can now pick one up SIM Free for £300 including VAT, that’s £250 excluding VAT. Previously it was £300+VAT.

It may not be the latest and greatest, but there is still a lot to like about it including:

  • 5” 1080 x 1920 full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • 13 MP fast capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile & HDR video
  • HD video recording
  • Front facing 2.2 megapixel camera
  • Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57) with a durable glass display
  • Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 16GB internal memory (approx 12.6GB user accessible)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Battery STAMINA mode for better battery life
  • PlayStation Certified
  • MHL
  • WiFi
  • 3G
  • 4G/LTE (Subject to network)
  • MicroSD slot

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs Sony Xperia Z

Xperia Z1 Compact vs Xperia Z

Part of our continuing series comparing the new Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to other available devices on the market. Featuring the same processing power, performance and camera of the larger Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 Compact only truly compromises on screen size & resolution.

If you are thinking about ordering the Z1 Compact, then we also have a number of official and 3rd party accessories available here.

Sony evolved the original Z, launched in early 2013 by improving the waterproofing technology, installing the new top of the range 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and enhancing the camera to 20 MP.

Click on the header image below for a full comparison of the two flagship spec devices:

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Sony Xperia Z v Xperia M

Xperia Z goes head to head in a specification comparison with the M

The M sits at the lower to mid range of the Sony handsets, whereas the Xperia Z is much higher specification device, but how does it really compare.

We put the two devices side by side in a specification comparison for you to see the differences between each.

Click the image below to get a comparison of the two Sony smartphones.

Spec comparison chart of the latest Sony devices

Smartphones ranges are quite vast these days and the naming conventions used can sometimes make it a bit tricky to remember the key differences between similarly named handsets.

The chart below has been sent over by Sony and shows the key features of its latest devices side by side, so if you’re considering a new handset or tablet this should make it a bit easier to tell which device has which features.

All of the devices featured below are available to buy on the Clove website. The smartphones can be viewed here or the Tablet Z can be viewed here.

Keep an eye on the Clove blog in the coming weeks for content on Sony’s latest devices, the Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1.

Click the thumbnail below to view the chart in full size.

Sony device comparison

LG G2 v Sony Xperia Z

Spec comparison of the Xperia Z v LG G2

What makes these two phones different aside from their names.  The following shows the key specification differences between the established Xperia Z from Sony and the newer LG G2.

Click the image below to find out more and make the comparison.

Sony Xperia L v Xperia Z

Sony Xperia L against the Sony Xperia Z in a spec comparison

The Xperia L is often considered to be a mid-range handset, so how does it compare to the very popular IP rated Sony Xperia Z?

Click the image below to see a specification comparison of the two devices.

Sony Xperia SP v Xperia Z

Two popular Sony handsets go head to head in a spec comparison

The Xperia Z is the flagship smartphone for Sony for the early part of 2013, but how does it compare to the cheaper and inferior Xperia SP?  Is it really that much better.

To find out the differences between the two units, click the image below for a specification comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs Sony Xperia Z (comparison video)

Galaxy S4 Active vs Sony Xperia Z hands on comparison video

In this video we take a hands on look at the differences between the SIM-free versions of the Sony Xperia Z and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which are two top of the range handsets that have protection ratings against dust and water.

This video was also featured in our written comparison of the two devices, which you can view here.