How to use Xperia Transfer Mobile

Migrate your contacts, conversations, media and other content to your new Xperia

xperia-transfer-mobile-logoOne of the most frustrating parts about getting a new phone used to be the conversion process. Getting all of your contact’s numbers & details, as well messages & other media such as music files onto a new handset can be quite the undertaking and daunting to many.

For Android users, the blow has been softened somewhat in the last few years if you regularly back up with Google. Just signing into your account on a new device gives you the option to download any compatible apps you have installed in the past and also ensures your contacts are up to date.

Google doesn’t do everything you might want for you though, plus if you’re making the switch from iPhone to a new Sony Xperia then you could be forgiven for thinking you need to start from scratch.

Xperia Transfer Mobile

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Sony have recently made the new Xperia Transfer Mobile app available on Google Play.

This is designed to allow certain devices to connect to a new Xperia and sent across close to everything you could ever want, including SMS messages, full contact cards, ringtones, video & audio files and even browser bookmarks where compatible.

The full list of everything that can be transferred depends on the exact device you are sending from, and the apps you have used on your device (for instance bookmarks from a different browser on your old device won’t transfer into Chrome on your new Xperia).

Supported data includes: Contacts, Calendar, SMS, MMS, Bookmarks, Notes, Photos, Music, Videos and Apps (iPhone only).

When using Xperia Transfer Mobile, the receiving device must be a Sony Xperia handset running Android 4.3+.

The sending device must be either an Android device running 4.0+ (tested with Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, ZTE and Motorola handsets), or an iPhone with iOS 4.0+. For older Android devices and BlackBerry handsets then you will need to use the existing desktop software suite explained at the end of the article.

Pairing the the devices depends on whether you are sending from an iPhone or an Android. With an iPhone you will need to use a USB host cable; one is included with the new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z2, you can purchase one from Clove at the previous link should you need one. If you wish to transfer and cannot obtain the cable, then use the desktop software suite explained at the end of the article.

Transfer from iPhone

Once paired, you can remove the USB host cable and transfer over a common network via WiFi, although this will be slower (approx. 5.8 Mbit/s compared to 19 Mbit/s).

  • Open the Xperia Mobile Transfer app on your new Xperia
  • Select Next, followed by iPhone
  • When prompted, connect your iPhone to the new Xperia with the USB host cable
  • A pop-up to “Trust This Computer?” should appear on the iPhone screen. Select Trust
  • Following the pairing confirmation, select the content you want to transfer from the list and press Transfer
  • Press Accept on the privacy notice
  • Wait for the transfer screen to finish*
  • (Optional) If you asked for apps / games to transfer, you will now be able to choose from Android equivalents**
  • Press Finish

*The transfer will pause if your iPhone is not connected to power and the screen goes dark. Wake the screen or connect to power to continue transferring

**Many apps from iTunes have a free equivalent in Google Play. Xperia Transfer Mobile will only suggest free Android apps that match your iTunes apps

Transfer from Android

Transferring with Android devices is done using Wi-Fi Direct so can be completed without a common network. Pairing can be done either via NFC or by PIN code generated by the Xperia Transfer Mobile app.

  • Open the Xperia Mobile Transfer app on both your new Xperia and the old device
  • Select Next, followed by Android phone on both handsets
  • Ensure the new Xperia is set to Receiver and the old device to Sender* 
  • On both devices, select the same pairing option (PIN / NFC)
  • Type the PIN generated PIN code on the old device or tap the NFC tags together
  • Press Accept on the “Invitation to connect” pop up
  • Select the content you want to transfer from the list and press Transfer
  • Wait for the transfer screens to finish
  • Press Finish on both devices

*The option for sender/receiver will not be available on non-Sony devices

Xperia Transfer via PC

Sony have also long provided the Xperia Transfer tool through their PC Companion (PC) and Sony Bridge (Mac) software suites. Using the Xperia Transfer tool in these suites is comprehensive and will allow you to migrate much of what you could ever need from an old Android, iPhone or BlackBerry.

Xperia Transfer on a PC is more comprehensive and caters for the following OS versions:

  • Android version 2.1 and later
  • iOS version 4.x and later
  • Blackberry OS 4.x – 7.x (BlackBerry 10.x and later not supported)

Transferring via PC will hand over the same content, however you will need to keep both your new and old devices connected to the PC for the duration of the process.

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Discounts on selected Sony Xperia smarphones at Clove Technology

Sony Xperia Z, Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact and SP all receive discounts!

Buy Sony Smartphones from Clove TechnologyDue to the recent announcement of the Sony Xperia Z2 (UK SIM free stock due early to mid-May), we have revised the pricing on a number of popular Sony Xperia handsets. This stretches back to the original Xperia Z, resulting in some rather attractive price drops.

The incredibly popular Z1 & Z1 Compact are notable on the list, along with more niche devices such as the super-sized Z Ultra & gamer friendly Xperia SP.

These are all highly capable smartphones that have received some fantastic reviews and feedback from our customers here at Clove. Please find the latest pricing below:

Sony Xperia Diagnostics app

Built in tools to check if your Xperia device is working correctly

Many of us have been in the position where we think our device might be broken or not working quite as we expect. Many common issues are quite simple to diagnose and replicate if you have the correct tools, however manufacturers rarely include these for you.

The most recent devices from Sony however, have included a diagnostics application within the settings menu that can allow you to check the operation of the most vital aspects of your handset. The diagnostics app can be found in Settings > About phone > Diagnostics and contains a number of useful tests.

This video from Tom at Sony is a quick overview of the diagnostics app and Sony’s reasoning behind including it on their newest devices.

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Xperia in Business – Business Apps

Make the most of your Xperia business phone

The last few posts about using Sony Xperia devices in a business setting have focussed largely on the deployment of the handsets and approaching the security concerns of new mobile devices in your network. The next step is to look at the available apps that can increase productivity and workflow within your colleagues.

Apps are the lifeblood of a smartphone. Beyond the standard functions of calls, messaging and email, a little research can pull up some interesting additions to your devices to increase productivity. Apps can turn a capable device into something that makes work easier. Full office suites, wireless drivers for printers, note taking and browsing add-ons, apps are far more than just Angry Birds & Facebook.

Sony provide some basic apps to get you started, which I’ll outline below. Beyond these it’s up to you to decide how you manage what gets installed on the handsets in your network

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Email

Xperia devices support IMAP4 and POP3 email protocols, allowing for compatibility with most standard email accounts. The Xperia Email app settings will allow you to configure the connection and synchronisation. Encryption is enforced through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols to ensure a secure channel of communication between handset and server. Multiple accounts can also be accessed; these are easily discoverable by using an auto-discovery feature. They can be managed on the device into separate or combined inboxes.

Calendar

Xperia Calendar allows you to create appointments, respond to invites and view your schedule/tasks with efficiency and simplicity. A ‘smart search’ feature is included to help find entries based on the text within the appointment details, subject or email address. Multiple calendars can be set-up to be synced and viewed in a combined calendar or separately.

Both Xperia Email and Calendar can be synced with an account on your company’s Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync server.

Contacts

The Xperia Contacts app lets you view contacts from multiple accounts, or filter contacts by selected accounts. If you employ Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, a Global Address List (GAL) look-up is included to enable simple and comprehensive contact search throughout your entire enterprise address list. Another feature, Smart Dial, detects possible matches of your contacts as you enter letters or numbers.

Further business apps can be downloaded and installed through Google Play. A list of the top-rated paid-for apps can be found HERE and top-rated free apps HERE

Xperia in Business – Security

Keeping your business secure with Xperia devices

Implementing BYOD or simply deploying a fleet of smartphones to your workers can be a daunting proposition for any IT team with a good eye on network security. Previously I have posted about Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solutions for keeping track of live devices in the field, this post aims to focus on the overall security features addressed by recent Sony Xperia devices and reasons to choose them in a business environment.

xperia security diagramDespite many scare stories in the press, Android is built with a clear security architecture. If followed correctly, this is a robust and safe foundation for use in a secure environment. The first thing to consider is that the Android OS is based upon the Linux OS and follows the kernel-level security model that has been proven for decades. Android itself operates the Android Application Sandbox; this isolates code execution and app data from other running apps on the system. Apps cannot interact with one another and their access to the OS is limited by user permissions. This is the reason for the pop up that occurs before an app is downloaded from Google Play. It tells you which OS  features can be accessed by the app and asks for your permission. A good MDM solution should block the install of any app that asks for permissions beyond those which are white listed. This can also be taken further to ensure that password / pin protection is required before sanctioned apps are allowed to access potentially sensitive features such as GPS location data.

Storage and network encryption is another major player in Xperia security. Both the internal eMMC memory chip and any external micro SD that has been mounted can be encrypted with 256 bit AES. Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) are supported for email communication, so encrypted messages can be sent and received through the stock Xperia Mail app installed on all handsets. Remote wiping also comes as standard with the ‘My Xperia’ service, although your preferred MDM solution may offer more advanced techniques.

Xperia devices are also fully compatible with VPN technology, containing easily accessible connection settings out of the box. Industry standard protocols and authentication procedures are recognised to access a corporate network through a VPN. Wi-Fi access is also encrypted, as is the connection open to other devices if you choose to open the Xperia up as a mobile hotspot through tethering.

View and download the Sony Xperia White paper below, and follow the break for a more detailed breakdown

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Xperia in Business – Mobile Device Management

Yesterday I wrote up an overview of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy and the possibilities of implementing Android handsets within it. You don’t have to have a full BYOD implementation to have Xperia or other Android handsets in your business and connected to your networks though. Simply providing the devices as company phones is enough, as long as they are well managed.

If your network policy is inflexible and will only allow sanctioned devices any access to your systems, then it is highly important to understand how the Xperia handset will utilise the technology available in order to remain secure and maintain optimal functionality. The main text here and in following posts will provide an overview, I will also be including Sony White Papers for more detail.

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Encryption

Sony Xperia devices offer 256 AES encryption for both the internal flash memory and any installed micro SD card. The stock Xperia messaging and email apps also offer the ability to encrypt messages before they are transmitted, should you have concerns regarding interception.

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Mobile Device Management software can be purchased as 3rd party software to be integrated into your systems – all the top brands work using the native Android APIs and Sony Mobile APIs so it is also possible to code a bespoke MDM solution in house to tailor Xperia devices on your network. Xperia devices are also fully compatible with Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and have a basic free service known as My Xperia.

Exchange ActiveSync

microsoft exchangeIf you employ an EAS server for messages, contacts & calendar information, you can also benefit from some built in MDM features including security and device policies as well as device administration features. EAS Xperia devices can be controlled and monitored using Exchange Server with password policies such as mandatory PIN or password usage, minimum PIN or password length, and PIN and password resetting over the air.

EAS also allows you to control the number of incorrect PINs or passwords that can be entered before all data is deleted from the device. EAS support also gives administrators the ability to remotely perform a factory reset to wipe a device of all data and configurations.

My Xperia

Included for free with all Xperia devices, My Xperia is a set of basic free tools that may be suitable for the management of devices within a smaller company, or where security concerns are considered less of a priority. My Xperia is used in conjunction with a registered Google account on the handset and the web interface is available from myxperia.sonymobile.com.

My Xperia allows you to locate a misplaced handset and protects information by locking or remotely wiping all information on the device. The Locate function will pinpoint the handset on a map using the GPS functionality.  The device can be remotely locked and the existing lock screen security (e.g. pattern, PIN, password) can be replaced with a new PIN. A message can also be added to the screen for when it is found. You can choose to display a phone number where the finder can reach you. Finally, should you wish to make sure that nobody gets hold of any private information on your misplaced smartphone, you can erase your data remotely; from the internal memory, the memory card, or both.

Sony also provide device inventory solutions. Administrators can receive hardware and software inventory management tools and mobile specific data such as IP & MAC addresses to track managed devices.

3rd Party MDM

Solutions from many security and networking firms exist to manage Android devices in the field. Sony have designed Xperia handsets to be fully compatible with these by ensuring all callable native Android API code remains accessible, alongside their Sony Mobile APIs. This means it would also be possible to develop or commission a bespoke internal MDM solution should you have the available resources.

Possible MDM tasks include

  • Enforcing password policies
  • Remotely wiping the internal memory and SD card of a phone
  • Rebooting or resetting to its factory settings
  • Remotely removing or disabling individual apps
  • Device provisioning including the remote configuration of HTTP proxy settings, Wi-Fi and APN
  • Application inventory for a list of all apps installed on a device
  • Retrieving information on the usage of individual apps

Hardware inventory features exist too, making it possible to check supported hardware across all the Xperia devices in your network. In addition, you can also make an inventory of the IP network status of devices and get mobile network information for devices in the network.

Leading MDM solutions are available from from Good, McAfee, Juniper Cisco, MobileIron and AirWatch

Xperia in business – Getting Started

Implementing Sony Xperia devices for business

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become a buzzword for businesses looking to engage more proactively with their workforce. Proponents of BYOD argue workers will be more efficient with a more dynamic workflow when they are able to use a computer, smartphone or other device that is part of their daily lives away from work. For many, this also creates an ideal where the work/home balance and lines are blurred in the best way possible.

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Many IT departments and those responsible for security have shunned BYOD in the past, generally citing the network security concerns of having potentially unknown devices on the network and the possible extra support work . A traditional IT setup is one where all devices conform to a standardised specification, making the installation of software, updates and monitoring far easier. In today’s world though, such a view is fast becoming outdated outside of the most stringently locked down businesses.

mobile malwareAndroid devices have typically been regarded as the least secure smartphones. The open, self-publishing and user-regulated nature of the Play Store along with the issue of fragmentation – where different versions of the operating system are installed across a variety of devices have long been marked as reasons to avoid Android phones in business. This is in stark contrast to BlackBerrys, iPhones and Windows Phones, all benefiting from roughly standardised hardware and software in the same generations. A recent report by the Public Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Intelligence Analysis Division in America also states that 79% of all mobile malware is targeted directly at Android.

Much of this can be negated in the workplace however, by implementing well structured network policies and device management software which can be deployed to ensure the hegemony over hardware that IT departments generally require. The above report itself states that almost half of all Android users worldwide are using versions of Gingerbread, which has a number of vulnerabilities which have been fixed from 4.0 ICS onwards.

It’s clear that a “free for all” ability to connect any device to the network is a definite no. However, a modern network should allow some flexibility of devices to be connected, and then safeguard potentially sensitive materials in areas that require further access. Devices not up to the required standard(s) outlined in the IT policy will then have only limited access to company features. The best BYOD policy should allow any device, as long as the user is aware of the limitations they may face should they not meet the network’s expectations. For instance synching with your company Exchange server for work email could be allowed on any Android device, however connecting to the company Intranet to locate documents would only be allowed on newer devices enlisted with the company device management solution.

Sony Xperia Z UltraSony have been marketing this year’s Z range as suitable for business, with a host of features unique to them that should make sure they match up to most company network policies. They are also fully compatible with 3rd party device management solutions. Sony recommend reviewing AirWatch and MobileIron for those interested in how these can be implemented and the associated costs. Native Android APIs and Sony Mobile APIs are both supported. Utilising these can provide over-the-air management of settings and policies, as well as device and application commands. Device management software can provide timely updates, malware protection, restrict or check application downloads and installations, enforce settings and much more.

Mirror the screen of your Sony Xperia to you vehicle’s dash

Improving our in car entertainment systems and navigation options is something many of us at Clove are really interested in.  Not just because we like technology, but primarily because we often feel cheated by car manufacturers as to what we get for our money when in all reality a £200 smartphone can do almost the same.

I personally have already gone to some lengths to remove the clunky navigation in my vehicle and have replaced it with a Google Nexus 7.  You can read about it here.

Sony are perhaps one of the best placed companies to take this sort of install to the next level and make it more mainstream.

Already producing in car audio systems and the phones they have the experience and technology to make it happen.

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Sony Car Audio (USA) are now allowing the content of your Xperia phone to by mirrored by the in car system using App Remote on the smartphone.  It allows you to control the navigation, music and video apps using voice commands, as well as enabling you to reply to text message etc.

To achieve this you will need the appropriate in car audio system by Sony and the Xperia phone so it isn’t quite as simple as some may think but things are looking bright for the future.

See it in action in the following video:

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Z1 Black V White comparison

Side by side colour comparison of the black & white units

Are you not sure whether to opt for the white or black Sony Xperia Z1?

We have put together this brief video to show you the differences between the two colours, to help you make the decision.

New Sony Xperia to have waterproof headphone jack

We posted earlier today that Sony are teasing us with the new Xperia that is set to be announced on the 4th September.

One small but important thing that seems to be appearing on the new device is a waterproof headphone jack.

If we are interpreting the image correctly there is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge of the phone and it appears there is no cover over it like the current Xperia Z.

The S4 Active from Samsung has had a waterproof headphone jack and the cover over the port on the existing Z has been a frustration for many users including Charlie in our office at Clove who uses the Z.

It is understandable why Sony had previously had a cover over the socket, but it would seem now that a waterproof coating has been applied to the jack to allow it to be exposed. We will find out more and know for sure on the 4th.

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