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Sony show you how to unlock your bootloader

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

If you want to root or install a custom ROM on your Xperia phone or tablet, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader first. This step can be tricky to pull off, but thankfully Sony have got your back. The company released a tutorial video this week, showing precisely what to do. There are plenty of tutorials online, but this is the first we’ve seen from a major device manufacturer, and it’s pretty cool to see.

To find out if your device can be unlocked using Sony’s tutorial, check out their list of supported devices, then check out the tutorial video below!

Of course, it also bears mentioning that the process is not without risk and does require being fairly handy with computers. It also will void your device’s warranty, so don’t just unlock the bootloader for the heck of it!

Did you use the video to unlock your Xperia handset? Let us know in the comments below!

12 awesome custom watch faces for Android Wear smartwatches

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Google don’t yet officially support custom watch faces on Android Wear smartwatches like the G Watch and Moto 360, but that hasn’t stopped developers from creating hundreds of them. One popular app called Facer allows you to find new watch faces and send them to your phone, without needing to install a new app for each new watch face. In this blog, we’ll show you 10 awesome Facer watch faces and how to install them.

How to use Facer

  1. Download the Facer app from the Play Store. It’s 63p – well worth it.
  2. Visit FaceRepo.com to download watch faces. You can do this on your Android device or on your PC.  If you choose to open the downloaded file with Facer, you can skip the next step. If you download them on your PC, move the files to your Android device’s Download folder.
  3. Open Facer, then click the import ‘watch face’ buttonIt’s in the upper right and looks like a watch with a downward facing arrow inside it. Select your downloaded watch face file (either .zip or .face).
  4. Press a watch face, then click the ‘send to watch’ button. You’ll need to set your watch face to Facer if it isn’t already. Sending the watch takes up to a minute, and sometimes needs to be repeated to work properly.

Round face recommendations (Moto 360, G Watch R)

Square face recommendations (Gear Live, G Watch, SmartWatch 3)

  • Modern for Gear Live - a clean face with analogue time, date, weather.
  • Retro LCD - classic LCD look, with time, weather, battery.
  • Material Design - Android 5.0 style with time, date, weather.
  • Casio G-Shock - time and date, doesn’t grant water resistance!
  • Digital Retro - Clean retro design with time, date, battery, weather.
  • LG G3 - simple time, date, weather and battery display.

Signing off

I hope you’ve found some cool watch faces for your Android Wear smartwatch! Please recommend your favourites in the comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week!

Remote Play PS4 games on your Xperia with this controller mount

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10

One of the coolest features of Sony’s new high-end smartphones and tablets is that you can stream PlayStation 4 games on them using Remote Play. Sony have produced a special Game Control Mount for this, which wraps around a PlayStation 4 controller and holds your device. With the Mount, you turn your phone into a handheld PS4. Pretty cool, right? It’s brilliant for gaming away from your TV, or if someone else wants to use the TV to watch videos or play a different console.

Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10    Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10

The Game Control Mount is still useful even if you don’t have a PlayStation 4, too. The PlayStation 4 is one of the best controllers ever made, and works well on Android for all kinds of smartphone and tablet games. Particularly for shooters or racing games, you’ll find you have much better control with a PS4 controller compared to tapping on glass in the normal way. Emulators also work great with a PS4 controller, allowing you to play games from earlier handhelds and games consoles on your smartphone in comfort.

Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10    Sony PS4 Game Control Mount GCM10

The Game Control Mount is an official Sony product and fits the PlayStation 4 controller precisely. The micro-suction fixture can hold all smartphones and small tablets with ease. The Mount works particularly well with the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact for Remote Play, and enterprising developers are working to bring the same functionality to other devices too.

The fusion of the best games console controller ever and your mobile device is a powerful one, so make the most of it with this Game Control Mount, available in stock from Mobile Fun very soon.

For more information, including live pricing and availability, please visit the product page below.  You can also ask to be notified when the Game Control Mount is in stock, if it isn’t at the time you read this.

Thanks for checking out the article! Please leave any questions and comments below, or speak to us on Twitter @mobilefun.

5 awesome Xperia Z3 Compact cases

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Today we’re going to recommend five awesome Sony Xperia Z3 cases. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

5.  Encase FlexiFrame Bumper - BlueWhiteRedYellowPink

Encase FlexiFrame Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Bumper - BlueEncase Flexiframe Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Bumper - Pink

If you’d like to protect your Z3 Compact from drops and falls without impacting accessibility or adding bulk, then these FlexiFrame bumpers from Encase are ideal. The bumpers wrap around the edges of the phone, adding significant impact protection and a splash of colour too. This is one of the lightest case options for the Z3 Compact that still maintains a good level of protection, making it a great choice.

4. Roxfit Gel Shell Flip Plus Case - Nero BlackPolar White

Roxfit Gel Shell Flip Plus Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - Nero Black    Roxfit Gel Shell Flip Plus Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - Polar White

The Roxfit Gel Shell Flip Plus Case is altogether over-titled, but the case itself is worth it. The case comes in the traditional folio form factor, with a flip cover protecting the screen from damage and giving you a place to store a credit card. The case is slim for a folio, ensuring the phone can still fit in your pocket easily.

3. Rearth Ringke Fusion Case - ClearSmoke Black

Rearth Ringke Fusion Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Bumper Case - Clear    Rearth Ringke Fusion Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Bumper Case - Smoke Black

Our next case is one of Rearth’s most popular, offering good protection without obscuring the look and colour of your Xperia Z3 Compact. The case is a hybrid design, using multiple materials to instil both rigidity and impact resistance. The case includes cutouts wherever necessary and can easily be slipped on and off as necessary.

2. FlexiShield Compact Gel Case - PurpleSolid BlackFrost WhiteBlue

FlexiShield Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Gel Case - Purple    FlexiShield Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Gel Case - Solid Black

If you’re looking for protection but you don’t want to break the bank, then these budget FlexiShield Gel cases are great. You’ll get full coverage of the back and sides, with the flexible gel material protecting against minor drops and scratches alike. The case is slim too, and easy enough to take off if you want to go caseless for a while. A good array of colours completes the proposition.

1. Case-Mate Barely There - BlackClear

Case-Mate Barely There Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - Black    Case-Mate Barely There Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Case - Clear

The Barely There remains one of our most popular cases, and Case-Mate produce it for all of the biggest phones on the market – including the Z3 Compact. The Barely There uses an impact-resistant Polycore to add considerable protection in a small space, ensuring you won’t be weighed down with a thick and heavy case. The Barely There is a top choice in either colour, and a fitting place to conclude our list.

Conclusion

Thanks for checking out the article! We hope you’ve found some good Xperia Z3 Compact covers and cases. If you have any questions or want a personalised recommendation, feel free to contact us on Twitter @mobilefun or in the comments below. Have a good ‘un!

Find Sony DK48 compatible cases for Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact here

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Sony Magnetic Charging Dock DK48 for Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact

Sony produce a brilliant DK48 magnetic charging dock for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, providing easy charging and syncing through these phones’ metal connectors. The dock also works with some Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact cases, allowing you to keep your phone in its case while it’s charging.

In this article, we’ll show you exactly what cases are compatible for each phone with our new category pages. Click through to the categories directly, or read on for a quick primer on each case in the category right now!

Case-Mate Barely There

Case-Mate Barely There Sony Xperia Z3 Case - BlackCase-Mate Barely There Sony Xperia Z3 Case - Clear

The Barely There is one of the most popular mobile phone cases in the world. The Barely There combines a good base level of protection with slim dimensions, adding minimal bulk and weight to your handset. The Barely There is available in two colours:

Case-Mate Tough Case

Case-Mate Sony Xperia Z3 Tough Case - Black    Case-Mate Sony Xperia Z3 Tough Case - Black

The Tough Case is a more durable version of the Barely There that boasts better drop protection. The Tough Case is thicker than the Barely There and comes in just one colour at the moment:

Krusell Malmo Texturecover

Krusell Malmo Texturecover Sony Xperia Z3 Case - Black    Krusell Malmo Texturecover Sony Xperia Z3 Case - Pink

The Krusell Malmo Texturecover is a slim case with an urban design. The case protects the four corners of your smartphone’s upper fascia, leaving the sides fully accessible. The Texturecover is available in three different colours for both the Z3 and Z3 Compact:

IMAK Shell Case

IMAK Sony Xperia Z3 Shell Case - 100% Clear    IMAK Sony Xperia Z3 Shell Case - 100% Clear

The IMAK Shell Case is a pretty, 100% clear case for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. The case is made from a tough polycarbonate, covering the back and corners of the phone.

Encase Polycarbonate Shell Case

Polycarbonate Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Shell Case - 100% Clear    Polycarbonate Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Shell Case - 100% Clear

The Polycarbonate Shell Case is a similar case to the IMAK, with a slim build and 100% clear finish. The polycarbonate case should provide good scratch protection for your phone, as well as a little bit of drop protection.

Conclusion

I hope you found these selections helpful. Any questions or comments? Leave them in the comments below, on Twitter @mobilefun or on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.