Sony to fix Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 C sound issues, Z2 Compact on the horizon?
Apparently, Sony's Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for its Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compact smartphones contained a malfunction which led to sound sometimes being directed to the phones' earpieces, instead of their internal speakers. The bug resulted in some users having their notifications, alarms, videos, and ringtones quietly blasting from their smartphones' earpieces. That must have been rather awkward.
Luckily, Sony will intervene with a software fix as early as next week. Here's the company's brief statement:
“Sony Mobile Communications would like to provide an update in response to reports around abnormal audio functionality and quality; that some users may be experiencing on their Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact devices after upgrading to Android 4.4 KitKat. We have identified this issue on some units of these models, and measures have been taken to swiftly deliver a solution for our users. A fix for the issues will be included in a new software release that will start rolling out from next week (w/c 7/04), with exact availability and timing varying by operator and market.”
In other news, the unannounced Xperia Z2 Compact allegedly passed through the FCC under the moniker "Altair". The phone's model number is SO-04F, designated for the Japanese telecom NTT DoCoMo. It succeeds the Xperia Z1 Compact's model number SO-03F, while the published schematic looks very much like an expected successor to the Z1 Compact, similar front camera placement and all. In addition, Japanese parts seller Moumantai has already listed a back cover replacement for the Sony SO-04F that looks the part. Check it out in the gallery below.
All in all, that's fairly solid evidence that the Xperia Z2 Compact is happening. Its ancestor, the Xperia Z2, was one of the highlights at this year's MWC, sporting muscular hardware and premium design. Sadly, an US carrier is yet to bring it to the States.
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2798; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Altair. Sony really likes astronomy lol. So do I :)
3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2798; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Altair is a star. And Z2 was Sirius and Z2 Tablet was Castor. All of them are stars.
7. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Also, 2012 phones were food. Pepper, tapioca, and coconut to name a few.
4. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
The Z2 hasn't even hit the stores yet, and Z2 Compact is in the pipeline already? The Z1S and Z1 Compact are relatively new to the market, too.
6. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
Sony tends to have a Japan-first mentality for its phones, indeed their best are kept for Japan (like the au-exclusive UL).
Speaking of which if they had popped up the Z2C sooner I probably would've taken it over the XPERIA A (Z1C came a bit late too).
8. express77 (unregistered)
the problem was that z1 compact came too late. this means z1c has competition which is z2c itself. [i know there are some competition from sharp and other oems but there is no competition from top oems].
15. buccob (Posts: 1432; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well, if they differentiate the Z2 Compact a little... like making the screen 4.5", or focusing a bit more on speakers (dual)... it might have a different target altogether...
Z1 C is still one of the smallest flagship on Android today... (from Top OEMs).. but a slightly bigger 4.5" screen Z2 Compact would fit users like me, that do not want a small screen with virtual buttons...
Also the Z2 Compact will probably drop the ASF like the Z2 did... and that is actually a reason for me to get the Z1 Compact... I have experienced first hand so many drops that haven't end in cracked screen on my current Xperia that I ended up loving this misunderstood feature.
What I am really worried about is the frame bending on all of those models... I though having a smaller device like the Z1 C instead of the big Z1 would help preventing the aluminum frame bending... but apparently it is not so.
9. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
Oh yeah give me Z2C. Z1C is great but screen isn't as good as competitors but if Z2's screen is as good as everybody claim, Z2C will rock.
10. SonyPS4 (Posts: 253; Member since: 21 May 2013)
COme on Sony. Destroy all fake mini by Samsung, HTC, LG.
11. vishalaestro (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
this issue was present in xperia L also and sony was not looking after it .
12. omar300 (Posts: 183; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
oh man thats pretty sad to hear.
My Z1 was playing a video from earpiece thats when i realized this issue but i have unlocked my phone's bootloader and modded it to some intense level so i just blamed myself for my phone being weird.
good to know sony is working on fix.
now you will get a fix too, if not directly from sony then from xda. ;)
16. vishalaestro (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
i would say stock android is the way to go for less buggy phone.
13. techperson211 (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
This is what I love about sony giving customer PREMIUM PRODUCT in a fast pace world of technology . Sony doesn't care about how many they sold as long as they are the front runners in technology . Kudos sony for steady getting the top honcho of smart phones . Although I have my Z1c I'll just wait for Z3compact. I'm sure Z2compact is another beast phone.
14. zachattack (Posts: 571; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
I think they should focus on getting the z2 released in the U.S. first... wtf Sony