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.