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Xperia Z3 Compact Flat Themes – The Android Lollipop Experience

Can’t wait for the Android Lollipop update? You can install these themes to enjoy the Lollipop experience!

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March 5, 2015 Album App Update

Z3 Compact: Updated Album App (2015-03-02)

Sony recently pushed an update to the Album App this morning. The the most noticeable changes were the following:

  • Slight design improvements to align with the Lollipop interface (new fonts and flatter icons)
  • Ability to move photos into separate folders (users can use this feature to manage and move their photos into separate folders)

To get the update, head over the updater app and download the update. Enjoy!

Xperia Updates: Walkman and Weather app

Walkman Update
Walkman Update
Weather Update
Weather Update

Sony has released their updates today (20:45 GMT+8) on their Walkman and Weather apps. It includes minor fixes and the ability to control such apps in your Sony smart-watch. Personally, I think this update is optional for non Sony smart-watch users. However, if you prefer to keep you’re apps updated, just head to the update center and update your stock apps! Enjoy!

Make those birthday entries appear in your Sony Xperia Z3 Calendar widget (or any other Sony Stock Calendar widget)!

Stock Calendar Widget for Xperia Z3 Compact
Stock Calendar Widget for Xperia Z3 Compact

Recently, I was able to get an Xperia Z3 Compact phone. It’s a small phone with a stellar performance. However, after days of tinkering, I was not able to find a way to make those birthday entries appear in the calendar widget even though they appear in the stock calendar app itself.

I did not lose any hopes of finding the solution. I tried using a different widget and other calendar apps but I still came back to the stock Xperia calendar app (its nice and clean!). And then, a wild thought appeared. “What if I try to install Google Calendar and use its widget instead?”. I was hesitant at first because the stock Google Calendar widget app sucks in Jelly Bean and Kitkat. However, recently, I read that Google updated its design to reflect their “Material” design language. So I told myself, “This could work. I have to try Google Calendar again.”. To be honest, material design of Google calendar was indeed fantastic compared to other Google apps that really suck in my opinion (I’m looking at you Google Play Store!). The design was so good that I wanted to ditch the stock Z3 Compact calendar. However, after trying to add find the Google calendar widget, I noticed that the a birthday calendar event was added into it! I was surprised at first. Did it fix the stock calendar bug? I hurriedly check my widget list and tried to find a “Google Calendar” widget entry again. To my surprise, it didn’t have an entry in the widget list! That is when I realized that the Google Calendar app might have fixed the problem! It may have installed the necessary functionality in order for the birthdays to sync in the stock calendar widget or it may have woken up the stock calendar. Whatever it is, it fixed what I call the birthday bug in the stock Xperia Calendar Widget! Hurrah!

Well, that was for the back story. To summarize:

In short, in order to make the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Stock Calendar Widget to show birthday entries (or any other Sony phone with such bug), just install the Google Calendar app!

Google Calendar
Google Calendar

PS: I don’t really know what will happen if you uninstall the app after the stock calendar widget was fixed since I kept the Google Calendar app installed. 😉

Quick Settings Long Press: Quickly Access additional Settings

While I was tinkering with my Xperia Z3 Compact, I stumbled upon the quick settings page in the notification toolbar. It’s handy but I was quite disappointed when I realized that it lacks some of my most needed toggles such as the GSM and WCDMA switches.

Quick Settings page long press menu.

However after a few days, I discovered that if you long press a specific tile in the quick settings bar, you can actually see additional options which you can access in order to quickly access additional settings in you phone! Very nice!

This technique also works in other tiles such as Bluetooth and WiFi so you won’t have to navigate to the app drawer and to the settings page just to change the wireless connection!