Sony Rolling Out The Android 4.0 Update For Xperia U, Go And Sola

Earlier this year, Sony has unveiled a number of smartphones running on the Android Operating System. The worst part was that almost all of the devices unveiled before June was powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Xperia Neo L is the company’s first device, which runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS out of the box.

In this post, we’ll focus on the Sony Xperia U, Xperia Go, Xperia Sola. These mid-range devices were launched during the first half of 2012 and was powered by the Android 2.3 OS. Today, the manufacturer finally started rolling out the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS for these smartphones.

The latest update brings with some usability improvements, applications multitasking, new lock/unlock features, Face Unlock, mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, home screen folders and more. Xperia Sola will get an additional new feature called as Glove Mode. It is basically an extension of the floating touch technology that allows the owners of Xperia Sola to use the device in the cold while wearing gloves. Check out the complete features below.

Features;

  • New ways to experience your tunes, images, videos and films with Sony’s media applications – Walkman, Album and Movies.
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption).
  • Lock screen with improved functionality.
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization.
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption.
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications.

The latest update will not be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). To update your Xperia U, Go and Sola smartphones, you will need manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier. To learn more, head over to this page.

Unlocked Sony Xperia S, P And Sola Goes On Sale In The US

Back in January, Sony announced the Sony Xperia S smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. It is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. Next month, Sony announced the Xperia P at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Later in March, the company announced the unique Xperia Sola with “Floating Touch” technology.

The Sony Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia Sola runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. The Xperia S has already received the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update. However, the Xperia P and Xperia Sola are scheduled to get this update in the coming weeks. These smartphones are already available for purchase in most of the European and Asian markets. However, the folks living the US were left behind. Sony online store and Newegg has finally started selling the unlocked version of these devices in the US. If you are planning to get one of these, then check out the complete specs below.

Sony Xperia S:

sony xperia s

Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, GPS with aGPS, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia P:

Sony Xperia S features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, Timescape UI, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera, USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), up to 80 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1305 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola:

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Floating Touch, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, HD (720p) video recording, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Micro USB support, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

[ Buy Sony Xperia S for $469.99 ]

[ Buy Sony Xperia P for $388.99 ]

[ Buy Sony Xperia Sola for $299.99 ]

Sony Xperia Sola Launched In India For Rs.20,449

Earlier this year, Sony Mobile Communications unveiled the unique Sony Xperia Sola smartphone. It is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. This technology allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page.

This handset was already up for pre-order at major online retailers from the last couple of weeks. Today, Sony Mobile Communications officially launched this amazing handset in India. This device runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, Sony will roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update shortly after launch. Sony has also partnered with Tata Docomo to offer free 3G data usage as well as exclusive games for the Xperia Sola owners.

Mr Sunil Tandon, Head of Non-Voice Services, Tata Teleservices Limited, said:
“At Tata Docomo, we have always strived to take the mobility experience to newer levels and add new dimensions to our range of handsets, since they are an important element of our ecosystem. Partnering with Sony Mobile will enable us to provide customers with a compelling proposition—that of accessing free data services (up to 3GB) on Tata Docomo platform, making for a new and invigorating mobility experience on Xperia Sola.”

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Micro USB support, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola comes with a price-tag of Rs.20,449 (approx. $370) in India. Tata Docomo 3G pre-pay customers will get 3 GB of free data for three months, while the post-pay 3G customers will be get 1 GB data per month for three months. On the other hand, Tata Docomo 2G pre-pay customers will get 3 GB free data usage for 90 days and 300 minutes of local Tata to Tata calling, while Tata Docomo 2G postpay customers will get 1 GB free data usage per month for the next three months, along with 100 minutes of local Tata to Tata calling per month for three months.

Sony Xperia Sola Up For Pre-Order In India For Rs.19,999

Back in March, Sony Mobile Communications announced the amazing Sony Xperia Sola smartphone. It is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. This handset will ship with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update will be rolled out soon after the launch. Sony Xperia Sola is NFC enabled and it comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags.

Sony’s floating touch allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India has already started taking the pre-orders of this unique smartphone. Check out the pre-order price and complete specs after the break.

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, GPS with A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, Micro USB support, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Sola is currently available for pre-order for Rs.19,999. This handset will be available in Black and Red colors. To get this handset, head over to this page at Flipkart.

Sony Xperia Sola Announced; Comes With Floating Touch Technology

Sony Mobile Communications recently unveiled the new Xperia Sola smartphone. Sony Xperia Sola is the company’s first device to feature the unique “Floating Touch” technology. Sony’s floating touch allows the users to navigate the web by hovering their finger above the screen, without actually touching the screen. Once the link is found, it can be highlighted and a simple tap will load the page. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, Sony will roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update shortly after launch.

Calum MacDougall, Head of Xperia Marketing for Sony Mobile Communications, said,

“Xperia sola comes with the power of Sony and a sense of magic with floating touch, giving consumers a fun new way to browse the web and latest technology to show off. With Xperia SmartTags out of the box and access to the latest content through Sony Entertainment Network, Xperia sola is perfect for consumers looking for ease of use and the best in entertainment in a smart and innovative smartphone.”

sony xperia sola

Sony Xperia Sola features a 3.7 inch Reality display, sporting a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Floating Touch, Xperia Timescape, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with Flash, 16x digital zoom, Face detection and Geotagging, HD (720p) video recording, Facebook inside Xperia, DLNA Certified, Native USB tethering, NFC (Near Field communication), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 3D surround sound, Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP, PlayNow service, Google Play, NeoReader barcode scanner, A-GPS, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Micro USB support, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 40 hrs of music playback time, up to 6 hrs of video playback time, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 470 hrs of stand-by time and a 1320 mAh battery.

This handset measures 116 x 59 x 9.9 mm and weighs just 107 grams. Sony Xperia Sola is NFC enabled and it comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags. This handset will be available in 3 colors – Black, White and Red. The price of this device will be announced soon. Sony Xperia Sola will be available for purchase from Q2 of 2012. Check out the videos after the break.