Sony Tablet S Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Beginning from today, Sony has officially started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Japanese company’s first ever Android tablet, the Tablet S. Along with the bump in the Android OS version to Ice Cream Sandwich, Sony has also added some new features like a single motion panorama photo mode and the ability to directly access any SD connected to the tablet.

Below is the full change-log of the update -:

  • Enhanced lock screen
    • Direct access to Notifications
    • Unlock direct to camera
  • New panoramic camera mode
  • Enhanced Gallery media viewer
    • Direct SD card access + photo editing tools
  • Exclusive “Small Apps’ for multi-tasking
    • Calculator, Browser, Remote Control
    • Move to screen edge for reduced clutter
  • New Home Screen actions
    • Drag icons together to create folders
    • Add names to folders
  • Enhanced web browser
    • Switch from mobile to desktop web sites
    • Save pages for offline viewing
  • Access files directly from SD card
  • Native screenshot capture
    • Press “power” and “Volume –“

The OTA update is already live, and an update notification should automatically pop-up the next time users connect their Tablet S to a Wi-Fi network. Sony is also celebrating the ICS update by giving a $50 instant rebate along with a desktop cradle free to anyone who picks up a Tablet S until May 12th.

Via – Sony Blog

Sony Rolls Out The Android 4.0 Update For Xperia Arc S, Neo V And Ray In India

Sony has already announced that all the Xperia smartphones launched in 2011 will be updated to the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, there was a long delay due to some unknown reasons. Last week, we posted that Sony finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the popular Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.

Sony has also promised that the company will roll out the Android 4.0 update for Xperia smartphones in other countries over the next 4-6 weeks. Xperia smartphone users in India has a reason to cheer. Sony has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo v and Xperia Ray smartphones in India.

xperia ray

The latest update comes with improved performance, Face Unlock, re-sizable widgets, improved web browser, new widgets, new dialer, new task switcher, improved lock screen, data Consumption monitor, quick response for incoming calls, group calendar, group Phonebook, voice search, take screenshot without any app and much more.

Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your device using the PC Companion suite. After updating the device, flash support will be disabled, but this can be easily fixed by downloading the latest Adobe Flash player from the Google Play Store.

Other Xperia smartphones such as the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will get the Android 4.0 update before the end of Q2 of 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sony Starts Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray

After quite a few announcements, and a delay, Sony is all set to start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its handsets. Initially, Sony is only rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and the Ray. The update will be available for Xperia owners in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway, and will roll-out to more countries over the next 4-6 weeks.

If you own an operator branded Xperia handset, the update might take some more time to show up. Users can check whether the software kit for their operator and region is available or not from here. The software update is not an OTA one, and users need to use Sony’s PC Companion to install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their handset.

Owners of Xperia Arc, Neo, Mini, Play, Live with Walkman, active and Pro will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of May or early June. Sony has also promised to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its current flagship phone, the Xperia S, sometime in Q2 of this year.

Sony Xperia S Launched In India For Rs.32,549

Sony Mobile Communications finally launched the much-awaited Sony Xperia S in India. This handset was originally announced and showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. The Sony Xperia S is the first smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series. This handset currently runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. However, the company will roll out the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System in the coming months.

P. Balaji, Managing Director, Sony Mobile Communications India, said,

“Now, as part of the Sony group, we are in an even stronger position to bring connected entertainment experiences to consumers in India. Bringing together the best of Sony’s electronics, networked services and content, the Xperia smartphone is a cornerstone to enjoy entertainment in this connected world.”

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, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 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 and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, up to 25 hrs music 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 S is also a PlayStation certified smartphone. This handset is currently available in 2 colors – Black and White. The Sony Xperia S comes with a price-tag of Rs.32,549 in India. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia P, Xperia U and the recently announced Xperia Sola will hit the Indian market by the end of Q2 2012.

Sony Xperia S Display Suffering From Yellow Tint Issue

It has hardly been a week since the Xperia S from Sony hit the shelves in various regions of the world, and reports are already flowing in about issues with the handset. Quite a handful of Xperia S owners are reporting a yellowish tint issue with the LED-backlit display of the handset. The yellowish tint is present at the bottom part of the screen, and is clearly visible under direct sunlight or when displaying content with white background.

Thankfully, Sony, unlike other manufacturers, has come clean on this matter and has decided to service these phones free of cost. Here is the official statement from Sony on this matter -:

Sony Mobile Communications has identified that the display on a limited number of Xperia S smartphones may show a slight yellow tint if exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. This is limited to a small number of units and the cause of this has been corrected. Any consumer observing this slight yellow tint on the display of their Xperia S is welcome to contact their local customer service centre and Sony Mobile Communications will resolve this at no cost to the consumer.

So yeah, if your Xperia S has the yellowish tint issue, just head over to your nearest Sony service center!

Via – Se-nse

Sony Unveils Its First Xperia Handset Running Ice Cream Sandwich – Xperia neo L

Up until now, all the handsets from Sony’s NXT series of Xperia handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, including the flagship Xperia S handset. Today, the company has announced its latest addition to its Xperia line-up, the Xperia neo L, which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, Sony has made quite a lot of compromises on the hardware side to make the neo L a tempting handset. The specs of the neo L are nothing to be proud of – a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with LED flash, a 4-inch LED-TFT screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution all inside a thick 12.2mm body powered by a 1500mAh battery. The 5MP snapper at the back of the handset is aided by an LED flash, and is also capable of recording videos in 72op HD resolution.

Internally, the neo L is similar to the Neo V, and externally, the only difference is the bigger screen and the four hardware keys on the front along with a different design. The neo L will hit the retail stores of China only at the moment at an unknown date and price. Sony should however announce the global availability of the handset soon as well.

Via – AndroidCommunity

Sony Xperia S Gets Access To PlayStation Store

Sony’s latest and greatest handset for 2012, the Xperia S, is now the first phone from Sony, and the second phone ever to gain access to the PlayStation Store. For the unknown, the Playstation store provides Sony Xperia owners with access to some classic PlayStation games all specifically optimized for their phone. Until now, the Xperia Play was the only phone with access to the PlayStation store.

To gain access to the PS Store, Xperia S users need to click on the “Let’s Start PS Store” placeholder app on their phone, which will then download the PS Store APK file. Make sure you have enabled the option to install apps from ‘Unknown Sources’ from under Settings-> Applications before installing the downloaded APK file. Once installed, Xperia S owners can enjoy 100+ PS titles on their handsets. The games are a bit costly at £3.99 though.

The rest of the Xperia NXT series of handsets, including the AT&T Xperia ION, Xperia P and U  will also get access to the PlayStation Store in the coming weeks or maybe months.

Via –  AndroidCentral

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.

Sony PS Vita Sells 1.2 Million Units Worldwide

Considering that the earlier Japan release’s response was lukewarm at best and that the device was fully released to Western buyers last week, Sony’s latest handheld – the PlayStation Vita – is doing extremely well. The large brick filled to the brim with sensors and input devices and a gorgeous screen was taken to by gamers – the dual analog sticks and the release of Uncharted: Golden Abyss definitely pushing the sales of the device.


SCEI President Andy House stated that Sony will be doing whatever it can to keep this momentum up and running.

PS Vita was designed to deliver the ultimate portable entertainment experience, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the reaction we’re seeing from consumers and the pace at which PS Vita is selling .

The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.

To sustain momentum, we’re working closely with 3rd party developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software line up for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.

The software sales (digital distribution and retail chain) crossed the 2 million mark as well.

Milestone Launches Few Sony PlayStation Vita Games In India

Close on the heels of the PlayStation Vita‘s India launch, Milestone India has announced the launch of few EA titles to ensure that you continue to have a blast on the PlayStation Vita. The games are priced between ₹2,199 to ₹2,799.

PS Vita

The games that were launched and their launch prices include:

While these are available right now, scheduled for mid March is Unit 13, a third-person shooter with support for the Vita’s dual Analog sticks.

Here’s hoping Milestone will bring in more Vita games for all the Vita gamers out there! Have you purchased any of the above games? Drop in a comment and let us know!