Sony Mobile’s official Twitter account today tweeted that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go, S, SL and arco S are in the final stages of testing, and that the company will release more information next week.
Sony had initially promised to update its 2012 range of selected Xperia handsets to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean by early-April. What is appalling is that while Sony has managed to update some of its lower-end Xperia devices to Jelly Bean, its 2012 flagship handset – the Xperia S – is still running a bug ridden Android 4.0.4 firmware.
The official tweet from Sony is as follows -:
Just a quick update to say we hear you re: JB 4.1 for Xperia P & Go, (S, SL, acro S and ion). Work’s in v. final stage – more news next week
Since Sony has mentioned the name of the Xperia S, SL, acro S and ion in parenthesis, it might very well be possible that the updates for these phones won’t be available immediately.
While Sony is still struggling to update its 2012 flagship devices to Jelly Bean, Samsung not only updated its 2012 flagship – the Galaxy S3 – to Jelly Bean, but also updated its 2011 flagship – the Galaxy S2 – to Android 4.1.2.
Via – Xperia Blog
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, formerly Sony Ericsson, has announced via its Developer blog that the Japanese company is adding GLONASS support to its Xperia line-up of Android smartphones.
For people unfamiliar with GLONASS, it is Russia’s implementation of GPS (Global Positioning System). GLONASS will work in conjunction with GPS and will allow Xperia handsets to connect to 24 additional satellites for better location accuracy and precision.
Sony’s Positioning Specialist, Magnus Persson, states that GLONASS when combined with GPS can improve the location accuracy by nearly 50% in areas with tall buildings like San Francisco. Persson also states that GLONASS will automatically activate itself when the GPS is struggling to get a proper location. Otherwise, it will remain unused and preserve battery life. Xperia handset owners can find detailed information about GLONASS and how it improves the location accuracy on your handset here.
Apart from the upcoming Xperia Ion and Xperia S, quite a few of the current gen Xperia handsets also support GLONASS. This includes the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Ray, Neo, Play, Live With Walkman, and the Active.
All other major Android handset manufacturers have also started adding GLONASS support in their latest high-end smartphones, including the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Apple iPhone 4S. In fact, Samsung has started including a Barometer in its handsets (Galaxy Note) for ultra-quick GPS lock times as well.
Via – The Verge
Along with the Galaxy Note, AT&T also announced Sony Ericsson’s first ever 4G LTE handset, the Xperia Ion. The Ion is also the first dual-core touting phone from the Japanese handset manufacturer.
The Xperia Ion comes with a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine with a 720p (1280×720) resolution. Internally, the handset is powered by the dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm which is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU.
“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone,” said Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Ericsson North America. “Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it.”
At the back of the Ion is a whopping 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor, which is insanely fast as well. Sony states that the camera foes from standby mode to first run in just 1.5 seconds. There is a front-facing camera on the handset as well. Both the front facing camera and the camera at the back are capable of recording videos in HD resolution.
The Xperia Ion is also a PlayStation certified phone, which gives users early access to some high-quality games specially optimized for their handset. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with SE’s Timescape UX on top of it, and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sooner than later. Like all other handsets announced by AT&T, the carrier did not announce as to when and how much the Ion will cost.