While Sony might not have had much of a success with its Android phones, the company definitely is trying its best. Beside Google, Sony is the largest contributor to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The Japanese company also helps the Android modding community by providing them with devices for development, and other proprietary binaries when needed. Sony is also the only company that has already updated its
whole nearly the whole 2011 range of Xperia handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
Sadly, it looks like Sony has decided that it won’t be bringing Jelly Bean to its 2011 devices. Commenting on a question asked on its Facebook page about the Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro Jelly Bean update, the company’s PR stated that the handsets won’t be getting the latest version of Android. Since the 2011 range of Xperia handsets pack similar internals, they should meet the same fate as well.
Sony is currently “reviewing which handsets are the best for the Jelly Bean update”. While Jelly Bean does not really bring any new features that are taxing on the hardware, it does contain many under-the-hood framework changes. In addition to this, the Ice Cream Sandwich update was already pushing the 2011 Xperia handsets to its limits, with many users complaining about sluggish performance, bugs and poor battery life.
Via – GSMArena
Sony started updating its Xperia branded handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich back in mid-April beginning with the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray. The roll-out then expanded to other regions of the world as well as to other Xperia devices like the Xperia Arc, Mini and Mini Pro.
Now, it looks like Sony has again started rolling out another software update for its Xperia handsets that bumps the Android version to 4.0.4. The update is being rolled out via OTA and weighs around 20MB in size. The update is being rolled out in certain regions of the world only at the moment, including India. There is no official change-log available, but the update should include an overall improvement in the performance and stability of the handsets along with some bug-fixes. As of now, the update is being rolled out to certain Xperia handsets only including the Xperia Arc, Arc S and the Mini/Mini Pro.
Hopefully, Sony will also be showering some Ice Cream Sandwich love on its 2012 line-up of Xperia NXT handsets including the Xperia S sooner than later. This update also makes Sony the first Android manufacturer to update its handset to Android 4.0.4, except for the Google’s Nexus series.
Now, how about updating that old Gingerbread based 2.6.35.x kernel to 3.x Sony?
Sony Ericsson has just announced a new video service for their 2011 range of Xperia branded phones Qriocity.
This new video service will allow Xperia users to buy or rent movies and/or TV shows aired on NBC, International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. etc. Users will have access to all the latest TV shows and movies, along with an extensive back catalogue.
Initially, Sony will launch the service on only two handsets the Xperia Mini and the Mini Pro and in nine countries, which include Japan, U.K, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and United States. Other Xperia handsets (Arc, Pro, Play, Acro, Neo) will get the service later this year via a software update.
With Qriocity, Sony Ericsson aims to compete with the big G’s Movie rental service, and HTC’s Watch service. The blog post from Sony does not mention anything about the average rental price of the TV shows and movies, and the duration you can rent them for. Ultimately, whichever service is cheaper will win.
Today, Sony Ericsson has announced two new feature phones, the Walkman branded Mix and the txt pro.
The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman phone looks similar to the Xperia Mini, but has the Walkman theme all over it. The phone will sport a 3-inch touch screen with WQVGA resolution. One unique feature of the Mix is that it will sport a Zappin’ button. When a user presses the button, the phone will automatically preview the chorus of the next song.
The txt pro looks similar to the Xperia Pro and packs a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard along with a 3-inch WQVGA touch screen. The handset will have a Friends’ application, which will provide users with the updates of all their friends from Facebook and Twitter.
Both the phones pack a 3.2MP camera at the back, and also include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards. Sadly, both the phones lack support for 3G. The handsets will also have a four corner UI, similar to the ones found in the Xpera Mini range of handsets.
The handsets are expected to hit the retail stores sometime in Q3 of 2011, at an unknown price.
Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Min Pro, at their on-going event in London. The Xperia Mini is the smallest phone ever to record videos in HD 720p resolution.
The Xperia Mini features a 3-inch HVGA (320×480) screen with BRAVIA display engine. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.
The back of the Mini sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The usual arrays of features and sensors GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Accelerometer, eCompass, and a 3.5mm audio port are also present. Sony Ericsson claims that the battery life of the Mini is up to 30% better than its predecessor the X10 Mini.
The Xperia Mini Pro is exactly like the Xperia Mini, except that it sports a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is labeled as a Compact QWERTY messenger’ from Sony Ericsson.
Both the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI on top of it. The company has also revised the four corner UI menu, originally found in the Xperia X10 Mini/Mini Pro.
The Mini/Mini Pro will be available in a bunch of colors including blue, dark pink, white and black. The handset will be available in retail stores all over the world by August. Here is the link to the press release.