Last month, Sony rolled out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo V smartphones. The company has also confirmed that the popular Xperia Play gaming smartphone will not get the Android 4.0 update. This is definitely a bad news for the Xperia Play owners, but we have good news for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo owners.
Sony has finally rolled out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo smartphones. The latest update is numbered 4.1.B.0.431 and it bumps the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo to Android 4.0.4 OS. It comes with some usability improvements and applications multitasking, Face Recognition (Face Unlock), mobile data management, improved text input and spell checking, improved menu structure and much more.
Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your phone, just by connecting you phone to the computer. It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. If you find any new features after updating your device, then do let us know in the comments section below.
Sony Ericsson has confirmed in a blog post that their 2011 range of Xperia handsets will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The 2011 range of Xperia handsets include the Arc S, Arc, Play, Neo, Neo V, Xperia Mini, Mini Pro, Xperia Active, Xperia Ray and the recently released Live with Walkman. The company did not mention as to when the update will be available for the handsets. Users should not expect the update to be available anytime before early next year.
All Sony Ericsson handset owners out there will definitely appreciate this move from the company. It is also nice to see that Sony Ericsson have learnt from their mistakes in the past. The company was heavily criticized for launching the Xperia X10 back in 2010 with an outdated version of Android, and then taking ages release the Android 2.1 Ã‰clair update. Finally the company stop providing further Android updates for the phone, while the handset was clearly powerful enough to run Android 2.2 FroYo and Android 2.3. After a lot of criticism, the company did a U-turn and released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the X10, but only for the unlocked and un-branded variants.
Nevertheless, it is nice to see Sony improving on its disastrous image of Android OS updates for their handsets. Now, only if the company could match other Android manufacturers in terms of raw hardware specifications!
Sony Ericsson has officially announced that it has started rolling out a new software update for its 2011 range of Xperia branded handsets. In fact, the roll out of the update started last week itself.
The new software update brings Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to all Xperia handsets, along with some other enhancements. For Xperia phones with a front camera, Sony Ericsson has included the latest version of Google Talk, with video chatting capabilities. The Facebook Inside Xperia feature has also been enhanced with features like app sharing, liking an app etc.
The update also brings 3D sweep panorama functionality to the handsets. Post the software update, Xperia owners would also be able to use their phone as a mobile-PC by connecting USB peripherals via the Sony Ericsson LiveDock. Other features which Xperia owners can enjoy post the update include swipe like text-input, and ability to take screenshots.
The update also enables 720p HD recording on the Xperia Play. Surprisingly, the official change-log from Sony Ericsson does not state anything about this feature. At the moment, the update is being rolled out in the Nordic countries only. The 2011 range of Xperia handsets include Arc, Neo, Ray and the Play.
Along with the Sony Ericsson Neo V, the company also announced that the 2011 range of Xperia handsets will be getting a new firmware update, sometime in October this year.
The new firmware update will bring some new features along with a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.4. With the Android 2.3.4 update, Xperia handsets users with a front-facing cam will also get to enjoy Google Talk with video chat functionality. The Facebook inside Xperia feature will also be enhanced with this update, by providing users ability to share apps and games through Facebook.
There is also a new 3D Sweep panorama feature, which will allow users to watch images in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.
Below is the whole change-log of the update-:
- Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones to be upgraded to the 2.3.4 version of the Gingerbread platform with new features including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
- Updated Facebook inside Xperiaâ„¢ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
- Xperiaâ„¢ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony.
- The software upgrade enables consumers to turn their Xperia smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDockâ„¢ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
- Swipe text input – text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
- Screen capture – allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone.
The last firmware update for all the Xperia handsets also brought a host of new features, including xLoud and themes support. It looks like Sony Ericsson has finally learnt from its previous mistake, and knows that timely software updates also play a major role in a handset’s success.
Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new software update for three of its Xperia branded handsets the Xperia Play, Neo and Arc. The software update does not bump the Android version to 2.3.4, but brings a host of welcomed features.
First and foremost, the software update adds a Themes’ section to the handset. There are five themes already pre-installed. Each theme is based on a specific color found on the Sony Ericsson logo. SE has also added xLOUD’ feature, which boost the volume of the speaker. I tried this feature on my Arc, and enabling xLOUD just increased the treble a bit.
Another feature which this software update brings is stereo quality audio recording in HD videos on the Arc and the Neo. The core apps found on these apps have also been updated. The Gallery and Music Player apps have also got minor UI enhancements, along with the launcher which now supports landscape mode. The usual performance and stability improvements are also on-board.
Sony Ericsson is slowly rolling out the update to all the Xperia handsets out there, so please be patient before you get the update via OTA.
It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.
Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.
The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.
The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.
Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.
Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.
Via – Xperia Blog
Sony Ericsson (Italy) have announced via their Facebook page that the launch of the Xperia Neo has been pushed back to July.
The reason behind the delay is due to all the havoc caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, from where Sony Ericsson’s sources its handsets part.
Here is the official statement from Sony Ericsson over the Neo’s delay :
"Xperia Neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities," Sony Ericsson said."However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperia Neo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early third quarter."
Sony Ericsson announced a bunch of Xperia branded handsets at the MWC 2011 including the highly anticipated Xperia Play. The company launched the Xperia Play and the Arc in quite a few regions of the world, last week.
The Xperia Neo is already available in certain regions of the world, but in extremely limited quantities. Hopefully, the situation in Japan will improve sooner than later and normalcy of the supply chain will be restored.