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.

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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 Ericsson Confirms Its 2011 Range of Xperia Handsets Will Get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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 Éclair 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 Xperia Neo V Announced

Sony Ericsson recently introduced a new smartphone in its Xperia range of phones, the Xperia Neo V. This handset is the successor of the original Xperia Neo smartphone. It is the first device which comes with the new 3D camera functionality from Sony. Xperia Neo V runs on the latest Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, etc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V comes with the new 3D sweep panorama technology, which allows you to capture and view images in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output. It also allows you to video chat with your Google Talk friends, thanks to the latest version of the Android OS.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V Specifications:

  • 3.7 inch reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • HD video (720p) recording
  • Stereo Bluetooth with A2DP
  • PlayNow service
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • Android Market
  • WebKit Web browser
  • 3D games
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • GPS with aGPS
  • DLNA Certified
  • HDMI support
  • Micro USB support
  • TV Out
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality
  • Up to 320 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandabe memory
  • 2 GB microSD card included
  • Up to 31 hrs music playback time
  • Up to 7 hrs 25 min video playback time
  • Up to 6 hrs 55 min talk-timr
  • Up to 430 hrs stand-by time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Xperia Neo v will be available in 3 different colors – White, Blue Gradient and Silver. This handset will be available in select markets from Q4 of 2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.