Sony Announces Xperia Tablet S with Remote Control and Multi-user Mode

The Xperia tablet that was introduced to us by the way of leaked slides is now official. A short while back, Sony announced the new Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012. The new tablet shares a lot of the design traits of the original Sony Ericsson Tablet S; however, there are improvements and tweaks all around.


The new Xperia Tablet S is slimmer and lighter, and has a diagonal length of 9.4 inches. The specs revealed in the leaked slides were bang-on, and the Xperia tablet comes with an NVidia Tegra 3 chipset, a 1080p IPS display, expandable memory, and 6000 mAh battery. The tablet will hit the shelves with Ice Cream Sandwich; however, a Jelly Bean upgrade is in the works.

The Tablet S is gorgeous and powerful. However, even that might not be enough to guarantee success in the crowded tablet market. And, Sony knows this. The Japanese electronics giant has thrown in quite a few nifty goodies to give the Tablet S an edge.

On the content front, Sony is integrating its multimedia service titled Music and Video unlimited that provides full access to Sony’s online music and video catalogue for a flat subscription fee. 5 GB storage in PlayMemories (Sony’s cloud storage service) is also thrown in.


On the software front, Sony has added a WatchNow app which will act as your personalized TV guide. It will recommend TV shows based on your social stream and viewing preferences, allow you to checkin to TV shows, and talk about your favorite series over various social networks.

Like its predecessor, the Xperia tablet features an IR emitter, which enables it to act as a programmable universal remote. The improved remote control app now supports macros, which will allow you to pre-configure a sequence of commands.

Finally, the Xperia Tablet S features a guest mode, which is great if you are going to share the tablet with your family and friends. Guests will have their own set of preferences and apps, and can be restricted from accessing certain stuff.


As you might expect, Sony is also going to launch a host of accessories for the Tablet S. The most attractive among them is the Microsoft Surface like smart-cover, which is essentially a cover that can double up as a keyboard. There is also a docking stand that can come in handy when you want to get some serious work done on the tablet. Both of these accessories will cost about $100. Other accessories include a dock speaker ($130), a case ($80 for leather and $51 for non-leather), a charging cradle ($40), and a stand ($25).

The Xperia Tablet S will launch on September 7 with the 16 GB version costing $400 and the 32GB and 64 GB models going for $500 and $600 respectively.

Sony Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 ICS Update For 2011 Xperia Handsets

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, Sony has once again turned its attention to its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets. The Japanese company has announced in a blog post that starting from this week, it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia arc S, Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia Mini, Xperia Pro, Xperia active and the Xperia ray.

The Android 4.0.4 update will not bring with it any new features or changes on-board, but will include a bunch of bug-fixes along with improved stability and performance. This update should fix most of the issues and bugs plaguing Xperia owners, ever since they installed the original ICS update on their handset.

Sony will also roll out this update to the Xperia mini Pro, neo L and Live with Walkman “over the next few weeks”.

If you are an Xperia user and have not already installed the ICS update on your phone, then you will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update. If you are already running ICS on your handset, then the update will be available to you via OTA as well, albeit a bit late.

Renders and Details of Unreleased Sony Xperia Tablet Leak Out

Sony’s unannounced Xperia tablet has been leaked out. Rumoured to be released in September 2012, pictures and specifications of the successor to the Tablet S have been posted on XDA-Developers.

The renders show off what looks to be a ~10″ 1280×800 screen, along with a fairly thick bezel. The regular array of buttons, I/O, and cameras are present. Regular kit in this day and age for a tablet; power button, volume rocker, front facing 1MP camera, 8MP shooter with a cutout for an LED flash…

But look carefully at this next side-profile render. Sony has decided to go with what can only be explained as a “comb-over”. It’s what people do with their hair when they have no idea what the hell do with their hair. Sony must really be out of designs with this one. There’s no need for a large hump, an 8MP sensor is not thick enough to warrant a bump like that. The entire back section is likely housing a battery. The battery is flat, there’s no hump in the 6000mAh battery being used. It seems it’s purely aesthetics. Scratch that. Assthetics.

The Tegra3 powered tablet is reported to be announced in September, and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants for $449, $549, and $649. The only upside to purchasing this tablet, should the render ring true, is that it will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich.

If Sony’s track record tells you anything, it’s to learn to enjoy the release of Android that your unit ships with. When Google releases new code, Sony will most likely decide to skip your device updates in a transparent attempt and getting you to upgrade. Just be happy they didn’t put a Memory Stick Duo Pro slot in, instead of a microSD one.

Sony Xperia U and Sola Get Firmware Update – Fixes Signal Disappearing Issue

Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for a couple of its 2012 range of Xperia handsets — Xperia U and Sola — that fixes tons of bugs on these devices. The most notable change brought about by the .184 firmware update is the signal disappearing issue fix, which should please all Sola and U owners out there.

The firmware update also fixes some other major bugs like the low in-call earphone volume, poor battery life, touch screen sensitivity, random Wi-Fi disconnections,  and random restarts or freezes. There is an improvment in the overall performance of the phone as well.

There are quite a lot of other bugs that the firmware does not fix though, including MTP driver issues and display flickering when auto-brightness is enabled. The full list of bugs that have been fixed and are yet to be fixed can be found here.

Sony will soon start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, and the updates for the Sola and U should follow soon. Hopefully, the ICS update for these devices will not contain these bugs, and will be relatively bug free.

Looking at the amount of bugs the handsets (Sola and U) shipped with, Sony should have had done more testing with the firmware. It is completely unacceptable that a phone be shipped with such serious issues right out of the box, and owners need to wait 2-3 months for any kind of fix.


Sony 2011 Xperia Handsets Might Just Get Jelly Bean

Last week, Sony’s PR commented on a question regarding the Jelly Bean update for its 2011 Xperia devices saying that the handsets won’t be getting the update. Thankfully, Sony has provided a quick update about the Jelly Bean update for its Xperia 2011 devices on its blog today. The company stated that the “local spokesperson gave information in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.”

However, this does not mean that the handsets will be getting Jelly Bean. Sony is still investigating whether its 2011 Xperia devices are capable of running Jelly Bean or not. Here is the full official statement from Sony -:

A quick note – during a Q&A session last week on our Sony Mobile GB Facebook page, a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.

We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned.

As always, feel free to drop a question below and keep your eyes fixed on the blog, as we’ll be bringing you more on our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia P and other 2012 Xperia smartphones over the next couple of weeks.


Xperia owners, don’t lose hope yet! Jelly Bean might just come to your handset.

Leaked Slides Reveal Sony Xperia Tablet

Several slides, purportedly from Sony, have surfaced online, which offer a sneak peak at Sony’s next Android tablet. In spite of inspired design, Sony’s (then Sony Ericsson) first shot at the tablet market turned out to be a major disappointment. However, the Japanese electronics giant is not giving up.


The new tablet is going to use the Xperia branding, which has so far only been used for smartphones. The new Xperia tablet will sport a slim, splash proof aluminum body with sandblasted, anodized finish that will be only 8.8mm thick. Sony will retain the wedge design, and 9.4-inch display (1280×800) that we saw in the Tablet S.

The Sony Xperia Tablet SGPT1211 will be powered by Tegra 3, and feature PlayStation certification, along with integration with Sony Entertainment Network. It will feature an 8-megapixel rear-cam, and a 1-megapixel front-cam.


Sony is also planning to release a bunch of accessories, including a charging cradle, dock speaker, dock stand, tablet stand, carrying case, and LCD screen protector.

According to the source, the Xperia tablet will launch in time for the holiday season. Although the slides suggest that the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants are going to cost $450, $550, and $650 respectively, the tipster believes that all of the units will retail for $50 less than the earmarked price.

Sony Xperia 2011 Handsets To Not Get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

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 Announces Xperia Miro with Deep Facebook Integration

Sony-Xperia-MiroEarlier today, we wrote about the new Sony Tipo. However, that is not the only new Android smartphone that Sony has announced recently. Sony’s Facebook page is teasing another new Xperia handset. This one is called the Xperia Miro. On top of this, Sony will be holding its own event in Singapore on June 20 to announce several new Xperia smartphones.

The Miro appears to be a mid-range device targeted at Facebook aficionados. Besides featuring deep Facebook integration, it will be capable of performing a few novelty tricks like using illumination to notify about Facebook messages and social updates. Sony hasn’t divulged anything about the processor, but it’s a safe bet to assume that it will be a dual core device. The Miro will feature a 3.5’’ screen, 5 megapixel rear cam, front cam of unknown resolution, DLNA, and a large battery. It will be launching with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on-board.

Xperia Miro has the potential to be quite the draw among the youth (especially the ladies), if priced sensibly. However, we will probably have to wait at least a week to know more, including its launch date and price.

Sony Starts Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 Update To Xperia Handsets

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 Unveils The Xperia GX and NX For Japan

Sony has just unveiled two new Android powered handsets for its home market (Japan) – the Xperia GX and Xperia SX. The Xperia GX is the bigger and better of the two, and sports a 4.6-inch HD display with 720p HD resolution and Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine. It will also sport a whopping 13MP camera at its back aided by an LED flash. The handset has a pretty slim profile, and looks similar to the Xperia Arc/Arc S.

The Xperia SX will sport a much smaller 3.7-inch Braiva Reality Display with qHD (960×640) resolution. Sony also claims that the NX is the lightest LTE handset around in the market. Internally, both the handsets are powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. At the back of the handset is an 8MP Exmor R sensor aided by an LED flash.

The handsets run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sony’s custom UI on top of it, and also use on-screen navigation buttons like the Galaxy Nexus. Some Japan specific features like Mobile Wallet, Infrared and Mobile TV will also be present, along with support for LTE networks. The handsets should hit the retail market of Japan sometime this summer.

The Xperia NX and GX are way better than the Xperia NXT line-up of handsets that are available from Sony all over the world. Sadly, these handsets will not be available outside Japan for some strange reason known only to Sony. It looks like Sony is intentionally killing itself by not releasing outstanding phones outside of Japan.

Via – Se-Nse