Sony Unveils Its First Xperia Handset Running Ice Cream Sandwich – Xperia neo L

Up until now, all the handsets from Sony’s NXT series of Xperia handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, including the flagship Xperia S handset. Today, the company has announced its latest addition to its Xperia line-up, the Xperia neo L, which runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

However, Sony has made quite a lot of compromises on the hardware side to make the neo L a tempting handset. The specs of the neo L are nothing to be proud of – a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 5MP camera with LED flash, a 4-inch LED-TFT screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution all inside a thick 12.2mm body powered by a 1500mAh battery. The 5MP snapper at the back of the handset is aided by an LED flash, and is also capable of recording videos in 72op HD resolution.

Internally, the neo L is similar to the Neo V, and externally, the only difference is the bigger screen and the four hardware keys on the front along with a different design. The neo L will hit the retail stores of China only at the moment at an unknown date and price. Sony should however announce the global availability of the handset soon as well.

Via – AndroidCommunity

Sony Xperia S Gets Access To PlayStation Store

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 Adds GLONASS Support To Its Xperia Handsets

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.

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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

Sony Ericsson Publishes Q4 2011 Financial Statement; ‘Intense Competition’ Leads To Heavy Losses!

Earlier today, Sony Ericsson published its earnings for the last quarter (Q4,2011) and things are certainly not looking good for the company.

The company managed to ship 9 million handsets in the last quarter, which is 0.5 million less than the quarter preceding it.  The company had managed to ship 11.2 million handsets in the same time period during 2010. The average selling price of the handset also dropped sharply from 166 Euros in Q3 to 143 Euros in the last quarter. The company also posted a whopping 227 million euros operating income loss.

The only silver lining was that the company managed to ship 28 million Xperia smartphones in 2011, which accounted for 80% of its total sales. The official press release from Sony Ericsson states that they faced heavy losses in Q4 because of “intense competition, price erosion and restructuring charges.” The company also blamed the floods in Thailand and the natural disasters in Japan, that led to shortage of some key components of its Xperia handsets, as the reason behind its losses.

Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will have a much better 2012 in terms of sales and profits. The company has already taken some drastic decisions including the Ericsson stake of the company being brought by Sony.

Pricing and Release Date of Several Unannounced Sony Smartphones Leaked

Yet another day, and yet another leak from Sony! GSMArena has published the release date and price of nearly a dozen Sony smartphones. This comes just a day after Sony Xperia Nypon and Lumquat were spotted in a leaked snap. At this rate, Sony won’t have anything to announce at the Mobile World Congress, which will be held next month.

The source of the leak is Sony India, hence the prices as well as release dates are for India. Nevertheless, cost of unlocked phones should be in the similar range in most places around the world.

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The list includes several smartphones, such as Atlas, Hayabusa, Mint, Lotus, and AFFM, that we haven’t even heard of. Mint and Hayabusa are particularly interesting because of their prime pricing. They are slated to retail for a fair bit more than the new Xperia S, which was announced at the recently concluded CES. Android Central also made the curious observation that the Atlas will be the second Android device from Sony (previously Sony Ericsson) with a Greek codename. The previous one was the Xperia Play, which went by the codename Zeus. If Sony indeed manages to release a PlayStation certified gaming smartphone for less than €300, then they might finally get the kind of success they were hoping for with the Xperia Play.

Sony Xperia Nypon And Lumquat Leak!

Sony announced the Xperia S and the Xperia Ion at the recently concluded CES in Las Vegas. Both the handsets are similar to each other, except that the Ion is meant only for the AT&T network in the United States and comes with a bigger — 4.6-inch — screen.

Now, it looks like Sony is preparing to releasing a couple of more handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. In a leaked group pic of quite a few Sony (Ericsson) handsets, two mysterious handsets have shown up as well – arguably codenamed Xperia Nypon and Lumquat.

The Nypon looks similar to the Ion but comes with a smaller 4-inch Reality Display. Internally, the Nypon is rumored to be powered by a NovaThor U8500 SoC and packs an 8MP camera at its back.

The Xperia Lumquat is the successor to the Xperia Mini, the world’s smallest phone capable of recording HD videos, and will come with a much bigger 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality Display.

Sony will be announcing both these mysterious handsets and hopefully, a few more at MWC next month. Hopefully, the company will release handsets which can compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Sony Unveils The Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX For Japan

At CES 2012, Sony (Formerly Sony Ericsson) announced two new Android phones meant only for their home market – Japan – the Xperia NX and the Xperia acro HD. Both the handsets are similar to the other two handsets announced by Sony, the Xperia S and Xperia Ion.

Both the Xperia (NX and acro) branded handsets feature a 4.6-inch LED Backlit Reality Display with mobile Bravia engine, and come with a whopping 720 (1280×720) resolution. Internally, both the handsets are powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM.

At the back of both the handsets is a 12.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor, which is also capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera in the front of the handsets for video calling. Sadly, the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in Q2 of this year. The acro HD comes with a TV Tuner, an infrared port and NFC as well.

Other features include a micro-HDMI port, 16GB of on-board memory and an 1840mAh battery on the handsets.

The Xperia NX will be available on NTT DoCoMo’s Network beginning from February this year, while the acro HD will be available sometime in March.

 

 

Sony Ericsson Nozomi Poses For The Camera Once Again

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi a.k.a Xperia HD has found its way on the Internet before its announcement, quite a few times. Now, just a couple of days before its official announcement, the handset makes one more surprise appearance. The folks over at IT Pro Portal have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the Nozomi (Xperia HD), along with some preliminary benchmark scores and specs.

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As rumored and leaked earlier, the Nozomi will come with a 4.3-inch 720p HD resolution screen. Internally, it will pack in a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 220 GPU.  The selling point of the Nozomi will be the 12MP camera at the back of the handset. While I am pretty sure it will not be an N8 killer, it will still set the bar high for other Android phones to match in the camera department. Sadly, the handset will not come with a microSD card slot, which might be a deal breaker considering the 12MP camera and its 1080p video recording capabilities.

The preliminary benchmarks don’t really paint a good picture of the Nozomi but I am sure that Sony will improve the performance of the handset with some software optimizations. Sadly, the Nozomi has ‘dated’ specs compared to all other Android handsets in the market, except for the camera, and will not be enough to get Sony back in the game.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Handsets To Get Ice Cream Sandwich In March/April 2012

Bad new Sony Ericsson Xperia owners! The company has just announced in a blog post that it will start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its entire Xperia 2011 range of handsets from end of March or early April 2012.

Sony had earlier released an official Alpha Ice Cream Sandwich based ROM for some of the Xperia branded handsets including the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and the Ray.  The company states that it will continue to share the progress report with loyal Xperia users and will also share videos of the new software running on the Xperia handsets.

So yeah, Xperia owners still need to wait for at least 3 more months before they get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich on their handset. Other Android handset manufacturers are also expected to release the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their handsets sometime around late Q1 or early Q2.

The 2011 range of Xperia handsets include the Xperia Play, Arc, Arc S, Mini, Mini Pro, Ray, Neo, Neo V, Ray and the Active. While its nice that Sony Ericsson is going to update all their handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, it would have been better if the company managed to release an official or unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich update for developers and other advanced users to try.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc HD a.k.a Nozomi Poses For The Camera Once Again

The upcoming Sony Ericsson Nozomi a.k.a the Xperia Arc HD pictures have leaked quite a few times on the Internet before. Today, another bunch of pictures of the handset have leaked online, thanks to GSMArena.

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The Nozomi will come with a 4.3-inch LCD, with a whopping 1280×720(720p) resolution. Sadly, the Nozomi will come with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, and an ageing Adreno 220 GPU. Other than this, the handset will pack in 1GB of RAM, and will come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. The phone lacks an external microSD card slot, and comes with a micro-SIM card slot.

Like the Arc, the Arc HD will also come with a mini-HDMI port. At the back of the handset is a whopping 12MP camera aided by a single LED flash. The camera is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. The Nozomi or the Arc HD will run on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and should get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after.

Sony Ericsson is expected to announce the Xperia Arc HD  at the upcoming CES 2012.