Android 2.3.4 Now Arriving For This Year’s SE Xperia Models

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Sony Ericsson has been talking big about bringing Android 2.3.4 to its lineup of 2011 Xperia smartphones for a while now. We had been expecting those updates to start showing up in October, but it looks like they’re already on their way to users now.

Earlier today we talked about the update arriving for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo. We’re now hearing confirmation that the firmware is also out for the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc; there’s been no word yet on the Pro.

As promised, the update is full of goodies, including Swype’s virtual keyboard. It looks like the Play didn’t get it, but the Neo and Arc can now use their 2D cameras to take 3D pictures, using Sony Ericsson’s 3D Panorama software, letting you view your creations later on a 3D-capable television.

All models can now take screenshots with ease, and the inclusion of SE’s “Facebook inside Xperia” UI melds social networking tools into Androids’s core. You’ll be able to start video chatting with the latest Google Talk. Then there are also a whole mess of other, smaller, changes, like playlist control, automatic screen brightness, and new power-up animations. If you don’t feel like waiting, you can track down firmware images through the source link below.

Source: Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog

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