For the third time this week, Sony Ericsson has posted another teaser image of a smartphone it plans to reveal at next week’s CES. The first picture to go up seemed to be full of subtle clues, which when taken together started to give off a very Windows Phone vibe. Next, we got a very close-up look at an upcoming Sony Ericsson Android, focusing on its camera capabilities. The latest shot gives us a nice, clear look at its featured handset (or the back of it, at least), which may be some hardware we’re not yet familiar with.
Of the handful of Sony Ericsson smartphones [...]
Yesterday, we looked an image Sony Ericsson just released to drum-up interest in the company’s CES offerings next week. We’re still not sure exactly what product the pic was supposed to promote, but some clever readers pointed out some hints that could be seen as referring to a Windows Phone device. Today, Sony Ericsson continues with the games, and has another teaser for us.
This time, we go from barely seeing the phone at all to some extreme close-ups. We’re not exactly sure what the port is, featured in the upper-right, but other than that, we’re [...]
What’s in that girl’s hand? Sony Ericsson posted the above image to its Facebook page this morning, alongside the note that there’s some “interesting news” coming out next week. With the annual Consumer Electronics Show now looming over the horizon, it’s no surprise that plenty of smartphone manufacturers will be showcasing their new wares. Just what could Sony Ericsson be planning on showing-off?
There’s a good bit of unreleased SE smartphone hardware we’ve seen or heard about in one form or another. For a while now, there’s [...]
Six months ago, we heard about some quality issues that were affecting Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc. A number of users were noticing that the phone’s plastic shell was cracking in one particular spot, a thin band of plastic bordering the top edged of the light sensor on the phone’s face. The presence of the crack didn’t appear to put the rest of the phone’s structural integrity at risk, but it’s certainly not what you expect to happen to a brand-new expensive piece of electronics. The issue never built up the kind of momentum necessary to warrant a [...]
Making LCD panels can be a tricky business, consisting of precision fabrication with a low tolerance for errors. Back in 2004, Sony and Samsung thought that the best way to produce the panels needed for their electronics would be to partner-up. Together, they formed S-LCD, a corporation that produces displays used not only by Sony and Samsung, but also the likes of HTC. Now that partnership is dissolving, with Samsung taking things over.
The split in ownership between the two companies had been nearly equal, with Samsung holding a slight majority of shares. In order to gain [...]
According to the PTCRB site, a brand new firmware is listed as of December 20 with software version number 4.0.2.A.0.62. No, this is not the Ice Cream Sandwich update as the manufacturer was kind enough to let the world know we should expect it between March and May of next year.
If you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, arc S, neo, neo V and PLAY, you might want to keep an eye out for the new firmware. According to the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog, you shouldn’t expect any new features but a couple of bugfixes. The firmware itself is “mainly targeted to MENA (Middle [...]
Ever since Sony Ericsson officially stated that all of its 2011 Xperia smartphones will be updated to the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich, there were speculations regarding the actual roll-out date. If earlier the company told us the steps necessary to bring the new platform to the phones, now we have official roll-out dates.
End of March – beginning of May 2012 is the timeframe to watch for if you have a phone which is in the 2011 Xperia line-up. The first ones to get ICS in March/April will be the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray. Then, in April/May, the [...]
Sony announced the takeover of the Ericsson-owned half of the Sony Ericsson joint venture at the end of October and, while the brand will be phased out until mid-2012, questions were surfacing regarding a possible retreat of Sony to Japan.
Thankfully this isn’t the case as the company is preparing to move its London-based headquarters to Lund, Sweden. The offices in Lund are already populated with close to 3,000 employees, aside from being the official registered and legal headquarters. The London offices will be busy with sales, marketing and communication activities and [...]
Last week, a listing published by the Bluetooth SIG appeared to reveal the presence of a new Sony Ericsson smartphone. There was speculation at the time that the product, referred to as the eDream 6, would be the Sony Ericsson LT28at. We’re no longer sure what to make of the eDream, but a new Bluetooth SIG entry for what’s unquestionably the LT28at has arrived, and it’s got some additional hardware specs to share with us.
Earlier in the month, some benchmark results revealed a 1.5GHz processor for the LT28at. We also had heard that the smartphone would feature [...]
After a decade of manufacturing electronics together, Sony and Ericsson are parting ways. We first learned of the plan for Sony to buy-out Ericsson’s share of the partnership a couple months ago. Then came word confirming what many of us smartphone fans had been wondering about, that products would start being sold solely under the Sony name by sometime mid-next-year. We may not quite be there yet, but we’re already starting to see signs of the company removing traces of Ericsson.
If Sony-branded smartphones are to begin hitting shelves in six months or less, we [...]
Earlier this week, we saw Huawei release the first manufacturer-authorized Ice Cream Sandwich update for an existing Android handset, with a demo build of ICS made available for its U8860 Honor. Now it looks like that incident was just the beginning of the arrival of such official early Ice Cream Sandwich ROMS, with Sony Ericsson announcing today the availability of an alpha release for several of its Xperia models.
Owners of unlocked Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Ray models have the opportunity to check out this early progress towards a final Ice Cream Sandwich release. Sony [...]
Back in September, Sony announced its answer to the iPod touch, the Android-powered Walkman Z. With a 4.3-WVGA screen it’s clearly smartphone-sized, but the absence of a cellular radio means you’ll be employing WiFi to get the device online. At the time, we had only learned of launch plans for Japan, but now the Walkman Z, model NW-Z1000, has sauntered by the FCC, hinting at plans for a US release.
Don’t mistake the fact that it’s positioned as a media player for evidence that the Walkman Z is underpowered; it’s got a 1GHz Tegra 2 under the hood [...]
After learning of Sony’s plans to buy-out Ericsson and drop the company’s name, we’ve been on the lookout for the first-such hardware that would reflect the new company organization. Though we’ve been seeing plenty of shots of upcoming phones, so far they’ve still been featuring the old name with Ericsson still in place. Today, though, some images have been released of what’s supposed to be the Xperia LT22, and finally only Sony’s name is present.
The LT22 has been referred to as both the Nyphon and Nypon. Rumored hardware specs include [...]
After the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play first brought its console-style gaming controls to the US on Verizon, AT&T picked up the GSM version of the smartphone and released it as the Xperia Play 4G. If HSPA+ doesn’t have you excited, an even higher-speed model could be arriving soon, at least according to the rumors about an LTE-equipped Xperia Play for Verizon.
Our first mention of the phone comes courtesy of what’s apparently a retailer email leak, mentioning training for the Xperia Play 4G. While the leak itself doesn’t mention Verizon nor LTE, Android [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not inside the world of Google’s Android project. In today’s show we start by talking about all the deals that Google is offering in the Android Market as part of their celebration for reaching 10 Billion downloads. We later go through the smartphone releases of the week, which include details on the LG Nitro HD and the T-Mobile launch of the White Samsung Galaxy S II. Going through all the leaks of the week we found more details on the Motorola Droid 4, the Sony Ericsson LT28at, [...]
We’ve already heard about the Sony Ericsson LT28at as the phone is believed to be an American AT&T variant of some sort of the LT26i (Nozomi). The LT28at is apparently codenamed Aoba and it might have received its Bluetooth Certification.
According to Blog of Mobile, the Sony Ericsson LT28at Aoba is the phone that is listed above under the rather strange name of “New eDream 6”. The design model number clearly states “TBD” which indicates that the manufacturer is trying to keep things under wrap at the moment. The software version (6.0.A.1.94) [...]
Sony Ericsson made its customers very happy once the company announced that it will bring all of its handsets in the 2011 Xperia-line to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich party. There were rumors of a January release and then those implying March but the thing is the update process is not that easy we’d like it to be.
In order to get the latest version of Android on the handsets out in user hands, Sony Ericsson has to go through a couple of steps necessary. They were kind enough to outline the process which you might find long but the posting says that the “summary of [...]
What we already know and Sony Ericsson — to be called only Sony after mid-2012 — emphasized many times in the past is that its entire Xperia line-up from this year will receive official Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich updates. What we don’t know is when exactly this will happen, with some indicating March and others pointing towards a sooner date, in January.
What appears to be Ice Cream Sandwich firmware updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo have been found online over at PTCRB. They are reportedly under certification and chances are other ROMs for [...]
At the end of October Sony announced its intentions to buy out Ericsson’s share of the joint-venture which tried hard to come back to a solid position on the market with its Android-powered smartphones in the Xperia line-up.
With Ericsson out of the Sony Ericsson equation, the Japanese company said, via a Senior Executive, that the Sony Ericsson brand will be completely phased out until mid-2012. From that point on phones made in Japan will be only wearing the Sony branding.
Also, stepping out of a 50-50 joint venture and becoming a 100% Japanese company, Sony is [...]
If months and months of snapping pics, recording video, and downloading documents has your phone’s flash storage rapidly approaching capacity, you might have thought about turning to a cloud-based solution, letting you offload some of that data while still being able to access it at a moment’s notice. If you’re the owner of a Sony Ericsson Android, you might be looking at the chance to get yourself some free cloud storage for life, thanks to an arrangement between SE and Box.
A page on Sony Ericsson’s site advertises a promotion that promises Xperia [...]
Just yesterday we’ve heard from Sony Ericsson Italy that the Xperia 2011 line-up will get its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich treat in March 2012 and now we have another version of the story. There are more possibilities here: Sony could roll out the updates at different times in different regions; we might be caught in a marketing war or some people give out information just for the sake of it.
Regardless, here’s the deal: a Sony Ericsson employee said that, contrary to the Italian branch information, the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the 2011 [...]
Sony Ericsson was recently kind enough to announce that its entire Xperia line from this year will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. What we didn’t know was when exactly the manufacturer was planning on doing that.
From Sony Ericsson Italy we find out that not only the company is the only manufacturer to update its entire 2011 line-up but that the refresh should be out in the first quarter of the next year. Maurizio de Palma, the Marketing Manager of Sony Ericsson Italy, said that March should be the month to circle in your calendar. Of course, this is a rough estimate as [...]
“The Most Vulnerable Smartphones of 2011” is the name of a recent study conducted by Bit9 where the company is taking a look at which smartphones are most vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts.
The study includes the most popular smartphones on the market and finds that “56% of Android phones in marketplace today are running out of date and insecure Android operating system software”, mostly manufactured by HTC, Motorola, LG and Samsung.
While Android is the most popular smartphone platform at the moment, it is also the number one [...]