We first heard of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S just as this year’s IFA in Berlin was set to get rolling. While it’s not a huge improvement over the original Arc, we liked what we saw when we were able to give the phone some hands-on attention a few days later. Now we’ve learned a little more about the phone’s release plans, and it looks like it could be getting here slightly sooner than anticipated.
While we were expecting the the Arc S to show up in October, if not a little later into Q4, SE’s apparently wasting no time in starting the quarter [...]
With the IFA ramping-up in Berlin, we’re bracing for a ton of new on new smartphones to roll in. One of the first to be announced is a hardware bump to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, the new Arc S.
If you’re already familiar with the Arc, all you need to know about the Arc S is that it will be slightly faster. SE is swapping-out the 1GHz Snapdragon the Arc came with for a 1.4GHz model. That makes for a 40% speed increase on paper, and SE says that you can expect real-world performance to amount to about a 20-25% speed-up; that’s not world-shattering, but [...]
Back in January when Sony Ericsson launched the Xperia Arc, the phone was officially announced in two color flavors: Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. If you take a look at the image above you’ll see that the Xperia Arc is also available in white. The image was taken at an Xperia Ray launch conference in Asia and it’s not quite certain whether we’re looking at a white version of the Xperia Arc or the Arc’s rumored refresh.
On the same note, an orange-flavored Xperia Play has been pictured as you can see in the image below. The image was taken at the ongoing [...]
A few of Sony Ericsson’s newest devices are queued up to get CyanogenMod Custom ROM. Thanks to recent code submitted by Diogo Ferreira, the bits needed to bring my favorite custom ROM to three smartphones in the Xperia family:
– Xperia Play: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7126 – Xperia Neo: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7128 – Xperia Arc: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7127
Currently the code to add these phones to the CyanogenMod family is awaiting approval to be merged into the CyanogenMod repository. Once that’s done we can expect nightly builds to [...]
What do the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and the Samsung Galaxy S 2 have in common? They’re both super thin and light, and both have fantastic displays that provide great contrast and excellent color reproduction. Beyond that, there are many differences. The Galaxy S 2 has a better spec sheet thanks to its dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and additional storage. But the Arc is no slouch thanks to a pricetag that is $150 less than the Galaxy S 2. While the Arc is using the last-generation single core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, it’s one of the fastest devices to use this chip. Both [...]
There have been a few signs pointing to the possibility of an Xperia Arc release on AT&T in the US – FCC paperwork showing the proper bands are in place, a new model number for the smartphone that hinted at an AT&T connection – but so far no word from the carrier. It now looks like there won’t be a subsidized version available, but that shouldn’t keep you from getting your hands on the Arc, as Sony Ericsson is now offering the smartphone for sale directly through its website to US customers.
You could have imported an Arc already, were you [...]
Sony Ericsson has a rather successful Android phone line-up with the MWC-launched Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. According to sources, the manufacturer is already testing a platform update for the above mentioned devices.
The update would contain Google’s newest Android mobile platform, Gingerbread version 2.3.4. In addition to the fresh OS files Sony Ericsson would also include a couple of new functionalities along with the Sony audio filter technology xLOUD. SEMC Blog’s source also claims that, while this update will be available for the [...]
Despite the use of so many cases, bumpers, and just being as careful as possible, sometimes we can’t avoid our smartphones getting damaged. It may not matter so much anymore after picking up a few battle scars, but that first time you mar the finish of your new phone with a scratch is just the worst. That’s why we look to solutions like Gorilla Glass and pick phones from manufacturers that feel solid and capable of standing up to a little abuse. One smartphone that’s not doing such a good job at that may be the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, with numerous owners reporting [...]
We’ve looked at Dropbox before, a multi-platform cloud storage app that gives you a free 2GB storage locker you can access from your home PC, work PC, and any number of mobile devices. The company just announced a new deal with Sony Ericsson, setting the app up to be pre-loaded on some of the company’s phones, as well as an offer that will let some users get extra free storage.
Now that Dropbox has extended language support, the company is looking to get a foothold in the new markets it now has access to. That means that this Sony Ericsson partnership is targeted at [...]
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has recently passed FCC with AT&T bands but, as far as FCC filings are concerned, this doesn’t always necessarily mean that one particular smartphone that has been cleared will actually get to that specific operator.
According to a User Agent Profil (UAProf) listing, there’s a certain LT15at model from manufacturer Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. The original Xperia Arc is just LT15a so the addition of “at” at the end of the LT15 codename could indicate an AT&T destination. The bands are definitely there [...]
Sony Ericsson’s announcement that it would start offering a service to unlock the bootloaders on certain Xperia models came as great news. While there are a lot of restrictions for what devices qualify, it’s a huge step towards opening up the company’s hardware for Android enthusiasts. One thing that wasn’t clear at the time would be how the unlocked bootloader would affect normal software updates. Sony Ericsson has since confirmed that once you unlock your bootloader, you’ll no longer be able to update through its SEUS tool.
Earlier, the company [...]
We mentioned earlier today that Sony Ericsson had started sending out an Android 2.3.3 update to Xperia Arc smartphones in Europe. It turns out the Arc isn’t alone, with Xperia Play also on-track to get its own 2.3.3 update, starting this week. Sony Ericsson announced both updates while revealing just what Android 2.3.3 has in store for the Xperias, including the new Facebook inside Xperia integration.
The Arc will see improved HD video recording once it takes its update, and improvements like better battery management, system-wide stability improvements, and more reliable [...]
Sony Ericsson has started to roll out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the Xperia Arc in Europe yesterday — at least according to reports coming in from Italy and the U.K. — and it looks like they will have to wait at least four months for the next platform refresh.
Sony Ericsson Italy allegedly handed out information according to which the Xperia line-up will get its Android 2.3.4 update in October. The new version of the platform will bring features like video chat in Google Talk, an updated Voice Search, the latest version of Google Books and more. [...]
After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson’s support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader.
Once again there are clear warnings present – bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson’s guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. [...]
We took a close look at Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc a couple weeks back, giving the phone a good hands-on review. As expected, the phone’s video performance was gorgeous, leveraging Sony’s Bravia engine for silky-smooth playback. We also really dug the smartphone’s camera, praising its low-light performance and HD video recording. Where the Android phone fell a little bit short was in its construction; though think and sleek, all the metal-flake plastic felt a bit cheap. We can’t help you any with finding a sturdier material, but if the phone might at least [...]
Some people say that good things come in threes, and that certainly seems to be the case here, with news arriving of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc, Play, and Neo successfully being rooted.
You’re going to need your bootloader unlock code for the process, which you can now retrieve for qualifying phones using Sony Ericsson’s website tool (you’ll need a phone that’s not SIM-locked to a carrier, and be willing to relinquish warranty coverage as a result of your tinkering). Once you’ve got the bootloader open, you can re-flash your Xperia with one of [...]
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc is currently popping up all around the world, with unlocked European versions out now and a Canadian release coming soon. Despite how ubiquitous the phone seems, we’d yet to hear any good information on when we could hope to see it in the US. Now we have something that’s seemingly official, and while it doesn’t narrow things down much, it looks like the Arc will come to the US this summer.
While it will have a solid 1GHz processor under the hood, the Arc may end up known more for its looks than its power, with a sub-9mm depth [...]
Late last month Sony Ericsson made an announcement that it would be opening up it’s bootloaders on the current lineup of Xperia smartphones. The day has arrived, and the bootloader unlocking site is now live.
Bootloader unlocking is provided for Sony Ericsson Android smartphones from 2011 onwards, while previously released models are not (yet?) supported. The current compatibility list requires a SIM-unlocked smartphone and includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo. The unlock comes with a bevy of warnings that are somewhat vague such [...]
Last month we looked over the digital zoom capabilities of some smartphones; we realize that it’s all a matter of software, but we were curious to see how several smartphones with image sensors of differing quality would fare against each other. Sure, it never looks as good as using an optical zoom, but depending on how well your smartphone handles digital mode (cropping from a higher resolution, or interpolating a lower resolution) it can come through in a pinch. Sony Ericsson seems to be taking a stance to preserve image quality with the Xperia Arc’s digital zoom, [...]
Xperia: the brand synonymous with Sony Ericsson’s smartphones for the past few years now. In this review of the Xperia Arc we go through what makes this smartphone innovative, fast, fun, and the next must-have device for any photography or movie connoisseur. The Xperia Arc is the first Android cellphone to implement Sony’s Bravia and Exmor R technology from their popular television and digital camera lines. Read on for our review to find out if the Xperia Arc is the next smartphone you will be selecting.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes bundled [...]
Sony Ericsson has launched the Xperia Neo in February with the occasion of this year’s MWC, together with the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc. Initial word of availability was for April 19 but this unfortunately just got bumped to Q3.
Our friends over at Clove inform us that the Xperia Neo will be delayed to July in the UK — and maybe other regions too — most probably due to the recent tragic events in Japan. The official word on delay names “disruption to the supply chain as a result of the disaster in Japan” as the reason. While nothing’s for [...]
In this video we demonstrate the software included with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The Android Gingerbread powered Xperia Arc combines the power of the latest version of Android with the Xperia user interface. This particular device is the unlocked international smartphone (LT15i) and will most likely differ when it’s released in North America and other continents.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with many applications skinned to mimic the XPERIA UI. The included Timescape app makes it easy to view status updates and messages by [...]
In this video we exhibit the hardware of the new Android Gingerbread powered XPERIA Arc. The device has similar hardware to other Gingerbread Androids with a few improvements coming from Sony’s TV and camera lines. This particular device is the international unlocked version (LT15i) and will likely differ slightly from the North American version (LT15a).
The XPERIA Arc gets it’s computing power from a single core 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 second generation processor along with 512MB of ROM (~300MB accessible) and 512MB of RAM. The device also comes with an [...]