Right at the end of last month, Sony spoke-up regarding the Ice Cream Sandwich updates that had been scheduled for some of last year’s Xperia models. We had been expecting to see them released before the end of March, but Sony ended up having to let us know that there would be a short delay. The best it would offer about just when the updates would eventually arrive was sometime around mid-April. It looks like that estimation was right on-schedule, as today Sony announced that ICS updates are starting to become available for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Ray.
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There was quite a debate regarding Sony’s Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Xperia 2011 line-up, especially that the manufacturer initially told its customers that the 2011 phones pack 512MB of RAM and a slower processor, specs below those “recommended” to run Ice Cream Sandwich.
In a recent blog post, Sony goes on about the differences between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, trying to get its customers informed. “We are actually proud to say that our Gingerbread software is very stable and has great performance, so it’s not a bad idea to stay [...]
Among Android manufacturers, Sony’s really been standing out when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich, taking the unusual step of officially releasing various in-development beta ROMs for customers with unlocked handsets. We just saw one of the latest ones arrive, talking overnight about the new ROM available for the Xperia Play. It’s great to have access to these early builds, but ultimately what really matters is when Sony’s going to start getting fully-completed final Ice Cream Sandwich updates out to its phones. Today we learn that the company has adjusted its schedule [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
There were talks about the Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Sony Ericsson devices but then the manufacturer backtracked the same day the initial rumors popped up.
According to recent information, it has been now confirmed that the entire Sony Ericsson Xperia line-up for 2011 will indeed get its Ice Cream Sandwich treat. “We are working on merging our current Xperia experience with the new features in Android 4.0”, says the manufacturer. The models targeted are the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, [...]
Sony Ericsson may be putting the Xperia X10 out to pasture when it comes to providing software updates, but luckily there are plenty of other Xperia models that continue to live on. The company has been talking about its plans for bringing Android 2.3.4 to the lineup for months, and we first started to hear about models beginning to receive the software back in September. Sony Ericsson has now announced that it’s moving past a limited, regional distribution, and is beginning a global push to bring that latest software to the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Ray, [...]
CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik, now working for Samsung, has shared one of Diogo Ferreira’s posts on Google+ related to CyanogenMod and Sony Ericsson. Great news for Xperia phone owners: they’ll get some CyanogenMod love for their devices.
No less than ten Sony Ericsson Android phone will be supported by the next release of CyanogenMod. These are the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Play, Xperia Ray, Xperia X10, Xperia X8, Xperia X10 Mini, and Xperia X10 Mini Pro. According to the same post, this will be possible thanks to a joint effort [...]
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 [...]
Earlier today we heard that Sony Ericsson had made a decision that would make users of its Android phones very happy, that it had committed to releasing Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates across its full lineup of this year’s models. That kind of future support is a question that’s on the minds of plenty of Android users, but none of us expected such a definitive promise this early on. Sadly, it turns out there’s probably a good reason we were surprised, since Sony Ericsson has now backtracked from that claim.
The company clarified its commitment to future [...]
The next version of Android, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, is going to be released sometime October/November, according to Google’s own Eric Schmidt. Then it will be up to OEMs to issue updates for their existing phones (taking longer for some while the others acting faster).
According to a Sony Ericsson representative, all of the manufacturer’s 2011 Xperia phones in this year’s line-up will be updated to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s a lot of phones: Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro, Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray. There [...]
Sony Ericsson today announced that it will start rolling-out Google Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread updates for all of its 2011 Xperia models. The process will start this October and will include the new OS, Google Talk with Video Chat, updated Facebook inside Xperia, USB peripheral support, Swipe text input and screenshot capability.
On the same note, the manufacturer announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V, available from the fourth quarter of the year. The phone will ship with the new update, Android 2.3.4, out-of-the box and will share the specs of the Xperia Neo launched earlier [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Sony Ericsson has been struggling to get some of its new Xperias out the door, as the nation of Japan recovers from this year’s devastating earthquake. Several such phones, including the Xperia Neo, saw their releases postponed. The Neo, from what we heard, would be coming to the UK sometime this July. More recently, Sony Ericsson Italy tweeted that the phone would be available in mainland Europe the first week in July, reinforcing the earlier estimate. Those guesses may have been slightly too conservative, as some UK retailers are already showing the phone up for sale, ready to [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]