On June 21, Sony has finally decided to release the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia S, meeting the Q2 target, but unfortunately things were not as smooth as everyone expected. Users were reporting problems updating even with phones having SI numbers for which Sony confirmed the updates.
Now the manufacturer has updated the status of the refreshes and told the world they would re-release the firmware updates. The official wording says: “We have identified the earlier issues and are working to implement the solution across all available ICS updates. This [...]
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Sony Mobile Communications announced its NXT series of Android-powered smartphones which includes the Sony Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U. At CES, Sony introduced the Xperia Ion on AT&T but looks like the aforementioned trio might be also hitting the U.S.
Brightstar is “the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry”. They announced that they’ll bring the Sony Xperia S, P and U to the U.S., though no carrierm, region or exact [...]
New smartphones have developed a reputation over the years for occasionally arriving a bit jaundiced, showing a yellow tint to their displays. When the Apple iPhone 4 first launched, owners complained of yellowish patches that marred their phones’ screens. We saw something similar last summer with the displays on the Samsung Galaxy S II. The latest to fall victim to this yellow curse is Sony’s Xperia S, which the company now admits experienced some manufacturing issues.
The problem with the Xperia S is transient and temperature-dependent, with the yellow only really [...]
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 [...]
Sony’s Xperia line has always been about refining. Back in 2008, their first Xperia X1 was clearly the benchmark for how a high-end Windows Mobile device should look and perform. Sadly, Sony Ericsson’s adoption of Android has been a different story. Their phones have done a good job in pushing industrial design to the limit, but the fact that their first Android device, the X10, launched with Android 1.6 Donut (later updated to Eclair) in times when Froyo was already shipping, has really tarnished their reputation. As good as their phones have been, they’re still [...]
Choosing your next smartphone is a chore. We get tons of questions everyday regarding which phone is better than the other, and with so many Android offerings, it’s kind of a tough deal. Performance is a great way to judge a phone as better than the other, but that speed alone is not the only thing you interact with. The screen is what you’re really interacting with the most, and there’s no denying that a great quality screen can make you change your mind about one device or the other.
In the following video we decided to compare three of the best smartphones [...]
It’s time for source code, this time from Sony and for the Xperia S, after recently seeing kernels for HTC devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II — given, these were all Ice Cream Sandwich versions of Android.
The Xperia S comes with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread out of the box with an ICS update sometime in the next month (fingers crossed). However, this doesn’t stop Sony from saluting the developers and custom ROM chefs with files they can use to build a kernel. And, while Sony’s at it, they say “this is the first time we publish source code for [...]
It’s that time of the year again, when we’re both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year’s Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year’s show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it.
It’s safe to assume that everyone who was there — or following our MWC coverage — understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform [...]
Well, I guess it only took Sony a couple of hours after our Software and User Experience video to launch their official PS Store for the Xperia line-up. Currently, the store only seems to work in Europe, and only supports the Xperia S. Devices like the Xperia Play are currently only supported in Japan, but the roll-out plans to happen quick for legacy devices.
Off the bat, Sony has launched the store with 16 game titles to choose from, all priced at $5.99. To my disappointment though, Sony took the word “PlayStation Certified” too seriously. None of the games that [...]
Gamers are already well familiar with Sony’s PlayStation Store, the company’s digital distribution system for games and media across its line of consoles and handheld devices. When Sony released the Xperia S, as a PlayStation-certified device, it should have also had access to the PlayStation Store. However, Sony was unable to get things ready in time for the phone’s release, and ended up forced to ship it without the software. After a short wait, the store’s finally arriving for the Xperia S, bringing PlayStation games along with it.
There’s been a [...]