Posts tagged with: Xperia S

[Full Xperia S Review] The Xperia S, one of the very first devices under the new "Sony" branding (rather than the former "Sony Ericsson") was announced at CES 2012. The Xperia S comes loaded with Google Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread with Sony's custom UI, and is expected to update to Android 4.0 in Q2 2012. Inside is a dual core 1.5GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Its 720 x 1280 HD resolution screen measures 4.3-inches diagonal. The Xperia S smartphone features two cameras, one 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a rear facing 12-megapixel camera with LED flash. Read on for the latest Sony Xperia S news, reviews and videos:

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    Got a Sony Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo, or Xperia U? You'll be sad to find out that Sony is apparently preparing to no longer offer support for these models, some of which, while not the most recent ones, still have a tad to go until they reach a two-year-old venerable age. The good folks over at Xperia Blog took their time is flipping through the support pages for the above mentioned devices, gathering all of them together in the list you see above. If you want to check the status for ...

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    Can we all agree on one thing? Sony makes some beautiful devices. Hat tip to everyone in Sony's design department. The Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and even earlier devices, like the Xperia S and Xperia ion, are gorgeous. All of these devices are genuinely beautiful smartphones, and the Tablet Z is just as beautiful in its larger form. Their expansive glass surfaces, ruggedized plastic (or metal, depending on the model) trim, and distinguished hard corners, all make these smartphones, aesthetically, stick out from the swarm of other smartphones. Most of them are known to perform ...

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    Two months ago Sony published information about its Jelly Bean update plans, when approximately will the refresh hit and which devices should be those that get it. Now Sony has published new information about the matter "including uplift to Jelly Bean Android 4.1 for 2012 Xperia". February and March is where you should expect and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update notification on your Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V. If you own an Xperia P, Xperia J or an Xperia go you should be on the lookout for the new firmware starting end of March, soon after that for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion ...

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    Sony threw fans of custom ROMs a bone when it first started offering its bootloader unlock service, but the company made clear from the get-go that if this was a road you wanted to head down, you were on your own. That meant no more access to software updates, and no official way to go back to Sony's stock ROM. Well, if after all your experimentation you've decided that it might be nice to spend some time running Sony's software again, you're finally in luck, as the company has just a beta of a new flash tool that can restore your unlocked phone to stock. For now, hardware support is ...

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    Sony had "nothing to announce" regarding an official Jelly Bean update for the phone back in July and there's no word about it even today. On the eve of the Xperia SL unveiling, the Xperia S predecessor will become subject to a rather interesting experiment. Jean-Baptiste Queru, Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project at Google, said: "For a new challenge, I'd like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I've added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. This seems like a good target: it's a powerful current GSM ...

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    The Sony Xperia SL will be the successor to the Xperia S launched at this year's MWC in Barcelona and, as we've heard last month, it will bring new color options to the table as well as bumped up processor specifications. We're expecting Sony to unveil the Xperia SL (among others) at their pre-IFA press event in Berlin at the end of this month. In the image above you can allegedly see the new color options (or some of them). The phone is also rumored to pack a faster processor, replacing the 1.5GHz Snapdragon on the Xperia S with a new, faster, 1.7GHz Snapdragon (S3). However, there is no ...

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    We're still waiting to hear from many Android manufacturers about their official plans for bringing Jelly Bean to existing handsets. From a technical perspective, it's seemed like Jelly Bean should be a possibility for phones that are able to run Ice Cream Sandwich without issue, but just because something's technically possible doesn't mean an update's guaranteed. Sony has yet to provide a complete account of the update prospects for all its Android models, but statements made on the company's UK Facebook account aren't painting a very hopeful picture of Jelly Bean coming to any 2011 Sony ...

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    Shortly after Sony's Xperia S hit the scene, we started hearing reports from users that the display on their handsets was experiencing some yellow discoloration during use. Sony itself confirmed the issue, caused by a manufacturing problem, and triggered when the phone reached high temperatures. It announced that it had resolved the issue, and would replace defective models free of charge; sounds good, right? We're now hearing from users who had unlocked their bootloaders that Sony is refusing warranty service on this hardware issue due to those software modifications. Is Sony completely ...

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    Back around the start of April, we learned that plans were in the works to bring three of Sony's latest Xperia Androids to the United States, following their debut abroad. Distributor Brightstar revealed that sometime this summer, it would work with Sony to introduce the Xperia S, Xperia P, and the Xperia U to smartphone fans in the States. Sure enough, the time for these models to land has arrived, and all three are now available for purchase, unlocked. The Xperia S is the highlight of this group, with a 1.5GHz dual-core S3, gigabyte of RAM, 12-megapixel camera, and a 4.3-inch 720p ...

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    Back at the start of June, we caught wind of the Sony Xperia SL, revealed to us by name and model number alone. We tossed around a couple ideas at just what Sony might be up to with the SL, focusing on what kind of improvements might be introduced compared to the original Xperia S; that left us with plenty guesses, but not much in the way of certainty. We still lack official word from Sony, but some additional rumors to arrive since then attempt to nail-down some of those hardware changes, and some newly-leaked imagery shows off some new colors Sony may be planning for the model. The ...

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    After Sony had a chance to show-off its Xperia S at this year's CES, the Android smartphone made its retail debut late this past winter. Since then, we've seen it make the journey to Android 4.0, getting its Ice Cream Sandwich update just this past month. Now evidence of a new Sony handset has appeared, the Xperia SL; will this be a upgraded version of the Xperia S, or something else entirely? The name Xperia SL shows up in an Indonesian database, where it's identified as model LT26ii (the Xperia S is LT26i). Beyond the name and model number, though, we haven't any real idea what Sony's ...

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    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 process will happen ...

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    Sony's Xperia S arrived a few months back, heralding the start of Sony transitioning to releasing smartphones under its name alone, rather than as Sony Ericsson. We were really impressed with the phone's hardware while conducting our review, but felt a little let-down when it came to the software department, especially seeing as the phone arrived running Gingerbread. Clearly, Ice Cream Sandwich was needed if we wanted a full understanding of the phone's performance, so we patiently started waiting for Sony to deliver the model's official Android 4.0 upgrade. After a bit of a false start, ...

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    We hate to bring you the bad news but we're just as disappointed as you probably will be after reading this. Long story short: when we were in Barcelona Sony promised an official ICS update for the Xperia S sometime in April, then it all of a sudden we woke up in May with no update and last week Sony officially said that, well, let us quote: “Xperia S is planned to get ICS somewhere around late May/early June. That’s what’s been said and that’s still what we’re sticking to. Any other dates (such as “June/July”) is just speculation. The roll out is, as always, gradual and will ...

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    When we were in Barcelona for the MWC, where Sony announced the Xperia S as part of its new Xperia line-up, we were told that an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update should arrive sometime in April. We reviewed the phone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread but that speculated April timeframe for the Android refresh roll-out has somehow shifted towards May. Now according to official wording from Support on the Sony forum, the Xperia S will receive its Ice Cream Sandwich treat sometime in late May or early June. "Xperia S is planned to get ICS somewhere around late May/early June. ...

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    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 timeframe has been mentioned. Paul Hamnett, ...

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    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 showing up after the ...

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    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 for when those ...

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    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 struggling to land a hit ...

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    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 in the market in what pertains ...

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    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 a product built on the Qualcomm ...

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    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 -- and its OEM partners -- has flooded the show floors ...

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    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 are currently supported ...

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    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 holder space in the Xperia S's app ...

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    The Sony Xperia S is the new flagship device of their NXT Series. It packs all the bells and whistles you've come to expect from any high-end Android smartphone, plus some additional jabs that you won't see on competing devices. Watch our video review of the Software and User experience that Sony has baked into their Xperia S. So far there are lots of great things to praise, and lots of important things to watch out for. Certainly no device is perfect, and Sony made that list with a couple of major details being left out of their final retail product. Have a look and share your thoughts in ...

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