Sony to rollout Ice Cream Sandwich for Xperia Go, Xperia U and Xperia Sola

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Sony announced plans to rollout an over-the-air (OTA) update over the next few days for three devices to bring them up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Sony Xperia Go, Xperia U and Xperia Sola. This latest round of updates continues a trend of Sony’s to provide ICS to many of their devices, even older ones.

Along with the ICS update, the OTA will include some Sony specific additions like enhanced media, a better lock screen, and “extended standby mode” to help improve battery life for the devices. The Xperia Sola also gets “Glove Mode” which will let users operate the device while wearing gloves.

The OTA was scheduled to start rolling out today with unlocked devices first up to receive the improvements. Carrier-branded devices will take a little longer although Sony anticipates the updates to well underway by the middle of next week. Owners of the Sony devices can check the Sony update site at http://www.sonymobile.com/us/software/ for more information.

source: Phandroid

Sony Tablet S gets Android 4.0.3 update in the U.S.

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Fear not U.S. owners of the Sony Tablet S. Sony didn’t want to alienate you by not offering some of the sweet options that Xperia Tablet owners are enjoying. If you own a Tablet S, you may have noticed a software update notification. Once acknowledged and downloaded, the update will bring you up to version 4.0.3. You can then begin enjoying such features like:

  • Guest Mode
  • New media player applications (WALKMAN, Album, Movies)
  • New Small Apps
  • New macro functionality on the Remote Control App
  • New widgets, including Topics
  • Socialife
  • Watch Now

You’ll also find additional features such as new icons and a more robust copy/paste feature. That’s a nice little list of new features to breath new life into the Tablet S.

 

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Sony brings Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual to the US

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Following the company’s Xperia acro S release, Sony has announced the impending US availability of its budget-level Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual handsets. Currently available in Europe, the smartphones both sport an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 3.2-inch HVGA (480×320) display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Tipo Dual, however, will feature two SIM slots, which isn’t something that usually makes its way to the United States. Customers will also get a rather disappointing 3-megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately, both units will only support 3G HSPA connectivity for use with AT&T.

The Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual are now available to purchase from Sony’s official online store for $179.99  and $189.99, respectively. Color choices include serene black, classic silver, navy blue and deep red for the Xperia Tipo, and classic black and classic white for the Xperia Tipo Dual. For more information, you can catch the full press release past the break.

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Swedish retailer ousts Xperia V release at December 3rd

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Thus far, Sony has been giving vague answers as to when the Sony Xperia V would launch. While Q4 was the general answer given, it looks like something more specific has surfaced as the Swedish retailer Dustin.se has recently put the phone up for pre-order with a 3rd December 2012 release date. At current exchange rates, you can expect it to cost £404, €508 and $656.  If you’ve forgotten what this device offers, here’s a rundown of its specs:

  • 4.3” HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for razor sharp clarity
  • 13 MP fast capture camera with full HD video recording.
  • Latest generation 1.5GHz dual core processor for improved battery life, fast performance and ultra sharp graphics
  • LTE for the fastest data download speeds (in markets where technology is available)
  • Easy connectivity with One-touch ‘One-touch’ enabled by NFC
  • Clear audio+ for the highest level of sound quality
  • PlayStation™ Certified
  • Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Will be upgraded to Android version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) following launch. Detailed timing to follow
  • Highest levels of dust and water resistance in a smartphone (IP55/57+) ensure protection from the effects of immersion up to 1m for 30 minutes
  • MHL connectivity for viewing content on a big screen without the need for a charger
  • Available in Black, Pink and White colours

Would this be a device our European readers would consider pre-ordering?

source: Xperiablog

Unlocked Sony Xperia acro S now available to purchase in the US

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Sony’s recently announced Xperia acro S is now available to purchase unlocked in the United States. As we saw back at IFA 2012, the Xperia acro S–which apparently isn’t considered a proper noun–is a solid piece of hardware with some pretty impressive specs. For $599.99, users will get a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. Also included is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 12.1-megapixel rear shooter and a nano waterproof coating.

For that price, though, buying an unlocked handset doesn’t make sense for the general consumer. Keep in mind that for just $350, or about half the price of the acro S, you can pick up a Galaxy Nexus, which is guaranteed to receive better support and runs stock Jelly Bean. However, if you’re the type of individual who could be considered a Sony fanboy, you’ll be excited to learn that you can pick up the Xperia acro S today in your choice of either black or white. Also, be sure to catch the official introductory video after the break.

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Sony To Launch Playstation Store On October 3rd

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Looks like Playstation gamers will have something big to look forward to in a few weeks. Starting October 3rd, Sony will launch the Playstation Store for Playstation mobile devices. The Playstation Store will offer owners of Playstation-certified devices to play special content on select devices. Sony confirmed the Playstation Store will start in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia– with more countries to follow. There should be about 30 titles available at launch which will cost between 50 Yen (roughly 60¢ USD) to 850 Yen (roughly $10.70 USD). Oh and don’t think there will only be 30 titles and that’s it— Sony confirms further content will be released as additional titles become available.

Sony also took some time briefly to highlight some additional news as well. For all of the budding developers out there, the Sony Playstation SDK comes out of beta this November and be fully available to the development community. The SDK will be rolled out starting in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, while costing $99 annually for a license. This will give developers additional chances to develop and port the next great games for existing Playstation-certified devices, as well as ones that will be updated for devices from Fujitsu and Sharp– which are both officially joining the Playstation party I might add.

Enough with the chit chatter— hit the break to see the full presser from Sony.

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SIM-free Sony Xperia T sales to be unrestricted

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This past weekend we reported that customers looking to purchase a SIM-free Sony Xperia T off-contract in the UK could be in for a long wait. Today, Sony has managed to slightly clear things up, reiterating that the Xperia T will be available “within timescales previously announced through Vodafone, EE, O2, 3, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and Tesco.” Furthermore, Sony made it known that it would not be imposing restrictions on how the units are sold. This means the above retailers will be the ultimate deciders when it comes to whether or not SIM-free devices are actually sold.

In the past, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse have offered SIM-free deals on the latest phones, which leads us to believe that they would do the same for Sony’s latest flagship. With the phone launching next week in the UK, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

Source: Android Central

SIM-less Sony Xperia T may not be available until January

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Earlier this month Sony commited to making their new Sony Xperia T available to UK markets before the end of September. Details are still being worked out, but it should be sometime between September 27th and the 29th when buyers will finally be able to get their hands on a unit. One new detail that has emerged is that the version slated to be available this month will be tied to specific carriers or a couple major retailers. A SIM-free version of the phone is not expected until three to four months later in January 2013. By then, the Xperia T will likely no longer be a high-end device in the smartphone market. Sony has still not revealed any information regarding a release date for North American markets.

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U.K. carrier O2 to offer exclusive Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T

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When the Sony Xperia T is finally available in the U.K., buyers will have the opportunity to grab a unique version of the new smartphone. Dubbed “The Bond Phone”, U.K. carrier O2 has announced they will be the exclusive source for a Skyfall-branded Sony Xperia T. Already named the official phone for the next Bond film, this move takes Sony’s marketing of the device to yet another level as fans prepare for the release of the 007 thriller. » Read the rest

Sony tears down its new Xperia Tablet S

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Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S didn’t make the biggest splash at IFA 2012, though it was one of the first devices that was announced to actually start shipping. Today, however, the manufacturer has decided to give techies an in-depth look at its newest mobile hardware, opting to tear down the revamped Tablet S in front of a camera. To get a peek at the device’s impressive Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display and 6,000 mAh battery, catch the full video after the break. » Read the rest