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.

source: techradar

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

Sony’s Xperia Tablet S now shipping in the UK

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Sony unveiled its revamped Tablet S last week at IFA 2012, and announced that the device would be available beginning September 7th. The manufacturer has kept its promise, as the newspaper inspired tablet is now officially available to purchase in the UK.

Currently, Sony’s official website has two different models that are listed as ready to ship. Customers can select either the 16GB version for £329 ($524), or the 32GB model for £379 ($603). Keep in mind both of these models are Wi-Fi only, with the 3G-enabled 16GB version still up for pre-order for £429 ($683). Additionally, the Tablet S is expected to begin making its way to other regions over the course of the next few weeks.

Source: Xperia Blog, Sony

Sony Xperia T to be released in the UK later this month

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Though it has yet to be officially confirmed, rumor has it that you can expect Sony’s Xperia T to be released later this month on September 28th. If you’re not familiar with the device you can check out a hands on experience here. While there’s still no word on a US release, an AT&T branded Xperia T was revealed on a UK promo shoot, so you can expect it to hit the US sometime this year.

The Xperia T has some big competition facing upon its release with the current kings of Android. Lets hope Sony did some wonders with this device.

source: AndroidCentral

AT&T Branding Revealed on Sony Xperia T in UK Promo Shot

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Last week we were hit with a triple-shot of news from Sony at IFA regarding their upcoming devices, and one of those devices was the announcement of their flagship phone – the Xperia T. While the beans were spilled at IFA regarding the specs for Sony’s upcoming beast, we were left wondering about specific U.S. release information. Well, today that picture became clearer by way of a promo shot posted on a UK retailer’s product page for the Xperia T. In the shot, you can clearly see the AT&T logo below the Home key on the phone. On the product page itself, there are three images used in the description of the phone. The first two images simply show the same “Xperia” logo that we saw at IFA, however the last image replaces the Xperia logo with the AT&T logo. AT&T hasn’t released an official comment regarding the image, but we’ll keep you posted if they release a statement regarding the revealing shot.

source:  Phones4U

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Releases Binary Files Required For AOSP Project

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Google’s experimental AOSP project was announced last month, which promises to bring the latest open source Android to the Sony Xperia S. Sony seems to be following through on their part by releasing their closed-source binaries, which are required for this project to be viable. These binary files are essentially closed boxes of proprietary code (custom drivers, graphics firmware, etc.) which drive the Sony hardware specifically. Without these files, it would be nearly impossible to get an AOSP build working properly.

Sony has also stated their commitment to the innovation that open source brings, and says that these binaries should allow an AOSP build of Android to boot to the home screen. Of course, these files won’t be useful to the casual custom ROM fan until developers manage to make stable builds from them, but this is the first important step to getting a full-fledged AOSP build of Android running on the Xperia S.

Hit the source for the downloads.

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