Today, Sony began rolling out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola devices that’ll come packed with ‘bug fixes’ and ‘performance tweaks.’ It’s unclear what exactly those tweaks are, but who among us doesn’t like a little tweaking?
The rugged Xperia Go has made its way to the US as the Xperia Advance. The 1 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM isn’t going to break any benchmark records but the $249 contract-free price might make it an attractive option for some. It’s designed to be dust & water resistant and its 3.5-inch display will even support wet finger tracking. The Xperia Advance looks like an excellent choice for the
cheap frugal and/or clumsy. Our friends to the North should get their chance at the Xperia Go this month as well.
Sony has announced that the Xperia Go will arrive in Canada by November. The Go features a 3.5-inch display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (don’t hold your breath for an upgrade to Jelly Bean).
The Go is a decent low to mid range device that offers great protection and falls in that category of “rugged” devices. If you’d like to learn more you can hit up the break for Sony’s official press release regarding the device.
Sony has been more than proactive about pushing out timely software updates for many of its premium devices in the past, so the time has come for it to answer the dreaded question: when will its devices get the coveted Jelly Bean update? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is for owners of most Xperia devices made in 2012, you will in fact get the Jelly Bean update. Sony confirmed the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia TX will get the update in Q1 2013, while the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia Ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will get Jelly Bean at some point next year. So now that the good news is out of the way, here’s the bad news: 2011 Xperia smartphones will not get Jelly Bean because:
“After thorough evaluation, Sony concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich”.
The guess here is that those Sony devices probably don’t have the resources to handle the added needs found in Jelly Bean— who knows. At least Sony promised to “support all these products with firmware maintenance releases” because hey— something is better than nothing, right?
source: Sony Mobile Blog
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.
The Sony Xperia Go may only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but German site A1 decided to see if they could get it to become one with an ice cream sandwich. Dousing the Xperia Go in ice cream was only one of several tests shown in a newly released video showcasing the ruggedness of the handset. The testers “helped” the Xperia Go experience a variety of plausible scenarios, like being dropped in a pool, left in a pocket for a ride down a waterslide, or even being run over by a car. Some of the tests were more farfetched, like being strapped to a soccer ball (football?), buried in sand or the aforementioned ice cream sandwich test. Despite all the attempts to rattle the Xperia Go, it survived and worked fine showing it is worthy of the IP67 rating it carries. Check out the video after the break to see how the Xperia Go did in all of the challenges.
Last month Sony announced the Xperia Go, which is an extra durable mid-level phone. It’s scratch proof and resists water and dust. It has a 3.5-inch display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Well it just hit the FCC, but it most likely won’t be carrier-branded anytime soon. It’s compatible with 3G and Edge here in the U.S., but the HSPA bands aren’t compatible. This certificate is probably only for those that want to import one. I can’t imagine there will be too many of you chomping at the bit to do that, but it’s always nice to have the choice.
The Xperia go and Xperia arco S are the latest offerings from Sony. Both have a nice sleek and clean look, but can also fend off life’s busy work weekwhether it be in the office or out in the elements of nature. These two new Android devices come designed to be water resistant and very durably, boasting a scratch resistant mineral glass protecting the 3.5” and 4.3” screens respectively. The Xperia go and Xperia arco S will be available worldwide in Q3 of this year.
The Xperia go is sporting as mentioned, a 3.5” display, 5-megapixel camera, completely sealed to resist scratches to the glass, and keep out dust and water, a 1Ghz Dual-core power plant. The Xperia arco S carries a bit more weight than its little brother, touting a larger 4.3” 720p HD display also scratch/water/dust resistant, 12-megapixel camera, Playstation Certified, a front-facing camera featuring full 1080p HD video with a 720p HC shooter to compliment, and a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor. Both of these come out of the box with Gingerbread, but are upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you want more on these latest offerings from Sony hit the break for the full press release.