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Sony Provides Updated Guidance On Jelly Bean Updates: Most 2012 Xperia Devices Will Get Update, 2011 Xperia Devices Will Not Get Update


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 Xperia Ion Official CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies Now Available

Good news for those of you sporting a Sony Xperia Ion. Official CyanogenMod nightlies are now available for your device. Codenamed aoba, the first CM9 build for the Ion is ready for download from Also remember to flash the GApps .zip after flashing CM9 to get the latest Google apps installed. Links below.

source: and gapps
via: android police

Can you shoot a music video with Sony Xperia Ion?

What can be done with a Sony Xperia Ion? How about shoot a music video? The answer appears to be “yes” as that is what Sony Mobile set out to do to help demonstrate the HD everywhere experience. Partnering with Sony/RED music artist Metric, Sony created a music video for the title track on Metric’s new album Synthetica.

The video was crowdsourced during an acoustic set of the song performed at the Hotel on Rivington in New York. The crowd was provided Xperia Ion Android smartphones to film the performance. The clips were then pieced together under the direction of director Chris Lenox Smith. Check out the video after the break.

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AT&T Xperia Ion review and hands on video

There’s no question Sony (and previous Sony Ericsson) has some of the most well designed and sexy devices around. The only problem is that we don’t get to see much of them here in the U.S. We had a chance to see the Xperia Ion back in January at CES, and it’s actually the first Sony branded (sans Ericsson) phone to make it’s way to North America. With a plethora of high end specs and a price of $99, what could be wrong with this phone? I guess the fact that Gingerbread is on board is a major negative, but is the Xperia Ion good enough for you to look past that? Hit the break to get started.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia NX Officially Launched In Japan On NTT DoCoMo Network

The very high-profile Sony Xperia S smartphone has officially launched, well in Japan at least. We certainly hope you’ve had your wallets prepared for this moment, the Xperia S— known as the Sony Ericsson Xperia NX in Japan has arrived and will operate on NTT DoCoMo’s mobile network. As we previously highlighted before, this phone is branded under Sony Ericsson and not Sony. This is unusual because the other variants of the Xperia S (including the Xperia Ion) will be under the Sony brand.

All curiousity aside, if you live in Japan and are ready to get one of the hottest phones of the year, go grab that phone today. If you do get it, let us know what you think in the Comments section below.

source: NTT DoCoMo


Want HDR Video Recording On Your Smartphone? Sony’s New CMOS Sensors Can Make It Happen (Video)

As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“.  It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera.  Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets.  Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions.  However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.

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Snapdragon Running Sony Smartphones Get Extra Support From GLONASS GPS Systems

If you are the proud owner of an Xperia phone with a Snapdragon S2 or S3 and you feel that your GPS is lacking then you are in luck. Sony announced that these phones will be able to connect to Russia’s GLONASS GPS system. Adding this support gives your Sony device a total of 55 satellites over the 31 it could connect to before. Chances are we will even see it on both the Xperia S, Xperia Ion and possibly the Sony Xperia ST25i we told you about yesterday. While other devices have support for GLONASS, like the Galaxy Note, it’s great to see support being added to older phones as well as the new ones. GLONASS assistance improved accurancy by up to 50 percent. If you’re interested in reading more hit the source links below.

[via sedevworld through Engadget]


Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion, First Sony Smartphone To Hit The US, Hands-On (Video)

Sony threw a grand shindig at the Encore last night to unveil an awesome treo of devices to be among the first released in the US market after parting with the Sony Ericsson nomenclature.  The Xperia Ion is an impressive 4.6-inch (720p) displayed monster housing a whopping 12 mega-pixel camera with an X4R mobile sensor in place.  This will be Sony’s first LTE smartphone to make it into the states and will be available for launch on AT&T.  The Android Gingerbread device will come sporting NFC at launch and introduces a new technology called “smart tags”.  Smart tags are small devices that work with the NFC technology to allow you to quickly change settings and configurations on the phone.  A sort of quick profile switch-out, if you will.  So, if you’re about to head into the office, just swipe a tag and all of your office documents pop up.  Ready to head to the gym?  Swipe another tag and your music apps and desktop change to suit the activity.  The device will also support 16 Gigs of on board memory.

The device is also set to launch with Sony’s full entertainment network capabilities, such as music and video.  The handset also comes Playstation certified, meaning eventually you’ll have full access to the Playstation store to play games until your heart’s content, making it a small PSP.  Check out the quick hands-on video below as well as some comparison shots next to a white and black Xperia S (Ion is on the left) and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Be sure to check out the rest of our CES 2012 coverage here if you’ve missed some of it.  More screen shots after the break.    Read more

Sony’s New Jewel Arrives At CES, Introduces The Xperia Ion

Just like that CES is kicking into full gear. Normally when you think of high-end smartphones, Verizon and Sprint immediately come to mind with their lineup of Android monster phones. However, AT&T is looking to make a statement… and it’s a major one too. Newly rejuvenated Sony is set to change consumers’ perceptions of their Android devices and they’re doing just that by unleashing a new LTE-based monster called the Xperia Ion. The phone will feature some very attractive specifications:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.6-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution; 1080P full HD video recording ability
  • 12MP camera(!!!!!)
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Front-facing camera with ability to record video in 720P
  • Gingerbread 2.3 (device will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 later in the year)

Oh and since this phone is a Sony phone, that means it gets nice perks too being under the Sony umbrella. How about official Playstation certification for starters? Yes, you read that right— the phone is a Playstation-certified phone meaning Sony plans to bring Playstation-exclusive games that will be optimized for the phone. That means we’ll be able to get in on some Gran Turismo 4 or Crash Bandicoot on the cool phone in the very near-future. Oh and there’s some more: the phone supports the Sony Entertainment Network which includes the Music Unlimited (which includes a catalog of 12 million songs) and Video Unlimited content streaming and rental services. Are you guys salivating yet?

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