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?
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.
We reported last week about Sony’s Xperia NXT series (S, P, and Sola models) coming to the US. Sony announced today that, along with the Xperia S and Xperia P, the Xperia U is now finally available, unlocked and SIM-free, in the States. By “SIM-free”, they actually mean it will only work on AT&T 3G and 4G, so be warned.
Now the issue here is that all three of these phones have been available in Europe for a few months, so they’re not exactly brand new. In fact, they are all still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That’s two versions behind Jelly Bean (remember, Honeycomb was a tablet only version). Sure, Sony says that all three phones will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, but come on, at the retail prices they’re quoting, we would expect the phones to already be upgraded to at least ICS.
The top of the line in this series is the Xperia S, which comes with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3, 1GB RAM, 720p Reality Display, 12MP camera, and 32GB of storage. Decent specs deserving a newer OS than Gingerbread. The S comes with a suggested retail price of $559.99 in black or white.
The Xperia P fills out the mid-range with dual-core 1GHz U8500 chip, qHD screen, and 8MP camera. It also features an aluminum body in silver, red, or black for a suggested retail price of $479.99.
Finally, on the budget side there’s the Xperia U with a dual-core 1 GHz U8500 chip, WVGA display, 5MP camera, and interchangeable, multi-colored bottom caps. The U retails for $299.99 and is available in black or white.
Sorry, Sony, but it’s hard to get excited when phones like the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III are available at much lower carrier-subsidized prices in the US, not to mention the $350 off-contract price of the Galaxy Nexus, which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Hit the break for Sony’s full press release.
Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S. The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.
All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?
source: Xperia Blog
During MWC this year Sony made the world aware of the Xperia P and Xperia U with the Xperia Sola being announced a few weeks after. While initially released only in Asia they are now available across the globe. Slated as low to mid-range devices they’re appearing to round out Sony‘s 2012 line. All three carry Gingerbread with hopes that the ICS update that’s on track for next month gets released on time. What’s neat is that the Xperia Sola is sporting the “floating touch” technology announced the same time the phone was.
The Xperia U will be available on O2, Three, T-Mobile and Orange while the Xperia P will be seen O2’s network. While the Sola hasn’t been announced on any major carriers I would be surprised if none of them picked it up. The Xperia P will run you £320 (roughly $500) and the U will run £170 (roughly $270). The Sola will be available for £250 (roughly $390). But if you’re somewhere across the globe and are interested in one of these devices then hit the source link below to find the best deal!
source: Xperia Blog
Yesterday Sony unveiled their Xperia Sola handset and it’s new an innovative “floating Touch” display feature. Essentially this means the Sola’s screen can be activated without actually touching the display. Pretty cool, right? Well if you’re anything like me then you are wondering what Sony did to create this technology and how the hell it actually works? Lucky for us, Sony engineer Erik Hellman took to the Sony mobile developer blog to explain how this whole process works.
While it’s still a bit difficult for me to explain myself, basically it’s two separate kinds of capacitive sensors working together that allows for both touch and hovering activation. The Sola’s display is comprised of mutual capacitance sensors (as seen on other touch screens) and self capacitance sensors that allow user activation up to 20mm away from its surface. The reason multitouch doesn’t work on this “floating touch” technology is because of the limitations of the self capacitance sensors and the ghosting effect that happens when more than one sensor is triggered at a time, hence the addition of the standard mutual capacitance touch screen sensors.
A hands on with the freshly announced Xperia Sola has found its way online. As we mentioned earlier, this device features a technology Sony refers to as “floating touch.” What this does is allow the phone to track your finger movement above the screen. It also allows you to use the device with non-capacitive input or more commonly, gloved fingers. See it in action just past the break.
The MT 27i “Pepper” is finally official as Sony just unveiled it as the Xperia Sola. What separates this phone from others is the “floating touch” technology which allows users to hover their finger above the screen and use it as a moving curser. This is all done without touching the screen, but in order to open a desired link, a simple tap will be required. I’m not sure if this will really be useful, but cool nonetheless.
The Sola will also come with NFC and be compatible with Sony’s new SmartTags, which will be included in the box. If you like taking pictures, you will be happy to know that you can grab your first capture from sleep to snap in just over one second. Other notable features of the Sola include:
- 3.7-inch Reality Display (854x 480) with Mobile Bravia Engine
- 1 GHz dual-core ST Ericsson NovaThor U8500
- 8GB internal storage (5GB user-accessible)
- 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording
- 1320 mAh battery
- microSD, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, and NFC
- Android 2.3 (upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich)