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 has confirmed that the Xperia Play’s upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been canceled, leaving the PlayStation-certified smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that compatibility and stability issues with the Play’s gaming features are to blame.
Other 2011 Xperia phones are still on track to receive the upgrade to ICS, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Active. These devices will begin receiving an optional 4.0.4 update through the PC Companion app starting next week.
source: sony 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
UK network Three looks set to bolster its entry level line-up by selling Sony’s Xperia U on both contract and Pay as You Go. The Xperia U was introduced to the world during the Mobile World Congress however it was quickly overshadowed by the more glamorous high-end phones on display.
In case you’re wondering, the Xperia U is an Android 2.3 device sporting a 3.5″ FWVGA reality display, a 1GHz dualcore processor and a 5MP camera capable of 720 HD video capture. Whilst these are modest specs, the phone will be available for a wallet-friendly £169.99 SIM-free or for £20 per month with no up front charge on a 2 year contract.
This solid, stylish handset is also expected to hit the shelves of O2, Orange and T-Mobile in the coming weeks. If Three’s deals float your boat then hit the source link to get your order in.
Source: Three UK
Living in the US and itching to get your hands on Sony’s flagship Xperia Android phones? Wireless distribution giants, Brightstar has got you covered as it’s set to bring the Xperia S, Xperia U and Xperia P to our doorsteps. No dates have been announced as yet however watch this space as we’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we have more news.
President of Sony Mobile Communications North America, Paul Hamnett quoted “We are thrilled to expand Sony Mobile Communications’ presence in the U.S. with Brightstar, offering a broader range of our Xperia portfolio to consumers”
Sony is really working hard to turn around its fortunes in the Android market. Sony Ericsson never really hit the heady heights achieved by big rivals such as Samsung and Motorola, and the newly founded Sony Mobile Communications is determined to right that wrong. The new devices have arrived to critical acclaim , if Sony can back that up with a solid worldwide distribution strategy then it may well be on the verge of an impressive turnaround.
Will you be looking to pick up Sony’s latest offering over that of Smasung, HTC, Motorola et al? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and be sure to check out the full press release from Brightstar after the break.
The recently announced Xperia P and Xperia U handsets will be arriving in the hands of those in the U.K. late this April. Clove Technologies has secured the two models as well as the Xperia S, allowing them to offer the entire NXT range from Sony.
The handsets are slated for an April 23rd release, SIM free. The Xperia P will be available for £378 ($608) and the Xperia U will be a little less at £238.80 ($381). The only color available at them moment is black, however other colors are planned for release in the future.
source: android central
Moments ago we told you all about the Sony Xperia U and Xperia P. These 2 devices are the latest additions to the Xperia NXT series (next generation smartphones from Sony). While the Xperia S is already shipping, we can expect to see the Xperia U and Xperia P sometime in the 2nd quarter of this year. Check out the videos below to get a closer look at these gorgeous phones.
Hit the break for the Xperia U
SMC states the Xperia P and Xperia U will be available globally sometime in Q2, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait before we see them in stores. You’ve only gotten a brief rundown of each device, so make sure you hit the break to see SMC’s full presser for the Xperia P and Xperia U.