SE-Xperia » Xperia Neo http://se-xperia.com Unofficial Sony Ericsson Xperia news blog Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:38:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confirmed: ICS isn’t coming to the Xperia Play http://se-xperia.com/confirmed-ics-isnt-coming-to-the-xperia-play/ http://se-xperia.com/confirmed-ics-isnt-coming-to-the-xperia-play/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 21:42:45 +0000 http://se-xperia.com/?p=2276 Yesterday we saw what could have been described as an oversight on Sonys part. On the information page regarding the Android 4.0 update the Xperia Play was missing from the list of handsets that were due to be upgraded.

Sony have announced that this wasn’t a mistake and the Xperia Play will not be receiving the Android 4.0 update, despite having worked on it extensively to the point of releasing a beta version of the ROM. In releasing the beta version however, Sony found several issues with games and compatibility which, inevitably has led to the decision of the Xperia Play staying on Gingerbread. After extensive testing of ICS, a consistent and stable experience couldn’t be guaranteed on the Xperia Play, especially with gaming.

Along with the bombshell announcement, Sony have released information regarding the Android 4.0 update for other handsets. Following on from Android 4 being rolled out for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, the update will begin rolling out next week for the other Xperia handsets released in 2011, minus the Play – Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. The Xperia S will be the first NXT Xperia handset to be updated at the end of June, with the Xperia P next to receive it. The Xperia U will receive the update later in Q3. The updates starting from next week will update the handsets to Android 4.0.4 and the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray will be upgraded from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4.

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China to see release of Xperia Neo L smartphone http://se-xperia.com/china-to-see-release-of-xperia-neo-l-smartphone/ http://se-xperia.com/china-to-see-release-of-xperia-neo-l-smartphone/#comments Wed, 16 May 2012 13:28:34 +0000 http://se-xperia.com/?p=2224 Another new handset has been announced by Sony, in the form of the ‘Xperia neo L’, a smartphone handset that is due to be initially released in China.

Coming in the same vein specification wise as the previously released Xperia Neo V, the Neo L features a 4 inch display, 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and a 720p capable 5.1MP camera. The handset also has a front facing VGA camera. The Neo L is slightly longer and thinner than the Neo V.

Pricing and exact release dates for the Neo L haven’t been confirmed by Sony as of yet however, the news that the Xperia Neo L will come preinstalled with Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich should encourage potential (Chinese at least) buyers as this is the first time Sony intend to release a handset with ICS available out of the box.

Sony Xperia Neo L White Paper can be downloaded here.

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ICS Xperia update continues to rollout Sony confirm http://se-xperia.com/ics-xperia-update-continues-to-rollout-sony-confirm/ http://se-xperia.com/ics-xperia-update-continues-to-rollout-sony-confirm/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:36:02 +0000 http://se-xperia.com/?p=2179 As most Xperia owners will know by now, Sony are busy rolling out the much awaited update to the Android operating software – namely Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich – on Xperia handsets that were released in 2011 or later eg the Xperia S, Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo and so on.

Although the company don’t give specific release dates, they are keen to keep us up to date and assure Xperia users that ICS is on the way and have posted an update doing just that. The ICS rollout is already hitting the Nordic countries and Sony are continuing to push forward with the release globally although networks are also involved in bringing the update to customers which may slow things down a little.

A list of already released Ice Cream Sandwich updates can be found at the Sony Blog and instructions on how to upgrade your 2011 Xperia handset can be found here.

 


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Developer ICS ROM released for 2011 Xperia models http://se-xperia.com/developer-ics-rom-released-for-2011-xperia-models/ http://se-xperia.com/developer-ics-rom-released-for-2011-xperia-models/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:41:16 +0000 http://se-xperia.com/?p=2171 Sony have released a beta, aka developer version of the upcoming Android update, Ice Cream Sandwich. The update is for advanced developers, who have extensive knowledge in how to install and switch between ROMs, there fore shouldn’t be installed by any one who doesn’t really know what they’re doing.

If however, you’re comfortable with this, you will need an unlocked Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Ray or an Xperia Play running 4.0.2.A.0.42 and an unlocked bootloader. WiFi and Bluetooth are two key features that aren’t included in the beta version of ICS, nor are Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, Google Maps and Face Unlock.

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Sony release Smart Extras to enhance your mobile experience http://se-xperia.com/sony-release-smart-extras-to-enhance-your-mobile-experience/ http://se-xperia.com/sony-release-smart-extras-to-enhance-your-mobile-experience/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:59:44 +0000 http://se-xperia.com/?p=2032 smart extras

More new products from Sony have been announced, in the form of three ‘smart’ accessories that will not only be compatible with the new Xperia NXT range of handsets but, with any Android smartphone with bluetooth or NFC support enabled.

First up in the Smart Extras range is the SmartWatch which is basically a wireless display which can mount onto the provided ‘watch strap’ and allows the display of calls, messages and social networking updates in a similar (but better) way to the Live View accessory that Sony Ericsson brought out. Next is the rather exciting Smart Wireless Headset Pro, a bluetooth stereo headset that can also be used as a standalone MP3 player and FM radio or can connect to your phone and will also display call information, text messages and Facebook or Twitter updates. Thirdly, Sony have released a new Smart Extension SDK which will allow developers access to create exciting new applications to enhance and customise both the SmartWatch and the Smart Wireless Headset Pro.

An official product demonstration of the Smart Watch and Smart Headset can be viewed in the video below:

News is also coming in regarding the NFC (near field communication) tags that Sony have produced. These will apparently also be added to the Smart Extras range in the future.

 


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