Android 2.3.4 Global Update rolls out for Xperia devices

Android 2.3.4 Global Update rolls out for Xperia devices

A few weeks ago Sony Ericsson has announced the latest Android 2.3.4 update but unfortunately just for a few countries in northern Europe. Now it’s time for this tasty Gingerbread to make a global roll-out for all Sony Ericsson Xperia devices.

The update comes with some major improvements and enhancements, beside the traditional features of the 2.3.4 update:

  • World’s first 3D Sweep Panorama functionality powered by Sony
  • Gesture input – text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
  • 3D panoramic mode for the camera
  • 16x video zoom
  • WiFi DLNA
  • Screen capture – allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone
  • SE’s new LiveDock compatibility
  • Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality
  • The ability to turn the Xperia™ smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station. So, you just connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI, and you’ll witness a big screen experience.

These lucky Xperia handsets that will receive the Android 2.3.4 update are the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia  pro, Xperia ray, Xperia active, Xperia neo V, Xperia arc S and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. This firmware will be released for both the unlocked devices and most of carrier-branded handsets.

If you want to find more about this new upgrade check out the next video released by Sony Ericsson, a great presentation about all the benefits of this new Android 2.3.4 upgrade.

Sony Ericsson expand Xperia familly with Neo V

xperia-neo-v-front-backToday, Sony Ericsson has annonuced a new smartphone, Xperia Neo V, the first device from Xperia family with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V features a 3.7-inches screen with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 5 megapixels camera capable to record videos at 720p resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, Adreno 205 graphics and 512 MB of RAM. Other specs of Xperia Neo V include an HDMI port.

The release date of Xperia Neo V will be somewhere in Q4 this year.

Also, Sony Ericsson mentioned in the press release a new great information: “we are happy to tell you that today we announced that the 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread platform for all the 2011 Xperia™ Smartphones will start the roll out during October at select markets“.

Some of the features you will get from this update are:

  • Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities. We have talked about Facebook  inside Xperia™ on previous posts.
  • Xperia™ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony.
  • The software upgrade will enable consumers to turn their Xperia™  smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
  • The software upgrade will enable consumers to turn their Xperia™  smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
  • Swipe text input – text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
  • Screen capture – allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone

Below you can see a video demonstration with Android 2.3.4 running on Xperia Neo V:

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OG Motorola Droid receives Android 2.3.4 (GPA16 build)

motorola-droid-verizonToday we received some great news from Peter Alfonso, which has released the GPA16 build, which is not an official update from Motorola and Verizon as we would like to hear, but one that would replicate the “official” update from Motorola.

The new GPA16 will update your OG Motorola Droid to Android 2.3.4 and will bring a few features and improvements such as adding an Ad-hoc network, FLAC audio support, reboot option and 180 degree rotation and some cool Google applications including Market and Google Chat with video. It will also include bug fixes/code improvement, such as the data loss fix by CVPCS and a new kernel.

The creator, Peter Alfonso affirms that its GPA16 ROM will offer an extremely fast experience. So, if you want to download and install this new build, go to Peter Alfonso’s website and there you will also find some notes and instructions regarding this update! From what we’ve heard from several owners of OG Motorola Droid, the Android 2.3.4 (GPA16 build) seems to work flawlessly and everybody seems happy!

Firmware update for Samsung Galaxy S I9000: Android 2.3.4 [video]

samsung-galaxy-s-i9000A new update has been leaked for the Galaxy S I9000, which is an official build of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and the build date of this update is June 3rd.

This software update is available only for the European Samsung Galaxy S GT-i9000, so don’t try it on any US Galaxy S devices because is not compatible, and could cause some serious damage. Also, don’t try to test this new update on other device, the result will most likely be irreparable.

This Android 2.3.4 update for Samsung Galaxy S brings a Honeycomb port, that will improve the speed of GPS, HW3D, Phone (SMS, Signal), the microSD and Data (but you need to manually set APNs). The Honeycomb port for the Galaxy S is performing quite fast, although not all features on the handset would work as planned after installing this update. So, it’s a work in progress, and soon all the problems should be fixed and the update will be completely ready for your device.