Sony Ericsson has announced future plans regarding the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates and devices that will receive it first.
The company has given details regarding the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and revealed that the first to receive it are Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. You won’t even have to wait too long for it as Sony Ericsson estimates it will all happen at the end of March or beginning of April 2012.
Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, mini Xperia pro and Xperia active are next in line to receive the ICS update. Again, this should happen at the end of April, beginning of May. In addition, around that time of the year Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Apparently, Sony Ericsson have some big plans for us in 2012. They insist that all their current devices will get the Ice Cream Sandwich but for some it might take a while, meaning they won’t receive it until the middle of next year.
Now, there might be some delays caused for example by the mobile carriers’ testing of Sony Ericsson’s software to see if it is compatible with their networks, but I’m sure we can say for a fact that ICS update will be here in the first half of the year.
Some great news for the European Xperia PLAY and Arc smartphones! Sony Ericsson has start pushing a new software update, which is the second minor update after the one from May 30.
The latest software update for Xperia arc and PLAY which we’re talking about, brings several new features and improvements, including:
xLoud – boosts your music when played through the speaker;
Stereo recording – shoot video with high-quality stereo sound;
Digital home – enjoy entertainment content stored in your phone on DLNA certified media devices;
New themes and Landscape mode for your home screen.
We’re talking about an OTA update that is being pushed over the air (OTA) and is not showing for all Xperia PLAY and arc owners, so some of you will have to wait a little more because the OTA update is always gradually received. You can check and manually update by going to Menu / Settings / About phone / Software update, but you can also receive this update via Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion, but this requires the use of a USB cable. It is recommended to check out for the update manually from time to time.
This update is available only for European versions of the Xperia PLAY and Arc, and is expected to become available on the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, which will be released in Q3.
The Canadian carrier Rogers is preparing to launch two Xperia devices this month, the smartphone arc and the Xperia Play.
Both of these two Android 2.3 smartphones are now available on Rogers website for pre-order for $99.99 with a 3-year contact (voice + data agreement) with minimum combined monthly service fee of $45. This price is available for new or existing Rogers customers. Rogers Canada offers the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc in the black color and the Xperia Play device is available in white or black.
Xperia arc is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has 8 megapixels camera with LED flash capable to record videos at 720p resolution. Xperia Play comes with a 4.0 inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, and is the first PlaySation certified phone that offer a great gaming experience.
Xperia Play and Xperia arc will be available in Canada exclusively through Rogers.
After the official release of Sony Ericsson Play at MWC 2011, the canadian carrier Rogers announced the availability of Xperia Play smartphone for this spring.
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the first smartphone with Playstation-quality gaming experience via dedicated slide-out game-pad. Also, Xperia Play is the first PlayStation certified phone.
Xperia Play features a large 4.0 inch screen with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 380 MB of RAM user available and 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU. Other specs of Xperia Play include a Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. The dimensions of Xperia Play are 119 x 62 x 19 mm and the weight is around 175 grams.
“We’re excited to announce that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY will be coming to Rogers this Spring. We know there’s been a lot of buzz about these devices since CES in January, and we wanted to let you know that Rogers is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier,” the company said.
Rogers didn’t mention anything about the price for Xperia Play.