If you are a Windows Phone 7 fan, some more pics of a Sony Ericsson prototype device running the OS have leaked. We don’t really have any specs to go along with the leaked shots but we can glean a few details.
Sony Ericsson's decision to axe Android OS updates for the XPERIA X10 (and other pre-Arc XPERIA handsets) didn't exactly meet with a positive reaction from owners of the smartphone. Still, where SE fears to tread, xda-developers member TripNRaVeR storms ahead: he's taken Android 2.3 Gingerbread from an XPERIA Arc ROM and fettled it to suit the X10.
Another year, another Mobile World Congress, and the unstoppable juggernaut that is the smartphone industry continues apace. SlashGear took its biggest team to MWC 2011 to-date, and still found more than enough to keep us busy in Barcelona. After the cut, the stand-out products, the key mobile themes of 2011, and how tablets are muscling in on smart mobility.
We were only just talking about Sony Ericsson's Android tablet plans, and now shots of what could be the company's 4G prototype have emerged from deep in the TDIAMWC 2011 booth. NieuweMobiel spotted the slate - branded with the TD-LTE 4G used by China Mobile, the carrier which Sony Ericsson has already said it is working with - complete with a front-facing 3.0-megapixel webcam and what's estimated to be a 6 to 7-inch touchscreen.
Sony Ericsson has said it is "advanced" in its development of an LTE handset, and revealed that it has plans to release an Android tablet. CTO Jan Uddenfeldt told Fierce Wireless that the company has been "holding discussions with Sony" regarding the tablet, though declined to give further details as to timescales or specifications. It's unclear if this is related to the leaked Sony S1 gaming tablet reported earlier this week.
Apple’s iPhone has done quite a bit to change the mobile market. It has ushered in the touch-screen craze, delivered an easy way to get third-party programs onto the platform, and generally changed how all other mobile phones are judged. But one of the most significant changes the iPhone initiated was the growth of gaming on smartphones. Thanks to the Apple App Store, more and more people are downloading games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, and countless others. The iPhone is now a full-fledged gaming device that, by all measures, can be compared to the Nintendo DS and Sony’s PSP.
Sony Ericsson's Neo feels more than a little familiar, just like the Vivaz did all the way back in January 2010, but this is really a brand new device wearing a borrowed suit. Running Android Gingerbread, it's a fairly chunky handset which runs pretty much like the XPERIA Arc, though with a 3.7-inch display rather than the Arc's stunning 4-inch Reality Display.
Video demo after the cut
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA Play has been so well leaked already, there's a strange sense of familiarity with the gaming smartphone despite it having only made its official debut at MWC 2011 today. Hands-on, it's an odd combination of the familiar from Android and PSP, and during gameplay it certainly feels fast enough. We demo'd Bruce Lee: Dragon Warrior, FIFA '10 and Asphalt 6, and all three were slick and responsive.
Video demo after the cut
Sony Ericsson's surprise smartphone for MWC 2011 was the XPERIA Pro, a business-centric handset running Android and packing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Like the XPERIA Neo there's a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 capacitive touchscreen, only the Pro adds a full QWERTY keyboard that uses Smart Keyboard software to automatically load up predictive messaging depending on the app you're in when you pop the 'board out.
Sony Ericsson has officially announced the Neo, its photo-centric Android Gingerbread smartphone, at MWC 2011 today. Effectively an Android update to the Sony Ericsson Vivaz, with that handset's focus on digital photography, the Neo has an 8-megapixel camera, HDMI connector, and screen technology borrowed from Sony's BRAVIA line.