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Sony Ericsson details Android 4.0 upgrades: Kick off March 2012

Sony Ericsson details Android 4.0 upgrades: Kick off March 2012

Sony Ericsson has detailed its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans, with the roll-out of Android 4.0 expected to hit the XPERIA arc S, XPERIA neo V and XPERIA ray first, from the end of March or the beginning of April 2012. The company has promised to upgrade all of its current devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, though it may be near the middle of next year before some users actually see the updated software. More details after the cut.

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Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson has released an Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 alpha ROM for XPERIA arc S, neo V and XPERIA ray owners, though there are some significant limitations to functionality that make it unsuitable for everyday use. The ROM - which is intended for those with unlocked XPERIA handsets complete with an unlocked bootloader - comes without Google's core apps, like Gmail and Google Maps, shuts off the cellular radio, WiFi and Bluetooth, deactivates ANT+ and doesn't yet support the FM radio.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi (aka Arc HD) spotted in the wild

Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi (aka Arc HD) spotted in the wild

This week we get our first "in the wild" look at the Sony Ericsson Arc HD, also known by its code-name Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi - and it's looking pretty snappy! While the Arc HD name is not 100% set at the moment, we can see here that this phone is pretty close to production, as the tipster dropping this phone to GSM Arena doth state. Inside you'll find Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, the front has a 4.3-inch LCD display at HD resolution - 1280 x 720 pixels, and the rumor is that this masterpiece holds a 1.5GHz dual-core Scorpion processor paired with the Adreno 220 GPU.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA active launched the USA, $340 unlocked

Sony Ericsson XPERIA active launched the USA, $340 unlocked

The folks at what will soon be simply Sony have released the XPERIA active here in the United States this week officially, complete with protection against elements of all kinds and connectivity on AT&T - though you'll be purchasing the device off-contract at first. This 1GHz single-core processor toting Android device has a 3-inch HVGA display that's scratch resistant, Wi-fi connectivity (or AT&T 3G if you wish), wrist strap, compass widget, heart rate and pulse monitoring apps, and a lovely orange coloring around the edges of the chassis. All this and a 5-megapixel camera for $340 unlocked - seem like your next device of choice, or has Sony dropped a brand new completely impenetrable brick?

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Sony Ericsson brand moving to Sony only in mid-2012

Sony Ericsson brand moving to Sony only in mid-2012

We already know that Sony wants to take over all of Sony Ericsson and bring the mobile devices under its corporate umbrella. The buyout was announced in October and will get Ericsson out of the partnership that has been in place since 2001. The buyout is going to cost Sony up to $1.7 billion to finish. Word is now surfacing that the transition from Sony Ericsson to Sony will happen by the middle of 2012.

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Sony Ericsson accidentally reveals XPERIA 50GB Box.net perk

Sony Ericsson accidentally reveals XPERIA 50GB Box.net perk

Sony Ericsson has announced - and then temporarily backtracked from - a partnership with cloud company Box.net, first revealing that buyers of its Android smartphones would get 50GB free storage before clarifying that the offer wasn't ready for primetime. According to a hastily yanked post on the Sony Ericsson blog, simply by downloading the Box.net app smartphone users would get 50GB of space to store video, music, documents and other files.

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Sony Ericsson Nypon LT22i Android smartphone leaks

Sony Ericsson Nypon LT22i Android smartphone leaks

If you are a fan of leaks of smartphones that aren't released yet a new Sony Ericson smartphone called the Nypon or LT22i has surfaced in pics. This is obviously an early test unit since we are seeing a screen with a big circuit board on the back. Still, we are suckers for naked leaked smartphones around here. This device is thought to be a next generation Android smartphone for Sony Ericsson.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V out officially in the USA

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V out officially in the USA

This week Sony Ericsson lets known that two of their newest smartphones, the Xperia arc S and the Xperia neo V, are available for purchase here in the USA, both of them running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and custom Xperia user interfaces. Sony Ericsson is dipping into the US market gradually with Android - notice our review collection and find that the majority of the Xperia devices are based in the UK - and with these two new additions, the team may well have a competing set to show off with. One of these devices is on the high-end, the other is in the mid-range, see if you can guess which is which - here's a hint: peek at the displays!

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