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Sony Ericsson to upgrade 2011 smartphones to Android 4.0 next year

Sony Ericsson to upgrade 2011 smartphones to Android 4.0 next year

Sony Ericsson fans can rest easy knowing that if they are rocking a 2011 Android phone model from the company they will get Android 4.0. Most of the devices are on Android 2.3.4 right now and starting next year the line will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony Ericsson offers no definitive time frame for the upgrade, just the vague "2012" date.

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Sony Ericsson says Smartphones sole focus in 2012

Sony Ericsson says Smartphones sole focus in 2012

Sony Ericsson offered up the quarterly earnings report (PDF) for Q3 2011 today and the numbers aren’t the most interesting thing to come out of the results. The numbers clearly show that Sony Ericsson is seeing sales slip away as the number of units shipped has dropped compared to last year. In Q3 2011 SE shipped 9.5 million units compared to Q3 2010 when it shipped 10.4 million units.

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Sony to buy out Ericsson’s half in $1.7 billion deal

Sony to buy out Ericsson’s half in $1.7 billion deal

The Sony Ericsson joint venture may soon be controlled completely by Sony as the company aims to bring more of the mobile phone operations in house to boost its competitiveness. The WSJ reports that Sony is near closing the deal with Ericsson to buy its half of the venture for around $1.3 to $1.7 billion, which includes the Stockholm-based company's mobile technology patents.

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Sony Ericsson CEO: iPhone blindsided us but no Windows Phone regrets

Sony Ericsson CEO: iPhone blindsided us but no Windows Phone regrets

Sony Ericsson's CEO has dismissed Windows Phone as subpar in comparison to Android, though admits that the company "should have taken the iPhone more seriously" when Apple launched its first smartphone. Questioned whether Sony Ericsson was considering Microsoft's smartphone OS, chief exec Bert Nordberg suggested that "at this point I wouldn't feel comfortable investing in a platform that isn't as good as the one that we currently use," to the WSJ, while blaming the decision to bow out of the featurephone business for its diminutive market share.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray announced for USA

The folks at Sony Ericsson have announced the USA release of the Xperia ray, a device we last heard about in June, here in the states for the first time and pushed to Newegg for the unlocked price of $429.99 (on sale today for $379.99 for a limited time.) This device is only sold here at the moment unlocked, your option to get it carried by AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, Fido, up to you. This device features a single-core 1GHz processor, 1GB internal memory with 300 MB user available and 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage, and a 3.3-inch TFT display at 480 x 854 pixel resolution. The display also boasts some cool BRAVIA ENGINE tech.

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Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

Sony Ericsson announces indy developer support for FreeXperia program

If you're an avid fan of Android, you've got to know that there's a gigantic developer community out there that's not just interested in creating market-ready apps. They' call themselves developers, but what the rest of the world calls them is hackers. In particular, Sony Ericsson wants to get in on this party by voicing their support for ROM creators across the board. The program Sony Ericsson is announcing this week is FreeXperia, an assistant group for developers looking to create great new customized experiences for Xperia devices. Neato!

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Lara Croft and Guardian of Light to be an Xperia Play exclusive

Lara Croft and Guardian of Light to be an Xperia Play exclusive

If you are a mobile gamer that has the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone you will be able to get an exclusive game soon. Square Enix and SE have teamed up to offer Xperia Play users an exclusive Lara Croft game that they can download and play starting in November. The tie up between the two companies will also see more hit game titles heading to the Xperia Play in the coming months.

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Sony Ericsson denies XPERIA Ice Cream Sandwich plans

Sony Ericsson denies XPERIA Ice Cream Sandwich plans

Sony Ericsson has denied reports that it confirmed the 2011 XPERIA Android range would all get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google's next-gen version of the OS expected to be released in October or November. According to SoMobile, a UK spokesperson told them that current-gen XPERIA devices would get Android 4.0; however, Sony Ericsson's press team says that no such decision has been made.

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AT&T XPERIA Play 4G dated for $50 US release

AT&T XPERIA Play 4G dated for $50 US release

AT&T will launch the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play 4G, the company's gaming-centric smartphone, on September 18, though don't expect LTE. Instead, the sliding Android smartphone tops out at HSPA+; other specs include the same 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and 1GHz single-core processor that we remember from our reviews of the Verizon and the European versions of the handset.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S benchmarked

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc S benchmarked

Does the world need a new XPERIA Arc? Sony Ericsson seems to think so, and hence the XPERIA Arc S has broken cover. Taking the same, slimline chassis - now in Stormtrooper white - and 4.2-inch display as the original, but boosting processor speed to 1.4GHz, the Arc S promises to bring the Android experience up to speed with what rivals are offering. We grabbed some hands-on playtime to find out if that was true.

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Android Update Alliance examined, results since Google I/O found lacking

Android Update Alliance examined, results since Google I/O found lacking

Perhaps you remember a few months ago when Google announced an alliance of manufacturers and carriers who would work together henceforth to update all devices on the Android front. The timeframe they spoke of at the conference was 18 months, a time in which all Android devices would continue to be updated, 18 months from their original inception date. No device would ever be left behind again. So how are they doing? Let's have a lovely little look.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA mini pro Review

Sony Ericsson XPERIA mini pro Review

Take a cursory glance at the smartphone market and you'd be forgiven for assuming bigger always means better. Android smartphones are already available with vast screens, rumors suggest the iPhone 5 will introduce a larger display, and Windows Phone has just seen its first uber-panel with the 4.7-inch HTC Titan. Not everyone wants to fill their pocket with handset, however, and for them the Sony Ericsson XPERIA mini pro could tick more than a few boxes. Compact and yet still offering a full physical keyboard, Sony Ericsson's dinky device reckons it offers the best of both worlds, but can it live up to the billing? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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