Sony Ericsson has committed to updating its whole 2011 line of Android smartphones to Ice Cream Sandwich, but even the recently released Sony Xperia S shipped with Gingerbread. When can we expect a Sony handset that will actually ship with the latest version of Google’s operating system? Sooner than you might think, at least in China.
There's no shortage of things to be on the lookout for at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but one thing most people haven't been talking about is that an important company might be taking a walk on the Windows Phone side even though it has been a staunch Android supporter so far. The idea of a Windows Phone-powered Sony phone first came to light when a supposed picture was leaked.
If you bought a phone at a SonyStyle store last year, it was most likely a Sony Ericsson Xperia phone. The Xperia name is trying to join the ranks of Evo, Droid, and Razr in the world of high-value Android brands. Later this month, we'll see a whole new slate of Sony Xperia devices when they're on display at the Mobile World Congress in Spain. Wait; did you catch the big difference in what we just wrote? It's "Sony Xperia," not "Sony Ericsson Xperia."
Earlier this month we got a chance to peek at one of Sony Ericsson's newest hero devices, the Xperia Ion, complete with AT&T LTE speeds to back up its collection of top of the line specifications in a smartphone body. What we're seeing here is that the device will cost you something like $570 in pre-order dollars to get the whole device off-contract. What that money gets you is some rather enticing bits and pieces that make up one monster of a phone.
There's been a bit of a leak over at Sony Ericsson, and their Xperia line of smartphone devices has broken through the fold with code-names and prices, and word that the whole leaked list is running Android. What we're seeing here is a set of devices that we've either never heard of before or has been rumored with attached specifications quite recently. Everything from the massively expensive $720USD MINT_I to the low-end Tapioca, the whole family is here!
This isn't Sony's first watch running Android OS, and it definitely shows it. There are many improvements in Sony's XPERIA SmartWarch over the former Sony LiveView - most noticeably the fully featured touchscreen display. The LiveView had side gestures instead. The SmartWatch has retained the underneath clip, and still connects syncs with your phone through Bluetooth.
There's reportedly a device on the way from Sony Ericsson and about to be carried by AT&T which has LTE connectivity, a 4.55-inch 720p display, and a 13 megapixel camera on the back. If that wasn't enough, this device is set to be Sony Ericsson's "big push" into the United States with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and will more than likely be revealed at CES 2012. This leak comes in two bits, one of them in an "End Product Detail" one-sheet from what appears to be deep inside Sony Ericsson, the other a set of 13 megapixel photos taken with the device's camera.
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.
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?
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!