Handset launches and potential upcoming devices from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, and Apple have dominated the mobile news recently. Other brands such as Motorola and Oppo have also had their share of the limelight, but one juggernaut company has been missing.
Android manufacturers - and users, for that matter - are in a constant hunt for techniques to improve battery life. In its recent Android 4.0 update for the Xperia P, Sony Mobile included a feature that it says will help achieve that goal.
Sony Mobile will reduce its workforce and relocate its base of operations from Lund, Sweden to Tokyo, Japan. The company, formerly known as Sony Ericsson, has announced plans to lay off 1,000 workers, about 15 percent of its workforce and consultants, and focus its efforts in Japan as a way to boost productivity.
Sony is pushing a software update to its 2011 Xperia Android phones that are compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The new Android 4.0 ROM addresses some software bugs that created problems in previous ICS builds, and it adds "performance tweaks" to improve the experience. Sony says the update should appear this week for the Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Xperia ray. The Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo L and Live with Walkman should receive the update next week.
Sony has announced a new Exmor RS sensor that should improve the photo and video capabilities of mobile phones. The new CMOS image sensor uses a "stacked structure" that makes the design more efficient, and enhances the quality of images captured.
Sony Mobile has started upgrading the Xperia P to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition to publishing details for the Xperia P's update, Sony revealed which phones are next to be treated to Ice Cream Sandwich.
At its Gamescom press conference today, Sony announced that it will launch its PlayStation Mobile gaming initiative this fall. It also added two new companies to the list of manufacturers who have been certified to deliver PlayStation content, and revealed something surprising about gaming options.
Sony has announced the rollout of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia mini smartphone. The update brings the phone up to what was the latest version of Android until last week and includes Sony's custom user interface. Sony is releasing the update in batches based on serial number, and users will have to plug their phones into a PC or Mac to manually install the update, as it is not available over-the-air.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich isn't just for the smartphones and tablets sitting at the top of the totem pole, and Sony is making sure that even lowly, inexpensive handsets in its lineup are upgraded. To that end, the manufacturer has released the Android 4.0 upgrade for the Xperia mini pro, an inexpensive smartphone with a smallish display and QWERTY keyboard launched last year. Despite the mini pro's single-core 1GHz processor and meager 400MB of on-board storage, it is getting the full Android 4.0 treatment with Sony's custom user interface on top. Mini pro users across the globe can plug their phones into a computer and use Sony's PC Companion software to install the upgrade now.
Sony has announced that the Xperia PLAY smartphone will not be getting an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich after all, despite the company's earlier plans. Sony says that it has canceled the plans to upgrade the phone because it found there are major stability issues with Android 4.0 and this device, especially while gaming.