Today, smartphone maker Sony Ericsson announced its Q4 and year-end 2011 performance results. While the company saw a 65 percent increase in sales of its Xperia line of smartphones over Q4 of last year, it still posted a very large loss of 247 million EUR for the year.
O2 has announced that it will soon offer Sony's new flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, to its customers. The Xperia S is an Android smartphone that offers a massive 4.3-inch color HD touchscreen display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Other features include a 12MP rear facing camera for video and pictures as well as a 1.3MP user facing camera for video chats. The Xperia S also offers a micro-HDMI port and NFC capabilities. No word yet on exact launch date or pricing from the carrier.
Sony Ericsson has been one of the most vocal and transparent manufacturers of Android smartphones when it comes to its plans to upgrade its handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and today it released more details as to when users can expect to see the updates. Putting a more solid date on the matter, Sony Ericsson pegs the release time for the upgrades to be March or April of 2012.
Sony Ericsson may be a few weeks late with its official announcement, but that doesn't detract from how nice of an offer it has for Xperia smartphone customers. Starting today, Xperia owners will get 50GB of free file storage from Box by simply logging into their Box account from their Sony Ericsson smartphone.
Images of a rumored upcoming flagship smartphone from Sony Ericsson have hit the internet, and from the looks of things, this might be a phone to watch in 2012. Supposedly named the Xperia arc HD, the phone is said to have a 720p display and dual-core processor.
C Spire Wireless is hoping that you haven't forgotten that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY smartphone, the first PlayStation-certified smartphone on the market, still exists, as it has picked it up in time for the holiday season. The Xperia PLAY for C Spire is the same version that hit Verizon Wireless this past spring and features a 4-inch, FWVGA (480 x 854 pixel) display, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, and that all important slide-out gamepad. C Spire is offering the device in-store and online for $49.99 with a new two-year agreement.
When Sony announced intentions to buy out Ericsson's share of the companies' joint mobile phone venture Sony Ericsson in October, we knew it would be only a matter of time before the Ericsson was dropped from the company name and we saw smartphones with just the Sony brand on them. According to a Sony executive speaking to an Indian newspaper, it looks like that will happen in the middle of next year, at which point Sony will focus on smartphones with its own brand.
Sony Ericsson has been diligently updating its 2011 line of Xperia smartphones with new software that includes Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and the latest versions of Sony Ericsson's user interface. While the company didn't initially admit it, it also baked in support for the WebGL codec with the updates, bringing 3D graphics and visuals to the web browser without the need for additional plugins.
A few weeks back, Sony Ericsson made it known that its entire 2011 line-up of Xperia smartphones would be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future, but it did not give a timeframe as to when users could expect the upgrades. Now, Sony Ericsson's Italian division says that the upgrades are targeted for a March 2012 release period, just in time to qualify for a first-quarter 2012 deployment. Of course, things could change between now and March, and delays may occur, but if our memory serves us correctly, this is the first time a manufacturer has mentioned a specific month as to when it intends to release Ice Cream Sandwich updates, instead of the fairly ambiguous "early 2012" timeframe.
Sony Ericsson has announced that it is killing off its Sony Ericsson Sync service and is encouraging users to utilize Google Sync instead. Sony Ericsson Sync was initially designed for older devices and allowed users to back up and sync their contacts to the web. Since all of Sony Ericsson's current smartphones use the Android operating system, this functionality is replicated natively by Google Sync. Sony Ericsson also says that users can utilize alternative syncing solutions like Plaxo and UNYK if they are not fans of Google's native sync options.