LTE-ready Xperia GX now available for purchase at NTT DoCoMo
The high-end Sony Xperia GX smartphone is now available at NTT DoCoMo. It sports a 720p-resolution display sized at a generous 4.6 inches. There is a slight curve to the handset, just like in the Xperia Arc.
Sony Ericsson to begin Android 4 updates in March
Sony Ericsson just revealed it will begin updating the software on its 2011 Xperia smartphones to Android 4.0 by the end of March and into April. These will include the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V, and Xperia ray. About a month after that, the Xperia arc, Xperia Play, Xperia neo, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, and Live with Walkman will get the same update.
PlayStation Suite SDK beta opened to developers
Sony is now offering developers a chance to sign up for consideration on joining its closed beta PlayStation Suite SDK. With it, they will have the ability to develop games for the upcoming PS Vita and Android devices that aren't Sony-branded. The SDK uses the C# programming language and will run on a C# virtual machine.
Xperia duo first dual-core Sony Ericsson phone?
A picture has surfaced from China of the rumored Sony Ericsson Xperia duo. Although the authenticity of the phone is difficult confirm, it bares a resemblance to the Xperia arc, albeit with what appears to be a larger 4.5-inch edge-to-edge display. It is known that Sony Ericsson has trademarked the Xperia duo name, which is thought to refer to the inclusion of a dual-core processor. If so, it would be the first Sony Ericsson handset to sport dual-core power.
Sony Ericsson ST18i images, specs surface
Details of an upcoming Sony Ericsson handset have been revealed recently thanks to GSMArena. Codenamed Urushi and ST18i officially, the device is said to sport an 854x480 3.2- or 3.3-inch touchscreen and the same hardware specs as the company's existing Xperia Arc. This means a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset housing a Scorpion CPU and Adreno 205 GPU.
Handset boasts 700-nit
LG has released a stop-motion video to help market the Optimus Black smartphone. The device is compared in a 'race' against other handsets, which appear to represent the iPhone, Samsung's Galaxy S, and Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc, though the competing devices uses nicknames. The company is highlighting the Black's 9.2mm thickness and 109g weight, while the 700-nit display is claimed to be 40 percent brighter than the rest of the group.
Galaxy S II ad focuses on 8.49mm thickness
A new TV ad for Samsung's Galaxy S II handset (below) is focusing entirely on the phone's ultra-thin profile. At 8.49mm thin, it undercuts even the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc's 8.7mm thickness. The newest from Samsung will also sport an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The Xperia Arc has a 4.2-inch screen, in contrast.
Japan quake causing Sony Ericsson supply issues
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has been delayed to summer and while the Xperia Arcand Xperia Play are facing shortages. The news comes via Sony Ericsson’s Italian Facebook page, which explains that the delays and shortages are a result of the Japan earthquake.
Xperia Play hits Rogers pre-orders and FCC filing
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has edged closer to a release in the past day with two official appearances. Rogers has put up a pre-order page for both the Xperia Play and its more straightforward Xperia Arc sibling. Both of the Android 2.3 phones will cost $100 on a three-year contract.
Xperia acro an enhanced version of Xperia arc
Sony Ericsson has leaked one of its own upcoming smartphones, the Xperia acro. It was spotted among as series of its new phones displayed in its Sony Ericsson PC Companion software tool that ships with its new smartphones. In the image embedded below, it can be discerned that the phone is very similar to the recently released Xperia arc. According to the Xperia blog, the phone appears to be a minor revision of the Xperia arc that is designed to address shortcomings in that model.
Sony Ericsson to bring service for custom ROM
Sony Ericsson announced it will allow whom it calls advanced developers to load bootloaders and unlock its smartphones in a secure and legal way. Certain phones shipping later in the spring will get the functionality, including some versions of the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia pro, and Xperia Play. Some requirements will need to be met, including having a SIM-unlocked phone.
Rogers confirms Xperia Play, Arc exclusives
Canadian telecommunications provider Rogers this week announced it will be the exclusive provider of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc smartphones. The former was rumored to arrive as an exclusive at the carrier early last week. Either handset will ship with Android 2.3.
Xperia Arc smartphone coming to Three, Vodafone
UK network operators Three and Vodafone will soon get Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc smartphone, both announced on Wednesday. While release dates weren't specific, it's expected the phone will begin arriving in April. Pricing for the device at either carrier also remains unknown.
Xperia Arc gets video detailing CPU, OS, more
Sony Ericsson, on its blog this week, revealed detailed information about the Xperia Arc smartphone introduced at CES last week. A video is embedded below that talks about the features of the handset, and confirms that the handset runs a 1GHz MSM8255 CPU (second-generation Snapdragon) and an Adreno 205 GPU that debuted in the HTC Desire HD. The author of the post and video cautions that the software is still in an early stage of development and will be changed before the handset is launched.