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Xperia Pro delayed to Q4 according to rumor

If you have a serious hankering for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro smartphone there is a rumor circulating that the smartphone has been delayed. SE has not yet officially confirmed any delay with the smartphone. According to the rumor, the delay isn't due to SE waiting to launch the smartphone with a newer version of Android. Sony Ericsson is working on a newer version of the OS for some smartphones though according to other rumors.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo Review

While we've got our hearts firmly planted in the Xperia PLAY camp, what with its lovely selection of PLAY-specific applications we love so very much to review, its tough not to see the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Neo as simply the non-slider version of the legendary PlayStation phone. That said, the Neo does have its uniqueness, and it's certainly aimed at the mid-tier group looking for that top-tier excellence without quite hitting the Xperia ARC level of coolness. WIll the XPERIA Neo find its place in our hearts, or will we keep attempting to push out the bottom to play Tony Hawk? We shall see!

Sony Ericsson XPERIA ray and XPERIA active outed for X10 retroists and joggers

Sony Ericsson has outed a pair of new Android smartphones at CommunicAsia 2011 this week, the XPERIA ray and XPERIA active. Both running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the ray - which looks particularly similar to the XPERIA X10 - has an 8.1-megapixel camera but a considerably smaller, 3.3-inch touchscreen, while the active has a 3-inch touchscreen and is semi-ruggedized for runners and other sporty people. According to Crave, the XPERIA ray is 9.4mm thick and weighs 100g. Unlike other recent Sony Ericsson handsets, it has a front-facing camera for video calls, though it does use the familiar Timescape UI. The display is scratch-resistent and packs in 854 x 480 resolution, and the phone itself will be available in black, gold, white and pink. As for the XPERIA active, it too has a scratch-resistent display - though running at a mere 480 x 320 - but is also water-resistent for dunks of up to 1m for 30 minutes, and dustproof. It has GPS and a barometer, along with Bluetooth and a bundled wrist-strap. No word on pricing, but the Android pair are apparently set to drop sometime in Q3 2011.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Confirmed as July Release

A flurry of official Twitter account updates has apparently confirmed the delay of and subsequent release date (approximate release date, I should say) of the upcoming Xperia release known as the Neo. This Sony Ericsson device was originally supposed to come out the same time as the Xperia arc and Xperia Play around the globe back in March, but it appears that it was indeed the Japanese natural disaster line of events that pushed this device back to right around now. That is, for the rest of the world - this device has been released in Hong Kong for the entire suggested period.

XPERIA X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update coming August [Video]

Sony Ericsson has announced that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the XPERIA X10 is on track for a roll-out from the beginning of August 2011. The company has also released a video demo of the upgrade in action - which you can see below - as well as confirming just what features have made it in - or been left out - of the new ROM. After user requests, the original camera UI from the Eclair build has been left in the Gingebread update. The Facebook Inside XPERIA tweaks - which allow for sharing from the media player, browser and other apps - are present, as is most of the functionality from the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc.
"The UI with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar and Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi & USB tethering, App storage on SD-card etc are included. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 XperiaTM Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash."
However, Sony Ericsson will not be including DLNA support out of the box, due to the inherent delays in getting type approvals, though third-party apps are available in the Android Market. Generic trade versions of the X10 will get the update first, followed by some operator models. However, the company warns that - as said before - some operator-supplied models will not be eligible for the Gingerbread update. [youtube zfEOU8juGec]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo Leaks

It looks like Sony Ericsson is ready to get rolling on their next suite of Android smartphones. If the phone pictured below is in fact the Xperia Duo then this very well may be the first SE phone with a dual-core processor as the name implies. This is the first we have seen of this ultra thin Sony Ericsson phone, that bezel sure looks thinner than recent offerings from SE. Could this be a new design approach?

Sony Ericsson planning NFC Android phones with chip from Nexus S

NFC support has been conspicuous by its absence in Sony Ericsson's recent Android handsets, but that looks set to change in the not too distant future. NXP Semiconductors has announced that it will be supplying Sony Ericsson with NFC hardware "for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones." Specifically, it's the "NXP PN65 NFC solution" which is basically a combination of the NFC radio chip itself, the embedded secure element, and the company's software. That will allow Sony Ericsson phones - with the right SIM - to use the new mobile payments systems, such as planned in the UK for launch later this year. Interestingly, it's also the same NFC chip as inside the Samsung Nexus S. Back at the launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc, the company told us that it was considering NFC but that the chips were too bulky to make it inside the slimline Arc. Since then it has released the XPERIA Play, a larger handset but still missing NFC. No word on when, exactly, the first Sony Ericsson NFC handsets will show up, but NXP seems to expect its shipments to rocket in the second half of 2011. Press Release:
Sony Ericsson selects NXP’s NFC Solution for its Android-based Smartphones NFC enables mobile entertainment experiences Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 16, 2011 – Today NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) announced that its world leading near field communication (NFC) technology has been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson, a leading, global mobile handset manufacturer focused on communications and entertainment, will use NFC to further enhance its consumers’ mobile experiences, creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones. NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open source on the Android platform and enables the Google Wallet application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software. The embedded secure element enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. Building on NXP’s extensive background in secure identification, the PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensively used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards and secure access systems. “Building on Sony Ericsson’s leadership in Android and mobile gaming, the integration of near field communication into our Android-based Xperia™ portfolio is another step in delivering the most entertaining smartphones,” said Jan Uddenfeldt, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. “NFC offers our consumers the ability to broaden their communication experience beyond the phone, and we are poised to drive the development of new, exciting and creative entertainment experiences.” “This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC,” said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO, NXP Semiconductors. “Based on continued strong customer endorsements we have the opportunity to increase the sales of our NFC products 2-4 times as a percentage of total NXP revenue in the second half of 2011 from the approximately one percent it represents today. NFC offers a game-changing opportunity for mobile phone manufacturers to provide creative and innovative smartphones to their customers.” NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies. Ranked as the number one contactless IC vendor by ABI Research for three years in a row, NXP is the global leader in NFC solutions, field proven in over 150 NFC trials and landmark commercial deployments worldwide.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Running Gingerbread and maybe an Unlocked Bootloader [video]

For all you Sony Ericsson lovers out there it seems SE might be getting closer to an official release of 2.3.3 Gingerbread for the Xperia X10. The Xperia X10 was originally launched on Android 1.6 and the wait for a newer version of Android was a long road if you were waiting for an official release. It took until the end of May of this year for the X10 to get Android 2.1 and 2.3 has been around for a while, but we are now seeing what looks to be an official version running on the Xperia X10.