Sony came right out and made their intentions very clear for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Stating that all Xperia smartphones from 2011 would receive the update to the latest and greatest OS from Google. While they've already started these upgrades for many Nordic countries, today they've update their blog with additional details.
Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray (which make may Shift key feel neglected each time I write about them). Right now the updates are limited to northern Europe: Demark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. According to Sony's official blog post, these three phones will get updates around the globe over the next six weeks.
Xperiablog got their hands on a promo video highlighting key new features of the Sony user interface that shows off a some beautiful new widgets, and even calls the UI "UXP NXT".
XDA user "pvyParts" to create Auto-Installer, a simple Android app that adds the ubiquitous ClockworkMod custom recovery software to any Sony Xperia phone made in 2011. What's more, it does so via a sneaky little partition setup that doesn't touch the phone's bootloader - thereby preserving user's manufacturer warranties.
Reuters reports that yesterday the European Commission approved the move, so Sony's plans to integrate mobile with the rest of its hardware production later in 2012 can continue. Once absorbed, new phones will use only the "Sony" branding, as Sony's tablets and mobile audio players already do.
a few days back, but now it seems the device shown was a different one altogether. In the previous picture, the mystery device is obviously running Android 4.0, and absent of physical softkeys.
Sony Ericsson announced their Q4 reports and had some less than stellar news to share. I didn't want to call this earnings because it appears they've actually recorded a $318 million dollar loss for Q4 instead of earnings. This was a pre-tax loss of €247m ($318m) amid “intense competition” along with the poor economic climate. Hopefully their new take on Android will help things out in the coming months.