Posted on 12 July 2011
The recently announced Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray just made a trip to the FCC packing support for AT&T’s 3G bands that could possibly mean the arrival of this device in the US.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray is mid-range device with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. It doesn’t fit in with the monster sized devices that are owning the market today, but the 3.3-inch Reality Display and thin design will surely find some takers somewhere.
Running the show behind the scenes is a 1GHz processor and Sony‘s Bravia Mobile engine. Around the back of the device is an 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording capabilities.
Now it should be noted that even though this device does have support for AT&T’s 3G bands on board (850 MHz and 1900 MHz), that doesn’t actually guarantee this device is coming to the states. Hopefully we will all find out in the coming weeks. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: FCC via Unwired View
Posted on 08 July 2011
The sleek Sony Xperia Arc has finally found its way to the US as an unlocked version with support for AT&T’s 3G bands has been made available on Sony’s online store.
The Xperia Arc has been available for a little bit in other countries. There are other means of ordering an Xperia Arc in the US but never has there been one made with the stateside carriers in mind. One thing to note is that while this device will work with T-Mobile, it will not support their 3G network. Users will only be able to access 2G, similar to many other unlocked phones.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is an impressive device. It comes preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and boasts a 4.2-inch Reality Display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and an 8.1 megapixel camera.
If you want to get your hands on this device, just check out the link. It is available right now for the price of $599.99. Already have this smartphone? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
source: Sony via Electronista
Posted on 07 July 2011
Phone manufacturers finally seem to be opening up to more aggressive colors outside of the norm, as Vodafone UK will be the exclusive carrier for the red Sony Ericsson Xxperia Neo smartphone.
Sony Ericsson is not the first company to welcome additional colors to their lineup, as HTC just recently released a red version of their HTC Inspire
4G. The Xperia Neo comes preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It features a 3.7-inch capacitive display and a 1GHz processor under the hood.
It actually looks quite nice as the whole phone has been given the red paint job where as other phones with bold colors usually stick them on the back. The Xperia Neo is available now and it will not burn a hole in your pocket. Tell us what you think of the red look in the comments below.
source: Eurodroid via Mobile Burn
Posted on 07 July 2011
Sony’s quartet of high-end Android smartphones including the Xperia arc, play, neo and pro might just have gotten updated to Android 2.3.3, but the engineers over at SE are already testing and working on delivering the latest version of Android Gingerbread, 2.3.4, according to an unspecified source quoted by SE-centric Semcblog. The update will bring bug fixes, but it will also patch some security holes and add new functionalities like Sony’s audio filtering xLOUD technology to the handsets. It’s expected to roll out widely in October.
The latest Gingerbread is not coming to earlier models like the X10 mini, X10 mini pro or the X8, but we already know that an unspecified version of Gingerbread is to roll out to the company’s last year’s flagship, the Xperia X10. It has been at the core of Sony Ericsson’s problems with updates as even now it doesn’t support system-wide multitasking and is stuck with an early version of the platform. But the Swedish-Japanese joint-venture seems to have learned its lessons and updates for its latest phones are arriving even before other manufacturers update their handsets.
source: Semcblog via AllAboutPhones (translated)
Posted on 05 July 2011
The Sony Ericsson Xperia ray was among the trio of smartphones that the manufacturer announced a few weeks ago, and thanks to its slim profile and attractive design, the handset probably managed to grab the attention of the ones who prioritize style over substance when it comes to their gadgets. Little was said, however, regarding the smartphone’s availability, and all that we knew after the announcement was that the Xperia ray would hit the market at some point within the third quarter of 2011.
Fortunately, the British online retailer Play.com can shed some light on the matter as it already has the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, unlocked and contract-free, up for pre-order. The smartphone has an expected shipping date set for August 15 meaning that it will most probably be available through the U.K. and maybe even some other European countries around that time. Purchasing the smartphone in advance would set you back about 560$, which some would argue that is a bit too high of a price to pay for a device with somewhat average specs. However, the Xperia ray seems to be made to impress with looks and design rather than breaking Quadrant high scores.
As far as the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray’s availability in the U.S. goes – all we can do is hope to see the smartphone launch along with its European counterpart.
source: Play.com via Android Authority
Posted on 22 June 2011
Sony Ericsson used its time in CommunicAsia 2011 today to unveil three new phones – two in the Xperia smartphone line, and one messaging featurephone with a portrait physical QWERTY. The company is not participating per se, with a booth and everything, but it got around a quickie press conference to unveil this three new additions to its cell phone portfolio.
First in line was the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, which previously had leaked under various monikers, like ST18i, Urushi and Azusa. This one has a whiff of the Xperia arc, since it is pretty thin, at 0.37″ (9.4mm), and very light at 3.53oz (100g), and also sports the same 8MP Exmor R camera sensor and LED flash with a 1GHz Qualcomm chipset…
Read the whole story at PhoneArena.com!
Posted on 16 June 2011
It’s a good day for streaming music fans and even better if you are also a PS3 user. Sony released an Android app for their Qriocity Music Unlimted service, and best of all, if you’re a new user and have a PS3, you can get a 6 month free trial of the service.
Sony’s Qriocity service may not have the market visibility of Amazon’s Cloud Drive or even Google Music, but it’s a solid service. It is a fee-based streaming music service which pulls from Sony’s library of over 7 million songs, which is less than half of what iTunes offers, but you’ll still find just about all the music you may want (in an informal test only Prefuse 73 wasn’t in the catalog, but Pocket Dwellers were), and anyway there’s no iTunes streaming. All new users can get a 30 day free trial, then the service is $3.99/month for the basic package or $9.99/month for the premium. And, if you’re a PS3 owner who had to sit through the recent PSN outage, you can even get 6 months of Qriocity for free, if you’re a new member. But, be careful, if you are a PS3 user, you have to sign up for the service through your PS3 in order to get the 6 month free trial.
The Android app is fantastic. The UI is beautiful, bright and colorful. It’s intuitive and easy to use. And, there are a lot of options to get instant playlists generated by Genre, Era or even SensMe, which creates playlists for different moods (relax, upbeat, etc) or time of day. There are options for saving artists or albums to your personal library, and getting recommendations based on that library, and even an option to sync your library to the cloud. Your library will then be available on your Android device, PS3, PSP and any other Qriocity capable Sony device. Of course once the free trial is up, most of these features will only be available if you are a premium subscriber.
Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The app is only available on Android 2.1-2.3.3, meaning no Honeycomb support, and more annoying, no support for 2.3.4, although at this point that really only means Nexus devices. Still, that OS compatibility does cover the vast majority of the Android ecosystem at this point. The installer is also huge, clocking in at over 30MB and it is copy protected, so there’s no option to move the app to an SD card, even if you’re using a rooted device.
Qriocity is a pretty nice service, so if you have a generous data plan and some extra space in your internal storage, it’s certainly worth a try.
source: Sony Playstation Blog
Posted on 09 June 2011
If you browse through Sony Ericsson’s product web page and check out the accessories that the company offers for its smartphones, you will definitely come across a selection of accessory and software bundles called Experience Packs. They usually revolve around a specific theme, such as business productivity, health and fitness, or style and fashion, for example.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY just got its very own Experience Pack as well. Announced at E3 just recently, the bundle features the Sony Ericsson DK300 multimedia dock, a pocket USB cable, a music cable to connect the dock to an audio system, and a choice of three downloadable games by Gameloft.
The list of games that Xperia PLAY owners can choose from includes:
- Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles
- Real Football 2011
- Modern Combat 2 : Black Pegasus
- Let’s Golf! 2
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction
- Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front
- N.O.V.A. 2 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance
- Eternal Legacy
In order to download the games that you like, you need to use the QR code that comes along with the Experience Pack. As far as pricing goes, the figure is yet to be announced.
source: Sony Ericsson
Posted on 06 June 2011
The Sony Ericsson ST18i mid-range Android phone, also known as the Azusa, or Urushi, got treated to a video preview and some benchmark testing as well (it scored 2026 on Antutu). We’ve seen this device before, and SE keeps up with the tradition to be nonchalant about its upcoming device leaks. Phones like the Xperia Play were known inside and out way before they were even officially announced.
The device is pictured running Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and will possibly sport the new “Facebook Inside Xperia” deep social networking integration overlay. The device is otherwise with a comparatively small display – rumors peg it at 3.2″ or 3.3″ – but with very good for the size 480×854 pixels of resolution, and the Mobile Bravia Engine technology. As with all SE Android handsets of late, it is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor with the Adreno 205 GPU. The 8MP camera with an Exmor R sensor that shoots videos at 720p is supposed to grace the ST18i as well.
Read the full story at PhoneArena.com!
Posted on 06 June 2011
From now until June 8th, Amazon is offering special prices on handsets to new Verizon customers. Imagine paying just 1 cent for the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY. Of course, you will have to sign a 2-year contract and you cannot be a current Big Red customer.
The handsets on sale from Amazon are not the aging phones of yesteryear, but include some of the most recent devices that have been launched by the carrier. For example, the Samsung DROID Charge is just $149.99 for new Verizon customers from the online retailer. Verizon offers the model for $299.99 with a 2 year contract and Amazon’s regular price for the model is $199.99. The dual-core powered Motorola DROID X2 and the LTE enabled HTC ThunderBolt are both just $99.99 through Amazon while the HTC DROID Incredible 2, normally $79.99 through Amazon, is just $49.99 for new Verizon account holders, as is the HTC Trophy. Finally, the LG Revolution has a $149.99 price tag at Amazon for those just signing up with the carrier..
If you have been thinking of leaving your current carrier for Verizon, why pay more for a new phone? With deals like these from Amazon, we would imagine that Verizon will be opening more than just a few new accounts until Wednesday is over and the prices revert back to their higher level.
Until June 8th, new Verizon customers can pick up a Motorola DROID X2 for just $99.99 with a 2 year contract from Amazon