Sony has been one of the more supportive companies when it comes to sending its own code back to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and for this reason it has been a lot easier for custom ROM makers like the CyanogenMod team to port the latest version of Android to the latest Sony devices. This is why we’re now getting an alpha version of CM10 for all Sony Xperia devices that were launched in 2011.
CM10 is the Jelly Bean version of the CyanogenMod ROM, and according to the CM team, it should work on most or all devices that supported CM9/ICS. While the CM9 ROM is still not final yet, even though there have been 9 months since ICS [...]
Sony faced a PR nightmare when one of its UK-based spokespersons spilled the beans on the company’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update plan for the 2011 Xperia smartphones, or better said, lack thereof. To calm the tension, the HQ office has now issued a corrective statement.
As posted on Sony’s blog, they said that earlier confirmation about the snubbing of last year’s Xperia phones from receiving Jelly Bean update had been given out “in error”. What’s factual is that the company is still “actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices”, while focusing on rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for its Xperia devices.
While it’s a nice [...]
When Sony announced it will organize a special “unveiling event” in Berlin at the end of August, we knew that the company was preparing to launch at least a couple of new and exciting products. However, it will be hard for the Japanese to surprise us in any way, as their future devices have been almost certainly revealed.
The Hayabusa phone has been known for a while to be the global version of the already unveiled Xperia GX, the Mint has leaked not long ago, and now an “Xperia Tablet” has been revealed online. The leak seems very trustworthy, not due to its source, but due to the information revealed, which is clearly too elaborate to be false. There are no less than [...]
No matter if you’re a fan of the Galaxy S3 or not, you can’t say that Samsung hasn’t done the absolute best job in marketing and advertising the new flagship phone. We’ve been on our toes waiting for the S3 for several months, and a big part of its popularity is due to this great hype building around it.
Samsung’s example hasn’t exactly been followed by HTC or LG, who’ve unveiled their latest high-end offerings without much glitter, but Sony seems to have taken a cue from Sammy and is now trying to build some hype around the next Xperia smartphone.
However, Sony might do an even better job than Samsung in promoting this mysterious future device, as it offers its [...]
Six months after Ice Cream Sandwich started appearing on the menu, most manufacturers and carriers are still unable to fully serve customers with the delectable dessert. Disappointingly, across the board, many phones and tablets are still waiting to get the update to the latest Android OS, that’s it if they’ll receive it at all.
But that certainly isn’t a problem for Sony, as the company is ready to send out the ICS upgrade for not just one or two devices, but SEVEN of them in one go.
Yep. As planned, Sony is now rolling out its Android 4.0.4 ICS update for the Xperia Neo, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, Xperia Pro Mini, Xperia Mini, Xperia Active, and Live [...]
While most of us are eagerly waiting to see Sony’s upcoming super phone, the LT29i “Hayabusa”, in action, another, more modest handheld from the Japanese company has enjoyed a first hands-on treatment.
The ST21i “Tapioca” hasn’t been officially confirmed by anyone at Sony, but we knew for a while (a couple of weeks, to be more exact) that it was coming. With just an 800 MHz single-core processor under the hood, but with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on top of the box, the Tapioca has left a pretty good impression to the guys at Eldar Murtazin’s Mobile-review, the first people to ever get their hands on a pre-release version of the phone.
In terms of [...]
If new leaks about Sony’s upcoming super phone are accurate, the ongoing battle between high-end Android smartphones will get even more exciting in the second half of the year. According to a member of the Chinese Baidu forum, the Japanese’ secret weapon is the LT29i, a device packing some impressive specs, that goes by the codename Hayabusa (Japanese for Peregrine Falcon).
According to sources, Sony LT29i will come with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, which packs the upgraded Adreno 320 GPU. If you’ve been longing for a bigger screen on your Sony Xperia smartphone, you’ll appreciate the Hayabusa’s 4.55-inch HD Reality display. Other [...]
The old adage tells you that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. Things may not be that simple for budding Android developers who don’t have the resources to invest in several Android devices to ensure the compatibility of their apps. Sure, emulators are good, and the one included in the Android SDK recently got a major usability boost thanks to hardware acceleration. But emulators are not always enough.
For that times, you might want to have a look at Sony’s new device loaner program. As a way to give back to the Android developer community, and, of course, to ensure that more apps will work perfectly on its devices, Sony has created the Device [...]
What a difference a couple of decades — and some bad moves – made for Sony. This is a company that has created some of the world’s most iconic and beloved piece of electronic gizmos (Walkman and PlayStation, anyone?), but now sees itself playing second fiddle. We’re talking about a multimedia powerhouse that was once close of buying a troubled company called Apple in the early 1990s, which has ironically outgrown it now 30-fold in terms of market value ($18 billion compared to Apple’s $581 billion).
There’s no sugar coating the fact that Sony is ailing badly, and this is the sad reality that that Kazuo Hirai, the new CEO of Sony, inherits upon taking the helm [...]