Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Optus receiving Android 4.0 ICS update

Sony have begun rolling out the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc globally. Included in that roll-out is the Pearl Blue version (1246–2425) from Optus -- the update was officially pushed out last Monday according to Sony, so you should be seeing it soon. To download and install the update you'll need to download the Sony PC Companion tool (or Bridge for Mac) and plug your Xperia Arc into your computer to begin the update process. Let us know if the update is ready for your device. Continue reading

Sony updates timeline for 2011 Xperia Phones and Xperia S upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony has updated their Xperia Blog overnight to give an update on when 2011 model Xperia phone owners can expect to see their Ice Cream Sandwich Update. The blog post contains not only the timeline but seems to show something of how Sony feels about the update and who should receive it. To start with the ICS update will NOT be pushed out OTA via carriers, it will only be made available to download via the PC Companion and Bridge for Mac software, you also won’t receive any update requests or notifications that the update is available. This could have... Continue reading

Vodafone rolls out maintenance update for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc from Vodafone will be greeted with a new update on their devices. There isn't much substance to the update other than a few bug fixes and various Google security updates that come along with it. The update will happen over the air, so keep your phone charged and find a suitable Wi-Fi connection -- or 3G if you're gutsy (you won't be charged!). Continue reading

Android 2.3.4 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc from Vodafone is ready to download

Hello there current and future owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc from Vodafone, if you're ready to bump your Android version up a notch you can download the Android 2.3.4 update for your device right now! The update can be done over the air with either Wi-Fi or 3G, which doesn't count towards your data allowance (yay!) or you can download and update your device using Sony Ericsson's PC Sync software. Either way, let us know how it all goes, or just tell us about your previous or upcoming weekend plans, that'd be fine as well. Continue reading

Android 2.3.4 update is go for Xperia Play on Virgin and Optus, Xperia Arc on Virgin

Sony Ericsson have begun the roll-out of the Android 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" update for the Xperia Series starting with the Xperia Play on Optus and Virgin, and the Xperia Arc on Virgin. The update was meant to begin in October, but hey, a week into November isn't too bad considering how long some updates can be postponed for. The update will bring continuous auto-focus for the Xperia Play along with the ability to switch on and off the auto-brightness setting -- an option not available on the Xperia Arc or Xperia Neo. The new camera application... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray now available from Vodafone, $5/mo on $45 Infinite Plan

Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Ray is now available for purchase on a 24 month plan from Vodafone. The device finds itself sitting on Vodafone's $45/mo Infinite Plan with $5/mo repayments. In terms of specs, Matty says it feels like a smaller version of the Xperia Arc, which to me sounds absolutely epic. So what are the specs exactly? They go a little something like this.. 3.3-inch 854x480 (that's 297ppi!) Reality Display w/ Sony Mobile BRAVIA® Engine Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' 8.1MP Rear Camera (shoots 720p) / Front Camera 850 / 2100MHz 3G -- Vodafone's new network and Telstra NextG 512MB RAM 1GHz Single-Core... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson plans for Ice Cream Sandwich on its 2011 Xperia lineup

Whilst Google have not released Ice Cream Sandwich as yet, a representative from Sony Ericsson in the UK has advised a writer from Somobile in the UK that all their 2011 model Xperia phones come with support for Ice-Cream Sandwich. This would include the already released Xperia Neo, Play and Arc, no word on when this update would be available however Ice-Cream Sandwich is supposed to be due around the end of October or early November, however, Chris over at Slashgear has been talking with Sony Ericsson and has this comment from them: “When it comes to... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson to update Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Arc to Android 2.3.4 starting October

Sony Ericsson have just announced that starting October they will be pushing out Android 2.3.4 to their 2011 lineup of Xperia devices, which covers: Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Arc; all of which are available in Australia. The update not only brings the Xperia Series up to the latest version of Android (besides 2.3.5 which was mainly for the Nexus S) it also brings a collection of new features: Gtalk Video Calling Facebook inside Xperia -- deeper Facebook integration, like sharing apps 3D Panorama Sweep photo mode -- shows up as 3D on televisions according to the video embedded after the break T9... Continue reading

Australia isn’t really behind the rest of the world when it comes to Android device launches

Australia has always been behind when it comes to tech launches and we've pretty much learnt to just deal with it. But if you look back at some of the Android devices launches in the previous 12 months, we've actually been pretty much on the same timeline as the UK and the USA. Back in September last year Vodafone snared the HTC Desire HD as exclusive as it was announced, then launched it the next month Sony Ericsson announced and launched the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc here in Australia around same time they did elsewhere... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson might be testing Android 2.3.4 for latest Xperia range, roll-out in October

According to the unoffical Sony Ericsson blog, SEMC Blog, Sony Ericsson are currently testing Android 2.3.4 for their latest range of Xperia devices which includes the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Pro. The update is expected to fix bugs (you'd hope so) and provide so cool new functionality such as a cool feature they're calling xLOUD™, which is an audio filtering technology. SEMC points out that the Xperia X8, Xperia X10 Mini & Mini Pro will not be subject to the update, however the Xperia X10 is being tested with Android... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo launching through Telstra on July 26th, HD Voice ready to roll

Sony Ericsson has been struck down by a lot of delayed launches this year, but that hasn't stopped them from pushing out the Xperia Arc to Optus and Vodafone; Xperia Play to Telstra, Virgin and Optus; and now the Xperia Neo is headed to Telstra as well, on the 26th of this month for $0 on their $59 Freedom Connect Plan. I had a play around with the Neo a month or two ago and can best describe it as the Arc cross with the Play. It's thinner and smaller than the Play, like that Arc,... Continue reading

Xperia Arc begins to hit stores…. Finally

Well it seems like forever ago that we both heard and reviewed the Xperia Arc, then heard it had been delayed, then delayed again. Well wait no more, the Arc has officially started to roll out to Optus dealers today. We have been emailed by a few people in the know, stating that Optus stores and dealers have started to receive their long awaited shipments of the Sony Ericsson dream phone. There is a small problem, Optus have not dropped the price of the Arc and are still advertising the Arc as... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc delayed yet again, this time late May/early June

It's all round bad news again for the Xperia Arc. Delayed now a second time, Optus are now advising that the end of May at the earliest, is when it's likely to hit stores. That's got to be a major set back for Sony Ericsson. This brings the Arc into the Galaxy S 2 and Optimus 3D launch timeframe. Not that the 3D should stun Arc sales but the Galaxy S 2, might just throw a spanner in the already late handset's works. Let's hope the Arc gets here sooner rather then later,... Continue reading