Friday, February 17, 2012

Sony Mobile Communications Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update


Sony has made a pretty impressive commitment on Ice Cream Sandwich updates. Sony's has committed to upgrade its entire 2011 Xperia and Walkman smartphone line-up  to Android 4.0 starting from end March 2012. The first smartphones to get the upgrade are  the:

Xperia arc S
Xperia ray
Xperia neo V

By May 2012 the following units will get an upgrade:

Xperia arc
Xperia PLAY
Xperia neo, 
Xperia mini and mini pro
Xperia pro
Xperia active 
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

From a hardware standpoint all these phone run on 1GHz Scorpion processors or faster and have Adreno 205 graphics. 

I remain a bit sceptical as to how the Android 4.0 update will go because of one aspect. All of these phones, even the top of the line Xperia arc S, only has 320 MB of user available storage. I am guessing that Sony has found a way to reduce the foot print of its custom Android install. Updating the phone to Android 4.0 but significantly, reducing the amount of internal storage could be a problem for many users.
    
If Sony actually pulls this off and maintains a reasonable amount of user available storage it will be a big boost to the newly established Sony Mobile Communications.

4 comments:

  1. Good news for Sony Ericsson users. Now they can update their OS and get experienced latest Ice Cream Sandwich. It is really sounds great.

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  2. A big thumbs up to Sony, but I do have my fingers crossed.

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  3. IMO, the only way they're going to be able to pull it off is if they minimize the Sony UI overlay.

    Look at the internal memory stats. 1 GB internal memory, but only 320 MB available to the user suggests that the actual GB ROM is bloated as hell. Stock GB (at least based on CM7 ROM sizes) is around 300 MB - that suggests quite a bit of Sony UI overlay.

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  4. Yes, you are correct there seems to be a lot allocated to the OS. My HTC Desire HD has 1.5GB of internal storage with 1.1GB user available.

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