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Just as promised, Sony has started rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for Sony Xperia models launched in 2011. Currently the roll out has commenced with Xperia owners in the Nordic region.
Xperia Blog has posted a brief first impression of the update on the Xperia arc S. So far, according to them, their Xperia arc S doesn’t feel any faster or slower after the update.
Among the changes are quick dial, new recent apps viewer, quick response for incoming calls, improved email app and better monitoring & control over mobile data. To maintain an optimal user experience, they have included a Performance Assistant which lets you disable certain apps from running for better performance.
There’s the Cosmic Flow wallpaper that we’ve seen from the Xperia S but it isn’t the live version. To screen capture, it is no longer accessible with the power button. Instead it is now activated by pressing the power and volume down button together. Overall, while it brings up the version up a notch to 4.0.3, some features have to be disabled or watered down for a decent user experience. Obviously there’s no Face Unlock since the arc S lacks a front facing camera.
The next question is when will this roll out to the rest of the world and how long will it take for it to reach the latest Sony NXT Series line up.
Albert’s laser-sharp eyes saw that the Yes 4G employee held a device that he had never seen before. His fast thinking and epic photo-snipping skills produced the shot that you see above. It is probably the first real close-up look of the Yes 4G Android smartphone.
Always very economical with his words, Albert’s describes the device to have a back, home and menu button like the CSL Droidpad – and that’s it. Albert is usually very meticulous as well and if he had more details, we’re pretty sure he would have shared it with us. It’s very possible that he couldn’t get a real chance to examine the device in more detail but in any case, very little about the Yes 4G Android phone is secret anyway.
As far as we know, Yes 4G smartphone is expected to run Android 2.2 Froyo and feature a 1Ghz single-core processor, between 512MB to 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch LCD display and a 5MP rear camera. The device will also feature dual-mode 3G/4G capability allowing users to use a 3G SIM card for calls and texts and Yes’ 4G network for data.
The device hardware puts the Yes 4G Android phone well within the entry-level segment. Pricing for the device is still a mystery but we think anything over RM1,000 would make potential customers look elsewhere. Sources close to Yes 4G have indicated that the device is planned to be launched before the second half of this year with the operator possibly offering the device for free with contract.
The Yes 4G Android smartphone was first announced soon after the Yes 4G service was launched way back in November 2010. Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, the top front man of the YTL empire, the people that build the Yes 4G network, said early last year that the device will be launched in August 2011. That deadline has come and gone yet there’s still no Android smartphone from Yes 4G. Let’s hope that there will be no more delays this time around.
The Yes 4G Android phone will be facing some very tough competition from the likes of HTC, Samsung and Sony, all of which have very capable entry level and mid range Android devices that are attractively priced and are packed with features and run on the more current Android OS. The team at Yes will have their work cut out for them to attract buyers from this very price conscious segment. It’s going to be interesting.
Big thanks to Albert for the picture.
The Sony Xperia S which was launched in January is Sony’s current flagship model with dual core 1.5GHz. With the competition gearing up for quad-core smart phones, Sony isn’t taking things lightly. The next flagship device from Sony dubbed “Hayabusa” has somehow made an public appearance on Picasa. The sample shots are nothing to shout about but the EXIF data reveals a much newer firmware than the current versions. This time, it better be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
In terms of specs, the LT29i is said to be running 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and comes with a 4″ and above display that pushes 1196×720 pixel resolution. The weird resolution hints the usage of on-screen capacitive buttons like the Galaxy Nexus.
Based on earlier leaked Sony launch schedule, the Hayabusa will be launched sometime in July with a higher price tag than the Xperia S. After which, another high end device is expected to appear in September with the working model name of ‘Mint 1’.
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