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Android Pie (Go edition) frees up even more storage for your entry-level smartphone

If you own an entry-level device on Android Go, you will definitely be hyped about Google’s latest update to its “light” version of its mobile OS, dubbed Android Pie (Go Edition).

Key improvements in this the latest version of Android Go includes giving you more storage out of the box, faster boot times, security features like verified boot and a data usage tracker dashboard. These upgrades should allow entry-level smartphones to operate with even better performance.

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Android P officially has a name: Say hello to Pie

Meet Android Pie. That’s right, the latest version of Google‘s mobile operating system, Android P, will be officially called Android Pie.

Since the official term used to describe the release of each system update is usually a “sweet treat” in an alphabetical order, it is a little weird that Google chose the name Pie…instead of something like Popsicle. Or peanut butter. 

Nevertheless, with the latest version of its mobile operating system,  Google has made a whole lot of changes to the Android platform. Here’s a glimpse at some of the most significant changes made by Google.

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Sony Xperia S Gets Ice Cream Sandwich, Release in Batches

Sony Xperia S users, your big day has finally arrived! Sony Mobile today announced that it has started releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device.

In addition to the new operating system, the update brings some new Sony Mobile applications as well (“WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”).

From Sony Mobile’s official blog:

The “WALKMAN” application blends the best of signature Sony audio technology with social features; to discover the music your friends like and share personal favorites. Facebook integration gives you a visual way to interact with content – accessing album art, artist images and information, directly from Gracenote

The “Album” application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia S

The “Movies” application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video, whilst using intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information for a richer experience

ICS for the Sony Xperia S is available now via OTA or via Sony’s device management software for the PC and Mac. For those of you who want to get the update via OTA, note that the file size is 200MB. While you can still update OTA on 3G, WiFi is you best option.

To help manage your expectations on wait time and availability, Sony has setup this page to help you check when your Xperia S will getting the update.

For a step-by-step run through on how to update you Xperia S, head over to after the jump.

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VIDEO: Sony Xperia S with Android 4.0 ICS leaked

The Sony Xperia S will be getting its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime in end June. If you can’t wait to have a peek, Thailand based has managed to get their hands on a Xperia S running on the latest Android 4.0.

The first thing you’ll notice is the lock screen how has a slide to camera, which gives you direct access to the camera mode. This seems redundant as one can easily access the camera through Fast Capture mode via dedicated camera button. As expected, some UI has been redesigned for ICS but it still retains the clean and sleek Sony look and feel. Other notable difference include a revamped media gallery and music player. Overall, there’s no drastic changes in terms of home screen and app listing, and that’s a good thing for consistent user experience.

Thanks @Khainiz94 for the alert!

Sony Xperia S ICS update to roll out much later

Sony Xperia S Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony Xperia S users that have been waiting for Android 4.0 ICS update might just need to wait a little longer.

There Sony Mobile support forum guys had gotten a little mix up with their models and the Xperia S is only getting the OS upgrade in later part of Q2 which is somewhere end June/early July. Earlier they have mistakenly announced that the roll out is coming out in the next couple of weeks around end May/early June window. Apparently this wasn’t a delay as the roll out schedule has always been end Q2 2012.

However, here’s probably a good reason to wait out a little longer. It is said that the Xperia NX which is an equivalent to the Xperia S will be getting the very latest Android 4.0.4 of Ice Cream Sandwich. This would probably iron out more bugs and has better power management. If people are made to wait, hopefully it is really worth the wait.

Sony Xperia S to get ICS update by next month

Sony Xperia S users that have been longing for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may not need wait much longer. According to Sony Mobile, they are sticking to their late May/early June timeline to rollout ICS update to Xperia S users. This came as a forum member speculated that Sony would probably delay such roll out as late as July.

Currently Sony has already upgraded a number of 2011 Xperia handsets including the Xperia arc S, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V to the latest version. The remaining models including the original Xperia arc & Xperia play is expected to receive them in the next few months as well.

So far Sony has proven itself to be proactive in rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, which is a major improvement since their early Xperia X10 days. The rest of its 2012 Xperias such as the Xperia P, Xperia U and Xperia sola are expected to be upgraded soon.


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S gets updated to ICS locally

If you’re using a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S, Xperia ray or Xperia neo V in Malaysia, be on a look out for software updates. We’ve gotten confirmation from some Malaysian users that their Xperia arc S has finally been updated to the latest Android 4.0.3.

The roll out began last week, starting from the Nordic countries and it is done by phases according to your SI code. To find out if you’re device is in the current update roll out, hit the source link below.

For other models such as the original Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active & Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, the update will coming in the next 1-2 months time.

Thanks to @AsahiColdBeer and @AzharBinIsmail for the alert!


Sony starts ICS roll out for Xperia arc S, ray & neo V

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.

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Sony to roll out ICS upgrade for Xperias in mid April

If you’re using a 2011 Sony Ericsson Xperia smart phone, heads up as Sony is expected to roll out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in mid-April, which is just 2-3 weeks from now.

For the first wave, the update will roll out to Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray and the entire exercise could take approximately 4-6 weeks.

The next wave will start around end May or early June and this will include Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active & Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

So far no mentions of the latest Xperia S and Xperia Blog expects it sometime after June 2012. Just a week ago, Sony had announced its first ever Ice Cream Sandwich device – Sony Xperia neo L in China.


Android ICS Beta ROM Gives a Glimpse of What You’ll be Getting When ICS Comes to the Sony Xperia Range

Sony has just released the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Beta ROM for its range of Xperia smartphones. Check out the video to see what you can expect to get when ICS is available for your Xperia device.

The Beta release has passed some certifications such as Modem type approval. In addition, important functions like FM radio and GSM are now turned on making it possible for you to use a device with the Beta ROM installed to make phone calls and surf the web. Though Sony says that there are still more certifications required before ICS can be released to Xperia users as an official upgrade. Sony assures that the official ICS update is still scheduled to commence from late March onwards.

The Beta brings a number of things are updated functions and features added on from the previous ICS Alpha release including:

Updated UI: An updated UI that incorporates some new features already introduced in the Xperia S

Lockscreen and Face Unlock: There is now a shortcut to the camera directly from the lockscreen. Also, when you’re listening to music you can control the music player without unlocking the phone by using the music control icons on the lockscreen. In the coming final ICS update, Sony will also include Google’s Face Unlock.

Connectivity Enabled: Where the Alpha released lacked any connectivity function, the Beta release enables GSM modem and FM radio functions allowing you to use your device as a phone – if you choose to install the ROM.

Updated email client: The email UI has been updated adding simplified email management.
Quick dial: The Beta release adds a quick and easy way for you to make phone calls as well. Check out the video demo for details.

Because this is a Beta release (meaning its not final), some functionalities like Gmail, Google Maps, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity are still missing. So consider this a warning.

If you’re keen to try out ICS on your Xperia, you can. The Beta ROM is available for download here. Sony cautions that even though a lot of the basic functionality of this ICS Beta ROM is working, you should only download and install the Beta version if you are an advanced user. This is not the final software, and the stability of the software may not be ideal as it has not been fully tested and bugfixed. As long as you’re ok with that then install away!

BTW the Beta only supports the following devices at the moment: Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray. Good luck!

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