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Getting the latest Android version is always a concern for smart phone owners, especially if you’re using a device that’s at least 18 months old. Now it seems that you’re able to find out if your Xperia device is given the End of Life stamp on their support page. So far the more recent devices that will not getting future updates include:
Xperia arc S
Xperia acro S
Most of the devices above will be officially updated until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
For the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat version, Sony has confirmed that it will be rolled out to the latest Xperia Z1 and early 2013 Xperia Z. You can see that the next version is in development for the respective device here and .
Late 2012 high-end devices such as the Xperia V and Xperia TX might be in luck as both are listed as “under investigation” for Android 4.4 update. Of course, there are other unofficial ways to get the latest Android version which involves the use of Custom ROM.
To find out if you’re device is still being supported in terms of updates, you can pick your model here and click on “Software Updates” for the full details.
Sony seems to be pushing their updates a little quicker than before and the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR were recently updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
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If you’re looking for a cheap deal for smart phone on contract but don’t necessary need the latest, DiGi is offering a year end promo on selected models. The MeeGo powered Nokia N9 is being offered for FREE while the Sony Xperia S and Galaxy W are offered for only RM499. The Galaxy S II which is Samsung’s flagship of last year is offered as well at RM699.
All these devices are tied with 12 months contract of DG Smart Plan of RM68/month. Along with DiGi’s Jualan Internet promo, you’ll get 5GB data each month as well. For a period of 12 months, the total minimum subscription costs only RM816 which makes the total cost of ownership less than RM1,600. All 4 devices requires an upfront payment of RM500 which will be rebated back to your bill. The Sony Xperia S looks like a tempting buy among the lot with a 4.3″ 1280×720 resolution display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 12MP camera and 32GB of storage.
The offer is now available from their Online Store and will be available at DiGi’s centre at SoHo KL from 25th December 2012 onwards. As usual, stocks are expected to be limited and it is based on first come first served basis.
For more information, head over to DiGi.
UPDATE: Sony Xperia SL will be coming to Malaysia. However there’s no mention of local availability date and pricing at this moment.
The Sony Xperia SL which is a bumped up version of the Xperia S has been officially revealed on Sony’s own website without much fanfare. It was earlier expected to be launched at IFA 2012 together with other new Sony models such as Sony Xperia T and Xperia TX.
Just as the earlier rumour suggests, it features a familiar dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 processor which is now bumped up from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz. The Xperia SL now comes in 4 colours to choose from – Black, White, Silver and Pink. In terms of design, it looks rather identical but there’s one small difference at the bottom where the side lines slope towards the end.
The rest of the hardware and features remained unchanged with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage, 12.1MP camera and a high density 4.3″ display that does 1280×720. Weight and thickness is the same as the Xperia S at 10.6mm thick and 144grams. The full details can be viewed on Sony’s product page.
Head after the break for more product shots.
The Sony Xperia S is now priced at RM1,599 while the smaller 4.0″ sibling Xperia P is priced at RM1,399. Meanwhile the 3.7″ Xperia sola has been reduced slightly at RM899 which is similar as the Xperia U.
The latest Xperia acro S and Xperia ion remains unchanged at RM1,699 & RM1,788 respectively. This promotion is valid starting tomorrow 17th August until 2nd September 2012.
Head after the break for the full details.
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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.
For a step-by-step run through on how to update you Xperia S, head over to after the jump.
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The new Sony Xperia NXT Series comes with an iconic transparent belt that lights up when awaken or there’s an incoming call. Unfortunately the transparent belt seems to be under utilised with most notifications relying on the standard LED notification.
We know a lot of people are asking if they can use the transparent belt as a notification light instead. Now the request seems to be answered through an app developed by Rundgong with no rooting required. Setting up is pretty easy and you’ll just need to pick the model and what type of illumination is used for missed calls and SMS.
The Xperia S and Xperia P comes with a single white LED option while the Xperia U has a wider array of colours. To differentiate the notification, you can set the blink rate or keep it as always on until the screen is unlocked. Users of the Xperia U with its multi LED belt will certainly be benefiting a lot from this app while the Xperia P won’t be as useful as the transparent belt illumination is rather dim for our liking.
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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 SonyXP.com 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!
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.
NFC in smartphones is a very promising and exciting technology. Yet it’s unfortunate that the feature is not gaining a lot of traction here in Malaysia. In any case, more and more devices release this year will come equipped with NFC and like it or not, operators will have to pay attention and start offering compelling service propositions for consumers who are obviously ready and eager to adopt the technology.
While we wait for that faithful day when we can start using our NFC-equipped smartphones as cinema tickets or Touch n’ Go cards, here’s a comparison video we made comparing the rather rudimentary implementation of NFC on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the more integrated approach in Ice Cream Sandwich through Android Beam.
What are your thoughts on NFC? We think local operators, banks and payment services are taking way too long to take advantage of this massive potential.
DiGi is throwing additional savings in the form of monthly rebates for those that purchase a new device with 24 months contract of DG Smart Plan 68 or Smart Plan 88.
The first promotion offers 1 year rebate of RM15/month if you sign up for a Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 7.7 on contract. This gives additional savings of RM180 on top of the RM5/month rebate if you opt for auto billing. This offer
only available at both DiGi centres and their online store. The promotion is only valid from now until 30th June.
The next offer is 1 year rebate of RM10/month which gives a savings of RM120. This covers a wider selection of devices below:
The offer is available thru DiGi Online Store and is valid until 31st of May.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Smart Plan promo.
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