Sony Offering Android 4.0 Beta to Some Phones
Sony Mobile recently made beta preview versions of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available to a number of its smartphones. The beta ROM is available to the Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Xperia Ray. It follows an alpha build of Android 4.0 released for these same phones at the end of 2011. Sony has said it will deliver a final version of Android 4.0 to these phones by March. The preview gives the owners of the Arc S, Neo V, and Ray a chance to get use Android 4.0 without the need to root their phones. Not all features and functions work 100%, but the majority of them do.
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Skype Expands Video Chat Feature to More Androids
Skype has provided an update to its Android application that adds the video chatting feature to a large number of new Android handsets. Skype notes that Gingerbread is required to use the video chat feature, so owners of the following phones are encouraged to make sure their system is up to date.
Sony to Update All 2011 Xperia Phones to Android 4.0
Sony Ericsson today announced on its blog that it will update its entire line-up of Xperia-branded Android smartphones to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This includes the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia Play, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, and Xperia ray.
Sony Ericsson Killing Its Sync Service
Sony Ericsson recently revealed that it is going to discontinue its Sony Ericsson Sync service, which was meant to help users of Sony Ericsson devices, such as the Xperia line of smartphones, keep their contacts synced properly across devices. In a note posted to its support forums Sony Ericsson lays out the steps users need to take to make sure their contacts and other date are backed up.
Sony Says Some ICS Updates Beginning in Mid-April
Sony today indicated via its web site that it will push the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Xperia arc S, neo V, and ray starting in mid-April. The update will be distributed over the course of four to six weeks.