Last month Sony revealed its new Xperia range of smartphones in India. While at the time only the top of the line Xperia S was available, today Phonemantra is reporting that the lower-end Xperia U is priced at only Rs 17,399 at online retailer Lets Buy and is expected to hit the Indian market by mid May.
Sony Mobile Communications has officially announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich update is now available for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and the Ray. Having said this, Sony mobile is yet to release the ICS update for the Xperia S which is their new hero device.
Back in December, when there were literally no Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones in the market (minus the Galaxy Nexus), Sony was the first OEM to detail a road map for an ICS update for its Xperia line up of phones. Yet, it is April 2012 and Sony is still releasing smartphones with Gingerbread. In fact only this Tuesday the company unveiled its Xperia S in India, which also came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However there is some good news. Sony has announced on its blog that it will start rolling out the ICS update from mid-April onwards or next week.
Sony Mobile Communications has announced that Kunimasa Suzuki will be the company s President and CEO and the current CEO and President Bert Nordberg will step down on May 16 and join the board of Sony Mobile as chairman.
In the prelude to the Mobile World Congress, it was expected that Sony would release a device called the MT27i Pepper. Unfortunately, the phone never saw light of day, however the device has suddenly popped up on the official Chinese website of Sony Mobile if the Xperia Blog is to be believed.
Sony Mobile has posted a video of a beta build of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo and Xperia Ray. As is the case with most OEM Android overlays, the ICS build coming to the Sony Xperia handsets dumps most of the grandiose niceties of the holographic UI heralded by ICS, however it does incorporate most of the new features seen in the stock build of ICS.
Things are moving at quite a fast pace after Sony completed the acquisition of Ericsson's share in Sony Ericsson. The company has just moved its global portal from www.sonyericsson.com to www.sonymobile.com. They have also changed the Twitter handle from @sonyericsson to @sonyxperia though the new Twitter handle seems to be a placeholder at the moment with 'temp3444' as the visible user name. We expect that to change later in the day. By the way, we just noticed Sony is calling Sony Mobile the company as Sony XPERIA. Cannot say that's the smartest thing to do. Check out the screenshot after the break.