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Sony Mobile is bumping up security to stop product leaks



Sony has definitely been one of the worst Android mobile developers when it comes to keep smartphones secret, the Xperia Z, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Mini, Xperia Z2 and Smart Lens have all been leaked well before the official launch of the products.

The Japanese company is currently starting to add policies and warnings to all staff members that use internal units and are making sure every viewer has NDA signed before checking out their new smartphones and products.

Any employee with a unit must also make sure it has a protective cover, ensuring the design is not leaked out. This is the main feature photo leaks show and Samsung has been pretty impressive holding off leaks on the Galaxy Note 3 faux leather back.

Sony has to make sure NDA agreements are signed, while the photo leaks ensure nobody gets a good look at the design, the Xperia smartphone range has been consistent with the same well-built plastic back, specs are the main leak destroying any secrecy.

If Sony can make sure specs information doesn’t get out to leak websites and major newspapers, it will be brilliant for any upcoming products, with the next generation from Sony set to have incredibly high-resolution displays and ultra-powerful phone cameras.

The two Xperia Z2 leaks have hit the company hard, with their flagship product just getting announced a few weeks ago, to have the next in the line specs already leaked alongside a photo must be hard for Sony.

According to the rumors, Sony will announce their Xperia Z2 at CES 2014, giving the Xperia Z1 a six month flagship lifespan. This is a little low compared to the usual yearly release, but Sony may be going full in to get more market share.


Sony Xperia Acro S comes to the US unlocked for $599.99, specs detailed

The unlocked version of Sony Xperia Acro S (aka Sony LT26w) is now available in the United States bearing a $599.99 price tag. Sony aficionados could get a unit of this smartphone from Sony Stores available. Apparently, Sony doesn’t have meek relationship with US providers and no one actually knows if this is a deliberate move or not. One thing is for sure, though, Sony is still trying some ways to have a better grip of the US smartphone market.

Hardware. Sony Xperia Acro S is a solid mid-ranger bearing Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core Scorpion processor clocked at 1.5GHz. It also comes with integrated Adreno 220 graphics processing unit that relays display output to Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine for better picture.

Memory. Being one of the Xperia units released this year, Sony has made it ready for higher versions of Android by giving it 1GB RAM. Mobile devices do not really require so much memory to run so 1GB is more than enough for this device. Sony has given this device 16GB internal memory with 11GB available for users. It also comes with a microSD slot supporting up to 32GB external memory for people who may find 16GB not enough for files.

Display. Xperia devices normally sport an LED-backlit LCD touchscreen and Acro S is no exception.  Behind its 4.3-inch screen is Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Together with Adreno 220 GPU, it makes 720 x 1280 pixels resolution possible bringing along 342ppi pixel density.

Camera. Being the company behind the popular Cybershot technology, it is expected of Sony to provide decent camera specs. True enough, Xperia Acro S sports 12 megapixels primary camera with 3D sweep panorama feature and advanced image stabilization technology. The secondary camera has 1.3 MP but capable of [email protected] video recording.

Battery. Sony Xperia Acro S has Li-Ion battery pack with 1910mAh that could power the device up to 6 hours and 40 minutes max. But having an LED-backlit screen means it might just be able to stay alive for about 4 to 5 hours of straight gaming or browsing over a 3G network.

Sony Xperia Acro S come out of the box with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but there is no word from the company if Jelly Bean update will be released shortly after release. However, based on Sony’s habit of releasing updates, Jelly Bean may not come until 2nd week of 2013. Lastly, since it is not subsidized by any US carrier, those who are planning to buy one would have to spend $600 but of course, there’s no contract.

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Sony To Begin Upgrading Xperia Line To Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich This Month

Now seems to be prime time for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades. We just reported the other day that Verizon is rumored to upgrade the Motorola Droid Razr, Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and the HTC Rezound next week.  Now we’re hearing that Sony will start rolling out Android 4.0 to Xperia devices in the coming weeks.

Even though Sony recently bought back partner Ericsson’s stake in the Sony Ericsson device line, they are continuing as promised, in updating their Xperia line. They took to their blog on Friday to announce a proposed timeline for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades.

According to Sony the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray will be the first to taste the Ice Cream Sandwich. Blogger “Anthony” reports, via the official Sony Mobile Blog, that those three devices will get the Android 4.0 upgrade in the middle of April. They will do a rolling upgrade that will continue for 4-6 weeks from it’s start.

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Sony To Back New Xperia Line With Heavy Marketing Budget

Sony was once synonymous with mobile entertainment. Everyone I knew owned a Sony walkman and then later a Sony discman. Sony was struggling with their entrance into the smartphone world while they were partnered with Ericsson. Sure they had a few hits before smartphones, but for some reason the Japanese electronics giant couldn’t keep up with rivals Samsung, and even LG.

Now that the company has bought out Ericsson’s stake in their mobile phone partnership, they’re hoping to bring new life into smartphones.

The release of the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U today were just the start. Sony has announced to back these two new devices, along with the Sony Xperia S and Xperia Ion, they are going to embark on a massive marketing budget, the kind that brought Motorola and Verizon wide success with “Droid Does”.

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Sony Ericcson Xperia X10 USA getting an update, Just Kidding

If you recall a few weeks ago we brought you a story direct from the official Sony Ericcson blog that said the Xperia X10 that said they were rolling out Android 2.1 and other features across the world… But wait it stopped before it got to the United States and the AT&T Xperia X10
Sony has a great phone that has been plagued by Android 1.6. The Xperia X10 comes in two colors, Core Store Black and Best Buy White. If you’ve picked up an X10 for yourself you’ve probably been looking for the Android 2.1 update. Well this statement from the  official Sony Ericcson USA Facebook page lets everyone know that the update isn’t coming.. at least for now.


Many of you are aware that we are currently in the midst of rolling out a software update for the Xperia™ line of handsets. We’d like to take a moment to address your questions about how and why an update is made available.

One factor in determining a software update is when a country first received the handset. The Xperia™ X10 has been available in some countries since March 2010 and they are also the first to receive the update. The U.S. received the X10 in August 2010 and will receive the update after the initial countries.

The second and more impactful factor of the timeline addresses the technical requirements that must be met in order for an update to take place — no matter which country you live in. Unfortunately, we have no control of that timeline factor. Those requirements are provided to us and we work hard to meet and test them as quickly as we can. In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It’s not that we don’t want to; it’s that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.

We hear and understand your frustration. We too want you to enjoy the most out of your Sony Ericsson products. We promise to keep you updated on where we are in the process moving forward as more information is ready to be made public. Please stay tuned to this Facebook tab!

Thank you,

Sony Ericsson USA

So there you have it. We will let you know when the Sony Ericcson Xperia X10 will actually get that update!