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Watch HTC Pump 10,000 Volts Through Its Phone [Video]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

HTC’s new One S has a crazy metal unibody, that the company proudly claimed was made using micro arc oxidation. But what the hell is that process? It’s freakin’ cool, that’s what. More »


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Sony Ericsson teases a new device for CES

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Sony Ericsson has taken to the company’s Facebook page to tease a “big announcement” coming at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Keen-eyed readers suggest that the teaser images, pictured above, could depict the sequel to the Xperia Arc, though nothing has been confirmed. Over the past few weeks we have seen various Sony leaks suggesting that the company will soon announce a mega-phone set to launch on AT&T, code-named the LT28at. Sony Ericsson also recently registered a new trademark for the name Xperia Ion, and rumors have suggested that the “Nozomi” smartphone may land at this year’s show as well. Whether it is an Xperia Ion, Arc HD or the Nozomi, Sony looks to be gearing up for something big at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Sony details Xperia’s Ice Cream Sandwich progress, remains on track for late March kick-off

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Yes, Sony Ericsson has already gone about communicating its intention to deliver Android 4.0 to its Xperia smartphone collection, but the company is now sharing further details about the pending arrival. So, we thought you’d like to be in on the know. For starters, the first devices to receive the upgrade will be the Arc S, Neo V and Ray, each of which are on-track for a late March / early April rollout. Then, beginning in late April / early May, Sony intends to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich to the Active, Arc, Mini, Mini Pro, Neo, Play and Xperia Pro handsets. Even the Live with Walkman is set to receive a new lease on life during the time frame. In each case, the latest version of Android will be rolled out in phases, over the course of a few weeks. Now, let’s just hope that Sony Ericsson is able to keep to its schedule.

Sony details Xperia’s Ice Cream Sandwich progress, remains on track for late March kick-off originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 01:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V now available unlocked in U.S.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Sony Ericsson announced on Tuesday that its Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V are now available unlocked in the United States from Sony Store locations. The Xperia arc S runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 4.2-inch “Reality” display and support for 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. The Xperia arc S is available in white, black, blue and silver for $529.99 without a contract. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia neo V also runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for video chats. It is available in white, silver and blue for $349.99 unlocked. Both phones will be available from other retailers, such as Newegg, beginning in early December. As a side note, Sony Ericsson also recently announced that its 2011 family of Xperia-branded smartphones will all be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at a later date, so both the Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V should receive the update at some point. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson.

XPERIA™ arc S AND XPERIA™ neo V FROM SONY ERICSSON ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.

WHAT: The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V from Sony Ericsson are now available for purchase in the U.S. at the Sony Store. The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V showcase an enhanced entertainment experience with the latest Sony technology and Android™ operating system, version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread).

The Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V feature Sony’s groundbreaking 3D sweep panorama technology, which enables image capture and viewing in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output, so you can show off those amazing pictures from your last vacation or that video of the flash mob you saw today to your friends and family.

This version of Android™ Gingerbread includes new functionality and features that allow you to benefit from improvements to Sony Ericsson’s unique Facebook inside Xperia™. Share, see, like and comment on all your favorite stuff – from tracks on your music player to photos from your gallery and even apps and games downloaded on your phone.

Xperia™ arc S Key Features and Pricing:

·         Android™ 2.3.4 operating system

·         1.4 GHz processor

·         8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor

·         4.2” Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine® Engine

·         3D and 2D sweep panorama photography

·         Available in Pure White, Gloss Black, Midnight Blue, and Misty Silver

·         MSRP $549.99, unlocked

Xperia™ neo V Key Features and Pricing:

·         Android™ 2.3.4 operating system

·         3.7” capacitive, multi-touch screen

·         5 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom

·         Front-facing camera

·         Available in Pearl White, Silver, and Blue Gradient

·         MSRP $349.99, unlocked

Android™ 2.3.4 – At a Glance*

·         Xperia™ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony

·         Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities

·         Gesture input – text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next

·         New features including Google™ Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras

Availability:

The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ arc S and Xperia™ neo V are available unlocked, at Sony Store.  Additional availability can be found at other retailers such as Newegg.com starting early December.  Check for pricing and availability.

* The Android 2.3.4 upgrade is currently rolling out for select unlocked 2011 Xperia™ smartphones as an over-the-air update or through Sony Ericsson PC Companion

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CyanogenMod 7.1 brings support for Xperias and 20 other handsets

Monday, October 10th, 2011

All it took was a little love from Sony Ericsson and now CyanogenMod’s latest official release includes support for a happy cohort of 2011 Xperias as well as the X8. The same goes for Samsung, which doled out a free GSII and some employment and now finds that the Galaxy smartphones are on version 7.1′s list too. Wondering if your particular Droid, Optimus or Incredible can run the cyan shade of Gingerbread and its attendant perks? Then check the source link for the full roll-call of newly supported devices — but remember, despite the increasingly friendly overtures from manufacturers, installing a custom ROM comes with certain pitfalls and can void your warranty. Got that? Now go and play some juicy FLAC files on that Arc.

CyanogenMod 7.1 brings support for Xperias and 20 other handsets originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Alleged shot of Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo surfaces

Friday, June 17th, 2011

There’s not really much more than the image above to go on with this one, but what you’re looking at is purported to be the as-yet-unannounced Xperia Duo, which may or may not be Sony Ericsson’s first dual-core phone. As you can see, it bears some resemblance to the Xperia Arc, with what appears to be a large, edge-to-edge display and a UI that’s apparently been tweaked a bit from what we’ve seen previously on SE phones, including a different weather widget and media player controls under the dock. Of course, it is still just a single image, so we’d recommend taking it with the usual grain of salt for the time being.

[Thanks, Daniel N]

Alleged shot of Sony Ericsson Xperia Duo surfaces originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc getting Android 2.3.4 update next week, Facebook integration in tow

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
There’s still no confirmation as to when it will be headed to the soon-to-be-released Verizon Xperia Play, but Recombu is reporting that at least some iterations of the phone will be getting upgraded to Android 2.3.4 next week, at which point the Xperia Arc will also get bumped up to the same version. Assuming there’s no surprises in the next week, that would seem to make them the first non-Nexus phones to get the update. What’s more, in addition to various Android-related updates, both phones will also be getting Sony Ericsson’s so-called “Facebook inside Xperia” update, which promises to more deeply integrate your phone (including your calendar, contacts, and even music) with the social network. The company’s also confirmed that the Facebook integration will be included on all future Xperia phones, and it will be headed to all Xperia models released so far this year.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc getting Android 2.3.4 update next week, Facebook integration in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 May 2011 14:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo launch delayed; Xperia PLAY and arc volumes affected by Japan quake

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Sony Ericsson released a statement on Friday delaying the broader launch of the Xperia Neo until the third quarter due to supply chain disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan. The firm said that volumes of its Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY were also affected, but it doesn’t appear that there are any delays with those launches. Sony Ericsson’s official statement is as follows:

As Sony Ericsson continues to assess the impact of the situation in Japan on its business, we have communicated to our operator customers and distributors that some volume of Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY and Xperia neo phones has been affected. Xperia neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperianeo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early Q3.

We will address this topic at the time of our Q1 financial results announcement call that is scheduled for April 19, 2011.

Sony Ericsson’s Italian Facebook page has a similar explanation, and confirms that the Neo will launch in July.

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Evigroup debuts Windows-based SmartPaddle tablet

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

It hasn’t been all that long since France’s Evigroup upgraded its “Paddle” tablet the Paddle Pro, but it’s now already back with another model: the SmartPaddle. This one packs the same Atom N450 processor as before, along with an 11.6-inch capacitive screen, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, WiFI and 3G connectivity, and Windows 7 for an OS — plus a Microsoft Arc keyboard, apparently. You’ll also get the same head-tracking capabilities seen on the Paddle Pro, as well as a new 3D interface for Windows dubbed “Scale,” which promises to make things a bit more tablet-friendly. Head on past the break for a video, and look for the tablet itself to set you back a hefty €1,290 (or about $1,820).

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Evigroup debuts Windows-based SmartPaddle tablet originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 23:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson will let you unlock the bootloader on new Xperia Android phones — subject to conditions

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

While one group of Android phone makers is swinging towards locking their hardware down, Sony Ericsson is resolutely headed in the other direction. The Swedo-Japanese consortium has just announced it will provide a secure and legal way for eager Android hackers to gain full control of the bootloader on some of its upcoming 2011 Xperia line of phones. All four models are covered, the Xperia Play, Neo, Pro, and Arc, however you have to make sure you buy a handset that isn’t SIM-locked to a carrier and then there are territorial considerations to take into account. Warranties may still be voided by fooling around with your Xperia’s software (again, depends on individual handsets and markets) and SE warns gravely of the potential for “physical injuries or material damage” if you freak your Android into overheating or worse. So proceed with caution, but know that Sony Ericsson is by your side*.

* Subject to terms and conditions, repair charges may be incurred, Android upgrades are promised but never guaranteed.

Sony Ericsson will let you unlock the bootloader on new Xperia Android phones — subject to conditions originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 this summer, makes us rub our eyes in disbelief

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Who’s in charge of Sony Ericsson today and what did they do with the old crew? Reversing a previous statement saying there’ll be no Android updates for its Xperia X10 family beyond Eclair, SE has just announced that it’ll bring Gingerbread to the X10 at the end of Q2 / start of Q3 this year. That’s right around this summer, when we should expect a user experience roughly equivalent to that on the new Xperia Arc, Neo and Play devices, whose Gingerbread implementation looks to have served as the basis for the elder X10′s upcoming update. Seriously, Gingerbread on the X10, we still can’t believe it.

P.S. – If you’re wondering about the X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro or X8, those are all stuck on Android 2.1.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 this summer, makes us rub our eyes in disbelief originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Mar 2011 07:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S 2 and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet leaked on Korean website?

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Uh oh, looks like someone got the wrong date for Samsung’s MWC keynote. The above screenshot is captured by the eagle-eyed folks at Moveplayer, who spotted what appears to be an embargoed article about the Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) over at Korean news site Paran. While the offending press shot has since been removed, the text remains intact with the following specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi. Additionally, Paran says that this new handset weighs 116g (4.09 ounces) and is 8.49mm thick — which is close to, if not the, thinnest smartphone device we’ve heard of yet. (For the record, the Xperia Arc is 8.7mm at its thickest point.)

The article also mentions that 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet that we heard of yesterday, confirming it will pack a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with “full HD” video recording, and dual surround sound speakers. Sounds promising, but only time will tell whether all this is true or simply a matter of lost in translation.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 and 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet leaked on Korean website? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Feb 2011 05:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. LG Optimus 2X… fight!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Android is our future, the stat mavens all agree, but for all its rapid growth, Google’s OS still suffers from a shortage of top tier differentiation. This has in part been down to LG and Sony — two of the world’s biggest phone makers — spending the majority of 2010 watching the battle for Android supremacy from the sidelines (the X10 disqualified itself when it announced it neither knew nor cared what Froyo was). 2011 might just be the year of redemption for both, however, as LG will soon assault the European market with a pair of truly desirable and powerful Android smartphones in the Optimus 2X and Black, while Sony Ericsson’s well leaked portfolio of new Xperias includes the Arc, Neo and Play, each one of them coming with Gingerbread preloaded. We’ve wrapped our mitts around a pair of these high-hope devices, one from each manufacturer, and photographed the living daylights out of them sat side by side.

We humbly submit that the Xperia Arc looks and feels far more refined than LG’s admittedly well designed Optimus 2X. The Arc’s curvature seriously makes it feel like the thinnest phone we’ve ever handled and its weight is also dramatically, unreasonably minimal. Another note of import is that the 2X comes with a 4-inch screen whereas the Arc offers a more generous 4.2-inch display, yet their overall dimensions are nearly identical. All in all, we’d hardly object to having either one in our pockets, but the Arc wins it for us in terms of aesthetic appeal. Of course, the Optimus 2X has a dual-core Tegra 2 heart beating within, it’s not all about looks, though in the case of this hands-on comparison, it kind of was. We’ll have a full review of LG’s handset in the coming days, while Sony Ericsson promises the Xperia Arc will land in Europe by the end of March. You can see more of the prototype unit we got to handle in the gallery below and there’s a video comparison of the two Android newcomers after the break as well.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc vs. LG Optimus 2X… fight! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Feb 2011 13:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson details Xperia Arc’s photographic prowess [video]

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Sony Ericsson has gone through the trouble of creating a three minute thirty second video that showcases just what makes the 8 megapixel shooter on the Xperia Arc function at such a high level. SE details several improved features, such as an enhanced Sony sensor and f/2.4 aperture, that make the Arc’s camera ideal for indoor and low-light conditions. The camera has dozens of configurable options and, as an added bonus, the video was shot in 720p using a second Arc handset. Hit the jump, the video is waiting for you.

[Via Android Central]

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How would you change Sony’s PlayStation Move?

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Is it Sony’s play against the Wiimote, or the Kinect… or both? Hard to say exactly, but there’s no question that the PS3 is no longer on the outside looking in when it comes to motion gaming. Now that it’s been on the market for a few months, we’re looking to hear from early adopters — have you enjoyed your time with the Move? Has it lived up to your expectations? Any quirks with gameplay that you’d iron out? Any particular games that you’d prefer to see play nice with the apparatus? Set yourself in the mindset of a SCEA designer for a tick and let us know how you’d do the Move differently down in comments below. And yeah, sticking with “Arc” is totally an acceptable suggestion to make.

How would you change Sony’s PlayStation Move? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 22:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Form 3 Sex Toy Resembles a Computer Mouse [Nsfw]

Monday, September 6th, 2010

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