Sony Ericsson: New firmware for the still sidelined Satio, Aino never was pulled from shelves
The quickest way from here to confusion might be through Sony Ericsson. As we reported days ago, some issues with software led UK retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U to halt sales of the Sony Ericsson Satio with it's 12.1MP camera. Three days later, we followed up with an another report that the Aino, sporting an 8MP camera, was plagued by problems with the touchscreen. We quoted a Sony Ericsson spokesman who said that only a small number of consumers was affected by the problems.
According to Engadget, here is the latest on the two handsets, both of which the joint venture was counting on to bring in some holiday cash in the current shopping season. The Aino, despite having some type of small and managable problem, was never pulled from the shelves and that is why it still remained up for sale on the U.S. SonyStyle web site. As for Satio owners affected by the problems the device has been suffering with, Sony Ericsson says they have a firmware out for nonbranded units which could mean that handsets out in the field might not have to be recalled. On the other hand, officials from the joint venture have said that the powering down problem that the Satio has cannot be fixed with an OTA upgrade. That sounds a bit, oh, confusing. Carphone Warehouse and other retailers still have the Satio on the disabled list which suggests that whatever new firmware Sony Ericsson can push to owners cannot fix the problem entirely. The new firmware is R1CA037. One person who downloaded the upgrade told Just Another Mobile Phone Blog that the new firmware only made his Satio run faster. Any owners of the device out there find that the upgrade fixed all of your issues with your phone? Hopefully we will be able to clear up the confusion soon.
*UPDATED*: According to an official Sony Ericsson statement, the firmware update is valid only for units not sold by carriers. Carrier-bound units should also get an update soon.
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source: JustAnotherMobilePhoneBlog via EngadgetMobile