Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo Android ICS firmware submitted for certification

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo Android ICS firmware submitted for certification
Looks like Sony Ericsson might become from the biggest laggard in terms of Android updates last year, to the fastest manufacturer to update its 2011 crop to Ice Cream Sandwich.

The ICS firmware has seemingly been submitted to the PCRB certification body on Friday for the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia neo handsets. These are currently $350 and $300 unlocked at Newegg, respectively, so they'll be a good deal when they get updated to ICS. We just checked those two at the PCRB, but probably the rest of the Xperia pack has been submitted too.

The company has said numerous times that it has learned its lessons from past Android mistakes and is now working hard to update all of its 2011 lineup to ICS - some say in January, some say in March.

This should set a precedence for other phone makers, as Sony Ericsson simplified its own Timescape UX in order to achieve easier updates, and is apparently ready to deliver ICS to its flagship 2011 handset - the Xperia arc - in a timely manner. But let's not get ahead of ourselves before the update has hit the handsets.

source: PTCRB (arc) & PTCRB (neo) via IT168

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Xperia arc
  • Display 4.2" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 0.512 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)
Xperia neo
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. elliotsilva

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

sony is back in the game and wants to make some serious damage!

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I love Sony products. I hope they come out with a Variant of the Sony Xperia Play that has a dual core processor, HD screen and other goodies, but this time on a carrier like Sprint or T-mobile. If they do this the same time they launch the PSVita. It could be impressive.

2. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

As an Arc owner I'm all smiles baby. hahaha. . .

4. samda

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Sony will skyrocket in 2012.. imagine that gorgeous playstation certified Sony Nozomi with camera better than iphone's,(12Mp Exmor 2) with screen better than iphone's(4,3-4,5 inch HD reality 2), and with an OS that simply makes IOS look obsolete(ICS). If US carriers don't offer that, apple can thank their lucky stars

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The thing i like with Sony is that they admit the mistakes they made and learn from them. They said same thing for PS3, PSP and now their Phones. PSVita is a PSP Analogue Fix PS4 will be an Overprice/Overpack hardware Fix. Same for the Rush out RSX Graphic (7900GT)

6. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Sony is just becoming the best in after sales support.. Cant wait to get my hands on that Nozomi..

7. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

is it coming to arc s?

8. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Yes that's obvious, since the difference between the Arc and the Arc S is onlythe clock speed (aside from colors of their casings). . .

9. paul5an

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

This article is wrong. The 4.01 / 4.02 refers to the Sony Ericsson firware build - it does not refer to the Android version which is still 2.3.4 on these firmwares. The latest "D" version is just a localised version for NTT DoCoMo in Japan (see Xperiablog.net for details).

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