Ever thought about how Gingerbread (GB) and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platforms differ on a technical level? In this blog post, we’ll describe some of the technical differences between GB and ICS, and what the differences in the user experience might be. This way you can decide if ICS is right for you, or if you prefer to stay on Gingerbread. Maybe you will prefer the new UI in ICS, or do you give a higher priority to the extreme stability of the Gingerbread platform? Read more after the jump!
In November, we announced that we were the first phone manufacturer in the world to support WebGL in the native Android web browser on Xperia™ phones. As a next step, we are now very excited to release our WebGL implementation for our coming Xperia™ phones running Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above as open source. Read more after the jump, as Anders Edenbrandt, Senior Software Architect, explains more!
Today, we introduce the newest kid on our block, the Xperia™ neo V. As the next iteration of the Xperia™ neo, the neo V is just as beautiful as the first. Plus, this smartphone is packed with Sony multimedia technology and the latest from Android™.
We’ve just announced a major software upgrade for 2011 Xperia™ smartphones. The Xperia™ software upgrade provides users with:
- The latest version of Android software (Gingerbread) including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras.
- Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ which allows users to like, share, and discover on Facebook faster and easier; users also have the ability to share games, apps and songs directly to Facebook™.
- Enhanced camera capabilities from Sony, including 3D sweep panorama
- Connectivity to USB peripherals (mouse, keypad, or game controller) through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station.
- Swipe to write which allows for text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next.
- Screen capture from anywhere on the phone.
As announced earlier, we are now launching a web page where you can get instructions and a key to unlock the boot loader of certain series of Sony Ericsson 2011 Android™ Gingerbread phones.
With its new generation of 2011 Xperia™ smartphones, Sony Ericsson will allow advanced developers to unlock the boot loader in a secure and legal way. We will enable this opportunity later this spring, although it will only be possible for certain releases of these phones.
Find out the details after the jump.
Sony Ericsson has previously communicated that we did not plan for any further upgrades of the Xperia™ X10 beyond Android 2.1 Éclair. This was correct at the time, but it has now changed and we plan to bring an upgrade to Android™ Gingerbread for generic trade kits of the Xperia™ X10 at the end Q2 or early Q3 this year. We have simply listened to our consumers, and the development of the software for our new 2011 range of Xperia™ phones gave us a solution that made it possible to deliver Android™ Gingerbread on Xperia™ X10.
Starting with the new Xperia™ neo and Xperia™ pro, it will be possible to develop your own extensions to Sony Ericsson’s Timescape™ application. The Timescape™ application is a central hub for most social activities and events in a Sony Ericsson Android™ phone. And with the new Extension Development Kit (EDK), you will be able to develop your own Timescape™ extensions. For example, you can add new information sources to the applications to expand the social network options. Or find your own unique uses for the EDK and create your own Timescape extensions.