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Sony Ericsson has taken a lot of flak in the past for its slow roll-out of Android upgrades, however this no longer appears to be the case as today they have announced that alongside the launch of their newest Android device, the Xperia neo V, all 2011 Xperia smartphones (i.e. the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, and Xperia neo) will be upgraded to Android 2.3.4.

The update will bring a number of new features to the Xperia phones including video chat support for Google Talk, easier Facebook integration with "Facebook inside Xperia", swipe text input, screen capture support, and the ability to connect USB peripherals through the Sony Ericsson LiveDock. Additionally, the update will add a 3D camera function from Sony which will allow users to take 3D images.

The upgrade to 2.3.4 will commence from October 2011 in "selected markets". Owners of the relevant Xperia devices will receive a notification prompting them to download the update over 3G or Wi-Fi or download it directly to their PC.

Xperia neo V

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Finally, Sony Ericsson's latest Xperia device, the Xperia neo V will launch globally in Q4 2011 with Android 2.3.4 and all the aforementioned enhancements. It will also have the following specs:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8255)
  • 3.7" capacitive touchscreen (480x854 FWVGA) featuring the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 5MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 320MB internal memory
  • 2GB microSD card (up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi and hotspot functionality
  • Bluetooth
  • 1500 mAh battery

For more information about the Xperia neo V check out Sony Ericsson's press release:

Sony Ericsson boosts 2011 Xperia(TM) family with new experiences and new software

25 August 2011

  • 2011 Xperia range to be upgraded to Android Gingerbread platform version 2.3.4
  • Enhanced Facebook inside Xperia functionality
  • Introducing  Xperia™ neo V  Android smartphone with the best of entertainment technologies from Sony and Google

25 August 2011, London, UK – Sony Ericsson today announced new functionality and features to its 2011 Xperia™ smartphone range with a comprehensive software upgrade from October 2011. Consumers with 2011 Xperia™ smartphones will benefit from improvements to Sony Ericsson’s unique Facebook inside Xperia™ offering and 3D camera functionality from Sony. The upgrade also allows consumers to enjoy the full benefits of the Android Gingerbread platform including Google Talk with Video Chat.

Sony Ericsson’s unique social experience provided by Facebook inside Xperia™ has been super-charged enabling Xperia users to like, share and discover on Facebook in a faster, easier and more intuitive way. The new functionality aims to make entertainment more social by giving users the ability to share and discover apps and games with friends through Facebook.

The latest camera enhancements from Sony introduce 3D sweep panorama technology so that images can be captured and then viewed in 3D by connecting the phone to a 3D TV using the HDMI output.

“With this software upgrade, we are bringing a wealth of new and really entertaining experiences to all our 2011 Xperia™  smartphones, including those already in consumers’ hands today,”said Nikolaus Scheurer, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson. “Our users will get to enjoy new features from Google, an even richer Facebook integration, and enhanced camera functionality from Sony.”

Xperia™ neo V is one of the first new products to launch with the new software and will include all the features like Google Talk with Video Chat, 3D sweep panorama and enhanced Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality. Building on the success of the original Xperia™ neo launched earlier this year, Xperia™ neo V takes the latest Android software for smartphones and the best of Sony entertainment experiences, including Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, to even more markets. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo V will be available globally in select markets from Q4 2011.

The software upgrade will be available in select markets through a phased roll out starting from October 2011. Xperia™ owners will receive a notification instructing them to instantaneously download the software over the air via 3G or WiFi. Alternatively, they will have the option to connect to a computer and download it via PC companion.

Upgrade at a glance:

  • Xperia™ smartphones to be upgraded to the 2.3.4 version of the Gingerbread platform with new features including Google Talk with Video Chat for smartphones with front-facing cameras
  • Updated Facebook inside Xperia™ functionality for enhanced like, share and discover abilities
  • Xperia™ smartphones introducing world’s first 3D sweep panorama functionality powered by Sony.
  • The software upgrade enables consumers to turn their Xperia smartphone into a mini-mobile PC by connecting USB peripherals (mouse, keyboard or game controller) to Sony Ericsson LiveDock™ multimedia station. Connect the smartphone to a TV via HDMI to get a big screen experience.
  • Swipe text input -  text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
  • Screen capture - allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone 

For full details all products news, please visit the press room and the product blog:
http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate/press/pressreleases/latestnews
http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ neo V at a glance.
*Please note that all services mentioned below may not be available in every market.
Colours

  • White
  • Blue Gradient
  • Silver

Facts

  • Size: 116 x 57 x 13mm
  • Weight: 126g
  • Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread version 2.3.4)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255

Camera

  • 3D sweep panorama
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Auto focus
  • Face detection
  • Flash/LED
  • Front facing camera (VGA)
  • Geo tagging
  • HD video recording (720p)
  • Image stabiliser
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene detection
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile detection
  • Sweep panorama
  • Touch capture
  • Touch focus
  • Video light
  • Video recording
  • Video stabiliser

Music

  • Album art
  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™ service
  • Sony Ericsson Music player
  • TrackID™ music recognition
  • xLOUD™

Internet

  • Android Market™
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search
  • Google Voice™ Search
  • Pan & zoom
  • Web browser (WebKit)

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Facebook™ application
  • Facebook inside Xperia™ V2
  • Google Talk™ video chat*
  • Noise Shield
  • Polyphonic ringtones
  • Sony Ericsson Timescape™
  • Speakerphone
  • Twitter™ (Timescape™ integration)
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video chat ready

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Google Mail™
  • Instant messaging
  • Multimedia messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotation
  • Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY)
  • Live wallpaper
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Swipe to write
  • Touch screen

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube™

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Document readers
  • E-Manual
  • Flight mode
  • Google Calendar™
  • Google Gallery 3D
  • Infinite button
  • Phonebook
  • Setup guide
  • Widget manager

Connectivity

All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be available in every market.

  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • DLNA Certified™
  • Google Latitude™
  • Google Maps™ for Mobile
  • Google Maps™ with Street View
  • HDMI™ support
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Modem
  • Native USB tethering
  • Synchronisation via Facebook™
  • Synchronisation via Google Sync™
  • Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync
  • Synchronisation via Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync®
  • TV Out
  • USB mass storage
  • USB High speed 2.0 support
  • Wi-Fi®
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
  • Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation

Display

  • Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • Capacitive touchscreen (multi-touch)
  • 3.7 inches
  • 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA)
  • Scratch-resistant

Memory

  • Phone memory: Up to 320MB
  • Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32GB
  • Memory card included: 2GB microSD™

Battery life

  • Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 6 hrs 55 min*
  • Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 430 hrs*
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 7 hrs*
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 400 hrs*
  • Music listening time: Up to 31 hrs*
  • Video playback time: Up to 7 hrs 25 min*
  • *According to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.

Networks

  • UMTS HSPA 900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 1900, 2100
  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

In the kit

  • Xperia™ neo V
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Stereo portable handsfree
  • 2GB microSD™ memory card
  • Charger
  • Micro USB cable for charging
  • Synchronisation and file transfer
  • User documentation

Source: Press Release

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • smriti

    Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V is a nice phone and it fits into budget as well. I don't know about the price at which sony ericsson stores are selling this phone but online stores like saholic.com are giving a very good deal on this phone. It's available just for 17.5k. I have done the online price comparison.

  • vipul balar

    how can upgret my neo v ?????????????

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  • Rohan

    Download " Sony Ericsson Update Service "
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  • Bebipaul1929

    What kind of application that i can download music video? Den i can watch it offline.. Ty

  • hitesh patel

    i am not download tv software also not open google play ,please help

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