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Android 4.0. Bringing your world closer to you…

Sony is upgrading your 2011 Xperia™ smartphone to Android 4.0

In with the new. All 2011 Xperia phones* can be upgraded for free to Android 4.0. The update builds on everything you already love about your Xperia smartphone, maximising its features, functionality, and ease of use. You’ll enjoy a superior Xperia™ smartphone experience once you update.

 

What’s included in Android 4.0?

Smart lockscreen

Do more while your phones locked. Interact with all of your messages and most recent events, stop and play your favourite tracks and manage your music, without having to unlock your phone.

Smart dialer

Find your friends. When you start typing your friends’ names or numbers, your phonebook will automatically start finding them for you. Saving you time and effort!

Widgets

Everything in one place. We’re giving you a better overview of all your home screen widgets. Start customising them by expanding your favourites to view more content and shrink others to save space.

Face unlock

No need for passwords. For Sony phones with front-facing cameras, you can now unlock your phone with your face. State-of-the-art facial recognition technology registers your face during setup and recognises it again when unlocking the device. Simple.

Multitasking UI

Multitasking made easy. By long-pressing the home key, the recent apps view will appear to help you jump instantly from one ask to another; while notifications help you keep in touch with all your messages, music, and more. We’ve even introduced a ‘live’ view, so that you can get to your favourite apps faster.

Data consumption

Manage your data. Keep up-to-date on your usage, by tracking your data consumption. You can even follow the background data your applications and widgets use, and set limits or warning levels, to ensure that you never go over your data plan.

Quick response for incoming calls

In a meeting? Out with friends? Or just busy? You can now reject incoming calls with one quick text message to let people know what you’re doing and when you’ll be in touch.

Group calendar

Manage your time with the help of colour coded calendars. From work, social, through to family and friends, we help you stay on top of your events – all in one place. You can even let your applications add to events in your calendar and manage reminders, so that you don’t have to.

Be social

Love social networking? Sync your calendar and contact list with Facebook to integrate your social world into your phone and make sure you’re always connected with friends. You can even browse your Facebook photo albums and ‘Like’ your favourite music tracks.

Search email, Group phonebook

Search email

Faster results. By creating email subfolders, you can organise and search your emails across folders on your server for easy access. And syncing your phone means that you can stay connected and keep track of all your incoming messages.

Group phonebook

Stay in touch with the people that matter. We’ve integrated your social and contact groups for easy accessibility across apps, social networks, incoming calls and emails. You can also link your phonebook to Facebook, so that you can see your friends’ Facebook information and gain quick access to their profiles. And why not add your favourite friends into one easy-to-manage list?

Desktop performance

Get the full experience. Set your phone to request the desktop version of sites, so that you always get the most out of them. You can even set your preference for sites separately in new browser tabs. Save it for later. For longer content, or those moments when network coverage isn’t available, you can easily save a copy to read later when you are offline.

Bookmarks

Bookmarking made easy. The new Android browser lets you easily bookmark your favourite content and categorise it. You can even sync up and manage your bookmarks from all of your accounts. Got lots open? Flick through your online activity in our live stream view, to switch between open sites with ease.

Voice search

Sounds good. You can now say where you want to go with our new voice controlled URL search system and we’ll take you there. A powerful voice input engine, available in over 20 languages, will detect the site you’d like to visit without you having to type a thing.

Galleries

Galleries

Ready for action. Make the most of your image gallery by syncing it with your Facebook albums. Scroll through your photo stack to shuffle pictures, display albums or show a single image. Or you can use Google’s Image Gallery to manage and share your photos by time, location, friends, and tags.

Screenshots

Share your screen. By pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time, you can now take screenshots. When you are happy with your screenshot you can view, edit, and share it in your Gallery, on a similar app or with friends.

Screenshots

Updating is quick and easy

Updating to Android 4.0 is free and to make life easier for you, we’ll back-up any data saved on your phone, so you won’t lose a thing.

Watch the video to see how quick and easy updating your phone’s software really is using one of our tools – PC Companion or Bridge for Mac. If you already have one of these installed on your computer, just connect your phone and get started.

Good to know before you update

Update your Xperia™ now

The following Xperia smartphones can be upgraded today. And more phones will follow.

Coming soon

The Android 4.0 upgrade is coming soon to the following Xperia 2011 smartphones.

  • Xperia™ active
  • Xperia™ arc
  • Xperia™ arc S
  • Xperia™ mini
  • Xperia™ mini pro
  • Xperia™ neo
  • Xperia™ neo V
  • Xperia™ pro
  • Xperia™ ray
  • Live with Walkman

Android 4.0 Update schedule

To see if the update is available for your Sony smartphone you can use this recommended software:
Sony Update Service
PC Companion
Bridge for Mac

Good to know before you update

The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade and specific models upgradable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and carrier requirements.
To find out if this update has been released for your phone, read our Support Forum article Android 4.0 update schedule

After carrying out a software upgrade, please note that:
  • Android 4.0’s hardware requirements are more advanced than previous software updates, so your phone’s performance may be affected.
  • Our commitment to offering you the best, means that once upgraded you will not be able to revert back to an older version of Android.
  • To optimize your phone’s performance, some applications may have been disabled and will not be visible on your screen. A new installed application called ‘Performance Assistant’ will help you enable these apps. Please also note that some 3rd party applications may not be compatible with Android 4.0. Please visit Google Play’s marketplace to view apps that are compatible with Android 4.0 or contact the 3rd party developers directly for support.
  • Flash support will be disabled, but this can be easily fixed by visiting Google Play’s marketplace and downloading the latest available Adobe Flash player application.

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