Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates

By on April 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM.

Google: We’re fine with keeping you waiting for slow Android updates

Android smartphones are not typically updated very frequently, leaving many owners to either try and update their own device, or wait for months or even years to get the latest operating system. The technical lead developer on the Android Open Source Project believes the slow update rate many Android users have had to endure is “very reasonable.” Sometimes, Jean-Baptiste Queru revealed his opinion on his Google+ page in a congratulatory post towards Sony, who recently updated its Tablet S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The developer said the Japanese company was the biggest contributor to Android, leaving all other manufacturers playing catch-up. Due to its contributions, Sony is able to ensure timely updates for its own devices, while helping the community as a whole. Queru said the complexity of moving from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0 is the reason it took Sony five-months to updates its tablet.

“This is actually a very reasonable time, since under the hood Ice Cream Sandwich is quite different from Honeycomb (and upgrades from Gingerbread are likely to take longer as those differences are huge),” he said.

The employee did express disappointment that some of Google’s own flagship devices had not been updated, and he places the blame on “operator approvals.” Queru went out to praise Google’s latest effort to continue selling smartphones directly to consumers through its online store. “I’m very glad that Google is back in the business of selling phones directly without any middlemen to interfere, and I’ll be even happier when I see that program expanded to more countries.”  More →

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Sony Japan announces ICS for Tablet S and Tablet P

By on March 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM.

Sony Japan announces ICS for Tablet S and Tablet P

Sony Japan on Thursday confirmed that an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is soon headed to the Tablet S and Tablet P. Sony Tablet owners will receive an Android 4.0.3 update next month, however it is unclear if this is only for the Japanese market. Along with Google’s latest operating system, the update will also expand the tablet’s photo capabilities, allowing the photo app to be launched from the lock screen and enabling users to take panoramic pictures. A new “Recopla” app will also be included in the update for viewing TV programs that have been recorded on Sony Blu-ray players, along with a “Small Apps” feature that lets users multitask more efficiently. Lastly, Sony also announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Tablet P that will launch on April 21st. More →

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Android 4.0 updates coming to Sony’s tablets and Xperia phones this spring

By on January 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM.

Android 4.0 updates coming to Sony’s tablets and Xperia phones this spring

Sony will update the company’s Tablet S, Tablet P and Xperia line of smartphones to Android 4.0 in the spring, according to The Verge. Both tablets are already running Ice Cream Sandwich and are currently being tested behind the scenes. The company did not give a specific release date, however it plans to add “some really cool unique bits” to both tablets on top of the update. Last fall, Sony confirmed that its entire 2011 Xperia portfolio would receive an Android 4.0 update at a later date. Phones set to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update include the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Play, Neo, Neo V, Mini, Mini Pro, Active and Ray, as well as Sony Ericsson’s Live Walkman. More →

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Sony’s first Honeycomb tablet launches to scores of eager… seniors?

By on September 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM.

Sony’s first Honeycomb tablet launches to scores of eager… seniors?

Sony can finally add tablets to the laundry list of consumer electronics categories it addresses, but the launch of its premier device — the Sony Tablet S — is raising questions as to how seriously Sony plans to take the tablet space. The 9.4-inch Honeycomb tablet features a Sony “TruBlack” display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and the ability to control Sony televisions, Blu-ray players and other peripherals with a custom universal remote app, but we’re not sure Sony has its sales strategy ironed out just yet. Read on for more. More →

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Sony details Android-powered Tablet S and Tablet P

By on September 1, 2011 at 12:30 AM.

Sony details Android-powered Tablet S and Tablet P

One day ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Sony revealed more details on its Tablet S and Tablet P devices, originally known as the S1 and the S2. Both tablets are equipped with NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, front and rear facing cameras and an SD card slot. The devices currently run Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) but Sony promises that the tablets will run the newer Android 3.2 operating system by the time they hit the market. The Tablet P, originally known as the S2, sports two 5.5-inch TruBlack displays and will eventually be available on AT&T as an HSPA+ device. The Tablet S has a 9.4-inch TruBlack screen and offers an “ergonomic, asymmetric design” which Sony says makes it easier to carry. Sony has improved the web browser with its quick view and Quick touch technologies which it says will allow for faster web page load times. Both tablets will have Sony Entertainment Network services: Video Unlimited preloaded, which allows you to rent or purchase movies. Music Unlimited will launch in October and offers access to 10 million songs. The devices are also PlayStation Certified and come with access to Sony’s Reader Store. The Tablet S will be available nationwide in 16GB and 32GB models for $499 and $599, respectively. AT&T has not yet announced a price for the Tablet P or when it will be available.  Read on for the full press release. More →

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