Sony Ericsson (SE) will be pushing out the latest version of Android to Xperia branded phones from October, bringing some smart-sounding new features to the range.
The update to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread will add the option to use USB peripherals by connecting to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock, as well as a 3D sweep panorama mode to allow users to capture panoramic images to view on a 3D TV.
Also incoming are some new Facebook Inside Xperia sweeteners, such as the option to discover and share apps via Facebook and the ability to ‘like’ music from the handsets’ on board FM radio.
Less exiting but welcome all the same is the addition of swipe text input – we’re guessing with a natty SWYPE style touchscreen typing app – and a screen capture mode.
Of course the October due date applies solely to unlocked Xperia phones bought off contract. If you got your handset via a network contract, you’ll have to wait a bit while your carrier conducts tests and ensures compatibility with its proprietary services.
Nonetheless, we’re impressed with SE’s new-found ambition to get the new version of Android out to its kits and its transparency with customers. Not least after the Android 2.2 update debacle for Xperia X10 phones of a while back that initially meant owners were stuck on an ageing version of the software.
We're not yet certain which phones are first in line for the upgrade love. But we expect SE will start with the high-end likes of the Xperia Play, Arc et al before working its down to the cheaper, mid-range Xperia models later.