Oct 29 AT 10:47 AM Nick Gray 26 Comments

SONY Ericsson announces global Android 2.3.4 update roll-out


Nearly a month ago SONY Ericsson announced their latest Android 2.3.4 update for nearly a dozen phones, but it only included a few countries in northern Europe. Since then, SE has added in even more tweaks and upgrades and is finally ready for a global Android 2.3.4 roll-out.

SONY Ericsson’s phones will get all the traditional benefits of Android 2.3.4 that Google baked in (think Google Talk Video Chat). But SE has also crammed in a few tweaks of their own, including a Swype-line keyboard upgrade, 3D panoramic mode for the camera and SE’s new LiveDock compatibility, which will transform your phone into a mini-mobile PC or gaming console by allowing users to connect their phones to an HDMI display along with a keyboard, mouse or gamepad.

The lucky phones to get the latest Android 2.3.4 update from SONY Ericsson include the Xperia Arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia  Pro, Xperia Ray, Xperia Active, Xperia Neo V, Xperia Arc S and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. SONY Ericsson has not revealed how fast the Android 2.3.4 update will be rolled out, but they did mention that carrier branded phones will have a few different customizations (your typical carrier bloatware we assume). Also, the XPERIA Play will not be getting the 3D panorama sweep, but will instead gain HD video recording capabilities.

SONY Ericsson’s Android 2.3.4 upgrade highlights

  • 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.
  • 16x video zoom.
  • Enable 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.
  • Gesture input. Text input by swiping the finger from one letter to the next
  • WiFi DLNA.
  • Screen capture. Allows the user to share a screen grab from anywhere in the phone.

SONY Ericsson still has some time before it’s swallowed up by the SONY mothership, but it looks like the company is already on track to keep consumers happy and deliver new functionality to their existing Android lineup.  Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think of all the new features SE is including in their Android 2.3.4 update.

Via: Phandroid

Source: SE Product Blog

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Matt

    Nice Xbox remote, get it? because it should be PS3 remote because its Sony..haha.


      another round of fragmentation???

  • GRAW

    “SONY Ericsson has note revealed how fast” Oops! :-P

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Oops. This is what happens when I’m forced to edit my own content. :)

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Wow. SE users must be really happy. It seems like SE is the only manufacturer that is part of the Alliance. Or at least it seems like it to me.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Yea. Even though their phones aren’t as attractive as other makers, SE seems to be putting all their bets into making quick updates.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        I think they learned their lesson from the consumer backlash they got with the XPERIA X10 update fiasco.

  • http://Website Funny iPhone guy

    As an iPhone user I can definitely saw that I’m a bit jealous of this new dock thingy that SONY’s got going on. I’d love to set my phone in a dock and use a gamepad to play my games on a big screen tv.

  • x10 mini user

    i take it that they are not updating the x10 mini? so that leaves me stuck with 2.1?? sooooo annoying!

    • quartz

      X10 Mini was a victim of a bad hardware decision, especially with only 128 MB RAM. If you want to enjoy most of the newer features, I suggest you head over to the xda-developers forum, there are several great CyanogenMod or FreeXperia based custom ROMs which can be easily installed on your phone. I’ve used my X10 Mini Pro this way, currently on Android 2.3.6.

      The installation process is generally very simple, and it will give your phone a lot more oomph than you thought it had on 2.1. Read up here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=726

    • Brad Williams

      Didn’t X10 mini get the 2.3 update??? I know the X10 did. :/

  • Lox

    Well done Sony!

  • Nider

    This is Great..
    A feature-rich update..

  • Koolio

    Pretty nice of SE to add in some little bonus features…

  • http://www.mobostudio.com mobile development studio

    So if Sony swallowed it , why it’s still names SE not just Sony?

  • Me

    Holy, not only did they gave phones, sources and probably some dinare to the cynogen mod team but they actually keep releasing official updates as well.

    You effing suck LG!!!

  • stoic tufail

    how can i download this update and install manually because i’ve no pc-suite with my X12-ARC.plz help me…………….

    • natasha

      You must first install Companion Suite in your computer.. After that, updates will already be available. I did that 4 hours ago.

  • pritams

    They’re doing good actually..

  • angi liske

    So when can we expect to see this .4 update?? Cuz in the meantime my photos keep deleting themselves n others I’v deleted keep comin back… I love my SE XPlay but this is frustrating!!

  • Brad Williams

    It’s all very well and good for them to give us all these great new features but useless if it can’t even do something as simple as play slotomania on Facebook without force closing. on my Arc. :( Besides i wish they would get away from facebook and allow me to uninstall the app so I can use the full site again

  • m.pradeep

    I m using sony w8 . I dont know how to update it to the next version nd latest edition . 2.4. would u help me to do..

  • Ray-user

    My Xperia Ray is actually messed up after this update:
    An error message “phone storage space is getting low” appears that was not there before the update.
    Turns out: 12 MB of “Google+” garbage were installed on my phone.
    There was no opt-out, and there is no option to remove this data junk from the phone’s storage.
    Why do they mess up with something that works fine?
    No I do not want to delete any of my apps to make room for some junk I have not requested, I do not want, I am not going to use.

    What’s the fix for this?

  • Lyna

    today sony ericsson xperia acre s. and i want to update android, how can i do?

  • vin

    The update announced is applicable for w8 walkman model or not???
    Someone plz reply..

  • thechad