Sony Ericsson announced earlier today that their entire 2011 Xperia smart phone line will see Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. Save for the ability to support front-facing video chat through Google Talk, the Android aspect is not all that major. The bigger part of the news here is that it builds in a number of new Sony Ericsson features and functions that add to the value of the Xperia phones. The first phone to see the software is the new Xperia neo V, due in the fourth quarter.
The updates are slated to begin rolling out in October in select markets and include the following details:
- 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
Look for announcements in the coming weeks to break down the handsets, markets, and timing of the software update. According to the Sony Ericsson product blog, users should receive a notification instructing them to download the software over the air via 3G or WiFi. Owners will also have an option to connectand download it via PC companion.