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Sony Ericsson announces the Neo V and 2.3.4 update for all Xperia phones

August 25, 2011 | by Charles West

Android News, Sony Mobile

Android based Sony Ericsson handsets will take "some time"

Today, Sony Ericsson announced the latest arrival to its Xperia line, the Neo V. The NV will come in white, blue or silver carrying a HDMI port, and will be the first of its phones to have the new “Facebook inside Xperia” software upgrade (a functionality that’s supposed to make entertainment more social).

With this new phone, Sony Ericsson is attempting to enter the world of 3D, enabling a “3D sweep panorama” camera mode. This feature will allow users the ability to record and play back in 3D when connected to a 3D TV.

Neo V specs include:

  • 3.7-inch display at 480×854 resolution
  • Reality display powered by Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor at 1GHz
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VA front-facing camera
  • 320MB internal storage
  • 2GB microSD card included
  • 1500 mAh battery

If you happen to own an older Xperia phone, need not worry, Sony Ericsson will not leave you out in the cold. The company also announced that it will roll out Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to all of its 2011 Xperia phones that will copy many of the features found in the Neo V. The upgraded features that will translate to the other Xperia phones include screen shots, Google Talk with video chat, a connection to the Sony Ericsson LiveDock station via USB, 3D sweep panorama, Facebook inside Xperia, and some text input feature called swipe (no, not the real Swype).

So far there is no word about what price the Neo V will launch at, but owners of dated Xperia’s should start to see their 2.3.4 updates roll out in October.

An upgrade to the latest and greatest from Google is always a great thing. But with exclusives like Minecraft for Android, it suggest that Sony Ericsson are making better efforts at improving it’s Xperia line of phones.

What are your thoughts?

[via The Inquirer]