Sony have moved to quickly release the Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich update for Xperia Ion owners that use the AT&T network in the US.

The international update was already rolled out for the Xperia Ion leaving AT&T customers wondering when the update would be available on their handsets. The update for AT&T Xperia Ions (aka LT28AT) is now also being rolled out gradually with AT&T customers reporting that the update is already available on their handsets. This update will take the software build version number up to version software build 6.1.c.1.105.

It isn’t expected that the AT&T update will be any different to that issued to the international Xperia Ion handset (aka LT28i) so this Android ICS version will also presumably be almost identical to that installed on the Xperia P and Xperia S which has already been rolled out worldwide.

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Xperia Tablet S users should be receiving a software update for their devices shortly. Apparently some users have had issues regarding connectivity using WiFi on their Xperia Tablet S and so Sony have made ‘release 5′ of their software for the tablet available to download over-the-air. The update concerns the issues relating to the WiFi connectivity only, there is no Android update this time around, leaving the Xperia Tablet S running Ice Cream Sandwich for the time being. There are no other reported features to be found in this software update.

Owners of the Xperia Tablet S should receive a notification on their devices telling them that the update is available however, if you can’t wait, you can always check manually in the settings menu.

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Sony have announced the upcoming arrival of their all new PlayStation Mobile service via a press release.

PlayStation Mobile aims to bring the best of mobile gaming to a range of PlayStation certified devices. Obviously, these devices are destined to be Sony devices and will include many handsets in the Xperia range for example the Xperia S, Xperia P, Xperia ion, Xperia V, Xperia T, Xperia Acro S, the Xperia Arc and of course, the Xperia Play with its gaming specific controls. Games can be downloaded from the PlayStation Mobile ‘store’ to compatible handsets, at what Sony believe will be a reasonable price per game and also to devices such as the Sony Tablet S. Developers are being invited to create PlayStation certified games themselves also as Sony are releasing the official SDK in November for developer use.

More than 30 titles will be available to download when the service is launched on the 3rd of October in the UK, France,Italy, Spain, Japan, US Canada and Australasia. The service will be rolled out to other countries after the initial launch.

The full press release can be found here for more details on the service.

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Although from the details found on the FSS website previously, we could see that the Sony flagship smartphone – the Xperia T, showed no signs of being made available for the AT&T network in America, the good news has now arrived that the Xperia T has in fact returned to the FCC and is showing up as a 4G LTE version, manufactured with support for the AT&T network after all. This version of the handset has passed certification on its return to the Federal Communications Commission so there is little to stop Sony and AT&T if they do choose to release the Xperia T between the two companies.

There are also unofficial photos of the handset floating around on the internet showing an AT&T branded Xperia T however, neither Sony nor AT&T themselves have confirmed that these internet published photographs are real or that the handset will in fact be available on the network. The signs are though that now the FCC has seen the LTE version of the smartphone, we are destined to see a release in the US, with AT&T and Sony joining forces to being the handset to the retail market.

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As ‘rugged’ phones go, the Sony Xperia Acro S isn’t such a bad looking handset. It might not be the sleek device that is the Xperia S for example but, the Acro S doesn’t need to be sleek, it needs to do what it does well and that is to be dust resistant and water resistant, which according to the handsets IP55 and IP57 ratings, it is. The good news for users that need such a rugged and less likely to be ruined by dust and water handset is that the Xperia acro S is now available to buy in the US.

Unfortunately, the handset is only available from Sony themselves currently which means buyers will pay a premium for the cell phone. It is available unlocked however, which is a positive for those that choose not to be tied in to a specific carrier. If you are willing to shell out $649.99 on the Xperia Acro S, with it’s 4.3″ 720p display, dual core processor, NFC built in, Bluetooth, 12.1MP camera, Android Jellybean (4.1) and a potential battery life of 8 hours, then this is the deal that Sony are offering currently. For those buyers that use the Sony store often however, there are also 64,999 Sony reward points on offer with this handset which may sweeten the deal a little. The Acro S is available to purchase now and has an estimated shipping date of September 25th.

Head over to the Sony Store for full purchasing details on the Xperia Acro S release.

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The Xperia V is already stated to be full of some special display technology including a Reality Display with the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 and the OptiContrast Panel that brings display tweaks to the handset that other handsets just don’t have. Well, Sony weren’t satisfied with just those display features and also added their rather clever sensor-on-lens technology to the Xperia V.

Sensor-on-lens technology basically combines the layers of glass in the touchscreen allowing the display to contain two layers instead of three. This, according to Sony will make the display clearer to the eye and will make the touch side of the touchscreen feel like the user is actually touching the item inside the screen. All very exciting if it actually works and of course, when it comes to display technology, Sony do know what they’re taking about so the Xperia V could be the first of a new breed of touchscreen smartphones that takes the touchscreen experience to a whole new level.

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Android version 4.0.4 is starting to roll out for the Sony Xperia Ion for handset owners Taiwan and in Hong Kong.

The update to Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to roll out internationally also in the coming days for owners of the LTE (LT28i) version of the Xperia ion. This update will take the firmware version up to version number 6.1.E.1.19. The firmware update itself appears to contain the same features as the ICS version found on the Xperia P and Xperia S handsets from Sony. No ‘extra’ features have been reported at this time. There is no news either on when the update will arrive on other versions of the Xperia ion, the AT&T version of the handset for example although, hopefully this update will arrive shortly too.

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Sony are wasting no time getting their latest tablet into the market. We’ve already heard that the next generation Sony tablet is available to buy in the UK and in the US. Now we have word that Sony will begin shipping the Xperia Tablet S from September 10th and customers should receive their shiny new Xperia branded Sony tablet from Tuesday onwards. Sony had initially planned on beginning shipments on September 6th but, due to a small delay they will now begin going out from the stock rooms tomorrow.

As is the case in the UK, only the 16GB and 32GB models are available to order, while the 64GB Wi-Fi model does appear to be a US exclusive at this point. The 16GB Wi-Fi Xperia Tablet S is priced at $399.99, while the 32GB model is priced at $499.99.

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As well as going on sale in the UK, Sony’s Xperia Tablet S is also now available in the US. Like the UK, Sony have the 16GB and 32GB models available to purchase immediately. Unlike the UK however, there is no mention of the 3G equipped version. What is interesting however is Sony Style US have the 64GB model listed and is also in stock for despatch.

Rumors are suggesting that the 64GB model could be a US exclusive but, as of yet Sony haven’t said anything along these lines. The 16GB model is available for $399, with the 32GB priced at $499 and it’s $100 more again for the 64GB version.

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When Sony announced the Sony Xperia T they told us it would be out in the next few weeks, where as both the Xperia J and Xperia V would be out in Q4. Sony have lived up to this promise as the handset is already available with one UK retailer.

Phones 4U in the UK are now selling the Sony Xperia T, while rival companies such as the Carphone Warehouse still have the handset listed as coming soon. Through Phones 4U, you can pick the Xperia T up on a 24 month contract with Orange or O2. With Orange, the lowest tariff is Panther 36 which, normally costs £36 a month and gives you 600 minutes, 3000 texts and 1GB of data. However through Phones 4U there is a monthly discount of £7.50, bringing the total monthly cost down to £28.50.

Alternatively, the handset is also available with O2 for £36 a month and O2 will give you 1GB of data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes. For the first 250 orders through Phones 4U, the company will send out a Sony Smartwatch which retails for £100, for free.

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