Sony Ericsson’s Xperia 2011 Android line up are all getting an upgrade to Android 3.3.4 (Gingerbread) which will add a host of new features common to all Gingerbread installs, plus some exclusives that Sony Ericsson has cooked up for itself.
The basic Gingerbread operating system adds a bunch of tasty new updates to Android, including a better keyboard with improved copy ‘n’ paste and text selection, better memory and power management and integrated SIP Voice over IP calling as well as numerous performance enhancements.
To this, Sony Ericsson has added its own extras. The three main features exclusive to Xperia are ‘Facebook inside Xperia’, LiveDock support and a new 3D camera mode.
Facebook inside Xperia adds deep Facebook integration to the OS, allowing users to interact with their Facebook friends naturally while using the phone.
The Panoramic 3D Sweep is an amazing new feature that (on supported phones) lets you move the 2D camera in a panoramic sweep to capture several angles on an image. The clever software will then use this to construct a 3D image that can be viewed on a compatible 3D TV.
After the upgrade you will also be able to plug certain USB peripherals to the phone via Sony Ericsson’s LiveDock multimedia station. You can connect a game controller or a mouse & keyboard to make a sort of mini-PC running Android.
The update will affect all the 2011 line-up of Xperia phones – Play, Arc, Pro Neo and Mini et al. Sony Ericsson is also launching a new phone – the Neo V – which will be the first in the line up to come with the new operating system at launch.
Existing Xperia owners will be able to get their hands on the update over the air from October. YOu should get a notification that will enable download via wifi (or, if you can afford it and don’t mind waiting ages, 3G). Alternatively, you can download the update from Sony Ericsson and connect the phone to your PC.