Back in August when it launched the Xperia Neo V, Sony Ericsson also promised to update all its 2011 smartphones to Android 2.3.4 in October. Sony Ericsson launched the other phones running Android 2.3.3.
Today we have some good news. It seems like Sony Ericsson decided to grace owners of the original Xperia Neo with this update already. Reports are coming in that the rollout started in Northern Europe and the Netherlands but has in the meantime made it to unlocked devices sold everywhere. Unfortunately, you apparently have to use Sony Ericsson’s desktop update tool to perform the update – it won’t come over-the-air.
Aside from all the fixes and enhancements that Android 2.3.4 generally brings (Google Chat video support included), Sony Ericsson has added a few more interesting bits to this update. The Facebook inside Xperia integration is now even more pervasive. A ‘swipe to type’ option has been added to Sony Ericsson’s keyboard, and there’s a screenshot tool now built into the firmware. Finally, Sony Ericsson has also added ’3D sweep panorama’ to the camera, meaning that you can now take 3D panoramic pictures with the phone despite it only having a 2D camera. This is the same tech that’s in the Xperia Arc S, so take a look at our article regarding that device for more details about this shooting mode.
As it turns out, despite its minor revision number, Sony Ericsson has definitely managed to make the 2.3.4 update into something pretty interesting, and that will probably serve as a compelling reason for many Neo owners to be quite happy right now. And rush to update their phones.
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