A post by Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg on the company's Product Blog contains some interesting news about the upcoming Xperia Arc. Firstly, Skogberg pours cold water on reports that some of the Arc devices shown at CES were running "Android 2.4," saying that it was the result of a "misconfiguration," and "nothing to get too excited about." (As we all know it takes about 30 seconds to change the Android version number on a rooted phone, we're inclined to believe him.)

He also addresses concerns about future updates for the Arc, as this is one area where Sony Ericsson has lagged behind other manufacturers.

"It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner."

It's good to see Sony Ericsson finally addressing something that's been a serious thorn in their side with their previous generation of Android phones, though this will be of little comfort to Froyo-less Xperia X10 owners.

You can find more Xperia Arc details from this latest posting, including specs and a video tour of the phone's home screen after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

  • CPU and GPU specs are: MSM8255 at 1 GHz with Adreno 205.
  • The Arc's music player will have an equalizer.
  • The Arc does not have a front facing camera.
  • It has a second microphone for noise cancellation.
  • There are four different modes for the LED flash: Auto, Fill-flash, Red-eye Reduction and Off.
  • It has full multi-touch capability.
  • It will support 802.11n wi-fi networks.

 

 

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Sony dismisses reports of Android 2.4 on Xperia Arc, promises 'timely' updates

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kinda wish theyd release this phone on the US markets, but i dont think they will after the whole thing with the x10s.

I'll believe it when I see it - for now: Skip. If the phone has a locked bootloader, also skip. Wait for the next generation in a couple of months from now.

So they are saying someone took the time to change/hack the operating version# within their company. I would think someone could lose their job for doing something like that.

"Timely manner" right just lies inhopes customers will buy their products again after the X10 rubbish. Don't believe it, 1 OS update then they'll want you to buy a new phone. Avoid SE.