Android Phones

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc will redeem SE on Android. Maybe. [Video hands-on]

February 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Sony Mobile, Videos

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is beautiful. There’s really no other way to describe it, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone given SE’s track record for developing stunning hardware. However, there’s also the less-than-stellar record for the company struggling to deliver software that can be updated in a timely manner. That’s likely to change with the introduction of the Xperia Arc.

I met a few folks from the Sony Ericsson developer team and learned that the revamped approach to Android should vastly improve the company’s ability to adapt and deliver Android upgrades. The previous method included making deep changes to Android that made it difficult for SE to go from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1, leaving many disillusioned users. The new approach focuses on apps that are easier to update and enhance, leaving a better “Timescape” experience with software that isn’t a century-old.

The changes to the UI play well on the Xperia Arc, which has a nice form factor and smooth, metallic finish. The phone is very slim, speedy, and the screen looks fantastic thanks to Sony’s Bravia engine being incorporated. It remains to be seen if Sony Ericsson will manage to live-up to its promise to update faster on Android, but the Xperia Arc is likely to be the company’s best shot at redemption on Android. Here’s a quick videos hands-on.