19-05-2011 08:48 PM
So, the update to 2.3.4 rolls out next week to unbranded phones
What does everyone think of this new Facebook inside Xperia idea?
24-05-2011 10:12 AM
its 2.3.3 but i would be suprised if we get it in the next 3 months with vodafones firmware release track record .
i hope we see it soon though, im not bothered about the facebook stuff really but hopefully it will have a few bug fixes included in it and when vodafone do release there version they remove the useless 360 update, storefront and 360 shop apps which just hog my ram and make the phone alot slower, im fed up of killing these apps only for them to restart they are adding to battery drain and significantly effect the phone performance.
i really hope i dont end up having to flash to sonys standard rom but im kind of expecting it after what happened on my n900.......
24-05-2011 10:58 AM
If we get it in 3 months, thats still significantly quicker than T-Mobile (my previous carrier)
Sort of toying with the idea of rooting my Arc, simply to remove the Vodafone apps.
I'm not seeing any signicant issues as yet, it just irritates me to have to put up with the carrier bloatware.
although T-Mobile managed to include German bloatware on the last HTC Desire update....
26-05-2011 06:17 PM
31-05-2011 10:09 AM
not even a link to the usual generic firmware statement .it seems vodafone are even slower to respend than they were with my old n900, flashing is looking more and more likely
i really should of learnt my lesson last time...........
31-05-2011 06:42 PM
At this moment in time we have no information to share with you relating to this.
billd has mentioned our firmware statement which covers everything we have regarding Firmware.
More information will be available closer to the time.
31-05-2011 10:23 PM
01-06-2011 03:49 PM - edited 01-06-2011 03:55 PM
So has anyone learnt how to disable the new Facebook integration?
I don't want to use it - I don't want my phone posting what I'm listening to on my Facebook page or whatever it does. What I really don't want though is the application attempting to force me to turn on 'Platform Apps' in Facebook itself which means that any of my friends who are using any application (eg Farmville) have access to some of my data such as profile name, gender and profile photo at the very minimum but by default get access to a lot more information. Effectively that means that Zynga or whoever can mine pretty much everyone's information since I'm sure we all know someone who uses Farmville.
I've now got a continuous nag in the notification bar and I can't see an uninstall or disable option.
02-06-2011 09:25 AM - edited 02-06-2011 09:53 AM
Phil_A - At this time, there are no options for removing or disabling the Facebook integration - it's designed as a major selling point on the handsets. I cannot confirm if this will be the case going forward or if anything will change with future developments however.
billd - We are not responsible for the inclusion of BBC iPlayer - this will have been included by the manufacturer. It's possible that this is to show that unlike some other smartphones the android devices can run the iPlayer.
The Vodafone apps are present for those customers who do wish to use them, and are free to be uninstalled from the device if requested.To do this, just go to:
Menu >Settings > Application settings > Manage applications > click on unwanted app > Uninstall.
Until we hear more, Ben's link regarding firmware information is all we can confirm, however we'll be happy to let you know when we get any new information.
02-06-2011 10:12 AM
also none of these services are uninstallable without rooting the phone ! the only one that is was vodafone music . you cant even stop storefront and shop from starting up they have a daemon that automatically starts them regularly. ive run performance tests on my device and they both slow it down more than any other app on the handset. i can live with iplayer although it should be uninstallable and thats probably down to sony (btw iplayer runs on lots of smartphones other than android so its not show casing naff all)
02-06-2011 07:50 PM - edited 02-06-2011 07:52 PM
I suggest that someone thinks very seriously about this. I believe Facebook Platform Apps are a severe invasion of my privacy and have always had them turned off. This upgrade is continuously trying to nag me to allow platform apps.
It didn't before the upgrade, it does now - I suggest Vodafone take a long hard look at the EU ePrivacy directive that came into force on 5th May and decide whether they should allow the option of disabling this feature or just break the law...
btw, you're also wrong about the 360 applications - since they are included with the firmware, they can't be uninstalled either.
03-06-2011 01:33 PM
As promised we've been able to confirm the release of new firmware for both these handsets this morning!
Please check these out for the details on the new releases.
Just to clarify a couple of points whilst I’m here,
Phil_A - the integration with Facebook is something Sony Ericsson have developed as central to these handsets, not Vodafone. All the functionality regarding this feature comes directly from the manufacturer.
Also, I tested with an Arc we had in the office yesterday to see if the pre-installed Vodafone apps could be uninstalled and successfully removed Vodafone Music. Apologies if that is the only one which could be uninstalled, but rest assured I did test to be sure before posting, as I know how important the issue has been in recent months.
29-06-2011 07:30 PM
Could someone please summarise what has been improved by the 2.3.3 update and is it worth it ( especially this facebook thing and screen flicker?)
Also these branded apps are a killer!!!
I am using a task manager to kill apps but it seems 31 seem to restart automatically after being ended!! any advice appreciated?
I don't want to root the arc as i can't be bothered. Great phone though..