Sony 3G, XPERIA SL Setup Guide

Sony 3G, XPERIA SL Setup Guide
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Table of contents
Product overview ........................................................................................................4
Xperia™ SL – Experience everything in HD ..........................................................4
Signature features .................................................................................................6
Facts – dimensions, weight, performance and networks ......................................7
Categorised feature list ..........................................................................................9
Technologies in detail ...............................................................................................11
Device-to-device communications (local) ...........................................................11
Bluetooth™ wireless technology ......................................................................11
Wi-Fi® ...............................................................................................................12
DLNA Certified® (Digital Living Network Alliance) ............................................13
Messaging ...........................................................................................................14
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)..............................................................14
Email .................................................................................................................14
Positioning – location based services .................................................................15
Provisioning (OMA CP) ........................................................................................15
Multimedia (audio, image and video) ...................................................................16
Synchronisation (OMA DS, EAS, Google Sync™) ...............................................17
Web browser .......................................................................................................18
Memory in Android™ phones ..............................................................................19
Trademarks and acknowledgements ..................................................................22
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Product overview
Xperia™ SL – Experience everything in HD
Enjoy the pure brilliance of your favourite movies and pictures in detailed, sharp, vibrant colours. On a
screen that’s sharper than any other. Don’t like waiting? Xperia™ SL is powered by a super fast dual core
1.7 GHz processor so you can browse, watch, snap or play in an instant.
With unique media apps for smart viewing, the latest Android software and all the entertainment you’d
ever want from Sony Entertainment Network, life just got a whole lot brighter. Want things even bigger,
even louder? Share music on your speakers with one touch.
Feel the beauty in the details
Don’t see, feel. The razor-sharp 4.3´´ 720p Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine packs
more pixels per inch. So you see your films, your snaps and your friends brighter than ever.
Feeling creative? Shoot movies in full 1080p HD video and show them on the crisp, clear HD display or
share them on your HD TV, tablet or laptop via HDMI or DLNA. Night in with a good film? See all the art
and read the credits in the “Movies” application. Or use the HD front camera to meet your mates online.
Superfast your life
Switch on, then play on, in a flash. With the super-fast 1.7 GHz processor you can download videos and
apps, and surf all your favourite sites in an instant. It’s multi-tasking at the speed of delight.
Snap quick shots too. Start the 12 MP camera in just over a second. Point and shoot in a second. Now
zoom into your stills and videos from the smart “Album” application, and share them with one touch. Now
keep it all. Store everything for life in 50GB of free cloud storage. It’s the easy, instant way to access your
content from any device.
All the music you ever want
With 15 million tracks to choose from at Music Unlimited™ you’ll never get bored. Find them the easy,
colourful way in the “WALKMAN” application with album art. Preset your music genre, or create one of
your own with the equalizer. Now blast out your bass with xLoud™ and 3D surround sound. Want it
higher? Connect straight to your speakers with one touch.
Find things fast too
Enjoy entertainment the easy way with the “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies” applications, all specially
tailored for you. Find your film with movie art, cruise your stills, see where in the world you took them
using Globe View, and check out every music track by its cover. Keep tabs on your bill with data
monitoring, or download the apps you want. There are hundreds of thousands to choose from.
Prepared for action
Enjoy flowing FIFA™ football. Or full contact karate. Xperia™ SL is PlayStation® Certified to give you a
better gaming experience. Get games from PlayStation® Store, and enjoy them on the HD screen, or your
HDTV.*
* Titles available from PlayStation® Store and Google Play™.
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Store more. 50GB free storage for life**
Now there’s 50GB of free storage for your music, videos, photos and more – and you can use it forever.
Together with Box® we are offering you a place for your stuff where you can get to everything from your
phone, computer or tablet. Just download the Box for Android app to set up an account from your
Xperia™ SL to claim your free storage space.
** Free 50 GB of file storage is a time limited offer that ends 31 December 2012.
Sony Entertainment Network1. Your ultimate source for digital entertainment
Feasts for film fans, masses of music. Enjoy millions2 of songs from Music Unlimited™. Or download your
favourite hit movies from Video Unlimited™. It’s all on Sony Entertainment Network. No trips to the store.
No late fees. Just pure entertainment.
The best tracks from Music Unlimited™. The latest movies from Video Unlimited™ – enjoy everything with
one account. It’s the perfect fit for a life full of entertainment.
NOTE: Sony Entertainment Network with Video Unlimited™ and Music Unlimited™ is not available in all
markets. Additional charges may apply.
1.Paid service. Video Unlimited™ and Music Unlimited™ are not available in all markets.
2.The number of tracks available varies by country.
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Signature features
The Sony Xperia™ SL comes with a range of Sony features as standard. Below is a summary of the key
signature features.
Xperia™ Timescape™
Communication made easy
The Timescape™ application manages all your communication with one person in one place. You can
effortlessly browse by category your Facebook™, Twitter™, email and text communications, as well as
view your photos. Now everything is all together and in chronological order, so you don't have to open
different applications to see what's going on.
Xperia™ infinite button
Everything you want – from everywhere
Tap the infinite button in the Timescape™ application and smart filter each category of communication by
person. For example, when viewing a text message from a friend in Timescape™, tap the infinite button to
view a list of all chat messages with that friend.
Xperia™ Local connectivity
More control over your media
Using Xperia™ Local connectivity, you can exercise more control over how media files get transferred and
stored. For example, you can select MTP mode to transfer files if you want to limit the risk of data corruption.
Xperia™ Home screen application
The place you call Home
Customise your Home screen with widgets, shortcuts, folders, themes, wallpaper and other items.
Where’s best for you? Email top right? Music player bottom left? You decide. With four extensions to your
Home screen, you’ve got plenty of space to put things where you want. Just remember to flick left or right
to find them.
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Facts – dimensions, weight, performance and
networks
Operating system
Google™ Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Processor
1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core
GPU
Adreno 220
Size
128 x 64 x 10.6 mm
Weight
144 grams
Available colours
Black
White
Dark Silver
Pink
SIM card
Micro SIM
Main screen
Colours
16,777,216 colour TFT
Resolution
1280x720 pixels
Size (diagonal)
4.3 inches
Scratch-resistant
Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
Input mechanisms
Text input
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Touch screen
Capacitive
Touch gesture
Yes – multi-touch, up to 10 fingers supported
Memory
RAM
1 GB
Flash memory
Up to 32 GB*
Expansion slot
No
Camera
Camera resolution
12.1 MP
Digital zoom
16x
Photo flash
Yes – Pulsed LED
Video recording
Yes – HD 1080p
Video chat camera
Yes
Front Camera
Yes – HD 720p for video chat and 1.3 MP for camera capture
Sensors
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Accelerometer
Yes
Proximity sensor
Yes
Ambient light sensor
Yes
Magnetometer
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Networks
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2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Data transfer speeds
GSM GPRS
Up to 86 kbps
GSM EDGE
Up to 237 kbps
UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload)
Up to 5.8 Mbps
UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps
Talk time (GSM)
Up to 7 hours 15 min.**
Standby time (GSM)
Up to 410 hours**
Talk time (UMTS)
Up to 8 hours 15 min.**
Standby time (UMTS)
Up to 390 hours**
Music listening time
Up to 33 hours**
Video playback time
Up to 6 hours 30 min.**
Embedded Battery
1750 mAh typical
1700 mAh minimum
* Memory comprises 1 GB of firmware (using 2 GB physical memory to secure against memory errors), 2
GB of “Phone memory” for downloaded applications, and about 26 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and movies, and some application data. For a more detailed description of the different types of
memory and how they are used, see “Memory in Android™ phones” on page 19.
** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.
NOTE: All performance metrics are measured under laboratory conditions.
NOTE: Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone
usage.
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Categorised feature list
Camera
Music
Internet
3D Sweep Panorama
12.1 megapixel camera
16x digital zoom
Aperture f/2.4
Auto focus
Face detection
Face recognition
Flash/Pulsed LED
Front-facing camera (1.3 MP
720p)
Geotagging
HD video recording (1080p)
Image stabiliser
Red-eye reduction
Scene recognition
Self-timer
Send to web
Smile detection
Sony Exmor R™ for mobile image
sensor
Sweep Panorama
Touch focus
Video light
Video recording
3D surround sound
Album art
Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
Clear audio
Clear bass
Music tones (MP3/AAC)
PlayNow™ service*
TrackID™ music recognition*
“WALKMAN” application
xLoud™ Experience
Bookmarks
Google Play™
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view and Latitude™*
NeoReader™ barcode scanner
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)
Communication
Messaging
Design
Call list
Facebook™ application*
Google Talk™ application*
Noise suppression
Speakerphone
Twitter™ (Timescape™
integration)*
Xperia™ Timescape™
Xperia™ with Facebook™
Conversations
Email
Google Mail™*
Instant messaging
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Sound recorder
Text messaging (SMS)
720p HD display
Auto rotation
Gesture input
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
HD Reality Display with Sony
Mobile BRAVIA® ENGINE
Screenshot capturing
Touch screen
Voice input
Wallpaper
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Entertainment
Organiser
Connectivity
3D games
Media browser
Motion gaming
PlayStation® Certified
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network*
TV launcher
Video streaming
YouTube™*
Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Calculator
Calendar
Contacts
Document readers
eCompass™
Infinite button
Notes
Setup guide
Stopwatch
Tasks
Timer
Xperia™ Album
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
aGPS*
ANT+ sports fitness
Bluetooth™ wireless technology
DLNA Certified®
GLONASS*
HDMI support
Media Go™
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
NFC
PC Companion
Synchronisation via Facebook™
Synchronisation via Google™
Synchronisation via Exchange
ActiveSync®
Synchronisation via SyncML™
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
* This service is not available in all markets.
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Technologies in detail
NOTE: The information outlined below is general and levels of compliance to standards and specifications
may vary between products and markets. For more information, contact Sony Mobile Developer World or
your Sony contact person where applicable.
Device-to-device communications (local)
Bluetooth™ wireless technology
Bluetooth™ profiles supported
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile v1.2
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile v1.0
Handsfree Profile v1.5
Headset Profile v1.1
Object Push Profile v1.1
Phonebook Access Profile v1.0
Serial Port Profile v1.1
Personal Area Network Profile V1.0
Human Interface Device Profile V1.1
Health Device Profile V1.0
Core version and supported
core features
BT3.0
Connectable devices
Products supporting at least one of the profiles above.
More information:
http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp
www.bluetooth.com
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Wi-Fi®
Supported standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n and Wi-Fi®
Connectable devices
Wi-Fi® access points
Frequency band
2.4 GHz
Data transfer rate
Up to 72 Mbit/s
Security
WEP 64 bit
WEP 128 bit
TKIP
CCMP (AES)
Open Authentication
Shared Authentication
EAP-SIM
EAP-TLS
EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2
PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2
PEAPv1/EAP-GTC
WPA Personal and WPA2 Personal
WPA Enterprise and WPA2 Enterprise
Encryption
WEP, TKIP and AES
Power save
WMM-UAPSD
QoS, WMM
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DLNA Certified® (Digital Living Network Alliance)
Supported Device Classes
M-DMS – Mobile Digital Media Server
Media Types: images, video and music
Summary: The digital media server exposes the media
files in your phone to a Wi-Fi® network. The files can
then be accessed from other DLNA Certified® clients.
+PU+
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: Play media in the phone on another device,
such as a TV or computer using 2-box push technology.
+PU+ is integrated into the Gallery and Music applications.
M-DMP – Mobile Digital Media Player
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: Play content stored on another device, for
example, a server or a PC, directly on the phone.
+DN+
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: Download content stored on another device,
for example, a server or a PC, and play the downloaded
content directly on the phone.
Supported Bearers
Wi-Fi®
DRM Support
The DLNA Certified® implementation does not support
DRM-protected content.
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Messaging
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
According to OMA Multimedia Messaging Service v1.0 + SMIL
Email
Bearer type (IP)
GPRS, EGPRS, UMTS
Character sets
BIG5 Traditional Chinese
GB18030
ISO-2022-JP Japanese
ISO-8859-1
ISO-8859-2 Eastern Europe
ISO-8859-5 Cyrillic
ISO-8859-7 Greek
ISO-8859-9 Turkish
ISO 8859-11
KOI8-R Cyrillic
Shift_JIS Japanese
USASCII
UTF-16
UTF-8
Windows® 874
Windows® 1251 Cyrillic
Windows® 1252
Windows® 1254 Turkish
Windows® 1258 Vietnamese
Protocols
POP3 and IMAP4
Push email
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)
Secure email
SSL/TLS, both port methods (POPS/IMAPS) and STARTTLS
HTML mail
Yes (read only)
More information:
http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp
www.openmobilealliance.org
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Positioning – location based services
Supported standards:
• OMA Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) v1.0
• 3GPP™ Control Plane location (including Emergency location)
• Qualcomm® GPSOneXtra™
Supported satellite systems:
• GPS
• GLONASS*
* NOTE: GPS and GLONASS are used together to calculate the position. Positioning is more robust and
accurate in most conditions, if both systems are active. The benefits of using GLONASS are automatically
available for all applications using the Satellite Positioning API (referred to as "GPS Provider" in Android
terminology).
Provisioning (OMA CP)
OMA CP version 1.1
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Multimedia (audio, image and video)
Audio Playback
Audio Recording
Image Playback
Image Capture
Video Playback
Decoder format
Supported in file format
Audio decoding MPEG-1/2/2.5,
audio layer 3
MP3 (.mp3), 3GPP (.3gp),
MP4 (.mp4, .m4a)
AAC, AAC+, eAAC+
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
AMR-NB, AMR-WB
3GPP (.3gp)
General MIDI (GM)
SMF (.mid)
Linear PCM 16bit
WAV (.wav)
OTA
OTA (.ota)
vorbis
Ogg (.ogg)
FLAC
FLAC (.flac)
Encoder format
Supported in file format
AMR-NB, AMR-WB
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4),
AMR (.amr)
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC-LC
stereo, sample rate 48 kHz bit rate
128 kbps
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
Decoder format
Supported in file format
1, 4, 8, 16, 24 and 32 bpp and RLE
encoded formats
BMP (.bmp)
Single and multi-frame, bitmap
mask support (GIF87a format and
GIF89a format)
GIF (.gif)
Joint Photographic Experts Group
JPEG (.jpg)
Portable Network Graphics Bitmap
mask support
PNG (.png)
Wireless Bitmap
WBMP (.wbmp)
Encoder format
Supported in file format
Joint Photographic Experts Group
JPEG (.jpg)
Decoder format
Supported in file format
MPEG-4 Visual Simple Profile Level
6, Advanced Simple Profile Level 5
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
Matroska (.mkv), AVI (.avi, .xvid),
(.mov)
H.264 High Profile Level 3.2
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4),
Matroska (.mkv)
H.263 Profile 0 Level 70
3GPP (.3gp)
VP8
WebM (.webm)
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Video Recording
Encoder format
Supported in file format
Video H.263 Profile 0, H.264
Baseline Profile
Audio: AAC-LC stereo
Sample rate: 48 kHz
Bit rate: 128 kbps, AMR-NB
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
Audio/Video Streaming
Streaming transport
RTSP according to 3GPP™
HTTP streaming
DRM
DRM (Digital Rights Management) –
features the rights and copy
protection of downloaded content
OMA DRM 1.0 Marlin DRM
Synchronisation (OMA DS, EAS, Google Sync™)
OMA Data Synchronisation protocol versions 1.1.2 and 1.2
OMA Data Formats: vCard 2.1, vCalendar 1.0
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 2.5
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12.1
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 14
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 14.1
Google Sync™
Related information:
http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp
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Web browser
Browser version
Android 4.0 Browser (Based on WebKit™)
Browser Application
Bookmark synch
Desktop mode
Full-page PC rendering
Internet search
Landscape/portrait rendering
NFC Link Sharing
Off-line reading
Pan & Zoom
Browser compliancy
CSS 2.0
CSS 2.1
CSS 3.0
DOM 2.0
DOM 3.0
HTML version. 4.0
HTML version. 5.0
JavaScript 1.7/ECMA-script 262 3rd edition
WebGL 1.0
XHTML Basic version 1.0
XHTML 1.1
SVG 1.1
Supported Device API
Device orientation API
File reader API
Geo-location API
Touch events API (including multi-touch)
Protocol compliancy
Gzip
HTTP/1.1
OMA Download 1.0
TLS 1.0 and SSL 3.0
Related information:
http://developer.sonymobile.com/wp
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Memory in Android™ phones
To use Android phones efficiently, users should be aware of the different types of phone memory. This
knowledge is important in order to understand, for example, where music, photos and videos are saved;
how many apps can be downloaded from Google Play™; and how photos can be copied to a PC.
Generally, all Android phones share the same basic memory setup. What differs is how much memory is
available to you via the different types of memory, and whether your phone uses an external SD card or an
internal memory chip. Any information specific to the particular phone model described in this White
Paper is noted as such.
Please note that when internal memory is used, the figures you see in the phone information menus may
appear to not match with the total amount of stated physical memory. In other words, the figures might
not seem to add up. The reason for this is that some sections of the memory may use two memory cells
instead of one for every storage unit, in order to secure storage integrity. The need for such “double
storage” depends on the type of memory chips used and may therefore differ between products.
Types of memory
The types of memory described below are consistent with the terminology used in Sony mobile phone
menus and in other content relating to 2012 Xperia™ phones:
1. Dynamic Memory (also known as RAM, or non-persistent memory, because everything in RAM
disappears when the power is turned off) is used as “working memory” when the device is actually
running, and is shared between the operating system and all active applications and services.
Therefore, the amount of Dynamic Memory influences how many applications and operating system
services can run at the same time. In Android™ phones, the operating system automatically closes
applications and services that are not being used. However, such automatic functionality has limits.
For example, if a lower amount of RAM is assigned to a certain release of the operating system, phone
speed will be impacted.
If you experience problems with RAM, for example, if the phone runs slower than usual or if the Home
application restarts frequently when you leave an application, you should minimize the use of apps that
run all the time. Such apps could include, for example, applications that frequently download social
service updates. You could also consider using a static wallpaper instead of a live wallpaper.
To see which apps and services are currently active, go to Settings > Applications > Running
Services. You should have at least 50 MB, and ideally 100 MB or more, of free RAM to avoid
slowdowns and application restarts.
You should also be aware that if you update the phone to a later Android release, the load on the builtin Dynamic Memory will increase due to the addition of more features. As a result, the phone may run
slower after an update.
All the memory types described below (in sections 2 to 5) together comprise “persistent” memory. What
this means is that all data and content stored on these sections of memory will “persist” after the power is
turned off (in contrast to the non-persistent RAM). Persistent memory can therefore be used for storing
applications, images, music and any other content which can only disappear after being explicitly deleted.
2. System Memory (also known as “System partition” or “/system”) is used for the Android OS and for
most applications that are pre-loaded from the factory. This type of memory is normally locked, and
can only be changed through a firmware upgrade. There is usually some free space available in this
section of memory. However, since it is locked, you cannot save apps, photos or any other content to
this memory. System Memory is reserved for future firmware upgrades, which almost always need
more memory than the original firmware. You cannot see or influence the use of this memory.
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3. Phone Memory (also known as “Data partition” or “/data”) is a memory type that is used as working
memory. It can be compared to the C: drive on a PC or to the startup disk on a Mac. All applications
downloaded from Google Play™ or other sources are installed (at least initially) to this type of memory.
Some can later be moved to another memory.
In this type of memory, as with System Memory, all applications have an allocated area which no other
applications can access and to where the applications can and usually do save their data (such as
phonebook, calendar, notes, and email applications).
Phone Memory will tend to fill up as a result of normal use, the use of applications saving their data,
and you downloading and installing new applications. Therefore, the larger this memory is from the
start, the more applications you can download and use.
If the Phone Memory starts to get full, the phone slows down, and in some cases it might no longer be
possible to install more apps. You should always ensure that you have at least 50 MB of free Phone
Memory. If not, you should consider removing some apps that you seldom use, or move some
applications from the Phone Memory.
You can see how much Phone Memory is free under Settings > Storage > Phone memory. You can
also view Phone Memory availability and usage information under Settings > Applications > Manage
Applications. In the Xperia™ SL, about 2 GB of Phone Memory is available out of the box.
4. Internal Storage/SD card (also known as “/sdcard”) is the memory used for:
• Content such as photos, movies and music which is added, for example, as a result of the user
taking photos with the camera, downloading media files, and performing file transfers.
• Certain applications to store data in cases where larger amounts of content are involved. For
example, applications for games and maps need to store larger files which would not fit in the
Phone Memory.
• Applications that can be moved after installation from the Phone Memory. Note that not all
applications can be moved, and in such cases the option to move the particular application will not
be available. Typically, apps running as services, apps with widgets, or apps for live wallpapers
cannot be moved. Also note that when apps are moved to the Internal Storage or to the SD card
memory, a small part of the app will still remain in the Phone Memory.
This type of memory differs most between different Android phone models. In some models, a large
amount of internal memory is built into the phone and is referred to in the user interface as “SD card”
memory. In other cases, the phone features a memory card slot and a removable memory card that is
bundled with the phone. No Android phone can be shipped without this memory type whether it comes
as built-in storage or in the form of a removable memory card. The advantage of having an external
memory card slot is that a user can replace the memory card with a larger one later on. In contrast,
built-in internal memory cannot be extended. The drawback for the manufacturer is that a removable
card is more expensive. Therefore, at a certain price level, a manufacturer can offer a larger amount of
memory if it is built in, everything else being equal.
You can see how much Internal Storage is available under Settings > Storage > Phone memory. In
the Xperia™ SL, which does not feature a removable memory card, about 26 GB is available as Internal
Storage.
In the Xperia™ SL, the three areas of persistent memory (System Memory, Phone Memory, and
Internal Storage), together with some small memory allocations for system operations, share 32 GB of
built-in eMMC memory.
Note that in some products you may find both a large internal memory and a memory card reader slot.
However, on the current Android platform, the card reader slot does not work in the same manner in a
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phone with large internal memory, for example, a phone with only a memory card slot. Generally, while
you can access content (such as videos, photos and music) on this optional memory card, you cannot
in general save anything to the card. However, some applications, for example, a backup service
application, may still be allowed to do so. In effect, this means that some products feature a fourth type
of persistent memory, called “External Card”:
5. External Card (also known as “/ext-card”) is the name for the removable SD memory card in products
where there is also Internal Memory and where this Internal Memory is referred to in the phone’s user
interface as the “sdcard” memory. This External Card memory can generally not be written to from the
phone, but it can be used (by the user) to store content from other sources. For example, you can write
to this memory from a PC when the phone is connected to a PC and when the External Card is
mounted. Some applications on the phone may in some cases, however, also have permissions to
write to the External Card.
The Xperia™ SL does not feature a physical memory card slot, so there is no External Card.
Backing up data to different memory types
Generally, you should not save photos, videos and other personal content solely on the internal memory
of a phone. If something should happen with the hardware, or if the phone is lost or stolen, the data stored
on the phone’s internal memory is gone forever.
In a phone where an SD card reader is the main memory, it is relatively easy to take the card out and copy
all content to a PC or Mac, or to an entertainment device with a memory card slot. In a product featuring
Internal Storage as the main memory, it is not possible to physically remove the memory. Instead, any
critical or high-value content must either be transferred over a network (mobile or Wi-Fi) or via a cable. To
facilitate the transfer of data via a cable, the Xperia™ SL supports the Microsoft standard, Media Transfer
Protocol (MTP), which makes it possible to easily transfer content back and forth between your phone and
a PC. For Apple Mac computers, a special application is available with built-in support for MTP. This
application can be downloaded from the Xperia™ SL Support page.
Note that you do not need to back up or make a copy of applications that you downloaded from Android
Market/Google Play™. They can normally be downloaded again if you have set up a Google account to
work in your phone. You can find the apps which you have purchased under “My apps” in Android
Market/ Google Play™, so you will not need to either pay for or search for them again.
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respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All other trademarks are property
of their respective owners.
Visit www.sonymobile.com for more information.
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