MP3 Players

New firmware update for Sony Walkman X Series updates NetFront browser


I've always liked the Sony Walkman X Series Walkman. Its exceptional sound quality and simple interface make it a wonderful digital audio player, but it is no secret that its web experience using the included NetFront web browser is terrible, with frequent page rendering problems, lack of features, and tedious T9 text entry.

Sony has just released a new firmware update for the player upgrading it to version 1.10 with the major change listed as "Displaying and navigating websites will be improved," adding that this is achieved through an updated version of the NetFront browser.

A report on AV Watch states that the improvements include faster page loading, faster page scrolling, and improved page rendering performance and compatibilities. The only negative to note is that the new version of the browser removes support for displaying Thai fonts. So if you need to visit Thai websites in the native language, you are advised not to upgrade!

Other new features include the addition of Microsoft's Bing search engine replacing Live Search, the ability to search local music folders, and some improved support in music transfer using iTunes and Windows Explorer.

The update is now available in Japan and Europe and should be up for grabs in the US very soon.

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Jeremy To

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