All posts by Rahul Shah

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 How To Root Guide Is Out!

Finally, the wait for the Xperia X10 users is over. As we reported earlier, that Jerpelea, biktor_gj and Bin4ry from xda-developers have been successful in getting access to the root of X10. Yesterday, they posted the guide for others to Root their X10s.

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After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:

Baseband- 1.0.24

Model number- SO-01B

Baseband ver.- 1.0.24

Kernel- 2.6.29

Build number- R1EA025

After rooting you will lose the Mediascape application along with Play Now, but they can be manually added later. All Xperia X10 users, root you X10 at your own risk. I would suggest you to go through the entire thread before Rooting, so as to avoid bricking your X10. Here is the link.

Update: It seems that there is some problem in getting back Mediascape after rooting. I suggest to go through that entire thread and there is an option posted by a member by which you can avoid losing Mediascape.

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Nokia N9 Spotted: Another Symbian^3 Device?

Right now, Nokia is having a tough time in the market because they are not able to come up with remarkable high end gadgets. They announced the N8 but it is yet to come. The latest addition in the upcoming handsets from Nokia is the N9, which has just been spotted at Negri Electronics.

The Nokia N9, maybe sport the Symbian^3 OS. The N9 is also predicted to have a 3.5″ screen and a full QWERTY keypad. The N9 will also have a 8MP camera and dual LED flash. The possibilities of Wi-Fi, GPS is also very certain. The screen resolution will also predicted to be nHD (640 x 360).

We will come up with more details when we get access to it. The N9 will surely be Nokia’s next flagship smartphone. Nokia desperately needs to come up with something remarkable this time because the N8 was very disappointing in terms of innovation.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Finally Rooted!

Few weeks ago, a news broke out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has been rooted, which unfortunately turned out to be fake and disappointed the fellow users. Now the developers have claimed along with a proof that the X10 has been finally rooted. The image shows the first production unit which has been rooted.

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The Xperia X10 users can now unleash the full capabilities of X10, which was hidden beneath the preloaded Android 1.6. The possibilities of loading Android 2.2 on X10 can also be possible(have to wait for it), but Android 2.1 will definitely come on the X10 before Q3. The root has not been publically released yet. But the developers have said that, they will release it when they are sure it is ready to roll out.

When a new Android device is released, a bounty is set by the developers for the first person to get access to the root. The bounty amount on the X10 rose up to $1650 last month, which is finally achieved by jerpelea, biktor_gj and bin4ry of the xda forums. Now, all the X10 users have a reason to cheer because they will not be bound with the outdated Android 1.6 on their device anymore.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Hands-On Video, Price Confirmed

The latest member of the Sony Ericsson Xperia series, the X8 has been caught in a hands-on video. The Xperia X8 will be filling the gap between the gigantic Xperia X10 and the tiny Xperia X10 mini. The Xperia X8 has a 3″ capacitive touchscreen with HVGA (480 x 320) resolution.

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Despite having a bigger screen than X10 mini, the X8 sports the same X10 mini UI. The X8 has the same four corner shortcuts and widgets pane as in X10 mini. The onscreen QWERTY is better on the 3″ screen. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release in Q3 2010, but it will be upgraded to Android 2.1 sooner than later.

The Xperia X8 has been confirmed to have a price below EURO 200 ($248 & INR 11,350). The price tag could be a big advantage for X8 because there is hardly any good low range Android device in the market. Below is a hands-on video of X8, the video is small but answers the basic questions regarding the X8. More info on Xperia X8 is here.

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iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Are Randomly Getting Cancelled By AT&T & Apple

It looks like, the Apple iPhone 4, will be the highest selling device ever made by Apple. The pre-orders of Apple iPhone 4 has brought so much pressure on Apple and AT&T, that the pre-orders are now being cancelled randomly. Many people have reported that their orders are cancelled by AT&T and later Apple stopped accepting pre-orders. Gizmodo has reported about the issues faced by many, who pre-ordered iPhone 4.

The problem is caused because of the huge numbers of pre-orders, which caused trouble to the AT&T servers (which was obvious to happen). The AT&T stopped the pre-orders page after many complaints by the customers. People were reporting that they were charged more than once for pre-ordering, privacy breaches and many more freaking complaints.

The Apple store is linked with the AT&T servers, later, the Apple store also went down. Now, Gizmodo has reported people who are complaining that their pre-orders have been cancelled. Below is an image showing a message sent to a customer by AT&T:

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A person who called himself a AT&T representative replied Gizmodo, that the pre-orders has not been cancelled, the error messages were shown because the customers hit the submit button more than once.

The issue has became ugly because both Apple and AT&T are playing blame games. I hope within few days the issue will get solved and the people get their pre-ordered iPhone 4. But if it doesn’t then it will be embarrassing for Apple.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 And X10 Mini Updates To Come In Q3

Sony Ericsson previously announced that, the Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will roll out in Q4 2010, which was highly disappointing for the users. But today, Sony Ericsson at their product blog confirmed that the Android 2.1 update with HD (720P) recording feature for Xperia X10 will roll out in Q3 2010.

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Sony Ericsson at their product blog said,

” Previously on this blog we communicated that we will update our 2010 Xperia phones (Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro) to Android OS 2.1 in Q4. We are today happy to confirm that all of these phones will now get the update to Android 2.1 from the latter part of Q3 and onwards (timing will vary from market to market, some will be in Q4. Please follow this blog for further information with regards to exact timing of the upgrades).We are of course very glad to offer this upgrade earlier than originally planned. Xperiaâ„¢ X10’s position will also be further strengthened through the addition of HD video recording as part of the same Q3 upgrade. A further upgrade to the Xperiaâ„¢ X10 in Q4 will make it possible to connect and display wirelessly content on your television and enhance the Timescapeâ„¢ and Mediascape applications.”

This means that Sony Ericsson has decided to roll out the Android 2.1 update earlier and improving their Timescape and Mediascape application later, which is a very good move. Hopefully, the Android 2.1 update will roll out in the end of Q3 (depending on market). The Xperia X10 users have something to cheer now.

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Sony Ericsson Officially Announces Rumored "Shakira" As X8

Few days ago, we reported about a rumored Android running handset “Shakira”. The suspense didn’t last longer on it because Sony Ericsson today, officially announced the “Shakira” as X8. The X8 will be the latest addition in Xperia series lineup and another Android running device from Sony Ericsson.

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The official specification of Xperia X8 is also disclosed. The X8 will have a 3″ TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors display and 480 x 320 resolution. X8 will also have a 3.5 mm slot. The internal memory of X8 will be of 128MB and the microSD slot will be expandable up to 16GB (2GB will come onboard).

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The Xperia X8 will support 2G and 3G connectivity. Wi-Fi will be present (the details is still not clear). The Bluetooth version is of 2.1 with A2DP support. The camera will be of 3.15MP. The video recording resolution is still not disclosed but we are expecting at least VGA resolution at 30fps. GPS with aGPS support will also be available.

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The Android version will be 1.6. The processor inside will have a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS is also present. The battery will have a power of 1200mAh. The Xperia X8 will be available in White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White colors.

The Xperia X8 is scheduled to release in Q3 2010. The pricing is still not officially disclosed. But we expect it to be around EURO 230 or more (INR 15000-16000), as said by Sony Ericsson.

*Note: We do not guarantee the above prices.

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Quickoffice Is Now Available On Android

The long wait for a good Office document editing application on Android platform is now over. The famous Quickoffice application is now available for download on Android phones. The Quickoffice is already available on Symbian, iPhone, Blackberry and Palm platforms. The Android users will be very pleased with its launch.

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The Quickoffice app on Android can only view files on Trail version, you have to pay $14 for the full version. The Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite can view and edit Microsoft ® Office 97-2008 Files (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX). Documents on Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net and MobileMe can be accessed from Quickoffice. It also has advanced PDF viewing on the move. Files can also be saved on your remote storage provider from the phone.

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If you have Android 2.0 or 2.1 then you can also use the multi-touch for zooming and flick scrolling. The Quickoffice is available for devices with Android 1.6 – 2.1. Quickoffice will release the compatible app on Android 2.2 soon. For downloading the Quickoffice app on your Android device, go to Android Market and search for Quickoffice.

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Google Maps Navigation Available For 11 More Countries

You all know that Google Maps in US and UK has the free voice guiding navigation application. Google promised that the free navigation app will expand and will be made available worldwide. And as promised, 11 more countries in Europe and North America has got the free navigation application. The countries are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

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The latest version of Google Maps is 4.2 and is available on Android devices with minimum requirement of Android 1.6 OS. So if you are living in any of the stated countries, then update the Google Maps on your Android device ASAP. Google also updated the supported languages in voice search. The new languages which has been included are French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Google said, ” Note that our new language models are designed for accents from Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. If you speak one of the new languages with another accent (for example, German in Austria, French in Switzerland, or Spanish in Mexico), Search by voice may not work so well for you.” So speaking in a typical accent is also required.

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The voice application can be downloaded by the Android Market in Android devices and m.google.com from other devices (from phone’s browser).

(Source Google Maps, Voice Search)

Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO Launched In India

Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is now launched in India and is available in most parts of it. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is the QWERTY keypad equipped version of Sony Ericsson Vivaz. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO is a Symbian handset, S60 version 5 is the OS in it.

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO has a 3.2″ resistive touchscreen with nHD (640 x 360) resolution. A 3.5mm jack is also present. The internal memory is of 75MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (8GB card will come onboard). Sony Ericsson Vivaz PRO also has 2G and 3G support. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with DLNA support is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.

The camera in Vivaz PRO is of 5MP resolution with LED flash. The video is recorded in HD (720P) resolution at 24fps and has the very useful continuous autofocus feature. Symbian S60 v5 is the sporting OS in it. The processor inside has a clock speed of 720MHz with PowerVR SGX graphics support.

Stereo FM with RDS support is also available. GPS with aGPS support is also available. TV out is also supported (VGA). The battery is of 1200mAH power (Li-Po). Vivaz PRO will be available in black and white. The price in India is around Rs. 24500 (EURO 434).

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Is Launched In India

The smallest of all Android phones in the market, the Xperia X10 mini has hit the Indian market. The Xperia X10 mini is now available in most parts of India. The Xperia X10 mini also has won the Red Dot award for the best design.

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The Xperia X10 mini runs on Android 1.6 with customized Sony Ericsson UXP interface. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. The internal memory is of 128MB and the microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB, a 2GB card comes onboard. The X10 mini has 2G and 3G support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is of 2.1 with A2DP support.

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Xperia X10 mini has a 5MP camera with LED flash and records videos of VGA resolution at 30fps. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present.

The price of X10 mini is India is Rs.15000 (EURO 265) or less. The X10 mini is available in pearl white, black, pink, lime, red or silver color.

Nokia Announces 5228, Another Cheap Smartphone From Nokia

Nokia unveiled another low ranged smart phone named 5228. The Nokia 5228 is similar to the Nokia 5230, but the difference between them is the lack of GPS and 3G in 5228. Nokia is the king of low ranged mobile market and the 5228 will strengthen its rule.

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The Nokia 5228 has almost the same hardware as in 5230. The 5228 sports the Symbian S60 version 5 OS and also has EDGE support. It has a of 3.2″ resistive touchscreen with nHD (640 x 360) resolution. The camera is of 2MP resolution with no flash. The 5228 record nHD videos at 30fps. A 3.5mm jack is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.0 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 70MB and the microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB.

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The battery power in 5228 is of 1320mAh. The 5228 will be available in black and white colors. The back of the phone will have red, pink, blue, yellow or silver shades. The price is expected to be around EURO 139 or less and it will release in July.

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Samsung I9000 Galaxy Will Hit The US Markets on 21 July?

It seems like the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S will be launched in US on 21st July. News are flowing around that Samsung I9000 Galaxy S will be launched in US via T-Mobile USA. The Samsung T959 Galaxy S surfaced recently and it is quite sure that it the US version of tmoshgt959Samsung I9000 Galaxy.

The Samsung T959 Galaxy S has Bluetooth 3.0, Super AMOLED screen and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; which is present in I9000 Galaxy S. A T959 hands-on video was uploaded; which made this topic transparent, but it has been removed now. However, the publisher confirmed that the T959 is the US version of I9000 Galaxy S.

The sources of TmoNews confirms the launch of I9000 Galaxy S on 21st July, in US. Engadget is reporting that they have been invited by Samsung in an event on 29th June, where Samsung will showcase the next generations in Android smart phones. Maybe, the T959 will be showcased here. For the meantime let us wait and see what happens.

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Samsung i5500 Corby Officially Announced; Strongest Amongst All Corby

Samsung has added one more member in the Corby series, Samsung i5500 Corby. The i5500 Corby is the strongest amongst all Corby; considering the hardware and software. Samsung i5500 Corby will have Android 2.1 at the time of release. The i5500 is also known as Galaxy 5.

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The Samsung i5500 Corby has a 2.8″ capacitive touchscreen with QVGA resolution. The internal memory is of 100MB and the RAM and ROM is predicted to be around 256MB (RAM and ROM of i5500 is still a mystery). The external memory is expandable up to 16GB, 1GB card will come onboard. The i5500 Corby also has 2G and 3G connection support. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with DLNA support is also there. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.

The camera is of 2MP resolution. The processor inside has a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also there. GPS along with aGPS support is also present. The battery power is of 1200mAh.

The price is supposed to be around EURO 199 and it is expected to release in this week. Italy is expected to be the first country to get it. Samsung i5500 Corby will be available in Black color.

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Motorola Milestone XT720 Is Official; First Android To Have Xenon Flash

The Motorola Milestone XT720 has been officially announced. The Motorola Milestone XT720 pleases the customers, who want all round camera performance in a phone. The Milestone XT720 has a 8.1 MP camera, 720P HD video recording and Xenon flash.

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The Motorola Milestone XT720 has a 3.7″ TFT, multi-touch capable capacitive screen with FWVGA resolution (854 x 480). The processor inside is ARM Cortex A8 with clockspeed of 600MHz. The internal memory is of 150MB and it has 256MB RAM. The external microSD slot is expandable up to 32GB.

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The Milestone XT720 has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP. The camera is of 8MP resolution with 10x digital zoom, auto focus and Xenon Flash. Video can be recorded at 720P HD at 24fps. Android 2.1 will come onboard. Stereo FM radio with RDS is also there. GPS support is also there with aGPS and Digital Compass assistance. A HDMI output slot is also there with 720P output. The battery power is of 1390mAh, Li-Po.

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It is expected to release in July 2010 and will be available in Gentle Black color. The price and the US release date is still not disclosed.

Here is an advertisement video:

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