Sony Ericsson rolled out the Android 2.1 Ã‰clair update for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and the Mini Pro back in November last year.
Now, nearly 6 months later, AT&T and Sony Ericsson have finally started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the AT&T branded X10’s in the United States. Along with the bump in the Android OS version, X10 owners will also get 720p HD video recording, dual-touch support, increased home screens, face detection in video recording and continuous autofocus.
The Sony Ericsson Product Blog states that they couldn’t be more excitedabout releasing this update to the end user. I wonder what are they so excited about. All the popular handsets from HTC and Samsung are receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, and Sony Ericsson is getting excited on releasing the obsolete Android 2.1 update for the X10.
However, X10 owners in the United States should not blame Sony Ericsson for this. AT&T is the reason behind this delay in the Android 2.1 update. Also, thanks to AT&T, X10 owners in the United States will never get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which Sony Ericsson will release sometime in Q3 of this year.
X10 owners in the U.S. should head over to this link to get the update for their handset.
In less than a week from now, Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2011 will kick start. Today, in a press release Apple has revealed some more information about this year WWDC.
Like in all the previous year’s WWDC, this year also WWDC will start with a keynote from none other than the man Steve Jobs himself! The keynote is scheduled to begin at 10AM on June 5. Apple also gave us a sneak peak of what the keynote will address.
The keynote will mainly revolve around Mac OS X Lion the eight major release of OS X, iOS 5 a major upgrade of the iOS for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch, and iCloud a new cloud based service from Apple.
The press release does not mention anything about the next generation iPhone. This confirms the rumors floating around that there will be no new iPhone at WWDC this year.
In all probability, the iCloud service from Apple will be a music streaming service like Google Music, and perhaps provide users with some storage space to save their data as well.
The Asus Transformer is a pretty popular Android Honeycomb based tablet, thanks to its dock able keyboard. The tablet is out of stock at almost all major stores and online retailers.
When Google announced the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Asus stated that the Transformer will get the update sometime in early June. Now, for the impatient Transformers users, the Android 3.1 update has leaked on the Internet. Apparently, the leaked update is the final build!
Asus Transformer users, who flashed the update on their tablet, report an increase in performance, some bug fixes, and major improvement in the 3D performance of the tablet. The Android 3.1 update for the Transformer will also bring USB host capabilities, better HTML5 rendering, resizable widgets on the home screen and the task switcher is not limited to just five apps now.
The process to update the tablet to Android 3.1 is a pretty simple one. The required steps can be found here. The problem is that Asus has requested majority of forums to remove the leaked update. The update is still available in quite some websites, and a simple Google search will lead users to the required file.
Asus has just unveiled a new Eee PC netbook at the Computex the X101. The X101 is the first ever netbook to ship with MeeGo as its default operating system.
The netbook is powered by an Intel Atom N435 processor clocked at 1.33GHz. The X101 is insanely thin at only 17.6mm and weighs only 950g. It will pack a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600.
ASUS evolves the Eee PC further with new models that take netbooks to ever-greater heights. The new Eee PC X101 has been designed from the start to be the perfect ultraportable for modern mobile users, with its Intel ® MeeGo operating system incorporating full support for a wide range of social networking services.
The X101 will also pack in 2 USB ports, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Asus will provide users with an option to replace the traditional hard disk with an SSD. The netbook is powered by a 2600mAh battery.
Asus will ship the X101 netbook in two variants one with Windows 7 as its default one, and the other one with MeeGo OS. The MeeGo model of the X101 is expected to cost around $200 only!
Sadly, Asus did not mention anything about the release date of the X101 netbook.
Nvidia Tegra 2 is the hottest SoC (Silicon-on-Chip) for Android devices. It powers a majority of Android handsets and nearly all Honeycomb based Android tablets like the XOOM, Galaxy Tab etc.
Nvidia gave us a sneak-peek of its roadmap earlier this year, which stated that the next generation Tegra chips, codenamed Kal-El will sport a Quad core CPU and 12 core GPU. Nvidia also claims that Kal-El is up to 5 times fastest than the current Tegra 2 chips.
Today, Nvidia has uploaded a video which gives us a demo of the raw power of Kal-El. In the video, the quad-core SoC renders lighting and movement physics, and animations in a game called Glowball, in real-time!
Below is the video uploaded by Nvidia :
The above video clearly shows the raw power of the Kal-El chip in action. Nvidia also claims that the final version of the Kal-El SoC will be up to 20-30% faster than the pre-production unit!
The Kal-El SoC will be available for tablets by end of Q3, beginning of Q4 for tablets, and will be available for handsets by the end of this year. Rumors suggest that the next Nexus handset will be using a Tegra 3/Kal-El SoC.
At the beginning of this month, we reported that the Samsung Galaxy S II has already been ordered in excess of 3 million units by carriers all over the world. Sammy also managed to sell 120,000 units of the Galaxy S II in Korea in just 3 days.
Today, Samsung has announced that they have managed to ship more than 1 million units of the SGS II in a month of its public availability. The original Galaxy S took nearly 70 days to reach the same milestone.
This also makes the Samsung Galaxy S II the fastest selling phone in Korea, ever! One major reason behind this is that the handset was available at all major carriers right from its first week of launch.
The Samsung Galaxy S II has been getting ravishing reviews by reviewers all over the Internet, and is being dubbed as the best *smartphone*. I am pretty sure the handset is selling like hot cakes in other regions of the world, where it is already launched.
Looking at its popularity, the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to be one of the highest selling Android handset this year.
Along with the Xperia Arc and Play, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new firmware update for the older generation Xperia branded handsets the X10. Apparently, the update is also being rolled out to the Xperia X10 Mini, Mini Pro and the X8.
The new firmware update does not bring any major changes, and nor is it the anticipated Android 2.3 update for the X10. The update is basically aimed at improving the general system performance and stability.
X10 users over at XDA who have updated their phone to the latest firmware (2.1.B.0.1) report performance improvements, smoother operation, and improvements in camera image quality as well. The Timescape app is also much smoother now. The firmware update also includes a new baseband, so users should expect an increase in network reception along with higher data transfer speeds.
The new firmware is also root able, so users don’t need to worry about losing root access to the system partitions. At the moment, the firmware update is being rolled out only in Germany. Expect this firmware update to roll out in more regions of the world beginning from tomorrow.
The folks over at TechHog have managed to get their hands on the pictures of the upcoming Nexus branded device from Google.
At Google I/O this year, it was confirmed that Google is already working on the next Nexus handset with Ice Cream Sandwich, which should be released sometime during the holiday season this year.
The leaked picture shows a touch-screen slab handset, with no capacitive buttons. It is very well possible, that the capacitive buttons are hidden, and glow only when the phone is switched on. TechHog says that the manufacturer of this handset is HTC, and it is only a prototype. This means that it is very well possible that the next Nexus handset may not look anything as shown in this leaked picture.
The site also claims that Google is testing a GSM version as well as a CDMA Sprint version of the handset. This means that unlike the Nexus S, Sprint would get the next Nexus branded handset right when it is launched. This definitely makes sense since Google new found love to Sprint with Google Voice integration, and Google Wallet service.
It is still too early to say that the next version of Nexus handset will be manufactured by HTC. Nevertheless, expect more leaks of the next Nexus handset as time passes by.
HTC’s smartphone sales and profits have risen up sharply, with the growth of Android. Last year, HTC Android phones were among the most popular ones among the consumers as well as developers. Developers used to buy a HTC based Android phones, since it was easy to get root access and flash custom ROMs on their phones.
However, since the beginning of this year HTC changed their agenda and started shipping Android phones with encrypted boot loader. This meant that rooting and flashing custom ROMs on HTC phones became nearly impossible. The company received a lot criticism on their move of encrypting the boot loaders on their handset.
Many people who had previously thought of buying the HTC Sensation went ahead and got the Samsung Galaxy S II, just because the SGS II does not have a locked down boot loader.
A few days ago HTC said that they are reviewing their policy on locked down boot loaders. Today, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced that HTC has listened to its customer feedback, and they will no longer be locking down boot loaders on their devices.
This definitely is music to my ears, and as well as every developer out there. This move from HTC clearly proves that ignoring the developer community can lead to negative PR and lot of criticism (Psst Motorola).
However, HTC has not mentioned anything whether their current devices with locked boot loaders like the Sensation, Incredible S will be unlocked or not.
First Sony Ericsson, then Samsung and LG and now HTC all have realized that they are adversely going to affect the sales of their handsets by locking down its boot loader. Now, only if Motorola could realize this!
At the beginning of this month, Research In Motion (RIM) had unveiled the next generation BlackBerry Touch a.k.a BlackBerry 9900. The new Touch will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm, and run on BlackBerry OS 7.
Today, the leaked pictures of another BlackBerry handset the Torch 2 have surfaced on the Internet.
The Torch 2 has similar internals to the BlackBerry 9900. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from Snapdragon, and packs 768MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory. The resolution of the 3.2-inch capacitive unit has also been bumped to VGA (640×480).
The leaked picture also suggests that the back of the phone will sport a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. Other key features include GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC. The back of the phone will also have a metallic back cover.
I am guessing the Torch 2 will run on the next generation BlackBerry OS 7, which has an all new web browser and is much faster than its predecessors. Expect RIM to announce the Torch 2 officially and reveal more information about the handset in the next few weeks.