Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed that the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro and the X8 won’t be getting the Android 2.2 update after all. This news is definitely not going to please all the Xperia owners out there.
However, Sony Ericsson says that the Xperia X10 and its other siblings will get many other enhancements via software update.
Sony Ericsson has already stated that they will release a software update for the X10 in Q1 of 2011 which will bring multi-touch support to the handset. Apparently, Sony Ericsson will also release another update which will add new functionalities to the MediaScape and TimeScape UI of the handset.
However, X10, X10 Mini Pro, X10 Mini and X8 users now need to look at the Custom ROM scene for their handset to get Android 2.2 or Android 2.3 running on their handset.
Huawei finally announced the much awaited Ideos X5 smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Huawei Ideos X5 comes with a 3.8 inch touch screen display, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. According to the company, each detail of the IDEOS X5 is specifically chosen to bring consumers a smart mobile experience that is easy to enjoy.
Speaking at a press event at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Device, said, “We are excited to launch the next generation IDEOS: the X5 smartphone. This smartphone is a new alternative to traditional brands and competes well in terms of design and functionality. IDEOS X5 offers the latest technology at a price that’s right.”
Huawei Ideos X5 features a large 3.8 inch multiple touchscreen display with easy-to-use SWYPE input and voice recognition, 800 MHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 5 mehapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, Stereo FM radio, 3.5 mm headset jack, SRS professional audio effect, Dolby Mobile, Adobe Flash 10.1, MicroSD card slot, GPS and more.
Huawei Ideos X5 will be available in Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand beginning January 2011. The company also said that, a U.S. carrier will be announced during mid-2011. The price of this handset will be announced soon.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was announced just yesterday at CES 2011, and is truly a magnificent phone. It has some really good hardware specifications and comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, at least according to the official spec sheet. However, it turns out that the Xperia Arc actually has Android 2.4, which is still called Gingerbread.
It seems that Android 2.4 doesn’t add many features or improvements to Android 2.3, hence both share the same name. There is some performance improvement as well as better visual animations. It also has a noise reduction option and video calling features.
This won’t be the first time that Google has launched two Android versions with the same name – Android 2.0 and 2.1 were both called Eclair. Before the launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb – the tablet version of Android, we should see the launch of Android 2.4 Gingerbread.
The Sony press conference at the CES 2011 just got over and the company announced its latest Xperia handset the Xperia Arc. The Arc is the successor to the Xperia X10. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 4.2-inch multi-touch’ Sony Bravia powered display.
The back of the handset sports an 8.1MP camera with an Exmor R sensor and an LED flash. The handset is insanely thin at only 8.7mm. The phone also sports a mini-HDMI port which is capable of 1080p output.
The handset will have up to 512MB of internal memory along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, GPS, microSD card slot, microUSB port and a 3.5mm jack. The Xperia Arc will run on Android 2.3 when released. Quite surprising for a company known to load its handset with older versions of the Android OS. The phone will be powered by a 1500 mAh battery.
The Xperia Arc will be available in two colors Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. The handset will hit the stores by Q1 of 2011.
Motorola recently announced the Android powered Cliq 2 smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS and it comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity and more. Motorola Cliq 2 helps the users stay connected to their home, work and weekend lives. You can even work remotely on the CLIQ 2 using the Quickoffice app, which allows you to view and edit important documents on your smartphone. This handset will be exclusively available on the airwaves of T-Mobile in the US.
Smartphone users are constantly looking for a device that suits all of their needs, whether they’re in the office or at home with their families. CLIQ 2 is what these consumers are looking for, delivering on what it means to truly stay connected on their terms. With business-ready features and robust entertainment options, CLIQ 2 users will be able to make the most of every moment,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president, portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility, Inc.
Motorola Cliq 2 Specifications:
3.7 inch touchscreen display
854 x 480 pixels resolution
Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
Bluetooth Stereo Version 2.1 + EDR
5 megapixel camera
Digital Zoom, Auto Focus and Dual LED Flash
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo FM Radio
1 GB ROM
2 GB microSD card loaded
microSD card slot
32 GB expandable memory
Up to 7.9 hours talktime
Up to 13 days stand-by time
1420 mAh battery
Motorola Cliq 2 will be available from January 19th, on the airwaves of T-Mobile USA. The price of this handset is not announced yet.
Looks like LG and T-Mobile could not stand all the attention the XOOM tablet from Motorola was getting and, so they released their G-Slate tablet before LGs official event. The G-Slate tablet will be available on T-Mobile network and is made by LG. The tablet features 4G and runs on Android 3.0.
“LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet marketplace with the G-Slate,” said Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones. “Streamlining everyday tasks and enhancing entertainment with blazing fast 4G speed, the T-Mobile G-Slate by LG will deliver the latest in Android technology and provide users with an advanced tablet experience.”
Sadly, LG did not mention anything about the internal specification of the tablet in their press release. However, they did release a bunch of videos of the tablet.
Here are a couple of videos featuring the T-Mobile G-Slate :
First look of LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate
From the videos, it is clear that the G-Slate has a front video camera. In all possibility, the G-Slate will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and pack in 1GB of RAM.
However, we need to wait until LG’s press conference tomorrow before the specs of the G-Slate can be confirmed.
During the AT&T Dev. conference in CES 2011, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of the Atrix 4G handset for AT&T. However, the company did not announce the full specs of the handset. Now, AT&T has listed the Atrix 4G on their website with its full specs. The Motorola Atrix 4G sports an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Like the Droid Bionic, the handset has a qHD display with a resolution of 960×540. However, the size of the display measures in at 4-inches, instead of the 4.3-inch screen estate on the Droid Bionic.
The Atrix 4G also packs 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash while the front has a VGA camera. The Atrix 4G also has a unique security features – fingerprint login. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
The phone will be powered by a mammoth 1930 mAh battery which will provide users with up to 9 hours of talk time.
Sadly, the Atrix 4G will run on Android 2.2 with the BLUR UI on top of it. The Atrix 4G also has a webtop dock which converts it into a netbook. Users can read more about it here.
Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
It’s still a few hours before Sony’s press event starts at CES 2011, but details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, previously known as the Anzu have already been leaked.
It is an impressive device which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It sports a very stylish design and is quite slim at just 8.7 mm.
It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with a 4.2 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It will also have an 8 MP camera with a back illuminated sensor, autofocus and LED flash and can also record HD videos.
Here’s the official promotional video of the Xperia Arc.
At AT&T’s press event in CES 2011, they launched a series of mind blowing devices including the HTC Inspire 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G. Another very impressive device that they showcased is the Motorola Atrix 4G. It is a very interesting concept which combines your smartphone and netbook into one device.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform with 1 GB RAM. It comes with 16 GB internal storage and a 1930 mAh battery. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI shell, possibly MotoBLUR.
Now for the awesome part: it comes with the Motorola Webtop app which converts your Atrix 4G into a netbook. The Atrix 4G comes with a netbook dock. When plugged into the dock, the Atrix 4G functions as a netbook and drives the netbook’s 11.6 inch display. As a netbook, the Atrix 4G offers 8 hours of battery life on a 36 Whr battery.
It’s a very interesting concept. Knowing that an ARM version of Windows is in the works, it might be the only device you need to carry around.