The 5-inch phone and tablet crossover from Dell the Streak was supposed to get its Android 2.2 update by the end of December. Today, Dell has officially stated that their target Android 2.2 delivery date is way before December 31st. However, due to this Dell won’t be working on any more Android 2.1 based firmware for the Streak and will also stop pushing Android 2.1 updates to additional customers.
The Dell Streak was originally launched in the United States with Android 1.6 onboard. Dell had stated that the phone-cum-tablet crossover will directly get the Android 2.2 update in the States and skip the Android 2.1 update. A leaked Android 2.1 U.K build of the Dell Streak has been floating around on the Internet for many days which allows Streak owners in the United States to enjoy Android 2.1 on their device.
Here is the official statement from Dell itself.
People who have been craving for the X8 can now finally get their hands on it. Sony Ericsson has officially started shipping the handset across the globe. It was quite a few months ago that Sony Ericsson had announced their next XPERIA handset the X8. The XPERIA X8 features a 3-inch screen with HVGA resolution and is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor.
The X8 like its elder sibling the X10 will feature Sony Ericsson’s proprietary Timescape UI. The handset will be running on the out-dated Android 1.6 (Donut) like its other XPERIA siblings. The X8 is expected to get its Android 2.1 update later this year’. The update will be rolled out a bit later’ after other Android members of the XPERIA family get their share of Ã‰clair love.
Along with the XPERIA X8, Sony Ericsson has also started shipping the Cedar. The Cedar is a GreenHeart series phone and thus is made of recycled plastics and comes with a high-efficiency charger.
Binatone, a UK-based telecom giant, launched a new touch tablet in India, the Binatone Home Surf. This tablet is powered by the Android Operating System. Binatone Home Surf touch tablet is the third Android tablet launched in India after the Olivepad VT100 and Infibeam Phi.
According to Mr. Sat Murthi, Executive Vice President Binatone India said, We are committed to breaking the barriers of technology reaching the masses. Our products are specifically Indianised with special features like Audio boost, Power saveand Binatone Zone, which all have been carefully market researched and implemented to address the specific Indian needs. He went on to outline development of futuristic products with solar charger mobile handsets to address the frequent power outages in rural markets.”
Binatone Home Surf touch tablet runs Android 1.6. It features an 8 inch resistive screen, ultra slim design, 667 MHz ARM 11 processor, Wi-Fi, 2GB of internal storage, 128 MB RAM and more. This tablet is said be as slim as the popular Apple iPad.
Binatone plans to invest Rs 50 crores in the next 12 months in technology, product development and marketing. They are also planning to launch low cost 3G handsets by end of the year to cater to the deployment of newer technologies in India.
This tablet is priced at just Rs.8,990. Are you planning to buy this device? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Sony Ericsson promised earlier that the update to Android 2.1 for Xperia family will release in Q4 2010. This didn’t went down well with the X10 owners. Finally, Sony Ericsson decided to roll out the update before end of September this year.
Sony Ericsson UK via their twitter account confirmed this news. Sony Ericsson for rolling out the Android 2.1 update in September, decided to delay the Mediascape and Timescape update for Q4 2010. This was a good decision by them because both these applications are missing common must have features, few X10 users actually use them.
Finally, for those who own a X10, you don’t have to wait longer for Android 2.1 to come on your device.
The European Imaging And Sound Association (EISA) 2010-2011 Awards has been announced. The brands who bagged the prestigious awards are Samsung, Apple and Sony Ericsson. Samsung got two awards, European Smartphone Award for Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and European Social Media Phone Award for Samsung Wave.
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has been one of the most powerful Android device till now in the market and the award is well justified. Same goes with Samsung Wave GT-S8500, the perfect all round capabilities with good social network integration makes it the best social media phone.
Apple won the European Tablet Award for the iPad. The EISA said, “This revolutionary new product marks the beginning of a new era for publishing.”
Garmin Nuvi 3790t won the European Portable Navigation Award. Beyerdynamic T 50 p won the European Headphones Award.
The biggie of the night, European Mobile Phone Award was won by Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. The five strong points which made X10 mini take away the award are, Smart and stylish; Android platform; Built-in GPS; Female friendly appearance and Small & Touch.
The European Green Mobile Phone Award was won by LG GD510.
The two Xperia X10 minis, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will be getting new colors in selected markets from next month. The Xperia X10 Mini will get a Gold color, while the Xperia X10 Mini Pro will get a girlie Pink color. The new colors is for the back covers of the phone, the front part will remain the same.
The Xperia X10 Mini’s buttons on the front will also have a Gold color. The gold color on the X10 Mini is glossy and is eye catching. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro’s pink color will be appealing for girls.
The hardware of both the phones is the same, the only difference is the physical QWERTY on Xperia X10 Mini Pro. Both these phones run Android 1.6 and will be upgraded to Android 2.1 in early Q4 this year.
The extra cost of these new colors is still not disclosed.
After teasing us for the past few hours, Sony Ericsson has revealed that the Xperia X10 will be available in the US through AT&T from August 15. The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericssson’s flagship Android device, which runs on a 1 GHz snapdragon processor and sports a 4 inch TFT screen.
The good news is that the X10 will be available for a lot less than other Android handsets with similar hardware configuration. The catch is that you will have to do with the horribly outdated Android 1.6 operating system. Sony Ericsson has promised to deliver Android 2.1 in Q3-Q4. However, even then, the X10 will be outdated as HTC and Motorola have already begun rolling out Android 2.2 (Froyo).
Other features in the Xperia X10 include custom Timescape (social networking) and Mediascape (multimedia) apps, 8.1 megapixel camera and 2 GB in-box memory card (expandable up to 32 GB). Support for 720p HD video recording will be introduced with the Android 2.1 update.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be available from AT&T for $149.99 with a 2 year contract. However, if you pick it up from a Sony Style store, you will get it for $129.99. Even better, a week later, the handset will be available on Amazon.com for $49.99.
Sony Ericsson’s flagship device, the Xperia X10, got rooted a couple of months back. While the root procedure described in our original post isn’t complicated, it definitely involves more effort than most iPhone/iPad jailbreak solutions. The good news is that a much simpler technique is now available.
The new root procedure exploits the Exploid bug that has already been used to root the X10 Mini and the X10 Mini Pro. In order to gain super user (root) privileges all you have to do is install the Universal Androot APK and press a button.
If you have been putting off rooting your phone because you found the entire process to be too time consuming, go ahead and give the new method a spin. The app also comes with the option of “unrooting” your phone.
Universal Androot is known to work with multiple handsets including Motorola Milestone, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Dell Streak and Acer Liquid. However, there is a major known issue with this approach. Multiple users have reported that ADB (Android Debug Bridge) doesn’t work after using the Universal Androot app. Stick to the old method, if you need the debug bridge.
P.S. If the above links don’t work, you can download Universal Androot from here.
Finally, RIM’s Blackberry had to leave its number 1 spot of the leading OS in US smartphone market. Since, Q4 2007, RIM held the first spot but now Android took that position in this quarter (Q2 2010).
NPD’s latest survey reveals that Android took 33 percent of the smartphone purchased in Q2 2010, followed by RIM with 28 percent and Apple with 22 percent. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD said,
“For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers… While the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.”
The best seller Android device in US was Motorola Droid followed by HTC Incredible. The two brands who are behind Android’s success in US are Motorola and HTC. In Q3 2010 Android will get tough competition from Blackberry 6. It will be interesting to see whether Android keeps the first spot in Q3.
The mid ranged Android device from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 will be releasing in UK by September. The X8 will be brought by O2 in UK. However, the price of the phone is not been disclosed by O2 yet. Sony Ericsson had promised earlier that the price won’t be more than EUR 200. I hope it won’t cost much.
The Xperia X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive screen with 480 x 320 resolution and 16 million colors support. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external memory is expandable up to 16GB. It supports 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera on X8 is of 3.15 MP with fixed focus and lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30fps. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 within a month of release. The processor’s clock speed is 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present.
The X8 will have exchangeable back covers. The battery power is of 1200mAh Li-Po. The Xperia X8 is a very good phone if the price remains under EUR 200.
For the first time, Android 2.1 took more than 50% share in the leading Android OS version in the market. Android 2.1 is on 55.5% of all Android devices currently in the market.
Android 1.5 and Android 1.6 together sums up to 41% of all Android phones in the market (Android 1.5 with 18.9% and Android 1.6 with 22.1%). Android 2.2 made its mark as well with 3.3% share amongst all Android devices.
This graph will change soon during this quarter because many phones with Android 2.1 will be updated to Android 2.2 and few Android 1.6 phones will be updated to Android 2.1. The Nexus One is the only device with Android 2.2 from an official update.
The beta version of Opera Mini on Android platform finally got updated to the final version, Opera Mini 5.1. The update is now available on the Android market. To download it, search for Opera Mini on Android market or just update, if you have already installed it.
Opera is most popular mobile browser in the world. Opera mini user count is over 61 million worldwide. The key feature of Opera Mini is the fast rendering of web pages. In addition of being fast, Opera mini compresses the web pages to 90 percent. Hence, cutting down cost of internet usage.
The Opera Mini scored a staggering 1 million download on iPhone within 24 hours of release. The final version has improved a lot when compared with the previous beta. Undoubtedly, Opera Mini is a must have browser for all mobile platforms.
Couple of days ago, when I read that Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have minimum hardware requirements of 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM, my heart sank. I thought my Xperia X10 will be only limited to Android 2.2. But, the editor-in-chief of mobile review, Eldar Murtazin gave some clarifications via his tweet.
He tweeted, “Yesterday have a very good conversation and some clarifications. 1 Ghz, 512 Mb etc its not minimal requirements but recommended one”. This means that few high-end Android devices, who thought that they will be left out in Android 3.0 party, can now relax.
The other suspense on the Android 3.0 OS is that no third party UI will be supported. This suspense still exists because no official comment has been made on it. For phones with screen size of 4″ or more, the resolution will be increased to 1280 x 760p via Android 3.0. Let us wait for more leaks and info on the Android 3.0. You can read the previous post here.
Sony Ericsson just announced that a new software update for the Xperia X10 has been released. However, the software update won’t bring Android 2.1 yet. This software update will improve performance and stability on the X10.
Sony Ericsson also said that they will be providing a free backup application along with the update, which will help in storing the phone’s settings and information in itself. Sony Ericsson also announced that, in select markets Play Now will be added, from which applications and games can be downloaded. Sony Ericsson said that, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI.
The update can also be downloaded OTA on your mobile by the mobile connection or Wi-Fi. The update is still not available in India. We will keep you updated about its availability. So, X10 users keep looking for the notification bar to report for an update.
Update, 5th July 2010, 8:15PM: I have not been prompted for an update on my Xperia X10 in India (Kolkata). As far as I know, there has been no report of any update in India. The users like me in India, will have to wait a bit longer.
Update, 7th July 2010, 9:12PM: The update is now available in India for download. I can see improvements in the UI of the Mediascape application. The audio quality has also improved a lot. The Backup and Restore application is also available now, it will help in backing up everything on your sd card.
The world’s smallest Android phone with QWERTY keypad, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro, is now launched. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has the same features and hardware, as in Xperia X10 Mini. The only difference is the physical QWERTY keypad in Mini Pro.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro has a 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen of QVGA resolution. The X10 Mini Pro has 2G and 3G network connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB (2GB included).
The camera is of 5MP with LED flash. The video is recorded at VGA resolution @30fps. A 3.5mm slot is also present. The Android version is 1.6, which will be updated to Android 2.1 on Q3, 2010. The processor inside is Qualcomm MSM7227 with a clock speed of 600MHz. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also there. GPS with aGPS support is also there. The battery power is of 970mAh.
The Xperia X10 Mini Pro is available in black and red colors. The price is supposed to be around $346 (INR 16000). Here is a retail video of X10 Mini Pro:
Note: The pricing is not 100% accurate, it will be revised soon.