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.
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.
After rooting your phone the internal values of the phone changes to:
Model number- SO-01B
Baseband ver.- 1.0.24
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.
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.
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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Now really, we had almost lost hopes on Samsung Behold II. We thought that this might be the only Android 1.5 device not to receive any Android goodies. But to our surprise, T-Mobile has started rolling out Android 1.6 update on the Samsung Behold II.
Android 1.6 brings friggin’ awesome updates to the Samsung Behold II —
- Access to Google Maps Navigation
- Google Voice Search
- Quick Search Box for Android
- Swype (Pure awesomeness! )
- Media Player improvements
- Updated core Android Applications
- Improved Bluetooth Capabilities
- Additional Usability updates
- And numerous known issues are fixed
This update will be made available via OTA (Over the Air). While many Android handsets are en route of getting Android 2.0 or Android 2.1 it is to be seen if Samsung Behold II gets Android 2.1 update.. if not sooner.
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.
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.
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.
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.