Sony Ericsson had rolled out the Android 2.1 update for the Android based phones in the Xperia family except for the X8 in early November. Now, the company has started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X8 as well. As of now, the Android 2.1 update for the device is being rolled out in the generic regions.
Sony Ericsson will soon roll out the update to unbranded phones in other regions of the world as well. Since the Ã‰clair update will wipe your X8 clean, users should use the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore application to backup their data.
Sony Ericsson has also released a video demonstrating how to update the X8 to Android 2.1. Here is the video :
Update Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 to Android 2.1
The Android 2.1 update for the X8 brings with it a new updated lock screen and other goodies which the updated Android OS brings with it.
It was at the end of last month/beginning of this month that Sony Ericsson had started rolling out the Android 2.1 (Ã‰clair) update for the Xperia X10. The update came at a point when most of the high-end phones are already running on Android 2.2 or are scheduled to get their Froyo love sometime this year. It is also unclear whether Sony Ericsson will officially update the X10 to Android 2.2 or not.
However, unofficially the X10 is hopefully weeks away from a clean Android 2.2 ROM. The folks over at XDA have somehow managed to bypass the X10’s boot loader and are working on a clean, stock Android 2.2.1 based Custom ROM for the handset. Right now, the ROM is in pre-alpha testing and the developers will try to squish all the bugs found during the testing phase by the users.
As of now, video playback and camera along with few other stuff are not working. The best part about this ROM is that it will allow users to dual boot between Android 2.1 and the Custom ROM. Users who are interested in trying out this ROM can check out this thread on XDA.
LG recently announced a new entry level smartphone, the LG Apex, exclusively on the airwaves of US Cellular. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.1 Operating System and it comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera and so on. The screen also boasts luminous sensors that adjust brightness depending on light conditions.
Phones powered by Android are perfect for customers looking for high-performance devices that help them stay productive, entertained and connected on the go,said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. The LG Apex is backed by the tremendous value of The Belief Project and our high-speed nationwide network, making it a great gift this holiday season.
LG Apex features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 OS, slide-out landscape QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, 3 megapixel camera, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Music player, A-GPS and more.
LG Apex comes with five customizable home screens, which allows you to create shortcuts of your favorite apps and widgets. This handset will be available from November 19th for a price tag of $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate and two years contract agreement.
Motorola recently launched its mid-budget smartphone, the Motorola Flipside. This handset is powered by the Android 2.1 Operating System and it allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US.
Motorola Flipside comes with a 3.1 inches touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, Slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Music Player, Built-in FM Radio, full HTML web browser, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Motoblur and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB connectivity, 512 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 2GB Pre-installed, Hands-free speaker phone, AT&T Mobile Music, ATT Radio, MobiTV, Up to 6 hours talktime, Up to 15.5 days stand-by time and 1150 mAH battery.
Motorola Flipside comes with a price tag of $99.99 with a two-year service agreement or you can even get this for $399.99 without contract. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
Motorola Backflip owners has a reason to cheer, since Motorola recently announced that, an Android OS update is available for the Motorola Backflip smartphone. More than 1000 Motorola Backflip users that had signed up via Motorola’s support forums already got the Android 2.1 update, but now its available for everyone.
- Improved Text Messaging
- Improved Display
- Camera Correction
- Bluetooth Improvements
- Removes Size Restrictions for Ringtones
- Improved Network Connection
- Better Performance of Android Market
- Improved Stability
- Improved Battery Life
- Improved Audio & Video Playback
The upgrade will take approximately 40 minutes to complete via SRT method or 25 minutes via SD card side load method. 40MB of device memory and 100MB of SD card memory is required in order to upgrade the OS. Once a device has been upgraded to Android 2.1, it will not be possible to downgrade to Android 1.5 OS. To update your handset, head over to this page.
Motorola recently launched the Android powered Motorola Bravo which was announced a month ago. This handset is exclusively available on the airwaves of AT&T in the US. Check out the complete specs of this device below.
Motorola Bravo features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, Android 2.1 Operating System, 800MHz TI OMAP processor, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera, Built-in FM Radio, Web browser, MotoBlur, 3G Connectivity, and so on.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, AT&T Music, GPS, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, 512 MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Up to 6 hours talktime, Up to 16 days stand-by time and 1540 mAh Li Ion battery.
Motorola Bravo comes with a price tag of $129.99 with a two-year service agreement or you can even get this for $429.99 without contract. If you are planning to buy this handset, head over to this page.
The wait is finally over for the Motorola Cliq users. Last month, we posted that Motorola Cliq will get an Android 2.1 update in mid-November and finally the update is available for all Motorola Cliq handsets. This update is not available Over-The-Air (OTA) and it needs to be downloaded manually from the Motorola’s website.
- A fully charged Motorol Cliq with an active SIM card
- A microSD card installed in your phone with approximately 100 MB of free space.
- Internal phone storage space approximately 40MB free.
- Latest version of Android 1.5 software Blur_Version.1.6.1.MB200.T-Mobile.en.US
The whole process will take an hour to complete the update. The Android 2.1 update brings six new home screens, battery-life saving widgets, enhancements in Google Maps, Task Manager and more. To update your handset, head over to this page.
Verizon Wireless recently announced the availability of the entry-level Motorola Citrus smartphone. Motorola Citrus is powered by Android 2.1 Operating System and it allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. This handset is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, certified CarbonFree and it is PVC and BFR free.
Motorola Citrus features a 3 inch touchscreen display, 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7225 processor, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, Swype keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Motoblur, Backtrack, Full HTML Web browser, preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps, quick access to Web apps and services such as Facebook, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube and much more.
The packaging of this handset is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper and the user manual is made using 100 percent recycled paper and soy-based ink. Motorola Citrus will be available from tomorrow for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.
In a press event, Samsung and the big red Verizon have finally unveiled the Samsung Continuum. The handset sports a 3.4-inch S-AMOLED screen along with a secondary ticker’ display measuring 1.8-inches. The bottom sides of the phone feature a grip sensor which activates the ticker’. The ticker’ provides users with weather information, IM and e-mail notifications and stock market information etcetera.
Since the Continuum is a Galaxy S series phone, the rest of the internal specifications of the handset are similar to other Galaxy S series handsets. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and packs 512MB of RAM along with a microSD card slot (expandable up to 32GB, 8 GB pre-loaded).
The Continuum also sports the usual GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, the handset will be running on Android 2.1 with the usual Samsung TouchWIZ UI on top of it. Samsung have also pre-loaded Swype on the phone for ultra-fast typing speed.
The phone will hit the Verizon retail stores from November 11 and will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year contract.
It was originally rumored that Samsung will be unveiling a Google experience device at this press event along with the Continuum.
When Android 2.2 was released by Google, HTC had promised that most of their phones launched in 2010 will be getting the update. However, after that only the Desire Android 2.2 update was the most talked about. Now since the Desire Android 2.2 update has already been rolled out or is being rolled out in certain regions, the company has moved on to the small brother of the Desire the Legend.
HTC has confirmed via their Facebook account that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Legend in the coming weeks’. Owners of unbranded/unlocked Legend will be among the first one to get the update with operator locked owners getting the update once it has been approved by their carrier.
It’s nice to see HTC offering Android 2.2 update for the Legend. Being a Legend owner myself, I had almost given up hope of the phone getting the Froyo update.