Last year, Sony Ericsson confirmed that even though the current line-up of Android based Xperia smartphones will not get the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did state that they will release several updates which will improve the functionality and the overall user experience of the phone.
These several updates’ brought many new features to the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 including partial multi-touch support, improved performance and updated version of TimeScape and Mediascape. However, Sony Ericsson had also promised that the X10 will get D-LNA support with one of these updates.
Sadly, Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their Product Blog that the X10 won’t be getting DLNA feature, officially at least. The reason behind the DLNA feature not making it to the handset is as follows :
Q: Wasn’t DLNA supposed to be in the latest update for Xperia X10?
A: That was our plan, as stated here back in May last year. However lots of things has changed since then like splitting the update into two parts, changes to timing, adding Pinch Zoom touch etc. One of the consequences of all those changes was unfortunately that DLNA had to be de-scoped. I know that there are 3rd party apps available that enables DLNA though so hopefully you can enjoy one of those.
The blog post also contains some useful information about the upcoming XPERIA handsets from Sony Ericsson. Readers can read the whole blog post here.
Android handset manufacturers have a horrendous track record when it comes to delivering Android OS updates. While some delay updates by months, others don’t deliver at all (yes Sony, I am looking at you). HTC has the best track record, and it looks like it will be living up to its reputation for now.
The Incredible S was one of the few handsets at the MWC to ship with FroYo (Android 2.2). Back then, HTC reps had promised a quick Gingerbread update. Now, they have confirmed that the promised update is indeed under development, and will go live by Q2 2011. While a four month wait is not “quick” under normal circumstances, I guess that most Android owners will take it.
We had already confirmed that the Desire HD, Desire Z, and Desire will be receiving Gingerbread updates. Now, thanks to Slashgear, we can confirm that they will also be getting the update in Q2 (and not in Q3, as we had speculated). This bit of news should cheer up the original Desire owners, who have already experienced one major version bump. Desire’s sibling – the HTC-made Google Nexus One, has already begun receiving Android 2.3.
It’s heartening to see HTC not abandoning the aging Desire, which was once its flagship handset. While Xperia X10 is yet to receive Android 2.1 in the US, many of Samsung’s Galaxy S models have just begun receiving FroYo. Although, we would like to see even faster update deployment, for now we will be happy if other manufacturers take cue from HTC.
After getting rooted within hours of its release, the Motorola XOOM has been overclocked as well. Michael Huang, the developer of SetCPU, a popular underclocking/overclocking app for Android, has succeeded in pushing the clock speed to 1.2 GHz using a custom kernel. The 20% increase in clock speed allowed the XOOM to touch the 40 MFlops mark in Linpack. However, in reality, XOOM should be able to do better, as Linpack is a single core benchmarking tool, which can’t properly harness the power of the dual-core Tegra 2 powered XOOM.
Huang has promised to make his kernel patch public soon. In the meanwhile, here’s the screenshot of the Linkpack result.
Motorola XOOM is a “Google Experience” device, and one of the first Honeycomb powered tablets to hit the market. Honeycomb is a specially crafted version of Android, which is targeted squarely at higher resolution devices like tablets. Riding on the back of a myriad of usability enhancements introduced in Honeycomb, and impressive hardware, the XOOM has been garnering largely positive initial reviews. However, the real test for the XOOM will come once the iPad 2 is launched.
Spice recently launched the Android powered MI-310 touchscreen phone in in India. Spice MI-310 is the company’s second Android powered phone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and comes with a 3.15 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 2 megapixel camera, 16 GB expandable memory and so on. Check out the complete features after the break.
Spice MI-310 Specifications:
- 3.15 inch Capacitive HVGA touchscreen display
- 320 x 480 pixels resolution
- Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 3G connectivity
- 2 megapixel camera
- USB Tethering
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Functionality
- Exchange Support
- Apps on External Storage
- Proximity Sensor
- FM & Music Player
- Push E-mail
- Unlimited Phonebook & SMS
- 85 MB internal memory
- 16 GB expandable memory
- Upto 2.5 hours talktime
- Upto 150-200 hours stand-by time
- 1200 mAh battery
Spice MI-310 comes with a price tag of Rs.7,500. If you are looking for a cheap Android handset with pretty decent specs, then you should definitely go for this one. This handset is also available at Flipkart for just Rs.7,305. Are you willing to buy this handset? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Rumors are floating around on the Internet that the Samsung Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in March. The rumor of this source is this tweet from @m4gic. Apparently, the guy went to the Sammy’s European headquarter in Frankfurt where he got this piece of news.
Now, I know rumors spread like fire on the Internet but this is a bit too much. I own a Samsung Galaxy S and am a more than frequent visitor of the Galaxy S sub-forum over at XDA. Now, firmware leaks are a very common thing over the Galaxy S forum on XDA. In fact, the first Android 2.2 based firmware for the Galaxy S leaked nearly 8 weeks before the official’ firmware was released by Samsung.
If Samsung does intent to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S by March then at least one Gingerbread based firmware for the handset must have already leaked. Sadly, that is not the case here! Many people may argue that firmware leaks are no big deal and it may happen that a Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S won’t leak.
However, I personally feel that Samsung does intentionally leak some of these firmwares so that it can get the feedback of the modding community about the firmware. Samsung has in fact incorporated some of the changes which the modding community suggested it!
So according to me, the Samsung Galaxy S won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in March. If by any means it does, it will be either via CM7 (unofficial), which is progressing very nicely and can be easily used on day-to-day basis, or via a leaked Gingerbread firmware.
Last month, BGR presented an exclusive report on Android apps being tested on the Blackberry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry has done some considerable work over the last one month and ShopSavvy has seen its app running on three more BlackBerry devices. The data was available to them through the Flurry analytics service. The devices running this app were:
BlackBerry 8300 ran ShopSavvy on January 31, 2011
BlackBerry 8600 ran ShopSavvy on January 17 and 24, 2011
BlackBerry 8520 ran ShopSavvy on February 7, 2011
The access was made from Waterloo, Ontario in Canada where RIM headquarters lie. The blackberry OS has support for a JVM and this is probably being made use of to run these apps on BlackBerry devices. ShopSavvy has also presented the analytics for some apprehensive users.
According to some rumors, BlackBerry was planning to use the Dalvik Virtual Machine to run these apps. However, it dropped the plan later, to develop an internal solution.
With Android having a considerably large number of apps in the market and growing faster than any other mobile OS, BlackBerry has every reason to hook on to the Android ecosystem. This will be a groundbreaking development, thereby bringing cross-platform app support for Android. Android app developers will have better scope for revenues and BlackBerry will emerge stronger in this competition where it is pitted against platforms from Android and Apple.
Earlier this month, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003 smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system and comes with a large 4 inch Super Clear LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 5 megpixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently selling this handset in India. Check out the complete specs below.
Samsung Galaxy SL features a 4 inch Super Clear LCD display with Gorilla Glass, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, HD (720p) video recording and more.
Other features incude a 3.5 mm headset jack, DLNA connectivity, 478 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Android Market, FM Radio with RDS, Adobe Flash 10.1 support, up to 15 hours talktime, up to 610 hours stand-by time and a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Samsung Galaxy SL comes with a price tag of Rs.19,499. If you have already decided to but this handset, then just head over to this page.
Last year, AT&T launched the powerful HTC Aria smartphone. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.1 (Eclair) OS. Finally after waiting for months, HTC Aria users has a reason to cheer. AT&T recently released the much awaited Android 2.2 FroYo update for the HTC Aria smartphone. It is the second Android powered device to get the Android 2.2 FroYo update on the AT&T’s network.
The Android 2.2 update will allow HTC Aria users to access more than 150,000 apps from the Android Market and the ability to load apps on the MicroSD card. It also comes with the Flash Player 10.1, enhanced web browsing, Bluetooth voice dialing, GPS enhancements, improved Microsoft Exchange support, Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
To check for update on your HTC Aria smartphone, simply enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) on the dialer keypad and check whether the Android 2.2 FroYo update is available for your handset. It might take some days for the update to be available on your smartphone. Just make sure, your phone is fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
In less than 4 hours of being released to the general public, the Motorola XOOM has been rooted. Along with full root access, a custom clockwork recovery has also been successfully installed on the device. The credit of all this hard work goes to Koush the developer of ROM Manager.
ROM Manager is one of the most popular ROM managing apps available for the Android OS. According to koush, rooting the XOOM was easy since the tablet is Google experience device, and thus ships with fastboot support (limited though!).
The steps to root the Motorola XOOM can be found here. Koush has not made the custom recovery available to the public since the SD card slot on the XOOM does not work.
He will release the custom recovery once Google releases an update which will enable the microSD card slot, or once the developers somehow manage to get it working! Once the microSD card slot gets working, koush will update his app ROM Manager to support the tablet as well.
Earlier this month, HTC announced its first tablet device, the HTC Flyer at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona. It runs on the Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) operating system. Recently, the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer has been emerged in the Germany. CyberPort, a popular online retailer in Germany, is currently taking pre-order for the Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer. Check out the complete specs below.
HTC Flyer features a 7 inch touch-sensitive TFT screen with 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, 1.5 GHz Processor, Android 2.4 OS, HTC Sense, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Micro-USB, 32 GB internal memory, 1 GB Micro SD memory card extension, GPS, up to 820 hours stand-by time, up to 4 hours vieo playback and a 4000 mAh battery.
HTC Flyer comes with the HTC Watch service, which allows you to download hundreds of HD movies from major studios. The original HTC Flyer is up for pre-order at Amazon Germany for â‚¬669 (approx. $915). The Wi-Fi only version of the HTC Flyer is currently up for pre-order at CyberPort in Germany for â‚¬499 (approx. $620/ Rs.28,000). Which version of HTC Flyer will you buy? Or you will go for other Honeycomb tablets? Let us know your views in the comments below.