The current line-up of Xperia handsets from Sony Ericsson may never get the Android 2.2 officially, but this has not stopped the developers at XDA forums to support the phone. The biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 got its Android 2.2 based custom ROM quite a few weeks ago.
Now, three of its smaller siblings the Xperia X8 and the X10 Mini/Mini Pro have got their share of Android 2.2 based custom ROMs. The ROMs for all the three phones mentioned above are based on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. These ROMs have been ported to these smaller Xperia siblings from the HTC Hero and Legend. Kudos to the developers for all their hard work!
However, not everything works at the moment. In most of the ROMs, the camera functionality is broken along with some Bluetooth and media playback issues. Nevertheless, the developers are hard at work and are churning out new updates with every passing day.
Hopefully, these issues will soon be fixed by the developers and all the members of the Xperia family can get their share of Android 2.2 love, unofficially. X10 Mini owners should head over to this thread while X10 Mini Pro and X8 owners should head over to this and this thread, respectively.
Over the last week, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new software updated for their Xperia range of Android phones including the X10 and the X8. This new software update aims to bring pinch-to-zoom feature to the X10 and update the UXP UI found on the Xperia family.
Sony Ericsson have also improved the performance and stability of the Xperia X10’s and the X8 with this software update. Sadly, only the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 gets the pinch-to-zoom feature support.
According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, other important changes in this software update include :
- Moxier in an updated version (2.7.13) that includes a great overview widget for e-mail, calendar and tasks.
- Moxier e-mail shown in Timescape.
- Possibilities of trimming videos in the phone.
- Videos are transcoded to fit into MMS-messages even if they were recorded in high quality.
- Minor changes to Mediascape with access to Now Playingin the top right corner.
Sony Ericsson has also enabled ANT+ support for the X8, the X10 Mini and Mini Pro handsets. ANT+ is a short-range communication technology will allow these handsets to wirelessly communicate with heart rate monitors and other devices. Readers can find more information about ANT+ technology here.
Owners of the Xperia handsets can update their handset by using Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion or directly via OTA (Over-The-Air).
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.
I don’t know what is with Sony/Sony-Ericsson. Almost all of their new products get leaked weeks before their official update, and for the most part, there is no fun in their official updates (which are tediously written and rather slow).
However, the folks over at Sony Ericsson have been up to promising things with their PlayStation Phone (the Xperia Play) up and coming with some rather nice features. The smaller cousin of the X10, the X10 Mini (and Mini Pro) packs quite a tight punch with its tiny screen and processor and is quite a popular phone. Thus, SE decided that it just needs to notch up the processor, run it off Gingerbread (Android OS 2.3), add some wicked fast graphics chips and let it run amok with Neocore and Quadrant to see just how fast a tiny computer can be.
It is extremely fast (if the leaked photographs are to be believed) with a Neocore framerate of 42.5fps and a Quadrant score of 1,533. The original leaker on the SE.it168.com forums says that it sports a 3-inch (320×480) multi-touch display, a 1GHz CPU and an Adeno 205 GPU. The pictures seem legit as the unofficial X10 blog rightly points out that the overall hardware layout seems similar to the previously previewed ANZU with regard to the button layout.
Is that excessively exciting? You bet! I personally use an X10 Mini Pro since I’m averse to large-screened phones (I have to take extra care of them) and really like a QWERTY solution. If this phone has a QWERTY slide-out keyboard, I know what my next phone will be the mini version of the PlayStation Phone!
Source: Unofficial X10 Blog.
It’s finally official. The much delayed Ã‰clair (Android 2.1) update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 series (Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro) will begin rolling out on October 31. As announced earlier, the update will be deployed in a phased manner. Nordic countries will be the first ones to get it. Users in the rest of the world should begin receiving Android 2.1 over the next couple of weeks. However, if you are using a branded (carrier locked) handset, you might have to wait longer. Xperia X8 owners are also out of luck, and probably won’t receive Android 2.1 before December.
Sony Ericsson’s inability to deliver updates on time has already damaged the company’s reputation as a reliable Android device manufacturer. In fact, it led to Gizmodo questioning how much longer Sony Ericsson is going to be around, and even prompted angry X10 owners to storm Sony Ericsson’s Live Chat support service.
The October 31 evening release date means that Sony Ericsson is waiting until the absolute last moment before pushing out the update. This, coupled with their earlier refusal to commit on a specific date, seems to suggest to me that Sony Ericsson is still struggling to polish the update to a satisfactory level. Let’s just hope that I am wrong.
If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini or Xperia X10 Mini Pro owner, get ready for some bad news. The promised Android 2.1 update has now been pushed back from late Q3 to Q4. Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager – Product to Market at Sony Ericsson, revealed in an official blog post that the firmware update won’t start hitting the airwaves until late October.
Sony Ericsson is one of the few major mobile manufacturers that is still deploying the pre-historic Donut build of Android. Most of the manufactures, including HTC and Motorola, have already moved on to Froyo (Android 2.2), while Google is preparing for the release of Gingerbread (Android 3.0).
The update, which was confirmed on multiple occasions (the most recent occasion being yesterday’s tweet by Sony Ericsson UK) to be launching in Q3, will introduce a host of new features to the Xperia line of smartphones besides the standard Ã‰clair goodies. Here’s a quick glimpse from the official SE announcement:
- HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
- New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
- 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
- Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online
Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
- Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
- New backup and restore application with extended content back up
- Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
- Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
Sony Ericsson has promised to provide visual and video examples of the new feautures soon. In the meanwhile, you can check out the leaked preview video of Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.
Quite a while ago, Sony Ericsson had promised that the whole Xperia X10 family will be getting the Android 2.1 upgrade love by Q3 of this year. The company had also stated that the Ã‰clair update with bring with it many new features to the X10 like 720p HD video recording with continuous auto focus. Many X10 owners must have anticipated that they will be getting the Android 2.2 update sometime in Q1 next year.
However, a leaked Xperia upgrade document suggests otherwise. According to the leaked document, the 2.1x update will be the last software/Android update for the whole Xperia Android family. According to the leaked document, the last update (2.1x) will update the TimeScape and MediaScape applications on the Xperia handsets. This update will also add DLNA feature to the X10.
It might be possible that the document may have a second page whose snapshot did not leak on the Internet. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will bring Android 2.2 to the X10 and its siblings.
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.