In the beginning of November, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got its much awaited Android 2.1 update. The update is still being rolled out to different regions of the world. It is still unclear whether the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.2 update or not. However, a Sony Ericsson spokesperson in Turkey has revealed that the Xperia X10 will get its Android 2.2 update by Q2 of 2011.
Here is what he exactly said :
The above text translates into
SE X10 will get the Android 2.2 update during the second quarter of 2011. Work is still currently ongoing on version 2.2.
However, there is a twist in this tale. An official Sony Ericsson spokesperson said on the same page that the company have NOT made any announcements concerning 2.2 on any current Android devices.
The Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 has been released a few weeks ago and brought some joy to users. However, a very important feature, Wi-Fi tethering, didn’t come with the update. However, since Android 2.1 on X10 can be rooted, Wi-Fi tethering can be enabled using a third party app. Here are the two steps to enable Wi-Fi tethering on your X10 and other Android device.
First thing to do is root your Android device. The easiest way to do it is by installing z4root from Android Market on your phone. This app will root your phone in one click. I rooted my X10 using this app. However, it took three tries to root my phone, so try again if it didn’t work for the first time.
To enable Wi-Fi tethering on the Xperia X10, install Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether from Android market after rooting your phone. After the installation, run Barnacle Wi-Fi Tether and click Start. Now your phone is ready to share its internet connection with other Wi-Fi capable devices. Enjoy!
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.
The rumors regarding Sony Ericsson Xperia Anzu were correct, for most part. The Anzu exists, and will be launched as Xperia X12 – Sony Ericsson’s next flagship model. The X12 is expected to hit the stores in early 2011, and will (probably) be sporting FroYo at launch. This is a deviation from initial reports that suggested that Anzu will launch with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) onboard. Now, it appears that Gingerbread will be made available as a separate update at some point during the summer of 2011.
Mobile-Review managed to get their hands on an early development build, which was running vanilla Android 2.1. The reviewer found the device to be quite snappy. However, the real question is, how well will the X12 perform once the custom shell (UXP) has been plastered on top of the vanilla Android. The X12 will also feature an twelve megapixel camera with 720p HD recording at 30fps.
Possibly the biggest let downs in the X12 are its display and processor. It will have a 4.2FWVGA (854Ã—480) capacitive display with full multi-touch support. However, Sony Ericsson has decided to continue using traditional LCD displays instead of the AMOLED or SLCD displays used by HTC.
As disclosed earlier, the Xperia X12 will be powered by MSM7230. The processor (45nm) in X12 will most likely be clocked at 800 MHz, and in terms of performance will be quite similar to the current generation snapdragons (65nm). However, the MSM7230 uses Adreno 205 as its GPU unit, which is a significant step up from the previous Adreno 200.
On the whole, the Xperia X12 is a nice update. However, Xperia X12 looks poorly poised to be the flagship model, as its modest processor is no match for TI’s OMAP 4 and Samsung’s Orion.
In the first couple of quarters of this year, there was a huge fiasco about the multi-touch capabilities of the Sony Ericsson X10. At first, Sumit Malhotra from Sony Ericsson said that the X10 might get multi-touch support in a future software update but soon Rikard Skogberg said that the X10 lacks the hardware to support multi-touch.
Now, Sony Ericsson have announced in a blog post that the X10 will be getting an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update by Q1 of 2011 which will enable basic multi-touch (pinch-to-zoom) support on the phone.
The blog post clearly states that the X10 hardware is still not capable of multi-touch support. Some engineer( s) over at Sony Ericsson managed to change the driver and firmware so as to make the touch digitizer accept some basic multi-touch gestures.
However, the multi-touch gesture is still not perfect. A strange behavior is bound to happen when in a multi-touch gesture movement the two fingers cross each other or the X-axis and the Y-axis.
So, Sony Ericsson has decided to enable multi-touch gesture only in the web browser and Google Maps. Third party applications will also be able to make use of this limited multi-touch support on the X10.
It was only a few days ago that someone over at XDA forums had managed to enable basic multi-touch support on the X10. I think Sony Ericsson noticed this hack and are now going to use it to enable multi-touch on the X10.
Sony Ericsson has been surprisingly quiet about the successor to the Xperia X10, it’s current flagship device. Earlier on, there were rumours suggesting that the successor, bearing the codename Cliaro, will feature a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 processor. That bit of information obviously didn’t pan out. However, new information about Sony Ericsson’s next high-end device has leaked, and this time around we have pictures, loads of them.
The Xperia X10 blog has learned that the next flagship device is going by the codename Anzu, and is expected to be launched in Q1 2011. It will have a 4.3 inch display, HDMI output, front facing camera, and will be capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. Design wise it will be similar to the Xperia X10, but will be a lot thinner.
The best thing is that Sony Ericsson is expected to ship Anzu (possibly Xperia X12) with Gingerbread onboard. Sony Ericsson has been mauled for their inability to deliver timely updates for the current Xperia line of products. Thankfully, it appears that they have finally learned their lesson.
The hardware specification is still a mystery. True HD video recording capability suggests that it will house a meaty processor; however, we will have to wait for the specifics. The Xperia X10 blog was also told that the display of the new handset is crisp, and the volume level of the loudspeaker has been significantly improved. The new handset might be launched simultaneously with the PlayStation Android phone that Sony Ericsson is currently developing.
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.
Sony Ericsson still has not released the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10. However, what the company has been doing is posting videos of Android 2.1 running on an X10 and demonstrating the changes which the update will bring. Sony Ericsson has again released another video on their blog which gives users a brief demo of what all changes Android 2.1 will bring to the X10.
The Android 2.1 update includes 5 home screens, 720p video recording with continuous Auto-focus, new lock screen, updated TimeScape and MediaScape and a brand new backup and restore applications. Along with this, the usual Android 2.1 goodies like Live Wallpapers and Google Navigation etcetera will also be present. The video was not supposed to be released before the update started rolling out, but the video somehow leaked on the Internet. So Sony Ericsson instead decided to publish the video on their blog.
Here is the video I am talking about :
I guess this is the n’th time I am writing this change-log on this blog. Seriously, Sony Ericsson stop publishing all these videos highlighting the Android 2.1 updates and start rolling out the update. When most of the other handsets are already running on Android 2.2, there is really no need to make a huge fuss out of an Android 2.1 update.
The long awaited Android 2.1 update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is finally on its way. Although Sony Ericsson is yet to disclose specific dates, X10 users will begin getting Ã‰clair from next week. According to unconfirmed reports, X10 owners in UK should receive the update on October 25. X10 users in Netherlands should also receive the update by October end. Users on branded (carrier locked) handsets will have to wait for a bit longer. T-Mobile has confirmed that they won’t deploy the update until late November.
I published the changelog last month. Besides Android 2.1, this firmware update will also introduce 720p HD video recording with autofocus, improved Timescape and contact list, and an improved home screen. Sony Ericsson’s product manager Rikard Skogberg has demoed these features on a dev. build of the firmware. Check them out to get an idea about what SE has been cooking over the past few months.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Home Screen
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720 Video Recording with Autofocus
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: 720p Video Recording with Autofocus Stress Test
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Improved Timescape and Contacts
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.