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.
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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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.
Remember the smaller brother of the X10 we told you nearly a couple of weeks ago? Some unseen pictures of the bigger brother of the X10 Mini, and the smaller brother of the X10 have been published at Se-nse blog. The handset will be known as the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8. Earlier, the X8 was known by its code name – Shakira.
Looking at the pictures published on the blog, the phone lacks a LED flash. The screen size of the phone will be around 3.2-inch to 3.5-inch. The XPERIA X8 will also feature the proprietary Sony Ericsson MediaScape and TimeScape UI.
Also from the above pictures, the phone looks quite bulky. As of now, there is no information available about hardware specifications of the device. We need to wait for the official announcement from Sony Ericsson for the hardware specification of the phone, or for a leak.
In all probability, the hardware specification of the phone will be similar to that of the X10 Mini.
We can’t help with the back to back leaked news from Sony Ericsson. It seems like everything is leaking under their chair. First, the two leaked phones and now Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.
The pictures are of Android 2.1 running on Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. However, it is still in early stages of development, as the Sony Ericsson UXP interface is missing. The Xperia X10 users will to wait for its release but for the time being, they can see what is coming to them.
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How many of you think that, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is just too big for use and Xperia X10 mini is too small to use? If you think like that then here is a leaked picture of Xperia X10 Medium, codenamed “Shakira”, which could fill the gap in between. This model of Xperia is just in between the size of X10 and X10 mini.
This photo was leaked on the Chinese IT168 forum. The size of the screen is maybe around 3.5″ or 3.2″, as it looks on the picture. The resolution of the screen is smaller than the FWVGA of Xperia X10. It appears to be nHD or smaller. The hardware of this device is still a mystery, so I won’t cook up my own menu. According to me, the CPU will be then one which inside Vivaz. The Android version is predicted to be 2.1.
I think Sony Ericsson is having trouble with their security, as two handset of Sony Ericsson is now leaked.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hit the shelves last month and the X10 Mini will become available in most parts of the world over the next few days. The Xperia X10 product line is a commendable effort from Sony Ericsson. This is all the more impressive since the Xperia X10s are SE’s first Android handsets.
In many ways, Xperia X10’s biggest advantage is the UX platform – a custom Android shell with dazzling features like Timescape and Mediascape. However, it is also turning out to be Xperia’s biggest drawback. The heavily modded user interface (UI) means that Sony Ericsson is having a much harder time keeping up with Android’s feverish release cycle.
It has already been confirmed that Sony Ericsson will be updating its Xperia X10 product line to Android 2.1 this fall (Q4 2010). However, this is clearly not enough to appease the hundreds of thousands of Xperia owners around the world. Earlier this month, Google delivered Android 2.2 (Froyo), and Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is scheduled to be released this fall. This would leave Sony Ericsson hopelessly behind.
Xperia owners and fans have been petitioning for a well-defined upgrade path. However, for the moment, Sony Ericsson seems content to keep mum. Mattias Holm, product public relations manager at Sony Ericsson, confirmed to PC World that Sony Ericsson will be implementing later versions of Android in its products. However, at this stage it is premature to disclose information about individual products.
At first glance, Holm’s statement seems to indicate that Sony Ericsson may not upgrade all of its handsets to Froyo Android versions. However, given that the Xperia X10s are all that Sony Ericsson has managed to release so far, this seems a bit unlikely. It’s equally improbable that Sony Ericsson would leave out the big brother and just upgrade X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. So, there is hope yet for Xperia X10 owners. But, the wait is probably going to be a long one.
Sony Ericsson has announced that their QWERTY keypad equipped Symbian handset, Vivaz Pro is now started to ship in select markets worldwide. Sony Ericsson at their product blog said, that there might be a slight difference in shipping, depending on the market.
The Vivaz Pro has a 5MP camera with HD(720P) recording at 24fps with continuous auto-focus and LED flash. It also has ARM Cortex A8 CPU overclocked to 720Mhz and PowerVR SGX graphics. Sony Ericsson has also confirmed that Vivaz Pro will support up to 32GB of external memory (microSD). The Vivaz Pro will also sport a powerful Li-Po 1200mAh battery. Vivaz Pro will sport the Symbian S60 v5 OS which will find few takers.
Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is the first handset from Sony Ericsson with full QWERTY keypad. The Vivaz Pro will have the Human Curvature design as in Xperia X10 and Vivaz. Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro will be available in black and white colors.