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.
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.
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.
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 mid ranged Android device from Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X8 will be releasing in UK by September. The X8 will be brought by O2 in UK. However, the price of the phone is not been disclosed by O2 yet. Sony Ericsson had promised earlier that the price won’t be more than EUR 200. I hope it won’t cost much.
The Xperia X8 has a 3 inch TFT capacitive screen with 480 x 320 resolution and 16 million colors support. It has a 3.5mm audio jack. The internal memory is of 128MB and the external memory is expandable up to 16GB. It supports 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity. The Bluetooth version is 2.1 with A2DP support.
The camera on X8 is of 3.15 MP with fixed focus and lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 30fps. The X8 will have Android 1.6 at the time of release and is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1 within a month of release. The processor’s clock speed is 600MHz. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS and digital compass support is also present.
The X8 will have exchangeable back covers. The battery power is of 1200mAh Li-Po. The Xperia X8 is a very good phone if the price remains under EUR 200.
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.