The PlayStation Phone from Sony Ericsson is already one of the most anticipated handsets of 2011. We also know that Sony Ericsson will be launching the Anzu/X12 next year. However, the guys over at Blog Of Mobile, have managed to get their hands on leaked pictures of a never seen before Sony Ericsson handset. Along with this, they have also found tons of images shot from the phone and the phone seems to be sporting an 8MP camera.
From the leaked picture shown above, it is clearly visible that the microUSB connector and the 3.5mm jack are located at the top on this mysterious handset. The handset also sports a very large front facing camera, possibly for HD video calls. The handset also seems to be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s Mediascape UI on top of it. The company will be announcing a slew of new Android handsets at the upcoming MWC (Mobile World Congress) in 2011.
Earlier, Sony announced that they aim of becoming the largest Android handset manufacturer in 2011. Looking at the current state of Android offerings from Sony – the Xperia X10 family all I can say is that the company needs to come up with some really good Android handsets to backup its statement.
If a trademark filing showing Xperia Playis to be taken seriously and talk from Pocket-Lint about a big launch in February, it would seem that Sony Ericsson’s Playstation phonemight get official and be announced at CES 2011 or the equally as important, Mobile World Congress.
The device features a dedicated gamepad sporting the famous Playstation shapesthat slides out from under the screen. It’s said to be powered by a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 1GB of on-device storage. Provided it’s well received, unlike the PSP Go, Sony Ericsson might be on their way back into the mobile game.
Each year Google releases a “Year in review” called Google Zeitgeist with the help of which it showcases some wonderful data through the aggregation of millions of search queries that the search engine receives every year. This year, Google Zeitgeist for India had some nice revelations with the IRCTC (railway ticket booking) continuing to top the charts of the year-on-year fastest rising bracket for search queries in India.
The top three most popular searches among Indians on the web during the year 2010 were Songs, Facebook and Google. Amongst the fastest rising people, Indians searched for British actress Aruna Shields and this year’s new Bollywood sensation, Sonakshi Sinha and other favorites from Bollywood like Zarine Khan, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan.
The zeitgeist also has a list of top 10 popular brands in India in terms of the search volumes generated by Indians on Google search. Here is the list:
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 Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone is already one of the most anticipated Android handset of 2011. Many pictures of the device have already leaked on the Internet, until now no pic or video displayed the Gamepad of the device. Now, a new video of the Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone dubbed as ZEUS has emerged on the Internet. The video gives a brief walkthrough of the phone’s UI – which looks like Android 2.3 – and the gamepad of the handset.
Here is the video I am talking about :
Sony PlayStation Phone ZEUS Leaked Video
From the video, it is clearly evident that the phone is thickâ€¦very thick. The thickness of the phone might turn off quite a few people from buying this phone. From the video, the screen size of the phone is around 3.7-inches.
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!
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.
Welcome to the second edition of the new Mobile Mondays. This week we saw the leaked pictures and details of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu. Sony Ericsson confirmed that X10 will get multi-touch support from Q1, 2011. Apart from that LG officially launched the new LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon. On the other hand LG managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. Lets start the second edition of Mobile Mondays with some news, views and other interesting stuffs.
This week, leaked pics and specs of Xperia X7, Xperia X7 Mini and Xperia X12 Anzu have been emerged. Xperia X7 features an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display and 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording while Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 1 GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor and 10.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash. To learn more, head over to this post.
Xperia X12 will be powered by 800 MHz processor, 4.2 inch capacitive display with full multi-touch support, Android 2.3 OS and 12 megapixel camera with HD video recording. Sony Ericsson also announced 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.
This week, LG officially launched LG Vortex and LG Cosmos Touch for Verizon and LG Apex for US Cellular. LG also managed to sell 1 million units of LG Optimus One in just 40 days. The LG Optimus One is a low-end Android based phone. LG Optimus One features a 3.2-inch screen, 600MHz processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, Compass, external memory card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm jack.
Nokia recently updated its popular business phone, the Nokia E72. The firmware version is numbered 52.005 and it fixes some small bugs and updates the Adobe Reader application. Nokia also launched two new entry-level phones, X2-01 and C2-01. The original C2-00 was a dual SIM phone, but C2-01 is a single SIM phone. Nokia C2-01 comes with 3G connectivity and 3.2 megapixel camera while X2-01 features a full QWERTY keyboard and VGA camera.
Handset Of The Week – LG Optimus One:
LG Optimus One is the LG’s most popular Android phone to date. The entry-level Optimus One features a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, 600 MHz processor, 170 MB internal memory, 32Gb expandable memory, 3.15 MP camera, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and a 1500 mAh battery. LG has sold more than 1 million units of LG Optimus One worldwide. This handset is available In India for just Rs.13,500.
Video Of The Week – A Conversation with Eric Schmidt:
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.