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.
Last week we saw the leaked pics of the Sony Ericsson’s upcoming phone, the Xperia X12 Anzu, but the specs of the device were not available. Recently, the leaked specs of this powerful device has been emerged into the wild. The folks over the Unofficial Xperia X10 Blog has shared the leaked specs of this device. It comes with an amazing 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720) video recording, 4.2 inch FWVGA Capacitive display and more. Check out the leaked specs of this device below.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Anzu Leaked Specs:
8.1 MP AF with Exmor R (16x Digital Zoom, HD Video recording (720p/30fps) w stereo audio recording support, Pulsed LED, Face Recognition & Tracking in video recording)
The Android 2.3 powered Xperia X12 Anzu is definitely an impressive smartphone. This handset is expected to arrive in the market during the Q1 of 2011 and it is rumored to come with a price tag of â‚¬650 (approx. $880).
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.
Orange UK has announced a special edition of its popular low-end smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini. The special edition is named as “Xperia X10 Mini Fashion Edition” and it comes with free fashion covers available in white and pink. The handset is available exclusively on the airwaves of Orange UK.
This handset is specially targeted for female mobile phone users in the UK. It runs on the Android 1.6 Operating System and it will be updated to the Android 2.1 OS. The features of this handset is exactly similar to the original version. It comes with 2.55 inch touchscreen display, 600MHz processor, 5 megapixel camera and so on.
Xperia 10 Mini Fashion Edition is available for free on a 2 years contract agreement with a monthly plan of at least £20.
The guys over at Engadget have got their hands on a few more pictures of the Sony PlayStation Phone along with some juicy’ details. The PlayStation phone is internally known as the Zeus. From the pictures, the phone looks to be pretty thick.
The leaked pictures show the prototype handset to be running on Android 2.2, but apparently there are multiple prototypes of the Zeus’ with different Android version on board. The leaked pictures also suggest that the device will launch with an 8GB microSD card pre-installed. It also looks like the handset will sport 512MB of internal memory. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will bump the internal memory of the device to 1GB when it launches the Zeus’.
Readers can check out more pictures of the PlayStation Phone from Sony here.
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.
Back in August, we reported that Sony Ericsson was working with Google to develop an Android powered PlayStation phone. The gaming smartphone was rumoured to have a “3.7 4.1 inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution, and a landscape slider with gaming controls”. Now, first images of the phone have emerged (courtesy of Engadget) that confirms most of the rumors.
The leaked images are mostly in line with the mockup that was released earlier. The PlayStation phone will have a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM865 processor, 512 MBs of RAM, 1 GB of ROM, and will probably run on Android Gingerbread (Android 3.0). It will also have a front facing camera (visible in the first picture), and support microSD cards.
Engadget was told that the software is still very buggy, making a 2010 release unlikely. It’s also worth considering that Sony Ericsson has a horrible track record when it comes to delivering updates and launching products on time.
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.