So which one of you saw the strikingly built-for-a-watch-strap iPod nano and exclaimed I WANT!before realizing that it’s not all that great an accessory in real life? How about something similar that is actually a great accessory and works with your Android phone?
Enter Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ a Bluetooth enabled 128×128 OLED mini-display that does a host of things such as announcing the number of unread messages, RSS items and other such notification while managing to look sleek and tidy. It also has four touch-enabled areas:-
The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ uses Bluetoothâ„¢ connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset. The LiveViewâ„¢ features a 128×128 pixel, 1.3 inch organic LED (OLED) display with four touch areas. LiveViewâ„¢ also has two additional keys for on/off and select. By default, it can function as a remote control for the music player, display messages and feeds from the phone and social networking services, and also display call information and calendar reminders
The size of the Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ is 3.5 cm x 3.5cm x 1.1 cm, and the battery will last up to four days during normal usage. The LiveViewâ„¢ will work with most phones running Androidâ„¢ 2.0 and above. A list of compatible phones will later be available on www.sonyericsson.com/liveview. LiveViewâ„¢ is compatible with Bluetoothâ„¢ 2.1 technology. The Sony Ericsson LiveViewâ„¢ will be available in selected markets from Q4, 2010.
Made specifically for Android phones, Sony Ericsson will also release the SDK to make the device work with many applications that can be accessed by any phone running Android 2.0 or up.
Considering that the XPERIA Android line of SE phones are to update to 2.1 in October, it is safe to assume that the device will be released after October, perhaps in the Christmas season. Keep a look out!
Symbian – the dominant smart phone operating system, is on its way out, and it seems that everyone but Nokia realizes this. We have no plans for the time being to develop any new products to the Symbian Foundation standard or operating system,Aldo Liguori, a spokesman for Sony Ericsson informed Bloomberg.
The revelation isn’t really surprising, given that Sony Ericsson has been investing heavily in the Android platform. Its current flagship device – the Xperia X10, as well as other smartphones like the Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X8 all run on Android. Multimedia oriented Satio and Vivaz are the only high end handsets from Sony Ericsson that are powered by Symbian.
While Android will remain the main focus of Sony Ericsson, it will also launch Windows Phone 7 powered handsets. Speaking to a Swedish news outlet, Sony Ericsson’s CTO, Jan Uddenfeldt said, Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off. But Windows 7 Phone is on the roadmap. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian.
The move to drop Symbian and focus on Android is a smart one, since Sony Ericsson has been struggling to keep up with Google’s rapid release cycle. It is one of the few handset manufacturers that is yet to ship Android 2.1, which was released last year.
With Sony Ericsson pulling out, Nokia is now the only major manufacturer that will continue using Symbian on high-end devices. Nevertheless, the Finnish giant is also likely to adopt Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 smart phone OS.
According to the word going around, Sony Ericsson is currently working on the successor to the Xperia X10. The device, which goes by the codename Cliaro, is expected to be announced near the end of this year, and ship in early 2011.
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The leaked specifications suggest that Cliaro (possibly Xperia X12) will have TI OMAP4 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a 4-inch AMOLED 1080×720 resolution screen. The 10mm thick Xperia X12 is also expected to sport a 12 megapixel camera.
The news that Sony Ericsson is working on a successor to the Xperia X10 is not a surprise. However, the resolution being touted by the reports spreading around the interwebs is suspicious to say the least. The use of AMOLED is also surprising. Recently, even HTC switched to super-LCD screens manufactured by Sony due to acute shortage of AMOLED screens. Even though IT168 has been right before, we are putting this firmly in the rumors category until we know more.
If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini or Xperia X10 Mini Pro owner, get ready for some bad news. The promised Android 2.1 update has now been pushed back from late Q3 to Q4. Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager – Product to Market at Sony Ericsson, revealed in an official blog post that the firmware update won’t start hitting the airwaves until late October.
Sony Ericsson is one of the few major mobile manufacturers that is still deploying the pre-historic Donut build of Android. Most of the manufactures, including HTC and Motorola, have already moved on to Froyo (Android 2.2), while Google is preparing for the release of Gingerbread (Android 3.0).
The update, which was confirmed on multiple occasions (the most recent occasion being yesterday’s tweet by Sony Ericsson UK) to be launching in Q3, will introduce a host of new features to the Xperia line of smartphones besides the standard Ã‰clair goodies. Here’s a quick glimpse from the official SE announcement:
- HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
- New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
- 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
- Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online
Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
- Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
- New backup and restore application with extended content back up
- Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
- Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
- Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1
Sony Ericsson has promised to provide visual and video examples of the new feautures soon. In the meanwhile, you can check out the leaked preview video of Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.
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.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was among the first Android phones to hit the market with a 4-inch TFT screen, an 8MP camera and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. However, the biggest problem with the Xperia X10 in fact with all the Xperia Android based handsets – is that they run on Android 1.6 (Donut). Sony Ericsson had promised that the X10 will get the Android 2.1 update sometime in Q3. With already a week and half in to September, it won’t be long before Sony Ericsson starts rolling out the Ã‰clair update across various regions of the world.
Until that X10 owners should suffice their 2.1 desire with this new video of X10 running Android 2.1 :
As it can be seen from the video above, Sony Ericsson has replaced their older lock skin with a themed version of the original Android lock screen. The Android 2.1 update will also bring with it 720p HD recording to the X10.
Hopefully, the Android 2.1 update will also fix the nasty Wi-Fi bug which currently plagues the X10.
Sony Ericsson has just rolled out a new firmware update for their Symbian running multimedia oriented handset the Vivaz. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz runs on the old and out-dated Symbian S60v5 OS and features a 3.2-inch resistive screen. The main selling point of the phone is the 8MP camera at its back and its 720p HD video recording with continuous auto-focus. The firmware update is numbered R2EA023.
Here is the change-log according to DailyMobile-:
*Start up is faster.
*Google maps updated now has search by voice feature.
*Facebook and Roadsync Panels which can now be added to your standby screen.
*Enhanced performance and functionality for YouTube, Facebook, RoadSync and Barcode Reader.
*Stability improvement in the areas of W-LAN, MMS and Internet.
*Video quality improvement for playing MPEG4 format.
*Performance improvement when multitasking.
From the above change-log it is clearly visible that this firmware update is aimed at improving the performance and stability of the device. Vivaz owners can update the firmware of their handset by using the Sony Ericsson Update Service software. However, users are recommended to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update as a firmware update will wipe the phone clean of all data.
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.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is one of the most popular Android based phones available today. With a wide screen this phone allows you to add huge wallpapers to your phone.
Before we tell you about some Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 wallpapers, take a look at out hands-on review of Xperia X10. If you own the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone, here are some ways to download free wallpapers for it.
Zedge.net provides users with a set of 120 wallpapers for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you can download some beautiful wallpapers from your phone by visiting this link.
You can also find some more gorgeous wallpapers for Xperia X10 by visiting this gallery by eSeth. You will find several nature and people wallpapers and some nice wallpapers which you can download and use for free on your phone.
You will also find more Xperia X10 wallpapers by visiting this wallpaper gallery from Mobile9. We will try and add more wallpaper galleries and also exclusive Xperia X10 wallpapers in future.
At the beginning of this month Sony Ericsson announced that the Xperia X10 will be available on AT&T from August 15. Today, AT&T has announced in a press release that they will also be selling the Sony Ericsson Vivaz beginning from September 5. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz runs on the old and out-dated Symbian S60v5 OS. The phone has a 3.2-inch resistive touch screen with nHD (360×640) resolution. The handset also has an 8.1MP camera at its back, along with the capability to record 720p HD videos with autofocus.
Working with Sony Ericsson to deliver a best-in-class video and camera phone on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network gives our customers even more opportunities to express themselves through their favorite social networks,said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. With Vivaz capturing photos and video in stunning HD and sharing it on YouTubeâ„¢ or Picasaâ„¢ Web Albums is quick and easy.
The phone will be available in either Galaxy Blue or in Venus Ruby color. The latter is a limited edition color and can be ordered online only from the official AT&T website. The Vivaz will be available for $80, after a $50 mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract.
Here is the link to the full press release.