When it was first announced, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was one of the best Android smartphones. However, soon after its launch, Samsung, Motorola and HTC came out with their own Android superphones which were much better than the Xperia 10.
The Xperia X10 has been available on AT&T for $149.99 with a contract since quite some time now. Now Amazon is offering the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 for only $49.99 with the contract. It is the best pricing you can find online.
Even the Samsung Captivate, AT&T’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S is available for the same price — $49.99 on Amazon with a contract. It is easily one of the best Android smartphones out there, and at this price, it’s an awesome deal.
After a long time a new Windows Phone is launched, this time it is Sony Ericsson with their new Aspen. Sony Ericsson Aspen was announced a long time ago but it is finally available in the Indian market.
Sony Ericsson Aspen is a Windows Phone and runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional. It has a 2.4 inch resistive touchscreen of QVGA resolution with 65k color support. It also has a QWERTY keyboard. A 3.5mm audio slot is also present. The Xperia panels, just like in X1 and X2 is also present.
The internal memory in Aspen is of 100MB and the external microSD is expandable up to 16GB. It also has 256MB RAM and 256MB ROM. Both 2G and 3G connectivity is supported. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g is also present. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support is also available.
The camera is of 3.15MP resolution but lacks flash. Video is recorded in VGA resolution at 15fps. It has no secondary camera. Stereo FM Radio with RDS support is also present. GPS with aGPS support is available.
Sony Ericsson Aspen will be available in Iconic Black and White Silver colors. Sony Ericsson Aspen is available in Indian market (Kolkata confirmed) and it will cost Rs.15500 (approx).
Sony Ericsson’s latest Walkman phone, Zylo is now available in India. Zylo is the first phone from Sony Ericsson to support FLAC audio format. Sony Ericsson Zylo has the latest Walkman 4.0 player.
Zylo has a 2.6 inch TFT screen of QVGA resolution with 256k color support. The internal memory in Zylo is of 260MB and the external microSD slot is expandable up to 16GB. Zylo supports both 2G and 3G connectivity.
The Bluetooth 2.1 is present on Zylo with A2DP support. The camera is of 3.15MP resolution but lacks flash. The video is recorded in VGA resolution at 24fps. There is no secondary camera on Zylo. Stereo FM radio with RDS support is also present. Being a low budget phone, GPS and Wi-Fi support is lacking in Zylo.
Sony Ericsson Zylo is available in Jazz Black, Chacha Silver and Swing Pink colors. Zylo is available in Indian market (Kolkata confirmed)and it will cost Rs.8500 (approx).
The European Imaging And Sound Association (EISA) 2010-2011 Awards has been announced. The brands who bagged the prestigious awards are Samsung, Apple and Sony Ericsson. Samsung got two awards, European Smartphone Award for Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and European Social Media Phone Award for Samsung Wave.
Samsung I9000 Galaxy S has been one of the most powerful Android device till now in the market and the award is well justified. Same goes with Samsung Wave GT-S8500, the perfect all round capabilities with good social network integration makes it the best social media phone.
Apple won the European Tablet Award for the iPad. The EISA said, “This revolutionary new product marks the beginning of a new era for publishing.”
Garmin Nuvi 3790t won the European Portable Navigation Award. Beyerdynamic T 50 p won the European Headphones Award.
The biggie of the night, European Mobile Phone Award was won by Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. The five strong points which made X10 mini take away the award are, Smart and stylish; Android platform; Built-in GPS; Female friendly appearance and Small & Touch.
The European Green Mobile Phone Award was won by LG GD510.
Gaming has never been Android’s strong suit. The quality of games on the iPhone has always been better than those on Android. That, however, is set to change soon.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working on a gaming smartphone modeled along the likes of the PSP Go and the Samsung Galaxy S. Here’s Engadget’s mockup of the Android PSP phone.
It will have a 3.7 – 4.1 inch touchscreen display with a WVGA resolution and a landscape slider with gaming controls instead of a QWERTY keypad. It will have the standard PSP buttons and a touchpad instead of the joystick.
On the hardware side, it will probably have a 1 GHz+ processor and at least 512 MB RAM. The games on the new platform will be similar to PSP games in terms of graphics and performance. It will run Android 3.0 Gingerbread and will have a custom Android Market application solely for the games.
Sony Ericsson is reportedly working closely with Google to make this happen; this could be the next big thing in mobile gaming. The iPhone has some really good games but gaming enthusiasts have always bemoaned the lack of hardware gaming controls on it.
The two Xperia X10 minis, the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will be getting new colors in selected markets from next month. The Xperia X10 Mini will get a Gold color, while the Xperia X10 Mini Pro will get a girlie Pink color. The new colors is for the back covers of the phone, the front part will remain the same.
The Xperia X10 Mini’s buttons on the front will also have a Gold color. The gold color on the X10 Mini is glossy and is eye catching. The Xperia X10 Mini Pro’s pink color will be appealing for girls.
The hardware of both the phones is the same, the only difference is the physical QWERTY on Xperia X10 Mini Pro. Both these phones run Android 1.6 and will be upgraded to Android 2.1 in early Q4 this year.
The extra cost of these new colors is still not disclosed.
After teasing us for the past few hours, Sony Ericsson has revealed that the Xperia X10 will be available in the US through AT&T from August 15. The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericssson’s flagship Android device, which runs on a 1 GHz snapdragon processor and sports a 4 inch TFT screen.
The good news is that the X10 will be available for a lot less than other Android handsets with similar hardware configuration. The catch is that you will have to do with the horribly outdated Android 1.6 operating system. Sony Ericsson has promised to deliver Android 2.1 in Q3-Q4. However, even then, the X10 will be outdated as HTC and Motorola have already begun rolling out Android 2.2 (Froyo).
Other features in the Xperia X10 include custom Timescape (social networking) and Mediascape (multimedia) apps, 8.1 megapixel camera and 2 GB in-box memory card (expandable up to 32 GB). Support for 720p HD video recording will be introduced with the Android 2.1 update.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be available from AT&T for $149.99 with a 2 year contract. However, if you pick it up from a Sony Style store, you will get it for $129.99. Even better, a week later, the handset will be available on Amazon.com for $49.99.
It looks like Sony Ericsson have something up their sleeves. The Japanese company has put a countdown timer on their website with the Smarter is comingtagline. Below the countdown timer is the image of a mysterious Xperia device. According to GSMArena, this mysterious Xperia device is none other than the Xperia X10.
The folks increased the brightness of the image in a photo editing software, and compared the picture to an Xperia X10. The similarity between the two devices were more than enough to confirm that the mysterious device is the Xperia X10. Maybe Sony Ericsson is talking about the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 here? After all, the update to the Android 2.1 OS will bring with it tons of new features to the X10. The Android 2.1 update will surely make the Xperia X10 smarter.
Sony Ericsson has already promised 720p HD video recording, DLNA and improved Timescape and MediaScape with the Android 2.1 update. The company promised to release the update sometime in Q3 of this year. We will come to know about this in 13 hours from now. Keep patience until then folks!
Sony Ericsson’s flagship device, the Xperia X10, got rooted a couple of months back. While the root procedure described in our original post isn’t complicated, it definitely involves more effort than most iPhone/iPad jailbreak solutions. The good news is that a much simpler technique is now available.
If you have been putting off rooting your phone because you found the entire process to be too time consuming, go ahead and give the new method a spin. The app also comes with the option of “unrooting” your phone.
Universal Androot is known to work with multiple handsets including Motorola Milestone, HTC Hero, HTC Magic, Dell Streak and Acer Liquid. However, there is a major known issue with this approach. Multiple users have reported that ADB (Android Debug Bridge) doesn’t work after using the Universal Androot app. Stick to the old method, if you need the debug bridge.
Last week we reported that Sony Ericsson had begun rolling out a firmware update to the Xperia X10. The new firmware – R2BA026, introduced further performance improvements and made the entire user interface more responsive. However, according to reports coming in from multiple users, the new firmware also introduces a particularly annoying bug.
As demonstrated in the video embedded below, whenever your network signal drops to zero and then bounces back, the Wi-Fi gets automatically disabled. What makes this blunder even more unforgivable is the fact that the very same bug was also present in R1FA016 and was fixed later on. It definitely seems that Sony Ericsson needs better regression testers. If haven’t yet updated to the latest firmware, you might want to hold on till Sony Ericsson squashes this maddening bug through another software update.
Update: It seems that the R2BA026 update also suffers from fluctuating in-call volumes. According to reports on XDA, if you change the call volume during a call, the volume gets automatically reset to 50% after the call.