Sony Ericsson To Allow Bootloader Unlocking On The Latest Xperia Handsets!

Sony Ericsson had a pretty miserable 2010. The high-end Xperia branded Android powered handset from the company the X10 received a lot of flak due to the lack of multi-touch support, and running an nearly extinct version of the Android OS.

However, Sony Ericsson is determined to make 2011 better for them and their loyal users. First, the company announced a bunch of tempting XPERIA branded handsets including the PlayStation phone the Xperia Play. Now, today Sony Ericsson has announced that they will allow developers to unlock the boot loaders on some of the the latest Xperia handsets in a secure and legalway.


There is a small catch here though. The handset must meet certain requirements so that its boot loader can be unlocked like an unlocked, un-branded handset. There are many other requirements as well, including your region and original configuration of the phone.

The original Xperia X10 modding capability has been severely limited due to its locked down boot loader. Even after numerous tries, the talented developers over at XDA have been unable to unlock the X10’s locked boot loader.

Sony Ericsson also states that even though they support the unlocking of the boot loader, the warranty of the handset will be deemed void if its boot loader has been unlocked. Also, Sony Ericsson may charge a user a handling fee’ if they flash a Custom ROM on their handset and send it for repairing.

Readers can find more information about Sony Ericsson official statement regarding boot loader unlock here.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To GET Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update!

Sony Ericsson had earlier said that the Xperia X10 will not get Android updates beyond Android 2.1 Éclair. The company did decide to support’ the X10 with software updates.

Now in a surprise move, Sony Ericsson has announced via their product blog that the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update! Yes, the Xperia X10 will get a direct update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from Android 2.1 Éclair. This news is definitely going to please a lot of Xperia X10 owners out there.


However, X10 owners will lose some functionality compared when they upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony Ericsson aims to provide the X10 Gingerbread update with the stock Android camera interface, which means features like face recognition and smile shutter will be lost.

Sony Ericsson’s proprietary MediaScape app will also be replaced by the new media experience widgets found in the new Xperia products.

The Gingerbread update will be released via SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service and not via OTA. The company will release the Android Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10 by the end of Q2 or early Q3 of this year.

However, the update is only for unlocked and un-branded X10 handsets. For network locked X10 owners, it all depends on their network provider whether they will release the update or not.

Xperia X10 owners can read more about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their phone here.

Sony Xperia Arc Hands-on Pictures and Videos

After the Sony Xperia Play (see hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Play), I also had a chance to play with the new Xperia Arc phone, and just like the Play, the Arc is lightweight and feels like a feather in your hand.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Xperia Arc specs are pretty good and has a 8MP HD Camera, 4.2 inches screen and is really thin at 8.7mm. I liked the Xperia Arc as the display is brilliant and is based on the Bravia. Xperia Arc comes with 2.3 .

Sony Xperia Arc will be available in Canada on Rogers starting April 15th, however, there is   no release date yet for the US version as they are still negotiating with carriers. Catch up on our hands-on video and pictures of Xperia Arc after the break.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc ROM Ported To Xperia X10

The awesome developers over at XDA Developers have done it again! A developer with the username TripNRaVeR has managed to port the Xperia Arc ROM to the Xperia X10.

The Xperia Arc ROM for the X10 is based on Android 2.3.1 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary MediaScape and Timescape UI running on top of it. The ROM is still in its early stages so some bugs are to be expected.


Most of the stuffs including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Network, Data and Timescape/Mediascape work just fine. One major gripe with the ROM is that the sound output of the phone does not work at all i.e. users won’t be able to hear what the other caller is saying while on a call.

Nevertheless, the developer TripNRaVeR has promised to fix the sound output bug in the next release. He has already warned that fixing the sound output bug may result in other stuffs not working.

Xperia X10 owners who don’t mind tinkering around with their phone, and want to taste the Gingerbread ROM on their handset, can visit this thread over at XDA forums.

Via Xperia X10 Blog

Key Sony Ericsson Employee Expresses Support for Rooting

Sony-EricssonAs much as Google likes to boast about Android’s openness, the harsh reality is that most manufacturers have been playing spoil sport by locking down the boot loader. Motorola is the first name that pops into one’s mind, courtesy of their eFuse mechanism. However, back in January, after a public relations fiasco, Motorola hinted at the possibility of future devices shipping with an open bootloader. Now, it seems that Sony Ericsson might follow suit.

Sony Ericsson hasn’t received much love from the developer community thanks to their lackluster update delivery, and fortified bootloader. Even after a year of Xperia X10’s release, the folks at XDA haven’t managed to get past Sony Ericsson’s protections. Although all the Xperia devices have received soft-root, the locked bootloader has kept custom ROMs with a modified kernel at bay. Now, in a surprising move, Simon Walker, the Head of Developer Program and Engagement at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, has admitted on Twitter that he is in favor of rooting.

I need 2 take the discussion inside #SonyEricsson again about rooting. I am actually in favor if we do it right. Anyhow I here u #Androiddevless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

In another recent blog post, Rikard Skogberg from SE had explained that, “In our phones there are functionality that have to be secure such as SIM-lock and DRM. We currently don’t have a solution in place to secure that while opening the bootloader and therefore it would break legal agreements with many of our partners if we do”.

Essentially, Sony Ericsson can’t ship devices with unlocked bootloaders until they have a mechanism in-place to guarantee their commercial interests. We presume that this is what Walker also meant by “if we do it right”. Let’s hope that Walker succeeds in convincing the people that matter. After all, it certainly won’t harm Sony Ericsson to court the devs and Android power users.

Sony Ericsson X10 Not Getting DLNA Feature!

Last year, Sony Ericsson confirmed that even though the current line-up of Android based Xperia smartphones will not get the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did state that they will release several updates which will improve the functionality and the overall user experience of the phone.

These several updates’ brought many new features to the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 including partial multi-touch support, improved performance and updated version of TimeScape and Mediascape. However, Sony Ericsson had also promised that the X10 will get D-LNA support with one of these updates.


Sadly, Sony Ericsson has confirmed on their Product Blog that the X10 won’t be getting DLNA feature, officially at least. The reason behind the DLNA feature not making it to the handset is as follows :

Q: Wasn’t DLNA supposed to be in the latest update for Xperia X10?

A: That was our plan, as stated here back in May last year. However lots of things has changed since then like splitting the update into two parts, changes to timing, adding Pinch Zoom touch etc. One of the consequences of all those changes was unfortunately that DLNA had to be de-scoped. I know that there are 3rd party apps available that enables DLNA though so hopefully you can enjoy one of those.

The blog post also contains some useful information about the upcoming XPERIA handsets from Sony Ericsson. Readers can read the whole blog post here.

Best Android Phones of MWC 2011

If there was one theme that dominated the Mobile World Congress this year, it was Android. Android reigned supreme at MWC 2011, with a series of Android powered devices including smartphones and tablets being launched by almost every major player in the industry.

MWC 2011 also saw the unveiling of some of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones of 2011. Many impressive Android phones were showcased there, but these three are definitely the best Android phones which were announced at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Samsung was expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S at MWC 2011, and it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is twice as better as the Galaxy S and is bigger, faster and slimmer. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also offers 32 GB internal storage and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It is also slimmer, at just 8.5 mm and has a powerful 1650 mAh battery. It comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is capable of recording 1080p videos.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D was the best LG Android smartphone unveiled at MWC 2011. As the name suggests, it comes with a 4.3 inch, 3D capable capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is the first phone to support a 3D display and comes with a dual core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

It has dual 5 MP cameras which can capture 3D videos at 720p. It can record 1080p HD videos at 1080p. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and has 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as GPS support. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Besides these two, there was another mind blowing announcement at MWC 2011, but this one was no surprise. It was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or the Playstation Phone, details of which had leaked out way before MWC started.

The Xperia Play is modeled after the PSP Go, and comes with a sliding gamepad with gaming controls, and a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.

It comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM, along with the Adreno 205 GPU. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI and has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

It is a Playstation Certified smartphone, and will come with a library of more than 50 PSP games, exclusive to the Xperia Play.

Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo Unveiled at MWC

Sony Ericsson didn’t have much to show us at CES 2011 last month, but it has more than made up for it with its announcements at CES. So far, it has already announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the Xperia Pro and the Xperia Neo, which all line up nicely next to the Xperia Arc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo

After the Xperia Play and the Xperia Arc, the Xperia Neo is the most impressive smartphone that Sony Ericsson is going to be launching this year.

The Xperia Neo will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI shell. It has a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. On the hardware side, it comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and presumably an Adreno GPU with the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine.

It also has an 8 MP camera with an Exmor sensor and LED flash, with support for 720p HD video recording. It also supports HD video playback and can be connected to your HDTV using the HDMI out.

It is quite compact with dimensions of 116 x 57 x 13 mm, though not as slim as the Xperia Arc. It weighs 126 gms. It could be considered a cheaper version of the Xperia Arc.

Image via Engadget

Sony Xperia Play Announced; Is a PlayStation Certified Phone

After the numerous leaks in the last one month, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia Play along with a bunch of other Xperia branded handsets at their on-going event in MWC, Barcelona. The handset is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with the Adreno 205 GPU core handling the graphics department.

The handset sports a 4-inch LCD with a resolution of 854×480. The Xperia Play is a PlayStation Certified’ handset and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony’s custom UI on top of it.


As evident from the picture above, the Play will sport a slide-out gamepad to fulfill all your on-the-move gaming needs. The Xperia Play will come pre-loaded with one legendary PlayStation game. The name of the game was not mentioned by Sony, so this remains a mystery for now.

The back of the handset will feature a 5MP camera. The Xperia Play will start shipping from next month i.e. March. The handset will hit the Verizon network in the states in early spring.

Here is a video of the Xperia Play in action -:

Along with the Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson also announced the PlayStation Suite. All handsets which will be PlayStation Certified’ will be able to access the PlayStation store which will be launched by Sony, later this year.

The PlayStation Store will launch with more than 50 titles on-board. Some existing gaming titles will also be optimized for the PlayStation Certified platform.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro Announced; Sports A Four Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard

Sony Ericsson just announced the Xperia Pro Slider at their on-going event in MWC 2011. The Xperia Pro slider sports a 3.7-inch Bravia Engine powered display with a resolution of 854×480. The handset also packs a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The handset will be powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the graphics department will be handled by the Adreno 205 graphics core.


The back of the phone sports an 8MP Exmor R camera with an LED flash which is capable of recording videos in HD (1080p) resolution. The front of the handset sports a 2MP camera for all your video calling needs. The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, microUSB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and a mini-HDMI port.

The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s custom UI on top of it. The handset will be available in silver, red and black colors when launched. The handset will be launched in selected markets by the end of Q2.