Sony Ericsson has revealed some more information about the upcoming Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the X10, via their official product blog.
The update is still under development, and the company expects to start rolling out the update from the beginning of August. Originally, the Gingerbread update for the X10 was expected to bring stock Android camera UI, which would have led to loss of features like Face recognition and smile shutter etc. However, SE heard the cries of the X10 owners, and got its developers to port the X10’s Ã‰clair Camera UI to Gingerbread.
The update will also bring the Facebook for Xperia functionality to the X10, which the 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets got a couple of months ago. Other new features which the X10 will get, and are already found in the 2011 range of Xperia handsets include pinch-to-overview gestures, Wi-Fi and USB tethering, Flash support, Apps to SD support, new media experience widgets and a customizable horizontal app tray.
Sadly, this confirms that the X10 won’t be getting 16 Million color display support, an unlocked boot loader and multi-touch support with the Gingerbread update.
Sony Ericsson also confirmed that the X10 Mini Pro, X10 Mini, and the X8 won’t be getting the Gingerbread update, due to the lack of RAM.
Along with the Xperia Arc and Play, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new firmware update for the older generation Xperia branded handsets the X10. Apparently, the update is also being rolled out to the Xperia X10 Mini, Mini Pro and the X8.
The new firmware update does not bring any major changes, and nor is it the anticipated Android 2.3 update for the X10. The update is basically aimed at improving the general system performance and stability.
X10 users over at XDA who have updated their phone to the latest firmware (2.1.B.0.1) report performance improvements, smoother operation, and improvements in camera image quality as well. The Timescape app is also much smoother now. The firmware update also includes a new baseband, so users should expect an increase in network reception along with higher data transfer speeds.
The new firmware is also root able, so users don’t need to worry about losing root access to the system partitions. At the moment, the firmware update is being rolled out only in Germany. Expect this firmware update to roll out in more regions of the world beginning from tomorrow.
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.
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
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.
Over the last week, Sony Ericsson has started rolling out a new software updated for their Xperia range of Android phones including the X10 and the X8. This new software update aims to bring pinch-to-zoom feature to the X10 and update the UXP UI found on the Xperia family.
Sony Ericsson have also improved the performance and stability of the Xperia X10’s and the X8 with this software update. Sadly, only the biggest member of the Xperia family the X10 gets the pinch-to-zoom feature support.
According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, other important changes in this software update include :
- Moxier in an updated version (2.7.13) that includes a great overview widget for e-mail, calendar and tasks.
- Moxier e-mail shown in Timescape.
- Possibilities of trimming videos in the phone.
- Videos are transcoded to fit into MMS-messages even if they were recorded in high quality.
- Minor changes to Mediascape with access to Now Playingin the top right corner.
Sony Ericsson has also enabled ANT+ support for the X8, the X10 Mini and Mini Pro handsets. ANT+ is a short-range communication technology will allow these handsets to wirelessly communicate with heart rate monitors and other devices. Readers can find more information about ANT+ technology here.
Owners of the Xperia handsets can update their handset by using Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion or directly via OTA (Over-The-Air).
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.
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.
Hopefully, this news turns out to be true and Sony Ericsson will release the Android 2.2 update for the X10 by Q2 of next year.
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.
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.