Sony Ericsson has been working on a lot of new phones lately. Just couple of months back, they launched the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc. Now there have been rumors that a new phone is under works named the Xperia Duo.
An anonymous tipster send us a new picture of what might be the Xperia Duo, you can take a look at the image above. The phone looks similar to other Sony Ericsson models and could actually be the Xperia Duo. What do you think? Is this the actual Xperia Duo pictures?
In a press release, Sony Ericsson has announced that more than 20 games are coming to the Xperia Play. All these 20+ games will be optimized for the Play, and 10 games will be exclusive to the handset.
The list of games which will be exclusive to the Xperia Play includes :
Minecraftâ„¢ by Mojang
Battlefield Bad Company 2 by Electronic Arts
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Shadow Vanguard by Gameloft
Desert Winds by Southend Interactive
Ruined by Bigpoint
Icebreakerâ„¢ by NaturalMotion
Sleepy Jack by SilverTree Media
Cracking Sands by Polarbit
Armageddon Squadron 2 by Polarbit
An unnamed fighting game from Khaeon Gamestudio
Below is a video of Minecraft running on the Xperia Play :
Other games which will be optimized for the Play but not exclusive to it are :
Pocket Legends by Spacetime Studios
Star Legends: The Black Star Chronicles by Spacetime Studios
Eternal Legacy by Gameloft
Guns ‘n’Glory 2 by HandyGames
Dungeon Hunter 2 by Gameloft
Pocket RPG by Crescent Moon Games
D.A.R.K. developed by Gamelab
Samurai II: Vengeance by MADFINGER Games
Vendetta Online by Guild Software
Order & Chaos Gameloft
Happy Vikings by Handy Games
A Ball Game by Trendy Entertainment
Lumines by Connect2Media
As you can see from the list above, the Play is definitely getting some popular games like Minecraft, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Armageddon etc. All these games are slated to hit the Xperia Play in the coming months!
Sony Ericsson will be giving a demo of most of these games at their stand in E3. The company will also reveal more information about these games during E3.
Sony Ericsson rolled out the Android 2.1 Ã‰clair update for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini and the Mini Pro back in November last year.
Now, nearly 6 months later, AT&T and Sony Ericsson have finally started rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the AT&T branded X10’s in the United States. Along with the bump in the Android OS version, X10 owners will also get 720p HD video recording, dual-touch support, increased home screens, face detection in video recording and continuous autofocus.
The Sony Ericsson Product Blog states that they couldn’t be more excitedabout releasing this update to the end user. I wonder what are they so excited about. All the popular handsets from HTC and Samsung are receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, and Sony Ericsson is getting excited on releasing the obsolete Android 2.1 update for the X10.
However, X10 owners in the United States should not blame Sony Ericsson for this. AT&T is the reason behind this delay in the Android 2.1 update. Also, thanks to AT&T, X10 owners in the United States will never get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which Sony Ericsson will release sometime in Q3 of this year.
X10 owners in the U.S. should head over to this link to get the update for their handset.
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.
Yesterday, Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid X2. Today, Verizon and Sony Ericsson have teamed up to announce the Xperia Play. The Xperia Play is already available in various regions of the world, and will be available in the U.S from this month’s end.
The Xperia Play sports a 4-inch TFT display with FWVGA (854×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 512MB of RAM and ROM.
The handset will run on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI running on top of it. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. Since the Play does NOT run on Android 2.3.4, users cannot video chat using Google Talk.
The Xperia Play will be the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to be available in the U.S. Being a gamer oriented phone, the handset will ship with 7 games on-board including Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. Users can download more than 50 high-quality games from Verizon’s VCast Apps.
The Xperia Play can already be ordered online at VerizonWireless.com, while it will hit the retail stores on May 26th. The handset will set users back by $199.99, on a two-year contract.
Sony Ericsson has just announced the Xperia Mini and the Xperia Min Pro, at their on-going event in London. The Xperia Mini is the smallest phone ever to record videos in HD 720p resolution.
The Xperia Mini features a 3-inch HVGA (320×480) screen with BRAVIA display engine. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, and packs 512MB of RAM.
The back of the Mini sports a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. The usual arrays of features and sensors GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, FM Radio, Accelerometer, eCompass, and a 3.5mm audio port are also present. Sony Ericsson claims that the battery life of the Mini is up to 30% better than its predecessor the X10 Mini.
The Xperia Mini Pro is exactly like the Xperia Mini, except that it sports a side slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The handset is labeled as a Compact QWERTY messenger’ from Sony Ericsson.
Both the handsets run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI on top of it. The company has also revised the four corner UI menu, originally found in the Xperia X10 Mini/Mini Pro.
The Mini/Mini Pro will be available in a bunch of colors including blue, dark pink, white and black. The handset will be available in retail stores all over the world by August. Here is the link to the press release.
Unfortunately, we could only pick one winner and that saddened us. However, don’t worry. Our 5th birthday is coming up soon and we will definitely have a Birthday Bash and giveaway huge prizes to our readers.
Coming back to the contest, I want to personally thank the folks at Sony Ericsson India and their PR team including Vasundhara and Deepanshi to help us set up the contest and award a lucky winner with a free Xperia Arc.
We had a tough time picking the winner and did a random spin using random.org to pick the winner after using some criteria to sort out the best entries for the contest and picking all the users who had answered all three questions. And the winner isâ€¦
Congrats Vikisha on winning yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. We hope you have fun with the phone and click a lot of photographs. So this is the end of the contest, but wait there is more. We are always in a generous mood. We will be giving away either a memory card (mobile) or a headset to the 5 people who came in between number 2 and 6. Isn’t that great .
We will get in touch with the winners through email shortly. Have fun and stay tuned for our upcoming Birthday Bash, you will definitely not be disappointed about the prizes we will have in store for you then.
Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.
When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.
Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.
The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.
Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Ã‰clair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love. The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.
The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.
It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.
Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.
The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.
The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.
Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.
Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.
Both these phones are priced at Rs. 32,000 in India, however, they are definitely worth the price considering the specifications they have and features they bring to the table. Now we know that you are excited about these devices and will be looking to buy one for yourself. However, we have some good news for all our Indian readers. Techie Buzz has collaborated with Sony Ericsson India to giveaway the Xperia Arc to one lucky person in India for free.
Yes, we are giving away a Xperia Arc to one lucky person thanks to Sony Ericsson India for answering some simple questions. The contest will run for a period of 7 days where we will ask you 3 questions and you have to answer them to win yourself a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000.
So without further ado, here are the contest details (please read full contest details carefully at end of the post):
We will ask you three questions on Friday, April 15, 2011; Sunday, April 17, 2011 and Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
You will have to answer all the three simple questions to be a part of the contest.
You will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm your participation.
You may fulfill optional criteria to earn more goody points.
Xperia Arc Giveaway Questions
Question 1: Which two phones has Sony Ericsson launched in India last week? Name any two cool things about each of these new smartphones.
Please post your answer in the form embedded below. If you can’t access the form on the webpage, please go to this link.
Round 1 is now over, thanks for your responses. We will be putting up the second question for the Xperia Arc giveaway shortly. Stay Tuned.
The answer to the question was very simple. We won’t count it against you if you answered wrong though .
Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. Both are based on Android 2.3, Sony properties Exmor R and Mobile Bravia Engine, PLAY is first PlayStation certified phone; can also be related to other features such as camera resolution, gaming titles, ergonomics et al.
Question 2: What will you do with the all new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc?
Please use the form below to answer the question. Click here if you can’t view the form. As a hint take a look at the YouTube video to see what someone did with the Xperia Arc.
Question Number 2 has now been closed. Please answer question 3 below.
Question 3: What’s bigger technology, entertainment, applications, or experience?
Don’t forget to answer the last question of the giveaway. We will announce one lucky winner for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Thursday, April 21, 2011. We will stop accepting responses for the third question on Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 11:59PM IST. And yes, you can also tweet to your friends that you are waiting for the price announcement by using the tweet link. Tweet that you are waiting for the prize announcement. Click here to tweet this to your Friends.
Contest has now ended. The Sony Xperia Arc is a great technology device which provides great entertainment, applications and a wonderful experience. Well, we know you want it all, so hold your breath till tomorrow, because that is when we announce the winner!
Optional Bonus Love
Since Sony Ericsson India and Techie Buzz are giving away the Xperia Arc worth Rs. 32,000, you can show us some love by performing some additional tasks which will earn you some more goodie points .
Follow @techiebuzzer on Twitter. (You will get updates on when the next question is posted)
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These tasks are optional, but you can always earn more brownie points for this.
Full Contest Rules and Details
Contest will start on April 15, 2011 and end on April 20, 2011. No entries will be accepted after that.
Contest is ONLY open to residents of India. The phone will only be shipped to an address in India.
Contestants will have to complete all three questions in order to be eligible to be considered to win a Xperia Arc.
Only one entry per person will be accepted.
In addition to completing the three questions users will have to leave a comment on this post to confirm their participation. Please use the same name and email you use to answer the questions for the comments too.
Winners will be notified on a post on Techie Buzz and through an email from us.
We will confirm the shipping dates and other details once the winner has been chosen.
Good luck to everyone, have great fun and hope you enjoy taking part in the contest.
P.S. In past competitions, we have seen some comments go into spam. If your comment does not show up within a few hours, please send us a note using our contact form and we will dig it out from there.