The roll out is going to be gradual and you can check if your X8’s serial number is on the list. Visit Sony Ericsson’s blog post for the full list.
After a long wait, Sony Ericsson had finally announced its Android 1.6 to 2.1 upgrade for the Xperia X10 family of Android devices. However this update requires a computer and Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion in order to update. You would also need to perform some backup and restore tasks as well. If all that sounds too complicated to you, Sony Ericsson has a video guide to do all that.
Unfortunately even after upgrading to Android 2.1, you still can’t do multi-touch on the Xperia X10 which is pretty pathetic in our opinion.
Head after the jump for the upgrade guide video.
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Sony Ericsson has announced via its blog that it will start rolling out Android 2.1 update for its Android line up which includes Xperia X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. The latest X8 was strangely left out as it wasn’t mentioned in the latest update.
Among the changes are:
• 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
The updates will start this Sunday 31st October for the Nordic countries followed by the rest of the world. The whole upgrade exercise is expected to continue throughout the month of November so for those in Malaysia, just keep an eye on your phone’s notification in the coming weeks.
Although this it not Android 2.2 Froyo, at least Sony Ericsson is finally out from the legacy Android 1.6 version.
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Sony Ericsson has been lagging behind with Android versions as it continues to run on Android 1.6. This might come as a pleasant update as Sony Ericsson UK had tweeted that Android 2.1 upgrade is due to be released by end of September.
Sure Android 2.1 is nothing to shout about considering most devices are shifting to Android 2.2 Froyo as we speak. However having Android 2.1 gives Sony Ericsson Xperias more access to apps that runs on Android 2.0 and above. We have no idea whether this will be pushed out to all Xperias worldwide or exclusively to UK handsets first.
Well, it is better late than never.
No matter how you look at it, you can’t fight the Android invasion. Google’s underdog mobile OS is taking a big chunk of the smartphone market which has long been dominated by iPhone, BlackBerry and devices running on Symbian.
Most of these smartphones however are too expensive for mass market with price tags of over RM2000. Not a lot of people are able to fork so much money, but many want to get their hands on a device that at the very least, can deliver a good browing and social media experience. This opened up a market for entry-level smartphones that right now has been dominated by Nokia which admitedly, have been doing a good job at offering competent semi-smartphones at bargain basement prices powered by Symbian.
But the semi-smart Symbian phones that Nokia are churning out doesn’t really cut the mustard for us. The lack of applications is a major disadvantage. So we turn to Android, the open source mobile OS that has so much potential to be great but again we’re limited to high-end devices at the moment. Is there such thing as an affordable Android phone that’s cheerfully cheap yet delivers the functionality of the higher end Androids?
With an attractive pricing and a decent hardware, the HTC Wildfire certainly looks like a strong candidate to play that role, but does it deliver the goods? Read on to find out.
With more new Android devices making their way such as Motorola Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S, Android 2.1 Eclair has increased its numbers in the Android cake. Compared to the previous update, Android 2.1 has risen from 50% to 53.1% Also new in the chart is Android 2.2 Froyo that made its debut with 1.8%.
If you’re an Android user or looking at buying one, you would be familiar with the word Froyo. Froyo which is the codename for Android 2.2 has been the buzzword lately for anything Android. So far, the Android 2.2 is only available for Google’s own Nexus One while other Android handsets are still stuck with Android 2.1 Eclair or below.
So what’s the big deal of Android 2.2? Does it make a big difference from its previous Android 2.1? We compare a Nexus One updated with Android 2.2 and a HTC Legend running on Android 2.1 plus the extra enhancements that HTC has added in.
First, you’ll notice a new home screen. Now it comes with dedicated tab for phone, programs & Browser. Previously there’s only a single tab to show programs and you’ll need to make a shortcut for Phone and Browser on the home screen space. Compared to HTC’s version of Android 2.1, looks like both home screens are on par now.
We’re on a roll with Froyo and Google updates at the moment. It took a while but the Koreans will be the latest lucky geeks to be getting the Google Nexus One. And the deal gets even sweeter as the Nexus Ones heading to Korea will be running the latest Android OS, the 2.2 aka (Froyo).
KT will be the telco of choice if you’re in Korea and is in the market for a Nexus One. Outright it’s going to set you back an equivalent of RM1,900 or a very attractive RM410 for a 24-month contract.
Sadly, we’re nowhere near Korea at the moment. What’s more important is, when will Google and the device manufacturers clear the confusion on which devices that will be getting the Froyo and which will not.
The Android device segment is an interesting one where the platform is fragmented with different versions. As mentioned earlier, fragmentation is a big problem for Android where there are multiple versions namely Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.1 and the latest 2.2. Most newly developed Android apps only work well with the latest version and this will leave many Android users behind.
Just about months ago, the then latest 2.1 version stood at 27%. Today, Android 2.1 accounts to half of all Android devices out there. Not surprising considering new Android devices aggressively pushed today runs on Android 2.1. Contributing to the rise also are handset manufacturers that started offering firmware upgrades of older Android devices to version 2.1, like the HTC Hero.
More operators are jumping into the Android bandwagon, AT&T included. Now they have introduced a new Android device from HTC called the Aria. Design wise, it does look similar with the HTC EVO 4G.
The HTC Aria is going on sale this 20th June at all AT&T stores for $129.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. The offer is tied to a 2 year contract with a smartphone data plan. More details of the device after the jump.