It took a while before Sony Ericsson released its Android 2.1 update for its Xperia X10. Even after the update, it still lacks multi-touch and pinch to zoom. Several months ago, Sony Ericsson had revealed that they are working hard in bringing such features to their existing Android line up and now the day is finally here.
According to Sony Ericsson’s Product Blog, a new update is coming to Xperia X10 and Xperia X8 line up. The X10 will be getting its pinch to zoom feature however this is only applicable to Mobile Internet and Google Maps only. There are other improvements for this update which includes an updated Moxier, ability to trim videos on the go, ability to compress high quality videos for MMS delivery and some minor change for Mediascape access.
The X8 however now has ANT+ enabled which is some form of short range communication. Both X8 and X10 also received additional bi-directional languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew.
The updates can be updated via PC companion or download over-the-air (OTA). More information on their blog
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Now Sony Ericsson has announced on their blog that while the Xperia X10 was never intended to support multi-touch since day 1, they are still working on making this possible due to the requests of its users. They are trying to enhance its driver and firmware for its touch digitizer to allow multi-touch gestures to work. However they also stress that this is still work in progress and it does come with some limitations.
Therefore, they are only looking at having multi-touch available strictly for web browser and maps upon release. No exact dates were given but they say it should be out by early next year, Q1 2011. We have to say it again, Sony Ericsson please buck up and come out with a proper flagship android device. Their devices doesn’t make us go WOW at first sight and the pricing is too expensive compared to what others are offering. Even their UPCOMING Anzu device is not impressive enough to compare with today’s Galaxy S or Desire HD.
In the mean time, Watch their Work in Progress video on the Xperia X10 after the jump.
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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HTC has release another firmware upgrade for the Legend. This time it carries the version 2.05.707.1 which fix issues related to enhanced data connection stability and fix loss of ringtone for incoming call.
Users in South East Asia should be receiving notification anytime now over the air (OTA). If you can’t wait, you can check for updates from MENU > Settings > About Phone > System software updates > Check now.
UPDATE: Firmware version shows 2.1-update 1 after update. Existing Swype installation does not work, requires reinstall.
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This week, HTC has released its line of Android devices and it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo! Yes, you’re seeing it right, the Chinese market is having Froyo for the HTC Desire, HTC Tianyi and HTC Wildfire.
What is HTC waiting for? Release Froyo already for the rest of the world!
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This isn’t official but it came from a tweet by HTC’s European representative. The roll out is reported to begin with the HTC Desire today in batches due to limited bandwidth.
Last month, we mentioned that HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire are expected to get Froyo in Q3, so the release is pretty much on time, if it really comes true. Leaked version for the HTC Droid Incredible with HTC Sense had surfaced yesterday which lead us to believe that HTC should have its Android 2.2 Froyo update ready by now.
Let’s hope this is not a miscommunication of another HTC Staff. Previously HTC Singapore had mentioned that HTC Legend is not getting Froyo but had deleted that comment after getting substantial attention.
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We mentioned earlier that HTC has an update for its Legend. At first we’re excited that HTC might have surprised us with an early Froyo upgrade but there’s no clear mention of Android 2.2 or even a log of enhancement that comes with the new upgrade.
While the notification is yet to come out, we decide to check for software updates manually. This as expected, prompted us to download the new version which an option to download via WiFi or 3G.