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Sony Ericsson which was previously plagued by legacy Android versions is turning for the better. For 2011, we’ve seen the new range of Xperia arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo which runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
With the newer models running the latest versions, Sony Ericsson has announced via its product blog that it will also extend its latest Gingerbread development on its former Xperia X10 devices which carries the version number of 2.3.3. Several months back, Sony Ericsson had released its Android 2.1 Eclair update for the X10 and with no future updates expected after that.
Why the change of heart? According to Sony Ericsson, they had listened to feedbacks and their recent development of Gingerbread integration for its current line also made it possible to extend such upgrades for the Xperia X10. Unfortunately this coming upgrade is only applicable for the top of the line Xperia X10 and there are no plans to extend this for Xperia X10 mini, X10 pro and X8.
The Xperia X10 Gingerbread update is expected to roll out between Q2 and Q3 this year, which is probably as early as next month or as late as September. Considering Gingerbread is a huge update that skips Froyo, some functionalities will be lost such as:
Great to see Sony Ericsson being proactive with Android software updates and if this goes as plan, it will certainly gain back confidence from Sony Ericsson loyalists out there.
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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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Top line specs include a dated 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 with an Adreno 205 GPU. There’s apparently 384MB of RAM,to go with the processing power as well. All this is crammed into the a package the size of the original X10 Mini Pro which means this new phone, whatever it will be called will be compact.
All this is of course unconfirmed but 800MHz and 384MB RAM in an upcoming phone? With dual-core powerhouses like the Motorola Atrix showing other smart phones how things are done, this unreleased Sony Ericsson is coming into the gunfight bringing a fork.
There’s another picture showing the back panel of the device after the jump if you’re interested.
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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According to a Bloomberg report, Sony Ericsson is phasing out Nokia dominated Symbian platform as they claim that the ecosystem isn’t as good as Android. Its CEO Djurberg also added that a X10 successor is expected to be announced this quarter and they would need to launch a Windows Phone 7 device soon.
Sony Ericsson did a horrible job on Symbian and did even worse on Android platform. Now they want to jump right into Windows Phone 7? We simply can’t understand what is their focus right now. When Sony Ericsson started to offer Android, we’re pretty excited as we would expected them to make feature-packed phones with no compromises. In the past, Ericsson was at the forefront of mobile technology especially at the time when Bluetooth and GPRS was introduced. We’re sure you remembered their flagship phones like the R380 symbian smartphone and the T39 which is among the first few to have Bluetooth and GPRS support.
Today, their latest Android line up is still running an older Android 1.6. Even the latest Xperia X8 was not spared while its Android rivals are churning out 2.2 Froyo devices right now. Their last flagship Symbian device, the Satio was utterly rubbish when it comes to usability. Our point is simple, if they can’t even do a proper job on Android, why bother with Windows Phone 7?
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Sony Ericsson has just announced that they have started shipping the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 worldwide but we find it odd as it has been in the market already. In Malaysia, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 is going for RM899 via PBBemall.
The problem here is that Sony Ericsson is still sticking to Android 1.6 and there’s no clear indication when newer updates are available. It is foolish to launch a “new” phone today without Android 2.2 Froyo and X8 to be launched with 1.6 is certainly a bad choice considering new apps requiring 2.X and above.
Despite numerous rumours or statements that a new update is coming, people are getting fed up with Sony Ericsson as indicated in their blog comments for the Xperia X8 announcement. We’re not sure what’s going on with Sony Ericsson. If they are committed with Android platform, they shouldn’t compromise with software updates. It is a shame considering Sony Ericsson is a pioneer mobile device manufacturer to end up this way. If they don’t buck up, they might as well exit the Android platform.
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.
UPDATE: Looks like we’re wrong. The so called “big thing” is the announcement of Sony Xperia X10 on AT&T for US$129.99. There’s no change on the device and it still runs the same old Android 1.6 Donut.
From the shadow it looks like a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. We believe this could be a software upgrade to Android 2.1 Eclair or perhaps Android 2.2 Froyo. Another possibility is another varient of X10 with better specs. As mentioned before, Sony Ericsson is lagging as it still uses Android 1.6 even on its latest Xperia X8. So it is about time Sony upgrades its Android line up.