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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We don’t know about you but Sony Ericsson’s Android offering have been disappointing to say the least. A flagship offering that’s running an archaic version of Android (1.6 versus the current 2.1 and 2.2 running on various other devices) is not going to get hearts racing.
To be fair, when we first got wind of that Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line of smartphones will be running Android, we were very excited and was looking forward to what the once leading manufacturer can do with the open source platform. Turns out, nothing much. Yes, the Xperia experience has been disappointing in our opinion
Anyways, Sony Ericsson has put out a series of videos to showcase some of the features of the Xperia X10. Take a look for yourself, it’s funny and interesting to watch but seriously, we can’t say the same about the device itself *sigh*.
Full series of the funny Xperia X10 videos after the jump.
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 1923hrs 12072010) The word’s out, at the very least, the something “exciting” from Maxis has nothing to do with a tie-up with Sony Ericsson. But Sony Ericsson who tweeted this morning that they have something exciting to announce have yet to say anything. A new device launch could still be in the pipeline. Though, we’re wondering why is it taking Sony Ericsson so long.
Earlier, Maxis mentioned on Twitter that they will be making an “exciting” announcement today. With just that one tweet, the social media space went to work speculating on whether Maxis will officially announce the pre-order date for the iPhone 4.
We thought that a pre-order announcement from Maxis would be a bit too premature right now. Rather, a more ideal date would be sometime around 19 July – assuming that the iPhone 4 launch itself will be within the second week of August.
As far as we know, Maxis is the only telco that’s currently offering Sony Ericsson phones with contract bundles. Namely the Xperia X10.
Could this big announcement that Maxis is making have to do with a new Sony Ericsson phone launch?
If it is indeed true, we’re looking at a possible X10 Mini or X10 Pro launch.
But then again, we could be completely wrong.