Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update announced

Still wondering if Sony Ericsson is really serious about being a big player in the Android ecosytem? Well, today’s announcement that the Xperia X10 will get a new lease of life this summer via an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update further proves that the company is firmly behind Google mobile OS and Windows Phone 7 is definitely something of the past for the company. As you probably already know, SE isn’t known for its execution or product support but things seem to be moving in the right direction ever since the announcement of the PlayStation Suite and certified games system and the company’s new roaster of Android devices announced at MWC last which includes the Xperia Play gaming phone (hands on video here) and sleek looking Xperia Arc (my hands on video here).

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The Xperia X10 is still getting Android 2.1 in September. But where’s Froyo?

It’s been a while since I posted about the Sony Ericsson X10 mainly because it’s kind of “old news” here in Europe (the device came out a while ago here). So what’s the deal? Well, back in May Sony Ericsson officially announced that the Xperia X10will get its Android 2.1 update in September but since then nothing new has been heard and with the launch of the US version still sporting Android 1.6 many have been wondering if the X10 will ever receive 2.1 as originaly planned. Today Sony Ericsson UK has confirmed  on Twitter that 2.1 was still scheduled to hit the streets in September with HD video recoding and a couple of other features:

The update is due for release before the end of September. This will still include HD video recording. We hope this helps.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.1 and HD video recoding update in Q4 2010

Finally some good news coming out of Sony Ericsson today; The Xperia X10 will officially get an upgrade to Android 2.1 later this year (Q4 2010) and receive a couple of new features too:

Some examples of user benefits that will be included in the UXP upgrade for Xperia™ X10 in Q4 2010 are:
- Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
- HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz™
- Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
- Improvements to signature applications Timescape™ and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

HD- Video (720P) recording hopefully means that HTC will also deliver on its promises…remember that HTC told me a couple of months ago that DivX playback and HD video will be enabled on the HTC Desire with a future update…Anyway, SE is also announcing that the Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro will also be updated to Android 2.1 in Q4 2010.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini headed to Vodafone UK

There hasn’t been much news about Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 Mini since its announcement back in February during MWC10. SE just can’t seem to release a product on time lately but according to the picture above the X10 Mini is headed to Vodafone UK soon (picture taken from the May issue of Vodafone UK’s catalog). For more info on the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro check ouy my hands-on video here  and size comparison here.

Source: CoolSmartPhone

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to receive Android 2.1 and Multi-Touch update later this year


As it was announced a few weeks ago, the Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 will receive an update to Android 2.1 in H2 2010 (around September). but most importantly this update will also enable multi-touch support on the device. Contrary to what some SE representative state a little while ago, the X10 doe support this function (his statement didn’t make any sense anyways I have never heard of a capacitive display that doesn’t support it, it’s just a driver thing.)

Source: Mobiles.co.uk

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 out now on T-Mobile UK


Looks like T-Mobile UK is on a roll today! The much anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is now available for order on T-Mobile’s UK online store. Like the HTC Desire it will cost you nothing with a 24 Months plan (at £35/month) or £129 with with a £22/month contract. The handset is expected to be delivered in 10 days (hopefully no delay…).

Source: T-Mobile UK

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro hands-on videos

Here are two hands-on videos I shot a couple of hours ago at Sony Ericsson’s press event. The first one shows (yes it’s blurry sorry, the lighting was horrible & it was a real pain to focus on the device…) is a UI walk-through of the Xperia X10 Mini. The second one (which isn’t blurry…) is basically the same thing but on the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. As you can see the whole thing is smooth as silk (the screen looks really sharp in real life btw). As it was mentioned in the specs those two phones are using Qualcomm’s MSM7227 SoC @ 600Mhz.

Xperia X10 Mini:

Xperia X10 Mini Pro:

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs Xperia X10 Mini Pro size comparison

 

Here’s a couple of size comparison pictures of the newly announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs the Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

Here’s a front shot (Mini on the left & Mini Pro on the right):

Front shot with the Mini Pro keyboard open:

Back shot (Mini Pro on the left & Mini on the right):

Thickness shot (Mini on the left & Mini Pro on the right), as you can see the Mini Pro is a bit thicker because of the keyboard. But it isn’t that big at all and feels really good in the hand:

I’ll upload some hands-on action with the two devices in a few…

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro announced


Sony Ericsson just unveiled the Xperia X10 Mini & Xperia X10 Mini Pro a few hours ago in Barcelona during the pre – MWC conference today. If you remember we saw a couple of Xperia X10 Minipictures a couple of weeks ago so it was kinda expected that the handset will be made official today. But the big surprise came from the Xperia X10 Mini Pro which is basically an Xperia  X10 Mini with a 4 row sliding-qwerty keyboard! Here are the full specs of the devices:

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro Sony Ericsson Timescape™ – brings together all communication in one place Four corner control – applications, calls, web, the consumer decides. Four customisable icons for ultimate control 5 megapixel camera and video – share creations via the web Music player links to music stores and YouTube™ – access the world of music Android platform – with Google™ services and Android Market™ QWERTY keyboard – slide and text for quick and easy messaging (Xperia™ X10 mini pro only)


Xperia™ X10 mini:

Size: 83 x 50 x 16 mm
Weight: 88 grams
Phone memory: Up to 128MB
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Memory card included: 2GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Xperia™ X10 mini pro:

Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm
Weight: 120 grams
Phone memory: Up to 128MB
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Memory card included: 2GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Both phones Will ship with Android 1.6 and feature Sony Ericssons Timescape UI customized for the smaller screen (you now have for new soft buttons placed at each corner of the screen, those buttons can also be changed by the user. Both handsets also feature a 3.5mm jack, 5Mpix camera with LED flash & Auto-Focus and capacitive touchscreens. Availability is said to be Q2 2010.

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 will get Android 2.X, but not now


In a recent blog post titled “Xperia X10 will be upgradeable”, Sony Ericsson’s Sumit Malhotra discuss the merits of SE’s Timescape UI sitting on top of Android and the fact that every time he demos the X10 people always ask him why it is still based on Android 1.6 and not a higher version:

On the other hand when moving over to talk about the user interface, I have felt some skepticism in the air since people tend to have adopted quickly to Android release version as their context of competitiveness. Quite often, the starting point for this part of the demonstration is a 1.6 release remark if I would generalize my interactions to date. [...] I have probably painted a positive picture, but I am sharing the discussions I have had and my take outs from them. I am not trying to hide from the fact that there are platform upgrades between android 1.6 and 2.1, if utilized can enhance the experience for developers and users. Having that said, I have had discussions with carriers that are very sensitive and concerned generally about taking on devices in their range that are not competitive enough. I have faced head to head comparisons between Xperia X10 and generic 2.1 Android devices (as well as other OS) and carriers have concluded that we still stand strong in comparison. This because of the layer that we ad on top of the generic OS.

Source: Sony Ericsson via theunwired

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 coming to Vodafone UK in April


According to Vodafone UK’s webstore the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is scheduled to arrive in April in the UK. Unfortunately there’s no pricing yet but it’s good to finally have an availability date this time (unlike T-Mobile Germany’s announcement a few days ago). Hopefully the X10 won’t be delayed…

Source: Vodafone UK

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 announced on T-Mobile Germany


T-Mobile Germany just announced that they are going to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in April. Unfortunately no price (or data plan) was given today. As you probably already know the X10 is Sony Ericsson’s first Android (1.6) smartphone and is powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon Chipset clocked at 1Ghz (and also has a pretty good 8Mpix camera). Hopefully the handset will come out on time and won’t be delayed…

Source: theunwired

New Xperia X10 camera samples


It’s been a while since we saw the first sample pictures shot with the Xperia X10′s 8.1Mpix camera. Today DailyMobile.se posted a couple of news ones that will probably make you think twice before buying a Newus One. Looks like Sony Ericsson did a pretty good job with the camera sensor and lens. Head over here to check the whole gallery.

Source: DailyMobile.se

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 coming to Canada in Q2 exclusively on Rogers


Canada’s Rogers just announced that they will launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in Q2:

Toronto , January 5, 2010 – Canadians will be among the first in the world to experience open and integrated social media, communication and entertainment with the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ™ X10 phone, which will make its North American debut first in Canada , exclusively from Rogers . The Xperia ™ X10 is expected to be available in the second quarter 2010.

“At Rogers , we have built our legacy on innovation, bringing the most exciting and exclusive handsets first to customers in Canada ,” said John Boynton , Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications. “We are thrilled to be the exclusive Canadian carrier to offer this phenomenal mobile entertainment device.”

“Building on our entertainment heritage, the Xperia ™ X10 underpins our commitment to an open and multi-platform strategy that maximizes choice for the consumer and delivers the best possible entertainment experience,” said Andrea Gaal, General Manager, Sony Ericsson Canada . “This handset makes communications more fun and more playful while multiplying and enriching opportunities to connect.”

You can read the rest of the PR here. US and wolrdwide launch should be announced later this week.

Source: SMR PR

One more Xperia X10 hands-on video


Here’s new hands on video of the Xperia X10 (in french). As you can see the UI is now running fairly smoothly:

Sony Ericsson is expected to announce some new Xperia X10 info (vilibility, etc..) during CES in Vegas next week.

Source: GPS&Co

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video round-up

Here are three videos of Sony Ericsson‘s Xperia X10 in action for those of you who are eagerly waiting to get your hands-on the device when it’s finally released in a few months.

The first video shows Google Goggles apps:

Google Navigation in New York City:

Finally, the Wikitude augmented reality application:

Hopefully SE won’t delay the device this time around. More info regarding the retail availibilty of the X10 should be known during CES in a few days.

Via: YouTube

The Xperia X10 hits the FCC for a second round


Following last weeks FCC approval of the Sony Ericsson X10 her comes a second Xperia X10 but this time with the WCDMA 850 / 1900 and Quad Edge bands. This means that the phone is compatible with AT&T, Bell, Telus and Rogers. Other than that it’s the usual FCC stuff. The good news though, is that SE seems to be pushing the X10 hard so it will hopefully be released on time (early 2010).
Don’t forget to grab the user manual here.

Source FCC via Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 passes the FCC

Xperia X10 FCC
Will the Xperia X10 be on time? Well, it looks like Sony Ericsson is pushing hard to get it right this time around (unlike the Xperia X2). The device has just passed the FCC in the US which means that it shouldn’t be too far off. Head over to the FCC’s website to check out all the info (user manual etc..)

Source: FCC via engadget

One more Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 video

Here’s another Xperia X10 hands-on video for your viewing pleasure:

Source: YouTube via HDBlog.it