Posts Tagged ‘Froyo’

Xperia X10 To Receive Gingerbread

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

In a gratifying reversal, Sony Ericsson formally announced the coming Gingerbread release for the Xperia X10. The news was posted in a message on the Product Launch Blog. So, why the change of heart?

First, according to the blog, they’ve “heard our requests.” They also made a lot of progress while developing for their newest Xperia phones, which enabled them to update the previously doomed X10. There are some limitations, though, and Sony Ericsson wants to be clear that the limitations are known in advance.

The X10 won’t include some of Sony’s better features like the smile detection on the camera. Instead the stock Gingerbread camera will be used. I particularly like that feature, but it is a small price to pay for getting the latest OS. Face recognition will also be lost due to the stock camera. Any DRM content will be overwritten in the upgrade, so you’ll likely have to deal with that when the time comes if you want to listen to your music. Other than that, the limitations as currently stated are pretty minor. There will be some downsizing of language support and the Backup and Restore app will go away.

The update is due by the end of Q2 or early Q3, but we’ll have to wait and see. It will be based on Gingerbread 2.3.3, and this will be the “final” upgrade. That works for me. I’m looking at another year before I can upgrade, so the Gingerbread bump will be quite useful. I’ve long since abandoned AT&T’s meager Donut offering, and am currently running Froyo on my phone. The differences are pretty spectacular. As might be expected, AT&T customers won’t be getting this update. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands if you are so inclined. In my experience it was worth it.

Gingerbread is nearly complete at XDA, but the camera isn’t quite ready. Froyo got a nice camera upgrade recently at XDA, if you want to check that out. All this was without the benefit of kernel access, so Sony Ericsson should be able to produce a nice package for us to enjoy.

I’m pretty stoked about this news. I’ll be watching for updates and pass them along.

Did AT&T Already Ax the Xperia X10?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

AT&T logo

There have been rumors that AT&T is planning to ax the Xperia X10 as of March 6. Axing it before even giving it a chance. It appears that AT&T may have jumped the gun a bit, as the Xperia X10 is no longer shown on the AT&T site. See the image below for the current Android offerings.

The Motorola Backflip, also expected to get the ax, is shown as out of stock. The Samsung Captivate is also out of stock, but more likely due to AT&T’s better marketing efforts for the device. As you can see, the Xperia X10 is nowhere to be found. Not even refurbished.

AT&T customers who bought an Xperia X10 have received virtually no support for the device. While the world enjoyed Eclair and two subsequent upgrades, AT&T customers are still stuck with Android 1.6. Considering the speculative March 6 end date, it would seem that AT&T never intended to offer Eclair for its customers. Those customers are going to be stuck for the next year and a half as AT&T finally starts focusing on Android and leaves the early adopters behind. With Mobile World Congress occurring next week, it is possible we will see the Xperia Arc or Xperia Play making their way towards AT&T. If that happens, there will be a lot of disappointed customers at AT&T – more than the usual amount.

AT&T has left Xperia owners no choice but to de-brand and upgrade the software themselves. De-branding alone gets rid of all the AT&T bloatware, and the phone is noticeably faster. Add Eclair to the phone, and things get even better. XDA has everything you need. You can even upgrade to beta builds of Froyo, or alpha builds of Gingerbread. There are a lot of people at XDA committed to giving us the most our phones can offer. Be sure to check out the site when you are ready to enjoy the phone that AT&T doesn’t want you to have.

AT&T is going to learn a valuable lesson this year. Poor customer service is bad for business. We’ll see the first wave when people start switching to Verizon for their iPhone fix. Next, the Android customers will be forced to de-brand their phones in order to get timely updates. Hopefully this will be enough of a wake up call that things will change at AT&T. I am not holding my breath though. I am really enjoying Froyo on my Xperia X10. I welcome you to join me.

Sony Reader for Android Now Available

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A while back I posted about a Sony Reader app for iPhone and Android coming in December. I checked back in December and saw a new image indicating it would be available in January instead. January being nearly over, the app is now available, at least on Android.

Some of the highlights:

  • Create and edit bookmarks and highlights in books
  • Includes 3 Classic titles and 3 excerpts from Bestsellers
  • Adjustable Font sizes
  • Sync reading position, bookmarks, and highlights to Reader Daily Edition (PRS-950SC with firmware 2.0)

Is the Sony Reader app ready to compete with the Kindle and Nook apps already available? We’ll have to see. I tried to install the app, searching everywhere for it. I started from my phone in the Android Market, then tried using my browser to download directly from Sony. Finally I got on my computer to search. That’s when I found the problem. This app is available for Froyo and beyond. That’s right. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 users need not apply. You can’t use a Sony app. Eventually I’ll install a Froyo Rom on my phone and test this app out, but until it is stable I’ll have to watch from the sidelines. While this minimum OS requirement will not be a problem for the forthcoming Xperia Arc, it seems like an ill-timed slight for X10 fans who recently learned there will be no official Froyo upgrade. Hopefully this will be addressed, though it is unlikely.

If you’ve been looking forward to viewing your Sony Reader content on your phone, and you have Froyo, go ahead and enjoy the app. iPhone users will get their app soon. You can follow the download link here. For the rest of us, there is always the Kindle, Nook, or Google Book app for our reading pleasure.