Posts Tagged ‘Sony Ericsson Xperia X10’

Limited Multi-Touch Coming to the Xperia X10

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Sony Ericsson has been very clear for the last several months that there is no multi-touch on the Xperia X10. The hardware is not capable of multi-touch, according to the many announcements on the issue. Many vocal fans continued to press for multi-touch, and it looks like there is a limited solution coming.

The Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog announced a new pinch/zoom feature that is scheduled for release sometime in the first quarter of next year. Evidently Sony Ericsson put its engineers to work to find some way of achieving a semblance of multi-touch, and they succeeded. Due to the limitations, the pinch to zoom feature will only be available in the browser and in Google Maps. Third-party apps can take a crack at it, but the limitations might cause unforeseen problems. Sony Ericsson is being very clear that this is a limited feature, and may have some flaws.

Still, it should help appease some of the fans. I think multi-touch is useful, but I wasn’t up in arms over the lack of it on the X10. I will certainly use it when it becomes available. I’m still waiting for AT&T to get around to updating my phone to Eclair. I think this new feature will take AT&T even longer, but AT&T could surprise us.

Check out the video below to get a better idea of how the new multi-touch feature will work.

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Waiting With Bated Breath – Xperia X10 Upgrade Rolling Out

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Sony Ericsson has begun rolling out the Eclair update for the Xperia X10. To say this has been long awaited by fans of Sony Ericsson’s Android venture is an extreme understatement. Fans are largely unhappy with the progress to date, which is unfortunate. Some of them are expressing themselves in crude ways on the Sony Ericsson blogs, and others are just stewing silently. There are those among us that continue to wait patiently. Our number is diminishing, however.

Updates on the upgrade have been few and far between, but we now know that the roll-out which began in the Nordic countries has begun its world-wide spread. Some African countries have begun getting the update, as has Russia. There are some scattered reports of updates in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Notably missing on this list are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States. Canada already expected the update in November, according to the Twitter page for Sony Ericsson Canada.

My sympathies go out to the beleaguered Rikard Skogberg, one of the lone voices taking the heat for Sony Ericsson. He has been pretty clear in his posts that this upgrade is a process, and will take time. He also notes that the update has been in the hands of the carriers for some time now, and that the delay is on their part. This means AT&T customers may never get the upgrade, based on my experience with AT&T.

If you haven’t received the upgrade yet, here are the features you can look forward to:

  • Android 2.1
  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • New back up and restore application
  • 2 additional homescreens
  • Social phonebook to sync contact pictures from Facebook and online status

As AT&T didn’t carry the Xperia X10 until August, my wait has not been nearly as long as some of the others. I waited that long just to get the phone, but now have only been waiting for Eclair for two months. I can imagine the angst among those wanting the newer features, and access to Eclair-minimum apps. I have been pretty content with the add-ons to Donut that Sony Ericsson provided, though. There are some features that mimic some Froyo features, and others are only available on the Xperia. This is definitely a positive in Sony Ericsson’s camp.

As more information on the upgrade comes in, I’ll be sure to post updates. I am anxiously awaiting it myself. I hope the carriers pick up the pace a bit, and take on some of the pressure as is only fair.

To get the latest information about the update, you can check out the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.

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Eclair Delayed for Xperia X10

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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The Xperia X10 from Sony Ericsson has caught a lot of flack for its Android 1.6 OS. Even if Sony Ericsson modded the 1.6 so it has some pretty spectacular bonus features, people are still getting hung up on the 1.6 version. Version 2.1, Eclair, had been scheduled for a late Q3 release, which would have begun by the end of next week. In a blog post this morning, Sony Ericsson bumped the date to late October or beyond, depending on your particular model.

On the one hand, the Xperia X10 is a perfectly capable phone, regardless of its current OS model. It is easy to use, has a large screen, one of the best digital cameras available, and more. On the other hand, the update has been dangling for a while, and some fans are pretty upset by yet another delay. While I am disappointed, I appreciated the fact that additional information was added to the post as a bit of consolation. We have a better idea of what exactly is coming with the upgrade.

Update Specs:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus
  • New back up and restore app
  • 5 homescreens
  • Social phonebook

As I said before, the Xperia X10 as it currently stands is a perfectly capable phone. There are certain popular apps that require a minimum of Eclair though, so once I saw that the upgrades would begin in September I was pretty excited. Add to that the 720p video recording upgrade and the value of the update increased even more. The backup and restore features can be useful, but my first thought is that I could take or leave the feature. It isn’t particularly compelling at present, especially since I have installed the Sony Ericsson syncing software on my computer. I am pretty happy about the 5 home screens though. Looking at all the home screens available on the tiny HTC Aria left me with a bit of home screen envy. I am looking forward to having more room to put widgets.

The social phonebook is a welcomed feature. I was surprised that I couldn’t use Facebook images as contact photos natively on my Xperia. I had to install an app that performed the sync for me. Now I’ll be able to download contact photos without needing that additional app. It is a feature that makes sense considering the Facebook enhancements already on the phone.

The minis didn’t escape notice either. Here is what X10 mini owners can look forward to:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • Improved Bluetooth functionality
  • New backup and restore app
  • Automatic phone book image sync
  • Improved picture, audio, text handling

The X10 update will begin in late October. As the builds are available they will be launched. This means different markets will get the product sooner than those in other markets. Hopefully North America is in the first draft.

While I am disappointed that the upgrade was delayed, I appreciated the additional upgrade information Sony Ericsson provided. I am really looking forward to the HD video upgrade. I think the Xperia X10 is still one of the best phones on the market, and these updates will go far in keeping Sony Ericsson competitive. It would just be nice if the updates were more timely.