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Sony Ericsson Anzu X12 gets a preview months before official announcement

17 Nov

Eldar Murtazin and his band of merrymen have done it again! Not patient enough to give Sony Ericsson a chance to announce their upcoming XPERIA X10 successor, they have put up a detailed preview of the XPERIA X12 aka Anzu on Mobile Review.

According to them, the X12 will be launched in early-2011 and will run on Android 2.2. It will eventually be upgraded to Android 2.3 aka Gingerbreak later in the summer. While the X12 will be the X10’s successor with its 4.3-inch display and 12.0 MP shooter, they are not impressed by the overall product. The display is not at par with S-AMOLED and S-LCD displays found in most high-end smartphones these days. Also, it runs on Qualcomm’s MSM7230 chipset with a processor clocked at 800 MHz, while most of its competitors will be packing multi-core processors next year that can do real 1080p HD video recording.

The X12 would be just about at par with the current Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire HD and won’t be able to compete with Samsung and HTC products of 2011. Seems like another case of a Sony Ericsson project getting delayed to us.

SOURCE: Mobile Review

Sony Ericsson's LiveView – a mini accessory that controls your Android device

1 Oct

Now you won’t have to drag out your Android smartphone from your pocket or your handbag each time it rings. Instead, you can view your incoming calls, messages, tweets and Facebook updates on LiveView, a portable Bluetooth accessory by Sony Ericsson. This LiveView has a 1.3-inch coloured OLED display and it connects with your Android mobile phone (supports Android 2.1 OS and above) once you download an app on your phone and consequently, users can read their messages, play music and find out who’s calling them.

Now that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 line up is about to receive an OS update this October, this portable Bluetooth device will be worth a buy this Diwali and if in case, you lack the patience of waiting till then, you can try it out with those ‘haute-arse’ Moto and HTC devices running on Android 2.1.

XPERIA X10 line-up to get software update only by the end of this October

27 Sep

Sony Ericsson is still struggling to provide a software update to its XPERIA X10 line-up users. While the Android freaks around the world have almost gotten over with the last version of Android – Android 2.1 aka Eclair, the folks at Sony Ericsson have declared that they still need some more time for the roll-out of the Eclair update on the XPERIA X10 lineage (XPERIA X10, XPERIA X10 mini and the XPERIA X10 mini pro).

Sony Ericsson will only be ready with the update by the end of this October and here’s what you can expect from the update


  • HD video recording.
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, folders and shortcuts
  • Automatic syncing of Facebook pictures of all your contacts in the phonebook. 

XPERIA X10 mini and XPERIA X10 mini pro will get

  • improved Bluetooth functionality (sharing of audio and video files would be relatively faster).
  • Automatic syncing of Facebook pictures of all your contacts in the phonebook. 
  • New back-up and restore app for with extended content back-up.

Point to be noted- It has also been specifically mentioned by handset vendor that the update will be made available in a phased roll-out and it will take some more additional weeks, which theoretically means that the XPERIA x10 users will only enjoy Eclair by the end of November. Truly, nothing can be more depressing!

Homegrown brands eat into Nokia's market share in India

24 Jun

Looks like the golden era of our desi mobile handset brands has just begun. According to the Voice&Data100 Indian Telecom Survey, the Indian handset vendors have grabbed a 14 per cent share of the Indian mobile handset market this year (2009-2010) which was just 4 per cent during the last financial year (2008-2009). Nokia which calls itself an Indian brand (pun intended) now seems to face a real challenge by these domestic vendors as the Finnish giant has suffered almost 12 per cent drop in market share during this period (from 62 per cent to 52.2 per cent).

Micromax captured a 4.1 per cent market share in handset revenue, Spice Mobiles occupied a 3.9 per cent share, Karbonn had a 3 per cent share, Lava’s share stood at 1.1 per cent and Lemon and Max had 1 per cent and 0.9 per cent share respectively.

Although Nokia still has the maximum market share of 52 per cent in the Indian handset market, the revenues of the giant have sunk terribly this year. Even by expanding its product portfolio by launching 22 new devices and making the handsets available across 2,00,000 retail outlets, the giant couldn’t save its dipping revenues which suffered badly by dropping to Rs 14,100 crore this year from Rs 16,567 crore last year, according to the report.

While Nokia lost 12 per cent market share this year, Samsung gained a cumulative 7 percentage points of market share, making it the second largest handset vendor after Nokia with a market share of 17.4 per cent. LG somehow managed to occupy 5.9 per cent share but the situation of Sony Ercisson has gotten worse. With a very less variety of low-end and mid-end phones, the vendor now has a minority share in the Indian handset market.

Source: CIOL

Sony Ericsson announces XPERIA X8, Yendo and Cedar

17 Jun

Sony Ericsson has announced three new handsets – XPERIA X8, Yendo and Cedar and has also promised an upgrade to Android 2.1 for its XPERIA X10 series at the sidelines of ComminicAsia 2010.

The XPERIA X8 features a 3.0 inch HVGA touchscreen display and is based on Android 1.6 aka Donut. It will sport the four corner touch UI which was debuted on the XPERIA X10 Mini and the XPERIA X10 Mini Pro. A free trial version of Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Google maps, Timescape and Facebook app will be embedded in the phone. Connectivity features will include – 3G with HSPA, A-GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The phone has a 3.2 MP snapper, 3.5 mm audio jack and internal memory of 128MB which is expandable up to 16GB (users will get a 2GB microSD card with the box). It will be available in select countries in Dark Blue/White, Aqua Blue/White, Pink/White and Silver/White colour schemes.

After launching the Xylo and the Spiro a few months back, Sony Ercisson has now added a full touchscreen phone – Yendo, to its Walkman series. It has a 2.6 inch QVGA display and is based on Sony Ercisson’s proprietary OS. The media player will include popular features from Sony Ercisson’s Walkman series of phones like PlayNow, MediaGo and Touch TrackID (to find out the name of the track with just a touch). Social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Orkut will be pre-installed on the handset.

The tech-specs include a 2.0 MP camera with 4X zoom, Bluetooth, GPRS, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack and 5MB of internal memory. The disappointing part is that it will offer only 3.5 hours of talk time which is pretty less and there is no mention of memory upgradation with a micro SD card. It will be available in the following colours: black, blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, white and yellow.

The Cedar will be the handset vendor’s latest addition in the GreenHeart series. It has a 2.3 inch TFT display and sports the widget manager 2.0 which lets you access social networks straight form the homescreen. The Cedar is 3G enabled and sports a 2.0 MP camera with video recording, FM Radio, 3.5 mm audio jack and will offer a talktime of 12.5 hours. Colour schemes – Black/Silver and Black/Red.

Sony Ericsson to announce XPERIA X8 on June 16?

14 Jun

What you are looking at over here could be the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 aka Shakira. While the Columbian singer is going ‘waka waka’ in South Africa, we have a hunch that Sony Ericsson could introduce this phone at a press conference in Singapore on June 16. There are no specifications available for it right now but we believe that this could be placed in between the XPERIA X10 and the X10 Mini. We could probably looking at a 3.0 inch display, a 5.0 MP camera and all the works. Of course, it would be running Android (hopefully 2.1) and should rock a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch.

However, there are two things that have caught our attention. First is the use of the X10 Mini UI that has customisable shortcuts at the edges of the screen and secondly is how thick the device looks in these set of pictures. There is no proof of the X8 to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard so what could make it so thick? Seems like we will have to wait for a day or so…

via The Unwired

Sony Ericsson files application to trademark the word 'Nexus' in the EU

3 May

Sony Ericsson has filed an application with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union to trademark the word ‘Nexus’.

The move is interesting, considering that Sony Ericsson had claimed at its MWC press conference in February that it had been approached by Google to create a device in the Nexus series Android smartphone but Sony Ericsson passed the offer considering that they were not an OEM company and would always launch a phone under its own brand.

So what is this application, filed on April 27 all about? The application indicates that Nexus won’t be a phone but rather a UI, very much like HTC’s Sense UI or even Sony Ericsson’s own Timescape and Mediascape interfaces.

An excerpt from the application: “Graphical user interface software for mobile devices; and software for enhancing the user experience in a mobile device or worldwide web interface.

The only thing that beats us is why Sony Ericsson could not come up with a better name, something that’s not already taken?

Sony Ericsson expands its Walkman family, announces Zylo and Spiro

19 Apr

Carrying forward the legacy of Walkman series, Sony Ericsson has launched two new Walkman phones with social networking capabilities- Zylo and Spiro. These bizarrely named handsets do not bring a breath of fresh air because their repetitive slider designs (D-pad in the centre and keys on left and right) usually seen in the previous Walkman series handsets.

Sony Ericsson’s Spiro might not debut any new feature but the Zylo features FLAC format (best sound quality ever on a mobile phone).

The Zylo sports a 2.6 inch QVGA display, 3.2 MP camera with 2X digital zoom, video recording, Bluetooth, 260 MB of inbuilt memory which is expandable up-to 16 GB with microSD card. Users can stay connected to their online pals with Facebook and Twitter and can also upload photos and videos on Flickr, Picassa and YouTube. Apart from the new FLAC format, the Zylo will also offer the usual Walkman series features such as PlayNow and TrachID. Colour options: Jazz Black, Chacha Silver and Swing Pink


The Spiro has a 2.2 inch QVGA display, a 2.0 MP camera with 2X digital zoom, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth and 5 MB of internal memory expandable up-to 16 GB with a micro SD card. It also offers TrackID and PlayNow features.


There is no word on pricing as yet but we do know that the handsets are expected to arrive in Q3 this year.

To be honest, both these phones are a step back for Sony Ericsson, which we believe, has done a great job with its Vivaz and XPERIA X10 series of phones. The industrial design of those phones come as a whiff of much-neeed fresh air for Sony Ericsson. Whereas these two Walkman phones bring nothing new to the table – design or features. The Zylo and Spiro would probably enable Sony Ericsson to remain relevant in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment but that space is too crowded for these phones to create a niche for themselves.

Sony Ericsson launches XPERIA X10 and Vivaz in India

26 Mar


Our sources never prove to be wrong and like we reported last week, Sony Ericsson has finally launched its first Android device in India today, the XPERIA X10. The lovechild of Swedish and Japanese parents also launched the Vivaz, the world’s first camphone that does continuous auto-focus while shooting videos in HD quality.


The tall 4 inch display of XPERIA X10 features Sony Ericsson’s customised UX user interface that offers apps like Mediascape and Timescape. The former app lets you access content (music, photos and videos) from your device, YouTube and PlayNow in a very simple way whereas the latter one packs your conversation with a person in one place without making you open different apps. Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack, 8.0 MP camera and face recognition.  

The XPERIA X10 is priced at Rs 35,795.

Sony Ericsson’s Vivaz is truly meant for HD video recording and sharing. You can shoot videos at 720p HD and can put your masterpieces on YouTube and Picasa. Carrying forward the legacy of Satio, it is based on Symbian S60 fifth edition.

The phone runs on a snappy 720 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8.1 MP camera with autofocus, image stabilization and face detection, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack and will come bundled with an 8GB microSD card. 
The Vivaz is priced at Rs 25,695.


Sony Ericsson to launch XPERIA X10 in India next week

18 Mar

Come March 26 and Sony Ericsson will launch its first Android phone in India – the XPERIA X10. Dominated by a massive 4.0 inch display and an 8.0 MP camera, the X10 could be the multimedia monster that has eluded Android so far.

Like most vendors, Sony Ericsson has customised the user interface and has added features like mediascape and timescape that keep users on top of their multimedia and online social networks.

At the moment, the X10 runs on Android OS 1.6, though Sony Ericsson says it will update it to the latest OS version soon.

We are yet to ascertain the price of the X10 but we won’t be surprised if it is priced upwards of Rs 30k when it hits shelves later this month.

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