we talked about Sony's plans to bring the Sony Walkman brand back to phones to create a media class smartphone. Back then, we were talking about a small 2.6" TFT display with a paltry 5.1 MP camera and 600 Mhz processor. There was also talk of a tablet which has of yet to appear. It may be better late than never, but we've now got word that Sony-Ericsson is gearing up marketing in preparation for a 2011 WalkMan mobile launch. And here's the poster to prove it ....
SamFirmWare. They've got a source whose brought not only these lovely images, but some specs for the phone as well. Hopefully the next time we see this crunchy treat is in our hands at Mobile World Congress (which of course takes place in Barcelona next month.)
crossing the FCC, suggesting a US release is in the works. Already on sale in Europe in 8GB and 16GB versions for some time now, the Android 2.1 PMP has a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 resistive touchscreen. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and a microSD slot, together with a 2-megapixel camera on the rear. [via GottaBeMobile]
LiveView failed to set our enthusiasm alight when we reviewed it over at SlashGear, with the Bluetooth-connected mini display falling short of our expectations in terms of functionality and proving temperamental in its wireless stability. The company now says that a firmware update is on course for release in January 2011 which should address some of these problems. Among the priority fixes are more stable Bluetooth connections - particularly when using the LiveView with non-Sony Ericsson devices. The company is also keen to point out that, despite some reports, the LiveView firmware is indeed upgradable, which does leave us a little more enthusiastic about the sub-display's potential.
"As I’ve read some reviews of LiveView™ I’ve noticed that some users are reporting issues with e.g. the connection between the device and the phone. Especially when using phones from our competitors. This is very unfortunate and has been escalated to our developers. They have been working hard on identifying the issues and have solutions coming. In some reviews I have also read comments about the LiveView™ device not being upgradable. I just want to confirm that that is not the case. There will be a software update coming for the device itself. The work is ongoing and the plan is to make this updated software available as an update through SE Update Service in January. Some minor things are also possible to solve within the LiveView™ Application in the phone and updates of that app will be issued on Android Market as for any app." Sony Ericsson[via Clove]
passing through the FCC, though right now very little is known about the handset. The HTC PB92300 is, we're guessing, an Android device, since it has both front and rear cameras; that's not something Windows Phone 7 is set up to deal with right now. Otherwise, the only other confirmed hardware is Bluetooth, WiFi and GSM/EDGE support for the 850 and 1900 bands. HTC has applied for confidentiality until May 15 2011, so we might not see this particular handset - whatever it turns out to be - until Q2 next year. Update: We couldn't get that bright yellow color out of our heads, and so dug around for some shots of the HTC Aria (PB92110) with its battery out. Mojeng provided, and it looks as though this new FCC sticker has the same distinctive cut-outs as the Aria's (shown below). We already know HTC is bringing out a European-spec version, the HTC Gratia, but it's unclear if this is the new phone's label or otherwise. [via Wireless Goodness]