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Android 2.1 for XPERIA X10, X10 mini & X10 mini pro in Q3

It's not just the XPERIA X8 that is giving Sony Ericsson Android shivers this morning; the company has also announced its Android 2.1 upgrade plans for the XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro.  All three handsets will see an Android 2.1 update in Q3 2010 "in selected markets", which will also see the X10's camera boosted with HD video recording capabilities. Then, in Q4 2010, the XPERIA X10 will receive a further update that will tweak the onboard Timescape and Mediascape apps with some new refinements.  Finally, it will get the ability to wirelessly connect to a compatible TV, and show multimedia content stored on the handset. [via SlashGear] Press Release: Sony Ericsson delivers the most entertaining smartphones · Sony Ericsson brings together the very best of communication and entertainment in its Xperia™ collection · The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will all receive software upgrades from Q3 onwards in selected markets. Additional features to be added to the X10 in Q4. · The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 extends the range of the most entertaining smartphones Singapore – June 16, 2010 – Xperia™ brings consumers the best communication and entertainment experiences, delivered in a collection of smartphones to give consumers choice in size and style. The Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will all receive software upgrades during their lifecycle to improve performance and add new communication and entertainment experiences. From Q3 2010 onwards, the Xperia™ X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro smartphones will be upgraded to run on the Android 2.1 operating system in selected markets. The Xperia™ X10’s position as the best multimedia Android smartphone will be strengthened through the addition of HD video recording as part of the same Q3 upgrade. A further upgrade to the Xperia™ X10 in Q4 will make it possible to connect wirelessly to and display content on your television and enhance the Timescape™ and Mediascape applications. Xperia™ smartphones add best-in-class entertainment on top of smartphone fundamentals such as applications (apps), maps, email and fast internet connection to create the most entertaining smartphones. The Xperia™ X10 is the flagship of the Xperia™ collection and has an 8.1 megapixel camera and 4-inch screen for best in class multimedia creation and viewing. Signature applications such as Mediascape and Timescape™ help you to organise content and bring your multimedia and communication alive. In addition to features and applications, design is essential to the entertainment experience. Sony Ericsson’s human curvature design philosophy is applied across the portfolio to package the technology into products that look and feel great. Using design innovation, Sony Ericsson makes the Xperia™ smartphones available with a choice of size and style. Steve Walker, Head of Product Marketing at Sony Ericsson, commented, “Sony Ericsson’s vision is to be the communication entertainment brand. We are focusing strongly on the smartphone market and specifically on creating the most entertaining smartphones. Sony Ericsson is uniquely positioned to do this thanks to our experience in creating Walkman and Cybershot phones and the strong collaboration with our parent company Sony.”

HTC Hero OTA update paves way for Android 2.1 release

Could the HTC Hero Android 2.1 update be finally nearing release?  A new update for the smartphone has been announced on the HTC support page, described as a "Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update"; we've previously seen the Android 2.1 firmware for the Hero distributed in a two-stage process, with the handsets first prepared for the new version with an initial, smaller update, before the larger upgrade is distributed. That seems to be happening for Hero handsets in Europe; HTC have previously said are on track for a June 2010 release for the new firmware, having already released it in Thailand.  Anybody out there with a Hero that's been offered this update OTA yet? [via Twitter]

How To Manually Update to Froyo – Smorgasbord

With the release of Froyo today I see there are a few of you that don’t understand how to get it. Well there is three different ways you can get Froyo now other than waiting for the official OTA and I will guide you through all of them.

Android 2.1 update for Motorola MILESTONE is out

Motorola have finally pushed out the Android 2.1 firmware update for the Motorola MILESTONE, with the software being available today for direct download or, the company promise, as an OTA update in the next few days.  Android 2.1 brings with it the potential for up to 9 homescreen panes, Live Wallpapers, speech-to-text and various bug and security fixes. It's been a few months since Motorola's last update for the MILESTONE, which saw the handset blessed with Android 2.0.1.  In the meantime, Motorola's other Android devices - those with MOTOBLUR - have languished with Android 1.6. You can download Android 2.1 for the MILESTONE here, though you'll need a PC to install it to your phone.  More details in the release notes [PDF link]; let us know how you get on! [via SlashGear]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Android 2.1 update promised for Q4 2010

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that their XPERIA X10 series, which includes the X10, XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro, will receive an upgrade to Android 2.1. This update won’t happen until Q4 later this year. This update will add HD video recording to the X10 as well as other media-centric tweaks.

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Now Has The Android Market and Paid Apps

For some reason most Android internet tablets doesn’t come with the ability to access the market. This factor is the reason why most people shy away from buying them. To try an offset this, the maker of the tablet usually tries to install a lot of apps that they think will be useful to the user. Now there’s a work around for this on the Archos 5, you can install a hacked version of the Market and have access to mostly ever app.

Android 2.2 Froyo on May 19th?

Is Android 2.2 just around the metaphorical corner?  The next update for Google's mobile platform is currently being tested by the company, reckon Android and Me, who have been digging through their visitor stats and finding records of devices running v2.2.  They've also heard from additional sources that the new build is, indeed, being trialled prior to public release.

HTC Desire update in next week says T-Mobile UK

T-Mobile UK's HTC Desire has only been in buyers' pockets for a week or so, but already the carrier is warning owners to be ready for an OTA update.  In a new post on the carrier's support forum, T-Mobile says they are "aware that HTC is planning to release a new software update" and are working with the manufacturer to make sure owners have no issues receiving it.

Pasen Android MID5

Android is continuing is assault in the MID/Tablet market. This one comes from a company that is known for (knockoffs) MP4’s. But, this thing looks really good and I would imagine there are a few people that would love to get their hands on it.
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