Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8

Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone with Android

Sony today has quietly, and without much of any press, or Walkman lovers of any sort knowing, have announced the Sony Ericsson W8 Walkman Phone. Oh and did I mention that it runs Android. Although it is sadly only Android 2.1 Eclair. I can see this phone being perfect for some people, but having last generation hardware, and software I just don't understand why, but for those Walkman lovers you can get it soon.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA update released: Multitouch for X10, ANT+ for X8

Sony Ericsson has begun pushing out its promised update for the XPERIA X10 and XPERIA X8, adding pinch-zoom multitouch to the larger handset and enabling ANT+ support for the smaller. The long-awaited multitouch addition to the X10 will work in both the browser and Google Maps; Sony Ericsson is hoping feature tweaks like these will salve the pain of never getting an Android OS update beyond 2.1. There's also some on-device video editing support and more languages; the full list of changes is below. The X10 and X8 update can be installed manually, via USB, or Sony Ericsson say that most markets will have an OTA option as well.
  • Addition of some bi-directional languages (Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew) – All products.
  • Pinch/zoom touch for mobile Internet and Google Maps. – Only Xperia X10.
  • Moxier in an updated version (2.7.13) that includes a great overview widget for e-mail, calendar and tasks.
  • Moxier e-mail shown in Timescape.
  • Possibilities of trimming videos in the phone.
  • Videos are transcoded to fit into MMS-messages even if they were recorded in high quality.
  • Minor changes to Mediascape with access to “Now Playing” in the top right corner.
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Sony Ericsson Happiness app promises perks while you wait for 2.1

Sony Ericsson don't seem to be able to get their Android 2.x update for the XPERIA range out of the door, but they're hoping a little bribery will go a long way in endearing users to them.  Sony Ericsson "Happiness" is a free download in the Android Market available for all XPERIA users, and offers "free entertainment content such as music and videos, as well as exclusive discounts across leading brands, high street retailers, restaurants and bars." That includes Champion's League tickets, discounts on food and footwear, and other deals, at least for UK users.  If you've got friends without Sony Ericsson Android devices, you can invite up to three of them to download the app and get its benefits as well. Press Release:
Sony Ericsson Spread a Little Happiness Exclusive entertainment app launches for Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Android™ Users London, 20th October 2010 – Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Android™ customers and their friends now have access to FREE and unique entertainment offers with the newly launched Android™ Market app - ‘Happiness’. Bringing instant happiness with its endless offers that are constantly updated, the app features free entertainment content such as music and videos, as well as exclusive discounts across leading brands, high street retailers, restaurants and bars. Happiness is exclusive to all Xperia™ Android™ smartphone users and is available to download for free from Android Market™. New and existing customers who download the app get content and offers sent directly to their phone, making it easy to be entertained on the go. Users can also share offers and content with up to three friends even they don’t use a Sony Ericsson phone, helping them spread a little happiness too. The launch comes as the popularity of online voucher codes grows daily and consumers get savvier about their daily purchases. The content available on Happiness allows flexibility as users can simply take their handset to participating retailers and redeem the exclusive offers available. The range of offers available on Happiness includes: o x10 pairs of tickets to a Champion’s League match up for grabs o 2-for-1 offers at Nails Inc o Free tapas at All Bar One o Exclusive previews of Comedy Central stand-up clips every lunchtime o 25 per cent off at New Look / Footlocker Dave Hilton, Head of Marketing for Sony Ericsson UK and Ireland, said: “We wanted to deliver the perfect little package of Happiness to our customers; not only have we negotiated a range of fantastic deals that you can’t get anywhere else, we will also be surprising users with exclusive entertainment content to brighten up their day. We understand our customers are always on the go, so they want deals that they can access wherever they are.” To learn more about Happiness and the offers available, visit your nearest The Carphone Warehouse store or alternatively go to www.facebook.com/SonyEricssonUK -Ends- Notes to editors Happiness app is available to download free from Android™ Market exclusive to Sony Ericsson Xperia™ Android™ consumers Terms and Conditions* Win a pair of tickets to see a Champion’s League match 1. Prizes are 10 pairs of tickets to a UEFA Champion’s League match on 8th December 2010 at either Arsenal or Manchester United game (10 tickets available per game, 20 tickets in total) 2. Includes delivery to one UK address 3. To enter, users must press the ‘Yes please’ button in the app and complete the email sending process from the in-app email editor 4. Prize draw entry will close at 23:59 on 14 November 5. Winners will be notified via email or phone by 30 November 6. No cash alternative will be offered 7. No travel or accommodation or any expenses are included in the prize Nails Inc offer • 2 for 1 on Nails Inc manicures throughout October (excludes the Nails Inc mini manicure) • Both customers need to book at the same time and the same or cheaper service is free • Prices range from £28 to £50, so customers can save up to £50 • The offer is available Sunday – Wednesday throughout October (excludes Thurs, Fri, Sat) All Bar One offer • Show the in-app offer page or mobile browser offer page to validate offer • Valid 11th October to 31st October 2010 (3 weeks) • Valid for one person per visit from 6pm to close • This voucher entitles you to choose one small plate from the selection of Calamari, Tiger Prawns & Chorizo, a Duo of Hummus, Falafel, Chicken Quesadilla or Meatballs when you purchase any glass of wine from the Great or Best category in the All Bar One drinks list, or a 750ml bottle of Apricot & Grape Amé • Alcohol will not be served to under 21s • This offer is available nationally • This voucher has no cash value • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer • Subject to availability Comedy Central Stand-up Clips • This is a brand new series which showcases the best in new and established live comedy talent, with sets from the likes of: • Russell Kane – cool young comedian who presented Big Brothers Big Mouth. • Mark Watson – award winning comedian and regular panellist on comedy shows. • Comedy Central will offer 5 two-minute clips of exclusive content before it airs on the channel. New Look offer • This offer entitles you to a saving of 25% on purchases of full price and/or promotional items of footwear only and when spent in a single transaction (offer excludes permanently reduced items, Giles, Idol and concessions) • This offer is valid in any participating New Look store within the UK and ROI on WEDNESDAY 27th OCTOBER 2010 only • Show the in-app offer page or mobile browser offer page to staff to redeem this offer • This offer cannot be claimed online • This offer cannot be used to purchase New Look Gift Vouchers or Gift Cards, E-top up vouchers (where applicable) or used towards payment of any outstanding balance on a New Look Store Card • No cash or any other alternative will be given and this discount can only be redeemed once • This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any press or magazine discount (including student discount, New Look magazine or New Look staff discount card), or any other promotion • This offer may be amended or withdrawn at any time at the Promoter’s discretion • The return value of the item(s) purchased using this voucher shall be the applicable return value under New Look’s return policy less the discount obtained • Your statutory rights as a consumer are not affected Footlocker offer • This offer entitles you to a saving of 25% on purchases of items of footwear and clothing to a maximum value of £500 • To redeem, show the in-app offer page or mobile browser to staff in-store • Valid 26 to 27 November 2010 in any Foot Locker store in the UK, excluding outlet stores in Swindon and Wakefield and excluding online sales at www.foot-locker.co.uk • This offer entitles the user to 25% off your purchase, not exceeding a maximum purchase value of £500 • Voucher cannot be used for multiple offers, 2 for 1s, or for any other promotional offer or discount • The voucher has no monetary value • Only one voucher is valid per transaction • Staff code: 7669

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 now shipping

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the XPERIA X8 has begun shipping, the company's latest Android smartphone and what's tipped to be the cheapest model in the company's line-up.  The XPERIA X8 slots in-between the X10 and the X10 mini in terms of screen size, with a 3.2-inch panel, but has a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera.

We grabbed some hands-on time with the X8 recently, and you can't really miss the family resemblance.  It's a reasonably sturdy device, if slightly uninspired in its design, but its biggest flaw is Android 1.6.  While Sony Ericsson has said it plans to update the XPERIA X8 to Android 2.1, it still doesn't have a public timescale for that taking place.

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Sony Ericsson UK releases Xperia X8 Promo video

Sony Ericsson released this video yesterday about their latest phone, the Xperia X8. The Xperia X8's features are shown off in this video as some cool music is played and the phone moves does a little dancing, but you can watch the video here for yourself

Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Photographed During FCC Visit

Sony Ericsson managed to unveil the Xperia X8 back in June, but the most surprising announcement back then was the fact that it would actually be released in a normal time frame, unlike its bigger cousin, the X10. And while we do hope that SE can manage to officially release the device some time in the third quarter of this year, like they iniitally planned, just because it's making the rounds in the FCC right now doesn't mean they'll make that window.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 gets video demo

We've seen Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X8 in the wild before, and we've seen official press shots, but how about the new 3.2-inch Android smartphone on video?  A new clip has been uploaded by the Sony Ericsson Developer World team, briefly showing off the new hardware.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 gets official

Sony Ericsson have officially taken the wraps off of the new XPERIA X8, after the Android-based smartphone was spotted ahead of time as the "Shakira".  The XPERIA X8 has a 3-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen and runs Android 1.6 Donut with the distinctive Sony Ericsson UI; it also gets a 3.2-megapixel camera and the Timescape and Mediascape apps. There's also UMTS (in either 900/2100 or 800/1900/2100 flavors) along with quadband GSM/EDGE, WiFi and A-GPS.  Running the show is a 600MHz processor with a microSD card slot.  It has all the usual Google Android apps, and will arrive in Q3 2010 in a choice of colors: White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, or Silver/ White.  According to GSMHelpDesk it will be priced at €259 ($319). [gallery] [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.” Today Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia™ X8, which will build on the success of the X10 and the mini products and extend the most entertaining smartphones collection to an even broader audience. Introducing the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is a great entertainment smartphone that extends the appeal of the Xperia™ collection to new market segments. The user interface is similar to that of the Xperia™ X10 mini, with the four-corners that give easy one hand use and can be customised for one touch access to your favourite applications. The Xperia™ X8 also includes Timescape™ for easy access to all your social networking and the infinite button for one click access to a world of content. The open Android operating system delivers great smartphone functionality and access to thousands of applications on Android Market™. Timo Maassmann, Product Marketing Manager for XperiaTM X8, said, “We are delighted to be able to bring the full experience of our XperiaTM smartphones to new consumers by delivering a fully featured device at a more accessible price point.” The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 is perfect for enjoying multimedia entertainment. Whether it’s a game from the Android Market™, the latest funny clips on YouTube™ or browsing the web, the 3-inch screen means you won’t miss a thing. Discover and download songs from PlayNow™, then listen to all your music using the 3.5mm headphone jack. If you are feeling more creative, there’s a 3.2 MP camera and video recording functionality. Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X8 - Key features · Four corners for easy one hand use and one touch access to applications · Customise the four corners with your favourite apps and add widgets to your homescreens · Enjoy games, video, internet and more on the 3-inch screen · Timescape™ shows all your communication in one place for ultimate simplicity · Android Market™ – thousands of applications to keep you entertained · 3.2 MP camera – snap away and upload instantly to Facebook™ The XPERIA™ X8 supports GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS HSPA 900/2100 and UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900/2100 The XPERIA™ X8 will be available in selected markets from Q3 in the colours White, Dark Blue/ White, Aqua Blue/ White, Pink/ White, Silver/ White. Log on to The Sony Ericsson Product Blog for more information: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products - ENDS - The Sony Ericsson XPERIA™ X8 at a glance Camera 3.2 MP camera Direct picture upload to Facebook™ Geo tagging Sony Ericsson Album application Video recording Music Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) PlayNow™ Sony Ericsson Music Player TrackID™ Web Bookmarks Pan and zoom WebKit web browser Communication Facebook™ application Sony Ericsson Timescape™ Messaging Push email Instant messaging Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support with Dataviz™ RoadSync™ Picture messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Text messaging (SMS) Design Auto rotate Picture wallpaper Capacitive touchscreen Entertainment Infinite button Sony Ericsson FM radio Video streaming Video viewing Organiser Calendar Flight mode Phone book with dialer Sony Ericsson Home with Widget Notes Location-based services A-GPS Google Maps™ Wisepilot™ turn-by-turn navigation* (free trial version) *The service may not be available in every market. For more information, go to www.sonyericsson.wisepilot.com Connectivity 3.5 mm audio jack Bluetooth™ technology Micro USB connector NeoReader® barcode scanning app Sony Ericsson Sync USB mass storage USB support Wi-Fi™ Google™ services Android Market™ Client Gmail™ Google Calendar™ Google LatitudeTM Google Maps™ with Street View Google search widget Google Talk™ YouTube™ Screen 16,777,216 colour TFT touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen 3- inches 320 x 480 pixels (HVGA) Scratch-resistant (min. pencil hardness 6H) Accessories In-Box: · XPERIA™ X8 · Battery 1200mAh · Stereo portable handsfree · 2 GB microSD™ card · Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer · User documentation Optional: · Hi-Fi Wireless Headset with FM Radio MW600 · Portable Stereo Speakers MS450 · Hi-Fi Headset with Remote MH810 Facts 1)2) Size: 99 x 54 x 15 mm Weight: 104g Phone memory: Up to 128 MB Memory card support: microSD™ up to 16GB Memory card included: 2 GB Operating system: Google™ Android Donut, version 1.6 Processor: 600MHz Availability and versions Networks UMTS HSPA 900/2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS HSPA 800/1900/2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Available in selected markets from Q3 2010 Colour White Dark Blue/White Aqua Blue/White Pink/White Silver/White Legal 1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8 revealed

Sony Ericsson's diminutive "Shakira" Android smartphone has apparently been christened the XPERIA X8, with the phone slotting in-between the XPERIA X10 and the X10 mini in terms of size.  According to the Unofficial SE Blog's newly unearthed images, the XPERIA X8 will lack the LED flash of its siblings, and have the same UI as the X10 mini complete with corner-situated shortcut controls. However full specifications are currently unknown.  There's obviously 3G and Sony Ericsson's "Timescape" UI, but otherwise we're left guessing.  Still, if the X10 mini looks simply too small for you - and with a 2.55-inch display we don't blame you - then the X8 may fill the niche. [gallery]