SE-Xperia » Xperia X8 Unofficial Sony Ericsson Xperia news blog Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:38:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Xperia X8 on sale for £80 with £20 gift voucher Fri, 18 Nov 2011 21:30:11 +0000

While Sony Ericsson’s budget Xperia smartphone may not be to everyone’s liking, for those new to the world of Android and/or those on a budget, the Xperia X8 steps up to the mark.

Previously the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 was on sale for around £100 but, now O2 have dropped the price of the handset down to £79.99 for either the black model or white model. A minimum top up is not required and delivery is free. O2 are also offering customers a £20 gift voucher with the Xperia X8, as they are with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro.

The £20 voucher effectively makes the handset only £60. You can choose a £20 gift voucher for Amazon, Argos, Boots, Next or Pizza Hut.

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Custom ROM CyanogenMod 7.1 released for Xperia Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:29:26 +0000 cyanogenmod

An update to the custom ROM CyanogenMod has been released, after a short delay on the expected release date. Version 7.1 of CyanogenMod is now available to those adventurous Xperia owners as it is now working on all of the 2011 Xperia handsets including the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Ray and the Xperia Neo handsets. Even the Xperia X8 is catered for with version 7.1.

The FreeXperia team have been working tirelessly to get this custom ROM up and running on the Xperia range of phones and Sony Ericsson themselves shocked the developer scene recently by handing the team 20 Xperia handsets and technical information in order to help make CyanogenMod work with their products. It has to be noted however that despite encouraging the developers in such a way, Sony Ericsson still stand by the ‘rule’ that if you modify your Xperia handset by flashing a custom ROM to it, you will invalidate your warranty so be warned before taking the plunge.

Version 7.1 brings a number of new and updated features to the custom ROM including brightness control and a rather useful camera timer. Bluetooth mouse support is also added with the new version. A full changelog can be found below:

CyanogenMod changelog for version 7.1

Full details of the release are available on the CyanogenMod blog along with details on installation:

CyanogenMod official release page

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Bootloader unlocked for both Xperia X10 and X8 handsets Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:28:57 +0000 sony_ericssonx10o
XDA-Developers member the_laser has released a method to unlock the bootloader on both the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the Xperia X8 handsets. The same method can be used to unlock the bootloaders on all the 2010 released models of mobiles from Sony Ericsson.

Unlocking the bootloader is a risky process however and should be done with much caution. If you don’t have confidence in your ability to go ahead and unlock your own handset’s bootloader then the advice would be to just not do it. However, if you are determined to have deep root access on your phone to install custom ROMs for example then the details and instructions can be found at the following links:

Xperia X10 Bootloader Unlock

Xperia X8 Bootloader Unlock

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Rooted phones see restricted access on Android Market Mon, 23 May 2011 20:59:44 +0000
We’ve provided information on how to root the Xperia handsets here before and in the past rooting has always been for a positive reason. The main reason for rooting is that it allows you to remove preinstalled apps, either installed by Sony Ericsson such as Timescape, or network specific apps such as Vodafone’s 360 application. There are of course other positive reasons to root your handset and with Google Android being a pretty open OS, rooting hasn’t been much of a problem. That may change soon however.

Google have recently added a movie rental service to the Android Market but, those with rooted devices have received error messages and are not able to make use of this service. The reason behind denying access to rooted handsets is that they have the potential to bypass the content DRM. Now that Google have moved in this direction, music providers may also request this to happen for the Google Music service, which is currently in a beta phrase. While there are some apps which are made specifically for rooted handset, it may not be long until we see more services and applications that restrict access to handsets with root privileges.


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Could the X10 Mini get Android 2.3? Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:41:31 +0000

When Sony Ericsson announced that they had changed their plans for the Xperia X10 and that it would not be stuck on Android 2.1 but, would instead be upgraded to Android 2.3 during the end of Q2/start of Q3, this pleased many customers. However it still left some of Sony Ericsson’s customers rather angry, as while this was great news for owners of the Xperia X10, it was also announced that the X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X8 were not part of these plans and would remain on Android 2.1 as previously stated.

When Sony Ericsson have been questioned about this, on both Facebook and Twitter, they’ve given the response that the update would not be coming to those handsets, the same response they gave users asking, or complaining about the X10 not being upgraded. Today however, the Sony Ericsson UK Facebook page team have provided a different answer, in fact different to what they said only yesterday. Instead of the usual, it’s not coming to the X10 Mini range or X8, the reply was that there are no confirmed dates at the moment but to keep checking the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, as any new announcements will be posted on there first. While it doesn’t specifically say an Android update, the reply is different to what we’ve seen before and looks very promising. Someone has already jumped on this answer and questioned it, as to whether there will be an official announcement following. Hopefully Sony Ericsson will provide a further Android update to the users who purchased the Mini versions of the X10 as well. Because while X10 owners are now happier, there are still many X10 Mini, Mini Pro and X8 owners very unhappy and this could change things around. However this pans out, we will keep you updated.

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