Sony Ericsson Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice cream sandwich is the most android operating system upgrade that we wait after the launch of Galaxy Nexus series that makes the new era of Android 4.0 (codename : ICS).

Some developer has made a custom ROM for their devices to run ICS. But the official version that may come for each handset may vary. Sony has yet made a commitment to upgrade their 2011 xperia series to Ice Cream Sandwich. This video has shown their commitment by giving us the developer’s progress in making things come true.

Sony’s will provide upgrade at the end of march 2012 and the upgrade will soon be completed for all devices on may 2012. ICS has made a huge improvement in the operating system performances and new UI. One of the most awaited UI that amazes me is closing a program by sliding it. The settings will also be enhanced by giving us the best and the most needed useful programs to be embedded in the settings menu. Just wait and see their progress in keeping up their promises.

Xperia Mini Pro Review : The Mini but Mighty Successor

A year ago, I wrote about Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro review. I’ve always wanted an adequate camera performance and X10 mini pro edition gave me that. More than enough, the 5MP camera is always beautiful to see  the image. Compared to other phone camera, the quality of x10 Mini pro is more than average. It is always fun to have a small but powerful, as their motto : Mini but Mighty.

A week ago, I bought another version of mini pro. Xperia line up has launched another version (upgraded version) of the X10 families. Xperia mini pro is an upgraded version of X10 Mini Pro. What’s so good about the newer version of mini pro??

The most important thing of android version in X10 Mini Pro has been an end to them. Sony has stated an upgrade for x10 families for Q4 this year but I can’t be sure about it anymore. Actually the éclair version of android implemented in X10 families is adequate enough for us. But user’s need more games and other experience in new GUI with dual touch (pinch to zoom) and any other improvement that you can get for a higher version of android. X10 Mini Pro has a limited hardware performance on CPU and RAM that will limit its performance in playing a hardcore game.

In this case, Sony Ericsson made another version I mean an upgrade version of Xperia line ups. They provide a better hardware simulation to provide an upgrade for later version. All Xperia line ups has “GingerBread” version of android (android v2.3.3). For my recent review, I will focused on my Xperia Mini Pro to get in depth on my new gadget. And somehow, I’ll show you some comparison to X10 Mini Pro about the hardware and software performance.

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Turn your X10 Families to Wireless Router

It’s amazing to have your android rooted device to be a wireless router for your other gadgets like ipod touch, notebooks, or maybe other mobile phones. It’s very easy, you just root your x10 devices before installing the application. This wireless router method used your phone data connection like 3G, HSDPA, GPRS and share it with wifi as adhoc.

Let’s follow the instruction :

1. You first should root your android phone. Follow my articles –> Rooting your X10 Families

2. There is so much application to make your android device to be a wireless router.

    a. Barnacle Wifi Tether

Turn your phone into a Wireless Ad-hoc HotSpot
Share your 3G with Windows, Mac/iPod/iPad, Linux, Xbox
Requires __ROOT__ access
Barnacle is unlimited, free and open source. If you like it, please donate by getting Barnacle Widget!



    b. Wireless Tether for root user


*** If you get force closes after the update uninstall and install it again! ***
This program enables wifi AND bluetooth-tethering (PAN) for "rooted" handsets.
Clients (your laptop for example) can connect via wifi or bluetooth and get access to the internet using the mobile connection (4G, 3G, 2G) or (in case you are using bluetooth) the wifi connection which is established by the handset.
Wifi-tethering creates a so called adhoc (peer-to-peer) network on most devices. Infrastructure-mode is suppported for some devices – including the HTC Evo for instance.
-) Access-control feature. Allow/deny clients to use your mobile-data connection.
-) Wifi-Encrytion. 128-bit WEP in general. WPA2 on supported devices.
-) Reduce wifi-transmit power (on supported devices)
-) Settings for wifi-ssid, wifi-channel, „lan“-network and more.
This application requires a "rooted"-device and a custom-kernel which supports netfilter (iptables)!
1) Root
2) Netfilter-enabled kernel
For more information visit our developer-site on google-code:
Use this application at your own risk. It is possible that use of this program may violate your carrier’s Terms of Service.
Recent changes:
-) Adds infrastructure-support for the HTC Evo and other HTC-devices (Broadcom bcm4329-chipset).
-) Should work on almost every rooted device (the built-in wifi-interface needs to support the so called „wireless extension“) if a „netfilter-enabeld“ kernel is present.
-) Reduce wifi-transmit power (on wifi-interfaces supporting the „wireless extension“).

I myself use Barnacle wifi tether for my own X10 Mini Pro. Just remember to have a data connection and I mean a good data connection and unlimited data connection before using this program. Enjoy your new wifi router. Cheers CMIIW

Rooting your X10 Families Éclair

What is Rooting??

Rooting is a process that allows users of cellphones, and other devices, running the Android operating system to attain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android’s Linux subsystem, similar to jailbreaking on Apple devices running the iOS operating system, overcoming limitations that the carriers and manufacturers put on such phones. It also allows for newer versions of Android not supplied by the original device manufacturer. In contrast to iOS jailbreaking, rooting is not needed to run applications not distributed by the official Android Market with the exception of AT&T phones which are locked from installing third party applications[1]. It is needed however, when trying to access paid Android applications from countries which are not part of the paid applications market.[citation needed] Rooting is also necessary for certain applications and widgets that require additional system and hardware rights such as for rebooting the phone, certain backup utilities and hacks for hardware LEDs.

Rooting with Z4Root is as easy as one touch, you can root and unroot in an easier way. It is 100% safe – nothing on disk is changed besides the root binaries. If something goes wrong, simply rebooting the device should fix up any and all issues.


Requirement :

1. Download the Z4Root v.1.2.0 from the market or the link I’ve provided.

2. Enable the USB Debugging, You can find it at Settings – Application – Development

3. After installing, run the Z4Root. It will install the latest SuperUser and compatible Busybox. If you wish to Unroot your phone, it will simply removes all it’s traces.

Your device now has been rooted, you can install some applications that need ‘root’ phone like TitaniumBackup, Clear cache, etc. Enjoy, CMIIW Open-mouthed smile

SE Xperia X10 Families support multitouch. Hope it will be released soon.

According to Sony Ericsson its crown jewel XPERIA X10 doesn’t sport the hardware needed for performing multi-touch gestures on the XPERIA X10. That’s why there’s no sign of pinch zooming in the Android 2.1 Eclair update despite that the smartphone has a nice capacitive screen.

main Turns out Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is capable of multi touch after all, I wonder why SE doesnt use it

Fortunately, some developers over at XDA didn’t buy that story and went on a quest for enabling multi-touch support on the Sony Ericsson flagship. And frankly, they’ve succeeded.

There is nothing more to say, just watch the demos.

I can’t imagine playing Angry Birds without the zoom-out pinch gesture.

The unofficial software fix is still in the works, but I hope it will be released as a user-friendly package soon enough.


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NDrive Installation on your Xperia X10 Mini Pro

It takes time for me to find what best for my Xperia X10 Mini Pro to find the best offline GPS map. I lived in Indonesia, so before the upgrade of my X10 – used to be android donut version of 1.6 – I used the Sygic offline GPS map. After the latest upgrade – to Android éclair version of 2.1 – they erased all my program. From then on, I am eager to try the new one, NDrive. NDrive is a good application to be installed on your android. X10 Mini Pro has the limited screen, 2.55 inch, so I should carefully find a good program to be installed in. NDrive and Sygic fit best on this phone. I will show you how to install NDrive(Cracked with Indonesian maps) in this post.


Installation manual :

1. Install NDrive from your android market – about 3Mb of files

2. Download NDrive Indonesian Maps and place it on your SD Card ( SDCard – NDrive – Maps) : Indonesian Maps 2010

    • Unzip the files and move the unzipped files to your SD Card path : NDrive – Maps

3. Uninstall your NDrive

4. Install again NDrive from this link : NDrive 10

5. Download the Indonesian voice navigation : IndonesianVoice (Password : Guntur)

    • Unzip the files and move the unzipped files to your SD Card path : NDrive – Voice

When you finished installing with this instruction, you can open the NDrive application on your phone, and NDrive needs to download their application about 34Mb of files more. It’s okay to download, and after the download finished, you can enjoy your NDrive application. Make sure that when you open your Android Market, if there is an instruction to update your NDrive, DO NOT INSTALL / UPDATE. If you Update, your NDrive application will not be usable anymore.