Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
|Availability by country||August 2011|
|Form factor||Slate smartphone (black, white)|
|Dimensions||105 mm (4.1 in) H
56.5 mm (2.22 in) W
14 mm (0.55 in) D
|Weight||115 g (4.1 oz)|
|Operating system||Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) officially upgradeable up to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) unofficially upgradeable to Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) via CyanogenMod 9, Android 4.1.2 (JellyBean) via CyanogenMod 10, Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean) via CyanogenMod 10.1, Android 4.3.1 (JellyBean) via CyanogenMod 10.2, Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) via CyanogenMod 11|
|CPU||Qualcomm MSM8255 1 GHz Scorpion (Snapdragon S2) (stable-overclockable up to 1.6 GHz via custom kernels)|
|Memory||512 MB of RAM|
|Removable storage||microSD, 2 GB included (expandable up to 32 GB)|
|Battery||Li-Po 1200 mAh|
|Data inputs||Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Accelerometer|
|Display||3.2 inch 320×480 px TFT LCD at 180 PPI, 16M Colors|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
3.5 mm audio jack (OMTP standard)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman is an Android smartphone from Sony Ericsson. It is a music-focused smart phone running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread customized with Sony Ericsson's four-corner UI), powered by a 1 GHz processor. The screen is 3.2" TFT with HVGA resolution and scratch-resistant coating. The phone measures 56.5 x 106 x 14.2 mm and weighs 115g, making it slightly taller and heavier than the Xperia mini but its specs are similar.
The display is a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 × 480. It supports multi-touch, is scratch resistant and is capable of displaying 16,777,216 colours. The phone has a 3.5 mm audio jack of the OMTP standard which rendered some headphones with mic that used the CTIA standard unusable with this phone. This caused much frustration among users that they had to be stuck with the supplied headphones and since this was a music-oriented phone.
Some units of this phone made a slight hissing noise when connected to an external audio amplifier. This issue appeared to be widespread.
The Live with Walkman operates on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with a slightly changed launcher. The device is compatible with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and Sony released an official update to 4.0 for unlocked units in early June 2012. Availability of the update for branded/carrier locked units is dependent on the carrier to offer it. Many users who updated their phones faced many problems regarding the stability of the device. They experienced slowness along with various bugs which hindered the user experience further. The LED notification of this phone would not work after receiving an SMS or MMS. But, would work in case of an missed call. This being one of the many major bugs faced by the users. These bugs are believed to be present on all 2011 Xperia phones that upgraded to the ICS firmware. Being frustrated, some users downgraded to the Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 firmware through unofficial methods. Sony is yet to release a firmware that fixes these issues.
CyanogenMod and other Operating System replacement
It is possible for the user to install replacement firmware (including CyanogenMod) after the phone has been unlocked using Sony's Bootloader Unlock Tool (which is only available for out-of-box carrier-unlocked devices). After unlocking the phone with the unlock tool and Fastboot, the user may install the replacement firmware.
The last supported official CyanogenMod was version 10 (based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), however, nightly builds exist for newer versions (including CyanogenMod 10.1, 10.2, and 11 which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat).
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