Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Official Skype now works on X10 Mini / Mini Pro

I hope all you Skype users are aware that Skype launched an official app that supports the X10 Mini and Mini Pro. You can grab it directly off the Market now. This is old news but better late than never right :)

In case you cannot find it on Market or for the sake of convenience, I have uploaded the APK of the latest version here (Skype_v1.0.0.659.apk) 7.42MB

How To: Root Android 2.1 X10 Mini Pro U20i / U20a

I am writing this up mainly because I suspect many of you guys are attempting the Android 1.6 ROOT  method on their device, whilst having Android 2.1 installed. The 1.6 method will not work in 2.1.  Fortunately the method for rooting Android 2.1 is very easy.

NOTE: I have not tested z4root on FW 2.0.2.A.0.24 (the latest update).  It is confirmed working on earlier versions namely 2.0.A.0.504. If you have problems please go to Settings > About phone and check what build number you are on.

  1. Go to Settings > Applications:
    a.    Enable Unknown sources
    b.    (Since you are here do the following too) Go to Development, enable USB debugging and Stay awake
  2. Download z4root.apk from here
  3. Once downloaded run / start z4root and it will perform the root process for you.

    After the reboot you have root!

  1. Do step 1a from above first, then download z4root.apk from here
  2. Connect your phone via USB to your computer, transfer z4root.apk to the SDCARD
  3. On your phone use a file explorer to navigate to the SDCARD, find and install z4root.apk

    After the reboot your have root!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

UPDATE: Android 2.1 for Mini Pro UK

Android 2.1 is rolling out across Scandinavia at present since last weekend.

UK users should be able to officially receive it very soon too.  There is a method posted on the XDA Forums for getting the Scandanavian (Nordic) update early.  Personally, I am going to wait for the official UK release, because it is unclear at present if we can downgrade back to UK 1.6 then upgrade to the UK 2.1 update.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Whole month off! Back now...

Hi well I been busy with work... Since my absence I have happily used my Xperia Mini Pro as my primary phone for the entire time and I have become very attached to it.  Brilliant for Gmail chats, emails, photos.
Looking forward to SE releasing Android 2.1 later this month :)

Monday, 9 August 2010

Simpler alternative exploid ROOT method (X10Root.apk) for your Xperia Mini Pro

NOTE: I see no reason why this should not also work on the E10i (Xperia Mini)
I came across this method last week and tried it over the weekend.  I had success with this simple method, and used the app Terminal Emulator to test – I did get root # but was unable to delete peggle.apk from the system/app folder, I got the error “Permission Denied”.  I think I need to do a CHMOD command to change the permission to allow this to work.  When I get a chance to retest it I will report back and update this entry.
  1.  Download this APK and install it on your device by running it through a file manager. It would be a good idea to download this using the Browser on your device
  2. You might have to enable third-part-apps if you haven’t done it already
  3. After installation run the app and follow onscreen instructions
  4. I found tapping on the screen where the outputs are running reverses the ROOT (unroots) so avoid doing that, once it has finished press the HOME button
  5. Download Terminal Emulator from the Market (or another terminal app) and test it out!
Would be great to hear how you get on with this.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

How To: Remove root / unroot your Xperia Mini Pro

Note: This restores original software to your phone, it is the repair method and can be used to fix numerous issues on your handset.

If you have rooted your Mini Pro and for some crazy reason want to undo the root here is the info you need... admit it, you deleted something you shouldn’t have! :)
  1. Disable USB Debugging mode (do the opposite of step 4-b here)
  2. On your computer, start-up Sony Ericsson PC Companion (download it here)
  3. When prompted connect the phone to the USB cable, if not prompted just plug it in about 30 seconds after starting SE PC Companion up.
    --It's your choice to update or cancel update if prompted, I advise cancelling the update until later
  4. On the main SE PC Companion screen, click on Start in the Support Zone box

  5. Under Software Update, click on Start
  6. Now click on Repair
  7. Following the instructions on screen to progress

Good luck with your repair / unroot

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

New update on Mini Pro via SE PC Companion

Today I connected my Mini Pro via USB and was notified an update has been released. Despite my phone being exploid rooted so far it is looking like the update will proceed… I will report back later with the outcome (or tomorrow).

UPDATE: I have turned the phone on after the update process illustrated above and about 5 full minutes have elapsed so far -- still my Mini Pro is currently displaying the Sony Ericsson splash screen and appears "frozen" but I will wait for it continue loading...

UPDATE: The boot up took about 9 full minutes. It is now up and running... connecting the USB back in now.

Okay so the update was successful - this is what my Mini Pro is running now:
  • Firmware version 1.6
  • Kernel version 2.6.29
  • Build number 1.1.A.0.12
I have to admit somewhere deep down inside I was hoping it was going to be an Android OS upgrade :p (to 2.1 or 2.2!)

Monday, 2 August 2010

Full ROOT coming soon hopefully

The exploid method to ROOT your Xperia Mini Pro is fine for Android 1.6 but it will not allow flashing the ROM to change the bootloader i.e. to load Android 2.1 or 2.2 on to the device right now.  With the anticipated Android update coming from Sony Ericsson very soon, it is likely the exploid root will be patched.

On the XDA forums a user called Bin4ry is currently working on finding a method of properly rooting the device.  When it is announced as discovered I will provide coverage on my blog, but for the absolute latest breaking news get yourself registered on the XDA forum.

Currently there are no custom Android 2.1 and 2.2 ROMs for the Xperia Mini / Mini Pro, so that is another thing the community of owners are waiting for.

How To: ROOT your Mini / Mini Pro ANDROID 1.6 (Newbie-friendly guide) exploid method

UPDATE 3: If you are running Android 2.1 please see these instructions for root instead

UPDATE 2: Refer to this post for a SIMPLER root for your Android 1.6 Mini X10

UPDATE 1: I have cleaned up the instructions + formatting

First and foremost, full credit to exploid and source.

If you have struggled to follow the steps found elsewhere then I am writing up these altered version of the steps with you in mind, hopefully you can smoothly ROOT your Mini Pro now.

Please follow each step carefully. These steps are to be carried out on a Windows XP, 2000, Vista or 7 computer (32/64 bit).

You are advised to have about 50% charge on the battery minimum, ideally much higher if not fully charged.
  1. Download exploid_x10mini.zip
    a.    Extract the ZIP file contents to C:\exploid_x10mini
  2. Download the Android SDK here
    a.   Open up the downloaded file and browse inside it to android-sdk-windows\tools\ -- now extract the entire contents of this folder to C:\exploid_x10mini

    IMPORTANT: Make sure the files have extracted properly, sometimes you may accidently end up extracting them to C:\exploid_x10mini\android-sdk-windows\tools\ - if this happens go in to C:\exploid_x10mini\android-sdk-windows\tools\ and move the entire contents to C:\exploid_x10mini\
  3. Download the Sony Ericsson PC Companion – do NOT plug the USB cable to your Mini Pro when it prompts
  4. On your Xperia Mini you need to enable USB Debugging:
    a.   Go to Settings > Applications > Development
    b.   Tick to enable: USB Debugging
    c.   Tick to enable: Stay awake
  5. You need the Power Control Widget enabled on a home screen for a later step, doing this now is best:
    a.   On the Home Screen press the Menu button (left button)
    b.   Select on Arrange Widgets
    c.   Find and select Power Control
    d.   Press the Back button to return to the home screen, you should be on the page displaying the widget
    e.   On this widget do a quick test, touch the left icon for wifi to enable/disable it to make sure it is working
    f.   ALTERNATIVE: Download a WIFI on/off widget and use that instead for the later stepg.

    Leave the WIFI turned ON – doesn’t matter if you are connected to an AP or not
  6. Plug the USB cable between computer and the Mini Pro. Windows should show a driver installation notification but ignore the state of the Sony Ericsson PC Companion, leave it running in the background
  7. Click on START and type CMD and press Enter. Alternatively Press the FLAG button + R and type CMD and press Enter.
  8. At the CMD command line type in all the RED TEXT as displayed below, the text in white should be similar to what you see happening after you type the red text and press Enter.

    cd c:\exploid_x10mini
    C:\exploid_x10mini>adb push Superuser.apk /sdcard/Superuser.apk
    * daemon not running. starting it now *
    * daemon started successfully *
    315 KB/s (38823 bytes in 0.120s)
    C:\exploid_x10mini>adb push su /sdcard/su
    1080 KB/s (22120 bytes in 0.020s)
    C:\exploid_x10mini>adb push exploid /sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
    1049 KB/s (9672 bytes in 0.009s)
    C:\exploid_x10mini>adb push busybox /sqlite_stmt_journals/busybox
    1901 KB/s (1709832 bytes in 0.878s)
    C:\exploid_x10mini>adb shell
    cd sqlite_stmt_journals
    cd sqlite_stmt_journals
    chmod 755 exploid
    chmod 755 exploid
    chmod 755 busybox
    chmod 755 busybox

    IMPORTANT: Immediately after the next command, you will need to disable and enable the wi-fi using the power control widget (from step 5) on the phone

    $ ./exploid
    [*] Android local root exploid (C) The Android Exploid Crew
    [*] Modified by birdman for the DroidX
    [+] Using basedir=/sqlite_stmt_journals, path=/sqlite_stmt_journals/exploid
    [+] opening NETLINK_KOBJECT_UEVENT socket
    [+] sending add message ...
    [*] Try to invoke hotplug now, clicking at the wireless
    [*] settings, plugin USB key etc.
    [*] You succeeded if you find /system/bin/rootshell.
    [*] GUI might hang/restart meanwhile so be patient.

    Now turn Wifi OFF and back ON
  9. Now type in rootshell and press Enter
    a.   Enter this password rootnowb.   The prompt will change to # … you now have ROOT!
  10. Type the following commands, pressing Enter on the keyboard after each line:
    ./busybox cp /sdcard/Superuser.apk /system/app/
    ./busybox cp /sdcard/su /system/bin/
    ./busybox cp busybox /system/bin/
    chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
    rm /system/bin/rootshell
  11. Type exit – this will exit out of rootshell
  12. Type exit again – this will exit out of adb shell

    Your device is now rooted but lets verify this now:
  13. Type in adb shell and press Enter
  14. Type in su and press Enter – look at your Xperia Mini Pro screen – Superuser.apk should run on the phone and will ask whether to allow the root permission.Feel free to leave questions in comments if you get stuck or do not understand any of the steps.

Faster recharge time using the AC charger

Just a note – when recharging the battery off the USB connected to a laptop/computer it will take many hours to recharge. When charging using the AC charger the recharge time is significantly faster. Car charging is the same as using the AC charger.

Hope this is useful to some of you!