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Sony Introduces New Xperia

Sony has announced two new smartphones to be release late this year – the Xperia Miro and Xperia Tipo. Both models run on Android 4.0.

Xperia Miro has a deep Facebook integration into the contacts and gallery. It also allows easy sharing of music and photos. On the other hand, Xperia Tipo is intended as an entry model for first time smartphone users. Both units feature a 800 MHz processor on board.

The Miro has a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and video recording at 30fps. There is also a camera in front for video chats. The 4GB internal memory can be expanded via SD cards. The device is available in black, black/pink, white and white/gold.

The Tipo has a 3.2 inch touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera and a special manual setting. This device has an SD card slot to expand the internal memory of 2.9GB. The device is available in red, white, blue and black.

Can you run the new Google Maps in any device?

There are new features – including 3D views – in Google Maps, but many users are now wondering whether this will be supported by all devices.

On Wednesday, Google announced that the new version of Google Maps will be available offline for smartphones. This is in order to avoid the high fees, especially when the user relies on data browsing while abroad. And you won’t have to open any mobile websites to download your map beforehand so that you can use it at a later time when you need it.

In what devices this will this be possible, however, is still unclear. Now, the website Engadget says that smartphones can download the Android Version 2.2 (“Froyo”) to access the offline maps. This was confirmed by Google. Whether this will be possible with other operating systems like Apple’s iOS is not yet known.

Also unclear is what software and hardware equipment of a smartphone is required to use the new 3D views in the mobile version of Google Earth.