Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson USA took to its Facebook page today to attempt to explain why the U.S. versions of the Xperia X10 have yet to be updated to Android 2.1. Here's the meat of the post:

One factor in determining a software update is when a country first received the handset. The Xperia™ X10 has been available in some countries since March 2010 and they are also the first to receive the update. The U.S. received the X10 in August 2010 and will receive the update after the initial countries.

The second and more impactful factor of the timeline addresses the technical requirements that must be met in order for an update to take place -- no matter which country you live in. Unfortunately, we have no control of that timeline factor. Those requirements are provided to us and we work hard to meet and test them as quickly as we can. In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It's not that we don't want to; it's that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.

These things do take time, we know. And it's a good point that the United States didn't get the Xperia X10 until some seven months after we first got a taste of it at CES. But even as rational as the explanation may be, it grows tougher and tougher to swallow as each day brings us that much closer to Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- and puts the X10 that much farther behind. [Facbeook]