Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 not getting Android 2.1 update until Q4 2010

We're not quite sure of any fun way to spin it: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 -- languishing with Android 1.6 and a clumsy first-generation of the Timescape and Mediascape interface -- is now slated to get a major software overhaul ... in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the major improvements will be:

  • Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
  • HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz
  • Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
  • Improvements to signature applications Timescape and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

And those are welcome improvements -- if they were coming tomorrow. But October's a smartphone lifetime away. And that's one of the biggest problems we're seeing with Android fragmentation. The OS is progressing so quickly that custom interfaces just can't keep up. Granted there was a major shift between Android 1.x and 2.x, but still. For The Xperia line (the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will get Android 2.1 updates in Q4, too) to get their updates nearly a year after Android 2.1 was first released is, sadly, laughable. [SE Product Blog]

Phil Nickinson