My editor Jessie owns an Xperia X10. I think he doesn’t love it anymore because it is still stuck on Android OS 1.6. For a handset that expensive, Sony Ericsson failed to provide its customers the necessary services to its customers. This is very different from Samsung as the the OTA update is already rolling out in select location.
Read the previous post titled “Samsung Galaxy S i9000, Samsung Epic 4G and Mesmerize Android OS 2.2 Froyo OTA Update” to find out how you can carry out the update process for the phone models involved in the service.
As to the Sony Ericssion Xperia X10, maybe when my editor reads this article he will have a good reason to use his Xperia again. Sony Ericsson decided to do a mini-preview of their upcoming X10 Android 2.1 update which is finally scheduled for release this end of October.
This date is however still dependent on carrier approval. Sony will have to ask the permission of many mobile operators around the world before they can issue the Sony Ericssion Xperia X10 Android OS 2.1 update via OTA. This is one of my editor’s complaints in his Sony Xperia X10 Review.
Nevertheless, it looks like the new Android 2.1 update is a reason for celebration for all Sony Xperia X10 owners. The mini-preview by Sony Ericsson disclosed the main features of this update includes:
- Continuous autofocus on the 8-megapixel camera
- Five home screens (used to be 3 only)
- 20 icons per screens (old version has only 16)
- New thumbnail shortcuts to home screen
- Muting capability for the lock screen
- New power management widget
- Recent calls widget
These new upgrades are a sweet add-ons to the bonuses already provided by the Android 2.1 update such as live wallpapers, unified inbox, Exchange support, HTML5 support and quick contacts shortcuts.
Here’s a video of the mini-preview for the Sony Xperia X10 Android OS 2.1 update.
I really hope for Jessie’s sake, this update really delivers before October ends. My Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503 has the higher Android OS 2.1 and it only cost me 10,500 Philippine Pesos and yet I can download a lot more free Android apps because of minimum system requirements.Yup, some free apps for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 require at least Android 2.1 installed, else the download will not proceed. As to my boss’ unit, he bought his Xperia X10 for PhP30,000! That’s almost 3X the price of Samsung Galaxy 5 i5503.
In short, the most expensive things in life aren’t usually the best ones! And we have proven that in our experiences in buying pricey Android phones.