If you have an interest in SE Xperia X10 Android 1.6 phone, read this story. My boss just bought a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 android phone yesterday. He got tired of his Nokia E72 (Symbian S60 smartphone) and finally got into the exciting world of Android OS so he can download more free android apps for his new Xperia X10 (sold in the Philippines as Xperia X10i and in other Asian countries as Xperia X10a). He was choosing between Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 droid phone and the cheaper Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Shakira but he said the larger screen of the X10 was more appealing to him. Also, I guess he bought it because I told him that although the Xperia X10 is still running on Android 1.6, Sony insiders have hinted a possible Android OS 2.2 upgrade for it this year. A fellow blogger said he got an email saying Sony plans to skip 2.1 and go all the way to the latest Froyo. As a teaser, Sony today announced a new Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware update for the Xperia X10 which will roll out this summer on all markets. If you are impatient, you can alternatively connect your phone to your PC and download the Xperia X10 software update from the official website located at http://www.sonyericsson.com/update. From there you can determine when OTA updates for your Sony Ericsson phones including Vivaz, Vivaz Pro, Xperia X10 Mini, Satio, Aino, etc., are available.
This Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 software upgrade doesn’t include Android OS 2.1 as part of the update but you get a few bug fixes and some improvements like:
- Improved general performance, speed and responsiveness, especially in messaging tasks and camera UI.
- Backup and restore app.
- In selected markets, PlayNow with premium apps and games will also be added.
If my friend is right, then Sony is really not enthusiastic about Android 2.1 (Eclair) anymore and will just go ahead and issue another firmware update that packages the Android 2.2 OS before the year ends. Sony Ericsson’s flagship smart phone is one of the best features-wise but it still failed to gain solid following. Reports said Sony only sold about 200,000 units of the X10 since its release. Sony Ericsson hopes to sell more of the Xperia X10 once they upgrade it to Android OS 2.2 Froyo. This is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 free update many buyers want – a free Android Froyo update. What for will they upgrade if it won’t be to the latest version of Android? This is what happened when Google released the Froyo Nexus One Android OS Update and when Motorola sampled the Android OS 2.2 Update for Motorola Droid. You can read those article to learn more about how these two Android phone models can be updated to Froyo.
Editor’s Note: You can read my Sony Xperia X10 review via the linked article. It’s been in actual use daily since I got it on July 2, 2010. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 is by far the best Android phone I’ve used since 2009.