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Android 2.2 upgrade on the Xperia pushed back to late October

Sony Ericsson missed their late September deadline for the Android 2.1 upgrade on their line of Android 1.6-toting Xperia phones (X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro). Looks bad for Sony Ericsson when other phones being released already has the Froyo flavor of Android.

Android 2.1 on Xperia X10 is late

According to their Product Launch Blog:

We have earlier given some information on what to expect from this update and said that the roll-out was planned to start late Q3.

The plan for the added features and Android 2.1 step-up still holds but unfortunately we need a couple of more weeks before we are ready to start the roll-out.

Here are the upgrades that Xperia users should wait for:

Xperia X10:

  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
  • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
  • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:

  • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
  • New backup and restore application with extended content back up
  • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
  • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

Those are really something to look forward for. I guess we can forgive Sony Ericsson for taking its time fully developing those upgrades. But how many X10 users have switched to a different phone just because they can’t wait long enough for the Android2.1 upgrade?

[Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog]

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