Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hit the shelves last month and the X10 Mini will become available in most parts of the world over the next few days. The Xperia X10 product line is a commendable effort from Sony Ericsson. This is all the more impressive since the Xperia X10s are SE’s first Android handsets.
In many ways, Xperia X10’s biggest advantage is the UX platform – a custom Android shell with dazzling features like Timescape and Mediascape. However, it is also turning out to be Xperia’s biggest drawback. The heavily modded user interface (UI) means that Sony Ericsson is having a much harder time keeping up with Android’s feverish release cycle.
It has already been confirmed that Sony Ericsson will be updating its Xperia X10 product line to Android 2.1 this fall (Q4 2010). However, this is clearly not enough to appease the hundreds of thousands of Xperia owners around the world. Earlier this month, Google delivered Android 2.2 (Froyo), and Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is scheduled to be released this fall. This would leave Sony Ericsson hopelessly behind.
Xperia owners and fans have been petitioning for a well-defined upgrade path. However, for the moment, Sony Ericsson seems content to keep mum. Mattias Holm, product public relations manager at Sony Ericsson, confirmed to PC World that Sony Ericsson will be implementing later versions of Android in its products. However, at this stage it is premature to disclose information about individual products.
At first glance, Holm’s statement seems to indicate that Sony Ericsson may not upgrade all of its handsets to Froyo Android versions. However, given that the Xperia X10s are all that Sony Ericsson has managed to release so far, this seems a bit unlikely. It’s equally improbable that Sony Ericsson would leave out the big brother and just upgrade X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro. So, there is hope yet for Xperia X10 owners. But, the wait is probably going to be a long one.