If you are a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini or Xperia X10 Mini Pro owner, get ready for some bad news. The promised Android 2.1 update has now been pushed back from late Q3 to Q4. Rikard Skogberg, Business Manager – Product to Market at Sony Ericsson, revealed in an official blog post that the firmware update won’t start hitting the airwaves until late October.
Sony Ericsson is one of the few major mobile manufacturers that is still deploying the pre-historic Donut build of Android. Most of the manufactures, including HTC and Motorola, have already moved on to Froyo (Android 2.2), while Google is preparing for the release of Gingerbread (Android 3.0).
The update, which was confirmed on multiple occasions (the most recent occasion being yesterday’s tweet by Sony Ericsson UK) to be launching in Q3, will introduce a host of new features to the Xperia line of smartphones besides the standard Ã‰clair goodies. Here’s a quick glimpse from the official SE announcement:
- 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
Sony Ericsson has promised to provide visual and video examples of the new feautures soon. In the meanwhile, you can check out the leaked preview video of Android 2.1 running on Xperia X10.