It’s finally official. The much delayed Ã‰clair (Android 2.1) update for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 series (Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro) will begin rolling out on October 31. As announced earlier, the update will be deployed in a phased manner. Nordic countries will be the first ones to get it. Users in the rest of the world should begin receiving Android 2.1 over the next couple of weeks. However, if you are using a branded (carrier locked) handset, you might have to wait longer. Xperia X8 owners are also out of luck, and probably won’t receive Android 2.1 before December.
Sony Ericsson’s inability to deliver updates on time has already damaged the company’s reputation as a reliable Android device manufacturer. In fact, it led to Gizmodo questioning how much longer Sony Ericsson is going to be around, and even prompted angry X10 owners to storm Sony Ericsson’s Live Chat support service.
The October 31 evening release date means that Sony Ericsson is waiting until the absolute last moment before pushing out the update. This, coupled with their earlier refusal to commit on a specific date, seems to suggest to me that Sony Ericsson is still struggling to polish the update to a satisfactory level. Let’s just hope that I am wrong.