Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 line and X8 won’t get Froyo
Sony Ericsson are stuck in Android 1.6 land for now, with all their smartphones powered by Google’s mobile operating system. If that wasn’t lame enough, they keep talking about an upcoming update to Android 2.1 (and basically that’s all they’ve done – talk about it, since it’s still not out), in a time when all their competitors are rushing updates to Android 2.2, also known as Froyo.
Sad. But owners of Xperia-branded devices running Android have always been hopeful that one day (perhaps in 2011) their smartphones will run Froyo.
Apparently, that assumption may have been wrong. A Sony Ericsson Android update roadmap (seen in German above) has leaked, and it’s not good news. Yes, it looks like there will be not one, but two Android 2.1-based updates coming to the Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Mini, Xperia X10 Mini Pro and Xperia X8.
However, there’s no Froyo anywhere to be seen on said roadmap. Sure enough, this document may not even be real. Or if it is real, it may just be part of a bigger document that does mention Froyo.
But, I have to say, not releasing Froyo upgrades for their devices is perfectly in line with what Sony Ericsson have done with Android so far. And it’s too bad, because I hear that their hardware is quite decent.
And it sure looks like that’s going to have to keep you warm at night if you own a Sony Ericsson Android device, since they don’t really care about concepts such as “up to date software”.
What a mess.
Anyway, it’s not all bad, as the 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 will bring along some goodies, such as:
- 720p HD video recording with continuous autofocus
- 5 homescreens
- HTML5 support
- A social phonebook that will link Facebook and Twitter with your Contacts
As for the X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro and X8, their updates won’t be as filled with new features. In fact, they will only bring an incremental change in the four corner navigation and Bluetooth 2.1.
After the initial 2.1 update, Sony Ericsson will release another one that will improve their UI overlays, Timescape and Mediascape.
And that’s it. So if you like to keep your gadgets always up to date with the latest software, perhaps you should avoid buying a Sony Ericsson smartphone.