A rather incredible thing is about to happen. Sony Ericsson announced that the Android 2.1 updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro will start to be rolled out this Sunday, October 31.
This exciting news comes as Google is getting ready to officially release Android 2.3 Gingerbread in the wild. Previous information had it that owners of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Android handsets should not expect an update to Android 2.2 Froyo, so it is probably with great relief that said owners will understand that they needn’t worry about an update to Android 2.3 – Sony Ericsson cares about their mental well-being and won’t make them go through all this (the insane amount of waiting they had to do for the 2.1 update) ever again. In fact, to further make things easier for its customers, expect Sony Ericsson to announce that they will shift their policy and never issue updates for any already available phones.
That aside, this update will bring some new stuff to the Xperias. Most importantly, the Xperia X10 will get 720p HD video recording capabilities (with continuous autofocus, no less) and 5 home screens. Other than that, all three phones are expected to get a new backup and restore application (with extended content backup) and a social phonebook that automatically syncs your friends’ pictures with Facebook. The Xperia X10′s phonebook will also show you when your Facebook friends are online. The Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro will also get improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in messages.
The update will begin spreading on Sunday evening to customers in Northern Europe. Other markets will slowly begin getting the updates, so the wait isn’t completely over, folks. Sony Ericsson expects to be fully done with it by the end of November. Clearly, the vast number of Xperias they’ve sold required the roll-out to be staggered to such a degree.
Finally, the official blog post on the matter contains a warning that you should not “get paranoid” if the update doesn’t reach you in the first few days. Good advice, don’t you think?
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