Sony Ericsson delays Android update

Smartphones will get Android version 2.1 starting at the end of October

Sony Ericsson won't start updating its Android-based Xperia X10 smartphones until the end of October, according to a Thursday blog post.

The Xperia X10, X10 mini and mini pro will be updated to Android 2.1. Today, all three models use version 1.6 of Google's operating system.

The Android upgrade will give users a better browsing experience, including adding bookmarks with web page thumbnails, and an improved virtual keyboard, which should make it easier for users to hit the correct key, according to Google. Multiple accounts can be added to a device for e-mail and contact synchronization and users can fill up to five homescreens with applications, widgets, shortcuts and folders.

The Xperia X10 will also get HD video recording with continuous auto-focus and a socialized phonebook, which automatically synchronizes pictures from Facebook and shows when contacts are online. On the X10 mini and mini pro Sony Ericsson will improve how pictures, audio, text and numbers in messages are handled.

The company plan called for the updates to become available at the end of the third quarter, according to the blog post. However, Sony Ericsson now needs a couple of more weeks to work on the software before it can be rolled out, the blog post said.

Getting phones and upgrades out before the end of September isn't just tripping up Sony Ericsson. Earlier this week, Nokia said customers that have preordered its N8 smartphone, won't get it until October.

These kinds of delays, even though not long, are never good, according to Roberta Cozza, principal analyst with Gartner Research. If the vendors can't deliver on what they have promised its better to say nothing at all, and the worst case scenario is that consumers don't want to wait and buy something else, she said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Tags Sony Ericsson Mobile Communicationsapplicationsconsumer electronicstelecommunicationPhonessmartphonesMobile operating systemssoftwarePhone applicationsmobile

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?