Sony Xperia X10 and X8 owners on the near-antiquated Android 1.6 OS are still hanging on for a 2.1 Eclair upgrade, but a leaked roadmap from the Xperia X10 blog shows they may have to wait until next year for a 2.2 Froyo update, if they ever get it at all.
Late last month, Xperia X10 owners got a snippet of good news when we reported that 2.1 Eclair was coming at the end of September. But a document from last week's IFA show in Berlin showed no sign of an Android 2.2 upgrade for Xperia X10 or X8 devices, with some countries getting Android 2.1 as late as this December, or January next year.
The slowness of an update for the X10, X10 Mini and Mini Pro is a shame, because we quite like all three devices, and your user ratings show you're pretty fond of them too. Sony Ericsson has been very tardy with Android, although admittedly other manufacturers have had their own problems. But unlike others we're not seeing any info on any hot new handsets, so Sony Ericsson is in very real danger of being left behind.
And if you are on a network, the Android 2.1 upgrade may take even longer, as it will have to be checked by the operator before getting on your handsets. Once Xperia X10 and X8 owners do get the upgrade though, you'll be treated to Eclair goodness as well as 720p video recording with autofocus, HTML5 adoption, five new home screens, a social phonebook for Facebook and Twitter integration, as well a possible revised menu.
Sony Ericsson Android phone owners should count their blessings: Motorola Dext owners have been told in no uncertain terms that they'll be forced to stick with the Android 1.6 OS, even though the US equivalent will get an upgrade.
Are you the owner of an Xperia X10 or X8? Are you frustrated that you have to wait this long for an Android update? If you are, vent your spleen here.