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Sony Ericsson delays X10 Android 2.1 update

We need a couple more weeks, OK?

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Sony Ericsson has revised its roll-out schedule for Android 2.1 updates to its X10 smartphones.

The news is not good, but the delay might have been longer, we guess. According to the company, "we need a couple of more weeks before we are ready" to release the updates.

The update was originally planned for "late Q3" - about now, in other words - but it's not now going to appear until the end of October at the earliest. "It will take some additional weeks from end of October before all different kits have the new software available," said SE blogger Rikard Skogberg.

"What we mean by a 'kit' is a different configuration, ie. colour of the phone, bundled accessories but most importantly in this case different software configurations.

"The difference in software between different kits is mainly related to included languages, settings, applications etc – all this to comply with different legal and operator requirements."

So when you get the update will depend on the model you have, who you bought it from, which country you bought it and... er... what colour it is.

Here's what the release, when it comes, will bring:

Xperia X10

  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
  • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
  • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro

  • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
  • New backup and restore application with extended content back up
  • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
  • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

SE first talked up the X10 Android 2.1 update way back in May, but at least had the foresight to say the firmware was some way away from release - in Q4, to be exact, which is when it will now arrive.

The company revised its timetable last month to bring the release forward. Clearly it was badly advised. ®

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