SE promises Xperia X10 updates throughout life of phone

by X10 on April 20, 2010

in Firmware, News, Problems

Xperia X10Sony Ericsson will continue to support the Xperia X10 Android smartphone throughout the lifespan of the handset. Despite some of the recent criticisms regarding Android 1.6, it says that a big update will land in H2 2010 (most likely a new version of Android) but it won’t stop there and will continue to develop for the phone to keep it fresh.

“By using the most recent hardware now and the possibility to update the device with software, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will not quickly antiquate”, says Harold de Kort, Communications Manager Sony Ericsson, whilst speaking to GSMHelpDesk.

However, whilst everyone waits for the Android update, SE will be releasing other updates prior to its release. “Still before the big update in the second half of 2010, Sony Ericsson will distribute some other smaller and bigger updates that will both improve the functionality and the user experience of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10,” says Kort.

Harold de Kort confirmed that multitouch will not be a possibility at any point due to the lack of hardware multitouch. However, he did say that SE would be looking at other gestures to make browsing more intuitive. “The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out,” says Kort. Improvements to the virtual keyboard and HTML5 support in the browser are also expected.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeshurun April 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Sounds good. The question is how long does SE consider as the ‘lifespan’ of the handset? SE are known for dropping support on devices quickly, but hopefully that will change with the X10.

2 andy April 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Perhaps recognition of a clockwise/anticlockwise motion for zooming tools?

3 Iglesias April 20, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I’m so glad I got this handset. If Sony Ericsson stick to their word, this handset could be one of the best handsets of all time :D. Has anyone been having problems with their proximity sensor where the phone screen wont turn off when in a call. I spoke to SE Xperia Call Centre today and they said that it is working with the devices they have and a software update should sort it

4 l3ni3r April 20, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Does sound good indeed, but average lifespan of a phone till it’s superceeded is about 12 months, altough support should be more like 24 months. At this point most people would have upgraded who got the phone at release.

5 Janne April 21, 2010 at 2:02 AM

andy, they showed a video clip of an experimental interface just recently. Basically, tap-then-drag – a tap quickly followed by dragging to the right or left for zooming in or out. Seemed really smooth and natural-looking from the video. Question is, what do you do with the tap-up and tap-down gestures? Page up and page down doesn’t really seem to fit (tap-tap could be a good page-down though).

6 Jeshurun April 21, 2010 at 2:16 AM

@andy
SE said that they would bring the zooming system in the Xperia X10 mini series to the X10. It works by pressing and holding, and then sliding your finger up/down to zoom in/out. The advantage of this over multi-touch zooming is that you don’t need both your hands to zoom in. Youtube has several videos showing the zoom in action.

7 damo April 21, 2010 at 1:43 PM

ah yes i having problems with the proximity sensor as well at least its not me!!! lol
hope they sort it out soon seen a few problems with the x10 seems SE have still got problems

8 Iglesias April 22, 2010 at 3:03 PM

@ damo
I just got a software patch and it’s all fixed. The proximity sensor is no longer an issue.
I thought using the proximity sensor would turn the screen off, in this case, it does not. so try this, call a number, when they answer, put ur hand over the sensor and with ur other hand, try to click buttons on the keypad, it shouldnt register anything until u lift your hand from the sensor. I tried it and it works, even when I’m using the phone like a normal person, next to my ear lol

9 gman April 26, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Hi what about the low sound in a call and ringing? and do you know how to send a text using the old t9 keys? plus the poor battery life i get about 1.5 days out of her and dont make a lot of calls or play.? love the phone apart from this well better than my satio and vizas

10 simply fengshui June 7, 2010 at 5:44 PM

any updates on improving battery life?
if we follow the tips of turning off wifi, killing apps, diming the backlit and etc we mind as well not using the phone with so many compromises on battery life? Kill Joy isn’t it?

11 Yong August 14, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I am totally frustrated with the way SE produce this X10 which is exceptional well designed but lack of the most demanding features hunger by the users. No multi-touch? X10 is priced almost on top of most the rivalry products available during its launch, for god sake!
Worst part is the SE update service, slow slow slow…… People at the Google already release Android 2.2! It is totally shame!

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