Sony Ericsson has confirmed once again that there will be no firmware update beyond Android 2.1 (Éclair) for the X10 mini family and the X8. Two reasons have been cited for the decision. The first relates to hardware and more specifically the lower RAM available compared to the X10. The company feels that they couldn’t guarantee “a good user experience by upgrading beyond Android 2.1.” Tell that to those running custom Froyo and Gingerbread ROMs!
The second reason is that the X10 Gingerbread update was only made possible given that it had a code base that could be reused. The different UI for the X10 mini’s meant that they couldn’t tap into this. Our view is that we wonder why they couldn’t utilise some of the work on the upcoming Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro. Maybe once we see those phones launched, we will also see an update for the older handsets. We can only hope.