Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners have been up in arms following yesterday’s announcement that the Android 2.1 update has been delayed by a month. The post on the SE Product Blog is nearly 1,000 comments strong, with some very harsh words for SE, and we’ve had over 200 similar comments on our post regarding the delay too.
Rikard Skogberg, the Nordic Product Marketing Manager, has tried to calm things down by being active in the comments section and doing his best to answer questions. We have sifted through the hundreds of comments to give you the key additional points regarding the Éclair delay as well as other interesting tidbits.
Rikard Skogberg made the following points:
On Xperia firmware roadmap
- “We of course admit we have issues, that’s why we had to delay things. This is of course our fault, it’s our plan, our product and our planned timing failed. As easy as that.”
- As a result of this delay, the second firmware update (2.1x that brings UXP improvements) has also been delayed and will now roll out in early 2011.
- An upgrade to Android 2.2 (Froyo) has not been ruled in or out at this stage.
- The boot-loader will not be opened. The reasons behind this are legal issues as well as ensuring the phone will pass the strict quality control processes of network operators.
- Regarding Adobe Flash, 16m colours and multi-touch, Rikard said that there are “no such plans committed”.
- Not heard anything on improvements on “in-call volume connected to the software update”.
- Camera flash does not appear to be included in the coming update.
- The update does not “seem to include Arabic letters“.
On Xperia X8
- The Xperia X8 is scheduled to launch in two weeks time, at least in the Nordic markets.
- The Xperia X8 will get the same Android update as the X10 mini and X10 mini pro, although at some point later (but within 2010).
On future releases
- “Android is absolutely at the core of our product portfolio for 2010 and 2011. We will release newer versions into our portfolio as soon as possible, either as upgrades to existing phones or in new product generations.”
- “Going into next year – It’s a key part of our plans to be able to deliver products on the very latest Android releases available to us.”