Whilst most of us around the world are now running the Android 2.1 update on our Sony Ericsson Xperia X10s, spare a thought for those in the United States, where users are still stuck on Android 1.6. Back in late November, Sony Ericsson USA said that the update will take longer to hit the States, compared to other countries. However, here we are three months on with no word of an update from either SE USA or AT&T (the exclusive carrier). An extremely poor situation from both sides.
Even worse is the fact that it looks like the handset has reached EOL, earlier than expected. AT&T is no longer stocking the handset on its website, despite the fact that the product page is still up. Only a refurbishment Xperia X10 handset is being offered for $0.01 on a 2-year contract.
What this means for the Android 2.1 update is anyone’s guess. However, I’d be surprised if AT&T suddenly pulled the plug given the bad press/possible libel action it may receive. Especially as the phone was sold with the promise of Android 2.1 at some point down the line. If you can’t wait, then you may want to take action into your own hands by flashing it to 2.1. There is a good guide here from xda-developers to get you going. Also, for those upset by this action, a petition is running entitled “Make AT&T honor their upgrade promises!”