Posts Tagged ‘Android Eclair’

Xperia X10 Upgrade Picking Up Speed

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Update: After following the comments on the SE product blog all weekend it looks like there has been some activity. It appears that India has 2.1 on the mini pro, but not yet on the X10. There are reports of UK and France receiving some Eclair activity as well. Lithuania reportedly has the update this morning. Canada is rumored to receive Eclair through Rogers today, November 8. Italy is reportedly slated for November 15, and Poland for November 22. All of this is subject to change and is dependent on carrier rollout. More news as it comes. Incidentally, Rikard is out of the office for three days beginning today, so the information void will likely continue to grow until after Wednesday. AT&T continues to ignore requests for timeline information, so if you are in the US, don’t hold your breath.

According to the Sony Ericsson Product Launch Blog, the Eclair upgrade for the Xperia X10 and minis is picking up some speed. This weekend is expected to bring a lot more markets up to date.

According to the post, most of this new information concerns the X10 mini pro. Kits that are currently available are the Generic kits for the UK, China, the Baltics, Belgium, France and India, and then some operator kits in the Nordics, Australia, France and Greece.

Rikard Skogberg, the beleaguered blogger who has done quite well in the face of continuous haranguing this week, says that the upgrades should be rolling out faster in the coming week. This includes a busy weekend too from the looks of things. There are reports of some UK users already receiving the upgrade, so hopefully the wait won’t be much longer here in the US.

I already covered the Xperia X10 upgrades, so let’s look at what the mini and mini pro have on the way.

  • Android 2.1
  • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
  • New backup and restore application
  • Automatic phone book synchronization with Facebook photos
  • Improved picture, audio, text and number handling

The minis won’t be able to record in HD, but there are reports that the video has continuous auto-focus like the full-sized X10. As more information comes out, I’ll
talk about it here.

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Waiting With Bated Breath – Xperia X10 Upgrade Rolling Out

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Sony Ericsson has begun rolling out the Eclair update for the Xperia X10. To say this has been long awaited by fans of Sony Ericsson’s Android venture is an extreme understatement. Fans are largely unhappy with the progress to date, which is unfortunate. Some of them are expressing themselves in crude ways on the Sony Ericsson blogs, and others are just stewing silently. There are those among us that continue to wait patiently. Our number is diminishing, however.

Updates on the upgrade have been few and far between, but we now know that the roll-out which began in the Nordic countries has begun its world-wide spread. Some African countries have begun getting the update, as has Russia. There are some scattered reports of updates in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Notably missing on this list are the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the United States. Canada already expected the update in November, according to the Twitter page for Sony Ericsson Canada.

My sympathies go out to the beleaguered Rikard Skogberg, one of the lone voices taking the heat for Sony Ericsson. He has been pretty clear in his posts that this upgrade is a process, and will take time. He also notes that the update has been in the hands of the carriers for some time now, and that the delay is on their part. This means AT&T customers may never get the upgrade, based on my experience with AT&T.

If you haven’t received the upgrade yet, here are the features you can look forward to:

  • Android 2.1
  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • New back up and restore application
  • 2 additional homescreens
  • Social phonebook to sync contact pictures from Facebook and online status

As AT&T didn’t carry the Xperia X10 until August, my wait has not been nearly as long as some of the others. I waited that long just to get the phone, but now have only been waiting for Eclair for two months. I can imagine the angst among those wanting the newer features, and access to Eclair-minimum apps. I have been pretty content with the add-ons to Donut that Sony Ericsson provided, though. There are some features that mimic some Froyo features, and others are only available on the Xperia. This is definitely a positive in Sony Ericsson’s camp.

As more information on the upgrade comes in, I’ll be sure to post updates. I am anxiously awaiting it myself. I hope the carriers pick up the pace a bit, and take on some of the pressure as is only fair.

To get the latest information about the update, you can check out the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.

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