Sony Ericsson has copped a fair bit of flak in the past for not making Android updates for its phones readily available, but the company says it will work harder on that for the future. Indeed, over the weekend it announced an update to Android 2.3 for the X10, despite earlier claiming that technical issues would make that impossible.
I met with the local Sony Ericsson team today for a demo of the Xperia Play phone (which we’ll be looking at in more detail later in the week). A key point that was emphasised was the desire to ensure that current versions of Android are quickly made available for customers. When the Play launches in May/June, it will be running Android 2.3.2, and an update to Android 2.3.3 will happen “very soon” after that. As ever, the real devil is in the carrier detail: even if Sony Ericsson makes the updates available, carriers are often slack in releasing them.
The X10 upgrade is being offered as a software download, so it won’t be carrier-dependent, but it will eliminate some of the customisations featured in the earlier version and you won’t be able to downgrade back. More to the point, it won’t happen until Q2 or Q3. Better late than never, I guess, but only just.
Update on Xperia X10 [Sony Ericsson Blog]