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Sony Ericsson set to upgrade X10 line to Eclair beginning Sunday

October 29, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it will begin updating the Xperia X10, X10 Mini, and X10 Mini Pro beginning on October 31. The update will begin Sunday evening in Nordic countries first, and then take place in stages in other locales throughout the month of November.

The updates will finally upgrade X10 users from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1. Skeptics may scoff at celebrating the release of outdated software that’s about to be two versions behind, but ask anyone with an X10 phone how frustrated they are by being unable to use 2.0+ apps and you’ll see why this is important.

There has not been a shared timetable to reveal what parts of Europe, Asia, or North America will receive the update or when users can expect it. However, the Sony Ericsson product blog has posted a list of new features that will be made available once that update is applied.

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

IMPORTANT: As I’ve pointed out previously here on the blog the software upgrade will be done in a phased roll-out which means that different “kits” gets the update at different times. This to secure quality in all networks and countries. So don’t get paranoid if your phone isn’t updated in the very first days – it will come!