In this line of work, I get the chance to write about things that are new and exciting. Other times, however, that's just not the case. There are times when writing about certain subjects just makes me sad... and this is one of those times. Sure, it may be good news in a sense, but the fact that I am sitting here, on May 31, 2011, reporting an update to Android 2.1... well, that's just disappointing. Regardless of that, though, here are the deetz on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.1 update.

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First off, unlike most modern-day updates, this one does not come over the air - you'll have to use Sony Ericsson's PC Companion software for Windows (you can get it here). In all reality, this means that if you don't have a Windows PC... you're basically out of luck. With that bit of news out of the way, let's move on to something a bit more cheery, shall we? Fortunately, Sony Ericsson has been kind enough to create a video showcasing the update process:

Aside from the PC Companion, you'll also need to grab the X10 backup utility from the Android Market before you get started. I've heard that you can expect to experience some issues during the update, so the backup utility is clutch (unless you don't mind losing everything, that is). Of course, I don't actually have an X10, so I can't confirm nor deny any update issues.

While I may be a bit cynical about reporting an Android 2.1 update, I can't deny that this is a welcome upgrade for X10 owners. Among the benefits that you'll receive with this update are:

  • 720p Video capture
  • Multi-touch support
  • Continuous autofocus (still an dvideo)
  • Face detection
  • Added homescreens (from three to five)
  • ... and all the added features of Éclair

So, if you're feelin' up to it, you can grab the update from here.

[Sony Ericsson via Binary Outcast]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com Amish Crusader

    Your fingers had a lot of courage to type this out, ahhh, slow news days!

  • Ronnie

    It keeps saying the update failed. :(

  • CustomKill

    yea.. and i thought it was the new firmware update.. but i was disappointed that this news from so long ago

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's new on AT&T.

      • CustomKill

        oh my bad.. i din't know it was new in AT&T

  • L boogie

    Wow!!! Only two years huh!! I guess froyo will be after 2020

    • Jim

      Which would be about the time that I would ever think to consider buying a Sony Ericsson phone.

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Well, considering Android 2.3 has been out on Xperia X10s in Europe, I'd take all that rage and apply it to AT&T on this one.

        • thegreattaurus

          2.1 has been on the xperia x10 in Europe. 2.3 coming in q2 or q3 supposedly

  • Skillit

    I know american love their subsidized phones, but is pretty obvious the the carriers as screwing them in a bunch of creative aways.

  • DannyDarko

    Here's my guess on this nonsense. First off if you need the upgrade then you should have rooted ages ago. There is rumor of gingerbread coming to the X10 even though S.E said they wouldn't upgrade it again, that being said, if they(S.E) did update the X10 to Gingerbread, it would have to be from 2.1 . So, maybe that is why they even bothered. There is a process/procedure to updates.

    • Coollead

      If by "rumor" you mean, announced on their website, and mentioned on their website's blog every other week, then yeah, it's a good rumor.

  • MicroNix

    I really feel bad for anyone that bought this phone as their first Android phone. It has been a lesson learned for all though that SE isn't committed to their device life cycle. Bringing an OS to it that I haven't seen on a device in over a year is pathetic. Payback is going to be a ***** though since I'm sure they put a few nails in their coffin with this inexcusable botch job.

    • Astria

      more like AT&T's fault...

      my unlocked Asian Xperia X8 has been on Eclair since day 1 i bought it for my mum...

      and with Gingerbread around the corner for X10... u know who to blame...

  • Tee

    Reading this overseas, it seems incredible to find out someone's still with 1.6...

    Samsung is not a slow updater, after all...

  • Simon Belmont

    My Sprint HTC Hero got the official Android 2.1 update just about a year ago. That was coming from Android 1.5.

    Seeing an Android 2.1 update now just feels weird. I mean, I have been rooted and on Android 2.2, then subsequently Android 2.3 for nearly a year now. I guess this is welcome news to the people that have that handset though. Cheers.

  • CT

    the update does not work and Sony Ericcson support is a bunch of idiots.

    I am trying to update my girlfriend's phone and the backup software does not work and pc companion freezes during the update saying "update failed, please consult Sony Ericcson support"

    Anyways, been down that road and they told me to turn off the firewall and anti-virus. So did that, same issue. Called them again and they said that it must be the computer. Before I could get a word in, they said thank you for using Sony Ericcson and hung up.


  • Earnest T Bass

    Was having some problems updateing the phone. I was using an aftermarket usb cable. Switched to the usb that came with the phone and it started the update.