Owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 have a pretty good reason to be upset. While recent phones like the myTouch Slide and EVO were rooted within days of their release, the Xperia X10 has been available for months without root, and is stuck on Android 1.6 running a custom skin.
X10 Mini/Mini Pro Multitouch
Single handed operation seems to be the theme throughout their whole post, insisting that even though the users clearly want multitouch, the devices are better without it (who are the users to dictate what's better, eh?):
As the title states, it has just come to light that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will not be getting multitouch as was previously mentioned. In fact at first it was stated it would not be getting multitouch, then it was and now, yet again, it is not and that is the final word on it.
It seems that some companies are really having trouble relaying information these days.
Final Word On Multitouch
Sony Ericsson's Communications Manager Harold de Kort gives the final word about multitouch and the Xperia X10:
A supposedly trusted source told Engadget that Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X10 Android phone, which already got released in Canada on April 15th, would be coming to America under AT&T's wing this July or August.
The device, which is currently running Android 1.6, has a 4" screen, an 8MP camera, a beefy 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and Sony's own "Rachael" UI.
AT&T has the worst track record for crippling the only Android device that dared enter its network so far - the Motorola Backflip, most likely due to pressure from Apple. The Backflip cannot install non-market apps, has Yahoo as its search engine, runs an obsolete Android 1.5 OS, and is pretty much goes against all Android's open principles.
Sony Ericsson, a well known mobile arm of the Japanese company Sony Corp and Swedish Ericsson, posted its first profit in years, following a cost-cutting measure and introduction of new phones to the market, including the XPERIA X10 - its first Android based device.
Profits for Q1 2010 were EUR21 mil, compared to a loss of EUR293 mil a year ago.
In mid-2008, Sony Ericsson started a transformation program with the aim of reducing annual operating expenses by EUR880 mil. It is continuing with the full benefit expected during the second half of 2010. Since the start of the program, Sony Ericsson has laid off approximately 3,150 people to reach a total of 8,450 by March 31, 2010.
They go into a relatively in-depth discussion of the pluses and minuses of Sony's new child which I will summarize in a few bullet points for the busy crowd.
The Awesome Bullet Points
- 1Ghz Snapdragon CPU (same as Nexus One and HTC desire)
- the 4" 480x854 TFT screen is beautiful
- 1GB internal storage
- 384MB RAM
- 8GB MicroSD card but only upgradeable to 16GB
- Support for AT&T but not T-Mobile in the US
- WiFi b/g, bluetooth, aGPS - all standard stuff
- Android 1.6 - X10 comes with Sony's own flavor of Android called Rachael, which has a relatively radically different user interface compared to vanilla Android
Of course, we all know HTC's take on Android resulted in Sense, which ended up causing months of delays and preventing users from upgrading their operating systems to Android's latest revisions (just think of the Hero that skipped 1.6, 2.0, and still doesn't have 2.1, though it's promised soon).