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]