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Android 2.1 Update Delay Due to AT&T’s Stringent Testing, According to Sony Ericsson

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 finally received its long awaited update to Android 2.1…in most parts of the world. In the US, where the handset calls AT&T its home, the story isn’t quite the same. In fact, while many users in Europe can do all the fancy things Eclair affords, those with the X10 in the US don’t have so much as a solid timeframe for when they could receive it. Blame it on AT&T, says Sony Ericsson.

In a lengthy message posted on their Facebook page, SE does a good deal of shuffling responsibility, saying basically, “We have done all we can, we continue to work with AT&T, but ultimately they have control over when it will be released.” At fault is “especially rigorous”  testing that “can take months to complete.” Oh boy, that doesn’t sound too good does it?

While we love poking fun at AT&T and their generally shoddy handling of Android, the truth is the carrier — whether it is AT&T, Verizon, or whoever — is typically the main reason for delay when new Android updates are to be had. This is much of the reason why Eric Schmidt and company want to get down to a once per year update schedule, allowing for carriers and manufacturers to better prepare and launch a single update rather than scrambling to get two or three out per device per year.

[via AndroidGuys]

Continue reading on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • No_you

    So what exactly is it that they’re testing?

  • Alexander

    @No_you: they’re trying to make sure it’s as locked down as possible like their other Android phones.

  • RellikZephyr

    more like, sony has made a very buggy update (which according to the global 2.1 rom i put on my x10…they HAVE)and AT&T are making them fix it

  • InspectorGadget80

    I’m just glad I returned my crappy X10 test it out for a few days before returned and find out NO MULTITOUCH till January really sucks on us the consumer. AT&T really don’t freaking care bout Android anyway their making their money off the crappy iphone.

  • Malachi

    “especially rigorous” testing = madly removing Android features AT&T would like to charge you for

  • Mike

    Gotta love the att treatment

  • Twenty4

    Taking a long time bloating the shit out of it and locking it down!!

  • Lenn

    Who in there right mind would buy anything that comes out of Sony Ericsson in the future. They are sooo screwed up it’s unbelievable.

  • MW

    Maybe if they wasn’t spending so much time TEAMING UP WITH BLACKBERRY TO EVOLVE THE SMARTPHONE, they would have time to upgrade some of their real smartphones

    AT&T and Blackberry have teamed up to evolve the smartphone…just tickles me pink… every-time I repeat this…HAHAHA!

  • KFields82

    So , since we were told that the Xperia X10 was such a great and amazing phone , and that it would get all Android updates , just as ALL ANDROID PHONES DO , SO BUYING THE XPERIA X10 WAS AN INVESTMENT, AND WE WOULD NOT NEED TO BUY ANOTHER PHONE FOR A VERY LONG TIME … AS WAS THE WHOLE REASON I PURCHASED IT , AND WAS ASSURED SONY ALWAYS KEEPS THEIR WORD AND ARE TRUSTWORTHY……………WELL now we are told no updates past 2.1……………i just bought my phone .. so i SONY GOING TO REIMBURSE ME $700 FOR MY PHONE SINCE I BOUGHT A INTO A LINE OF BULL FROM SONY ARE THEY GONNA EXCHANGE IT FOR A PHONE THAT WILL GET UPDATES, SO I DONT WASTE MY MONEY … 700 IS ALOT OF MONEY TO ME .. AND I EXPECT THEM TO KEEP THEIR WORD ,IN GOOD FAITH!!

  • StreakOwner

    If ATT did the same amount to STRINGENT testing to begin with they would have never released the phone in the first place. DUHHHHHH

    ATT get your act together and stop stealing peoples $$$$$