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.