Froyo Is A No-Go For Older XPERIA Family

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Sony Ericsson has confirmed that older members of XPERIATM family will not savor Froyo (Android v2.2) update – says Android Community.

SE XPERIATM X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini pro will stick to Android v2.1 a.k.a Éclair, however, they’ll be getting software enhancements via future upgrades.

SE claims that current Android version combined with their proprietary software updates is the best available option for these devices and they’ve plans for implanting new features through software upgrade e.g. introducing Multi-touch support to X10 and other members of XPERIATM family in Q1-2010.

It merits mentioning that with the introduction of XPERIATM X10 SE got back on the track which they might’ve otherwise lost.

XPERIATM X10 proved to be the success for SE itself. They were already late in releasing Éclair Upgrade for the device and now they’ve abandoned next OS upgrade at least for older members of the XPERIATM family. XPERIATM X10 users can still upgrade to Froyo and even Gingerbread (Android v2.3) using unofficial custom ROMs but at their own risk.

Meanwhile, SE has also introduced a new flagship device named XPERIATM X12 a.k.a XPERIATM Arc which promises to bring along following set of features:

  • 4.2 Inches Capacitive Touch Screen of Type LED-backlit LCD (Reality Display)
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine for improved Multimedia experience
  • Display Resolution of size FWVGA (854×480)
  • Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Slim & light-weight (8.7mm at its thinnest part & 117g)
  • 8.1MP camera with [email protected] HD Video recording
  • Sony Exmor RTM Mobile Sensor with f/2.4 lens aperture for better low light performance
  • 1GHz Snapdragon Processor & 512MB RAM
  • 512 MB Phone memory & up to 32GB external memory support.
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, MicroUSB, MicroHDMI & 3.5 mm Jack

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  • xyz

    @wajid

    let me guess…… you are also one of the frustated X10 users? including me:-D lol
    and btw those custom froyo rom are not yet fully functional.
    if anyone is interested google “freex10 rom” and hopefully you’ll get a link some of XDA thread.

    • W.A

      Fortunately i’m not.

      Regarding Custom ROMs, even if they’re fully operational they won’t provide the best user experience which original firmware offers and this rule applies to all devices in general. Manufacturers release original firmwares after rigorous testing while Custom firmwares are the works of amateurs and it does no justice to the device itself.

      • xyz

        Sorry for late reply.

        Agree with you on custom roms functionality but i think real problem with X10 is yet non-hacked bootloader which is not the problem with many HTC droids so custom roms for many HTC droids are very stable and fully functional. Please take look at this if you want more details: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=726813

        • W.A

          Well i haven’t got the chance to test any Custom or Ported ROM for droids yet but based on personal experience of using Customs Firmwares/ROMs on WinMo and Symbian^1 devices, all i can say that it’s not a big thing to have in the longer run. You might get fascinated by eye-candy icons & animation effects extracted from state-of-the art devices and ported into original device software along with a few tweaks but these things also take a toll on device performance. I’m using a customized firmware for S60v5 device as i’ve modded it according to my own requirements without tweaking manufacturer’s default settings. X10 will have a hacked bootloader sooner or later but i’m sure you would be saying (in case you still keep the device till then and go for flashing as well) that the wait wasn’t worth for it :-).

          • Aesthetic

            I will partially agree with you my friend. The official ROM/OS is the best OS that a mobile company can develop for their handsets therefore I will suggest noobs to stick to the official ROM/OS.

            As for me I am use to of customizing my cell phone not for the sake of fancy themes, wallpapers and icons but for better performance. I have over clocked my device processor from 512 MHz to 718 MHz. this really has improved the performance. Also there are other tweaks which has improved the battery time a lot. So customization always helps but you need to have right knowledge.

            Just to add if you consciously customize your handset you will never brick it, that’s my experience  you can find hell lot of material on the web.

            (HTC wildfire Rooted, Rom SUnaabh, OC kernel, A2SD, Adds blocked)

            • W.A

              That’s why i’ve modded my S60v5 device according to my taste. A rule of thumb is if you’re good enough to modify it youserlf go for it otherwise don’t get your hands dirty with it :-).

  • Dr Faryal

    Xperia is good series but problem is that they are overpriced. When we’ve better option in same price than why we don’t go for others?
    thanks for nice piece information, Mr Wajid.

  • Aesthetic

    Guys move to HTC.. for android users HTC is the best option.
    I am fan of HTC since they had windows OS but with Android HTC is way out of catch.. :)