Sony Ericsson will begin rolling out Android 2.1 to phones in the Xperia X10 family from Sunday, October 31st, it has been confirmed.
Phones in line for the upgrade are the original Xperia X10, the pocket-sized X10 Mini variant and the QWERTY-keyboard sporting slider the X10 Mini Pro.
Nordic countries are first in line for the update, with other European nations in line for the 2.1 iteration of Google’s smartphone operating system at staggered intervals in November.
Xperia X10 owners have been waiting while Sony Ericsson worked to make its custom user interface compatible with the newer version of the OS. All devices in the range are currently running the ageing Android 1.6.
Manufacturers and networks across the board have been forced to delay the rollout of Android updates to their handsets over the last few months after experiencing compatibility problems.
New features the update will bring to the handsets are:
- HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
- New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
- 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
- Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online
Xperia X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro:
- Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
- New backup and restore application with extended content back up
- Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
- Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
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