Official SE Xperia X10 Multi-Touch Rolling Out; DIY Hack Here Now

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It’s been a long, hard road for Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 when it comes to software. Its official Android updates have stalled-out on Eclair, and the phone has gone thus far without an anticipated software upgrade to enable multi-touch controls. Thankfully for X10 users, that latter issue is about to resolve itself: Sony begins to make that update available in Japan today, and for those who can’t wait for a global release, coders have created a tool you can use to activate multi-touch yourself.

Don’t look for as immersive a multi-touch experience as you’d get on other smartphones, but Sony Ericsson is still to be commended for getting it working at all on hardware that doesn’t officially support the feature. While the interaction is relatively basic – think pinch-to-zoom – it’s certainly better than nothing. Japanese X10 users can download and install the update now, or wait for it to go out OTA tomorrow.

An XDA-Developers forum member has released a patch that will let you modify an X10 ROM to install the multi-touch code yourself. If you’re comfortable modifying your phone in such a manner, you can use the patch along with a flash tool to get a head start on enjoying the new feature. The reports from forum users have been largely positive.

There’s no word yet on when other markets will get the multi-touch update, short of sometime in Q1.

Source: Sony Ericsson (via Google Translate), XDA-Developers Forum

Via: Unofficial Xperia X10 Blog

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